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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-15-Cummings.jpgMary Cummings, Waynesburg University’s Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs, has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Women of Influence Awards.

“Mrs. Cummings’ hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more than just professional success; it has also made a significant impact on future leaders and our region,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Cummings was honored during an awards event Wednesday, March 14, at the Westin Convention Center.

Recognizing the region's most influential business women at both for-profits and nonprofits, the Awards honor women from every industry and profession who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for other women and are leaving a mark on the western Pennsylvania business community, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times’ website.

In her current role, Cummings leads Waynesburg University’s charge to develop innovative learning opportunities for graduate students in the region. Previously, she worked to bridge academics and community outreach by developing initiatives to connect skilled student volunteers with nonprofits as the University’s Vice President for Student Services.

Cummings also worked at Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Bosch Institute, where she developed and facilitated executive education leadership programs for international executives.

Cummings has served as an adjunct professor in Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs since 2009, teaching Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business.

Prior to her higher education career, Cummings served as an international business executive in various capacities for more than 20 years. Her significant accomplishments include serving international start-up organizations and leading operational improvements and customer service in Mexico City, Mexico; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Bratislava, Slovakia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Rome, Italy.

Cummings is extensively involved in the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer, providing patients who need support with understanding and hope. She also serves on the boards for the Catholic Endowment for Educational Development, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, Ten Thousand Villages and Leadership Washington County.

Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

Cummings and her husband, Mike, have a 17-year-old son, Aidan.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-21-Prokopchuk.jpgJena Prokopchuck has joined Waynesburg University as director of Development, the University announced Tuesday.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Jena to our team,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations Stacey Brodak. “Her stellar experience in program development will be valuable as we look forward to further enhancing our reputation through building new partnerships.”

Prokopchuk brings a combined 26 years of experience in annual, major and planned gift strategies to meet both capital and long-term organizational and development goals.

“I’m happy to join such a talented team of professionals,” said Prokopchuk. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the development efforts and building upon the strong tradition of faith-based, service-oriented education that Waynesburg University offers.”

Since 2009, Prokopchuk has served as the director of the Rosenbaum Family House (RFH) and Volunteer Services for WVU Medicine. She directed a full range of services associated with operating the 40-unit residential facility which serves the families of patients and outpatients receiving care at WVU Medicine.

As director of Volunteer Services, she directed the hospital’s volunteer program and Friends Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Prokopchuk is active in the Morgantown community as a member of the Rotary Club of Morgantown, an officer for the Monongalia County Child Advocacy and board member of Empty Bowls, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to Monongalia County agencies who support individuals and families threatened by food insecurity.

Previously, she served as the executive director of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

Prokopchuk holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in public relations, with a minor in business administration from West Virginia University.

She resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, with her family.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-3-brodak.jpgStacey Brodak will be joining Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the University announced today.

“With her diverse professional background, Mrs. Brodak will make a great addition to Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors.

“I am grateful and excited to join the Waynesburg University family,” said Brodak. “I am hopeful that my varied professional experiences will allow me to help contribute to the success of the both the University and the region.”

Since 2012, Brodak has served as the senior advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit.

In her role, she also implemented corporate social responsibility programs, led legislative engagement on relevant issues and worked with trade groups on planning and executing broad programs to support the organization.

Active in the community, Brodak has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the ARC Human Services Foundation.

Previously, Brodak served as the senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy; senior director of donor relations for the West Virginia University Foundation; and the executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.

A lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Brodak was born and raised in Carmichaels. She now resides with her husband and son in Washington, Pa.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ellsworth_Laura-execinresfa13.jpgLaura Ellsworth was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015. 

“We are excited to welcome Laura Ellsworth to the Board of Trustees at Waynesburg,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her heart for service and extensive background in leadership and workforce development align with the mission of Waynesburg University.” 

Named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” Ellsworth practices as a partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm. Since joining Jones Day in 1992, she’s practiced a wide range of complex commercial litigation including high-profile, multi-jurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy cases. 

She has been involved extensively in electronic discovery and currently serves on the Jones Days’ e-Discovery Committee. Mrs. Ellsworth is Partner-in-Charge of the Jones Day Pittsburgh office.

She has been named one of the best lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized as a "leader in her field" by Chambers USA in 2009. Ellsworth was recognized as a "leader in the law" by the Legal Intelligencer and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Ellsworth received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a University Scholar, a contributor to the Law Review and a recipient of the Order of the Coif. 

She serves as the vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and on the boards of the Governor’s appointed Council on Privatization and Innovation and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Ellsworth works closely with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. Imani Christian Academy began in 1993 as an alternative to public education, with 30 students in a single-family house in Swissvale, which is east of Pittsburgh. The vision for Imani was born out of a desire to create a learning environment free of violence and focused on developing positive self-esteem in children, with Christ as the center and foundation of their education.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-6-New-trustee-Meloy.jpgMary Ann Meloy was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Mary Ann Meloy to serve on to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her broad experience, intelligence and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the University.”

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Meloy is a widely-recognized specialist in the areas of government affairs, public affairs and media relations. She possesses vast experience at the federal, state and local levels of government.

Serving on President Ronald Reagan’s staff as associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Mrs. Meloy represented the President of the United States to a broad cross-section of special interest constituencies and other national and international organizations, as well as the national media.  Coordination with all White House Offices, all agencies of the federal government and with members of the Congress were essential to this role.

Mrs. Meloy’s public service includes the responsibility for the direct administration of two major departments of government in Pennsylvania: Deputy Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Aging.  She also served on the Pennsylvania State Tax Equalization Board; the State Healthcare Coordinating Council, of which she was the Chair of the Plan Development Committee; and was a founding member of the board of the Keystone State Head Injury Foundation.

She has completed the Governor’s Senior Management Development Program at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mrs. Meloy is married to Walter D. Meloy, a Pittsburgh, Pa., businessman, and is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons.

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