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Alumni Success Stories

Meet our School of Business Alumni

In the profiles featured below, meet alumni from Point Park University's undergraduate programs in the School of Business. These School of Business alums discuss why they chose Point Park and talk about their experiences with hands-on course work, class sizes, faculty and student interaction, internships, campus life, job searches and how their bachelor's degree has helped them to succeed in their career fields.

Pictured is public administration and M.B.A. alumna Michelle Herrle, a business systems analyst for Management Science Associates, Inc. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Michelle Herrle

B.S. in public administration 2008
Business Systems Analyst, Management Science Associates, Inc.

"In the public administration program, I got to learn about both the nonprofit and business worlds. I really enjoyed my accounting and statistics classes and was surprised by how much I liked learning about the business side of things so I decided to stay at Point Park and earn my M.B.A. degree."

Pictured is BNY Mellon analyst Melisa Chipangila Campbell, a 2009 economics and finance and 2011 M.B.A. alumna. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Melisa Chipangila Campbell

B.S. in Economics and Finance, 2009
Analyst, Bank of New York Mellon

"Overall, I chose Point Park because of the small class size and its location in Downtown Pittsburgh. I didn’t want to be out in a rural area that's a far distance from the city. Point Park allowed me to really get to know Pittsburgh as a city and I loved that."

Pictured is Kelsey Williams, a 2011 SAEM alumna and marketing manager for Bruegger's. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs

Kelsey Williams

B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2011
Local Bakery Marketing Manager, Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc.

"Every day in my job I use the tactics I learned in my marketing and promotions class. My advice to students is that if you are in that class and interested in working in marketing, pay close attention and keep your notes! I also loved my event management class."

Pictured is Meghan McCabe, a 2013 sport, arts and entertainment management alumna and club manager for Heinz Field. | Photo by Connor Mulvaney

Meghan McCabe

B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2013
Club Manager, Heinz Field

"Overall, I chose Point Park because the campus is in a vibrant city. Even though I grew up in the country, I’m a city girl at heart. I liked that I could have the whole city to explore during my time in college. Pittsburgh is a great city where you can easily make connections. I knew that the more connections I could make while I was still in school, the easier it would be to get a job."

Pictured is business management and M.B.A. alumnus Nicholas Colasante. | Photo by Connor Mulvaney

Nicholas Colasante

B.S. in Business Management, 2004
Cardiovascular Representative, Cyrolife, Inc.

"There were many factors that went into my decision to attend Point Park. Primarily, I knew I wanted a focused education where I could have close contact with my classmates and professors. Personally, I wasn’t interested in learning in a large auditorium with hundreds of other students. Secondly, I knew a lot of other students who graduated high school ahead of me and spoke very highly of the education and atmosphere at Point Park. There is no better referral than from people you know and trust and I took their advice seriously."

Pictured is Matthew Annecchiarico, accounting alumnus and staff accountant for KPMG.

Matthew Annecchiarico

B.S. in Accounting and Business Management, 2013
Staff Accountant, KPMG

"Point Park has given me the resources and knowledge to succeed in the real world. I have been able to achieve all the short-term and long-term goals I set out to accomplish over my four years of education. Point Park’s professors, Career Development Center and extra-curricular activities have collectively helped me set my career path and follow through on opportunities to get me to where I am today."

Pictured is David McCombie, accounting alumnus and regulatory risk analyst for KPMG.

David McCombie

B.S. in Accounting, 2013
Regulatory Risk Analyst, KPMG

"There are many factors that helped me in making Point Park the University where I wanted to study accounting. The course offerings in the program interested me along with the option to take evening classes since I’m a working adult. Another factor was how conveniently located Point Park was to my employer. After working eight hours, I liked that I did not have to travel far to attend classes."

Pictured is William Constant, an information technology alumnus and ETL Load Production Support Analyst for FiServ, Inc. | Photo by Jim Judkis

William Constant

B.S. in Information Technology, 2011
ETL Load Production Support Analyst, FiServ, Inc.

"The professors were friendly to talk to and always available to answer questions. Professor Natalya Goreva is great. As long as you put in the effort in her classes, she helps you out as much as she can. Also, the location of Point Park was perfect and it was easy to get to campus. I took the trolley in to class from my house in Dormont."

Pictured is M.B.A. and SAEM alumnus Dennis DiPasquale, an account executive for Expedient Data Centers. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Dennis DiPasquale

B.S. in Sport, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2007
Account Executive, Expedient Data Centers

"Being involved in athletics at Point Park was a great experience…I also enjoyed living on campus in Downtown Pittsburgh. Although I’m from the Pittsburgh area, I still learned a lot about the city through the 'Introduction to Pittsburgh' course I took. Point Park has great professors and I got to know many of them personally."

Pictured is Rebekah Coley, a human resource management alumna and professional development specialist for Reed Smith. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Rebekah Coley

B.S. in Human Resource Management, 2012
Professional Development Specialist, Reed Smith LLP

"I chose Point Park’s HR management program for a couple of reasons. First of all, the curriculum fit my academic needs because all of the classes were either foundational business courses or psychology courses. The classes available at Point Park seemed like they would give me the educational background I was looking for and I loved the urban campus. I wanted the opportunity to get real-life work experience as a student since I’d be conveniently located downtown."

Pictured is SAEM alumna and Stage AE office manager, Alison Maternowski. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Alison Maternowski

B.S. in Sport, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2012
Office Manager, Stage AE

"As a student, I expressed my interest in the music industry to Professor Ed Traversari. The SAEM program's partnership with Stage AE was the main reason I transferred to Point Park. My goal was to work for Stage AE. Being a marketing intern there got my foot in the door and basically led to my current position. Working at Stage AE has been nothing but amazing. They’ve filled a niche in the market and added a great dynamic to Pittsburgh’s music scene."

Pictured is SAEM alumnus and Stage AE box office supervisor, Jeremy Olson. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Jeremy Olson

B.S. in Sport, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2011
Box Office Supervisor, Stage AE

"After taking one course in SAEM, I realized it was a better fit for me. I was already interested in music management so it made a lot of sense. Overall, I chose Point Park because it is located in a city, has a good balance of arts and business and the University offered me a soccer scholarship."

Pictured is information technology alumnus and global network manager for Holtec International, Jonathan Geyer.

Jonathan Geyer

B.S. in information technology and management, 2011
Global Network Manager, Holtec International

"Point Park’s professors were very helpful in delivering subject matter that incorporated theoretical expertise into the technical experience I’ve gathered over the years. Fred Kitner and Joan Mosey were wonderful professors who encouraged communication and great discussions within their classes."

Pictured is IT alum and senior IT security analyst for K&L Gates, Carl Skiles.

Carl Skiles

B.S. in information technology and management, 2008
Senior IT Security Analyst, K&L Gates

"The location of Point Park in Downtown Pittsburgh was absolutely perfect. It was only a couple of blocks away from my office and definitely accommodated my family and work life. All of the resources I needed to complete my degree were within an arm’s reach. Also, I liked that the admissions process at Point Park went very smoothly and that the accelerated IT and management program was offered on Saturdays."

Pictured is 2012 SAEM and internal events coordinator for Phipps Conservatory, Rachel Kernic.

Rachel Kernic

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2012
Internal Events Coordinator, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

"The SAEM program not only offers classes that concentrate in events, but so much more. I was able to learn about sports, business, marketing, PR … I could go on and on. When you are in the event planning business, all of those other areas go hand-in-hand with events and are important to know. The professors in the SAEM program have real-word experience in the fields they teach and do not just lecture from a book. They help you learn what to really expect."

Pictured is SAEM alumna and executive assistant of events & booking for Palace Sports & Entertainment.

Mallory Schirr

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2009
Executive Assistant of Booking & Events, Palace Sports & Entertainment

"The most valuable part of the SAEM program for me has been the continuing relationships I have with the SAEM faculty. They have a sincere interest in my journey and continue to check in with me from time-to-time to see where I’m at and offer advice. They also connect me with current SAEM students who are seeking advice. This has created a cycle and culture of life-long mentorship and networking within the program that I haven’t seen from many other universities."

Pictured is business management alumna Mackenzie Farone.

Mackenzie Farone

B.S. in business management, 2009
Marketing Manager, Greiner Bio-One North America, Inc.

"I appreciated the small class sizes. Also, Point Park offered me the most academic scholarships among my choice schools."

"I met some of my lifelong friends at Point Park. Since graduation, we still see each other despite being scattered around the country. The memories I made with my roommates and friends are something I will always remember."

Pictured is SAEM alum and customer care representative for ShowClix, Brandon Dujmic.

Brandon Dujmic

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2012
Customer Care Representative, ShowClix, Inc.

"Entertainment is my thing and I pray that I can always be involved in the business, in one facet or another. I love live music and entertainment and I love that it means so much to others as well. I’m confident I’ll always have a job because we all like to escape reality once in a while and simply be entertained. That much is certain."

Pictured is SAEM alumna and account executive at MARC USA, Caroline Bovalino.

Caroline Bovalino

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2010
PR/Social Media Account Executive, MARC USA

"Through the SAEM program, I was able to take advantage of unique opportunities including working with Live Nation, job shadowing in the Pittsburgh Penguins' media relations department and volunteering at non-profit arts events. The exposure to real-life, diverse experiences helped guide me toward the career I wanted to pursue and also opened doors for many opportunities to help mold my career into what it is today."

Pictured is SAEM alumnus Erin Cappiccie.

Erin Cappiccie

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2008
Assistant to the Executive Producer, "The Good Wife" TV Show, CBS Productions, Inc.

"I chose Point Park mainly because of the unique SAEM degree it offered. I then came to discover how much I enjoyed the learning environment at Point Park. Our campus is distinct, yet incorporated in the heart of Downtown. The small-to-medium class size was perfect. I was able to get plenty of one-on-one time with my professors."


Pictured is information technology alumnus Harry Caskey. Harry Caskey

B.S. in information technology, 2011
Senior Systems Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University


"Professors Fred Kitner and Joan Mosey in particular were big inspirations to me during my time at Point Park. I’d take another class with them in a heartbeat. Professor Kitner always knew his stuff and has a lot of experience in the IT field.  As for Professor Mosey, she always pushed me to do more and strive for better goals."


Pictured is accounting alumnus Panther Bior.

Panther Bior

B.S. in accounting, 2008
Accounting Analyst, The Bank of New York Mellon

"Point Park is my community. I like it because of its small class sizes and close location to my job. Students are likely to get all of their questions answered by professors."


Pictured is SAEM alumna Melissa Brozeski.

Melissa Brozeski

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2007
Community Relations Coordinator, Pittsburgh Pirates

"Growing up, I participated in various athletic programs so the idea that I could turn my interest in sports and entertainment into a career was what led me to find out more about the SAEM program.  I was not fully aware that there were job opportunities within these industries until I visited Point Park."


Pictured is business management alumnus Michael Schwartz.

Michael Schwartz

B.S. in business management, 2010
Operations Manager, Mechanical Operations Co., Inc.

"Point Park gave me the tools necessary to be a better manager and lead by example.  I really enjoyed the leadership-focused classes and working together in groups.  My cohort in the Saturday program was fantastic. Also, I’ve advanced in my career and gotten pay raises based on the knowledge I've gained."


Pictured is accounting and SAEM alumna Katie Mehall.

Katie Mehall

B.S. in accounting and sport, arts and entertainment management, 2008
Tax Associate, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

"I began college as an SAEM major but as I progressed I felt capable of majoring in an additional field. I chose accounting because I found an interest through the accounting courses I was taking.  Also, when talking with my professors and advisers, accounting appeared to be a good field to get into because of the availability of jobs."


Pictured is information technology and management alumna Denice Withrow.

Denice Withrow, D.Sc.

B.S. in information technology and management, 2006
Vice President of Business Technology Integration, Bank of America


"The camaraderie I had with my classmates was very enjoyable.  Also, because of the diversity of the students in my classes, I was able to learn about many different areas of business and we could all bounce ideas off of each other.  I was always excited to go to class every Saturday.  As a non-traditional student, I never felt out of place and that was important to me."

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Pictured is SAEM alumnus Joseph Adams.

Joseph Adams

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2010
Social Media Marketing Associate, iShares


"Throughout my time as a student at Point Park, I completed seven internships, mostly in event management.  In particular, my internship at Simayof: The Payne Mansion helped me make connections in San Francisco that led me to where I am today."


Pictured is information technology alumna Cindy Barnett.

Cindy Barnett

B.S. in Information Technology, 2006
Information Security Specialist, Department of Veteran Affairs

"Point Park’s professors are experienced in the industry and offer academic excellence and innovation with a curriculum that focuses on both theory and practice.  These classes gave me a good balance of technology and business skills which are imperative for our profession."


Pictured is SAEM alumna Megan Beavis.

Megan Beavis

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2011
Agents' Assistant,
DDO Artists Agency

"My SAEM classes have helped tremendously with the work that I do. I believe that the hands-on experience I received helped me greatly with putting myself out there and taking on any responsibility given to me. I learned about contracts and negotiating them, how to interview and conduct interviews, how to put together a resume, the marketing and promoting of clients/products, and much more."


Pictured is SAEM alumnus Hugh Stumpp.Hugh Stumpp

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2010
Associate House Manager, Nederlander Producing Company of America, Inc.

"The venue and facilities management class I took really applies to the job I have now. There is a lot more that goes into a Broadway theatre than one might think. Since the professors work or have worked in the industries, learning from their experiences really made a difference. I believe that graduating from Point Park with an SAEM degree really sticks out on a resume because of the diverse background it offers to students."


Pictured is accounting alumna Rosemary Coombs.

Rosemary Coombs

B.S. in accounting, 2010
Internal Auditor, Schneider Downs

"I chose Point Park because of the urban campus location and the strong culture and diversity of the student body.  The small class sizes were also a major selling point for me.  As a result of having smaller classes, I was able to build close relationships with my professors.  They were all very helpful in pointing me toward job opportunities as well as being great references."


Pictured is SAEM alumnus David Jacobs.

David Jacobs

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2009
Digital Producer - ESPN account, Red Interactive Agency

"I knew I wanted to work in either the sports or entertainment field and what other school than Point Park could combine both of these fields in a curriculum, and then some? While the arts were not always my primary focus, I knew having a well-rounded education and experience in other industries would translate in my future career. Along with that, the small class sizes were a huge draw, as well as the internship opportunities."


Pictured is SAEM alumnus Morgan Laskey.

Morgan Laskey

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2010
Paralegal/Legal Assistant and NBA Dancer,
Berluti McLaughlin & Kutchin LLP and The Boston Celtics

"The SAEM degree provided me with knowledge in marketing, public relations, management, business, event planning, accounting, and law. With such a broad array of knowledge, I was more marketable to the law firm. Not only can I write press releases and network the firm, I can also manage the financials, coordinate an event, and apply the basic education I learned from my law courses."


Pictured is SAEM alumna Shayna Balog.

Shayna Balog

B.S. in sport, arts and entertainment management, 2009
Project Manager, Retailcomm


"I had many great experiences at Point Park, but one of my favorites was hearing first-hand accounts of what it is like working in the industry from my professors who have been in the media, sports management, and entertainment industries for years. Their advice and insight was so valuable and encouraging to me, especially since most of them worked right here in the Pittsburgh area."