The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Franklin Pierce University. Its members convene at least three times a year, either in New Hampshire at the College at Rindge campus or the Manchester Center, or on the Goodyear, Arizona campus.
LESLYE A. ARSHT of Arlington, Virginia, co-founded a national non-profit education consultancy, StandardsWork, Inc. that continues to advance K-12 education reform. Currently, Ms. Arsht is developing a digital learning game that demonstrates that students can learn complex concepts while immersed in gameplay. Ms. Arsht served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy from 2006 to 2008, following nearly two years of work on improving educational transition for military children and increasing access for military spouse employment. In 2003 to 2004, she served as senior advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Education, traveled to war-torn Iraq and spent nine months helping Iraq rebuild its education system. Previously, Ms. Arsht was counselor to the secretary and director of communications at the U.S. Department of Education; the associate vice chancellor for news and public affairs at Vanderbilt University; and Deputy Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan. Ms. Arsht was first elected to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees and 2001 and returned in 2012.
LLOYD H. ASTMANN ’69 is the managing partner of NHA Realty, LLC, a New Jersey based commercial real estate holding company, and the founder and past president of The Jilson Group, Inc. in Lodi, New Jersey, a company he sold in 2002. He is a 1969 graduate of Franklin Pierce and received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the past president of the Paramus Rotary Club, the recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year Award and the Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Award. Mr. Astmann is the past chairman of the board of the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus and the past chairman of the board of Benjamin Barbarosh Independent Living Centers in Paramus. He is currently the vice-chairman of the board of Life Opportunities Unlimited in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and sits on the advisory boards of CarePlus Workforce Solutions in Paterson, New Jersey and U.S. Financial Services, Inc. in Fairfield, New Jersey. Mr. Astmann is the first graduate of Franklin Pierce to have served as the Chair of Franklin Pierce’s Board of Trustees.
JOHN T. BURKE JR. '66 of Clinton, Massachusetts, is currently the owner and founder of American Legal Investigative Services, a Boston-based firm actively engaged in the business of private investigations and security consulting. Mr. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin Pierce as a member of the inaugural class of 1966 and later his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State University. Mr. Burke served as a Special Agent of the FBI for more than 30 years and retired in 1998 to accept a position with State Street Bank and Trust, and soon after as president of American Legal Resources, Inc. Mr. Burke is a member of the Former Special Agents of the FBI Association and the Licensed Private Detective Association of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, Mr. Burke served a term as President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2000. Mr. Burke is a prior recipient of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award, the Power of the Raven Award, and the Dr. Frank S. DiPietro Founder's Award.
NAOMI BUTTERFIELD of Concord, N.H., is an accomplished attorney who currently serves as Legal Counsel for Merrimack County, N.H. Previously, Ms. Butterfield specialized in higher education and workplace investigations as the lead employment counsel with the law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer and Nelson at their offices in Manchester, N.H. She began her career practicing law in Colorado, where she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. Butterfield relocated to New Hampshire to join the Civil Bureau of the Office of the Assistant Attorney General and later worked for the Community College System of New Hampshire as General Counsel. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver, College of Law. Her other professional affiliations include long-standing affiliations with rowing organizations and several community boards including the N.H. Community Loan Fund. She speaks and writes on topics associated with labor and employment.
STEVEN V. CAMERINO of Meredith, New Hampshire, is President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, which provides electric service to all or part of 115 municipalities in New Hampshire. Before joining NHEC, Mr. Camerino was a shareholder and director at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., a regional law firm based in New Hampshire, where he was chair of the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Practice Group and Managing Director of the firm’s Concord, NH office. Mr. Camerino was consistently listed in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyer’s in America for his energy and utilities law practice. The New Hampshire Bar Association awarded him its L. Jonathan Ross Award for Legal Service to the Poor in 1999. Mr. Camerino received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1980 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1983. Mr. Camerino joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2012.
B. JAY COOPER of Marion, Mass., served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration first as director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Secretary Malcolm Baldrige and then as deputy White House press secretary. He also served as deputy White House press secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Mr. Cooper served as director of communications at the Republican National Committee under four national chairmen. He served as director of public affairs and special assistant to the president at Yale University in New Haven. Mr. Cooper was a consultant in Washington, D.C., for APCO Worldwide where he served as deputy managing director of APCO’s Washington, D.C., office. He retired from APCO in 2014. He began his career as a reporter and editor at the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American. He earned his bachelor degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. He is an author, co-writing with his wife, Christine Black, “Mac Baldrige: The Cowboy in Reagan’s Cabinet.” He serves on the advisory board to the Marlin Fitzwater Center for communication and was first elected to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2010.
BETTY DIPIETRO of Woodbridge, New Jersey, is a Corporate Vice President at Ralph Lauren Corporation where she is responsible for the Company’s Financial Planning and Analysis as well as Business Development corporate functions. Ms. DiPietro started her career at Arthur Andersen LLP and left the firm as an Audit and Business Advisory Manager to work at Lucent Technologies where she held various financial roles before joining Ralph Lauren. Ms. DiPietro is on the Development Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. She is a current Big Sister volunteer and also volunteers with the Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response team. She joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in 2015.
CARLEEN M. FARRELL ’71 of Arlington, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Franklin Pierce. She received her MA degree from New York University. During her years in higher education administration, Ms. Farrell served as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Keene State College in New Hampshire, Assistant Dean of Students at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and recently retired from the Harvard Business School. During her 21 years at HBS, she served as Manager of Enrollment and Admission Services and Assistant Director of Open Enrollment in the Executive Education division. She currently serves on the Harvard University Retirees Association Board and is involved with the non-profit organization, ConKerr Cancer Boston, MA & Palm Beach, FL chapters. She is the recipient of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award and the Franklin Pierce Leader of Conscience Award. She has served on the Franklin Pierce Alumni Board of Directors and as its President from 1974-76. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Franklin Pierce Alumni Chapter. Ms. Farrell served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees from 1981-1994 and was reelected to the Board of Trustees in 2010.
CARYL FELICETTA is the COO of Single Throw Internet Marketing, a company that helps its clients develop all aspects of their internet marketing programs; web application development, social media, design and more. Prior to this endeavor, she founded The Argyle Studio serving both as the Creative Director and CEO. Her agency was one of the first to use the Mac as a production tool and now it has become the industry standard. Ms. Felicetta holds an associate’s degree in applied science from Middlesex County College and she is quickly closing in on her bachelor’s degree. She currently volunteers time to New Jersey Audubon, SCORE organization and attending events on marketing. She hopes to complete a novel soon, and enjoys photography, gardening and working with therapy dogs. She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey with her partner John. Ms. Felicetta joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2011.
AL MARULLI, JR. ’69 founded David Associates, a company that has developed and acquired in excess of two million square feet of office, retail and residential property up and down the east coast of the United States. Mr. Marulli has a long connection with Franklin Pierce, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 and has previously served on the Board from 1992-2002. He splits his time in Palm Beach, Florida and Essex, Connecticut. He was currently elected to the Board in January, 2013.
DR. KIM MOONEY '83 is President of Franklin Pierce University. Dr. Kim Mooney assumed the post of President on August 1, 2016. Her commitment to Franklin Pierce University spans several decades, from being an active alumna to serving on the Board of Trustees for seven years, then as interim president for six months prior to serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs for another seven years. She has spearheaded the development of the University’s new Strategic Plan and is making it a central focus of her presidency to capitalize on the important initiatives begun over the last several years. A proponent of shared governance, Dr. Mooney will also emphasize collaboration, communication, and community as guiding principles for her presidency. Under her leadership as Provost, the University launched a major process of self-assessment and re-alignment, resulting in far-reaching initiatives such as the revision of the general and liberal education curriculum, the introduction of nine new undergraduate majors, the support and expansion of the Academic Showcase, and the integration of graduate and undergraduate education into meaningful pathways for students from their first year through their masters or doctoral degrees. Moving the University firmly in a direction that ensures a high quality education in a community of support that extends far beyond graduation, Dr. Mooney has positioned Franklin Pierce University to continue its passion for the personal touch of its educators while staying competitive and current with rapidly changing trends in higher education and career pathways.
SEAN O’KANE is a Managing Partner at Stratögé Partners. This Portsmouth, NH-based firm specializes in remote data collection, and analytics solutions and efficiency. Prior to this, Sean had a very diversified career in both the private and public sectors, domestically and internationally. During his 24-year hotel management career, he was recognized as, “Innkeeper of the Year” by New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA); “Tourism Leader” by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce; “Travel Person of the Year” by the New Hampshire Travel Council for his years of promoting tourism in New Hampshire, and was recognized nationally by the National Restaurant Association and as the “Outstanding General Manager of the Year” by the American Hotel/Lodging Association. In 2004, New Hampshire Governor Benson appointed Sean to serve as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. He was presented the U.S. Diplomatic Medal for Peace and Commerce by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his work in promoting New Hampshire businesses in the international marketplace. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. O’Kane served as the Director of Hotel Strategic Alliances and Thought Leadership for Schneider Electric, a French-based multinational corporation and a global leader in energy management and efficiency.
FREDERICK W. PIERCE IV has spent his career in real estate investment, development, consulting, finance and acquisition. Since 1995, he has served as the President and CEO of Pierce Education Properties, L.P., a Top 15 national owner, operator and developer of student housing and education-based real estate with a current portfolio of more than 14,000 beds of student housing at 24 universities nationwide. Earlier, he led the finance and appraisal divisions for KPMG/Goodkin Group, and was later recruited by Price Waterhouse to start and build their real estate consulting practice. He has served as a member of and in leadership roles on numerous Boards including current Chairman of the San Diego State University- Fowler College of Business Board of Directors, and former member of The California State University Board of Trustees, among others. Mr. Pierce is a frequent speaker on topics including student housing, real estate, education and the economy. He is the recipient of many professional and personal awards including the honor of being among the “50 Influential Leaders in San Diego,” as selected by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2017. One of 24 Student Housing Pioneers (Real Estate Forum Magazine- 2013) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year on 2012. He received his B.S. in Finance from and engaged in graduate study at San Diego State University.
ROBERT "BOB" RILEY '82 of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, is a 1982 graduate of Franklin Pierce, and an information systems professional with more than 35 years of experience, focusing on corporate business operations, with diverse work experience across IS management, application development, project planning, and vendor management. He is currently a Senior Analyst at Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest healthcare group. Mr. Riley is married to Franklin Pierce alumna Kim Lewis Riley ’83, and both of them been active in Alumni Board support for 10 years. A former President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association, Mr. Riley has also led Alumni Board committee work. He holds an MBA in Global Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and maintains certification (CPIM) and affiliation with APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society).
TERESA ROSENBERGER of Concord, N.H., began her career as at US News and World Report Magazine. She worked on the White House speechwriting staffs in Washington, D.C. for the Office of the President under Richard Nixon’s, Gerald Ford’s, and Ronald Reagan’s administrations. Outside of government, she was the President of Fairpoint Communications in New Hampshire and has worked as a consultant for AARP. Ms. Rosenberger is President of Devine Strategies, a subsidiary of Devine Millimet, and Director of Government Relations at McLane Middleton law firm, both in Concord, N.H. Ms. Rosenberger has served on numerous boards as member and chair and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Council and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the Board of New England Council; NHPBS (NH Public Broadcasting). She is also a member of the City of Concord Planning Board, and has previously served as a board member and in a leadership capacity on many other New Hampshire and Concord-area boards, service and non-profit organizations. Ms. Rosenberger earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among her past accomplishments, she was named one of New Hampshire’s most Influential Women in Business and Citizen of the Year by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
TERRELL BOSTON SMITH '05 of Baltimore, Maryland is a Founding Partner at The Tidemore Group, a management and public affairs firm that guides businesses, non-profit organizations, labor unions, and progressive causes. He is also a Managing Partner of Marshall & Lafayette Real Estate Services, a property management and real estate investment company that creates and manages world-class affordable and single-family housing. A 2005 graduate of Franklin Pierce who earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College – The City University of New York, Terrell previously served as the Campaign Manager and Political Director for Brian Frosh’s successful campaign for Attorney General of Maryland. Following the campaign, he served as Special Assistant to Attorney General Frosh in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. He has previously served as Senior Advisor on numerous political and referendum campaigns, as Government Relations Advisor for an Annapolis and Baltimore-based law and government relations firm’s government relations practice, in the Retail Investment Group of T. Rowe Price Associates and at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Terrell and his wife, Amy are raising their family in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.
KERRY D. STEIN ’80 of Mamaroneck, New York is managing director at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets. Mr. Stein is a member of the Franklin Pierce class of 1980. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance. He has over two decades of experience in the investment banking field. Prior to joining Lloyds, he was at Morgan Joseph and prior to that he was head of Yankee bond trading at Dresdner Bank. Mr. Stein was reappointed to the board in October, 2015
ALFRED ZUCARO, JR. has practiced immigration and nationality law in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County since 1986 and is one of South Florida’s leading voices on international trade and commerce, and is an authority on immigration law and migration strategy. Mr. Zucaro forges alliances between local and international entities as Founder and Chairman of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, and has twice been named one of the most influential people in International Trade and Commerce by South Florida CEO magazine. From March 1997 through November 2002, he was elected to the West Palm Beach City Commission, during which time he helped establish the identity of Palm Beach County as an international business destination. He is also a frequent speaker throughout Boca Raton and South Florida on the topics of international trade, immigration law and business development opportunities.