Brescia University Welcomes Four New Board of Trustee Members

Brescia University added four new Board of Trustee members. Sr. Sharon Sullivan, Sr. Martha Keller, Teresa McJoynt, and Chris Graff join the other 33 voting members, faculty, staff, and student representatives.

Sister Sharon Sullivan currently serves as the Congregational Leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. She was previously Congressional Leader from 2010 until 2016. Sister Sharon has a passion to serve students with special needs, to care for the earth and to help create the next generation of women leaders through her work with the Girl Scouts. After becoming an Ursuline in 1982, she earned her Doctorate in Special Education from Purdue University in 1993.

She served at Brescia University, then Brescia College, as Director of Residential Life and Professor of Education and Special Education. She was missioned to study and teach at Purdue University between 1990 and 1993. She returned to Brescia and became chairwoman of the Social and Behavioral Studies Division, Chairwoman of the School of Education, and Coordinator of Special Education. She was Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs between 2007 and 2010.

Sister Martha Keller is Assistant Congregational Leader of Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph. Sister Martha became an Ursuline Sister in 1976. She was a teacher at Immaculate Conception School, then she went to teach at Pius Tenth School, St. Mary High School, and then Owensboro Catholic High School.

She was Pastoral Associate at St. Romuald Parish, St. Sebastian Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Anthony Parish, and St. Francis deSales Parish. She was Director of Faith Formation at St. Joseph Parish and Pastoral Associate and Director of Faith Formation at St. Stephen Cathedral.

She has served in Internal Ministry at the Motherhouse in health care and as Director of Vocation Ministry and the potential member contact program. From 2012 until her election in 2022, she has served as Pastoral Associate at St. Jerome Parish.

Teresa McJoynt served as an Instructor in Health Care Administration at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science before retiring. In her role McJoynt supported the Mayo Clinic Health System which consists of 18 hospitals, 45 clinics, 2 nursing homes, and over 1,000 providers within 60 communities. She was also responsible for strategic planning, setting financial and operational goals for the outpatient and digital clinics.

In addition, McJoynt also served as Operation Administrator for the Center for Connected Care, which leads alternative models of care within 72 rural communities within Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. She has held many roles within the Mayo Clinic Health System including Product Manager III, Global Products and Services, Director, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Operations Manager, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Operations Manager, Mayo Emergency Communications Center.

McJoynt also served as the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission Chair, Center for the Science of HeathCare Delivery Kern Center Affiliate, American College of Heathcare Executives Mentor, Cancer Nutrition Consortium Board of Directors, Vizient, Inc., and on Global Executive Services Council. She has also cared for 21 children in Texas and Minnesota as a foster parent.

Chris Graff serves as System Vice President, Financial Operations for Baptist Health System. He is part of a team that is responsible for developing and administering the System’s $4 billion annual operating and $240+ million annual capital budgets. Graff also serves on the System Asset Management & Retirement Planning Committee (AMRP), Capital Allocation and Prioritization (CAP), Discretionary Spend Committee (DSC) and Expense Review Committee (ERC) as a strategic financial advisor.

Previously Graff served as Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President of Finance at University Medical Center, or UMC,  at the Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. During that time he facilitated and monitored ongoing transition efforts, related to the transition of hospital and cancer center management away from KentuckyOne Health (KOH), as subsidiary of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to UMC. He also represented UMC, as a voting member, on the following boards and advisory committees; Kentuckiana Medical Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (KMRRRG), Medical Center Commission of Jefferson County, Medical Center Steam and Chilled Water Plant, Medical Center Laundry and Premier Academic Innovators Alliance and Collaborative.

Graff received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brescia University and his MBA with Concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. He is a Certified Public Accountant with the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a board member for SOS International and serves on the finance committee for St. Michael Catholic Church.