Current Position: Associate, Audit and Deal Advisory, for KPMG US
As a high school student at William Tennent High School, Stephanie was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club, which first introduced her to GMercyU. The teachers in charge of the club were involved with GMercyU’s Dual Enrollment program.
Stephanie was encouraged to take two of the Dual Enrollment courses offered, Accounting and Marketing. As an FBLA member and Dual Enrollment student, she visited GMercyU on many occasions.
My favorite part about GMercyU is the relationships you build with your professors, which is possible because of the small class sizes. These relationships are key to understanding and applying the material outside of the classroom.
Experience in the Accounting Program
"They were extremely thorough in their teachings and were always available for questions. Both professors were also very encouraging and always trying to involve me in any business events or challenges that could help me to gain experience for my resume," she said.
In addition to the support she received from Ron Bruce and Carlo Silvesti, Dr. Alan Harper and Adjunct Professor Bill Callahan also stood out during her time at GMercyU.
“My favorite part about GMercyU is the relationships you build with your professors, which is possible because of the small class sizes. These relationships are key to understanding and applying the material outside of the classroom,” Stephanie said.
As an Accounting student, Stephanie was presented with many opportunities for personal and professional growth. It was her professors who encouraged her to become a peer tutor.
During her time on campus, Stephanie served as a peer tutor in the Student Success Center and a Griffin Ambassador for the Admissions Department. She was also a member of the Business Student Advisory Board and Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration.
On behalf of GMercyU, along with a small group of students, Stephanie competed in the annual International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) Virtual Case Study Competition for the first time in GMercyU history. The team earned second place. The case study was spearheaded by Professor Ron Bruce and former Dean Heather Pfleger.
She also attended multiple Accounting and Finance Career Fairs held at GMercyU, and participated in a number of student panels for prospective business students.
“I would definitely recommend GMercyU to a prospective student as the business programs are only continuing to add to their repertoire of content, opportunities, and staff,” Stephanie said.
During her sophomore year, Stephanie completed a tax internship at Herbein +Co, Inc.; GMercyU faculty played an instrumental role in helping her land it. In this role, she was responsible for preparing personal and business tax returns.
After completing her internship, she accepted another role as a Financial Reporter for Ascensus. She worked in this role for three years, on-and-off. There, she prepared quarterly and year-end financial statements, posted journal entries, performed research using Big 4 platforms used to prepare technical accounting memos, and other ad hoc projects.
Since graduating from GMercyU, Stephanie interned at KPMG, LLP in the auditing department and then accepted a full-time position as a Dual Path Audit & Advisory Associate with the firm.
“This is a new program that rotates between auditing and advisory throughout the year allowing me to gain experiences in both areas before officially choosing one practice. In the meantime, I have been studying for the CPA exam and working part-time at Ascensus,” Stephanie said.