SCSU Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors

Paula Armbruster

Paula Armbruster, M.A., M.S.W. is a retired Associate Clinical Professor from the Yale School of Medicine. She also served for over twenty years as Director, Outpatient Services and as Director, Social Work Training of the Yale Child Study Center.  Nationally recognized, Ms. Armbruster chaired the National Consortium for Children's Mental Health Services.  She is also a founder of several preventive community programs for youth including Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (L.E.A.P.) of New Haven.  In addition, she is a member of the Yale Women's Council and is co-chair of Yale Women Connecticut.  She also serves on the boards of various local organizations.  Ms. Armbruster received her B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Social Work from the University of Connecticut; and her M.A. in Southeast Asia Studies from Yale University.  Ms. Armbruster is the chair of the SCSU Foundation Development Committee and serves on the Governance Committee.

Michael Chambrello '79, Treasurer

Michael Chambrello is Chief Executive Officer - Asia-Pacific Region of Scientific Games in New York City.  Scientific Games is a global technology leader and provider of comprehensive, gaming solutions to the lottery and pari-mutuel racing industries.  Previously, Mr. Chambrello was President and CEO of Environmental Systems Products Holdings, Inc. (ESP) and CEO of Transmedia Asia Pacific, Inc. and Transmedia Europe Inc.  Mr. Chambrello has served on the Board of Directors of various public and private high technology companies as not for profit organizations.  Mr. Chambrello earned a B.S. in Economics from SCSU and attended Graduate School at the American University's Kogod College of Business.  As Treasurer of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors, he is the Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Executive and Governance Committees.

Robert Frew, A.I.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Frew is presently an architect and developer here in the New Haven area, most recently completing the conversion of the abandoned Lovell School into residential housing.  He has worked, studied, and taught all over the globe.  He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of Waterloo and has served as a Professor and Chair of Computer Science here at SCSU following his experience as an Associate Professor and Chairman of Admisssions for the Yale School of Architecture.  His further professional accomplishments include being awarded the Morse Fellowship from Yale University, Alderman for the City of New Haven, and President of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven.  Dr. Frew is currently on the SCSU Foundation Audit and Finance Committees.

Mary O'Connell Kozik, '74, Secretary

Mary O'Connell Kozik is a Senior Chemist with AECOM Corporation in Chelmsford, MA.  Formerly, she was a Chemistry Group Manager in Environmental Sciences with ICF Consulting and Arthur D. Little, Inc.  She also worked in similar capacities for the Massachusetts DEP and TRC Environmental Consultants.  Ms. Kozik received her B.A. degree in Chemistry from SCSU and her M.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph College of West Hartford, CT.  She also received her M.Ed. from Boston College and M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.  Ms. Kozik and her husband currently reside in Acton, MA.  She serves on the SCSU Foundation's Finance, Governance and Executive Committees.

Thomas J. Madigan, '98

Thomas Madigan works as a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services in New Haven where he is the Vice President of Investments and a managing partner of the Lelas / Madigan / Curtis Wealth Management Group.  Mr. Madigan specializes in wealth management for high net worth individuals and also manages pension plans, 401k plans and corporate assets.  He received his Bachelors degree from SCSU in Business Management. While an undergraduate student at Southern, Thomas was a 4 year starter for the SCSU Fighting Owls football team.  Thomas resides in Branford with his wife, Michelle, and their son.  He serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and also serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. 

David R. McHale, '82, Chair

David R. McHale is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Northeast Utilities system (NU).  At NU, he is responsible for Corporate Strategy & Environmental Affairs, Customer Care, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Real Estate, Property Management, Energy Supply and Integration Planning.  Mr. McHale received his B.S. degree in Economics from SCSU and his MBA with a specialization in Finance from the University of New Haven. In addition, he attended both the Executive Financial Management and the Executive Strategy and Organization Programs of Stanford University.  In 2010, Mr. McHale was the recipient of Southern's Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He serves as the Chair of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors as well as Chair to the Executive Committee.  He also serves on the Audit, Development, Finance, Governance  and Investment Committees.

Dr. Marc A. Nivet, '92

Dr. Marc Nivet is Chief Diversity Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C.  In this role, he provides strategic vision for AAMC's diversity and inclusion activities in medical education and health care.  Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer for the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation in New York City which supports programs designed to improve the education of health professionals.  Dr. Nivet is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a past president of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.  Dr. Nivet received his B.S. in Communication Studies from Southern, his M.S. in Higher Education/Student Development from Long Island University, C.W. Post campus and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves on the SCSU Foundation Development and Governance Committees.

William H. Pratt, Esq., '76

William Pratt is a partner for the law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner of Washington, D.C.  His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property transactions and licensing, government contracts, and the arbitration of intellectual property disputes.  He advises corporations both in the United States and abroad on a wide range of licensing issues across a broad spectrum of technologies.  Mr. Pratt received his B.S. degree from SCSU, his M.P.A. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and his J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.  He serves on the SCSU Foundation Audit and Finance Committees.

Richard Tripodi, '67  Vice Chair

Richard Tripodi is currently President of RFTS, Inc., a private consulting firm.  Formerly, he was President of Roanoke Companies Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Specialty Construction Brands (a unit of the H. B. Fuller Company of St. Paul, MN).  Prior to Roanoke, Mr. Tripodi held senior management positions with Laporte Construction Chemicals North America, Inc. of Mentor, Ohio, Ensign Bickford Industries of Simsbury, CT and Monsanto Company of St. Louis, MO.  He began his career as a high school teacher for Norwalk Public Schools in Connecticut.  Mr. Tripodi received his B.S. degree in Education from SCSU.  He is Vice Chair of the SCSU Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Executive and Development Committees.

Anthony Verlezza, '74

Anthony F. Verlezza is the former Vice President of Supply Chain for Unilever's North American Ice Cream group, the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of ice cream products including Breyers, Ben & Jerry's, Klondike, Popsicle, and Good Humor.  Mr. Verlezza also held positions during his career with Borden Co. and Kraft, Inc.  In 2005, Mr. Verlezza was the recipient of Southern's Distinguished Alumnus Award.  A native of West Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Verlezza graduated from Southern with a B.S. degree in Biology and later earned his MBA in Management from LaSalle University.  He serves as the Chair on the SCSU Foundation's Governance Committee and also serves on the Investment Committee.

Pieter van Vredenburch

Pieter van Vredenburch is currently the Global Head of U.S. Rates and Trading for the Royal Bank of Canada.  Mr. van Vredenburch began his career in finance with the Swiss Bank Corporation and served as the director of Rates and Trading where he was a trader of derivatives and U.S. government bonds.  Following Swiss Bank Corporation's merger with UBS in 1997, Mr. van Vredenburch held the position of Senior Swap Trader.  Mr. van Vredenburch graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Economics and has Certifications of Series 7, 63, and 24.  Mr. van Vredenburch currently serves as a board member for the SCSU School of Business as well as both the SCSU Foundation Audit and Investment Committees.