Alumni Society Board

The World Campus Alumni Society Board is a volunteer advisory board that plans events, meetings, and other support activities for Penn State World Campus and its alumni.

Board meetings are open to all World Campus Alumni Society board members. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please email Penn State World Campus alumni relations at

World Campus Alumni Society Board Officers

Stephen Verigood, President

Human Resources Generalist, Shaner Corporation

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2013 and a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations in 2017, both from Penn State World Campus. He is the human resources generalist for Shaner Hotel Group, located in State College, Pennsylvania, where he supports more than 50 hotels located throughout the east coast of the United States. Stephen enjoys attending Penn State athletic events on Penn State’s University Park campus with his wife, Tammy. Stephen and Tammy’s apple-head Chihuahua, Snuggles, is their pride and joy.

James (Jim) W. Lawrence, Vice President

James (Jim) W. LawrenceReporter/Journalist, Fastmarkets/AMM

Jim has been a senior executive in the specialty scrap metal business for most of his career. He is a past president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Pittsburgh and currently serves on its board of directors and is also a national speaker in the metals industry. Jim is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and is currently vice president of Operation Valor Arts, a veterans’ organization. He has served as a councilmember in the Borough of Franklin Park, Pennsylvania. Jim received an Associate in Science in Business Administration in 2003 from Penn State World Campus and is a member of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Advisory Board.

Theresa Tama, Secretary/Treasurer

Theresa TamaAfter starting her studies at Penn State Altoona, Theresa received a Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2012 and a Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture in 2014 from Penn State World Campus. She has also served as an alumni ambassador for Penn State World Campus since 2012. She has worked at a number of security software companies in sales, helping organizations achieve their business goals with her knowledge, dedication, and persistence. Theresa enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She loves watching the Penn State Nittany Lions every Saturday during football season with her husband, who is also a diehard fan. Theresa is also a true Pittsburgh Steelers fan!

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Cody Klingler, Officer-At-Large

Cody KlinglerMerchandising Manager, Furniture Galleries & ProSource Wholesale

Cody earned an Associate in Science in Business Administration in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a marketing and management option, a minor in information sciences and technology, and a minor in entrepreneurship in 2017, all from Penn State World Campus. Cody is the merchandising manager of ProSource Wholesale, a franchise for which he has responsibilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Cody’s family also owns and operates a small business in his hometown of Hilliards, Pennsylvania. Cody enjoys being a musician; he performs with two community groups and conducts a local big band.


World Campus Alumni Society Board Members

S. Ron Banerjee MPS, CFS, CLTC

Regional Branch Manager, Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.

S. Ron is the regional branch manager for Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. for the Tax-Exempt Market Division specializing in health, education, and government markets. He is also the managing partner and president of Arjuna Envirotech Inc., a venture capital/private equity–related company that assists in bringing technology and business enterprises out of the incubator and to the market. Ron’s academic background includes an Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change — all received from Penn State. Ron is also currently a fourth year in-residence Ph.D. student at Penn State in Workforce Education focusing on Organization Development and Change. Ron is a decorated disabled U.S. Navy veteran and is a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal for Heroism. He is an advocate for veterans’ rights as well as for adult learners across the nation. Originally from Pittsburgh, Ron currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Tara; his sons Alex and Nicholas; and his daughter, Caroline.

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David Bass

Financial Counselor, Public Partnerships

David earned his Associate of Science in Health Information Technology from RVCC in 2015, graduating cum laude, and his Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State World Campus in 2019. He is a financial counselor for Public Partnerships, assisting more than 140 clients receive care while continuing to live in their homes. Prior to working with Public Partnerships, David was the director of sales and catering for major hotel chains such as Marriott and Hilton. David is no stranger to serving on Penn State World Campus boards, as he served as communications director on the Penn State World Campus Student Advisory Board, was an initial member to the Penn State World Campus Human Development and Family Studies student board, and held various positions on the board for the Penn State World Campus Psychology Club. David is a U.S. Air Force Veteran of Desert Storm and supports local veterans’ organizations. During his free time, David enjoys cooking, music, and taking care of the newest furry member of his family, Tucker.

Beth Berna

Beth BernaSenior Manager of N.A. Warehousing-Supply Chain, Hasbro,Inc.

Beth began her time with Penn State World Campus by earning a graduate certificate in logistics and supply chain. Immediately following the completion of this certificate program, she went on to earn a Master of Supply Chain Management in 2008 from Penn State World Campus. Beth is currently the senior manager of N.A. Warehousing-Supply Chain at Hasbro in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to joining Hasbro, Beth led supply chain/logistics teams at Ocean Spray Cranberries and The Gillette Company. During her free time, she enjoys being out on her boat and spending time with her family. In 2018, Beth was honored as a recipient of the Outstanding World Campus Graduate Alumnus Award for her work as a mentor and for being the first World Campus alumna to serve on the Penn State Alumni Council.

Marsha Cipollone

Marsha CipolloneSolution Architect

Marsha has more than 20 years of experience as both an information technology engineer and in recent years as a solution architect in datacenter and cloud architecture solutions for large enterprises and universities. Marsha has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Purdue University, a master’s in education from Duquesne University, and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State World Campus, which she earned in 2013. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, archery, and helping advance STEM careers among women in her community.

Michael Fedor

Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Central Penn College

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Penn State in 2002 and a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State World Campus in 2013. Today, Michael is the vice president for advancement and strategic initiatives at Central Penn College in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where he oversees the college’s second largest office responsible for admissions, external affairs, communications, and development efforts. Michael enjoys returning to University Park several times a year for sporting events and even just day trips for a walk on campus and some Berkey Creamery ice cream with his wife (and fellow alum), Serena ’01, and their three boys: Jackson, Parker, and Luke.

Bryan Gates

Bryan GatesVice President of Human Resources, Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, Inc.

Bryan Gates holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and received his Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State World Campus. Bryan has more than 20 years of human resources experience and is employed with Lutheran Homes of South Carolina as the vice president of human resources. He has served on the Columbia Society For Human Resources Management (CSHRM) board since 2010 and is serving as the president of the CSHRM chapter. He also serves on the South Carolina SHRM State Council as the treasurer. He believes in volunteering and giving back to his community. He is a board member of South Carolina HOSA, which is a nonprofit, student-led organization of future health professionals. Bryan is also a board member of the Midlands Special Needs Foundation. Bryan was born and raised in South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington, South Carolina, with his wife Patricia, his daughters Ava and Madilyn, and his sons Bronson and Brantley. Bryan is involved in the community through various activities and loves giving back through serving others and volunteering his time.

Melissa Harrop

Melissa HarropFreelance Writer and Blogger 

Melissa is a freelance writer and blogger, and she runs her family farm and sells beef products. She is a U.S. Army veteran of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, and she is currently the Junior Vice Commander of VFW Post 845 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Melissa has served as a board member for the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau, as well as a district representative for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Ag Promotion Committee. Melissa received an Associate in Business in Agribusiness Marketing and Management Technology in 2017 from UNOH and a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media from Penn State World Campus in 2021.

Carolyn (Carrie) Konosky

Carolyn Carrie KonoskyBusiness Consultant, The Bar Method (Self Esteem Brands)

Carrie is a two-time alumna of Penn State, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University Park in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State World Campus in 2009. She is currently in her dream job, sharing her passion for health and wellness as a business consultant for The Bar Method (Self Esteem Brands). She has been an instructor for the brand since 2016 and took on this new role in early 2020 to play a larger role in the business operations for the franchise system. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her exploring her new hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. As an alumna of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team, she never misses a Penn State football game and has even managed to catch some key games during international travel. She is also a lifelong Steelers fan and has her terrible towel ready to go for her first football season in Minnesota!

James MacGregor

Residence Life Coordinator, Penn State University Park

James is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and completed his undergraduate degree and first year of graduate school at Youngstown State, both of which focused on education. He worked as a juvenile correctional officer for two years and simultaneously completed his Master of Education in Higher Education from Penn State World Campus, obtaining his degree in summer 2018. His time studying through Penn State World Campus invited the opportunity of working somewhere outside of Northeast Ohio, and thus he began a career working as a residence life coordinator at Penn State University Park. James oversees the Schreyer Honors College residential halls and serves as an advisor for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) organization. James and his partner have a three-year-old son, and all three individuals love superhero movies, crafting, and different family adventures. James is also an avid Cleveland sports fan. He plans to continue his work with students and wants to focus on leadership development and student engagement.

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Lisa Milano

Lisa MilanoVice President, Revere Control Systems

Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in public and social services in 1996 from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations in 2014 from Penn State World Campus. She is a vice president, human resources for Revere Control Systems, located in Birmingham, Alabama, where she supports employees in five locations throughout the U.S. She has served as a Penn State alumni ambassador since 2015. Lisa has been married to her husband, Mike, for 29 years, and she has three wonderful children, Anthony, Nicholas, and Lauren. She enjoys attending her children’s sports activities, spending vacation with family and friends, golfing, and relaxing by the pool, lake, or beach. She enjoys watching Penn State Nittany Lions football with her family and other alumni.

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Heather Mitterer

Heather MittererChief Operating Officer, Dynamic Growth Dental

Heather earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Psychology in 2014 from Penn State World Campus. She also earned her master’s degree in industrial & organizational psychology and obtained her Ph.D. in industrial & organizational psychology with an HR focus in August 2020. Heather holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She has also served as an alumni ambassador with Penn State World Campus since 2014. Heather started her career in the emergency management and medical field more than 25 years ago and has since worked in a variety of leadership positions in the healthcare, manufacturing, service, logistics, and financial industries. Her focus is on improving work environments and developing leaders who are employee-focused. She is also interested in community involvement and giving to others, both within the U.S. and in other countries. Heather has also served on a variety of 501(c)(3) boards and in the mission field for several years. Her adventurous personality has taken her to many areas of the U.S. and overseas to Africa and China. She has performed medical mission work in several African countries on multiple trips to the continent. With her extended knowledge of business, she brings a deep understanding of organizational development, communication, leadership, and philanthropy.

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Philip Neri

Army Officer, United States Army

Philip is a soldier serving in the United States Army. During his military career, he has served in operational assignments in Georgia, Washington, Florida, and Colorado and throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific. He currently resides in Colorado Springs while assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado. Phil has also been serving as a teaching support specialist for courses in the Smeal College of Business’ OMBA program since the fall 2019 semester. Phil earned his undergraduate degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He continued his graduate education by earning a Master of Business Administration from Penn State World Campus in 2012, an MA in international relations from King’s College London in 2015, and an MA in military operations from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies in 2019. He enjoys exercising, writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and two daughters, Kennedi and Sydney.

Mark Poblete

Senior Technology Risk Advisor, Capital One Financial

Mark earned his Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences from Penn State World Campus in 2020 and previously earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State in 2007. Mark has more than thirteen years of experience as an information security professional, delivering risk management services to business partners in government and financial services by supporting highly complex, enterprise-wide technology initiatives. As a Penn State volunteer, in addition to his current alumni service to Penn State World Campus, Mark previously served as the president of the Penn State World Campus Blue & White Society, the student membership of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also holds a seat on the Executive Board of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council as the chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Blue Band Association as the co-chair of the Homecoming committee. He also previously served as the president of the College of Information Sciences and Technology Alumni Society.

Zachary Schwartz

Zachary SchwartzSr. GIS Analyst, City of Palmetto, FL

Zachary has more than a decade of experience with information systems in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he serves as an alumni ambassador for Penn State World Campus, helping prospective students throughout their application process, and as an adjunct instructor for Penn State World Campus. Whether easing a prospective student’s fears about returning to school, working with current students, or simply providing his opinion on a program and its course work, Zachary strives to help students continue their paths of excellence. Zachary earned a Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences from Penn State World Campus in 2014.

Felicia Shanklin

Felicia ShanklinCareer Coach, Adjunct Instructor, and Small Business Entrepreneur 

Felicia earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Franklin University and her Master of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and professional certificates in family literacy and distance education from Penn State World Campus in 2012. She also earned her certification as a professional résumé writer from PARWCC. Her career profile includes working in higher education, K–12 public and charter schools, government agencies, youth groups, and a variety of nonprofit/for-profit organizations, where she provided efficient and professional services. She holds multiple professional roles — a career coach creating connections to education and career opportunities, an adjunct liberal arts instructor, and a small business entrepreneur. She currently co-resides in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta, Georgia, with her family. When she is not working, you will probably find her exploring outdoor cultural festivities around the U.S. with her family and friends.

Linda Wackerman

Linda WackermanAirbus 320 International Pilot, American Airlines 

Linda grew up in Miami, Florida; received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado; and is an alumna of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI. She received a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security from Penn State World Campus in 2016. Linda was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1987 and retired from the Navy in October 2018. She has multiple military decorations, was selected as 2005 Federal Woman and 1995 NAS-JRB Willow Grove Woman of the Year, and received the 2020 Penn State World Campus Outstanding Graduate Alumna Award. She continues to serve as a board member for Penn State’s Homeland Security Advisory Council; is an executive board member for the Boy Scouts of America, Washington Crossing Council; is an executive board member of the YMCA of Bucks County; and co-chairs their Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement committee. Linda is an Airbus A320 International Pilot with American Airlines (AA) — she has accumulated more than 5,400 military and approximately 10,000 civilian flight hours. She serves as a facilitator for AA and is a volunteer on the Allied Pilots Association’s Professional Standards Committee and the deputy chair for the Inclusion and Diversity  Subcommittee. She is also the assistant director for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) at Aerospace Professionals in Schools (APIS). She is married to a fellow retired Naval Aviator and fellow Penn State alumnus and is the proud mother of four incredible children (including a Penn State alumna and a soon-to-be alumnus).