The President's Cabinet
- Susan Arnold - Vice President of Advancement
- Gaetan Giannini- Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE)
- Audra J. Kahr- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
- Elizabeth Meade - Provost
- Mary-Alice Ozechoski - Vice President of Student Affairs and Traditional Enrollment
Susan Arnold was named Cedar Crest College’s Vice President of Advancement in July, 2013. Reporting to the President of the College she provides vision and direction to a full-scale Advancement program including annual and major gifts, planned giving; corporate and foundation giving, gift processing, acknowledgement and alumnae relations.
For more than 30 years, Susan has worked in fundraising, marketing and volunteer administration. Her primary responsibilities have included all aspects of fund development, marketing programs and creating, building and maintaining relationships with key constituents both for fundraising and community involvement, as well as creating corporate brand identities. She previously served as the Associate Vice President of the Drexel Fund at Drexel University and Vice President of Fund Development and Marketing at the Lutheran Social Ministries (“LSMNJ”) of New Jersey where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, the capital campaign, and various aspects of marketing. Susan served in multiple development roles prior to LSMNJ including executive director of the Delaware Valley Huntington Disease Society and Director of Development for the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation and Director of Volunteer Services for Frankford Hospital.
Susan earned her B.S. in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME . Susan is an active member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, the Association of Fundraising Professional Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and Philly Cure’s Huntington’s disease efforts. She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time in Chatham on Cape Cod. She resides in Huntingdon Valley with her husband Bruce.
Gaetan T. Giannini, Jr. - Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education and Chief Marketing Officer
Giannini has served the College in positions of increasing responsibility since joining the faculty in 2005. In 2011, Giannini—chair of the department of business, management and economics at Cedar Crest since his arrival at the College—was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. He has been a driving force behind the implementation of many new programs and has served on a host of boards and committees.
During his first year at Cedar Crest, Giannini proposed and implemented the B.S. in marketing program, and several courses have been added to the business program under his direction, including Applied Public Relations, Marketing Research, and the Marketing Practicum. He also was a key figure in development of the Cooperative Education Program: Four-Year Accounting and Marketing Experience—a major academic initiative in the College's strategic plan with a tentative launch in fall of 2013—and in the department's successful efforts to achieve ACBSP accreditation for several degrees, including accounting, business administration and management.
Prior to his work in academia, Giannini had more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, most recently as president/owner of Giannini O' Connor LLC public relations and marketing firm in Allentown. Much of his previous employment combined his knowledge of engineering and marketing.
Giannini earned his MBA with a marketing concentration from Seton Hall University, and his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Temple University. He also earned a certificate in international business from the Institute of International Business at Seton Hall.
Audra J. Kahr has served as the chief financial officer and treasurer at Cedar Crest College since 2010. In her current role, Kahr has been a key figure in shaping the future direction of the College, co-chairing development of the campus master plan and creating the financial analysis model for strategic planning initiatives. In addition to following through on those efforts, her primary responsibilities include preparing yearly financial statements and working with the provost to implement academic program review.
Kahr joined Cedar Crest College as a budget analyst in 2005. Prior to her current position, she served as manager of financial and operational analysis and controller at Cedar Crest. Before joining the College, she served as senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and as senior financial analyst at Tyco International.
Kahr is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She earned bachelor’s degrees in management and accounting from DeSales University.
She serves as an Emmaus High School girls volleyball coach and is a member of the Allentown Diocese Finance Council.
Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D., is the provost at Cedar Crest College. In this role, Meade is responsible for academic life at the college including hiring new faculty; providing development opportunities for faculty; overseeing the curriculum in conjunction with relevant faculty committees; the First-Year Experience; the honors program; oversight of academic services; and student success and retention.
She previously served as associate provost, where she helped to develop and implement the First-Year Experience, a program designed to prepare first-year students for successful college careers. Before that, she served as a full professor and department chair in the humanities department. She joined Cedar Crest in 1993 as an assistant professor of philosophy.
Meade has published articles on a host of issues including moral judgment, service-learning, civic engagement, ethics pedagogy, and reproductive technology in many national professional journals. She earned her bachelor’s degree in German languages and literature from Bryn Mawr College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.
She serves as acquisitions librarian for St. Philip Neri Elementary School in East Greenville and as an assistant leader for a Brownie troop.
Mary-Alice Ozechoski’s interest in higher education began after she graduated from Clarion University and took a position in their admissions office. Immediately seeing the positive effects a college education can have on an entire family, she knew that she wanted her career to continue within higher education and to help students bring their education to the next level.
Ozechoski brings nearly 18 years of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the Dean of Students at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Prior to joining Wesley, she was the Assistant Dean of Student Development and Involvement at West Chester University and served Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut in the roles of Associate Vice President of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Student Activities. Ozechoski also worked for Kent State University's Salem Regional Campus as a Coordinator of Student Activities and an Admissions Counselor and at Gannon University in Erie, PA as a Counselor.
Ozechoski holds a Master of Arts in Counseling/Student Personnel Services from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.