Finance Advisory Board

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Finance Advisory Board

Finance Advisory Board

The purpose of the Finance Advisory Board is to advise the Rohrer College of Business Finance Department Head and faculty in helping students achieve their goal of pursuing a career in a finance-related field. The Board’s objectives are to actively support students in achieving success both in their academic and career pursuits. Further, the Board strives to assist the Finance faculty in the delivery of a leading edge curriculum by providing input on emerging trends in the practice and development of finance. Finally, the Board promotes the RCB Finance Program to external constituencies and participates in appropriate business-faculty-student interaction activities.

The Finance Advisory Board is comprised of 14-20 executive-level individuals in business, government and not-for-profit organizations whose background and present role are related to the finance profession. The Finance Department Head and a Finance Faculty Liaison also serve as members of the Board.

Mission Statement:

The Finance Advisory Board strives to enhance the effectiveness, visibility and long-term success of the Finance Program at Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business. The Board’s goals across these three core pillars are defined as:   

  • Effectiveness – the development and delivery of a leading-edge curriculum blending finance theory and practice to develop well-rounded, ethical business professionals.
  • Visibility – the enhancement and maintenance of the program’s profile as a well-known and respected finance program in a manner that attracts high-caliber students, faculty and employers to Rowan.
  • Long-Term Success – the preparation of graduates to energetically compete in the business world and create sustainable value for the organizations that they are a part of.
    Two crucial metrics of long-term success include the:
    • Preparedness of students to compete for roles in their chosen fields and;
    • Creation of access to a wide variety of meaningful employment opportunities.

As a Board, we seek to leverage our professional experiences to assist students in their academic pursuits while preparing them to transition into today’s professional finance environment and face its evolving challenges, including the rapid pace of change and the need for professionals to adapt in order to best deliver value to their stakeholders.

Members are nominated by current members of the Board, the finance faculty, or the RCB Dean, and confirmed by a vote of the existing members of the Board. The Board encourages attendance and participation at Board meetings by the officers of the student finance organizations, who represent the student constituency.

Professional members of the Board are asked to serve a three-year term, with staggered expiration dates on their terms so that approximately one-third of the board turns over each year. Members are eligible for re-election for two consecutive three-year terms.

Members

Board Chair: Dennis Ersin, Chief Financial Officer, Veritable, LP’s Investment Partnerships

  • Jennifer Andrews, Chief Financial Officer, US Vision
  • Christopher Arena, Director of Finance, KKR
  • Alejandro Barrera, Director, Lincoln International
  • Jan Blazewski, Managing Director, Raymond James
  • William Craig, Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic TIAA
  • Robert Galtman, Director, US Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
  • Edward Ingold, Portfolio Manager, BlackRock Financial Management
  • Keith Jacobson, Vice President Global Markets, TD Bank
  • Brian W. Jones, President/Chief Executive Officer, The First National Bank of Elmer
  • Lori Maddalena, Chief Financial Officer, F&S Produce Company, Inc.
  • Michael Orihel, Senior Financial Planner, Mass Mutual Greater Philadelphia
  • Anthony Previte, Vice President, Investor Services Risk Management, Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Jeffrey Rokuskie, Senior Vice President of Finance, Market Resource Partners
  • Stephen Siligato, Partner, PwC
  • Shawn Somers, Director, Intercontinental Exchange
  • Michael Trainor, Director of Third Party Operations, Bayview Asset Management

Meetings

The full Board meets as necessary, but at least twice annually, once in the Fall academic semester and once in the Spring or Summer academic semester. Additionally, Board committee meetings are called as needed, depending on the work of the respective committees.