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Suzanne Daugherty ’86

Suzanne Daugherty, senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer of PJM Interconnection, has been selected as a top CFO for the inaugural Influencer of Finance Awards presented by the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. She is being honored for her accomplishments as the first female CFO, and longest serving, at PJM. She joined the company in 1998 and has been integral to shaping the finance division. PJM operates the high-voltage electric power system in all or parts of 13 states and Washington, D.C. ensuring reliable delivery of electricity to systems serving 65 million people. A profile on Daugherty appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and she was honored alongside other financial executives at an awards luncheon in Philadelphia.

Daugherty earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lehigh.

Robert Happ ’62 ’94P

Robert Happ retired in 1994 after a distinguished career as an auditor with KPMG. Having become one of the youngest partners of Peat, Marwick & Mitchell, now KPMG, he conducted the first-ever audit of the City of Fort Lauderdale and became involved in other governmental audits. In 1975, he was selected to be the partner-in-charge of the initial audit of the City of New York which led to the city reentering the bond market and restoring fiscal stability. He subsequently led the initial audits of the State of New York and also served as managing partner of KPMG’s Boston Office and the New England Practice.

Happ earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lehigh. In 1992, he received the Alumni Award for his dedicated service to the university.

Brad Foss ’94

Brad Foss has been named the global business editor for the Associated Press, where he will guide coverage of business, industry and finance around the world and in all media formats. He has worked for the news agency since 1999, starting as a national energy and transportation reporter, and moving into several leadership roles. For the past decade, Foss has played key roles in expanding financial news coverage, created a real-time economic data product, and launched AP’s automated journalism initiative.

Among his professional affiliations, he is a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Foss earned his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Lehigh and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia in 1999.

Gene Nichols ’12G

Gene Nichols recently launched the management consulting firm Lean Out Communications. The firm empowers businesses to engage key stakeholders with practical, repeatable, and scalable solutions. The solutions are tailored to each businesses’ reality in order for stakeholders to navigate change and meet their unique objectives. Gene and his partner, Laura Osifchin, come from private-equity-owned businesses going through periods of significant growth and change. From that experience, in addition to the business acumen acquired while earning their MBA degrees, they developed this new practical application. The model helps businesses communicate through change and downsizing without needing extensive teams, disruptive technologies, or high-priced agencies. Nichols earned his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from King's College and his master's in business administration degree from Lehigh.

Bill Guglielmo ’03

Bill Guglielmo is the CEO and owner of ITL Solutions, a defense contractor based in Hampton, Virginia. The company was awarded a prime position on an $8.27 billion chemical, biological, radiological procurement contract, making it part of an exclusive group of contractors in the field. Another Lehigh graduate from his class, Grant Wasch ’03, and his company Team Wasch, supported the marketing effort ahead of this contract award. “Our team is very excited about this contract and the opportunities it will bring to expand our work in the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear field,” Guglielmo said.

Guglielmo served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 2006 to 2015 and is now a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh and his master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.

Donna Esposito ’94

After running a DNA testing laboratory, Donna Esposito decided to pursue her lifelong passion for World War II history. In 2016, she published a novel about WWII called “Flying Time.” Following in the footsteps of the books’ heroine, she visited the island of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific and found a Lehigh connection: a memorial tree planted by the Class of 1948. She also met a local man who knew of dog tags and remains belonging to an American MIA solider. Esposito found the soldier’s family, brought them to Guadalcanal in August 2017, and repatriated the remains to the USA. Esposito is currently the director of the research center at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, New York, and performs historical research with the nonprofit Pacific Wrecks. She earned her bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from Lehigh and her Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University.

Lee Blaney ’05 ’07G

The Maryland Academy of Sciences and Maryland Science Center have selected Lee Blaney as a winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The award is for young Maryland residents who have distinguished themselves with accomplishments in engineering. Blaney is an environmental engineer and associate professor of chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Blaney is at the forefront of technology development for nutrient recovery from poultry operations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, demonstrating more than 90% phosphorus recovery efficiency in laboratory tests. He is currently setting up pilot systems. Additionally, he and his students developed a clean water supply for a 500-person village in Kenya. Blaney earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Lehigh, and his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

R. Perrin (Perry) Baker ’73

Perry Baker ’73 was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list, for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. His practice at Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. in Erie, PA, includes loan and other financial transactions as counsel to borrowers or lenders, and general business transactions. He previously served as general counsel and secretary of Marine Bank and as chief market counsel of PNC Bank, National Association. He is president of the Scholarship Foundation of Erie Scottish Rite Bodies, and emeritus board member of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Perry earned his bachelor or arts degree in political science from Lehigh University and his juris doctorate degree from the Villanova University School of Law.

Ahmed Banafa ’93G

Ahmed Banafa ’93G, professor of business and technology at San Jose State University and Northwestern Polytechnic University, had his research on the Internet of Things and Blockchain technology included in a recent Forbes article. He was previously named a top “Tech Voice” to follow by LinkedIn for this research. On January 11, 2018, he was interviewed by ABC7 TV station in California's Bay Area to discuss artificial intelligence products showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

An experienced instructor, Banafa has taught at a variety of universities across the country and has been named “Instructor of the Year” on five occasions. He has also published more than 80 articles and is a contributing author to several other works.

Banafa earned a bachelor of science degree from King Abdulaziz University, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh.

Joseph A. Yesulaitis ’83

After spending five years as a software engineer in aerospace and defense, Joe Yesulaitis ’83 founded two companies. The first in 1988 and a second, Aavalar Consulting, in 1999. As CEO, he has expanded the company’s services to providing I.T. and engineering consulting, staff augmentation, and RPO. The company has received many accolades including being named three times each to Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies list and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Philadelphia 100" fastest growing companies list.

Yesulaitis is active in regional and national business organizations such as the TechServe Alliance, where he is currently the president of the Philadelphia chapter; Beacon (Formerly GPSEG); and the Society of Information Management (SIM). Yesulaitis earned his bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in computer engineering.

Alexander Golick ’09

After growing tired of his corporate employee lifestyle, Alexander Golick ’09 decided to pursue a longtime dream of traveling and being his own boss. In December 2015, he quit his job and started his company Intensify, a Los Angeles-based advertising and business consultation agency, of which he is CEO. Intensify helps grow other businesses through online advertising, social media, website development, and copy writing. In 2016, Golick traveled to 11 countries while growing Intensify and wrote about his journey in an article “How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World.”

Previously, Golick worked as a data analysis consultant for DirecTV and was manager of advertising operations at TMP, a marketing company in Hollywood. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lehigh.

Andrew Pohle ’12, Jake Schaufield ’15, Jordan Levy ’14

What began as a Lehigh class project has transformed into a successful company through the hard work of (from left in photo) Andrew Pohle ’12, Jake Schaufield ’15, and Jordan Levy ’14 who were named to Forbes 30 Under 30: Education List for 2017. Their company, Real Time Cases (RTC), which also received recognition as one of the top 50 start-up companies for 2017 by Startup Grind, is an innovative platform that provides current business case study material from company executives to students in a digital format. RTC expands learning opportunities for students by allowing them to interact with and solve problems for top companies without needing the executives physically in the classroom.

At Lehigh, Schaufeld majored in earth and environmental science, Levy majored in finance and accounting, and Pohle majored in bioengineering. Both Schaufeld and Levy minored in entrepreneurship. Please see their full story.

Desiree Kennedy ’84

Desiree Kennedy ’84 was recently appointed associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the Touro College Law Center, where she has been a faculty member since 2007.

A passionate advocate for the abused, Kennedy has been involved with several groups, including a board member of the Safe Center, L.I., which helps victims of domestic and child abuse. She has also worked pro-bono on children’s rights and capital punishment cases, and is published in several areas.

Kennedy earned her bachelor’s degree in social relations from Lehigh University, and her juris doctorate from Harvard University. She was also an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow at the Temple University School of Law.

Adrian '01 and Casey '01 Silversmith

Through various business competitions and events, Adrian '01 and Casey '01 Silversmith founded Sprelly — a gourmet nut butter eatery that specializes in sandwiches and crepes. Customers can choose from a plethora of spreads to pair with different jellies. In April 2016, the couple opened their first brick and mortar location in Fredericksburg, Virginia and continue to run the location together. 

In January 2017, Adrian won “Entrepreneur of the Year” for “exhibiting the entrepreneurial spirit that epitomizes business” for his work in the community and the founding of Sprelly. With the success they have had with the first Sprelly location, the couple is currently working on plans to expand and scale their business.

Alan ’91 and Robin ’91 ’96G Lapoint

Alan ’91 and Robin ’91 ’96G Lapoint have come a long way from “can I buy you a beer?” to “let’s buy a brewery!” The couple, who met as undergrads at Lehigh, have just purchased New England’s oldest craft microbrewery, D.L. Geary Brewing Company, based in Portland, Maine. They consider this new joint venture as a passion project they can invest in and build together.

Alan is president and owner of The Strainrite Companies that specialize in the design and production of liquid filtration systems for industrial products. He is also a member of the Maine Extension Partnership and the Maine Manufacturers Association. Alan earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh.

Robin, also employed at Strainrite, is on the company’s board of directors, and earned her bachelor’s degree in international careers and international relations and her M.B.A. degree from Lehigh.

Mario Paredes ’11

Mario Paredes ’11 was recently named an El Mundo Boston Latino 30 under 30, which recognizes young adults who have impacted the Massachusetts’ Latino community. Paredes also received the City of Boston Spark Impact Award for his dedication to helping Boston’s immigrants.

As the son of Guatemalan immigrants, Paredes’ background strongly influenced his work in advocating for students and immigrants in the Greater Boston area. He also helped lead a campaign called Our Voices, Our Vote, which empowers the Latino population to participate in elections.

Paredes earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and management from Lehigh University in 2011, and his M.Ed. from Harvard University in 2012. He currently serves as a board member of Centro Presente while working toward a law degree at Boston University School of Law.

Jonathan Lung ’11

As winner of the Science Channel’s reality show program Mythbusters: The Search, Jonathan Lung ’11 became one of the newest “Mythbusters” during the show’s season finale on February 26, 2017. The show required contestants to debunk myths with their build skills, scientific knowledge, and ingenuity. Competing against eight other contestants, Lung and Brian Louden were selected to become the next generation of Mythbusters after testing the show’s final myth: whether it is possible to escape prison by riding a rocket-propelled water heater.

When not doing fun things like competing on television, Lung works as a freelance industrial designer and graphic designer. He earned his B.A. in design arts from Lehigh University in 2011 and a master of fine arts degree in product design from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. Lung is a native New Yorker.

Drew Endy ’92 ’94G

Drew Endy is a bioengineering professor at Stanford University and BioBricks Foundation president. His teams pioneered amplifying genetic logic, rewritable DNA data storage, reliably-reuseable standard biological parts, and genome refactoring.

Endy helped launch the new undergraduate majors in bioengineering at MIT and Stanford; he also co-founded the iGEM competition, a global genetic engineering “olympics” engaging over 6,000 students annually. The White House recognized Endy for his work on open-source biotechnology and, most recently, he received an honorary doctorate from the Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands.

Endy serves on the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and the World Health Organization’s Smallpox Advisory Committee. He lives in Menlo Park, California, with his wife and colleague, Professor Christina Smolke, their two boys, and three cats.

Geoff Lansberry '90 

Geoff Lansberry co-founded Kuvée, a revolutionary new home-use wine preservation and dispensing system in 2014. The Kuvée allows users to enjoy wines by the glass at home and learn more through the touchscreen display. The product has been generating buzz on websites such as Forbes, Wired, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Lansberry received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh in 1990 and his master of science degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1995. His wife, Debra, is also a Lehigh alumna, and their son, Jake, is a member of the Class of 2020. In 2010, Lansberry completed Tuft University’s M.S. in engineering management program.


Doug Pearl ’93

In 2015, Doug Pearl ’93 became the national vice president of architecture for Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust with a market cap of $7 billion. Pearl brings more than 17 years of retail, mixed-use planning, and design experience to Regency Centers, a company that has owned, operated, and developed grocery-anchored retail centers across the country. Pearl works with the firms’ 19 offices developing and renovating their properties into best-in-class shopping centers. He has worked on such notable projects as the renovations of Radio City Music Hall, the Oakbrook Retail Center, and the award-winning Santiago Street Lofts. The company has won numerous awards for shopping center design. Pearl earned his bachelor of arts degree in art from Lehigh and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of South Florida.

Tricia Serio ’91

Tricia Serio has been named the new dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and will begin her duties in August 2017. She is currently professor and head of the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona. Serio’s research interests combine genetic, cell biological, biochemical and quantitative imaging techniques, and mathematical modeling to understand and reverse potentially pathogenic processes related to protein folding. Serio earned a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from Lehigh and both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale. Her professional honors include the 2016 Mid-career Award for Excellence in Research from the American Society for Cell Biology, the National Cancer Institute’s Howard Temin Award for 2001-06, and being named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Science for 2003-07.

Hongping Zhao ’11G

Hongping Zhao, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University, was named one of “40 Under 40” leaders in the Midwest’s transition to clean energy by Midwest Energy News. The program recognizes entrepreneurs, advocates, regulators, researchers, and business leaders for their work in creating a better energy future. Zhao received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, and was a recipient of the Rossin Doctoral Fellowship and the 2008 and 2009 International Society for Optics and Photonics Scholarship. She received her master of engineering degree from Southeast University in China and her bachelor of science degree from Nanjing Normal University. Zhao has published more than 51 refereed journal articles and 84 refereed conference papers. Zhao serves on the Technical Program Committee for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and is an editorial board member of the journal Optics.

Ahmed Banafa ’93G

Ahmed Banafa, a professor at San Jose State University and Northwestern Polytechnic University, was named a top “Tech Voice” to follow by LinkedIn for his content focusing on the “Internet of Things” and related technologies. He has published more than 80 articles about the subject, cloud computing, and big data, and has been a guest speaker at multiple international technology conferences. Prior to his current positions, Banafa taught at a wide variety of colleges and universities throughout the country, and has been named “Instructor of the Year” on five occasions. He has also been a contributing writer for MIT Technology Review, IEEE-IoT, LinkedIn, IBMCloud, IBM Big Data Analytics Hub, and HP Infrastructure Insights. Banafa earned a bachelor of science degree from King Abdulaziz University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh, and a master of government administration degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Tierney Gallagher ’13 ’14G

Tierney Gallagher ’13 ’14G began her position at Lehigh University in September 2016 to serve as assistant director of Admissions. Her responsibilities include managing the Alumni Admissions Outreach and Legacy programs, coordinating events, serving as liaison between legacy families and the admissions office, and working with volunteers. Previously, she taught social studies at Cranford High School, where she was also a peer leadership and training advisor to student leaders.

Gallagher earned her B.A. degree in history in 2013 and her M.Ed. degree in secondary education in 2014. As an undergraduate, she was very involved in student activities which included being a member and vice president of membership and recruitment for Delta Gamma sorority, vice president of scholarship on the Panhellenic Council, an orientation leader, a QUEST PreLUsion leader, a member of the Greek Emerging Leaders program, and a member of the Homework Club.

Cathy Engelbert ’86

Cathy Engelbert ’86, CEO of Deloitte LLP and the first woman to lead a “Big Four” U.S. professional services firm, was again named to Fortune’s annual list of Most Powerful Women, moving from the 21st position in 2015 to number 15 in 2016. After graduating from Lehigh with a B.S. in accounting, she joined Deloitte and for 30 years has served some of Deloitte’s most important global clients. Engelbert has spoken to influential media including Meet the Press, CBS This Morning Saturday, CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business Network, and Fortune about global business trends, professional services, and Deloitte’s growth strategy. She frequently discusses how to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate America and has been ranked 41 on Glassdoor’s 2016 Employees’ Choice Awards for the 50 Highest Rated CEOs.

Engelbert, who earned her B.S. degree in accounting, remains active at Lehigh through membership on Lehigh’s Accounting Advisory Board and participation in the Women in Business Conference.


Hillary Garris ’00

Hillary Garris ’00 began as vice president of finance at Talent Inc., a resume-writing and personal-branding service company, on August 22, 2016. She is responsible for financial management strategy and execution. Previously, Garris was vice president of finance and operations at Piano. She was also employed at Anheuser-Busch InBev, ING, Oaktree Capital, and Oppenheimer and Co. in global finance, research, and investment positions.

Garris is a mentor for Entrepreneurs-in-Training at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. She has also taught courses in business innovation, management, and leadership in New York City.

Garris earned a B.S. degree in finance and economics at Lehigh, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She also earned an M.B.A. degree from Columbia Business School. Garris served as the vice president of her local Lehigh regional club board.

Gaurav Mirchandani ’04

Gaurav Mirchandani began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York and is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. Over his tenure at PwC, he assisted clients in organization strategy, business optimization, and process improvement.

Mirchandani is currently the founder and CEO of One Paper Lane, a SaaS technology platform that digitalizes and automates business processes for customers globally.

Previously, Mirchandani was an investor, board member, and founding member of a mobile gaming and entertainment outsourcing company, which he helped grow from a small start-up to a leading business which he successfully sold and exited. Mirchandani is an active angel investor, charter member of the TiE Network, and advises technology startups around the globe. He earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Lehigh in 2004. He served as a member of Lehigh’s Young Alumni Council and as a board member of the Lehigh University Alumni Association.

David A. Strassburger ’92

David Strassburger, an attorney with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Last year, he was also named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers to the “Pittsburgh Top Fifty List,” an accomplishment that recognizes his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Strassburger earned his B.A. degree from Lehigh University in 1992 and his juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He is shareholder at Strassburger Mckenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh and has been at the firm for nearly 20 years. He exclusively practices civil litigation and also lectures on defamation and legal ethics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

During an interview with Ross Pfund, Super Lawyers, he encouraged people who are interested law to keep their minds sharp and keep their dedication to other people as part of their profession. “There is always room for another good lawyer, and the practice can be extremely fulfilling,” said Strassburger.

Geoffrey S. Colon ’94

Geoffrey Colon, a communications designer at Microsoft, recently wrote a new book entitled, Disruptive Marketing: What Growth Hackers, Data Punks and Other Hybrid Thinkers Can Teach Us About Navigating the New Normal. Colon, who is also a DJ and podcaster, writes for a wide variety of publications, hosts a weekly marketing podcast called Disruptive FM, and hosts a video blog series called The Disruptive Marketer. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Colon was the vice president of digital strategy at Ogilvy & Mather and digital community supervisor at 360i. Colon earned his B.A. degree in journalism and communication from Lehigh, and was a speaker at the university's Data X conference.

Jonathan H. Gillon ’12

Jonathan Gillon is the founder and CEO of Roost, a San Francisco-based startup that utilizes the sharing economy to allow users to find and rent parking and storage space in their neighborhoods. According to an article in the Washington Post, Roost has expanded to the Washington, D.C. area and has connected more than 100 area residents with this service. He is also a founding partner of DoubleTap Ventures, an exclusive network of 120 startup founders dedicated to helping each other succeed. Gillon sits on the advisory boards of Unstock.io and Knkt’d Health, and mentors at 500 Startups accelerator in SF. Gillon earned his B.S. degree in marketing from Lehigh.

Carrie Rich ’07

Carrie Rich, co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, was named a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, which represents organizations with humanitarian and philanthropic missions. The Global Good Fund is a nonprofit organization that addresses complex social challenges by supporting the leadership development of social entrepreneurs. Rich, who serves as a Mentor-in-Residence at George Washington University, was formerly the senior director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System. She was named 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, received the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, and was recognized by Washington Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and Entrepreneur.com’s Top 30 Start-ups to Watch. Rich recently spoke at Lehigh in a lecture entitled “Social Entrepreneurship Through a Health Lens.” Rich earned a B.S. degree in science, technology, and society with a minor in health and human services from Lehigh and an M.S. degree in health systems administration from Georgetown University.

Tara Stacom ’80

For the second time, Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) Executive Vice Chairman Tara Stacom ’80 was named the company's top producer globally. She was the first woman in the firm’s history to accomplish that honor. In 2015, she closed transactions valued at more than $1.6 billion, working with high-profile tenant clients and agency assignments. During her impressive, 35-year career, she has received prestigious awards, such as the 2016 Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award. She holds several additional positions, including director of the Realty Foundation of New York. She is highly committed to Lehigh, serving on Lehigh University's Board of Trustees and founding ire@l, a real estate program in the College of Business and Economics. She earned a B.S. degree in business and finance from Lehigh University in 1980. Read more.

Stephen T. Twilliger ’99

Stephen Twilliger joined Rodale Inc. in August 2016 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served as CFO for Dorling Kindersley (DK), part of Penguin Random House. In this position he led DK’s global finance team for over five years. In addition to being CFO, he became vice president of DK U.S., relocating from London to the company’s New York office. 

Twilliger joined Penguin in 2003 and has held a number of senior positions including group financial planning & analysis manager in London, responsible for supporting Penguin Group's CEO and CFO. Previously, he was business manager for Penguin (USA). Twilliger’s career began at Simon and Schuster where he was a financial analyst. 

Twilliger earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Lehigh and holds an M.B.A. degree from the London Business School. Read more.

Dave Petrillo ’08

Entrepreneur Dave Petrillo ’08 and his childhood friend, Dave Jackson, started the company Coffee Joulies, which is named after the stainless steel capsules they produce. The simple genius of their function is to keep coffee at the prefect drinking temperature. Recently, they released a new product, Booze Joulies, that are similar to their Coffee Joulies, however instead for alcoholic beverages. Coffee Joulies won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize in the Shopify Build a Business Competition, as well as placing them in the Kickstarter Hall of Fame and landing them a spot on ABC’s investment reality series Shark Tank. Petrillo earned an integrated business and mechanical engineering degree and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in 2008.

Ted Jeske ’90G

Ted Jeske ’90G speaks on success in life in a Syracuse.com article posted August 9, 2016. He is the president and co-owner of Precision Systems Mfg. Inc, a company of 51 skilled machinists and workers who custom manufacture machine parts for a diverse range of industries, including submarine companies and the military. In the article, Jeske said that he sees himself as “merely a steward,” adding, “For people to make a living, raise their families, help the community — that's why we work.” Previously, he worked for Bethlehem Steel and served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He received his B.A. degree from Muhlenberg College in 1982 and an M.B.A. degree from Lehigh University in 1990.

Lori Soderlind ’86

Professor Lori Soderlind ’86 started her new position as the director of the distinguished Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program at Manhattanvillle College in July 2016. Throughout her career as a writer, journalist, and professor, she has taught courses at Columbia University, State University of New York Albany, and Norwalk Community College as well as contributed to prominent publications, such as the New York Times Book Review and The Boston Globe. In addition, she also authored a memoir, Chasing Montana: A Love Story, and multiple literary essays, including “66 Signs.” Soderlind earned a B.A. degree in English and journalism from Lehigh University in 1986 and an M.F.A. degree in non-fiction writing from Columbia University in 1997. Read more.

Andy Goldberg ’97

General Electric (GE) appointed Andy Goldberg ’97 its first chief creative officer in 2015, an innovative role that places him at the forefront of GE’s branding. "As chief creative officer, I'm responsible for the development of the strategy, branding, media, and creative expression of the GE brand," said Goldberg in an EContent article. He was promoted to this position after serving as GE’s creative director, where he helped generate the What's the Matter With Owen? campaign and GE Podcast Theater’s “The Message” podcast. "Evolving from my prior position, I have a deeper connection with the different business units across GE to guide their storyline and narrative, delivering a single GE story," he said. Goldberg received a marketing degree from Lehigh University in 1997.

Dalisbeth A. Galvez ’14

Dalisbeth Galvez is one among 19 graduate students across the country, and one of three winners in her graduate program, to receive the 2016 LAGRANT Foundation scholarship for students who share the foundation’s mission of increasing ethnic diversity in the advertising, marketing, and public relations industries. Galvez, who received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Lehigh with honors, is working on her branding and integrated communications master’s degree with a concentration in public relations at the City College of New York. She recently completed a public relations internship with Team Epiphany, a creative marketing agency, working with clients including HBO, Nike Vision, and FIGHTBALL. This summer, she is interning with Quinn PR, a lifestyle public relations agency.

Michael Garzillo ’16

On June 11, 2016, the Miami Marlins selected Michael Garzillo ’16 in the 25th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. While at Lehigh, the star second baseman was a three-time first team All-Patriot League pick, 2015 All-American, the 2016 Patriot League Player of the Year, and graduated with honors earning a bachelor's degree in management.

"I've wanted to play professional baseball my entire life so this is such a dream come true," said Garzillo. "It all started with Lehigh because coming out of high school Lehigh was a team that believed in me from day one."

Garzillo, a native of Wind Gap, PA, put together one of the most decorated careers in Lehigh baseball history. He earned first team All-Patriot League laurels as a sophomore, junior and senior, making him the first-ever Lehigh player to become a three-time first team All-League selection.

Brian Schaffer ’99G

Brian Schaffer will be honored by the The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) as one of seven distinguished educational leaders at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on August 3, 2016. Principal of Lamoille Union High School in Northern Vermont, Schaffer will receive the National Association of Secondary School Principals, High School Principal of the Year award. Nominated by peers and from the public at large, he was selected for outstanding building and educational leadership. During his tenure, has shaped a vision of academic success for all students, created a climate hospitable for education, cultivated leadership in others, improved instruction, and managed people, data, and processes to foster school improvement.

Schaffer received his M.Ed. degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University in 1999.


Joseph Plunkett ’72 ’18P

Joseph Plunkett, senior vice president of global manufacturing and engineering at Herbalife International, was recognized for Visionary Leadership at the 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. The honor was in recognition of the culmination of his manufacturing career, which has included building and operating facilities for Frito Lay, Celenese/Imperial Chemical, Henri’s Foods, Helene Curtis/Unilever, and Herbalife. Plunkett received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh, and completed additional studies at Harvard and Northwestern in manufacturing management, corporate strategy and new product development.

“I attribute, to a large measure, my mechanical engineering education at Lehigh as the basis for the growth and accomplishments I have been fortunate to achieve during my career,” Plunkett said.


Mark B. Sheppard ’84

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently appointed Mark B. Sheppard to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to serve for a two-year term as one of 11 Commission members. Sheppard serves as co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s White Collar and Government Investigations Practice Group and a member of the firm’s executive committee. His practice is focused white collar criminal defense, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement, and complex commercial civil litigation. Sheppard earned his bachelor of arts in government from Lehigh, as well as a juris doctorate degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1987. He is the president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served as a member of the Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on the Philadelphia Court System and as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.


Kristie (Darien) Arslan ’98

Kristie Arslan, the executive director of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), was recently appointed by the Small Business Administration to serve on the National Women’s Businesses Council (NWBC) for three years. The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Businesses on economic issues of importance to women business owners. A long-standing advocate for the small business community and an experienced business owner, Arslan leads WIPP in its efforts to advocate for women and minority business owners on economic policy and establish educational initiatives that impact business health and growth. Arlsan received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and an international relations minor from Lehigh, as well as a masters of public administration from George Mason University.


Giancarlo Pellegrini ’07

In 2015, Giancarlo Pellegrini was selected as a New York Empire State Fellow, where he has been placed in the Office of Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Empire State Fellows program is a full-time leadership training program designed to prepare talented professionals to become the next generation of policy leaders in the state of New York. He received his bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Lehigh in 2007, and graduated from Harvard Law School with his juris doctorate in 2010. Prior to accepting the Fellowship, Pellegrini worked as an associate for Sidley Austin LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, DC.


Allison K. Scarinzi ’03

Allison K. Scarinzi, also known professionally as Allison Kaye, was recently featured on Billboard’s list of the 50 most powerful female executives in music industry for her work as general manager of Scooter Braun Projects LLC, a full-service entertainment and marketing company. She is the key executive presiding over the management of the careers of some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Cody Simpson. She was also ranked among Billboard’s Most Powerful Women in Music in 2013 and 2014. Scarinzi, who has served as general manager of SB Projects since 2009, received a bachelor of science degree in political science from Lehigh in 2003 and a juris doctorate degree from Duke University School of Law in 2006. Prior to her current position, she worked as legal counsel at the music label Razor & Tie and also as legal counsel and director of licensing at TVT Records.


Otis D. Hackney ’06G

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has named Otis D. Hackney, the principal at South Philadelphia High School, to be the cities chief education officer.

Hackney is widely acclaimed for turning around the high school, which had been plagued by racial tension and by violent attacks. Under Hackney's leadership, the high school has also become one of the most advanced efforts in the city to implement the "community school" approach, which involves re-envisioning schools as accessible, full-service community centers for students and their families.

Kenney has touted community schools as a way to revitalize the city's struggling neighborhood schools and said he wants to create 25 community schools citywide. "I have high concentrations of students with high needs," Hackney said. "I need to make sure I have high levels of support."

Hackney is a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, earned a B.A. degree in secondary mathematics education from Temple University, and an M.Ed.degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University.

Donald F. Parsons Jr. ’70 ’72G

After a 12-year term, Donald F. Parsons Jr. is retiring from his position as vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, a nationally respected business court. Even though he enjoyed a career in law, he admitted in an interview that his entry into the profession was not his original plan. Parsons took his Law School Admission Test on a whim during his senior year at Lehigh while studying electrical engineering. After graduation, he decided that he was not interested in being an electrical engineer, so he earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Lehigh and became a math teacher. In 1973, encouraged by his wife, Parsons decided to pursue a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduation, he clerked two years for a federal judge, and then spent 24 years as a patent litigator at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. In 2003, Parsons became a vice chancellor of the Court of Chancery.


Mrithyunjay Chandilya ’02 (also known as “Mittu” Chandilya)

The CEO of the AirAsia India airline and first employee of the clean sheet Airline startup, Mittu Chandilya, has recently also been appointed as the company’s managing director and its first full-time independent executive director. In an article from Press Trust of India, AirAsia India Chairman Subramaniam Ramadorai said, “[Chandilya] has managed to propel the airline forward in terms of its scale of operations and turn every challenge into an opportunity by building an agile and secure operations structure.”

At Lehigh, Chandilya was a gryphon who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics with triple majors in marketing, supply chain management, and information systems. Chandilya reflects fondly upon his Lehigh professors and would like to help expand Lehigh’s connections in India. In 2010, Chandilya received his MBA degree from Insead University (France) and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to working for AirAsia, he was the head of services practices for Asia Pacific at Egon Zehnder International and part of management at Ingersoll-Rand Company.

Casey Cogut ’69

Charles “Casey” Cogut was selected to be a member of Air Products’ Board of Directors. Cogut has worked for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (STB), a law firm based in New York, since 1973 and now serves as their Senior M&A Counsel. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, the representation of special committees of boards of directors, and buyouts and other transactions involving private equity firms.

Cogut fulfills other board positions, including being a member of the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is also an adjunct faculty member, and a member of the board of advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Institute for Law and Economics. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees and executive committee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Cogut graduated summa cum laude with a degree in government from Lehigh University. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned a juris doctorate degree in 1973.


Ben Gucciardi ’05 ’06G

During a White House ceremony on June 25, 2015, Ben Gucciardi ’05 ’06G was named a White House Champion of Change for Refugees to recognize his work as the founder of Soccer Without Borders (SWB). SWB’s mission is to “use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.”

SWB is actively accomplishing that goal with 410 volunteers coaching 1,279 youth enrolled in SWB programs in four U.S. cities such as Boston and Baltimore, as well as two international programs in Nicaragua and Uganda. Gucciardi created SWB in 2006 while completing his master’s degree in global educational leadership at Lehigh University. To fund his endeavor, he used his $5,000 inaugural social entrepreneurship prize, which he won during Lehigh University’s Eureka competition. He also completed his undergraduate studies at Lehigh, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in international relations in 2005.


Fred W. Klein ’68

Fred W. Klein, senior managing partner at commercial real estate firm Childress Klein, was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Charlotte. Previously serving as a member of its Foundation Board, he helped UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business successfully raise $4.4 million for its Center for Real Estate by co-chairing the “Developing Talent, Building the Future” campaign.

Klein says, “I hope to be able to help UNC Charlotte continue to grow and serve the educational and economic needs of our region by providing high quality educational programs.”

Klein earned an industrial engineering degree at Lehigh in 1968 and an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1973. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1969 to1972. He currently is a member of the North Carolina Railroad Board of Directors and the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR).


David A. Strassburger ’92

David Strassburger has been named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers to the “Pittsburgh Top Fifty List,” an accomplishment that recognizes Strassburger’s high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of attorneys are named to the Super Lawyers list.

Strassburger earned his bachelors of arts degree from Lehigh University in 1992 and his juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He is shareholder at Strassburger Mckenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh and has been at the firm for nearly 20 years. He exclusively practices civil litigation and also lectures on defamation and legal ethics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

During an interview with Ross Pfund, Super Lawyers, he encourages people who are interested law to keep their minds sharp and keep their dedication to other people as part of their profession. “There is always room for another good lawyer, and the practice can be extremely fulfilling,” said Strassburger.

Theresa Glebocki ’84

Theresa “Terry” Glebocki has recently been hired as the new executive vice president, CFO, and treasurer of Tropicana Entertainment Inc. She will serve in those capacities for the company and its subsidiaries. Glebocki, who received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lehigh, previously oversaw development and financial operations for Revel Entertainment Group, LLC. She served as the company’s senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. She has also served in various senior financial management positions for the Trump Atlantic City casino properties and as an auditor and assistant controller for Bally’s Grand. Before working in the gaming industry, Glebocki was a senior auditor for Deloitte and Touche.

“We are very pleased to have Terry Glebocki join our management team,” said Tony Rodio, president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment. “Terry has significant experience in various financial management positions overseeing gaming company operations.”


Joshua Barrickman '00G

Joshua Barrickman, money manager at Vanguard Group, Malvern, PA, is headed to become the new industry “Bond King,” according to a March 17, 2015, article in The Wall Street Journal that was also posted on ADVFN. The Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund that Barrickman and his team manage is about to become the largest bond in assets. The fund is a version of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index and gained nearly $15 billion in client commitments during 2014. It had $145 billion in assets at the end of August, closing in on a competing fund with the current highest assets. Barrickman received his bachelor of science degree from Ohio Northern University in 1997. Immediately after completing his M.B.A. degree at Lehigh University in 2000, he was hired at Vanguard and was assigned to the bond index desk within several years. He is now in charge of all of the firm’s bond indexing across the U.S. and Canada.

Cathy Engelbert ’86

Cathy Engelbert, who made history by being the first female to become U.S. CEO of a “Big Four” firm, received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lehigh. Engelbert, the new CEO of professional services firm Deloitte, joined the company in 1986 and previously served as chairman and CEO of its audit subsidiary. She will be in charge of Deloitte’s 65,000 employees and $15 billion in annual revenue. Engelbert, who entered the public accounting profession at a time when it was very male-dominated, considers her promotion to be “a proud moment and a milestone.” As the new CEO of a company known for championing diversity, Engelbert said that her promotion “is a tangible demonstration of our commitment at Deloitte to the advancement of women.”


Lauren Silberman ’13

Lauren Silberman, who earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting, is one a few young accountants to earn the Elijah Watt Sells Award for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. She is the fourth Lehigh graduate to do so in as many years. The award is given to those who pass all four sections of the CPA exam on their first attempt and attain a cumulative average score above 95.50. Additionally, Silberman received the Charles Waldo Haskins Gold Award for achieving the highest score on the CPA exam in the state of New York. A former officer in the Lehigh Accounting Club, Silberman is now putting the concepts she learned at Lehigh to use in the alternative investments assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “It’s an exciting job,” she said. “PwC is very-team oriented, which allows me to work with, and learn from, some of the most intelligent people in the industry.”


Kenneth French ’75

The Wall Street Journal asked successful people in the world of finance and beyond about the best or worst investments they ever made. Kenneth French, finance professor at Dartmouth College, said in a December 2014 article, “It would be hard to beat the return from my investment in education. Extraordinarily generous scholarships allowed me to attend Lehigh University and the University of Rochester for almost nothing. Even if I include the value of my time and effort, the cost of this investment was a tiny fraction of the expected payoff, and the actual monetary and nonmonetary payoff has been many times larger than that. It will take a lifetime to repay the donors who financed my education,” said French who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh


Laurie Grobman ’97G

Laurie Grobman, who received her Ph.D. in English from Lehigh in 1997, has recently been announced as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year. Winners are chosen on the basis of their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, determined by excellence in the following four areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students. Laurie is currently a professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks.

Joshua Petersohn ᾽89

After being selected for Team USA Masters’ Ice Hockey to compete at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel this past July, Joshua Petersohn ᾽89 and his team captured the Gold Medal beating the Russians and Team Canada in the finals. Team USA began preparing for the Games in August of 2012 and continued with mini-camps throughout the year, concluding their training in June in South Bend, Indiana. The team continued to come together and build chemistry along the way. Despite starting off slowly during the tournament, the team rebounded and made adjustments for the medal rounds and beat Canada 7-4 in the final for the gold. “It was a lot of time, commitment and discipline, and the result was a fantastic journey. You don’t get opportunities like playing ice hockey at an international competition like this at this age. It was an incredible experience, and I was fortunate to be a participant,” said Petersohn.

Audrey Kleeman ’81

Audrey Kleeman, MD, has joined the medical staff of St. Mary Medical Center as a Primary Care Physician with Langhorne Physician Services and is opening a new medical practice, Comprehensive Internal Medicine, in Newtown, PA. In 1981, Dr. Kleeman received her bachelor of arts degree with High Honors from Lehigh University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Since 2002, Dr. Kleeman has consistently demonstrated a dedication to high-quality patient care by achieving the highest Practice Quality Assessment Score ranking by Independence Blue Cross. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has practiced medicine since 1986. She continues to provide comprehensive primary care, focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases in a personalized, compassionate approach.

Greg Heller-LaBelle ’10G

Greg Heller-LaBelle recently co-founded and is CEO of The Colony Meadery, a craft brewery in Allentown. The Meadery produces exclusive, nontraditional meads made from fermented honey using experimental batches and modern methodology. He has previously been involved with a number of successful start-ups and unique business ventures. Heller-Labelle earned his MBA degree from Lehigh in 2010 and was a featured speaker at Lehigh’s 2012 Mountain Talk series. A recording of his presentation, “Marketing Yourself: Why Personal Branding Matters,” can be viewed on the Mountain Talk Archives. The Meadery is open on weekends for afternoon and evening guided tours. Plus, a Lehigh Home Club event is being planned for the fall.

Michael Ulbrich ’04

Michael Ulbrich ’04 was recently named president of EWI New York, a new branch of the technology innovation organization EWI. The company will be launching and operating a state-supported advanced manufacturing institute being created in the Buffalo Niagara, NY region. The institute will serve as a hub where manufacturers can work with researchers and engineers to develop products, adapt new technologies, and improve processes. The institute will also offer professional resources to help enhance workforce training for manufacturing and facilitate enterprise. Ulbrich is joining EWI from JPMorgan Chase where he worked for the last decade. As an undergraduate at Lehigh, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Andrew Stanten ’99G

Andrew Stanten ’99G, co-founder and president of Altitude Marketing, has joined the advisory board of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund (RTCLF), a credit supplier to Lehigh Valley small business and community development projects. RTCLF provides accessible financing options to entrepreneurs with risk factors that make it difficult to obtain funds from traditional lenders. In this role, Stanten will work with fellow board members to determine future investments, as well as serve as a business mentor for fledgling companies.

Stanten founded Altitude Marketing in 2004 as a full-service marketing firm geared towards serving the needs of technology-oriented B2B businesses from conception to being fully established. Stanten earned his MBA degree from Lehigh in 1999. For the last five years, he has taught a Marketing 101 class for Lehigh’s small Business Development Center, and he also has guest lectured for Professor James Maskulka’s Integrated Marketing Class. Stanten regularly has Lehigh students as interns at Altitude Marketing and said, “We LOVE Lehigh interns!”