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Penn offers many avenues to success for its full- and part-time staff members. This sampling of staff stories shows how great people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and skills have developed rewarding careers within the University.

Solution Seekers

Roger LopezRoger Lopez: Information Technology Support Specialist, Division of Finance
The qualities Roger Lopez developed as a Marine still serve him well at the University.  “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.
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Laurie FannellyLaurie Fanelly: Director Financial & Administrative Services, Penn Libraries
Before finding work at the University of Pennsylvania, Laurie Fanelly was a retired court reporter in search of a new career. As a parent, she was attracted to Penn’s tuition benefit for staff dependents, but she also used the benefit to complete her own undergraduate degree. Today, she’s the Director of Financial & Administrative Services for the Penn Libraries system, a Wharton alumna, and the proud parent of a Penn grad.
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Temp-to-perm Success

KBrannKaren Brann: Assistant to Dr. Vijay Kumar and Associate Director, Research and Publications, GRASP Lab
Three years ago, 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, managed by UA Staffing. Now she's the Assistant to Dr. Vijay Kumar and Associate Director of Research and Publications at the GRASP Lab.
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ligaliTope Ligali, Center for Minority Serving Institutions
By signing on as Penn Jobs Center temp and building a reputation as an outstanding administrative professional, Tope Ligali found permanent work at Penn in a field close to her heart.
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SuzanneMSuzanne Matarese: Financial Administrative Coordinator, Penn Libraries A few years ago, Suzanne Matarese signed on as a temp with the Penn Job Center, managed by UA Staffing. Now she holds a full-time, permanent position as the financial administrative coordinator for Penn’s extensive library system.
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Ann MillerAnn Miller: Wharton Innovation Group
Ann Miller signed on as a temp with the Penn Job Center, managed by UA Staffing. And today, she has a full-time position as the Program Coordinator for the Wharton Innovation Group.
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