Happy Birthday!

We asked the alumni celebrating a birthday today (November 20), "Where are you now?" Here's what they said:

Lisa Abendroth PhD '00
I am an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where I am also the Faculty Director for the Evening MBA program.  I continue to be involved in international business education by bringing MBA students to emerging markets in South America and India as well as researching strategies to successfully serve customers at the bottom of the economic pyramid.  On campus, I am helping faculty transition their classes to a blended online/offline format in order to offer students greater flexibility in when, where, and how they learn. 

Vipul Arvind MBA '09
Currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area. Working with federal clients on their 3-5 year mobile strategy. This includes design and architecture of a next generation U.S. Census application.

Barbara Blackburn MBA '88
I am currently the Coordinator for the Med Peds Residency Training Program at Duke University Medical Center. 

Mo Bississo MBA '08
Since graduation, I moved to the UAE in the Middle East and have been there since. I graduated to join one of the premiere private equity shops, based in Abu Dhabi, and more recently left to start my own search fund, a first to the region.

Jacob Johnson MBA '14
Currently work for Harris Williams, a middle-market investment bank focused on sell-side M&A. I'll be transferring to our San Francisco office in December 2014.

Steven Kroll MHA '88
On December 29, 2014, I will assume the role of Executive Director of NYSARC, Inc., which is America's largest non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.  This new opportunity comes after spending the last twenty years as Vice President for Governmental Affairs and External Relations at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).  In a volunteer capacity, I also serve as the Chief of Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, the emergency ambulance service to the Town of Bethlehem in Albany County, New York. 

Jeff Mann MBA '90
I live in Evanston, IL, with my wife and fellow MBA classmate, Letitia (Pfeiffer) Mann. We have two children—Katherine who is 15 and Nathan who is 11.  I am a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Oak Services Partners, a middle-market private equity firm that focuses on investments in business, consumer, and health care services businesses.  Our whole family is planning on attending the 25th-year Fuqua reunion next spring, and Letitia and I hope to see a lot of our classmates there.

Nasima Rahman MBA '04
I work in business development at a mid-size company in Durham and live in Cary, NC, with my husband and two kids. The oldest is a sophomore at Duke. Also work pro-bono for a non-profit.

Kristoffer Singleton MBA '09
After graduating from Fuqua in 2009, I took a position with top performing hedge fund manager Bridgewater Associates. Bridgewater manages over $150 billion in global investments for institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations. I have worked as a Technology Manager in the Research Analytics and Core Technology departments and now live just outside of NYC in Redding, CT, with my wife, Erin, and our two children, Riley and Max.

Melodie Staton MMCi '13
I am in Raleigh, NC, working as a Data Management Specialist for Community Care of North Carolina.

Ashish Tuli MBA '12
Earlier this year, I moved to the San Francisco bay area from New York and work for Blackstone in their Menlo Park office.

Johanna Willer MBA '11
I'm currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa, working for Accenture with a focus on life sciences strategy. It's funny, I went on the South Africa GATE trip during spring break first year, right after going on a first date with a fellow first-year. Little did I know I would eventually marry her and move here!

Sean Lilly Wilson MBA '00, MPP '00
As the founder and owner of Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery, I'm heavily invested in the development and growth of the Bull City. Fullsteam launched in 2010 with a special focus on brewing "plow-to-pint" beers that celebrate the farm and food traditions of the South. Whenever you find yourself back in Durham, be sure to stop in and say hello!