Meet the 2016-2017
School of Business Board of Directors
Sumeet Shrivastava, Executive MBA '94
Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than two decades of experience in the government IT industry. As president of ARRAY, he provides overall corporate leadership for the company's growth strategy. Prior to ARRAY, Shrivastava was SVP for Public Sector at Keane (now NTT Data). As EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a Government IT contractor, he architected the company's acquisition by Keane. Shrivastava has been committed to the Mason and regional community throughout his career. He has served as a member of George Mason University's Diversity Advisory Board and is currently on the School of Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Chaired the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Recently, Shrivastava was chosen as part of the inaugural class for the 20 Prominent Patriots in Business.
Jason Howell, BS Accounting '97
Jason Howell is President of Jason Howell Company, a wealth management firm built to support first generation success stories. A first generation American himself, he has a natural affinity for those who have grown up within immigrant families and a unique understanding of their financial concerns. Howell is also an adjunct professor of personal finance at American University’s Kogod School of Business and is an active member of many organizations. He is a former United States Congressional candidate and has been featured as both an independent political strategist and an established financial expert on the local ABC affiliate’s News Channel 8 Capital Insider program. Howell is a former chapter president of both Toastmasters and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). In 2013 he was honored by George Mason University as one of the 20 Prominent Patriots in business and was the distinguished alumnus speaker for the 2015 School of Business graduating class.
Immediate Past President
E. Ryan Najjar, BS Management '13
E. Ryan Najjar leverages over 25 years of management experience to lead clients to successful results. He spent 15 years of his career focused on the mortgage and real estate industries, including the founding and managing of a multi-state licensed mortgage company. Often considered a serial entrepreneur, Najjar enjoys using his experiences to help other entrepreneurs succeed in their aspirations. Najjar is one of the many non-traditional students that have graduated from George Mason University. He began his undergraduate studies in 1991 and took classes on-and-off for a few years, before focusing all of his time on his family and growing career. Najjar later returned to his studies and has been a very active member of the George Mason community ever since. Najjar demonstrates his commitment to George Mason as a member of both the Patriot Club and President's Circle. He is an advocate of George Mason in every sense of the word, with a special devotion to the success of the School of Business. Ryan supports the School of Business through several of the student/alumni groups and projects, including Startup Mason and the Innovation Lab.
Chair of the Program & Events Committee
Becky Anderson, BS Accounting '10
Becky Anderson graduated cum laude from the School of Business. During her time at Mason, she was a member of the softball team and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and NCAA certification committee. Anderson currently works as a Senior Consultant at CrossCountry Consulting in McLean, VA. She also coaches softball and fosters animals in her spare time. Her prior experience with the alumni chapter has included the roles of Director-At-Large and Treasurer.
Chair of the Outreach Committee
Jennifer Ahn, BS Finance ‘10
While earning a degree at George Mason University, Jennifer Ahn was selected as an intern with the Virginia-based investment advisor, Capitol Financial Partners. Following matriculation, Ahn joined Bloomberg L.P. headquarters in New York City as a Business Development Consultant where she has successfully managed global relationships with investment managers, banking institutions, and government agencies by providing invaluable advice on financial regulation, technology, trading, and research. Ahn brings a modern perspective to the Board as the Chair of the Outreach Committee, where she will apply her aptitude for relationship-building to the role by incorporating her broad alumni base, maximizing social media outlets, and applying her experience in event organization. Ahn currently resides in Washington D.C. and continues her work managing client relationships at Bloomberg.
Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Michael Gallagher, MBA '94
To honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael Gallagher founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002. The name Stevie comes from the Greek name Stefanos, which means "crowned." Prior to founding the Stevie Awards, Gallagher focused his energies on marketing, sales, and product development, including serving as Vice President of Sales & Marketing with the Hoover's Media Technologies division of Hoover's Inc., the leading provider of information on public and private companies worldwide. Most recently, he was vice president of Sales & Marketing with Amazing Media, an online advertising company. Gallagher holds a bachelor of arts from Fordham University in New York City and a master of business administration from George Mason University. Gallagher was president of the alumni chapter in 2011-13 and was also a Director at Large.
Curt White, Executive MBA '96
Curt White possesses 25 years of experience as a consultant and practitioner in human resource management and has worked in a variety of industries supporting domestic and global operations throughout the Americas, Asia Pac, and Europe. He possesses an MBA degree from George Mason and for nearly 15 years has worked as an adjunct for Mason's Office of Continuing Education Program (OCPE), teaching a variety of human resource management courses. White takes great pride in his association with George Mason University and looks forward to helping strengthen the alumni network.
Dave Roe, BS Accounting '89 and MBA '96
Dave Roe works at the George Mason University Foundation. He has two degrees from George Mason University, an undergraduate degree (BS accounting '89) and MBA '96. Roe has been on the professional staff of the Foundation since November of 1990. Since joining the Foundation, total assets have grown from just under $30M to over $380M. Roe is one of the largest alumni donors to Mason and started the first Gunston Scholars endowment fund. Roe is deeply involved with sports playing football, basketball and soccer at the high school level, playing soccer in college.
David Atkins, BS Decision Science ‘90
David Atkins is director of contract management and licensing at George Mason University where he is responsible for negotiating and administering contracts associated with trademark licensing, beverage/snack vending, retail banking, and digital signage valued in excess of $20 million. Atkins also is responsible for brand awareness in the retail environment and division-wide marketing. He has worked at George Mason for over 20 years and since assuming these responsibilities in 2010, Atkins has realized revenue and program growth. He led the fundraising campaign to establish the first alumni chapter-driven endowment with Mason in 2011. Atkins also served as president of the Black Alumni Chapter in which he is a founding member and chairman of the Black Scholars Endowment. He previously served the Business Alumni Chapter as VP of Events, Treasurer, and Chair of the Emerging Leaders Business Awards. Atkins is a member of the President’s Circle and 2012 Alumni Service Award recipient
Chuck LaRock, BS Finance '07
Chuck LaRock is a senior associate corporate real estate advisor for the Brokerage division of Jones Lang LaSalle in Tyson’s Corner, VA. LaRock specializes in Tenant Representation in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and represents many local companies on their real estate matters. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, LaRock served as an associate advisor for Sperry Van Ness/Vaaler RE in Loudon County, VA. Here is specialized in Tenant Representation and Agency Leasing. LaRock grew up in Loudoun County, VA and still resides there with his wife Nikki and daughter Lexi. He is very active in his community both socially and charitably. LaRock received his BS in Finance from George Mason University.
Kathryn Leonelli, MSM ‘15
Kathryn Leonelli is a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in strategic communications and strategic human capital management. While her background is in marketing and communications, her current project involves leadership training development and program assessments for her Washington, D.C. based clients. She holds two degrees from George Mason University and is the first MSM representative to sit on the board. She graduated from Mason in May 2014 with a degree in Communications and minor in IT. Leonelli completed the first Master of Science in Management degree program in June 2015 and is heavily involved with the administrative faculty and new cohorts by shaping program enhancements, building strong visibility of the program through graduate preview nights, and coordinating alumni networking and engagement opportunities. She lives in Arlington, VA and is an avid cyclist and CrossFit enthusiast.
Christina Vanecek, BS Marketing ‘06
Christina Vanecek is the public sector marketing manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in providing strategic marketing expertise to senior executives, partners, and clients. In her role, Vanecek is responsible for a variety of complex and multifaceted marketing projects targeted throughout the Federal, state & local, and multilateral governments. Prior to her role at PwC, Vanecek managed the marketing for the commercial aerospace practice, consumer retail practice, and global public sector practice at PRTM Management Consultants, LLC, consulted to the Department of Homeland Security, and marketed online abstracts to higher education organizations. Vanecek earned a BS in Marketing from the George Mason University School of Business with a focus in Economics. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary for the George Mason University Alumni Association Board, Founding Board Member for Mason’s Women in Business Consortium, and received the 20 Prominent Patriots Award from the George Mason University School of Business in 2014. She resides in Falls Church with her husband and fellow Mason graduate, Devon, and their black lab, Lilly.
Sarah Zeb, BS Accounting and Finance ‘15
Sarah Zeb is a Consultant within KPMG’s Financial Risk Management – Credit Risk practice based out of Mclean, VA. Prior to joining KPMG full time in August 2015, Zeb interned in their credit risk practice in the summer of 2014 and was offered full time employment at the end of her internship. She graduated summa cum laude from GMU School of Business in May 2015 with her BS in Accounting and Finance with a minor in economics. She was selected as the Outstanding Finance Major at the 2015 School of Business convocation, and also received Certificates of Excellence in major for both accounting and finance. During her tenure at the School of Business, Zeb has worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Steve Pilloff's Financial Management class as well as a research assistant for Dr. Mike Anderson's Financial Institutions course. She was an honorary member on 2015-2016 School of Business’s board of directors.
Director-at-Large - Master of Real Estate Development Industry Group Director
Karen Cohen, MS Real Estate Development '12
Karen Cohen is an attorney with the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. where her practice focuses on business and real estate transactions, commercial leasing, and land use and zoning law. Cohen holds an undergraduate architecture degree from University of Virginia and a law degree from Georgetown University. She practiced law for fifteen years prior to enrolling in Mason's School of Business as a member of the first cohort of the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program in 2009. She graduated from the program with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Student and has continued to be a leader and advocate for the program. After graduating from the program, Cohen authored a strategic plan to develop a vision and corresponding action plan for the future of Mason's Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) and the MRED program it supports. The goals of that plan were met, the program continues to grow and prosper, and the program's continued success is a source of great pride to Cohen and her fellow MRED alumni.
Friends of the Board
Michael Azzara, BS Business Administration '80
Michael Azzara serves as the primary relationship manager for a select group of family and individual clients. He is also responsible for leading The MDT Group at Morgan Stanley's investment consulting services to corporate and non-profit retirement plans. Azzara earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from George Mason University in 1980. That same year, he passed the CPA Examination and, subsequently, began his career in public accounting, providing accounting, audit and tax services to individuals and small businesses. Although Azzara does not give current tax guidance, his experience provides a unique viewpoint and awareness that helps shape how we manage our clients' assets. In addition, Azzara was already a client of Morgan Stanley prior to joining the firm in 2012, and brings that perspective to bear in managing clients' experience and anticipating their needs.
Shauntae Barber, BS Marketing '04
Shauntae Barber, BS Marketing '04Shauntae Barber serves as a market analyst for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As a market analyst, Barber serves as a member of a communication and digital marketing group by providing analysis and recommendations on marketing GSA's products and services and fostering effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders through different marketing programs. In addition, she is responsible for administrating the execution of marketing tactics from the GSA's Federal Acquisition Service marketing outreach plan as a project manager. This duty entails ensuring that these tactics- radio advertising, webinars, social media, event management and video productions- are within scope, budget and on time. Barber joined the School of Business' Alumni Chapter Board of Directors because she thought that this would be a great opportunity for her to give back to not only George Mason University but also the School of Business. Barber valued her education from this institution and feels that now with her years of professional experience, she will be able to contribute more and help advance the success of the School of Business by providing ideas and helping to coordinate events and programs that will help grow participation from past and future graduates.
Jim Bean, BS Finance '07
Jim Bean is the senior manager of debt, derivatives and equity operations at Freddie Mac. His primary responsibilities are for the supervision of trade processing and confirmation, settlements, internal controls and legal documentation within the group. He supervises staff in between McLean, Virginia and Dallas, TX. In 2014 he managed transactions totaling over $465 billion. Earlier in his career Bean was in retail sales and operations, where he managed over 70 employees and was responsible for onsite product inventories in excess of $10 million and ensuring rapid stock replenishment from distributors. Bean also serves as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy (Reserve) Supply Corps. His current job is Company Commander, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion Ten (NCHB10) – Delta, where he leads Sailors in cargo handling operations and logistics mission execution. He holds a BS in finance from George Mason (2007), a BS in human nutrition, foods and exercise (2000) and a MBA (2013) from Virginia Tech.
John Gustavo Blair, MBA '04
John Gustavo Blair is the director of business development at ILERRA, a software development and process improvement company based in Reston, Virginia. He has several years of experience developing and implementing successful go-to-market strategies and increasing sales for software and services. Blair has been a passionate and enthusiastic supporter of George Mason since he was an MBA student at George Mason. As a student, he co-founded the MBA Student Association (MBASA) and since graduating in 2004, Blair served as President of the School of Business Alumni Chapter. MBA students have carried on the MBASA and made it an integral part of the program and alumni have continued the tradition of the Annual Business Alumni Celebration started under his tenure as board president nearly 10 years ago. John is excited to be part of the board again and looks forward to contributing.
Mike Creasy, BS Accounting and Decision Sci and Mgmt Info Syst '91
Mike Creasy currently serves as audit practice leader for Grant Thornton's Atlantic Coast market which includes the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In this role, Creasy leads over 250 audit professionals. He also served as a senior strategic adviser to the leadership of Grant Thornton China's operations and had business development responsibilities in China. Previously, Creasy served as an audit partner and audit practice leader in Grant Thornton's New York area offices leading over 250 partners and employees. While in New York, Creasy also served as an International Business Centre ("IBC") director, which entailed coordinating international client services between the U.S. and foreign countries with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Creasy has many professional qualifications and memberships, including, past board member of the Association of Corporate Growth in China, past board member of George Mason University's School of Business Alumni Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs. Creasy graduated cum laude with a BS in accounting and management information systems from George Mason University. He would like to be able to use his past experiences and numerous posts with the university in order to help grow the alumni chapter. These experiences and posts include: two terms on the Accounting Advisory Committee; one previous term as a board member of the Business School's Dean's Advisory Council.
Phillip Cunningham, MBA '12
Phillip Cunningham's goal is to simply give back to the alumni with whom he shares a common thread. Cunningham hopes to help them develop their careers by providing an ongoing commitment to their professional, network, and personal growth. Cunningham is also looking forward to working to help advance the reputation of the School of Business through regular engagement with local and regional business communities, alumni and through non-standard entities, such as the local military community, other area alumni groups, charities, and subject matter experts in innovative business fields. Having met a diverse group of students and professionals during his years at George Mason, and understanding their professional aspirations, Cunningham believes it is imperative for the alumni board to proactively work with alumni to enable them to reach their professional goals and is looking forward to playing a role. As a strategic advisor in his current position at Toffler Associates and with the a background in international business from his time as a manager at Deloitte Consulting, Cunningham is looking forward to sharing information with and learning from other board members and fellow alumni.
Catherine Daly, BS Marketing '09
Catherine Daly is a business development associate with Sutton Place Strategies in New York. She graduated from George Mason University in '09 with a BS in marketing. This summer, she will complete her masters in integrated marketing communications from Marist College. Prior to her current role, she worked as a sales manger for a financial technology firm and as a Futures Trader for a boutique Introducing Broker. Daly is committed to giving back to the George Mason University community and expanding its network in the New York metropolitan area. This includes her volunteer efforts with the Mason Admissions Volunteer Network. Currently, Daly and her husband enjoy living in Manhattan with their two dogs.
Kristin Discher, BS Marketing '08 and MBA '13
Kristin Discher, an association professional, has been an undergraduate alumnus of George Mason University for six years and recently completed her MBA at George Mason. Discher was the volunteer cohort representative for her class and was the direct link between the staff at the School of Business and the cohort. She is currently employed by the Association of Air Medical Services and the MedEvac Foundation International. She is the project manager and a crossover staff member between the Association and the Foundation. She has experience in events from 30 to 2500 attendees as well as managing a 120,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall. Discher previously worked for a law firm association in Washington, D.C., and a small college in New Jersey.
Brian Dreyer, MBA '13
Brian Dreyer holds not one but two degrees from George Mason University. His professional life has taken him through a variety of roles, from marketing and sales to startups and now to technical product management. He currently serves as a directory of product manager for an enterprise video company, and was hired specifically to lead the charge in redeveloping and relaunching the company's flagship software solution. Additionally, he creates product development strategies that involve teaming up with sales and marketing to pitch this new product to Fortune 100 companies both in North America and Europe. As the Chair of the Outreach Committee, Dreyer would takes the experiences that he has gained throughout his various professional roles and help the university to better reach current and new alumni by understanding how they want to interact with George Mason University and the kinds of benefits they hope to receive by being a School of Business alumni.
Sam Falcone, MBA '95
Sam Falcone helps organizations to bridge the gap between strategic planning and frontline implementation. Combining unique behavioral insight with project management expertise, he has broad experience helping executives and teams to analyze, plan, and implement business process changes and/or technology changes. Sam is a cofounder of Integrated Strategy Associates as well as McManis & Monsalve Associates management consulting. Prior to this Falcone served as an Army Officer, directing hospital social service programs at military facilities in Alaska, Korea, California, and at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. He completed his military career as an Army Reservist with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and holds certifications as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and as a Project Management Professional (PMP). As former President of the George Mason MBA Alumni Association, Falcone focused his team's efforts on building a jobs network for MBA graduates, and building fundraising partnerships with the George Mason University Foundation.
Chaimaa Fekkak, BS Finance '13 and BS Management '13
As a fall 2013 graduate of George Mason University's School of Business, Chaimaa Fekkak was able to leverage her many prestigious internships, including NPR, NeuStar, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, to begin her career with Accenture as a Business Analyst. At Accenture, Fekkak supports a project to develop and deliver a healthcare web application for a high-profile federal government client. She also serves as the Networking lead for her program's Great Place to Work team, which builds team morale and enhances the day to day work experience of more than 600 employees on the program. Aside from her professional work, Fekkak participates in many non-profit volunteer activities. She is also a frequent attendee at the School of Business' Women in Business events. Fekkak was honored as part of the 2014 20 Prominent Patriots in Business class at GMU, and she now is pursuing her MBA with the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
David Gagliano, MS Technology Management '02
David Gagliano currently guides technology strategy at Acentia, a premier Federal Systems Integrator focused on programs of national significance. Prior to Acentia, Gagliano led Cisco's global Business Transformation Practice and Smart+Connected+Communities programs; prior to Cisco he served as a Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Division CTO and Technical Fellow. A distinguished alumni of George Mason University School of Business, he continues to 'give-back' - guiding corporate contributions, sponsoring students, mentoring cohorts, and as Chairman of the Capstone board. Gagliano holds a CIO University Certificate from the GSA, an MS in technology management from George Mason University, and a BS in computer science from Ohio University; his international experience includes multi-year positions in the Americas, Europe, and SE Asia. He is author of over a dozen papers on subjects as diverse as telemedicine, enterprise architectures, wireless and mobility, SOA and Agile SW development, virtual reality, and nanotechnology.
Annette Y. Harris, MBA '97
Annette Harris is the president & founder of ShowUp, LLC a one-stop shop for all aspects of personal brand development from identifying and defining talents, strengths and unique attributes; and then activating a personal brand visibility campaign – to elevating executive presence in terms of professional dress, communication, and business etiquette skills. Prior to ShowUp! Harris spent nearly 20 years managing global marketing programs and leading teams for multi-million dollar Federal government contract proposals for major corporations like Deloitte & Touché, MCI WorldCom and Verizon. Harris earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, her MBA from George Mason University, and was later certified by the leading accreditation organizations in her field, the Association of Image Consultants International and the Protocol School of Washington. Harris is a 360Reach Personal Brand and Social Brand Analyst. She also studied under famed stylist Stacy London (of the hit show What Not to Wear).
Sirena Johnson, BS Accounting '99
Sirena Johnson is a principal at the CPA firm, Thompson Greenspon. As a member of the firm's Government Contracting, Construction and Employee Benefit Plans groups, she specializes in providing accounting, auditing, tax, and management consulting services to clients. Johnson has worked with various prime and subcontractors in the Metropolitan area and has experience assisting government contractors with FAR and DCAA compliance. Sirena's experience with employee benefit plans entails financial statement audits and tax return preparation. She is knowledgeable of Internal Revenue Code and Department of Labor regulations promulgated for employee benefit plans. Johnson has been the Treasurer for the School of Business Alumni Chapter since 2012. In 2014, she was awarded the Alumni Association Alumni Service Award and in 2013 she was awarded the School of Business Alumni Service Award. Johnson is a member of the Women in Business Steering Committee for the School of Business and was a panelist for the Women in Business Networking Series. Jonson also served on various Award Selection Committees for the School of Business. Lastly, she was awarded Super CPA designation by Virginia Society of CPAs and Virginia Business Magazine, 2011-2013.
Tim Keough, BS Finance ‘95
Tim Keough is a 1995 graduate of the School of Business with a BS in Finance and a scholarship recipient from the University Scholars program. After starting his career in the consulting world at Accenture, Keough quickly moved to entrepreneurship with a focus on applying technology in an innovative manner to various industry verticals from financial services to government. Having started, built and sold four technology companies over the last 20 years, Keough has spent his career building successful businesses that deliver valuable services to customers. Keough’s most recent start-up, launched in January 2016, is Wyth+Me, a platform that connects restaurants and bars with customers in a mutually rewarding way, encouraging customers to bring more people with them when they visit in order to get rewards. Over the years Keough has sought to support Mason and the School of Business, volunteering and assisting in the entrepreneurship program, judging the annual business plan competition, and receiving recognition in 2014 at a Prominent Patriot.
Michael Ly, BS Accounting '12 and MS Accounting '13
Michael Ly is an experienced associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Assurance line of service with knowledge and experience in various industries, including but not limited to hospitality, oil distribution, government contracting, technology, healthcare, and education. Prior to joining PwC, he worked as an internal auditor at Chesapeake Restaurant Group, a Big Six franchisee of Chili's Bar and Grill. Ly has two degrees from George Mason University – a BS in accounting (2012) and a MS in accounting (2013). While at Mason, he was both the Vice President at Beta Alpha Psi and the financial manager at Mason's Chapter for Habitat for Humanity. He recently passed all four parts of the CPA Exam is looking forward to obtaining his license.
Grant Mathiasmeier, BS Accounting '04
Grant Mathiasmeier is a Managing Consultant with CrossCountry Consulting and provides finance and accounting advisory services to Fortune 500 companies in the Washington DC metro area. He is a licensed CPA in Virginia and has 12 years of experience in accounting and finance within several industries including government contracting, IT, hospitality, and home building. His technical areas of focus include financial reporting, operational accounting, technical accounting policy, transactional accounting, treasury, financing, and internal controls for both public and non-public companies. Mathiasmeier began his career at Deloitte after graduating cum laude in 2004 from George Mason with a BS in Accounting. He served as Vice Chair of the Student Funding Board and Treasurer of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during his time at Mason. Also, he is expecting to graduate with an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in May.
Trevor Montano, BS Accounting '00
Trevor Montano is the chief investment officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury responsible for managing TARP investments in U.S. Financial Institutions. Prior to public service, he worked as an investment banker at Citigroup and UBS AG in their respective Financial Institutions Groups responsible for U.S. Bank capital raising, debt financing and M&A origination. Montano spent the early part of his career in BIG 4 public accounting where he was in Transaction Structuring Services primarily serving investment banks and private equity firms. Montano has an MBA from Columbia Business School (2007) and a BS in accounting from The School of Business at George Mason University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Virginia – inactive), CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Society Washington DC and a member of the GMU Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees.
Sean Parkhurst, MBA '13
Sean Parkhurst has over 10 years of professional experience spanning the education, hospitality, technology, finance, and government industries. Parkhurst is an experienced leader, project manager, and entrepreneur. Sean is the Director of Business and Strategy Development with The EOP Group, a DC based lobbying and consulting group. He provides to Fortune 500 clientele strategic guidance through issue and political analysis. Prior to the EOP Group, he served as the Director of Human Resources and Internal Operations for abas-USA, an IT company in Sterling, VA. Parkhurst led abas through their largest growth period in their history, growing over 200% in sales and doubling the amount of personnel. Parkhurst uses these unique experiences in creating solutions to business challenges. Parkhurst holds an undergraduate degree in international business and finance from Central Michigan University (2003) and an MBA from George Mason University.
David Popelier, MBA '10
David Popelier is an experienced manager and management consultant. In Popelier co-founded a government contracting and consulting firm—FourWinds Limited Company—that he continues to help lead and grow. Prior to 2010 he served for six years with SAIC, managing large programs on behalf of the federal government. Popelier has also worked in government, including as a foreign affairs officer with the State Department. In addition to the MBA, Popelier completed a bachelor's in Spanish and History from the University of Wisconsin in 1999, and finished a master's in National Security Studies at Georgetown University in 2001. Popelier is a fluent Spanish speaker and is both a Certified Analytics Professional and a Project Management Professional. He is married and has four children.
John Robinson, BS Accounting '14 and MS Accounting '15
John Robinson is an associate with EY in their assurance line with experience in various industries such as construction, publishing, and transactional services. While at EY, Robinson has had the opportunity to work on both U.S. GAAP clients as well as a large IFRS client. In 2014, he received his BS in accounting from George Mason University and also received an MS in accounting from Mason in 2015. Immediately after, he started and finished the CPA exam over the summer. Robinson has bled Green and Gold since he first attended Mason back in 2011. As a recent graduate, he believes that it will be easier to relate to new graduates, allowing the School of Business to retain their interest and help grow the alumni program.
Marie Robles, BS Accounting '94
A certified public accountant, Marie Robles’s financial expertise spans over 15 years in both the private and public sectors. While juggling accounting, auditing, acquisitions, budgeting, and cash management responsibilities, she served as the vice president and president for the Washington DC Chapter. Robles is currently the funds accounting manager at Navy Federal Credit Union. Prior roles include, accounting manager of domestic operations at Verisign, Inc., director in the Single Family Segment Controller Department at Freddie Mac Corporation, corporate accounting manager at E*Trade Bank, and controller/treasurer, Director of Financial Reporting, and accounting manager for SAIC Venture Capital Corporation. In those roles she has worked on setting up and streamlining accounting reporting, processes and procedures and also worked on projects including risk assessment and the documentation of risks and controls for compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Robles graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued her education with the University of Phoenix acquiring a Master of Business Administration.
Will Sullivan, MS Accounting ‘15
Will Sullivan is a Tax accountant at EY, with an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and a Masters in Accounting from the George Mason School of Business. He provides client support in various industries ranging from biotechnology, entertainment, media, and government defense contracting. He has participated in a PCAOB inspection and remediation, and originally began his career with EY in the Assurance practice before changing service lines to Tax. Prior to beginning with EY, Sullivan worked at the Department of State in their Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, and with Venture Business Research which is a venture capital firm in London and specialized in renewable energy. Outside of work he spends time coaching Special Olympics Basketball, exploring the museums of DC, and traveling.
Jenny Tang, BS Finance '14
Jenny Tang is an alumna of George Mason University, and a pricing analyst and Social Club liaison at a large global IT company with a focus in government and defense in the Washington metropolitan area. During her undergraduate years studying Finance in the School of Business at George Mason, she was an active member and responsible leader. As the treasurer of Mason Investment Club and VP of Alumni Relations in other school organizations, she held numerous successful and engaging events – bridging the gap between alumni and students. With her past as a student leader in George Mason student organizations, studying abroad experience at University of Oxford through Mason Global Center, Tang would like to further contribute and enrich everyone’s experience at Mason by planning and implementing more engaging and successful events. Tang strongly believes that contributing to the success of the School of Business is a lifelong experience and commitment for her.
Matt Tully, MBA '12
Matt Tully is vice president of government and industry relations at Essent. Tully spent nearly seven years working on Capitol Hill, most recently as Chief of Staff for Congressman David Schweikert from Arizona. In this capacity, Tully served as the Congressman’s primary policy and political advisor and oversaw his work on the House Financial Services Committee. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Tully worked in the Congressional Affairs division of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Tully holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Holy Cross College and a MBA from George Mason University.
Fredis Villalta, BS Accounting '11
Fredis Villalta is a management analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He Conducts surveys, studies, and other investigative analysis of management practices and administrative operations to determine the adequacy of systems and organizational operations. He develops policies, guidelines, and procedures for administrative and management requirements across the agency. Prior to his current position, Villalta was a Budget Analyst responsible for tracking an annual budget of over $270 million. The budget included over 800 grants, contracts, and inter-agency agreements. Villalta has professional certificates in Federal Financial Management, Project Management, and Team Leadership; and he is currently pursuing his Lean Six Sigma certification. Villalta has enjoyed contributing to the GMU alumni association over the last couple years and looks forward to continuing his involvement with the School of Business.
Brock Walker, MBA '14
Brock Walker is a high-energy and passionate individual with a desire for continuous learning and organizational excellence. At the department of the Treasury, Walker currently serves as a Financial Specialist responsible for the management and oversight of the $210+ million budget for the Treasury Franchise Fund/Shared Services Programs. In addition, he has recently served as the Special Assistant to the CIO and as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Management in separate rotations within Treasury. Walker was selected by Treasury leadership to represent the Department in the FY 2014 CFO Council Finance Fellows Program aimed at developing the next generation of government leaders in financial management. Walker earned his MBA from George Mason University - School of Business and was selected as the Outstanding MBA Student of the Year for the class of 2013-2014. He currently serves as an Ambassador for the Mason MBA Program.
Anna Yarashus, BS Finance '88
Anna Yarashus holds a degree in business administration from George Mason University and has worked in the heavy manufacturing industry for more than 20 years. She is an experienced Program Manager of large manufacturing operations and holds a master's degree in engineering management for Old Dominion University (1998) and is also a Certified Acquisition Program Manager. Yarashus enjoys the challenge of project management and has led and supported complex capital and operational improvements for organizations through the years. Yarashus is married with 2 young boys and enjoys handicapped sailboat racing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Polina Zhuravlev, MS Technology Management '05
Polina Zhuravlev has been a member of the School of Business Alumni Chapter Board since 2009. Serving in her first year as alumni chapter president, Polina is a proud graduate of the MS in technology management program. Zhuravlev was born in Kursk, Russia and came to the United States in 1995 to earn her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. She decided to enroll at Mason for graduate school because of the stellar reputation of the technology management program and the opportunities it could offer her in the future. Zhuravlev began her professional career at IBM, where she worked for nearly 9 years as a technical advisor to the federal government, specializing in the development of large and complex information technology systems. In this capacity, Zhuravlev analyzed the labyrinthine corporate tax code and developed the IT rules supporting the IRS's corporate e-File system. She joined QinetiQ North America in 2008, where she currently works as a business analyst on IT projects for the federal government.