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Eberly Science Alumni Society Board

Board Members

Executive Committee

(Elected/Voting)

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Andrew Santacroce

VP of Technology Development, TMNA Services, LLC
B.S. Mathematics, Penn State - 1988
Elected/Voting Board Member

Andy Santacroce is Vice President of Technology for Tokio Marine North America Services (TMNAS). He leads an interdisciplinary team at TMNAS that identifies and develops differentiating technology to engage commercial insurance customers, empower team members, and provide a uniquely positive insurance experience across its national footprint. Prior to joining TMNAS in 2016, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Global Applications & Digital Products at BDP International in Philadelphia. He has held key leadership positions at the Verizon companies, Cable & Wireless, SmithKline Beecham, PECO Energy, The PMA Group and Prudential Insurance. He serves on the Board of Directors for Encore Series, Inc. (The Philly POPS) since 2012, the Board of Directors for Cradles to Crayons since early 2019, and on the Executive Board of the Penn State Alumni Association for several years. He has also served as a director on several other non-profit, governmental and quasigovernmental boards and is actively engaged as an Advisor for key technology incubators. In 2016 he received industry recognition as a Premier 100 Technology Leader by Computerworld Magazine and as an Alumni Fellow by Penn State University.

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Lori Schrider

Director of Strategy, North America Laboratory Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State - 1998
Elected/Voting Board Member

As the Director of Strategy at Siemens Healthineers, Lori serves as a member of the North America leadership team where she drives commercial initiatives for the Laboratory Diagnostics and Point-of-Care testing businesses. Prior to Siemens Healthineers, she was Director of New Systems Marketing and Business Development at ZEUS Scientific where she was responsible for commercialization strategies for infectious disease and automimmune products. Before ZEUS, Lori held various roles of increasing responsibility over 17 years of service at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, formerly a Johnson & Johnson company. Lori held roles in sales, marketing, training and operations for diagnostic solutions ranging from basic chemistry assays to infectious disease serology assays used in clinical laboratories and transfusion medicine.

In addition to her Penn State degree, Laurie also has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys giving back through career coaching and mentoring. She considers her biggest achievement as being a mom to her three children: Emily, Eric and Eliana (future Nittany Lions, if Lori gets her way). Her other interests include cooking, gardening and classic cars.

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Christina "Winnie" Winnicker

Director for Animal Welfare External Due Diligence, GSK
B.S. Biology, Penn State – 1993

D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University – 1998

M.P.H. Toxicology, Columbia University - 2005
Elected/Voting Board Member

Chris, aka Winnie, specializes in animal welfare, environmental enrichment and behavioral management for animals in research environments. A practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, she has experience in both academics and industry.

Prior to her current role as Director for Animal Welfare External Due Diligence for GSK, she commissioned and managed 37,000 square feet of multi-species vivarium for academic research for Columbia University in the Manhattanville neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Prior to that, she served as the director of enrichment and behavioral medicine for Charles River Laboratories, harmonizing environmental enrichment practices and developing behavioral husbandry programs to enhance animal welfare and operational efficiency. In this role, she garnered an international reputation as a behavior and enrichment expert in the laboratory animal medicine field, led research to provide evidence-based data for enrichment and behavioral management initiatives, and published in the field of laboratory animal enrichment and behavior management multiple species.

Winnie earned her DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She completed both a residency in laboratory animal medicine and earned a master’s in public health with a focus on toxicology at Columbia University in New York. She earned her Six Sigma Black Belt from Six Sigma Academy in 2011.

At-Large Directors

(Elected/Voting)

Paul BattleDirector, Data Center Channel Partners, Lenovo Technology Solutions Ltd.
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State - 1998

Paul is the Director of Data Center Channel Partners for the US and is responsible for driving Lenovo’s Data Center Business with the top 200 Data Center Value Added Resellers. After graduating Penn State University in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB), Paul worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) conducting Colorectal Cancer Research and publishing several times with Dr. J. Milburn Jessup, MD. and his team. During this time, Paul took Computer Engineering Hardware and Software Design Courses at University of Pittsburgh.

In 2000, Paul joined IBM's PC/Server Division in Atlanta as an inside sales representative. Paul quickly progressed on the inside sales team and moved to Field sales in 2002 in NY Metro. In 2005, IBM PC Division was acquired by Lenovo. Paul held various positions for Lenovo in NY from Enterprise Sales Rep to Global Account Executive.

In 2008, Paul and his wife moved to London, UK where Paul stayed with Lenovo and was responsible for the EMEA Telco business. In addition to PCs, Paul covered business development for Android Tablets, Android Phones, Telcos as a Channel and Data Center. In 2015, Paul and his wife moved back to NYC, staying with Lenovo once again, to lead a team as Director of National Channel Partners.

Paul enjoys mentoring and giving back in various ways including volunteering, philanthropic work, etc. In addition, Paul loves playing sports (soccer, tennis, golf, skiing, etc.) and watching sports (All Pittsburgh Teams, All Penn State teams and Manchester United FC).

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Amy Bucher

Managing Director, Accenture
B.S. Mathematics, Penn State – 1986
B.S. Computer Science, Penn State – 1986
M.A. Mathematics, Penn State - 1986

After graduating from Penn State, Amy spent over 36 years working in Information Technology. She was a leader for many years at IBM and Kyndryl, and joined Accenture in 2021 as a managing director in technology.  Throughout her career, she has supported clients across multiple industries, leading cloud and data center migration and transformation programs, enabling large scale delivery of managed services, and leading engineering teams as they create new capabilities for clients through use of technology.

Amy grew up on a dairy farm in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Her father was a Penn Stater and instilled the love of Penn State early in her life. Amy and her husband, Paul, currently split their time between homes in State College and Windermere, Florida, enjoying free time with family and friends and their five children and three grandchildren. Their son graduated from Penn State in 2021 with degrees in Mathematics and Economics, and their daughter is currently studying Animal Sciences, with plans to graduate from Penn State in 2023. 

Amy is an advocate for women in technology and is passionate about bringing talent into the industry. She participated on the IBM Women’s Executive Council for diversity and inclusion, with focus on Allyship. She also is a volunteer for Special Olympics.

William FloodChief Medical Officer, NantHealth
B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, Penn State - 1986
M.D. Temple University - 1990
M.S. Health Evaluation Sciences, Penn State - 2003

​William Flood is the Chief Medical Officer for eviti at NantHealth, a next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company enabling improved patient outcomes and more effective treatment decisions for critical illnesses. Prior to his role with NantHealth, Flood has served as Assistant in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. After graduating from Penn State, he went to Temple University School of Medicine and obtained his MD. He performed his post graduate medical training at the Duke University Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. While in usual practice, Flood was named a "Best Doctor in America." A native of Levittown PA, he lives in Landisville, PA with his family.

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Kristina Kaldon.

Senior Program Manager, UiPath
B.S. Physics, Penn State - 2015
B.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State - 2015

Kristina works as a senior program manager at UiPath on the Learning Alliances team. Kristina helps professors, students, and general community members develop skills to be successful Robotic Process Automation (RPA) professionals. Prior to her role on the Learning Alliances team, she was on the professional services team as an RPA developer, developing software robots that automate manual tasks for businesses, training the next generation of RPA developers, and consulting as a subject matter expert for the certification team. Prior to UiPath, Kristina worked as a software engineer at Abarca, a pharmacy benefit manager in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as assistant technical staff in the space division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts.

She graduated from Penn State in May 2015 with two degrees in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics. While at Penn State, she researched with Dr. Kevin Luhman, working on infrared astronomy, specifically finding brown dwarf companions to known stars. She was a teaching assistant for the physics department and president of the Society of Physics Students. She interned at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico researching fast radio bursts. After graduation, while working as an analyst and engineer for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, she took graduate classes at MIT through the advanced study program in the AeroAstro department and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences department.

Kristina’s passions are advancing diversity and inclusion and STEAM education in underrepresented areas, traveling to new places, and hanging with her dog, Snax.

DonnaDirector, Compliance Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
B.S. Biology, Penn State - 1987
M.S. Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, Temple University - 1996

Donna has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and currently serves as the Ethics & Compliance Officer responsible for supporting several departments in Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), including clinical research, regulatory affairs, and outcomes research, as well as managing the MRL Ethics & Compliance Assessments team. In this role, Donna partners with her client groups to define and implement compliance policies, monitor and assess risk, advise and recommend actions for improvements, and identify solutions while maintaining an independent view into MRL operations.

Donna joined Merck in 1989 as a Pathology Biologist, moved on to Adverse Experience Reporting and Worldwide Product Labeling, supporting a broad range of products, before moving into a research compliance role. Prior to joining Merck, Donna worked as a Research Assistant in the Anatomy department at Temple School of Medicine and as a Pathology Research Assistant at Rorer Pharmaceuticals. While at Merck, she also served as an Adjunct Professor the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs master’s program at Temple University.

Both Donna and her husband are Life Members of the Penn State Alumni Association, their two daughters are current Penn State students, and Donna has been actively involved as a mentor in the Eberly Alumni Mentoring Program and the Fast Start Program. Donna lives in Harleysville, Pennsylvania with her family, including four horses, a dog and a cat. She has been an avid horsewoman for over 40 years.

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Suzanne Olah Alumni Society 2020-2021.

Executive Director, PRA Health Sciences
B.S. Microbiology, Penn State - 1995

Suzanne’s Penn State journey started at the Altoona campus for her first two years (with a summer semester at Penn State Fogelsville), followed by a year at University Park and a final year at Pennsylvania Hospital to complete the required internship to become an American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) registered Medical Technologist.

She transitioned into the clinical research field starting first at SmithKline (now GSK) in their Phase 1 clinic located in West Philadelphia. She has worked at PRA Health Sciences since 2002, with the current focus as the head of the global Early Development Services QA and Quality Investigations teams. As part of this role, she assists teams in managing compliance issues, oversees the implementation of audit programs, and has produced numerous training materials related to GxP compliance that have been implemented company-wide. This has allowed her to pursue her passion for guiding and mentoring teams to reach their potential and shared vision.

Outside work, Suzanne is an avid Penn State sports fan with season tickets to football and wrestling. During home football games, you can find her enjoying a tailgate and cheering on the Nittany Lions with 100,000+ of her closest friends.

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Ryan Poole

Senior Technical Manager, Acuity
B.S. Science, Penn State - 1983

Ryan Poole is a senior technical manager for Acuity, a management and technology consulting firm which specializes in the support of public sector organizations. Prior to his role with Acuity, Ryan served as program manager for an Army IT contract at ActioNet. Throughout his career, Ryan has also supported a wide variety of federal organizations with his expertise in program/project management, IT service management, IT operations and business intelligence.

As a PSU undergrad, Ryan was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was a writer for The Collegian. Ryan is a proud alum of the Eberly College of Science as well as Loyola College, where he received a Master of Engineering Science and an MBA. A native of Madison, New Jersey, Ryan lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Jennifer Ranton

POD Leader, Northern Mid-Atlantic Region, Landmark Health (now part of Optum/United Health Group)
B. S. Premedicine with Honors in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State – 1992

M. D. Temple University – 1996

Jennifer currently serves as a local physician lead for the Allentown region, supervising advanced practitioners while the group provides in-home medical care for the chronically ill as an adjunct to primary care and specialty physicians with the goal to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, as well as advocate for and align care with patient goals.

Jennifer has had a 20+ year career as a family physician that has been wide and varied. After accepting a US Navy Health Professions Scholarship, she was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, ultimately becoming officer-in-charge of the medical group deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Middle East in 2003.  After completing her military commitment, she went on to work for various health care organizations across the country including PeaceHealth, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Lehigh Valley Health Network, before recently leaving traditional primary care.

She has been consistently involved in leadership and education, serving on medical staff executive committees as assistant department chair, regional practice lead, and has held positions as core faculty for a family medicine residency and clerkship director for medical schools. She completed the Behavioral Science Family Systems Educator Fellowship through the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Physician Leadership Academy, a joint venture between Lehigh University Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research and Lehigh Valley Physician Group Executive Leadership.

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Bonnie Shaul.

Retired, Managing Director and General Manager, Abbvie
B.S. Science, Penn State - 1988
M.B.A. University of Michigan - 1992

Bonnie is a retired sales and marketing executive with over 25 years of U.S. and international healthcare industry experience. She worked for Abbvie/Abbott Laboratories in Chicago for over 25 years and upon retirement, she was director of market access for Allergan Integration. She led the integration of the market access function, which included identifying synergies and overseeing multiple workstreams. Additionally, Bonnie lived and worked outside the U.S. when she served as managing director and country general manager for Abbott in the Republic of Ireland and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In addition to serving on the Eberly Alumni Society Board, she also serves on the Lion’s Paw Alumni Association Board of Trustees, which promotes the welfare and perpetuates the traditions of the University. She was also recently elected to serve on the board of trustees of her local public library.

In addition to her Penn State degree, she also has an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Michigan and will soon complete a Masters in Public Health at Loyola University of Chicago. Bonnie lives in the Chicago area with her husband, John. They have three children, one of whom is a 2020 Penn State graduate with a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration.

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Dale Spadafora.

Dentist, Dale F. Spadafora DMD
B.S. Biology, Penn State - 1986
D.M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine - 1990

After Dale received his Biology degree from Penn State, he went on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 1990. He completed his residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio and immediately opened his own dental practice in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, which he still runs today.

Dale is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

In his free time, Dale volunteers for his church and community. He has served as a youth and high school soccer coach since 2002. Dale’s wife, Deanna, is also a graduate of Penn State, with a 1989 B.S. in Nursing. His daughter, Isabella, graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and his son, Sergio, is a current student at Penn State, majoring in Biology.

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Laurie Stanell Alumni Society Board.

Dentist, Laurie Anne Stanell, D.M.D., P.C.
B.S. Biology, Penn State - 1980
D.M.D. Temple University - 1985

Laurie was born into a Penn State family. Her parents both graduated from Penn State with Science degrees. After Laurie graduated from Penn State, she took a gap year and worked as a research assistant at Rohm and Haas Company in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She also taught Advanced Chemistry at her local high school for a semester. Both my brothers followed her lead and also graduated from Penn State.

Laurie graduated from Temple Dental School in 1985. During her last summer before graduation, she received a Fellowship in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at Temple Hospital She opened her own dental practice in October of 1988. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. From 2008 to 2012, she served as adjunct faculty at Temple Dental.

Laurie volunteers for Sharing the Journey International, which provides clean water, dental care, and cleft lip and palate repair to children in third world countries.. Laurie and her family enjoy boating, traveling, fishing, and exercising.

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Liana Trigg

Sales Director, Peergenics
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State - 2015

Liana works as a sales director for a salesforce consultancy firm, assisting clients as they look to build and expand their businesses. Peergenics provides its customers with implementations, projects, trainings, and managed services to increase visibility, accountability, and profitability. Prior to Peergenics, Liana sold mobile device management security solutions for IBM. 

During her time at Penn State, Liana presided over the Association of Residence Hall Students, researched in Dr. Timothy Jegla's neuroscience lab, sang in an a cappella group, participated in Science LionPride, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain.

Liana serves on the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association with her husband, who is also a Nittany Lion. She previously served two elected terms on the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council. In her free time, Liana enjoys making homemade soap, watching Penn State football, traveling, and exploring Philadelphia with her dog, Moose.

Emeritus Board Members

(Voting)

Eric FreedChief, Virus-Cell Interaction Section, National Cancer Institute
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State - 1985
Ph.D. Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 1990

​Dr. Eric Freed did postdoctoral work with Dr. Howard Temin at UW-Madison in 1991. He joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, in 1992. In 1997 he was appointed as a Tenure-Track Investigator in NIAID, and he was promoted to a tenured Senior Investigator position in 2002. In 2003 Dr. Freed joined the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program (HIV DRP, renamed as the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program in 2015). In 2009, he was appointed as the first Editor-in-Chief of Viruses. He was selected as an NCI Mentor of Merit in 2010 for excellence in mentoring and in 2015 became the Director of the HIV DRP. He is also a member of the NIH AIDS Discovery and Development of Therapeutics (ADDT) study section and currently serves as ADDT Chair. He is a Co-Director of the University of Maryland Virology Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Appointed Board Members

(Non-Voting)

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Linde Miles

Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State – 2009

Ph.D. Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – 2016

After graduating from Penn State, Linde Miles went on to receive her Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2016. In 2017, she began a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, focusing on the underlying biology of acute myeloid leukemia. Linde recently joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as an Assistant Professor in the Experimental Hematology & Cancer Biology Division. Her research continues to focus on the evolution and development of acute myeloid leukemia. With over 15 years of research experience, Linde has contributed to multiple landmark translational studies and received numerous awards and fellowships for her research achievements.

Linde is extremely dedicated to volunteering her spare time to Penn State. Since 2015, she has been involved in her local Penn State Alumni Association NYC Chapter. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Chapter and co-leads the Chapter Advisory Board. She also serves as a mentor to students interested in STEM careers through the Eberly College Mentoring Program.

Linde is an avid runner, enthusiastic Penn State sports fan, and life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Linde is a native of Huntingdon, PA and currently lives in Cincinnati, OH.