Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

4 JOIN MERCYHURST BOARD OF TRUSTEES Four new members were elected to the Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees during the annual meeting of the board in June.

WHEATON HONORED FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE Games, crowdfunding, social media campaigns, blogging, entrepreneurship … perhaps no faculty member is more adept at

blending his own personal interests with the academic needs of his students than Kristan J. Wheaton, J.D., professor of intelligence studies. That unique merger creates an unparalleled educational experience for his students, and has earned him the coveted Teaching Excellence Award for 2017. He successfully uses games to teach intelligence concepts, including several of his own design. In the past, Wheaton has successfully used crowdfunding to fnance construction of his games. He went on to craft his own crowdfunding strategy, Quickstarter, to help other entrepreneurs accomplish similar results, particularly on the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, which recently named Wheaton an “expert” in crowdfunding strategy. Wheaton is well known for sharing insightful stories about his experiences in the intelligence community as a former Foreign Area Ofcer with the U.S. Army specializing in national security. Always willing to share his ideas with students, faculty, entrepreneurs and others in the intelligence community, Wheaton is also author of the popular blog, Sources & Methods ( ).

Susan K. Furr of Erie, a retired registered nurse, graduated from The Ohio State University and from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She was employed for 13 years at Hamot Medical Center in the surgical ICU and cardiopulmonary department and then served as director of cardiac education at Hamot, where she met her husband, Erie cardiologist Dr. Charles M. Furr.

An active community volunteer, she also serves on the advisory board of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture and is a former board member of the Erie Civic Ballet, the Erie Philharmonic and Temple Anshe Hesed.

Paula Garzon of Brooklyn, New York, is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law. Currently president of Knowledge for Professionals Inc., she has previously served as director of business development for Regulatory DataCorp, group counsel for American Express Bank, and an associate lawyer with Hahn & Hessen.

Her business roles have included negotiating and documenting transactions, participating in product developments, and creating educational and training programs and materials. Married to Dr. Ian Storper, she is the stepmother of a current Mercyhurst student.

Christina Marsh ’88 is a Mercyhurst accounting graduate. A CPA since 1993, she began her career with Ernst & Young and has been with Erie Insurance Group in a variety of positions since 2004. Her experiences include fnance, audit, talent management, compensation, crisis management/business continuity, innovation and program management. She currently serves as the frm’s chief community and economic development ofcer.

HYLAND LEADS MNE Dr. David C. Hyland has been named vice president for Mercyhurst North East. Previously, he served as associate vice president for academic afairs and chief academic ofcer of MNE.

Married to Robert Marsh and the mother of three sons, she is active with Erie First Assembly of God and has previously served on the board of the Montessori Regional Charter School. See page 14 for a story about her work.

In the new role, which he assumed in April, Hyland oversees the North East campus as well as its satellite campuses at Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center in Erie. He is responsible not only for academics, but also for administrative operations, including Admissions and Financial Aid, IT, Police and Safety, Student Life, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Bookstore, Parkhurst Dining and Aramark. Hyland began his career at Mercyhurst in 1995, holding a joint appointment in the departments of anthropology/archaeology and biology, and was promoted to full professor in 2008. He has taught 3,500 students and published or presented more than 100 articles, book chapters, papers, reviews and reports. 21

Daniel J. Moran ’88 also earned his Mercyhurst degree in accounting and is a Certifed Public Accountant. A senior level executive with more than 28 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-proft sectors, he is chief fnancial ofcer and partner with System One. He has helped grow System One, which provides human capital solutions, from $100 million frst-year revenue in 2008 to a projected $1 billion organization in 2017.

He and his wife, Nichelle, have two children and live in McMurray, Pennsylvania.

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