The B&E team continues to grow! Please welcome new Graduate Assistants Morgan Beatty (MBA ’21), Matt Zanella (MAcc ’20), Angelica Paletta (MAFS & MBA ’20), and Huma Fatima (MBA ’21). Get to know them, and feel free to drop in to say ‘hi’!
Morgan Beatty is a first-year MBA student with a concentration in Project Management. Morgan graduated from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree and two minors in Psychology and Leadership. During her time in undergrad, she interned for the Clinton County Economic Partnership, which included the Chamber of Commerce, Visitor’s Bureau, and Economic Development office for Clinton County. As an intern, she assisted in planning events, promoting small business, and helping to build a community network. Morgan loved the planning and networking aspects that came with her internship and hopes to continue on that path here at Chatham as a graduate assistant.
After completing her undergraduate degree in three years, Morgan decided to add on just a few more to obtain her Masters. She chose Chatham University because of the many opportunities offered for women and she appreciates the smaller class sizes that enable students to make deeper and more personal connections with the faculty. Morgan is still not 100% sure of where her career will take her, but she knows that Chatham will provide her with the necessary tools to excel in the business world.
While not in class, Morgan enjoys spending time painting, reading, and doing all things outdoors. While living in Pittsburgh, she plans on taking advantage of the local sports teams and going to her first Steelers and Penguins games! Morgan is very excited to be a part of this new community and looks forward to all of the upcoming the programing and events offered by the Business and Entrepreneurship Department.
Matthew Zanella is in his last year of studies in the integrated Masters in Accounting (MAcc) program. As part of the program, he began taking graduate courses during his senior year of undergraduate studies here at Chatham University; Matt found the integrated degree to be a very enticing option when making his decision to leave the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg after his sophomore year.Driven by a passion for business from a young age, Matt has held several internship positions over his time as a student. In the Spring of 2019, Matt had the opportunity to work as a VITA tax preparer at the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, providing free personal and family income tax assistance to low-income and underprivileged families in the Pittsburgh area. Other internships have included working in the accounts payable department at a small-mid size manufacturing firm in his hometown of Butler as well as performing first-year audit and tax work over a summer for a local public accounting firm, S.R. Snodgrass, P.C. Upon graduation in 2020, Matt will begin working for Snodgrass as a full-time associate in their Cranberry office.
When his head is not in accounting, Matt enjoys cooking, lifting, and attending trivia nights with his family and friends; he is an avid trivia nut and his family has qualified for the playoffs in their local league based out of Butler County three years in a row. As a former college athlete at Pitt-Greensburg, Matt loves to stay active and unwinds by hiking and camping either by himself or with his older brother.
Angelica Paletta is in her second year at Chatham University and is pursuing both a MA in Food Studies as well as a MBA. She studied English Literature at Villanova University as an undergraduate and became intrigued by the food culture in Italy while attending the Umbra Institute for a semester abroad. After graduating, she returned to Italy for an internship as an English Teaching Assistant and her interest in all-things-food continued to develop. Upon returning to Pittsburgh, she pursued opportunities in institutions dedicated to education and worked in a variety of administrative positions at the University of Pittsburgh, including assisting in faculty searches, offering support in the creation of the Pennsylvania Alternative System of Assessment, and a number of other assignments.
Angelica began investigating programs in Food Studies and realized that Chatham’s dual degree program offered the opportunity she hoped for in developing a well-rounded skillset. Angelica is particularly intrigued by edible landscaping and agroforestry in urban green spaces as a means to involve the community in food access, education, and nutrition. Currently, in addition to working as a graduate assistant with the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, she is interning with RAND Corporation as a Data Collector on a project that assesses school learning gardens and their impact on students’ food preferences; you can also find her tending tomatoes (among other things) on the farm at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus.
Syeda Huma Fatima is from Saudi Arabia and recently moved to the United States to pursue an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management. Huma is also a dentist and graduated from Sri Sai Dental College in India last December. She’s always wanted to have her own business in the medical field and Chatham’s concentration in Healthcare Management is a perfect fit; she hopes it will prepare her well for her future foray into entrepreneurship. This is her first semester at Chatham University, and she’s excited to be immersed in new cultures and to meet amazing people. The reason Huma chose Chatham was because of its rigor and beautiful campus. During her spare time, Huma enjoys cooking, painting, and calligraphy (both in Arabic and English) as well as traveling and making new friends.