Alumni return to campus for ZIPD conference

Alumni return to campus for ZIPD conference


Alumni returned to Bloomsburg University to give presentations and interact with students at the recent Zeigler Institute of Professional Development (ZIPD) Business Conference. Founded by Terry ’76 and JoAnn ’77 Schultz Zeigler, ZIPD seeks to prepare students for aspects of a business career, ranging from etiquette and dressing appropriately to becoming more aware of opportunities in their fields and seeing how disciplines are related.

This annual conference connects current students with successful alumni, allowing students to learn from and network with experienced businesspeople in their fields.

“The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development gives our students a distinct advantage,” said BU President David Soltz. “They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

The following alumni participated in the two-day conference

  • Michael Alfonso, '93, President and CEO, Trilogy Group Benefits, LLC
  • Carissa Anthony, '07, Project Lead, Vanguard
  • Richard “Dick” Baker, '73, Retired, Chair Accounting - Professor of Accounting, Bloomsburg University
  • Wade Becker, '95, Office Managing Partner - Capital Region, RKL CPAs and Consultants
  • Greg Bowden, '01, Financial Advisor/Retirement, UBS Financial Services
  • John Braganini, '75, Principal, Great Lakes Companies
  • Bob Braun, '85, Director of Sales, Airmatic Inc.
  • Michael Breon, Senior Director of Investigations, Ethics and Internal Audit, Rite Aid
  • Gil Brown, '78, CEO, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania
  • Steve Carr, '97, CPA, CGMA, Manager, Kreischer Miller
  • Jazmin Carrasco, '13 Audit Assistant, Deloitte
  • Alana Cassidy, '07, Sr. Manager, Internet & WiFi Business Planning & Budgets, Comcast Cable
  • David Coffman, '76, President/CEO, Business Valuations & Strategies PC
  • Jay Collins, '07, Owner, Cornerstone and Bio-Comp Dental Labs
  • Alan Dakey, '73, President & CEO, The Bank of Bird-In-Hand
  • Blair Davis, '12, Experience Associate, PwC
  • Laura Davis, Professor, Business Law, Bloomsburg University
  • Evren Eryilmaz, Assistant Professor Bus. Ed. and ITM, Bloomsburg University
  • Craig Evans, '03, CPA/Manager, Kreischer Miller
  • Rick Flynn, Director of Organizational Development, Geisinger Health Systems
  • Randy Frazer, Regional VP/Director of Operations Plant Manager, Bimbo Bakeries USA/Sara Lee Bakery
  • Fred Gaffney, '96, Chamber President/CEO, Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development
  • Ron Geib, '76, CEO, Harleysville Savings Bank
  • Gloria Gerrity, '06, VP-Pediatrics Service Line, Geisinger Health Systems
  • Victoria Geyfman, Associate Professor of Finance, Bloomsburg University
  • Michael Gillespie, '95, Chief Accounting Officer, Hersha Hospitality Trust
  • Timothy Gooch, '83, Partner, Baker Tilly
  • Melissa Harris Brown, '90, Director of Advancement Operations, Faith in the Future
  • Melissa Hetner, '12, Senior Associate, Boyer & Ritter, LLC
  • Joseph Hilgar, '75, Global Sourcing Manager, AIr Products & Chemicals
  • Matthew Hoch, '08, Securities Lending Trader, Vangaurd
  • Theodore Hodgins, '89, Senior Director, Technology & Product, Comcast
  • Drew Hostetter, '76, Retired, Executive VP & CFO, Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc
  • Rick Jarman, '73, President & CEO, National Center Manufacturing Sciences
  • Anthony Jingoli, '01, Field Marketing Manager, Comcast Spotlight
  • Stephen Johnson, VP of Sales, Office Basics, Inc
  • Stephen Jones, '75, Retired, Global Executive, Keynote Speaker
  • Michael Kacsmar, '92, Partner, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Americas Program Director
  • Paul Kappel, '89, President, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley
  • Ian Kennedy, '13, Cash Management - Fund Financial Association
  • Carolyn Lamacchia, Assistant Professor Bus. Ed. and ITM, Bloomsburg University
  • Jennifer Laster, CPA, Manager, Audit & Accounting
  • Rebecca Lieberman, '13, Audit Associate, KPMG
  • Michael Mack, Senior Manager of Investigations and Ethics, Rite Aid
  • John Makara, ' 90, IT Project Manager, PHH Mortgage
  • David Marcolla, '00, Director, Product Marketing, AT&T
  • Thomas Mason, '84, Field Product Line Manager - Auto, Travelers Insurance
  • Spencer McHugh, '13, Fixed Income Trade Support Analyst, Vangaurd
  • Paul McLinko, '78, Executive VP - Audit Services, Wells Fargo & Company
  • John McVeigh, '78, Counselor at Law, President/CEO, Law Offices of John S. McVeigh, PC
  • Rick Menniti, '80, CFO, BPZ Resources Inc
  • Juli Miller, '92, VP, Global Business Insights, Johnson & Johnson
  • Robert Moore, '80, CEO, ABR, Inc
  • Lisa Myers, Principal, Boyer & Ritter, LLC
  • Donna Nardy, Marketing Manager, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
  • Brenda Nichols, '85, Senior VP/CFO, Larson Design Group
  • Justin Noll, Retired Plant Manager, Merck & Company, Inc
  • Lisa Papageorgiou, '82, Director of Marketing, Comcast Business
  • Matti Prima, '77, Consultant, Winsor Learning
  • Brian Roadarmel, '08, Manager, Financial Reporting at VF Corporation
  • Marie Robinson, '88, Executive Director of Video Product Management, Comcast
  • Justin Schaffer, '06, Manager, Boyer & Ritter, LLC
  • Jeremy Scheibelhut, '11, Senior Associate, Boyer & Ritter, LLC
  • Crystal Skotedis, '03, Director, Boyer & Ritter, LLC
  • Marc Steckel, '93, Deputy Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Mark Thomas, '91, Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Kurt Trimarchi, '94, Partner, McKonly & Asbury
  • Hugh Turner, '82, VP of Finance, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
  • Gary Wapinski, '84, VP of Manufacturing, Crayola, LLC
  • Norman Watts, '59, Financial Consultant, Watts Investments, Consultants
  • Barbara Bogart Willders, '83, President, Bogart Advisors
  • Richard Wisniewski, '82, Deputy Director, Strategic Industrial Planning, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Chrissy Witters, Claims Training and Development Coordinator, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group
  • Melissa Wolf, '01, Senior Manager, CPA, Baker Tilly
  • Jessica Yorks, '13, Assurance Staff, CPA, EY
  • Anthony Zarzaca, '94, Senior VP, Kay & Sons, LLC
  • Terry Zeigler, '76, President/CEO, Datacap Systems Inc
  • Jenelle Ross, Executive Director, Zeigler Family Foundation
  • Joann Zeigler, '77

Other presenters:

  • Dr. Monica Favia, Assistant Professor, Management & Marketing
  • Dr. John Okpara, Management Department Chair, Bloomsburg University
  • MJ Park, Instructor, Management & Marketing, Bloomsburg University
  • Dr. Gary Robson, Accounting Department Chair, Bloomsburg University
  • Michelle Welliver, Instructor Marketing, Bloomsburg University