Board members

Thanks to our outgoing CMHE Board Members, May 2014

CMHE Board of Directors 2014-2015

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.

Jane Gerety, RSM, PhD

Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM became the seventh president of Salve Regina University in July 2009.  Prior to her appointment as president and since 1995, Jane had been a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Previously, Jane served as Executive Board Officer for Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta. Prior to her work in the Catholic Healthcare system in Atlanta, Sister Jane held the position of Academic Dean at Carlow University (then, Carlow College) in Pittsburgh, where she also served as an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Public Leadership Program. Jane earned a Bachelor’s degree in French from Mount Saint Agnes College in Baltimore, a Master’s in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the junior high and high school levels.

Jane has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including: Saint Joseph’s Health System, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation, Saint Joseph’s Research Institute, Saint Joseph’s Service Corporation, Saint Joseph’s East Georgia, Saint John’s Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Housing – Southeast, and Project Adventure.

Michael J. James, PhD

The Director of the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education, Dr. Michael J. James is also a lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education and a former fellow of the Roche Center for Catholic Education, Boston College.

Prior to his work at Boston College, Michael served as Vice President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as well as the editor of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. He has also served as Dean of Student Affairs at Mount Marty College in South Dakota, as Assistant to the President of the University Faculty Senate at Indiana University, and as an assistant director in both residence life and admissions at the University of Notre Dame.

The author of numerous books, book chapters and handbooks, Michael is also well-known for his scholarly and professional presentations across the US, in South Korea, and in Brazil.  He serves on numerous boards related to Catholic education and ministry and he has been nationally recognized for his scholarship and his dedication to Catholic higher education.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Theology and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies--both from Indiana University. Michael is also a noted musician, playing the violin.

Anne E. McLaughlin, RSM, D.Min

sdfDr. Anne E. McLaughlin, RSM, Vice Chair of the CMHE Board, recently completed three years of service as Chief Academic Officer of the Washington Theological Union (WTU) in Takoma Park, Maryland. Prior to this leadership position, Anne served as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at WTU.

For many years, Anne’s ministry was centered at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA where she held various positions as a lecturer and later, associate professor and chair of the religious studies department. Earlier in her ministry, Anne taught religion at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, PA.

Anne holds the Doctor of Ministry degree in Theology and a Master’s in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA.

Anne has served on various higher education boards throughout her career, including the Board of Directors at Mount Aloysius College, the Executive Committee of the Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, and as a member of the Joint Ethics Committee of King’s College and Misericordia University. She has been honored with the title Professor Emerita, Misericordia University, and the Sister of Mercy Award from the Misericordia University Alumni Association.

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 adjunct associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College as well as Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry at BC. 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.

Kathleen Owens, PhD

dfgDr. Kathleen Cieplak Owens has served as president of Gwynedd Mercy University since 2002. Under her leadership, Gwynedd-Mercy College transitioned to University status in 2013 and the University has developed and implemented new academic programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. While leading the University’s first Comprehensive Capital Campaign, Kathy secured the largest gift in the institution’s history resulting in a named School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Previously, Kathy served as vice president for academic affairs at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA, as well as dean and professor in the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Dr. Owens received her PhD and BS degrees from Loyola University Chicago, and her master’s degree from DePaul University.

In addition to serving on Board for the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Kathy serves on the boards of several other organizations including the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU) and she currently chairs the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU). She also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Project HOME, a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to serving the needs of persons who are homeless.

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.

Thomas J. Ruthemeyer, CPA

adfThomas 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.

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.

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.