ESU Office of Alumni Engagement

Alumni Association Board

ESU Office of Alumni Engagement

The Alumni Association Board of Directors consists of a 26-member panel of individuals that represent a wide range of graduating classes and who live across the United States. The board meets at least four times annually and works to engage, connect, support and celebrate alumni and friends of ESU. The board also promotes programs and events through the Office of Alumni Engagement as well as the various national chapters throughout the country.

Message from board president

Dear Fellow Alumni-

Elizabeth Luchansky

Let me start by saying it is both an honor and a privilege to introduce myself as your newly elected board president. I am joined on the executive board by my fellow officers Vice President Danica Boyd ‘97 and Secretary Caitlyn Ord ’07 M’08. As we embark on this new chapter, I would not be in this position if not for the leadership, support, and friendship of past president Frank Johnson ’74, outgoing president Dave Super ‘80, outgoing vice president Chris Rohr Thompson ‘73, and dedicated board members Paul Scheuch ’71 M’77 and Ashley Puderbach Swartz ’09 M’10.

It seems fitting that Title IX was signed into law fifty years ago, stating that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This year, three women will now be taking the reins to lead our board.

The ESU Alumni Association Board of Directors is a diverse group of passionate alumni who care about maintaining a strong bond between alumni, the university, and its students. The board includes representatives from varying class years, backgrounds, and geographic locations to ensure all alumni communities are represented. Our board has subcommittees focusing on administration, awards, communications, nominations, and outreach. These committees work tirelessly to serve all alumni and follow the board mission.

My love for the university began with my father John, a proud 1965 ESSC graduate. His passion for ESU rubbed off on my sister Rosann and me as we both earned our degrees from the university; Rosann in 1995 and myself in 2001. While I was a student, my days were spent attending classes, hanging out on the quad, grabbing lunch in the union, and working in the alumni office. After graduation, I pursued my career, got married and started a family. In 2020, I received an email about alumni board nominations and with the support of my family, friends, and Shelley Speirs ’92, I applied for a board seat. I was appointed in June of 2020 and immediately got to work, serving on the Outreach Committee. During my second term I became the chair of the Communications Committee which was a complete honor. I met so many alumni and got to hear their ESU stories, put them in print and hear about life after ESU. Whether you are a recent graduate or have finished your degree years ago, this is still where you belong. I encourage you to sign up to receive our alumni e-newsletter, event invitations and other information. Check out our events schedule for alumni socials, receptions, Homecoming information and chapter contact information. You can visit us on the web at

My hope for all of you reading this is to welcome you to your alumni association. We want you to know you are always welcome at your university. Please reach out to the Alumni Association with any questions, ideas or just to say hi! I strongly encourage all of you to engage fellow Warriors and support current students. If you are an employer, we would love to work with you

to provide an internship opportunity or to hire a Warrior. If you are interested in giving financially, starting, or supporting a scholarship, please reach out to the Alumni Association.

Your alumni board has been very busy fulfilling our mission. We have been working with the career development office on the implementation of People Grove, an online platform connecting students with mentors. We have created a new link on our alumni page to spotlight alumni. We continue to provide three scholarships to students, as well as present seven alumni awards each year. We have ten alumni chapters nationwide; nearly 50,000 alumni worldwide; and offer alumni engagement activities in various locations annually. As a board, we actively participate in campus activities throughout the year, engaging both current students and our alumni.

My thanks to these amazing people for being the Alumni Association’s biggest supporters. Our interim president and friend Ken Long; Foundation Executive Director Rich Santoro; Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Nancy Boyer ’20; and Associate Director, Alumni Engagement and Outreach Morgan Koerber ‘18 M’22, as well as the University Advancement staff for supporting our alumni any chance they get.

To conclude, I am beyond thrilled to begin the new journey with my fellow board members and our proud alumni; without all of you none of this would be possible. I look forward to continuing meeting my fellow Warriors and giving back to our university. It truly is where Warriors belong.


Elizabeth Luchansky O’Brien ‘01


Class Year: 1997
Employment Title: Executive Director; Business Development
Employer: DDB Contracting
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Hotel Management
Student Activities: ETA Sigma Delta
Other: Worked for the Office of the President from 1995-1997

Joseph Caviston III Joseph Caviston III

Class Year: 2009
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Communication and Technology

GLENN W. CLARKGlenn W. Clark

Class Year: 1974
Employment Title: President, Rockwood Programs, INC
Employer: Rockwood Programs, INC
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Arts
ESU Major: Political Science
Campus Residence: Shawnee Hall
Student Activities: Student Senate President, Inter Fraternity Council – VP, Inter Collegiate Soccer – 1970-1972


Class Year: 2010
Employment Title: Adjunct Instructor
Employer: Fairleigh Dickinson University
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Sports Management


Class Year: 1991
Employment Title: Financial Management Analyst
Employer: FDIC
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Arts
ESU Major: Finance
Student Activities: Men’s Basketball, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Other: Hall of Fame inductee, 2014


Class Year: 1972
Employment Title: H.P.E Specialist, Retired
Employer: Branchburg, New Jersey, Board of Education
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Health and Physical Education
Campus Residence: Shawnee (2 years)
Student Activities: Football (4 years), Basketball (1 year), Sigma P, Fraternity (4 years), and Sophomore Class Vice President (1 year)


Class Year: 1960
ESU Degree: 
Bachelor of Science
ESU Major:


Aalih Hussein 

Class Year: 2015 ESU
Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences ESU
Major: Social Work and Sociology 

Ashley Johnson 

Class Year: 2008
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management  


Class Year: 1970
Employment Title: Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor in Education
Employer: Moravian College
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Physical Education
ESU Major: Health Sciences and Physical Education
Campus Residence: Stroud Hall, Minsi, off campus senior year
Student Activities: Field Hockey, Tennis, Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics Committee, Homecoming Chairperson (2 years), Student and Administration Committee, Co-editor (sports) for Newspaper and Yearbook, and Who’s Who

Mark Malfara

Class Year: 1998
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Recreation Management
Student Activities: Men’s Rugby


Kathleen Murphy Kirkwood

Class Year: 1995
Employment Title: Substitute Teacher
Employer: Moravian Academy
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education


Class Year: 1981
Employment Title: Professor
Employer: East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Campus Residence: Lenape, Minsi
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Hotel and Restaurant Management
Student Activities: Resident Advisor, President of the Hospitality and Management Club

Mary Mott 

Class Year: 2006
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Arts
ESU Major: Psychology
Professional Highlights: Completed Master of Science in 2009 at Walden University. Made a career change to Mental Health Counseling and completed requirements for licensure in GA in 2010. Completed Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor certification in 2018.

Elizabeth LuchanskyElizabeth Luchansky O’Brien

Class Year: 2001

Employer: PA State Representative Kyle J. Mullins
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Recreation, Leisure Management
Professional Highlights: working for nine years with the PA Gaming Control Board

CAITLIN “KATIE” ORDCaitlin “Katie” Ord (Secretary)

Class Year: 2007
Employment Title: ESU Field Hockey Assistant Coach
Employer: East Stroudsburg University
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Exercise Science w/ minor in coaching (undergraduate and graduate)
Campus Address: Laurel Hall
Student Activities: Field Hockey Team
Other: Labor of Love USA Board Member, Writer of Change – A New Christmas Carol, NFHCA All-American, 015 NCAA D11 Field Hockey Champion


Class Year: 1972
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Health and Physical Education
Employment Title: Special Agent Retired, U. S. Secret Service (21), SSA Office of the Inspector General (20)
Campus Residence: Shawnee, Sigma Pi House
Student Activities: Football (4), Swimming/Diving (3), Student Government (3), Sigma Pi Fraternity Officer, Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Fraternity Officer 
Other: ESU Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient in 2013

Deborah PrideDeborah Pride

Class Year: 1998
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Arts 
ESU Major: Political Science


Chasity Riddick

Chasity Riddick

Class Year: 2004; 2007
Employer: Lecturer & Internship Coordinator at Lincoln University in the Health Science Department
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science and Master of Science
ESU Major: Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology
Campus Address: Hawthorne Suites
Student Activities: Manager of Football and Men’s Basketball teams
Professional Highlights: DrPH in Public Health

PAUL A. SCHEUCHPaul A. Scheuch

Class Year: 1971; 1977
Employment Title: Retired Teacher/Athletic Trainer
Employer: Abington heights School District, 35 years; Marywood University, 3 years
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science and Master of Education
ESU Major: Health & Physical Education- Athletic Training
Student Activities: Tau Kappa Epsilon


Class Year: 2004
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science 
ESU Major: Management


Class Year: 1980
Employment Title: Deputy Commander
Employer: Defense Contract Management Agency
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Arts
ESU Major: Sociology and Criminal Justice
Campus Residence: Local
Student Activities: Liberal Arts Honor Society, and Campus Novel Study 


Class Year: B.S 2009 and M. Ed 2010
Employment Title: Elementary and Special Education Teacher
Employer: DCPS Public Schools
ESU Degree: B.S Elementary and Special Education M. Ed Reading/Reading Specialist
ESU Major: Dual Elementary K-6 and Special Education K-12/Reading Education
Student Activities: Orientation Leader, Alpha Sigma Tau, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, Service Award Honoree

CHRISTINE ROHR THOMPSONChristine Rohr Thompson (VICE president)

Class Year: 1973
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: Elementary Education, K-6, Early Childhood Education
Student Activities: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, President of ASA


Class Year: 1977
Employment Title: Retired- Middle School Physical Education teacher, Middle School Athletic Director and Pre-School through eighth grade Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Employer: Branchburg Township Board of Education, Branchburg, N.J.
ESU Degree: Bachelor of Science
ESU Major: HPE
Campus Address: Hemlock Hall
Student Activities: HPE Club, Men’s Basketball Team Statistician, Concert Committee (Treasurer), Cheerleading, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Intramurals

 Emeriti Members:

  • Virginia M. Sten ‘71 
  • Bryan L. Hill ‘71 
  • Sandra “Pinky” O’Neil-Seiler ’57 
  • Frank Michael Pullo ’73 M.Ed. ‘76 
  • Faye D. Soderberg ‘58 
  • Phyllis M. Kirschner ‘63 
  • John E. Woodling ’68 M.Ed. ‘76