VSB MENTOR PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD
Advisory Board members are ambassadors for the Mentor Program and include student mentees, alumni, and alumni mentors who are passionate about mentoring and its impact! Members work together to recruit participants, organize events, and enhance the VSB Mentor Program.
Jennifer Albert '05 VSB
"The mentor program is important to me because I remember being an undergrad and not having many resources to bounce ideas, job offers and salary questions, etc. off of. Having someone who knows your career goals and skill set can be valuable in kicking off your career as well as once your career progresses.”
Luiz Andrade ’25 VSB
“As someone who has benefited from mentors in my own life, I see the extraordinary value of mentorship. At Villanova, though, this value is even greater due to the culture of ‘Villanovans helping Villanovans.’ The VSB Mentor Program, in particular, provides a customized opportunity for professional and personal development. I joined the Program to be immersed in this invaluable environment and to help it achieve new ambitious goals.”
Hank Boggio ’86 VSB
"A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you... A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do."
Tricia Brown ’89 VSB
“I am continually impressed by the knowledge, maturity and passion of VSB students. I love getting to know them, helping them with their career goals and challenges, and encouraging them.”
Jane Brunell ’23 CLAS
“I immediately wanted to join the Mentor Program when I first heard about it as a first-year student. What drew me in was the fact that Villanova alumni are the mentors, and students are the mentees. The VSB Mentor Program is unique in that your mentor really understands what you’re going through as an undergrad on Villanova’s campus. The advice I’ve received from my mentor and other mentors in the program, both professionally and personally, cannot be replaced. I am grateful for my opportunity to join the Mentor Program, to make connections, and to grow professionally. I want others to experience it too! ”
Lisa Canoura '93 VSB
"I am a huge advocate for mentoring. I have been blessed to have mentors invest their time, talent and experience in helping me succeed. They were sounding boards and thought partners who helped me explore opportunities I could never dream of. The VSB Mentor Program provides me the opportunity to give back. As a mentor, I hope to assist individual students in their careers. As a member of the Advisory Board, I hope to further the great work being done for the entire Villanova community."
Marissa D’Ambrosio ’14 VSB
“Maya Angelou once remarked, ‘As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.’ The Mentor Program is an amazing opportunity for mentors and mentees to extend hands in self-discovery, in both personal and professional contexts. I am so honored to be part of this team and to witness its growth year after year!”
Jackie Dorsett ’23 VSB
"The Mentor Program has been an extremely beneficial aspect of my time at Villanova. My mentor and the other Advisory Board members I have connected with have all gone above and beyond to ensure that the professional development skills I want to improve upon are being accomplished. I joined the Advisory Board to be an advocate for other students in the Mentor Program and make sure their voices are being heard."
Morgan Falasca '18 VSB
“My mentor and this program have helped me set career goals that I have never thought about or considered before. It has been an amazing experience so far and has made my time here at VSB one I will always remember.”
Aminah Fawad '15 VSB
“My Villanova mentors helped me find success at VSB, in my professional career and beyond. I am honored to serve as a mentor and as a member of the Advisory Board to pay that forward for years to come."
Don Fuss '90 VSB
“The VSB Mentor program is an opportunity to give back to the Villanova community as well as provide a valuable resource for mentees to help shape their careers. There is true power and value in networking and the sharing of valuable insights and experiences. I consider it a privilege to be part of a program that has a positive impact on Villanova students.”
Kristin Gavin '14 VSB
“I have been a member of the Advisory Board since its origination in the fall of 2013, and was the only senior on the board that was comprised of upperclassmen, under the dedicated leadership of Michele Gianforcaro. I was so excited to hear about the limitless possibilities and potential of the VSB Mentor Program, and have been a witness to its rapid growth and development. I look forward to being a part of the continued success of the VSB Mentor Program, which is built upon a foundation of invaluable relationships that have been created – bridging the classroom and professional worlds.”
Jessica Gerber '93 VSB
“The passion and strength of the Villanova community makes the VSB Mentor Program a fun and rewarding experience for both students and mentors. As an Advisory Board member, I am proud to be a part of building this program for the future.”
Michele Gianforcaro '89 VSB
“I lead the VSB Mentor Program. I enjoy meeting and learning about people – their interests and experiences, who they are and what they’d like to achieve. This is helpful because students and alumni are unique, and I enjoy bringing them together in productive mentoring relationships. I also lead the Mentor Program Advisory Board, which is made up of students and alumni. I’m keen to bring Strengths into the Mentor Program so Villanova students and alumni can leverage their natural talents.”
Chris Glennie ’15 VSB
“My time at Villanova is something that I will cherish forever. The Villanova network has played an integral part in my career progression. It is an honor and privilege to serve as a member of the Advisory Board and I hope to continue to pay it forward for many years to come.”
Patrick Haley ’21 VSB
“The VSB Mentor Program and my mentor have given me numerous opportunities to grow as a professional and develop skills that I will need in the workforce. My mentor is not only a resource for me, but also a friend. I joined the Advisory Board to help advance this program so that all students can have a valuable experience."
Lauren Hogan '13 VSB
“I decided to get involved with the VSB Mentor Program because it’s something I could have benefited from as an undergrad. Adapting to life after college can be challenging at first, and having someone in your chosen field who you can bounce ideas off of is a huge asset. I look forward to being more involved in the program as a member of the Advisory Board and helping mentees get the most out of their VSB experience.”
Kritika Jain ’24 VSB
“I am so glad I joined the Advisory Board last year as I have continually witnessed the power of mentorship first-hand. It makes me more excited for next semester when I am able to enter the VSB Mentor Program and work with my own mentor!”
Christine Kraft '92 VSB
“As a mentor in the pilot VSB Mentor Program, I found the experience to be both personally and professionally rewarding. It afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with and give back to the University and share my experiences with young students, particularly as they were beginning to formulate ideas about their own career paths. I am excited to now serve on the Advisory Board to help further evolve and shape the Program.”
Rachel (Rurak) Lamberton ’19 VSB
“I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have mentors who have invested their time and hearts into my personal and professional development. These mentors have helped shape me into who I am today. I am passionate about mentoring because I can now pay that forward to others. It is truly an honor to serve on the Advisory Board where I can give back to the Villanova community and help to shape the future of this incredible program!”
Olivia McEntee ’19 VSB
“I’ve participated in the VSB Mentor Program as a mentee and mentor, both of which have been extremely rewarding experiences. Mentorship is invaluable for students as they navigate tough decisions such as choosing a major, deciding on a career path and so on. I’m honored to have the privilege to continue my involvement on the Advisory Board of the Mentor Program and have the opportunity to give back to the Villanova community.”
Spencer Miller '18 VSB, '21 VLS
“Mentoring is a huge asset to both students and professionals in the business world; these two-way relationships help to build networks and expand opportunities. I joined the Advisory Board so that I could promote the benefits of mentoring to other Villanovans and help them to succeed professionally."
Abby O’Hara ’15 VSB
"I joined the Advisory Board as a student when the VSB Mentor Program first launched in 2014. Since then, it has been incredibly rewarding to participate as both a student and an alumna. Mentorship is invaluable for students as they navigate their future career choices and equally gratifying for alumni to stay connected to the wonderful Villanova community."
Robert Olsen '86 VSB
"We have all gotten to where we are because someone believed in us and helped us. The VSB Mentor Program is a special opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others in the Villanova Community. It’s a chance to teach, guide and inspire others. It is in the service of others we also learn and grow ourselves. This is an exciting opportunity for both mentor and mentee."
Jerry Quinn '87 VSB
“Villanovans helping Villanovans. It is what we do.”
Brian Ross ’06 VSB
"Throughout my time in the VSB Mentor Program, I have been able to share insights learned over the past 15 years with my mentees as they prepare for a career starting out in public accounting. The program also gives me a chance to get back on campus, engage with students, and connect with fellow alumni. Being a member of the Advisory Board has allowed me to help shape the direction of the Mentor Program and gain insights into various events on campus. Overall, it has been an extremely valuable experience!"
Jay Santoro ’18 VSB
“I have benefited immensely from the help of mentors throughout both my time in college and my career. I love paying this support forward to keep the Nova Network alive and thriving.”
Carl Schwind '87 VSB
“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.’ -Leon Brown. When I was a student, the advice of a mentor shaped my entire career and life. I enjoy the opportunity to make that kind of difference for the students of today.”
Howie Searing ’88 VSB
“As a graduate of VSB I enjoy helping students and recent grads navigate the challenges of pursuing their career. I want to pay if forward because I remember having similar concerns at that age and wish I had experienced professionals provide mentorship.”
Vidhi Shah '15 VSB
"I joined the VSB Mentor Program board the first year it started in pilot mode. It's been rewarding to see it grow every year and see the relationships we have been fortunate enough to help foster. My mentors throughout my life, whether it was while at Villanova or after I joined the corporate world, have been an inspiration and a guiding hand for all my questions and dilemmas. To be part of a program that encourages and forms these relationships has been a wonderful experience.”
Brett Snyder '09 VSB
“The greatest value of my post-graduation Villanova experience has been the networking and professional growth opportunities. The earlier we can provide students the avenues to build these relationships, the better. The students aren’t the only ones who benefit. As a mentor, I've gained tremendous insight from the perspective of a rising student, which has allowed me to improve the way my business recruits and develops entry-level roles.”
Veronica Stephenson '09 VSB
“Villanova has provided so many wonderful opportunities that have shaped me into who I am proud to be today. It was important for me to stay connected to my alma mater and to give back in some way. The VSB Mentor program keeps me motivated and inspired, just by knowing that I have a mentee who wants to follow in my footsteps. As a member of the Advisory Board, I am excited to have the opportunity to further enhance the VSB Mentor Program.”
Erik Sundlof ’22 VSB
“I chose to get involved with the Mentor Program Advisory Board because mentoring is a key step in every students' career path. Villanova has such a large network with a strong sense of community, so the alumni mentors are all eager to give back by helping current students. Being part of the Mentor Program and facilitating these connections has been a great experience and an extremely valuable resource for myself and my peers who I've talked to about their mentoring relationships.”
Isaiah Taylor ’23 VSB
“My favorite quote is ‘Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations,’ by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut. I always try to live by that motto.”
Dan Temple ’96 VSB
"I was inspired to join the VSB Mentor Program because I do a lot of mentoring of junior professionals at work and really enjoy providing career coaching and advice. The chance to do something similar through the VSB Mentor Program was something that had tremendous appeal given my passion for mentoring."
Vincent Tricarico '91 VSB
“I chose to get involved in the Mentor Program because I realize now how little I knew about the transition into professional life when I was a student. The Mentor Program is a great opportunity for me to share my experiences and hopefully provide VSB students a resource and perspective I never had.”
Graham Young ’23 VSB
“The mentorship program that Villanova has to offer is one of the main reasons why I chose Villanova over any other school. The fact that alumni care enough about current students that they are so willing to help out in any way they can shows a lot about the pride we all share as Villanovans. This message of ‘Villanovans helping Villanovans’ is at the root of the mentorship program and it is an honor to be a part of the advisory board to help this program reach new heights.”