Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2022

IN THEIR OWN WORDS Tim Krysiek ’05 B.A. in Intelligence Studies and Russian Studies Managing Director, Equinor Ventures, Boston, Massachusetts

“My Intelligence education at Mercyhurst served me well as my career evolved over the past 20 years. The combination of its liberal arts curriculum and intelligence methods prepared me to study abroad in Russia and complete graduate degrees at St. Andrews, Oxford, and Duke. The program’s focus on internships ensured I gained practical experience as an undergraduate. Today I manage a clean energy venture capital fund in Boston and I’m still using the research, analysis, and communication skills I learned in Erie 20 years ago.” Melonie Richey ’14 M.S. in Applied Intelligence Chief Technology Officer, Altamira Technologies Corp., McLean, Virginia “The time I spent in the Applied Intelligence graduate program is some of the best personal, intellectual, and professional time I have invested in my career to date. The program provided me with exposure to the national security community, a range of analytic techniques, and a professional network that continues to serve me eight years into my career.” Michael Finnegan ’10 M.S. in Applied Intelligence Chief of Staff, International – The Vanguard Group, London “The Mercyhurst Intel program not only provided me the practical skills of drafting communications and conducting analysis, but also helped me refine softer skills of influencing leaders and developing junior analysts. The projects I participated in gave me confidence to hit the ground running as I started my professional life. More than a decade later, I still pull on these skills and the lessons I learned from people like Kris Wheaton, Bill Welch, Shelly Freyn, and Jim Breckenridge.” Patrick Duda ’12 M.S. Applied Intelligence Vice President, Digital Marketing & Capability, Hilton Grand Vacations, Orlando, Florida “Mercyhurst’s Intelligence program was foundational to my professional career trajectory. Its ability to teach me real-world skills in the classroom and through its internship programs accelerated my credibility as a young professional. I feel confident that as the nature of work continues to change with technology, my Mercyhurst Intelligence ‘generalist’ training will keep me marketable and ready to solve complex business problems for many years to come.” Marina Boyle ’21 B.A. Business & Competitive Intelligence; B.A. Hospitality & International Tourism Financial Crimes Investigator, KeyBank, Cleveland, Ohio “As a recent Intelligence Studies graduate, I feel fortunate to have obtained such a rewarding career position immediately. The research capabilities learned though real-life project work set me up for 21st century employment in a job market that values academic excellence, hands-on experience, and the knowledge and integrity that a Mercy education provides.”


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