2015-2016 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 year. Led by Cari Coats MBA '03, Chair, and Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Co Chair, the council meets twice each year.

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Isela Bahena MBA '04


TIAA-CREF, Senior Director, Energy & Infrastructure, Global Private Markets

Isela Bahena is a Senior Director at TIAA-CREF with over fifteen years of experience in financial services. She has spent her career underwriting debt and equity investments in an investment management role. Today, she focuses on originating, underwriting, and structuring equity and below investment-grade debt investments across the energy and infrastructure sectors. She serves on the board of two transportation investments and a power investment in Europe and the US.

Ms. Bahena's previous experience at TIAA include investment and portfolio management in the private equity fund, co-investment, mezzanine and timber assets with a focus in emerging markets.  She has also invested in domestic and international private placement debt.  Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2004, Ms. Bahena was responsible for public finance and general middle-market lending and underwriting at Bank of America.

Ms. Bahena holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Business Administration from the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She holds two not-for-profit board seats in the education sector.

Bruce Barlow MBA '87


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Senior Director, Market Research
Bruce leads a full service market research business unit (with P/L responsibility) within the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a trade association of 960 small, non-profit electric utilities owned by the consumers they serve. Collectively NRECA's member co-ops serve 12% of the US population and 75% of the nation's land mass. In addition to legislative advocacy, the Association provides a wide range of services to its member systems including comprehensive employee benefits, education and training, technology research and development, consulting, and market research.   Bruce's group uses an evolving variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques across both consumer and business audiences to provide insights to inform the critical business decisions made by NRECA and its member co-ops. A significant portion of Bruce's work involves anticipating and tracking changes in consumers' circumstances, attitudes, and behaviors and advising co-ops how to best adapt to remain successful in this shifting landscape. This role has taken on more importance in recent years with the changes afoot in the electric power industry.

Bruce has spent over 25 years wrestling with services marketing issues. Prior to NRECA, he worked in a similar capacity in the financial services industry at Nasdaq, Sallie Mae, and Riggs National Bank.  Bruce's experience and skills set includes consensus building, product development,  service line enhancement, marketing strategy development, customer satisfaction and service quality measurement, web site usability testing, social media usage, focus group and workshop facilitation, consultative sales, and creative problem solving.  He enjoys the wide breadth of topics explored in his professional life and is happy to have found a job that matches his attention span.

In addition to the MBA from Fuqua, Bruce holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He is happily married to Kathy a classmate from Cornell. They have two children, Nicole, a junior at Old Dominion University, and Stephen, a senior at Bishop Ireton High School. They live in suburban Washington DC. In his spare time, Bruce studies and instructs Tae Kwon Do. His is also an avid fan of  Bishop Ireton Crew, Washington Capitals hockey, and Duke Basketball.

Dave Bolin MBA '04


Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC , Regulatory Affairs Manager

Dave Bolin is the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Arysta's North American Fungicide portfolio. In this role, he works with U.S. EPA, PMRA Canada, and other stakeholders to obtain registration for safe and efficacious crop protection products. Formerly Dave was Director of Regulatory Affairs for TyraTech, Inc. There he expanded the company's registrations from the U.S. to Canada and Europe. Prior to joining TyraTech, Dave worked 14 years for BASF in various R&D roles for the AgroScience Division. During this time he led cross-functional teams in Registration, Product Development, and Project Management. He was also a member of the BASF R&D Steering Committee with responsibilities for innovation initiatives, university relations, and recruitment/hiring of new Ph.D. chemists for the Professional Development Program. Dave completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dave and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Kevin (10), and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Devon Bostock MMS '12


Square 1 Bank, Assistant Vice President of Venture Banking

Devon Bostock is an Assistant Vice President of Venture Banking at Square 1 Bank providing senior venture debt facilities and banking services to venture capital and private equity firm's portfolio companies, focused on entrepreneurial technology companies in the New York City metro area.  Previously, Devon was a portfolio analyst and senior analyst at Square 1 Bank. Prior to Square 1Bank, Devon worked as an analyst at JPMorgan, Yorkville Advisors and MD Global Partners.

Devon graduated from Duke University with a BA and Certificate in Marketing & Management and spent four years as a member of the Men's Varsity Soccer team. In 2012, Devon received a Masters of Management Studies degree from the Fuqua School of Business, where he was an alumni relations ambassador.

Jay Butler MMS '10


Red Ventures, Associate

Jay Butler is an Associate at Red Ventures in Charlotte, NC.

Jay is extremely committed to serving his local community, actively serving in Dallas' Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jay remains connected to his home community by serving on the board of the Patrick M. Butler Charitable Fund, a fund within the Cape Cod Foundation that raises money for roughly two dozen local charities, scholarships and foundations.

Jay graduated with a BA from Duke University in 2009, having majored in Public Policy and minored in Economics. In 2010, he earned a Masters in Management Studies from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. In his spare time, Jay enjoys playing any sport (currently hockey, tennis and golf), reading, and playing guitar.