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Program Management Staff

This page provides information on program management staff for the Smeal MBA Program.

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:

Information on program management staff for the Smeal MBA Program.
Program Management Staff for the Smeal MBA Program
Carrie Marcinkevage Carrie Marcinkevage
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 Doug Thomas
MBA Faculty Director

Along with his role of MBA faculty director, Doug Thomas is associate professor of supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. 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.

Mike Brown Mike Brown
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.
Stacey Dorang
Stacey Dorang Peeler
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.
Melissa Casey Melissa Forsha
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.
Emily Giacomini
Emily Giacomini
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.
Carol Lockard Carol Lockard
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.
Ann Mallison
Ann Mallison
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.
Erik Orient Erik Orient
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.
Paul Poissant Paul Poissant
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 Sandy Simler
Sandy Simler is the front-line staff person.  Her duties include answering phones, greeting visitors, processing financial forms, and providing general staff support.
Scott Sylves
Scott Sylves
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.
Susan Ferchalk Susan Winarchick
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.