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Your University Ambassadors

Lehigh University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors work with the alumni relations staff as ambassadors to our alumni, parents, and friends around the world.

The Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors carries the torch for Lehigh.

Their mission is to unleash the power of our 85,000 alumni, provide connections to one another and to Lehigh, and to embrace the excitement for all that is possible. They work with the alumni relations staff as ambassadors to our alumni, parents, and friends around the world.

Each of the directors are nominated by their peers, then appointed by the LUAA Board Nomination Committee. Use the form below to nominate the passionate Lehigh alumni in your life — or yourself!

Note that at Lehigh, there is no alumni association “membership.” You’re invited to alumni events, encouraged to volunteer, and eligible for alumni perks and benefits simply because you’re a graduate. 

The LUAA Board Executive Team

Jessica Huertas RN ’94

Huertas is a founder and active member of BALANCE, Lehigh University's Black and Latinx Alumni Network for Community and Equity.

Huertas is a Bethlehem native and now resides in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lehigh with a B.A. in biology in 1994 and went on to get her BSN-Nursing at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1999. She manages a team of nurses as a clinical operations lead at Accolade, Inc., in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

Mary Beth Tully ’84 ’21P ’21P

In 2019, Tully was recognized with Lehigh's Alumni Award.

Tully, of Garden City, New York, is a former nonprofit and health care executive; in recent years, she has devoted herself to volunteer leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. She earned her M.P.A. in health policy and administration from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 1987. While at Lehigh, she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. As an alumna, she has served as president of the Class of 1984 and Reunion Committee gift chair; is a member of the Asa Packer Society, Tower Society, and Parents' Council; and regularly participates in the First Year Rally.

In the New York City region, she serves as a board member of the United Hospital Fund, a health policy research and philanthropic organization, and served as a trustee of NYU Winthrop Hospital where she led the Development Steering Committee. She is a longtime volunteer with the Junior League of the City of New York and led the organization as its president from 2002-2004. Currently, she is board chair of the Alpha Phi Foundation based in Evanston, Illinois, and has served as the lead volunteer alumnae advisor for her sorority's chapter at Hofstra University since 2010. Her twin daughters, Caroline '21 and Elizabeth '21, are also part of the Lehigh family.

Lauren Manduke ’05

Lauren served Lehigh as a Young Alumni Council member since 2011, both as a member and committee chair, and remains active with the Varsity Crew Team.

Manduke, of Far Hills, New Jersey, is a commercial litigator at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, a mid-size law firm based out of Hackensack, New Jersey. She is the Republican female District 20 Representative for Bernards Township and a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. At Lehigh, she rowed on the Varsity Crew team and was a sister of Pi Beta Phi. She received a B.A. in political science and minor in urban studies, followed by a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Jill Triani ’94

Triani was a member of the Lehigh University Wind Ensemble and the American Institute of Architecture Students and was the president of the Residence Hall Association.

Triani is a former project manager and consultant for Mark Johnson and Associates. She received a B.A. in architecture from Lehigh University in 1994. She received her M.Arch. from the University of Michigan in 1996. Jill worked in high-end residential architecture for six years before leaving the field to start a family. At Lehigh, she has served as the Michigan Alumni Club president, a member of the Lehigh Leadership Council, the Reunion Chair for the Class of 1994, flag bearer for the Class of 1994 at the first year student rally, and director at large on the LUAA board.

Triani, along with her husband, Jamie Flinchbaugh ’94, funded the Donald Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholarship for technical entrepreneurship. Triani is also a member of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society. She received Lehigh’s Alumni Award at her 20th reunion in 2014. She volunteers at the elementary school serving as PTA president, serves as the team manager for her son’s soccer team, and has previously served as team manager and coach for other teams. She has also been a significant fundraiser, along with her daughter, Emma, for the Save-A-Limb Fund.

Deidre Martin ’83

Deidre received the Lehigh University Alumni Award in 2016 and has served on the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia and the Young Alumni Council.

Martin is owner of the Law Office of Deidre Martin, Esq. LLC in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Martin received a B.S. in business economics from Lehigh University, and she earned her J.D. from Drexel Law in 2013. Prior to attending law school, she worked for The Martin Corporation in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, and New York Life Insurance in Manhattan, New York. Martin currently practices law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and her practice is mainly focused on New Jersey real estate, land use, and construction litigation matters. She is currently the president of the Lehigh Lawyers Association.

Frederick “Freddy” Coleman ’17 ’19G

Coleman is a technology consultant in financial services at EY and the founder and Managing-Director of GhanaMade.

Alumni trustee Frederick “Freddy” Coleman ’17 ’19G, of Jersey City, NJ, is a technology consultant in financial services at EY and the founder and Managing-Director of GhanaMade, a cultural digital media company with a footprint in New York, London, and Accra. His work contributions in professional services have made impacts of +$20 million in sales with national financial institutions. Coleman also serves on the professional executive board of the National Society of Black Engineers. He is a member of the CPA society of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, NABA, and the NBMBAA. His sustainability work includes promoting and supporting black higher education, with a focus on the African community in the US and students from his ancestral country of Ghana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business information systems and a Master of Engineering in technical entrepreneurship with honors from Lehigh University. He later obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Coleman has served Lehigh as a board director for the Alumni Association, a member of the Young Alumni Council, a leadership member of the BALANCE alumni affinity group, and a volunteer for the Alumni Admissions Outreach program. As an undergraduate, he was the President of the Class of 2017, Assistant Treasurer of the Student Senate, Chapter Senator for the National Society of Black Engineers, Council Elder for the African Student Association, and a Carl Greer Scholar.

Julie Smiga ’11

Smiga is a former president of Lehigh’s Young Alumni Council.

Alumni trustee Julie Smiga ’11, of Neptune, NJ, is a Program Manager at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, NJ, leading an integrated team across various functional areas and managing cost, schedule, and performance for several aircraft carrier Visual Landing Aid (VLA) programs. These programs encompass cradle-to-grave lifecycle management of the primary and backup optical and visual systems that guide fixed-wing pilots to land safely on carrier flight decks, as well as their land-based training systems located at naval and Marine Corps air stations throughout the world. Previously, she was a Systems Engineer supporting air/ship integration efforts for an unmanned air system and L-Class ship design. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in integrated business and engineering and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with an aerospace engineering minor from Lehigh, as well as a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with a graduate certificate in space systems engineering. Julie is a former president of Lehigh’s Young Alumni Council and volunteers with hospice patients in her free time.

The LUAA Board Members

Brittany Bartlett ’11

Bartlett served as the treasurer of the Class of 2011, participated in the Student Alumni Association, was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and was a recipient of the 611 Challenge Scholarship Award.

Bartlett is currently a Marine Resources Specialist for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Pacific, an entity of the Department of the Navy, which supports the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Originally from Hopewell, New Jersey, Bartlett currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her husband and puppy. She received a B.A. from Lehigh University in environmental studies and political science in 2011 and an MS in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2013.

Currently, Bartlett is spearheading fundraising efforts for the Dr. Frank Douglas ’66 Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Black Excellence and serves as a co-chair for the 2011 Reunion Committee. She also continues her class office responsibilities. In her spare time, she can generally be found in the ocean, cuddling her rescue pup, and serving as president of her recently co-founded nonprofit, The Next Swell. Her mother (Fran Sturiale ’81), father (Tom Bartlett ’80), and two grandfathers (Ralph Bartlett ’47 and Phil Sturiale ’52) are all Lehigh alumni.

David Cohen ’88 ’19P

Cohen was a recipient of the University Service Award and was a teaching assistant in Law 11.

Cohen, of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, received a B.A. in economics with a minor in international relations in 1988, followed by a J.D. from the American University — Washington College of Law. While at Lehigh, Cohen served as a Gryphon, and he also ran the student activities group responsible for bringing musical and comedic talent to the university. While not practicing law, he also served for nearly 10 years as the mayor of Berkeley Heights. Currently, he is an associate vice president and deputy general counsel at Rutgers University. Cohen is married to his fellow 1988 classmate, Heidi Lynn Cohen, and they have two children, Sarah (Lehigh Class of 2019) and Max (Purdue Class of 2021).

Sandra Denton ’83

Denton is a four-time recipient of CRN’s (Computer Reseller News), “Top Women of the Channel.”

Denton received her B.S. in computer and information science from Lehigh in 1983, M.S. in management information systems from Pace University, and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been cited in a Harvard Business School entrepreneurial case study, presented at numerous technology conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States; and authored telecom publications in German and English. As VP of channels and partnerships for Pipefy, Denton partners with leading technology firms across the globe to grow top line revenue and to increase total addressable markets. For 30+ years, she has successfully navigated high-tech’s culturally diverse industry while working with proven companies — Bell Laboratories, Siemens, Accenture, Cisco, IBM, and 3 acquired software start-ups. She is a member of Lehigh’s Tower Society, Columbia Business School’s Hermes Society, and Chief, a private network that connects, supports, and advances female leaders. Denton lives in New York City and Bedminster, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Fife ’85

Fife is a founding member of the Lehigh Wall Street Council, currently serving as president of the group.

Fife graduated from Lehigh with a B.A. in foreign careers. After a brief stint in the unit trust department at Merrill Lynch, he worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the next six years, starting out as an order clerk and, eventually, becoming a broker on the New York Options floor. Using the trading knowledge that he acquired on the floor, he joined Bear Stearns in 1993 as an equity derivatives salesman servicing institutional clients, a position he held for 15 years, achieving the title of senior managing director. After the JP Morgan takeover of Bear Stearns in 2008, he moved on to Susquehanna Financial Group where he spent four years, still focusing on equity derivatives sales. Next, he moved on to an equity derivatives sales position at Citigroup in March 2013 and joined Stifel Nicolaus in March 2015 as a director in the equity derivatives sales group, a position he held until July 2016.

Drew Gill ’05

Gill is a client operations manager at ICONIQ Capital, serving some of the world’s most influential families and organizations.

Gill, of Weehawken, New Jersey, is a client operations manager at ICONIQ Capital, a privately-held investment firm that serves some of the world’s most influential families and organizations.

Prior to ICONIQ, Drew held positions with iCapital Network, Och Ziff Capital Management, SS&C, and Blackstone GSO. Drew has been a part of the Lehigh family for over 22 years, as he followed his brother and his sister-in-law, who graduated in '01. Additionally, Gill's wife is currently an M.B.A. candidate at Lehigh.

Gabrielle Jenkins ’91 ’24P

Jenkins is a graduate of Lehigh University and a certified professional behavior, values, and attributes analyst.

Jenkins, cofounder of Waypoint Growth Advisors, is a business professional with 25 years of diverse experience in Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial environments in public and privately held organizations spanning the manufacturing, biotech, retail, supply chain, and financial services industries.

As a partner at Waypoint, a consulting firm focused on talent assessment, leadership development, and employee engagement, her focus is on helping companies maximize their return on their biggest investment, their people. Her expertise lies in applying data about people to solving business problems and maximizing performance and productivity. She has led lectures in a variety of public forums, including the Association for Corporate Growth, Technology Capital Network at MIT, and the BIO Conference.

Adam Kohn ’11

Kohn is presently the chair of the Lehigh Alumni Club of Portland and also served on the Young Alumni Council from 2011-2017.

Kohn, of Portland, Oregon, is a senior innovation engineer at Nike, Inc. Raised in North Jersey, he graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in materials science and engineering in 2011 and went on to earn a dual master’s in materials science and business from Duke University in 2014. As a student at Lehigh, he was involved in the Gryphon Society, Association of Student Alumni, AEPi, AXE, and the Residence Hall Association, and he was an undergraduate research assistant in the polymer lab.

Nancy Liu ’83 ’14P ’17P

While at Lehigh, Liu was class secretary, organized fundraising events, and led the Senior Gift Campaign.

Liu, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, is an assistant general counsel at GE Capital-North America Life and Health. She earned her J.D. at Temple School of Law in 1986. As an alumnus, she is class correspondent, an alumni events volunteer, a member of the Asa Packer Society and the Lehigh Lawyers Association, serves on the Reunion Committee, and regularly attends football games and freshman Sendoffs. Her husband, Scott Freedman ’84; daughter, Rachael ’14; and son, Sam ’17, are all an active part of the Lehigh family. In addition, she is a dedicated GE Volunteer, participating and organizing community service events with the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and YWCA.

Vera Partem ’06 ’07

In 2011, Partem completed a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Partem was born in Lviv, Ukraine, and immigrated from the former Soviet Union to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, more than 20 years ago when her family received political asylum due to extensive communist persecution. In 2013, she became the recipient of the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State (the Fellowship identifies individuals who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad and reflecting the diversity and excellence of American society). In 2015, Partem was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer by the Department of State. She currently serves as a diplomat and political officer in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Troy Romanowski ’07

Romanowski was the Alumni Award recipient for his class in 2017.

Romanowski serves as bureau counsel to the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Purchase and Property. He is currently a cochair of the Lehigh Club of New Jersey, a member of the Lehigh Alumni Outreach Organization, and a member of the Lehigh Lawyers Association, as well a former Young Alumni Council member. As a student, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from Lehigh in 2007. He currently resides in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey.

Jeffrey Sherman ’75

Sherman is the proud recipient of Lehigh’s Joseph R. Persa award in 2015. 

Sherman is currently working as a senior litigation paralegal for a law firm in New York City where he resides. He has a B.S. from Lehigh in management and marketing and received an M.B.A. from Fordham University in 1986. Sherman is a regular volunteer for reunions through the years in addition to being his Class Flag Bearer at freshmen rallies.  He is currently the Class of ’75 Co-President and also manages the class's Facebook page. Sherman is an avid runner, has completed four New York City marathons, and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Mark Shiner ’77

After retiring as an assistant director from Merck in 2013, Shiner joined the Senior Alumni Council in 2014 and started volunteering as a greeter in the Alumni Memorial Building.

Shiner graduated from Lehigh in 1977 with a B.A. in history and a minor in business. His career in IT included positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle, and Merck. He currently coordinates the activities of the front desk volunteers. He is a member of the Tower Society and has been in the Asa Packer Society for many years. Shiner currently resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He enjoys traveling, having visited 41 countries and 43 states, including living in Stockholm for four years while with Merck.

Antravaneous (AD) Slaton ’01

After graduating from Lehigh, Slaton served as the president of the Lehigh Club of Atlanta and participated in his class's 15-year reunion.

Slaton, of McDonough, Georgia, is a technology leader and a senior director of architecture at WarnerMedia. While at Lehigh, he was a member of the football team (97–00), and he can boast that his teams were 4–0 against Lafayette. Over that same time period, the football team made three NCAA playoff appearances ending with a playoff record of 2–3. His team’s overall record was an astounding 39–11. While at Lehigh, Slaton volunteered with the C.O.A.C.H. program. One of the goals of the program was to inspire youth to reach for the stars and to not give up on their dreams.

Thomas Spencer ’69 ’75G ’97P

Spencer is the coauthor of several guidebooks to art museums and public gardens. He is the father of Kate Spencer ’97.

Spencer earned his B.A. in 1969 and M.A. in 1975, taught English for six years, and then after law school, he practiced corporate and commercial law in Baltimore, Maryland.

Aneesh Varma ’06

During Varma's time at Lehigh, he was a Martindale Associate.

A proud Lehigh University graduate, Varma began his career at JPMorgan in New York. Most recently, he is the founder and CEO of Aire, which has built a new type of credit bureau with the simple mission of making consumer credit work for everyone. Often described as a new upgrade for the operating system for credit, Aire is based in the U.K. with operations in the U.S. as well.

Varma relocated from New York to London in his early twenties and founded a number of successful tech start-ups. He won the British Council’s Young Entrepreneur award in 2009 and was nominated for the European Commission’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

He also continues to be an active angel investor in the technology scene apart from being a regular speaker on financial inclusion, technology, and AI. Most recently, he was featured in WIRED in October 2019.

Nishika Vidanage-Lulejian ’07 ’08G

Vidanage-Lulejian received the Alumni Volunteer of the Quarter award in 2012.

Vidanage-Lulejian of North Wales, Pennsylvania, is a Public Health Advisor with Katmai Government Services at the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and she is an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College in the Health Sciences Department. She received her B.A. in sociology and cultural anthropology from Lehigh in 2007, her M.A. in sociology at Lehigh through the Community Fellows Program in 2008, and her Master in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

Prior to contracting at the CDC, Vidanage-Lulejian held positions at the Georgia Department of Public Health, The Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia FIGHT, and St. Luke’s University Health Network. She has been involved in the regional alumni clubs since 2009, holding the position of treasurer within the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia prior to moving to Atlanta in 2013, where she held the title of president of the Lehigh Club of Atlanta until moving back to Pennsylvania in 2020. Lehigh blood runs in her family. Her mother retired from Lehigh University in 2019 after 40 years of working in the civil and environmental engineering department. Her father graduated from Lehigh with his MBA in 1988, and her sister received her B.S. from Lehigh in 2005.

Ping Wang ’92G

Wang received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Lehigh.

Wang worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry for 14 years and is running her consulting business in intercultural communication and organization development. She went back to school and received a MSOD degree from Pepperdine University in 2013. Wang has successfully helped individuals and organizations to master essential intercultural communication and leadership skills. A proud mother of two great sons, she was a Most Amazing Woman of Merck when she worked at Merck & Co. Inc, West Point, Pennsylvania. She cofounded the Asia-Pacific Network at Merck's West Point site to facilitate cross cultural awareness and understanding and became the network's first chairperson. Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been in the leadership roles of Silicon Valley OD Network and has actively participated in Lehigh events on the West Coast before becoming a board member of LUAA.

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