Board of Advisors

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

Raymond Truitt, '79

Board Chair
Ballard Spahr LLP

raymond-truitRaymond 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 graduated with a B.A. in political Science from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland) and holds a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law. He 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.

Geraldine (Gerry) Johnson Geckle, '74

Vice Chair of the Board
Universal Health Services, Inc.

Gerry Geckle, '74Gerry Geckle is senior 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, the Virgin Islands, and the United Kingdom. Geckle graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland) and is very interested in Loyola's internship and career mentoring programs. She resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and is the mother of Christopher, '12, and Annie, The University of Richmond, '14.

Stephen P. Auvil, '88

Maryland Technology Development Corporation

Stephen Auvil, '88Stephen is currently Senior Vice President - Technology Transfer & Commercialization for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) where he oversees a number of programs that support entrepreneurial development and technology transfer at Maryland’s universities and federal laboratories. Before arriving at TEDCO, he spent ten years at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the roles of Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Technology Development, and he worked for seven years in the Office of Technology Licensing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Prior to working at Johns Hopkins, Stephen worked for two small medical device companies where he had a variety of responsibilities ranging from rebuilding medical devices under GMP to setting-up and networking computerized accounting systems. Stephen graduated with a B.S. in biology and engineering science from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland), and went on to earn a MBA from the University of Baltimore and a M.S. in biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ryan Blake, CPA '16


ryan-blakeRyan Blake graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2016 with a BBA in accounting. Ryan is an audit senior associate at KPMG where he services a number of industries, including music, entertainment, and power and utilities. Ryan is a recent graduate from Loyola where he served on the Student Government Association as Vice President, and ran for the Division 1 cross country team. He is interested in increased collaborative engagement between Loyola's Sellinger School of Business and Loyola's College of Arts and Sciences. He currently resides in New York City.

Gloria A. Flach, '81, MBA '85

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Gloria Flach, '81Gloria A. Flach served as Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global security company, and from that position at the end of 2017. She currently serves on the board of directors of Emerson Electric Company. Flach graduated with a B.S. in computer science and MBA in finance from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland), and completed the Executive Marketing Program at UCLA and the General Manager's Program at Harvard University. Flach was inducted into Loyola's Computer Science Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions in the field and is interested in furthering the sciences and technology at Loyola.

Sanjey Gupta, M.D., '96

Northwell Health

Sanjey Gupta, M.D., '96Sanjey Gupta, MD, is Vice-Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, NY. He is an assistant professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Chase Hatchett, '11

Fitch Ratings

Chase Hatchett, '11Chase Hatchett graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2011 with a B.A. in history. Chase works in the commercial mortgage-backed securities group at Fitch Ratings, where he is involved in the rating of newly issued transactions. He currently lives in New York City.

Shreya Hessler, Psy.D. '03

MINDset Center

shreya-hesslerDr. Hessler is the founder and director of The MINDset Center. She has been in private practice for over a decade. She specializes in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, depression, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Hessler is trained in cognitive-behavioral and applied behavioral therapy for the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. She uses a comprehensive approach in working with clients. After a thorough diagnostic interview, clients collaborate with Dr. Hessler to create a treatment plan that target specific symptoms.

In addition to her therapy practice, Dr. Hessler has been an affiliate member of the faculties at Towson University and Loyola University in Maryland and has taught psychology courses both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In recent years, she has worked with youth athletes and consulted with sports programs to create healthy environments for athletic development. She now works with athletes and staff at Towson University’s Sports Medicine Department, promoting mental health wellness for students. Dr. Hessler frequently presents locally and around the country on topics regarding anxiety and behavior management. Dr. Hessler also volunteers her time as a member of the Local Management Board of Harford County and Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University in Maryland. She is currently the President of the Maryland Psychological Association.

Courtney E. McGuinn, '99

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Courtney E. McGuinn concentrates her practice on virtually all aspects of commercial real estate, including financing, acquisition and development. She has experience with restructuring and modifying distressed loans and drafting multi-party loan agreements and modifications. McGuinn represents institutional lenders and investment banks in various aspects of loan origination for all types of commercial real estate financing, including hotel, multi-family, multi-property, construction and Shariah financing.

Christopher McManus, '98

Neuberger Berman

Christopher-McManusChristopher McManus is a Vice President of Neuberger Berman and is a member of the AMGO/Risk team. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2020, Christopher was a Senior Vice President at Lazard Asset Management/Portfolio Implementation & Trading team. He has an MBA with a finance concentration from Fairfield University, an M.S. in organizational management from Manhattanville College, and a B.A. in political science from Loyola University Maryland (1998). He resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Chris Miller, '90


Chris MillerChris is a Biostatistician by training and has led multi-national statistical and programming teams in the development and commercialization of a range of medicines, particularly in the areas of respiratory and inflammatory diseases. His responsibilities have included developing comprehensive clinical develop plans, strategic and tactical leadership in the design and analysis of data from clinical studies, leading written and oral responses to regulatory inquiries on marketing authorizations Worldwide (US, Europe, and Asia), and communicating new clinical study data to scientific audiences worldwide. Recently, Chris has had a leading role in developing medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Chris has held several leadership positions at AstraZeneca since joining the company in 1993, including appointments in Biostatistics, R&D Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, and Health Economics & Outcomes Research. Previously, he served as a Biostatistician with the Neurosciences Venture at Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL). He is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland with a BS in Mathematical Sciences and minor in Computer Science in 1990. He received a Master’s Degree in Statistics with a minor in Mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Michael O'Day, '97


Lily Sehn, '12

Smithsonian Institution

Francis Shammo, '16


francis-shammoFran Shammo is an Associate for KPMG out of their Baltimore office. There he works in management consulting focused on healthcare optimization. Prior to his career at KPMG Fran was a Project Engineer for the Whiting Turner Contracting Company in Towson Maryland. Fran was heavily engaged in project management, estimating and bidding new work for Whiting Turner. Formerly from Branchburg, New Jersey, he has now become a full-time resident of Maryland and lives in the neighborhood of Canton in Baltimore City. Fran has taken the initiative to become involved in the local community by participating in organizations such as "Big Brothers Big Sisters" and "St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer." He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Loyola University Maryland.