Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, serves as The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) and Professor of Management. In this role, she serves as the chief executive, academic and fiscal officer for VSB.
Dr. Russell is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion and has launched numerous programs to enhance the diversity of faculty, staff, and students in VSB as well as programs designed for middle and high school girls and diverse students to aspire to education and careers in business.
Dr. Russell was named the Chair of the AACSB Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) in July 2022. She was also honored with the 2021 Pat Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education Award by WAME. WAME is dedicated to working towards greater representation of women in business school leadership positions.
Dr. Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist, and her expertise is in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching and change management. Dr. Russell writes a monthly column for Forbes.com on leadership and career development.
Prior to joining VSB, Russell served as both Senior Associate Dean and Vice Dean at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business. Prior to joining UMD, Russell was a tenured full professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee.
Dean Russell has published more than 50 articles, books, or book chapters, and has presented her research at national and regional conferences. She served as the associate editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Review and Performance Improvement Quarterly.
She received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio, and her BA degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.
Dr. Jeff Kudisch is the Associate Dean of Corporate Relations & Executive Education and is a Teaching Professor in Management and Operations at the Villanova School of Business (VSB). In this role he oversees the continued growth and success of the school’s Executive MBA (EMBA) Program and the expansion of VSB’s executive education and corporate outreach efforts. Prior to VSB Jeff was affiliated with the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business for eighteen years, including serving as a Clinical Full Professor in the Management and Organization (M&O) Department at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business where he held multiple administrative positions from Associate Chair of the Management Department to Assistant Dean. From 2010 to early 2017 he served as Assistant Dean of Corporate Relations and Managing Director of the Office of Career Services at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business where he oversaw talent management and the placement success of the entire student portfolio (undergraduate, MS, MBA, Online MBA, and the Executive MBA). In this role he also worked extensively with employers and alumni to build corporate relationships and programming. He has successfully taught in Executive Development programs, EMBA, MBA, MS, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs, as well in Smith partner universities around the world (Switzerland, Germany, and Poland). Dr. Kudisch also taught in the Smith School’s Custom Programs for corporate partners. He has received many teaching and mentoring awards throughout his career and is a three-time recipient of the Smith School’s top teaching award for faculty, and recipient of the University of Maryland’s prestigious Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Outstanding Faculty Mentor award (2019-2020).
Dr. Kudisch is a co-founder and Principal Partner of Personnel Assessment Systems, Inc., a human resource consulting firm specializing in leadership development, executive assessment, and talent acquisition. He has over 20 years of experience consulting and designing executive education programs with private and public sector organizations in areas of leadership assessment, executive coaching, executive power and negotiations, succession planning, recruitment, testing and selection, team building, training and career development, organizational change, employee attitudes, customer satisfaction, and performance management. Some of his consulting and executive development clients have included McCormick and Company, Under Armour, Lockheed Martin, Stanley Black & Decker, SAIC, Home Depot, BB&T, M&T Bank, Gables Residential, CSX Corporation, Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding & Litton Ship Systems, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Anne Arundel Health System, among others.
Dr. Kudisch been a contributor to the “Career Coach” column for The Washington Post’s Capital Business newspaper as well as conducting scholarly academic research and presentations at national conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his M.S. in I/O Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Society for I/O Psychology.
Anthony Campisi is President of Graduate Program Recruitment Solutions (GPRS), a professional services firm that provides marketing and recruitment strategies, thought leadership, and advanced digital tools to help equip graduate business programs with their best opportunity to succeed in meeting enrollment goals. For over two decades, Anthony has worked alongside over 150 different graduate programs to help problem-solve, innovate, measure impact, and deliver success. His firm has delivered successful outcomes for EMBA, MBA, specialized masters, and executive education programs nationwide, assisting more than 60 business schools with top-of-funnel and mid-funnel optimizations.
Jameel is the Director of Inclusion Programs for Google. In his role, he leads the organization that supports Google’s employee resource groups, executive councils, and diversity programs for role with Google, Jameel held roles leading diversity, equity, and inclusion for Aramark and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has over 15 years of global talent management and human resources experience having worked in leadership development, organizational development, HR Business Partner, and talent management roles across several public and private organizations. He has his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from St. Joseph’s University and is a graduate from Temple University with a bachelor’s in business administration focusing on Human Resource Management and Management Information Systems.
Jameel has a passion for strengthening the community and serves on the board for several non-profits including Graduate Philadelphia, People for People Inc., Leadership Philadelphia, The Workshop School, and Research for Action. Jameel has been recognized numerous times for his work in the Philadelphia and HR community including being nominated as an HR Rising Star of the Year by the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards, receiving the HR Rising Star Award from Temple University, being named as one of Philadelphia’s Top 55 Connectors and Keepers by Leadership Philadelphia, and being placed on Philadelphia’s Top Professionals under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Jameel also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University and Villanova University and participates in Temple’s HR Roundtable that uses local professionals to help guide the curriculum of their Human Resources Program.
Catherine A. Molony is the Director of the Wharton MBA Program for Executives in Philadelphia, a position she has held since 1989. In addition to overseeing strategic operations and management of the program, Catherine also serves as the Director of Alumni Engagement for both the Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses, which together currently supports 5,300 WEMBA alumni. Prior to her role as alumni director, Catherine also served as Director of Admissions for the WEMBA program and oversaw recruitment and admissions for both campuses and chaired the Admissions Committee. Catherine was instrumental in the MBA Program for Executives San Francisco campus launch in 2001 and was involved in the marketing, admissions and logistical planning of the San Francisco campus. In addition to her program management and admissions work, Cathy is passionate about planning and leading international trips for Wharton MBA Program for Executives students and on July 1 she will head all of the global business week courses and weeks for the Program. She led and organized the first trip to China in the history of The Wharton School in 1993 and has coordinated visits to a wide range of countries such as Spain, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, London, France, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Finland, Sweden and many other international destinations.
Catherine’s many professional honors include co-chairing the Board of the Executive MBA Council from 2002-2003 and co-chairing the Council’s annual meeting at Wharton in 1998. She also hosted the Northeast Executive MBA Council’s Regional Meeting at Wharton in 1999 and 2014. Catherine has thrice served on the Council’s Board of Trustees and spearheaded the first European EMBA Regional Meeting in Paris, France for the Council in 2002. Throughout her career she has served as a mentor for other members of the Council and actively seeks to engage in global innovation efforts. In 2005 she was awarded the Executive MBA Council’s highest honor, The Fackler Award, for the work she has done to help internationalize the membership of the Council and expand its reach to over 275 schools around the world.
Al Chiaradonna is an innovative, action-oriented global executive with 20+ years of transformative leadership in diverse settings—as Executive Management Team member for a billion-dollar financial services organization, designer and instructor of business education programs at a leading university, startup CEO, and member of the audit and consulting teams of Andersen Worldwide.
As a Board member, he has played a key role in steering growth, operational improvement, talent development and diversity, and educational excellence for multiple organizations. Most notably:
Throughout his career, Al has been known for bringing innovations to life—envisioning new ideas, making a solid business case, and leading incubator and startup concepts to success. Among the “firsts” that he spearheaded:
One of Al’s key strengths is clear and effective communication—with C-suite executives, PE investors, Fortune 500 clients, business school students and administrators, fellow Board members, and the general public. As an outgrowth of an executive coaching program he developed, he created a popular TEDx talk that encourages business leaders to pursue a “Personalized Journey for Growth.”
Al earned a BBA in Accounting from Temple University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, which he recalls as “the best learning experience of my life.” For more than 20 years, he held dual roles in business and academia, working to educate and develop the next generation of leaders.
Al has a zeal for business that is matched only by his dedication to his family—wife Kristy and three children who make their home in the Philadelphia area.
As a Board member, Al Chiaradonna blends strategic vision with an entrepreneurial mindset, leading to insightful discussions on business strategy, growth opportunities, marketing and branding topics, and practices to attract and retain talent. His guidance is grounded in a solid foundation of financial expertise and experience with for-profit and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
The General Manager supports William B. Finneran Endowed Men’s Head Coach Kyle Neptune and Women’s Head Coach Denise Dillon in managing a myriad of responsibilities that impact both programs, including opportunities and education around Name, Image and Likeness; the transfer portal; student-athlete brand-building and marketing; and advancing institutional fundraising in partnership with University Advancement. The General Manager reports directly to the Vice President and Director of Athletics.
“We couldn’t be more excited for our family to return to Villanova for this incredible new opportunity," said Dunleavy. "As college athletics have evolved in the past few years, they have brought along changes away from the court that impact every program. I cannot wait to begin working with our student-athletes, coaches, and the entire Nova Nation to build upon the tradition and brand of Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball.”
Dunleavy married fellow Villanova alumnus the former Chrissi Ingelsby in 2012. The couple has four daughters: Rosie, Caroline Claire (Cece), Reagan and Quinn.
Alex is Co-Founder of Ivy Exec, an elite, private online business community which offers career advancement resources to an exclusive group of 2.5 million successful business professionals globally. He is also currently serving his 2nd term on the EMBAC Board in the role of Corporate Liaison.
Founded in 2007, Ivy Exec became a corporate member of EMBAC in 2013. The platform provides executives with access to career advice, job opportunities and consulting engagements. With the reach that they have within their network, Ivy Exec offers a suite of advertising and market research solutions to business schools that wish to market their programs to their community.
Ivy Exec also offers market research services to corporations who wish to conduct primary research and gain specialized insights from its network of 2.5 million. Alex originated the market research division for Ivy Exec in 2012, and grew the business unit by over 2000% over the last 5 years, culminating with Ivy Exec's acquisition by InnovateMR, which was announced in January of this year. The acquisition, backed by private equity, is further fueling Ivy Exec's growth in the market insights space.
Prior to starting Ivy Exec, Alex completed a 2 year term with Teach For America, a national service corp of top college graduates who commit 2 years to teach in under-resourced regions to close the educational achievement gap. Alex taught middle school science in Harlem, which brought him to NY from NC, where he grew up and went to school, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Duke in 2006.