ASEC-SLDI/HESA Advisory Board

Sr. Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

Sr. Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

Director of Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project at DePaul University
Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min., serves at DePaul University as director of Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project, which conducts research, training and education furthering the leadership legacy of Saint Vincent de Paul. She also serves as part-time faculty in DePaul’s School of Public Service. Since the fall of 2010, Dr. Bombard has ... »
Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D.

Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D.

Executive Director at African Sisters Education Collaborative
Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. is of the congregation Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu (LSMIG) in Northern Uganda and began her role as ASEC Executive Director in November 2017. Sr. Draru has vast experience on gender, education and sustainable development in Africa. She received her Ph.D. in September, 2017 from Radboud ... »
Susanne Dumbleton, Ph.D.

Susanne Dumbleton, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus at DePaul University (retired)
Susanne Dumbleton is Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of DePaul University School for New Learning. She earned a PhD in British Literature at the University at Albany, with an emphasis on the medieval period. She began her teaching career at Union University College of Pharmacy, where she became chair of the liberal arts department. Her first ... »
Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D.

Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita at Marywood University
Margaret Gannon is a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton, Pennsylvania and Professor Emerita of Marywood University. She served on the ASEC Board since its inception and participates in ASEC projects in Africa, primarily in organizing Service-Learning trips to African countries served by ASEC. She is a member of the Board of... »
Jaime Herrmann, MPA

Jaime Herrmann, MPA

Assistant Director, SLDI Program at African Sisters Education Collaborative
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Keystone College and my Master's degree in Public Administration from Marywood University. I have been a resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) for my entire life. My life has changed immensely since I began my career in the nonprofit sector over seven years ago and even more since I ... »
Diane Keller, Ph.D.

Diane Keller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Social Work) at Marywood University
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Mr. Stephen Kubasek

Mr. Stephen Kubasek

Development Officer at Saint Leo University
Stephen earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Saint Leo. Upon graduating, he traveled to Honduras to volunteer as an English teacher in the town of La Esperanza. After returning from Honduras in 2009, he served as a district executive for the local Boy Scout council in Tampa Bay. In 2010, Stephen was hired by Saint Leo to serve as the ... »
Tara Lopatofsky, M.Ed, CCLS

Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS

Research and HESA Evaluations Manager at African Sisters Education Collaborative
My prior experiences have all contributed to my Research and Higher Education for Sisters in Africa Evaluations Manager position at ASEC. I have spent many years advocating for children and disadvantaged populations. I have particular interest in the global perspective given my prior study abroad involvement and work with other cross-country ... »
Sr. Elaine Martin, OSF, Ph.D.

Sr. Elaine Martin, OSF, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Political Science at Neumann University
A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, I have served in the field of education over the fifty-plus years of my ministry. Giving service in fields related to education, I serve on my congregation’s Committee for Responsible Investment and on the Advisory Board for ASEC-SLDI. My service in SLDI has enabled me to see how African... »
Jennifer Mudge, MSW, LSW

Jennifer Mudge, MSW, LSW

Assistant Director, Program Evaluation at African Sisters Education Collaborative
I am a Licensed Masters-level Social Worker and the Evaluation Manager at ASEC. Through over ten years of crisis response and advocacy work with domestic and sexual violence survivors, combined with my experience in youth- and women-led international development efforts, I cultivated a passion for working collaboratively with women and communities ... »
Pius Ojara, Ph.D.

Pius D. Ojara, Ph.D.

Director at Concern Worldwide (Juba, South Sudan)
Ph.D., MA Philosophy; Mdiv Theology Pius obtained his MA in 1999 and PhD in 2003 from the University of Zimbabwe. He taught at Arrupe College, an Associate College of the University of Zimbabwe, for five years, and was Visiting Professor at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2002 and the Jesuit School of Philosophy in Ho Chi Mihn City... »
Sr. Lisa M. Olivieri, SSJ, Ph.D.

Sr. Lisa M. Olivieri, SSJ, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Technology at Chestnut Hill College
Sr. Lisa coordinates the undergraduate program for the Computer Science and Information Technology Department and teaches computer programming and computer research courses at Chestnut Hill College. She has taught SLDI training on basic technology workshops in Kenya and Uganda, web development workshops in Nigeria and HESA’s Professional ... »
Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D.

Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D.

President at Marywood University
Sister Mary Persico is currently serving as the twelfth president of Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Previously she was the Executive Vice-President of Mission Integration for Trinity Health, Livonia, MI, and the former Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, PA. Prior to these ministries, Sister Mary served as treasurer and then president of the ... »
Rosemary Shaver, M.Ed.

Rosemary A. Shaver, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, HESA Program at African Sisters Education Collaborative
I am happy to work in a capacity that allows me to utilize my knowledge of higher education, student development, and international relations. My work for HESA fulfills the desire I have to be engaged with the global community and to help generate positive change among underserved populations. I enjoy working with the Catholic Sisters in Africa and... »
Sr. Jane Wakahiu LSOSF, Ph.D.

Sr. Jane Wakahiu LSOSF, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Program Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative at Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Sr. Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is the Director, Catholic Sisters Initiative for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Sr. Jane is a member of the institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya.  Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). She pursued her Ph.D. at ... »

Thank you for your service

Our past Advisory Board Members Include:

  • Jeff Borden, Ph.D
  • Sr. Mary Bryan, SHCJ
  • Dr. Kenya Grooms
  • Dr. Laura Ann Camlet Houser
  • Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D.
  • Brad Myers, MA
  • Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D.
  • Sr. Florence Nwaonuma, SSH
  • Sr. Anna Mary Henrietta Nyangoma, MCESM
  • Sr. Joan Penzenstadler, SSND, PhD.
  • Ms. Bobbijo Pinnelli
  • Sr. Michele Puma, SHCJ, Ed.D.
  • Sr. Marcia Sichol, SHCJ