MBAA BOARD: 2018-2019


MBAA BOARD MEMBERS : 2018 - 2019


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Lindsay O Connell

President

Class of 2020

A Seattle native, Lindsay has a BA in Business Administration from Gonzaga University with concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems. Lindsay has spent the last six years as a Finance Analyst for a Seattle based aerospace company where she is also part of an Emerging Leaders Program. Since starting her MBA, Lindsay has really enjoyed the way she is able to apply the classroom learning to her daily work. In her free time Lindsay enjoys spending time with her fiancé and friends, traveling, cooking, and relaxing with good book

The President is accountable and responsible for the annual strategic planning and formation of Evening MBAA initiatives and goals, including oversight of Evening MBAA VPs. The President schedules, develops the agenda for and presides over all Executive Council and MBAA Board meetings and ensures the MBAA operates in accordance with the MBAA Constitution and Bylaws. The President is charged with maintaining close relations with the Programs Office, the Full Time MBAA leadership, the Career Management staff, the Dean of the Business School, the Assistant Dean for External Relations and the Directors of other graduate business programs as appropriate. The President shall train the MBAA Board and assist the VPs as needed. The President often serves as a representative of the MBAA and of the Foster School at many program events throughout the year.

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Katie Durham

Executive VP of Operations

Class of 2019

Originally from the Tacoma area, Katie graduated from WSU with a BS in Psychology and Business. After spending most of her career working in the watersports and snowsports industry, Katie moved to Seattle to work at UW in their Finance & Facilities department doing Lean project management. She has since moved to work at Foster as an Academic Programs Analyst for the Masters Programs portfolio, primarily working on data projects that further the mission of the Foster School to be the best public business school in the country. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, gardening, volunteering, crafting and hanging with her dog Chewy (like Chewbacca).

The Executive Vice President of Operations is accountable and responsible for short-range program execution. In addition, the Executive Vice President of Operations shall support the President with annual strategic planning and formation of Evening MBAA initiatives and goals, including oversight of evening MBAA VPs. They are in charge of collecting SMART goals from all of the VP’s and Class Reps, then communicating those goals and progress to the greater MBAA membership. The Executive Vice President of Operations will support the initiatives and goals of other executive board members. If the Executive Vice President of Communications is not in the Evening MBAA Council, the Executive Vice President of Operations will be responsible for maintaining meeting records. The Executive Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the President's absence.

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Emily Darbyson

Executive VP of Communications

Class of 2020

Emily is originally from Montreal, Canada and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from McGill University and a Master’s degree from Dalhousie University, also in Biology. After earning her master’s, she worked as a research assistant at McGill University for several years. She stepped away from her career to raise her two children and during that time sat on the board of directors of a non-profit organization in Montreal. This experience is what drove her to change her career path from one in scientific research to one in business. She hopes to use the knowledge she gains during her MBA to move into a product management role in the technology sector. When not at school she enjoys spending time with her children and husband exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest and beyond. Emily loves to ski, hike, read and cook.

The Executive Vice President of Communications is accountable and responsible for maintainingcommunication and record of the Evening MBAA Executive Board and the annual Evening MBAA elections. The Executive Vice President of Communications shall be responsible for sending out minutes from each Evening MBAA board meeting. Additionally, the Executive Vice President of Communications will maintain communications between the Evening MBAA Board and the Evening MBA student body through all communication platforms available. This entails compiling the MBAA content for the weekly newsletter, approving the MBAA website content, managing the MBAA email account, maintaining the MBAA calendar and approving evemba listserv emails. This EVP is also tasked with writing and editing MBAA processes and policies.

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Nicholas Sibran

Executive VP of Finance

Class of 2019

Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Nick moved to the PNW in 2006 and has lived in Seattle since 2009. After finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington with a BA in Economics and International Studies, Nick began his career as a financial analyst at Russell Investments, supporting corporate planning and analysis and managing the global finance team’s business intelligence platform. He decided to return to the University of Washington as a graduate student in the Foster School of Business Evening MBA program to broaden his technical knowledge and strategic analysis skills alongside like-minded business leaders. With a passion for managing money and solving strategic puzzles, Nick wanted to contribute his devotion to the field in the Evening MBAA and applied for the EVP of Finance role in order to help the organization achieve its financial goals that aim to enrich student experience at Foster.

 

The Executive Vice President of Finance maintains the financial accounts of the Foster Evening MBAA and is responsible for the creation and management of the organization’s annual budget. Other responsibilities include presenting financial updates during meetings, providing individual guidance for the Evening MBAA Board members on available funds, and issuing reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, the Executive Vice President of Finance serves as a liaison between the MBA Program Office, student clubs for the disbursement of MBA Program Office sponsorship funds and the Full-time MBAA Council.
This role is not an elected position, it is appointed by the Executive Council in consultation with the MBA Program Office.

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Dale PaynE

VP of Academic Affairs

Class of 2020

Dale is currently Supply Chain Financial Operations Commodity Analyst at Boeing. He has 5 years of experience with Boeing in Negotiations and Financial Analysis with Boeing’s suppliers. In addition, he had an internship in procurement on the Defense side of the business. Dale has a degree in Supply Chain Management and Operations from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University. In undergrad he was a part of the Disney College Program and worked for 6 months in Orlando with the Walt Disney Company. He has served as the President of the Western Washington Texas A&M Club as well as actively involved with event planning with his church. Dale joined this program to step outside of his experience at Boeing and learn how others do business.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration to resolve academic issues concerning course scheduling, faculty/course feedback, curriculum requirements, and course loads. This person is responsible for Mid Quarter Core Professor reviews. This includes administration of a survey to collect feedback from current students each quarter on class topics, course speed, miscellaneous concerns, and then delivers the feedback to the Professor of that class, in partnership with the class representatives. The VP of Academic Affairs is responsible for the end of year Professor and graduation awards. In addition, they serve on the Master’s Program Committee as a voting student representative along with 6 faculty members. The committee votes on changes to Master’s Program Curriculum and meets once a month during the academic year, typically on Tuesday’s from 12:30-1:30 pm. This position also manages the student of the Month nominations, selection and prize acquisition. Finally, this board member works with the VP of Alumni Affairs to coordinate the Alumni Welcome Back Lecture.

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Chad Delrose

VP of Alumni Affairs

Class of 2020

Chad grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Finance and International Business. Chad began his professional career as a Financial Analyst at Accenture. Over the past 7 years, he has held multiple roles across Client Financial Management, Strategic Planning & Analysis and Corporate Transaction Services. Currently, Chad is a Manager in Corporate Development, focused on executing Accenture’s M&A activities. Chad joined the Foster program to further develop his leadership skills and build a network in the Seattle business community. In his free time, Chad enjoys cycling, ice hockey, and attending local live music shows.

The Vice President of Alumni Affairs serves as the primary liaison between graduate students, alumni, and the Alumni Relations Program Office within the business school. The role requires coordination with the MBA Career Management Office, as appropriate. The VP of Alumni Affairs will be tasked with creating and/or supporting at least one quarterly event that serves Evening MBA Alumni (e.g. Alumni Welcome Back Lecture/ Windermere Cup Regatta Tent) and the current Evening MBA Students. The Evening and Full Time VPs of Alumni Affairs will work together to look for event opportunities which engage both alumni populations for current students to connect with.

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Emily Engel

VP of Community Outreach

Class of 2020

Originally from Snohomish, WA, Emily graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Mathematics. She spent most of her career working with Latina survivors of domestic violence, both abroad in El Salvador and for a non-profit in Seattle. She has since moved to work in marketing and program management at the Foster School of Business, Executive Education department. She likes the combination of relationship building, brand strategy, and data analytics. In her spare time, she enjoys running, travelling, being by the water and spending time with her friends & family.

The Vice President(s) of Community Outreach serve as the primary liaisons between the Evening MBAA and local community service organizations. The VP’s of Community Outreach are responsible for creating opportunities for Evening MBAA members to participate in philanthropic activities. In conjunction with the VP of Program Relations, these persons will appoint Evening representative(s) to the Challenge for Charity (C4C) board. These VP’s also serve as the chair(s) for the Foster 5K Fun Run, liaise with the full time C4C board regarding fundraising & philanthropy, and plan at least one quarterly Service Day. The VP’s in this position are also tasked with helping to organize C4C sports weekend attendance and points tracking for Evening students.

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Stephanie Graves

VP of Community Outreach

Class of 2020

A Tacoma native, Stephanie received her BA in Political Science from Boston University before returning to Seattle. Although her background is in software sales and business development, her passion is building more effective teams and communities. Most recently, she has been tasked with building channel partner programs at a local technology company. After graduation she plans to continue her career with technology startups in the area and mentor young women in the industry. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering, and cooking.

The Vice President(s) of Community Outreach serve as the primary liaisons between the Evening MBAA and local community service organizations. The VP’s of Community Outreach are responsible for creating opportunities for Evening MBAA members to participate in philanthropic activities. In conjunction with the VP of Program Relations, these persons will appoint Evening representative(s) to the Challenge for Charity (C4C) board. These VP’s also serve as the chair(s) for the Foster 5K Fun Run, liaise with the full time C4C board regarding fundraising & philanthropy, and plan at least one quarterly Service Day. The VP’s in this position are also tasked with helping to organize C4C sports weekend attendance and points tracking for Evening students.

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Nishanthi Grashia Suresh

VP of Technology

Class of 2020

Nisha is a software engineer from Chennai, India. Prior to Foster, she worked for an International tractor manufacturer and helped transition its digital environment from wired to wireless. Nisha is passionate about enabling businesses using technology and plans to explore Product Management opportunities in Seattle. In her spare time, Nisha enjoys zen coloring and spending time with family and friends.

The Vice President of Information Technology is responsible for serving as a liaison between the student body, the EVP of Communications and the various technology entities on campus. Additionally, this role is responsible for creating and/or maintaining the Evening MBAA website. This VP is expected to work with all the other VPs, club presidents and event organisers together with the VP of communications to ensure that up-to-date information and regular updates are published in the website. This position is also responsible for managing the election voting surveys for the Fall and Spring MBAA elections.

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Kenneth Aphibal (he/him/his)

VP of Diversity

Class of 2019

A son of immigrants from Thailand, Kenneth grew up in Mukilteo WA, albeit originally from Pasadena CA. He is a business developer that creates strategies for business owners on how to delight their customers. Leveraging his UW mechie degree and customer experience working with airlines to design airplane bars and galleys, he plans to continue partnering up with businesses to help shape a more inclusive community.

Learning Auto-CAD and Oregon Trail at the age of 6, technology has deep roots in Kenneth’s life. In this role, he hopes to continue to learn and use technology to more effectively connect information and people to each other. He enjoys meeting up with others to play volleyball, table top, and video games; eating Paleo, and spending time with his husband Bennett and puppy Champagne. @kennethaphibal

The Vice President of Diversity Affairs is an inclusion leader for the Foster MBA community, serving as a liaison between students, Foster MBAA's diversity clubs, and Foster's Diversity Council to promote student experiences that are interwoven with diversity, inclusion, and equity. This person is responsible for serving as the Evening MBAA representative for the Diversity Council meetings and strengthen relationships with diversity clubs (e.g. Diversity in Business, Foster Veterans Association, Out in Business, and Women in Business). In this role, the VP of Diversity Affairs is open to any student and faculty recommendations for building diversity, inclusion, and equity programming into the Foster MBA experience.

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Aswin Natarajan

VP of Program Relations

Class of 2020

Aswin considers UW to be the finest MBA program on the West Coast is a proud Husky. He originally hails from Atlanta, where he led marketing at a venture-backed technology startup and later worked in a boutique consulting firm. He studied Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

The Vice President of Program Relations works on creating strong relationships throughout the Foster School of Business MBA Programs. The position will work with student leaders in the Full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Technology MBA Programs. This person will serve as the primary liaison between the Evening MBAA and student clubs. If a club does not have an Evening MBAA representative, the VP of Program Relations will serve as the primary representative. They will work with the MBA Program Office on planning the Experience Foster (club fair). This officer will also advertise the clubs during ePrime and conduct a survey on club interest.

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J Patty

VP of Student Affairs

Class of 2020

J grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from Indiana University where he majored in Marketing and International Business.  Over the last 5 years, J has worked as a Strategy Consultant for a multinational professional services network where he supported U.S. firms target and plan international growth strategies.  J moved to Seattle to join the Foster School of Business Evening MBA program to develop strengths in technology and finance as well as continue to grow his leadership skills.  In his spare time, J enjoys tackling crossword puzzles, exploring new cultures, golfing, hiking, and attending live music shows and sporting events.

The Vice President of Student Affairs is the primary social event coordinator for the Evening MBA Program and serves the board as the subject matter expert for event planning resources. The VP of Student Affairs is responsible for planning and coordinating the Winter Ball (aka "The Frosters") and the end-of-the year awards party (aka “The Fosters”). They are also responsible for serving as the Evening Representative for the TG planning committee. Lastly, this officer should seek out new opportunities for events that would have a positive impact on the Foster community and promote social and professional relationships between students, faculty, alumni, and businesses.

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Jackson Taylor

VP of MEMBERSHIP

Class of 2020

Jackson is the Vice President of Membership, a natural extrovert, and your new best friend. Hailing from Las Vegas, NV, Jackson is passionate about community-based social marketing, politics, using statistics and modeling to answer weird questions, and games of strategy. In a past life, Jackson travelled throughout the country helping Democrats win elected office. Now he’s planted his flag in Seattle, and works as a Manager of Partnerships and Community Engagement at Uber. Jackson looks forward to networking with and connecting Huskies in the coming years.

The Vice President of Membership is responsible for communicating the value of the Evening MBAA to incoming Evening MBA Students as well as non-members of the MBAA. They will plan and execute at least two summer welcome events (i.e. BBQ, Mariners game, etc.). The position will work closely on recruiting MBAA members and ensuring dues are paid. They will work with the MBA Program Office on planning ePRIME and other orientation activities. In addition, they will maintain an active membership list (in concert with the Treasurer). This VP also assists with the C4C planning and fundraising and sit as an evening representative on the C4C board.

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WILL LEVIN

2019 CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

Class of 2019

Bio coming soon...

The Class Representatives act as liaisons between the students, the academic leaders, and the Evening MBAA. They ensure that classmates are represented and informed of MBA Program and Evening MBAA activities. The Class Representatives inform classmates of school wide announcements (i.e., class cancellations, campus wide closures, etc.) and build social cohesion among the classes.
Combined Efforts:
- Organize one On-Campus Happy Hour per quarter, including coordinating volunteers to assist with purchasing food/beverages, set-up, tear down, and running of event (greeting/payment, bar tending, etc.).
- OneFoster Event – Annual event typically held in Fall Quarter that includes both Full-Time and Evening MBA students to enhance relationships and cohesion across programs.
- Partner with the VP of Academic Affairs to deliver mid-quarter feedback to core professors. Other social events as desired (Ice Cream Socials, Mingle with the MBAA, etc.).

3rd Year Class Rep Specific Duties: Work closely with the MBA Program Office and Foster School of Business Advancement Team to choose and fundraise for the graduating class gift.

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ALANA MCGEE

2019 CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

Class of 2019

Bio coming soon...

The Class Representatives act as liaisons between the students, the academic leaders, and the Evening MBAA. They ensure that classmates are represented and informed of MBA Program and Evening MBAA activities. The Class Representatives inform classmates of school wide announcements (i.e., class cancellations, campus wide closures, etc.) and build social cohesion among the classes.
Combined Efforts:
- Organize one On-Campus Happy Hour per quarter, including coordinating volunteers to assist with purchasing food/beverages, set-up, tear down, and running of event (greeting/payment, bar tending, etc.).
- OneFoster Event – Annual event typically held in Fall Quarter that includes both Full-Time and Evening MBA students to enhance relationships and cohesion across programs.
- Partner with the VP of Academic Affairs to deliver mid-quarter feedback to core professors. Other social events as desired (Ice Cream Socials, Mingle with the MBAA, etc.).

3rd Year Class Rep Specific Duties: Work closely with the MBA Program Office and Foster School of Business Advancement Team to choose and fundraise for the graduating class gift.

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Charmae deBoer

2020 Class Representative

Class of 2020

Before starting at Foster, I was a real estate investor. I have also worked as a truss designer (using 3D structural engineering software) and was an operations manager at a bank. I decided to run for the MBAA because I want to be part of setting the culture at Foster – a culture of inclusivity and encouragement, where there is room for everyone to succeed. My strengths include event planning, creative stuff, and overall enthusiasm.

The Class Representatives act as liaisons between the students, the academic leaders, and the Evening MBAA. They ensure that classmates are represented and informed of MBA Program and Evening MBAA activities. The Class Representatives inform classmates of school wide announcements (i.e., class cancellations, campus wide closures, etc.) and build social cohesion among the classes.
Combined Efforts:
- Organize one On-Campus Happy Hour per quarter, including coordinating volunteers to assist with purchasing food/beverages, set-up, tear down, and running of event (greeting/payment, bar tending, etc.).
- OneFoster Event – Annual event typically held in Fall Quarter that includes both Full-Time and Evening MBA students to enhance relationships and cohesion across programs.
- Partner with the VP of Academic Affairs to deliver mid-quarter feedback to core professors. Other social events as desired (Ice Cream Socials, Mingle with the MBAA, etc.).

2nd Year Class Rep Specific Duties: Choose weekly Happy Hour locations during the spring and summer quarters, call the venue to coordinate, and announce to all classes via Website/Facebook. Organize a Class Trip to be held during Summer.

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HOLLY OSTROM

2020 CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

Class of 2020

Originally from Oregon, Holly studied Finance, International Business, and Accounting at Oregon State University.  After graduating, she relocated to Seattle to begin her career at a large aerospace company where she has held many positions in accounting and finance.  Holly recently transitioned to marketing and loves the creativity but does find herself missing all those complicated spreadsheets.  She enjoys all the people in her life and, outside of school and work, enjoys bowling, pottery, musicals, fishing, hummus, traveling, laughing, and her orange cat, Cheddar.

The Class Representatives act as liaisons between the students, the academic leaders, and the Evening MBAA. They ensure that classmates are represented and informed of MBA Program and Evening MBAA activities. The Class Representatives inform classmates of school wide announcements (i.e., class cancellations, campus wide closures, etc.) and build social cohesion among the classes.
Combined Efforts:
- Organize one On-Campus Happy Hour per quarter, including coordinating volunteers to assist with purchasing food/beverages, set-up, tear down, and running of event (greeting/payment, bar tending, etc.).
- OneFoster Event – Annual event typically held in Fall Quarter that includes both Full-Time and Evening MBA students to enhance relationships and cohesion across programs.
- Partner with the VP of Academic Affairs to deliver mid-quarter feedback to core professors. Other social events as desired (Ice Cream Socials, Mingle with the MBAA, etc.).

2nd Year Class Rep Specific Duties: Choose weekly Happy Hour locations during the spring and summer quarters, call the venue to coordinate, and announce to all classes via Website/Facebook. Organize a Class Trip to be held during Summer.