Board of Trustees


Strongly committed to the Mission of Lewis University, the Board of Trustees consists of forty very competent men and women who bring to the University a wide range of experience in diverse fields, including corporate leadership, law, higher education, volunteer work, healthcare, finance, government and industry. Board membership includes eight members of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, sponsors of Lewis University. At the current time, twenty-two Trustees are alumni of Lewis University.

The Board of Trustees provides significant support and advocacy for the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of Lewis University. The Trustees help ensure that the University will be directed in accord with the moral, spiritual and religious inspiration and values of the Catholic Church and guided by the spiritual, intellectual and educational ideals of the Christian Brothers, in the spirit of their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

Since 1680, educational institutions around the world have been influenced by the vision and innovative spirit of De La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. Lasallian education emphasizes academic excellence, faith formation, an appreciation of diversity, respect for the individual, service and social justice. A Lasallian education strives to enrich each student's intellectual, cultural, physical, social and spiritual development. The De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Lasallian partners, with the constant encouragement of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, continue to respond to students by stimulating minds, touching hearts and cultivating leadership.

The Lewis University Board of Trustees meets three times annually, usually in February, May and October. Each Trustee is invited to serve on at least one of the Board Committees, including those for Academic Affairs, Audit, Development, Finance, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Mission & Planning, Student Services, Trusteeship and Governance, and Property, Plant and Equipment. Chairs of these committees serve along with the Board officers on the Executive Committee. Each of these committees considers a variety of relevant topics in depth and presents its recommendations to the full Board, on issues such as academic programming, campus planning, capital development and funding, annual budgets and more. Committee reports are scheduled at each Board meeting.

Board of Trustees 2013-2014

Row 1 seated
Mohra Gavankar (Board Secretary), Russ Smyth (Board Vice Chair), Brother James Gaffney, FSC (President), James LaGrippe (Board Chair), Robert Beckman, Brother Larry Schatz, FSC

Row 2
Robert DeRose (Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer), Dr. Sarode Pundaleeka, Sister Mary Reap, IHM, Edward Prodehl, Michael Blake, Cherilyn Murer, Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC, Dr. Stephany Schlachter (Provost), Wayne Draudt (Executive Vice President)

Row 3
Gregory Maruszak, Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC, Dolores Pavletic, James Harvey, Robert O. Carr, Dennis Tonelli, John Cumbee III, Brother Milton Barker, FSC

Row 4
Brother David Galinski, FSC, Clifton Kelly, Michael Parker, Tim Ferrarell, Andrew Langert, Joel Stava

Jane Condon, Brother Kevin Convey, FSC, Brother Patrick Conway, FSC, Kenneth Gabriel, James Goodwin, Kathleen Halloran, William Lorenz, Barbara J. Martin, Mark Olson, Robert Pluth, Jr., William Rybak, Eduardo Sanchez, Gloria Santona and Lowell Stahl.

Officers of the Board of Trustees 2014-2015

James LaGrippe, Chair
Russ Smyth, Vice Chair
Mohra Gavankar, Secretary
Robert Beckman, Treasurer

See schedule of Board of Trustees meetings.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Brother Milton Barker, FSC
Executive Vice President
Totino-Grace High School
Fridley, MN

Robert Beckman '76, Board Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer
Brainport Technologies/Wicab, Inc.
Middleton, WI

Michael Blake, '83
President and CEO
Olympus Financial Advisors, LLC
Scottsdale, AZ 

Robert O. Carr
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Heartland Payment Systems
Princeton, NJ

Jane Condon '79 '82
Owner/Manager, First Choice
Temporary Service, Inc.
Joliet, IL

Brother Kevin Convey, FSC
Director of Education & Mission (retired)
Christian Brothers of the Midwest
Burr Ridge, IL

Brother Patrick Conway, FSC
Saint Mary’s University
Winona, MN

John Cumbee III, '78, '80
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Trade Services, Inc.
Frankfort, IL

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC
Vice President
Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN

Timothy Ferrarell, '79, '83
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Systems (Retired)
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Lake Forest, IL

Kenneth Gabriel '77
Chicago, IL

Brother James Gaffney, FSC
Lewis University
Romeoville, IL

Mohra Gavankar, Board Secretary
Rockdale Controls Co., and
RoCo Productions
Joliet, IL

James Goodwin
Chairman & CEO (Retired)
United Airlines
Schaumburg, IL

Kathleen Halloran '74
Executive Vice President of
Finance/Administration (retired)
Nicor, Inc.
Sandwich, IL

Dr. Siham Ibrahim
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
Human Resources
Helander Metal Spinning Company

Clifton Kelly, '78
Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Mill Valley, CA

James LaGrippe, '61, Board Chair
Majority Owner
Blue Bengal Learning Labs
Chicago, IL

William A. Lorenz '89
Market Executive Leader
Merrill Lynch/Bank of Americ
Short Hill, NJ

Barbara J. Martin, '77
President and CEO
Vista Health System
Waukegan, IL

Gregory Maruszak '70
Vice President and Chief Compliance Office (Retired)
Andrew Corporation
New Lenox, IL

Cherilyn Murer, '75
President and CEO
Murer Consultants, Inc.
Joliet, IL

Reverend Paul E. Novak, OSM
De La Salle Institute

Michael Parker, '77
Senior Vice President - Executive Director Broker Relations (Retired)
Liberty Mutual Middle Market
St. Charles, IL

Dolores Pavletic, '83
Captain/Airline Pilot/Fleet Check Airman
FedEx Express
Memphis, TN

Robert Pluth, Jr. '76
Schiff Hardin LLP
Chicago, IL

Dr. Sarode Pundaleeka
Practice President
Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd.
Joliet, IL

Sister Mary Reap, IHM
Elms College
Chicopee, MA

William Rybak, '73
Board Chair Emeritus
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
Van Kampen Investments, Inc.
OakBrook Terrace, IL

Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC, '72, '79
Director of Administration & Operations
Christian Brothers of the Midwest
Burr Ridge, IL

Brother Larry Schatz, FSC
Christian Brothers of the Midwest
Burr Ridge, IL

Russ Smyth, Board Vice Chair
The HAVI Group, LP
Downers Grove, IL

Jeffrey J. Stahl
Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC

Joel Stava, '78
Midwest Tungsten Service, Inc.
Willowbrook, IL

Dennis Tonelli
Vice President (Retired)
Ruettiger, Tonelli, and Assoc., Inc.
Plainfield, IL

Trustees Emeriti

Reverend Wiliam T. Cullen
Pastor Emeritus
Ascension Parish
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Michael Hughes
Huen Electric
Broadview, IL

Kathryn Kelly
Attorney-at-Law (Retired)
Franklin, TN

Michael E. Waters
Board Chair Emeritus
Waters and Associates
Lake Forest, IL