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Meet Our Board of Governors

Sally E. Bednar P’20,’22

Sally Bednar joined Wells Fargo in 2012 and has over 25 years of banking experience primarily in capital markets origination in the higher education and healthcare sectors. She manages Wells Fargo’s Municipal Capital Markets and the Municipal ESG Solutions team.  She is actively involved with the issuer and investor community in an effort to advance sustainability and positive social impact in the muni sector. 

Sally currently serves as the Chair of the Prep Board of Governors, a member of the Affordable Housing Trust Board and the Representative Town Meeting for the Town of Greenwich, CT.  Her sons, Joseph and Teddy are Prep alumni, having graduated in 2020 and 2022 respectively.


 

Dr. Donna Andrade

Dr. Donna Marie Andrade is the retired Dean of Mission and Ministry at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT. In her final years of service to Fairfield Prep Dr. Andrade served as the school’s first Dearn of Mission.  She implemented professional and spiritual programs for the Fairfield Prep adult community, oversaw the Campus Ministry Department where she supported and fostered Jesuit Mission and Ignatian Spirituality initiatives in partnership with the Jesuit Schools Network of the United States and Canada and the USA East Province.  Donna also served on the board of the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University. 

From 1987-2010, Andrade founded and administrated the Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity Program (S.E.E.D.) which focuses, primarily, on recruiting students of color, as well as under-served students from under-resourced communities of all racial backgrounds, and provides the support services vital to the retention of student through working with faculty, parents, and the greater Bridgeport community.  Andrade also served as Academic Dean for 16 years. In this capacity, she was responsible for the formation of Ignatian educators and all formation and professional development of faculty and the Curriculum Design and Review Process (CDRP). She also provided professional development for faculty which focused on Ignatian methodology and pedagogy.  

Dr. Andrade has also served (2012-2017) as board member for the Jesuit Schools Network (formerly named the Jesuit Secondary Education Association) and she previously served two terms on the JSEA Board from 1994-2000.  Andrade also served as National Chair of the Diversity Conference for the JSEA from 1994-2001. In the latter role, Andrade coordinated the first three national conferences for the 44 U.S. Jesuit high schools in existence at that time, and served as a consultant to these institutions upon their request. In 2011, Andrade served as Chair of the National Steering Committee for the second JSEA Ignatian Leadership Academy.  In November 2014, Andrade was one of 14 North Americans selected to participate in the International Seminar on Ignatian Education & Pedagogy (SIPEI) in Manresa, Spain.  In 2021, based on the recommendation of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States (JCCU), Andrade was appointed by Fr. General, Arturo Sosa, S.J. to the global Commission on the Role and Responsibilities of Women in the Society of Jesus

In addition to her responsibilities with Jesuit schools on the province, conference, and global levels, Andrade concurrently served an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Stamford, (1994-2014), Fordham University (1992-2006), the New School for Social Research (1995-1998), Southern Connecticut State University (1997-2000), and Fairfield University (1991-1992).   Andrade possesses a BA in English Education from the University of Connecticut (1977), an MA in Educational Media from Fairfield University (1982), an MA in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University (1988), and a Doctorate (EdD.) in Education from Fordham University (1994).

Dr. Andrade serves on the Advancement Committee of the Board with a particular focus on growth and engagement with Prep’s Alumni of Color and Allies Network (ACAN). 

 


 

Frank P. Barron '69

Francis P. Barron retired from Cravath’s Litigation Department in December 2014. His practice focused on providing advice and litigation services related to securities, antitrust and commercial disputes and federal and state regulatory matters. Mr. Barron was also a member of the Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice, counseling boards of directors, board committees and senior management of corporations and financial institutions in connection with government and internal investigations, shareholder demands and derivative litigation, and accounting restatements. He earned his B.A. Harvard and J.D. from Harvard Law.

Frank currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Governor's Advancement Committee.


 

Jonathan M. Carroll '87

Jonathan Carroll  is the chief information officer (CIO) for Fairfield University. Mr. Carroll was appointed in December 2016, bringing more than 25 years of information technology industry experience. Mr. Carroll oversees academic computing, enterprise applications systems and services, networking and telecommunications, information security, data center operations and user support training and outreach.

Mr. Carroll is a 1987 graduate of Fairfield Prep and also graduated from Fairfield University in 1991. He has served in a number of IT leadership roles at University of Connecticut Health involving IT operations, security (ISO), academic technology and infrastructure and systems development. His background also includes other industries and companies such as IBM and United Technologies. Most recently, Mr. Carroll served as the CIO for UCONN Health. Mr. Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Fairfield University and an MBA from Quinnipiac University. 


 

Michael J. Cattano, P’21

Michael is a Director in Investment Grade Credit Sales & Trading at Deutsche Bank in New York. With more than 30 years of experience, he has been an industry leader in Global Credit Trading at JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Barclays and Bank of America and built and managed teams in both London and New York. 

Michael is a 1989 graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and served on their Alumni Association Board for seven years. He recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Darien YMCA, serving as President.

Michael and his wife Molly reside in Darien and have two daughters and a son, Brett, who graduated Prep in 2021 and attends the University of Richmond. 

Michael serves as the Chair of the Board of Governor's Strategic Planning Committee.


 

Kevin T. Considine ‘06 

Kevin Considine is a senior vice president and director for the Wealth Client Group at Allspring Global Investments. In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Kevin joined Allspring from its predecessor firm, Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM). Prior to WFAM, he worked as vice president for BlackRock’s iShares business, and earlier as an analyst for UBS Securities.

Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Providence College. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and is a member of CFA Society New York.


 

Michael A.P. Casolo ‘82

Michael is Chief Revenue Officer for Upflex, a SaaS in the flex officing space. Prior to joining Upflex, Michael held executive leadership roles in the real estate, design and construction industries, specifically in the area of corporate real estate outsourcing. He was Global President, Client Solutions for Cushman & Wakefield and International Director & Solutions Development Board Chair for JLL and he began his real estate career as a Partner & Executive Committee member at USI — a start-up real estate services firm where his partners included several other Prep alumni and parents. Michael is also a licensed architect.

In addition to his work with Prep, Michael has served on the Town of Darien’s Board of Education, Board of Ethics (as its Chair) and Representative Town Meeting. He was also a global board member of CoreNet Global, as well as the President of their Northern California Chapter.

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and studied real estate & urban planning at Columbia University.

Michael lives in Darien, CT with his wife Tina, with whom he shares two daughters, Grace and Caroline.


 

Mary R. Cunningham P'00, '08 ‘06 

Mary Cunningham is a graduate of Fairfield University and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Recently she was assigned as the liaison to the Prep Board of Governors, which is the second time serving on the Fairfield Prep Board. Her two sons, Ryan ’00 and John ’08, are Prep alumni.  

Mary is closely involved on the BOG executive committee and has been a strong advocate for Prep to the Board. Mary and husband Kevin reside in Rhode Island.


 

Joseph R. Dewhirst ’69

Joseph R. Dewhirst grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Prep in ’69.  He then earned a B.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard.  He worked mainly in fixed income and bank treasury management, most recently serving as the treasurer of Fleet-Boston, Bank of America, and Citizens Bank.  He retired in 2014.

In retirement, Joe has served on the boards of various government or non-profit entities: as the Board Chair for the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation, a quasi-public state agency (2016-21); as a Board member, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of Blithewold, a local historical landmark (2015-2021); and as a member of the Investment Committee at Care New England, a regional health care provider (2015-ongoing).

Joe and his wife Alyda met at a mixer in Berchman’s Hall in 1967. They raised three children and currently enjoy four grandchildren. They reside in Bristol, RI.


 

Michael R. Fox ’86 P’23

Michael is Managing Partner and Chief Client Officer for ICR, LLC, one of the largest independent strategic communications firms in North America.  With more than 30 years of experience in strategic communications at global PR agencies and in politics, Mike has advised leading global companies, promising start-ups, respected organizations and political candidates across the full range of communications, media and reputation management activities. He has provided communications counsel on more than 200 IPOs, scores of M&A transactions, numerous activist defense campaigns and countless corporate crises. He has advised clients across a broad range of industries including healthcare, energy, technology, financial services, consumer and industrial.

Prior to joining ICR in 2002, Michael was head of the North American Corporate Communications Practice for Ogilvy PR.  He began his career in politics, working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Christopher Shays (CT) and running several political campaigns.  He is a graduate of Hobart College with B.S. in Political Science.

Mike and his wife Karen have three sons, one of whom is in the Prep Class of 2023.


 

Tony Fox ’14 

Tony Fox, raised in Bridgeport, CT, has always been deeply rooted in his community. After successfully completing his high school education at Fairfield Prep in 2014, Tony pursued higher studies at Fordham University, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Engineering Physics. This academic foundation propelled him into a dual career: one as a dynamic engineer and another as a visionary entrepreneur.

At present, he plays a pivotal role for private clients as a project manager, leveraging his expertise while simultaneously driving various entrepreneurial endeavors forward.

Beyond his professional responsibilities, Tony is an active member of his community, serving on three notable boards. This service stems from his deep-seated desire to give back and uplift those around him.

On a personal note, Tony prioritizes his health with regular workouts and cherishes moments spent watching his younger brothers passionately play football, reflecting the familial bonds that mean the world to him.


 

Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE '84

Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE is president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation in Bridgeport, CT and Interim Vice President for Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT.  He is a member of the leadership team of Yale New Haven Health, Connecticut’s largest healthcare system, which provides integrated, high-value, patient-centered care across the state.

In the past year, donors have given over $20 million to Bridgeport and Yale New Haven hospitals to support a broad spectrum of patient care, community health, medical education and research programs. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Steve served as vice president for development at Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, also in Bridgeport.  From 1994 to 1999, he was director of development at Fairfield Prep.  In his 28 years in the profession, Steve has guided these organizations to more than $150 million in charitable giving. In 2003, the Fairfield County and Connecticut Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) named Steve the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in Connecticut.

Steve is the former Chair of AFP’s Youth in Philanthropy and Next Generation Committees, which encourage the involvement of students and the growth of young professionals in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and the practice of ethical fundraising. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Trumbull and volunteers for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program.  He also serves on the advisory board of the Darien-based Tiny Miracles Foundation.

Steve is part of a three-generation Prep family joining his father, Stephen P. Jakab ’58 and his son, Matthew Jakab ’16. Steve also attended Georgetown and the University of Chicago. He currently resides in Southport.


 

Rev. John P. Mulreany, S.J.

Fr. Mulreany is the superior of the Fairfield Jesuit Community. He is responsible for the well-being of the Fairfield Jesuits and, in collaboration with others, the Jesuit mission of Fairfield Prep and Fairfield University. He is also a spiritual director and adjunct professor in the Religious Studies department of Fairfield University. 

Prior to coming to Fairfield, Fr. Mulreany was Associate Pastor at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. Previously, he served for seven years in Yap, Micronesia where he helped start Yap Catholic High School. 

A native of Queens, N.Y., he graduated from Williams College (B.A., history), New York University (M.A., educational psychology), Loyola University Chicago (M.A., philosophy) and Boston College (M.Div., S.T.L.). 

He pronounced final vows in the Society of Jesus in 2020.


 

Julio Ojea Quintana P'17, '19, '22

Julio is presently a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. He has 30 years of banking experience, working with large, global corporate clients across a broad range of industries. Julio started his banking Career in Citi Argentina and joined Citi in the US in 1997. He and his team focus on delivering a broad range of banking products and solutions to corporate clients including capital markets financing, bank lending, risk management, treasury services and investment products. Julio grew up in Argentina where he graduated with Bachelor degrees in both Public Accounting and Business Administration from Universidad Catolica Argentina.

Julio and his wife Ana live in CT, have 5 children including 2 sons that went to Prep: Julio ’17 and Lucas ’19 and Marcos '22.


 

Anthony D. Sabatelli Ph.D., JD '75

Anthony Sabatelli is Patent Counsel with Wiggin and Dana, LLP working with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to help them build business-oriented patent strategies and to secure patent protection for their inventions. Anthony helps companies navigate complex legal issues spanning the junction of both patent and regulatory law.

Anthony is the Vice Chairman of the Prep Board of Governors and is also a member of the board's Executive Committee. He also Chairs the Governance committee and is responsible for leading the nominating process for Board members.


 

Jeffrey W. Sochrin ‘85

Jeffrey Sochrin, better known as Dr. Soc, is an American radio personality. Currently he is the host of Island 92’s flagship morning program, “Fresh Air in the Morning with Dr. Soc,” on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saint Maarten, which also airs on Z105.1 FM on the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies. He began his radio career in 2007 after retirement from executive ranks of Pegasystems Inc. where he served as the Senior Director of Financial Services for North America.

From 2007 to 2008, Sochrin, then simply known as Soc, served as the host of his original mid-day program called “The Hoochie Coo with Soc.” In 2009, Soc took over the weekday “Fresh Air in the Morning” show. In 2012, Soc was awarded an honorary “Doctor of Radio-ology” by the medical school on St. Maarten, and has since been known as “Dr. Soc.” He has interviewed many notable members of the Rock and Roll community on his program including: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship; Ambrosia; The Hollies and Swinging Blue Jeans; Survivor; Beaver Brown Band; UB40 and many others. He strives to serve as a role model for younger residents of the region, and has been voted Best Radio Personality for numerous years.

Under the leadership of Dr. Soc during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Caribe Broadcasting Network covered the local impacts of the pandemic in detail through its island stations, providing information and analysis. He also volunteered for the duration of the St. Maarten mass vaccination campaign. Dr. Soc leads a charitable foundation called Team Goldendog, which is part of the Saint Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation, where he serves as Board Member. In addition, he works with children’s charities on the island, such as the former I-CAN Foundation, and regularly visits island schools. Dr. Soc also served as a district leader and past president of the area Rotary Club. 

Jeff Sochrin graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1985. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island and MBA from University of New Haven. Dr. Soc served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of St. Martin where he taught in the Business program until 2019. He regularly guest lectures in the Business program there.


 

Gregory M. Strakosch '80

Greg Strakosch is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of TechTarget. He spun TechTarget out of United Communications Group (UCG) and served as CEO for 17 years. He has raised over $100 million in venture capital, $400 million in convertible debt and led TechTarget's IPO and secondary offerings. Today, TechTarget is a public company with over 1000 employees, over $300 million in revenue and over $125 million in EBITDA. TechTarget has been profitable for 18 consecutive years. TechTarget is headquartered in Massachusetts and has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Munich, Sydney and Singapore.

Prior to founding TechTarget, Strakosch was the President of the Technology Division of UCG. He joined UCG when the company acquired Reliability Ratings, a successful IT publishing and research company, which he founded. Before founding Reliability Ratings, Strakosch worked at EMC Corporation, which he joined when the company had $18 million in revenues. He was there for EMC’s IPO and held various executive roles including opening the first office in Silicon Valley and successfully launching the company’s first mainframe product.

Strakosch was named EY New England Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been inducted into the min Digital Hall of Fame and was named B2B Innovator of the Year by Media Business, a division of Advertising Age. TechTarget has won hundreds of independent journalism awards and has been named as one of Massachusetts Best Companies to work for by both The Boston Globe and The Boston Business Journal.

Strakosch graduated from Boston College, where he serves on the Board of Regents and BC's annual student business plan competition has been named The Strakosch Venture Competition. Strakosch serves on the Board of Governors at Fairfield Prep, is on the Board of Trustees at Cristo Rey Boston High School, is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at St. Columbkille Partnership School and serves on the Board of Trustees at Melmark, a human services provider for individuals with developmental disabilities.

He advises multiple private companies, with various roles including Investor, Director, Advisory Board Member and informal adviser.


 

Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J.

Fr. Tunney is presently the Provincial Assistant for Higher Education at the USA East Province, and prior to that was the Rector at the Fairfield University Jesuit Community.  Prior to that Fr. Tunney was at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where he was a past rector, and first director of mission and identity.  In addition, Fr. Tunney was Director of Canisius’ Fine Arts program.   


 

Virginia Wong, P’21, ’23, ‘26

Ginny is head of Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance practice group. She has more than 25 years of experience in serving as counsel to municipal governments, not-for-profits and underwriters in a full range of tax-exempt and taxable bond financings. 

Ginny is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches a course on municipal finance law and practice. She is also a member of the advisory committee of the New Covenant Center, a soup kitchen and a food pantry serving lower Fairfield County residents, which also offers jobs skills programs, life coaching, shower, laundry and barber services and immigration case management at its Stamford, CT facility.

Ginny and her husband have three sons, Stephen ’21, Tim ’23 and Andrew ’26.