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Marymount Names New Trustees

Friday, September 14, 2012
Marymount University recently named five new members to its Board of Trustees. They are
  • Michael P. Fitzgerald, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Georgetown;
  • Susan Lacz, chief executive officer of Ridgewells Catering;
  • Jeri Lynn Wilson Lassiter, chairman and chief executive officer of ASM Research;
  • Talal Mounir Nsouli, M.D., director of the Watergate and Burke Asthma and Allergy Centers; and
  • Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, founding executive director (now emeritus) of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Marymount President Matthew D. Shank notes, “These individuals are leaders in finance, health care, technology, the special events industry, and higher education. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Board, and their advice will be invaluable.”

Marymount University’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Joseph Maurelli, former chairman, president, and CEO of Techmatics, Inc. With the new members, the Board has 27 trustees, including five members of the University’s founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

Michael P. Fitzgerald is president and CEO of the Bank of Georgetown, which he co-founded with Curtin Winsor in 2005. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald served as senior vice president of Sequoia Bank (which became United Bank), with responsibilities for all commercial banking operations in Maryland and oversight of government contractor banking throughout the national capital region. Mr. Fitzgerald began his career with Riggs Bank, where he worked for 15 years. He serves on the boards of SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious, Inc.), and the Catholic Cemeteries. In addition, Mr. Fitzgerald is an alumni trustee of Georgetown Preparatory School and secretary of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of DC. He is a member of the Federal City Council and a past president of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. from Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland).

Susan Lacz, CEO of Ridgewells Catering, has been with the company since 1986; she purchased it, with her business partners, in 1997. Over the past 10 years, she has helped grow Ridgewells' average annual sales to $30 million. In 2005, Ms. Lacz and her partners formed Haute on the Hill by Ridgewells, a union company responsible for the House of Representatives catering services. That division has since expanded its services to the Pentagon and the Naval Academy. In 2008, they formed Purple Tie by Ridgewells to provide professional service staff to various clients. Ms. Lacz is a much sought-after public speaker in the catering and special events industry. A graduate of Marymount University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, she has maintained close ties with her alma mater. Ms. Lacz is a director of EagleBank, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Imagination Stage, and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. She is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and previously served as a director of Fidelity Bank & Trust and Rachael’s Women’s Center.

Jeri Lynn Wilson Lassiter, chairman and CEO of ASM Research, has been with the company for more than 30 years. She started her career with ASM providing technical services as a systems analyst programmer under contract to the Department of the Army. She advanced to progressively more responsible positions, from vice president, to operations manager, to president, and was named ASM’s chairman and CEO in 2001. During her tenure, ASM has grown from 160 employees to 480 and garnered a reputation for providing excellence in IT services to the federal sector. Ms. Lassiter holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marymount University. She serves as chairman of the board of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries and is a member of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Women in Technology.

Talal Mounir Nsouli, M.D., an allergist and immunologist, is the director of the Watergate and Burke Asthma and Allergy Centers. Dr. Nsouli has served as a professor of Pediatric Allergy at Georgetown University since 2000 and was the private allergist to President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 2001. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including being listed as a “Top Doctor” in Washingtonian magazine for many years and as an outstanding specialist in Washington Consumers’ Checkbook. In 2009, Dr. Nsouli was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). He is also an honorary fellow of ACAAI and a member of its Board of Regents. Dr. Nsouli is a past president of the Greater Washington Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Society, a consultant to the Indoor Environments Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a senior consultant to the American Running Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lycée Français; a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Brussels; and a Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown University.

Dr. Matthew J. Quinn became the founding executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in August 2000 and was named its emeritus executive director in 2009. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the education of high-achieving students who have financial need. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $70 million in scholarship support to several thousand students and awarded approximately $30 million in grants to organizations that enhance the Foundation’s work. Prior to joining the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Dr. Quinn served as president of Carroll College in Helena, Montana, for 11 years. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Dr. Quinn holds a B.A. in classics from Fordham University; a Ph.L. in philosophy, with honors, from Woodstock College; an M.A. in English from Fordham University; a Ph.D. in management of higher education, with highest distinction, from Boston College; and a J.D. from Fordham University. He is presently a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and has served on numerous local and national boards, including a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, the American Association of University Administrators, the American Council on Education; and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
PHOTO 1 - Michael P. Fitzgerald, president and CEO of the Bank of Georgetown
PHOTO 2 - Susan Lacz, CEO of Ridgewells Catering
PHOTO 3 - Jeri Lynn Wilson Lassiter, chairman and CEO of ASM Research
PHOTO 4 - Talal Mounir Nsouli, M.D., director of the Watergate and Burke Asthma and Allergy Centers
PHOTO 5 - Matthew J. Quinn, founding executive director (now emeritus) of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation