Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

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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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Brett Bergen

Assistant Program Manager(APM) for Business and Contract Management for the U.S. Government in Washington, DC. In addition to my job, I'm passionate about teaching others how to learn and remember virtually anything taught in a classroom, and teach an online course on the topic for high school, undergrad, and grad students (www.wisemaninstitute.com). In the evenings & weekends, you can find me studying for my MS in Applied Analytics, with an anticipated graduation date from Columbia University in late 2018. The primary goal is to apply the best data science techniques of today to improve the U.S. Navy's business processes. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested in connecting.

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Joshua Branch

I graduated from Penn State SHC in 2013. Afterwards I joined Teach ForAmerica in Miami and worked as a Middle School, then High School English teacher. Upon finishing TFA, I worked for the Democrats for Education Reform in Seattle, Washington working on a campaign to promote Mayor Ed Murray's pre-K package that provides affordable child care for pre-K children. Also in Seattle I worked on a Supreme Court case which aimed to force the state to properly fund public education which the legislature had not been doing. I entered Georgetown University Law Center pursuing interests in public interest law. While at Georgetown I have researched issues in poverty law. I've worked at the Bronx Defenders, a public interest legal defense organization, the Children's Law Center, which focuses on children's law from housing issues to ensuring children are receiving their special education benefits, and most recently I am working for NAACP Legal Defense Fund on issues of school discrimination, desegregation, among others.

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RJ Cilley

RJ Cilley is the Chief of Staff for Hudson’s Bay Company –Department Store Group. In this role, RJ is in charge of identifying and executing the short and long term strategy for the Company across all functions. Previously, RJ was the Director of Corporate Development where he lead new business development and capital structure initiatives. At HBC, RJ helped lead the $3 billion dollar take-over of Saks in the summer of 2013. Previously, RJ worked at BMO Capital Markets their Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group. RJ graduated from Penn State University (Schreyer Honors College and Smeal College of Business) in 2009.

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Timothy Cooney

Tim Cooney is a Private Client Advisor and Senior Vice President with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, serving the New York metropolitan area. Tim provides customized financial advice and high-touch service to wealthy individuals, families and institutions. Drawing on his extensive experience advising an accomplished clientele, Tim offers a dynamic and creative approach to the opportunities and challenges that significant wealth can entail. He leads a team of locally-based specialists who workin concert to design and implement integrated initiatives in investment management, trust and estate planning services, banking and lending, family office services and philanthropy. Tim offers a holistic approach that centers on each client’s objectives, informed by a deep understanding of the client’s priorities and needs. He works closely with business owners, senior executives, hedge fund principals, private equity partners and their family members to streamline and simplify both sides of the balancesheet. Throughout each relationship, Tim offers a high caliber of guidance, a relentless service ethic, and a profound dedication to client well-being. Prior to joining U.S. Trust in 2016, Tim was an Executive Director in the Private Bank at J.P. Morgan, where he worked closely with affluent families, endowments and foundations. Previously, Tim served as a Director with Sanford C. Bernstein in New York, providing research capabilities and trading services to leading global hedge funds. Tim began his financial services career in 2000 at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President in the Equity Products Group. Tim earned his B.S. in Finance with a concentration in Accounting from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as an elected member of the Schreyer Honors College Alumni Board. Tim lives in Madison, New Jersey, with his wife Colleen and their sons Jack and Declan.

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David Dulabon

David W. Dulabon is Associate General Counsel at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, David served as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). He began his FTC career in the East Central Regional Office in Cleveland, Ohio and then transferred to the Northeast Regional Office in New York City. During his time at the FTC, David litigated consumer protection matters in federal court and conducted antitrust investigations into hospital mergers. Prior to joining the FTC, David served as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, specializing in products liability, business tort, and contract litigation. David also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. David received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University, with honors in History from the Schreyer Honors College. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice. David also earned his Graduate Certificate in Sports Business from New York University (“NYU”) and later taught the undergraduate sports law class at NYU.

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Rachel Dungan

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Jeremy Frank

BS Mechanical Engineering -Penn State 1997 PhD Mechanical Engineering -Penn State 2001 iMBA Penn State World Campus -2005 Co-Founded KCF Technologies in November 2000 with Gary Koopmann, Professor and Director of the Center for Acoustics and Vibration. Led KCF since inception; the company is now a leading technology/service company in the industrial IOT with ~50 employees in 5 states.

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Rebecca Lee Correa Funk

Rebecca Lee Correa Funk began her studies at Pennsylvania State University in Fall 2001. After a two year hiatus to pursue a career in fashion modeling she graduated from SHC with high honors in 2007 and three Bachelors degrees in Science, Philosophy and Accounting. While at Penn State, she also started and co-owned a popular retail boutique that she continued to manage for six years. After working on sustainable development projects in East Africa, she completed graduate school at Yale University, earning two Masters degrees in International and Development Economics and Environmental Management. After positions at the United Nations and the International Food Policy Research Institute, Funk began to combine her interests in fashion and international development and took positions with NOVICA and National Geographic, working with artisans in developing countries and managing the organization's e-commerce channels. In October 2016, Funk launched The Outrage, a feminist apparel business that blends style and activism. The company surpassed $1 million of revenue within three months and was an official partner of the Women's March on Washington.

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Candace Good, MD

I graduated from Penn State with BS '95, MD'99 and completed 5 year combined psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship in Hershey as well. I am currently in private practice but am also involved as a clerkship director for the college of medicine regional campus. I also serve as the director of the behavioral health unit at Mount Nittany Medical Center where I am currently chair of the psychiatry department. I was recently appointed District 6 representative to the Board of Trustees of the PA Med Society.

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Keith Graham

I am in my fourth career over 32 years in which all four careers are tied together by my Penn State BS in Electrical Engineering degree. In 1985, I joined Hewlett Packard in Colorado and developed Hewlett Packard's first floating point accelerator. After Hewlett Packard, I joined the startup Solbourne Computers where I helped architected the first multi-processor server based on virtual caches. In continuing to work for smaller companies, I 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, I joined Thorson Rocky Mountain to sale semiconductors to the Colorado marketplace and later became an owner in the business. Recently, I have left Thorson to teach Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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Anna Han

Anna is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is a 2010 graduate of the SHC. 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 a member of the Scholar Alumni Society Board.

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Christa Hasenkopf

Christa Hasenkopf is an atmospheric scientist, passionate about fighting air inequality across the world. Hasenkopf is co-founder and CEO of OpenAQ, the world's first real-time open air quality data platform, created by an open-source community of scientists, software developers, journalists, and lovers of open data. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins in the Environmental Science & Policy Program, part of the Advanced Academic Program. Previously, Hasenkopf was the Chief Air Pollution Advisor to the Medical Director and an AAAS & American Institute of Physics Science & Technology Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this work, she was a fellow in the Global Development Lab at USAID. Before coming to D.C., Hasenkopf conducted postdoctoral research on air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. With colleagues, she launched the first air quality instrument in Mongolia that shared data via social media. Hasenkopf received a PhD in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Penn State. She is a current Echoing Green Fellow, as well as a former USAID/PEER Partner, NSF International Research Fellow, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, TEDxUlaanbaatar speaker, and corps member in Teach for America.

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Divya Hosangadi

I graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2015 and started by graduate career in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During this time, I have worked at the World Health Organization, the Center for American Indian Health, and the International Vaccine Access Center. I have primarily focused on vaccine-related research, data management, and data analysis.

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Soma Kedia

Soma graduated from Penn State and 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. At the Schreyer Honors College, Soma was a Scholar Assistant/Senior Scholar Assistant, a Teaching Assistant to the Dean of the Honors College for the inaugural classes of the Leadership Jumpstart Freshman Seminar and the Leadership Forum Senior Capstone Course, and coordinated Honors Freshman Orientation. She also worked part-time as a tutor and a tutor coordinator at the University Writing Center and was a member of the Penn State Flute Quartet. After Penn State, Soma attended The George Washington University Law School and earned her J.D. in 2006. She continued to work part-time as a tutor and later the Assistant Director of the University Writing Center. Soma has focused her work on issues affecting children and women, including domestic violence, child abuse, and homelessness. After spending two years as an Associate Attorney with a small family law firm, Soma joined Maryland Legal Aid as a Staff Attorney in 2009, where she initially focused on family law litigation, particularly contested custody cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors. Later, Soma added housing and consumer law to her caseload. Soma also chaired Maryland Legal Aid's statewide Family Law Task Force for two years, leading training and systemic advocacy efforts, including work on the intersection of domestic violence and human rights. In 2015, after litigating for 8 years, Soma transferred to Legal Aid's statewide Self-Help Center, teaching self-represented litigants to advocate for themselves in a wide variety of cases, including family law and housing. Soma is the author of several articles on juvenile law, legal writing, and pedagogical theory and has taught family law to legal services attorneys on behalf of the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

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Dena Koklanaris

Dena Koklanaris is a strategic communicator and marketer with a passion for telling her clients' stories. After graduating from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College, she spent over a decade honing her skills in NYC-based public relations agencies both small and large--from boutiques to worldwide firms.

Today, Dena independently supports clients across numerous sectors including health care, insurance, and non-profits. She provides full-scale writing, editing and communications services. Her work includes developing press materials, social media content, marketing collateral, business presentations, brand messages, video scripts and speeches. In conjunction with Fame15 Creative, she also develops content for a variety of businesses throughout Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding region. She enjoys growing her skills and applying what's new and next to her clients' marketing and communications needs.

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Ryan Koch

I graduated from Penn State in 1997 with an honors degree in Chemical Engineering. I spent 5 years working at P&G in manufacturing (I'm an expert in Pampers!) and then went back to school full-time to get my MBA from Wharton. I 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.

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Morton Lin

Morton graduated from the College of Engineering & the Schreyer Honors College in the spring of 2015 with a degree in aerospace engineering. As a student, Morton built & flight tested a 74 ft. wingspan human powered aircraft, authored his thesis on advanced airframe damage detection concepts, and was also a photographer forOnward State. Currently, Morton lives in NYC and works in PwC's Transportation & Logistics practice, where he works with aviation, aerospace, and defense clients.

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Betsy MacKenzie

Betsy is a 1989 graduate of the SmealCollege 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, amental health clinic, a food closet, and a tutoring center.

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Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall graduated from Penn State in 2000 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She went straight into the consulting world with Deloitte after Penn State where she worked on large scale custom IT implementations. After 4 years, she went back to school to get her MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business in finance, accounting, and strategy. Since business school, Melissa has worked for Alcoa and Westinghouse. Currently, Melissa is the Director of Commercial Planning in Westinghouse's Business Development group within the New Plants & Major Projects product line. Melissa oversees new plant commercial offers as well as other arrangements that support and drive new plant business growth objectives. She works with other productlines, regions and business partners across Westinghouse to develop integrated proposals and marketing deliverables. Her team is also responsible for developing the pricing and financing strategies and cost estimates to support these proposals. Previously, she was the head of Westinghouse's Enterprise Risk Management program within the Corporate Strategy group where she was responsible for developing the program and processes to identify large, enterprise-wide risks. She met on a monthly basis with executives representing the product lines, regions, and center-led functions to discuss the company's overall risk profile.

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Lynn Melander Moore

I work with organizations to discover, articulate, and execute shared agendas. As a fundraiser, I have secured more than $71 million through grants and major donor gifts for higher education, industry, and social enterprises (first Mozilla, now Consumer Reports). The partnerships I work on have raised money for many things including scholarships, Internet privacy, digital literacy, international development, public broadcasting documentaries, open science, and developing the computational foundation for empathy in machines. I majored in French (wrote my thesis on 13th Century West Saharan epic poems) and minored in Italian and Political Science (theory, specifically). I have a master's degree in Communication Arts and Sciences with a thesis on metaphor as a tool for argumentation. Although I chose my coursework by interest rather than a specific career plan, my Liberal Arts education enabled me to develop the argumentation, pattern recognition, and writing skills that I use daily. I live in State College with my husband, 2.5 kids (my oldest is at Penn State and doesn't live at home), and 2 dogs. I'm on my fourth year of working remotely.

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Rishi Mittal

Rishi is a 2nd year Business Analyst in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy & Operations Practice out of the Pittsburgh office. At Deloitte, he is focused his career on Pricing, Financial Services, and Tech Strategy.Before Deloitte, Rishi graduated from Penn State's Smeal College of Business with a Honors Degree in Finance. While at Penn State, he was very involved on campus with organizations including: Student Government, Presidential Leadership Academy, Penn StateFootball Marketing, Chi Phi Fraternity, and Movin' On, to name a few.

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Rachel-Paige Mumenthaler

When I started college I wanted to go into human rights law; I had a few classes in which I learned about the financial crisis and the world of finance sparked my interest. As a result, I decided to go on the yearly finance trek that Schreyer hosts in NYC and was immediately drawn to investment banking. Realizing that most of my internships were in politics (interned at the DAs office, Obama for America, and was a legislative assistant), I knew I had to get an internship during the fall of my junior year that was finance related to have the chance of getting an investment banking internship in the summer. I worked at the start-up in State College, Live It / Surge Business Development, as a finance intern my junior year. Before graduation, I made it a point to talk to a lot of alumni, go to as many events that Schreyer put on as I could and ultimately gained an internship in the Debt Capital Markets Loan Syndications Group at PNC. I accepted a full-time position as an Investment Banking Analyst with the Syndications group in Philadelphia and have been working there for almost a year.

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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 second year at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University. At SKMC, Lauren serves on the executive boards for Physician Executive Leadership, a student-led initiative that introduces medical students to the non-clinical aspects of healthcare, and The Jefferson Internal Medicine Society, a group that fosters an interest in the specialty and subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Lauren is also working on various initiatives to promote patient safety and quality improvement among medical students.

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Michael O’Connor

Michael O'Connor is a proud Penn Stater and 2005 graduate of the Honors College. At Penn State, he worked for Prof. Webb Miller, doing genetics and bioinformatics research that was published in Nature and other scientific journals. Among other activities, Mike devoted significant time to THON, dancing for Springfield House and spending three years as a THON Captain. Thanks to the Schreyer Travel Scholarship, he was able to study abroad in Greece, Italy, and Costa Rica. After earning dual degrees with Interdisciplinary Honors in Computer Science and Biology, he attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2009 and has been admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. He worked in private practice for two years at a major D.C. firm, where his technical background in both biology and computer science served him well in several complex cases. He then spent a year living just outside State College while clerking for Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His responsibilities included researching and drafting bench memos and court opinions for the judge's review. After Mike's clerkship, he returned to private practice at the Washington, D.C. office of international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. At Quinn Emanuel, he practices litigation involving patents, securities, trade, and data security and privacy.

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Ben Pugh

Ben Pugh is incredibly passionate about improving our U.S. healthcare system. Finding the best solution for our populations is his driving purpose -- As a management consultant, Ben has helped health insurers, hospitals, physicians, and medical device manufacturers tackle their biggest challenges. As a credentialed actuary, Ben brings the analytical rigor and the industry knowledge necessary to create action in the board room. Ben is a 2013 Penn State graduate; he studied actuarial science and economics.

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Tyler Spindel

Tyler Spindel is works as a Principal Agile Project Manager in Capital One's data warehouse. There, he is responsible for three teams that manage regulatory and sales data. Prior to Capital One, Tyler has managed a project management group at an IT infrastructure firm, and as a government consultant. He graduated from Schreyer in 2009with an degree in English.

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Erin Talbert

Erin Talbert is a Regional Sales Director at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals based out of Wilmington, Delaware. She is responsible for leading a team of 70 sales professionals and managers. Previously as a BrandMarketing Director she was accountable for developing pricing, contracting, and marketing strategies in the US payer environment for the AstraZeneca central nervous system and diabetes portfolios. Prior to AstraZeneca, she spent 7 years as a management consultant with Accenture. Erin graduated from the College of Communications and the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State in 1999 with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, and a minor in Labor and Industrial Relations. During her time at Penn State, she was on the Lion Ambassador Executive Board and supported Dance Marathon as a Morale team member and Public Relations Captain. She was a founding member of S.O.U.R.C.E, the service learning student organization in the College of Communications. Erin also worked with the Alumni Association in the Communications Department and the Office of Development during the Grand Destiny capital campaign.

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Tony Talbert

Mr. Talbert is a Partner of The Shidler Group, a private real estate investment firm. He is responsible for acquisitions, capital markets and developing new investment initiatives, including the Shidler Group’s most recent hotel and net-lease investment platforms. Since joining The Shidler Group in 2013, Mr. Talbert has been instrumental in acquiring over $500 million in hotels and has played a key role in the acquisition of over five million square feet of office assets for over $1 billion. Mr. Talbert previously worked for 13 years with Chatham Financial Group where he specialized in the firm’s derivative advisory and real estate investment banking practices, the latter of which he co-founded. He has worked with numerous lenders, and real estate and leveraged buyout funds involving transactions in excess of $100 billion. Mr. Talbert was a Schreyer Scholar at Penn State, and graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Greg Tallman

SHC 2010 graduate, double major in Finance and Economics. Began 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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Brenna Thorpe

Brenna has worked at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC since her graduation from Schreyer Honors College in 2012 (Honors, Public Relations; Honors, Communications Arts and Sciences). She works on the Federal / Defense Energy Team and supports the United States Marine Corps' office for installation energy, providing strategic communications support to energy efficiency, security, and renewable energy initiatives. She works alongside staff in data analytics, electrical engineering, business development, and project management. Brenna also supports the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to increase sustainability around solid waste and recycling in tribal communities. While atPenn State, Brenna was an outreach coordinator for the EcoCAR Program, a TA in the College of Communications and College of Liberal Arts, and competed in Mock Trial.

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Catherine Vrentas

Cathy Vrentas is a 2003 graduate of the Schreyer Honors College and the Eberly College of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with training in research by Dr. David Gilmour. She received a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate in Management for Scientists from Oregon State University. Cathy completed postdoctoral research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Ames, Iowa, studying animal prion diseases (such as chronic wasting disease) and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, researching the bacterium that causes anthrax. She also worked as the state Biotechnology Outreach Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, sharing science outreach activities with kids and adults across the state. She is currently an assistant professor at a master's level university that is a part of the Maryland public university system, Frostburg State. At Frostburg, she is engaged in undergraduate teaching, research, and campus and community service, and also continues her research collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. Cathy can answer questions about her experiences in science as a graduate student, in the government sector, and in her current academic career.

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Kent Vrana

Kent E. Vrana, Ph.D. has served as Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair of Pharmacology at the Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2004. He received his B.S. with honors in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Pharmacology minor) from Louisiana State University Medical Center. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (on the Johns Hopkins University campus). He joined Penn State following faculty positions at West Virginia University and Wake Forest University. Dr. Vrana is a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals (including Editor-in-Chief [for the Americas] for Pharmacology) and has served as chair and/or a member of over 100 scientific review panel meetings for the NIH, the VA, and the DoD. He has co-authored 165 scientific articles, book chapters, and monographs (including two textbooks). His research is focused on molecular neurobiology of substance abuse, neurotransmitter biosynthesis, stem cells and neurodegenerative disease. He is active in medical education and currently serves as co-director of the Clinical Learning and Competency courses (Problem-Based Learning) for the first and second years of the Penn State medical curriculum. In 2009, he was named an honorary professor of the School of Medicine of the Peruvian University of Applied Science in Lima, Peru, and was inducted into the Society of Distinguished Educators at the Penn State College of Medicine. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Amanda Lee Wetzel

U.S. and French qualified lawyer with eight years of experience in U.S. domestic litigation, French litigation, international arbitration, international human rights litigation, European Union law, and treaty law.

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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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