Governance & Staff
As an independent non-profit organization, LVAIC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the presidents from the six founding colleges and universities. It receives core funding through a formula assessment to the members. The LVAIC Executive Director serves as the consortium’s chief executive officer. All collaborative programs and initiatives are channeled through the LVAIC Coordinating Council, comprised of cabinet-level leadership from the six member institutions. Coordinating Council membership includes a cross section of Chief Academic Officers (CAOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs).
LVAIC Board of Directors
Carmen Ambar – Cedar Crest College
Bernard O’Connor, OSFS – DeSales Univesity
Alison Byerly, Chair – Lafayette College
John Simon – Lehigh University
Bryon Grigsby – Moravian College
John Williams – Muhlenberg College
LVAIC Coordinating Council
Mary Alice Ozechoski – Vice President of Student Affairs &Traditional Enrollment, Cedar Crest College
Robert Blumenstein – Dean of Undergraduate Studies, DeSales University
John O’Keefe – Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Lafayette College
Jennifer Jensen – Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, Lehigh University
Mark Reed – Vice President for Finance & Administration, Moravian College
Kent Dyer – Vice President of Finance, Muhlenberg College
LVAIC Audit Committee
John Simon (Chair) – President, Lehigh University
Patricia Johnson (Vice Chair) – Vice President for Finance and Administration, Lehigh University
Audra Kahr – Chief Financial Officer, Cedar Crest College
Deanne Fenstermacher – Controller, DeSales University
Meredith Dickson- Director Budgets and Financial Reporting, Moravian College
Diane Dimitroff, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
With more than 20 years of collaborative expertise, Diane Dimitroff’s corporate, not-for-profit, and higher education experiences brings a diverse skill set to LVAIC’s team. Prior to joining LVAIC in 2012 as Executive Director, she held executive positions at the University of Rochester, XEROX Corporation, ARAMARK, and the Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation. As a former member of both campus communities and non-profits, Diane has extensive experience serving not-for-profit organizations and their governing boards, as well as leading strategic initiatives.
As Executive Director, Diane provides leadership to consortia initiatives and meets regularly with campus leaders in academic, business, and administrative roles. In her role as a non-voting member of the LVAIC board, she serves as an LVAIC representative on member campuses and in the Lehigh Valley community. Diane holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Charlene D. Bergstresser, MS, RN, ACC, Program Director email@example.com
Charlene Bergstresser serves as the Program Director, collaborating with faculty and staff communities of practice to develop collaborative initiatives and programs for the LVAIC member campuses. Her work focuses on professional and faculty development and training with a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion.
Charlene has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit industry with 15 years specific to professional development and training. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from West Chester University and an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Drexel University.
Nick DeSalvo, CHMM, LEED Green Associate, Director of Sustainability Initiatives firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick DeSalvo serves as the Director of Sustainability Initiatives, collaborating with departments, relevant committees, faculty and students to make sustainability a core value of the campuses. He supports the range of sustainability initiatives and facilitates the identification of shared energy and environmental goals.
Nick has more than 25 years of experience providing environmental consulting services. He holds a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science, an M.S. in Agronomy from West Virginia University and an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
Katy Thomas, Strategic Partnership Director email@example.com
Katy Thomas acts as the Strategic Partnership Director, seeking collaborative opportunities for member campuses around resource maximization and efficiency. Katy’s work serves the areas of shared purchasing agreements and programming, with a strategic focus on operations and material supplies.
Katy joins the LVAIC team with decade of professional experience in higher education, sourcing, and procurement. She holds a B.A. in Management from Gettysburg College and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from Lehigh University.
Farah L. Vallera, Instructional Designer firstname.lastname@example.org
Farah L. Vallera’s role as the Instructional Designer allows her to work with several cross-functional and cross-institutional cohorts. She collaborates with LVAIC faculty members in the application of complex instructional design principles and educational technology to develop courses and modules. Farah works in particular with groups granted funding through the Teagle Foundation.
With years of experience as an instructor and designer, Farah holds a B.S. in Sociology from Centenary College, a M.S. in Sociology from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Technology from Lehigh University. She also completed graduate coursework at Rutgers University.
Dana Yurgosky, Marketing and Communications Manager email@example.com
As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Dana Yurgosky plans and executes the events for the organization, ranging from professional networking to student and group development. Dana also manages all marketing and communications for the LVAIC office, including the website and social media. Her role encompasses event planning and executive, as well as overseeing the daily administration of collaborative initiatives.
Dana holds a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Business Administration from DeSales University.
Hannah Stewart-Gambino, LVRC Director firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Director of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), Hannah Stewart-Gambino coordinates LVAIC faculty and student research on quality of life issues in the Lehigh Valley.
Hannah holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and serves as a faculty member of political science at Lafayette College. Her primary fields are comparative politics and Latin American politics and religion.
Christine Carpino, LVRC Research Coordinator email@example.com
As the Research Coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), Christine Carpino locates and manages research projects in the Lehigh Valley, as well as secure project funding.
Christine holds a B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently serves as a faculty member of political science at Cedar Crest College.
Bill Ferry, Library Courier 610.625.7888
As Library Courier, Bill provides pick-up and delivery for all member libraries and the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton public libraries. This service is offered daily throughout the academic year and three times per week during the summer.
Chelsea Fairchild, Accounting Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on the campus of Cedar Crest College, Chelsea supports the accounting activities of the LVAIC office.
Chelsea holds a B.S. in accounting from Kutztown University and also serves as the assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at Cedar Crest College.
Alexandra Fiorini, LVCCE Coordinator email@example.com
As the Coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo (LVCCE), Alexandra works with a committee of LVAIC Career Services staff to plan and execute the region’s largest career fair for college students and recent graduates.
Alexandra brings the LVAIC team 20 years of sales, marketing, and event planning experience.