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Faces of Lehigh

Lehigh people are making waves, leading companies, and contributing to societies all over the world

Faces of Lehigh is a way for you to share an update with all of us on the exciting milestones in your life.

Know of someone whose work the Lehigh community should know about? Nominate them (and yourself!) to be featured in Faces of Lehigh or another Lehigh publication.

Dave Ingram ’73

While at Standard & Poor’s, Ingram developed an enterprise risk management (ERM) rating criteria, which became the industry standard.

Dave Ingram ’73 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Lehigh University. He has worked in various positions in the insurance industry for over 45 years at multiple companies, including Standard & Poor’s and Willis Re, and became a fully qualified actuary, which took more than 10 years to accomplish post-graduation. Ingram is an active volunteer within the actuarial profession, co-founding the Joint Risk Management Section in North America and serving as chair of the International Actuarial Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee, where he led the development of statements of professional standards for actuaries performing risk management in the U.S. and globally. He is now also a member of the Board of the Society of Actuaries. While at Standard & Poor’s, he developed an enterprise risk management (ERM) rating criteria, which became the industry standard for ERM programs at insurers. Throughout his career in insurance, he has won the Best Practical Paper award four times at the ERM Symposium and co-authored a research paper titled “Modeling the Variety of Decision Making,” which maps out how business managers can be more resilient by becoming adaptors.

Most recently, Ingram is involved in the COVID Mitigation Monitoring Project, where he collected and studied weekly observations of COVID mitigation behaviors. The project has led to joint work with Tom McAndrew, an associate professor in the College of Health, which will culminate in a published report.

Bess Rowen ’09

Rowen released her first book, The Lines Between the Lines: How Stage Directions Affect Embodiment in October 2021.

Bess Rowen ’09 released her first book, The Lines Between the Lines: How Stage Directions Affect Embodiment in October 2021, giving her first book talk in the same month at Lehigh. In the book, she discusses how spoken language can be embodied by performers and the effect this has on both performers and audience members. She credits the roots of these ideas to her experiences in her studies at Lehigh. Rowen is an assistant professor of theater at Villanova University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate theater classes and undergraduate gender and women's studies.

Rowen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theater with a minor in psychology from Lehigh University in 2009. She was a President’s Scholar the following year. She went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in performance studies from New York University in 2011 and completed her Ph.D. in theater and performance at The Graduate Center, the City University of New York (CUNY).

Peter Christian ’77

Christian earned a Master of Science in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in 1977.

Peter Christian ’77 recently released a book, What About the Vermin Problem?: A Guide to Avoiding Damaging Business Practices. The book is based on Christian’s experiences in helping more than 300 companies as president of Enterprise Systems Partners, a Lehigh Valley-based business consulting company he cofounded and led until his retirement in 2018. During his career, he also held various roles at Crayola from 1979 until 1996, including director positions in operations, quality control, and research and development. Currently living in the Tampa Bay area, Christian consults for smaller companies and start-ups and is working on a second book.

Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Rutgers University (1975).

William Flannery ’95

Flannery received his Bachelor of Science in civil and structural engineering from Lehigh in 1995.

William Flannery ’95 has been promoted to chief operating officer at Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider. Flannery led the expansion of Ensono’s operating model from regional to global, adding teams in the U.S., U.K., Poland, Germany, and India. He is responsible for ensuring the company’s managed mainframe and cloud services seamlessly meet client standards worldwide.

He earned a Master of Business Administration in dual degree management and information technology from Fordham University in 2000.

Joel Isaacson ’80 ’22

Isaacson graduated from Lehigh University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

Joel Isaacson ’80 ’22P, CEO of Joel Isaacson & Co., has been elected chair of AHRC (Association for Habilitation and Residential Care) New York City's foundation board. The foundation provides philanthropic support to AHRC NYC, a 70-year-old organization established to serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Isaacson is the third generation of his family to support AHRC NYC — his grandparents were among the earliest members of the organization and his parents continued the tradition.

He holds an M.B.A. in financial planning from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

 

Klaudia Jazwinska ’18

Jazwinska graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both journalism and global studies

In September 2019, Klaudia Jazwinska ’18 finished the first of two degree programs as a Marshall Scholar and will earn a Master of Science degree in computational and data journalism from Cardiff University, Wales. She is already accepted at the London School of Economics for her second program and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in media and communications (data and society).

Combined with her Lehigh University undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and global studies, her graduate education will allow her to combine her passions for journalism, social science, technology, and human rights and pursue a career in tech/algorithmic accountability reporting. Her objective is to use investigative and data journalism practices to explore the social, political, and ethical implications of technological development. Jazwinska is the first Lehigh student to win the Marshall Scholarship in more than 40 years.

Felicia La Forgia ’90

La Forgia received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Lehigh University in 1990.

Felicia La Forgia ’90 has been promoted to head of Corporate Banking at U.S. Bank, the nation’s fifth largest commercial bank. In this role, she leads client activity throughout all industry, geographic, and government sectors, as well as spearheading community engagement and championing cross-enterprise initiatives in the greater NYC area. La Forgia has consistently been an important champion for employee development and community service, focusing many of her efforts on both promoting women in banking and developing talent. She has also been recognized as part of the American Banker Most Powerful Women in Banking team several times throughout her tenure with U.S. Bank.

La Forgia received her MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Alice Lenthe ’78 ’12P

Lenthe received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1978.

Alice Lenthe ’78 ’12P took her commitment to leadership to the ends of the earth after being chosen as a Homeward Bound participant. Homeward Bound is a global 12-month leadership initiative for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine). It aims to equip a 1000-strong collaboration of women with the skills to demonstrate a new model of leadership in order to create better outcomes for our planet. The program addresses leadership capacity, strategic capability, visibility, and collaboration and culminates with a three-week voyage to Antarctica at the end of 2020. Lenthe is currently Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) director at Villanova University. Prior to retiring in 2014, she was executive director of EHS for Merck & Co.

Tamer Morsy ’13G

Morsy stated, “I wouldn't be where I am today without Lehigh. ”

Tamer Morsy ’13G is founder and CEO of Spotlight Media Labs, a news distribution platform company that allows the consumer to custom-build a digital newsfeed that suits their interest. The company is nearing 100 publishing partnerships with local news hubs and college news sources. For his accomplishments, Morsy was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 list in the media category.

Morsy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Temple University in 2012 and a Master of Engineering degree in healthcare systems engineering from Lehigh in 2013. 

Patricia Nugent ’03

She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lehigh in 2003.

Patricia Nugent ’03 has been promoted to vice president of public relations with Mower, one of the largest independent marketing, advertising, and public relations agencies in the U.S. Nugent oversees several of Mower’s premier travel and tourism accounts such as Lufthansa Group, Pebble Beach Resorts, and Westchester County Tourism. Throughout her 16-year tenure at Mower, Nugent has been an accomplished manager of accounts and team members; a valuable contributor to new business presentations and pitches; and a role model as a strategist, writer, publicist, and social community manager.

Matthew Scherbarth ’16

Scherberth graduated from Lehigh University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Matthew Scherbarth ’16 is an associate at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP in the commercial litigation and fiduciary, estates and trusts groups. He works on all aspects of litigation including dispositive motions and discovery. Prior to joining Pietragallo, he worked at the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

In 2019, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

Jason Stokes ’00

Stokes earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Lehigh in 2000.

Jason F. Stokes ’00 has been named pastor of St. Matthew the Evangelist and St. Michael the Archangel Parishes in Minersville, Pennsylvania (Diocese of Allentown). He was ordained a priest in 2011 and served as pastor of the Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Tremont, Pennsylvania, from 2016-2019. Stokes is also a member of the board of directors of St. Joseph Special Learning Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and cochair of the Diocese of Allentown Annual Golf Tournament, which raises money for the education of diocesan seminarians and Catholic schools. Prior to entering the seminary, he was manager of internal audit for LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc., and staff accountant for KPMG.

Stokes earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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