Board

Eric J. Appelbaum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Temple University (1995) and a Juris Doctor degree from Touro Law School.

Appelbaum is a civil litigator and partner with the law firm of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP, in Philadelphia. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey. Prior to his membership to the bar, Eric was a judicial intern to the Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.

Applebaum is a busy husband and father of three children, whom he frequently brings to Temple athletic events. When he’s not cheering for Temple Basketball, he’s cheering for Temple Football. Go Owls!


Bob BocchinoRobert L. Bocchino holds two degrees from Temple, his B.A. and an MBA.

Bocchino has worked as a communications consultant, an actor, a singer, and a writer. His clients and employers have included the NBC Radio Network, Westinghouse Broadcasting, the Philadelphia Electric Company, Bell of Pennsylvania, and Wills Eye Hospital.

His devotion to service resulted in positions with the Main Line YMCA, the Haverford Civic Association, and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, where he is a lifetime member and a member of its Hall of Fame. He also has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Bocchino and his wife, Nancy, have two sons and reside in Haverford, PA.


Robert E. Cherwony is a proud graduate of Temple’s College of Liberal Arts and Beasley School of Law. An American History major, he met his wife, Karen, who holds three degrees from Temple and worked there for 37 years, outside of Ritter Hall. Temple is clearly very important to the Cherwonys, as is service in various organizations.

Cherwony has been president of the Ithan Mills Homeowners Association and has been a member of the Fountains II Board of Directors in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for 13 years. The Cherwonys’ two daughters are University of Michigan alumnae and so he also is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.


Kristin Grubb holds a B.A. in history and an Ed.M. in educational leadership from Temple University.

She is Director of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office at Temple University, a unit that works in conjunction with Temple’s 17 schools and colleges to support the processes, development and endeavors of its almost 3,800 faculty members. Previously, she’s held roles in Temple University’s Provost Office as well as in its School of Media and Communication.

Kristin has significant administrative, financial, operations and project management experience in higher education areas not limited to strategic planning, budget development, analysis, reporting and planning; personnel hiring, training, and development; institutional research; and customer service.

Grubb also serves as an adjunct instructor in Temple’s School of Media and Communication.

Her outside interests include playing and coaching softball and volleyball, attending Temple athletic events, community service, and spending time with family and friends.


Claire IppolitiClaire Ippoliti was born and raised in Philadelphia and received a B.A. degree in criminal justice from Temple University.

Ippoliti is currently Vice President of Lending\Chief Lending Officer for People First Federal Credit Union (PFFCU), which has more than $450 million in assets and six branch offices located in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, PA. She is an executive manager with more than 20 years’ experience in providing effective loan policies and procedures, automated workflow, and motivational leadership in credit unions. She has been responsible for the start-up of business, first mortgage, and financial literacy divisions. Ippoliti is a recognized name in the national credit union lending space for providing expert advice on risk based lending and how to lend in low income and underserved areas.

Ippoliti has a passion for volunteerism and believes that by volunteering individuals are united with others who have a common goal of creating a better community. She has worked with first time juvenile offenders, participated in Philadelphia’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program and worked in New Orleans performing hurricane recovery work.  Ippoliti has also worked with the CUNA Lending Council and CAMP Rehoboth in developing sustainable volunteer programs.


Matt LachsMatthew David “Matt” Lachs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Temple University. While at Temple, he was team manager for the university’s nationally prominent men’s basketball team under coach Fran Dunphy and interned in the athletics marketing department.

Lachs is the administrative coordinator for corporate and foundation relations at the University of Pennsylvania within Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations group. In his position, Lachs serves as the chief operating officer for the group charged with building corporate and foundation alliances and securing funding for university-wide projects and initiatives. Prior to joining Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations team, Lachs served as an administrative assistant in the Department of Neuroscience office of the chairman in the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn. Before Penn, Lachs served as a business development associate at the Scholastic Play-By-Play Network, an administrative specialist in Institutional Advancement at Temple University, and Assistant Director at the Narberth Basketball League.

Lachs serves as a board member for the Temple University Young Alumni association and is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Managers. Lachs also pursues an interest in Jewish studies.


Chelsey LoweChelsey Lowe, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, received her B.A. in Political Science and Geography/Urban Studies in 2014.

She currently is the Social Enterprise and Sustainability Philly Fellow/AmeriCorps VISTA at Project HOME where she works to build employment opportunities through small business development and to increase access to healthy food options for formerly homeless residents. Prior to Project HOME, Chelsey worked for several years with LIFT-Philadelphia, a nonprofit community resource center, to plan and implement volunteer recruitment events to strengthen LIFT’s connection with the North Philadelphia community. Chelsey is committed to achieving social justice and economic empowerment for urban communities.


Anthony LuongoAnthony J. Luongo earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Temple University and an MA in Criminal Justice with emphasis on Adult Education from the same institution. Luongo has served as a member of the CLAAA board since 2008. He currently serves as treasurer of the CLAAA and under prior presidential leadership was the CLAAA vice-president.

During his 15 year tenure at Temple University, Luongo, the director of Criminal Justice Training Programs, has managed the development of curricula and the delivery of professional training programs for police personnel, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, constables, school resource officers, park rangers, and legislative security officers among many other occupational groups. In 2014 over three thousand employees of the criminal justice system attended training programs under his portfolio. Luongo has an extensive record of sponsored projects and external awards, and he has taught undergraduate courses for the Department of Criminal Justice and University College. His research interests include criminal justice ethics, geographic perspectives on crime, program evaluation, and public lands management.

Luongo lives in Bucks County, PA with his family and enjoys attending Temple athletic events and visiting natural, cultural and historical places of interest.


Philip LutzPhilip Lutz has a B.A. in geography from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Lutz  is a Manager in the US Census Bureau’s Philadelphia Regional Office, responsible for compiling the government statistics for numerous economic and demographic reports in a nine state area. These statistics include the monthly unemployment figures, the Consumer Price Index, the American Community Survey information, and many more. During the 2010 Decennial Census, he served as the assistant regional census manager who managed nearly 20 local census offices and 20,000 temporary employees. During 2013, Lutz served as an expert advisor to research and test new methodologies to modernize the 2020 Census. He has managed the Data Dissemination Services program to help local governments, community groups, social service organizations, and others to improve communities by providing demographic, social, economic, and housing data for policy and planning decisions.

He is a spokesperson for the Census Bureau, and has been a speaker at numerous conferences and events. He first joined the Census Bureau in 1978 and has served as a field interviewer, geographer, statistician, and program manager. In the 1980s, he was on a team that created the first national computer map of the United States. This project helped to usher in the GIS industry. The upcoming 2020 Census will be the fifth national census on which he has worked.  He has received recognition by the Federal Executive Board for outstanding public service, and has received numerous awards and recognition for his achievements. For his leadership during the Census, Lutz received the Bronze Medal Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Census Bureau.

Lutz lived in Ethiopia before attending Temple and graduated high school from the American Community School of Addis Ababa. Both his parents are graduates of Temple. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Joanna, and has a son, Adam.


Joseph Maugeri has a B.A from Temple University and an M.S. in Leadership Studies from Northeastern University.

A CFP® professional since 1996, Maugeri is Manager Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for CFP Board, the governing body for the 71,000 CFP® professionals in the U.S and is responsible for growing the number of CFP® certificants to serve the increasing demand by consumers.  He also oversees Corporate Relations and works with the top 50 financial services firms to communicate initiatives and ensure the CFP Board is meeting the needs of the industry.  Prior to the CFP Board, Maugeri was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he oversaw the Professional Alliance program for its 15,000 advisors, which helped them form strategic alliances with outside professional firms.  Before Merrill Lynch, he was head of Marketing and Distribution Support services for SEI.  Earlier in his career, Joe had his own financial advisor practice for almost 14 years, which he sold in 2002.


Dennis McCrossenDennis P. McCrossen, SPHR, received his B.A. in psychology in 1977 and also holds an M.S. in human resources training and development.

McCrossen has had a 40-year career with the federal government, primarily in human resources. He serves as the race director of the Crusaderclassic 5K Run, which benefits students attending Northeast Philadelphia’s Father Judge High School, where he serves on the development committee. He is a member of the Father Judge Hall of Fame. He also has been active with the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, community sports clubs, children’s schools, and his church. McCrossen is a lifelong Philadelphian, who with his wife, Janice, has raised four children, three of whom are proud Temple graduates.


Dawn RamosDawn Ramos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 majoring in American Studies and her Master of Liberal Arts degree in May 2014 at Temple. She is the President of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association Board and has served on the board since 2009.

Ramos is the Director for Administration in the School of Media and Communication at Temple and has worked at the University for over 28 years.  She was elected President of the 20 Year Club at Temple in November 2010 and is currently serving her fifth term.  She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Diamond Club, the University’s full service restaurant/bar. Ramos is an instructor of a Freshman Seminar course that introduces students to college life during their first semester.

Ramos is a board member of the Mauckingbird Theater Company and assists with membership and fundraising at the Tacony Civic Association located in the Tacony section of Philadelphia where she resides with her husband, Ed and her son, Jake, who is currently a Temple Owl majoring in Criminal Justice.


Andrea SwanAndrea D. Swan received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Temple’s School of Communications and Theater and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from CLA. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Temple’s College of Education.

Swan is Community and Neighborhood Affairs Director in the Office of Community Relations. She previously worked for the City of Philadelphia for several years as a public relations spokesperson in the communications office of the Mayor and the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Swan remains actively involved in civic organizations. Among her affiliations, she is the advisor for the Temple University Community Service Association and advises the Temple sections of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Residential Organization for Community Service, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Outside of Temple, Swan is an advocate for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Swan resides with her husband David and three children in Philadelphia.


Gerald VignaGerald S. Vigna earned his B.A. in religion in 1973. He is immediate Past President of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. Under his presidential leadership, the CLAAA restructured itself and established four working committees. He also serves as a member of the Temple University Alumni Association board and has served on the TUAA Alumni Engagement Committee and the Community Service Committee. He has given his time to the Temple University Career Center as a mock interviewer and worked with the Young Alumni Association’s networking night.

An associate professor of theology at Alvernia University in Reading, PA, Vigna has been the director of the M.A. in Community Leadership. He was the founding director of Alvernia’s Center for Ethics and Leadership and has been Chair of Philosophy and Theology and Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Vigna served as treasurer of the College Theology Society for six years and then completed a two-year term as vice president. He also was secretary of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion. He earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and remains active with Northwestern University alumni organizations. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ, with his wife, Pat, and has two children and twin grandchildren.


Richard D.Weiss, M.D. received his A.B. in Biology in June 1961. While in undergraduate school he participated in the Men’s Glee Club, Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, the Sword Society, and the Alpha Sigma Pi Honorary Biology Society. He graduated from Temple’s School of Medicine in 1965, having been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

As an alumnus he has served on the CLAAA Board since the late sixties and served as president in the nineties. He is now a life member. He was formerly a member of the General Alumni Association (GAA), which preceded the Temple University Alumni Association (TUAA).

Currently he serves as chairman of the Board of Overseers of Hillel at Temple University.


Neil WeitzNeil Weitz received his B.A. in Political Science at Temple in 1980. He earned an NCAA Scholarship for Athletic Training, working primarily with Men’s Football and Basketball teams while an undergraduate.

For the past 20 years Weitz has been an innovative Information Technology executive with a track record leading and implementing high impact  strategies and solutions to dramatically improve operating results at GlaxoSmithKline, a global pharmaceutical company.

Aside from serving on the CLAAA Board, Weitz is an avid recreational cyclist and Philadelphia Eagles fan. He resides in Voorhees, New Jersey with his wife Suzan. He has two daughters, Dara and Stephanie.