The mission of the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors is to assist the dean and the leadership of the School to enact the vision, values, and plans of Loyola University Maryland in the lives of the undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, administrators, and staff of Loyola University Maryland.
Board of Advisors
T. Peter Ruane, DPA, '66
Chair of the Board
B.A. in History, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
DPA, George Washington University
Peter Ruane is president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association in Washington, D.C. He has more than 35 years of experience in the economic development, transportation, and construction fields. He holds the professional designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) and is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Ruane is interested in Loyola's engineering, political science, and history programs. He played basketball and track at Loyola. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Davidsonville, MD, and have four grown children (Jeanne, Loyola MBA; Tom; Katie; and Colleen) and eight grandchildren.
Geraldine (Gerry) Johnson Geckle, ’74
Vice Chair of the Board
Parent of Chris Geckle, '12
B.A. in Sociology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
Gerry Geckle is vice president of human resources for Universal Health Services, Inc., (UHS) one of the nation’s largest healthcare management companies, operating—through its subsidiaries—acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Geckle is very interested in Loyola’s internship and career mentoring programs. She resides in Berwyn, PA, and is the mother of Christopher, a senior at Loyola University Maryland, and Annie, a sophomore at The University of Richmond.
Parent of Katherine Freedman, ’14
Marie Boylan recently retired as a personal and professional life coach. Previously, she served as vice president for administration at Greenbrier Capital Corporation in San Francisco.
Boylan and her husband, Jeffrey Freedman, live in Mill Valley, CA, and have one daughter, Katherine, '14, and one son, Alexander.
James P. Daly, Jr., ’76
Parent of Jimmy Daly, ’09
B.S. in Biology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
James Daly was most recently the managing director of business development at Legg Mason Capital Management in Baltimore, where he oversaw new business development for institutional investors in the U.S. and overseas.
Daly has served as a member of the Executive Parent's Council for Loyola University Maryland and as national chairman of the annual Evergreen Fund. He lives in Owings Mills, MD, with his wife, Jane. His oldest son, Jimmy, graduated from Loyola in 2009 and played lacrosse, while Daly himself played basketball for Loyola. Daly’s youngest son is a freshman at Syracuse University.
Gloria A. Flach, ’81, MBA ’85
B.S. in Computer Science, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
MBA Finance, '85, Loyola College in Maryland
Executive Marketing Program, UCLA
General Manager’s Program, Harvard University
Gloria Flach is corporate vice president and president of Enterprise Shared Services for Northrop Grumman.
Flach was inducted into Loyola's Computer Science Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions in the field. She is interested in developing the sciences at Loyola.
Parent of Blaine, '08, and Katie, '15
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
MBA, Harvard Business School
Michael Geoghegan is vice chairman at CB Richard Ellis. His accomplishments include a variety of commercial leasing, sales, consulting, and financial advisory assignments, along with shaping the company’s long-term strategic direction. Previously, Geoghegan was a principal with the Trammell Crow Company, responsible for commercial projects in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic area. Geoghegan is a retired commander in the Navy and a former P-3 pilot.
He lives in Rye, NY, with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Blaine, ’08, James, and Katie, '15.
Eugene I. Kane, Jr., Esq., ’80
B.A. in Business Administration and Economics, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
J.D., Georgetown University
Eugene Kane manages his own law office in Washington, D.C. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Epsilon; and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Honor Society. Kane holds active leadership roles in Boy Scouts, Gonzaga College High School, Knights of Columbus, and the Federal Bar Association in both D.C. and Maryland.
Kane is very interested in Loyola’s Jesuit Catholic programs and in promoting the liberal arts. He is married to Lisa Maio Kane, ‘80, who earned a B.A. in English Literature.
Ronald McKinney, S.J.
Ph.D., Fordham University
Ronald McKinney, S.J. is currently conducting faculty seminars and workshops in Ignatian vision and pedagogy. From 1986 – 2010, he served as director of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Program at the University of Scranton. He specializes in philosophy and literature, postmodern studies, ethics, and Lonergan studies. One of his plays, HAMMARSKJOELD, was recently produced in Baltimore at the Spotlighters Theatre.
Kirby C. Smith
B.A. in Finance, Georgetown University
MBA, George Washington University
Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore School of Law
Kirby Smith is associate manager and vice president at Ameriprise Financial. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the securities business as an investment banker and investment advisor. He has previously been employed at Morgan Stanley and Alex Brown & Sons. Smith has served as a board member of the St. Joseph’s Medical Center, The Cathedral School, and Catholic Charities of Baltimore. He is also an adjunct professor of finance and investments at Loyola University Maryland and Stevenson University.
Smith has three grown boys and has coached sports, including the founding of Loyola Blakefield’s Rugby Team, for more than 20 years.
Michael Spillane, '04
B.A. in English, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
Michael Spillane currently serves as head trader and senior vice president for Contrarian, a hedge fund managing more than three billion in assets specializing in distressed investing. Previously, he worked for Contrarian Capital Management and Fimat USA (now Newedge Group).
Two of his three brothers, Tim, '99, and John, '97, are also Loyola alums working in finance and his three sisters-in-law Michelle, '99, Robin, '97, and Charlene, '97, are Greyhounds as well. He is married to fellow Loyola alum, Clare Donnelly, '04, and lives in New York City.
Raymond Truitt, '79
B.A. in Political Science, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Raymond Truitt is a partner in the real estate department at Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices practicing in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. He concentrates his practice in commercial real estate financing, leasing, development, and restructuring. Truitt is also Ballard Spahr's managing partner, finance and operations. Truitt is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association, and he has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Baltimore Law School and Johns Hopkins University.
Truitt and his wife, Mary Tilghman, live in Baltimore, MD, and have three children—Elizabeth, John, and Katherine.
Jose D. Vargas, Jr., M.D., '99
B.S. in Biology, Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland)
Master's from Oxford
Jose Vargas is currently enrolled in the cardiology fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University. He has produced five noted publications and recently completed his residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Vargas is Loyola’s first Rhodes Scholar. He is interested in the expansion of science programs at Loyola, as well as the diversity initiative. Vargas has an interest in sports, especially soccer. He enjoys Latin dancing and Latin American literature, and resides in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife, Ruth.