- by Mount Saint Mary College

Mount Saint Mary College is proud to welcome six new members to its Board of Trustees.

Joining the board recently were Philip J. DeAngelo, Christofer Guarino, Jake Kosack ’18, Sr. Catherine McDonnell ’69, OP, Ann Marie Murray ’70, and Jeremy Smith ’06.

Philip J. DeAngelo is the owner and managing director of Focused Wealth Management, an SEC registered investment advisor headquartered in Newburgh, N.Y. He is a registered principal with Securities America Inc. and serves as chairman of Focused Wealth Management’s Investment Committee. He also is cofounder of Green Hook Ginsmiths and St. Agrestis Importers, beverage companies based in Brooklyn, N.Y. DeAngelo graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He completed and received a certificate from the Wharton School of Business Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Among other service activities, he is on the Mount’s President Advisory Council and is a co-founder of the Mount Saint Mary College Invitational Tennis Tournament.

Christofer Guarino is director and senior relationship manager for Citigroup in New York City. He is honored to be the youngest Senior Relationship Manager on his team. Guarino is also a member of a new global unit at Citigroup tasked with improving and devising new solutions for wealth management institutions, including a joint venture with Citi’s own Private Bank and Wealth Management Division. In addition, he is a fellow of the Economic Club of New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Political Science and History from Fordham University in 2010. In addition to other service activities, Guarino has volunteered with Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries for 16 years.

Jake Kosack, a 2018 graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, is an associate field producer and reporter for the news website TMZ. He has conducted hundreds of interviews with actors, musicians, politicians, athletes, and other high-profile individuals. Kosack is also the founder of Get Better Motivation, a brand that encourages positivity and inspires everyone to be physically and mentally healthy. He was very involved as a Mount student, including serving as junior and senior class president and speaking at the 2018 Mount Commencement, among many other activities. In addition, he has volunteered with the Hudson Valley Autism Society for nearly 20 years.

Sr. Catherine (Cass) McDonnell, OP is Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope and a 1969 graduate of Mount Saint Mary College. Before being named Prioress last year, she was vice chancellor for Urban Ministry and Planning for the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Sr. McDonnell has a long history as an educator, including in elementary and secondary schools from New Jersey to Puerto Rico. She specialized in Chemistry. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary School Education from the Mount, she also earned a master’s degree in Secondary School Science/Chemistry from Villanova University, and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Catholic University.

Ann Marie Murray, a 1970 graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, is associate provost for Program Development and Strategic Initiatives, as well as a service professor for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at the University at Albany. She has enjoyed a long and fruitful career in higher education before this, including serving as president of Herkimer County Community College and, before that, as vice president for Academic Affairs at Broome Community College. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the Mount, she also earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, and a master’s degree in Advanced Classroom Teaching, all from the University at Albany.

Jeremy Smith, a 2006 alumnus of Mount Saint Mary College, is a director of Digital Workspace Engineering at Travelers Companies, Inc. He began his career at Travelers in 2005 as an intern through MSMC’s co-op program, and was subsequently hired as a full-time employee. During his career at Travelers, Smith has led strategic solution delivery in multiple technology departments, including operations, ITSM automation, cloud engineering and digital workspace. At the Mount, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in psychology, and was recognized as a Ralph Scholar, an honor reserved for the top 5 percent of the sophomore class. Smith is also the founder of, a mass communications company based in Connecticut.

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