The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2016-2017 year. Led by Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Chair, and Joe Hines MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
As the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, Melissa negotiates all the licenses with service providers that drive Turnkey's technology, and creates and maintains product licensing/services agreements with Turnkey's customers. Internally, she supports the Turnkey product development team in defining product requirements, product pricing and product support strategies. In addition, she maintains the lead role in managing the company's human resources, including benefits, talent screening, hiring and performance management.
Melissa is also the co-founder of Oppidan Properties, a real estate investment and property management company. The principal areas of investment are in Philadelphia, but Melissa is looking to expand into other regions.
Before joining Turnkey, Melissa worked for seven years in Europe and the U.S. at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in financial services industries. Melissa holds B.S. degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Southern California. Melissa currently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, with her husband, Adam, a fellow Duke MBA. Melissa was recently honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the recipients of the Minority Business Leader Award Class of 2015.
Edua Dickerson is a Finance Operations Process & Project Manager with Google.
Edua has been with Google since 2015 and currently manages operations for the invoicing of many of Google's Products. Prior to joining Google, Edua worked as a management consultant specializing in M&A for insurance and technology companies. She also spent over 5 years working as a financial auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving fortune 500 high tech companies in the Silicon Valley.
Driven by her passion for underrepresented minorities, she helped spearhead many initiatives within Google's Finance organization for Black Finance Professionals as well as their allies and advocates.
Edua earned her M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business and received her B.S., in Mathematics/Applied Science: Management & Accounting, from the University of California Los Angeles. Edua is active in Fuqua MBA recruiting for Google, and serves as a Coach for Management Leadership for Tomorrow Ascend Program. Edua is also an active Alumni Board member for the UCLA SF Professional Young Alumni Board focused building stronger Bruins through professional development and network, education, and community. She also holds an active CPA license for the state of California. In her spare time, Edua enjoys exploring the wineries of California, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.