JAMES LIBERTI (sport
management) was promoted
to manager of ticket
operations for the NBA’s
Philadelphia 76ers. He was
previously assistant ticket
KAYLYN SMI TH (psychology)
was hired as the assistant
director of athletics facilities
and operations at Wheaton
College in Norton, MA. She
was previously the assistant
commissioner and senior
woman administrator for
the Commonwealth Coast
MICHAEL BOOKER (sport
management) was named
an assistant men’s basketball
coach at Westfield State
University. He is also an
account representative at
deRenzy Document Solutions
in West Springfield, MA.
TRICIA BREAULT (management)
is now the athletics equipment
manager at University of
California Berkeley. Prior to
this she was an athletic
equipment intern for college
athletics at Ohio State
LIBERTI ’ 10
I started working at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Hartford, CT,
immediately after graduating. While working full time, I earned my
Masters in Accounting from Western New England in 2010. I worked
at PwC until November 2012 at which time I accepted an offer with
Sikorsky. I ended up getting two amazing Alaskan Klee Kai (mini-husky)
puppies, Kali and Kobi, and in July 2015, married my amazing husband,
Bill Olender, in my hometown of Martha’s Vineyard.
What is your role at Sikorsky and how do you feel
you make an impact each day?
I started in the Controller’s Department for Financial Reporting and
Cost Accounting, but I am currently a senior financial analyst on our
Development Programs. Being an integral part of our development
programs has allowed me to influence critical engineering schedules
and designs by providing accurate financial information. While the
core of our aviation business is built on engineering, the success of the
business hinges on sound financial decisions and support.
How has your education at Western New England
helped you become the professional you are today?
I use the skills the communication and business classes taught me
daily. A good working relationship is founded on good communication,
which is how I have been successful in each industry that I have
worked in. Understanding the key business objectives and effectively
communicating them is the main reason for my success to date.
If you could give any advice to current students, what would it be?
Everyone says the real world isn’t like the classroom; however, what they
neglect to mention is the fundamentals taught in every class are your
building blocks for success. In my experience, the books that came from
my introductory communications, economics, cost accounting, and
business courses are never dusty.
Brie (Sylvia) Olender ’09/G’ 10
ACCOUNTING AND MSA
Senior Analyst, Accounting,
SMITH ’ 10