Graduate and Executive Programs Advisory Council

The mission of the Graduate and Executive Programs Advisory Council (GEPAC) is to share ideas and make recommendations on the future growth and development of the School's graduate programs and executive education offerings.

Key objectives and areas of focus for the council will adjust to and shift according to the school's strategic plan, key industry priorities as well as environmental factors and major trends and developments. Generally, the council will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Assist in building the reputation of the School's graduate and executive education offerings as world-class business programs that inspire and champion responsible management education and thought leadership.
  2. Provide advice, expertise and support student recruiting efforts by making connections in the corporate community and interacting with candidates as they evaluate their graduate studies.
  3. Offer advice, guidance, and assistance in placing students in internship opportunities, graduates in career positions, and other learning or practical work experiences.
  4. Provide strategic feedback on new programming opportunities as well as the relevance of the School's existing graduate programs and executive education offerings with regard to the needs of the business community and organizations of the future.
  5. Help enrich students' educational experience by participating in and facilitating connections between the business community and faculty (e.g., identifying executives who can assist faculty in curricular and co-curricular activities in the graduate programs).
  6. Provide assistance and advice in acquiring resources in the business community that serve to support the mission and objectives of the graduate programs.

Council Members

External Members

  • Teresa Anania
    VP of Global Customer Success and Renewals
  • Michael Flaherty
    President and Chief Operating Officer
    COE Distributing
  • Michael Haid
    The Haid Group
  • Amy Harkins
    Former Senior Vice President and Managing Director
    BNY Mellon
  • Anne Herman
    Vice President, Global Operational Excellence and Chief Customer Officer
    MSA-The Safety Company
  • Susan Koski
    Senior Vice President
    PNC Financial Services
  • Becky Serafini
    Director of Marketing and Business Development
    Tellus Products, LLC
  • Matthew Steenson, MBA'01
    Executive Vice President and Retail National Executive
    PNC Bank
  • Cary Smith
    Managing Director

Palumbo-Donahue School Members

  • Karen Donovan
    Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Executive Education
  • Rebecca Ellsworth
    Assistant Dean & Director of Graduate Student Services
  • Casey Foote
    Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
  • John E. Gentner
    Director of Corporate Relations and Leadership Development
  • Christine Hughes
    Program Manager for Career Advancement and Experiential Learning
  • Chris Rouhier
    Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Christine Wedoski
    Graduate Admissions and Student Support Specialist