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Career Forward

Penn supports career mobility and offers many avenues to success for its full- and part-time staff members. 

In our Career Forward profiles, staff share stories of how they achieved success at Penn. The sampling of staff stories shows how great people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and skills have developed rewarding careers within the University.

The "Movers and Quakers" list highlights recent staff member promotions.

Moving Forward


Kelly J. Andrews: Director of Knowledge Management and Marketing, SP2

Andrews transferred to the Center for High Impact Philanthropy after being a part of the Wharton School Marketing & Communications team since 2002. Moving from business school communications to a center within the School of Social Policy & Practice might seem like a huge leap, but Andrews views the transition as a logical step in her career path. “This is a role that I’ve always been working toward,” says Andrews.

Solution Seekers

Roger Lopez

Roger Lopez: Information Technology Support Specialist, Division of Finance

“When I was in the Marine Corps, I was an aircraft mechanic,” says Roger. As a Marine, he did his part for national security. Today, he applies his talents to information security in the Division of Finance at Penn.

Temp-to-perm Success


Karen Brann: Director of Faculty Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Karen Brann was a stay-at-home mom looking for a way to test the workplace waters. So she signed on as a temp with the Penn Job Center. Now she's Director of Faculty Affairs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Suzanne Donohue: Business Administrator, University Library

Looking for a career change, Suzanne Matarese signed on as a temp with the Penn Job Center. Now she holds a full-time, regular position as Business Administrator for Penn’s extensive library system.


May 31-June 25, 2019
Name Title School/Center Department
Michael Bieda Assistant Chief of Med Physics Perelman School of Medicine RO-Radiation Oncology
Stephen Brindle Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics Strength and Fitness
Patricia Capriotti Receptionist Clinical Oral Surgery & Pharmacology School of Dental Medicine Oral Surgery and Pharmacology
Sonja Claxton Penn Dental Medicine Primary Care Unit PCU Coordinator School of Dental Medicine Restorative Clinic
Dolores Dodds Dental/Medical Specialty Billing Coordinator School of Dental Medicine Patient Financial Services
Annalise Dzwonczyk Admin Coordinator Wharton School Graduate Admissions
Steven Grant Administrative Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy School of Arts and Sciences Physics and Astronomy
Andre Harris Client Relationship Manager ISC Information Systems and Computing ISC-Client Services-Technology Support Services
Stephan Hoffman Associate Program Manager Wharton School Institute for Social Impact
Paulina Johnson Admin Assistant B Graduate School of Education Education
Tanya Jung Associate Director of Academic Advising School of Arts and Sciences The College
Allanna Lance Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist School of Nursing Nursing Healthcare Labs
Helen Loughead Assistant Development Officer Development and Alumni Relations Penn Medicine Development
Talitha McAdams Financial Admin Coordinator, San Francisco Wharton School Wharton Executive MBA
Jocelyn McCabe Staff Assistant C Perelman School of Medicine OB-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sandra McGarvey Administrative Assistant B School of Dental Medicine Oral Medicine
Stephanie McKeefrey Program Coordinator Division of Finance Gift & Investment Services
Helene Montgomery-Hart Senior IP and Compliance Paralegal Provost's Center Penn Center for Innovation
Nancy Murphy Faculty Affairs Coordinator Perelman School of Medicine DE-Dermatology
Samantha Neiswender Senior IP and Compliance Paralegal Provost's Center Penn Center for Innovation
Donna Ney Associate Director, Pennera Division of Finance Research Services
Gary Purpura Executive Director for Education & Academic Planning Provost's Center Vice Provost Education