OUR STORY

Murray Hill Institute was founded in 2000 by a group of professional women committed to helping women integrate ethical standards into their personal and professional lives. In October 2000 Murray Hill Institute held its inaugural conference, “Women Transforming Culture.” Over 200 women attended, from the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, representing 25 different professions. The conference examined views of women within their historical context, the impact that women’s changing roles have had on society, and ways to better channel the contributions women are making in the workplace. Since that time the Institute has sponsored other conferences, seminars, lectures, and discussion forums on a wide range of topics that relate to women and the world of work. In 2015, the first “Fashion Intelligence” symposium was organized in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology Center for Continuing and Professional Studies and Complutense University—Villanueva, Madrid. Other highlights of recent years include the expansion of the MHI Mentoring Program and the formation of a MHI Junior Board.  In addition, IESE Business School, New York, hosted recent MHI conferences on “Women and Authentic Human Development” and “ReInvention, ReTooling, RePurposing: Leading Your Career in a World of Change.” 

Murray Hill Institute’s programs are open to individuals of all races, creeds and ethnic backgrounds. In 2001, Murray Hill Institute, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Murray Hill Institute are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The programs sponsored by the Institute are inspired by the thought and work of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

 

M. Teresa R. Carale
President
Teresa Carale is the President of Murray Hill Institute. Prior to joining Murray Hill Institute, she served as president of Southgate Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit educational institution in Houston, Texas. Before joining the Not-for-profit sector, she worked for nine years in the Global Research and Development Division of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

A Fulbright scholar, Teresa received her Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her interests include: Women in Science, Science and Ethics, Personal Leadership Principles, Character Education, and Developing Leadership Programs for Women. 

 

Alice Trimmer
Vice-President
Alice Trimmer is an editor and musician. She was formerly Director of the Rosedale Center for Girls, located in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Prior to that she was Editorial Director of the K-8 music textbook series published by The McGraw-Hill Companies. Alice holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Doctorate in Music from the City University of New York. She is on the Advisory Board for the South Bronx Educational Foundation and is a violinist with the New York Repertory Orchestra. 

 

Martha Swanzey
Secretary
Martha Swanzey is the Secretary of the Murray Hill Institute Board of Directors. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from The Pennsylvania State University, after which she taught in a high school for five years. She gives several talks a month to parent groups on the extraordinary value of ordinary life. She and her husband have spent one evening of each month during the past seven years with friends and neighbors on Cinema Forum – presenting and critiquing films from all genre, as a way of emphasizing how values come down through the arts.

 

Maria Socorro (Corito) Sevilla
Treasurer
Corito Sevilla is currently working with Rabobank NA, a Dutch bank, as New York Credit Committee Secretary. Prior to joining Rabobank, she worked for The Bank of Nova Scotia, a Canadian bank, for more than 25 years here in the U.S. as well as in Asia and Canada. Her work experience at Scotiabank covered a broad range of banking activities, which included corporate banking, international trade finance, wealth management, power project finance, debt restructuring, public finance and infrastructure, and branch management. She is also currently a Director and Treasurer of Harambee USA Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support educational and developmental initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a CPA and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Accounting, from St. Scholastica's College, her MBA academics from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Advanced Bank Management Program from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines.

 

Terri Carron
Board Member
Terri Carron is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts Film/Television.  She has worked in both network television production and independent film.  For several years Terri has worked in media training and image consulting and founded “Just Your Style,” a communications/image consulting business.  She resides in Connecticut with her husband and children. Terri is a subscriber of the New York City Ballet and also enjoys plays and Broadway musicals.

 

Rosemary DellaMarco
Board Member
Rosemary DellaMarco, a retired financial services professional, joined MHI’s Board in 2009. She served as MHI’s Executive Director from 2008 to 2012 and acted as Comptroller from 2012 to 2014. Her professional experience includes credit officer positions at major financial services companies such as Bank of America, Citicorp, Xerox Credit, CIT and Manufacture’s Hanover. She currently serves on Advisory Committees for the South Bronx Educational Foundation and the Community Cancer Center at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Queens. She received her BA in History from Hunter College and studied finance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Her interests include American history and horticulture.

 

Claudia Marcela Fonseca
Board Member
Claudia Fonseca studied Business Administration at Universidad de La Sabana, in Bogota, Colombia. She worked for Proyectos en Concreto, S.A., a construction company, as a project manager for different sites. Claudia has been married for nearly 30 years and has three adult children. She lives in New Jersey. She has been an Image Consultant for the past 13 years and is certified by EIS and StyleInnovators. From 2013-2015, she was the Associate Director of Palisade Surgery Center, and Patient Care Coordinator for Palisade Plastic Surgery. She is currently the Patient Liaison for Northern Center for Plastic Surgery.

 

Elzbieta Napierala
Board member
Elzbieta Napierala has been working in R&D of Bell Labs and AT&T Labs for over 25 years.  She has been responsible for technical development of networking products and services based on emerging technologies. Her global experience included development and implementation of a global network management platform spanning network centers across US, Europe, and Asia.  She was also responsible for planning and engineering of manufacturing systems for AT&T factories.  Before joining telecommunication industry, Elzbieta was a Professor at Iona College in the Department of Management Science and Systems.    

Elzbieta received her M.Sc. in Computer Science from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland; Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University; and MBA from Monmouth University.

 

Grace Perry
Board Member  
Grace Perry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, after which she held increasingly more responsible positions in Human Resources, culminating with the position of Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits at Tyco Electronics. At TE, Grace travelled extensively throughout the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe designing and implementing compensation, performance and career management, and benefits programs. Prior to Tyco Electronics, she held positions at Comcast Corporation, Becton Dickinson and Company and International Flavors and Fragrances.

Following her corporate career, Grace established and managed the consulting firm GL Perry Associates, which provided compensation, benefits, performance management and career development expertise to small and medium sized organizations, primarily in the U.S.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

M. Teresa R. Carale, President
Alice Trimmer, Vice-President
Martha Swanzey, Secretary
Maria Socorro (Corito) Sevilla, Treasurer
Terri Carron
Rosemary DellaMarco
Claudia Fonseca
Elzbieta Napierala

Grace Perry