Board of Directors

 

Meet the 2020-2021 Emmanuel College Alumni Association Board of Directors

 

Joanne Quinn Moffatt '70, President

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: B.A. Sociology
Career Experience: Most recently engaged as self-employed Human Resources Consultant, retiring in 2015. In prior role(s) as Vice President, Human Resources, worked in privately held and publically traded global organizations.
Personal Interests: Boating, power and sail, cruising Cape Cod Bay and Southern N.E. Coast, occasionally fishing; enjoying a round of golf and some winter sports. Reading historical novels, music, traveling and catching up with family and friends!
Additional Volunteer Work: Current Member of the Emmanuel College School of Business Advisory Council. Served as Corporator/Director with Family Services of Central Massachusetts, Inc., until its recent merger with Seven Hills Foundation. Past initiatives have been informal while being involved in the care of my elderly Mom, actively participating at her senior living community activities. In-kind work included human resources consultation for a municipality and non-profit organizations.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: An Emmanuel education afforded me a platform from which to launch a truly rewarding career! Serving on the Alumni Board is an opportunity to “pay it forward,” applying my experience to increase alumni connectedness within the Emmanuel community.

Collaborating with the Alumni Relations and Development Staff and our talented, diverse team of alumni board members, I’m enthused about facilitating engagement among alumni across generations, sparking interest and feedback in meaningful ways, fostering a spirit of philanthropy and commitment to Emmanuel’s mission during its Second Century.

 

F. Patricia McKenna Tobin '72, Vice President

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: B.A. American History
Last Company: Xerox Corporation. Spent 39 years in many different positions. Worked in the DC area for 10 years selling to the Federal Gov’t. Retired (12/2012).
Personal Interests: Family, friends and volunteer work. Spend a lot of time at the gym and love to play golf.
Personal Commitments: Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family Parish in Concord, MA
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Serving on the Alumni Board is an opportunity to give something back to the college that helped me launch a successful career. I worked on my 25th reunion committee and have participated in some development activities for my 40th reunion. With renewed appreciation for the Emmanuel experience and its mission, I’m excited to share the College’s success and future plans with alumni. In addition I look forward to the next 100 years of Emmanuel College!!

 

Bernadine Desanges '12, Treasurer

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Sociology/ Information Technology
Advanced Degree: Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling - Northeastern University
Current Company: Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
Personal Interests: I enjoy writing and performing spoken word poetry, embarking on new adventures, mentoring students, hiking the Blue Hills, watching comedic films, reading culturally educational books, spending time with family and friends exploring my hometown or going abroad and exploring other cultures.
Additional Volunteer Work: I mentor a student as part of Northeastern’s Torch Scholars Program and a student as part of the Alray Scholars Program, in addition to supporting movements that lead to social and cultural awareness within our nation.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: As an alumna of Emmanuel College, my desire to serve on the Emmanuel College Alumni Board is to give back to all; with a focus on the cultural groups within our alumni community. I attended Emmanuel College under the mantra “this is your place,” understanding such a statement figuratively and literally. In support of the institution’s mission as an active student leader, I was determined to make Emmanuel College a home to myself and all those I interacted with personally and indirectly. It is my goal to continue doing so while on the board and beyond. I am passionate and committed to making Emmanuel College the best place it can be for current students, while bridging the gaps of connectedness and communication between different generations and racial groups within the Emmanuel College alumni community.

 

Jane Fitzgibbons Hanrahan '88, Secretary

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Education
Advanced Degree: Master of Education - Providence College
Current Company: Marianapolis Prep School
Personal Interests: I love to spend time with family and friends, watch sports and practice yoga.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: I have worked in education for twenty-seven years and have held administrative roles in Admission, Development and Communications. I have been involved in the planning of events, fundraising and school promotion, and worked on strategic planning initiatives and NEASC accreditation teams. I am honored to give back to the college that has given me so much. Because three of my children have attended Emmanuel, I was able to see the many positive ways in which the school has evolved over time while never departing from its core mission and values. While Emmanuel is a small college, the positive change brought about by students and alumni has been a phenomenal force for good in the world.

 

Beatrice Antoine '13, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: B.A. Sociology, Human Services
Advanced Degree: Master of Social Work and Urban Leadership Candidate ’21 – Simmons University
Current Company: Volunteer Program Manager, The Family Van (Harvard Medical School)
Personal Interests: Whenever I have downtime (which is rare), I enjoy taking time to reset and recharge (self-care advocate). Whether I am working out, catching up on my favorite TV shows, hanging out with friends and family, or taking care of my plants (#plantmom), I love spending my free time learning something new about myself, others, and the world around me.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: As an alumna of the College, my impetus to serve on the Board as a first-time member is to find new ways to give back and serve the community. I cannot deny that my time at Emmanuel was formative and transformative, both personally and professionally. Outside of the educational experience, I thank the College for the foundational relationships I built and still have to this day. I want to re-establish a presence and connection with the College fostering the genuine inclusion of alumni from various backgrounds, especially when it comes to racial/ethnic diversity. Beyond that, I am strongly committed to ensuring that EC is at the front and leading end of promoting social justice and service and celebrating the rich diversity of all students.

 

Christina "Tina" Ascolillo '17, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: History and Political Science – American Politics and Government
Current Company: Legislative Director for Chairwoman Lori Ehrlich - Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Personal Interests: Traveling and exploring new places, visiting local breweries, and following current events and the news.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: I want to give back to the institution that gave me so much and want to ensure that we are not only serving current students and alumni, but that the college is adapting to fit the needs of future generations of students that choose to attend. By serving on the Alumni Board, I want to connect alumni with current students by bringing them back to campus more frequently throughout the academic year to interact with the Emmanuel of today and reinforce that the College is a place that they can return to and continue to call home after they leave the gates on graduation day. It is important that we truly encourage alumni to live up to the mantra, “Once a Saint, Always a Saint,” by identifying innovative ways to increase involvement and engagement of all alumni, locally and remotely, so that we can truly capitalize on the talents and assets of our global community.

 

Patricia A. Compagnone-Post '79, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: B.S. Chemistry, magna cum laude with distinction in Biochemistry
Last Company: Retired Professor of Biology, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT., Department of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics
Personal Commitments: Orange, CT Democratic Committee; Orange, CT Historical Society member; mentor to women in science.
Personal Interests: Since my retirement, my kitchen has become my laboratory. I enjoy experimenting with cooking and learning cuisines from around the globe; traveling and long walks on the beach feed my soul.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: I am absolutely astounded by the advancement and commitment the College has made to academic excellence, especially to the study of sciences. The rich and exciting education I had as an Emmanuel coed, which included conducting research and completing a senior thesis at Harvard Medical School, inspired me to pursue a career in academia. The closest friendships I made at Emmanuel were instrumental in enhancing my personal and professional growth and are still strong these decades after we graduated. Emmanuel’s second century promises to offer a uniquely challenging education program. I am honored to actively contribute as the college realizes its vision.

 

Erin Tracy DiGuardia '08

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Management
Current Company: Chief Advancement Officer, Matignon High School (Cambridge, MA)
Last Company: Director of Advancement & Alumnae Relations at Mount Alvernia High School
Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family; beach days
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Work to further alumni engagement across the generations and support alumni involvement at the college.

 

 

Betty Cox Gravelle '64, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Sociology
Advanced Degree: Master of Social Work - Boston College
Career Experience: Retired after 32 years as a school social worker; prior experience as a child welfare specialist
Personal Interests: Travel, reading, visiting with family and friends(both near and far), winters in Florida, volunteering.
Additional Volunteering: Volunteering for the past eight years at a local hospice, working with staff, patients and families.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: I am returning to the Board after a few years hiatus. My impetus to serve remains as it ever was: To give back to the College, to work toward bringing alumni and the College together about shared concerns and interests, and to assist the College as it moves into the future.

 

Matthew L. McCarthy '15, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Biology
Advanced Degrees: Master of Education, University of Massachusetts Boston; Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Education, Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Current Position: Biology Teacher at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston Public Schools and Adjunct Professor of Education at Emmanuel.
Personal Interests: Family and friends, traveling to new places, teaching, and cooking.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Attending Emmanuel College was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Emmanuel offered me so many wonderful opportunities that I will always cherish. At Emmanuel I was able to pursue my love of biology and teaching and my education from there has opened many doors for me. I also met some of my best friends at Emmanuel and all of us have been able to start amazing careers since graduating. I wanted to join the alumni board because Emmanuel offered me so much during my time there that I wanted to give back to the community I love. I am so excited to be a part of the Board and I look forward to connecting with lots of alumni, faculty, staff and current students.

 

Carrie M. Rodman '03, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Elementary Education Grades 1-6
Advanced Degrees: Special Education 5-8, Simmons College; Masters of Teaching, Emmanuel College
Current Position: Special Education teacher at Academy of the Pacific Rim
Personal Interests: I love sports, especially the Boston sports teams. My favorite place to be is on the beach with my iced coffee and book. I enjoy traveling to new places during my vacation. I just recently started to take golf lessons. When I have down time, I like to binge watch tv shows or something on Netflix.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Emmanuel is near and dear to my heart. I became a better person because of my experience at Emmanuel. I am forever grateful and want to continue to make sure other students have the same experience as a Saint.

 

Mary-Kate Roffey '17, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: American Studies, Minor in Management
Current Company: Marketing and Events Coordinator, Muggivan School of Irish Dance
Personal Interests: I love Irish dance, spin, traveling, watching sports, politics, and dogs.
Additional Volunteer Work: I completed a yearlong AmeriCorps term upon my graduation from Emmanuel. I currently volunteer with Irish Fest New Orleans and Friends of St. Alphonsus.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Emmanuel is very near and dear to my heart. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that were afforded to me throughout my time as a student, and have loved staying involved as an extremely proud alumna. I wanted to take my involvement even further and serve on this board to help keep alumni connected with EC. I am especially excited to create opportunities that engage young alumni and those who live far away from campus.

 

Seth Urbanoski '09, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: Business Management, Minor Economics
Advanced Degree: Juris Doctor - Suffolk University Law School
Current Company: Law Office of Frank V. Grimaldi, P.C.
Personal Interests:Skiing, running, and politics. I also play in a Boston bocce league.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: I believe I owe a great deal of my success to Emmanuel College. In many ways I became the person I am today during my four years on campus. Emmanuel provided me with a solid academic background before entering grad school, and helped me develop as a leader through clubs and programs. I wanted to come back to Emmanuel, and serve on the AAB, to pay it forward and make sure as many students as possible have the same positive experience I did.

 

Jessie Wang '19, Director-at-Large

Emmanuel College Alumni Association BoardMajor: B.A. Health and Counseling Psychology
Advanced Degree: Master's in Higher Education from Harvard University
Current Company: Director for Student Success at East Tennessee State University
Personal Interests: I enjoy writing, running, attempting yoga, finding the best local coffee shops in every town, and traveling once it's safe to do so again.
Impetus to come back to Emmanuel and serve on the Board: Emmanuel College inspired me to hold the door of higher education open for the next generation of students, just as so many have done for me. While at Emmanuel, I served as Student Body President in 2019, which ignited my passions for promoting and supporting student success, social justice issues, and advocating for change when necessary. I am honored to be serving on the Board and hope to bring a younger perspective to decisions and make a positive difference within the community that I love so much. Go Saints!