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Ed Shahady
Class of 1960
Medical Director of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program.

Fairmont native Dr. Ed Shahady has spent his professional career in the field of medical education.

A 1960 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit, Dr. Shahady also is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Medicine in 1964. Dr. Shahady’s leadership in medicine began in 1965 when he was drafted and became a Naval medical officer attached to a Marine combat battalion in Vietnam.Read More


Jim Dissen
Class of 1963
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development with Triana Energy, LLC

Jim Dissen, class of 1963 is the senior vice president of corporate development with Triana Energy, LLC in Charleston, W.Va.

The Wheeling Jesuit alumnus came to the University from Pittsburgh. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was trained as a special agent in counter intelligence during the Cold War. During his service in the Army, he obtained a MBA from Xavier University attending classes in the evenings and on weekends. In the early 1970s, after his honorable discharge from the Army, Dissen began his professional career, working in the oil and gas industry in the Pittsburgh and Uniontown, PA. markets and at the same time began his legal studies at Duquense University, School of Law, Evening Division. He earned his juris doctorate from Duquesne. Later he transferred to the Charleston area and has remained there. Dissen was promoted through the management ranks within the company and successor organizations to his current position of senior vice president. Read More


John Aluise, Ph.D.
Class of 1964
Marketing Services, Human Resources and Corporate Administration

John Aluise, Ph.D. worked for 35 years in the private and public sectors serving in managerial roles in marketing services, human resources and corporate administration. He held faculty positions at three state universities, a private college, a community hospital and an academic medical center. As an organizational consultant he has worked with more than 50 organizations, primarily in the health care field, throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He has presented to national and regional audiences. Read More


Image of Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill Class of 1969
Executive Director
Center for Catholic Education,
Boston College Lynch School of Education

Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill took over as the executive director of the Center for Catholic Education at Boston College's Lynch School of Education.

An experienced educator and Catholic schools administrator, Weitzel-O'Neill assumed her role in July, where she will lead a center dedicated to preparing leaders for all levels of Catholic education and to researching and developing solutions to the critical challenges facing Catholic schools, colleges and universities. Read More


Image of Bill Cecil. Bill Cecil
Class of 1971
Senior Vice President for Sales
CBS Television in New York City

Class of 1971 member Bill Cecil serves as senior vice president for sales at CBS Television in New York City. His professional career spans four decades since his graduation from Wheeling Jesuit University all within the advertising industry.

The last 33 years have been spent at the CBS Television Network in various senior management positions. Cecil joined CBS in 1977 as director of Sales Proposals for the television network. His responsibilities included all advertising pricing on the CBS network. He was promoted to vice president of Sales Planning in 1982. In this new position, Cecil oversaw all approvals for advertising purchased in primetime, sports, daytime and late night. Read More


Image of Ged Young. George E. (Ged) Young, Jr.
Class of 1972
Director of East Coast Affiliate Relations
CBS Television Network

George E. (Ged) Young, Jr.'72 has spent nearly three decades in senior positions at the network level of the television broadast industry. He currently holds the title of director of East Coast Affiliate Relations for the CBS Television Network in New York. Read More


Image of Tim Murphy. Tim Murphy
Class of 1974
Congressman, 18th District of Pennsylvania
United States House of Representatives

In January 2009 Congressman Tim Murphy began serving his fourth term in Congress representing the 18th District of Pennsylvania, encompassing the South Hills of Pittsburgh and portions of Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Congressman Murphy relies on his three decades as a child psychologist to advocate for meaningful reforms in the U.S. healthcare system. As one of only a handful of members of Congress with a background in healthcare, he is co-chair of the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus, Mental Health Caucus, GOP Doctor's Caucus and Men's Health Caucus, giving him a platform to educate other members of Congress and the public on ways to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all families. Read More


Image of John Beilein. John Beilein
Class of 1975
Head Coach of Men's Basketball
University of Michigan

On April 3, 2007 John Beilein became the 16th head coach in the history of the University of Michigan Men's Basketball program. Having spent all 18 years of his Division I coaching career as a head coach, Beilein has produced success at every stop and is considered to be one of the best tactical basketball minds in the country.

A proven winner throughout his career, Beilein has won 597 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches. He has compiled 27 winning seasons and put together 15 20-win campaigns. Beilein is the only active coach in the collegiate ranks to record a 20-win season at four different levels--junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I. Read More


Marilou (Gross) Doughty
Class of 1977
Deputy Director of Child Protective Service Agency for Montgomery County, PA

Marilou (Gross) Doughty ’77 has been breaking down barriers since her freshman year at Wheeling Jesuit.

The deputy director of Child Protective Service Agency for Montgomery County (Pa.) is one of the first females to hold a top administrative position in Pennsylvania Public Child Welfare Systems.

One of the first independent majors at Wheeling Jesuit, Doughty started as a psychology major and helped design a major for juvenile justice/social work from the University’s offerings in sociology and psychology. Read More


Maureen (Loftus) Hogel
Class of 1982
Chief Operating Officer
Duquesne Light Co.

Maureen Hogel is the first woman to serve as chief operating officer of Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Co. in the utility provider's 130-year history.

Hogel joined the company as an employment lawyer in 1996 and has logged a number of achievements since then, including having led the negotiations team that closed the $3 billion merger between Duquesne Light and the Australia-based Macquarie Consortium in 2007. Read More


Image of Dick Riley. Richard A. (Dick) Riley, Jr.
Class of 1984
Professor of Public Accounting
West Virginia University

Richard A. (Dick) Riley, Jr. '84 is a Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting at West Virginia University. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners named him the 2008 Educator of the Year and in 2009, the American Acounting Association recognized his groundbreaking work in fraud and forensic accounting education with the Innovation in Accounting Education Award. Read More


Image of Katie Torpey. Katie Torpey
Class of 1991
Movie and televisions writer and director, author

Katie Torpey is a WGA, award-winning screenwriter with a master's from UCLA Film School. She has worked in television and film for numerous studios and networks including FOX, Disney, ABC, Saban and Universal. She has been a TV staff writer, sold several screen plays and has written and rewritten scripts for many A-list Hollywood production companies. Read More


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