Meet the Officers
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 L. Highsmith
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 R. Nelson ’81
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 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 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.
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.
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 ’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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Javier leads P&G’s Information Technology, a global organization focused on harnessing data and analytics and artificial intelligence to drive top- and bottom-line growth while better serving consumers, customers and employees. Javier, who was born in Ecuador, earned an MBA at Purdue University and a bachelor of arts in business administration at the University of Miami. He holds a master of international management from Budapest University of Technology and Economics and a master of international business management from TiasNimbas Business School, Netherlands. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard School of Business. He and his wife, Gigi, have a school-aged daughter. They live in Coral Gables, Florida.
Robert J. Potter Jr. ’91, P’23
Rob is a senior executive at Verodin, Division of FireEye. Prior to FireEye’s acquisition of Verodin, he held the position of chief revenue officer and was responsible for developing and delivering the global sales and marketing strategy, services, customer success and solutions that support Verodin’s customer needs. Prior to joining Verodin in 2017, Rob held senior executive leadership positions at Symantec, EMC (RSA), IBM, Attachmate (WRQ), Lancope (acquired by CISCO), as well as multiple start-ups including co-founding STS Technologies. He currently serves as an adviser for BroadBranch Advisors, KCP Media and PICNIC Technologies and previously served on the board of Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that assists homeless veterans. Rob holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Quinnipiac, where he was captain of the men’s ice hockey team. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Alexandria, Virginia, with their two daughters. Their oldest, Avery, is a member of the Quinnipiac class of 2023 and is on the field hockey team.
Arthur H. Rice ’73, Esq.
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.
Charles A. Saia Jr. ’91, MBA ’04
Chuck is the global data insights business leader for Deloitte. The former CEO of Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory, Chuck recently was hand-picked by global CEO Punit Renjen to lead a new global “Bold Play” data initiative, Deloitte Data Insights. As the global leader of Deloitte Data Insights, he is developing ways Deloitte can further monetize and transform data assets into revenue, profits and clear market advantage. Chuck serves on the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, is a 2010 Business Leader Hall of Fame inductee and a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. A certified public accountant, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science and an MBA from Quinnipiac. He and his wife, Allison, reside in Mountainside, New Jersey, with their two sons.
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 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.
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.