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Note to students: Please review the materials below and be respectful of the time that you request of our volunteer alumni. These individuals are looking forward to hearing from you and willing to answer your questions. As former Penn Staters themselves, they have a feel for what you’ve gone through and are willing to help you think about careers or other questions. Good luck!

Note to alums: These biographical statements come from what you have sent us, and have been edited for consistency of format. If you would like to have your name removed, edit or change your entry, or know another alumnus/a who would like to join the program, please email Scott Bennett, Professor and Head, at

Carole Lewis Anderson
(w) 301-340-2266

Carole Lewis Anderson holds a BA degree from Pennsylvania State University (1966) and an MBA in Finance from New York University (1976). Ms. Anderson is a Principal of Suburban Capital Markets, Inc. and President of MASDUN Capital Advisors. From June 1988 to November 1990, Ms. Anderson was President and Chief Executive Officer of MNC Investment Bank and Managing Director. She was a director of MNC Commercial and an advisory director of MNC Ventures. Prior to joining MNC Investment Bank as a Managing Director in May 1987, Ms. Anderson served for two years as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development of Hasbro, Inc. Earlier, she was Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, at PaineWebber, Inc. in New York City. She was chosen Alumna of the Year (1987) by Penn State University and Alumni Fellow (1990) by the Penn State Alumni Association, as Woman of the Year (1985) by Savvy Magazine and was named to the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers (1984). She was a founder and director of the Forum for Women Corporate Directors in New York City. As a Penn State Fellow she has taught and chaired seminars. Ms. Anderson served as a Director of VICORP Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 1994 to 2001. She is a Trustee (and former Chair of the Executive Committee) of the Hasbro Children's Foundation. Ms. Anderson was a member of the Board of Trustees of the AARP Mutual Funds, managed by Scudder Kemper (1995-2000) and of the Corporate Advisory Council of WREI, The Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington (1995-2000). As a Trustee of Mary Baldwin College (1987-1997) she served on the Governor's Task Force for the establishment of the Virginia Women’s Institute of Leadership (VWIL) in 1993, and served as a member of the Joint Advisory Council for VWIL. She was a Member of the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth of Washington, DC from 1993 to 1996 and of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) of Maryland in the mid-1990s.

Timothy J. Daniels

(w) 202.234.4355

Timothy J. Daniels earned his Bachelor in Arts in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s in Public Policy from American University. He is presently a Budget Policy Analyst for the District of Columbia Government Budget Office and was a Research Coordinator for Callahan & Associates in their Publications Department, prior to that he was a Research Associate for their Corporate Executive Board. He has been a recipient of the Penn State University Eric A. Walker Award for Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship in addition to the Penn State University John W. Oswald Award for Outstanding Leadership in Student Government.

Martin Erim

Martin Erim is a 1973 graduate in Political Science.  He is founder and President, First Renaissance Ventures, McLean, VA., engaged in arious investment and business activities in the defense, homeland security, and intelligence sectors.  He established the Erim Fund for Political Science and is Chairman of Americans for Strong National Security, a political donor group.  Along with his wife Muzeyyen, he established the Erim Fund in Political Science.Member, Political Science Board of Visitors.J.D., Washington College of Law, American University.

Craig W. Fisher


Craig Fisher (graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Middle East Studies. From 1994-1996, Craig provided Internet services for the Seta Corporation to the Us Agency for International Development (USAID). From 1996-1997, he was a Senior Internet Applications Developer within Legal Information Services for MCI Corporation. From 1997-1998, Craig was the Web Team Manager (Small Projects and Hosting) for the NDC Group, which is now Xpedior. From 1998-1999, he became a Partnership Manager for Allaire and was also certified a s an Allaire instructor for the NDC Group. From April 1999 until December of 2000, Craig was the managing director of training and web development for Project Control Solutions, Inc. Today, Craig is President and CEO of Alta Interactive, Inc., a small web application development and training firm in Utah.

Ann M. Gedmark

Ann Gedmark received her B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics as well as a minor in Spanish in 1991 from Penn State. In 1996, she received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1991 until 1993, Ann worked as an administrative assistant for the International Dairy Foods Association. From 1993 to 1994, she worked as a research assistant for Datex, Inc. and was under contract to the US Agency for International Development, Center for the Environment, Office of Energy. She was a consultant for DevTech in 1995 and was a research analyst for Longwood Information Services in 1998. From 1998 until 1999, Ann was a research analyst for the Catholic University of America. From 1999-2000, she provided a similar service to the University of Utah and the Department of Institutional Analysis. From August through November of 2000, Ann worked as a systems analyst for Infovision, Inc. Currently, Ann is Chief Operating Officer and a systems analyst for Alta Interactive, Inc in Utah.

Michael J. Gilotti
(w) 860-403-5433

Mr. Gilotti has extensive experience in the insurance industry, beginning his career as an agent with Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company in 1971. He then joined Planned Marketing Associates in Dallas distributing retirement products through cooperatives and associations. He was instrumental in developing the industry's first wholesaling initiative for annuities through independent broker/dealers while at Security First Group, where he served as Group Vice President and National Sales Trainer. In 1982 Mr. Gilotti joined with senior executives from E.F. Hutton to form Eden Financial Group, a national wholesaling firm that distributed life insurance, mutual funds and annuity products to the bank and broker/dealer community. At Eden, Mr. Gilotti was in charge of all insurance operations and responsible for the continuing development of income and traditional wealth accumulation insurance products. Mr. Gilotti subsequently headed Aetna's variable distribution to banks and broker/dealers. From 1999 to 2005, he was Executive Vice President of Phoenix Variable Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Phoenix Companies, Inc.   He is currently a consultant to the financial services community with primary emphasis on distribution methodology and retirement management solutions.   He is Chairman of the National Association for Variable Annuities (NAVA); founding member of the Retirement Management Executive Forum; member, Board of Advisors to Fundquest Retirement Management Solutions, and Board of Advisors to the Leadership Coalition.Member, Political Science Board of Visitors.

Larry John
(h) 703-276-2747
(w) 703-416-3199

After graduation, I had a career as an Air Force officer, and earned an MA in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University in 1983.  I first joined my current employer, Analytic Services, Inc. ( on retirement in 1994, working as a Senior Policy and Operations Analyst providing programmatic, strategic planning and enterprise architecture support to a variety of Air Force and Joint Staff decision makers in the Pentagon.  My clients included the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  I left ANSER in 1999 to become a Principal Enterprise Architect and the Director of Government Services for Ptech, Inc., a small firm headquartered in Boston.  At Ptech (now GoAgile,, I customized the firm’s modeling software to meet the needs of military and Government clients, and taught enterprise architecture modeling and analysis to system developers, engineers, architects and program managers in the US and abroad.  I returned to ANSER in 2003 as a Principal Analyst specializing in strategic planning, performance management, and systems architecture and engineering for Government enterprises at all levels.  I am currently pursuing a Master’s in System Engineering through a company-sponsored program with Stevens Institute of Technology.

Spencer Klein

Spencer Klein received his B.A. from Penn State in 1986 and his J.D. from Hofstra University in 1989. He is currently Global Head of Global Head of the O’Melveny and Myers LLP mergers and acquisitions practice, which includes contested M&A transactions, proxy contests, and takeover defense counseling. He was previously part of the mergers & acquisitions group of the Shearman & Sterling law firm.  He is a member of the Political Science Board of Visitors.

Thomas Kozlik
(w) 312-525-4694

Thomas Kozlik received his graduate degree in 1999. He has worked for the City of Philadelphia in the Deputy Mayor’s Office, the Commerce Department, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and UBS PaineWebber Inc. in New York City. He is currently the Associate Director of UBS in Chicago.

David Levdansky
(w) 412-384-2258 (Elizabeth, PA)
(w) 717-783-1020 (Harrisburg, PA)

David Levdansky received two B.A. degrees from Penn State in 1978; one degree in Political Science and the other in Labor Studies. In 1980, he received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Levdansky started out working for the United States Steel Corporation in the late 1970s. He was also a research assistant and organizer for the United Steelworkers of America in Pittsburgh. He then took a job with the Air Line Association in Washington D.C. as an associate economic analyst. He has volunteered for the Mon Valley Unemployed Organizing Committee and was a project staff organizer for the AFL-CIO Co-operative organizing campaign in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked as an independent consultant for the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and serves on following committees: Commerce and Economic Development, Environmental Resources and Energy, Game and Fisheries, Transportation, Democratic Policy, Joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. Mr. Levdansky is also the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Railroads.

Suzanne M. Lord
(w) 619-892-5880

Ms. Lord received her Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University. She then proceeded to get her Master in Arts degree from the San Diego State University. From 1999-2000 she was President of Business Development for Cimtek Commerce, Inc., and prior to that was Sales Manager for Safeskin Corporation from 1994-2000. Subsequently, she worked in  business development and sales and marketing for Metametrics.  She is currently Vice President for Sales Administration at Number 21, in Franklin, TN.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association-Life Member and Student Recruiter in addition to being a member of the Skull and Bones Honor Society.

Bruce R. Miller

19871 PSU graduate in Political Science, Bruce Miller was founder and President of the Employee Benefits Corporation of America, McLean, VA.  EBCA markets group insurance plans in the Mid-Atlantic region, including health, life, dental, and disability insurance. He is Chairman of the Liberal Arts Development Council, and a member of the Mount Nittany Society and the executive committee of the National Council for Penn State Philanthropy. He is a member and past Chair of the Political Science Board of Visitors. Along with Dean D. LaVigne, he endowed the Bruce R. Miller and Dean D. LaVigne Graduate Fellowship and the Bruce R. Miller and Dean D. LaVigne Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Political Science, and the Bruce R. Miller and Dean D. LaVigne Endowed Scholarship in Political Science; he also supports the Center for the Performing Arts, the Blue Band, and Penn State Athletics.

Michael Ruger

Michael Ruger graduated from Penn State in 1985 with degrees in political science and psychology. After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1988, he joined the Federal Communications Commission as an attorney-advisor.  He worked with the FCC for six years, specializing in radio, television and cable regulation. From 1994 through 1998, Michael was an associate with Baker & Hostetler in Washington, DC, where he represented clients before the FCC and on Capitol Hill. In 1998 Michael returned to the Philadelphia area where he was a consultant to clients in the communications and Internet industries, which provided him with the flexibility to work at home while caring for his young son.  Michael joined Comcast  in 2003, where he is currently Vice President of Government Affairs at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia.  Michael lives outside of Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.  Michael is also a member of the Political Science Board of Visitors.

Charles Wellman Mitchell

(h) 410-823-0830
(w) 410-528-4211

Charles Wellman Mitchell earned his B.A. from Penn State University in both History and Political Science. He later went on to earn an M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Mitchell is currently Executive Editor at Lipincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Urban & Schwarzenberg Medical Publishers. In addition to that Mr. Mitchell is a Freelance Writer for the Baltimore Sun and has been keynote speaker at several events. Furthermore, he has served as an instructor at the Community College of Baltimore and has contributed to numerous publications.

James D. Newell

(w) 412-392-2027

A 1984 graduate of PSU in Political Science, James Newell is a shareholder in Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, a Professional Corporation.  Klett Rooney is a 150 attorney Mid-Atlantic region law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, with offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA, Wilmington, DE, Newark, NJ, and Washington, D.C.  Mr. Newell is the Practice Manager of Klett Rooney's insolvency and creditors' rights practice, and the former Chair of the Firm's Recruiting Committee.  He is a member of the Political Science Board of Visitors.  Along with his wife Deborah, he established the Newell Fund in Political Science.

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 1987.

Wayne D. Palmer
(w) 202-224-6324

In 1986, Mr. Palmer earned his B.A. in Political Science from Penn State, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in English and American Studies. From 1987-1990 he held various positions with Dun & Bradstreet in Allentown, PA. From 1991-1992 he was Regional Affairs Consultant for the PENJERDEL Council in Philadelphia, PA. In 1992 he earned a his M.G.A from the University of Pennsylvania and from 1992-1995 he worked as a Presidential Management Intern in Washington, D.C. From 1995-1999, Mr. Palmer worked as Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. From 1999-2001, he was Legislative Director for U.S. Senator George Voinovich. In January 2001, he rejoined the staff of U.S. Rick Santorum, to serve as Policy Director.

Steven Randy Smith
(w) 425-388-3783<

Steven Randy Smith is a Penn State graduate. He is currently Executive Analyst for the Snohomish County Executive Office in Everett, Washington.  He worked previously for the Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C. as a Research Analyst II.

Mark J. Stevenson, CFA
(h) 814-234-5787

Mark J. Stevenson is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for MTB Investment Advisors.  He manages over $200 million in personal, institutional and retirement plan money for clients throughout Central Pennsylvania and is a Director on the Asset Strategies, Manager Strategies and Portfolio Strategies Groups within MTBIA.  He Co-Manages the MTB Managed Allocation Funds and M&T's Portfolio Architect mutual fund wrap product.  Mark Co-Chairs the Portfolio Realignment and Asset
Allocation Committees for MTBIA's Advisory Services Consulting Group. Prior to joining M&T Bank, Mark was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Keystone Financial Bank, N.A. He managed personal and institutional money and was the Portfolio Manager for Keystone's Governor Lifestyle Funds.  Before joining Keystone Financial Bank, N.A. in 1990, Mark was an Evaluator/Auditor with the United States General Accounting Office, National Security and International Affairs Division in Washington, D.C.; Security Clearance: Top Secret.  Prior to that service he was a Data Analyst with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, D.C.; Security Clearance: Secret.  Mark holds a B. A. degree in Pre-Law from Penn State University (1983) and a M. A. degree in International Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy from American University, Washington, D.C (1989). He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (1999).  Mark lives and works in State College, Pennsylvania.

Glenn A. Thomas, CGFM

Glenn A. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University, he later earned his degree in Master of Business Administration, Finance and Accounting at The University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Mr. Thomas is a Senior Applications Consultant specializing in Federal agency implementations. For over 12 years, he has worked inside and outside the federal government and has consulted for federal agencies as both a systems and financial analyst. Currently, Mr. Thomas supports both SAP partners and federal clients in implementing SAP’s Federal Industry Solution. As a manager, Mr. Thomas has guided federal clients in meeting new federal accounting standards using their legacy systems as well as in conducting acceptance testing for their new software acquisitions. Mr. Thomas is working towards Master’s Certificate in Project Management and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Elena Wilken
(w) 303-839-5197

Elena Wilken currently serves as the Executive Director for the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, a statewide trade association for transit.  The organization lobbies for transit policy and funding at the federal, state and local levels.  Elena is involved in policy discussions regarding transit and transportation with federal policy makers, the governor's office, and regional and local elected officials.  The association also hosts two conferences a year and a myriad of training and networking opportunities for the transit agency managers in Colorado.  Prior to her current position, Ms. Wilken served as a corporate trainer for Janus Mutual Funds in Denver, Colorado, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of a variety of training solutions in addition to providing "needs analysis and facilitation".  Ms. Wilken has also served as a manager in North American Title's Information Services Department, a tour director for various drum and bugle corps, and a staff researcher for Worldwatch Institute.

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