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Executive MBA Student Profiles

 

Past Cohorts

Bob Berezansky EMBA 125 South Student

Bob Berezansky
PreZero US, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer

Ashley Copley EMBA 125 South Student

Ashley Copley
Sodexo: Stanford Healthcare
Sr. Operations Manager

David Endean 125 South Cohort

David Endean
Passions and Talents LLC
CEO

Shane Gelinas Tasty Business/ Handlebar Spirits Founder/CMO

Shane Gelinas
Tasty Business/Handlebar Spirits
Founder/CMO

Suren Hazarian Department of the Navy Business Manager

Suren Hazarian
Department of the Navy
Business Manager

David LeCross The Walt Disney Co, Imagineering Executive Coordinator

David LeCross
The Walt Disney Co, Imagineering
Executive Coordinator

John Lindquist JRL Capital (dba Golden Lion Capital) Managing Partner

John Lindquist
JRL Capital (dba Golden Lion Capital)
Managing Partner

Veronika Messer Assil Eye Institute Operation Manager

Veronika Messer
Assil Eye Institute
Operations Manager

Jose Ocampo Hamilton Company Western Regional Sales Manager

Jose Ocampo
Hamilton Company
Western Regional Sales Manager

Philip Payne Quality Reimbursement Services Security Officer/Consultant

Philip Payne
Quality Reimbursement Services
Security Officer/Consultant

Michael Pegues United States Gypsum Corp Regional Architectural Sales Manager

Michael Pegues
United States Gypsum Corp
Regional Architectural Sales Manager

Poulia St. John The QYOU VP of Content / Head of Int'l Channels

Lexi St. John
The QYOU
VP of Content / Head of Int'l Channels

Melanie Tisman Total Vision, LLC Director, Revenue Cycle Management

Melanie Tisman
Total Vision, LLC
Director, Revenue Cycle Management

 

 

 

Anita Agyeman

Anita Agyeman

Budget Office, Department of Defense

Anita currently works for the Department of Defense in the Budget Division where she establishes policies and procedures for the appropriate spending authorities of appropriated government funds. Anita has more than 10 years of experience working in government finance. She has served eight years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps in finance to include overseas operations. She has been awarded for her efforts in reducing fraud and spending authority controls. Anita has specialized in contracting as well as internal controls and auditing. She earned a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Her current endeavors pertain to process improvement and standardization of program policies.

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen

Development Manager, Frito Lay

Jennifer possesses more than 10 years of leadership and business development experience. She executes key strategies and initiatives to achieve corporate objectives for her customers and channels through effective account management, sales execution, category management, and communication. Her keen ability to gain knowledge of her customer’s priorities enables her to deliver diverse options in selling the company's products. Through her success, she has demonstrated to be an integral part of the company. She has a passion and drive for success that has propelled growth within her business year after year. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She is a lifelong learner, and her education has enhanced her leadership abilities.

Christine Bui

Christine Bui

Senior VP of Client Care and Financing, Optima Tax Relief, LLC

Christine is the Senior VP of the Client Care and Financing Division of Optima Tax Relief located in Santa Ana, CA. She has been with Optima Tax Relief since its inception and oversees the operations of various departments including the financing, customer service, accounts receivable, risk management, and quality assurance departments. She has successfully led her division through several systems changes and has worked closely with engineers on features for Optima Tax Relief’s payment and client portals. She is passionate about employee development and understands the importance of fostering a culture where employees are given the opportunity to learn and grow. With 15 years of consumer finance experience, she has also worked in the real estate and lending industries. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

Sr. Vice President, Glumac—a Tetra Tech Company

Steve is a Senior Vice President at Glumac, a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Sustainable Engineering Firm, and heads up the Building Commissioning Group.  Steve, with a mechanical engineering background, has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.  Prior to moving to Southern California and joining Glumac 12 years ago, Steve was a New Yorker, and while attending New York Institute of Technology, he started working for a small HVAC firm and eventually became the Owner and President of the company.  After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he went on to earn his Professional Engineering License and became a LEED Accredited Professional.  At Glumac, he leads a team of professionals that specialize in high profile, sustainable Building Commissioning Projects.  While not working, he is an avid reader and enjoys hiking in the hills around Southern California with his family.

Nick Cokas

Nick Cokas

Founder, Cokas Corp

Nick is an innovative business leader and philanthropist. Currently, he is working on pioneering social good and ethical technologies. His clients included: Proctor & Gamble, Adidas, GAP, Walmart, Target, AMEX, Haley Bennet, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Miranda Kerr, and Katharine McPhee. He has also facilitated recording agreements with Columbia Records, RCA, Verve Music Group, Executive Produced studio albums and advised on the music marketing and soundtrack strategies between Columbia Records and DreamWorks Television on NBC’s ‘SMASH’. Nick founded the McPhee Outreach, an international foundation aiming to raise awareness and fundraise for charitable organizations such as Build On, Feeding America, Salvation Army, Target House, St. Jude, Malaria No More and The Lollipop Theater Network. He created the Summer Feeding Tour with ConAgra Foods for Feeding America as well as the Match my Gift campaign with the Salvation Army. In addition, Nick has built three schools in the West African country of Burkina Faso concentrating on the poorest of the poor and equal opportunities for young women. He has traveled to West Africa to aid in malaria education and was involved with ongoing strategies to continue building schools in some of the world’s poorest nations through USAID, BuildOn, the U.S. Department of State, among others. Nick graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 1986.

Jacquelyn Engel

Jacquelyn Engel

Director, Cyberknife, Stanford Health Care

Jacquelyn currently works for Stanford Health Care as director of business development for the Cyberknife Program. She provides strategic leadership built on market research, business plan definition and commercialization of cutting-edge new technologies. She works as a resource to individuals involved in the delivery of Cyberknife services and thinks of herself as a servant leader. Prior to joining the non-profit world Jacquelyn has a 15 year track record of achievement developing new business in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She has held multiple Presidents Club and Circle of Excellence awards from companies such as Pfizer, Medtronic and Allergan. Jacquelyn holds a bachelor's degree from Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI.

Vanessa Faggiolly

Vanessa Faggiolly

CFO, Amerisal Foods LLC

Vanessa is the CFO of Amerisal Foods LLC. Vanessa decided to join her mother and work in making Amerisal a successful company. She has been responsible for the company’s innovation process, including identifying strategies, new technologies, and business opportunities, as well as developing new capabilities with partners, new business models, and new industry structures to serve those opportunities. She has become an expert on all aspects of retail operation (R & D, merchandising, sales, customer service, inventory, and personnel). Under her leadership, Amerisal Foods has expanded its sales in areas such as Las Vegas and Seattle, but also throughout California, Alaska, and Texas. Vanessa is passionate about creating jobs, empowering people to succeed, improving the quality of lives in our communities, and serve as a volunteer at non-profit organizations. She also enjoys mentoring and empowering young women to thrive and become successful; to pursue their dreams and to educate themselves. She attributed her drive, dedication, and passion to her parents, who have always taught her strong work ethics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economy from California State University, Los Angeles.

Alan P. Hernandez

Alan P. Hernandez

Regional Account Manager, Biomedical Services
American Red Cross

Alan is currently responsible for annually collecting more than 8,000 lifesaving blood products that are transfused to patients across the hundreds of local area hospitals the American Red Cross serves. His tenure at the American Red Cross has allowed him to have been part of numerous lifesaving missions, including the 450 lifesaving blood products sent by the American Red Cross out of Ontario Airport to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting in 2018. He has effectively led various teams and managed territories to extraordinary success and has done so by incorporating a positive culture, team collaboration, and leading transparently. Alan has 18 years of management expertise with 14 years in the non-profit sector. He is fluent in Spanish, both reading and writing. Alan has held positions at JPL and was an L.A. County lifeguard for many years and has helped coach the swim team and instructing swimming lessons to kids in the East Los Angeles area. Alan enjoys spending time with his family and takes personal time for fitness and meditation. He believes in helping others and is committed to being part of making this world a better place.

Nikunj Patel

​Nikunj Patel

Director of Business Management, Ergomotion Inc.

Nikunj has spent the last 18 years in providing operational support and leadership to call center teams in the medical device and consumer goods industries. Currently, Nikunj is responsible for assessing organizational need, designing and deploying various organizational development programs, tools and processes that facilitate improved organizational performance. In this role, Nikunj partners with operational leaders to identify system-wide opportunities and works collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and deploy solutions. This role supports and influences decisions across the organization base on the insights provided. Nikunj’s focus is the on-going development of key performance metrics and data points essential to the measurement and evaluation of the operation of the business and to apply the appropriate analysis to create data outputs that will help various teams make critical business decisions. He works directly with business intelligence software to ensure data integrity, both for reporting and analysis purposes. Overall, he is responsible for defining, developing and introducing business management strategies that will help the business grow efficiently, effectively, and profitably. Nikunj earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Management.

Lucy Rivera, MSN, RN

Lucy Rivera, MSN, RN

Assistant Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Service Area

Lucy began her career in the healthcare industry nearly 20 years ago. She has oversight for complex clinic operations, with intricate and diverse departments serving large volumes of members. She is committed to the development of teams and the understanding of large organizations. She thinks differently to drive change and spearheads thoughtful business ideas while partnering with physician leaders to identify successful business opportunities. She is a leader, and driver of results always focused on the outcomes that would ultimately serve to enhance quality, service and evidence-based practices at Kaiser Permanente. Lucy transforms challenging teams while collaborating in a union environment to education on innovation and change. Her skillset spanned from understanding the nursing profession to business understanding to connecting teams together. In her work, she is responsible for constructing business plans that are detailed with budget projections, growth projections and strategies for success. She often engaged very respectfully with support teams, business intelligence teams and those that would contribute to her work to construct plans knowing the implications they would have on overall success to the organization. Lucy always challenged herself to grow professionally and personally. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing as well as a Master’s degree in HealthCare Administration and Occupational Environmental Health from UCLA.

Tulima Tuanaki

Tulima Tuanaki

Senior Director of Administration, Contract Services

Tulima is the Senior Director of Administration at Contract Services, which includes two non-profit organizations that provide vital behind-the-scenes functions to the entertainment industry through regulatory and contractually mandated services. In this position, she provides organization-wide leadership and guidance to support daily administration in the areas of roster maintenance, training, operations, transportation, human resources, and compliance. In addition, Tulima runs and facilitates Board of Trustees meetings and committees and serves as a key representative for the organization during negotiations. She was first introduced to the entertainment industry by working as an Executive Assistant for the Studio Transportation Drivers, Teamsters, Local #399 under the tenure of Secretary-Treasurer Leo T. Reed. During Tulima’s career, she has built a solid reputation as an innovative executive and problem solver in an evolving entertainment industry. She strives for excellence in board policy determinations in support of the organization while working in collaboration with the producers, guilds, and unions to increase services. Tulima earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University and loves dedicating every free moment to her devoted husband Isi, and two adorable children Masina and Isi.

Rhys Tyler

Rhys Tyler

Project Management Professional

Rhys honorably served more than 20 years in the United States Navy leading some of the world’s most talented teams under the most arduous conditions. He possesses a comprehensive background in business acumen, proven experience creating and implementing the clear organizational vision and continuous process improvement derived from conducting domestic and global operations. Rhys currently employs his talents working for a growing Government Contracting company planning Engineering specifications that consist of mechanical, structural, ship alteration, and modernization repair projects for the U.S. Navy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. He lives in beautiful San Diego, CA and loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and volunteer in his community.

Cayetano S. Urias

Cayetano S. Urias

Director of Food Safety, Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds

Cayetano is currently the Director of Quality Systems for Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds LLC (WP&A)—the largest vertically integrated grower/processor of nuts in the world located in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Over the last 13 years with WP&A, Cayetano has served in multiple middle and then senior management roles throughout the organization in fields such as logistic, production, and quality assurance. Professionally, Cayetano is recognized for his ability to increase department output, reduce lab turn time while simultaneously reducing cost. One of his passions in management is the development of people; if you ask his greatest contribution to his current organization is developing three of his direct reports that have risen to the director level. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, and attending any Comic-Con events with his daughters. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University, Bakersfield.

 

Jason Chadwick

Jason Chadwick

Director, Controls; Total Lighting Concepts

Jason currently serves as Director, Controls, for Total Lighting Concepts (TLC). With 12 years of experience leading top-rated sales organizations, Jason has been able to build explosive market share for TLC’s integrated building technologies. He is also a Board Member and Principal of The Lighting Control Co., where his main focus is the deployment, service, and execution of IoT technologies for commercial projects. Before joining TLC, Jason led sales teams for Crestron Electronics and Paychex where he consistently exceeded sales targets and revenue projections year-after-year, by building teams with top talent, creating a motivating culture, and his laser-like focus on results. Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Marketing Communications, and is fluent in Spanish.

Charles Chen

Charles Chen

Vice President of Sales and Engineering; China Electronics, Inc.

Charles is a seasoned technical salesman with wide experience in engineering, manufacturing, new product launch and P&L management. He also served as VP at a Chinese public traded firm before his arrival to the US. In today’s global economy, Charles presented his unique skill sets by working with more than a hundred global companies across many regions in the world. His deep understanding of product management and engineering cycle awarded much respect from his prospects and customers. Charles also developed much appreciation on working with entrepreneurs, startups and minority ethnic groups by assisting them with full turnkey solutions.

Gali Firstenberg

Gali Firstenberg

Director of Operations, Operations; Say Something Entertainment

Gali is the Director of Operations at Say Something Entertainment, a management firm in Los Angeles producing transformational entertainment experiences. Working hand in hand with the start-up's founder, she oversees finance and daily operations of the business. Before joining her current team Gali enjoyed a career in the music industry, with roles in music publishing (Brill Building Music Publishing, Lava Music Publishing, BMG Chrysalis) and performance rights (ASCAP). At the same time, she served on the Board of Directors of Nap Girls International, a 501(c)(3) increasing female and gender-nonconforming representation in the entertainment industry.

Her focus is on operational management, strategic decision making and leadership, and she has a strong passion for making businesses that perform social good profitable. Gali is currently earning an Executive MBA at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business (class of 2020) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Columbia College Chicago, where she sat on the Board of the Activities committee and attended an inordinate number of concerts. She is a Los Angeles native and will always have a soft spot for a clever song lyric and catchy melody.

Amanda Hoffmann

Amanda Hoffmann

Manager of Operations; Vacation Palm Springs by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Amanda is the Manager of Operations at Vacation Palm Springs, the largest short-term rental and property management company in Southern California. In this position, she reports directly to the Regional Vice President and oversees daily operations, provides direct management of key functional managers, and manages all financial aspects of the business. Amanda started her career in accounting at Windes in Long Beach and is currently a Certified Public Accountant. She found a passion for operations strategy and leadership and is excited to learn and grow. She enjoys problem-solving and helping others to grow and develop as leaders. In her free time, Amanda enjoys outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, beach volleyball, snowboarding, and golf. Amanda also played Division I indoor volleyball at Cal State Fullerton where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Cathy Castro Ingersoll

Cathy Castro Ingersoll

Human Resources Business Partner; Coca-Cola North America

Cathy Castro Ingersoll currently works at Coca-Cola North America as a Human Resources Business Partner lead for the West Coast Supply Chain; she supports the Ontario, Chino, and Anaheim manufacturing facilities in California. Cathy holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and has more than 13 years working in the field of Human Resources. Previously, she was employed as a Human Resources Manager at the Toys R Us Distribution Center in Rialto CA. Before Toys R Us, Cathy gained HR experience with Cambrian Homecare and Pacific Theatres. Cathy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from the California State University, Long Beach. In her free time, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband Taylor, son Austin and extended family.

Jonathan McKenley

Jonathan McKenley

Finance Director; Mercedes, Porsche of Melbourne

Jonathan is the Director Finance of a multi-unit Automotive Dealer group in Central Florida. He has served at the executive level for more than ten years. Jonathan started his career in sales, and quickly developed into leadership positions. In these roles, he has been responsible for conducting financial, credit, and risk analysis along with ensuring his department remained in compliance with corporate, state and federal policies and laws. Jonathan has also owned and operated an Automotive glass repair business, contracting with local business, major insurance companies, and managing government contracts. He calls Melbourne, FL home but enjoys traveling to Pepperdine for his EMBA.

Alarica Mittal

Alarica Mittal

Director of Operations; Swami International

Alarica’s real estate career began at Swami International. Fulfilling her desire to learn the family business from the ground up, Alarica worked the front desk answering phones, collecting rents, and resolving tenant disputes. She transitioned into management by modernizing systems to monitor the location of maintenance personnel, improved the vetting of prospective tenants, and instituted weekly production meetings with resident managers. Swami International is a family-owned and operated real estate holding company with roughly 2,500 multifamily units in Los Angeles, a Chinese import company, a Gardena ACE Hardware Store, and India back-office accounting and support. Alarica immerses herself in all aspects of managing her, and Swami International’s, assets. As full or partial owner in five hundred units, she implemented strategies to import frequently used capital expenditure material from China as well as acquired a 15,000 square foot ACE Hardware Store as a domestic wholesale supplier to supplement existing import activities. Alarica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from San Diego State.

Jackie Taque

Jackie Taque

Implementation Engagement Manager; CUNA Mutual Group

Jackie is a native Californian, raised in the San Fernando Valley. Her financial and insurance industry knowledge combined with years of experience working with the largest Credit Unions across the country as a project manager has led to a successful 14-year career. She works closely with agile project teams, helping implement innovative products from pilot status to commercialization. She works closely with credit union leadership on implementation feedback for future strategic growth. Before project management, Jackie spent six years training and coaching sales skills in large credit unions and managed a team of 17 trainers across the country. She was recognized several times with the highest award at CUNA Mutual, receiving the President’s Council award for top sales results. Jackie spent 11 years working at two credit unions in a variety of positions from lending, marketing to business development. She speaks English and Spanish, studied in Mexico and lived and worked in Guatemala. She holds several project management certifications and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 22 years, teenage son and daughter and is an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.

​Sonny Tran

​Sonny Tran

Director of Information Systems; Watts Healthcare Corporation

Sonny currently serves as Director of Information Systems for Watts Healthcare Corporation where he oversees the company’s technologies and healthcare systems. He has been there for over 18 years developing the infrastructure, designing applications, deploying EHRs, writing policies and procedures, negotiating contracts, and collaborating with partners such as the Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and California Primary Care Association (CPCA) to name a few. Sonny has also worked on projects for Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Dell, and Fujitsu Siemens as a consultant focusing on web applications, web hosting, and security. During his spare time, he enjoys researching, trading stocks, working on cars, the outdoors and spending time with family. Sonny is currently interested in the blockchain technology and decentralization to create an economy of scale. He is currently working on a project which involves the healthcare industry. He studied Management to Information Systems at Cal Poly, Pomona and Business Administration at the University of La Verne.

Isaac Trumbo

Isaac Trumbo

Director of Development; Knighted Ventures

Isaac is the Director of Development for Knighted Ventures, a third-party service provider in the California Gaming Industry. He entered the industry in 2007 and had worked primarily in operations management, both in third-party gaming and as a Casino Manager and General Manager of cardrooms. Before entering the industry, Isaac worked for Silicon Valley startups primarily in project management. His blend of startup mentality and gaming experience, along with a passion for learning, has helped fuel an expanding framework of career resources available to team members. Isaac is also focused on future expansion as part of Knighted’s strategy team. He is passionate about his family and his work and most especially the adventure of being a new father. He also loves photography, music, and books, when time allows.

Becky Wagner

Becky Wagner

General Manager; Fleet Feet Burbank

Becky is currently General Manager for run specialty retail leader Fleet Feet in Burbank, CA. She has 20 years of diversified experience, holding marketing positions in such fields as the music industry, technological start-up, and franchise retail. She has excelled in both traditional and new media marketing throughout her career, winning several awards. Becky is also responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and mentoring all levels of marketing professionals. Becky's style cultivates a positive culture within the workplace that emphasizes collaboration and team cohesion. Becky sums up goals as “working towards a better world through mentoring, marathons, music and social media.” Becky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Kent State University.

Cole Whitcher

Cole Whitcher

Partner & COO; Magnum Capital Investments & Tricom Networks Inc.

Having been a successful serial entrepreneur for most of his working career, Cole quickly learned how to convert under producing and underperforming organizations into profitable businesses by utilizing forward thinking and building strategic relationships. Cole has experience in founding companies from the ground up and leading them into eight-figure revenues in industries such as Fashion (including branded, private label, & Licensing flagship stores) Financial /Asset Recovery Consulting & Telecom. Over the past 12 years of his working experience, Cole has learned that networking plays a vital role in the success and welcomes any new future relationships to be had. He intends to create a permanent role in the industry of investing and finance.

J. Vance Winbush

J. Vance Winbush

Enterprise Solutions and Strategic Sales; Spectrum Enterprise

Vance is a strategic sales specialist at Spectrum Enterprise, the second largest fiber access, networking, and cable video provider in the United States. His focus is on providing solutions and support for large multi-location and multi-national accounts with complex needs. Before his time with Spectrum, Vance spent close to eight years in sales and sales leadership with U.S. Telepacific Corp dba TPX Communications, mid-market commercial telecom access and IT managed services provider based in downtown Los Angeles. During his tenure with TPx, Vance would be one of the top sales professional with the organization and would then go on to be responsible for training, onboarding, mentoring and development of new hires. Over the past decade, he has been involved with several local community organizations, including Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he served as both a mentor and event organizer. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, training in boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu and spending time with family back in his native Louisiana. Vance earned a Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the University of North Texas.

 

Chad Cardinal

Chad Cardinal

Regional Director, The Aspire Group

Chad serves as a senior staff member with The Aspire Group, the industry leader in outsourced ticket marketing, sales, and service for Division I athletic programs. Through his role as Regional Director, his focus is on supporting several of the firms US-based Fan Relationship Management Centers, which serve to drive innovation, collaboration &revenue results around athletic ticket sales for the partners of the company. Before his current role, Chad spent nine years working for professional sports franchises in the NBA/WNBA, MLS & NHL. Outside of work, he is passionate about his church, being outdoors and CrossFit. Chad resides in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, Katie.

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Steve Chang

Steve Chang

Professor & Vice Chairman of Strategic Development and Innovation, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Steve is a Professor and Vice Chairman of Strategic Development and Innovation in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford. He is also the inaugural holder of the Robert C. And Jeannette Powell Professorship in the Neurosciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. His clinical work and research focuses on the treatment of brain and spine tumors as well as cerebrovascular disease. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Steve has degrees in Biology, Quantitative Economics, and Medicine from Stanford University.

Kevin Hurley

Kevin Hurley

General Manager, Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley

Kevin is the General Manager of Hyatt Place Fremont / Silicon Valley. He oversees the complete operation of the hotel, while focusing on driving revenue, increasing profit margins, managing capital projects, ensuring guest satisfaction, and developing the next leaders of the hotel industry. Through his leadership and motivation, Kevin has led his team to place either first or second in GOP % for the Hyatt Place Brand over each of the past four years. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a Marketing option from Fresno State. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends outdoors.

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Dario Meucci

Dario Meucci

Executive Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture, The Walt Disney Company

Dario is the Executive Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture at The Walt Disney Company (Corporate). As the Executive Director, Dario is responsible for all aspects of Global IT infrastructures architecture and standards, applying expertise in multiple infrastructure disciplines including, network, storage, cloud technology and server technology, setting Company-wide global strategies and standards for IT infrastructure across the enterprise. In his previous life, Dario pushed the envelope as a combat tested Commissioned Officer for more than two decades as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. As a Commander, Dario was directly responsible for 3,500+ personnel--managing, executing, and leveraging multi-billion-dollar budgets and assets by creating truly collaborative partnerships and environments across the globe…deploying to Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Continental United States.

Rahul Newasekar

Rahul Newasekar

Director, Business Excellence, and Quality, Flex

Rahul manages Business Excellence & Quality team for Flex’s award-winning Customer Innovation Center in Milpitas, California, located in Silicon Valley. Flex is the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products globally. He is the recipient of Flex’s Global Distinguished Leadership Award. In this role for more than 10 years, Rahul is playing a vital role in creating a culture of lean and six sigma ‘as a way of life’ for campus leadership teams. His team of excellence managers are responsible for initiating and facilitating customer focused Continuous Improvement projects on overcoming potential challenges in operational and business process efficiencies. These efforts require challenging status quo of current business processes by utilizing lean management system that has delivered key innovative solutions & best practices for entire flex. When not at work, Rahul enjoys biking, music and table tennis. Rahul earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing System Integration from Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, he is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt professional. He is also a recipient of the Donald Boyce Scholarship for Academic Excellence in the field of Manufacturing; the 2014 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Supply Chain Innovation award; recipient of ‘Attendee Choice Award for Creative Solution/Action,’ Controlling cost of quality for innovative products research paper at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

Carlos A. Rivera

Carlos A. Rivera

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Carlos is currently an Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, which is an Information Technology & Management Consulting Firm. He has provided a variety of skills to Booz Allen for more than seven years to include project management, systems engineering and configuration management. His clients are a variety of organizations and agencies within the Department of Defence to include his current client, which is in the Satellite Communication community. Prior to consulting, Carlos served 7 ½ years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He has successfully led teams, in support of the warfighter, to multiple countries worldwide to include Qatar, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Germany, Korea, Turkey, and Croatia. Carlos’s prowess as an IT Manager and excellent team building skills had earned him multiple Air Force Commendation Medals and a Joint Commendation Medal. He earned a Computer Engineering degree from San Diego State University and earned his Master’s degree, while overseas, in Information Technology Management through Trident University International (TUI). As a fun fact, Carlos has travelled to more than 29 countries in an eight-year time span and is ecstatic to increase that number during the EMBA International Session.

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Maria Semyonova

Maria Semyonova

Senior Software Engineering Manager, Becton Dickinson

Maria is the Senior Manager of Software Engineering at BD Biosciences, a business unit within Life Sciences segment of Becton Dickinson Inc. In this position, she leads a global team spanning three countries responsible for developing the company’s flagship software platform for Cell Analysis and Cell Therapy medical devices. Maria oversees day-to-day activities of the multiple agile project teams, driving the development of innovative software solutions from early access to commercialization. She provides support for innovation initiatives leading to best-in-class technology solutions and patent applications. Maria manages all financial aspects of the software function and has a passion for developing organizational and product strategy. She enjoys mentoring and helping others to grow and develop as leaders. In her free time, Maria enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, kayaking, hiking, and tennis.

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Kenny Walls

Kenny Walls

Senior Manager – Healthcare IT, John Muir Health

Kenny is currently a Senior Manager at John Muir Health where he has more than 15 years of experience in the Health Care IT industry, specializing in CIS implementations, Strategy & Ops, and has extensive knowledge of Epic Care Ambulatory clinical processes.

Kenny manages a team of leads, analysts, and supervisors who supports outpatient clinical systems for the organization. His team focuses on system configuration, workflow design, upgrades, and optimization.

His customers are primarily clinicians and their staff but he has a huge influence on decision that are made by operations, senior level executives, and key board members. Prior to joining John Muir Health, Kenny worked many years in consulting for prestigious firms such as Deloitte and Accenture as well as served many well-known clients including Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and the University of Michigan.

Kenny earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Boston College University and was a four-year starter on the varsity basketball team that captured the Big East Championship in 2001. Personally, Kenny enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three children. Fun fact: Kenny has a fraternal twin brother name Lenny who played in the NFL for six seasons.