Kara Jones Daytime MBA 2015 Co-President
Kara Jones has 9 years of experience in project management, strategy consulting, research, and education. Before coming to Duke, she spent 6 years in Washington, D.C. conducting research at a think tank on ways to increase U.S. energy productivity and providing strategy consulting services to the U.S. Department of Energy. In summer 2013, she analyzed projects that could achieve more than $20,000 in annual energy savings at Mack Trucks’ 1-million-square-foot assembly plant. In summer 2014 as a business strategy intern for Waste Management Sustainability Services, Kara researched zero waste trends for the company's Board of Directors and supported business development for the consulting team. She is pursuing an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management. After graduating, she intends to work with companies to design and execute systems-level sustainability initiatives that capture the value of wasted resources.
Loree Lipstein Daytime MBA 2015 Co-President
Loree comes to Fuqua with 10 years of nonprofit experience. After graduating from Duke University (Double Dukie!) with a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Education, Loree moved to Washington, DC where she worked for several nonprofits before returning to get her MBA. Loree began her career working for a charter school network in DC as the Director of Community Involvement. From there she shifted her focus from service learning and community partnerships to fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Loree left LLS to spend time living in Argentina and returned to fundraising in DC once again to work in Corporate Partnerships at KaBOOM!. At Fuqua, Loree hopes to develop the business skills and acumen to start a business in nonprofit fundraising consulting to help more nonprofits access the funds they need to advance their missions. Outside of work and Fuqua, Loree likes to run, try new restaurants, watch movies, take pictures and spend time with people who make her laugh.
Cristina Arellano Daytime MBA 2015 Durham Liaison
Blaise Cote Daytime MBA 2015 SBSI Conference Co-Coordinator (Sustainable Business and Social Impact)
Prior to enrolling for an MBA at Fuqua, Blaise served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he advised the Committee’s Chairman on tax and budget policy. As an analyst for the Finance Committee, Blaise developed legislative provisions for the Affordable Care Act, the Tax Relief Act of 2010, the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the Bowles-Simpson Commission. Following his time on Capitol Hill, Blaise advised institutional investors on tax and financial services issues as an analyst for an investment research provider. Blaise received his undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke in 2009. Originally from Vermont, Blaise is an avid backpacker and alpine skier.
Lizzie Dunn Daytime MBA 2015 Career Development
Lizzie graduated from Bucknell University in 2009 where she majored in Economics and Sociology. After working in Credit Risk Management at Barclays for four years, she was eager to find a career that she was passionate about and decided to pursue an MBA at Fuqua to focus on Social Entrepreneurship. Given her background in finance, Lizzie is particularly interested in the field of impact investing and while at Fuqua, she is developing her knowledge of the space through involvement with CASE Impact Investing Initiative. Outside of school, Lizzie enjoys running, exploring new restaurants and spending time with good friends.
Saurabh Khatri Daytime MBA 2015 Internal Liaison
James Megivern Daytime MBA 2015 Career Development
James hails from the great state of Iowa where he attended Iowa State University and studied finance. Upon graduation, he joined Deere & Company where by apparent management oversight, he traded millions of dollars of foreign currency every day. After more than four years in corporate finance, James was overcome by a desire to put his business skills to meaningful use and joined the Peace Corps as a business development advisor in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
At Fuqua, James is interested in strategy and finance and hopes to work for a for-profit company with a strong social mission. In his spare time, James loves playing tennis, running, and eating competitively.
Laura Mixter Daytime MBA 2015 Fundraising
Laura grew up in Maryland and first moved to North Carolina in 2005 to attend Duke for college. After graduating with a degree in Public Policy and a minor in Art History, Laura returned to Maryland and worked in fundraising at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Frustrated with the financial difficulties facing the museum and all nonprofits, Laura returned to Durham to study Social Entrepreneurship and Finance at Fuqua. After business school, Laura hopes to return to the nonprofit sector, specifically in poverty alleviation at home in the US. In her free time (which was more plentiful prior to business school), Laura enjoys baking, reading and yoga.
Julia Mote Daytime MBA 2015 Finance
Julia grew up outside Atlanta, and studied International Relations at NYU. During the four years, she studied abroad three times, solidifying her interest in work focused on positive social/environmental impact and poverty alleviation in the developing world. After exploring many potential career paths (politics, law, and technology) in the years after undergrad, she finally got back to her core and joined Peace Corps. She served for over two years in northern Peru as a Water and Sanitation Specialist. At Fuqua, Julia is pursuing a concentration in Energy and the Environment and seeks out opportunities for engaging with the Durham community.
Mary O'Donnell Daytime MBA 2015 SBSI Conference Co-Coordinator (Sustainable Business and Social Impact)
Mary has worked for seven years in international develop and nonprofit before she decided that, to make a greater impact, she would need to round out her skills and go to business school. Fuqua was a great fit to align her past experiences and future aspirations. Prior to Fuqua, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu and also worked in strategic partnerships at Rotary International in Chicago. This past summer she interned as a consultant with PwC. She attended Beloit College in Wisconsin as an undergrad and studied psychology and math. Additionally, Mary loves yoga and to travel, has visited or lived in over 30 countries, and hopes to add more countries to the list today.
Kristen O'Leary Daytime MBA 2015 Educational Development
Julie Ryan Daytime MBA 2015 Alumni and Prospective Relations
Julie was born and raised in Iowa, which will always be home (but hopefully from a warmer distance). After graduating from Iowa State University, Julie joined the finance leadership rotation program at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN where she worked in sales, marketing, and corporate finance. She always felt a pull, however, to far-flung reaches of the world, and after a few years of corporate life, joined the United States Peace Corps. Julie lived and worked in a rural village in Burkina Faso, West Africa improving the education environment. Her day ranged from riding a bike to the local health clinic and talking about malaria prevention to hosting an after school club to empower girls in health topics and business skills. She now hopes to find a career at the intersection of social impact and for-profit business, which led her to Fuqua. In her minuscule free time, Julie enjoys outdoor adventures, trashy books, and chocolate ice cream.
Jason Sierra Daytime MBA 2015 Marketing
Jason is also involved with the COLE Leadership Fellows, the Black and Latino MBA Organization (BLMBAO), Fuqua Pride and the Consulting Club. He came to Fuqua from the non-profit sector where he worked as a graphic designer and later program officer for the Episcopal Church. He grew up in Texas, went to undergrad at Stanford University and lived in both Houston and Seattle after school.