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.
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Vidhi Shah ‘15
Jennifer Albert '05
"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”
Ashley Austin ‘20
The VSB Mentor Program has allowed me to make connections with professionals and gain valuable information from a different prospective. It has aided in my professional development by providing practice with networking and my career search. I joined the Mentor Program Advisory Board in order to share my positive experience with other Villanova students. I want other VSB students to take advantage of the same beneficial opportunities and experiences with which this program has provided me.
Lisa Canoura ’93
“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.”
Christina Cronin ’20
“Networking is fundamental to a successful business career. The mentorship program has allowed me to gain an invaluable advantage by creating long-term relationships that have enabled me to grow as an aspiring business professional. My mentor has helped me with everything from interview preparations to life-long advice that I will use throughout my personal career. I am honored to be a part of such an outstanding program and I can only hope to provide the dedication and guidance my mentor has once I am a graduate of VSB.”
Morgan Falasca '18
“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."
Laura Furtek ’20
The VSB Mentoring Program has provided me with countless connections to both mentors and students. These relationships have been so valuable to my college career and professional development. Joining the Advisory Board has allowed me to ensure that every student has access to the incredible community of students and alumni. "
Don Fuss ’90
“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
“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
“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.”
Anthony Giordano ’06
“The importance of mentorship is only increasing yet the path to gain mentors is rarely defined. The VSB Mentor Program provides clarity and structure to mentorship and I’m excited to help the program develop as part of the Advisory Board.
Aileen Grogan ’13
“The VSB Mentor Program promotes personal and professional growth for mentees and mentors alike. By fostering a positive, candid and encouraging environment for students as they navigate the start of their careers, this program is an invaluable resource for VSB students.”
Patrick Haley ‘21
I know an alumni mentor in the Program who has had great success with his mentee. It inspired me to join the Advisory Board to help the Mentor Program grow and to help provide students with valuable advice as they join the workforce. Being one of the younger students on the Advisory Board, I look forward to connecting with my fellow sophomores and encouraging them to join the Mentor Program when given the opportunity spring semester of our sophomore year.
Kyle Hannon ‘20
My mentor has provided me with an insight into the business world that could not be learned in a classroom. His advice and knowledge has given me confidence and a competitive edge as I enter the workforce. I joined the Advisory Board to help ensure that as many students as possible receive the same experience that I have.
Lauren Hogan ‘13
“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.”
Nicolle Hughes ‘20
Since joining the VSB Mentor Program, I have gained valuable insight in my future career in Accounting from a Villanova alum. It is extremely advantageous to have my mentor to reach out to for help with internships, and career advice. The Program is very well-structured, and has immensely helped me with my future career path.
Lillian Jensen ‘20
The VSB Mentor Program provided me immediate insight into the professional world. My mentor has helped me endless ways and is always there to answer any questions I have. Utilizing Villanova’s alumni network has been paramount to both my personal and professional growth thus far. I am extremely excited to be a part of this program and see all the great things that we can accomplish!
Christine Kraft '92
“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.”
Spencer Miller '18
“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."
Mark Murphy ’20
"Since I have consistently moved throughout my life, I have always appreciated building relationships with people wherever I find myself in that moment. Becoming a part of the Advisory Board has introduced me to incredibly successful alumni who will help guide the early years of my career."
Robert Olsen ’86
"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."
Amanda Polman ’21
“Coming from a small high school, I have always valued a sense of community and support. At Villanova, I was so grateful to learn about the VSB Mentor Program because it truly encompasses the importance of forming relationships with peers and alumni that care about your success. This Program has helped me create a strong professional foundation as I have worked with my mentor to prepare for interviews, networking events, and internships.”
Jerry Quinn ’87
“Villanovans helping Villanovans. It is what we do.”
Ellie Raymond ’22
“Villanova’s mentorship program is a unique and rewarding opportunity for students to connect with professionals as they navigate potential career choices during their college years. Developing relationships has always been of great importance to me and has helped me grow both personally and professionally. I strongly believe that each individual will benefit from the guidance and support that a mentor has to offer. It is with great pleasure that I serve on the Advisory Board, assisting in the development of this invaluable program.”
David Ridenour ’79
“As the credo for Villanova is "Truth, Unity and Love", so too is the theme for mentoring. It sums up the ability of an experienced alumnus to provide validated information and guidance in a respectful manner to help others achieve their goals and dreams.”
Brian Ross '06
"The VSB Mentoring program has given me a chance to connect with a talented and highly motivated student to discuss school, internships, and the beginning of my mentee's career."
Veronica Santos '09
“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.”
Vidhi Shah '15
"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.”
Carl Schwind '87
“‘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.”
Brett Snyder ’09
“‘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.”
Vincent Tricarico '91
“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.”