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February 23, 2021

La Roche Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23, 2021 – The Board of Trustees at La Roche University recently welcomed two new members. The following individuals will begin their terms this month.

Cynthia B . Piccirilli, M.D.
Dr. Piccirilli is a retired captain in the United States Navy, former head of neurosurgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and an inaugural member of La Roche University’s Distinguished Alumni Circle.

Five years after graduating summa cum laude from La Roche University in 1979, Dr. Piccirilli became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and graduated with a doctor of medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Edward F. Herbert School of Medicine. She completed her surgical internship in general surgery followed by residency training in neurosurgery at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated in 1995, becoming the first woman to complete training in a military neurosurgery program.

Following residency, she was stationed as a staff neurosurgeon at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. She served in a variety of roles including: Department Chair of Neurosurgery, President of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and Specialty Advisor for Neurosurgery to the Surgeon General of the Navy. She also was an active member of the Craniofacial Board. Augmentation assignments took Dr. Piccirilli to Okinawa, Japan and Landstuhl, Germany where she provided neurosurgical care; in 2003 she deployed to Kuwait with a Navy fleet hospital in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2016 Dr. Piccirilli completed her naval career and honorably retired with more than 31 years of dedicated service. In her naval career she was a three-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and a recipient of the Joint Service Achievement Award. She received the Professional Achievement Award by La Roche in 1996, and she was an inaugural member of the La Roche Distinguished Alumni Circle in 2013.

Dr. Piccirilli resides with her spouse, Catherine Wright, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Anthony F. (Tony) Rocco
Tony Rocco is President of WesBanco Bank-Western PA Market and responsible for the administration and business development activities of the Western Pennsylvania market.

Mr. Rocco began his banking career in 1983 at Landmark Savings, worked briefly for Integra Bank and then joined Fidelity Bank as Senior Vice President of Community Banking in 1994, a title he retained at the time of the WesBanco Bank merger in November 2012. With WesBanco he was responsible for the operations and relationship building activities of 31 retail banking centers in Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Washington Counties, which comprise the WesBanco Bank Western Pennsylvania market.

Mr. Rocco has been a Rotarian for more than 30 years and is a member of the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club. He also is treasurer for the Brightwood Civic Group that works to improve public safety and housing opportunities in the city neighborhood where he grew up.

As a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Loan Review Committee, Mr. Rocco works to provide credit to small businesses within the Pittsburgh city limits. He received the 2016 Northside Leadership Conference Neighborhood and Business Award for his community service work.

Mr. Rocco holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. During his career he completed the Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking as an honors recipient, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Leadership Institute, and numerous banking industry educational programs and trainings. He has his Series 7 and 63 securities licenses, as well as Pennsylvania Life and Health, and Property and Casualty licenses.

A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Rocco resides in Cranberry Township with his wife, Linda. They have three children: David, Diana and Greg.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.