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The Dean’s Advisory Board consists of alumni and friends of the college who are prominent leaders in industry and science. The members provide the college with invaluable expertise and experience on important issues such as planning and management, intellectual property and commercialization of research, impact of information technology, and new directions in higher education and workforce development. This board expands the college’s thinking, provides stronger connections to the business world, and offers a broadened frame of reference.

Advisory Board

Back row:  Catherine Beath, Chris Olivia, Dave Woodle, Dean Doug Cavener, Eric Keiter, George Vergis, Ginny Olson
Front row:  Janet Vergis, Barbara Dalton (previous chair), Ed Frymoyer, Lou Martarano (chair), Matt Rhodes
Not pictured:  Ken Adelberg, Bob Duminiak, Susan Grove, Marc Hansen, John Patton

​Photo taken on April 22, 2016 


Dembek, AlexaAlexa Dembek
Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont
Ph.D. Chemistry, Penn State - 1991
B.S. Chemistry, Northern Illinois University - 1986




Greensmith, PeterK. Peter Greensmith

Manager, Stratefy & Operations, Deloitte, 
M.B.A. Supply Chain, Finance & Strategic Leadership, Penn State - 2015
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State - 2013





GroveSusan Grove
Retired - Division Manager, AT&T
​M.S., Rutgers University - 1980
B.S. Mathematics, Penn State - 1966






Mark LaneMark Lane
Executive Director, Drug Development, PRA Health Services

Ph.D. Physiology, Penn State - 1991
M.S. Physiology, Penn State - 1989
B.S. Biology, Penn State - 1988



Martarano, LouLou Martarano, Chair
Managing Director, L. Martarano Enterprises
M.S., Yale University - 1981
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State - 1976





OliviaChris Olivia
President, Continuum Health Alliance LLC
D.M., Hahnemann University
M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Science, Penn State - 1984




OlsonGinny Olson
Retired - Principal, Towers Watson
​B.S. Mathematics, Penn State - 1973





PattonJohn Patton
Founder and CEO, Dance Pharmaceutical
Ph.D., University of California San Diego - 1976
M.S., University of Rhode Island - 1973
B.S. Zoology, Penn State - 1967

RhodesMatt Rhodes
Co-founder/Chairman, Semitech Semiconductor
M.B.A., University of California Los Angeles
M.S., Lehigh University - 1986
B.S. Physics, Penn State - 1979



VergisGGeorge Vergis
Independent Biotechnology Professional
Ph.D. Physiology, Penn State University - 1988
M.B.A., Columbia University
M.S. Physiology, Penn State University - 1986
​B.A., Princeton University - 1983



Vergis, JanetJanet Vergis

Executive Advisor, Water Street Healthcare
M.S. Physiology, Penn State University - 1988
​B.S. Biology, Penn State University - 1986

WoodleDavid Woodle
Chairman and CEO, NanoHorizons
B.S. Computer Science, Penn State University - 1977



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