Meet the Board



Frank McBrearty, BA’06 - President and Alumni Representative on the St. Thomas University Board of Governors (Saint John, NB)
Frank was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 2013 after completing his articles with Lawson Creamer. He is currently developing a broad-based bilingual practice, focused on the areas of litigation and employment law. He advises his clients on wills, employment law, commercial litigation and personal injury matters with an eye for detail and a commitment to developing long-term relationships. He also brings his expertise in human rights to the firm’s employment law practice.


Margaret (Margie) Tracy, BA '75 - Vice-President (Fredericton, NB)
Margie spent 40 years working in the electricity industry. After graduating from STU, she spent the bulk of her career working for New Brunswick Power, serving in many different areas. She also worked with the New Brunswick Systems Operator (NBSO). Since graduating in 1975, she has remained connected to the university community. She writes, “St. Thomas University has a ‘Past for Marking Futures’ and I am as proud of STU today as I was as a student.”


Emily Cochrane, BA’11 - Secretary (Fredericton, NB)
Emily was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 2015 and practices law with the Burke Law Group in Fredericton. She is currently developing a legal practice focusing on criminal defence, family law, and employment law. She holds a BA with Honours from STU and a JD from UNB. During her studies at STU, Emily was a member of STU Jazz and continues to be an active member of the Thomists. She has previously volunteered with French for the Future/le français pour l'avenir.

Jeanne Smith, BA’76 - Treasurer (Saint John, NB)
After a 29-year career working in the Department of Justice, Jeanne Smith recently retired as an Enforcement Officer in Family Support. She has remained connected to her alma mater because she fully enjoyed and cherished her years at STU. She still gets together with some of the “basement girls.” Her wide circle of friends includes those she studied with as well as alumni who were at STU before and after her.


Jane Abernethy, BT'73,  BA'75 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Jane spent 32 years in the educational field. During her career, she held a variety of positions including FSL, elementary, high school methods and resource teacher, district supervisor and literacy coordinator. After retiring in 2001, Jane continued to be involved with provincial, district and university initiatives that included conducting school reviews that led to improvement planning, supervising UNB student interns, mentoring 1st year teachers and participating in a STU literacy project which involved measuring elementary students' reading achievement. Jane has two sons, Andrew and Todd, who currently live in Fredericton.


Don Bossé, BA’82, BEd’83 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Don is the director of music and Fine Arts Department Head at Fredericton High School. He is a lecturer at St. Thomas University and the founder and director of STU Jazz. In 2015 he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor's New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Award for his leadership for the musical development of the youth of New Brunswick. In 2016 he was named MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the iconic rock group RUSH, and honoured at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, AB.   Don, his wife Heather and daughter Emily are all proud alumni of St. Thomas University.

Trevor Breen BA’ 03, BSW’ 04 – At-Large Member  (Saint John, NB)
Trevor has been a registered social worker in the province of New Brunswick since graduating from the STU Social Work program in 2004. Since graduation, he has held various child welfare positions within Social Development in the Saint John Region focusing on the protection of children. He completed his Masters of Social Work at Dalhousie University in 2012 and has been a seasonal instructor of social work courses since that time.  


Dr. Dawne Clarke, BA'95 - At Large Member (Fredericton)
Dr. Dawne Clarke is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and a Master’s of Arts and PhD in Sociology from University of New Brunswick. She has authored numerous reviews and book chapters. Her first book, A Sociological Study of Scholarly Writing and Publishing: How Academics Produce and Share Their Research, was released in 2010. Clarke has served on numerous university committees including the Campus Planning Committee, the Senate Honorary Degree Committee, and the Special Merit Award Committee.


Dennis Livingstone, BA’ 73 - At-Large Member (Riverview, NB)
Dennis Livingstone began his career as the Drama Resource Person to the provincial Department of Youth. While there, he worked with youth theatre groups in Moncton and Riverview. After completing a BEd and studying Music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, he taught Music in the west end schools of Moncton. In his thirty years as an educator, Dennis has conducted music and drama workshops throughout our country. In his spare time, Dennis is a member of the Greater Moncton Literary Advisory Board, Transport Action Canada, and is the founding director of the Greater Moncton Ecumenical Children’s Choir. You can always find Dennis at the Grant-Harvey Centre as he sings O CANADA at all the STU Hockey games.


Nora Valentino, BA '87 - At Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Nora Valentino graduated from STU in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and returned the following year to take a year of French Immersion. She has held various positions since graduating, but currently works in customer service. When she was a student at STU, she was very involved in campus life. Now as an alumna, she attends many lectures, including the Dalton Camp Lecture, and is a diehard Tommies fan. She joined the Alumni Association as a way to give back to her alma mater.

Dolores Whalen, BT '70 - At-Large Member (Fredericton, NB)
Dolores was a teacher in Fredericton schools for 32 years and retired in 2001. She has been working at LuminUltra Technologies since 2003 and is presently Senior Advisor. She served on the Board of Directors at the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce for 2 years. She does a lot of volunteering in the community and by serving on committees such as the SPCA, the Chalmers Foundation and the Fredericton Golf Club.  She also keeps busy by golfing, training at the gym, knitting and taking care of her dog and two cats. She was married to the late Phil Whalen and has three grown children: twins Tony and Catonia, and Patrick.

Jodi Misheal - Vice-President Advancement and Alumni Relations - Ex-Officio

Wanda Bearresto, BA'87 - Alumni Affairs Officer - Ex-Officio