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March 20, 2023

New Members Join La Roche University Board of Trustees

PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2023 – The Board of Trustees of La Roche University recently welcomed four new members.The following individuals became members of the board in February 2023:Sister Judith Connor, CDPSister Judith recently was elected to serve on the Provincial Leadership Team of the Sisters of Divine Providence community. With a background in social work, she worked as a case manager with children and adults with developmental disabilities in Aiken, South Carolina. Sister Judith also has worked with the poor and homeless in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, terminally ill hospital patients in Augusta, Georgia, and adults suffering with mental illness in Pittsburgh.  

A licensed clinical social worker, Sister Judith earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has a master’s degree in religious education from Boston College.   

Sister Kathleen Matz, CDPA La Roche alumna and inaugural member of La Roche’s Distinguished Alumni Circle, Sister Kathleen serves as campus minister at De LaSalle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan.  Sister Kathleen has held various administrative roles for the Archdiocese of Detroit. As a professional mentor, she has been involved with the Directors of Religious Education, youth ministers, liturgical musicians and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Facilitators and Christian Service Coordinators. Sister Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree from La Roche and her master’s degree from Loyola University.   

Sister Bertshabe (Sister Betsa) Palomino Montalvo, CDPA La Roche alumna, Sister Betsa recently was elected to serve on the Provincial Leadership Team of the Sisters of Divine Providence community. She is a human resources associate at the Multicultural Health Evaluation Delivery System in Erie, Pennsylvania. Sister Betsa earned her business degree from San Antonio Abad del Cusco University and her master’s degree from La Roche. 

Susan M. RendaMs. Renda is Vice President, Human Resources at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. She is responsible for overseeing human resources strategic initiatives, policies and programs and is a member of the executive leadership team. Ms. Renda has over twenty years of progressive human resources experience in organizational development, succession planning, talent management and employment law. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the chairperson of Japan America Society of Pennsylvania. Ms. Renda earned her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and received a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University.


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.