MVP Alumni Mentoring Program

On Wednesday, May 6, the Center for Career and Professional Development inaugurated the first cycle of mentors and mentees as members of Sacred Heart University’s Mentoring Visionary Pioneers (MVP) Alumni Mentoring Program. Through an application process, the formalized mentorship program matched mentors (employers) with mentees (students) based on industry and interest. The program is an opportunity for mentors to help mentees better understand their classroom teachings and align it with workplace expectations, to have a smooth transition from campus to career. The mentors are industry experts and possess strength to inspire, motivate, and develop leaders, whereby mentees will gain proficiency in career competencies, enhance professional development, build leadership skills and establish lasting relationships to further expand professional connections. The vision of the summer-long program is to build and promote an engaging atmosphere between industry professionals and students; focused on life-long success through the sharing of professional knowledge and life experiences.

The hour long kickoff inducted 22 MVP mentees (21 sophomores, and one senior) who expand across SHU’s varied academic programs, and 17 MVP mentors, which includes 14 SHU alum and 3 industry partners.

The session was facilitated by Helen Boyke (Director Graduate Students, Veterans and Alumni) and supported by Patti Moran (Director of Career Programming & Experiential Learning) and Keith Hassell (Executive Director). In attendance were some of SHU’s senior leaders, such as Deanna Fiorentino (Executive Director of Strategic Enrollment Management), Jim Barquinero (SVP Student Affairs, Enrollment and Athletics) and Dr. John Petillo (President and CEO of Sacred Heart University). Dr. Petillo gave a few words of encouragements to the group on the importance of mentorship and connection to the alumni community, as well as the valuable opportunity the mentees have by getting involved in a program like this, to set them up for the future.

Courtney Perlee – SHU ’10 (Business Strategy Manager for Canon Solutions America) was the program’s alumni guest speaker who inspired the group by sharing some of her valuable experiences with the Women In Leadership (WIL).

The program concluded with a slide presentation of mentor and mentee pairings…

Courtney Perlee (SHU ’10) – Business Strategy Manager with Canon Solutions America
Sean Morin – Communication Studies and Media Arts major, Digital Marketing minor

James Golicz (SHU ’17) – Associate Attorney with Morrison Mahoney law firm
Colleen Shaffer – Political Science major, minor in Journalism & Human Rights & Social Justice
Matteo Menta – Political Science major, Business Economics minor

Robert Dim (SHU ’15) – Director of Acquisitions with Norton Capital
Amanda Giammona – Marketing major, Fashion Merchandising/Marketing minor

Ermir Celaj (SHU ’18) – Financial Advisor with AXA Financial
Cannady Taleghani – Accounting major, Computer Science minor

David Gluckman, Esq. – McCandlish Holton law firm
Gabriela Dos Santos – Global Studies & Criminal Justice major, Political Science minor

Chris Stoychev – Financial Analyst with PULAU Corporation
Vincent Stifano – Finance & Economics double major, Marketing minor

Brittany Santella (SHU alumnae) – Director of Human Resource with Sectra
Amanda Haydu – Mathematics major

Dr. Deesha Marvania – DPT & Owner of Pranna Physical Therapy and Wellness
Sofia Appel – Exercise Science major
Joshua Proctor – Exercise Science major

Olivia Fatica (SHU ’18) – Drexel University’s PA Program
Lauren Bayreuther – Biology major, Pre-PA track
Jillian Schuellain – Biology major, Pre-PA track

Nancy Kiernan Bard (SHU ’99) – Managing Director with Commonfund
Mark DuBois – Accounting & Finance major
Jason Hirschauer – Business Economics & Finance double major

Angel Zamora (SHU ’19) – Speech Language Pathologist with CBS Therapy (Army veteran)
Stella Bragoni – Psychology major, Speech Language Pathology minor

Meredith Bertoni (SHU ’19) – Project Coordinator with Beth Israel Lahey Health
Alyssa Leva – Health Science major, Public Health concentration, Psychology minor

Neil McClure (SHU alumni) – Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer in the School of Engineering with Columbia University
Samantha Young – Psychology major

Kelly Brigley (SHU ’19) – Pediatric Occupational Therapist with Constellation Health Services in the Stamford School District
Sara Herron – Health Science major, Public Health concentration, Occupational Therapy track

Alexandra Padalino (SHU ’18) – Content Producer with ESPN
Corey Picard – Communication Studies major, Sports Communication concentration

Kimberly Siemon (SVC ’18)Hospice RN Case Manager at Hartford Health Care At Home
Molly Hearns – Nursing major
Shannon Dennehy – Nursing major

Keith Donlon (SHU ’14) – Project Manager-Faculty Practice Group with Montefiore Health System (Navy veteran)
Jose Caban – Health Science major, Health Administration concentration, Human Resource minor (Marine veteran)

By Helen Boyke
Helen Boyke Director of Alumni, Veteran and Graduate Career Development