MBA Program Office Staff
Kerry Pace, Associate Dean
Dean Pace is responsible for achieving the strategic mission of the MBA Programs department, which is to create an overall exceptional experience for MBA students. In addition, she oversees student support services for the Full-time and Evening MBA Programs and works closely with the Program Office team to oversee academic advising, monitor students’ academic progress, support international students, and coordinate course schedules and registration, co-curricular events, extra-curricular activities, and student organizations.
Lisa Kahn, Director, Academic Affairs
Kahn advises Full-time and Evening Program students and works with all academic advisors on policies and procedures, student communications, team assignments, academic performance tracking, class scheduling support, and graduation. Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Kahn worked for more than nine years at Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate School of International Relations in both student life and academic affairs. She began her career in academic affairs at Harvard University. Kahn received a bachelor’s in psychology and government from Dartmouth College and master’s in higher education from Harvard University. She grew up in New Jersey and considers New England her second home after Washington, D.C. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching tennis and baseball.
Chelsea Theis, Director
Theis has worked at Georgetown University for five years and currently serves as an associate director in the MBA Program Office. She is an academic advisor for Evening Program and Full-time cohorts. Theis coordinates graduation and orientation, as well as special registration, the Community Fellows program, and international student initiatives. Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, Theis worked in higher education textbook publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She has also worked as a program manager for the George Washington University's Annual Fund, where she was responsible for annual fundraising efforts totaling $700,000. Theis holds a bachelor's from Ithaca College and a master's from Georgetown University.
Lauren Gagliardi, Associate Director
Gagliardi serves as an associate director in the MBA Program Office and has been at Georgetown for over five years, having previously worked in Georgetown's Center for Student Engagement. Gagliardi serves as an advisor to 17 clubs and supports co-curricular events, club budgets, and finances for all MBA student groups. She earned a B.S. in middle childhood education from Miami University, an M.Ed. in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida, and an MPS in emergency and disaster management from Georgetown University.
Amy Dorsey, Assistant Director
Dorsey serves as an assistant director in the MBA Program Office and has been at Georgetown for five years, having previously worked in Georgetown's Office of Global Services. She is the academic advisor for several Full-time and Evening Program cohorts and coordinates international student initiatives, cross-registration, and graduation. Dorsey earned a B.A. from The College of William & Mary. Prior to Georgetown, she worked abroad in South and Central America as an international educator.
Laura Erikson, Assistant Director
Erikson serves as assistant director for the MBA Program Office. She works on orientation, club support, and advising. Erikson has a B.A. in communications and German with a minor in psychology from Albion College in Michigan, as well as an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Menty Bayleyen, Assistant Director
Bayleyen serves as an Assistant Director in the MBA Program Office. She is the academic advisor for the FT17 Hoyas, FT17 Saxas, and EP19 Potomacs. She will be taking the lead on supporting the registration component of the MBA student experience, as well as Opening Term. Bayleylen comes to us from New York University and previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously worked as a K-8 language teacher and advisor. She earned her B.A. in international relations and sociology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her M.S.Ed. in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shauntell Pinckney, Program Manager
Pinckney serves as program manager for the MBA Program Office. Pinckney has a B.A. in English with a minor in African American studies from Georgetown University. After graduating, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of and Sciences. She is currently pursuing an M.P.P in the McCourt School of Public Policy.
Marva Vickerie, Office Coordinator
Vickerie supports all office administrative activities and student relationships. She joined the Georgetown MBA Program Office in June 2013 after four years as the MBA Career Center coordinator and a 16-year career as a senior recruiter with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). Vickerie earned a General Studies Certificate from the University of London. Her hobbies include spending time with family, travel, dancing, Zumba, and Bollywood workouts.
Anne Fafara, Business Operations Manager
Fafara handles contracts, reimbursements, payments, and university credit cards among other payroll and financial responsibilities for the MBA Program and Admissions Offices. She enjoys working with MBA students in planning their events and ensuring that all contractual and financial operations run smoothly. She also handles reimbursing students for any out-of-pocket expenses and oversees the university credit card used by MBA clubs. Fafara holds a B.A. in French from Hollins University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction (ESL) from George Mason University.