University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Business Couples

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Whether it was in class, or through friends, many graduates have found love at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. If you met your spouse at Katz, or have news to share about your family, email us at social@katz.pitt.edu. The news you share may be included in the 2016 Pitt Business magazine!

Frank and Michelle Domeisen

Frank and Michelle Domeisen met during their first semester of MBA classes in 1981. Both graduates of the class of 1982, the couple still resides in Pittsburgh.   Frank is the area Michelle and Frank Domeisenexecutive VP and area director of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Services at Arthur J. Gallagher, Co., one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage and risk management service firms. Michelle is a retired senior vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company.  She is currently earning her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The couple describes their perfect date as anywhere they can take a walk in the fresh outdoors with their dog. They also enjoy skiing, yoga, tennis, swimming, and traveling, especially to Switzerland, where the couple has dual citizenship. Their daughter, Natalie, is a graduate of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, was a collegiate swimmer at Cornell University, and is now working to earn a medical degree from Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine. 

Diane and David Denis

Diane and David Denis celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on February 21, 2016. The couple met at the University of Michigan while they were Diane and David Denisearning their PhD degrees. Diane, a professor of business administration and area director for finance at Katz, and David, a professor of business administration at Katz, enjoy trying new restaurants in Pittsburgh and cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The couple has two children: Matt, who is earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Ellen, who works in human resources for Citibank in New York City. As a family, the Denises vacation to Alpena, Michigan every 4th of July holiday, and have a tradition of running in the Dork Brothers 4th of July 5K race. 

Tamera Szijarto and Yan Kublo

Tamera Szijarto and Yan Kublo

Tamera Szijarto (KGSB ’14) and Yan Kublo (CBA ’08, KGSB ’13) met during orientation activities for the Katz MBA program. Tamera is the strategic initiatives advisor, AVP for PNC Financial Services in New Jersey, and Yan is the regional marketing manager for specialty additives for Honeywell International. 

Tamera and Yan were married on December 13, 2015 in El Nido, Palawan. The couple enjoys traveling the world together and have visited Germany, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia. 

Matt and Renee Stepnick

Matt and Renee Stepnick met while they were undergraduates at the College of Business Administration. Both were accounting Matt and Renee Stepnickmajors and although they didn’t have classes together, they met through mutual accounting friends in Beta Alpha Psi.

After graduation, Matt began his career at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Renee started her career at Deloitte. The couple dated for five years before they were engaged in March 2013. They were married at the University Club on June 14, 2014 and sang “Sweet Caroline” with all of their family and friends at the wedding reception. 

Matt and Renee stay engaged with the school by attending Pitt Business alumni events and by cheering on the Panthers with season tickets for both football and basketball games. 

Stacy and Drew Hurt

Stacy Hurt (MHA/MBA ’96) and Drew Hurt (MBA ’95) were introduced through a mutual acquaintance, Dawn Pecoraro Dobbs, while making friends during KatzStacy and Drew Hurt orientation. Dawn later served as matron of honor at Stacy and Drew’s wedding on August 28, 1999. 

Stacy and Drew have two sons, Griffin, 12, and Emmett, 10. Emmett suffers from a rare chromosomal abnormality that renders him with multiple special needs and disabilities. He is unable to walk, talk, sign, or care for himself. 

In addition, Stacy has been battling Stage IV colorectal cancer since her 44th birthday on September 17, 2014.  To date she has endured 28 chemotherapies, back to back 5 hour surgeries, and radiation.  She is moving forward with a positive attitude, determination, and her sense of humor.  She had no known risk factors and was living a healthy lifestyle prior to both of her devastating, life changing events.  

Through all of this, Drew serves as a Director of Finance for McKesson Corporation, and prior to her illness, Stacy served as Vice President of Training and Development for Transdermal Therapeutics, Inc.  

Spending time together as family and cherishing each day are the most important parts of Stacy and Drew's life.  Drew enjoys golfing with Griffin, and Stacy finds great purpose in speaking on behalf of colon cancer awareness, overcoming life's challenges, and special needs advocacy and accessibility for all populations. Emmett enjoys therapeutic horseback riding to increase his core strength.  The couple says their love started as friendship at Katz and has conquered many obstacles, and will continue to for a long time to come!