Smeal MAcc Ambassadors

Introduction to the Smeal MAcc Ambassadors, a group of current Smeal MAcc students who are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions and offer insights

Smeal MAcc Ambassadors are available to connect with prospective students to answer questions offer advice and guidance, and provide insights from the perspective of a current student.

Smeal MAcc Ambassadors Class of 2022
Portrait Name/Email
Portrait of Erin Dabney. 

Erin Dabney
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Hospitality Management
Send an email to connect with Erin

"I choose the Penn State Smeal MAcc program because I had a passion for accounting that I discovered during my undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management. I have a passion for hospitality, as well as accounting, and I believed this was the perfect way to combine these passions to create a career for myself. I knew I wanted to go back to school for my master's and when the pandemic started, this seemed like the perfect time for me to continue my education. Staying at Penn State for my master’s was ideal because I was able to stay at my alma mater and enroll myself in a prestigious program."

Portrait of John Hunkele. 

John Hunkele
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Finance
Send an email to connect with John

"When considering the Penn State Smeal MAcc, my advice would be to ask as many questions as possible. Ultimately, this decision will impact your life significantly. Asking as many questions as possible will help you ensure that this program is for you. Also, make sure your values align with the values of the program. This program and its connections will follow you for the rest of your life, so make sure you know it is the right one for you!"

Portrait of Ariana Ibelli. 

Ariana Ibelli
Hometown: Westwood, NJ
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Send an email to connect with Ariana

“Penn State is an institution that has more to offer than just an education. It consists of a community that is willing to support you, grow with you, and make you into a better all-around person. The Smeal MAcc program has faculty that challenges your analytical abilities while building up your core accounting knowledge. It is full of peers, professors, and mentors that are all striving for a similar goal, which makes this journey so rewarding. By choosing Penn State and the Smeal MAcc program, the possibilities seem endless, and I know that I am on the path to success.”

Portrait of Hannah Kumar. 

Hannah Shilpa Kumar
Hometown: Nazareth, PA
Undergrad Institution: Penn State University
Undergrad Major: Accounting & Sociology
Send an email to connect with Hannah

"I recently graduated from Penn State in May of 2021 and matriculated directly into the one-year Macc program here within the Smeal College of Business. Something I really value about the program is seeing how the faculty and staff genuinely want you to succeed, not only academically but professionally. They are constantly offering opportunities to build your brand and strengthen your competitive advantage. I am also taking on the Business Data Analytics certificate as a grad student. The fact that there are many other ways to enhance your knowledge while enrolled in a one-year master’s program is something I am so thankful for. When people hear that you are a master’s student at Penn State, it’s not only the brand credibility from this amazing academic institution, it's also the resources, invaluable networks created, and the innovative growth one encounters that makes you so special."