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MBA Cohort December 2011 Student Profiles

Romana Akhtar

Romana Akhtar

I am originally from England. I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business. My background is in Employee Relations/HR. I really love what I do and hope to utilize my MBA to help me advance further in my career. 

Jason Aranda

Jason Aranda

I am a Registered Nurse working in the capacity of Clinical Informatics Manager, with experience in Healthcare Information Technology. My background spans from Critical Care nursing, EMR software vendor involvement to currently working for a non-profit Hospital managing the roll out of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

michael arceo

Michael Arceo

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and currently work as a Clinical Analyst for a non-profit hospital.  In my current role, I am able to cover various aspects of hospital operations from an Information Technology perspective.  This enables me to combine my degree in Health Science and my experience in technology.

Valerie Ballenger

Valerie Ballenger

Valerie Ballenger is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She embodies a passion for entrepreneurship, social responsibility and organizational leadership. With ten years management experience in fund development and entrepreneurship, Valerie's life mission is to become a respected and noted leader in corporate philanthropy working to inspire the quality of life for women and young girls by instilling that hard-to-get beauty- Strength, Courage and Dignity

Margie Bishop

Margie Bishop

Hi Everyone!  I'm Margie Bishop. I hold a degree in Business Administration from "The Mount" and now looking forward to conquering the Mount's MBA Graduate Program.

I had a good experience at The Mount the four years I attended and it was amazingly gratifying to have graduated. So, let's get the MBA started - Class of 2012!

Mary Ellen Block

Mary Ellen Block

Mary Ellen Block has a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies and International Affairs from Alverno College. She is interested in pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. Mary Ellen has a background in fund raising, campaign management, and political organizing. She loves to meet and talk to people from all different walks of life, as well as engage in friendly political discussions.

Eugene Brick

Eugene Brink

Eugene Brink is a graduate from the Mount's Weekend College program with a BS in Business Administration, Management Emphasis.  Currently, he is a Regional Operations Manager for a large commercial bank and understands the importance of a graduate degree to further his career within the corporate environment.  He is looking forward to working hard with his fellow Cohort members! 
 

Glynis Carter

Glynis Carter

Human Resource Coordinator
Health Care Industry

I'm currently a HR Coordinator for a non-profit health care organization. My desire to excel in the HR arena is second to none.  Previously, I was Director of Administration for an executive search firm managing all aspects of office operations, including management of the administrative staff and technology.  I have over 18 years of experience ranging from general office administration to partnering with senior-level executives on myriad projects.  I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Kaplan University. I am a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.  Additionally, I sit on the board of advisors for the first ever virtual student chapter of SHRM. My short term goal is to obtain my MBA so that I may position myself for career advancement.

 

 

Brigidann Cooper

Brigidann Cooper

I have worked in Higher Education for six years, most recently as a graduate program coordinator, supporting two graduate programs at a private university in Los Angeles.  Leadership is in my blood and as long as I can remember I have engaged in leadership activities. After completing my BS in Business Administration, marketing emphasis, at The Mount I decided to continue on into the MBA Program emphasizing in Organizational Leadership to complete my educational goals. I am excited to start the program and equip myself with the proper tools to serve the community at large. 

 

Gjenaii Enciso Givhan

Gjenaii Enciso Givhan has enjoyed 21 years in the lending and real estate professions. Her specific training and work experience is solidly established in loan processing, underwriting, funding, closing, escrow and title, as well as consulting for other mortgage professionals. Her breadth of experience encompasses corporate institutions and privately owned enterprises. She also worked for the federal government auditing loan assets and closing financial institutions around the United States.

 

In addition to managing her business, GEG Enterprises-NkKai Properties Gjenaii relishes teaching new and existing real estate professionals within the California Community College District and UCLA’s Extension Department as a Professor of Real Estate. The Academic Senate of the Los Angeles Community College District has recently awarded her the honorary rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business and Real Estate. 

 

 

Her passions include: nurturing her family, running, yoga, gardening, decorating, reading, studying, meditating, spending time with treasured friends, and living an examined life.

 

 

Jaclyn Harrold 

Jaclyn Harrold

My business background includes political consulting with local campaigning, non-profit management,  and various positions in the insurance industry; I am currently assisting several non-profit charities with social media, marketing, and fund-raising. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and reading. I look forward to expanding my business knowledge and being able to apply what I learn to being a better global citizen.

Kaspar Kueng

Kaspar Kueng

Grüezi.  I am a native of Switzerland and a full-time student at the Mount. I moved to Los Angeles in September 2005 for an Internship in the action sports apparel industry. Due to this positive experience combined with the sunny weather and the California lifestyle in the City of Angels. I have stayed to complete my undergraduate business degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and my MBA at Mount St. Mary's College. My work experiences are in apparel manufacturing, start-ups and marketing.

Brenda E. Mata

Brenda E. Mata

An optimist by nature, I live by the belief that every experience, no matter how small, offers a lesson; and that taking absolute ownership for every choice one makes are the keys to a happy life. I have a BA in English and Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a background in Human Resources in the non-profit sector.

 

I am the Benefits and Compensation Coordinator at the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Sylvia Nunez

Sylvia Nunez

I currently hold a position as coordinator of contracts and operations in the health care industry. My ultimate career goal is to attain a position as Hospital Administrator. In my spare time, I like to practice Yoga and Pilates. Also, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

My current job title is Contracts and Operations Coordinator, Providence Health Systems.

Irma Perez

Irma Perez

Irma Perez is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She currently works for the County of San Luis Obispo. Her experience includes General Manager of a large law enforcement non-profit organization and operations, and fund development and management in the non-profit, government, and education sectors.

Kimberley Robinson

Kimberley Robinson

I am a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  I am currently working as a Human Resource professional at a non-profit Hospital.  My goal is to utilize my MBA for career advancement.  I am truly inspired by the Mission of Mount St. Mary’s and am proud to proclaim that I am officially part of this great institution. 

Lina So

Lina So

Lina So is a Director at Studio Box Entertainment. With over ten years in the entertainment industry in front and behind the camera, representing some of the largest corporations worldwide I have had the opportunity to witness the struggles and devastating circumstances of children. My passion and love for children and high regard for education led to the great opportunity of incorporating the two by forming The Right To Succeed Foundation. With my diverse background and network  I believe I can make a difference by raising awareness through this cause. My purpose is to mobilize and provide the leadership tools to push the youth to reach their full potential. I believe this platform can make a difference to change the future of the nation by investing in the next generation through leadership, mentorship, and education reform. My entrepreneurial spirit has provided me influence in the community, entertainment, and philanthropy. I am  a member of the Screen Actors Guild, International Lions Club and I actively participate in the Revlon Walk, Reading to Kids, Working Wardrobes, and Super Role Models.

 

 

 

Patricia Vasquez

I am a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's College.  Currently, I work for Mckesson, a pharmaceutical distribution company, as a Regional Sales Manager.  With over 15 years experience in Management, I am excited to attend MSMC MBA program and increase my skills.

  

 

Lilia Villarreal

Lilia Villarreal graduated in the area of engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. As a first in her family to graduate from college and first to enter graduate school, she recognizes the value of education. Her profession has given her the opportunity to contribute her skills, in the medical industry (Baxter Medical Devices), automotive industry (TRW Automotive Sensors) and presently the utility industry (Southern California Gas Company SCG, Sempra Energy) company.