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Business, Finance, and Data Science Pathway Leadership Team

Career Pathway Leadership Teams are model community members and leaders within the Career Pathways, who help the Career Advancement Center with mobilizing community members, evaluating services, and implementing best practice career development solutions to support graduates’ ability to prepare for, and attain, productive and rewarding careers. Leadership teams are composed of trustees, alumni, faculty/staff, employers and students willing to serve as engaged, enthusiastic partners to the CAC.

Business, Finance, and Data Science Career Pathway Leader: Marie Josephitis

Marie Josephitis

Marie Josephitis leads the Business, Finance, and Data Science Pathway and helps students prepare a successful career plan based on their personal talents and goals. 

Marie has held human resources leadership positions in a wide range of industries including financial services, insurance, marketing and healthcare. Throughout her career she has created meaningful internship and full-time entry-level opportunities for students in many types of business disciplines and industries. Previously, she was an active volunteer with the Lake Forest College in roles as a career advisor and liaison to employers to create career opportunities for students.

Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. She holds a Life and Health License and is an active member of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Human Resources Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

External Community Members: Trustees, Employers, Alumni, and Friends

Joe Chmura
Career Consultant
Collegiate Career Management

Jessica Coleman ’89 (Trustee)
Vice President, Investment Advisor, Private Wealth Management
Goldman Sachs

Brad Donahue ’08
Head of Strategy, Science and Technology, Physical Stores Real Estate

Stewart Foley
Partner, Editor-in-Chief
Insurance AUM Journal

Doni Fordyce-Urfirer ’81 (Trustee)
President and COO
Stone Key Group

Renee Gordon '22
GTP Analyst

Casey Hartfiel ’17
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Green Thumb Industries

Dai Ichikawa ’92
Senior Project Manager

Randy Lauer ’81 (Trustee)
Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales and Business Development
Academy Securities

Vernard Lockhart '08
Client Services Manager
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Tanner Lydon ’18
Staff Accountant
LI Group

Katherine McCauley Najjar ’02
1056 KMN Advisors LLC

Matt McPherson ’17
District Sales Manager
Dot Foods

Robert S. [Bob] Murley (Trustee)
Vice Chairman
Credit Suisse

Enjo Salonga ’22
Economics Ph.D. student
University of Wyoming

Sean Thomas ’81 (Trustee)
Director, Negotiations & Contracts
Alight Solutions, LLC

Dan Turk '15
Senior Associate
Copley Equity Partners

Devin Tyler ’17
Lotis Blue Consulting

Dave Wiers
Satori Energy

Kyra Vidas ’18
Assistant Basketball Operations/Equipment
Phoenix Suns

Internal Community Members: Faculty, Staff, Students

Ebrahem Abdelsamad ’23
Major: Computer Science and Math

Rich Bartolozzi ’86
Senior Director of Gift Planning, Development and Alumni Relations

Armani Brown ’23
Major: Business

Jim Catanzaro
Associate Director of Athletics and Head Coach, Football

Ariana Gammel
Lecturer in Business

Albert Greene
Business, Finance, and Data Science Internship Specialist
Defensive Backs Football Coach

David Jordan
Lecturer in Business

Natalia Leite ’23
Major: Data Science and Economics, Minor: Spanish

DeJuran Richardson
Ernest H Volwiler Professor of Mathematics
Professor and Chair of Data Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

Nancy Tao
Visiting Associate Professor of Finance


Affiliate Membership

There are many more people interested in contributing to the Career Pathways than will be able serve on Leadership Teams at any given time, and supporters who want to be highly involved, but are not serving on a Leadership Team may elect to join the Career Pathways as affiliate members. Privileges and responsibilities for affiliates include:

  • Receive regular updates from Pathway Leaders about events and success stories
  • Be invited to offer assistance to students in the Pathways – ways to help may include: event attendance, hosting interns, recommending sites for interns we are struggling to place, or networking referrals; some update messaging will be similar to what is provided to leadership teams
  • Highly engaged affiliate members can be considered as future Leadership Team members

Leadership Teams are limited to 20 members. All key stakeholders (faculty, staff, employers, alumni, parents, students and other friends of the College) are welcome to become affiliates. All stakeholders will receive periodic updates from the CAC; affiliate members will get more action-oriented, community-building messages, while more passive community members will receive outreach messages more appropriate for their level of involvement. There is no limit to the number of affiliate members associated with leadership teams, and key stakeholders are welcome to join multiple pathways as affiliate members. Join a Career Pathway as an affiliate.

Check out the Business, Finance, and Data Science Career Pathway