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  • Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Programs, McDonough School of Business

    Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.Norean Sharpe joined Georgetown in July 2009 as Dean of the Undergraduate Program in the McDonough School of Business, where she is responsible for advising students; designing all co-curricular programs; implementing academic policies and assessment initiatives; developing partnerships with area non-profit and for-profit organizations; and working with faculty to develop curriculum for the undergraduate program. She earned a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and her career spans 20 years. Prior to joining Georgetown, Sharpe was a professor at Babson College, where she taught Statistics and Operations Research, and chaired the Division of Mathematics and Science. In her role as chair, she facilitated an extensive revision of the undergraduate and MBA business quantitative curriculum and spearheaded an improvement of the co-curricular experience for students. She also developed a strategic plan for overall quantitative undergraduate education, advised students, mentored faculty, and chaired multiple task forces that examined the academic, social, and cultural issues facing undergraduate business students in the 21st century. Prior to joining Babson, Sharpe taught for several years at Bowdoin College, where she was Assistant Professor of Statistics and Operations Research following her initial appointment at Yale University as a MacArthur post-doctoral fellow.

    Sharpe has published more than 30 articles in the area of analytics and statistics education with her most recent publication being the textbook Business Statistics. Sharpe co-founded a Boston-based non-profit to further Diversity and Outreach in Mathematics and Engineering education, known as The DOME Foundation and currently sits on the boards of three non-profit organizations in the Boston and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas.

  • Patricia J. Grant, Ed.D., Senior Assistant Dean

    For almost 20 years, Patricia Grant has worked in a variety of administrative roles at Cornell, Binghamton, and Temple Universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education management. In her former position, she was engaged in academic affairs work as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Temple University within the College of Education. In this capacity, she was charged with the academic and professional development of approximately 1,800 undergraduate students. Dr. Grant  has served as an adjunct professor, teaching a range of topics from research design to organizational change.  She is a logophile with a mild dependence on Scrabble and Readers Digest. 
    Advises Class of 2015, Last Names A-K.

  • Monija Amani, Ed.D., Assistant Dean

    For the past 15 years, Monija Amani has worked on various student and administrative capacities. She holds a master's degree in Counseling and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. She also has served as an adjunct faculty at The George Washington University and has extensive experience in student advising and project management. Amani's research focuses on the internationalization of post-secondary institutions and college choice process. She is an avid reader and enjoys jogging.
    Advises the class of 2014, A-K.

  • Daniela Brancaforte, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

    Daniela Brancaforte taught and advised students at various universities, worked as a social science research consultant and was the co-founder of a service-disabled veteran-owned small business before joining the undergraduate advising staff at Georgetown McDonough.  She received her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College where she majored in Italian and Anthropology.  Dr. Brancaforte’s doctoral work was based on her qualitative research on U.S. military culture, and she continued working to improve and assess programs for veterans and military families through her consulting business. Brancaforte has lived and studied extensively in Europe and Latin America, speaks Spanish, German and Italian and enjoys traveling and visiting other countries.  In her free time, she coaches and plays soccer, spoils her rescue dog and reads as much as possible.

  • Laura Soerensson, Senior Associate Director/Academic Counselor

    Laura has extensive experience in higher education.  Before coming to the McDonough School of Business, Ms. Soerensson was the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at The College of William & Mary. She has also worked as the data manager at William & Mary’s School of Education. Laura lived abroad for over 13 years, with periods of residence in Germany, France, Sweden, and Colombia. Her professional experience includes working with the U.S. Commercial Service in Stuttgart, Germany and as a staff accountant for the Swedish multinational company SKF Group. She earned her B.A. in Marketing from Baruch College and her M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary. Laura likes to spend her free time going to art exhibitions, listening to live music of all genres, and cooking for her family and friends.

  • Rebecca Cassidy, M.B.A., GCDF, Academic Counselor/Associate Director

    Rebecca Cassidy has over 10 years’ experience coaching, training and advising business students and mid-career professionals. She has extensive experience in working in corporate, non-profit and academic settings gained while working both in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, D.C.  She earned her M.B.A. from George Washington University, her B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University and is also certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association.
    Advises the Class of 2014, L-Z.

  • Deborah Coburn, Academic Counselor/Associate Director

    Deborah Coburn earned her B.A. in History and Public Relations from Syracuse University. She earned her M.Ed. in Counseling in Student Affairs from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining the McDonough School, Coburn worked in financial aid, admissions, and academic advising. She is a huge sports fan, especially college basketball, and additionally enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family & friends.
    Advises Classes of 2016 & 2017, Last Names A-K.

  • Steve D. Mobley, Jr., Academic Counselor/Associate Director

    Steve D. Mobley, Jr. is a native of Washington, D.C. and has dedicated his life to enhancing the post-secondary educational experiences of minority students.  Mr. Mobley, Jr. has extensive experience within the field of Higher Education, including most recently as an academic advisor within the College of Education and the Division of Letters & Sciences at the University of Maryland-College Park. Steve has also served the Washington, DC community as a college counselor and spearheaded several higher education initiatives in conjunction with the Latin American Youth Center Upward Bound Program in Washington, DC.

    Currently a PhD student within The College of Education at the University of Maryland of Maryland-College Park, Steve is again studying Higher Education.  While at College Park, his research trajectory has focused on both the history and contemporary advances of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  Specifically, he endeavors to explore the student experiences of collegians who attend HBCUs.  Mr. Mobley, Jr. has also had the opportunity to present his research at national conferences.
    Advises Classes of 2016 & 2017, Last Names L-Z.

  • Stephanie Rufino, Director of Special Projects

    Stephanie Rufino holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in American Art & Architectural History from the University of Virginia. As an adjunct faculty member, Rufino has more than a decade of experience working with students. She recently developed graduate level courses at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and facilitated online art history classes for the Art Institute. Along with her teaching and curriculum development experience, Rufino previously served as a Senior Financial Analyst for Houghton Mifflin Company and Manager of Business Analysis at the National Geographic Society. While a graduate student at Georgetown, she wrote for the Budapest Business Journal in Hungary and studied in France.