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Fall 2012

Saint Mary Welcomes Board of Trustees Newcomers
Saint Mary added several new members to its Board of Trustees at the group’s quarterly meeting in October. The new members include: 

Rolland (Rolly) A. Dessert, Jr., is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and currently president and CEO of Design Associates International in Lansing, Kan.

Prior to taking that post, he worked as associate and later as senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Leavenworth.

Col. Dessert’s wife, Karen Dessert, earned bachelor’s degrees in pastoral ministry and applied psychology from USM in 2003 and 2004, respectively. They have 10 children, several of whom attended Saint Mary.

Col. Dessert has extensive military experience, first serving as an infantry platoon leader at Ft. Lewis in Washington and  finishing his military career as commander of the U.S. Army Garrison & Fort Leavenworth. He’s a graduate of West Point.
Col. Dessert also served as chief administrator of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic Schools.

John D. Starr is chairman and CEO of Ultrasource LLC, in Kansas City, Mo., a packaging and processing equipment company and the nation’s largest vacuum chamber packaging equipment manufacturer. Previous career stops include Bankamerica Corp. in San Francisco, and Booz Allen Hamilton in London and New York City.

Mr. Starr is a graduate of Pomona College and earned his MBA from MIT. He also works with the philanthropic Starr Family Foundation.

He is also the son of Lawrence D. Starr, a former USM board member and the namesake of the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute.

John C. Kornitzer is founder and CEO of Kornitzer Capital Management and the Buffalo Funds and founder of Great Plains Trust Company. He also works as a portfolio manager.

His career has also seen him in posts as vice president at Employers Reinsurance Corporation and seven years at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Mr. Kornitzer has sat on many local and national nonprofit boards of directors and is currently a trustee at the National WWI Museum.

He is also a sponsor for the NAIA Basketball Tournament.

Kathleen Fogarty, C’82, is medical center director for the Veterans Health Administration. As director, she is responsible for the management of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

Prior to this appointment, she concurrently served as director of the Veteran Healthcare Systems of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark., and as the interim director of the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She also served as the interim director of the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care Systems and as associate medical center director at the Oklahoma City VAMC. She previously served as the clinical support service line executive at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Frederick Tromans, of Kansas City, Mo.,-based Tromans-Slosburg Investments, was licensed as a general securities representative and separately as an investment advisory representative after a 33-year career in corporate financial management.

Mr. Tromans is a Xavier University graduate who earned his MBA from Rockhurst University. He worked at Aetna before leaving to serve as an Army Air Defense Artillery officer. He worked in finance and accounting at Procter & Gamble and financial management at Butler Manufacturing. For 10 years, he served as senior vice president and CFO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. He later served as vice president and CFO at Government Employees Hospital
Association, Inc.

Mr. Tromans has served as an adjunct faculty member for the MBA programs at USM, Rockhurst, and Benedictine.


In This Issue:
‣ Harmony: USM Re-Launches the Music Major

‣ Remembering Sr. Mary Erwin Baker 

‣ New Inductees to the USM Hall of Fame

‣ Class Notes

‣ Homecoming Recap

‣ Alumni Chapter News

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