NACAS East Board of Directors
Biographies

President

Anthony Coschignano, CASP

Vice President

L. Philomen Allen

Secretary

Valerie Baroni

Treasurer

Dawn Madic, CPA, CMA

Dawn Madic, is a Chartered Professional Account (CPA), with over 30 years of experience as a financial professional. Dawn is currently the Director of Finance and Administration, Ancillary Services with Dalhousie University. In her role, Dawn is responsible for the financial stewardship of Ancillary Services, including Housing Operations, Food Services, Campus Bookstore, DalCard and the Art Centre.

Dawn has been with Dalhousie University since 2019, prior to joining Dalhousie, she worked with several leading employers in Atlantic Canada. In addition to commitment her work and profession, Dawn has always strived to give back thru her volunteer work and is excited to join the NACAS East Board.

In her spare time, Dawn likes to spend time on her sailboat, spend time with her daughters, sample good wine and generally enjoy life.

Conference/Social Media Coordinator

Cheryl Montgomery

Cheryl Montgomery is the Director of Auxiliary Services at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She manages the contracted food service, textbooks and laundry on campus. She also manages parking, conferences and events, University owned rental properties and custodial services. She has served in this role for 12 years.

Prior to this position, Cheryl worked in several positions with the NACAS national office for 10 years where she learned about higher education management and specifically auxiliary services functions on campuses. More importantly, she came to love the volunteers she worked with and the lifelong connections she made. She has served on several annual conference committees and the membership committee most recently.

Cheryl spends her free time with family, watching her son play sports, and enjoys traveling.

Education Coordinator

LaNiece Tyree

LaNiece Tyree, MPA, recently took a new position at Howard University. Previously she was the Director of Auxiliary Services and Event Management (ASEM) at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). PGCC, ASEM is comprised of dining services, PGCC College Store, natatorium, Culinary Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts, event management, and print and mailing services.

LaNiece joined NACAS in 2018 and has volunteered with various committees within NACAS, more recently as the C3X National Chair and the Membership committee. LaNiece has over 15 years of experience in the production, logistics, and management of large-scale events including TV, festival, and conferences. She found her passion for planning events and concerts during her college years including, stage-managing and site directing. This passion led to an illustrious career of globetrotting as Tour Manager with several of the most iconic performers of recent years.

As an avid sports fan, she cheers on her beloved Florida Gators each football season.

Membership Coordinator

Christopher (Chris) B. Clifford, CASP

Chris Clifford is the Associate Vice President for Business Affairs and Director of Auxiliary Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  Auxiliary Services at Pitt Bradford includes contractual and operational management for dining services, the bookstore, conference services, vending, real estate management, ID card center, mail center, and transportation services.

Chris has also served in leadership roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi State University, Ohio University, and Sul Ross State University.  Prior to moving to higher education, Chris was in the treasurer’s organization at ExxonMobil for 10 years, including three years living and working in Hong Kong, China.

Chris joined NACAS in 2010 and has presented at numerous conferences and served on the host committee for the first C3X conference in Colorado Springs, CO.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  In 2017, Chris received his Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification from NACAS.  In his spare time, Chris is a husband, father of three, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, college football, and going to Dave Matthews Band concerts (95 and counting).

Business Partner Coordinator

Jonathan Kukta

Jonathan Kukta is Director of Housing and Food Services for Penn State Berks and Penn State Schuylkill campuses. In this role he is responsible for management of dining centers and catering services. At Berks campus he also oversees the housing operations; including preventative maintenance, construction and renovations; managing the housing contract process and room assignments; safety and security of residence halls; summer conferences and camps; student mail and package services and university ID card distribution. Jonathan is also the contract administrator for the food services at Penn State Lehigh Valley campus.

Jonathan has been with Penn State since 2002 and has previously served as the Housing and Food Services Director at Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Penn State Scranton campuses. As a member of his campuses leadership teams, Jonathan serves as a member of Chancellor Cabinets where he works with the other campus directors with the overall strategic mission and vision of the campus/college.

Additionally, since 2007 Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor with Penn State teaching courses in the Business Administration and Hospitality Management programs.

Jonathan has been an active NACAS member since 2004. Prior to his service on the East board, he served on the Communication Services Committee.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys visits to the Jersey Shore and Massachusetts with his wife Athena and children Calmina and Demetri.

East Regional Representative

Monica Rattigan

Monica Rattigan is the Executive Director of University Stores and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she oversees the operations for the University-owned and operated retail stores’ four locations on campus. In addition, Monica leads strategic initiatives for Business Auxiliary Services. Monica has 10 years in leadership positions in auxiliary services and received her master’s degree in Public Policy and non-profit management at the University of Pittsburgh.

Monica has been a member of NACAS since 2019 and has attended national and regional conferences and events.

In her spare time, Monica enjoys retail therapy, reading, cooking, eating, and sampling wine.

Past President

Stephen Barr, CASP

Stephen Barr, Ed.D., CASP, is the Director of Campus Services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). VCU Campus Services includes contractual management and operational management for dining services, exclusive beverage, snack vending, two bookstores, a technology store (RamTech), graduation regalia, and a dental supply store.

Stephen joined NACAS in 2010 and has volunteered and presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of New Orleans and a master’s in public administration from Louisiana State University. In 2016, Stephen received his Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification from NACAS and earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership from VCU in 2020.
In his spare time, Stephen is a husband, father, guest lecturer, volunteer, sub-par golfer, and traveler.