URI honors first Distinguished Achievement Awardees

‘Dean’s List’ recipients

First-ever event honors University’s shining stars

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 29, 2006 – The University of Rhode Island honored four prominent alumni at its first Distinguished Achievement Awards and 26 Dean’s List honorees representing its eight colleges and the Graduate School of Oceanography.

The night of glamour at the Rhode Island Convention Center put the spotlight on leaders in business, the professions, research and public service. The deans of each of the University’s colleges selected honorees representing their areas, hence the name of the Dean’s List award.

The four Distinguished Achievement Award recipients are listed first, followed by the Dean’s List honorees.

Cynthia Sculco ’65 is an adjunct associate professor of nursing at New York University, a member of the Alumni Council of Teachers College at Columbia University, and a trustee of the URI Foundation. Her impressive nursing and teaching credentials include work with Presbyterian Hospital, New York University, and Hunter College. She is president of the Nurse’s Educational Fund. At URI Sculco established a research endowment that provides seed money to nursing faculty and made a leadership gift to the student commons renovation project in White Hall. She serves on the College of Nursing Advisory Committee and was honorary chair of the Hart Garden Campaign and co-chair of the college’s 60th anniversary gala. Sculco is a Westerly, R.I. and New York City resident.

Bernard J. Beaudreau ’77, former executive director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, has spent his career giving to others. From 1984 to 1995 he worked for Oxfam America; before that he worked for the Women’s Development Corp., a Rhode Island housing organization. During his 10 years as the head of the food bank, Beaudreau tripled food distributions, now up to 8.3 million pounds, and saw cash contributions increase from $1.4 million to $3.6 million. He also directed the agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Beaudreau is moving to Chicago to join a new organization called the Global FoodBanking Network that will promote food banks around the world. He is a Providence resident.

Barbara A. Cardillo ’72, a technology marketing executive in California’s Silicon Valley, she has co-founded three successful high technology companies in the past 10 years. She recently retired from her latest company, Firetide, Inc., where she was vice president of marketing. From 1988 to 1997, Cardillo worked at Apple Computer where she was director of desktop product marketing and later served as president of marketing for the company’s PowerBook division. She has a master’s degree from Boston University and a doctorate in communications from Stanford University. Cardillo is a Los Gatos, Calif. resident.

Tom Ryan ’75, Hon. ’99, is chairman, president, and CEO of CVS, a long-time supporter of the College of Pharmacy and Rhody athletics, and chair of the new $100 million URI capital campaign to bolster the University’s endowment. Ryan and former Gov. Lincoln Almond ’59, Hon. ’03, chaired the successful $15 million private fund-raising drive for the basketball and events venue that bears Ryan’s name. In addition, Ryan and CVS provided the majority of funding for the Thomas M. Ryan/CVS Chair in Community Pharmacy. Ryan is a Narragansett resident.

The “Dean’s List Award” winners representing the individual colleges at URI are listed below:



Joyce J. Dolbec ’95, M.A. ’01, of Slatersville is a community activist who serves on numerous commissions and boards both local and national. She is committed to peace, civil rights, women’s rights, and women’s health care. A survivor of three different cancers, Dolbec is the American Cancer Society’s Rhode Island ambassador. She was chair of the Rhode Island Commission on Women and was a charter member and chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee established by the R.I. Department of Health. She has served on the ASFCCE Advisory Board and on the URI Alumni Association Executive Board.

Carol A. Corwin ’84, a commercial loan officer at The Bank of Fall River, has been named a Dean’s List Award winner by the University of Rhode Island’s Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. Previously, she worked for Bank of America in Providence. Also a graduate of Bryant University, Corwin is treasurer of the URI Alumni Association Executive Board and a member of the Finance Committee. She also serves as a member of the ASFCCE Advisory Board. She is a director of the Credit Executives Association of Southeastern New England and a member of the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a Cranston resident.


Robert R. Petrocelli ’88, M.S. ’92, is former CEO and co-founder of Heartlab, Inc., a company that was a four-time Inc. 500 Award winner. Petrocelli drove Heartlab to a dominant market share in cardiac network imaging and storage technology. In 2005 Heartlab was sold to Agfa for $132 million. Petrocelli, who received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award for New England in 2001, has gone on to pursue a new startup focusing on petabyte-scale image storage management software. Robert Petrocelli lives in Westerly .

Richard W. Petrocelli ’79 is president, chief legal counsel, and a founding shareholder of Westerly-based Heartlab, Inc., a developer of cardiology image and information systems. From 1994 to 2000, he also served as the managing partner of Petrocelli Law Offices, a Providence firm concentrating in business law and litigation. Richard Petrocilli lives in East Greenwich.

The Honorable Mary M. Lisi ’72 has served as a U.S. district court judge in Rhode Island since 1994. She earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1977. From 1990 to 1994, she was chief disciplinary counsel for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.


Mark E. Crevier ’72, M.S. ’78, is president and CEO of Kent Hospital. He joined Women & Infants Hospital in 1985 as associate vice president for finance and was quickly promoted to chief financial officer, a post he held until becoming the senior vice president/CFO for Care New England in 1996. He is a member of the College of Business Administration’s Advisory Council and the American Institute of CPAs. He lives in Saunderstown.

Marianne Gattinella ’79 is vice president of human resources, higher education for the McGraw-Hill Companies. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience and has worked in various senior roles at such companies as The Travelers, Citibank, Lehman Brothers, and New York Life International. She is active in the New York Human Resources Planning Society and is a member of the College of Business Administration’s Advisory Council. Gattinella lives in Greenwich, Conn.

David J. Buckanavage ’80 is founder, president, and CEO of Sovereign Pacific Equity, Inc., an investment advisory firm providing equity placement and financial consulting dedicated to the preservation and adaptive re-use of historic properties throughout the country. Buckanavage was inducted into the College of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame in 2003. A certified public accountant, he is a member of the College of Business Administration’s Business Advisory Council and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He lives in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.



Diane Pennica, Ph.D. ’77, a senior scientist in the Molecular Oncology Department at Genentech, is co-discoverer of the heart attack and stroke drug tPA (Activase). Her other accomplishments include cloning and characterization of p53, cardiotrophin-1, urokinase, TNF-_, the WISP genes, uromodulin, and interferon-_. Science Digest named her as one of the scientists involved in the top 100 innovations of 1984. In 1989, she received the Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she received URI’s Achievement Award for Research. Recently her research has focused on identifying novel genes that are over-produced during colon tumor development. Pennica lives in Burlingame, Calif.

Norman G. Tashash ’77 earned his bachelor’s degree in medical technology and went on to become vice president for sales for the Genzyme Corp. in Cambridge, Mass. He joined the firm, the third largest health care and biotechnology company in the world, in 1988. He and his wife, Alicia, established a University scholarship that will benefit students in their junior year with specific interests in molecular biology or microbiology. Tashash lives in Greenville.

Paul J. Marangos, Ph.D. ’73 spent 15 years in pharmaceutical research at the National Institutes of Health and Hoffmann La Roche. He has published 252 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited three books on drug receptors in the brain, and founded The Journal of Molecular Neurobiology. He has worked in the biotech industry in San Diego for the past 20 years and founded four companies, taking two of these public and merging two with other public companies. He raised over $150 million in equity capital for these ventures. He has received 14 U.S. and international patents. Marangos, who lives in Carlsbad, Calif., was unavailable for photo.


Laurie E. Goodman ’86 is a managing director with JPMorgan Asset & Wealth Management responsible for transforming the investments function with the Private Bank and Private Bank Client Services. She earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from URI and her M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business. Goodman lives in New York City.

Peter A. Pelletier ’67 founded Pelletier & Associates in 1982 to help companies manage their businesses. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. He established the Peter A. Pelletier Endowed Engineering Scholarship to benefit talented engineering students. He is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. Pelletier lives in Norwell, Mass.

Paul B. McGarty ’82 is CEO of ALTANA, Inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company located in Melville, N.Y., that develops, manufactures, and markets dermatology products in the United States. He oversees all areas of the company, including sales, marketing, business development, scientific affairs, and manufacturing. McGarty received his M.B.A. from Pace University. McGarty lives in Laurel Hollow, N.Y.



Glenn S. Palmer ’75 is the CEO of Black Bear Capital Management LLC. Within eight years of graduation he was named division vice president for Macy’s and then division president at Ellen Tracy. He has also been president/COO of Bonaventure Textiles USA, president at Liz Claiborne, president/CEO at Best Manufacturing Group, president/CEO at Amerex Group, and president/CEO of Rafaella Apparel Group. He is chair of URI’s Textiles Advisory Board and has been a major supporter of the annual Spring Splash fashion show hosted by the URI Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design. Palmer lives in Mahwah, N.J.

NiCole R. Keith, M.S. ’94 is an assistant professor of physical education at Indiana University and Purdue University. She earned her master’s degree from URI as part of the Bridges to the Future Minority Training Grant. She holds a doctorate from the University of Connecticut, has published several articles, and is a leader in the American College of Sports Medicine. Keith lives in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kathryn R. Beaupre is a graduate of Moravian College for Women. While working there after graduation, she met and married Walter J. Beaupre, an instructor in the college’s English Department. The couple moved to Rhode Island in 1967 when Walter joined the URI Speech Department (now the Department of Communicative Disorders) where he taught for almost 30 years. Kathryn established a trust to benefit the department in her husband’s memory after his death in 1998. The University’s new speech and hearing clinic was named in his honor. Beaupre, who lives in Wakefield, was unavailable for photo.


Mary Beth Esposito-Herr, Ph.D. ’98 is the interim senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She oversees efforts to develop a framework for supporting professional nurses and redesigning the patient care delivery model that focuses on building relations with patients and developing the advocacy skills of the nursing staff. A cancer survivor, she uses her personal experience as a patient to help other caregivers. Esposito-Herr lives in Columbia, Md.

Joyce Stamp Lilly ’75 is both a registered nurse and a civil trial attorney with a focus on personal injury. Lilly combines her extensive experience in both professions for the benefit of her personal injury clients and for nurses whom she represents in front of boards of nursing. She is a native Rhode Islander who was raised in Rumford and East Greenwich. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and shares homes in South County and Texas with her husband, Ralph Lilly, a neurologist. Lilly lives in West Kingston.

Esther Emard ’82, M.S. ’88 is chief operating officer of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She was formerly senior vice president of regional operations for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She also served as president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, the Rhode Island affiliate of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the URI College of Nursing and a guest lecturer for URI’s Graduate Program in Labor Studies. Emard lives in Fairfax, Va.


Paul G. Pierpaoli ’60 is a health care consultant and former senior vice president of McKesson Medication Management. He previously served as director of pharmacy, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He was assistant professor of health systems management at Rush University and professor of pharmacology, Rush University College of Medicine. He earned a master’s degree and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, hospital pharmacy’s highest honor, and was president of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Pierpaoli is a resident of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Herbert S. Carlin ’54, president of Pharmaceutical Management Insight, recently received the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. As one of the major hospital pharmacists who supported the American Pharmacists Association’s drug product selection policy, Carlin championed the use of multi-source pharmaceuticals based on the formulary system. Carlin lives in Califon, N.J.

Arthur G. Lipman ’67 of the University of Utah is professor of pharmacotherapy in the College of Pharmacy, adjunct professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, and director of clinical pharmacology at the Pain Management Center. He is the editor of The Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy and an editor for The Pain Palliative & Supportive Care Collaborative Review Group of the International Cochrane Collaboration on evidence-based medicine. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan. Lipman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


John Farrington, Ph.D. ’72, former vice president for academic programs and dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, joined WHOI in 1971 as a postdoctoral investigator and held successive positions in the Chemistry Department for 17 years. He simultaneously served for six years as director of WHOI’s Coastal Research Center. In 1988, he was appointed Michael P. Walsh Professor and Director of the Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In 1990, he returned to Woods Hole to become associate director for education, dean of graduate studies, and senior scientist. He retired in 2005 and is now a WHOI scientist emeritus. Farrington lives in Falmouth, Mass.

David L. Evans, Ph.D. ’75, undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, oversees the National Museum of Natural History, both the National Zoological Park and its Conservation and Research Center in Virginia; the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Massachusetts; the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland. Evans was formerly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s assistant administrator for research leading the White House Global Climate Change Initiative. Evans, who was unavailable for the photo, lives in Arlington, Va.

Margaret S. Leinen, Ph.D. ’80, is assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation. In addition, she coordinates environmental science, engineering, and education programs both within the National Science Foundation and for collaboration between NSF and other federal agencies. Leinen was previously dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, vice provost for marine and environmental programs, and acting dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Leinen lives in Alexandria, Va.