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  • 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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., 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 Classes of 2015 and 2016, Last Names G-N.

  • 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 Classes of 2015 and 2016, 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 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.

    Advises Classes of 2015 and 2016, Last Names O-Z.

  • Rebecca Cassidy, M.B.A., GCDF, Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Professional Development

    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.  Rebecca is currently the director of the undergraduate Office of Professional Development and offers career advising, programming and internship and job placement assistance for Georgetown McDonough's 1300+ 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 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 2017 & 2018, Last Names A-F.

  • Laura Soerensson, M.Ed., Senior Associate Director

    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.  

    Advises Classes of 2017 and 2018, Last Names L-Q.

  • Steve D. Mobley, Jr., M.S.Ed., 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 2017 & 2018, Last Names R-Z.

  • Michelle Marie Sheahan, MBA, Associate Director and Budget Manager

    With 11 years of professional experience, Michelle has consulted and trained over 1,100 individuals on software applications. She is tech-savvy and resourceful. The broad scope of industries she’s experienced include: 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 Michelle’s life. Having earned her B.A. from Simmons College and MBA from CSU San Marcos, Michelle is passionate about advancing gender equality, specifically focused on the workplace and corporate boards, as well as international women’s rights. Her plan is to obtain a Ph.D. in Gender Studies. Zelda, her rescue dog brings her so much joy, as does traveling to new places and spending time with loved ones.

    Advises Classes of 2017 & 2018, Last Names G-K.

  • Stephanie Rufino, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects

    Dr. 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. Dr. 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 over 15 years of university teaching experience, Ms. Rufino regularly designs and leads graduate and undergraduate courses in the History of Art & 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. Dr. Rufino earned her Ph.D. in Art & 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 & Art History and completed portions of her undergraduate and graduate degrees abroad.