The 23rd Annual President’s Dinner, A Virtual Celebration of the Impact of Giving
April 8, 7:00 p.m.
Registration is free and a link will be sent to you in advance of the event.
Catherine M. Verrelli ’00TCB, ’01MS is the Office Managing Partner for the Jericho, NY, office of Ernst & Young (EY), LLP, and serves as a Tax Partner within the firm’s Global Compliance and Reporting Practice. She was hired by EY on the St. John’s campus through University Career Services and has been with the firm for more than 19 years. She primarily serves multinational clients in the manufacturing, consumer products, and technology industries, coordinating all aspects of tax services, and has extensive experience with US corporate tax compliance and reporting.
Ms. Verrelli earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree, both in Accounting, from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s, as well as a Master of Science degree in Taxation from LIU Post. She is a current member of the St. John’s Board of Trustees and the Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. Prior to that, Ms. Verrelli served on the University’s Board of Governors from 2016 to 2019. She has also been on the President’s Dinner Committee since 2014 and is an active supporter of the dinner with her husband, Jay.
Mr. Verrelli is a Master Electrician, currently leading the electric shop at the United Nations Headquarters. Prior to that, he operated his own electrical contracting firm. Mr. Verrelli learned the electric trade from his father, along with two of his brothers, and worked in the family business before going out on his own.
The couple have been married for 17 years and reside in Floral Park, NY, with their two children, Jason and Samantha. They are active in their community, with Mr. Verrelli volunteering his time as an assistant football coach for his son Jason’s team and as a scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop. Ms. Verrelli is a Girl Scout leader for their daughter Samantha’s troop and a softball coach for her team. The couple are members of The Loughlin Society, St. John’s leadership giving society, and are active supporters of The INN, serving hungry and homeless Long Islanders.
Anissa Mitrano ’89SVC, ’91Ed and James J. Shannon ’87CBA
James J. Shannon is Chief Operating Officer and a founding partner of Indus Capital Partners, where he was initially the Head of Trading. Prior to Indus, he was at Soros Fund Management where he traded Asian equities real time from New York City. Prior to joining Soros in 1996, Jim was at GE Investments from 1989 where he headed up international equity trading for pension, mutual funds and customer accounts. While at GE, Jim also held positions as domestic equities trader and manager of GE's Trading Support Group. Prior to GE, he worked at Chase Bank where he was the trust administrator responsible for the GE relationship. Shannon began his career in 1986 working in Trade Clearing and Customer Operations at Wagner Stott Clearing Corp. Jim currently serves as member of the School Board of Archbishop Molloy High School and of the Board of Trustees as St. John’s University. He graduated from St. John’s College of Business Administration in 1987.
Anissa Mitrano Shannon has a passion for children and teaching. Prior to leaving the teaching field to care for their three children, Anissa was an elementary school teacher at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Before moving to Connecticut with Jim, she taught grades 3-5 at St. Nicholas Elementary School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Aside from teaching she has held positions in heading the Language Arts and Reading department, and was an active member of helping the school getting Middle State Accredited. Anissa received her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s in 1989. She then received a bachelor of science in Elementary Education from St. John’s in 1991 before pursuing graduate education at Fordham University where she graduated with a master’s in education in 1994.
Jim met Anissa while she was still attending St. John’s. They have three children and have been happily married for over 25years. The happy couple have made the Vincentian values an avid part of their life and devote much of their time to giving to those in need. Jim and Anissa have spent much of their time cooking, serving and providing food at the Manna House in Norwalk and they have been very active and supportive members of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church. Jim and Anissa were both involved with Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Summer Outreach Program. They co-chaired one of the events in 2017. Anissa also is now a volunteer at The Breast Cancer Alliance of Greenwich as well as going on her third year of a Bellarmine Guild Board member at Fairfield Preparatory School. Currently she is the Secretary there. Jim has also been committed to helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC as well as launching family scholarships at both Archbishop Molloy High School and St. John’s University. Anissa has also given of her time as a Girl Scouts Leader and was an active member in Relay for Life. Additionally, she was part of the Family & Children’s Agency Fundraising committee and a grant writer for Fairfield County Fund for Women and Girls. Today, Jim, Anissa and their three children reside at their home in Wilton, Connecticut.
Robert J. Adams ’84CBA, ’88MBA
Allison Nicole Aoanan ’12TCB, ’12MS
John P. Clarke, Esq. ’55CBA, ’53L
Angela M. Eyer ’12P
James J. Finnegan ’12TCB, ’13MS
Evgeniya Kirpicheva ’13CPS
Katelyn Mariah Larkin ’14TCB
Joseph C. O’Connor ’82CBA, ’16HON
Chuck Piluso ’76SVC, ’78G, ’86MBA
Spencer L. Reames, Esq. ’99C, ’02L
Elizabeth Simun-Janson ’12TCB
Kimberly Simun-Janson ’13TCB
Salvatore J. Zizza ’67UC, ’72MBA, ’07HON
Rahel G. Solomon ’10TCB
Rebecca Kerns ’15C