Accounting, Business, Economics & Finance Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Lauren Bonn '97
Lauren Bonn is a Partner in Risk and Regulatory Affairs of Deloitte LLP. She leads the Anti-Corruption Compliance Group within Ethics & Compliance. Lauren has led the group since its inception and designed the program, including controls and processes, to mitigate risk for the Deloitte US entities in the US and India. She also has oversight for anti-corruption compliance for certain affiliated consulting practices in Mexico, Germany and India. Lauren is responsible for implementing, maintaining and enhancing the Deloitte US Firms’ compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, US economic sanctions and other anti-corruption laws and regulations. She also oversees political activity compliance with US federal, state and local political regulations. Operationally, Lauren has extensive experience on strategic programs and projects, including currently co-leading the development of an enterprise-wide third party risk platform. From 2012-2015, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the legacy Regulatory and Professional Matters group, which included more than 300 professionals. Lauren was admitted to the partnership of Deloitte LLP in 2010 as part of the Regulatory practice. In this role, she made significant contributions responding to and managing regulatory matters impacting Deloitte and its clients. Lauren began her career in the Audit practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Parsippany, New Jersey in 1997. She later transferred to the US National Office, where she served in professional development and audit policy roles. Lauren also worked on behalf of Deloitte’s global organization, for which she led an international team of peers in building content for the next generation audit methodology, including audit support tools, content, and resources. Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance certified. Lauren resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young daughters.
Brenda Colatrella '82
Brenda currently serves as Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc., a central function that coordinates the development, implementation and reporting of Merck’s global corporate responsibility approach on environmental, social and governance issues in alignment with the company’s business strategy, and is also responsible for Merck’s global health partnerships and policies that help to expand access to medicines, vaccines and quality health care particularly in the developing world and emerging markets. She also serves as President of the Merck Foundation, a U.S. based private charitable foundation established in 1957 that is funded entirely by Merck and is Merck’s chief source of funding support for qualified nonprofit charitable organizations. Brenda received a B.A. from Muhlenberg College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award. Brenda has published several articles on medicine donations, best practices in public-private partnerships, and the role of the private sector in global health. She had a terrific experience at Muhlenberg where she received an excellent education, had an opportunity to participate in many activities, and made several life-long friends!
Andrew Disdier '12
Andrew Disdier is a Vice President in the Equity Research Department of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. He leads the firm’s 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. Mr. Disdier holds a B.A. in Finance from Muhlenberg College. During his time at Muhlenberg, Andrew was a peer tutor as part of the College’s program, and was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. Andrew remains active within the alumni community as a member of the College’s Young Alumni Council and Board of Associates. He is also an executive member of The Wall Street Club at Muhlenberg College. In addition to his involvement at Muhlenberg College, Andrew works with Holt International, an agency that provides domestic and global adoption and post-adoption services.
Lesley Grunbaum Gavioli '97
Lesley graduated from Muhlenberg in 1997 with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration. While there, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Women’s soccer team as well as various other clubs. After college, she worked as an Auditor at Price Waterhouse for 2 years, during which time she became a CPA. In 1999, Lesley left Price Waterhouse for a Senior Accountant position at News Corporation, where her focus was on the cash flow. She worked there for 5 1/2 years and then wanted to become more involved in a division where she could have an impact in the results of a company. The opportunity came up for her to work at a division of News Corp, Fox News. Lesley transitioned to a Director of Finance role there in February 2005 and has been working there ever since.
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, where he oversaw all internal audit activities in the European region, 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 of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a progressive rabbinical school in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and he has served as the Treasurer of that organization since 2013. Howard is an active member of Bnai Keshet Synagogue in Montclair, New Jersey, where he recently began a two-year term 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. Little Kids Rock trains public school teachers and donates all of the instruments (guitars, drums, keyboards), curricular resources and support they need to build lasting music programs that focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the popular music genres that they already know and love. A CPA with an MBA from Columbia University, Howard’s undergraduate degree is a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Melissa Lampi '08
Melissa Lampi is a Marketing Communications Specialist at Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining and fire protection systems. Melissa is responsible for all marketing initiatives related to product commercialization and market development initiatives for the services and infrastructure divisions of the business. Melissa is a member of the American Waterworks Association and Water Environment Federation and volunteers with TEDx Lehigh River. Melissa holds a BA from Muhlenberg College.
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 9 years with Prudential Financial, Inc. after spending 5 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.
Matt Musick '12
The team at Sound Healthcare Communications (New Brunswick, N.J.) specializes in developing brand positioning and creative campaigns for their pharmaceutical client roster. Matt serves as the primary agency contact for multiple accounts and is relied upon to anticipate and address their advertising needs through sound strategy and partnership. At Muhlenberg, Matt was a Media & Communications, and Business Administration double major, serving as a Writing Assistant in the Writing Center and for First Year Seminars as well as a 4-year member of the Mule football team.
Corinne Reynolds '08
Corinne is a Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at Etsy, focusing on Acquisition Marketing. In her role, she is responsible for planning and executing the Affiliate strategy for the US, AU, and smaller International markets. Prior to joining Etsy in 2015, Corinne held numerous roles at Rakuten Affiliate Network (formerly LinkShare), where she managed a portfolio of top IR500 companies, including J.Crew, Estee Lauder, and Barneys New York. Previously, she began her career in 2008 at a digital marketing agency, specializing in SEM for Hilton Hotels. Corinne holds a BA in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Muhlenberg College. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and fish.
Stacey Schell '97
Stacey is an audit partner with KPMG’s New York Alternative Investments practice. Stacey is responsible for the coordination of the audit process, delivering against reporting deadlines and providing guidance and technical expertise to several of the Firm’s leading alternative investments clients. Prior to joining KPMG in July 2014, Stacey was a principal at Rothstein Kass. Throughout her career, Stacey has spoken at various conferences and webinars on accounting, audit and regulatory changes impacting hedge funds. In addition, she frequently organized and hosted firm sponsored roundtables where industry professionals and clients shared perspective on current trends, challenges, and opportunities impacting the alternative investment industry. Furthermore, Stacey is a member of the AICPA, NYSCPA and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She received a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College and holds a CPA license.
Tim Schnall '97
Tim graduated Muhlenberg in 1997 majoring in Accounting and Economics. Tim has over 19 years of experience serving alternative investment clients, including private equity funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, hedge fund management account platforms, infrastructure funds and real estate funds. He is currently an Audit partner in KPMG’s Investment Management Practice in New York City. Tim also serves as a National Instructor in KPMG’s education and training program and is the partner in charge of KPMG’s New York Investment Management alumni program, planning events and sharing relevant literature.
David Vassilaros '03
David Vassilaros is a Senior Vice President at the Benecon Group, where he is manages operations, and also oversees ConnectCare3, a patient advocacy company that helps members connect to the best healthcare. Prior to joining the Benecon Group, Vassilaros led a team in strategy, education, and compliance efforts related to the Affordable Care Act as the Director of Health Care Reform & Regulatory Affairs for Capital BlueCross. In 2012, Vassilaros authored a book, Health Care Reform for Humans, a brief and humorous look at health insurance and the new reform law. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (magna cum laude) from Muhlenberg College, Vassilaros attended the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and resides in Lititz, Pa., with his wife and four sons, where he coaches soccer, volunteers with the Boy Scouts, and wishes he still had his honey bee hives.