Preparing you to take the next step as part of a dynamic EMBA experience in suburban Philadelphia.


The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing the guidance and resources necessary to help them achieve their goals.

The team includes:

Program Staff for the Smeal EMBA Program
Kara Keenan is the Managing Director of the Smeal EMBA Program.
Kara Keenan
MBA Managing Director
Keenan is responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational leadership of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program. Based in Philadelphia, her role comprises admissions and outreach, industry and corporate connections, student services, and alumni engagement. Prior to joining the Smeal College of Business, Keenan worked in higher education managing graduate degree programs and marketing and admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and INSEAD.
Al Vicere
MBA Faculty Director

Vicere is executive education professor of strategic leadership at the Smeal College of Business. He holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree's from Penn State where he served for more than eleven years as the associate dean for executive education at Smeal. Vicere has earned a number of MBA "Excellence in Teaching" awards for his courses on strategic leadership. Additionally, he is president of Vicere Associates Inc., a consulting firm with a global client list.

Gwen Cohen Gwen Cohen
Associate Director

Cohen is involved in Smeal EMBA marketing, recruitment, and admissions activities, as well as program administration. Her background is in non-profit organization management, with experience ranging from coordinating programs for an international women's service organization to her work with a downtown business district encompassing business development, public relations, event planning, and grant and program management. Cohen is part of the Philadelphia-based Smeal EMBA Program team.
Tara Banerjee
Tara Banerjee
Program Coordinator

Based at the University Park campus, Banerjee serves as a faculty liaison while helping coordinate class weekends and events. She handles student billing and acts as an adviser and advocate for students in financial aid and other tuition-related matters. Before joining the EMBA team, Banerjee was the associate director of admissions at Juniata College.
Christa Stofferahn Christa Stofferahn
Admissions Coordinator

Stofferahn guides Smeal EMBA candidates through the application and admissions process and handles all initial inquiries from prospective students. She also assists with marketing efforts, helping to coordinate marketing campaigns, recruitment events, and class visits. Stofferahn is based on the University Park campus and travels to Philadelphia for class weekends.