Steering Committee


Chair, Department of Law

John P. Clarke, J.D.

Professor John P. Clarke joined the Department of Law of St. John’s University College of Business Administration (CBA) as faculty in 1967. He retired in 1997 as chair of the department. In 2007, he returned to The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (TCB) as the Law Department Chair and continues to serve in that capacity. He has lectured extensively in the area of Estate Planning and Administration as well as on the subject of Legal Ethics. He has also served as a Special Referee for Attorney Discipline for the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department.

Professor John P. Clarke received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University CBA and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s School of Law. Admitted to the practice of law in 1958, he has been in private practice since that date, specializing in Trusts and Estates, including extensive experience in Estate Administration and Probate and Accounting Litigation. He was admitted to the bar in the State of Florida in 1976. Professor Clark was the first major seed donor for GLOBE when the program launched in 2010.

Attorney, NGO Consultant 

Mary Ann Dantuono, J.D.

Mary Ann Dantuono has dedicated her career to working for the alleviation of poverty and promotion of social justice and strengthening organizations to accomplish those goals. From 1996 to 2016, Mary Ann held the position of Associate Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University.  Prior to that she was the Director of Legal Affairs and Public Policy at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre. She is also an adjunct professor of law and public policy and serves as an expert on women’s issues for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.  She is presently the President of the Ladies of Charity of the United States of America (AIC-USA), an international association of women working together against poverty.  A native New Yorker, Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Fordham University and a Juris Doctorate at St. John’s University School of Law.

Chief Financial Officer of the Americas for TBWA Worldwide

James graduated from St. John's University in 1990 with a B.S. in Accounting. He is the Chief Financial Officer of the Americas for TBWA Worldwide.  TBWA is a global advertising agency which creates disruptive ideas for global clients, including Accenture, adidas, Apple, Gatorade, Pepsi and Nissan.  TBWA has 11,000 employees in 274 agencies in 100 different countries and across 22 specialty disciplines and is part of Omnicom Group Inc.  Prior to joining TBWA in 1999, James spent the previous ten years with Arthur Andersen in New York. James lives in New York and is married with four children.

Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (Retired)

Sister Margaret John Kelly DC, Ph.D.

Sister Margaret served as Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, which she established in 1994 and continued to develop and lead it until her recent retirement. She has held teaching and administrative positions at St. John’s, St. Joseph’s College, Mt. St. Mary’s College and as president of Laboure College in Boston.  She has held positions at both the governance and executive levels in Catholic health care and has written  and lectured in that area as well on subjects of  governance, leadership, communications, social justice and the Vincentian spirit and tradition. She served as provincial of the New York province of the Daughters of Charity and currently serves on several not-for-profit boards and national committees. Sister Margaret earned her undergraduate degree at St. Joseph College (Emmitsburg) and received her Ph.D. in English from St. John's University.Sister Margaret is now residing at Villa Saint Michael, which is located at the National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, and is involved in a publication project on the history of the Daughters of Charity. 

Senior Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity International 

James E. Monnier

Jim Monnier is a Senior Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity International.  In that role, he represents HFHI in the New York Metropolitan area, working with donors who support Habitat’s mission locally and around the world.

Prior to joining Habitat, Jim was Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at St. John’s University.  In his eight years at St. John’s, he was responsible for Major Giving, Planned Giving, Athletic Development, as well as Research and Prospect Management.

Jim founded Island Learning in 1994 and for 12 years was Principal Consultant, focusing on organizational development and learning in the areas of Sales, Leadership, Team Development, and Change.  He also served as Regional Vice President for Wilson Learning, and international training and development company.

Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Suffolk, including five years as Board President.  He has a B.A. and M.S. from St. John’s University, where he teaches as an Adjunct Associate Professor and serves on the Steering Committee for GLOBE.

Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Dr. Passerini is Dean of the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University, where she holds a Professor appointment in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science. Dr. Passerini was the Hurlburt Chair and Professor of Management Information Systems in the Martin Tuchman School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She also served as Dean for the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT (2013-16). She received the NJIT Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching, the Van Houten Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, and has been designated as a Master Teacher. Her professional background includes multi-industry projects at Booz Allen Hamilton (now part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and the World Bank where she focused on information technology projects in Europe, North America and the South Pacific. Dr. Passerini holds degrees in political science (LUISS University, Italy), economics (University of Rome II- Tor Vergata, Italy), MBA and PhD degrees from The George Washington University, and a Certificate in Business Project Management from New York University. She was a Fulbright Student and Administrator Scholar, an Italian National Research Council Fellow (CNR) and received several scholarships awards that made her a strong supporter of international exchanges and education.

Professor, Dept. Languages and Literatures 

Annalisa Saccà

Academic Coordinator Study Abroad and Internship Program - Italy Senior Vincentian Research Fellow
Representative for the Holy See to the United Nations in the CEDAW (Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) and CSW (Committee on the Status of Women)

Dr Sacca’s areas of specialization include Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature, Film and Cultural Studies.  She has developed numerous courses to enhance the Italian program, and she has published ten books among which 
Saggi critici su Enzo Nasso,  Significando Simulacri: scrittura di contrabbando di P.F. Paolini , Saggi critici di C.E. Oppo,. 
She also puplished four books of her poetry: Gli occhi di mia madre, Dove non è mai sera, Nominare Delfi, Il tempo del grano.

In 2008, Dr. Sacca founded at SJU the Center for Global Development, which she directed for six years, and developed a Master in Global development and Social Justice, in collaboration with Unicaritas of Rome. She was awarded six grants, three from the Department of Education, Title VI program, the last one ($300.000), to develop an undergraduate Major in Global Development and Sustainability.  She co-founded the Rielo Institute for Integral Development (RIID),  and the World Federation for Health and Migration (WFHM). In 2003 she founded her own non profit  Frates in Amazonian Ecuador to help  the young indigenous population. Last year, she turned  the organization to the local people as part of the empowerment objective of Frates.

Among her academic awards and honors, she treasures the Louise De Marillac Faculty Service Award, 2017, Dr. John W. Dobbins Professor of the Year Award, 2013, the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award,  the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor,  and being a member of the Academy of Parnassos in Athens (Greece). This Literary Society for poets is one of the most prestigious and oldest in the world, among its members were Lord Byron, and the Italian poets Ugo Foscolo and Gabriele D'Annunzio.

Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management 

Linda M. Sama

Linda Sama is Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University.  In her capacity as Associate Dean, Linda works with faculty and students to encourage global learning and assessment and serves as Executive Director of the Center for Global Business Stewardship. She founded the GLOBE program, which was inaugurated in Spring 2009, and is the Program Director.  She also was instrumental in the college’s decision to become a signatory of the U.N. PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative in 2010.

Linda made a transition to academe after a lengthy career in industry, where she acted as Director of Market Planning and Logistics for an international subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation.  She teaches primarily in the areas of International Business, Strategic Management and Business Ethics.

Linda has published over 60 articles, proceedings papers and book chapters that address issues of corporate social responsibility, business and the natural environment, integrative social contracts theory, and global business ethics dilemmas in the new economy.  Most recently, her research has focused on the connections between microlending and women empowerment, sustainability and food security in the developing world.  Linda has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the CUNY.  She also holds a Masters in Philosophy from Baruch (CUNY), an MBA in International Finance from McGill University, and a BA in French and Mathematics from University of Albany.

Professor, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business 

Victoria Shoaf

Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D., CPA, is a Professor in the Department of Accounting & Taxation and formerly served as the Dean of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Business (Accounting) from Baruch College of the City University of New York.  After joining the Tobin College of Business in 1997, she went on to serve as the Chair of the Department of Accounting & Taxation (2007-2008) and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College (2008-2010).

Dr. Shoaf has published in such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of Business Ethics, the International Business and Economics Research Journal, the Journal of Applied business Research, the Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, and the Review of Business, and she has published three book chapters.  She is an active member of the American Accounting Association and has served on the Board (2004-2007) and as the President of the Northeast Region (2005-2006) of that organization.

Prior to joining St. John’s, Dr. Shoaf held several leadership positions in industry, including Vice President-Finance for Tie Rack, Inc., and Controller at Laura Ashley, Inc. and at Greeff Fabrics, Inc.  She is currently on the Board of the Queens-Brooklyn Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs, where she served as President in 2008-2009.

Associate Professor, Tobin College of Business - St. John's University

Benjamin Rue Silliman has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business since 2011, and was an Assistant Professor since 2007.  From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Silliman served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs where he made faculty development his priority.  Dr. Silliman continues delivering lectures and workshops to faculty through the TCB “Conversations on Teaching.”  Dr. Silliman’s teaching interests are in governmental and not-for-profit accounting, as well as business combinations.  In addition to teaching and service, Dr. Silliman has numerous publications, including Bank Accounting and FinanceCommercial Lending Review, the Journal of Business and Accounting, and the CPA Journal.  In June 2015, Dr. Silliman was awarded the Max Block Award by the editors of the CPA Journal for his distinguished article on federal tax policy.  Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Silliman worked as an internal auditor at New York University.  In addition, he has performed budgetary consulting for several years in the City University system, and was a tax consultant for Arthur Andersen & Co. in their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.  Dr. Silliman has an Ed.D. and M.A. in Higher Education from New York University.  In addition, he holds an M.A. in Economics from Columbia University, a M.T. in Taxation from the University of Denver, College of Law, and masters and bachelor’s degrees in accountancy from the University of Mississippi, Patterson School of Accountancy.  Dr. Silliman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York and in Colorado.

Executive Director of Daughters of Charity International Project Services 

Sister Mary Louise Stubbs

Sister Mary Louise Stubbs, D.C. is the incoming Executive Director of Daughters of Charity International Project Services. She has served in a variety of ministries including acute and community health, community planning/program development, Catholic Charities administration, fund development, workshops and publications, and board participation/leadership. Her Master’s degree is in Administration of Health Systems from Georgetown University.

Executive Director of Advancement - St. John's University

Scott is responsible for the departments of Advancement Communications, Advancement Services, Annual Campaigns, and Research and Prospect Management. Scott has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education advancement, including time spent at Allegheny College, Washington and Jefferson College, and American University. He joined the staff at St. John's University in 2006 as Director of Development for Annual Giving.

Associate Provost for Global Programs


Matthew Pucciarelli joined St. John’s in 2007 and leads the Office of Global Programs. In this capacity, he oversees the University’s sites abroad and the Office of International Education, which houses study abroad, intensive English, and international visiting student programs. In addition he works with colleagues throughout St. John’s to envision and administer comprehensive internationalization efforts, and with universities worldwide to create sustainable new partnerships.

He has presented on the University’s work within media outlets such as the New York Post and International Educator, and at domestic and international conferences, including NAFSA, AIEA, and the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad meeting. Prior to working at St. John’s, he helped manage admissions and student services for New York University's study abroad programs, and served as a high school English teacher and department chair at Colegio Los Nogales in Bogotá, Colombia.

He received a B.A. in English & American literature from New York University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in English from St. John's University.

Dr. Pucciarelli also serves as the proud advisor of Spectrum, the University's LGBTQ+ student group. He lives with his husband in New York City.