Marcia Dion Loughman ’72, M.Ed.’73
Even though Marcia Loughman’s many job experiences have kept her extremely busy and active traveling around the world, she remains connected to Springfield College. Loughman was born and raised near Buffalo, N.Y., in a town called Tonawanda. Active in the YMCA as a child, and a self-described “avid YMCA kid,” she decided to go to Springfield College to earn a bachelor’s degree because of the College’s strong connection to the YMCA. After graduating in 1972, she returned to Springfield College for one more year to earn a master of education. She followed this with an MBA from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business in 1981.
What brought Loughman back to Springfield College in 2012? When she was informed that the Business Administration Department began the MBA program in the summer of 2010, she did not hesitate to get involved. The MBA students now benefit from the experience she shares in her role as an adjunct instructor.
“I wanted to contribute to the MBA kickoff and share my operations management experiences with the students,” explained Loughman.
Loughman has great experience in social services, community mental health and human service agency management, human resources management, and operations management. She has worked in numerous locations for many well-known companies. Loughman spent 12 years working for French’s Mustard as a production manager/operations manager. She spent 16 years working for Nestlé in various locations including Australia, Canada, California, and New York. After working with Nestlé, she accepted a job offer from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Inc., in Pennsylvania where she served as the vice president of operations and was responsible for quality and plant safety from 2007-2012.
Loughman has much experience in the manufacturing industry in the areas of operations and plant management. She currently is the factory general manager at Altadis USA at its McAdoo, Pa., facility and resides in Clarks-Summit, Pa. This is Loughman’s second year teaching the operations management course for the MBA program. Although the once-per-week, five-hour drive to Springfield may sometimes be stressful, she loves sharing her experiences with the students.
“Manufacturing is a great place for leadership. Not many individuals in the manufacturing industry have had the leadership training and skills development opportunity that Springfield College gives its graduates, or leading experiences like those that Springfield students participate in, and I think that is very important in industry,” explained Loughman.
Loughman loves working with the students in the MBA program because they have a variety of interests, experience, and great knowledge to share. Loughman enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their family and grandchildren, and is an active Rotarian with a keen interest and dedication to Rotary’s worldwide polio eradication project. She is an active alumna, a member of the David Allen Reed Society, and currently sits on the advisory council for the MBA program at Springfield College, as well as the board of directors at Johnson College in North Scranton, Pa.
Daniel M. Moriarty, MBA ’12
Director of Human Resources
Jewish Geriatrics Services
This semester Dan Moriarty is switching roles. He will go from learning in the classroom to standing behind the podium teaching his peers. Moriarty began taking MBA courses at Springfield College in 2010, and completed his degree in December 2012. He enjoyed his experience as an MBA student at Springfield College and quickly realized when he first started out that there was so much more to learn. Everything that he had learned in his classes was applicable to his position.
“I found the material interesting, challenging, and extremely useful. The professors’ passion for the material, and their care for ensuring that all students understood the material, made this an exciting adventure,” said Moriarty.
Moriarty had never considered teaching until he was recently called upon to instruct the Human Resources Management course.
“I was nervous and excited. But, seeing a few familiar faces from the previous semester and having the support of an amazing wife, who is a teacher, eased the nerves a bit,” said Moriarty.
Moriarty has plenty of experience in human resources. He is the director of human resources for Jewish Geriatric Services in Longmeadow, Mass., a position he has held for five years.
Moriarty has enjoyed his teaching experience, but he explains just how differently it feels to be standing in the professor’s shoes.
“As a student, I was looking to the instructor to introduce new information that I could use as I travel through my career and life. As an instructor, I’m hoping that I can keep the students engaged and interested in what I am teaching,” explained Moriarty.