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.
Jake Petralia - President
Jake grew up near Santa Cruz, CA and went to Stanford University for undergrad, where he studied Human Biology. Jake worked in clinical research for three years following graduation at the Stanford University Medical Center in the departments of neurosurgery and neurology. The year before coming to business school he worked at an e-commerce startup in San Francisco, CA. Jake is currently pursuing a dual MBA/MSPH and will be interning at Humana in Louisville, KY this summer. In his spare time Jake likes to run, consider thinking about learning how to play the guitar, listen to EDM, and eat cereal.
Amanda Edwards - VP of Healthcare Conference
Prior to business school, Amanda worked for the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, where she performed communications strategy for multiple areas of the hospital enterprise. Amanda will be interning with Bristol-Myers Squibb in Marketing. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in marketing strategy for the pharmaceutical/medical device sectors. In her spare time Amanda enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Kari Leblancq - VP of Communications
Kari grew up in Allendale, NJ, and received a Bachelor of Science in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame. Before business school, she worked for JPMorgan in New York, where she was an operations associate in the corporate and investment bank. At Kenan-Flagler, Kari is concentrating in healthcare and marketing, and will be interning with Becton Dickinson in the Franklin Lakes, NJ office. In her spare time, Kari likes to read, jog, showcase her skills as a trivia whiz, and hang out with her awesome MBA peeps.
Brian Koontz- VP of Finance
Brian grew up outside Indianapolis between the corn field and the bean field. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science and Civil Engineering from Purdue University. In 2008 Brian went to work for a niche structural engineering firm near Detroit, Michigan. During a five year career he worked on the world’s tallest children’s hospital, America’s second tallest casino tower and the Florida Marlin’s new retractable roof stadium. In 2012 Brian became a registered professional engineer in Michigan, and also realized that he was in the wrong career field. This summer Brian hopes to be working to improve global market access to drugs in developing countries.
Alison Cary-Coleman- VP of Corporate Sponsorship
Prior to beginning her MBA/MHA at UNC, Alison worked in consultative sales in the healthcare industry. Through this role she worked with over 400 hospitals in the US, Europe and Asia on challenges ranging from organizational strategy to improvements in operational efficiency. Alison is a triple Tar Heel (BA, MHA, MBA) and originally from Greenville, NC. She has been a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for nine years and enjoys traveling, tailgating and hiking in her spare time. Alison will be interning at Kurt Salmon Associates this summer.
AJ Ahuja- VP of Learning & Development
A.J. grew up in Fayetteville, NC and has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill. He worked for 3 years for Baxter Healthcare in Operations. A.J. is pursuing the Marketing and Healthcare concentrations at Kenan-Flagler. He is married and lives in Greensboro, NC and commutes to school. He enjoys hiking and traveling in his free time. A.J. will be interning at GSK for the summer in Payer Marketing. He hopes to work there full time.
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.