Scholarship Review Committee

 

In the Spring, the Scholarship Review Committee, consisting of volunteers who are professionals in fields of education, medicine, learning challenges (disabilities), law, nonprofits, and engineering, meet to evaluate applications from around the country. The applications go through a series of rigorous reviews to determine if the applicant meets the criteria, has told a compelling story, is reminiscent of Joseph, and has explained how the funds would have a significant financial or emotional impact on them. Prior Joseph James Morelli Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to reapply. Scholarship awards may be applied towards uses that can help a student be successful, and include tuition, tutoring, assistive technology, and testing. Applications open in January and close mid-March each year.



Committee Co-Founders


Barbara Morelli

Barbara Morelli

Barbara Wirostko (Morelli) MD is the mother of the late Joseph James Morelli and the founder of the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation. Barb received her BA from Cornell University and her MD from Columbia University. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained glaucoma specialist with an Adjunct Professor appointment at Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah. She is an entrepreneur and serves on several local boards and committees. Barb lives in Park City, UT with her husband and children. 
 


Joseph Morelli

Joseph Morelli

Joseph John Morelli MD is the father of the late Joseph James Morelli and serves on the board of the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation. Joe received his undergraduate from University of Virginia and his MD from Columbia University. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship trained in pediatric anesthesiology. He serves on the governing boards of Park City Medical Center and Mountain West Anesthesia. Joe lives in Park City, UT with wife Barbara and children. 
 


 
Committee Members


Marcy Abate

Marcy Abate - Chairperson

Marcy holds a degree in Business Logistics from Penn State and worked in production planning, inventory control, and project management roles for 18 years, most recently for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  She has been involved with various scholarship committees related to the schools her children attended, both in Connecticut and in Utah, ranging from preschool to high school.  Marcy resides in Park City, Utah with her husband.
 
 
Judy Brownstein

Judy Brownstein

Judy has a degree in education with a BA in English and a masters in secondary education from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as an English teacher in Philadelphia, and most recently as an editor of academic, scientific, and medical books for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers in New York City, and an editor and writer for Scientific American Medicine. Judy has served on committees and boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations.
 
 
Christine Foreman

Christine Foreman, PhD

Christine is the Associate Dean for Student Success and an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University, where Joseph was an engineering student. Christine earned her B.S. in biology with a chemistry minor from Baldwin-Wallace College. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Toledo where she received a National Science Foundation (NSF) dissertation grant.  With two sons, two golden retrievers and a husband that owns a fly-fishing shop, Christine can often be found on the rivers of Montana.
 
 
Charlie Matthews

Charlie Matthews

With degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, Charlie has worked with high school students for over 30 years. He has been an AP Physics teacher at Park City High School from 1992 to 2016. As the engineering facilitator for the Park City School District Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Charlie has had the opportunity to immerse students as engineers into work-based projects. Charlie now serves as STEM Coordinator for the Park City School District. He lives with his family in Park City.
 
 
Jack Mercer

Jack Mercer

Jack serves as a special advisor to the Scholarship Review Committee. He received his B.A from Duke University, and a Masters in Special Education from North Carolina State University. He is the recipient of a fellowship in the Special Education doctoral program at the University of Utah, and is pursuing his PhD. Prior to enrolling at the University of Utah, he served as Director of Special Education at Alianza Academy in Salt Lake City, Special Education teacher at Basalt High School in Basalt, Colorado, and Academic Director at the Aspen Valley Ski Club in Aspen, Colorado.
 
 
Robert Mercer

Robert Mercer

Bob received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He enjoyed a 30+ year career in law and business, during which he served as a senior executive of two large multinational companies.   He has served and continues to serve on the board of directors of numerous organizations related to Duke University and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Bob and his wife Vickie reside in Park City, UT.
 
 
Julia Morelli

Julia Morelli

Julia is a senior at the University of Southern California studying biomedical engineering with a minor in health care studies. She proudly sits on the committee of her brother’s scholarship and seeks out deserving students to be the recipients. She enjoys hiking, camping, and simply being outdoors, as did Joseph. She is involved in research both at USC and at the University of Utah. She currently holds leadership positions within her sorority Tri Delta at USC and within the organization of Camp Kessem.
 
 
Laura Schiro

Laura Schiro

Laura is a global executive director of technology at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Working in technology for over forty years, she has expertise leading IT organizations, projects, and transformations across financial, telecom, pharma and consumer-goods industries. Throughout her career, she has taken advantage of any opportunity to foster the professional and technical development of more junior technologists. Laura has also been an active volunteer for several charity organizations. Outside of work, Laura can be found on the slopes of Vermont and Utah, or sailing the northeast coast with her husband and daughter.
 
 
Program Manager


Riki Case

Riki Case

Riki serves as the administrator of the scholarship application software and assists the Foundation board with donor database management, communication, process definition, and whatever else needs to be done. Riki received a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. She and her family reside in Park City, UT.