2013-2014 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2013-2014 year. Led by Liz Crute MBA '95, Chair, and John Peruzzi MBA '88, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.


Cari Haught Coats MBA '03

C2 Advisors, Inc., President

Cari H. Coats is president of C2 Advisors, Inc. providing advisory services that leverage Coats' extensive executive-level management, strategy, governance and succession, and marketing experience. Coats is also managing partner of SeaChange Venture Philanthropy, a global VP firm that mobilizes high growth entrepreneurial ventures, private foundations and non-profits for sustainable social impact, as well as serves on the adjunct faculty and manages the entrepreneurship program at the nationally-recognized Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Coats works extensively with entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurship ventures, as well as sources of investment capital and venture philanthropy. Prior positions Coats has held include chief operating officer with CNL Real Estate Advisors, chief strategy officer with CNL Financial Group, Executive Vice President of the NBA-franchise Orlando Magic and Producer/Co-Host of the nationally syndicated television show PM Magazine. Coats is Chairman of the board of Bajalia International Group, a fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan-quality goods sourced from more than 20 under-developed nations across the globe. Additionally, she serves on the governing body for Athena PowerLink Orlando which provides peer-to-peer mentoring to high potential women-owned businesses. Coats community and civic involvement, particularly with charities focused on children and underserved populations, is longstanding and far-reaching. Coats is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University.  Her undergraduate alma mater is the University of Central Florida where she received her B.A. in Communications-Radio/TV. Coats is married to Russell Coats. They reside in Orlando, Florida with their twin, 15-year-old daughters, Kate and Maddie.

Cindy Eddins Collier MHA '81

Healthcare Valuation and Financial Forensics, Chief Executive Officer

Cindy has many years of valuation and strategic financial management experience. Cindy's clients include health care entities throughout the United States as well as a variety of physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, dental practices, veterinary practices, long-term care businesses, dental practices, university and community hospitals, integrated delivery systems, medical device companies, health care technology companies, medical service providers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, professional associations, attorneys, consultants, and managed care payers.

Cindy is nationally recognized as a distinguished thought leader and educator, and contributor to the health care valuation body of knowledge. Published in 2009, she co-edited a legal and financial reference book titled BVR's Guide to Healthcare Valuation, 2009 Edition. She serves as a technical reviewer and national faculty member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). She served as an adjunct professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Department of Finance. Cindy also served as a Center Scholar in the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evaluation Studies (HOPES) at the Ohio State University School of Medicine, and was awarded a lifetime Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

Lori Conkling MBA '99

Lifetime Networks, Executive Vice President, Distribution

Lori Conkling was named Executive Vice President, Distribution, of Lifetime Networks, in March 2008. In her role, Conkling is responsible for overseeing Lifetime Network's overall distribution strategy across multiple platforms, from linear, VOD, HD and interactive to mobile, including Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network, the #1 and #2 networks for women, as well as Lifetime Real Women. She also supervises the expansion of new and existing product platforms, including Lifetime On Demand, Lifetime HD and Lifetime Movie Network HD, and oversees such areas as field sales, national accounts, affiliate marketing, affiliate ad sales, affiliate strategy and distribution legal.

Conkling joined Lifetime from Disney and ESPN Media Networks, where, since 2004, she served as Vice President, National Accounts. While there, she was responsible for executing complex, multi-product national distribution deals for linear channels, VOD and pay-per-view services, broadband products and interactive TV applications. In her role, Conkling negotiated on behalf of Disney, ESPN, ABC and ABC News, among others. She rose to this position after having served as Director, National Accounts, for the ABC Cable Networks Group.

Prior to joining Disney and ESPN Media Networks, Conkling worked in the Media & Entertainment practice at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), specializing in analyzing and developing corporate strategies for publishing, film and telecommunications companies.

Conkling received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She also is a member of Class 12 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, WICT's prestigious training program for executive women in the telecommunications industry.

Kraig Correll MBA '05

Barclays, Vice President, Investment Management
Kraig Correll is a Private Banker at Barclays Wealth in the in the New York office. He joined Barclays in 2008 as part of the acquisition of Lehman Brothers. Prior to Lehman, Kraig had a successful 17 year career at Merck & Company where he was an Associate Director of Cardiovascular Global Marketing.
Kraig holds a BS in Chemistry and Business Management from Moravian College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania with his wife Kathy and their three children. Kraig coaches football and wrestling for a local youth organization.

Todd Creech MBA '03

Sirion Therapeutics, Chief Financial Officer

Todd has been CFO and Vice-President of Business Development for Sarcode Biosciences since November 2010. SarCode is a private company developing LFA-1 antagonists to treat diseases in ophthalmology, dermatology and other inflammatory conditions. In the summer of 2011, Sarcode successfully completed a $44m financing and initiated pivotal trials of its lead candidate, SAR1118, for the treatment of dry eye. From January 2007 through September 2010, he was the CFO of Sirion Therapeutics, a private company that developed and marketed ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. He was responsible for financing strategy, accounting, capital structure, treasury, legal and information technology activities of the company. Sirion raised over $100 million in debt and equity during that time to support the license and development of six late-stage clinical programs; two of which were eventually approved by the FDA and commercialized by Sirion. In the first half of 2010 he helped lead the sale of Sirion's drug assets to Alcon and Bausch and Lomb.

Prior to Sirion, Todd worked with NovaQuest, the investment group within Quintiles, Inc, where he structured, placed and managed capital investments into U.S. emerging biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies, including the investment that launched Sirion Therapeutics. Prior to NovaQuest, Todd co-founded Centice, an optical sensor spin-out from Duke University. He also has over 10 years of experience consulting to pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies; both startups and Fortune 100 companies while at SRI International and Andersen Consulting. Todd holds bachelor's degrees in Finance and Accounting from Miami (Ohio) University and a MBA from Duke University. He and his wife, Heather, live in Tampa, Florida, and have two children: Ty (6) and Caden (4).

Liz Crute MBA '95

Pitney Bowes Inc., Division Vice President

Chair, Alumni Council

Liz Crute is a seasoned business leader who has held several leadership positions in her 27 years with Pitney Bowes. Most recently, Liz held the role of Division Vice President where she led her business unit to record results. Previously, Liz held the role of National VP for the Finance arm of PB where she combined her finance and general business knowledge to help grow the lucrative part of the company and create new revenue streams. Liz has the distinction of being featured, along with six other PB employees, on the cover of FORTUNE magazine highlighting how employees were taking different career paths to get to the top of a corporation.

Liz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduated from the Fuqua School of Business in 1995. Liz is involved in many of her church sponsored charities and has also led letter writing campaigns to soldiers serving overseas, as well as been active in Big Sisters programs. Liz and her husband Hunter live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and have five children. Their oldest daughter, Courtney, is a teacher in Chile, their second daughter, Meredith, is a senior at ECU, and their "little kids" are eight -year-old triplets, Jennifer, Hunter IV and Hutcheson. In her spare time, Liz likes to spend time with her family and also to swim, bike and run! Liz just completed her first triathlon in May!