Meet the Officers

William Weldon

William Weldon, Quinnipiac University trustee.

William C. Weldon ’71


Bill is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. He joined the company in 1971 in the sales and marketing department of its McNeil Pharmaceutical subsidiary. In 1982, he was named manager, ICOM Regional Development Center in Southeast Asia, and later held the posts of executive vice president and managing director of Korea McNeil, managing director of Ortho-Cilag Pharmaceutical in the U.K., and vice president of sales and marketing at Janssen Pharmaceutica. In 1992, Johnson & Johnson appointed Bill president of Ethicon Endo-Surgery. He also was named a company group chairman of J&J and worldwide franchise chairman of Ethicon Endo-Surgery. In 1998, he was promoted to the executive committee and named worldwide chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, and then vice chairman of the board of directors in 2001 before taking the helm as chairman. Bill is a member of the board of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., CVS Caremark and the Mountain Mission School.

Carlton Highsmith

Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of Quinnipiac University's board of trustees and founder of the Carlton Highsmith Chair in Entrepreneurship. Image received May 2012.

Carlton L. Highsmith

Vice Chairman

Carlton founded Specialized Packaging Group, a package design, marketing and engineering firm in New Haven in 1983. By 2009, SPG, with revenues of more than $180 million, had grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of consumer paperboard packaging in North America. The company was recognized as the largest minority-owned company in Connecticut. Carlton currently serves on the board of directors of First Niagara Bank and chairs the board of directors of the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (CONNCAT), a nonprofit organization that provides world-class, market relevant job training and financial literacy training to under-employed and unemployed adults in the New Haven area. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded an honorary degree from Quinnipiac in 2008.

David Nelson

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David R. Nelson ’81

Vice Chairman

David serves as the chief executive officer and president of the Veterans Accountable Care Group, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, he serves as the president of Inovacus, LLC, a strategic consulting and advisory company. Prior to this, he served as COO of xG Health Solutions and vice president, Federal Market at OptumHealth. He also served as chairman, CEO and president of Calvert Health Partners, a health care provider services organization. David has received numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Health Care in Maryland. In addition, he serves on the board of trustees for the Living Classroom’s Foundation. He has published many articles on health care delivery. David earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Quinnipiac and a master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

Barbara Beever

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Barbara M. Beever ’81


Barbara served as a physical therapist at Hartford Hospital upon earning her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac in 1981. She also provided inhome physical therapy services for many years. Barbara was an active member of the School of Health Sciences Advisory Board.

Meet the Members

John Abella

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John C. Abella ’83

John is executive vice president with DDI Leasing Inc., cofounder and owner of DDI Leasing of New England, LLC, and cofounder and owner of BR Associates, LLC. He is a technology leasing veteran with more than 30 years of IT solution and equipment leasing sales and sales management experience. Prior to his election to the Quinnipiac Board of Trustees, John was an active member of the School of Business Advisory Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Quinnipiac in 1983.

John Antonio

John Antonino, Quinnipiac University trustee. September, 2008.

John R. Antonino ’70

John is president and co-owner of Antonino Automotive Group. He worked alongside his father, uncle and sons to sustain one of the nation’s oldest Toyota dealerships and expand the family enterprise into one of Connecticut’s largest statewide businesses. Antonino Automotive Group now has expanded to more than 10 dealerships, including Girard Toyota, BMW of New London, Antonino Acura, and Toyota of Colchester. He serves on the board for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Connecticut Toyota Dealers Association. John earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Quinnipiac in 1970.

William Ayers

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William L. Ayers Jr. ’70

Bill is a former vice president and business unit leader of The Ayers Group, a New York-based career management firm and division of Kelly Services Inc., a leader in providing workforce solutions. He founded The Ayers Group in 1975. He is a fellow of the International Association of Outplacement Professionals and a recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has served on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America—New York Council and was a member of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Quinnipiac in 1970. 

Patrick Baumgarten

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Patrick Baumgarten ’73

Patrick is the former business manager and shareholder of the Agency for the Performing Arts, a highly successful talent agency that was started in 1962 by his father, David, in New York, New York. APA represents talented artists such as Betty White, Elliott Gould and comedians Lewis Black and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Quinnipiac in 1973.

Gabriel Ferrucci

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Gabriel Ferrucci ’65

Gabriel joined Raybestos Manhattan in 1971, advancing to division president and general manager in 1976 and corporate vice president. In 1983, he purchased and became president and CEO of Keystone Engineering Company, a leading design and manufacturing firm supplying propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft components for the aerospace and military defense markets. The company was sold to Sundstrand in 1998. Currently, he manages his investments as a member of Ferrucci Properties, LLC. Gabriel serves as a board member and on committees of various businesses and nonprofit organizations. His commitment to community service earned him the “2003 Man of Character Award” from the Boy Scouts of America, and he was invested into the Knighthood of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Quinnipiac in 1965.

Dennis Flanagan

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Dennis P. Flanagan ’72

Dennis is the former chief operating officer of The Ayers Group in New York City and is the former president and CEO of OKI Data Americas. With more than 35 years of experience in the computer industry, Dennis was employed by Texas Instruments and Memorex before joining OKI Data. He is chairman of the board for Virtua Healthcare. He is also past chairman of the board at Neoware (now an HP company) and a past board member of Samaritan Hospice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Quinnipiac in 1972.

Terry Goodwin

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Terry W. Goodwin ’67

Terry worked in the field of institutional securities trading and equity markets at UBS on Wall Street for 35 years and retired in 2003 after four years as vice president and manager of equity trading at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Terry was managing director of global equity trading for more than 20 years at Chase Manhattan Asset Management. He is now a part-time consultant for trading, securities markets and international equity trading. He served as chairman of Quinnipiac’s Board of Trustees from 2005–13. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Quinnipiac in 1967 and a master of business administration from the University of New Haven in 1982.

Richard Howard

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Richard P. Howard

Rich is a former portfolio manager and securities analyst. He founded Prospector Partners, LLC, in August 2005. Prior to that, he was a managing director of White Mountains Advisors, LLC, and senior vice president of OneBeacon Insurance Group from 2001 through August 2005. Prior to joining OneBeacon, he was a vice president and portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price Associates. From 1979–82, Rich was a senior industry specialist at Fidelity Management & Research Corporation. He served as chairman of Quinnipiac’s Board of Trustees from 2013–16. He has a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University and an MBA from Harvard University.

David Keiser

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David W. Keiser

David is the former president, chief operating officer and director of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, building the company from an early stage development firm into a highly successful and profitable, fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company. Prior to cofounding Alexion in 1992, he held senior management positions in international operations, regional management and business development for G.D. Searle & Company Limited, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products. Before joining Searle, he held Europe and Asia/Pacific regional management positions for the pharmaceutical companies Hoffmann La Roche Ltd. and subsequently Mundipharma AG, both headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. David advises and serves on the boards of several development stage biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He is also president and director of a private foundation and serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit charitable organizations. He received his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and attended the University of Basel in Switzerland.

Jeffrey Kinkead


Jeffrey Kinkead ’84

Jeff is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Systems Resources. Based in Miami, Florida, ASR creates leading-edge technology solutions for clients around the world since 1994 and has won recognition as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. He is also the founder and general partner at Global Passive Investments, which invests in companies with emerging technologies. Jeff played center and wing for the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team while earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Miami. In 2015, he established the Jeffrey A. Kinkead Endowed Student Veterans’ Fund to raise support and awareness for veterans causes.

Kenneth Neilson

2005 Charter Oak Dinner

Kenneth T. Neilson

Ken is president and CEO of Patriot National Bancorp Inc. and Patriot National Bank. He is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hudson United Bank. He joined Hudson in October 1983 and was named president in September 1989 and later in 1996, chairman of the board. Ken stepped down after the TD Banknorth merger in January 2006. Prior to joining Hudson United, he was with the Summit Bancorporation and American National Bank. He is a past chairman of both the New Jersey Bankers Association and the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, and is active with Habitat for Humanity. Ken is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Marybeth Noonan


Marybeth L. Noonan ’82

Marybeth, along with her husband, Michael, founded a fiber optic company in 1992 and sold it in 2006. Prior to that, she enjoyed successful careers in real estate sales and human resources. Marybeth is involved in her family’s wine-importing business, Global Wine Importers. She serves on the UMass Memorial Hospital and Medical School Development Council as well as many charitable boards in the Worcester, Massachusetts, community. Marybeth earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from Quinnipiac in 1982. 

Peter Novak

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Peter Novak

Pete is a general agent of Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Service Co. A 30-year veteran of the insurance and financial services industry, he previously served as general agent to MassMutual’s Rochester agency; co-general agent at the New England/Robinson Co. in Waterbury, Connecticut, and as an agent at the New York Life Insurance Company. Before entering financial services, Pete coached college basketball and was a social worker in his hometown of New Haven. He is the co-founder of the Charter Oak Fund, Charter Oak’s charitable arm, which supports numerous local philanthropic causes and organizations. In 2013, Pete and his wife, Kasia, established the Novak Family Polish Chair to strengthen ties between the United States and the countries of Eastern Europe. The chairman of the Central European Institute Advisory Board, he is a graduate of American International College and received a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America.

Waring Partridge


B. Waring Partridge

An investor, philanthropist and art collector, Waring is the CEO of Antilles Financial Services Group, LLC in the United States Virgin Islands. Prior to this, he served as a vice president of AT&T for corporate strategy and new businesses. He holds 16 patents for telecommunications systems and apparatus. He also served in high level staff positions in Congress and in the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, as acting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and as a consultant for the State Department. In 2018, Waring and his wife, Carmen, established the Waring and Carmen Partridge Faculty Fellows Fund for the School of Law. An adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School, he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale College and a law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

William Platt


William T. Platt ’78

Bill is the retired deputy managing partner of professional practice and retired deputy chief quality officer for Deloitte & Touche. Bill was a long-time member and the former chairman of the School of Business Advisory Board and currently chairs the President’s Advisory Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and served as an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac.

Arthur Rice

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Arthur H. Rice, Esq. ’73

Art is the president of Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schiller, P.A. He has extensive experience as both a litigator and a bankruptcy lawyer, including a significant number of jury trials in state and federal courts. Originally a native of Middletown, Connecticut, Art graduated from Quinnipiac with a bachelor of arts in 1973 and moved to Miami to attend the University of Miami School of Law. After graduation, he stayed to practice law in Florida. Art served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as other citations. He retired with the rank of captain. Art is a trustee for the Miami Art Museum.

Christian Sauska

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Christian Sauska Sr.

Christian is president and CEO of Light Sources Inc. in Orange, Connecticut, and LightTech Ltd. in Budapest, Hungary. The company has grown to include manufacturing and sales locations in Europe and a sales location in China. An immigrant from Hungary, Christian earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bridgeport Engineering Institute and his MBA from the University of Bridgeport. In the early ’90s, he began to make wine. Today, the Sauska Wineries in Vill.ny and Tokaj, Hungary, create worldclass dry wines, equal in quality and stature to the sweet Tokaji-Asz. for which Hungary is famous, and to the Bordeaux, which inspired his interest.

Richard Silver

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Richard A. Silver

Rick, a senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell, is recognized as a leader of the litigation bar in the state of Connecticut and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Litigation for the past 20 years. He is a past president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious organization of Connecticut plaintiff and defense trial attorneys. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania, Rick received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Brian Spears

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Brian E. Spears, JD ’92

Brian Spears is an attorney in private practice in Southport, Connecticut. He practices in the areas of government investigations and related criminal and civil court proceedings. His practice also focuses on commercial litigation, employment law, securities litigation and internal investigations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Brian is a magna cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac’s School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Mark Standish


Mark Standish

Mark is the managing partner of Deimos Asset Management. He is the former president and co-CEO of Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets, co-group head of the Capital Markets Division, and was a member of the Group Executive Committee of RBC. Originally from London, Mark studied banking and finance at Croydon College in England. He is actively involved with numerous charities in both New York and New Jersey.

Brett Amendola

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Brett M. Amendola ’91

President, Alumni Association Board of Governors

Brett is the managing partner of Aegis Wealth Partners, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York, New York. With more than two decades of experience at some of the world’s largest investment firms, Brett works to assist clients in meeting their current financial needs while providing for future concerns. He received Guardian’s National New Agency Recruiting Award for 2013 and the GAMA–Career Development Award. Brett earned a bachelor of science in financial management at Quinnipiac in 1991.