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Graduate School Alumni Society

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

James Caltagirone, M.S., Exercise Science
Constituent Outreach Specialist, Senate of Pennsylvania, Office of State Senator Judith Ward

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

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

Matthew Krott, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences – A Boeing Company

Jon Lozano, Ph.D., Higher Education, 
Senior Advisor to the Dean at the Johns Hopkins University’s Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences

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

Sharon Melzer, Master of Public Administration
Strategic Policy Specialist at the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington 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
David M. Kiser, Ph.D., Physiology; M.S., HPER Exercise Physiology
former Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company and Vice President of International Paper, Consultant in the areas of environment, health, safety, and sustainability

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

College of the Liberal Arts
Michael J. DiRaimo, M.A., History
Former Vice President for Government and Community Relations at Penn State

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
Paige Castellanos, Ph.D., Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, Master of International Affairs
Assistant Research Professor and Program Manager in the Office of International Programs at Penn State.

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

  • Terry Torres Cruz

Graduate campuses other than University Park, including World Campus

  • Evan Davis

Graduate Educational Equity Programs

  • Iman Said

Graduate and Professional Student Association

  • Alex Zhao

Ex Officio Members

Sarah Ades
Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs

William Clark
Associate Dean


*Degrees shown are those from Penn State

Board Committees

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