CONSULTANTS and ASSOCIATES
Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.
Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D.
John H. Lindsell, Ed.D.
Ken Fleischmann, J.D.
Ronni Cranwell, J.D.
Michael James Bunch
Susie Breaux McShea
Meghan Ray Virro
MARY PAT SEURKAMP, Ph.D. served as president of Notre Dame of Maryland University from 1997–2012 and was named president emerita when she retired. Under her leadership, NDMU saw extensive campus renewal with more than $100 million invested in an ambitious master facility plan. Academic program growth, including the addition of a School of Pharmacy, marked her tenure, along with healthy enrollments and a dramatic increase in philanthropic support.
Mary Pat led Notre Dame through several strategic plans, always reaffirming the College’s central commitment to the education of women, evident in both its single-sex and coeducation programs. She led NDMU to university status, expanding Notre Dame’s historical strengths in the liberal arts, education, business and health care.
Mary Pat serves as senior advisor for the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) New Presidents Program, and consults nationally on a broad spectrum of topics related to the presidency and higher education. She serves on the board of the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education and presents at national programs for individuals aspiring to the presidency.
Mary Pat chaired the CIC Board from 2003 through 2005 and the Maryland Independent College and University Association from 2008–2011; she also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Mary Pat, a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University (’68) with a B.A. in psychology, holds a M.A. in counseling from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
She is a graduate of Maryland Leadership ’99 and was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Circle of Excellence, by The Daily Record. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband, Bob.
PATRICIA A. BOSSE has served in executive positions in higher education and health care for more than a quarter century—successfully leading institutional growth and innovation through the planning and execution of major campaigns in tandem with bold and creative marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Her portfolio includes experience in crisis communications, leadership development, strategic planning, facilitation and training.
Pat served as vice president for advancement and marketing at Notre Dame of Maryland University, her alma mater. More than $62 million was raised for endowment, capital and annual support during her tenure.
Pat provided senior leadership through the institution’s recent designation change from college to university. Her experience in higher education also includes seven years as vice president at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, where she completed a major campaign to build and endow The Center for Continuing Formation.
Pat gained experience in health care at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore; more recently she served for four years as vice president, mission and institutional advancement for St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. where she led a successful $20 million campaign and served as a member of Catholic Health Initiatives National Mission Advisory Committee.
In 2014, Pat was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. She serves as a director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Faraja School for Children with Physical Disabilities, Tanzania. Pat and her husband, Frank Gunther, have three children and live in rural Maryland.
KENT JOHN CHABOTAR, Ph.D. was president of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. from 2002–2014, where he continues as professor of political science. During his presidency, the College developed two strategic plans, set an all-time fundraising record toward a total of $90 million in cash and bequests while also restoring financial equilibrium and improving buildings and grounds with $36 million of strategic investments.
Kent has served on the faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education since 1983, including the Seminar for New Presidents. Based in part on his higher education teaching, the Council of Independent Colleges gave Kent their Academic Leadership Award in 2003. Kent is a nationally recognized expert on higher education strategy and finance. He has spoken on the global economic crisis at conferences and events and has numerous publications, including the book “Strategic Finance” (2006).
From 1991 to 2002, Kent was vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at Bowdoin College, and a member of the faculty. Previously, Kent was on the faculties of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of Massachusetts and Michigan State University. He received the Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award at Harvard and the Distinguished Educator Award for Teaching Excellence at Michigan State University.
Kent holds a B.A. degree in political science magna cum laude from Saint Francis University. The Maxwell School at Syracuse University awarded his M.P.A. with distinction and Ph.D. in public administration.
DAN CAREY served as president of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin from 2004 to 2014. He led Edgewood College through remarkable growth and progress by diversifying revenue, developing new academic programs, starting an online initiative for several graduate programs and reaching out to new student populations. Student retention rates achieved record levels while more than doubling the percentage of students of color. New and renovated campus facilities were added to serve faculty and student needs. His leadership in the community contributed to institutional growth and reputation.
Since retiring as president, Dan has begun work as a higher ed consultant and executive coach. He developed an annual summer program for those “Aspiring to the Presidency” with many participants now serving as presidents and chancellors.
From 1995 to 2004, Dan served as president of Benedictine College. His success there included building enrollment and dramatic improvement in student retention. He revitalized the campus through strategic planning and a conservative budgeting philosophy. Dan served as vice president at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and at St. Louis University.
He earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. Carey attended Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management. He was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dan Carey, Colonel (ret.) is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. He was a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. He later served as a squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a full Colonel.
Dan served as chair of the board for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He served on the board for the Council of Independent Colleges and continues to serve on the board of the Westerman Foundation.
Dan and his wife, Terri, have two sons, Christopher and Matthew.
MARY E. LYONS, Ph.D. is president emerita and university professor of the University of San Diego. After serving as president (2003–2015), she now holds the “Mary E. Lyons Chair in Leadership Studies” at the university. During her extensive career in education, Dr. Lyons has enjoyed rich and varied experiences as a teacher, professor and administrator. From 1996–2003, Lyons served as the president of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Prior to this, she served as the president of the California Maritime Academy, a campus of the California State University in Vallejo, Calif. With this appointment, she was commissioned as a rear admiral in the U.S. Maritime Service. Previously, she was the academic dean and professor of Rhetoric and Homiletics at the Franciscan School of Theology, Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif.
Dr. Lyons received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, her Master of Arts degree in English from San Jose State University and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. During her 25-year career as a U.S. Naval reserve officer, she held a variety of assignments, including an active duty position teaching at the Naval Training Center in San Diego and two appointments as commanding officer of Naval Reserve units. She retired in 1996 as a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Dr. Lyons has been recognized for leadership and service by numerous associations, including the Educator Distinguished Service Award from the National Defense Transportation Association, the University of San Francisco Medallion for scholarly achievement and community service, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sonoma State University, and is the recipient of a doctorate of humane letters from The College of New Rochelle.
Her publications and presentations touch on a variety of topics, drawing upon her expertise as a rhetorician, an educator and a community leader.
Dr. Lyons’ current board appointments include: Providence St. Joseph Health System (chair of governance committee), Francis Parker School, The Franciscan School of Theology, and Diocese of San Diego Catholic Charities (board Chair).
MARY J. MEEHAN has served as president of Alverno College since 2004 and retired from this position in June 2016. During Mary’s tenure at Alverno the college significantly expanded its graduate programs, enjoyed strong financial growth through enrollment and fundraising, and completed a transformation of the campus through several successful capital campaigns. Prior to Alverno, Mary served as the executive vice president at Seton Hall University from 1996–2004.
Mary began her professional career in health care. She served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in New Jersey and as administrator and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, N.Y. Mary is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor. Meehan earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Seton Hall University, and earned a graduate degree in health policy and management from New York Medical College.
Mary currently chairs the board of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She serves as an officer on the boards of Georgian Court University, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Loras College. Mary’s prior service includes the boards of ACCU, NAICU, the Women’s College Coalition and the NCAA Presidents’ Council.
Meehan has been honored as the Woman of the Year by Seton Hall University, dedication of the Mary J. Meehan Rehabilitation Center by St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and the outstanding professional by several national counseling organizations.
JOHN H. LINDSELL, Ed.D. served as head of school for 20 years in the Southeastern United States. His leadership and vision led significant advancement across numerous platforms including the design and execution of master facility plans and strategic road maps, program expansion and curriculum revision, oversight of the accreditation and re-accreditation processes, and presiding over nearly $20 million in capital campaigns. John’s biggest success was raising $13.5 million during the recent recession to build a new state-of-the-art high school building at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta. His experience as a general contractor was a valuable asset on that project and many others.
John began his career in education in 1979 as a high school English teacher in the Northeast. After attending graduate school at Harvard University, he entered administration as assistant superintendent of schools for finance for the Merrimack Public Schools in New Hampshire. In 1994, John relocated to Augusta, Ga. where he served as head of school and CFO at the Westminster Schools. Three headships followed in Alabama, Georgia and Texas, providing experience in both independent and faith-based schools. In the area of advancement, John has worked closely with school staff, foundation and advancement consulting firms to raise gift support for the schools he headed. He has a comprehensive understanding of advancement and best practices.
John continues as a visiting faculty member at the Harvard University Summer School, teaching there for more than 30 years. John also taught at Kennesaw State University in Georgia as associate professor of educational leadership, directing a master’s program for independent school educators. His courses include Financial Management of Nonprofits, Educational Leadership and Practice, Educational Law, and Institutional Advancement in Independent Schools.
John earned a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College and an M.T.S. in Church History magna cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Harvard University awarded his Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Administration, Policy and Social Planning.
John serves as the chair of the board for the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Fla. He is also on the board of the Stony Brook School, an independent school located in Stony Brook, N.Y.
John and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters and three grandchildren.
RONNI HAERTIG CRANWELL, J.D. holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from University of Baltimore. She has spent most of her career focused on advancing the mission of nonprofits in both higher education and health care. Highlights of her experience include establishing the Office of Institutional Research at Johns Hopkins University.
While at the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, Ronni administered a multi-million dollar federally sponsored grant program aimed at addressing workforce shortages in the state, which included a statewide marketing campaign. Most recently, she has created and implemented strategies to advance the philanthropic priorities at two academically affiliated medical centers. Her experience in fundraising includes establishing robust annual fund, major gift and planned giving programs. Ronni and her husband, Taylor, live in Alexandria, Va. with their son, Jack.
KEN FLEISCHMANN, J.D. is the general counsel for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and has served in senior legal and human resources leadership positions and as a consultant for colleges and universities since 1989. He advises and assists MPK&D and their clients with complex legal, compliance, governance and policy issues confronting higher education institutions today.
During his tenure in higher education, Ken has led the establishment and management of in-house legal departments, and enterprise risk management and compliance programs. As a vice president for human resources at Saint Louis University, he managed the restructuring and realignment of a transaction-oriented human resources division to become a data-driven and valued strategic business partner. Ken also is a member of the advisory board and serves as legal counsel for the Pujols Family Foundation, which provides services to children with Downs Syndrome and the poor, and is chair of the board of directors of Solea Water, which funds and manages clean water projects for impoverished communities in Latin America.
Michael James Bunch
MICHAEL JAMES BUNCH is a research assistant with MPK&D. He has a B.A. in history from Guilford College and a J.D. in law from Elon University. His experience includes legal research for Garrett, Walker & Aycoth in Greensboro and higher education research for the Harvard Graduate School of Education which resulted in the published case of Seymour University for executive education. The case describes how a new president struggled to balance the budget and complete a strategic plan in a faith-based institution accustomed to participatory processes. During college, Michael volunteered as an adult leader with the Jamestown United Methodist Church Youth Ministry.
MPK&D Senior Writer & Editor
Susie Breaux McShea, APR is a writer, public relations consultant and university faculty member. With 20 years of experience working in-house in communications departments of nonprofit organizations, Susie has a distinctive ability to customize messages to specific publics and to expertly weave institutional branding and strategic messaging into all communications. As a consultant, she specializes in higher education and health care, sharing the stories that help institutions, large and small, to connect deeply with readers. A versatile writer, Susie produces marketing content, feature stories, speeches, proposals, advertising copy, essays, letters—whatever is needed to reach organizational goals.
Marianne’s deep campaign experience, particularly with feasibility and planning studies, donor research and strategy, advancement operations, systems and data analysis, will provide essential support to the MPK&D team.
Marianne has held positions of increased responsibility in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She worked in public accounting at Price Waterhouse and in the corporate audit department of the H. J. Heinz Company prior to being promoted into financial management in Heinz’s Foodservice division. After earning her MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Marianne worked for P&G in brand management on the Charmin bath tissue brand. After years of active volunteerism and leveraging her corporate experience, Marianne switched careers, entering the field of nonprofit consulting.
Marianne has led and been actively involved in many capital and annual fund campaigns raising in excess of $30 million for various nonprofits. She was a campaign executive director for CCS Fundraising, a global nonprofit consulting firm that specializes in fundraising campaigns, having conducted capital campaigns for Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, The League for People with Disabilities (Baltimore), and St. Joseph Medical Center (where she also served as their director of development; also in the Baltimore area). As an independent consultant, Marianne has worked with clients ranging from Notre Dame of Maryland University (Baltimore), St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Talbert House (Cincinnati) to Wide Horizons for Children (Boston) and the P&G Alumni Foundation (global).
Marianne and her husband, Nataraj, reside in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and are the proud parents of three daughters.
With a master’s in fine arts from one of the most prestigious arts institutions in the nation, Christine brings quality and excellence to everything she does. Her 27 years of experience working with corporate, health care and academic clients—including teaching arts courses at two private colleges—allows her to envision projects from multiple points of view.
Christine’s specialties include branding and identity development, fundraising and campaign materials, custom illustrations and research. She has been recognized regionally and nationally for her professional work, but takes the greatest pride in a recent acknowledgment at National Philanthropy Day for her in-kind contributions back to the nonprofit community. Christine is also a recognized photographer.
About F.C. Schroen & Co. Studios
F.C. Schroen offers custom communications for nonprofit, academic, fine arts, health care and corporate organizations. Inspired by the work of Jesuit lay-brother Francis C. Schroen, contemporary solutions are tailored to each client’s unique needs. Schroen, a self-taught artist from the turn of the last century, painted detailed allegorical murals in public spaces at Boston College, Georgetown University, The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in New Orleans and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, Jamaica, among others. Schroen, a not-so-distant relative of founder Christine Langr, inspires the mission of F.C. Schroen & Co. to infuse design and communications with meaning, “even to the smallest scroll.”
Meghan Ray Virro
Specializing in marketing and communications strategy, Meghan Ray Virro, MBA, has extensive experience designing and implementing successful communications and revenue growth campaigns for complex corporate and nonprofit enterprises. Meghan’s exceptional ability to translate an organization’s mission and highest priorities into compelling messaging has yielded deeper engagement from stakeholders, donors, faculty and other key constituents in industries as diverse as health care, the arts and higher education. Throughout her career, Meghan has contributed to the success of transformational initiatives such as capital campaigns, leadership transitions, board development and international mission work for a broad range of nationally renowned institutions. Most recently she led the development communications team for an academic medical center in Baltimore.
Meghan holds an MBA from Loyola University Maryland and resides in Towson, Md.