Alumni Updates – Fall/Winter 2014

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Carey Business School alumni and soon-to-graduate students met for drinks and conversation at a Carey Connections event last spring at Mission, a restaurant-bar in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Carey Diplomats, a group of alums who represent a wide range of degrees and graduation years, and who take a special interest in helping members of the Carey alumni community engage with one another. Both the D.C. event and one held last spring at the business school’s Baltimore campus were organized primarily to introduce the imminent graduates to the Carey alumni network.Carey Business School alumni and soon-to-graduate students met for drinks and conversation at a Carey Connections event last spring at Mission, a restaurant-bar in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Carey Diplomats, a group of alums who represent a wide range of degrees and graduation years, and who take a special interest in helping members of the Carey alumni community engage with one another. Both the D.C. event and one held last spring at the business school’s Baltimore campus were organized primarily to introduce the imminent graduates to the Carey alumni network.


Fredric Caplan (BS, Business, ’64) writes that he is retired from Pfizer and that he and his wife, Jamie, have moved to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, five miles from the Atlantic Ocean.


Wes Nichols (Master of Administrative Science, ’89) is the chief executive officer of MarketShare, a predictive analytics company that has been featured in the Harvard Business Review.


David Dickerson (Master of Administrative Science, Information Technology, ’90) is a visiting associate professor of marketing and global business at the Bang College of Business at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In December 2013, he was co-presenter of a paper titled “A Reconcilable Strategy for Sustaining Vietnam’s Competitive Advantage” at the Engaging with Vietnam Conference at Thai Nguyen University in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. The conference featured leading international scholars in the field of global business and Vietnam studies.

James Pavik (Master of Administrative Science, Management, ’91) is president and chartered wealth manager of Pavik Wealth Management Inc. and president of Concerts By The Bay in Virginia.

Francine Kelly Allen (BS, Business Management, ’93) hosts a talk show on the Buzz About It radio network.

Eric Brown (MS, Management, ’93) is president of Data Systems Company Inc.

James Brenton (MS, Information and Telecommunication Systems, ’94) is regional security coordinator for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and was recently selected for a second two-year term as vice chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Council’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee.

Patricia Likakis (MS, Information Services and Telecommunications, ’95) completed 33 years at CSX and is the author of The Power of Faith: A journey to healing, wholeness and harmony. 

Ronald Ercolano (MS, International Business Management, ’96; MBA, ’01) has been managing partner of New Leaf Properties since January 2010, renovating homes for resale or to add to the firm’s portfolio, which includes units in Maryland and Delaware.

Alessandra Macedo (MS, Marketing, ’96) is president of, an online tax preparation and filing company founded in 1994.

Eleanor Tessier (MS, Finance, ’97) has been named chief credit officer for real estate at CIT.

Ian Brown (MS, Organization Development, ’99; and Graduate Certificate in Seniors Housing/Care, ’04) has been senior vice president of CCH Senior Housing since 2013, reporting to the president and chief executive officer to help develop and implement the organization’s strategic initiatives. These include driving excellence in employee engagement, resident satisfaction, financial stewardship, and building the portfolio of affordable housing units to serve the growing needs of the country’s senior citizen population.


Melba Dominguez Fey (BS, Business and Management, ’00) is director of client support at Data180, a virtual company that specializes in faculty-activity reporting and performance evaluations, assessment management, and co-curricular transcripts for higher education clients. She joined the company in 2012, and her primary responsibility is software implementations.

Bruce Johnson (MBA, ’00) established a private law practice, Bruce A. Johnson Jr. LLC, in 2000. His firm practices in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and has offices in Bowie and Clinton, Maryland. He is a former prosecutor in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

George Neighbors (MS, Applied Behavioral Science, ’00) chairs the board of directors at Silver Spring, Maryland-based Shepherd’s Table, whose mission is helping people who are homeless or otherwise in need by providing basic assistance, including meals, social services, medical support, and clothing.

Vincent Brotski (MBA, ’01) is associate general counsel for Amtrak. He is a member of the corporate affairs group in Amtrak’s legal department and provides support in the areas of procurement, intellectual property, information technology, and real estate transactions.

Gregory Cichy (MS, Real Estate, ’01) joined Rosenthal Properties as vice president/director of property management in the firm’s Vienna, Virginia, office in November 2013.

Candace Steele Flippin (MBA, ’01) has been hired by St. Jude Medical in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to lead the medical device company’s public relations and external communications. She also is chair-elect of the Public Relations Society of America’s Health Academy, which has 750 members representing hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurers, agencies, foundations, and medical and dental associations.

Marian Damewood (Graduate Certificate in Business of Medicine, ’02) is vice president for women and children services at WellSpan Health System in York, Pennsylvania, and serves on several boards of national nonprofit organizations.

Selena Ramkeesoon (MBA, ’02) is vice president/practice lead, strategic communications, and marketing at ICF International. She recently completed the implementation of an international public outreach campaign on energy efficiency in nine countries in the eastern Caribbean. She serves as senior technical advisor for programs funded by USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of State, the European Commission, and the U.K. Department for International Development in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Valerie Armstrong Kolman (BS, Business and Management, ’03) is chief financial officer of Canton Development Company and its subsidiaries. She plans to complete her MBA at Northcentral University this fall.

Fabien Toscano (MBA, ’03) is chief operating officer for Qatari Diar UK, in London, part of the real estate arm of the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar.

Nauman Malik (MBA, ’04) was promoted to director of product management at Bidgely, a Khosla Ventures-backed start-up focused on changing how energy is consumed, monitored, and conserved around the world.

Andrew McCann (MS, Information and Telecommunication Systems, ’04) has earned nine certifications in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework since graduating from the Carey Business School, and he now works as a consultant and trainer in that area, including in support of the IT infrastructure at the National Cancer Institute. He serves on the board of directors for the Montgomery County chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and on the board of directors for the Salute Military Golf Association, a group that supports the rehabilitation of wounded veterans through golf.

Bruce Perler (MBA, ’04) is the Julius H. Jacobson, II Professor of Surgery, and Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Finance at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was named president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is also Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Finance in the Department of Surgery, Chief Emeritus, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Cases, the society’s premier peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Duane Carey (MBA, ’05) is president of IMPACT Marketing & Public Relations, a full-service marketing and PR firm serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He won the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Person of the Year Award.

Denise W. Streeter (MS, Finance, ’05), and Graduate Certificate in Investments, ’04) has joined the faculty of Penn State York as a full-time instructor, teaching courses that include business administration, finance, project management, and supply chain management. She also participates in the PhD Project, which seeks to increase the number of minority business professors and attract more minority students to business colleges.

Andres Zapata (MBA, ’05), executive vice president of strategy and co-founder of Baltimore-based marketing agency idfive, was named one of the four recipients of the American Marketing Association’s 4 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award. He also teaches in the MBA/MA in Design Leadership program offered jointly by the Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Albert J. Aboulafia (MBA, ’06) was named director of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. He will oversee the divisions that include medical oncology, surgical oncology, the breast center, and the tumor registry.

Rhonda Lange (BS, Business Management, ’06) is president and chief executive officer of Rhonda E. Lange and Associates, a promotions and consulting business. She writes that her recent battle with a series of serious medical issues “has taught me that everything is possible and life is short. … Next on my list: JHU MBA!”

Cheo D. Hurley (MS, Real Estate, ’07) has been named interim president and chief executive officer of Park Heights Renaissance in Baltimore. In his new role, he will oversee all operations of the nonprofit organization, including administration, community relations, finance, and real estate/economic development.

Murtaza Ahmed (MBA, ’08), a senior program manager at Lockheed Martin, was named one of 24 recipients of the 2014 FCW Rising Star Award, which is given to individuals who have particularly excelled during the first 10 years of their careers in the information technology field.

Heather C. Dahl (MBA, ’08) has published her first book, The Cynja, a graphic novel for children about cybersecurity and technology. She also has been elected chairman of the board of the National Press Foundation. Recently she presented the Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the group’s annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Sychuk (MS, Real Estate, ’08) has been promoted to vice president of asset management at St. John Properties. Sychuk has been with St. John for 12 years, most recently serving as assistant vice president of finance and asset management. She determines the financial feasibility for all St. John acquisitions and dispositions, and provides financial analysis and valuation activities for the company’s assets, which are valued at $2.5 billion.

Ateret Haselkorn (MBA/Master of Public Health, ’09) joined Vocera Communications’ Experience Innovation Network as solutions development director in May 2013. She says she is working on “rehumanizing” health care through technology and consulting services.

Jonathan Jay (BS, Business and Management, ’09) recently left a U.S.-based hedge fund to take responsibility for tenant representation at Knight Frank, London-based global real estate consultants.

Kenneth Schramko (MBA, ’09) has joined the Washington, D.C.-based government relations team of IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries as director of government relations. He will focus on a variety of policy and regulatory issues that affect the electronics industry.


Jimmy McCloskey (MS, Real Estate, ’10) is vice president for development at Embrey Partners Ltd. in San Antonio, Texas. He recently was recognized by the Real Estate Forum website as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders” in Texas.

Patrick McMahon (MBA, ’10) is the founder of Baltimore-based Trade With Pat LLC, which aims to create strategic investors by teaching customers with retail brokerage accounts and IRAs how to profitably trade options.

Lynn Molnar (BS, ’10) is president of Thankful Paws, which distributes pet food and supplies to needy people in Maryland. Her work has been recognized with honors from the state of Maryland and the Baltimore Humane Society.

Dmitry Mukhin (MBA, ’11) was named deputy chief information officer for the Maryland Department of Education. 

Brad Sutton (MBA, ’11), an assistant professor of medicine and assistant dean for health strategy and innovation at the University of Louisville, was recently involved in a research effort that found using a portable or bedside ultrasound machine in the pediatric emergency room is cost-effective and can generate positive operating revenue.

David Auerbach (MBA/MS, Biotechnology, ’12) is a life sciences consultant at Capgemini Consulting, an international life sciences management consulting firm.

Caitlin Troxell Christ (MS, Marketing, ’12) became the annual fund director at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore in August 2014. She writes: “I am looking forward to putting my marketing degree to good use raising funds for the school through strategic donor segmentation and messaging.”

Geoffrey Corb (MBA, ’12), a deputy chief information officer at Johns Hopkins University, was named to the board of directors of America’s SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) in June 2014.

Thomas Franklin (Graduate Certificate in Business of Medicine, ’12) has been named medical director of the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, the premiere residential treatment unit of Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Towson, Maryland.

Brandon Jenkins (MS, Real Estate, ’12) has joined St. John Properties in Baltimore as a partner in training. He previously worked for M&T Realty Capital Corporation.

Thomas Benton “Ben” Jenkins (MA, Communications/MBA, ’12) is vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council and was named by Washington Life magazine as one of Washington’s Most Influential 40-and-Under Leaders for 2014.

Bob Koppes (MBA, ’12) was interviewed for a Bloomberg article on software that could one day let consumers use their thoughts to control appliances in their homes. Koppes is a consultant at Accenture, one of the companies developing the product.

Joao Noroña (MBA, ’12) was interviewed for an October 3, 2014, article in the Baltimore Business Journal about his pepper-importing business, Chile Comapeño.

Libi Sprow Rice (MBA, ’12) has been named to a leadership post with the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. She also was named to its related charitable organization. Before joining ELC, she was director of global communications/employment branding for CEB, a global best-practices research firm that provides insights for C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies.

Bryon Sabol (MBA, ’12) completed the Advanced Project Management Certificate at Stanford University and was promoted to PMO program manager at Micron Technology, based in Manassas, Virginia.

Ashley Becker (MBA, ’13) was recently named co-chair of the International Women Committee of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association).

Shirley Boubert (MS, Real Estate, ’13) is New Markets Tax Credit program manager for DC Housing Enterprises, a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the District of Columbia Housing Authority. 

Xiao Chen (MS, Finance, ’13) is a financial analyst at Arkansas-based Ameriprise Financial Services.

Jeff Davis (MS, Finance, ’13) is a speaker with Jeff Davis International and author of Traveling Triumphs: The Improbable in Budapest and Beyond. He recently returned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he competed in an international speech competition.

Eric Dell (MBA, ’13) is senior vice president for government affairs at the National Automatic Merchandising Association. “My enrollment in the Johns Hopkins MBA program,” he writes, “was important in securing my current job.”

Paul Gates (MS, Finance, ’13) has been chief financial officer of Arlington, Virginia-based Heartland Energy Partners since 2012. Heartland was recently recognized on Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. He writes: “I owe a great deal of my business success and the accomplishment of being recognized in the 2014 Inc. 500 to my experience at JHU.”

Yu Guan (MS, Finance, ’13) is assistant to the president at the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation in New York, which focuses on supporting young global leadership.

Victoria Lefevers (MBA, ’13) recently accepted a position as manager for market and competitive intelligence at the Boston-based tech firm Carbonite.

Kevin Moss (MBA, ’13) is director of marketing for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for the Study of Services, working remotely from his home in Atlanta, Georgia. The organization helps clients conduct health care-focused surveys.

Martin Okumu (MS, Information Systems, ’13) is director of IT and infrastructure for Secor Group. He writes, “The JHU Carey Business School provided me with the business and technical skills needed to succeed in my new position. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I received from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.”

Jin Peng (MS, Finance, ’13) is a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant while pursuing a PhD in finance at the University of Connecticut.

Luice Tate (MS, Marketing, ’13) is marketing campaign manager for ICF International, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mitchell Winans (MBA, ’13) is executive strategic communications liaison with the United States Department of Homeland Security. He writes, “As a board member of the nonprofit Buseesa Community Development Centre, I recently traveled to western Uganda to support development initiatives including microcredit, health care, and education projects. I oversaw a visiting medical team as well as the construction of two new classrooms, a health clinic, and a latrine. With the trip’s success, I hope to make an impact on the community for years to come.”

Ting Zhang (MS, Finance, ’13), an economist at the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore, was quoted in a July 2014 Time magazine article on elderly entrepreneurs.

James Allen (MS, Finance, ’14) is corporate finance officer for Honor Capital LLC. The company provides equity for veteran-run businesses that create jobs and build communities.

Richard Best (MBA, ’14), an alumnus of the Design Leadership program operated jointly by the Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art, was interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about his plans to build a park on a 3 acre lot beneath support columns of Baltimore’s Jones Falls Expressway.

Brian Gerardo (MBA, ’14) is executive director of the Baltimore Dance Crews Project, a nonprofit organization that uses hip-hop dance to improve relationships between students and teachers, raise student achievement, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop leadership.

Moses Hidary (BS, Business, ’14) spent a year at a rabbinical college in Israel after graduating from the Carey Business School. On returning to the United States, he began a five-year Rabbinical Jewish Law program in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Arun Natarajan (MBA, ’14) is director and co-founder of Nextide Academy Inc., an international online middle and high school. The idea was born during a capstone project that involved consulting for Sylvan Learning.

Kandarp Patel (MBA, ’14) is business development manager for Eaton Corporation, with a business development role in Eaton’s automotive group.

Yijia Yin (MBA, ’14) is a financial advisor with Noah Holdings Limited in Shanghai.

Bahar Zarrabi (MBA, ’14) is senior associate for business development at the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute, which was created to support the military health system and apply the collective resources of Johns Hopkins to solve the health and health care problems of service members, veterans, and their families. She works with experts from Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Whiting School of Engineering, and other research and academic departments across the university.

Liheng Zhao (MS, Finance, ’14) reports: “Finding jobs in China.”

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