Meet the 2022-23 Alumni-In-Residence

The University of Pittsburgh Career Center’s Alumni-In-Residence program provides notable alumni a chance to give back through assisting current Pitt students with career and professional development. The AIR program is designed to work in tandem with Career Center services and resources offered to prepare and develop students along their career journey. The program is exceptionally unique, as it is implemented and driven exclusively through alumni volunteers who share their time as well as their professional experiences, lessons, and successes!

Throughout the academic year, Alumni-In-Residence members host career focused presentations and office hours in which undergraduate and graduate students can partake in. For details about upcoming AIR programs, visit Handshake events and search “Alumni-In-Residence.”

Bradford Bell
Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Political Science/Certificate in Latin American Studies, 1995

Lisa Biondi
Chief Information Officer, System One Holdings, LLC
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1987
M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1994

Zack Bombatch
Associate Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
B.S. Business Administration, 2011

Heather Dannhardt
Global Director of Product Engineering, MSA Innovation, Inc.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004

Angela Foglia
Group Information Technology Officer, Howmet Aerospace
B.S. Information Science, 1986
M.S. Information Science, 1990

Timothy  James
Engineering Manager, Google
B.S. Computer Science, 2002
MBA Economic, Business Strategy, 2005

Debra King
CEO, The Dragonfly Consulting Group
B.S. Child Development, Psychology, 1983
M.S. Information Science, 1985

Pamela Kirkland
Field Producer, CNN
B.A. Political Science and Communications, 2007

Nicholas Kirsch
Senior Engineering Manager, Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corp.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2009
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2012
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2016

Tom Lynskey
Senior Development Manager, NRG
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1981
MBA, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, 1986

Timothy McLaughlin
Chief Operation Officer, Chief Executive Officer, 321 Blink
Exercise Physiology, 1989

Bob Myers
Retired, VP of Supply Chain Management, Evoqua Water Treatment
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1984
M.S. Industrial Engineering, 1989

Thomas Platt
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh
Public Administration, 1995
Ed.D Instructional Education, 2007

David Popelka
President, Garrison Hughes
Communication, 1994

Donna Sanft
Retired, Executive Associate Athletic Director & Associate Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Health and Physical Education, 1974
M.Ed. Health, Physical and Recreation Education, 1989

Shen Tian
Global Manager of Product Sustainability, PPG
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2018
M.B.A. Strategy and Finance, 2021

By Caroline Willig
Caroline Willig