Board of Regents Changes

At its May 10 meeting, the Loras College Board of Regents re-elected John Schmidt as chair and Dennis Houlihan (’72) and Tony Reardon (’72) as vice chairs. Theresa Hoffman (’81) was elected to serve as secretary. As officers, these board members will serve two-year terms.
Schmidt serves as chief operating officer and executive vice president at Heartland Financial, USA (Dubuque); Houlihan is first vice president and investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors (Dubuque); Reardon is president and CEO at Ducomm, Inc. (Carson, Calif.); and Hoffman is an attorney and partner at Beecher Law Offices (Waterloo).
In addition to the election of these board officers, the following eight individuals were welcomed to the Loras Board of Regents for their first four-year terms:
James Conlan attended the University of Iowa, where he received his B.S. degree in 1985 and his J.D. in 1988. Immediately following, Conlan was hired by the Sidley Austin LLP law firm in Chicago. He was promoted to partner at the firm in 1996, elected to its executive committee in 2005 and became co-chairman of the firm-wide corporate reorganization and bankruptcy group in 2006. His principal area of practice is the restructuring and financial reorganization of large companies, including multi-national companies.
Rich Clayton (’87) received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loras College in 1987. In 1990 Clayton took a job with IRI Software in Boston. In 1996, he began working with Arbor Software and relocated to the San Francisco area. In 2002 he was employed as vice president of marketing at Responsys, and later as vice president of marketing at Hyperion. In 2010, Clayton joined Oracle Corporation as the company’s vice president of marketing for business intelligence and performance management products.
Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69) earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Loras College in 1969. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., in 1973. Following ordination, Enzler had many assignments for the church in the Washington, D.C. area. He was named Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1985. In 2001 he was appointed secretary for development for the Archdiocese of Washington and in 2005 he was named pastor of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In May 2011, Enzler was named president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Mary Meehan, Ph.D.,  received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and doctorate degree in higher education from Seton Hall University. She holds a second master’s degree in health policy and management from New York Medical College School of Public Health. In 1975, Meehan joined the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital in New Jersey as vice president for mental health and in 1988 she became administrator and CEO at St. Vincent’s Westchester in Harrison, NY. In 1996, Meehan began working at Seton Hall University and  held positions of vice president, assistant to the president and executive vice president, respectively. In 2004, Meehan became the first lay president at Alverno College, an independent Catholic women’s liberal arts college in Milwaukee, Wis.
Eugene “Gene” Murphy, Jr. (’84) graduated from Loras College magna cum laude with a degree in political science. He received his J.D. from ITT Chicago-Kent College School of Law in 1987. Murphy worked as an assistant state’s attorney at the Cook County office for 10 years. Immediately following, Murphy became a partner with the Quinlan & Crisham in Chicago where he concentrated on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. He then moved to the international law firm of Bryan Cave where, along with other partners, he founded the Chicago office of the firm. In 2008 Murphy and partner John Hourihane, founded Murphy and Hourihane, LLC, where he is managing partner. Murphy is a member of the prestigious Chicago Inn of Court and Irish Fellowship. He also serves as budget director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
Michael Rice II attended Boston College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance. Immediately after graduation, Rice began working for Aon Corporation. He currently serves as chairman for Aon Risk Services Chicago and chief executive officer of Aon Financial Service Group (FSG) in Denver, Colo. He is also a member of the Aon Risk Services US executive committee. His specialty is executive liability (D&O) insurance for Fortune 500, tech and telecom and initial public offerings. In 2006 Rice was selected as a double winner in the inaugural risk and insurance magazine Power Broker Survey in computer hardware and telecommunications.
Steven “Steve” Sloan (’78), O.D., received his bachelor of science in biology from Loras College in 1978. Following Loras, Sloan enrolled in Illinois College of Optometry where he graduated with a doctor of optometry degree in 1982. Sloan began his career in private practice in Galena, Ill. In 1985 he joined a group practice with offices in East Dubuque, Galena and Bellevue, Iowa. In 1996 Sloan formed Vision Health Center, P.C., as president, with offices in Dubuque and Bellevue. In 1988 Sloan was chosen by the Optometric Management Journal as one of 21 outstanding young optometrists in the United States. Sloan has served on the board of directors of the Iowa Optometric Association, including a term as president.

Siobhan O’Connor Hartsell (’84) came to Loras College in the fall of 1980 and graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in radiation technology. Hartsell is a certified medical dosimetrist (CMD), supporting physicians who are radiation oncologists. She currently works at the ProCure CDH Proton Center in Chicago. She has previously worked at Chicago’s Radiation Oncology Consultants (ROC) and the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center.
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