Alumni Spotlights

Kim Rohn

Kim Rohn - Corporate Recruiting

Kim (Mansfield) Rohn, MS, PHR is currently a Vice President of Corporate Recruiting at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in Pennington, NJ.  In this role, Ms. Rohn provides corporate recruiting services and general HR partnership for the Global Wealth Management Technology group.  Her specialty is leading high-volume, tight-time frame recruitment projects.  In 2011, she led a project to recruit over 200 talented technologists to the organization in permanent positions in under five months.   Prior to her work at Bank of America, Ms. Rohn was a staffing consultant at GlaxoSmithKline.  She was recognized for her work after establishing a model of high-volume university recruitment using social networking as the primary staffing tool.

Q: What aspect of the Villanova HRD Program did you find to be most beneficial? 

A: First and foremost, I value the network created by the Villanova HRD family.  The relationships that Dr. Bush and Dr. Andrulis have nurtured since the inception of the program have directly created employment opportunities, friendships and resources for me. 

Q: What advice do you have for current HRD students? 

A: Learn from your classmates.  It has been 10 years since I finished the program and I still reflect daily on stories, case studies and other experiences that my classmates shared of their own workplace experiences.

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Brigadier General George Schwartz

Brigadier General George Schwartz - Assistant Adjutant General and Consultant in Performance, Leadership, and Organizational Development

Pennsylvania National Guard

Brigadier General George M. Schwartz

Brigadier General George Schwartz is an Assistant Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the Deputy Commanding General of First Army, Division East.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, BG Schwartz holds a Masters of Sciences in Human Resource Development from Villanova University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College where he was a student in the Advanced Strategic Arts Program. His other military education includes Command & General Staff College and various specialty courses; he is also a Joint Qualified Officer. BG Schwartz has received a number of awards including the Bronze Star Medal, the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal and the French National Defense Medal in Gold.

Q: What aspect of the Villanova HRD Program did you find to be most beneficial? 

A: I thought that the program was incredibly well-connected with the regional HR community, which benefited the students in several ways. For example, in almost all of our courses, the instructors brought in very good guest speakers who not only shared their expertise, but were very open to networking with students. Of course, Dr. Bush is still the master networker, and he is always making connections for students and alumni.

Q: Were there any experiences while you were enrolled in Villanova HRD program that you believe really helped jump-start or advance your HR career? 

A: The internship. I had a great internship at Rohm and Haas, and even though my first job out of school was with a software company, I maintained the connections that I had made at Rohm and Haas. Later when they were trying to fill a position, they contacted me because they knew me from that experience.

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Jennifer Carta

Jennifer Carta - Compensation Analyst

Jennifer Carta is a Compensation Analyst at VWR International LLC.  Having joined VWR upon graduation back in 2010, she has had the opportunity to serve in a various roles over the past few years including HR Project Assistant, HR Rep for the Leadership Development Program, and her current position.  Jennifer received her M.S. in Human Resource Development from Villanova in December of 2012 after receiving a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management & Leadership and a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010.  Jennifer is currently a SHRM member, a sister of the Delta Zeta sorority, as well as a member of The Junior League of Philadelphia serving as Chair-Elect for the Education & Volunteer Training committee.  Jennifer currently resides in Manayunk, PA.

Q:        Was there any one course that stood out for you? 

A:        The compensation class taught by Diane Lirio had a great impact on me.  This class sparked a curiosity and interest to learn more about compensation.  My work gave me exposure to compensation through a rotation, and that ultimately led me to decide to stay in compensation at the conclusion of my rotation program.  I found the course content to serve as a good foundation and baseline going into my role.  Even to this day, in my current role I still use one of the textbooks from this class, The Compensation Handbook. 

Q:        What advice do you have for current HRD students? 

A:        I highly recommend taking the time to talk to and get to know your fellow classmates.  I have met classmates that have interesting and amazing work experiences and background. Having only worked for one company since graduating undergrad, I found it beneficial in speaking with classmates to learn from them what it is like to work in HR in different capacities.  I have been able to hear what it is like to work for companies outside a privately held biotech distribution company, and it is helpful when deciding what kind of company or even industry you want to work for.  The same can be said for learning who/what industry you may not want to work for.   

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Mark Servodidio

Mark Servodidio - Business Leader

Mark J. Servodidio received the Villanova University  Graduate Alumni Medallion 2011. He is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Avis Budget Group, the parent company of Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, and Budget Truck Rental, with responsibility for more than 30,000 employees. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1987 and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development in 1989 from  Villanova University.

Mark oversees Avis Budget Group’s worldwide human resources activities including labor and employee relations, staffing strategy, compensation, equal employment compliance, and employee loyalty initiatives.

Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mark was with Kraft Foods where he led the HR efforts for its Nabisco Division’s sales and supply chain unit. Other key roles there included rebuilding Nabisco’s direct store delivery system, overseeing organizational effectiveness efforts, and implementing the initial integration strategy for Nabisco and Kraft as a result of the acquisition by Phillip Morris.

Mark also served as vice president of human resources for Stella D’Oro & Christie Brown, Nabisco’s specialty cookie unit. Prior to working for Kraft Foods, he was at PepsiCo where he had several leadership roles at Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay.

Mark is a member of Benefits Implementation Team of the Business Roundtable, which partners with a White House team on healthcare reform implementation on behalf of the Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Villanova University Graduate Human Resource Development Program. Mark also was selected as co-chair of the New Jersey Human Resources Leadership Summit in 2011.