Program Management Staff
A team of faculty and staff with a broad range of experiences within academic institutions and the corporate world oversee the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and work to meet the needs of students within the program. The team includes:
Charles H. Whiteman
Prior to his appointment as dean at the Smeal College of Business, Charles H. Whiteman was senior associate dean of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. He was responsible for undergraduate and graduate degree programs; faculty and staff recruitment; promotion and tenure; budgetary operations; college facilities; technology operations; and strategic planning for the business school.
Whiteman, who holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, has more than 32 years of experience in higher education and business. He is a leading economist who advised the State of Iowa’s Department of Management, and he has served on dozens of collegiate and university committees. He and his wife, Claire, have two college-age children: Will and Sarah.
MBA Managing Director
Carrie Marcinkevage, Penn State Smeal MBA Managing Director, is responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational leadership of the full-time Penn State Smeal MBA program. Her role comprises admissions, student services, career and corporate services, and alumni involvement. Carrie comes to Smeal from the management consulting and training industry, focusing on organizational leadership of people and projects. She has traversed many organizational roles including marketing brand management, recruiting and training, instructional design, software development, project management, and sales.
Doug Thomas is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State and currently Faculty Director for the full time MBA program. He has also been a visiting faculty member at INSEAD. Doug received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering and has a B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University. Prior to returning to graduate school, Doug worked for C-Way Systems (now part of Epicor, Inc.), a software company specializing in manufacturing scheduling.
Director, MBA Student Services
Ms. Brouse coordinates the development and implementation of student services and programs for resident MBA students. She also provides academic advising and counseling to current students and graduate student organizations.
Director, MBA Career Services
Mr. Brown is the Director of MBA Career Services at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State, he has been a career consultant for two of the world’s leading outplacement firms. He brings to his work extensive management and team leadership experience in retail store operations and healthcare administration.
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager
Ms. Casey is the assistant to Ms. Marcinkevage and the office manager. She oversees a broad range of the program’s administrative activities including office management, budgetary responsibilities, and administrative policies and procedures. She also coordinates the global immersion trips and assists with EMBA activities and events. Ms. Casey has worked in the college for over twelve years, having spent nine of those years working in the Dean's Office.
|Stacey Dorang Peeler
MBA Admissions Director
Ms. Dorang Peeler is responsible for leading the admissions team on the marketing, recruiting, admission, and enrollment of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program. Prior to coming to Smeal she worked for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions as a Center Director.
Associate Director, MBA Career Services
Ms. Giacomini is the Associate Director of MBA Career Services at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State, she served as Adjunct Faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching business and coaching students on job-search skills. Her background includes supply chain management in consumer product goods, as well as learning & development in non-profit and federal government.
Manager, Corporate and Career Services
Ms. Lockard directs all MBA internship and permanent recruiting events for companies and students. She is a member of the MBA Career Services Council and is involved in several career consortia across the country. Her prior work experience includes retail management and commercial banking.
Senior Admissions Adviser
Ms. Mallison is part of the admission team responsible recruiting, applications, interviews and enrollment for the MBA Program, as well as alumni outreach pertaining to admissions. She has conducted interviews as an alumni in the past, and graduated from the Smeal MBA Program with the Class of 2002.
Director, Corporate and Alumni Relations
Mr. Poissant provides the Smeal MBA Program with a single voice in working with its student and corporate customers. Before joining Smeal, he worked in customer service, distribution, and supply management for the Quaker Oats Company (now a part of Pepsi) and The Franklin Mint Corporation.
Ms. Simler is the front-line staff person. Her duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, processing financial forms, and providing general staff support.
Operations Manager, MBA Admissions
Mr. Sylves handles all incoming admissions-related questions including eligibility, application guidelines and processes, financial aid, and standardized tests. He also works with the admissions team on coordinating recruiting events and on-campus visitations.
Student Services Representative
Ms. Winarchick is responsible for assisting with the coordination and organization of various program activities and special events in the student services arena.