Undergraduate Program Dean & Staff
Patricia J. Grant, Ed.D., Interim Senior Associate Dean
For more than 20 years, Patricia Grant has worked in a variety of administrative roles at Binghamton and Temple Universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education management, and Cornell University, where she earned a liberal arts degree. While at Temple University, she was engaged in academic affairs work as the interim director of graduate studies and as the director of undergraduate studies within the College of Education. In this capacity, she was charged with the academic and professional development of approximately 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout her career, she has worked alongside faculty to improve curricula while also developing proposals for new programs and degrees. Dr. Grant has served as an adjunct professor, teaching a range of topics from research design to organizational change.
Monija Amani, Ed.D., Senior Assistant Dean
With nearly two decades of experience in education and student services delivery, Monija has been involved in the development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs including student disability and advocacy. Prior to joining the McDonough team, she worked at The George Washington University where she coordinated the overall delivery of masters and education specialist degree programs as well as graduate certificates in traumatic brain injury. She holds a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University. She has taught courses in administration of higher education and qualitative research design and methodology. She also serves as a committee member on doctoral dissertations and engages in applied research related to global education and student development. She is an avid reader and enjoys jogging and cooking for friends.
Advises current students: D- F
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 a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Princeton University and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College 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.
Advises current students: O-R
Rebecca Cassidy, M.B.A, Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Professional Development
Rebecca Cassidy has more than 10 years experience coaching, training, and advising business students and mid-career professionals. In addition, she is a Global Career Development Facilitator. She has extensive experience in corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings, gained while working both in Tokyo, Japan, and Washington, D.C. She earned an MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. in psychology from Binghamton University. She also is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association. Cassidy currently is the director of the Undergraduate Office of Professional Development which offers career advising, programming, and internship and job placement assistance for Georgetown McDonough's more than 1,300 students.
Deborah Coburn, M.Ed., Assistant Dean
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 Georgetown McDonough, Coburn worked in financial aid, admissions, and academic advising. She is a huge sports fan, especially college basketball, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Advises current students: A-C
Daniel Minot, MAT, M.Ed., Senior Associate Director
Daniel Minot has over 8 years of professional experience in teaching, advising, and counseling - supporting a diverse population of students at both the high school and university level. He is especially passionate about working with first-generation students through the high school to college transition. Minot holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied political science and Spanish, and lived abroad in Chile. Upon graduation, Minot was accepted to Teach for America, where he taught high school Spanish while completing an MA in Teaching from American University. More recently, Minot earned his M.Ed. in School Counseling from The George Washington University, where he also worked as an undergraduate academic advisor in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining Georgetown, Minot served as a college counselor at KIPP DC, supporting high school students with the college application, admission, and financial aid processes. Minot is excited to return to higher education and blend his experiences to guide and support McDonough students along their educational journeys. In his spare time, Minot enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with his friends and family.
Advises current students: S-Z
Michelle Marie Sheahan, MBA, Associate Director
Michelle has 14 years of professional experience, having consulted and trained thousands of professionals on software-as-a-service applications, and advised hundreds of undergraduates. She has worked in various industries, including higher education, commercial real estate, e-commerce, media, nonprofits, and financial services. Studying overseas in Australia’s Gold Coast in 2002 first sparked her interest in international travel. Michelle received a B.A. from Simmons College, a private women’s college, an MBA from California State University, San Marcos. She is a 2017 candidate of Georgetown University’s inaugural MA- International Business and Policy (IBP), which blends coursework from McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service. Michelle is passionate about gender equality, specifically focused on the workplace and corporate boards, and international women’s rights.
Advises current students: G-K
Sara Skillman, M.A., Associate Director
Sara Skillman has 9 years experience in higher education. She joined Georgetown University in 2008 after one year at Rutgers. She earned her B.A. in French and Animal Behavior from Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. Sara speaks French and has studied abroad in France, South Africa and Japan. Before joining the Undergraduate Program Office, Sara was at Georgetown’s Office of Global Education for 8 years partnering with undergraduate students involved in study abroad opportunities. In her spare time, Sara enjoys exploring the District and planning her next international trip.
Laura Soerensson, M.Ed., Assistant Dean
Laura Soerensson has over 10 years experience in higher education. Before coming to the McDonough School of Business, Laura was the associate director of academic affairs 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. Laura lived abroad for more than 13 years, with periods of residence in Germany, France, Sweden, and Colombia. She earned her B.A. in Marketing Communications from Baruch College and her M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary. Laura likes to spend her free time going to art exhibitions, attending live theatre productions, and cooking for her family and friends.
Advises current students: L-N