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Leadership Council

These senior leaders help advise President Judy Olian on important decisions involving the university and oversee key areas around the institution.

Meet the Team

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.

Greg Amodio
Greg Amodio

Dr. Phillip Boiselle earned his bachelor of arts in chemistry and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine, followed by residency training at Yale University and a thoracic imaging fellowship from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Boiselle served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1999 to 2016, during which time he held a variety of clinical and educational leadership roles while also serving as an NIH-funded researcher. He also was a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and served as its associate dean for academic and clinical affairs from 2012-16. In this role, he provided strategic oversight of the school’s educational and research centers and the implementation of a broad array of faculty development and diversity initiatives.

As dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University from 2017-21, Boiselle enhanced the diversity of its medical student and graduate student populations, expanded graduate medical education programs, established FAU Medicine®, the college’s first faculty clinical practice plan, and launched the Marcus Institute for Integrative Health at FAU Medicine®. He was named dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in 2021.

Boiselle is recognized as an international expert in the field of thoracic imaging. His scholarship includes more than 250 research articles, review articles, editorials, book chapters and books. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging from 2009-18.

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Phil Boiselle
Phil Boiselle

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.

She currently serves on the board of trustees for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc. and the board of trustees for Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut. In 2020 she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

School of Law

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

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.

School of Health Sciences

Janelle Chiasera
Janelle Chiasera

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.

School of Education

Anne Dichele
Anne Dichele

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.

Monique Drucker
Monique Drucker

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.

Tom Ellett
Tom Ellett

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.

Sal Filardi
Sal Filardi

David Fryson is an experienced higher education leader in the area of equity of inclusion. He is working to build out the full team of the Office of Inclusive Excellence, including a new position Quinnipiac has added to increase retention of first-generation and diverse students.

He has most recently served as interim vice president for diversity at Brandeis University, and prior to that served as deputy general counsel at West Virginia University before becoming the founding vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Fryson practiced law for more than 25 years, serving as the city attorney for two different municipalities in West Virginia. Additionally, he has served in ministry for more than 35 years and currently serves as the senior pastor of the New First Baptist Church of Kanawha City in Charleston, West Virginia.

He is an alumnus of West Virginia University where he earned a JD degree, and he earned an undergraduate degree from West Virginia State University.

David Fryson
David Fryson

Dan Kim has extensive experience in marketing, communications and social media with a successful track record for excellence and impact at several significant higher education institutions.

He oversees the Office of Marketing and Communications at Quinnipiac, including the Quinnipiac University Poll and the Center for Survey Insights.

Most recently, he served as senior vice president for communications, marketing and external relations at Brandeis University, where he developed a highly successful brand platform and communications plan which aligned messaging across the entire institution, including the Offices of Admissions and Advancement. He also led the university-wide communications strategy during COVID-19 and other moments of challenge.

Before Brandeis, Kim served as vice president for marketing and communications at the College of the Holy Cross, where he oversaw crisis communications, government and community relations, and strategic marketing to enhance reputation, support admissions and drive fundraising.

Prior to Holy Cross, he served as executive director of communications and marketing at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Earlier, he held the position of director of news and information at West Virginia University.

Before West Virginia University, Kim’s roles included serving as vice president of media integration for the Detroit News and Free Press, and editor and publisher of the ABA Journal of the American Bar Association.

Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

Dan Kim
Dan Kim

Taskin Kocak earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University.

Kocak previously served as dean of the Dr. Robert A. Savoie College of Engineering and a professor in computer and electrical engineering at the University of New Orleans. Prior to his time at the University of New Orleans, Taskin was a professor, department chair and dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has previously worked at Duke, the University of Bristol in England, and the University of Central Florida. Before entering higher education, he worked as a design engineer at Mitsubishi Electronic America’s Semiconductor Division in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

His broad research interests and expertise span the areas of machine learning, computer networks and high-performance computing. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications, including 46 journal papers. He served as an associate editor for the Computer Journal published by Oxford University Press as well as the sole guest editor for a special issue of this journal. He also served as the lead guest editor for a special issue of the Association for Computing Machinery Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.

School of Computing and Engineering

Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, Taskin Kocak
Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering, Taskin Kocak

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.

Provost’s Fall 2022 Update

Provost's Fall 2021 Update

Debra Liebowitz
Debra Liebowitz

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.

Elicia Spearman
Elicia Spearman

Holly J. Raider became the dean of the Quinnipiac School of Business on July 1, 2021. Dean Raider is an expert in strategy, leadership change, business transitions and stakeholder engagement in high-stakes, turn-around situations.

At Quinnipiac, Dean Raider is leading the pathway to distinction in holistic business education that prepares learners for meaningful careers and lives in dynamic, interdependent global environments through excellence in teaching, research, and real-world experiential learning. Dean Raider is leading the School of Business in planning a state-of-the-art new building, launching new and innovative programs such as Fintech and Sport and Entertainment Management, leading the capital campaign for the school, expanding the faculty and developing strategic capabilities, including executive education, business alumni engagement and research centers. She serves on the executive committee of the partnership between Quinnipiac and Hartford HealthCare.

An award-winning educator, Dean Raider has spearheaded educational innovation and advanced the access, quality and impact of business education in a career spanning several distinguished business schools, including the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Dean Raider has more than 25 years of experience as an educator and leader of collaborative global partnerships with corporations, government, healthcare systems, professional sports organizations and international universities.

Dean Raider is a member of the AACSB Business Practices Council.

Before joining Quinnipiac, Dean Raider was Clinical Professor of Management at the Kellogg School of Management, where she served as a managing director of executive education from 2014-21 and as associate dean of academic and faculty initiatives from 2016-18. She led the collaborative implementation of Kellogg’s first fully online, non-degree programs, spearheaded faculty development, created Kellogg’s Advanced Management Program and created SPARK, an innovative teaching incubator that brought together experts from wide-ranging fields. She oversaw both Kellogg's AACSB accreditation review and Kellogg's participation in Northwestern's 10-year program review.

Dean Raider earned her BA from Barnard College and her PhD in sociology from Columbia University. Her research includes the areas of career development, networks and knowledge transfer. Her current work focuses on preparing young professionals for the workplace of the future. Dean Raider’s article, "How to Strengthen Your Network When You are Just Starting Out," was recently featured in HBR’s special issue on the New Rules of Networking. Dean Raider was honored with a teaching award from Northwestern’s Business Institutions Program and with a Northwestern Wildcat Excellence Award.

Holly Raider
Holly Raider

Otoniel (Tony) Reyes was appointed chief of public safety in 2021. In his current role, he oversees the Public Safety Department and is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures governing the safety of Quinnipiac’s three campuses. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with all Public Safety reporting requirements; collaborating with faculty, staff and students to provide educational programs and public safety services; and serving as a liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He also manages patrol services, communications and information services for the department, facilities and residential security, investigations, victim assistance, crime prevention programs and emergency and disaster preparedness.

Before joining Quinnipiac, Reyes served as chief of police in New Haven. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Reyes is certified by the FBI as a hostage negotiator and has FEMA certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a master of public administration from the University of New Haven and a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia.

Tony Reyes
Tony Reyes

Matt Romeo, MBA '97, joined Quinnipiac in 1997 as assistant coordinator for information services, and was appointed chief information officer in 2022.

In his role, Romeo is responsible for overseeing the university’s broad array of technology management initiatives, providing leadership to optimize data and information in support of the university’s academic and strategic priorities. He has more than 25 years of experience in IT roles at Quinnipiac, providing an invaluable perspective to the integration of technology across all academic and administrative units at the university.

Throughout his career at Quinnipiac, Romeo has continued to teach management and computer information systems classes in the School of Business, where he earned his MBA. He also has a bachelor’s degree in international business from Albertus Magnus College.

Matt Romeo
Matt Romeo

Adam David Roth’s expertise spans rhetorical theory and criticism, persuasion and society, communication studies, and rhetoric of science. He has earned several prestigious honors, including the Douglas Ehninger Award for Teaching. His research on the central role of rhetoric in the evolution of Western medicine has been well received in the United States, Greece, Cyprus, Russia and China.

Throughout his career, Roth has developed and launched numerous interdisciplinary programs and collaborative strategic initiatives, beginning as director of the Communication Across the Curriculum program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006-07. From 2007-21, he held a range of administrative positions at the University of Rhode Island, including communication course director for the general education program from 2007-14, interim director and director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media from 2014-20, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2017-20. Roth was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac in 2021.

Roth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s business dual-major program with a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric, and business administration. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he earned his master’s degree and PhD in communication studies and rhetoric, and a graduate certificate in interdisciplinary inquiry. He also completed the management development program at Harvard University’s Institutes for Higher Education.

College of Arts and Sciences

Adam Roth
Adam Roth

Larry Slater earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, where he completed his post-doctoral training examining social support, health and quality of life in older adults living with HIV/AIDS. He also earned a master’s degree from the Collat School of Business at Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.
He has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of active, learner-driven strategies in nursing education; curriculum development, improvement and assessment with a focus on technology-enhanced education; program outcomes assessment and accreditation; and faculty/staff governance in academia.

Prior to Quinnipiac, Slater served as associate dean for academic programs and a clinical professor at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing. He also served as interim dean from 2021-22.

Slater is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing and a board-certified registered gerontological nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Larry Z. Slater
Larry Z. Slater

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.

Mark Varholak, MBA
Mark Varholak, MBA

Nick Wormley ’00, MBA ’02, has extensive alumni and development experience and deep roots at Quinnipiac.

Throughout his nearly 20 years working in higher education, he has demonstrated a clear track record of excelling as a donor-focused adviser with strong regional community ties. He has an impressive track record of securing major gifts and has developed a reputation for developing strong teams to use various digital and traditional media and events to engage alumni and parents in positive and productive ways.

Wormley began his career in the athletics department at Quinnipiac before moving to Tucson, Arizona and working in secondary finance. In 2006, he and his wife, Michelle Wormley ‘02, MPT ’04, moved back to Connecticut to start his career in development and alumni affairs. He later worked at at Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University where he also focused on athletic development, endowment, capital fundraising — all in senior management roles.

He returned to Quinnipiac in 2022 as associate vice president for development and alumni affairs before being named interim vice president of development and alumni affairs in October 2023.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in finance from Quinnipiac.

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.

Bethany Zemba
Bethany Zemba

Annalisa Zinn has served as the Vice President for academic innovation and effectiveness since July 2015. In this role, she provides leadership to academic and strategic planning initiatives as well as guidance on academic policy matters. Over the course of her 10+ years in the Office of the Provost, she has overseen many of the divisions of academic affairs. Zinn 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, public policy and international relations.

Annalisa Zinn
Annalisa Zinn