by Alana J. Mauger
The Board of Trustees at Montgomery County Community College is pleased to announce its 2014 slate of officers, as elected unanimously on Jan. 29 during the Board’s monthly meeting. The officers for 2014 are as follows:
Chair: Michael J. D’Aniello, Esq. (Worcester Township)
Vice Chair: Andrew B. Cantor (Cheltenham Township)
Treasurer: Regina Lowrie (Whitpain Township)
Secretary: Gertrude Mann (Lower Gwynedd Township)
Assistant Secretary: Marcel L. Groen (Abington)
Michael J. D’Aniello, Esq. was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in 2001, and he served as the Board’s treasurer from 2004-2010 before being elected chair in 2011. A graduate of MCCC, he was inducted into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003 for outstanding service to the community. D’Aniello has practiced law since 1983. He a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, The Royal Order of Barristers, and Visitation B.V.M. CYO Board. He is also a Managing Member of First Republic Abstract, LLC. In addition to an A.S. from MCCC, D’Aniello holds a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.
Andrew B. Cantor served as the Board’s vice chair since 2011 and as secretary from 2003-2010. He is retired from Wisler, Pearlstein LLP after 48 years of practice, and he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Albert Einstein Hospital and Montgomery Hospital and as secretary of the Board of Trustees for New Regional Medical Center. He previously served as the president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Board of Trustees for the Hedwig House, Inc. Cantor holds a B.A. from Trinity College and an L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Regina Lowrie joined the Board of Trustees in 2009, and was first elected as treasurer in 2011. She has been a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors since 2003, serving as chairperson of the Courage to Create Capital Campaign in support of the Fine Arts. She is the President of Vision Mortgage Capital a Division of Continental Bank in Plymouth Meeting and has more than 31 years of mortgage banking experience. Lowrie served as the 2006 Chairman of the national Mortgage Bankers Association, becoming the first woman to do so in the organization’s 94-year history. In 2000, Lowrie was honored by Governor Tom Ridge as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business.”
Gertrude Mann was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in 1999 and has served as secretary since 2011. She previously held the position of assistant secretary from 2002-2010, and she has served as the past chair the Foundation’s Scholarship Scramble golf event. Mann has held the positions of chairperson of the Board and human resources representative for PM Fasteners, Inc. She is a member of the Ambler Kiwanis Club and is active in politics. She holds a B.S. from Penn State University.
Marcel L. Groen was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in 2009, and was first elected assistant secretary in 2013. He is a partner with Fox Rothschild, LLP and was a former partner and founder of Groen, Laveson, Goldberg & Rubenstone, LLC. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Bucks County Bar Associations as well as counsel for Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. Among his numerous community affiliations, Groen has served as former chairman and founder of the Bucks County International Trade Council, member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee, former counsel for Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee. He holds a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
The 15-person Board of Trustees is the policy and governing body of Montgomery County Community College. Trustees are appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners to six-year, renewable terms. The Board sets policies to advance the College’s mission and affect student access, curriculum, and the administration of the College, including approving and monitoring an annual operating and capital budget, setting tuition and fees, and hiring and evaluating the President.
The Board meets monthly in public session from September to June, and uses a committee structure to consider issues in areas around finance/audit, physical plant, curriculum and personnel.