Executives in Residence

Executives in Residence

Executives in Residence (EIRs) are senior-level Pittsburgh-based professionals who volunteer their time to help guide Katz students.

Barrie H. Athol

Barrie Athol retired from BNY Mellon as Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to that he led the $17.6 billion merger between Mellon Financial and The Bank of New York. Before joining Mellon, Barrie held a variety of senior strategy, marketing, and corporate development roles in the professional services, technology, and industrial/manufacturing segments. He earned his MBA here at University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, and now helps co-develop and co-deliver programs in Katz’s Center for Integrated Learning.

Contact Barrie at barrie.athol@pitt.edu

Theresa Gallick

Theresa Gallick has over 20 years of corporate experience working in everything from global, multinationals to high-tech start-ups. The bulk of Theresa’s expertise is in B2C Marketing, but she also has significant proficiency in B2B Marketing. As the principal in her own consulting firm, she has also worked with non-profits, service industries, and manufacturers. Besides advising marketing students, her specialty areas are applying marketing concepts like unique selling propositions, branding, target identification, and promotion to the job search process.

Contact Theresa at tgallick@pitt.edu

Susan M. Kapusta

Susan Kapusta has 25+ years of experience as a corporate communication leader, university professor and student mentor. She was also the president of the United States Steel Foundation at U.S. Steel, a Fortune 200 company. She specializes in applying communication concepts like audience assessment, purpose, content and medium to every career-building challenge. Susan earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in corporate communication from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University. She was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha national communication honor society and has advanced certifications from Harvard Law School and Boston College.

Contact Susan at smk152@pitt.edu

James (Jim) B. Kelly

Jim Kelly is an experienced international executive and entrepreneur who directed the global growth of American firms in fifteen countries. He was a founder and CEO of Flight Explorer, an IT provider to the aviation community acquired by Sabre. He also founded SynXis, a hotel reservation management software provider, also acquired by Sabre. He served as deputy assistant secretary, International Economic Policy, in the Reagan Administration and served six years in the Pennsylvania Legislature. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Contact Jim at jbk43@pitt.edu

Edward (Ned) C. Sherry

Ned Sherry has worked in three major areas during his career — with large corporations, small privately held companies, and in the consulting field. Most recently, he was the vice president and managing principal for a large career transition and coaching firm. Ned previously held the role of president at four manufacturing companies and was the vice president/general manager of Pennzoil Corporation’s Marketing Division. He also served in various capacities at Exxon Corporation, including management assignments, sales, marketing, finance, public affairs, and real estate.

Contact Ned at nsherry@pitt.edu

William (Bill) A. Slivka

Bill Slivka is a seasoned business executive in the consumer health industry with deep experience across U.S. and international geographies, classic brand marketing, product development, and new business acquisition and commercialization. His nearly 40 years in business have been with Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and small independent consulting companies. Bill has been helping Katz MBA’s finetune career strategies for over seven years, including resume and interview preparation. Bill also serves on several non-profit advisory boards in the Pittsburgh area. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Harvard Business School.

Contact Bill at waslivka@pitt.edu

Howard Sniderman

Prior to retirement, Howard Sniderman spent 38 years at Deloitte operating in a number of national roles. Initially, he was a tax partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions and ran Deloitte’s tax bankruptcy practice. He then transitioned into a series of national and global roles. He ran the firm’s innovation practice and Service Development Board, in addition to co-leading the firm’s strategy, research, and competitive intelligence practices. At Katz, he specializes in improving our experience-based learning programs.

Contact Howard at his19@pitt.edu

James (Jim) C. Woll

With over 35 years of experience in general management and financial leadership roles in global organizations, Jim Woll has a broad background in high growth business environments. He held executive positions in international operations and corporate finance over a 25-year career at medical device manufacturer Respironics, Inc., culminating in the sale of the company to Dutch multinational Royal Philips for $5 billion. Jim also worked with start-up robotic surgical system manufacturer, Blue Belt Technologies, that was acquired by Smith & Nephew plc for $275 million. At Katz, he specializes in improving our experience-based learning programs.

Contact Jim at jcwoll@pitt.edu

Greg Zovko

Greg Zovko is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of financial and business experience. While he was the vice president & controller for the United States Steel Corporation, Greg had responsibility for all facets of accounting and business financial analysis. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, and a master’s degree in tax administration from Duquesne University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Contact Greg at grz4@pitt.edu


It’s more than just a career plan. It will help you evaluate what kind of professional you want to be, what kind of skills you want to develop. You are not just bringing home a certificate, but you are a better professional and a better person. 

Sabine Rossi

MBA '19

I chose Katz for the course offerings. I knew I could build on my strengths through the strong core curriculum with specific classes that would help me learn invaluable tactics and strategies for my career. The international community at Katz is eye-opening. Learning from individuals who come from all over the world is a valuable experience in and of itself.

Robert Innis

MBA '18