BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CMHE Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Mary M. Fanning, RSM, PhD

Sister Mary was a faculty member of Notre Dame of Maryland University from 1999 to 2016. Previously Sister Mary was 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 Medical Center in Towson, MD, and Mercy Medical in Daphne, AL. In her early career, Sister Mary taught science at Mercy High School in Baltimore.


Sister Mary has served on numerous boards and committees. In addition to the board for the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, she currently serves on the boards of Mercy Health Services, Baltimore, MD; St. Joseph-Mercy Hospital, Georgetown, Guyana; Trinity Health System, Livonia, MI; and the Stewardship Committee of Mercy Health System, St. Louis, MO.

Sister 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. She is an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, STD

Sister Margaret Carney is a member of The Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Communities. A native of Pittsburgh, Sr. Margaret received her Doctorate in Theology in Rome in 1988. She studied at the Pontifical University “Antonianum”—Rome’s Franciscan university—after completing Masters’ degrees in Theology at Duquesne University and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University.


Sister’s early ministries included teaching in elementary and secondary schools, administration and formation roles. She was appointed Associate Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This made her  the first woman to hold a chancery level appointment which she held for six years. From 1980 to 1982, she worked as a member of an international commission on a new Rule of Life for the 400 institutes of the Franciscan Third Order Regular, eventually approved by Pope John Paul II. Sr. Margaret has lectured extensively in both in the U.S. and abroad.

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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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Thomas P. Foley, J.D.

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

Tim Muldoon (Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Duquesne University) is the Director of Mission Education at Catholic Extension Society, an organization which serves poor and underresourced dioceses in the United States. He is also an adjunct professor of theology at Boston College, where he worked for twelve years, teaching and serving and in the office of Mission and Ministry. He was editor of the journal Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education, an effort to draw faculty from different disciplines into common conversation about the mission of the Catholic university. From 1997 to 2005, Tim taught at Mount Aloysius College as a pofessor of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology, and served for four years as the department chair. He is married with three teens and lives in the Boston area.

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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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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

Thomas P. Foley, J.D.

Timothy Muldoon, PhD

Margaret Carney, OSF, STD

Thomas J. Ruthemeyer, CPA

Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM

Atty. Marie-Bernarde Miller

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

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In 1997, Sr. Margaret went to St. Bonaventure University to serve as a faculty member of its world-renowned Franciscan Institute. Within two years, she was named its Dean and Director. She became  the 20th president of the university in 2004 and completed her term in 2016.  She now holds the title of President Emerita.


Throughout her years of service, Sr. Margaret has served on multiple boards including the St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe and St. Paul’s Seminary—both in Pennsylvania. She participated in the study leading to the merger of St. Fidelis Seminary (St. Augustine Province of Capuchins) with St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio.


Other board work included Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Alvernia University, the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition and the Council of Independent Colleges of the state of New York. More recently she chaired both the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities and she  has  been a member of the Presidents’ Council of the Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference.


Sister Margaret is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. Having started her Franciscan religious life with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God (Pittsburgh, Pa.), she received permission to transfer to her vows to The Franciscans of the Neumann Communities  (Syracuse, New York) in 2008.

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).

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

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Atty. Marie-Bernarde Miller

Marie-Bernarde Miller is a former Religious Sister of Mercy in what was formerly known as the St. Louis Province.  She currently is Deputy City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Her professional background includes an extensive career in corporate and employment law, as well as commercial litigation and appellate advocacy.  She serves as Legal Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission.  During her practice of law in the private sector, Miller was distinguished with rankings by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers for her skills and leadership in commercial litigation and general business law. 

Prior to becoming Deputy City Attorney, Miller was Of Counsel with Williams & Anderson PLC, and was a shareholder with Gill Elrod Ragon Owen & Sherman, P.A. Her public service legal career includes being Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for Health Care Fraud matters, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas.

Miller served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, successfully prosecuting, and arguing before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the removal of the first judge in the history of the Arkansas judiciary.  She also served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct in the disbarment action against President William Jefferson Clinton. 

Miller is a past President of the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas Law School; she has served as a member, and as Chair, on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Bar Association. Miller is Master of the Bench in the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court, and also is a Founding Member of the Arkansas Heart Foundation.

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