MBAA BOARD MEMBERS : 2018 - 2019


Lindsay O Connell


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


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).


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

Nishanthi Grashia Suresh

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.


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


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.


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.