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Alumni Career Profiles

A Point Park Education Translates into Real-World Success

In the profiles featured below, meet undergraduate and graduate alumni who attribute their career success to the education they received at Point Park University. These alumni discuss how their real-world experiences at Point Park helped them to reach their career goals.

Pictured is Rebecca Shore, SAEM alumna and marketing planning specialist for Dick's Sporting Goods. | Photo by Gracey Evans

Rebecca Shore

B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2015
Marketing Planning Specialist, Dick's Sporting Goods

"Point Park has truly helped me get where I am today. All the connections and experiences I made while in school helped me achieve and excel in my career at Dick’s Sporting Goods — and I’ve just started. The professors at Point Park have so many connections in the industry. They really help you gain real-world experience. The sky is the limit for me!"


Pictured is public administration alumnus Jeff Gooch, desktop administrator and volunteer fire captain for Cranberry Township. | Photo by Gracey Evans

Jeff Gooch

B.S. in Public Administration, 2016
Desktop Administrator and Volunteer Fire Chief, Cranberry Township

"All my courses at Point Park were fully online. I enjoyed this, but it required strong commitment and self-motivation! Some of my favorite classes were those taught by Dr. Skertich, who used video-based lectures to supplement the course work. I found this to be extremely helpful. Many of my professors were leaders in the public safety field and brought a wealth of knowledge to the virtual classroom."


Pictured is Viveca Chow. Submitted photo

Viveca Chow

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, 2016
Swing, Miss Saigon on Broadway

"The training in Hong Kong is very limited, so I came into the musical theatre program constantly doubting myself. All of the classes at Point Park gave me a solid foundation for technique (especially acting), and built my confidence up so I started to feel like I could be competitive in this field after graduation."

Pictured is Ryan Howley, intelligence and national security alumnus and facility securities officer for Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. | Photo by Alan Myers

Ryan Howley

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2014
Facility Security Officer, Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University

"The intelligence and national security courses introduced me to the various elements of the intelligence and defense communities that you need to be familiar with in this type of work. Identifying threats and security vulnerabilities is an essential skill and many of my classes in intel helped me to develop the critical thinking skills needed to do that."

 

Pictured is School of Communication alumna Caroline Collins. Photo | Caroline Collins Caroline Collins 

B.A. in broadcast reporting, 2015
Anchor/Reporter, 21 WFMJ


"I felt extremely prepared at my first job interview. Thanks to my education at Point Park University, I was able to capitalize on the skills I learned throughout my four years. I knew how to shoot and edit video, I developed strong on-camera skills through my classes, I understood how all departments of a newsroom worked and I completed two news internships."

Pictured is Sarah Meahl. Submitted photo

Sarah Meahl

B.A. in Musical Theatre, 2012
"Gina" and "Indigo," Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR on Broadway

"I loved that I could make my education what I wanted it to be. Point Park’s curriculum gives you choices on shaping your education. Additionally, I had incredible teachers who taught me the skills I needed to thrive in New York, and they also gave me pearls of wisdom that I carry with me daily."

Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Matt Adams. Photo | Marie McGrory Matt Adams 

B.A. in photojournalism, 2007
Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic


"If I didn't go to Point Park, then I can honestly say that I wouldn't be in the job I am now. It was the starting point to an incredible journey. Everyday I'm looking at images that come in from all around the world ... Seeing a variety of interesting work inspires me and ignites my creativity."

Pictured is Alan Stevens, executive director of The Academy Theatre. Submitted photo

Alan Stevens

M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting, 2016
Executive Director, Academy Theatre

"I fully believe that joining the M.F.A. program was the best thing I have ever done, it has opened doors for me that I thought would always be closed. I have met amazing writers, made wonderful connections and lifelong friends. The experience, at times, may have been challenging, but I survived and it was well worth it."

Pictured is School of Communication M.A. alumna Ashley Kress. Ashley Kress

M.A. in Communication Technology, 2015
Member Services Specialist, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce


"My professional experience, paired with the critical thinking and technical skills that I developed at Point Park, allowed me to take control of my future and seek a job that would allow me to manage marketing and digital communications in a larger capacity. My degree really supported and developed my skill sets in social media, digital marketing, design and photography."

Pictured is Rick Moody, English and criminal justice administration alumnus and clinical outpatient supervisor for Pittsburgh Mercy. | Photo by Victoria A. Mikula

Rick Moody

B.A. in English, 2005
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2013
Clinical Outpatient Supervisor, Pittsburgh Mercy

"My undergraduate degree in English has allowed my business communications to flourish and given me an edge in writing reports and medical records … My graduate degree in criminal justice administration has helped me understand human services administration and study in depth about the criminalization of mental illness, which happens a lot due to a myriad of circumstances."

Pictured is Robert Michael, a 2014 secondary education English/special education alumnus. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Robert Michael

B.A. dual certification in Secondary Education English and Special Education, 2014
English/Special Education Teacher, Moon Area High School

"Point Park set me up for success in the real world. Other universities just hand students a book saying, “Okay, now answer the questions and take the test.” That’s not how adults learn. What makes Point Park’s education department unique is that the professors deliver the content and then help the students determine what they need to know." 

Pictured is Yasmin Elgendy, a native of Egypt, market developer in Saudi Arabia and a business management and M.B.A. in global management and administration alumna. | Photo by Khaled Zena

Yasmin Elgendy

B.S. in Business Management, 2013
M.B.A. in Global Management and Administration, 2015
Market Developer, Think Tank Co., Saudi Arabia

"My business management and M.B.A. in global administration and management degrees taught me how to analyze businesses and markets and how to study the indirect effect economics, politics and global conditions can have on organizations. The vast amount of research I conducted for different courses at Point Park have helped me a lot in my current role. Point Park’s professors really teach students how to apply what they learn in school into the real world." 

Pictured is School of Communication alumna Kayla Seybert. Photo | Christopher Rolinson

Kayla Seybert

B.A. in Broadcasting, 2010
Promotions Manager, CBS Radio, Pittsburgh

"The education and training I received at Point Park is really the reason I was able to get a job in my field so soon after college. I had many skills that a lot of the competition did not ... Since I was able to begin my broadcasting and radio classes as a first-year student, I also had quite the jump start on my abilities, and felt it was really impactful that a lot of my classes were actually held IN the student-run radio station." 

Pictured is Colston Cooper, a 2015 civil engineering technology graduate and engineering technician for Murray Associates, Inc. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Colston Cooper

B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2015
Engineering Technician, Murray Associates, Inc.

"I might not be in my current position if I had not made strong connections with my classmates and my advisor. They knew that I was a hard worker and a determined person so they were ready to recommend me when employers came looking for job candidates." 

Pictured is Erika Jones, 2015 information technology alumnus and compliance analyst for ClinicalConnect. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Erika Jones

B.S. in Information Technology, 2015
Compliance Analyst, ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange

"I also loved Point Park’s location, the Saturday class schedule for working adults and the type of classes offered in the IT program … I was extremely lucky to have Chris Carmody as one of my professors at Point Park. He was an amazing instructor."

Pictured is Celina Pompeani, Point Park broadcasting alumna and TV Host for the Pittsburgh Penguins. | Photo submitted by Pompeani

Celina Pompeani

B.A. in Broadcasting, 2013
TV Host, Pittsburgh Penguins

“I loved every single one of my professors in the School of Communication at Point Park. I learned so much from them. They made me want to learn, always gave me great feedback and helped me land all of my internships."

Pictured is 2010 education alumnus Michael Suppa, literacy intervention/science teacher at D.C. Prep Academy. | Photo submitted by Suppa

Michael Suppa

B.A. in Elementary Education, 2010
Literacy Intervention/Science Teacher, D.C. Preparatory Academy

"My teaching career has been fast tracked largely because of the quality of the education program at Point Park University … Not many people can hit the ground running on their first day in the real world. Point Park made sure I was ready to do so."

Pictured is M.B.A. alumna and credit analyst for Koppers, Inc., Ericka Watkins. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Ericka Watkins

M.B.A. with a concentration in management,  2012
Credit Analyst, Koppers, Inc.


"My M.B.A. degree has made a positive difference in my career and really helped me mature. At times, having an advanced degree can be worth more than experience. It may take time but getting your education does pay off."

Pictured is 2014 public administration alumnus Harry Faulk, manager of Elizabeth Township. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Harry Faulk

B.S. in Public Administration, 2014
Township Manager, Township of Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pa.

“My B.S. degree played a significant role in me being selected as the manager of Elizabeth Township. My role requires leadership, excellent decision making skills and financial accountability. When you see an applicant who has a degree from Point Park, you know right away they possess these high caliber skills and will lead your organization to new heights."

Pictured is alumnus Matt Desmond. Photo | Matt Desmond

Matt Desmond

B.A. in Broadcasting and Broadcast Production
and Media Management, 2012
Assistant Director of Athletic Video Productions, Baylor University

"I attended a high school journalism workshop at Point Park when I was a junior in high school. I really enjoyed the student-to-faculty connection. I never felt like a number in the broadcasting program. All of my professors wanted to see me excel at the next level. It was enriching that I was able to start taking classes in my major when I was a freshman; that was a big selling point to pursue my degree at Point Park."

Pictured is 2012 sports, arts and entertainment management major Ali Lewis, director of events for IL Mulino New York. | Photo by Mindy Weiss

Ali Lewis

B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2012
Director of Events, IL Mulino New York

"Take advantage of being a student. This is the foundation of your future and the SAEM program is a really great way to begin your career. The faculty and staff are very connected within their fields and are so willing to help every student get off to a good start, and that's what makes the program so unique!"

Pictured is alumna Maranda Wodzinksi.

Maranda Wodzinski

B.A. in Cinema Arts, 2009
Production Manager, Nancy Glass Productions

"The education and training I received at Point Park prepared me for the first few steps into the business. We were encouraged to assist upperclassmen and our professors on their projects/films. It was nice to get a taste of what it was like to be on a real set, and it was very beneficial to work side-by-side with our professors in the field."

Pictured is Deirdre Kane, M.A. organizational leadership alumna, owner of 52nd Street Market and production analyst for Highmark. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Deirdre Kane

M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2013
Owner, 52nd Street Market and Production Analyst, Highmark

“A concept in the M.A. program that really resonated with me was the importance of having a vision. Learning about amazing women leaders and understanding their visions and how they were able to attain success certainly had an effect on my life."

Pictured is Conservatory of Performing Arts alumnus James Ogden. Photo | Chris Williams

James Ogden

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, 2012
Stage Manager, North Carolina Dance Theatre

"The Conservatory of Performing Arts program provides hands-on experience while working with [industry] professionals. There are three student companies of diverse theatrical genres, on top of a professional company, The REP, under the Actor's Equity Association."

Pictured is School of Communication M.A. alumna Ashley Pasay. Photo | Chris Rolinson

Ashley (Orr) Pasay

M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2008
Senior Digital Marketing Strategist, Highmark, Inc.

"In today’s competitive work environment, it is critical to have an advanced degree. Point Park offered a reputable and flexible way to earn my M.A. and help me grow personally and professionally … The curriculum is rooted in the fundamentals, but does not ignore the changing landscape. As a student you are taught the core principles required by a communications professional, but also exposed to new channels and the best practices in those areas."

Pictured is Elizabeth Soucek, Point Park English alumna and attorney for Sergovic, Carmean & Weidman, P.A. | Photo submitted by Soucek

Elizabeth Soucek, Esquire

B.A. in English, 2007
Attorney, Sergovic, Carmean & Weidman, P.A.


"Point Park gave me a solid foundation to build upon when I went to law school. I learned how to develop a study schedule and stick to it, which was invaluable later on. The rigor of the Honors Program in particular prepared me for law school, and for the commitment to academics necessary to be successful in my field."

Pictured is Kenny Casado, M.S. in engineering management alumna and customer operations engineer for BodyMedia, Inc.

Kenny Casado

M.S. in Engineering Management, 2010
Customer Operations Engineer, BodyMedia, Inc.

"Point Park had an affordable tuition program and the Master of Science in Engineering Management program had all the classes I was interested in and more. I also had the chance to take some M.B.A. classes as well … Also, Point Park welcomed international students, therefore, I knew that the University had a multicultural student and faculty body. It was good to not feel alone and know that other people were having similar experiences as me."

Pictured is Michelle Wunderley, a 2012 M.S. in environmental studies graduate and staff environmental specialist for Enercon Services, Inc. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Michelle Wunderley

M.S. in Environmental Studies, 2012
Staff Environmental Specialist, Enercon Services, Inc.

"The M.S. degree has helped me learn about the regulations and key problems that are hot topics in the environmental field. Having this knowledge really gave me a step ahead of many by just having a general knowledge of the regulations."

Pictured is M.A. alumna Larry Miller. Photo provided by Larry Miller.

Larry Miller

M.A. in journalism and mass communication, 2009
Anchor/Reporter, KOBI TV

"I chose to pursue my Master of Arts degree at Point Park because the program has a strong reputation for developing a solid journalist. I also chose Point Park because the program allowed me to work and continue my education at the same time … Make yourself known to the entire campus community and talk with your professors. When you need story ideas, have concerns, or need help, those contacts will come in handy."