Jessica Sardella with David Gurzick, director of the MBA program, and Ron Volpe, Hood College presidenet
MBA faculty presented two awards to exceptional students this spring.
The first — the Fred and Lenora Dietzel MBA Award,established in honor of Dr. Anita Jose for the best student in the MBA Management Policy capstone course — went to Veselin Vasilev. A Hood alum, Veselin returned to his Alma mater and achieved the highest score in a very competitive class on his MBA capstone project. He is the owner of the VNV Group, a residential services management company that operates in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties. Always the scholar, he is continuing his education and is currently a level 1 candidate as a Chartered Financial Analyst.
The second award is the MBA Director’s Award given to a graduating MBA student who personifies academic excellence, high aspirations and great work ethic. This year, the award went to Jessica Sardella. Jessica maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA through the program. She is the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving at Hood College where she is responsible for securing funding of over $1.6 million for academic support, scholarships, financial aid, athletics and more. She specializes in crowdfunding campaigns and is interested in how innovative technology is changing philanthropy. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, in her free time Jessica is head coach and director of social media for the Frederick Stars Girl’s Lacrosse Club.