Success Stories

Story: Chiayu Yuan '20 VSB and Aminah Fawad '15 VSB

Story: Chiayu “Jackie” Yuan '20 VSB and Aminah Fawad '15 VSB

Chiayu “Jackie” Yuan will graduate in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a co-major in Business Analytics. Aminah Fawad is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She graduated from Villanova in 2015 with a B.S. in Finance, Accounting, and MIS.

Learn what Jackie Yuan and Aminah Fawad both learned through their mentoring relationship.

Andrew Zakhary '19 CLAS and Joseph Kim '09 MBA

Andrew Zakhary '19 CLAS and Joseph Kim '09 MBA

Andrew Zakhary grew up in Malvern, Pa., and graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Joseph Kim is a Senior Advisor, Clinical Operations, Translational Technology & Innovation at Eli Lilly and Company. He earned an MBA in 2009.

Learn how Andrew and Joseph’s mutual life experiences created a strong bond in their mentoring relationship.

Luke Lee '22 VSB and Bob Carfagno '72 VSB

Luke Lee '22 VSB and Bob Carfagno '72 VSB

Luke Lee is from Seoul, South Korea and is earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Bob Carfagno is the CEO of Radiology Affiliates Imaging. He graduated from Villanova in 1972 with a B.B.A. in Accounting.

Luke and Bob began their mentoring relationship in Spring 2018 and kept their discussions alive when Luke studied abroad in Shanghai that summer. Luke joined the VSB Mentor Program Advisory Board in Fall 2018, and during the Spring 2019 semester, Bob, Luke, Luke’s dad, Mr. Lee, Kerry Kittles ’96 and VSB Mentor Program Leader Michele Gianforcaro ’89 VSB had dinner to discuss the impact of mentoring. Luke is taking a two-year leave from Villanova University to fulfill South Korea’s military service requirement. He will return to VU and graduate in 2022. We wish him all the very best!'

Learn what makes Luke and Bob’s mentoring relationship a successful one.

MaryPatricia Livngstone '19 VSB and Eric Martin '91 VSB, ’04 MBA

MaryPatricia Livngstone '19 VSB and Eric Martin '91 VSB, ’04 MBA

MaryPatricia Livingstone is from Plainfield, N.J., and will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s eegree in Marketing and a co-major in Business Analytics with a concentration in Digital Marketing. Eric Martin is the Vice President of Marketing at SAP. He graduated from Villanova in 1991 with a B.S. in Marketing.

Learn what MaryPatricia Livingstone and Eric Martin both learned through their mentoring relationship.

Matthew Kropiewnicki ’20 VSB and Kat McAssey ’16 VSB

Kyle DeMerlis '20 CLAS and Michael Ottaunick '14 VSB

Kyle DeMerlis is from Ambler, Pa., and will graduate in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science along with a minor in Business. Michael Ottaunick is the Marketing Manager at GLG. He graduated from Villanova in 2014 with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.

Learn how Kyle and Michael turned a personal relationship into a mentoring relationship.

Matthew Kropiewnicki ’20 VSB and Kat McAssey ’16 VSB

Matthew Kropiewnicki ’20 VSB and Kat McAssey ’16 VSB

Matthew Kropiewnicki is from West Chester, Pa., and is pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Kat McAssey is a senior associate at KPMG Economic Valuation & Services. She graduated from Villanova in 2016 with a B.S. in Accountancy and Finance.

Find out what Matthew and Kat have in common!

Joe Bonomo '19 VSB and Edward DiConza '92 VSB

Joe Bonomo '19 VSB and Edward DiConza '92 VSB

Joe Bonomo is from Port Jefferson, NY and will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate, along with a minor in Business Law. Ed DiConza is the SVP of financial advising and portfolio management at RBC Wealth Management. He graduated from Villanova in 1992 with a B.S. in Finance.

Find out what makes Joe and Ed’s mentoring relationship a successful one.

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.