Originally from Kansas, Marie Halvorsen-Ganepola recently moved here from Gainesville and the University of Florida's Management PhD program with her husband Berty, who became a United States citizen after immigrating here from Sri Lanka. She earned her MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2007; and she studied Biology (BA) and Genetics (BS) at the University of Kansas prior to that. In between, Marie worked as an operations manager for Pearson Government Solutions, as an instructor and tutor for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, and as a management consultant for a small entrepreneurial firm. Marie and her husband couldn't be happier to be rejoining the community at Our Lady's University!
Marie’s research interests include willpower, personality, intelligence, resilience, and positive organizational scholarship; and she loves teaching Management classes. Her personal interests include travel (especially Sri Lanka and US National Parks), music (musical theater, choral and liturgical singing, opera, classical, and Neil Diamond), and reading (biography, philosophy of science, historical fiction, travelogue, natural history, classic novels, epic fantasy, sci-fi, short story, memoir, and personal essay).
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