Board of Trustees

Franklin Pierce University

Member Biographies

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Franklin Pierce University. Its members convene at least three times a year, either in New Hampshire at the College at Rindge campus or the Manchester Center, or on the Goodyear, Arizona campus.


Leslye A. ArshtLESLYE A. ARSHT of Arlington, Virginia, co-founded a national non-profit education consultancy, StandardsWork, Inc. that continues to advance K-12 education reform. Currently, Ms. Arsht is developing a digital learning game that demonstrates that students can learn complex concepts while immersed in gameplay. Ms. Arsht served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy from 2006 to 2008, following nearly two years of work on improving educational transition for military children and increasing access for military spouse employment. In 2003 to 2004, she served as senior advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Education, traveled to war-torn Iraq and spent nine months helping Iraq rebuild its education system. Previously, Ms. Arsht was counselor to the secretary and director of communications at the U.S. Department of Education; the associate vice chancellor for news and public affairs at Vanderbilt University; and Deputy Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan. Ms. Arsht was first elected to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees and 2001 and returned in 2012.

Lloyd H. AstmannLLOYD H. ASTMANN ’69 is the managing partner of NHA Realty, LLC, a New Jersey based commercial real estate holding company, and the founder and past president of The Jilson Group, Inc. in Lodi, New Jersey, a company he sold in 2002. He is a 1969 graduate of Franklin Pierce and received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the past president of the Paramus Rotary Club, the recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year Award and the Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Award. Mr. Astmann is the past chairman of the board of the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus and the past chairman of the board of Benjamin Barbarosh Independent Living Centers in Paramus. He is currently the vice-chairman of the board of Life Opportunities Unlimited in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and sits on the advisory boards of CarePlus Workforce Solutions in Paterson, New Jersey and U.S. Financial Services, Inc. in Fairfield, New Jersey. Mr. Astmann is the first graduate of Franklin Pierce to have served as the Chair of Franklin Pierce’s Board of Trustees.

John T. Burke Jr.JOHN T. BURKE JR. of Clinton, Massachusetts, is currently the owner and founder of American Legal Investigative Services, a Boston-based firm actively engaged in the business of private investigations and security consulting. Mr. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin Pierce as a member of the inaugural class of 1966 and later his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State University. Mr. Burke served as a Special Agent of the FBI for more than 30 years and retired in 1998 to accept a position with State Street Bank and Trust, and soon after as president of American Legal Resources, Inc. Mr. Burke is a member of the Former Special Agents of the FBI Association and the Licensed Private Detective Association of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, Mr. Burke served a term as President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2000. Mr. Burke is a prior recipient of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award, the Power of the Raven Award, and the Dr. Frank S. DiPietro Founder's Award.

Steven V. CamerinoSTEVEN V. CAMERINO of Meredith, New Hampshire, is President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, which provides electric service to all or part of 115 municipalities in New Hampshire. Before joining NHEC, Mr. Camerino was a shareholder and director at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., a regional law firm based in New Hampshire, where he was chair of the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Practice Group and Managing Director of the firm’s Concord, NH office. Mr. Camerino was consistently listed in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyer’s in America for his energy and utilities law practice. The New Hampshire Bar Association awarded him its L. Jonathan Ross Award for Legal Service to the Poor in 1999. Mr. Camerino received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1980 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1983. Mr. Camerino joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2012.

B. Jay CooperB. JAY COOPER of Marion, Mass., served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration first as director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Secretary Malcolm Baldrige and then as deputy White House press secretary. He also served as deputy White House press secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Mr. Cooper served as director of communications at the Republican National Committee under four national chairmen. He served as director of public affairs and special assistant to the president at Yale University in New Haven. Mr. Cooper was a consultant in Washington, D.C., for APCO Worldwide where he served as deputy managing director of APCO’s Washington, D.C., office. He retired from APCO in 2014. He began his career as a reporter and editor at the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American. He earned his bachelor degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. He is an author, co-writing with his wife, Christine Black, “Mac Baldrige: The Cowboy in Reagan’s Cabinet.” He serves on the advisory board to the Marlin Fitzwater Center for communication and was first elected to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2010.

No photo availableBETTY DIPIETRO of Woodbridge, New Jersey, is a Corporate Vice President at Ralph Lauren Corporation where she is responsible for the Company’s Financial Planning and Analysis as well as Business Development corporate functions. Ms. DiPietro started her career at Arthur Andersen LLP and left the firm as an Audit and Business Advisory Manager to work at Lucent Technologies where she held various financial roles before joining Ralph Lauren. Ms. DiPietro is on the Development Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. She is a current Big Sister volunteer and also volunteers with the Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response team. She joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in 2015. 

Carleen M. FarrellCARLEEN M. FARRELL ’71 of Arlington, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Franklin Pierce. She received her MA degree from New York University. During her years in higher education administration, Ms. Farrell served as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Keene State College in New Hampshire, Assistant Dean of Students at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and recently retired from the Harvard Business School. During her 21 years at HBS, she served as Manager of Enrollment and Admission Services and Assistant Director of Open Enrollment in the Executive Education division. She currently serves on the Harvard University Retirees Association Board and is involved with the non-profit organization, ConKerr Cancer Boston, MA & Palm Beach, FL chapters. She is the recipient of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award and the Franklin Pierce Leader of Conscience Award. She has served on the Franklin Pierce Alumni Board of Directors and as its President from 1974-76. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Franklin Pierce Alumni Chapter. Ms. Farrell served on the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees from 1981-1994 and was reelected to the Board of Trustees in 2010.

Caryl FelicettaCARYL FELICETTA is the COO of Single Throw Internet Marketing, a company that helps its clients develop all aspects of their internet marketing programs; web application development, social media, design and more. Prior to this endeavor, she founded The Argyle Studio serving both as the Creative Director and CEO. Her agency was one of the first to use the Mac as a production tool and now it has become the industry standard. Ms. Felicetta holds an associate’s degree in applied science from Middlesex County College and she is quickly closing in on her bachelor’s degree. She currently volunteers time to New Jersey Audubon, SCORE organization and attending events on marketing. She hopes to complete a novel soon, and enjoys photography, gardening and working with therapy dogs. She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey with her partner John. Ms. Felicetta joined the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees in the fall of 2011. 

Al Marulli, Jr.AL MARULLI, JR. ’69 founded David Associates, a company that has developed and acquired in excess of two million square feet of office, retail and residential property up and down the east coast of the United States. Mr. Marulli has a long connection with Franklin Pierce, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 and has previously served on the Board from 1992-2002. He splits his time in Palm Beach, Florida and Essex, Connecticut. He was currently elected to the Board in January, 2013.

Patrick McHughPATRICK McHUGH from Hooksett, N.H., is the State President-New Hampshire and Assistant General Counsel-Northern New England for FairPoint Communications. In addition to his duties related to Assistant General Counsel, Mr.McHugh is responsible for external affairs, economic development, regulatory affairs, and governmental affairs for the State of New Hampshire. This role requires him to engage in multiple aspects of the company’s business, including the maintenance of business relationships on multiple fronts. Mr. McHugh graduated from University of Scranton with a B.S. in Accounting in 1986 and then Syracuse University College Law School in 1993. He joined the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees in the fall of 2013.

No photo availableAL MINAHAN
, of Wakefield, MA, is a Senior Policy Advisor at Preti Strategies. Since his election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1977, Al has been a persuasive force among the region’s leaders in business and in politics. After seven years’ service as a legislator, Al began his public policy and communications business, where he has since represented and advanced the interests of his clients when navigating the difficult nexus of commerce and government. Al works with his clients to plan long-term public affairs strategies, stake out policy positions and craft effective messaging at crucial junctures. His contacts across industries and agencies are an invaluable resource in achieving lasting results and growing his clients’ businesses. Al is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and served for a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH).

President Kim MooneyDR. KIM MOONEY is President of Franklin Pierce University. Dr. Kim Mooney ’83 assumed the post of President on August 1, 2016. Her commitment to Franklin Pierce University spans several decades, from being an active alumna to serving on the Board of Trustees for seven years, then as interim president for six months prior to serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs for another seven years. She has spearheaded the development of the University’s new Strategic Plan and is making it a central focus of her presidency to capitalize on the important initiatives begun over the last several years. A proponent of shared governance, Dr. Mooney will also emphasize collaboration, communication, and community as guiding principles for her presidency. Under her leadership as Provost, the University launched a major process of self-assessment and re-alignment, resulting in far-reaching initiatives such as the revision of the general and liberal education curriculum, the introduction of nine new undergraduate majors, the support and expansion of the Academic Showcase, and the integration of graduate and undergraduate education into meaningful pathways for students from their first year through their masters or doctoral degrees. Moving the University firmly in a direction that ensures a high quality education in a community of support that extends far beyond graduation, Dr. Mooney has positioned Franklin Pierce University to continue its passion for the personal touch of its educators while staying competitive and current with rapidly changing trends in higher education and career pathways.

Sean O'KaneSEAN O’KANE is a Managing Partner at Stratögé Partners. This Portsmouth, NH-based firm specializes in remote data collection, and analytics solutions and efficiency. Prior to this, Sean had a very diversified career in both the private and public sectors, domestically and internationally. During his 24-year hotel management career, he was recognized as, “Innkeeper of the Year” by New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA); “Tourism Leader” by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce; “Travel Person of the Year” by the New Hampshire Travel Council for his years of promoting tourism in New Hampshire, and was recognized nationally by the National Restaurant Association and as the “Outstanding General Manager of the Year” by the American Hotel/Lodging Association. In 2004, New Hampshire Governor Benson appointed Sean to serve as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. He was presented the U.S. Diplomatic Medal for Peace and Commerce by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his work in promoting New Hampshire businesses in the international marketplace. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. O’Kane served as the Director of Hotel Strategic Alliances and Thought Leadership for Schneider Electric, a French-based multinational corporation and a global leader in energy management and efficiency.

Bob RileyROBERT "BOB" RILEY of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, is a 1982 graduate of Franklin Pierce, and an information systems professional with more than 35 years of experience, focusing on corporate business operations, with diverse work experience across IS management, application development, project planning, and vendor management. He is currently a Senior Analyst at Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest healthcare group. Mr. Riley is married to Franklin Pierce alumna Kim Lewis Riley ’83, and both of them been active in Alumni Board support for 10 years. A former President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association, Mr. Riley has also led Alumni Board committee work. He holds an MBA in Global Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and maintains certification (CPIM) and affiliation with APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society).

No photo availableTERRELL BOSTON SMITH, of Baltimore, Maryland is a Founding Partner at The Tidemore Group, a management and public affairs firm that guides businesses, non-profit organizations, labor unions, and progressive causes. He is also a Managing Partner of Marshall & Lafayette Real Estate Services, a property management and real estate investment company that creates and manages world-class affordable and single-family housing. A 2005 graduate of Franklin Pierce who earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College – The City University of New York, Terrell previously served as the Campaign Manager and Political Director for Brian Frosh’s successful campaign for Attorney General of Maryland. Following the campaign, he served as Special Assistant to Attorney General Frosh in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.  He has previously served as Senior Advisor on numerous political and referendum campaigns, as Government Relations Advisor for an Annapolis and Baltimore-based law and government relations firm’s government relations practice, in the Retail Investment Group of T. Rowe Price Associates and at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Terrell and his wife, Amy are raising their family in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Kerry D. SteinKERRY D. STEIN, ’80 of Mamaroneck, New York is managing director at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets. Mr. Stein is a member of the Franklin Pierce class of 1980. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance. He has over two decades of experience in the investment banking field. Prior to joining Lloyds, he was at Morgan Joseph and prior to that he was head of Yankee bond trading at Dresdner Bank. Mr. Stein was reappointed to the board in October, 2015