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Loyola University New Orleans Elects New Members to Board of Trustees

Loyola press release - August 1, 2016

The Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees recently elected six new members who began serving Aug. 1. Among the new trustees are one of the city’s top commercial real estate developers, a documentary filmmaker, a business leader and brand development expert, the president of a Jesuit high school, the executive director of mission and operations for a Jesuit high school, and a turnaround expert and former school superintendent who also served as chief restructuring officer of the Orleans Parish School Board in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Three of the six new board members are Jesuit priests.

The Board of Trustees at Loyola New Orleans helps to shape general, educational and financial policies in an effort to ensure strong and sound management, and advance the university’s mission. This corporate governance group oversees fiscal affairs; determines and reviews university goals and aims of educational programs; and determines or approves policies related to the instruction, extracurricular activities, campus and residential life of students, among other responsibilities.

John J. Finan, Jr. ‘70, CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Inc., will remain as board chair. Other officers for the 2016-2017 term include New Orleans-based entrepreneur Barry D. LeBlanc, M.B.A. ‘82, who will serve as vice chair, and Rev. Francis W. “Billy” Huete, S.J., who will serve as secretary treasurer. University President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. also serves as an officer on the board.

Loyola’s new Board of Trustees includes:

William A. Burke III – As president of the Jarden Group, Bill Burke leads the organization in alignment with Newell Brands strategy and direction, helping to propel leading brands such as K2, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, NUK, First Alert, Waddington and Yankee Candle. In his work for Newell Brands, Mr. Burke is responsible for developing best-in-class processes and capabilities, achieving optimal efficiencies and delivering against aggressive business objectives. Since joining Newell Rubbermaid in 2003, Mr. Burke has had a proven track record of outstanding leadership and consistent growth, including leading and repositioning the Lenox brand to deliver double-digit sales growth and heading the company’s professional businesses to accelerate international expansion. The businesses he leads have been the most significant contributors to Newell Rubbermaid’s growth in recent years.

Previously, Mr. Burke served as chief operating officer for Newell Rubbermaid and served 20 years at Black and Decker in various roles, including vice president and general manager of the product service division and global vice president of marketing. Mr. Burke holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Business.

Timothy M. McMahon, S.J. – A native of St. Louis, Mo., Fr. McMahon is a Jesuit priest who holds three master’s degrees in biology, divinity, and theology. He has served as a teacher and pastoral minister at Jesuit secondary schools in Belize, El Salvador, and St. Louis, Mo. and taught as an adjunct biology professor at Rockhurst University. He has also served as rector of the Bellamine House of Studies at St. Louis University.

Fr. McMahon served the Jesuits of the Missouri Province from 2001 to 2009, first as a top administrator, then as provincial. Since 2010, he has served as president of Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, Colo.

Bill Roberti - Bill Roberti, a senior advisor at Alvarez & Marsal turnaround management firm in St. Louis, Mo., brings nearly four decades of leadership to corporate, government and public sector organizations.

Mr. Roberti joined A&M in 2002. He built and led the expansion of the firm’s public sector practice for more than a decade, applying specialized turnaround techniques in innovative environments to benefit the public good in the U.S. and beyond. Then in 2003, Mr. Roberti served as interim superintendent of the St. Louis Public School System, where he and a team of A&M interim and crisis managers applied turnaround and restructuring and crisis management approaches that led to the revitalization of the city’s educational infrastructure. He also served as chief restructuring officer of the Orleans Parish School Board in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Roberti has led a European bank assignment in the Detroit bankruptcy and served as financial advisor for domestic and international municipalities and governments including the State of Louisiana and the Government of Guam. Throughout his career, Mr. Roberti has held numerous board memberships, chairman and CEO positions lending his expertise to academia, government, research, real estate, not-for-profit and retail and apparel sectors. Most notably​​, he served as president and CEO of Brooks Brothers from 1987-1994.

Presently, he serves as chairman of the Board for Centerra Group LLC; executive advisor for the Yale CEO Leadership Institute, and vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Army Distaff Foundation in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations including the Admiral Farragut Academy and Institute for the Study of War.

Mr. Roberti is featured in Firing Back, a widely regarded book on the impact of leadership agility in the wake of corporate crises. He is quoted in Reversing the Slide: A Strategic Guide to Turnarounds, and in the Harvard Education Press-published book The Redesign of Urban School Systems. Mr. Roberti has also appeared in nationally syndicated television programs including The Jim Lehrer News Hour and has served as an instructor at The Board Superintendents Academy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University, where he serves as a Trustee Emeritus, and a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Roberti is a retired Colonel from the U. S. Army Reserve, serving in several senior Army staff positions at the Pentagon.

Rhonda Sharkawy – Loyola alumna Rhonda Sharkawy is a commercial real estate developer who holds two master’s degrees in her field. As a senior retail leasing and development executive for New Orleans-based Stirling Properties, she has worked for nearly 20 years on new retail developments, redevelopments and leasing existing shopping centers and represents more than a dozen national retailers in Louisiana.

In 2016, Ms. Sharkawy was inducted into the National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame, after receiving more than 45 awards from the association, including the Power Broker, Top Broker Award, which she received in 2015, and the Waguespack Award, which she received for five consecutive years, having achieved the highest volume of sales and leases within the commercial investment industry.

In her volunteer and philanthropic efforts, Ms. Sharkawy has helped organizations from Covenant House to the American Cancer Walk for Breast Cancer. She has served on the boards of Dress for Success; Loyola University Alumni Association; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and Young Leadership Council, among others.

Fr. Mario Alberto Torres, S.J. ‘81 – A trained clinical psychologist, Fr. Torres was ordained as a Jesuit priest in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2001. Fr. Torres has served as president of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola in San Juan and led secondary education and formation for Jesuit schools in Puerto Rico. He now serves as Executive Director of Mission and Operations, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School.

Jeremy Zipple, S.J. – Fr. Jeremy Zipple is a Jesuit priest and Executive Editor of America Films, the production unit of Jesuit-run America Media, where he oversees film and video content production for America’s various platforms and is forging production partnerships with outside broadcast and media outlets. He is a veteran documentary TV producer, whose films have appeared on PBS, National Geographic Television, Discovery, TLC, and other networks.

For America Magazine, Fr. Zipple has produced documentaries including La Voz del Pueblo and A Lakota Graduation. He has served as a producer for National Geographic Television and last year founded “Voices from the Margins,” an international social justice short film festival for college students. As a Jesuit, Fr. Zipple has held assignments at an inner city high school in Houston, an education program at the national prison of Belize, and teaching documentary film at Loyola University New Orleans.

Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees includes the following members: Janet Boles; Rev. Michael L. Braden, S.J.; William A. Burke, III; James A. Caillier, Ed.D.; James C. Carter, S.J.; Edgar L. Chase, III; Margaret M. Condron; Dennis C. Cuneo; Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.; Sally Forman; S. Derby Gisclair; Gail W. Jock; Rachel Kent; Stephen J. Landry; Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.; Rita Benson LeBlanc; Robert A. LeBlanc, Jr.; Joseph E. Mahoney; Mary J. Matalin; James R. McBride; Timothy McMahon, S.J.; Henry R. Muñoz, III; Paul Pastorek; Gerald L. Ray; William Roberti; Robert Savoie, Ph.D.; Rhonda Sharkawy; Ileana Suquet; Mario Alberto Torres, S.J; Carol Gisevius Waguespack; Jeremy Zipple, S.J.

Trustee Emeriti include Adelaide W. Benjamim; Donna D. Fraiche; Theodore “Ted” Frois; John P. Laborde; Anthony Laciura; John B. Levert, Jr.; Rita Odenheimer; Jerome J. Reso, Jr.; and Jeanne Wolf.