Meet the 2018-2019
School of Business Board of Directors
Becky Anderson, BS Accounting '10
Becky Anderson is a 2010 School of Business accounting alumni who has served on the Alumni Chapter Board since 2014. She has previously held the roles of Director-At-Large, Treasurer, and Chair of the Program & Events Committee, and is ready to bring her passion and energy to the Board from a new lens as President Elect. While at Mason, she was a member of the softball team and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and NCAA certification committee. Becky currently works as a Senior Consultant at CrossCountry Consulting in McLean, VA and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Outside of work and her board role, she also coaches softball and rescues animals.
Christine Landoll, BS Accounting '89 and MS Tax '92
Christine Landoll is a proud two-time alumna of the School of Business receiving her bachelor and master’s degree at George Mason University. In 2016, she was honored by Mason as one of the 20 Prominent Patriots in business. Since 2013, Christine has served on the School of Business Accounting Advisory Board and looks forward to supporting Mason through the School of Business Alumni Chapter Board. Christine is a Managing Director at Deloitte where she began her career in 1990. As a Certified Public Accountant(CPA), Global Mobility Specialist-Talent (GMS-T®), and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®), she is able to bring her broad-based skills to her clients and the community. Christine has a relentless focus on continuous improvement, life-long learning and finding points of synergy and connections amongst people, departments and companies. She also has a deep passion for delivering distinctive client service and building committed diverse global teams.
Immediate Past President
Jason Howell, BS Accounting '97
Jason Howell is President of Jason Howell Company; a fiduciary wealth management firm for people who run a family, run a business or run for office. Jason is also an adjunct professor of personal finance at American University’s Kogod School of Business and is an active member of many organizations including George Mason University. Jason 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. 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. He shares his home with a beautiful and patient wife, two daughters and 1990’s era modern rock.
Chair of Diversity and Inclusion
David Atkins, BS Decision Science '90
David C. Atkins ‘90 is director of licensing, marketing and administration at George Mason University where he is responsible for negotiating and administering contracts associated with trademark licensing, campus bookstores, computer store, beverage/snack vending, and retail banking valued in excess of $45 million. Atkins also is responsible for brand awareness in the retail environment and division-wide marketing. He led the fundraising campaign to establish the first alumni chapter-driven endowment with Mason in 2011. Atkins has served the Alumni Association as President of the Black Alumni Chapter and Director-at-Large over a period of six years. He has been involved with the School of Business Alumni Chapter for over five years in capacities of VP of Events, Treasurer, Chair of the Emerging Leaders Business Awards, Chair of the Business Alumni Celebration and Director-at-Large. Atkins is recipient of the 2012 George Mason Alumni Service Award, 2017 Distinguished Black Alumni Award and the 2016 School of Business Prominent Patriot Award.
Chair of the Program & Events Committee
Curt White, Executive MBA '96
Curt White is a human capital management executive with more than two decades of experience leading the development and execution of talent management strategies for high performing organizations. Curt has held senior management roles for global firms in the aerospace, consulting, and technology industries including Deloitte, British Aerospace, and PA Consulting Group. His responsibilities have included strategy creation and execution, organizational design and development, talent acquisition, development, and retention, and the design and implementation of employee and executive rewards and retention strategies. Curt is a 1996 graduate of George Mason University’s Executive MBA program and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Business. He is a 2016 recipient of GMU’s 20 Prominent Patriot Award.
Chair of Outreach
Kristin Discher, BS Marketing '08 and MBA '13
Kristin Discher earned both her MBA (2013) and her BS in Marketing (2008) from Mason. Kristin previously sat on the board as chair of the Program and Events Committee. Along with her committee members, she created and executed many chapter events, including the 9th Annual Business Celebration, the first ever Mason Means Business, alumni chapter table at JobQuest, and a partnership event with the Mason Alumni Association for the University Club happy hour. She looks forward to joining the board again and hopes to grow the engagement of School of Business alumni outside of the Washington, D.C., area. She currently lives in New Jersey, and works as the marketing manager for The Investment Center, Inc.
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.
Chaimaa Fekkak, BS Finance and Management '13
Chaimaa Fekkak Marhoum is a Finance Consultant at Accenture Federal Services (AFS), specializing in providing financial analysis, pricing, and deliverables for proposals throughout a variety of portfolios within the federal sector. Prior to beginning her career at AFS, she held many internships including NPR, Neustar, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2013 graduate of the School of Business with a BS in Finance and a BS in Management with a minor in economics; and she also holds an MBA from Virginia Tech. Since graduating, she has sought to support the School of Business by serving as one of the GMU recruiting champions for AFS, attending Finance panels, and leading the AFS Innovation Challenge at Mason. Chaimaa was also honored as part of the 2014 20 Prominent Patriots in Business class. Currently, she resides in Loudoun County with her husband and fellow Mason graduate, El Mehdi; and is looking forward to working with the rest of the board members to strengthen the School of Business alumni community.
Scott Hine, BS Decision Science '85
Scott Hine is a member of the leadership and management team within the Department of Energy where he provides Information Technology program and project management guidance and oversight to the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. He has over 30 years of experience within the federal research and development domain. Scott just completed his two-year term as Treasurer of the George Mason University Alumni Association (GMUAA) as well as just completing a one-year term as Treasurer of the Business Alumni Chapter (BAC). Scott was a member of both the GMUAA and the BAC Executive Boards. Scott has served on the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee in 2015 and was also an At-Large Director on the GMUAA during 2013-2014. Scott was also a member of the George Mason University Alumni Association Strategic Planning committee and played a vital role in the development of a new strategic plan. Scott was presented with the GMUAA Alumni Service Award in 2016, this award goes to the alumnus that provides outstanding dedication and service to the University. He was recognized as a 20 Prominent Patriot in 2015. Outside of work and his GMU related activities, Scott serves as a Commissioner on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Board; he was appointed to this position by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2006. Scott holds a BS degree in Decision Science from George Mason University as well as a MS in Systems Engineering from Binghamton University. Scott is also certified as a project manager by the Project Management Institute and George Washington University.
Greg Hoffman, MS Real Estate Development '16
Chair of Real Estate Development Industry Group
Greg Hoffman is responsible for project origination, development, leasing, finance and sales of office, retail, industrial, and multifamily projects in the Washington DC area. In addition, he oversees construction management on all Rooney Properties assets. Prior to joining the company in 2013, Greg managed numerous complex commercial and institutional projects over 10 years with a local GC/design-builder. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from George Mason University where he was awarded both the EagleBank Scholarship and won the NAIOP DC | MD Intercollegiate Capital Challenge in 2015. Greg was born in Washington DC, grew up in Northern Virginia, and is committed to the region having worked his entire career to improve the Washington Metro Area.
Chuck LaRock, BS Finance '07
Chuck LaRock II is a Senior Vice President for the Brokerage division of Jones Lang LaSalle in Tyson’s Corner, VA. LaRock specializes in advising many of the region’s leading corporations on their real estate matters, with a focus on the engineering, government contracting, and technology industries. Areas of expertise include site selection, leasing structure, financial analysis, and strategic planning. LaRock received his Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 2007 from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, where he majored in Finance. He was honored as the recipient of the GMU Business School Young Alumni of the year in 2012 and a Prominent Patriot in 2017. LaRock grew up in Loudoun County, VA and still resides there with his wife Nikki, daughter Lexi, and son Eric. He is very active in his community both socially and charitably. His hobbies include real estate investing, travel, sporting events, and golf.
Michael Ly, BS Accounting '12 and MS Accounting '13
Michael is an Assurance Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Private Company Services group. He has knowledge and experience in various industries, such as hospitality, government contracting, technology, real estate, manufacturing, and education. As part of this group, Michael has worked on financial statement audits and worked with clients undergoing the IPO process. Prior to joining PwC, he worked as an internal auditor at Chesapeake Restaurant Group, a Big Six franchisee of Chili's Bar and Grill. Michael 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 is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ascend.
Dave Roe, MBA '96 & BS Accounting '89
Dave received both a BS in Accounting and an MBA from George Mason. He worked for the George Mason University Foundation for 26 years before retiring in September of 2016. Dave is currently the Senior Director of Finance/Controller at Interstate Moving Relocation Logistics. He has taught accounting classes at Mason as an adjunct on a number of occasions’. He has been recognized as a Prominent Patriot and has been awarded the Alumni Service award by the School of Business. He is an avid supporter of many things Mason including athletics, performing arts, Green Machine, School of Business and the Volgenau School. Dave has served on the board for 3 years now. He and his wife have created multiple endowments at Mason and continue to actively support multiple Mason financial needs.
Rhonda Vetere, BA Speech Communication '93
Rhonda Vetere is a seasoned technology professional who is currently serving as president of a global healthcare organization. Rhonda works across several businesses as an industry change agent to assist with multiple mergers, creating synergies across all the lines of business, and is known for her onshore/offshore experience. Rhonda has very deep domain expertise in technology and data, which is why she was asked to join her current organization from Estee Lauder, where she was chief technology officer. There, she led global technology and enterprise-wide functions across 162 countries, including analytics, and transformed the company’s technology, digital, social, and retail technology approach. During her career, she has led 26 successful global mergers, and her ability to consistently deliver global results has earned her more than 12 industry awards including Top 100 STEM, Global Top 150 for business transformation, Global 100 Industry Leaders for innovation and leadership, along with The Stevie Award for global business leadership. She has worked across industry sectors from telecommunications, network, financial services, Fintech, service management, outsourcing, insourcing, insurance, retail to prestige beauty. As a results-oriented, client-focused executive, Rhonda adds value by delivering technology that improves cost and performance to drive the right business outcomes. She has a tremendous social following and most recently won the prestigious Gold Medal Stevie Award focused on transformation/innovation. Rhonda was named by SWAAY magazine as one of the most "prominent female voices in tech."
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.
Friends of the Board
Karen Cohen, MS Real Estate Development '12
Karen Cohen (M.S. Real Estate Development, ’12) currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the School of Business Alumni Chapter Board. Karen was instrumental in the creation of Mason’s Real Estate Development Industry Group and served as its first Director. Karen also serves on the Strategic Plan Committee for Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) and the Fundraising Committee for the Mason School of Business Annual Business Celebration. Karen is a partner with the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. (VF&N). Her practice focuses on land use and zoning, commercial real estate and business transactions. Prior to joining VF&N, Karen was Of Counsel at The Coverage Law Firm and Counsel at WilmerHale. She began her legal career as Clerk to the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, after graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown Law. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia.
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.
Ed Hasan, BS Decision Science and Information Systems and Operations Management '04
Ed Hasan is a Managing Director of Kaizen Human Capital, a human capital consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and is an Executive Director of Operations at the ITN overseeing the MGH (Harvard) Sub-award. He is also an HR instructor at George Mason University and serves as a Subject Matter Expert for SHRM. In 2013, Hasan was selected as one of George Mason University’s “20 Prominent Patriots in Business”. In 2014, Hasan was a nominee for The Human Resources Leadership Awards in two categories: Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. Hasan is a Doctor of Education (EdD) candidate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. He received an MBA from the University of Scranton and a B.S. in Decision Sciences & Management Information Systems from George Mason University. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Marie Robles, BS Accounting '94
A certified public accountant, Marie Robles’ financial expertise spans over 20 years in both the private and public sectors. Marie is currently VP/Controller at Northwest Federal Credit Union. Prior roles include funds accounting manager at Navy Federal Credit Union, accounting manager of domestic operations at Verisign, Inc., and director in the Single Family Segment Controller Department at Freddie Mac Corporation. In those and other 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. While juggling accounting, auditing, acquisitions, budgeting, and cash management responsibilities, she is also passionate about serving the community. She is the past president of the Washington DC Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and currently serves on the Strategy Development Committee of Women of ALPFA. The committee focuses developing initiatives focused on empowering women by providing a roadmap to develop leadership and management skills (this one is from my bio). Marie also volunteers with the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
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.
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.