2014-2015 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2014-2015 year. Led by John Peruzzi MBA '88, Chair, and Cari Coats MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.


Maggie Miller MBA '94

KPMG Shared Services, Director, Customer Strategy & Growth

Maggie Miller has worked in consumer marketing since graduating from Fuqua. She held positions of increasing responsibility with leading CPG companies including P&G, Unilever, Georgia-Pacific, and Avon, before returning to school in 2003 for a Master of Science in Marketing degree, focusing on brand strategy and consumer understanding. Following that, she was Vice President of Marketing for Symrise, a leading global fragrance development house in New York, and then became Executive-in-Residence in Marketing at Elon University in North Carolina in 2007. She taught graduate and undergraduate marketing classes while launching her consulting business, Marketing Scout, and then chose to focus on her business full-time in 2011. She provides marketing strategy consulting services to a variety of clients across industries, including Fortune 500 firms as well as small businesses.  Maggie lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her beagle, Scout, where she remains devoted to the Blue Devils and enjoys having time to play golf!

Mike McConnell MBA '99

Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association, President

Mike McConnell is the President of the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association and the ASMBA STAR Foundation. He is a former Air Force command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. During his Air Force career he served as a crew commander, instructor pilot, squadron commander and group commander as well as in staff positions at the Air Staff, Strategic Air Command, Air Combat Command, and the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an international political military affairs specialist. After leaving the Air Force, he served on the staff of a member of Congress and then joined the staff of a large international technology corporation where he evaluated new technology opportunities. He also participated in two start-up companies as director of marketing and business operations. He has a bachelor's degree in business from Texas A&M University; a master's degree in management from Abilene Christian University. He is also is a graduate of the National War College and has studied international affairs at Creighton University and Catholic University. In 1999 he graduated from Fuqua with an MBA. He is married to Dr. Dorenda McConnell (Doughtie) who is Dean of Faculty at a college in Georgia.

Erik Michielsen MBA '02

Capture Your Flag, Founder and CEO

Erik Michielsen is the New York City-based founder of Capture Your Flag (www.captureyourflag.com), where he is pioneering Near Peer Learning as a means to help students and professionals more fully realize ambitions and aspirations. An expert interviewer, Michielsen facilitates knowledge sharing by interviewing a set of up and coming leaders annually, charting their respective development over time.  Interviews are segmented by question, creating knowledge rich and thematic driven video learning experiences used by millions worldwide. 

Before Capture Your Flag, Michielsen honed his passions for interviewing, emerging technology, and knowledge sharing as an executive with boutique research firm ABI Research, where he advised the world's leading media and technology firms on next-generation market opportunities. Erik has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FOX News, and spoken at major conferences worldwide. He guest lectures to leading academic programs across the country, including Columbia University and Vanderbilt University. He is a board member and advisor to non-profit Kilifi Kids (www.kilifikids.org) and its mission to eradicate child malnutrition by using mobile health solutions. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. Erik loves competing in both cooking competitions and long distance races, including both the 2009 and 2010 New York City marathons.

Vikas Mittal MBA '06

Accenture, Senior Manager

Vikas Mittal is a Senior Manager at Accenture in its Talent and Organization Performance practice. With a primary focus on public organizations (i.e. government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions), Vikas has spent the last ten years helping his clients achieve business and strategic values in the areas of analytics, business processes, systems integration and HR operations. Vikas serves on the New York City Academy Advisory Board helping students in struggling schools graduate, attend college and launch careers. In addition, he is an active member of several New York City political organizations.

Vikas completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Columbia University in 2000 and was a member of the Cross Continent MBA Class of 2006 at the Fuqua School of Business. A native of West Texas, he currently lives and works in New York City. Outside of work, Vikas enjoys the outdoors, reading and of course, Duke athletics. Forever Duke.