President's Alumni Advisory Council

Lynn University President's Alumni Advisory Council with SVP of Development and Alumni Affairs, Gregory J. Malfitano

Members of the PAAC on a hard hat tour of the Christine E. Lynn University Center, scheduled to open in early 2019.

The President's Alumni Advisory Council (PAAC), established in 2009, is an exclusive organization of Lynn alumni. PAAC members strategically advise the Office of the President from the alumni perspective and partner with the university to advance the involvement of alumni in university initiatives.

Advancing university initiatives

The PAAC collaborates quarterly and meets once annually. Current activities include:

  • Partnering with Career Connections to offer Lynn students internships
  • Providing students with shadowing and mentoring opportunities
  • Evaluating opportunities to support Admission initiatives
  • Organizing and attending Lynn on the Road events
  • Supporting and providing feedback on the university’s strategic plans

Join the PAAC

PAAC members are recommended by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and appointed by the Office of the President. Leadership Society members are welcome to inquire for more information.

Meet the members

Alexandra Alberti ’12, ’13

Inducted 2017
Alex earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Psychology. As a student, Alex was President of Sigma, Sigma, Sigma, served as an Admissions tour guide and gave the student address at the May, 2012 graduation ceremony. She continued working in Admissions as a Graduate Assistant and later as an Admissions Counselor. Alex lives in Florham Park, NJ.

Shira Blumenthal ’09

Inducted 2017
Blumenthal is the brand ambassador for Lion Brand Yarns, a 138-year-old brand that has been family-owned and operated for five generations. She works in the marketing department and hosts the web series Tea With Blumenthal, sharing the Lion Brand story and providing instruction to yarn crafters worldwide. Shira also speaks to various knitting and crochet guilds, high schools and colleges across the United States, and engages with consumers through email marketing and social media.

Craig Campestre ’01

Inducted 2017
Campestre received a B.S. in business administration in 2000. He is the head of sales at FIS: Fox River Execution Solutions and SGN Brokerage Services in New York. FIS is the world's largest global provider dedicated to banking and payment technologies. Prior to joining FIS, he was the head of new business development at Elkins/McSherry LLC, a financial consulting company. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children and live in Allendale, New Jersey.

Eser Cevahir ’08

Inducted 2016
Cevahir completed his degree in business administration in 2008. He is a member of the board of Cevahir Holding Co. in Istanbul, Turkey. The company was established in 1990 by Cevahir's father and uncle to serve as the parent management company for the 12 independent companies already owned by the family. Cevahir Holding is involved in the fields of construction, tourism, investment, insurance and security services. Their businesses include the Grand Cevahir Hotel & Convention Center in Istanbul, the Cevahir Shopping Center in Istanbul and Cevahir Group Construction and Engineering. Cevahir Holding is currently completing a residential complex in Macedonia. He and his wife, Ebru, live in Istanbul.

Michael Dolce ’91

Inducted 2015
Dolce received a B.S. in history/political science in 1991, and earned the James J. Oussani Award for being innovative and motivated in completing his degree. He is an attorney with Cohen Milstein in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and a member of the firm’s catastrophic injury practice group. Dolce is a highly regarded trial lawyer and political activist who has dedicated his career to seeking justice for the victims of abuse. His practice focuses specifically on the victims of sexual abuse, sex crimes and domestic violence. Dolce's work has been recognized with awards from both fellow attorneys and crime victim advocates, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, the Florida Justice Association and Florida Trend magazine. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children.

Jose Duarte '95, ’98

Inducted 2011
Duarte is a hospitality and management graduate. He is the owner and chef of the award-winning Taranta Ristorante in Boston’s historic North End. He is a leader in restaurant sustainability, food traceability and the culinary arts. Duarte has won numerous awards including the 2011 Massachusetts Recycling Award, Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award, 2011 Massachusetts Chef of the Year and Top 100 Most Influential Latinos in Massachusetts. He currently resides in the Boston area with his wife, Anna, and their two children.

Luis Gonzalez Ocque ’99

Inducted 2011
Ocque is a graduate of the College of Business and Management. He is a managing director of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley in Miami, serving clients in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He has remained active with Lynn since graduation and credits Lynn's mix of international students with helping him succeed in the global business world. He has been a member of the Leadership Society since 2010 and the PAAC since 2011. Ocque and his wife, Ana, live in Coconut Grove, Florida, with their three children, Anastasia, Isabella and Federica.

Alyssa Greenwood ’98

Inducted 2014
Greenwood received her B.S. in business administration in 1998. She and her husband Bill own Greenwood Bridal Sales LLC in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The company sells wholesale bridal fashions to retailers. Greenwood has sponsored and attended various admission recruitment events and has been active with the Boston alumni chapter. The Greenwoods reside in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Ronald Harrar ’00

Inducted 2016
Ronald and his brother Morris own Tisserie, an upscale pastry shop in New York City in the Park Central Hotel. The company’s bakery is in New Jersey and produces goods for their wholesale customers, which distributes throughout the city. Ronald also owns an art gallery, V.Contemporary, in New York City. The gallery houses high end art pieces for prospective buyers to view as they would in their own homes. Ronald and his wife Valery have three children.

Jeffrey John ‘00, ’02

Inducted 2016 John received his bachelor’s degree in business in 2000 and his master’s in 2002. He is the owner and managing partner of 3J Hospitality in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company operates American’s Backyard, Revolution Live and Stache in Fort Lauderdale and C.W.S. Bar + Kitchen in Lake Worth, Florida. He is married to Jackie and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Matthew Jaeger ’99

Inducted 2010
Matt studied in the College of Business. He is a project manager at Danac Corporation, a diversified real estate development firm specializing in acquisition, brokerage, development, construction and property management. He serves on the PAAC and has hosted a number of events and receptions for Lynn University in the DC area. Matt has two sons and lives in Washington, DC.

Wayne Jarvis ’96

Inducted 2017
Jarvis is a manager at Service Corporation International, North America's largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services. He oversees 11 funeral homes and one crematorium in the South Florida area. Jarvis has been an active alumni for many years, helping with alumni events and annual fund campaigns. He received the Distinguished Alumni award in 2003 and 2017, and served as a member of the Alumni Council from 2010-2012. Jarvis and his husband, Michael, live in Boca Raton, Florida.

Lisa Kerney ’04

Inducted 2013
Lisa Kerney is a graduate of the College of Communications. She recently was a studio anchor for ESPN, appearing on Sports Center and various shows across several ESPN platforms. Prior to joining ESPN, Lisa served as a sports anchor for CBS 2 News This Morning in New York City. She has also worked at MLB network as a sports reporter and KING-TV in Seattle as weekend sports anchor. While at Lynn, Lisa majored in broadcast communications and was point guard and captain of the women's basketball team. She earned the title of Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2003-04 academic year. She is currently a member of PAAC and has volunteered as a speaker for Admission yield events. Lisa is married to Patrick Kerney, a retired NFL player and a financial advisor at NFC Investments. The couple have four children.

Keri Kolettis ’96

Inducted 2012
Kolettis is a graduate of the College of Liberal Education. She was an All-American soccer player and helped capture two national championships during her college career at Lynn, earning herself a 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame induction. She is a board-certified physician assistant and the innovation specialist and academic STEM advisor at Pinecrest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. KeriKolettis received the DiCapua Family Award for excellence in teaching math and science at PineCrest School and has won the Verizon Innovative App Challenge Best in Nation Award $20,000 grant. She resides in Boca Raton with her husband, George, and their three children.

Dan Mathews III ’90

Inducted 2017
Mathews received his B.S. in business administration in 1990, and earned the President's Award for outstanding scholarship, leadership, loyalty and service to the College of Boca Raton. He is the owner of The Mathews Law Firm in Syracuse, New York, a third-generation law firm specializing in civil litigation, personal injury and criminal defense. Mathews is also the chairman of Geddes Savings and Loan in Geddes, New York, and serves as a judge for the Town of Geddes, New York, and the Village of Solvay, New York. In 2015, Mathews and his three siblings opened Local 315 Brewing Co. in Camillus, New York. The hops for the brewery are grown on the family's Fawn Crossing Hop Farm and most of the other ingredients are locally grown. Mathews and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Cole and Caden, and live in Syracuse.

Ioulia Nikiforova ’03, ’04

Inducted 2017
Nikiforova currently serves as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She joined the firm in 2013 and quickly built a book of high-end clients. Nikiforova transferred to Lynn from Siberian State University in Russia. After earning a B.S.B.A. and MBA from the College of Business and Management, she stayed with Lynn and worked in the admission office, rising to the assistant director of graduate admissions. She also worked in retail for Michael Kors before joining Morgan Stanley. Nikiforova is a member of the Friends of the Conservatory board of directors and has participated in numerous alumni networking events. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jeremy Office ’11

Inducted 2016
Office graduated with his Ph.D. from the College of Business and Management where his dissertation research focused on “The Modern American Entrepreneur.” Office is the founder of Maclendon Wealth Management, a boutique multi-family office that caters to successful entrepreneurs across the United States. He also co-founded and is the managing partner of SJO Worldwide, a private holding company that specializes in investments toward small and medium-sized companies in private and public offerings. Office endowed the Howard Isaacson Innovation Challenge to provide Lynn students an opportunity to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit through a business case competition. He lives in Delray Beach and has three children.

Hillel Presser ’12

Inducted 2017
Presser received an MBA in business administration in 2012. He is an attorney who represents individuals and businesses in connection with the establishment of comprehensive asset protection plans that incorporate both domestic and international components. He has authored several books and articles on asset protection, marketing and law and has been featured in newspaper, magazine and television reports around the world. Presser earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, where he was one of the first students to major in entrepreneurship, and obtained his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is a board member for several nonprofit organizations run by his professional athlete clients and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lynn. Presser, his wife, Ashley, and his son live in Boca Raton, Florida.

Michael Sirchio ’04

Inducted 2016
Mike received his Bachelors in Hospitality Management from Lynn in 2004 and was very active in Student Activities and also as an Admissions. Mike is the owner and operator of The Arctic Market and Butcher in Point Pleasant, NJ. His shop, which he opened in 2011, is a cross between old world butcher and health food store. Mike, his wife Kim, and their son Jake live in Point Pleasant Boro, NJ.

Peter Smith ’87

Inducted 2010
Smith studied in the College of Business at the College of Boca Raton. He is partner in, an early childhood web-based learning program, and chief executive officer and president of Kid Orange Tech, the exclusive distributor of for preschools and early learning centers. Previously, he served as the regional managing director at Principal Financial Group and as executive vice president at AXA. Smith has served on our PAAC since 2010. He lives in the Boca Raton area with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

Gregory Sullivan ’89

Inducted 2011
Greg received a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the College of Boca Raton. He is currently a managing partner for TreMonti Consulting, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in intellectual asset management issues. Greg has hosted several parent and alumni events for Lynn University in the DC area. He resides in Vienna, VA with his wife, Anna, and two sons.

Ashlie Thomas ‘03, ’05

Inducted 2012
Ashlie earned a B.A. in Communications in 2003 and an MBA in 2005. She is the Marketing/Category Manager for Thomas Petroleum in Houston, TX. The company was founded by her father, Cliff Thomas, in 1980 and has become one of the premier fuel lubricant and chemical distributors in the south central United States. In 2015, Ashlie enrolled at Texas A&M University and received a Master’s degree in Sports Management. Ashlie lives in Victoria, TX.

Vince Vesce ’95

Inducted 2017
Vesce graduated from the College of Business and Management with a degree in hospitality management. He is the chief executive officer of V Squared Strategies LLC, a full service consulting firm specializing in business development, public and partner relations. Prior to founding V Squared, he worked for the Port Authority where he oversaw all parking, ground transportation and airport access for JFK, La Guardia, Newark Liberty and Stewart International airports. He has served as a councilman for the City of Peekskill, New York, since 2014. Vesce and his wife, Jolene, have three children and live in Peekskill, New York.