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.

January, 2020
Name Title School/Center Department
Alexa Avitto Research Specialist A Perelman School of Medicine DM-Gene Therapy Program
Christine Bowman Associate Director, Research Services Office of the Vice Provost for Research Penn Center for Innovation
Traci Chupik Associate Director C Wharton Leonard Davis Institute
Cynthia Clendenin Director D Penn Vet Penn Vet Cancer Center
Michael Hay Associate Director D Perelman School of Medicine DM-Gene Therapy Program
Carol Heller Coordinator B Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center
Elizabeth Lewis Coordinator B Perelman School of Medicine SM-ED-Vice Dean Education
Andrea Mules Business Administrator B Wharton Finance and Administration
Maryann Pagan-Abraham Office Administrative Assistant B Wharton Management
Alexis Rivera Business Systems Analyst Senior Information Systems and Computing ISC-Shared Services
Hillary Wiesel Associate Director C Wharton Undergrad Division
Taisha Zeigler Administrative Assistant B Perelman School of Medicine CD-Cell and Development Biology
Jing-Xu Zhu Research Specialist B Perelman School of Medicine DM-Gene Therapy Program

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.