SVC Alumni Council Elects New President

by Public Relations | Aug 23, 2017

Aug. 23, 2017

Jason Winters, James Laffey, Br. Norman W. Hipps O.S.B.

Saint Vincent Alumni Council elected a new president and vice president, welcomed new members and held a gavel and awards ceremony at its quarterly meeting on Aug. 12 at the Fred M. Rogers Center.

Jason Winters, C’04, of North Huntingdon, director of parks and recreation in Hempfield Township, was installed as president. Winters and his wife, Dana, C’06, have two daughters, Clare and Anna. He accepted the gavel from outgoing president James Laffey, C75.

Alé Simmons, C’10, of Jefferson Hills, was elected to a two-year term as vice president. She is a business development and marketing specialist at K&L Gates in Pittsburgh. She is married to Shane Simmons, C’10.

Ryan Retter, C’08, was named president-elect. He resides in New Kensington with his wife, Jennifer, and is the manager, continuous improvement, at ATI Flat Rolled Products in Natrona Heights.

Council members reelected include Donald J. Accorsi, C’57; Matthew A. Cheplic, Esq., C’06; Andrew D. Jeffers, D.M.D., C’06; Renold Sossong, C’12; Kelly Sheehy DeGroot, C’97; and Louis M. Zecchini, C’60. Newly-elected members are Christopher Danielson, C’17; Katherine Stevens, C’10; John Reilly, C’68; Megan Sigg, C’13; Shane Simmons, C’10; and Christopher Toy, C’14.

Former council member and past-president Amy Panebianco, Esq., C’88, was presented with the Father Camillus Long, O.S.B., Award for dedication and outstanding service to Saint Vincent alumni affairs. 

The Saint Vincent Alumni Council meets quarterly and council committees assist with various initiatives including homecoming, Easter Ball, student-alumni relations and other projects.

Further information is available by contacting the alumni office,


Photo A (above): Outgoing Alumni Council president James Laffey, center, and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, pass the gavel to incoming Alumni Council president Jason Winters.

James Laffey, Jason Winters, Ale Simmons, Ryan Retter

Photo B:
Outgoing president James Laffey, left, welcomes the new officers of Saint Vincent Alumni Council, Jason Winters, president; Ale Simmons, vice president; and Ryan Retter, president-elect.

Br Norman Hipps, James Laffey, Amy Panebianco

Photo C:
Saint Vincent College president Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., left, and James Laffey, center, outgoing president of Saint Vincent Alumni Council, present the Father Camillus Long, O.S.B., Award to Amy Panebianco, Esq.


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