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Penn State Smeal EMBA Staff

The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing the guidance and resources necessary to help them achieve their goals. The team includes:

Portrait of Jason Stieg, managing director of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program. Jason Stieg
Managing Director

Jason comes to the Smeal College of Business with 15 years of business experience in the U.S. and abroad. He has held a variety of leadership roles during his career with firms ranging from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. He holds an EMBA from Smeal (Class of 2011) along with bachelors and masters in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He oversees all aspects of the program including admissions.

Portrait of Lou Gattis. Lou Gattis
EMBA Faculty Director

Lou is a clinical professor of finance in the Smeal College of Business and faculty director of both the residential and Executive MBA Programs. Before returning to academia, he worked in financial roles for IBM and Freddie Mac. He has also taught at George Mason and the University of Maryland. Lou holds a BS in finance from Smeal and an MBA, MA (Economics), and Ph.D (Economics). from George Mason.

Portrait of Tara Banerjee Tara Banerjee
Program Coordinator

Based at the University Park campus, Tara coordinates class weekends and special events, and also works with our faculty members to ensure a top-notch experience for our students. Questions regarding payment options for the program can be directed to Tara. Before joining the EMBA team, Tara was the associate director of admission at Juniata College. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and will complete her graduate degree from Penn State in May of 2016.

Portrait of Christa Sofferahn Christa Stofferahn
Admissions Coordinator

Christa guides Smeal EMBA candidates through the application and admissions process and handles all initial inquiries from prospective students. She also assists with marketing efforts, helping to coordinate marketing campaigns, recruitment events, and class visits. Christa is based on the University Park campus and travels to Philadelphia on occasion for class weekends.