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The Graduate School Alumni Society is a constituent society of the Penn State Alumni Association. Our mission is to nurture relationships between graduate students of The Pennsylvania State University and its alumni, both nationally and internationally; enhance the complete graduate experience; advance graduate education and research; and increase graduate alumni membership in the Penn State Alumni Association.

Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors

Cynthia A. Mable, M.S., Computer Science; B.S., Mathematics
Principal Consultant, The CAM Group

Joseph (Jay) Kovacs, III, MMgt., Business Administration
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

At Large Members

Connie Baggett,  Ph.D., Agricultural Education
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Amit Bandyopadhyay,  Ph.D., M.S., Civil Engineering
Distinguished Service Professor; Chair, Department of Architecture and Construction Management; and Director, Green Building Institute, Farmingdale State College-State University of New York

W. Howard Cyr, Ph.D., M.S., Biophysics
Senior Research Biophysicist (retired), Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Kayla D. Hales, Ph.D., Information Sciences and Technology
User Experience Researcher, Google

Theresa Schuler Huston, Ph.D., B.S., Chemistry
Scientific Information Analyst (retired), Chemical Abstracts Service

Joseph (Jay) Kovacs, III, MMgt., Business Administration
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

David W. Kraft, Ph.D., Physics
Professor of Mathematics and Physics, University of Bridgeport

Cynthia A. Mable, M.S., Computer Science; B.S., Mathematics
Principal Consultant, The CAM Group

Lisa M. Ruch, Ph.D., Comparative Literature; B.A., World Literature
Assistant Dean of Liberal Studies and Professor of English and Communications, Bay Path University

Cathy Rusinko, Ph.D., Business Administration; M.A., Economics; B.A., English; B.S., Economics
Professor of Management and Coordinator for Sustainability, Thomas Jefferson University

Jorge G. Trevino, DBA, M.P.S., Homeland Security
Academic Advisor and Lecturer in Organizational Leadership Studies, Penn State World Campus

Campus and College Representatives

College of Agricultural Sciences
Merrilee G. Anderson, Ph.D., Plant Pathology
Professor, Science and Mathematics, Mount Aloysius College

College of Arts and Architecture
Bimal Balakrishnan, Ph.D., Mass Communications, M.S., Architecture
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural Studies, University of Missouri

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
Sarah Worley, Ph.D., Mass Communications
Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning, Juniata College

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Tyler C. McCandless, Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Meteorology
Manager of Services, Ascend Analytics

College of Education
Amy Thul-Sigler, D.Ed., Adult Education
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State

College of Engineering
Susan O. Schall, Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Industrial Engineering
Founder and Operations Leader, SOS Consulting, LLC

College of Health and Human Development
Anne E. Ray, Ph.D., Behavioral Health; M.ED., Counselor Education; B.S., Psychology
Research Associate, Center for Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University

College of Information Sciences and Technology
Paula Bach, Ph.D., Information Sciences and Technology
Senior User Research Lead, Microsoft

College of the Liberal Arts
Robert M. Sandow, Ph.D., History
Chair, Department of History, Political Science, International Studies and Foreign Languages, Lock Haven University

College of Medicine
Lawrence M. Mylin, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry
Professor of Biology, Messiah College

College of Nursing
Peggy Shipley, Ph.D., B.S., Nursing; B.S., Music Education
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Bloomsburg University

Commonwealth Colleges
Kathleen G. Hume, MMgt., Healthcare Administration
Healthcare Consultant

Eberly College of Science
Stephen H. Korzeniowski, Ph.D., Chemistry
Global Technology Manager, Surface Protection Solutions (retired)
The Chemours Company/E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co, Inc.

Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs
Lynne M. Casper, Ph.D., Sociology with a Dual-Title in Demography
Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California

School of International Affairs
Rachel C. Sayre, M.I.A., International Affairs
Presidential Management Fellow and Project Manager, United States Agency for International Development

Smeal College of Business
Jeffrey M. Middleton, MBA, B.S., Economics

Senior Director of Finance, Global Construction Brands Controller, Case New Holland Industrial, Inc.

Graduate Student Representatives

Global Programs

Badr W. Nhari

Graduate campuses other than University Park, including World Campus

Stephen M. Matthews

Graduate Educational Equity Programs

Litzy Galarza

Graduate and Professional Student Association

Claire Kelling

Ex Officio Members

Sarah Ades
Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs

James R. Caltagirone, M.S., Exercise Science; B.A., Journalism
Director of Alumni Relations and External Relations


*Degrees shown are those from Penn State

Board Committees