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Alumni Association Board


The Heinz College Alumni Association Board (HCAAB) is the advisory body that represents alumni within the Heinz College community. Our mission is to lead the Heinz College Alumni Association's effort to maintain an enriching relationship for the purposes of collaboration, support, and advancement of the name and reputation of Heinz College and its alumni.

The primary objectives of the HCAAB are:

  • The promotion of communication among its members and between its members and Heinz College
  • The provision of annual financial support for Heinz College
  • The promotion of employment and internship opportunities for alumni and students of Heinz College
  • The provision of feedback from alumni to Heinz College regarding the policies and programs of the College
  • The preservation and promotion of Heinz College’s legacy of diversity
  • The promotion of the name and programs of Heinz College

Interested in learning more about the HCAAB, becoming involved, or nominating a member? Download and review the current HCAAB Bylaws.

Meet the Board

Portrait of Brenda Lee Johnston

Brenda Lee Johnston, MAM-GIOCA 2013


President, Elected 2014-2018; Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University; Indianapolis, IN

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Sandeep Munnangi, MSPPM 2013


President-Elect, Elected 2014-2018; Consultant at EY; Pittsburgh, PA

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Portrait of Sandeep Munnangi
Portrait of Michael Faison

Michael Faison, MAM 1995


Legislative Vice President, Elected 2016-2020; Executive Director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts; Boise, ID

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Mary Ellen Benedict, MSPPM'85; Ph.D.'91


Elected 2016-2020; Faculty Member in the Economics Department at Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, OH

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Portrait of Mary Ellen Benedict
Portrait of Lawrence Bortey

Lawrence Bortey, MSPPM 1996


Elected 2016-2020

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Samir Butt, MISM 2012


Elected 2016-2020; Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Chicago, IL

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Portrait of Samir Butt
Portrait of Kelly R. Dowdy

Kelly R. Dowdy, MSIT 2010


Elected 2016-2020; Senior Director of Software Engineering at Express Scripts; St. Louis, MO

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Marykay Fuller, MSPPM 1989


Elected 2016-2020; Partner, KPMG; London, UK

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Portrait of Marykay Fuller
Portrait of Marie N. Hollein

Marie N. Hollein, CTP, MPM 1991


Elected 2014 – 2018; President & CEO of Financial Executives International; Morristown, NJ

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Trupti Natu, MISM 2009


Elected 2016-2020; Uber - Risk Management and Strategy (Uber Eats); San Francisco, CA

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Portrait of Trupti Natu

Ex Officio Board Members


Alumni Association Awards Program

The HCAAB initiated the Heinz College Alumni Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding alumni.

The HCAAB initiated the Heinz College Alumni Awards in 2012 to recognize outstanding alumni with three awards: Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Recent Alumni, and Alumni Meritorious Service.

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