UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Admissions Committee

Donna Bauman
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Joined the undergraduate business program at Kenan-Flagler in 1994, concentrating on career advising and development
  • Worked for several years in the advertising industry
  • Worked two years as an analyst at Morgan Stanley
  • BSBA, UNC Kenan-Flagler; MBA, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University

Lisa Beisser
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

  • Worked more than seven years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, focusing on customer management strategy
  • Fluent Spanish speaker
  • Lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain
  • Undergraduate degree in Human Factors Engineering, Tufts University; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Native of Boston, Massachusetts

Jennifer Brooks
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Started working at UNC Kenan-Flagler in 1997; worked for 10 years as Senior Associate Director for the Career Management Center
  • Worked with GlaxoSmithKline in university recruitment, advancing from Recruitment Account Manager to Manager, US University Recruitment
  • Taught and counseled undergraduate students at North Carolina State University and Northern Illinois University
  • Holds Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing; Master of Education in Educational Leadership both from Ohio University
  • Admissions interviewer since 2010 while also starting own career consulting business
  • Native of Athens, Ohio

Katie Dunn
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Admissions staff in 2003
  • Former Marketing Manager at IBM
  • Spent four years at Smith Barney in Brokerage and Equity Research
  • B.A. in Politics from The Catholic University of America
  • MBA from McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • Native of Ridgefield, Connecticut

Julie Gaudet
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Career human resources management professional
  • Former Director of Human Resources for Nantucket Nectars (division of Cadbury-Schweppes)
  • Worked at one of the largest Boston-area law firms
  • B.A. degree in English, Boston College
  • Native of Boston, Massachusetts

Amanda Harding
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Consultant and Assessment Administrator, AvoLead LLC, an executive leadership consultancy
  • Served in multiple management roles involving Sales and Marketing, Client Relations, and Project Operations at Quintiles Commercial Solutions, a global CRO
  • Former Director, Career Development & Services, UNC-CH School of Law
  • Former research psychologist at UT-Austin and UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Master’s, Counseling Psychology, University of Texas-Austin; B.A., Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Native of Virginia

Virginia Hewitt Gilbert
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • 13 years of marketing and account management experience
  • Former VP, Account Management for Louisville advertising agency working with Yum! Brands (KFC); also worked as an Account Manager for marketing firm based in San Francisco, managing Gap and AOL accounts
  • Consultant for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Washington DC area
  • MBA, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • B.A. in French, Davidson College. Studied and taught in Paris

Alison Hope Jesse
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

  • Member of the Kenan-Flagler MBA Admissions staff since September 1998
  • Formerly Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission at The College of William and Mary
  • Lived, studied and taught in Germany and Switzerland
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Grinnell College; M.A. in German Language and Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Native of Virginia 

John Hughes
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • 17 years Senior Executive, Avon Products
  • Worked for Several years as Ex. VP in Financial Services Industry
  • Former CEO of a Telecommunications company that he founded and sold to a NYSE firm
  • Undergraduate degree- B.S. Psychology, U.C. Berkeley
  • MBA - Marshall School, Univ. Of Southern California
  • Native of California

John Johnson
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • 18 years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Admitted to practice in Virginia and Pennsylvania
  • Former head corporate and governance attorney for a large publicly traded asset manager
  • J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and B.A. in Classical Studies and History from the College of William & Mary
  • Native of Hartwood, Virginia

Shandra Jones
Associate Director of Admissions

  • Joined MBA Admissions team in 2008
  • Former Operations/Human Resources Director at prominent legal search firm in New York City
  • Former retail buyer for major children's retailer in Ohio
  • Years of experience engaging undergraduate alumni and prospective students for her alma mater
  • B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University; graduate studies in Organizational Change Management at The New School University
  • Native of Mobile, Alabama

Sherry Wallace
Director of MBA Admissions

  • Joined UNC Kenan-Flagler staff eleven years after earning MBA here
  • Former Marketing Director at SkyBox International, Fleer/SkyBox sports & entertainment cards
  • Former self-employed marketing consultant
  • Worked in brand management at Planters LifeSavers Company
  • Former Account Executive (on Kraft Foods) at the Leo Burnett Company, Chicago ad agency
  • B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from UNC; MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • Native of Henderson, North Carolina

Julie Wiley
Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Practiced law for over 10 years
  • Admitted to practice in North Carolina and Maryland
  • Worked as Senior Surety Claim Attorney for St. Paul-Travellers (formerly St. Paul Companies) the largest surety company in the world
  • A.B. in Public Policy Studies and Art History from Duke University; J.D. from Washington and Lee University
  • Native of the New York Metropolitan area