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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CMHE Board of Directors, 2015-2016

Mary M. Fanning, RSM, PhD

Dr. Mary Fanning, RSM, Chair of the CMHE Board of Directors, is an assistant professor of business and economics at Notre Dame University of Maryland in Baltimore. Mary teaches courses in health care administration, general management, and nonprofit financial management. In addition, she serves as a consultant for nonprofit organizations addressing board effectiveness, management of operations, and financial management.


Prior to this position in Catholic higher education, Mary was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Kentucky. She has also worked as an administrator for Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Saint Joseph Hospital in Towson, MD, and Mercy Medical in Daphne, AL. In her early career, taught science at Mercy High School in Baltimore.



Mary holds a doctorate in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, a certificate in Health Systems Management from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, an MBA with a finance concentration from Loyola University in Maryland, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry/Secondary Education from Mount Saint Agnes College in Baltimore. In addition to her teaching and professional service, Mary’s work on various committees and in community service is extensive, and she has served as a facilitator for meetings of various women religious, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.

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Dr. Terri Bednarz, RSM

Sr. Terri (Teresa) Bednarz, R.S.M., Ph.D., is a member of the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She serves as chair of the Religious Studies Department at Loyola University—New Orleans. As professor of Christian Scriptures, she offers courses in the Roman-era context of Christianity, the origins of the Bible, and Biblical humor. Her research publications include several works on Biblical humor in the Roman context. She directs the program, Italy: The Crossroads of Religion, Art and Culture—a summer study abroad program. Dr. Bednarz has served as director of the Women’s Studies Program and as a member of the Catholic Studies program at Loyola.

Anti-Racism seminars. She also participated in cultural and language studies at the Mexican American Cultural Center (San Antonio, Texas) and at the Italiaidea Linguistic and Cultural Program (Rome, Italy). Her past ministries include teaching in Mercy secondary schools, establishing a service-learning program, MercySummer Corps, and serving as founding board member for Elizabeth House (a transitional housing program for previously incarcerated women). She served on the OKC Governor’s Taskforce on Volunteerism.  Dr. Bednarz holds doctorate in Biblical Studies from Texas Christian University (Brite Divinity School) and an M.A. in Biblical Interpretation from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago).

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Dr. Donna Dalton

Dr. Donna Dalton recently completed eight years of service as Chief Academic Officer at Lyndon State College, one of five colleges in the Vermont State College system. Previously, from 2002 to 2004, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gannon University in Erie, PA.  Gannon is one of twelve Catholic universities in the U.S. that is sponsored by a diocese, rather than a religious order. 


From 1985 to 2001, Donna was a member of the faculty and administration at Trinity College of Vermont, in Burlington, VT, a women’s college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.  She began teaching at Trinity as an adjunct faculty member in psychology and gerontology, and was soon given a fulltime

After a few years, she became the Division Chair, and then subsequently, Graduate Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  She had the sad duty, along with other members of Trinity’s Executive Team, of recommending to the Board of Trustees that the college close.  In her final year at Trinity, she oversaw the creation of the undergraduate student transition center (which facilitated both completion plans and transfer options to more than 15 other colleges); managed the transfer of two highly successful graduate program (faculty, staff, students, and curriculum) to Southern New Hampshire University; arranged the sale and disposition of the library and science laboratories; supervised the creation of an Employee Transition Center; and managed all other activities related to academic and student affairs.


Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with highest honors from The Pennsylvania State University where she also earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  She subsequently earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.  She and her husband, Clinton, are avid skiers and live in Waitsfield, VT and Avon, CO. 

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Dr. Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM

Sister Margaret Anne is a member of the Graduate faculty at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.  In her twelve years at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as an Executive in residence, Interim Provost and Vice President for University Life. She recently went to full time faculty status as an Associate Professor in the Education Department.  Sister currently teaches educational administration at both the Masters and Doctoral level.


Prior to her time at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as President of Chatfield College in Cincinnati and Vice President for Student Services at Gwynedd  Mercy College (now University!).  In addition to her work in higher education Sister also served as an elementary principal and teacher.

Sister Margaret Anne holds a Bachelor Degree in elementary Education from Gwynedd Mercy College, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State.

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Dr. Thomas P. Foley

Thomas P. Foley is the 13th President of Mount Aloysius College. Foley has frequently been honored for his leadership, his work ethic and his innovative approach to problem solving, and has received dozens of awards for his service in both the public and non-profit sectors. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and received his Juris Doctoris degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Journal of World Public Order, as coach of the undergraduate debate team, and as a member of the university’s championship rugby team.


Before coming to Mount Aloysius, Foley was a leader in multiple sectors—head of the third largest chapter of the American Red Cross in the United States, leader of the United Way of Pennsylvania, Secretary of Labor and Industry under Governor Robert P. Casey, and volunteer for a Nobel Peace

Prize-winning group in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He also worked in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as legislative aide and counsel to Congressman James M. Shannon and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden.


Foley is the author of over 100 Op-Ed, monograph and journal pieces on subjects ranging from job training to higher education, public security to non-profit organizations. He has testified before both federal and state legislatures on more than thirty occasions, appeared frequently on radio and television interviews. He has chaired eight statewide Boards and Commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, PennSERVE, and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Foley and his wife Michele are the parents of three sons: Tom, Matt and Andrew.

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Timothy Muldoon, PhD

The author of six books in Catholic theology and spirituality, as well as a memoir about love and longing, Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an essayist on Ignatian spirituality, Catholic higher education, relationships and sexuality, and the contemporary Church. He edits Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education, and is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and retreat leader in the US, Canada, and Europe.


Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s in Theology from Boston College (Scholar of the College), a Master’s in Theological Studies (with honors) from Emory University, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University.


The recipient of numerous honors and awards for his scholarship, Tim presently serves as Visiting

Associate Professor in the Honors Program at Boston College. In prior positions, he served as Director of the Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College, and as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA.


Tim is married with two daughters and a son, all by adoption from China. He is developing competency in Mandarin.

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Barbara Person, JD

Barbara Ebers Person is a partner in the law firm of Baird Holm LLP in Omaha, Nebraska. Her practice focuses on health care business and corporate planning, on nonprofit corporations, on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance, on DEA and pharmacy regulation, and on risk management.


Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, having studied previously at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Central College of Iowa. She received her JD with distinction from the University of Nebraska and was admitted to the Bar in Nebraska and later, Iowa.


A lecturer for various associations including the Nebraska Continuing Legal Association, the Healthcare Finance Management Association, and the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Barbara has also  

served in numerous volunteer positions including as a Board member and Chair of the Board of the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, the First Covenant Church of Omaha, the Omaha Women’s Fund, the Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, and since 2006 as a board member and Chair (2010-2014) of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

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Thomas J. Ruthemeyer, CPA

Thomas J. Ruthemeyer began his career auditing manufacturing facilities. Currently a full-time clinical professor in the Graduate Program for Health Services Administration at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), Tom also served as adjunct professor and advisor to the Graduate Health Informatics Program at Northern Kentucky University.


Prior to his current position in higher education, Tom served for 28 years in the health care industry as Executive Vice President of Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati which he was instrumental in forming. Other professional and community involvement includes membership in the American Institute of CPAs, membership in the Financial Executives International, and a wide variety of community and other professional organizations.

Tom holds an MBA in Management from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. He is an associate with the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Sponsorship Council of the Sisters of Mercy South Central regional community.

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Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM

Dr. Maryanne Stevens RSM is the president of the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. The College of Saint Mary is the region's only Catholic university for women. Dedicated to creating an environment to call forth potential and foster leadership, Dr. Stevens has inspired and led the College to develop several innovative programs, specifically: a special residence hall allowing college-age single mothers to live with their children on campus; Marie Curie Scholarships for women majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics or medical technology; and the development of a unique doctoral program for educators in the health professions.


Dr. Stevens serves on several community boards and has made numerous presentations to local and

national professional groups on women's issues, the value of gender-specific education and the value of meaningful work. She holds a bachelor's degree in math and sociology from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania; a master's degree in theology from St. Louis University; and a Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College.  She is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

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Rita Marie Valade, RSM, PhD

Currently a self-employed consultant at MercySupport, Dr. Rita Valade, RSM serves as a grant writer, a web designer and a consultant for Mercy ministries, particularly for those ministries with limited funds seeking infrastructure assistance.


Prior to her current work, Rita served as Director of Mission and Resident Services at Mercy Sacred Heart, a long-term care facility in Louisville, KY and before that, as Chair of the School of Social Work and Associate Professor of Social Work at Spalding University in Louisville. Rita has also worked as a vocation coordinator, as an outpatient psychiatric therapist, and as a co-director and community organizer for a Catholic community center in Michigan.


She earned in Bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Social

Work from the Catholic University of America, a Master’s in Theology from the Washington Theological Union, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Louisville.

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Moya K. Dittmeier, EdD - Executive Director, ex officio

Moya Kaporch Dittmeier was appointed Executive Director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE) in May 2008. Formerly Vice President for Planning and Special Projects at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA, Moya taught English at Nazareth Academy High School (Philadelphia) and writing at the university level before her work in higher education administration. She is committed to the ministry of Catholic higher education and to creative approaches for bringing individuals together for common goals in light of the common good.


Moya received her Bachelor’s degree in English summa cum laude from Immaculata University, her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Writing with honors distinction from Arcadia University, and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University. She and her husband, John, an artisan blacksmith, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mary M. Fanning, RSM, PhD

Dr. Terri Bednarz, RSM

Dr. Donna Dalton

Dr. Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM

Dr. Thomas P. Foley

Timothy Muldoon, PhD

Barbara Person, JD

Thomas J. Ruthemeyer, CPA

Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM

Rita Marie Valade, RSM, PhD

Moya K. Dittmeier, EdD - Executive Director, ex officio

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Before joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Bednarz studied Roman and Christian antiquity through programs in Turkey, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. She presented papers at SBL conferences, including the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. She has participated in the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (Xavier University, New Orleans); and in the Crossroads Ministry