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Patricia B. DeAngelis and Melissa von Stade: Penn Vet Leadership
September 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 03


Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital (Ryan-VHUP) at the School of Veterinary Medicine has named Patricia B. DeAngelis Executive Director while Melissa von Stade has been named assistant dean of advancement and communications for the entire Penn Vet entity.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pat and Melissa to our team,” said Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine. “I am confident that the combination of their experience, leadership skills and outstanding development skills will be positive assets to Penn Vet and its faculty, staff and students and be instrumental as we look to shape our future and continue to lead in our mission of veterinary excellence.”

As executive director of Ryan-VHUP, Pat DeAngelis is responsible for the entire business workings of Ryan-VHUP and will work in close partnership with the School’s chair to optimize support for Penn Vet’s academic missions.

“I am honored to be joining the extraordinary team at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital,” said Ms. DeAngelis. “Their reputation for excellence in research, education and service is world renowned and the passion they exhibit in all aspects of their work is unparalleled. I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we continue to advance the care of animals and the field of veterinary medicine.”

Most recently, Ms. DeAngelis has served as CEO and president for DeAngelis Business Solutions, where she provided strategic business, change management and leadership development consulting to companies and non-profit organizations. She has also worked for Nazareth Hospital as CEO and president, during which time she led the $140 million organization through a financial, clinical and cultural turnaround. Other experience includes time at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE and St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Hahnemann University and University of Pennsylvania, respectively, Ms. DeAngelis was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Holy Family University.

Ms. DeAngelis serves on the boards of Father Judge High School in Philadelphia; Manor College in Jenkintown; and The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, United States Province, in Haverford.

von Stade

As assistant dean of advancement and communications, Melissa von Stade is responsible for the management and oversight of the entire development, alumni relations and communications team of both the Philadelphia and Kennett Square campuses of the Vet School, and works closely with faculty and administration in the School’s hospitals, clinical studies and research areas. She joins Penn Vet most recently from the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, where she served as the director of development.

“I am honored to be coming on board at Penn Vet,” said Ms. von Stade. “I am so looking forward to working with this team of professionals who are dedicated to the field of veterinary medicine and jointly focused on the school’s mission of education, research and service. I’m excited about the possibilities that exist for Penn Vet. The groundwork has been laid and I look forward to being part of this world-renowned team.”

Prior to joining Penn at Morris Arboretum in 2003, Ms. von Stade worked as a vice president at the Wayland Group based in Sudbury, MA. In that role, she provided resource development, strategic planning and capital campaign counsel to more than 45 non-profit organizations. She has also worked at Harvard University as the acting director of development for the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research; the director of the Harvard Graduate Society Annual Fund; and as a fund officer. In these increasingly visible roles, Ms. von Stade has managed volunteers, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fundraising budgets and created effective campaign committees and programs.

Ms. von Stade earned her bachelor of arts degree from Denison University. She has had a menagerie of companion animals throughout her life and, as a result, has gained a keen appreciation for veterinary medicine. Currently, she and her family care for two Springer spaniel dogs, Maddie and Phoebe.

Almanac - September 14, 2010, Volume 57, No. 03