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 son, Joseph, graduated Prep in 2020 and now attends Boston College. Her son, Teddy, is a current Prep Senior.
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 on Prep’s Board of Governors and is Chair of the 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edward Z. Gormbley '95
Ed Gormbley is an entrepreneur with big-company skills and a start-up spirit. He started three companies before graduating from college. He then spent a decade in the fertile training ground of General Electric as a corporate finance professional and private equity investor, from which #i (a FTSE-100 company) recruited him to be CFO of its North American division.
From there he founded Workforce Partners, a vertically integrated real estate company that serves the median income household with apartments under the IVE brand and the boutique hotels, The Circle and Hi-Ho. Ed created Workforce Partners to source, acquire, and operate real estate. His value-investing approach is based on fundamental analysis, long-term holds, and vertically integrated management that delivers recurring returns with low volatility.
Paul J. Halas '74
Prior to his retirement in 2018, Paul enjoyed a 37 year career as a general counsel, corporate and securities and transactional attorney, beginning his career at Ropes & Gray in Boston and spending his last 13 years with General Electric as Managing Director and GC of GE's Energy Financial Services business and Executive Counsel M&A at GE Headquarters. Paul serves on Prep’s Board of Governors and serves on the Advancement committee, and is also a Trustee of Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. Paul graduated from Prep in 1974, Harvard College in 1978 and Harvard Law School in 1981. He was named top scholar athlete at Prep and Harvard and was inducted into Prep’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
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 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.
John Lashar '89
Mr. John M. Lashar currently serves as Vice Chairman of CBRE. He resides in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife Deborah (“Debi”) and their children. John specializes in tenant and landlord advisory practice for CBRE/New England’s Consulting Group, representing such firms as The TJX Companies, National Grid, Boston Scientific Corporation, Wayfair, The Boston Consulting Group, Olympus Corporation of Americas, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and IDC/IDC, among others. On the landlord advisory side, John represents institutional clients such as UBS, Invesco Real Estate, TA Realty, TH Real Estate (TIAA), NYL Real Estate Investors, ASB Capital and Stockbridge, to name a few. He is acknowledged as one of the leading commercial real estate advisory experts in Greater Boston.
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 a 3rd son Marcos who is a current Prep senior.
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 a member of the Prep Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. He also Chairs the Governance committee and is responsible for leading the nominating process for Board members.
David P. Scopelliti P'19
David Scopelliti is a US investment manager and business executive, recognized as an expert in alternatives investments and ESG. He is currently Global Head of Private Credit at Mercer. David was a Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at Alcentra - US Direct Lending & Equity Co-Investments, global illiquid credit, while also serving multiple C-level roles (CEO & CIO ) his restructuring of Alcentra Capital Corp. (NASDAQ “ABDC”).
David’s son Peter graduated Prep in 2019. David joined the Prep Board of Governors in 2018 and currently Chairs the Finance Committee.
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
Virginia 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. Virginia is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches a course on municipal finance law and practice. She 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.
Virginia and her husband have three sons, Stephen (’21), Tim (’23) and Andrew (’26).