May 26, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Nine beloved faculty and staff members of Mount Saint Mary
College will be retiring at the end of this academic year. From
left to right, Dee Berlinghoff, professor of education; Janet
Zeman, executive director of the Career Center; Frank Davis,
academic advisor/faculty liaison for the Office of Student Success;
Maureen Markel, professor of information technology; Nancy Trenz,
administrative assistant for the Office of Admissions for Graduate
Programs and Adult Degree Completion; Ilona McGuiness, vice
president of Academic Affairs; and Lee Zawistowski, director of
Human Resources. Not pictured: Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., campus
chaplain and director of Campus Ministry; and Dan Twomey, director
This academic year, Mount Saint Mary College bids a fond
farewell to nine outstanding retirees with decades of service
Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., came to the Mount in 2010 as the
chaplain and director of Campus Ministry and has been an active
presence on campus ever since. He was an adjunct professor in the
Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies and he lived in Sakac
Hall during the school year. He leaves the Mount community to
assume his duties full-time within the order as the Provincial
Director for Lay Carmelites and the Vocation Director for the
Dan Twomey, director of Athletics, joined the Athletics
Department in 1995 as the women’s assistant basketball coach and
started full time in the department five years later. Twomey worked
closely with coaches and athletes to establish programs like
Knights in the Community, and helped lead the department through
the addition of new teams and new facilities.
Maureen Markel, professor of information technology, came to the
Mount in 1976 and has been an active part of the Division of Math
and Information Technology and the campus community for more than
four decades. During her time at the Mount, Maureen served as chair
of the division and helped to oversee the development of several
new programs. At the college’s recent Commencement ceremony, Markel
was given the Faculty Award for her dedication to education.
Dee Berlinghoff, professor of education, has been an integral
part of the Mount’s Division of Education for 17 years. Her latest
endeavor was the co-creation (along with philosophy professor Ed
Teall) of the Davidson DiPaola Educational Innovations Cooperative,
which focuses on the professional development of faculty.
Lee Zawistowski, director of Human Resources, has worked at the
Mount for 20 years. Throughout his time in the Human Resources
office, he has assisted in the hiring and promotion of hundreds of
staff and faculty members.
Ilona McGuiness became vice president of Academic Affairs in
2015, overseeing the Mount’s six divisions and two schools, and the
addition of several new academic programs. During that time, she
has diligently promoted student scholarship and academic
Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., campus chaplain and director
of Campus Ministry, distributes ashes to the Mount Saint Mary
College community on Ash Wednesday 2017. Fr. Amodio will bid the
Mount farewell in June 2017.
Frank Davis, academic advisor/faculty liaison for the Office of
Student Success, has been at the Mount since 2000. He has aided
countless students through academic advisement and as an adjunct
professor in the Division of Arts and Letters.
Nancy Trenz, administrative assistant for the Office of
Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Completion,
joined the Mount in 2006. She has worked with hundreds of adult
students as their first point of contact at the school, managing
all the inquiries and applications for the program.
Janet Zeman, executive director of the Career Center, came to
the Mount in 1980, and launched the college’s Cooperative Education
Program in 1989. She has guided the Career Center since its
inception and provided numerous career and professional services
for almost three decades of Mount students and graduates.