University of Scranton Names New Trustees

Sep 29, 2017

The University of Scranton has named five new individuals to its Board of Trustees. The varied list of professionals, three of whom are alumni, have served in leadership positions in the pharmaceutical, finance, legal, investment banking and fundraising worlds, and have given their time to numerous volunteer causes.

The new Board members are: Anne Drucker; Timothy Kacani ’87; Kevin O’Brien, Esq. ’80; Anthony Simone ’90; and Maryla Scranton.

Drucker is the director of global program management at pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. She has served on the University’s Parents’ Executive Council, and has been an active member of its Scholarship Committee. She has further supported the University’s philanthropic efforts with the Drucker-Dunstone Scholarship named in honor of her parents, William and Shirley Dunstone, and her husband, Steve Drucker. In addition, she and her family are supporters of the University’s President’s Business Council. Drucker received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences (now University of the Sciences), and her professional certifications include a PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute. She resides in Randolph, New Jersey, with sons Michael, Kevin ’14 and William ’16, and enjoys spending time at her Newton Lake home.

Kacani is the chief operating officer at Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, a global financial services investment firm based in New York and London. He is a member of Atlas’ investment committee and serves on the board of directors of several Atlas portfolio companies. Before joining Atlas, he served as CFO of Lightyear Capital LLC. Kacani is involved with the University’s President’s Business Council and Accounting Department Professional Council, and serves on the board of the Diocese of Metuchen’s Catholic Schools Commission. A CPA, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Scranton. Kacani lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, with his wife, Karen ’88, and their three children Katherine, Brendan and Kelly.

A practicing attorney in the Philadelphia area since 1983, O’Brien is currently managing partner at Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C., a regional litigation firm with offices in five states in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his involvement with the University, he serves on the board of St. Malachy School, and is a Hearing Committee member for the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Scranton, O’Brien attended Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a longtime resident of Marlton, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Kathy Coleman O’Brien ’81. The couple has three children, Daniel, Colin and Erin.

Simone is president of Renaissance Capital, a frontier and emerging markets investment bank based in Moscow, Russia. There, he focuses specifically on the bank’s international footprint and is responsible for client engagement, regulatory issues, governance and other matters. He also serves as chairman and CEO of its New York City-based RenCap Securities, Inc., CEO of London-based Renaissance Capital Limited, and chairman of Renaissance Capital Dubai. Prior to joining Renaissance Capital in 2008, Simone was CEO of Investec Securities in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University and his MBA from Fordham University. He and wife Kelley were the inaugural co-chairs of the University’s Parents’ Executive Council, and remain members of the organization. The couple has two children, Anna and Anthony ’17, who is currently pursuing an additional degree from the University.

Scranton has had a long and successful career as a fundraising executive for non-profit organizations. She has planned and led annual and capital campaigns that have raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout the United States. She served as director of development for the University and as campaign director for their first national capital campaign, A Second Cornerstone. In addition, she has been development director at Lackawanna College, Allied Services Health System, Marywood University and The Langley School, in McLean, Virginia. She was vice president of community relations and development for The Mercy Health System, a division of Catholic Health Care Partners, Cincinnati, Ohio. There she established and administered The Mercy Foundation and The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Institute for Community Health. In 2004, Scranton started MPS Consulting, which has done work for both profit and non-profit companies. She began as a consultant for Parente Randolph Inc., one of the largest accounting firms in the East.  While there, she set up a fundraising business for the company. She has served on the several boards including The Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Friendship House and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Scranton, and Geisinger Health System’s insurance companies in Danville. She served as board chair of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Governors of The Scranton Area Foundation. She has presented at local and national conferences and has been the recipient of several awards during her career.

Scranton is a graduate of Penn State. Her daughter, Brook Coyer ’04, ’G08, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The University of Scranton.

Scranton is married to the former Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, William W. Scranton III. They reside in North Abington Township.


Anne Drucker

Timothy Kacani ’87
Kevin O’Brien, Esq. ’80
Anthony Simone ’90
Maryla Scranton
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