James J. Boyle ’61
A graduate of the School of Business, James (Jim) Boyle is the owner and chairman of Cardinal Resources, Inc., a privately owned oil and gas exploration production company. He attributes his accomplished 40-year career in business to a Manhattan College education. “Professors Vernon Dixon ’54 and Harold Hazelton ’51 influenced me the most,” Jim reflects. “Both were demanding and inspiring. The confidence I gained from them encouraged me to try new experiences.”
His gratitude to Manhattan College for equipping him with the skills necessary for life has since driven his faithfulness to the institution. Jim served as chairman of the annual giving campaign in the mid-90s and established the James J. Boyle Scholarship in 2007. He also collaborated with Marisa Passafiume, assistant vice president for academic success, on a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics remedial initiative for incoming freshmen. Most recently, Jim has generously invested in the Summer Fellows Research Program and Bethlehem Research Project, organized by Rani Roy, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student & faculty development. In addition, he is helping to promote the Dorothy Day Project to further her canonization, which is being led by Lois Harr, assistant vice president and director of campus ministry and social action, and Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies.
Jim and his wife, Judy, believe providing support at such a critical period fosters student success. They are dedicated to giving young men and women opportunities so that they can enjoy lives that will benefit themselves and their families, community, and country. In this spirit, Jim shares, “Manhattan’s mission of commitment to the underserved and to first-generation college students ranks high in public esteem and makes me proud to be a Jasper.”
James and Mary Coleman ’80
James (Jim) and Mary Coleman both hold degrees in marketing from the School of Business. Born to immigrant parents, Jim was the first in his family to graduate from college and is now vice president of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC and partner of Houlihan-Parnes Properties. Mary is a third-generation Jasper, having followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, father, uncles, and brother. She currently serves as a board member and volunteer for the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and remains committed to several community-based organizations, including the Twin Ridge Homeowners Association in Ridgefield.
As they look back on their experiences at Manhattan, Jim and Mary share their appreciation and fondness for the time they spent getting to know one another. They stayed true to their Irish heritage and were affiliated with the Gaelic Society throughout their collegiate years. Since then, they march in the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and proudly cheer on the basketball team, especially during the infamous “Battle of the Bronx” rivalry.
Jim and Mary are also dedicated to helping Manhattan’s young men and women. “We understand that not everyone has the ability or benefit of a good college education due to their family or economic situation. It is important to us to try to extend to others this opportunity through gifts to Manhattan and scholarships set up by our family," they say. "As always, we support the College and hope to make some positive impact on students and a future generation of scholars."
Victoria A. Scala ’10
A graduate of the School of Engineering, Victoria Scala is a visiting assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Manhattan College, as well as project engineer at Lowy & Donnath, Inc. She is a third-generation Jasper and, much like her family, cares deeply about giving back to the institution that played such a critical role in personal and professional accomplishments.
Victoria is motivated each and every day to inspire students to pursue a career in the field and to continue Manhattan College’s longstanding reputation for producing bright, hard-working leaders. “I hope not only to help young men and women become successful engineers, but also good people in the Lasallian tradition,” she notes.
Her engagement in the Manhattan College community extends beyond teaching youthful minds. Victoria serves on the Jasper Sporting Clays Classic Committee and is an avid supporter of the Fund for Manhattan. “The College shaped me into the woman I am today," she shares. "Besides a wonderful education, the faculty here instilled in me the core values and friendships that will last me a lifetime.”
Rhoderick Holliday ’67
Rhoderick (Rod) Holliday proudly served with distinction in the New Jersey Air National Guard and the United States Air Force for 24 years, achieving the high rank of lieutenant colonel. He credits much of his hard work and success to Manhattan: “I owe the College everything. The institution supported me and stood by me. I don’t see how I could’ve done anything without it.”
With a degree in business administration, Rod believes Manhattan College provided the foundation for multiple careers throughout his life. His service to the federal government spanned various departments and capacities, including presidential appointee for the Reagan-Bush administration, where he ran into a fellow Jasper on his first day of duty. Following his military retirement in 1995, Rod was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University for 14 years and taught Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Dickinson High School for five years.
He hopes his contributions will help current students receive an education that allows them to partake and excel in a fast moving world. “I give back to Manhattan because it is an outstanding Catholic college," he says. "It has a great deal to offer the next generation of young men and women. And I am convinced it is a blessing to be a Jasper.” Impressed with the Manhattan College of 2017, Rod excitedly returned to campus for Reunion Weekend to celebrate his 50th anniversary.
Donna Hager Potorti ’92
Donna Hager Potorti is president and CEO of Macan Deve Engineers DPC, an innovative venture into the engineering and construction industry in the New York City metropolitan area. The analytical and problem-solving skills — combined with Lasallian principles — instilled in Donna while at Manhattan College have been extremely valuable in her daily decision-making as a small business owner. She is also certain her education in the School of Engineering fueled her desire to explore fresh and different ways of thinking to foster a global outlook and encourage a full-bodied learning environment for her team.
Often volunteering her time and talents to help the Manhattan community, Donna participated as a guest speaker for the College’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter, recently served as chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee, and routinely attends career fairs to scout potential future employees. In addition to her role on the Mentor Advisory Board, she has supported current students as a Manhattan College mentor since the program’s inception.
“The Manhattan College network is so strong and never lets me down. It’s the special feeling of pride I get whenever I visit campus or that sense of instant connection if I encounter a fellow Jasper in a meeting or at an event,” Donna explains. “I hope that I can lead by example and inspire other graduates to pursue entrepreneurship.”
Bridget Kirrane ’08
Bridget Kirrane followed in the footsteps of her father, John M. Kirrane, Sr. ’78, in attending the School of Business. After graduation, she joined Wells Fargo and has been working within the private mortgage bank department for more than eight years.
“Manhattan College shaped me academically, professionally, and personally, which is why giving back is such an easy decision for me,” she says. Bridget continues to describe her experience at Manhattan, where she received “an unparalleled education, a drive for success, and lifelong friendships.”
She remains a generous and active alumna in the College community because of her unwavering belief that it is important to pay it forward and ensure future Jaspers have the necessary resources to make a positive impact on the world. Excited to celebrate her 10th anniversary next year, Bridget is already planning to partake in the festivities for Reunion Weekend 2018.