Penn State Net Impact
Through speakers, workshops, field trips, panels, and discussion meetings, PSNI focuses on a collaborative learning environment where all members help educate each other. The role of the Board of Officers is to facilitate this learning and cultivate relationships with professionals and organizations in the business world. We discuss topics related to social entrepreneurship, socially responsible investing, sustainable supply chains, sustainable growth and development, corporate citizenship, social marketing, green building, and community economic development.
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Marcus Cullen, President
Michele Harrison, VP of Communications and Outreach
Elizabeth Combs, VP of Corporate & Alumni Relations
Elizabeth Combs is the Vice President of Corporate and Alumni Relations. Dedicated to linking companies, alumni and current students with common values through various enrichment engagements she works with Employer Relations and the VPs of Corporate and Alumni Relations for other MBA associations to find networking opportunities. Want a passionate dissertation on the importance of the triple bottom line for the future of business? Ask her!
Raised as a modern day nomad, Elizabeth spent the last 8 years in Washington State, when she was struck by the notion that an MBA in rural Pennsylvania would be a grand adventure. To date she has not been disappointed. Elizabeth moved from Seattle, WA, where she worked as an Account Executive at an advertising agency, managing clients like Microsoft, Safeway, and Sterling Savings Bank. Most fun project Elizabeth ever worked on? Writing brand guidelines for Santa Claus.
She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with Bachelors in Business Administration and Communication Studies. The experience transformed her from a California rocker to a Pacific North West hippie. She is concentrating in Marketing and Finance; with a goal of being able to talk the finance guys into giving her lots of money for fun ad campaigns. E-mail: email@example.com
Peter Chamberlain, VP of Finance
Peter Chamberlain is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. After 6 years in the technology industry in Austin, Texas, he came to Penn State for an MBA, concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, and partaking in the amazing ice cream that Penn State and State College have to offer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher McKenna, VP of Outreach
Chris McKenna is the Vice President of Outreach. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Penn State’s Landscape Architecture program, Chris moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where he practiced landscape architecture for multidisciplinary civil engineering firms. As a Licensed Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Chris collaborated with civil engineers to design the alignments for highways and hiker/biker trails that avoided impacts to sensitive environmental habitats. His interest in business brought him back to Penn State to pursue his MBA and he is excited to share his passion for sustainability with the Smeal community.
Chris’s goal is to leverage his longstanding contacts within the university’s sustainability community to further enhance the visibility of Net Impact and grow the Smeal chapter. By improving communications with sustainability groups throughout the university, Chris hopes to create new possibilities for members of the Smeal community to become involved in sustainable initiatives that make a positive impact on not only Penn State, but also the world. E-mail: email@example.com
Dave Kubiak, VP of Projects
Dave Kubiak is the Vice President of Projects. In this role, he works to identify, plan, and execute projects which empower the Smeal community with social and environmental awareness. These impactful and transformative events add value to the Smeal MBA experience.
Prior to joining the Smeal community, Dave spent 4 years working for Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Financial Coordinator in research administration. He graduated with dual majors in Finance, and General Management from Grand Valley State University. At Smeal, he plans to concentrate in Marketing, Sustainability, and Supply Chain. He is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and member of the Consulting Association, and the Minority MBA Association. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Mathis, VP of University Relations
Josh Mathis is the Class of 2014 VP of University Relations for Net Impact. Prior to joining the Smeal community, Joshua worked as Project Manager at Landscape II, a landscape architecture firm in State College, PA. Previously, he was Production Manager at Hoffman Nursery and Owner of Mathis Landscape Solutions. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Horticulture in 2007.
The small class size, outstanding reputation, and large alumni network attracted Joshua to Smeal. He is pursuing concentrations in Finance, Supply Chain, and Strategic Leadership.