Ashley Rippey is the Managing Director of the Career & Corporate Connections Office. A Penn State graduate (Public Relations ’07), Ashley went on to obtain her Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Scranton (’10) before beginning various roles in university admissions. In her current role, she executes strategic oversight for a career services team of 10 that serves 5,500+ undergraduate business students at Smeal, researches and implements professional development and corporate engagement initiatives to expand offerings to students, and explores and evaluates cutting edge career development tools. Her favorite parts of her role are building relationships with students and celebrating their successes. Although she is originally from New Jersey, Ashley always knew she wanted to attend Penn State. She now finds it very rewarding to be able to help the next generation of the Penn State family.
In her spare time, Ashley loves Penn State and NFL football, crafting and home improvement projects, attending dance and theatre performances, and spending time with her husband and two puppies.
Student Organizations Manager
As the Student Organization Manager for the Smeal College of Business, Doug McAcy oversees the daily activities, event planning, as well as leadership and professional development of the 40 Smeal Student Organizations. Doug hails from the great state of Nebraska where he completed his B.A. in Political Science at Creighton University. He also holds a M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. While at SU, he served as the Graduate Coordinator for Student Clubs and Government overseeing 110 student clubs on campus and the Seattle University Student Government in the Office of Student Activities. Doug is passionate about student engagement and loves football, politics, and Netflix.
Director, Corporate Engagement
Meg is the Director for Corporate Engagement with Career & Corporate Connections at the Smeal College of Business. Raised in Texas, she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice from Penn State and later her Masters in Management from the University of Mary in North Dakota. After spending the first several years of her career working in the criminal justice field as a probation/parole officer, in 2008 she had the opportunity to return to her Penn State roots and joined the Smeal College. In addition to serving as co-adviser for Women in Business, Meg focuses on cultivating relationships between the various internal and external stakeholders whose objectives are centered on the education, professional development and recruitment of Smeal students.
Assistant Director for Corporate Relations
Ashley Stark is the Assistant Director for Corporate Relations with Career & Corporate Connections at the Smeal College of Business. Ashley graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and later graduated from La Roche College with her Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Ashley spent the first few years of her career in financial services as a campus recruiter before returning to Happy Valley.
Assistant Director for Professional Development
Sherry Rice is the Assistant Director for Professional Development within the Career and Corporate Connections office. In her role, Sherry is responsible for creating, delivering, and assessing an expanded professional development curriculum in collaboration with internal and external units, faculty, and corporate partners. These programs and workshops help enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to be career ready, including leadership development, job and internship search strategies and the job and internship search process. In addition, Sherry provides career coaching to the Smeal undergraduate student body and oversees the marketing and internal PR efforts for the office.
Sherry Rice graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2007 and then obtained her Master of Education in Counselor Education with her certification in Secondary School Counseling from Lehigh University in 2009. After earning her Master’s degree, Sherry spent 3 years as a high school and middle school counselor before transitioning to higher education. As a school counselor, Sherry provided career, academic, and personal/social counseling to all students to help them be prepared for their post-secondary plans.
Before coming to the Career and Corporate Connections office, Sherry worked in the Career Services office at Penn State as the Career Fair Coordinator. In that role, she managed numerous career fairs and career development programs for students. She also assisted with Drop-In career appointments and presented workshops on various career related topics.
Lauren Watson has been a Career Coach for Career & Corporate Connections since May 2015. Lauren offers additional career development support to Smeal students transitioning from the Commonwealth campuses to University Park while also serving the general undergraduate Smeal student population. Lauren completed her B.S. in Spanish Education K-12 at Penn State in 2009 and earned her M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015.
Krista manages the Smeal College of Business Internship/Co-op job positions and the on campus interviewing for the Career and Corporate Connections office. Krista has worked at Penn State for over 15 years, during that time she has worked in several Career Services offices at Penn State.
Assistant Internship Manager
Rynne Crissinger is the Assistant Internship Manager in Career & Corporate Connections. She joined our team in June 2016. Rynne assists with any student questions regarding our office, internships, on-campus recruiting and manages the BA 395A Internship Credit course.
In Rynne’s spare time she tries to keep up with her family. Husband Terry, daughters Emma (16), Edyn (5) and son Ruxen (3). As well as her 2 step-daughters Kaylee (19) and Alexis (16). Besides her family; Rynne loves reading, photography and traveling.
Jadine Reese and the front office student staff serve as first point of contact for all Smeal students and corporate visitors. In addition to directing students and visitors to the appropriate staff, Jadine manages the career adviser scheduling system and budget transactions for the Career and Corporate Connection office. She joined the Career and Corporate Connection office in The Smeal College of Business as Office Manager in February of 2013. Previously, she was a development assistant for Development and Alumni Relations for The College of Liberal Arts.