Class Notes: 2000s

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Jeff Martin (MBA ’01) is a senior performance improvement consultant with the University of Maryland Medical System.

Ted Risher (MS, Real Estate ’03) is a director with Alvarez and Marsal, a financial advisory based in Washington, D.C. He works with universities in developing and executing public private partnerships to support their missions. He assisted Howard University in negotiating and closing on $144 million in privately placed bonds to renovate its largest student-housing facility.

Kathy Walsh (MS, Marketing ’03), marketing director for the Fallston Group, a Baltimore-based marketing firm, was recently named winner of the ATHENA Leadership award. Organized by Harford County (Maryland) Community College, the ATHENA awards are presented to established leaders who demonstrate excellence in business and who assist women in achieving their leadership potential.

Michael Mathias (MBA ’04) was recently named president of Chicago-based database services firm Target Data.

J.D. Urbach (MBA ’04) was nominated by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). He is a senior project manager with Edwards Performance Solutions, having joined their Healthcare Strategic Business Unit in 2011 supporting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Over nearly 20 years, he has managed projects at Nokia, Laureate Education, and McCormick and Company. He earned the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification in 2006.

Debra Charles (MS, Finance ’06) is a senior acquisitions program analyst with PE Systems, working for the United States Secretary of the Air Force.

Randy Cox (MS, Information and Telecommunication Systems ’06) works for the University of Utah Medical Group. He recently concluded managing the MyHealtheVet (MHV) re-engineering project for the Veterans Administration. The two-year project involved guiding a team in completely re-engineering and rebuilding MyHealtheVet, a portal through which veterans manage their health care. Next, he reports, he will work as an agile project manager for the University of Utah Medical Group’s Analytics Team.

Francesca Dea (MBA ’06) was named executive director of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, based in Washington, D.C. Previously she served as the executive director of the Obesity Society (TOS), an organization dedicated to advancing the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity, and as vice president and chief operating officer of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Vincent Pasko (MS, Real Estate ’06) joined the Annapolis office of G&M Investment Group last fall as a financial advisor. Previously he was president of Pasko Financial Group, and he held C-level positions, including chief financial officer, president, and chief operating officer at several Maryland-based companies.

Buwa Binitie (MS, Real Estate ’07) is founder of development company Dantes Partners in Washington, D.C. He was profiled last fall in Bisnow, in an article titled “How A Nigerian Immigrant Became One of DC’s Most Active Affordable Housing Developers.”

William Clarke (MBA ’07), an associate professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was the featured speaker on a LabRoots webinar in April about the use of mass spectrometry in clinical laboratories. Clarke’s research focuses on the development of analytical methods for drug analysis, clinical mass spectrometry, and devices for point-of-care testing.

Eric Rardin (MBA ’07), the Vice President of Business Development at Care2 and the ThePetitionSite, where he advises on donor lead acquisition and multichannel conversion strategies, wrote an article titled “How to get inactive supporters involved in your campaign” for the Canadian website Charity Village.

Jill Nissan (MS, Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources ’08) is a workforce planning program manager with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The USGS Workforce Planning Program was recently featured as a case study in the American Productivity and Quality Center’s benchmarking study on strategic workforce planning.

Gil Neuman (MS, Real Estate ’09) has launched a real estate brokerage firm representing sellers of anchored, unanchored, urban, and mall retail properties throughout the mid-Atlantic region. With offices in Bethesda and Owings Mills, Maryland, Neuman Commercial Group specializes in multi-tenant retail investment sales. In 2016 at a previous firm, the Neuman led team closed over $100 million in retail sales.

Lucas Silva (MS, Marketing ’09) is a regional manager with the Bank of Foreign Trade, or Bancóldex, a state-owned commercial bank that operates as Colombia’s entrepreneurial development and exportimport bank, providing long- and short-term financing and specialized financial products to support Colombian exports and other foreign trade-related activities. He says, “The goal is to modernize companies in the fields of commerce, industry, and tourism, and give priority to small and medium enterprises. I will be handling the central region of the country in charge of an important part of Colombia.”

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