ASEC-SLDI/HESA Advisory Board
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. 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 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 ... »
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... »
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 ... »
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 ... »
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 ... »
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... »
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 ... »
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 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 ... »
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 ... »
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., 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