Allendale, New Jersey
As a philanthropist, Theresa Salameno has played an active role in two major initiatives that go to the heart of Stonehill's academic mission -- a student scholarship and an endowed academic chair.
Theresa and her husband, Trustee Lawrence Salameno, have created the Theresa Ryan Scholars Program, which benefits financially needy students who attend Stonehill. Established in 2001, the Theresa Ryan Scholars Program has to-date assisted 46 students at the College.
Also with her husband, Theresa was instrumental in the creation of the first endowed chair in the College's history. The Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Endowed Chair in History will assist Stonehill in continuing to attract exceptional teacher scholars.
The Salameno Endowed Chair also represents great confidence in Stonehill's future and will help to move the College into a new phase of scholarly and teaching maturity.
In her philanthropic outreach, Theresa assumes a very personal interest in the projects she supports. She gets to know the students who receive her scholarship, encouraging them as they make progress toward their academic goals. A frequent visitor to the campus, she understands the people whose hard work gives the College its edge and distinction, and she appreciates the challenges that Stonehill faces as it works toward "Attaining the Summit: The Campaign for Stonehill College."
At their home in Allendale, NJ, Theresa and Larry Salameno have frequently hosted events in support of the College. Their daughter Francesca attended Stonehill during the 2001-2002 academic year.
At Commencement 2008, Salameno received an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Stonehill for her commitment to civic and educational causes. Educated at Brooklands College in Surrey, England, Theresa maintains close ties to her native England and is active in numerous civic, educational, and philanthropic causes. She is a member of the Ramapo College of New Jersey Foundation Board of Governors. Theresa also sits on the Board of Directors of the John Fell House, a National Preservation site, Allendale, NJ.; and is on the Executive Board of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Ridgewood, NJ.; and the Pastoral Council of Guardian Angel Church, Allendale, NJ. In addition to their daughter, Francesca, the Salamenos have a son, Charles.