Parents Fund Cochairs

Joseph and Diane Bruno

Bruno Family

Joseph and Diane Bruno, parents of Lisa Bruno ’09, are delighted to serve Mount Holyoke College as cochairs of the Parents Fund. Diane says, “Our daughter’s MHC experience was unforgettable. She acquired skills that continue to benefit her in every aspect of life. As parents, we fell in love with all Mount Holyoke had to offer, and couldn’t have asked for a better education for Lisa.” The Brunos live in Higganum, Connecticut.

Joe has spent his entire career as a professor and administrator in a liberal arts college. He has taught a range of courses in his field of chemistry, and he is the author of over 60 publications and patents. He has also served as a department chair, dean, and vice president, and is conversant with the educational and economic model of the liberal arts college. He has lectured on the workings of the American liberal arts college in Taiwan and has been interviewed on the same topic by the Social Sciences in China Press.

Joe received his B.A. from Augustana College and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. In addition to serving as cochair of the MHC Parents Fund, Joe serves as a volunteer fundraiser for Middlesex County United Way. He has also served as treasurer for the Youth and Family Services organization that serves the towns of Haddam, Higganum, and Killingworth, Connecticut.
Diane is a human resource consultant with over 25 years experience in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit industries. She has been a speaker and panelist on human resource topics, taught human resource courses, and conducted career skills workshops for high school students and adults.

In addition to serving as cochair of the MHC Parents Fund, Diane serves as Advisory Board Member of Green Street Arts Center in Middletown, Connecticut, a volunteer fundraiser for Middlesex County United Way, and Human Resource Volunteer for JETS, a nondenominational, Connecticut-based outreach and support program through Jewish Family Services that provides job search strategies and services to individuals seeking employment. She has also served as a board member and cochair of the Membership Committee for the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC), and as a board member of the Montessori School of Greater Hartford. She was a founding member of the Giving Circle, a 501(c)3 organization developed to identify and fund programs that benefit women and girls in Greater Hartford. Diane is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Lisa is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke with a major in Spanish and a minor in gender studies. While at MHC, she traveled to Seville, Spain, where she lived and studied for a year. Lisa was also a member of the Network and the squash team, and served as a Hall Senator in the Student Government Association. These activities, her classes, and the friendly, diverse student body at MHC inspired lifelong relationships with friends and colleagues that she will forever cherish.

Lisa currently works as the development assistant at a community arts center, where she has been fundraising and strengthening community ties. Recognizing that a Mount Holyoke education extends beyond books and classes, Lisa continues to use the variety of lessons and skills she learned on a daily basis.

For more information on the Parents Fund, please contact Jill Stern, associate director of Annual Funds, in the Office of Development at 800-MHC-GIVE.