Directors of Medicus Christi, Ltd.
Joseph J. Marotta, MD, Founder
1958 – 2016
Joseph J. Marotta, MD was a board certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Albany, NY. He was graduate of Siena College, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Tufts-New England Medical Center orthopedic training program and a Harvard Medical School Affiliated fellowship. Dr. Marotta was the former Chief of Surgery at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY as well as an officer and member of the hospital Executive Committee. He was Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Albany Medical College and an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine as well as the American College of Surgery.
He was a Past President of his hospital’s Ethics Committee and Past President of the Arena Football League Physicians Association. He was the Medical Director for the Siena College Athletic Department for 8 years.
Dr. Marotta was recently recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by US News & World Report as one of “America’s Top Doctors”.
Dr. Marotta had over 20 years of expertise in the field of medicine in general and orthopedic surgery in particular. He organized and managed his own practice during that time and worked closely with the administrations of North East Health Systems, The Samaritan Hospital, Siena College and The Arena Football League as well as the National Lacrosse League and the NCAA. He had extensive experience in the business of providing quality medical care and participating in the administrative duties of for-profit and volunteer not-for-profit organizations.
As the first President of Medicus Christi, Dr. Marotta’s duties involved administrative responsibilities including all of the start-up organizational work as well as fund raising, recruitment of staff and volunteers, procurement of the necessary medical equipment, working sites and storage facilities both in the US and overseas. For several years, he was also involved as an orthopedic care giver for the mission projects in Ghana organizing teaching programs for African physicians and technicians.
Dr. Joe Marrotta passed away suddenly at his home on the evening of Feb. 8, 2016.
Cardinal Peter Turkson
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Archbishop of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Wassaw Nsuta, Ghana. He was ordained for the Diocese of Cape Coast on 20 July 1975 and holds a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.
From 1975-1976 and 1980-1981 he served as staff member at St Theresa’s Minor Seminary, and from 1981-1987 as staff member at St Peter’s Major Seminary.
On 6 October 1992 he was appointed Archbishop of Cape Coast and was ordained on 27 March 1993.
He was served as President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1997-2005) and member of the Pontifical Commission for Methodist-Catholic Dialogue; Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana; member of the National Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment; member of the Board of Directors of the Central Regional Development Committee and treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
General Relator of the 2nd Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, “The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. ‘You are the salt of the earth, … you are the light of the world'” (4-25 October 2009).
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Liborio (St. Liborius). Member of: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Pontifical Councils: for Promoting Christian Unity; for Justice and Peace; Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church; XII Ordinary Council of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger
Bishop Edward B Schargenberger, a native of Brooklyn, New York serves as the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Albany, NY. He is a graduate of Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception with a BA in Philosophy and was a seminarian of the North American College in Rome. He obtained an STB degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University and has also studied at Catholic University of America.
Thomas Baldwin, President
Thomas J. Baldwin joined BRS as a Managing Director in 2000. From 1988 to 1995, he served as Vice President and then Managing Director of The INVUS Group, Ltd., a private equity investment firm. Prior to that he was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, a strategy consulting firm. Mr. Baldwin received a BBA from Siena College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.Mr. Baldwin is a director of The Sheridan Group, Inc., Totes Isotoner Corporation, and Things Remembered, Inc. Mr. Baldwin has also served as a Trustee at The Albany Academies and its predecessor The Albany Academy for Girls since 1998 and is currently Vice President of the Board.
Kathleen E. Marotta, RN, Vice President
Kathleen E. Marotta is a registered nurse. She is a BS graduate of the Russell Sage College School of Nursing, has over ten years of job experience in the field of hospital nursing, and has worked in home care as well as hospital discharge planning. She has expertise in medical/surgical hands-on pre and post-op patient care, surgical recovery, pharmaceutical treatment, nutrition and inpatient/outpatient care plans, administrative and organizational needs of both patients and hospitals. Ms. Marotta has performed her duties as part of a hospital system administrative team and independently by reaching out to individuals as a visiting nurse. She is a compassionate care giver and long standing advocate for the sick and home bound.
Ms. Marotta’s role as Vice President of Medicus Christi will involve administrative, fund raising and recruitment duties as well as direct care giving, teaching and quality control. Early on she will be intimately involved in start-up responsibilities of the corporation along side Dr. Marotta, assisting in much of the office management, personnel and corporate financial planning as well as traveling to developing countries for hands-on medical care and teaching. Ms. Marotta will eventually advance in her role by assuming full time duties here in the US, organizing staff and overseeing the recruitment of nursing personnel as well as training programs for nurses overseas as the organization’s Nursing Coordinator. She will develop specific care plans for the various medical procedures offered and monitor the quality of care and outcomes achieved, revising and updating nursing protocols as needed.
Reverend Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, Vice President
Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M. is the Siena College Chaplain. Fr. Greg earned his B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University and then went on to earn his J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1991. Prior to joining the Franciscan Friars, he spent five years working for LexisNexis in Charlottesville, VA.
In 1997 Fr. Greg joined the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. He was ordained to the presbyterate in 2004. His first ministerial assignment after ordination was at his alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Business Law. However, after one year Fr. Greg was assigned by his Provincial Minister to be Vocation Director for the Franciscans and moved to New York City. Two years later Fr. Greg was asked to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in Washington, DC. He began his ministry as college chaplin at Siena College in July, 2009.
John P. Finneran, Jr., Vice President
John Finneran is CEO of the Finneran Family, LLC, an Investment Group whose holdings include the Award Winning Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in the Lower Hudson Valley.Finneran was formerly the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Edison Mission Group, the unregulated power generation, energy trading, and Investment business of Edison International (EIX). Finneran previously was SVP of Finance Treasurer of Richfood Holdings, a Fortune 500 food retail and wholesale distribution company that merged with Supervalu. Before that, he served as CFO and Treasurer of Dominion Energy, the Power and Oil & Gas subsidiary of Dominion Resources, and VP & Treasurer of Potomac Capital Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of PEPCO (PHI). At PCI he managed a $2 billion fixed income portfolio. Earlier experience included various responsibilities with the “Big Four” accounting firms Price Waterhouse and KPMG. He is a certified public accountant. Finneran earned a BBA from Siena College; an MA in accounting/tax from George Washington University; and did post-graduate studies in finance at George Mason University. Finneran has served as a part-time lecturer of finance at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Services (MSFS), where he taught finance courses. Before that, he was an adjunct professor of accounting at Northern Virginia College. Finneran serves on the Board of Associate Trustees at his alma mater – Siena College.
John G. Walsh III, Treasurer
John has been working in the financial services industry since 1975 and brings a unique blend of investment experience. His career in finance began with eight years in the banking industry at Mechanics Exchange Savings Bank (Dime Savings). He trained in the fields of consumer and mortgage lending as well as branch administration. After achieving officer status, he was assigned to the bank’s bond portfolio and became director of the Retirement Planning Department. In 1982, John became a licensed investment professional with Prudential- Bache and has been working with high-net-worth individuals, non-profit organizations, small businesses and professional offices. He also has had the experience of supervising financial advisors for 15 years as a branch office manager. In 2005, John was admitted to the highly selective Portfolio Management Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, giving him the autonomy to design unbiased, discretionary portfolio models. Most recently, he has been accepted into the UBS Portfolio Management Program as a Senior Portfolio Manager. John’s varied executive level financial background enables him to guide our clients toward many of their important financial decisions.
John is active in many organizations. He has been a board member and president of the Northeastern Association of the Blind and a recipient of the United Way’s Executive of the Year Award, where he assisted in the Community Investment Panel. He has been a trustee and membership chairman of the Fort Orange Club. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Living Resources Foundation and is currently a member of their Licensed Home Care Agency Board. He is also a board member of the Regenerative Research Foundation, a founding board member of Medicus Christi, a registered member of the Portfolio Managers Institute and a club member of Wolferts Roost Country Club.
Timothy E. Casserly, Esq., Secretary
Co-Founder in 1988 of the Albany, NY based law firm Burke & Casserly, P.C., Timothy E. Casserly, Esq., CFP® focuses his practice in wills, trusts and estates; elder law; corporation and business succession planning; financial, retirement and tax planning; and utilizes his Certified Financial Planner designation to provide wealth management and investment advisory services.
Steve has over 17 years of experience in the orthopaedic medical device industry, specializing in total joint replacement and trauma fixation implants. He currently serves as District Director for NY Congressman Chris Gibson.
Edward J. LaRow, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Dr. LaRow has been a professor at Siena College for 42 years. For 38 of those years, he has been involved in medical education primarily as Health Professions Advisor and Chair of the Health Professions Evaluation Committee. He is founder of the Siena/Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine and has served as its Director for the past 24 years. The program is an eight-year continuum in medical education leading to the M.D. degree that has as its emphasis on community service. Students are required to perform two summers of service in areas of need here in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. LaRow has placed 220 future physicians for summers of service in 26 countries worldwide. He has placed numerous students in Africa including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Dr. LaRow was awarded an Honorary Degree from Albany Medical College in 2008 for his efforts in medical education
Reverend Kevin Mullen, OFM
The Rev. Kevin J. Mullen, O.F.M., Siena College Class of 1975, was appointed the 10th President of the College on June 1, 2007.Fr. Kevin has directed the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy since 2005, taught a seminar in Franciscan service and Siena’s Foundations course for first-year students, and has also been guardian (supervisor) of the Franciscan friary at the College. He was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of Siena College from 1987-1996, and from 1999 – 2005. In August of 2014, Father Mullen was appointed as provincial of the Holy Name Province and has left Siena College to assume that role.
Cheryl L. Buff, Ph.D.
Cheryl Buff is a professor of Marketing, associate dean of the School of Business, and the director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Siena College. Dr. Buff holds a BA in Psychology from Siena College, a MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University, and a Ph.D. in Administrative and Engineering Systems from Union College of Union University. Her primary courses are consumer behavior, new product development and brand management, and sports marketing. She is the 2010 recipient of the Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2013 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year.
Dr. Buff has served as Academic Integration Lead, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as faculty advisor to 21st Century Leaders Honor Society, and is co-founder and co-chair of the Siena College Student Conference in Business. Her research is in the area of branding, marketing ethics, self-control, market segmentation, social media marketing, and pedagogy. She has presented at over 35 regional and national conferences and has over 25 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Buff has published in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Marketing Education Review.
Mary Elacqua, MD
Mary Elacqua, MD is a Board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Universita Degli Studi Roma in Rome, Italy and then returned to the Capital Region of Upstate, NY to complete her internship and residency in the Department of OB/GYN at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Elacqua is the current Chairperson of the OB/GYN Department at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY and a member of Community Care Physicians, P.C.
Br. Edward Coughlin, OFM
Br. F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, Ph.D. was appointed the eleventh president of Siena College, Loudonville, NY in November 2014. Br. Ed brings to the position a wealth of leadership experience, a long-standing commitment to intellectual, ethical and spiritual formation and a passion for finding new ways to make the 800 year-old Franciscan tradition come alive on a 21st century college campus.
He is a Buffalo, NY native, former Siena College trustee, former vice-president for Franciscan mission and has twice been the director of The Franciscan Institute at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University.
Br. Ed holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America, a master’s from Boston College and a bachelor’s from St. Bonaventure. He has assumed a leadership role within the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars as director of pre-novitiate formation, associate director of novices, prefect of formation, director of ministerial development and planning, secretary of the province and provincial councilor.
Reverend Joseph Domfeh Boateng
Fr. Joseph Domfeh, a native of Badu, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana is the Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, New York. Fr. Joseph studied Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at St. Paul University, Ottawa and Fordham University, New York. He is one of the Founders of the “Giving to Ghana Foundation, Inc.”, a nonprofit organization established to help the Diocese of Sunyani serve the poor of rural Ghana.
Kwame Fosu-Honorary Board Member
Philbert Johnson-Honorary Board Member
Joan Lewis-Honorary Board Member