Monday July 23, 2007

Alumni Association Names New Members

Four new board members will join the 16-member board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term.

The University of Dayton National Alumni Association has named four new board members to its 16-member board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome these four distinctive graduates as our newest alumni board members," said William Hunt, UD assistant vice president for alumni relations. "To a person, they will bring a sense of commitment and service to their new roles. UD's alumni board genuinely cares for this great institution, and it shows repeatedly in their willingness to serve when asked."

They are:

* Patricia Bernard '71, senior vice president of Mirant Corporation, Atlanta. Bernard won the 2005 Catalyst Award, for her innovative approaches to addressing the recruitment, development and advancement of managerial women, and the 2005 AFL-CIO Labor Management Award. She has served on the boards of Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences Inc. and Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council Inc. Before working at Mirant, she was the executive vice president of human resources for Georgia-Pacific Corp where she won the Catalyst Award. Catalyst is a nonprofit research and advisory organization working globally with businesses to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women and business. It has offices in New York, San Jose, Calif., and Toronto.

* Dan Castleforte '73, president of Associated Computing Technology, Springboro, Ohio. Castleforte is a past member of the association's alumni services committee. Coffman YMCA in Springboro named him volunteer of the year in 2005 for his work on the board as chairman of the financial development committee.

* Richard Granite Jr. '88, president of Granite Diagnostic Laboratories, Racine, Wis. As a member of his local Rotary Club, Granite served as the event chairperson for the Great Midwest Dragon Boat Festival for three years. He also is a member of his church's parish council.

* Stephen Kelly '88, co-founder and principal of Merrill-Lynch Private Equity Partners, Waban, Mass. Kelly spoke at UD's 2005 Redefining Investment Strategy Education forum armed with knowledge garnered from starting the $2.3 billion global, diversified private equity investment program. Since 1999, he has led the team's investments in private equity funds and direct investments with a focus on venture capital, technology and growth investments. He also has served on or as an observer of the boards of several private companies including Liberty Propane, Cyveillance and NerveWire.

The National Alumni Association's mission is to foster the life-long involvement of alumni with the University in support of its vision to be a Catholic leader in higher education. There are no membership dues, so all UD graduates are automatically members of the association.

The National Alumni Association gave the University a $200,000 gift to build a Marianist Heritage Center on campus. UD alumni nationwide conduct Christmas celebrations — Christmas Off Campus — to benefit charities in their respective cities.

For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.