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July Class Notes

July Class Notes

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Syracuse University has announced the election of four new members to the University’s Board of Trustees. Of them, is Whitman alumnus Tracy M. Barash ’89, who became the president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board this month. Barash is vice president of global franchise management for Turner’s Cartoon Network. In addition to her service as a Trustee, Barash is a member of Syracuse University’s Atlanta Regional Council, a participant in the Whitman School’s Alumni Mentorship Programs and past alumni representative for the Office of Admissions. She joined the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board in 2010 and has served as awards committee chair, philanthropy committee chair, nominating committee chair and vice president. Most notably, she worked closely with the board’s clubs committee on the successful “I’m In” fundraising campaign for Athletics.

Greg Bankhurst ’82 is the new chief executive officer for the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, the largest global sovereign fund. Bankhurst leads the initiative to invest funds and develop projects on behalf of Saudi Arabia. The fund’s mission is aligned with Vision 2030, the plan created by His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to diversify the Saudi economy and reduce its dependency on oil.
 Ann Neidenbach ’84 has joined Cowen as managing director and chief information officer. Neidenbach is responsible for providing strategic direction of Cowen’s technology innovation across all its businesses and will lead the firm’s software development, information services, business processes and technical infrastructure. Previously, she held seniors positions at Convergex, NASDAQ and Citibank.

Rickey Brown ’95 has been appointed as the first executive director of The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA). UMEA is a nonprofit chamber of commerce supporting minority business owners and professionals of color in Central New York.


Susan Young ’91: MBA Chief Financial Officer, Terra Dotta, LLC

Dave Gaetano ’92: Account Director, Entertainment Oath

Andy Olsen ’93: Executive Vice President, Direct Borrower Originations A10 Capital

John Cahill ’97: Senior Vice President, JLL, New York brokerage operations

Leida Kokona ’97: Business Transformation Manager, Splunk

Michelle Drolsbaugh ’02: Cambridge Family & Children’s Service in Cambridge, MA

Abby Bridgeo ’07: Account Supervisor, Energy BBDO

Mark Newsome ’07 MBA: Associate Partner/Account Lead – Veterans Affairs & Defense Health, IBM Global Services

Jessica Friedman ’08: Manager Global Product Development – Women’s Woven Bottoms, Gap Inc.

Allyson Levine ’08: Senior Project Manager, Rightpoint

Mallory Lichtenstein ’09: Senior Compliance Auditor Structure, Tone

Anthony Solomon ’09: Director of Operations and Logistics, Flight Club

Jason Denrich ’10 MBA: International Tax Director, PwC

Christopher Keeler ’10, ’11 MS iSchool: Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Lou Buscemi ’11: Vice President – Corporate Oversight, JPMorgan Chase

Ian Yiyuan Huang ’11 MBA: Associate Planning Director, INSPIRE Integrated Marketing

Nicole Feltes ’12: Senior Associate, HR Technology Discover Financial Services

Kelly Ryan ’11, ’12 MS: New York Metro Marketing Manager, PwC

Erica Taylor ’12: Traffic Manager, Fire TV Amazon.com

Will Evans ’13: Associate, The Halifax Group, LLC

Jason Low ’13: Research Analyst, Egon Zehnder

Adam Parish ’13: Domestic Pricing & Procurement Associate, Flexport

Benjamin Fischer ’14: Commercial Real Estate Lending Analyst, Morgan Stanley

Chris McCarthy ’14 MBA: Program Manager III, ACES Quality, Amazon

Alma (Puskar) Keita ’14: Senior Human Resources Specialist, Samsung C&T America, Inc.

Julia Wilner ’14: Media Planner, The TJX Companies, Inc.

Jennifer Conlon ’15: Mergers & Acquisitions Business Manager, J.P. Morgan

Jeffrey Neal ’06, ’15 MBA: Executive Director, Direct Response Programs, Syracuse University

Melinda Rivera ’15: Assistant Manager, Integrated Marketing, Disney ABC Television Group


Keith Lemer ’95, CEO of WellNet Healthcare, a $150 million a year health insurance provider, was featured in a FastCompany.com article which showcased the research of Whitman’s Johan Wiklund, professor of entrepreneurship, on the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and entrepreneurial endeavors.



Nicole Wooley ’11 married Eric Meyers ’10 (NEW/A&S) on September 10, 2016, in New City, New York.


Roxann Remake ’04 (stage name – Roxann Nadine Fraser) is an actress (CNN, Royal Shakespeare Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vh1) and founder of 37th St. Entertainment, a creative production agency creating relevant and engaging content that reflects the lives of Caribbean-Americans in the entertainment industry.

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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