Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

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Alyana Auerbach

Today - Alayna lives in NYC as a deals consultant at PwC. Alayna helps clients derive maximum value from both potential and actual transactions across various industries. She specializes in merger integration and pre-deal IT due diligence. On the side, Alayna illustrates and loves attending talks to continue learning (about anything!).

Previously - Alayna graduated from Schreyer and Smeal in '15 with a major in Finance and minors in Spanish and Economics. During her time at Penn State, she led the Schreyer Consulting Group, traveled to Barcelona / Panama / India through school programs (and elsewhere in between!), and DJ'ed THON (first time as students!).

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Todd Bacastow

Todd Bacastow is director of product management for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of geospatial information and insight. In this role, he works to incubate, launch, and grow products for DigitalGlobe, which bring together satellite imagery, geospatial data, and analytic technologies to answer critical questions for decision makers. Prior to his current role, he joined DigitalGlobe through the acquisitions of GeoEye and SPADAC. At SPADAC, Todd worked closely with the founding leadership team as manager of strategic initiatives to deliver geospatial predictive analytic software and expertise to U.S. Government and commercial customers.

Before joining SPADAC, Todd was an associate at FirstMark Capital, a New York-based venture capital investment firm with more than $2 billion in committed capital. At FirstMark, he identified investment opportunities in growing technology companies, executed deals, and supported the management teams at companies within FirstMark’s portfolio. Prior to his experience in venture capital, Todd was an analyst in investment banking for the media and telecommunications group at Merrill Lynch.

Todd is a 2005 graduate of Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College with a B.S. in information sciences and technology. He currently serves on the board of directors for Innoblue, a student-led start-up incubator at Penn State.

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Kelsey Bradbury

Kelsey Bradbury is a Senior Consumer Insights Consultant supporting Lincoln’s Retirement Plan Services business. In this role, she conducts research to understand attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of Lincoln’s clients—including plan sponsors, consultants, and participants. Kelsey is the primary architect of the Retirement Power Participant Study, which examines American consumers’ motivations and behaviors as they save and plan for retirement. This comprehensive research program provides insight into generational, gender-based, ethnicity-based, attitudinal, and lifestyle segments of the American population. In addition to her work supporting Lincoln’s Retirement business, Kelsey conducts research to understand consumers’ usage of web and mobile resources across financial services products, as well as research to gain a deeper understanding of various consumer segments, including Millennials, multigenerational households, and the sandwich generation. Kelsey joined Lincoln Financial in 2012.

Prior to joining the Consumer Insights team, Kelsey supported communications for Lincoln’s Life and Annuities business lines, and served as a Competitive Intelligence Analyst for Lincoln’s Life insurance business. Kelsey is a graduate of the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, where she received B.A. degrees in Psychology and Advertising, with Honors in Media Studies. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Xavier Candela

Xavier Candela is currently a first year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. Originally from Erie, PA, he attended Penn State University and Schreyer's Honors College where he majored in Science (general option), B.S, Psychology (neuroscience option), B.S., and minored in Biomedical Engineering. Xavier completed his thesis in Biomedical Engineering on the Conformational Effects of Fluid Sheer on von Willebrand Factor Protein. Before attending Penn State College Medicine, Xavier spend a year working as an EMT in his hometown and traveled throughout Europe and Asia.

Theophilus Chukwueke, Jr.

Theophilus graduated from the Schreyer Honors College and the Smeal College of Business in 2014 with a bachelor in actuarial science. While at Penn State, Theophilus served as vice president of the actuarial science club within Smeal and the lead chair of the career development program within Schreyer. Theophilus works as a Wealth Associate with Mercer, which serves as the leader in the HR consulting space. His team is responsible for the funding, accounting, and risk mitigation of pension and healthcare plans for corporations, most of which hold plan liabilities over $100 million and few over a half billion. Theophilus is working towards becoming an enrolled actuary with the Internal Revenue Service and a fellow with the Society of Actuaries.

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RJ Cilley

RJ Cilley is currently a Senior Vice President at Hudson's Bay Company. RJ is responsible for running the company's Digital business along with sourcing new business and other operational activities. RJ started his career at Hudson's Bay Company in 2012 as a Senior Analyst focusing on M&A and partnerships. In 2013, RJ helped lead the takeover of Saks Fifth Avenue and other large real estate deals / divestitures. Prior to Hudson's Bay Company RJ was an Analyst in BMO Capital Markets Consumer & Retail Investing Banking Group. RJ is a 2009 graduate of The Schreyer Honors College and Smeal College of Business at Penn State. RJ is actively involved in the New York Special Olympics and in his free time enjoys running, golfing and spending time with his family.

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Jennifer Dobson

Jenny graduated from Penn State '16 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. While an undergraduate, Jenny was involved in developing a novel diagnostic tool for patients with Multiple Sclerosis, and created a low-cost screening test for UTIs and diabetes for patients in rural Zambia. After graduating, she has worked in NYC at Kallyope, Inc. researching the gut-brain connection under Nobel prize winner, Dr. Richard Axel. Jenny is currently a first year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, in their first University Park class. Overall, Jenny is passionate about medical innovation toward healing neurodegenerative disease and in pathways to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

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Rachel Dungan

As Senior Manager for AcademyHealth, Rachel works at the intersection between health research, policy, and practice. This involves developing and applying strategies for promoting, translating, and disseminating health systems and services research – to benefit policy and practice audiences. Her work portfolio focuses on promoting ethical patient and stakeholder engagement in health research and policy; she also supports advancement and innovation related to the health data infrastructure. Before joining AcademyHealth, Rachel worked for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant awardee - leading the development of innovative, technology-enabled products and programs designed to increase health equity, access, and education for underserved populations.

Rachel has also worked as an independent strategy consultant and project manager for social enterprises (Music2Life) and corporations (Johnson & Johnson’s TEDxJNJ). She completed professional internships with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), Think Local First DC, the Future of Music Coalition, and Poverty Resolutions.

Rachel holds a Master of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. She also earned an Executive Certificate through the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). While at Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, she earned her Bachelors degrees in Biobehavioral Health (Civic & Community Engagement) and in Music. She also served as a Teaching Assistant with the University’s Department of Health Policy & Administration.

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Rebecca Lee Funk

Rebecca Lee Funk is the founder and CEO of The Outrage, a feminist and activist apparel company that fundraises for progressive organizations and supports activism through the funding of community spaces in their retail stores. To date, the company has donated nearly $1 million. Rebecca's perspective on feminism and fashion is shaped by a broad range of life experiences, including traveling the world as a fashion model for several years. Before founding The Outrage, Rebecca held a number of leadership positions in e-commerce across private and nonprofit sectors. In a prior career, she worked as a development economist for organizations like the United Nations. She holds two Masters degrees from Yale University (MA Economics and MEM) and three undergraduate degrees from Penn State (BS Accounting, BS General Science, and BA Philosophy) She was recently named as one of Marie Claire’s 2017 female visionaries changing the world we live in.

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Stephen Gabauer

Stephen is the Co-Founder of Underdogs United, a company that unites global sports communities through sustainability initiatives. He has 5+ years of international experience working across professional sports, engineering, and sustainable forestry. As a Strategist and Project Leader for climate-conscious businesses, he has worked in the USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Scotland and Kenya. Stephen graduated from Penn State in 2011 with a degree with Chemical Engineering.

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Alex Galanti

Alec Galanti is a 2015 graduate with an honors degree in both Finance and Economics. He is currently the Director of Finance for BrandYourself.com where he has been with the organization for 5 years. As one of Brandyourself’s early employees he has helped lead the company through various growth stages as a start-up to a mid-stage company with 100 employees, strong growth, and multiple office locations.

While he currently focuses on the finances for the organization, much of his time over the years has been spent in business operations. He has built out business models and pitch decks for multiple rounds of financing and for a presentation on Shark Tank where the company was offered $2M. Alec has transitioned the company to multiple office locations in New York and led an initiative to find and build out a secondary office in Lancaster, PA. He believes that integrated software solutions are key in order to grow a business and strives to seek out new solutions to help drive efficiency.

On the side Alec enjoys a good game of soccer or squash and is always up for a round of golf. He provides advice to other start ups and organizations on financial modeling and general operations.

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Derek Gerbeich

Derek graduated from the SHC in 2010 with a Master's degree in Applied Statistics. Since then, he's worked primarily in digital advertising with Metric Theory, a company that's grown from a dozen employees to nearly 100+ during his tenure. Derek currently manages a unit of their account services team. In addition, Derek's company StatHouse Analytics still serves as an analytics consultant for Division 1 basketball programs, including our beloved Penn State Nittany Lions.

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Candace Good

Candace graduated from Penn State with Bachelors degree in 1995, and her medical degree at Penn State Hershey Medical College in 1999. She also completed 5 year combined psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship in Hershey. She currently works in private practice and serves as a clerkship Director for the College of Medicine Regional Campus. Candance also serves as the director of the behavioral health unit at Mount Nittany Medical Center, where she am currently chair of the psychiatry department. She was recently appointed District 6 representative to the Board of Trustees of the PA Med Society.

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Keith Graham

Keith is in his fourth career in over 32 years in which all four careers are tied together by his Penn State BS in Electrical Engineering degree. In 1985, he joined Hewlett Packard in Colorado and developed Hewlett Packard's first floating point accelerator. After Hewlett Packard, Keith joined the startup Solbourne Computers where he helped architected the first multi-processor server based on virtual caches. In continuing to work for smaller companies, he joined a new startup that was developing the first notebook computer with a built in trackball and cellular modem. After six years being a computer architecture, Keith joined Thorson Rocky Mountain to sale semiconductors to the Colorado marketplace and later became an owner in the business. Recently, he left Thorson to teach Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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Asia Grant

Asia graduated from Schreyer May 2017 with a degree in Marketing. Currently, she is a Digital Consultant at IBM based in New York and her work focuses on User Experience Design, Design Thinking, and Information Architecture. Her thesis research explored the idea of empathy through product design as well as the identifying how individuals make emotional investments in experiences. She currently serves on the Scholar Alumni Society Board on the Career Development Committee. She has recently published a children's book, Poncho the Llama, that explores the role of identity and empathy within the context of adversity. In her free time she enjoys talking about skincare, playing squash, baking bread, and eating ramen.

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Anna Han

Anna is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is a 2010 graduate of the Schreyer Honors College. After completing her B.S. in Bioengineering, she taught high-school math for two years in Memphis, Tennessee, as a Teach For America corps member. In 2015, she graduated with a J.D./M.S.Ed. in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Graduate School of Education. She then clerked for a federal district judge in Memphis for one year and currently resides in Washington D.C., where she works as a litigation associate at a large law firm. She is currently a member of the Scholar Alumni Society Board.

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John Hemmer

John is a patent lawyer who focuses on implementing intellectual property (IP) programs for clients involving mechanical and life science technologies. He graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education at Temple University, earning his law degree. He counsels on patent portfolio management, patent strategy, product clearance, patentability analyses, and patent challenges including reexaminations and inter partes reviews. He also provide support for patent litigation, prepare and negotiate technology agreements, and work with clients on venture capital financing, merger and acquisition agreements, initial public offerings, and IP due diligence. With a background in mechanical engineering, he prepared and prosecuted hundreds of utility and design patent applications for a wide variety of technologies, including medical devices, military equipment, cleantech technologies, automotive mechanisms, electromechanical devices, consumer products, sporting equipment, mobility devices, packaging, and industrial equipment and tools.

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David Horowitz

David Horowitz is a Managing Direct of Macquarie Group’s principal lending and investing business. David is responsible for providing capital to mid-sized, private companies to help them meet their growth and liquidity needs. He was a founding member of Private Capital Investing for Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group where he had served on the boards of Datapipe, ECi Software, LifeLock and Simmons Media Group. He spent several years in Goldman's Asset Investing business focusing on providing structured financing solutions for operators of aircraft, locomotives, and other equipment. David is a CFA charter holder and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College and Smeal College of Business, where he currently serves on the board of the Schreyer Alumni Society.

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Divya Hosangadi

Divya graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2015 and started her graduate career in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During this time, she has worked at the World Health Organization, the Center for American Indian Health, and the International Vaccine Access Center. Divya have primarily focused on vaccine-related research, data management, and data analysis. Since last year, she began a position that is joint faculty at Hopkins and consultancy at WHO. She coordinates a project led by both JHU and WHO to connect technical evidence on pneumococcal vaccine impact with policy decision-making at WHO.

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Stephanie Hulina

Stephanie is a co-founder and President of GDA, a firm specializing in Remote Sensing applications for agriculture and the environment. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from Clark University, and a B.S. in Economics from Penn State. She has over 18 years of experience working with GIS and image processing systems and a range of commercial and public remotely sensed data, and has worked in numerous professional capacities within the geospatial industry prior to starting GDA in 2004.

Soma Kedia

Soma graduated from the Schreyer Honors College in December 2002, where she earned a B.A. in English, with honors, and B.S. in Psychology (Biological Sciences Option). During her time at Penn State, Soma worked at the Writing Center as a Tutor and Coordinator and was a Scholar Assistant, a Teaching Assistant for Psychology and Leadership courses, and a Research Assistant in cognitive psychology. After Penn State, Soma attended The George Washington University Law School and earned her J.D. in 2006. She was a Research Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program and continued to work part-time in the University Writing Center, eventually becoming Assistant Director. After law school, she stayed at GW for a fellowship in the Office of General Counsel, working on higher education law and administration. Following her fellowship, Soma spent 2 years as an Associate Attorney with a small family law firm and then 8 years at Maryland Legal Aid, focusing on issues of domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, and access to the legal system. Soma recently returned to the field of higher education, having joined the Maryland Office of the Attorney General in January 2018 as an Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Higher Education Commission, where she works on a wide variety of legal issues. Soma is the author of articles on juvenile law, legal writing, and pedagogical theory and has facilitated several trainings on family law and domestic violence.

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Boyoung Kim

Boyoung Kim, Associate, is an equity research analyst in Bloomberg's Intelligence team based on New York. She focuses on mobile phones, data networking, telecommunications and equipment companies. Boyoung joined the firm in July 2017 after graduating from Penn State in May 2017 with degrees in Economics, Finance, and Violin Performance.

Jenna Knapp

Jenna is the director of materials and production at Thread LLC, a company that focusing on building and optimizing transparent, global supply chains that transform trash from the poorest of countries into jobs and fabric products. She graduated from Penn State in 2002 with degrees in Secondary Education-English and Communications. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Management in 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University. Jenna was also a nominee for the Women and Girls Foundation’s “Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact” Award in 2013.

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Ryan Koch

Ryan graduated from Penn State in 1997 with an honors degree in Chemical Engineering. He spent 5 years working at P&G in manufacturing and then went back to school full-time to get my MBA from Wharton. Ryan career-switched into management consulting and have spent the last 12+ years working at Diamond Consultants and PwC, focused on the financial services industry in NYC. Ryan is current leading the launch of the NYC office of Point B, a mid-sized management consulting firm.

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Dena Koklanaris

Dena Koklanaris is a copywriter and communications professional with a passion for telling her clients’ stories, forging and sustaining relationships with diversity of individuals and organizations, and turning ideas into reality. Throughout her career, she has worked as a communications and marketing professional with a range of clients – from international, Fortune 500 companies to small, independent businesses. She thrives on collaboration and fostering mutually beneficial relationships, among her clients, colleagues, and partners. Her work includes writing and developing a broad scope of material from key messages and press releases to website copy, blog posts, social media copy, speeches, email marketing content, and presentations. She has represented clients in the health care sector at international and national conferences; presented business proposals and plans to C-suite employees at major corporations; and conducted training seminars for colleagues at world-renowned communications agencies. Dena graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College, where she studied English and honed her writing and speaking skills. While at PSU, she also volunteered and worked as a writing and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor. Before diving in to the world of communications, she taught ESL on a Fulbright Fellowship in South Korea, working with middle-school children and their Korean-born English teachers. Today she continues to work with ESL learners as a volunteer with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She is also a member of 412Food Rescue and an avid kayaker in Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

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Valerie Lehman

Valerie Lehman is Manager for Palliative Care and Government Affairs at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). Most recently, Lehman was AAMC's FY 2016 Administrative Fellow. Prior professional experience includes serving as Health Policy Fellow in the Washington, DC office of Congressman John P. Sarbanes (MD-03) and more than three years at the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), an independent health policy think tank. Lehman first developed her interest in health care by interning for Congressman Patrick J. Murphy (former PA-08) while the Affordable Care Act was being crafted and voted on. Lehman graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Health Administration degree in 2016 and The Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College with a BA in International Politics in 2009.

Betsy MacKenzie

Betsy is a 1989 graduate of the Smeal College of Business, majoring in Business Logistics/Supply Chain Management. Upon graduation, she began working at Merck and Company at their manufacturing facility outside of Philadelphia. After several roles in Supply Chain/Logistics (transportation, distribution, production planning), Betsy joined a Sales and Marketing joint venture Merck had formed with a European pharma company, Astra. She started with AstraMerck in a Supply Chain/Logistics role, but ultimately moved to several Sales and Marketing roles including roles as a Sales representative and launching two new products in the Respiratory market. Merck ultimately divested their ownership in the joint venture, and Astra merged with Zeneca in 2000; Betsy has remained with the organization through those transitions and has had roles in Commercial Operations, Communications/Corporate Affairs, Business Development, and now as a Product Manager. She also serves on the Board of a non-profit in Delaware that houses a free medical clinic, a senior center, a mental health clinic, a food closet, and a tutoring center.

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Spud Marshall

Spud Marshall is an avid connector and social entrepreneur dedicated to cultivating changemaker communities and innovation ecosystems around the world. Since graduating with his Mechanical Engineering degree from SHC in 2010, he has ventured far away from a traditional engineering path. He is currently the CEO and Chief Catalyst for the co.space: residential intentional communities for young changemakers aged 18-30. Under his leadership, AshokaU has listed the co.space as one of the top disruptive innovations to emerge in higher education. Spud also founded New Leaf Initiative, a community innovation hub in State College, PA that catalyzes connections between the university, local government and community members. In addition to his work at the co.space, Spud leads Barefoot Consulting where he provides strategic support to foundations, communities, universities, and organizations interested in building innovation economies and training emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs. Through this role, he serves as the Student Engagement Director for the Sullivan Foundation, where he designs and develops programs, retreats, and scholarship opportunities for students at 70+ universities around the American Southeast. Needless to say, he has had an ever-evolving career path since his engineering degree at Penn State.

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Jill Martin

Jill Martin graduated from the Schreyer Honors College in 2012 with her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. During her time at PSU, she was a research assistant in the Neurobiology lab within the Nutrition department, worked for the Dining with Diabetes project through Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and completed the Women's Leadership Initiative program through the College of Health & Human Development. Following graduation, Jill worked as a CNA in a skilled rehab unit to gain direct patient care experience before attending Baylor College of Medicine's Physician Assistant program in Houston, Texas. While at Baylor, she served as a student admissions committee member and completed her master's thesis on starch maldigestion in patient's with congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency. She graduated with honors in 2016 and is now back in Happy Valley working as a hospitalist PA for Geisinger at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Jill serves as a mentor for the WLI program and is a volunteer advocate at the Women's Resource Center.

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Mary Elizabeth McCulloch

Mary Elizabeth McCulloch spent a year as a high school exchange student in Ecuador and volunteered at a special-needs orphanage where several children and adults had cerebral palsy. After seeing the communication difficulties many of them faced she developed a wearable, low cost speech generating device, Voz Box. She graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the Penn State University in Spring 2016. Her junior year of college she founded Project Vive, an assistive technology company with a vision to give a voice to the voiceless through their patented, low-cost solution. She currently serves as the CEO and Lead Product Engineer.

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Sean Misko

Sean Misko is a career civil servant with more than a decade of experience across the U.S. government. Most recently, he served as Director for the Gulf States at the National Security Council (2015-2017), where he advised the President and his national security team on and coordinated U.S. policy toward the Gulf region. In that capacity, he planned the April 2016 U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, and also managed a number of Presidentially-directed initiatives that strengthened U.S. security, economic, and energy cooperation with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Gulf partners.

Immediately prior to serving at the White House, Misko was a Member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. He advised Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and South Asia, and also led the State Department’s work on the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy.

From 2009-2012, Misko worked as Special Advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), where he managed the negotiation of the United States-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, signed by President Obama in 2012. Misko also was involved in diplomatic efforts to facilitate a settlement of the Afghanistan conflict.

Misko began his government career as a Roberts Intelligence Fellow and Political Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. As a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of State’s Office of Iranian Affairs, he shaped U.S. policy on Iran’s nuclear program and regional activities. He also served as Special Assistant in the Office of Management and Budget’s National Security Division, as well as a Policy Advisor at U.S. Central Command. A Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Misko holds an MPP in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as BA degrees in International Politics and Media Studies from Penn State University, which recognized him in 2012 with its Alumni Achievement Award. At Penn State, Misko was a Schreyer Honors Scholar and played trumpet in the Blue Band. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Lauren Grunenwald Navitsky

Lauren Grunenwald Navitsky graduated from the Schreyer Honors College in 2013 with her B.S. and M.S. in bioengineering. While at Penn State, she was a research assistant in the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics lab, served as a teaching assistant within the bioengineering department, and volunteered with THON as a hospitality committee member. Following graduation, Lauren worked for two years as a quality auditor in the pharmaceutical industry-first at a startup company and then at Teva Pharmaceuticals. After deciding to make a career change, she applied to medical school and is currently in her third year at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University. At SKMC, Lauren serves on the executive board for Physician Executive Leadership, a student-led initiative that introduces medical students to the non-clinical aspects of healthcare, and represents SKMC at the national level through the Organization of Student Representatives, the student voice for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Lauren is also working on various initiatives to promote patient safety and quality improvement among medical students.

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Amanda Ogden

Amanda is a member of the PSU Class of 2009, B.S. Business Management from Smeal College of Business, minors in International Business and Chinese Language. She participated in a direct-exchange study abroad at University College Dublin, Ireland Spring 2008. Interned at Sheraton Hotel, Tianjin, China during the Beijing Summer 2008 Olympics. Her Schreyer Honors Thesis was a "Study of Successful Expatriate Business Management Practices in China." In 2009-2011 she worked with college students in Karaganda, Kazakhstan with a non-profit missions organization and in 2012 moved to Washington, DC for graduate school, where she interned in Political/Economic Section at U.S. Embassy Astana, Kazakhstan in Fall 2012. She graduated from American University 2014 M.A. International Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy. Capstone Research Project "The Northern Distribution Network's Effect on U.S. Relations with Central Asia." She was then hired as an administrative support contractor at the Department of State's training campus in Arlington, VA in 2013 (the National Foreign Affairs Training Center aka Foreign Service Institute). She is currently in the selection process for the DOS Foreign Service.

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Aleks Radovic-Moreno

Aleks Radovic-Moreno, PhD is a Senior Associate at PureTech Health, where he plays a key role in building and operating biotech companies. He is a co-founder of three biotechnology companies (Alivio Therapeutics, Vor Biopharma, and Commense Health) and has contributed intellectual property to four biotechnology companies (Bind Therapeutics (acquired by Pfizer), Selecta Biosciences (NASDAQ: SELB), Tarveda Therapeutics, and Exicure). Previously, he was a Research Scientist at Exicure (formerly AuraSense Therapeutics), where he was a lead inventor of the company’s core immunotherapy platform and AST-008, taking an idea from concept on paper to preclinical evidence of applicability in cancer, infectious disease, and auto-immune disease. AST-008 is currently in human clinical studies.

Dr. Radovic-Moreno completed his graduate work as an NSF Fellow in Robert Langer’s lab at MIT, where he developed novel strategies for managing bacterial infections, including a novel vaccine candidate for chlamydia, a disease for which no vaccine currently exists, and an antibiotic-to-infection targeting strategy with the potential to maximize treatment efficacy while minimizing side effects and impact on commensal flora. In 2016 he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania State University for extraordinary professional accomplishment by graduates under the age of 35. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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Greg Tallman

Greg is a SHC 2010 graduate, and double majored in Finance and Economics. He began his career as an intern at PNC through an opportunity presented by the Honors College in the Treasury Management department. A second summer was spent as a field exam intern within the Corporate and Institutional Bank's senior secured lending group before beginning full time employment at PNC in June 2010 as an analyst in the Development Program. After two years of field exam, Greg transitioned to a role of credit underwriting for three years. He has spent the last two years as a Business Development Officer providing middle market businesses with working capital and acquisition financing.

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Lauren Waltz

Lauren graduated from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012, and went on to complete a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Management from Drexel University in 2015. She currently works in pharmaceutical industry at Teva Pharmaceuticals, specializing in the development and manufacture of drug/device combination products.

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Amanda Wetzel

Amanda Lee Wetzel is a litigation associate at Ford O’Brien LLP. She specializes in white collar criminal defense as well as commercial litigation and arbitration, and brings particular expertise to matters with transatlantic elements. She has worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in Paris and has handled commercial and criminal litigation matters in the U.S. and French courts. She also has experience before international arbitral forums and the European Court of Human Rights. Amanda clerked on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, was the Dean Acheson Legal Stage at the European Court of Justice, and served as a legal fellow on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where she worked on treaties.

Amanda is a member of the New York bar. She is fluent in French and practiced French law as a member of the Paris bar from 2014 through 2017. Amanda holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a Master 1 in French law and a Master 2 in international commercial law from Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a LL.M. in human rights law from the Queen’s University of Belfast School of Law in Northern Ireland. Amanda completed her undergraduate education in international politics at Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College.

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Jack Yoskowitz

Jack specializes in complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters predominantly for financial services institutions and individuals. Jack regularly represents clients in securities regulatory matters and private litigation, including in enforcement actions brought by the SEC and other regulators. Jack is an experienced and successful trial lawyer who has tried cases in Federal and State courts as well as before arbitration organizations including JAMS and the AAA. Jack is also the partner in charge of Pro Bono efforts at Seward & Kissel. Jack received a B.S. with distinction from Penn State in 1989 and was in the University Scholars Program (now Schreyer Honors College). He received his J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1992, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Jack is also an active Member of the External Advisory Board of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.

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Ruby Zhou

Ruby is a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young LLP focusing on advanced data analytics in the financial service industry. She graduated from Penn State in 2013 as a Schreyer Scholar with dual BS degrees in Statistics and Finance. She started her first scholarship, the Ruby Zhou Excellence Award, in Smeal in 2013 to award students with the best improved resume in the career planning seminar (BA 297A). In 2015, this scholarship was extended to students in the Wall Street Boot Camp. In 2016, Ruby founded the Morgan Scholarship together with her husband Ladd to support scholarly research in developing countries. She also established a scholarship at her high school in Shanghai to help disadvantaged students from rural areas in Xinjiang, China. Ruby has been actively involved in Schreyer prospective student interviews in the past 4 years. She was the winner of the 2017 Smeal Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Ruby resides in New York City but spends approximately two-thirds of the year traveling for consulting projects.

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Alexandra Zortman

Alexandra graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Schreyer Honors College with degrees in Finance and Broadcast Journalism. Alexandra joined PwC's Financial Services practice in 2015, in the home office of Chicago. Since joining PwC, she has worked for a variety of clients, in banking, asset management, telecommunications, and a financial exchange. She has been involved in implementations of matched maturity funds transfer pricing forecasting methodology, activity-based costing, multidimensional reporting, Dodd Frank regulatory requirements and stress testing, global fee billing, and technology implementations.

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