Lee M. DelleMonache, Candidate for the Ph.D.
Director of the Institute
Lee has been with the Institute since 2005, first as its strategic planner and, since 2013, as director. Lee oversees all programming and resource development that focuses on the leadership and faith formation of student-athletes and coaches. She works to create opportunities that will allow faculty and students from a variety of academic disciplines to explore sport’s role in our world and seeks to strengthen and build relationships that will advance the mission of Neumann University and the Institute. Lee is currently working on her dissertation examining the impact of contemplative practices on the leadership development of college student-athletes. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from Neumann University and an undergraduate degree in English and communications at Cabrini College, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. Prior to joining the Institute in 2005, Lee served in various organizational communications positions in the non-profit fields of higher education and health care.
Marco Sifoni, M.Ed
Coordinator, Institute Programming
Marco joins the Institute freshly after completing his master’s degree studies in Educational Leadership at Temple University. Marco also has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple. Prior to Neumann, he has worked in numerous athletic environments. As a student at Temple, Marco spent four years working for Coach Fran Dunphy and Temple’s Men’s Basketball Team as Student Manager and worked as an Assistant Equipment Manager for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams during his graduate studies. Outside of Temple, Marco has worked for the Philadelphia Soul, the Philadelphia Phillies, and Father Judge High School Athletics. He also has experience in coaching high school athletes at the varsity, CYO, and club levels. Marco looks to bring his plethora of experiences and his strong faith-filled values to Neumann University, especially to Neumann’s team chaplaincy program, seasonal student-athlete commissioning ceremonies, the Knights of Reflection program, and other leadership formation activities.
Evan comes back to Neumann after graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Arts. Evan oversees content development for all social media channels as well as the Institute’s website. While a student at Neumann, Evan was a three-year captain on the men’s lacrosse team. He rejoined the Neumann University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff in September of 2015 as an assistant coach. Prior to joining Neumann, Zielinski spent some time in sales and logistics and was a strength and conditioning and marketing assistant at Topspeed Performance School. Evan currently works with the Philadelphia Eagles as a member of the game day staff.