President’s Cabinet

Cabinet Members

Patrick Farley, Executive Vice President for Finance

Patrick Farley earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Communications degree from Washington Adventist University. He also holds a M.S. in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Farley has been in this position since July, 2004. From 2002 to 2004, he served as controller at WAU. Prior to joining WAU, Farley worked in the communication and government contracting industry as controller, senior accountant and staff accountant.

Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Provost

Kisunzu holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI; M.S. in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, Chicago, IL and B.S. in nursing, also from Andrews She has held senior-level positions of progressive academic and administrative leadership, including grant administrator at Eastfield College Mesquite, Texas for its historic 1.4 million dollar Texas Workforce Commission Grant, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development as well as the administrator for the Life Science Human Services Division and Director of the Nursing Program at Harper College Palatine, IL She has also over 14 years of teaching experience achieved through faculty appointment at Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA, St. Louis Community College Meramec St. Louis, MO and Harper College Palatine, IL. University, Berrien Springs.

Janette Neufville, Chief Operations and Compliance Officer

Janette Neufville earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Neufville provides oversight and monitoring of institutional compliance for federal, state, church, and accrediting bodies and recently earned a professional certification as a Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Prior to her current role, she served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

For twenty-five years before to joining WAU, she served as an analyst, business consultant and program manager at various Fortune 500 companies, including Nasdaq, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), EDS (now Hewlett Packard), and Sprint Nextel. Neufville is responsible for institutional research; institutional effectiveness; institutional data integrity; and support of assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning.

Amy Ortiz-Moretta, Vice President for Student Life

Amy Ortiz-Moretta is no stranger to higher education.  During the last 19 years at Kettering College in Ohio, she served in a variety of student-focused roles including Director of Student Life and Residence Hall, Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services, Title IX Coordinator, and Assistant Professor. She holds an MS in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.

Ms. Ortiz-Moretta is also no stranger to WAU, having received her BS in Counseling Psychology here. Her son, Sonny, is currently a junior Political Science major at WAU.

Tanya Sweeney, Executive Director of Development

Tanya Sweeney worked for almost 20 years in sales and marketing in the telecommunications industry with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and COMNET International Co., a Chicago software development company before making the transition from the corporate world to the non-profit arena in 2006. At that time, she began working as Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Union County in Elizabeth, NJ, then as Director of Major Gifts for the Epilepsy Foundation headquarters in Landover, MD, and most recently as Director of Development at Friendship Place in Washington, DC, a homeless services provider. She joined Washington Adventist University in March, 2017.

She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in Executive Management from Northwestern University.

Richard Castillo, Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications

Castillo brings his extensive practical skills, experience, and love for communication to Washington Adventist University. During the last four years, he served as the Pastor for Media and Outreach at Sligo Adventist Church where he has designed multiple websites, updated Sligo Church’s branding, and expanded their social media reach. He has led the Sligo Media Team to expand and improve their streaming broadcast, and has also developed an innovative weekly outreach ministry called “Reset”. Previous to ministry he spent almost a decade working in the corporate sector for the country’s largest media corporation, wearing many hats and expanding his knowledge. He has owned his own design and photography company for many years, launching modeling careers and preserving many wedding memories. His deep love of Jesus Christ and loyalty to the Seventh-day Adventist Church has led Richard to choose to apply his knowledge and experience to enhance the reach and growth of ministry within the church and expand the Kingdom of God.

Mark Sigue, Vice President of Ministry

Mark Sigue was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to the United States in 1995 and began his college education at Southern Adventist University before transferring to Andrews University. He started ministry work at the General Conference (GC) Adventist Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and worked there for five years before leaving the Secretariat Office and Ministerial Association to follow God’s calling in ministry as the Associate Pastor of Sligo SDA Church in Takoma Park until 2010. He served as the district pastor in the Virginia Beach/Tidewater area and as a Youth Pastor at Frederick SDA until 2016.