New Leader, Two New Members for Board of Trustees

Caroline Leavitt DeCota RSC ’84, a director at Smith & Nephew, and Francine Ebersman RSC ’79, controller at Scottsdale Hangar One, joined The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees and Patricia Timpano Sparrell RSC ’78 was named trustee chair. Sparrell has served on the board since 2014 and is recently retired from Exxon Mobil Corp.

Caroline Leavitt DeCota

Caroline Leavitt DeCota

Caroline Leavitt DeCota graduated from Russell Sage College with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on Healthcare Administration at the Fort Myer, Virginia, campus of Golden Gate University. She worked in Washington, D.C., in pharmacy policy before moving to Boston where she continued her career at HMOs and pharmaceutical manufacturers. For the last 13 years, she has served as director of healthcare systems for Smith & Nephew, responsible for the company’s Medicare Part D business. She has been active on the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association board as chair of the Ways and Means Committee. 

 

Francine Ebersman

Francine Ebersman

 

Francine Ebersman graduated from Russell Sage College and then earned her MBA from New York University. She became a CPA in New York while working at one of the then Big Eight accounting firms before going on to become managing director of a financial services company in lower Manhattan. In 2000, she moved to the Phoenix area and for 10 years has served as controller of Scottsdale Hangar One in Scottsdale. She is involved in a number of volunteer activities, including treasurer of the Arizona section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

 

Patricia Timpano Sparrell

Patricia Timpano Sparrell

Patricia Timpano Sparrell, chair of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees, holds degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. She recently retired from Exxon Mobil as the EMRE Global Process Engineering and Optimization Manager, overseeing manufacturing and capital projects supporting Exxon Mobil’s downstream business functions. During her 33-year career at Exxon Mobil, she held technical and managerial positions in Research & Engineering, Marketing & Refining, Supply & Logistics and Biomedical Sciences. She is a member of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Boards at Northwestern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a board member of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation. She holds multiple patents and has authored multiple papers.

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