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November 17, 2022

Three New Members Join La Roche University Board of Trustees

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2022 – La Roche University recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees. 

The following individuals became members of the board in October 2022:

Adrienne Cook, SPHR, CCP

Alumna Adrienne Cook is senior vice president and director of total compensation for Federated Hermes Inc. in Pittsburgh. She is responsible for the design and administration of all compensation, benefit, payroll, stock and executive compensation plans. Ms. Cook has 27 years of progressive human resource experience in benefits and compensation management in both public and community organizations. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Pittsburgh Human Resources Association, Pittsburgh Total Rewards Association and the United Way SWPA Good Neighbor Committee. Ms. Cook earned a master’s degree in human resources management from La Roche.  

Barry Melnkovic

Barry Melnkovic is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for U. S. Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh. During his diverse career as a business leader, he has encompassed all facets of human resources, as well as broad-based business experience in global publicly traded and private companies. At U. S. Steel, Mr. Melnkovic contributed to and led many enterprise wide initiatives, but it was his “Pivot to the People” strategy that helped drive U. S. Steel to achieve financial results through high-performing teams. Mr. Melnkovic accomplished this by moving U. S. Steel up the talent curve with a focus on a culture of caring, talent upskilling/leadership development, and establishing U. S. Steel as a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Mr. Melnkovic’s leadership contributed to external recognition for U. S. Steel, including: Corporate Equality Index; Forbes Best Employers; Newsweek Most Loved Companies; Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion (DEI); and Leaders on Leave.

Personal recognition for Mr. Melnkovic includes: HR Executive of the Year by Human Resources Executive magazine; EVANTA Global HR Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award; CHRO of the Year, HR leadership awards (HRLA) of greater Washington, D.C.; USS CEO GRIT award; and Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Ally Award by the National Diversity Council.

A native of Windber, Pa., Mr. Melnkovic is the son of a retired U. S. Steel crane operator and welder who spent much of his career at the company’s former Johnstown Works in Johnstown, Pa. Mr. Melnkovic earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in human resources from Rutgers University.

Jaclyn E. Faulds, Esq.

Jaclyn E. Faulds is a Director at Houston Harbaugh, PC in Pittsburgh where she acts as counsel to clients in sales and acquisitions, operates as an outside general business law counsel for corporate clients and drafts and negotiates business-related agreements. Ms. Faulds is co-president of the Women’s Bar Association; Treasurer of the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Board of Governors and Chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee; Chair of the Public Service Committee of the Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a business and attorney volunteer for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Ms. Faulds also serves on the Board of Art Expression, Inc. and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  



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, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 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.