Mission | Leadership Team | Membership Benefits
Our mission is to give MBA students – pursuing a variety of functional roles – education, networking opportunities, and job-finding skills, so they can succeed in the health care industry.
Brittany Gulledge - President
Brittany received a BS in Chemistry and Biology from UNC Chapel Hill. She then moved to California to earn a MS in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of California at San Francisco. Before starting business school, Brittany worked as a scientist at Biogen Idec. Brittany has a passion for teaching, mentoring, scuba diving, and traveling. Following business school, Brittany is looking to transition into pharmaceutical marketing.
Jake Petralia - Executive Vice President
Jake attended Stanford University where he was pre-med, studied Human Biology, and ran varsity track and field and cross country. Following college he spent three years in clinical research at the Stanford University Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology. He also spent over a year working for an e-commerce startup, Luvocracy, prior to grad school. He is also a pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jake enjoys competitive running, music festivals, laying lazily on the beach, and breaking it down when no one is looking.
Aparna Chavali - VP of Marketing & Communications
Aparna received her degree in Biotechnology Engineering in India. She then moved to Boston to pursue a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Northeastern University. Following her Master's, Aparna joined a medical device company (Waters Corporation) in Boston where she began her career in R&D and eventually transitioned in to Marketing. She decided to pursue an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler to round out her skills set and get a break from the work-life. Post MBA, Aparna wants to continue her career in Biotech/Pharma marketing. In her free time, Aparna likes to run, travel, read (when possible) and try different cuisines.
Kristy Herrmann - VP of Finance
Kristy went to UNC Chapel Hill where she studied Business Administration at UNC Kenan-Flagler. She then worked for three years in product and marketing strategy in the payments industry before coming back for her MBA. In her free time, Kristy can be found cheering on the Tar Heels, playing any type of sports, and being an obnoxious New Yorker.
Alexandra Turpin - VP of Corporate Relations
Alexandra went to UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies. She received a BA in clinical psychology and business communications. After graduating from UNC, she went to work for a medical device and pharmaceutical consulting firm focusing on remediation projects for the FDA. Post-MBA, Alex is hoping to work in pharmaceutical marketing or in management consulting for medical device manufacturers. In her free time, Alex enjoys horseback riding, eating sushi, going to the beaches down in Florida, taking short weekend trips and trying new food!
Justin Reyes - VP of Learning & Development
Justin received an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Florida, and then joined Teach For America. He taught elementary education for 2 years, then became the youth ministry coordinator for his home church in Orlando. After serving in this role for 3 years, he pursued an MBA to enhance his leadership skills, and seek opportunities in healthcare. He plans on working in healthcare administration, and in his free time plays golf, travels with his wife, and is active in his church.
Emily Meyer - VP of Learning & Development
Emily attended UCLA and received her undergraduate degree in Nursing. She then worked at UCLA Medical Center as a perinatal nurse for 4 years before deciding to pursue her MBA. Emily is planning to transition to the business side of healthcare, working in marketing or consulting for a medical device or medical tech company. In her free time Emily enjoys exploring North Carolina, especially the various shopping opportunities, going wine tasting, and organizing trips with friends.
Amelia Summerell - VP of Internal Development & University Relations
Amelia attended Davidson College where she received a BA in Political Science. Following college she moved to Washington DC and worked at the National Institutes of Health on multiple clinical trials. In addition to business school, she is pursuing an MSPH from UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her interests include soccer, yoga, running, and attempting but ultimately failing at gardening projects.
Matt Blum - VP of Alumni Relations
Matt attended Brigham Young University where he received a BS in Public Health. After graduating, he worked for over four years at a healthcare payer in Salt Lake City, Utah in multiple roles including reimbursement modeling, contract negotiation, and new technology implementation. Matt enjoys the outdoors, playing sports, and hanging out with his twin boys.
Scott Carberry - Director of the Healthcare Conference
Scott attended Colby College where he studied Biology and Math. After graduating, he moved to Boston where he worked for an electronic health record vendor in various roles. Scott decided to pursue his MBA in order to develop as a leader and transition into a strategy or marketing position. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing soccer, doing anything outdoors, reading, and trying new things.
Bill Gerath - Director of the Healthcare Conference
Bill attended Dartmouth College, where he studied Cellular Biology. He subsequently moved to Boston, working on a large-scale cancer genetics project at the Broad Institute. He decided to return to school for an MBA out of an interest in the business of healthcare delivery, and is pursuing a career in pharmaceutical strategy and marketing. In his free time, he loves running, hiking, and rooting for Boston sports teams.
Alex Pak - Director of Career Treks
Alex graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow, Russia with the degree in Marketing. He started his career in healthcare market research, but after moving to the U.S. he became an entrepreneur. Post MBA Alex is looking to pursuing a career in marketing within the healthcare industry. In the free time he enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and landscape photography.
Najwa Mohammad - Director of Shadow Days
Najwa attended Wesleyan College where she received a BA in Biology and in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Najwa went on to work in academic research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School followed by the Tufts Medical Center. Prior to business school, Najwa was working as a Research Chemist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Najwa wishes to use her MBA to transition into medical device marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, sketching, traveling and trying new cuisines.
The Healthcare Club puts on the largest, student-run conference at UNC Kenan-Flagler each year and sponsors a variety of networking and company events. We also seek to understand student interests each year and find compelling speakers and education events to match those interests. Membership benefits include, but are not limited to:
Annual UNC Kenan-Flagler Healthcare Conference: annual conference and alumni awards dinner with over 400 attendees and 12 sponsoring companies.
NJ-area career trek: student-led trip to visit 3-4 health care companies in and around New Jersey and Philadelphia.
RTP-area career trek: student-led trip to visit 3 health care companies in and around the Research Triangle Park area in Durham, NC.
Recruiting preparation: book of previous year’s internship opportunities, strategy sessions, 1:1 support, interview-preparation student panel, office hours to prepare for specific companies.
Function-specific company speakers: lunchtime guest speakers and panels from companies that hire MBAs. We focus sessions on one specific functional area including marketing, consulting, finance, general management, and operations.
Healthcare Entrepreneurship speakers: lunchtime guest speakers from local start-ups, VC firms, and related organizations that talk about getting into health care entrepreneurship.
Case competitions: annual participation in 2-4 health care case competitions, including the Humana Healthcare Case Competition (http://www.humanacasecompetition.com/).
Company tailgates and happy hours: social events hosted by companies that recruit MBAs.