Five Inducted into Science and Tech Hall of Fame
St. John Fisher College inducted five alumni into the College’s Science and Technology Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Thursday, Sept. 29, as a part of Alumni Weekend. Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase ’78, Dr. Craig M. Kubik ’80, Dr. Thomas W. Miller ’65, Dr. Gennaro “Jerry” Vasile ’67, and Dr. Theresa “Tish” Creasey ’79 received the honor.
Established in 2011 by the College’s Science and Technology Alumni Group, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to science/technology, science education, or medicine and health-related fields, or who are noteworthy for their service to their community or the College.
Di Biase currently serves as the founder and president of Premier Insights, LLC and co-founder and managing director of VentureForge, LLC. Through these corporations, Di Biase teaches individuals how to become successful entrepreneurs, and develop the executive skills necessary to become chief executive officers of the firms they establish. As a member of Vistage, an executive coaching company, Di Biase is qualified to guide CEOs of existing businesses, helping them be more successful through peer mentorship.
Over his more than 40-year career, Di Biase has become accomplished in applying innovation in a global commercial setting, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars of business for his employers. He has contributed to more than 30 patents, authored eight books, and developed several online courses in the field of innovation management, using his experiences to help students become successful entrepreneurs. He has mentored hundreds of technical professionals, while teaching innovation and human resource management in both corporate and university settings and serving as an adjunct professor at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Di Biase has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, and a board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors and the Boy Scouts of America, where he served in a variety of posts.
Di Biase received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. John Fisher College and his doctorate degree from Pennsylvania State University, where he has been honored by the College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Naperville, Illinois.
Upon graduating from St. John Fisher College with a degree in biology, Kubik worked for the former Genesee Hospital in Rochester as a respiratory therapy technician. He entered medical school in 1981, earning a degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985.
He then completed a rotating internship at Delaware Valley Medical Center, followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He met his wife, Sandra, during training there. The couple has three children: Molly, Michael, and Emily.
Kubik also served in the United States Air Force, stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he worked as a general internist from 1989 to 1992. During his service, he spent seven months in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Upon returning stateside, Kubik was awarded a fellowship in gastroenterology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. After the fellowship, he was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, serving there until he was honorably discharged with the rank of major in 1996.
For the last 17 years of his career, Kubik has lived and worked in Waycross, Georgia. He has served as President of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, and recently completed his third year as chief of the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic Health System’s Waycross campus. He also holds volunteer faculty appointments at the Medical College of Georgia (Regents University) and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and has lectured at numerous medical proceedings.
One of Kubik's passions is medical mission work. He has traveled to Kenya and Nicaragua to practice medicine and teach endoscopic techniques to local physicians. For the last eight years, he has been involved with the development and operation of a free medical clinic that serves the working poor of Southeast Georgia who are without medical insurance. He also serves as the organization’s volunteer medical director, and is assisted by his wife, Sandy, a registered nurse. For his work, Kubik was honored in 2011 with the Jacobson Brotherhood Award for community service.
A prolific author, consultant, and researcher on the topics of psychology, sport psychology, and health promotion science, Miller currently holds academic appointments as a professor emeritus and senior research scientist at two Rank 1 research institutions: the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and College of Medicine.
Over the course of his more than 40-year career, Miller has served as a sport psychologist for NCAA Division I football and basketball teams, as well as Major League Baseball and National Hockey League franchises. He has written 14 books and published more than 250 professionally refereed articles, as well as multiple book chapters. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical psychology, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Royal Society of Medicine.
Miller has been given numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Researchers Award and Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology Award by the Connecticut Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association awarded him the APA Distinguished Professional Contributions to Practice Award for his contributions to health promotion science, telehealth technology, and clinical services. He also was honored with the Outstanding Alumnus Award from SUNY Buffalo, where he received his Ph.D. Miller has received three awards for teaching excellence during his career: Great Teacher (1992), Master Teacher (1994) and Teaching Fellow (2006).
Miller is the recipient of the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation, having consulted with the National Mental Health Research Centers in the Russian cities of Moscow, Novosirbirsk Tomsk, Yeravan, and Khabarovsk. He also has consulted with the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London and the Royal Ministry of Defense in Southampton, England.
Vasile is a member of the St. John Fisher College Class of 1967. He earned a Master's in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration in 1969 from Xavier University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Management from the University of Iowa in 1973.
Over a 40-year career, Vasile has held several major executive positions, including chief executive officer and/or chief operating officer and faculty member at major academic medical centers, among them the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins Health System.
Vasile also enjoyed a distinguished career in professional management consulting, providing counsel to hospitals, academic medical centers, and pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing organizations both domestically and internationally. In that capacity, he served both private and public entities, including ministries of health in several countries. He has testified before the United States Congress, and was an expert panelist at a White House conference on health care reform.
Vasile, who served on the St. John Fisher College Board of Trustees, currently serves the Archdiocese of New York City as a board member of the Catholic Health Care System of New York City and chairman of the archdiocese's managed care companies.
Creasey graduated summa cum laude from St. John Fisher College in 1979, majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1985.
After completing her education, Creasey entered the research arena at Lederle Laboratories (now Pfizer). She subsequently transitioned into life science research by joining MilliGen, a division of Millipore. It was at Millipore that she became involved in DNA and peptide synthesis, as well as DNA sequencing, and was responsible for product development.
Creasey has gained more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and life-science research, having worked in different capacities at both large corporations, including Lederle Labs, Millipore, and Applied Biosystems, and smaller companies including GelTex Pharmaceuticals, Boston Probes, and Genosys.
Creasey has been responsible for the global oligonucleotide business at Sigma-Aldrich, which she joined in 2005. In 2013, she joined the company’s newly established applied markets business unit as vice president of the diagnostics and testing segment. In November 2015, Sigma-Aldrich was acquired by Merck Millipore, and is now part of MilliporeSigma. Creasey serves as the executive vice president of the applied solutions strategy, marketing and innovation team. In this role, she is responsible for $1.2 billion in revenue.
Over the course of her career, Creasey has won several awards for her work, including Applera's DNA Award (Demonstrated Noteworthy Achievement) in 2004 and The American Cyanamid Scientific Achievement Award in 1986. She is a published author of technical and research papers.