Undergraduate Program Dean & Staff
Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Programs, McDonough School of Business
Dr. Sharpe joined Georgetown University as the undergraduate dean and director of Undergraduate Programs at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business in June 2009. In this position, she is responsible for creation of global programs; implementation of academic policies; development of partnerships with nonprofit and for-profit organizations; continuous improvement of the undergraduate curriculum; management of academic advising and scheduling; and donor development to support new initiatives. Her career spans more than 20 years as a faculty member, including several years at Bowdoin College and at Babson College. She has authored more than 30 articles in the areas of analytics, statistics education, and women in science and currently serves on the board of three nonprofit organizations. Sharpe earned a B.A. in mathematics and German from Mount Holyoke College, a M.S. in biomathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
Patricia J. Grant, Ed.D., 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.
Advises Classes of 2016 and 2017, Last Names G-N.
Monija Amani, Ed.D., Senior 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 member 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 Classes of 2016 and 2017, Last Names A-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 Classes of 2016 and 2017, Last Names O-Z.
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 Classes of 2018 & 2019, Last Names A-D
Laura Soerensson, M.Ed., Senior Associate Director
Laura Soerensson has extensive experience in higher education. Before coming to the McDonough School of Business, Soerensson 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. She also has worked as the data manager at William & Mary’s School of Education. Soerensson lived abroad for more than 13 years, with periods of residence in Germany, France, Sweden, and Colombia. She earned her B.A. in communications from Baruch College and her M.Ed. from The College of William & Mary. Soerensson likes to spend her free time going to art exhibitions, listening to live music of all genres, and cooking for her family and friends.
Advises Classes of 2018 and 2019, Last Names L-Q.
Steve D. Mobley, Jr., Ph.D., 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. Dr. 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. He also has served the Washington, D.C. community as a college counselor and has spearheaded several higher education initiatives in conjunction with the Latin American Youth Center Upward Bound Program in Washington, D.C.
Mobley, Jr. earned his B.A. in communication and culture from Howard University, a M.S.Ed. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership with a concentration in higher and post-secondary education from the University of Maryland-College Park. His research focuses on both the historical and contemporary advancements of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Specifically, he explores the student experiences of collegians who attend HBCUs. Mobley also has had the opportunity to present his research at national conferences. In his free time he enjoys trying new restaurants, attending live concerts, and traveling.
Advises Classes of 2018 & 2019, Last Names R-Z.
Michelle Marie Sheahan, MBA, Associate Director and Budget Manager
With 11 years of professional experience, Michelle Sheahan has consulted and trained more than 1,100 people on software applications. She has worked in various industries, including higher education, commercial real estate, e-commerce, media, nonprofits, and financial services. Studying abroad in Australia’s Gold Coast was one of the best times in her life. Sheahan received a B.A. from Simmons College and an MBA from California State University, San Marcos. She is passionate about advancing gender equality, specifically focused on the workplace and corporate boards, as well as international women’s rights. She plans to obtain a Ph.D. in gender studies. Her rescue dog, Zelda, brings her so much joy, as does traveling to new places and spending time with loved ones.
Advises Classes of 2018 & 2019, Last Names E-K.
Stephanie Rufino, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects
Dr. Stephanie Rufino leads multiple projects for Georgetown University McDonough School of Business' Undergraduate Program. Recently, she coordinated a successful reaccreditation process and also directed a Georgetown curriculum review for a Saudi Arabian university. Rufino manages student case competitions as well as the program’s First Year Seminar peer writing coaches. In addition, she aids in the assessment of the undergraduate curriculum. With more than 15 years of university teaching experience, Rufino regularly designs and leads graduate and undergraduate courses in the history of art and architecture for the Corcoran School of Art and Design/George Washington University. She has taught online and developed curriculum components which closely integrate museum resources. Rufino earned her Ph.D. in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia and her MBA from Georgetown University. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Smith College in French literature and art history and completed portions of her undergraduate and graduate degrees abroad.