Our Board Members

Kwesi Acquay

Kwesi currently works in New York City at J.P. Morgan in the Technology Investment Banking Group.

He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University's Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in 2014. At Cornell, he was engaged in several entrepreneurial initiatives including serving as a Finance Project Manager for sustainable implementations on Cornell Tech's NYC campus, Project Manager for CUVolunteer (university's first interactive alumni volunteer management software), founder of Cornell Current (current events & industry analytics organization), and founding mentor for Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate. He was also an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. He currently serves on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Council.

John Donohue, S.J.

Father John Donohue recently joined the Jesuit Community at the College of the Holy Cross after many years in the Middle East. He retired from his post at St. Joseph University, the Jesuit University in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2010 to return to Holy Cross where he began his studies. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1948 after a stint in the Navy and then joined the Society of Jesus. He spent his three-year regency in Baghdad, studied theology at Weston and then Middle Eastern history at Harvard where he received a PhD in 1966 before returning to Baghdad. Following the expulsion of the Jesuits from Baghdad in 1969, he joined the Jesuits at Beirut where he spent the next 40 years.


Father Donohue is fluent in Arabic, a published author, and a scholar of Middle Eastern history. He spends his time volunteering in the community and presently is Minister of the Jesuit community at Holy Cross.

Rev. Meredyth Ward

Tyler grew up just outside of the Detroit area and attended John Carroll University, a Jesuit school in Cleveland, Ohio. At John Carroll, he majored in Finance and minored in Economics, graduating as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. While in school, he played 4 years of quarterback on the Varsity Football team, founded the Investment Bank Club, and served on the Board of the Student Boler School of Business Advisory Council.


He was involved in service in the Cleveland area, including a mentorship program focused on acclimating Bhutanese refugees to America and an afterschool tutoring program for grade school students in a low-income community. His time spent learning from the children and refugees inspired him to partake in a Nicaraguan Immersion Experience, where he spent two weeks living with Nicaraguans and learning about their culture.


Tyler currently works in New York City at J.P. Morgan as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Diversified Industries Group.

Rich Mucci, J.D.

Rich Mucci, a successful attorney at the Law Offices of Richard Mucci, is dedicated to providing outstanding client satisfaction. Rich and his full-service law practice have assisted individuals and companies satisfy their personal and professional objectives through cost-efficient negotiation and litigation results. Rich possesses expertise in the fields of business, construction, employment, real estate and personal injury law while maintaining general litigation skills that are valued in all disputes. Rich is a trial attorney skilled in both civil and criminal matters.


Previously, Rich worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office where he was the Supervisor of Lowell and Framingham District Courts. Just prior to establishing his own firm, Rich was a successful civil and criminal litigator for a well-known Boston law firm.


Rich received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and was awarded his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Rich is a Member of the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Edward O'Donnell

Edward O’Donnell, Ph.D. is a professional historian, author, and speaker. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. He is an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross.


O’Donnell is the author of several books and a professional speaker, delivering history-themed presentations before thousands of educational, business, and non-profit organizations. During his years in New York City, O’Donnell led more than 1,200 walking tours through New York City’s ethnic neighborhoods.


O’Donnell provided historical insight and commentary for various television programs and is active in the field of public history. He curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries. He also created video lecture courses on American history and writes a blog In The Past Lane on all things American History.

Second Lieutenant Olivia Schretzman

Second Lieutenant Olivia Schretzman grew up in a military family and moved 12 different times growing up. She has lived in Germany, New York, Ohio, Hawaii, Kansas, Georgia and Canada, just to name a few. She went to high school in Dayton, OH and participated in the University of Dayton Scholars Program during her senior year. In high school, she was a three time captain and four year varsity starter and helped to pilot the Ohio Lady Attack the Books Program, an after school program with the mission to help underprivileged youth in the Dayton Area. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Council on World Affairs.


After high school, Second Lieutenant Schretzman attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she was part of the Division 1 Basketball Program. She was a two year captain and four year starter, winning the Patriot League Championship and becoming the winningest class at West Point. During her senior year, she was the Company Commander of H4, in charge of 114 individuals daily operations and well being. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Leader Development Science and commissioned into the Army Corps of Engineers.


Outside of StEP, Second Lieutenant Schretzman is highly involved in two non-profit organizations: Gold Star Teen Adventures and the ALS Association. GSTA works to mentor teens who have lost a parent in our nation's wars. They provide different adventure camps to include hunting, SCUBA, and outdoor survival and Second Lieutenant Schretzman was the Officer in Charge of the SCUBA camp for 2015. She is also an advocate for the ALS Association and was the Race Coordinator for the first ever "Pave the Way to Fight ALS Run," where she helped raise over $2,000 to benefit ALS research. Her mission is to raise awareness for Veterans who have fought and continue to fight ALS because she wants to raise awareness for Veterans, a demographic two times more likely to be diagnosed with ALS than any other group.

Michelle Sterk Barrett, PhD

Michelle Sterk Barrett, the Director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning at the College of the Holy Cross since 2012, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University and her master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College.  She recently completed her Ph.D. in higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2015. Her dissertation, Fostering the Spiritual Development of Undergraduates through Service Learning, was named Dissertation of the Year with the Dalton Institute on College Student Values and received an Honorable Mention for Dissertation Research with the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.


From 2009-2012, Michelle worked as a research assistant on a $1.4 million Lumina Foundation grant investigating state remedial/developmental education policies which led to her co-authoring the 2014 book, The State of Developmental Education: Higher Education and Public Policy Priorities.  As a doctoral student, she also established a supplemental instruction program at Framingham State University and coordinated a one day NERCHE seminar on civic engagement, diversity, and the postsecondary success of underserved students. Prior to beginning doctoral education, Michelle spent over a decade in service learning and community engagement at Simmons College’s Scott/Ross Center for Community Service, Boston College’s PULSE Program for Service Learning, and City Year Boston.