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Meet the Campaign team

Meet the leadership team piloting "An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University."

October 31, 2017

The creation of “An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s University” has been made possible due to the efforts of our tireless campaign cabinet, a diverse group of extraordinary alumnae and business and community leaders.

Governed by the executive committee of the University’s board of trustees, with support of the Mount’s Institutional Advancement Department, these 19 members of the campaign cabinet are helping lead the way when it comes to fundraising, donor relations, advocacy, marketing, volunteer recruitment and campaign policies.

Meet the team:

Judith R. McDonald
Campaign Cabinet Chair
Judith R. McDonald is the chair of Campaign Cabinet and a trustee emerita. She is a founding board member of the advisory committee of Young & Healthy, a nonprofit that provides free health care to uninsured children in greater Pasadena, Calif. She is also a past president of Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center in Pasadena and continues to serve as a community advisor.

Thomas J. Blumenthal
Chair, Board of Trustees
Thomas J. Blumenthal is the president and CEO of GEARYS Beverly Hills, where he was responsible for opening the first free-standing Patek Philippe boutique in the U.S. Blumenthal was honored by the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills for his work in support of academia and received the 2005 Pioneering Spirit Award from the Beverly Hills City Council, and the Humanitarian Award from the Amie Karen Cancer Center for Children in 2004. He is also a past member of the Mount’s Regents Council.

Michael A. Enright
Trustee Emeritus
Michael A. Enright has been a trustee of Mount Saint Mary’s since 1991. Enright served as tax partner at Arthur Andersen, LLP, for 25 years prior to joining Chartwell Partners, LLC. Enright serves as a trustee of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, trustee chair and regent of Loyola High School, and is a member of the finance council of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Joe Burschinger
Joe Burschinger has served on the board since 2013. He is the senior managing director and chief risk officer for Guggenheim Investments, the investment management and advisory business of Guggenheim Partners. He previously served as executive vice president at Los Angeles-based asset manager, TCW Group Inc., where he worked for 13 years. Burschinger received his MBA in international finance from the University of Southern California and serves on several advisory committees. He is married to Mount alumna, Michaela (Enright) Burschinger ‘90.

Clement J. Connolly
The Reverend Monsignor Clement J. Connolly, born in Ireland, was ordained to the priesthood in June 1964 and missioned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He served as pastor of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, Calif., from 1984 to 2010. He now serves as director of spirituality at Holy Family.

Stephanie Cubba
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Stephanie Cubba, DPA, is the vice president for institutional advancement at Mount Saint Mary’s. During her tenure as vice president, she has overseen a highly successful capital campaign and has provided ongoing leadership and planning for Mount Saint Mary’s fundraising, alumnae relations and public relations efforts. Cubba was previously the director of the Women’s Leadership program and director of Institutional Research and Student Outcomes Assessment at the Mount, and helped to launch the University’s groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™.

Kathleen M. Duncan
Kathleen M. Duncan is a director for the California Science Center, the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and the Doheny Eye Institute. She has served as chair of the board for the Weingart Center Association. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a teaching credential from Mount Saint Mary’s in 1989.

Janet M. Feeley
Janet M. Feeley is a marriage and family therapist. As part of Outreach Concern and Counseling Partners of Los Angeles, two school-based counseling agencies, she offers volunteer intervention and prevention services at several Catholic elementary and high schools in Los Angeles. She has received numerous recognitions for her volunteer work, including the 2014 Cardinal’s Award from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the 2009 Angel Award from St. Anne’s Maternity Home in Los Angeles.

Zulema Garcia '95
Zulema Garcia is an alumna who joined Mount Saint Mary's board in 2016. A certified public accountant, she is an audit partner for KPMG, LLP, one of the top four public accounting firms worldwide. She also serves as diversity partner champion for KPMG’s audit practice. Garcia serves on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, and from 2009-2015, she was a Women Leaders cabinet member of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and a board member of the Legal Aid Foundation. She has been a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting since 1994.

Jack Knight '96
Jack Knight is a longtime regent who obtained his MA in Religious Studies at the Mount. He also received an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Knight has over 35 years experience in the financial services industry and recently retired from his position as national director of preferred banking at First Republic Bank in San Francisco.

Sharon Leahy ‘60
Sharon Leahy is an alumna of Mount Saint Mary’s nursing program. Along with her sisters Mickey and Peggy, Sharon returned to the University to join the Regents Council and serve as volunteers, including on the Alumnae Board, at freshman orientation and senior farewell dinners, and as docents at the Doheny Mansion and with the Da Camera Society. In 2012, the Leahy sisters endowed the Leahy Family Endowed Scholarship, which provides nursing students who need assistance with annual scholarships. They have also provided financial support for the construction of a new Wellness Pavilion at Chalon.

David Leese
David Leese is a Mount faculty member who helped form the Business Department and has served as its chair for 17 years. He holds an AB in Philosophy from Amherst College, an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, a JD from Northwestern University, and an MBA from California State University, Northridge. He also taught at Brandeis and Arizona State universities and is a former real estate broker and real estate attorney. He has twice been selected as Mount Saint Mary's “Teacher of the Year," in the traditional undergraduate program and in the Weekend/Evening College.

Monica Spillane Luechtefeld ’71
Monica Luechtefeld graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a bachelor of science degree, and later received an honorary doctorate from the Mount. She is currently CEO of Monica Luechtefeld, LLC, providing advisory services in e-commerce strategy as well as online marketing and emerging digital media. She was profiled in Business Week’s “eBiz 25” and featured in Fast Company’s “Who’s Fast” as a pioneer in e-commerce.

Ann McElaney-Johnson
Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, is the 12th president of Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the YWCA Woman of Vision award and the Women of Distinction award from L.A. law firm Alston & Bird. She is also the current chair of the Women’s College Coalition. She has more than 25 years of service to liberal arts colleges throughout the country as a faculty member, associate dean and chief academic and student affairs officer.

Jane Nadeau '98
Jane Nadeau ’98 worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, most recently for Raytheon, where she retired as facilities manager in June 2012. Her husband Mark also worked at Raytheon as an engineer. Nadeau is a member of Mount Saint Mary’s Regents Council and the Heritage Society, and she is very active in the University's Alumnae Association. She recently became a senior police partner volunteer with the Long Beach Police Department.

Deborah E. Reed
Deborah E. Reed retired as the Head of School at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Calif., after 12 years in that position — a time in which she guided the school through the adoption and implementation of its master plan, created the Teaching Fellow program, and saw to the professional growth of faculty and staff. The last campaign raised more than $93 million for the school, and the annual fund numbers doubled during her tenure. She currently serves as a consultant with RG 175, a search firm specializing in leadership and governance.

Dianne Plou Schautschick ‘65
Dianne Plou Schautschick was awarded the Outstanding Alum Award for Service to the University by Mount Saint Mary’s for her dedicated volunteer work at both campus libraries. She is also a Mount regent, a member of the catechetical board of her parish and the consultative school board of the Diocese of Orange, and a trustee of Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.

Cecelia Schmahl Stratford ‘64
Cecelia “Ceci” Schmahl Stratford majored in nursing at the Mount and later received her master of science in health administration. After her nursing career, she transitioned into financial services at Union Bank where she was a prospect/procedures analyst before retiring. A pilot with four decades of experience, she serves as a mentor with Aviation Explorers, the Ninety-Nines (women pilots) and other organizations to ensure that more women gain exposure to careers in the aviation industry.

Jeffrey Whitman
Co-Chair, Regents Council
Jeff Whitman, along with his wife Katherine — who is a longtime associate professor of economics and international business at the Mount — established in 2015 the Whitman Fund for Global Studies. Their generous endowed contribution supports generations of University students in perpetuity. The Whitmans’ contributions are matched by Stephen Page, who established The Judy Kelly Page Global Fund challenge grant supporting global initiatives at Mount Saint Mary’s.