Meet Our Washington D.C. Liaisons

Nancy Opalack ’71

Board Member Representative

Ms. Opalack is Executive Director and founder of Educational Support Systems, Inc., (ESS). Incorporated in 1983, ESS became the largest educational advocacy firm in the Washington Metropolitan area, serving well over 1000 families and initiating the Blackman Jones class action complaint. Ms. Opalack currently consults to SEAs, Districts, LEAs, Resource Centers, Authorizers, Educational Management Organizations, and charter and restructured public schools on special education issues and operations. Ms. Opalack has developed special education operation models with accompanying professional development and has provided start-up and implementation support for both individual and clusters of charter schools in Washington DC, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, and Baltimore. Ms. Opalack is developing and co directing the Louisiana Special Education Cooperative, a progressive service delivery system for public direct-run and charter schools in New Orleans. Ms. Opalack holds a BA in Education and English from Ursinus College and has been a certified secondary English teacher.

 

Patti Galupo ’77

Alumni Representative

Patti graduated with a BS in Psychology from the great Class of 1977. Although she did not pursue a graduate degree in her field, another opportunity turned into a rewarding career: a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a federal law enforcement agency. Patti worked there for 25 years, from November of 1978 to April of 2004, assuming the highest field rank of Special Agent in Charge (Miami Field Division), only the 2nd woman to achieve that in the bureau’s history. Her greatest achievement was the ability to use leadership skills to develop young agents. She credits Ursinus with getting her to that place to try risky ventures.

 

Morgan E. Vandermast ’12

Young Alumni Representative
mvandermast6@gmail.com

Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and minors in Art History and Biology. Her interests outside the classroom included the Omega Chi sorority, the Big Brother/Big Sister and Best Buddies mentoring programs. Upon graduating, Morgan was offered a job with a behavioral research company headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia.

 

Jay Richards ’04

Young Alumni Representative

Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor  in Theater. His interests outside the classroom were Meistersingers, Ursinus College Choir, Pro Theater, and the UC Admissions office. After graduating, Jay took a job in Roanoke, VA working as an undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Hollins University. Jay left Hollins in 2006 to pursue Meeting Planning. He currently works for the National Association for Law Placement in that role.

 

Dana (Klotz) Moore P’16

Parent Representative
Dana is the parent of an Ursinus student, as well as a former student of the school from 1980 to 1983.  In addition to being a proud Ursinus mom, she is the wife of a U.S. diplomat and a certified teacher for both elementary grades and secondary science.  Her true interests lie in international education with the goal of sustainable economic development.