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Board of Trustees Welcomes Four New Members

Press Release

Diverse Professional Backgrounds Bring New Perspectives

Maria College announced the appointment of four new trustees to its board.  Joining the Maria College Board of Trustees are Paula Colarusso, entrepreneur, business owner from Columbia County; Edward F. Garrigan, P.L.S., president CT Male Associates; Jean M. McGinty ’62, RSM, MSN, RN, projects management specialist for St. Peter’s Hospital and EddyVNA; and Giovanni Virgiglio, superintendent of schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Gail Waring ’63, RSM, board chair stated, “We are very happy to welcome such a talented and diverse group of new trustees.  They will bring a fresh perspective, passion for the Maria opportunity education mission, and practical experience to our discussions.”

Paula Colarusso is a fundraising and philanthropy professional with notable campaign accomplishments in her portfolio.  A resident and business owner in Columbia County, she currently serves on the FarmOn! Foundation’s Executive Board of Directors as Treasurer.  This public charity preserves family farming by supporting youth in agriculture and preparing them for successful careers in sustainable farming.

Edward F. Garrigan, P.L.S. is the President of C.T. Male Associates and has been with the firm since 1985.  He has over 40 years experience as a licensed land surveyor and frequent lecturer for New York’s Society of Professional Land Surveyors, bar associations, and for the American Council of Engineering Companies.  He has an AAS degree from Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Civil Technology and is a graduate of the Capital Leadership Program – Class of 2001.  He serves on the Board of Governors for the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Hudson Valley Community College Board of Advisors for Civil Technology and the Board of Directors for Architecture, Engineering & Construction (ACE) Mentoring.

Jean M. McGinty ’62 RSM, MSN, RN earned a master of science in nursing degree from Russell Sage College.  Since 1965, she has been a vital force in the St. Peter’s Hospital nursing department in Women’s and Children Services, Assistant Vice President for Nursing, and Director of Home Care Services.  Her current community contributions include serving on the Neighborhood Natural Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) Partners Committee, NNORC Neighborhood Council, and Board of Mercy Community Health in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Giovanni Virgiglio has been a student, teacher, principal, and administrative leader in local Catholic schools his entire career.  He received both his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degrees in Special Education 1-6 and Educational Leadership and Administration from The College of Saint Rose.  He also holds New York State certifications in elementary and special education.  He currently serves on the Diocesan Accreditation Steering Committee.

Dr. Thomas Gamble, Maria College president stated, “The new trustees join a high caliber governance team that has helped to advance academic excellence and Maria’s position in the region’s higher education landscape. We look forward to the new insights that the incoming trustees will bring to the board.”


About Maria College
Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 16 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The private, co-educational, Catholic college in Albany serves approximately 800 students in a variety of degree and certificate programs including liberal arts, healthcare management, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, and health and occupational sciences. Maria College prepares students for meaningful careers in healthcare and service, so they can make a difference in the lives of others.