Meet EMBA 100S - Fall 2013!

Announcing the 100th Executive MBA cohort!

 

Jeffrey Aguilar

Jeffrey Aguilar
Information Security Officer

Local Government Agency

As information security officer of a behavioral health organization, Jeffrey leads a division within the realm of information protection. He is responsible for all aspects of information security, including strategy development, adherence to federal information security policy, HIPAA rule compliance and implementation, division operations, and risk management. Jeffrey has experience in the automotive, healthcare, financial, technology, and consulting industries. Jeffrey has worked as a consultant for various fortune 500 organizations providing an array of services ranging from advisory roles to executive leadership to recommendations of technical solutions. Jeffrey holds industry certifications in information security and risk management.

 

Blanca Alonzo

Blanca Alonzo
President
Newport Creatives

Blanca is a dynamic business professional with nine years of experience in marketing and advertising. Blanca has worked with well-known organizations and has established strong relationships with multiple Fortune 500 companies and visionary brands ranging from automotive, entertainment, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. While raising her three children, she earned her bachelor's degree in business management. Blanca has an entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for knowledge.

 

Harriet Ells

Harriet Ells
Program Director - Talk
KCRW

Harriet is the talk program director at KCRW, an NPR member station based in Los Angeles. Before coming to KCRW, Harriet was an associate director and producer for live television events. During that time she earned seven Emmy awards. Harriet was also the director of online video at Lifetime where she managed a team that produced original digital video content for the popular cable network. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and has an MA in media studies from The New School. She hails from Brooklyn, NY and lives in Los Angeles.

 

Christopher M. Gardner

Christopher M. Gardner
Vice President, Partner Sales
Webtrends, Inc.

Chris is a seasoned and disciplined leader with over 17 years of experience delivering significant revenue growth and market expansion for digital marketing organizations. In his current role at Webtrends, Chris is responsible for the development and execution of a multi-tiered channel strategy focused on expanding sales and evangelizing the value of Webtrends' cross-channel digital intelligence platform. Prior to joining Webtrends, Chris worked in various business development and alliances roles at SapientNitro agency, DoubleClick (now Google), and RightNow Technologies (now Oracle). Chris earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Matthew Guillory Matthew Guillory
Vice President - Manager
California Bank & Trust

Matthew represents over a decade of expertise in the areas of strategic bank leadership, commercial lending, and wealth management. Currently, he serves as vice president & senior manager with California Bank & Trust, leading one of the largest and most successful offices in California. Matthew's specialty is working with businesses with revenue sizes from $2 million to $25 million, as well as high net worth individuals with their wealth management and financing matters. Matthew graduated in the top of his class while earning his bachelors of science degree in business administration (finance) from San Diego State University.

 

Michael Hisey Michael Hisey
Supply Chain General Manager
ICU Medical, Inc.

As the supply chain general manager for ICU Medical's global operations, Michael is responsible for planning, purchasing, forecasting, configuration management, and customer service. Over the last 15 years, he has advanced through the ranks gaining industry, business and process knowledge that contributed to his ability to perform at a high-level. Leveraging IT technologies, while using a results-oriented approach to manage his people and processes, has resulted in increases in efficiencies, job performance, and accountabilities that have improved both his and ICU Medical's results.

 

Diana Kemp

Diana Kemp
VP and Senior Operations Manager
Bank of America Enterprise Customer Relations

As vice president and senior operations manager for Bank of America's customer experience department, Diana leads the regulatory complaint intake team who are responsible for reviewing correspondence received from government agencies. She is accountable for many aspects of the business including department operations, strategy, as well as oversight and prioritization of key projects and initiatives to support business activities. Prior to her employment at the bank, Diana worked at a San Diego law office where she handled high grossing insurance claims for a large mortgage servicer. Diana holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated with honors.

 

Damon Madison Damon Madison
Senior Manager, Business Solutions
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Damon has demonstrated over 14 years of success in the healthcare/biotech industry. In his current role as senior manager of business solutions, Damon is responsible for developing overall strategy for account teams to create partnership opportunities and pull through with marketing initiatives. Previously, as associate director of customer marketing, he aided in the development of the customer marketing department and led the strategic/tactical plan for account manager's pull-through. As product training manager and brand manager, he developed the first distant learning platform for the entire field force and drove brand recognition. As a sales specialist he earned President's Club and MVP.

 

Tiffany Laurence Leslie Tiffany Laurence Leslie
Owner and CEO
2First Names Branding & Communications

Tiffany is an integrated marketing, brand communications, PR, social media, and events professional with almost a decade of ad agency, brand, start-up and non-profit experience, managing multi-disciplined and cross-functional teams. As the owner and CEO of 2First Names Branding & Communications, she produces eye-grabbing results for nationally-recognized brands and products, with B2C and B2B audience targets, across a multitude of industries, including health and wellness, beauty, luxury, CPG, music, electronics, toys and games, telecommunications, travel and leisure, automotive, advertising and ad technology, art, and publishing. Tiffany earned a B.A. in journalism with a minor in marketing from San Francisco State University.

 

Brian McLane

Ben McLane
Provider Network Manager
Anthem Blue Cross

In his current role as senior provider network manager for Anthem Blue Cross, Ben is responsible for maintaining the provider network through complex contract negotiations, relationship development, conflict resolution, business strategy, and product development by servicing health systems and multiple provider types. He is the CA contract lead for patient centered primary care payment innovation, and the individual exchange network in 2014. Prior to this role, Ben owned and operated a highly profitable real estate company coordinating strategic marketing and financial risk for overall profitability and growth. Ben earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Boston College.

 

Chimesa Medina

Chimesa Medina
Estimating and Pricing Specialist
The Boeing Co.

With more than 13 years of experience, Chimesa has worked in the aerospace/aviation industry in commercial ground operations, private feasibility, and logistics support services, and most recently in the defensive industry bids and proposals environment. She is well versed in the federal acquisition regulations, Truth In Negotiations Act compliance, cost accounting standards for government contractors per the Defense Contract Management Agency, as well as the Defense Contract Auditing Agency audit processes and procedures. Esteemed as a subject matter expert by her peers, Chimesa has also been a proud member of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association for almost seven years.

 

Moses Park

Moses Park
Consultant
United States Department of Justice

Moses is currently a consultant for the Department of Justice, where he focuses on security management. Prior to joining the DOJ, Moses was a Captain in the U.S. Army, and was deployed twice overseas. Moses has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon, and a master's in criminal justice from Boston University.

 

Grant Ray

Grant Ray
Consultant, Marketing and Advertising
Self-Employed

Grant is an entrepreneur working in advertising and marketing with a focus ranging from direct marketing, emerging markets and new business. He has assisted brands, including Absolut Vodka, Kraft Foods, Glaxo Smith Kline, Piaggio North America, Pendleton, Russian Standard Vodka, and Perno-Ricard, successfully push into emerging markets via direct marketing and online media. Grant has also been deeply involved in the motorcycle industry for over a decade, and recently sold his media company that built a class-leading reputation for its dedication to developing underserved markets within American motorcycle demographics.

 

Elena Rodriguez

Elena Rodriguez
Store Team Leader
Target, Inc.

Elena is a dynamic, results oriented professional with extensive experience in sales, administration and customer service in the retail industry. In her current role at Target, Elena oversees a $45 Million operation with 16 direct reports and 212 indirect reports. While balancing her day to day operations, Elena is actively involved with numerous community organizations to promote literacy and early childhood reading. Recently, Elena was appointed media spokesperson for Target, where she will utilize her prolific bilingual and interpersonal skills in order to leverage a wide variety of multicultural markets.

 

Jason Rofeh

Jason Rofeh
EVP
Serengeti Tea Co.

Jason runs the daily operations of his family's business in Southern California. He actively serves as Serengeti's director of international sales and heads its research and development department. He has successfully setup channels of distribution in over 20 countries on five continents. He especially prides himself on his ability to identify and penetrate emerging markets. Jason has a strong background in the art, antiques, and memorabilia industry operating an online gallery as a side venture, and is also very active in the financial markets, most notably within the bio-technology sector.

 

Bridget Rollins

Bridget Rollins
Director of Client Services
Antech Diagnostics

Bridget's strong interpersonal skills have enabled her to efficaciously direct multiple veterinary practices through significant change. While stationed in the VMTH-ICU at UC Davis, Bridget refined her skills in effective multi-tasking under highly stressful environments with constantly changing priorities. Her aptitude in quickly assessing an issue and following through with impactful decisions spurred her recruitment to Antech Diagnostics, where she has held tenure for almost a decade. While with Antech, Bridget established a strong rapport with the veterinary community, developed talent internally, and made substantial operational changes that were implemented on a national level.

 

Nasir Shah

Nasir Shah
Project Manager
DirecTV

Nasir has an extensive tech and business background and has built an award winning interactive/digital department utilizing the latest technology for marketing, communication, and workflow purposes. While building the department, he was also a part of creating and implementing new processes company-wide to accommodate the new services being provided by the organization. He is now managing a multi-million dollar portfolio of engineering projects for DirecTV, while advising on how to create a more efficient workflow between the different engineering teams and yielding a high quality product, delivering on-time and on budget. His passion lies where business and technology meet.

 

Scott Van Winkle

Scott Van Winkle
Product and Channel Manager
Burlingame Industries, Inc. - Innovacyn, Inc.

In his management roll at Innovacyn Inc., Scott oversees a variety of animal and human health products with a focus on wound care technology. With a dynamic background in agriculture, he brings a focus in facilitating product development as well as strategies for market expansion. In five years, Innovacyn Inc. has seen rapid growth across 20 countries, giving new and innovative health care solutions to emerging markets. Prior to entering the field of pharmaceuticals, Scott managed the company's luxury sporting lodge in Idaho focused on providing corporations with customer entertaining and business development.

 

Allusia 'Lucy' Wenas

Allusia 'Lucy' Wenas
Senior Creative Services Manager
Munchkin, Inc.

Lucy is a highly creative, results-oriented, and dynamic graphic design professional. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in packaging design and branding identity for the consumer product goods industry, the most recent nine years holding a senior management title at Munchkin, Inc. In her current role, Lucy is responsible for all branded elements including packaging for over 300 active items. She manages a team of five designers and packaging engineers as well as numerous freelancers and interns. She is a superlative team leader who brings a positive "can do" attitude and a multi directional approach to problem solving.

 

Esme Williams

Esme Williams
Chief of Staff
Master & Muse

Esme is a Boston native with more than 10 years of management experience in a variety of industries. In her current role at Master & Muse, Esme is directly involved with the launch of a new socially responsible lifestyle brand and works in tandem with its founder, Amber Valletta, to handle all operational and marketing concerns. Esme is passionate about sustainable enterprise and social entrepreneurship. She is an ambassador for the Movember foundation and is involved each November in raising awareness towards cancers that affect men. Esme earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Miami School of Communications.