Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Saint Leo Alumni Board provides opportunities for enthusiastic alumni to become more engaged with the university and serve its needs.  The board supports the mission and strategic goals of the office of Alumni Engagement and Sustained Giving by leveraging networks and promoting engagement opportunities.

Members agree to serve one (1), three-year (3-year) term, with the option of applying to serve a second three-year (3-year) term.  Members will be required to travel a minimum of three (3) times per year to attend board meetings, usually to University Campus, in Saint Leo, Florida.  Members will have the option to participate, via video conference, for one meeting a year.  Meetings are typically held in July, November, and April. Members commit to serve on at least one board committee, which will be determined annually at the July meeting. Members will be expected to participate in conference calls, which will be determined on an “as needed” basis.

Each member must understand the importance of philanthropy and agrees to financially support the university annually, as well as be engaged and willing to provide overall support with engagement opportunities.

Members of the Alumni Board of Directors are expected to:

  • Foster and maintain links between the alumni community and Saint Leo University while promoting awareness of the alumni association
  • Enjoy the alumni experience and talk openly and positively about Saint Leo University to the alumni community
  • Engage with other alumni in their area, seeking feedback on their alumni experience and learning about their continued needs.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the university, promoting Saint Leo to the public and improving knowledge among alumni about today’s Saint Leo.
  • Be informed of and attend alumni programs and activities and encourage attendance and/or participation from fellow alumni.   
  • Identify, cultivate, and recruit alumni in coordination with the Office of Alumni Engagement & Sustained Giving to support areas such as student recruitment, mentoring, events, financial support, and more
  • Attend tri-annual meetings at the university and make an annual financial contribution to the university
  • Demonstrate good judgment; act in the university’s best interests
  • Exemplify a strong commitment to Saint Leo University and its mission.

Make a Nomination

Nominees should demonstrate active involvement as an alumna/us in alumni activities (such as chapter, athletic, or regional events) or in the advancement of Saint Leo University. Also, we will consider any experience the nominee has in leadership roles as a student or within the nominee’s community. For additional information, please review the board expectations above.

Self-nominations are accepted.

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2022-23 Alumni Association Board of Directors

 Executive Committee

Gary Gustafson ’07

President

Gary Gustafson ’07, currently serves as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He graduated from Saint Leo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and from the American Military University with a master’s degree in public administration. He currently serves as the administrative and legal officer for Marine Corps Intelligence Schools in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gary is a career marine, as he began serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1985 and retired from active duty June 2010. Prior to his current assignment, he served as administrative chief with several different units throughout the Marines – in and outside of the United States.

 

Peter Crover ’72

President-elect

Peter Crover ’72 currently serves in the role of president-elect on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Peter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He was born and raised in New York and now resides in Houston, Texas. His career has included leadership roles in sales, marketing, and product development for the home furnishings industry, taking him to many interesting spots around the world. Husband and father of three, he feels that it is his great pleasure to be involved with the magic and spirit of his beloved Saint Leo.

 

Nieta Scott-Dunmore ’00

Treasurer

Nieta Scott-Dunmore ’00, currently serves as treasurer of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a retired senior Federal Service civilian. She served in many roles during her 43 years of service, including Department of Defense (DoD) organizational development and designer, resource and financial manager/comptroller, manpower analyst, strategic planner, and risk manager. Nieta is a university and college associate adjunct professor.

 

Marion Dailey ’68

Secretary

Marion Dailey ’68 currently serves as secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree and went on to have a very successful career in education, which she attributes to her time at Saint Leo. She feels that serving the Alumni Association is a privilege and a way to give back in a small way for what Saint Leo has meant in her life.

 

Iskra Sbraccia ’05, ’09

Past President

Iskra Sbraccia ’05, ’09, currently serves in the role of past president on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. She is the director and global head of content management at Citigroup. Iskra is a former Saint Leo University head women’s tennis coach and has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2019. She is fluent in English, Macedonian, Serbian, and Croatian, and can read German and Spanish.

 Directors

Bill Baker ’68

William (Bill) Baker ’68, graduated from Saint Leo College and is a retired U.S. Army Captain and a Purple Heart recipient. Bill has dedicated 40 years of his life to Federal Service, serving the U.S. Department of the Navy in Army base operations management. Among other things, Bill currently is active in non-profit organizations and he is passionate about serving his community.

 

Rodney Brown ’10 ’13

Rodney Brown ’10, ’13, is currently the senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for HAVI, a global provider of supply chain solutions. He is a veteran of the U.S Army, a member of the board of directors for Saint Leo University Alumni Association, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and he also serves on the development committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Rodney holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Saint Leo University and completed Cornell University’s executive development program in business strategy.

 

Thomas Coughlin ’04

Tom Coughlin ’04, is the current chief of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Modernization at U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He has over 40 years of government service as a retired U.S. Army soldier and current government civilian. He has held various positions ranging from senior ISR requirements manager to chief information officer/chief knowledge officer for intelligence to his current position at USSOCOM. He obtained his MBA at Saint Leo University and has achieved many accolades. Tom currently resides in Land O Lakes, FL and is an active member of his community at Lakeshore Ranch.

 

Kevin Dunn ’18

Kevin Dunn ’18, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a member of Sigma Beta fraternity. He pursued a career in information technology as a systems engineer and operating systems programmer. Kevin worked for Computer Sciences Corporation and later became director of technical services for a division of Westinghouse Corporation. He retired as chief information officer from Aon Corporation in 2009 and then rejoined the workforce by founding his own project management company, managing data center projects for large managed services firms. Kevin is the father of three children and grandfather to four amazing individuals.

 

Erin Head ’11

Erin Head ’11, MBA, RHIA, CHDA, CCS, CHTS-TR is an accomplished health information management (HIM) professional with over 17 years of experience in healthcare. Erin received a bachelor’s degree in health information administration from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University.

 

Mario Heerah ’17

Mario Heerah ’17 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently wrapping up his master’s degree in business administration. A native son of Trinidad and Tobago, he moved to the United States in 1995 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served 20 faithful years. Heerah is serving in his third year on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and is grateful for the experience and the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who care about Saint Leo University.

 

Michael Hughes ’97

Dr. Michael Louis Hughes ’97, is a retired senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the United States Army with more than 20 years of active military service. Dr. Hughes is married with three children and six grandchildren, and is thrilled to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

 

David LeBlanc ’14

David J. LeBlanc ’14, resides in Long Island, New York. He graduated with a double major in political science and criminal justice, with a specialization in homeland security, from Saint Leo University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University in May 2022. Currently, he is a project manager for Alure Home Improvements in East Meadow, NY.

 

Florence Liverano ’18 ’21

Florence Liverano ’18, ’21, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Science in criminal justice. Florence currently works with the State of Florida as a risk-based underwriter and is thrilled to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors in an effort to give back to her beloved alma mater.

 

Clifford Lovejoy ’18 ’20

Clifford Lovejoy ’18,’20, is a highly decorated soldier serving in the U.S. Army for 39 years, including four combat tours. His educational success includes completing a Master of Science in Emergency Disaster Management, graduating magna cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, with a specialization in clinical practice and diversity and inequality, from Saint Leo University. Clifford is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Anti-terrorism Program Manager and is certified in Conventional Physical Security.

 

Jeff McCarthy ’71

Jeff McCarthy ’71 is a graduate of Saint Leo College and is a longstanding member of Sigma Beta fraternity. He is retired and lives with his wife, Barbara, on the east end of Long Island. He enjoys his kids, his six grandchildren, and playing golf! Jeff is also a winter resident in Osprey, Florida.

 

John McDonald ’87

John McDonald ’87, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business and hospitality management. As a Tampa-based professional, John is a strong supporter of alumni, students, and the university, giving his time for mentoring students, supporting university initiatives, and serving as a sport business program advisor. John is president of Facility Vendor Network, an outsourced sales and marketing company that provides consulting services offering more than 30 years of experience in the facility, hospitality, event, premium seating, media, and sponsorship property industry.

 

Allison Newlon ’92

Allison Newlon ’92, is the owner of a boutique real estate firm, that specializes in using modern marketing for home sellers and finding home buyers in the greater Tampa Bay and West Central Florida areas. She loves spending time with her four almost-grown children and her dogs, and enjoys the Florida life!

 

Donna Porter ’78

Donna Porter ’78, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in criminology. After graduating, she kicked off her career working for Busch Gardens, where she dedicated 37 years of service in the park security department. Though retired, Donna continues to play an active role in her community through volunteer activities.

 

Jason Remmel ’04

Jason Remmel ’04 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and marketing and is an award-winning sales executive and regional trainer in the medical tech industry. Jason currently resides in Jacksonville, FL. He is newly married and has two beautiful daughters, ages eight and twelve, along with a dog and cat, who complete their perfectly blended family. When not working, his interests include coaching his daughter’s soccer team, philanthropy, hunting, concerts/sporting events, restaurant dining, fitness, and traveling the world. Puerto Rico has become the Remmel family’s second home!

 

Linda Watterworth ’85

Linda Watterworth ’85 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduation, she moved to Sarasota, FL and started working in the non-profit field for various organizations. Currently, she is the director of database and grants administration at Children First in Sarasota County and serves as a member of the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter. Linda enjoys giving back to her community, fueled by her interest in serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

 

Maureen Wickert ’77, ’99

Maureen McGeehan Wickert ’77, ’99, is a double alumna of Saint Leo University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Wickert is a retired school administrator, residing in Spring Hill, Florida and is proud to be serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

 

Fr. Jonathan Zingales ’71

Jonathan Zingales ’71, graduated from Saint Leo College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His commitment to Saint Leo was bestowed upon him at graduation in the conferring of the Outstanding Student of the College Award. A priest for 46 years, Father Zingales credits Saint Leo College for allowing him to examine his life in a deeply spiritual and academic manner.

 Student Representatives

Jameelah Spence

Class of 2023

Jameelah Spence, is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health care administration, and plans to become a lawyer. She serves as a student representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Jameelah hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica and is passionate about helping her community grow.

 

James Paul (J. Paul) Schellenberg

Class of 2023

James Paul Schellenberg, or J. Paul for short, is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in accounting. Schellenberg considers Saint Leo University his home away from home, as he continues to pursue his Catholic identity and become involved in several activities on campus. Schellenberg is happy to serve as a student representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.