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.
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 has over 25 years of experience conducting custom market research studies among both business and consumer audiences, for such clients as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Buckeye Power, Touchstone Energy, Sallie Mae, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Meals On Wheels. Research topics Bruce has tackled include customer insight/experience, voice of the consumer, Association member engagement, new product development, service line expansion, new market entry, consumer segmentation, strategic planning, brand image, educational needs assessment, and employee engagement/satisfaction. He particularly likes using research insights to help organization leaders build consensus, develop and implement strategies for organizational change. He enjoys the wide breadth of topics explored in his professional life and is happy to have found a career 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, who works for Ritz Carlton, and Stephen, a third year at the University of Virginia. They live in suburban Washington DC. In his spare time, Bruce studies Tae Kwon Do. His is also an avid fan of the UVA Men's Rowing team, Washington Capitals hockey, and Duke Basketball.
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 is an Assistant Vice President of Technology & Life Sciences at Comerica Bank, specializing in debt financing for venture capital and private equity backed companies. Previously, Devon was a Venture Banker at Square 1 Bank managing a portfolio of private equity and venture capital backed technology companies in the New York City metro area. Additionally, he was responsible for managing Square 1 Bank's "early-stage" banking program designed to identify and support promising startups prior to their first institutional round of capital. Prior to that, Devon was a portfolio analyst and senior analyst at Square 1 Bank and analyst at JPMorgan.
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. Currently, Devon is a member of Fuqua's Alumni Council and strong supporter of other Duke programs. Additionally, Devon enjoys investing in, advising and connecting early-stage companies and their CEOs/founders with people and service providers who can help fuel their growth.
Jay Butler is a Marketing Director at Red Ventures in Charlotte, NC.
Jay has been with Red Ventures since 2013 and currently leads the marketing team across RV's Insurance, Financial Services and Software partnerships. Prior to joining Red Ventures, Jay spent time in Dallas, TX and Richmond, VA with Capital One Auto Finance and Capital One U.S. Card, focusing on marketing and credit risk analytics.
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, volleyball and golf), reading, and playing guitar.