Greg Amodio came to Quinnipiac as director of athletics in 2015. In his current role, he oversees all facets of our 21 Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, including overall management, strategic planning, budgeting, development, external relations and human resources.
Previously, he served as director of athletics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and associate director for athletics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Amodio earned a master’s degree in education from Queens College and a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Davis & Elkins College.
Jennifer Gerarda Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1982 and her juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985.
Brown has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Emory and the University of Illinois. She joined the Quinnipiac School of Law faculty in 1994 and became a full professor in 1996. In 1997, she was named director of Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution. She served in that capacity until 2013, when she became dean of the law school. She served as interim executive vice president and provost of Quinnipiac University during the 2019-20 academic year.
Brown is co-author of the book, “Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights.” She has contributed to numerous publications on the topics of marriage equality and the theory and practice of negotiation. She previously served as secretary on the board of directors for Freedom to Marry, a former national bipartisan nonprofit dedicated to winning marriage rights for same-gender couples in the United States.
Janelle Chiasera earned her BS in medical technology from Bowling Green State University and her MS in allied medical professions and PhD in quantitative research, evaluation and measurement (education policy and leadership) from The Ohio State University.
Chiasera has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in higher education. After more than 20 years as a medical technologist and educator, she joined Quinnipiac as dean of the School of Health Sciences in September 2019. She previously served as director of the clinical laboratory science program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2006-09, as chair of UAB’s department of clinical and diagnostic sciences from 2010-12 and as senior executive associate dean for UAB’s School of Health Professions from 2017-19.
Chiasera is a regional director for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and previously served on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NASCLS). She has presented and published extensively on the subjects of clinical chemistry and leadership, receiving many commendations for her teaching and scholarship.
Anne Dichele earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northeastern University, her master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut.
Dichele has worked as a public school reading clinician and instructional consultant, taught at the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and the University of New Haven, and served as director of academic development at Albertus Magnus College. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1999 and was named director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for elementary education in 2000. In 2013, Dichele was named full director of the MAT program, overseeing all aspects of the elementary and secondary education program. She was appointed interim dean of the School of Education in 2016 and then dean in 2017.
Dichele is the founder of Side By Side Charter School, one of Connecticut's first state-funded charter schools, where she serves as chairperson of the board of directors. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Her first book of original poetry, “Ankle Deep and Drowning,” was published in 2015.
Monique Drucker joined the Division of Student Affairs at Quinnipiac in 1996. She is responsible for managing the division, which includes the dean of students office; campus life; community service; counseling services; fitness; recreation and club sports; fraternity and sorority life; graduate life; new student orientation; religious life; residential life; and student health services. She also has served as the university’s Title IX coordinator and chaired the Community Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team.
Drucker earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, an EdM in college counseling and student personnel administration from the University of Buffalo and an EdD in educational leadership from Johnson & Wales University.
Tom Ellett, PhD, joined Quinnipiac as the chief experience officer in August 2020, overseeing all student-facing functions, including enrollment management, student affairs, registrar, bursar, public safety, veterans’ affairs and career services.
Prior to joining Quinnipiac, he served as senior associate vice president for student affairs at New York University. He oversaw student-facing functions and residential life for 11,000 students spread across New York City. He led the university’s logistical response to COVID-19, a complex undertaking in a city that was initially the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus.
Ellett brings deep expertise and a student-centered mindset, focusing on improving the student experience on the NYU campus as well as across its 14 global centers. He led the creation of living-learning communities to enrich students’ intellectual and personal growth, and lived with his family throughout his time at NYU in a student residence hall. He was instrumental in creating a new Center for Student Life, which integrated student activities and the student resource center into a single cohesive unit.
Ellett has an undergraduate degree in English from Fordham University, a master’s degree in fine arts from Catholic University, and a doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy from Fordham.
Salvatore Filardi joined Quinnipiac in 2012. He oversees facilities management, campus planning, construction and real estate acquisitions for each of Quinnipiac University's three campuses. Previously, he was the associate vice chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus. In his 18 years in higher education, he has been involved in facilities management, energy management, campus planning, construction and building commissioning for dozens of colleges and universities across the country.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in finance, organizational management, and strategy and management from Northwestern University.
Justin Kile earned his bachelor of science in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his master of science in engineering and PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
Kile began teaching industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2005 and served as coordinator for the industrial engineering program from 2009-12. From 2012-13, he served as interim chair of the engineering department at Quinnipiac and as the associate dean of engineering from 2013-16. He was named the founding dean of the School of Engineering in July 2016 and has guided the school to ABET accreditation.
Prior to his academic career, Kile was a practicing engineer with the Graphic Controls Corporation and the Colad Group. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, has been published in numerous engineering journals and has presented his work at national venues such as RosEvaluation, the ABET Symposium and the ASEE Annual Conference.
Dr. Bruce Koeppen earned his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1977 and his PhD in physiology from the University of Illinois in 1980. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as a professor of medicine and cell biology. As dean of academic affairs at UConn, he oversaw all educational and research programs and was recognized by the board of trustees in 1999 for leading the faculty through a comprehensive curriculum revision.
Koeppen was named founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in 2010. His scholarship has appeared in numerous medical journals and books, including “Netter’s Atlas of Physiology.” He has earned many prestigious awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha – Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
He currently serves as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and as the chair of its accreditation standards committee.
Debra Liebowitz is an innovative leader with an impactful record of creating partnerships and launching initiatives that enable university growth, promote diversity, strengthen shared governance, and immersive learning opportunities. She oversees all academic programs at Quinnipiac, the university’s nine schools, and all other academic units and centers. She is also a professor of political science at Quinnipiac.
Liebowitz most recently served as provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, where she led three schools with approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Liebowitz joined Drew in 2000 as an assistant professor teaching international politics and gender studies. She assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including director of the women and gender studies program, and associate dean for curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and associate provost, before her appointment as provost in 2017. Liebowitz earned the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Center for Civic Engagement’s Faculty Leadership Award while at Drew. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights.
She holds degrees in political science — an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University.
Lisa G. O'Connor earned her diploma in nursing from the Ona Wilcox School of Nursing at Middlesex Hospital: a bachelor’s in nursing, a master’s in nursing education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.
She has extensive experience in medical-surgical and critical care nursing, along with 20 years in education — including hospital-based education and higher education. O’Connor, who has been associate dean of the School of Nursing since 2015, joined the Quinnipiac community in 2003 as an assistant professor. She served as director and chair of undergraduate nursing programs before ultimately being promoted to associate and full professor. She has served as a faculty senator, as an active member on the university education committee, the university assessment committee, and many other interprofessional committees and work groups.
She received the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Student Government Association in 2015. Her leadership at the state level was recognized in 2014 when she received the Nurse Leadership Award from the Connecticut League for Nursing.
Matthew O’Connor earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in finance from Syracuse University.
O’Connor joined Quinnipiac as assistant professor of finance in 1999. He was named chair of the finance department in 2005, a position he held for three years before being named interim dean of the School of Business in 2008. He was named dean in 2009.
O’Connor has overseen the launch of several highly successful degree programs, including the four-year accelerated BS/MBA, the online MBA and the Bachelor of Business Administration. Under his leadership, the School of Business was named to Bloomberg Business Week’s list of the Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs. The business school’s online graduate programs were ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. During his tenure as dean, graduate business school enrollment has grown from approximately 250 to more than 800 students. He also was instrumental in the development and launch of Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering.
In addition to his duties as dean, O’Connor sits on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and ReSET, a nonprofit social enterprise trust.
Daryl Richard was appointed vice president for marketing and communications in November 2019. He oversees integrated marketing communications, public affairs, public relations and the Quinnipiac Poll. Prior to this role, Richard was vice president for corporate communications at UnitedHealthcare, a Fortune 50 company, where his responsibilities included crafting the organization-wide narrative and brand platform, while also building and leading media and community relations, executive visibility, digital and social strategies, and issues advocacy. In previous roles with the company, Richard also managed internal communications and launched its corporate magazine.
Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Richard worked at Weber Shandwick, providing counsel to clients ranging from government agencies to technology startups and Fortune 100 companies. He also has served as director of communications for a nonprofit association. Richard also has worked as a reporter for Congress Daily, Time and the Hartford Courant.
He graduated Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Chris Roush earned a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Auburn University. Before coming to Quinnipiac, he was the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in Business Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of its Carolina Business News Initiative.
Previously, Roush taught business journalism at Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond. The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him “Journalism Teacher of the Year” in 2010. He also was chosen the “North Carolina Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Roush has worked for various publications, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Tampa Tribune, BusinessWeek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News.
He served on the board of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication from 2014 to 2018 and edited a book, "Master Class," for journalism and mass communication educators.
He has authored or co-authored 10 books, including the leading textbook in business journalism education.
Don C. Sawyer III joined Quinnipiac in 2012 as an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was promoted to associate professor and tenured in 2018. He currently serves as vice president for equity and inclusion. In addition, he oversees the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement, which is responsible for global education, international student services, multicultural education, Title IX, and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life.
Sawyer develops and implements initiatives and strategies to monitor and evaluate institutional-wide progress toward our goal of inclusive excellence. He teaches courses on race, education, social research methods, and popular culture, including the university’s first course dedicated to the sociological study of hip-hop culture. He also founded the #HipHopHeals Project, a community-based recording studio for Haitian and Dominican youth living in the Dominican Republic. Sawyer is an applied sociologist and ensures most of his projects are in partnership with local communities.
With over 20 years of higher education experience, he has held positions in residence life, admissions, multicultural affairs, fraternity and sorority affairs, student activities, experiential learning, student leadership, and STEM retention.
He earned his PhD in sociology and MS in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, and a BA in psychology from Hartwick College.
Elicia Spearman is a highly accomplished labor and employment attorney and human resources executive who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. She was appointed the university’s general counsel and vice president for human resources in April 2020. Before joining Quinnipiac, she served as vice president and chief human resources officer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. In that role, Spearman led the human resources function for the company’s 17,000 employees and managed a budget of $24 million.
Previously, she held executive-level positions at Hubbell Incorporated, where she was chief employment counsel and, later, vice president for human resources. Prior to that, she practiced law as an employment lawyer for several years at Aetna before transitioning to human resources to lead the Employee Relations Center of Excellence and manage a team of human resources business partners. Prior to returning home to Connecticut, Spearman practiced law in the District of Columbia and worked for Children’s National Medical Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is licensed to practice law in four states and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Spearman has earned several awards for her professional accomplishments and community service.
Spearman earned her juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law, where she was appointed by the dean of the law school as the chief justice of the honor court, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Wellesley College.
Todd Sloan joined Quinnipiac as vice president for development and alumni affairs in October 2019. Most recently the assistant vice president for development at American University, he is widely lauded as a fundraising professional, bringing years of expertise leading development and alumni outreach at major universities across the United States.
Prior to American University, Sloan worked in executive-level development positions at The Pennsylvania State University, where in his last role he served as executive director of fundraising across multiple colleges. He previously served as senior director of development for its Smeal College of Business. He also served in senior fundraising roles at Le Moyne College and Keystone College.
Sloan earned his bachelor's degree in political science from The Pennsylvania State University.
Robert Smart earned his bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Maine, and his master of arts and PhD in comparative literature from the University of Utah.
In four decades of work in higher education, Smart has chaired three English departments, served on the board of trustees at three separate institutions and directed honors programs at two. He also was holder of the Dorothy Bell Chair in Writing for 12 years while at Bradford College. Smart joined Quinnipiac in 2000. After serving as chair of the English department, as well as dean of academics, Smart was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.
Smart serves as director of Irish Studies at Quinnipiac and is a member of the advisory board for the Irish College of the Humanities. He also has been integral in forging many of Quinnipiac’s partnerships abroad and has been a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) program evaluator for 20 years, most recently at the American University of Bulgaria.
W. Eric Sykes was appointed vice president for enrollment management in September 2019. His responsibilities include overseeing student admissions and retention. He brings a deep expertise in the field, rooted in analytics and data analysis. Previously, he served as associate vice president of enrollment management and dean of admission at Emerson College, where he enhanced the geographic diversity of the entering class of first-year undergraduates, expanded the number of online graduate programs (with a resulting 20% jump in enrollment), and dramatically increased the number of underrepresented minority students in the school. Prior to his time in admissions at Emerson, Sykes worked in institutional research at Emerson and Xavier University; he was also an assistant professor of psychology at Dickinson College where he headed more than 20 research projects and taught a wide variety of courses, including advanced research methods, personality, cross-cultural psychology and stereotypes/prejudice.
Sykes has a master of sciences degree in social and personality psychology with a concentration in psychometrics from Purdue University. He earned his bachelor's at Loyola University, Chicago, where he majored in psychology and minored in mathematics.
Fred Tarca came to Quinnipiac in 1999 as director of administration and project management.
Since then, he has worked throughout the Division of Information Services. As vice president, chief information and technology officer, he directs the technology operations for the entire university — overseeing academic technology; university applications; business process; systems, technology and planning; A/V classroom technology; network operations; information security; client services/help desk; telecom; and copy/mail center.
Previously, Tarca served as vice president of Pacific Numerix Corporation in Scottsdale, Arizona; as a business executive at IBM Corporation; and as a corporate security investigator at United Technologies Corporation.
He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of New Haven; and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Keene State University.
Mark Varholak was appointed vice president for finance and chief financial officer in July 2015, after serving as associate vice president for budget and financial planning since July 2013. Prior to that he was the university's associate controller for 10 years.
Varholak earned his MBA with concentrations in finance and international business from New York University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and international business from Pennsylvania State University.
Bethany Zemba joined Quinnipiac as vice president and chief of staff in December 2018. Previously, she served as a senior associate dean, chief of staff and senior adviser to the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Yale University. Before that, she worked at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Zemba brings a range of strategic higher education leadership and expertise to her role at Quinnipiac, where she is responsible for working closely with the senior management team to direct the formulation and execution of the university’s strategic plan; coordinate institutional research; oversee community relations; and serve as the primary liaison to the board of trustees.
Zemba earned a bachelor of science and a master of public administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a doctorate in education, with a focus on higher education administration, from Johnson and Wales University.
Annalisa Zinn came to Quinnipiac in 2006. Since that time, she has taught courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, served as an assistant dean for career services and later an associate dean of social sciences; worked as an associate vice president for academic and strategic planning and currently is vice president for academic innovation and effectiveness.
In her current role, she is responsible for a range of academic and operational matters, including the leadership and oversight of the following offices and programs: academic assessment and research; library; registrar; Center for Teaching and Learning; Center for Research and Scholarship; learning commons; military and veteran affairs; Albert Schweitzer Institute; honors program; academic integrity; pre-health advising; and pre-law advising. She also serves as the accreditation liaison officer with the New England Commission of Higher Education and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
Zinn earned a PhD in political science and a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University. She also earned an MBA from Quinnipiac. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include international human rights, ethics of war and peace, political violence, public policy and international relations.