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Academics & Advising

MEET YOUR ADVISORS

scott romeikaScott Romeika, Director of Academic Affairs and Advising, joined the Wharton advising team in 2003. Scott not only manages undergraduate advising services, but also plays an active role in the development of interschool initiatives, works to build and strengthen international opportunities for our students, and represents the Wharton School on a number of university committees. Scott provides support and guidance to the faculty on academic programs and policies and is responsible for their implementation and oversight. Scott received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Psy.D. (doctor of psychology) from Widener University. He has completed internships in clinical psychology, college counseling, and school psychology settings. Outside the office, Scott enjoys running (scenic and muddy trails are best), music, trivia, baseball (go Phillies!), and Scrabble. Scott can be reached at romeika@wharton.upenn.edu.


Marianne Lipa, Senior Associate Director, works with students in coordinated dual-degree programs and also serves on the Internal Transfer and Dual Degree Committee. She is the liaison to the Office of International Programs and serves as the contact person for study abroad programs in Europe. She also advises students interested in submatriculation into the MBA program at Wharton. Marianne earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2004. She received her B.A. in Romance Languages and History from Bowdoin College in 2001; she is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian. She also attended the Business Bridge Certificate Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She enjoys traveling extensively both domestically and internationally and is an avid skier. Marianne can be reached at mlipa@wharton.upenn.edu.

 

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Kendal Barbee, Associate Director, serves as the primary contact for students considering a leave of absence and is the contact for students who are interested in study abroad programs in Asia. She also oversees the graduation audit process and is the liaison to the Office of Student Conduct.  Prior to joining the Wharton advising team, she advised undergraduate students in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in The College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a B.S.W. from Calvin College and a M.Ed. with a specialization in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked at several colleges and universities both in the Midwest and in the Philadelphia area. Kendal can be reached at krb93@wharton.upenn.edu.

 

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Lindy Black-Margida, Associate Director, is the primary advising contact for students who are interested in pursuing minors or submatriculating into the Penn Law program. She also works closely with Wharton international students and serves as a liaison to the Penn Global’s International Student & Scholar Services Division.  Lindy earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.  She loves to travel and enjoys spending time outdoors.  Lindy can be reached at lindyb@wharton.upenn.edu.

 

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Alissa Carpenter, Associate Director, serves as the key contact for students who are interested in pursuing studying abroad in the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Wharton team, she earned her B.S in Speech Communications from Millersville University and a M.Ed. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  In her spare time, she enjoys practicing/teaching yoga, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Alissa can be reached at acarp@wharton.upenn.edu.

 

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Liz Sutton, Associate Director, serves as NCAA eligibility officer for the Wharton Undergraduate Division and as the contact person for study abroad programs in Australia and New Zealand. She is the liaison to various academic resource centers on campus including CAPS, the Weingarten Learning Resource Center, and the Tutoring Center. Liz earned her Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010 and her B.A. in Comparative Religion from Tufts University in 2005. She is a dance and theatre enthusiast (sneaking her way on stage when possible) and enjoys yoga, soccer, and NBC’s Parks & Recreation. Liz can be reached at suttonel@wharton.upenn.edu.