First graduates of Business Leader Program land positions in top companies

PrintThe Business Leader Program in Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration has graduated its first group of students, and they are now advancing to careers at a variety of prestigious companies.

Students are selectively recruited out of high school to the Business Leader Program and are admitted directly to their business major of choice. The program provides students with a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of business, accelerate their involvement with the business community, and enhance their professional preparation.

Students from the 2012-13 class who graduated this month include:

Kayla Cerimele of Canfield graduated Summa Cum Laude with plans to begin YSU’s Master of Accountancy program this fall. She will begin her professional career as a staff accountant with Ernst & Young in Cleveland in September 2017. During her time at YSU, Cerimele was involved with Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. She attended the National Beta Gamma Sigma Conference in Orlando, Fla.; participated in the Ernst & Young Emerging Leaders Program in May 2014; and completed an accounting internship with Ernst & Young’s Cleveland branch in spring 2015.

Alyssa Clark of Poland will begin a full time position as an accounting rotational program member at Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Heights this summer. Clark was honored with a Summa Cum Laude distinction at graduation and was also a member with Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Institute of Management Accountants. She completed an accounting internship with Progressive Insurance this past spring.

Josh Chordas of Cortland, a transfer student from Ohio State University, has been involved with the Management Information Systems Association. Chordas has global learning experiences with the London Summer Program. He also completed a MIS internship with Catullo’s Prime Meats in Boardman. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Leah Finnerty of Poland was hired as a staff accountant at Cohen and Company in Youngstown. She will take the Master of Taxation program at the University of Akron this coming fall. Finnerty was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma and attended the National Beta Gamma Sigma Conference in Orlando, Fla. She also was recognized with Summa Cum Laude distinction at graduation. Finnerty completed tax and accounting internships with JFS Wealth Advisors during the spring of 2015 and 2016.

Lauren Paolucci of Austintown started her career with American Income Life Insurance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.

Ann Phillips of New Springfield was the first student to leave the WCBA Business Leader Program, graduating in December 2015. She will be furthering her education with the new Master of Accountancy Program at YSU. Phillips graduated with a Summa Cum Laude distinction and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Institute of Management Accountants. During her time at YSU, Phillips held internships in the YSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and FNB Corp. in Hermitage, Pa.

Bryan Schiraldi of Lowellville has accepted a position as an accounting associate with Packer Thomas in Youngstown. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. Schiraldi was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and participated in the Beta Gamma Sigma National Conference in Orlando, Fla. He also held internships with Packer Thomas and NYO Property Group. He will also be returning to YSU to obtain an MBA.

To be selected for the Business Leaders Program as a freshman, students must have a 3.5 high school GPA or higher as well as an ACT score of at least 25 or SAT score of at least 1150. Once selected for the program, students will be admitted directly to their business major of choice.

For more information, call 330-941-3064.