Program Management Staff
The Penn State Smeal MBA Program staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing the guidance and resources necessary to help you achieve your goals.
The team includes:
|Program Management Staff for the Smeal MBA Program|
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.
MBA Faculty Director
Dennis Sheehan joined the Smeal College of Business faculty in 1992 as the Louis and Virginia Benzak Professor of Finance. He previously taught at Purdue University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. Professor Sheehan is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Sheehan's research and teaching interests are in finance and statistics. His current research is in corporate finance with papers on topics such as the extent and function of managerial stock ownership, the role of active shareholders in monitoring the firm, and the pricing of seasoned equity offerings by investment banks. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Econometrics, and has also been written up in the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.
Director, MBA Career Services
Mike 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.
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MBA Admissions Director
Stacey 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.
Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting
Brenda Fabian assists both Employer Relations and Admissions in the execution of candidate recruiting and employer relationship strategies for the MBA Program. Prior to joining Smeal in 2014, Brenda supervised employer relations activities as the director of the Career Development Center at Susquehanna University. In addition, she gained recruiting experience as an admissions representative for Saint Francis University.
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager
Melissa Forsha is the assistant to the MBA Managing Director 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. Forsha has worked in the college for over twelve years, having spent nine of those years working in the Dean's Office.
Associate Director, MBA Career Services
Emily 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, MBA Employer Relations
Carol 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.
Associate Director, MBA Admissions
Ann 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, MBA Student Services
Erik Orient coordinates the development and implementation of student services and programs for resident MBA students. He also provides academic advising and counseling to current students and graduate student organizations.
Director, MBA Employer Relations
Paul 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.
Sandy 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
Scott 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
Susan Winarchick is responsible for assisting with the coordination and organization of various program activities and special events in the student services arena.