Success Stories

Nicole Anderson '19 VSB and Jessica Gerber '93 VSB

Nicole Anderson '19 VSB and Jessica Gerber '93 VSB

Nicole Anderson is from St. Paul, Minnesota pursing a bachelor’s degree in both Management and International Business. Jessica Gerber is an entrepreneurial healthcare leader who graduated from Villanova in 1993 with a BS in Marketing.

Read on to see what Nicole and Jessica both learned through their mentoring relationship.

Mitch Schermerhorn '20 VSB and Mike Ford '79 VSB

Mitch Schermerhorn '20 VSB and Mike Ford '79 VSB

Mitch Schermerhorn ’20 VSB, from Northbrook, Ill., is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Real Estate. Mike Ford ’79 VSB, SVP of Internal Audit at Ahold Delhaize (Giant, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Hannaford, and Peapod in the U.S.), earned his degree in Accounting.  

As one of the most recent mentoring matches, Mitch and Mike have a unique story. Mike, who is based in Amsterdam, and Mitch, who was studying abroad in Urbino, Italy when they were matched, have built a successful long-distance mentoring relationship. They were finally able to meet in person when Mike visited campus in September. They didn’t let time zones and schedules impact their strong start to their mentoring relationship!

Find out what else Mitch and Mike have been doing.

Jenna Kosinski '19 VSB and Lee Sardone '92 VSB

Story: Jenna Kosinski '19 VSB and Lee Sardone '92 VSB

Jenna Kosinski ’19 VSB is a senior Honors student from Andover, Mass., pursing a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Lee Sardone ’92 VSB, VP of Wellington Management in Boston, earned his degree in Accounting.  

Learn more about Jenna and Lee and the focus of their mentoring relationship.

gabrielle-Daigneault ’18 VSB Patti O’Shea ’87 VLS

Story: Gabrielle (Gabby) Daigneault ’18 VSB Patti O’Shea ’87 VLS

Gabrielle (Gabby) Daigneault ’18 VSB will begin the Masters in Accounting with Data Analytics program at VSB in the fall. Patti O’Shea ’87 VLS graduated with a Masters in Taxation; her early career focused on corporate tax and tax consulting. Currently, she is the Assistant Finance Director for the Devon Horse Show organization, where she has been able to combine her professional skills and love for horses.

Learn more about how Gabby and Patti’s mentorship grew.

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Story: Caitlin Welsh ’19 VSB and Erin Guadagno ’07 VSB

Caitlin Welsh ’19 VSB is a finance major from Cranford, New Jersey and Erin Guadagno ’07 VSB is the Vice President at Morgan Stanley.

Learn more about how the two have built their mentor partnership.

Lukas and Joe

Story: Laura Persinski ’19 VSB and Gregg Bazzani ’15 VSB

Laura Persinski ’19 VSB is from McLean, Virginia and Gregg Bazzani ’15 VSB is a recent graduate currently working in New York City.

Learn more about how the two have built their mentor partnership.

Cris Caggiano '18 VSB and Shawn Jones '93 VSB

Story: Cris Caggiano '18 VSB and Shawn Jones '93 VSB

Cristopher Caggiano is a senior from State Island, NY, and is studying Finance and Real Estate. Shawn Jones is a Managing Partner at Wynnova Capital Partners in Wayne, PA. He graduated from Villanova in 1993 and has more than 20 years of experience in financial services.

Read about Shawn and Cris's mentoring experience.

Jessica and Lorraine

Story: Erin Corcoran '18 VSB and Scott Gelley '07 VSB

Erin Corcoran is from Boxford, Mass., and will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, along with a co-major in Real Estate. Scott Gelley is a Director at Rialto Capital Management. He graduated from Villanova in 2007 with a B.S. in Accounting.

Learn what prompted Erin to join the Mentor Program and what she and Scott have learned from their mentoring experience.

Jessica and Lorraine

Story: Jessica Andrade '19 VSB and Lorraine LoPresti '86 VSB

Jessica Andrade ‘19 VSB is an accounting major from Naples, Fla., and is a member of the Villanova Women’s Soccer team. Lorraine LoPresti ’86 VSB, accounting, is the VP of Finance and Administration at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.

Find out what Jessica and Lorraine both learned through their mentoring relationship.

Lukas and Steve

Story: Lukas Michaels ’18 CLAS and Steve Guerrini ’07 VSB

Lukas Michaels ’18 CLAS, a computer science major and business minor via the Summer Business Institute (SBI), is making news again. He is featured here in a second VSB Mentor Program Success Story – this time with alumni mentor Steve Guerrini ’07 VSB!

Read about the power of the Nova Network here.

Laeka and Paul

Story: Ryan Dorrycott '18 VSB and Kevin Levy ‘05 VSB, Villanova Sports Properties

Ryan Dorrycott is a Marketing and Analytics major in VSB. His mentor, Kevin Levy, graduated in 2005 and now works for Villanova overseeing the Villanova Sports Properties.

Learn more about Ryan and Kevin's mentoring relationship and tips for success.

Bella & Tricia

Story: Isabella "Bella" Way '17 VSB and Patricia "Tricia" Brown '89 VSB

Isabella Way is from Devon, Pa., and graduated in May with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in International Business. Tricia Brown is the Executive Director of Marketing at Merck & Co. Inc. in North Wales, Pa. She graduated from Villanova in 1989 with a Bachelors in English and Honors, and earned her MBA in 1994.

Learn what Bella and Tricia both learned through their mentoring relationship.

Laeka and Paul

Story: Leo “Laeka” Brenninkmeyer ’17 VSB and Paul Failla ‘99 VSB

Leo Brenninkmeyer is from St. Augustine, Florida and graduated with a Finance degree. Paul Failla ’99 is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Learn how Leo and Paul’s relationship is “like a shot of expresso”!

Heather and Jacquelyn

Story: Abbel Garcia ’17 COE and Phillip Macero ’93 VSB

Abbel Garcia is a College of Engineering student with a Finance minor. His mentor, Phillip Macero is a Senior Strategic Financial Consultant at Gerson Lehrman/Guidepoint Global. Macero graduate from VSB in 1993 with a Masters in Finance.

Learn more about Abbel and Phillip’s mentoring relationship and their tips for success.

Heather and Jacquelyn

Story: Heather Ward ’17 VSB and Jacquelyn DiFabio King ’04 VSB

Heather Ward is from Berwyn, Pa., and is studying Accounting & Finance. Jacquelyn DiFabio King is a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Accountant. She graduated from Villanova in 2004 and received her Master of Accountancy (MAC) in 2006.

Learn more about Heather and Jacquelyn’s mentoring relationship and their tips for success.

Mina and Veronica

Story: Mina Ebrahimi ’17 VSB and Veronica Santos ’09 VSB

Mina Ebrahimi is a senior from Yardley. Pa. She majors in accounting and has entrepreneurial ambitions. Veronica Santos is an online bakery owner of Twinkle Bakery and a Senior Tax Analyst at PECO in Philadelphia. She graduated from Villanova in 2009.

Learn more about this special pair and the recipe the follow in pursuing their passions.

Lukas and Joe

Story: Lukas Michaels ’18 CLAS and Joe Piskai ’07 VSB

Lukas Michaels is from Sparkill NY and is majoring in Computer Science with a business minor. Joe Piskai is a Program Lead at SAP in Newtown Square, PA. Joe graduated from Villanova in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and majored in Management Information Systems.

Learn more about Lukas and Joe’s mentoring relationship and their tips for success.  

Meghan and Jennifer

Story: Meghan Martin ’17 VSB and Jennifer Albert ’05 VSB

Meghan Martin is from Fairfield CT and is studying Finance, Accounting, and Analytics. Jen is Director of Operations at the Raveneur Investment Group LP in New York City. She graduated from Villanova in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Minor in Accounting.

Read about what inspired Meghan and Jennifer to participate in the VSB Mentor program and the success of their experience.