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The Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the Alumni Association who are elected to serve a three-year term and may be re-elected to a second term. In addition, at-large members may be elected whose geographic location prevents them from attending meetings but who are interested in promoting the college in their area. Each board member is assigned to one of five committees as outlined in the Alumni Association By-Laws. Interested in serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors? Contact the Alumni Office for more information.


Joseph Nairn

Dr. Joseph T. Nairn ’79 - President

Joe is the Chief Advancement Officer for Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, N.Y. He arrived at FLCC in 2008 after a 25 year career at Rochester Institute of Technology where he worked in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Enrollment Management. Joe’s professional career began at Thiel in 1979 when he accepted a position as an Admissions Counselor. He holds a BA in Economics from Thiel, an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Vermont, and a Doctor of Management degree in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Joe and his wife, Terri, have 3 adult children, Caitlin, Thomas, and Craig, and an assertively affectionate Malinois mix named Tela.

Antonio Quarterman

Antonio Quarterman ’08 - Vice President

Antonio graduated from Thiel with a degree in Political Science. He was the President of the Organization of Black Collegians and his class. He also participated in football, track and field, and Phi Sigma Alpha. Antonio attended Youngstown State University and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science in Education. Antonio currently works as the Director Student Life at the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus. Antonio is also active in the community serving on the board for the YWCA, Center for Race and Gender Equity, the Junior Board for Every Child, Inc., and serving as the Campus Coordinator for the Black Male Leadership Development Institute. Antonio and his wife, Jessica, have a son, Colton, and currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dawn Salter

Dawn Salter ’95 - Secretary

Dawn graduated from Thiel with a BA in English. Dawn is an Assistant Manager at Sheetz #400 in St. Marys, Pa. She has also worked at The Daily Press in both the editorial and advertising departments. She is the President of the Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association in St. Marys.

Deborah Ajak Mogle

Deborah Ajak Mogle ’75

Debbie graduated from Thiel with a B.A. in Psychology and Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education. While a student, she served as the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority president, a staff writer for The Thielensian, a student guide for the admissions office and held a campus job working in the library. She was also involved in the Panhellenic Council, Forensics and their honorary society, student government and intramural sports. She is a former teacher for the Diocese of Erie where she taught fourth grade at Sacred Heart School in Sharon, PA. Debbie then went on to own and operate 2 Hallmark card and gift shops named Lynn's Hallmark Shop located in New Castle, PA. She won many honors from the Hallmark Corporation for retailing and was selected to have an ornament artist appear who traveled from Kansas City, Mo. to the Towne Mall store to sign Christmas ornaments for her customers. Debbie is married to David B. Mogle '71 and they are the proud parents of one son, David B. II. She has always remained active at Thiel College attending as many activities possible and resides in Hermitage, Pa.

Michael Allen

Michael A. Allen ’90

Michael graduated from Thiel with a B.A. in Communications. Upon graduation, he worked at WSEE-TV35 in Erie, Pa as an editor/cameraman before leaving for Washington, DC to work for BET (Black Entertainment Television). While at BET, Michael won an NAACP Image Award for working on a network special for the “Teen Summit” series. He also owns Ovie Entertainment Group,LLC and has worked with many networks/facilities as an editor /producer including: America’s Most Wanted (Fox), Discovery Channel, the University of Maryland, and The Congressional Black Caucus. Michael is employed at ABC in the Washington, DC bureau and has worked as an editor for various shows including “World News with Diane Sawyer”, “Nightline” and “Good Morning America” where he earned two Emmy’s as a part of the production team. Currently, he is the Senior Video Editor for “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” at ABC.

Laura Broome

Laura Broome ’92

Nikki Colpo

Nikki Colpo ’06

Chelsea Costello

Chelsea Costello ’14

Chelsea graduated from Thiel with a degree in Business Administration - Human Resources and Business Communication. During her time at Thiel she served on the executive board of the Student Government Association as President and Vice President. She was also actively involved in the Thiel Players, Chi Eta Sigma, Alpha Psi Omega, Order of Omega, Les Lauriers, Society for Collegiate Journalists, and Endymion where she served as an editor. Chelsea is also an alumni member of the Sigma Kappa Gamma Delta Chapter on Thiel's campus. Chelsea currently works as an Admission Counselor at Thiel College.

Karen Ely

Dr. Karen E. Ely ’83

Karen holds a degree in Business, a Master's degree in College Student Personnel, and a Doctorate in Higher Education and has worked on college campuses since the late eighties.  While at Thiel, Karen was affiliated with Alpha Xi Delta and worked student jobs at the library and with the sports information director.  Karen lives in her hometown of Bergen, New York.

Maggie Giel

Maggie A. Giel ’09

Maggie graduated magna cum laude from Thiel College attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Media Communications. She also holds a Masters in Education K-12 School Counseling degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Maggie joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pittsburgh in 2011 and is currently the program director of their Mentor 2.0 program. Prior to joining Big Brothers and Big Sisters, she worked in the marketing department at Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a departmental intern and administrative assistant. She also works occasionally as a guest services representative for the Simon Property Group at the Ross Park Mall.

While a student at Thiel, Maggie worked in the Academic Student Services office as an office assistant and in the Academic Success Center as a peer mentor. She served as the 2009 class secretary and on the 2009 Senior Class Gift Committee. Maggie was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority where she served her chapter as Vice President of Membership and New Member Education. She was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Her academic honors include membership in: Order of Omega; Les Lauries; Chi Alpha Epsilon; Lamda Sigma; Lamda Pi Eta; Delta Epsilon Iota; and, Chi Sigma Iota.

A life-long resident of Glenshaw, Pa., she resides there with her husband, Andrew Bovaird, a 2009 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University of Pennsylvania.

David Hummel

David Hummel ’83

At the age of 10 I learned to wiggle my ears. At the age of 18, I enrolled at Thiel College. I successfully graduated in 1983. I worked for H & R Block as a tax preparer and account rep. I began my career as a Federal accountant with the Department of the Army and completed my career with the Department of Energy. I am currently a full time real estate agent with Northwood Realty Services and a property manager. I married my Thiel college sweetheart, Twila and we were blessed with three sons, a dog and a cat. I started raising chickens a few years ago, but the flock is not large enough for be to be considered a chicken farmer. At 52, there are still chapters to be written.

James McRoberts

James M. McRoberts ’58

Jim graduated from Thiel with a B.A. in Economics in 1958 and later went on to obtain his M.A. and ABD doctorate in Higher Education from New York University. Jim has had an expansive career in the field of higher education starting as the Assistant Director of Admissions, Financial Aid, Placement and Registration here at Thiel College. He continued in the field of admissions at University of Pittsburgh and then moved on as the Vice President for Student affairs, Dean of Students at Rider University. During his professional career, Jim served as a member of 25 visiting teams to colleges in PA, MD, and NY for the Middle States Association as well as for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Throughout his life, he has remained active as a volunteer within the ELCA as well as served on a variety of boards. Jim is a past Vice President of the Alumni Board and lives in Nesuehoning with his wife Jan (Mullin) a 1957 graduate of Thiel College. They have four grown children: Lori Steiner, J. Douglas, Heather Wallach and Andrew.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller ’92

Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips ’08

Liz Prada

Liz Prada ’04

Liz graduated from Thiel with dual degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, and has spent the past 10 years working in accounting and treasury roles at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she works as a Finance & Operations Analyst at the Tepper School of Business. Liz attended Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College receiving a Master of Public Management (MPM) degree in 2013. Her ties to Heinz College remain strong, as she serves as an admissions ambassador, alumni mentor, and teaching assistant. Liz resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

David Schreiber

David S. Schreiber ’00

David graduated from Thiel with a degree in Business Administration. During his time at Thiel, David was a three-year starter on the varsity football team, and was active in numerous intramural sports. He also worked for the Thiel Athletic Department and helped manage major sport tournaments at the school for volleyball, wrestling, and basketball. David was also an active member of the Thiel Players where he helped with acting, show preparation, and stage construction. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Alpha Psi Omega theatrical honorary society. David currently resides in Medina, Ohio with his wife and two children. He is a Director of Derivatives Strategies for PNC Wealth Management.

Allen Schreiber

Allen Schreiber ’99

Marion Shoemaker

Marion (Norris) Shoemaker ’63

Marion has a B.A. from Thiel in in Secondary Education.  While at Thiel, Marion was active in Alpha Gamma Delta.  She and her late husband (Ronald Shoemaker '63) have three children and 5 grandchildren.  Marion's teaching career encompassed the teaching of German, Latin, and Mathematics to junior and senior high school children.  Marion is now retired and enjoying her free time.  She is active in the community food pantry and her church.

Richard Smallwood

Richard Smallwood ’15

Michael Stimac

Michael Stimac ’08

Brianna Sweet-Lawn

Brianna L. Sweet-Lawn ’13

I graduated from Thiel with a B.A. in Biology. I was an active sister and Vice President of Membership of Alpha Xi Delta, member of Order of Omega, secretary of Beta Beta Beta, and a director for the Thiel Activity Board. I worked in the Alumni Office, as the intern for Phonathon, and I also tutored Latin in the TLC. Post-graduation, I married my high school sweetheart. No kids yet, but we just adopted a kitten and she's our baby (read "spoiled"). Also, in June I accepted a job offer for my first big-girl job. I am currently working as a Clinical Allergy Specialist for United Allergy Services at a physician's office in Austintown, Ohio.

Damen Taylor

Damen L. Taylor ’95

Damen L. Taylor graduated from Thiel College with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration in 1995. He was a member of the Tomcat football team, Secretary and Treasurer of the Organization of Black Collegiates, and the 1995 Homecoming King. He currently is the Executive Manager of Budget and Operations for the Homewood Children's Village, a non-profit organization whose focus is serving the children of Homewood, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh. He also does bookkeeping consulting work for various churches and other non-profit organizations. Damen resides on the North Side of Pittsburgh with his wife Sara and his four children Gabrielle, Lillianne, James, and Violet. 


  • Ricardo Daley ’96
  • Dr. Christopher Shinkman ’62
  • Paul Stibich ’05
  • John Wotus ’74