Our Team

Penn State is a complex organization that can be difficult to navigate. That’s why the Corporate Engagement Center exists: to make connections as you partner with Penn State. Our staff works to understand your goals and bring together the University’s resources across departments, offices, and services to help make the most mutually beneficial relationship possible.
Our Core Team

The Corporate Engagement Center at Penn State is comprised of a core team of industry relationship experts who help establish and maintain coordinated, multi-faceted industry relationships.
Melissa Erekson
Assistant Vice President for Corporate Engagement
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Beth Colledge
Director of Corporate Engagement
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Jade Honey
Director of Corporate Engagement
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Carley LaVelle
Creative Coordinator
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Don Mothersbaugh
Director of Corporate Engagement
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Jonathan Thurley
Director of Corporate Engagement
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Jill Selfe
Administrative Support Coordinator
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Our Leadership

The center is a joint initiative of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and the Office of University Development, working in partnership with Career Services.
David Lieb
Senior Associate Vice President for Development
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Lora Weiss
Senior Vice President for Research
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The Corporate Relations Committee

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President for Research and the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, the Corporate Relations Committee fosters a community of corporate engagement by gathering senior leadership from across the University committed to maximizing the benefits of strategically aligned, university-industry relationships and amplifying the mission of the Corporate Engagement Center.
Our Extended Team

The extended team are professionals who are embedded in colleges, campuses, and units across the University. The team represents the areas of holistic engagement and works closely with the Corporate Engagement Center to create and execute unified strategies for our partners.
Priya Baboo
Interim Senior Director of Corporate and Industry Engagement, College of Engineering
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Ashley Chan
Industry Liaison, Eberly College of Science
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David Fecko
Penn State Materials Research Institute Industry Relations Coordinator
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Zack Follador
Western Region Employer Engagement and Career Specialist
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Meghan Hoskins
Director of Operations and Partnerships, Sustainability Institute
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Rob Jackson
Assistant Vice President of Principal Gifts
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Jessica Kiely
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine
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Brianne Lippert
Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement College of Information Sciences & Technology
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Todd Price
ICDS Corporate Relations Director for Research
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Rebekah Stout
Senior Research Analyst, Office of Prospect Management and Analytics
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Jennifer Stubbs
Assistant Director of Recruiting and Employer Engagement, Penn State Career Services
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Our Advisory Committee

The Corporate Engagement Advisory Committee brings industry perspective to the center and assists in aligning business needs with Penn State capabilities. The committee is tasked with helping to expand Penn State’s network of corporate contacts and providing guidance on strategies maximizing philanthropic and research support from corporations.
Steven B. Wagman (Chair)
National Healthcare Business Leader
Siemens Industry–Smart Infrastructure
Janet S. Vergis (Vice Chair)
Retired, CEO
OraPharma
Craig Jackman
Vice President, Human Resources
W.R. Grace & Company
Robert J. Kumpf
Specialist Executive
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Rebecca L. Lucore
Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Covestro LLC
Timothy N. Magner
Retired, Country Manager and President
Cheveron
Heather F. Major
Director
Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Daniel P. Mooney
Retired Vice President, South Carolina Engineering Design Center
The Boeing Company
Nicki Palmer
Chief Product Development Officer
Verizon
Rick Wenger
Vice President, Industry Executive Advisory – Consumer Industries
SAP America, INC.