Accounting, Business, Economics & Finance Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Louisa Balch '09
Louisa Balch graduated Muhlenberg in 2009 with a major in theatre and a minor in business administration. She is currently the general manager at the American Conservatory Theater.
Louisa will be virtually joining Arts Administration on Monday, April 9.
Rachel Berger '11
Rachel Berger is the founder and executive director of the Artist Co-op. She is an actor, blogger, producer in NYC. She started developing The Artist Co-op in September 2015. Her experience ranges from performing in NYC and internationally to general management at off-broadway theatre New York Theatre Workshop to Broadway with Leve Productions. Muhlenberg helped Rachel realize she can juggle multiple hats: sing acapella in GND, run for student council, be in a sorority, and more!
Rachel will be virtually joining Intro to Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, April 10.
Richard Crist '77
Richard C. Crist, Jr. is retired from the Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company. While at ANJ, Rich was president and CEO as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. Allstate New Jersey, headquartered in Bridgewater, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Allstate Insurance Company. Crist had P&L leadership responsibility for Allstate New Jersey’s operations. The group, which includes Allstate New Jersey, Encompass of New Jersey and Esurance of New Jersey, has more than $1.2 billion in property and casualty written premiums. Prior to his appointment as president of ANJ, Rich was the chief ethics and compliance officer for the Allstate Insurance Company, headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. He also served as the company’s chief privacy officer. An officer for more than 21 years, Rich held senior level positions in New Jersey, Texas and Illinois. His 38 years of experience at Allstate included management positions throughout the country. Rich has been involved in many volunteer efforts throughout his career, including a long standing relationship with Junior Achievement. His involvement with JA spans from teaching in the classroom to serving on the organization’s Board of Directors in Dallas, where he served as the Board’s Chairman. He currently serves JA as a member of the Junior Achievement of New Jersey Board of Directors. Rich and his wife Cindy served as co-chairs of the College’s Parents Council from 2004-2007. Both of their children (Rick ’05 and Samantha ’09) are Muhlenberg graduates.
Rich will be speaking in the Business Policy and Strategy CUE and attending the networking lunch on Tuesday, April 10.
Andrew Disdier '12
Andrew Disdier is an equity research analyst with Sandler O’Neill + Partners. He leads the firm’s research coverage of the asset management sector. Prior to joining the firm in July 2014, Mr. Disdier worked at The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and was based out of its Philadelphia office. Andrew graduated Muhlenberg in 2012 with a concentration in finance. During his time at The College, Andrew was a member of the men’s lacrosse team and he tutored as part of the Academic Resource Center’s peer tutoring program. Andrew remains active within the Muhlenberg alumni community. He serves as an officer on the Leadership Team of The Wall Street Club at Muhlenberg College (“WSCM”), and is a member of The Young Alumni Council as well as the Board of Associates.
Andrew will be virtually joining Money, Banking, and Financial Markets on Wednesday, April 11.
Beth Donaldson '92
Beth graduated Muhlenberg in 1992 with majors in accounting and psychology. Beth is currently the assistant dean of recruiting, admission, and enrollment management at Nova Southeastern University.
Beth will be virtually joining Leadership on Tuesday, April 10.
Brittany Doynow '10
Being a Mule from 2006-2010 were some of the best years of Brittany’s life. She learned about independence and what it is like to make long lasting friendships. Aside from all the fun she had, and parties she attended, she learned the foundations for how to be an effective manager, business professional as well as a strong independent successful woman in the digital media landscape. Brittany is currently overseeing a team that is part of the planning and buying process for all digital media, and search and social campaigns for the Pepsi/Frito Lay client at OMD NY (Ad Agency). She’s currently on the buy side of the industry while also having many years experience on the supply and seller side. She’s continuing to grow in her career and couldn’t have done it without the building blocks from Muhlenberg.
Brittany will be a panelist on the Marketing Panel on Thursday, April 12.
Mark Goldstein '88
An internship with Dean Witter Reynolds his senior year at Muhlenberg confirmed that Mark should enter financial services upon graduation in 1988. Almost 30 years later, his career has not changed. His firm, Goldmark Associates, provides employee benefits to businesses with under 100 employees in the Philadelphia area. Employee benefits encompasses insurances such as health, life, disability and dental. In addition, many of their clients rely on them as their investment advisor for their retirement plans, such as a 401K.
Mark is speaking in Corporate Finance and attending the networking lunch on Thursday, April 12.
Andrew Horrow '10
Andrew oversees the accounting and reporting at Grameen America. Prior to joining Grameen, he spent 7 years in public accounting with the past five specializing in not-for-profit organizations. Andrew is a certified public accountant licensed in New York and holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College.
Andrew will be speaking in Auditing and attending the networking lunch on Tuesday, April 10.
Howard Kerbel P'17
Howard has extensive experience in Internal and external auditing, risk management and governance roles in the financial services industry, and in Board leadership positions for not-for-profit organizations. Since October 2015, Howard has served as special advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., with a focus on corporate governance and project oversight. BBH is a privately owned and managed financial institution, serving sophisticated individuals and institutions with expertise in private banking, investment management and investor services. Previously, as a managing director, he was global head of risk management for the investor services line of business and before assuming that role in October 2013 he was the general auditor for the firm. Prior to joining BBH in March 2008, Howard served in senior internal audit roles in New York at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Salomon Smith Barney, focusing on their global capital markets activities. His time at Merrill Lynch included two years in London, as well as one year as the head of Business Process and Control for the Global Markets and Investment Banking division. Earlier in his career, Howard was an audit partner in the Financial Services Industry Practice of Price Waterhouse in New York. Howard is a long-time member of the Board of Governors (and Treasurer since 2013) of reconstructing Judaism, a progressive rabbinical school in Wyncote, Pennsylvania that is also the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. Howard is an active member of Bnai Keshet Synagogue in Montclair, New Jersey, where he currently serves as co-President. Finally, Howard is treasurer (since January 2016) of the National Board of Directors of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools throughout the US. A CPA with an MBA from Columbia University, Howard’s undergraduate degree is a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.
Howard will be speaking in International Trade and Globalization and attending to networking lunch on Tuesday, April 10.
Matthew Lawsky '15
While at Muhlenberg, Matthew was a double major in business and accounting, and played baseball. In school, he interned with the New York Jets and CH Robinson. Senior year, he received job offers for both and decided to pursue a six month sales program for the Jets. After that, he came back to CH Robinson to work in a role doing both sales and account management. Matthew also helps coach a small team on the sales side. CH Robinson is a 3rd Party Logistics Company providing supply chain solutions for businesses.
Matt will be a panelist on the Marketing Panel on Thursday, April 12.
Scott Lenz '84
Scott is a senior vice president, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Tax Counsel at New York Life, where he has worked for over 12 years. He is involved in and oversees the tax legal aspects of all matters impacting the company, its workforce, products and affiliates. This includes overseeing the tax aspects of general corporate, retirement, compensation and M&A related matters as well as all federal, state and local tax audit activity. He is a past chairman of the Company Tax Committee of the American Council of Life Insurers, the primary trade organization for the life insurance industry in the United States. He served in that capacity for two years, where he was involved in making various presentations to federal legislative and administrative staff, as well as developing industry-wide tax policy positions. He is currently a member of that ACLI committee. Prior to his career with New York Life, Scott spent nine years with Prudential Financial, Inc. after spending five years with White & Case in New York. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Hon. Henry H. Whiting of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Prior to attending law school, he was a senior accountant with Arthur Andersen’s Tax Department in New York. Scott graduated with an BA in economics and accounting from Muhlenberg College and received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Scott is speaking in Corporation Finance and attending the networking lunch on Thursday, April 12.
Steven Mintz '12
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas Steven found his way to Allentown in search of a liberal arts college experience for his interests in STEM and jazz bass. He was a very active student on campus; serving on the boards of his fraternity, Hillel and various student organizations, playing in jazz groups and the occasional intramural game. Finally settled on his math major which lead Steven on a path towards a PhD in statistics and a career in sports analytics. While the graduate school education at Texas A&M ended with just a MS, and while his day job is in the restaurant technology industry, his education, passion and “side hustle” all center around his love of the NBA. Steven has spent time not only working as an analyst in marketing and technology industries but also as a researcher and consultant in sports. In 2016, he presented analysis at a sports statistics conference at Harvard using data from the video tracking software, Synergy. With the help of his analyses and arguments, athletes have earned a combined $474 million in NBA free agent contracts, MLB arbitration decisions, and UFC fight deals. Steven is currently a BI analyst at Ziosk back in Dallas.
Steven will be virtually joining Sports Economics on Thursday, April 12.
Melinda Peters '84
Melinda graduated from Muhlenberg in 1984 with a major in biology. She is currently the senior quality systems leader at The Kraft Heinz Company.
Melinda will be speaking in Leadership on Tuesday, April 10.
Courtney Romano Hanson '06
Courtney’s a writer, currently working on film/tv, but she’s also written a book called “The First Ten Years” about her years working as an actor in New York City. In addition, she co-founded a company called Dream. Set. Make. which produces wellness experiences to help transform inner change into outer action. In addition to creating workshops, her company helps other companies/brands do the same, most recently working with Julianne and Derek Hough on MOVE Experience in Los Angeles.
Courtney will be virtually joining Intro to Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, April 10.
Matt Sandler '14
Matt is from Mamaroneck, NY and started at Muhlenberg in the fall of 2010. Over his time at Muhlenberg, he was involved with Hillel, independent research with the psychology department, and studied abroad in Maastricht during the fall of his junior year. He graduated as a double major in neuroscience and economics. After graduation, he started working for his current organization, Acurity, Inc., a healthcare solutions company focused on improving patient care through supply chain.
Matt will be speaking in Principles of Microeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics and attending the networking lunch on Friday, April 13.
Samantha Unger '10
At Muhlenberg, Samantha was a double major in accounting and mathematics (part of the ABBS program) and a Muhlenberg Scholar! She studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland which inspired her to apply overseas for graduate school. She attended the University of Edinburgh and obtained her masters in financial mathematics. After graduate school, she started at Deloitte in NYC in Risk & Financial Advisory (at that time known as Enterprise Risk Services). She’s now been at Deloitte for almost seven years and focuses on intellectual property protection, specializing in the extended enterprise, software compliance, software asset management, and royalties. She lives in NYC with her husband, Andrew, and their rescue pup, Taxi. She’s an avid soccer player and kickboxer and she loves to bake.
Samantha will be speaking in Auditing and attending the networking lunch on Tuesday, April 10.