Minority Alumni Advisory Board Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise students as members of the Minority Alumni Advisory Board for the 2013-2014 year. Led by Mark Williams MBA '96, Chair, and Tyrone Thomas MBA '04, Vice Chair, the board meets twice each year.
Arlenis Almonte

Arlenis Almonte MBA '13

Target, Merchandise Buyer

Arlenis Almonte is a Merchandise Buyer for Target Corporation, focusing on Target.com. During her time at Fuqua she served as an Admissions Co-Director of the Black and Latino MBA Organization, Admissions Fellow, Special Events Director of the Luxury Brand and Retail Club, and Ambassador of the Leadership Cohort Experience. She dedicated most of her time to connecting with and recruiting diverse students to Fuqua's community. In addition to her involvement at Fuqua, Arlenis is a Management Leadership for Tomorrow MBA Prep 2011 Fellow, Forté Foundation Fellow, and a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

Prior to Fuqua, Arlenis was a part of MetLife's Global Brand and Marketing Services division playing active roles within Advertising & Brand Management and Creative Services teams. She was instrumental in safeguarding the MetLife brand domestically and internationally, as well as implementing brand activation and engagement programs throughout the organization.

Arlenis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She enjoys cultural travel, cooking, running and training for endurance events.

Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes MMS '10

Department of Justice, Analyst

Mia Barnes currently works as an analyst for the Department of Justice where she manages contracts, technical resources, budgets, and creates efficiencies in current practices employed by the agency. Mia received her undergraduate degree in Information Technology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Management Studies degree from Duke University. During her time at these institutions, Mia held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations. While pursuing her Masters, Mia worked at SAS Institute as a technical student where she helped write and test code on several language platforms. Mia continues to stay active within her local community as a member of the Zeta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Fairfax Volunteers for Change, and as a Suicide Hotline Counselor.

Rico Beans

Rico Beans MBA '12

Walmart, Associate Marketing Manager

Rico Beans is 2012 graduate of the Daytime MBA program. He is currently an Associate Marketing Manager for Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Creating Nothing Other Than Excellence (C.N.O.T.E) Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of closing the achievement gap within the under-represented minority community. During his time at Fuqua, Rico served as Co-President of Black and Latino MBA Organization, Center of Leadership and Ethics Fellow, and member of the Marketing Club.

Before Fuqua, Rico was a Supply Chain Supervisor for the Commercial Distibution Business Unit of Eaton Corporation. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force, where he deployed to Bagram Afghanistan. Rico received his bachelors degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Rico enjoys traveling, painting, and southern barbecue.

Brian Bell

Brian Bell MBA '05

Texas Instruments, Manager-Sales and Market Analysis

Brian Bell is a Manager in Sales Operations for Texas Instruments, specializing in business analytics. In his four years at TI, he has also held positions in the areas of Finance, Logistics, and Capacity Planning. He began his career as a Chemical Engineer in Research and Development for Frito-Lay before returning to Duke to obtain his MBA in Finance. He was the 2005 recipient of the Fuqua Dean's Recognition Award for Exemplary Service. He is currently a member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc.

Daman Blakeney

Daman Blakeney MBA '98

Brown Capital Management, Director Portfolio Manager/Equity Research Analyst

Daman Blakeney is a Director in Brown Capital Management’s Large/Mid Investment Team, which actively invests in domestic large-cap and mid-cap equity securities. Prior to Brown Capital, Daman worked as an Equity Research Analyst with Voyageur Asset Management, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois and as an Equity Research Analyst with Victory Capital Management Inc. in New York City, New York and Cleveland, OH. He is a member of the CFA Institute.

Outside of work, Daman is a member of the Pratt Contemporaries, a group that aims to raise the awareness of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. He is also an advisory board member of Higher Achievement – Baltimore, an afterschool and summer academic program that provides middle school youth with a learning environment which will enable them to advance to top academic high schools. Daman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He resides in Baltimore, where he enjoys being a member of both The Rams Club and the Iron Dukes.

Yvette Bonaparte

Yvette Bonaparte MBA '87

Bonaparte Consulting, Inc., President

Yvette is a collaborative, customer focused, and metric driven leader, practitioner and scholar in the areas of business and leadership.  She is president of Bonaparte Consulting, Inc, a consulting practice that assists clients in the areas of strategic marketing and communications, change management, diversity and inclusion and leadership training/development.   

Since starting her career as a brand assistant at Procter and Gamble, Yvette and her teams have successfully launched and managed products and programs targeting various audiences. She has led and participated in corporate initiatives in the areas of diversity and inclusion, and leadership effectiveness.  Yvette’s appreciation for diversity and inclusion is in part the result of her international work experience where she was responsible for new products and leading global teams within the pharmaceutical industry.
In addition to earning her MBA degree with a concentration in marketing from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Yvette earned her BA degree from Brandeis University where she graduated cum laude and with honors in economics.  In 2013, Yvette earned her Ph.D. degree in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University.  Parts of her dissertation which was entitled Transformative African American Women Leaders in the Pharmaceutical Industry, have been submitted for publication.

In addition to the Fuqua Minority Alumni Advisory Board, her current professional associations include the National Black MBA Association, the Academy of Management and the International Leadership Association. 

John Burt

John Burt MBA '03

Boston Consulting Group, Director of Diversity Recruiting

John Burt is the Director of Recruiting for BCG's diversity efforts across North America. His responsibilities include campus and experienced candidate recruiting strategies, managing a budget and staff, and partnering with colleagues on development and retention efforts. Prior to his current role, John was a CEO of MBA JumpStart, a consulting firm he co-founded, focused on increasing minority presence in consulting and financial service industries. Over a 7-year career at Eli Lilly, John was the CFO of a $2B business unit, co-created a business model for an internal consulting group, and led Asian operations/Africa Middle East strategies to secure more than $30M of working capital. After attaining an MBA from Duke, John was employed as an associate consultant by Booz & Co. His experience included mergers and acquisitions, industry best practices, and cost reduction & productivity initiatives. Separate from his Booz & Co. experiences, consulting engagements also include post-merger integration at Hewlett Packard after their acquisition of Compaq and growth strategies for firms up to $30M in revenue.

Ken Burton

Ken Burton MBA '98

Bank of America, Sales Performance & Support Executive

Ken Burton is the Sales Performance & Support Executive for Specialized Industries within Bank of America's Global Commercial Bank. In this role, he is responsible for collaborating with market leadership to improve sales effectiveness, deliver world-class support and drive our client teams to delight specialized industries clients in the healthcare, not-for-profit, higher education and sports sectors.

Prior to his current position, Burton worked in Corporate Treasury as the Governance & Control Senior Manager, where he was responsible for ensuring appropriate oversight of all critical Treasury functions in the following areas: Transaction Management, Guarantee Management and Liquidity Risk and Control. He previously served as the Senior Manager of Securities Administration, where he supported the domestic and international capital raising activities of Bank of America Corporation and Bank of America, N.A. Burton also spent eight years in Bank of America's Global Corporate Investment Bank.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Burton worked at GE Aerospace and Lockheed Martin.

Ken Burton graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University and later earned a master's degree in business administration from Duke University.

Burton is affiliated with several organizations within the Charlotte community including the Stratford-Richardson YMCA Board of Managers, the Reeder Memorial Baptist Church and the Pi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Burton resides in Charlotte with his wife, Aneta, and their three children Kayla, Kamryn and Trey.

Kareem Cook

Kareem Cook MBA '00

Towerview Capital Management, LLC, Managing Director

Kareem Cook is a Founder and Managing Director at Towerview Capital Management (TCM), a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts of middle-market companies focused on preventative medicine, healthier products and healthier lifestyles. Having recently acquired Naturade, a leading nutraceutical company which sells vitamins and supplements, he has assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer within the company.

Prior to founding TCM, Kareem co-founded Healthy Body Products (HBP), a healthy beverage and snack distribution company based in Los Angeles. HBP was the first company to place vending machines which exclusively serve healthy snacks and beverages in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). HBP was instrumental in the banning of "junk food" in LAUSD and later in banning the sale of junk food in the state of California. Within two years of the company's founding, HBP was awarded the contract to supply all of the high schools and middle schools in Los Angeles, totaling over 130 schools. He and his partner were invited by President Bill Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee to present to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in Arkansas on HBP's story and best practices.

Kareem earned his BA from Duke University and his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. In addition to serving on the Fuqua Minority Alumni Board, he is also Vice President of the Duke Club in Los Angeles and serves on the American Heart Association Health Equity Task Force.

Eva De La Rosa MBA '05

American Express, Client Manager

Eva De La Rosa has over ten years of professional experience in marketing, sales, and business development in the financial services, retail, and consumer goods industries. Eva has held various leadership positions at Coca-Cola, BP, and American Express.

Previously as Director of Marketing for BP, Eva developed and managed the advertising and marketing strategy for 1,200 convenience retail merchants in North America. In this capacity, Eva managed a multi-million dollar marketing budget and advertising plans including TV, radio, social media, out of home, and entertainment partnerships.

Additionally, Eva has worked for Coca-Cola in both the eastern and southern U.S. markets as head of sales and business development. Eva was responsible for developing and executing regional marketing strategies for beverage portfolios including Dasani, Minute Maid, Coca-Cola Classic, Coke Zero, Powerade, and vitaminwater. In this role, Eva managed a multi-million dollar marketing budget and led cross-functional efforts in marketing, pricing, and sales in partnership with retailers Walmart, Target, and 7-Eleven.

During her tenure with American Express, Eva has held several leadership roles. Currently, as Client Manager in the Merchant Services group, Eva manages B2B client relationship in the Western United States In this role, Eva manages multi-million dollar business accounts and advises clients on their payment strategies, customer loyalty plans, and acquisition opportunities within the multi-media, entertainment, and retail industries. Prior to her current role, Eva was a Senior Marketing Manager and launched The Platinum Card in Latin America. In this capacity, she was responsible for developing the value proposition, acquisition strategy, and sales plans for premium products in emerging markets.

Eva enjoys volunteering her time with grassroots organizations in Southern California. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Council for Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Compton, that provides affordable legal services to the Latino community. As well, Eva volunteers with the Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City, which provides low-income families with quality early childhood education, youth enrichment, and professional services.

Eva earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stanford University and an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2005. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Newport Beach, California.

Jacqueline Hodge

Jacqueline Hodge MBA '90

Xerox Financial Services Group, Senior Client Manager

Jacqueline Hodge is a Senior Client Manager with Xerox Financial Services Group responsible for client-facing relationships with national and international financial institutions. Since joining Xerox, Jackie has led enterprise-wide programs for Xerox payments division and was responsible for the largest data transfer and systems migrations in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Xerox, Jackie held senior level positions at US Bank, JPM Chase and Cardinal Health. She is the former director of investor relations for Bank One and was the principal voice to domestic and institutional investors and advisors.

Jackie holds a BS degree in chemical engineering (ChE) from the University of Southern California and a MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is a certified project management professional (PMP). Prior to Fuqua, Jackie worked as a project manager in the nuclear power division at Bechtel Power Corporation focused on building the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station located in Arizona.

Jackie is registered member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, located in Dulce, New Mexico. As a tribal member, she served on the board of directors of the Jicarilla Apache Energy Corporation (JAECO) where she was solely responsible for leading an $8.6 million oil and gas credit facility backed by the U.S. Department of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, This was the first transaction of its type and became the model for future lending for other tribal nations. She is an active speaker and presenter in Native American Energy and Financial conferences focused on emerging issues in Indian country. In 2010, Jackie was named a Sequoyah Fellow with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and remains active with the mentoring and coaching of Native American students.

Terald Melton

Terald Melton MBA '03

Sterling Gabriel, Managing Director

Mr. Melton is the Managing Director of Sterling Gabriel, Inc., a business and real estate consulting and investment banking firm that serves small and middle market business clients. He received his Masters in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance and General Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from the Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Melton received a certificate from the University of Shopping Centers on the campus of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a certificate on 'Dealing with an Angry Public', a Program on Negotiation, at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Melton is active with several local and regional community and educational Boards. Mr. Melton is also approved as a Part-time Instructor in the Department of Finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. He lives in Smyrna, Georgia and is married to Tamara and has three children: Ckalib, Logan and Olivia. Mr. Melton enjoys tennis, golf and traveling with his family.

Prentis Murphy

Prentis Murphy MBA '03

Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Senior Manager
Prentis serves as the Senior Marketing Manager of Deloitte in North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In this role, he works closely with the Office Managing Partner, leading the development and execution of the overall strategy to convey the quality of Deloitte’s brand and commitment to the marketplace.

Prentis serves as a mentor in the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas and also teaches in the AWANA program at his church.

Prentis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University.

Prentis lives in Dallas with his wife Sherry and their two kids.
Kecia Paredes

Kecia Paredes MBA '04

The Dannon Company, Inc., Brand Manager

Kécia joined Dannon in 2005 and worked on several yogurt brands, Light&Fit™, Danimals®. Kecia is now managing Dan-o-nino™ kids brand and Hispanic marketing initiatives across all the yogurt brands. Her projects include the standard brand strategy assignments, with the addition of yogurt reformulation, and working on kid promotions such as Hannah Montana, High School Musical which has provided for her unofficial title of "Coolest Godmother." Prior to Dannon, Kécia interned at Wal-Mart (Bentonville Arkansas) and later joined Procter & Gamble (San Juan, Puerto Rico) as an Assistant Brand Manager on Charmin, focusing on U.S. Hispanic marketing. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University majoring in Economics and Mathematics with a minor in International Relations. Kécia enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and volunteering with New York Cares kids projects. She currently resides in her hometown of Queens, New York.

Tonya Registre

Tonya Registre MBA '09

American Express, Senior Marketing Manager
Tonya Registre is currently a Senior Marketing Manager with American Express, where she oversees the American Express Home Page for both domestic and international markets. Her responsibilities include leading the digital marketing strategy and defining the user experience for the Home Page to ensure customers have a positive experience when visiting the site. Prior to joining American Express, she held various marketing functions at Verizon Communications and is a graduate of Verizon's highly selective Marketing Leadership Development Program.

Tonya earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. She currently sits on the Fuqua Minority Alumni Advisory Board and volunteers with the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

In her free time, Tonya enjoys photography, traveling, and exploring new restaurants with her friends. She resides in Fulton, Maryland, with her husband, Jerel Registre MBA '09.

Michael Sherman MBA '06

Boston Consulting Group, Principal

Michael Sherman is a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group based in Dallas, Texas. Since joining BCG in 2007, Michael has worked in a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, energy and retail. In 2009, in addition to Michael's client facing responsibilities, Michael was the recruiting director for MBA consultants. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Prior to BCG, Michael was a founder and corporate officer for Viewlocity, a publically traded supply chain software management company. In addition, Michael has been an advisor to venture capital firms helping them optimize their technology investments. In his free time, Michael enjoys soccer, martial arts, technology, and spending time with family and kids - he recently completed his first half marathon.

Tyrone Thomas

Tyrone Thomas MBA '04

Citigroup, Vice President

Tyrone Thomas is a Vice President in Credit Sales and Trading at Citi. Mr. Thomas is responsible for providing sales coverage to high yield and distressed bond and leveraged loan institutional investors for primary market issuance and secondary market trading. He is Series 7, Series 63 and Series 3 licensed and holds a Certified Public Accountant designation.

Prior to Citi, Mr. Thomas received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. While at Fuqua, Mr. Thomas served as the Diversity Chair of the Finance Club and studied abroad at the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also earned a merit based JP Morgan Scholarship and the Dean's Recognition Award for outstanding service to the student body.

Prior to Duke, Mr. Thomas worked for Ernst & Young LLP in New York as a Senior Auditor in the Financial Services Group. At Ernst & Young, he primarily focused on providing audit services to private equity and hedge fund clients. His clients included Credit Suisse Asset Management, Amerada Hess Corporation and the National Basketball Association.

In addition to his professional experiences, Mr. Thomas enjoys traveling, running marathons and participating in organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Newark, New Jersey, and NextGen Network.

Anne Ward

Anne Sempowski Ward MBA '04

The FORWARD Group, President and CEO

Anne Sempowski Ward is a business strategy, operations, marketing and branding executive who has spent nearly two decades in corporate leadership at major companies such as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Johnson Publishing Company.

Mrs. Ward has consistently spearheaded strategic innovation and organizational efficiency and is especially adept at developing winning operational models. Her career has been defined by her ability to successfully lead business turnarounds, high-profile acquisitions, classic re-branding efforts, corporate reorganization and restructuring, and multicultural marketing.

In her current role as President and CEO of The FORWARD Group, Mrs. Ward oversees company strategy and operations while personally consulting with business leaders on developing winning corporate, operational and marketing strategies. Anne also coaches executives and speaks to a diverse group of audiences including Fortune 500 corporations, private companies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. She commonly addresses topics related to business, career and various aspects of The FORWARD Group's signature PLAYMAKER For LifeTM series. She has a broad base of clients from several different industries including technology, media, advertising, consumer products, digital entertainment and education.

A native of Detroit, Mrs. Ward has a bachelor's of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University. She also earned a Global MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

She stays active in the civic and business communities and has been recognized for her business leadership by the YMCA and YWCA. Mrs. Ward's achievements have been written about in numerous magazines and The Go-Getter Girl's Guide: Get What You Want in Work and Life and she has appeared on many esteemed business panels.

Tony Wicks

Tony Wicks MBA '00

Lash Group, Vice President of Strategic Account Management

Tony Wicks is a Vice President of Strategic Account Management for Lash Group, a division of AmerisourceBergen Corporation that provides reimbursement, patient, and provider support services to biopharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device manufacturers. Tony assumed this role after the sale of his company Premier Source, LLC to AmerisourceBergen in 2011.

Tony co-founded Premier Source, a boutique provider of strategic consulting, reimbursement, and commercial support services to life sciences manufacturers worldwide. Premier Source targets biopharma and diagnostic companies developing novel solutions in the rare disease and molecular diagnostic markets. Premier Source is considered the leading provider of reimbursement and support services to molecular diagnostic manufacturers. Since founding the company in 2004, Tony and his business partner successfully grew Premier Source into a multi-million dollar enterprise with over 150 employees and offices in San Mateo, California and Portland, Oregon. This culminated in the sale of Premier Source to AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 30 health service company.

Prior to launching Premier Source, Tony spent over 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including five years as a management consultant in the Life Sciences practice of Cap Gemini (formerly Ernst & Young) Management Consulting Services. Tony also held positions in finance and marketing at Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.   

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Tony resides in Oakland, California, with his wife, Carla, and three children, Kaden, Colin, and Kendall. He is an avid wine collector, loves to travel, and enjoys coaching baseball and basketball.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams E '92, MBA '96

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Managing Director - Debt Private Placements

Mark Williams is a Managing Director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Private Placements Group. He is responsible primarily for structuring and marketing private corporate bond offerings in North America, Australia, and Europe. During his 17 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mark has been involved in the execution of more than 250 transactions aggregating in excess of $40 billion. Prior to joining the Private Placements Group, Mark worked in Bank of America's Atlanta Corporate Finance Group as well as the Procter & Gamble Company and IBM.

Outside of work, Mark has served on several boards, including the National Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative. He also is a United States-Japan Leadership Program fellow. Mark earned a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and an MBA at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Chicago with their son, Mark Jr., and daughter, Gabrielle.