Patricia J. Grant, Ed.D.

Patricia Grant

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs

Patricia Grant is passionate about student success, integrating Jesuit values into the Undergraduate Program, and creating meaningful student experiences. At Georgetown McDonough, Grant has revamped the undergraduate advising structure; expanded career trek opportunities; laid the groundwork for a young alumni advisory group; contributed to curricular innovations such as the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program and First-Year Seminar Program; and created two diversity and inclusion initiatives for incoming students, including one that partners with PwC.

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Grant joined Georgetown McDonough in 2010 with more than 15 years of experience in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education program administration. She has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, the College of New Jersey, Temple University, and Georgetown. Additionally, she worked in the Office of Executive Education at Penn to develop and launch six master’s and doctoral programs. She holds an Ed.D. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Cornell University.

Monija Amani, Ed.D.

Monija Amani

Senior Assistant Dean

With nearly two decades of experience in academic and student affairs, Monija Amani has been involved in the development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs including student disability and advocacy. She holds a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University. 

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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 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. Amani is an avid reader and enjoys jogging and cooking for family and friends.

    Advises current students: D- G

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Daniela Brancaforte, Ph.D.

Daniela Brancaforte

Assistant Dean

Before joining the undergraduate advising staff at Georgetown McDonough, 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. She received a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Princeton University and a B.A. in Italian and anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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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, Y, Z

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Rebecca Cassidy, MBA

Rebecca Cassidy

Senior Assistant Dean, Director of the Office of Professional and Leadership Development

Rebecca Cassidy has more than 10 years of experience coaching, training, and advising business students and mid-career professionals. She 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. She also is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. 

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Cassidy 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.

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Deborah Coburn, M.Ed.

Deborah Coburn

Assistant Dean

Prior to joining Georgetown McDonough, Deborah Coburn worked in financial aid, admissions, and academic advising. Coburn earned a B.A. in history and public relations from Syracuse University. She earned an M.Ed. in counseling in student affairs from University of California, Los Angeles.

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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

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Daniel Minot, MAT, M.Ed.

Daniel Minot

Senior Associate Director

Daniel Minot has nearly 10 years of professional experience in teaching, advising, and counseling, supporting a diverse population of students at both the high school and university levels. He is especially passionate about working with first-generation students through the high school to college transition.

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Minot holds a B.A. 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 M.A. in teaching from American University. More recently, Minot earned an M.Ed. in school counseling from  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. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

   Advises current students: S-X 

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Sara Skillman, M.A.

Sara Skillman

Associate Director

Sara Skillman has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education. She joined Georgetown University in 2008, working first for the Office of Global Education, where she partnered with undergraduate students involved in study abroad opportunities, before coming to Georgetown McDonough in 2016.

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She earned a B.A. in French and animal behavior from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.A. in higher education administration from George Washington University. Skillman speaks French and has studied abroad in France, South Africa, and Japan. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the District and planning her next international trip.

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