Class Notes: 2010s

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Ari Abramson (MS, Real Estate ’10) was promoted to acquisitions officer at Baltimore-based Alex. Brown Realty. His responsibilities include the firm’s real estate joint venture equity investments in the Southeast region of the United States. He joined ABR in 2012 and has also served there as an acquisitions associate and asset manager.

Michael Repka (MBA ’10), a professor of ophthalmology and the vice chair for clinical practice at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, is part of a Johns Hopkins research team collaborating with the Baltimore City Health Department and city school system to evaluate the impact of the “Vision for Baltimore” program, which provides free eyeglasses and vision screenings for pre-K to eighth-grade students in all city public schools.

Nellisha Ramdass (MBA ’11) was appointed in July as deputy chief operating officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Hassan Tettah (MBA ’11) is a board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and was an organizer of the institute’s 22nd Annual Black Tie and Sneakers Gala, Sports Ball 2016, which was scheduled to be held October 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event pays tribute to Ashe, the tennis great who died in 1993 after contracting the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion, and it emphasizes the importance of helping other people and honors individuals who use their celebrity to aid humanity.

Jarrett Bauer (MBA ’12), chief executive office of Health Recovery Solutions, was named to NJBiz’s “40 Under 40,” which recognizes business and community leaders under the age of 40. Last spring, Carey Business reported that Bauer had been named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list in the area of health care entrepreneurship.

Siddharth Jha (BS, Business ’12) was recently appointed as a managing director in the commercial real estate team at Pier 67 Capital Partners in New York, a real estate investment firm that invests in and operates a wide range of real estate assets.

Heather Michaelson (MBA; and MS, Information Technology ’12) was named director of operations for the Beliveau Group of Keller Williams Legacy, a residential real estate firm in Baltimore.

Shawn Su (MS, Finance ’12) works for CTI Capital Management Limited in China and writes: “My day-to-day duty varies extensively between advisory assignments and private placement tasks. On the advisory assignments side, most of my work consists of updating investment proposals for private and institutional investors, creating case studies on recent deal offerings, and drafting memos for trust products that are about to launch. For private placement tasks, I conduct market research by focusing on the selected industries and provide independent valuation analyses for internal due diligence purposes. I also assist my team with developing fund investment strategies, settling transaction executions, reviewing compliance documents, and liaising with investors.”

King Yan Yip (MBA ’12) is a senior manager at Audacious Inquiry, a health information technology and policy company based in Catonsville, Maryland. He wrote one of the winning papers in the “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-Related Research Challenge” from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. His paper was titled “Blockchain & Alternative Payment Models.”

Sam Hopkins (MBA ’13) writes: “I am now working with fellow Global MBA alum Shervin Esfahani [’14] in marketing at Baltimore-based VAYA Pharma, where we’re helping to support a rapidly growing business and define the emerging FDA category of medical foods.”

Victoria Richard Lefevers (MBA and Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence ’13) has joined Greenberg Traurig, an American Lawyer-ranked international law firm, as competitive intelligence manager.

Sebastian Seiguer (MBA ’13) is chief executive officer of the Baltimore-based health IT startup, emocha Mobile Health, which announced in August that it has continued its expansion with three new live sites in California. Fresno County, Merced County, and Contra Costa County will all use the miDOT app for asynchronous video directly observed therapy to manage their tuberculosis populations. Contra Costa will also use emocha’s Outbreak Symptoms Monitoring application for rapid response to potential measles outbreaks.

Mitchell D. Winans (MBA ’13) was recently hired as an industry liaison at an independent federal agency called the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). In this role, he manages industry engagement and strategic communications in support of the agency’s mission to build, deploy, and operate the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

Jeffrey M. Kihien (MBA ’14) works at Ucutrade, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in international commerce. One of its goals is to connect firms in the United States with potential buyers overseas.

Brad Longman (MBA ’14) is program manager of the international health division of Abt Associates Inc. He writes that he “has accepted a new position to be Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project in Kenya. The project operates in support of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and has been a major catalyst in the remarkable progress to control malaria worldwide. Between 2001 and 2015, malaria mortality rates decreased globally by 47 percent and by 54 percent in Africa alone. AIRS Kenya will look to expand these successes as the PMI AIRS Project begins operations in Kenya.” Longman will be based out of Kisumu, Kenya, beginning in January 2017.

Andrew Massignani (MS, Information and Telecommunication Systems ’14) is founder and president of Alphalync, which, as its website states, “provides a comprehensive set of cloud based offerings.” He writes: “After 20 years of experience in driving technology-based business in the West Region, working for blue chip companies, I started my own company at the beginning of 2015, focusing on unified communications and collaboration, and cloud-computing migration consulting services. The company has grown to international status within 18 months.”

Katherine Pinkard (MBA ’14) is president of Pinkard Properties. She reports: “I took over as Chair of the Board of the American Red Cross, Central Maryland Chapter, July 1, and am looking forward to making an impact in our community over the next two years. I continue successful work in real estate development and management at Pinkard Properties.”

Alexander Balleh (MS, Finance ’15) is director of finance for FIA Technology Services Inc.

Elizabeth Galbut (MBA ’15), a graduate of the Carey Business School/Maryland Institute College of Art Design Leadership MBA/MA program, described her background and experiences for an interview that originally ran on the Global Invest Her website and appeared later on The Huffington Post under the heading “Trailblazing Women: Elizabeth Galbut, Founding Partner Sogal Ventures & A-Level Capital.”

Mehr Pastakia (MBA ’16) was featured in an August 1, 2016, BBC news report on people who started businesses while still attending business school. While at Carey, Pastakia started a rooftop garden company, as noted in an article in the fall 2015 issue of Carey Business.

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