UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

MBA Student Association

Mission | Leadership Team | Membership Benefits 

Mission

The MBASA is comprised of student-led organizations within the MBA Program. The goal of the MBASA is to enhance the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience for students by offering educational, professional, and community-building opportunities. There are over 40 different groups that make up the MBASA, covering careers, diversity, activities, and more. We encourage all students to consider the many opportunities available in the MBASA and to become involved as both a member and a leader.

Leadership Team

balitaanCristina Balitaan - President

Cristina grew up in the Chicago metro area, and graduated with a double major in Advertising and Psychology from Syracuse University. Prior to business school, she worked in market research on the supplier side, helping clients get a better understanding of the critical gaps in their brand promise. At Kenan-Flagler, Cristina is concentrating in Marketing & Entrepreneurship and participates in school as the Evans Legacy Rep, NCGrowth Analyst, Consortium Fellow and MBA Ambassador. With her MBA, she plans to pivot into a marketing management position to drive the growth of a purpose-driven brand that empowers people and impacts social change. In her free time, she loves to consume good stories in all types of media – books, graphic novels, TV shows and movies, hiking, shopping and spending time with her family.

Contact: cristina_balitaan@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


d'hoostelaereSean D'Hoostelaere - Executive VP

Sean joins the UNC Kenan-Flagler class of 2019 after spending the last several years working in the areas of Finance, Business Analysis and Consulting. A 2011 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Sean most recently worked for Global Lending Services, a financial services startup in Greenville, SC. Sean is pursuing his MBA to transition into corporate strategy, and is spending his summer in merchandise strategy for Walmart.

Contact: Sean_DHoost@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


marleyJackson Marley - VP of Communications

Jackson is pursuing a concentration in corporate finance and an industry enrichment in energy. A 2012 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he previously worked in Dixon Hughes Goodman's advisory practice, focusing on technology and operations consulting for financial institutions. This summer, Jackson will be working at Holocene Clean Energy in Raleigh.

Contact:  jackson_marley@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


gamlielYoni Gamliel - VP of Corporate Relations

Yoni is member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Class of 2019, pursuing a dual concentration in Corporate Finance and Real Estate. Prior to business School, Yoni spent seven years working in a variety of real estate functions includeing, acquisition, development and, most recently, advisory. Yoni graduated from New York University in 2010 with a degree in Economics. This summer, Yoni will be working at Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking Division in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Contact: Jonathan_Gamliel@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


barhorstEllie Barhorst - VP of Community Service

Ellie is pursuing a concentration in Marketing and Healthcare. She grew up in Louisville, KY, and graduated from Centre College with majors in International Relations and English in 2011. Prior to business school, Ellie worked in marketing for Brown-Forman Corporation and in healthcare fundraising for the Duke Cancer Institute. This summer Ellie will be at MailChimp in Atlanta as a product marketing intern.

Contact: eleanor_barhorst@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


gomezPatrick Gomez Menzies - VP of Diversity

Patrick is pursuing a concentration in Marketing and Management Consulting with an enrichment in Healthcare. He is originally from New York and has graduated with his BA from Harvard University in History and Science, BS from York College in Biotechnology, and a MS from University of California San Diego in Biomedical Sciences. 

Contact: patrick_gomezmenzies@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


cooperAlex Cooper - VP of Finance

Alex is pursuing a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and consulting, with the intention of doing one of the two after graduation. Before business school, he worked in a variety of startup roles, most recently managing his own startup (a consulting firm advising startups). He graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a degree in economics. This summer, he will be working at Boston Consulting Group in Atlanta.

Contact: alex_cooper@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


gadientJoe Gadient - VP of Learning & Development

Joe is pursuing concentrations in Energy and Sustainable Enterprise. Prior to business school, Joe worked as a development engineer for General Motors, doing hardware and calibration development for future engine designs. Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2013, and he holds a Master’s of Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. Joe will be working in the Customer Solutions group of Duke Energy in Charlotte this summer.

Contact: Joseph_Gadient@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


ingramW. Nelson Ingram - VP of Social Affairs

Nelson was born and raised in rural West Texas where he learned the fundamentals of business while working on his family's ranch. He attended Texas A&M University where he was elected to serve as a Yell Leader. Nelson spent four years working in finance at HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Nelson interned at Dr Pepper Snapple over the summer in a brand management role. He is also a certified BBQ judge and award winning pitmaster known for his Texas brisket.

Contact: william_ingram@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
 

doughertyMeg Dougherty - VP of Student Activities

Meg graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012, and spent the last several years working in business development for The Scout Guide, a startup in Charlottesville, VA. She is pursuing concentrations in consulting and entrepreneurship, with the hopes of starting her own company one day. This summer, Meg will be working in marketing at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.

Contact: meg_dougherty@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


nandaPriyanka Nanda - VP of International Relations

Priyanka is pursuing a dual concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Priyanka worked as a Software Developer at OSIsoft LLC in California. She graduated with her MS in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego in 2014 and BE in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai, India in 2012. Priyanka will be working at Google in Mountain View, California this summer.

Contact: Priyanka_Nanda@kenan-flagler.unc.edu


Membership Benefits

The MBASA is comprised of student-led organizations within the MBA Program. The goal of the MBASA is to enhance the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience for students by offering educational, professional, and community-building opportunities. There are over 40 different groups that make up the MBASA, covering careers, diversity, activities, and more. We encourage all students to consider the many opportunities available in the MBASA and to become involved as both a member and a leader.

Many of the outside-the-classroom activities are MBASA sponsored and MBASA membership is required for participation in these events. Some of the activities that MBASA supports are:

Career treks and case competitions

Networking events with potential employers and influential alumni

Weekly socials to foster the UNC Kenan-Flagler community

School-wide cultural events, such as Global Night and the Harambee Fashion Show

Annual events for the school, including Gala and Graduation