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MBA student Christina Wormann has been selected as a finalist for the  U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. 

Wormann, who is concentrating in accounting in her graduate business program at Caldwell, is one of 850 finalists picked from 10,000 individuals who applied for the fellowship.  The aim of the government’s premier leadership program for advanced degree holders is to transition fellows into permanent federal government management roles and provide them with leadership training to make a difference in government. 

Wormann, who currently serves on a non-permanent basis for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) team making final forgiveness decisions for the Paycheck Protection Program, is thrilled to have been selected. (   In the last two-and-a-half years she has worked with the SBA on other COVID relief programs, including the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs. “It has been such a rewarding experience where I feel like the work I do each day matters,” said Wormann ‘00 who holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Caldwell.   

After 20 years in the workforce including running a start-up healthcare travel staffing company, Wormann returned to school to gain formal business education. She chose Caldwell for its education and the “supportive, kind and encouraging community.” Accounting was not on her radar until she started working for SBA and took the Accounting for Managers course at Caldwell.  She realized that additional accounting education could help her with her current role at SBA. “And it certainly has helped me transition to reviewing complex loans,” explained Wormann.  She has appreciated the mentorship of Accounting professors Ann Marie Callahan and Ronald Premuroso.   “Conversations with Dr. Premuroso and Professor Callahan were instrumental in [my] understanding of how pursuing my CPA could provide career opportunities and security in an ever-changing economic environment.”   

Wormann is happy to have had Caldwell’s foundation as an undergraduate and graduate student.  “I believe that Caldwell’s service and ethics-driven culture is why I love serving in my current role so much. I hope to be able to continue to serve in the federal government in a role that can have a positive impact on everyday people, whether at the SBA, or in a role I haven’t discovered yet.”