MBA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

picture of EMBA alumni

The MBA Alumni Association (MBA AA) is a community of Villanovans who have graduated from the MBA program or other graduate programs within VSB. Established in 2014, it continues to expand our reach to alumni nationally.

Our mission:

To enhance the value of the Villanova MBA by engaging alumni and current graduate students in networking, mentoring and service.

Leadership Team:

The MBA Alumni Association Board is a cohort of dedicated volunteers who spearhead the following committees.

  • President: Meghan Wyks ’15 MBA
    Immediate Past President: Mike Filachek ’12 MBA
    Vice President: Ed Barrett ’90 VSB, ’94 MBA
  • Communications Chair: Anne Krepacki ’87 MBA
  • Alumni & Student Relations Committee:
    • Ryan Perazzelli ’11 MBA
    • Theresa Leinker ’18 MBA
    • Alex Rigolizzo ’03 MBA
    • Mike Gossner ’18 MBA
  • Mentoring Committee: Michael Jones ’93 VSB, ‘04 MBA
  • Philanthropy Committee: Ryan Henry ’99 VSB, ’12 MBA
  • Professional Development & Lifelong Learning Committee: Meghan Wyks ‘15 MBA; Katie D’Orazio ’09 MBA
  • Sponsorship & Fundraising Committee: Steve Bariexca ‘12 MBA; Dwight Swaney ‘12 MBA
  • Women in Business: Meghan Wyks ’15 MBA, Jen Van Arsdalen ’12 MBA

MBAA NEWSLETTER

An introduction from our new MBA Alumni Association President
Meghan Davis Wyks '15 MBA 

The fall certainly has a reputation for being both a busy time of year, as well as a time of transitions. I always find myself reflecting on the past year and looking forward to new opportunities ahead. 

Meghan Davis Wyks, MBA '15

Welcome our new Associate Dean of Graduate Business
Manuel (Manny) Nuñez '03 MBA

Welcome Manny Nuñez, MBA '03, who will be leading our graduate business office as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. In this role, he will oversee the graduate programs of the Part-Time MBA, Online MBA, and specialty masters programs as well as enrollment and career strategy services for graduate business.

Manuel (Manny) Nuñez, MBA '03

Countdown to 2024: Reflections
MBA Class of 1984

Dan Ahern, interviewed for our first Reflections column, is pictured here in 1984 with Villanova's first MBA grads. Dan is in the upper left corner. Leading up to the 40th anniversary of Villanova's first MBA graduating class in 1984, this Reflections column will feature interviews with Villanova MBA alumni across the decades.

MBA Class of 1984

Mentoring Program Spotlight
Mike Jones '93 VSB , '04 MBA

The Villanova MBA Alumni Network has a very actively engaged Mentoring Program. We recently had the opportunity of speaking with Mike Jones, the Chairperson of the Villanova MBA Mentoring Program.

Mike Jones

MBA Alumni around the Country: V's up from Texas
Tyler Pearson '18 MBA

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tyler Pearson, a 2018 graduate from Villanova's Online MBA program. He calls the Online MBA "a blessing for someone who was working in Texas!"

Tyler Pearson

Women in Business Network Inaugural Event Recap

The Women in Business Network (WIBN) was launched in 2018 in an effort to promote career development and networking opportunities for women. The WIBN hosted its inaugural event on April 23rd entitled "The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get", based on a TED Talk of the same name.

Women in Business Network Inaugural Event

Vice President’s Message
Ed Barrett, ‘90, MBA ‘94

Develop your professional skills. Expand your network. Discover new career opportunities. Support a deserving charity. Share your professional experience with the next generation.

Ed Barrett, ‘90, MBA ‘94

EMBA Alumni Spotlight
Dennis Morgan, EMBA ’17

Dennis J. Morgan – a 2017 graduate of Villanova’s Executive MBA program – is both a Senior Vice President of Children’s Services at Bancroft – a nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities – as well as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Dennis Morgan, EMBA ’17

MBA Alumni Spotlight
Ted Spinelli, MBA ’18

Ted followed in the footsteps of both his father and his grandparents when he decided to go into military service. In addition to his achievements at Villanova, Ted graduated last year from the very elite Army Ranger School, and is now teaching at the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC program located at the University of California, Riverside.

Ted Spinelli, MBA ’18

The Launch of the Women in Business Network
Lauren Boyce, MBA '12

For Lauren Boyce MBA '12, career development, especially for women, has been a passion for as long as she can remember. "When I joined the Villanova MBA Board in 2017, one of the first initiatives I wanted to implement was to create a committee for women."

Lauren Boyce, MBA '12

President's Message
Michael Filachek MBA '12

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Villanova’s MBA Alumni Association (MBA AA), I am very pleased to offer you this inaugural edition of our MBA Newsletter. This newsletter will be issued quarterly with fresh content aimed at building a more connected community of alumni.

Michael Filachek MBA '12

MBA Alumni Spotlight
Brian Papson MBA '08

Sports are both Brian’s career and his passion, having spent most of his life involved in athletics. We chose Brian for our first “Alumni Spotlight” because he is a great representative of all that the Villanova MBA program represents: 

Brian Papson MBA '08

MBA Student Spotlight
Carissa Anthony MBA Candidate

Following undergraduate studies at Bloomsburg University, as well as an MS at St. Joe’s, Carissa pursued a successful career in finance – first at Vanguard, then at Comcast. She is now happily pursuing her passion in the understanding of Consumer Behavior, in both her research capacity and in her studies.

Carissa Anthony

 

ALUMNI MENTORS WANTED

The VSB Mentor Program brings VSB students and alumni volunteers together in one-to-one relationships to support student’s professional development goals. All student mentees and alumni mentors opt in and are paired based on the student’s primary field of interest, desired work location, and mutual areas of interest. Contact Rita DiCarlo, Associate Director, Professional Development.