Full-Time MBA Program
Meet the MBA Student Ambassadors


If you want to gain the perspectives of real students, our Merage MBA Student Ambassadors are definitely the people you should connect with. They’ll give you the inside story and answer your questions about the Merage MBA experience and why they chose the Merage School for their MBA.  They can also host you on campus for a class visit, lunch with students, or a tour of campus.

 

 
 
 
 

Robby Ahn
MBA Class of 2018
robertya@uci.edu


Robby Ahn is a first year Full Time MBA Candidate and Faculty and Management Fellow born and raised in Irvine, CA.  He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy from The University of California Los Angeles.


Prior to attending the Paul Merage School of Business, Robby spent over four years working in Management for Hyatt Hotels at three different properties.  His most recent position was at Hyatt’s flagship property, The Hyatt Regency Chicago, as a Front Office Manager.


With his emphasis in Real Estate, Robby plans on eventually returning to the hospitality industry in a role focused on Asset Management and Development.

 

 
 
 
 

Aaron Concha
MBA Class of 2018
ajconcha@uci.edu


Aaron Concha is a first year, Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow focusing on Finance.  Aaron was born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles Area, graduating from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry.  Immediately after graduation, Aaron decided to the join the Army, and served the next four years as a Health Care Specialist.  After completing his service obligation, he applied the operational and leadership skills he acquired in the Army, and entered the real estate industry to serve as a property manager.

 

 
 
 
  Dan Costigan
MBA Class of 2018
dcostiga@uci.edu

Dan Costigan is a first year Full-Time MBA Candidate focusing on finance and strategy. He chose to pursue an MBA at the Merage School of Business due to the program’s emphasis on individual development from an academic and career standpoint. The smaller program size allows for more individual attention while allowing for more active participation and leadership potential both inside and outside the classroom. Dan believes Merage’s strategic location in Orange County also provides unmatched exposure to many industries and companies in the Southern California region.

Dan is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College. Dan arrived at Merage with nine years of sales experience in both real estate and asset management. With global asset manager, Pioneer Investments, Dan acquired his Series 66 and Series 7 trading licenses which complement years of developing communication and presentation skills.

 

 
 
 
  Stephanie David
MBA Class of 2018
sdavid1@uci.edu

Stephanie David is a first year Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow concentrating in Marketing. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Stephanie graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Art History.

Prior to attending the Paul Merage School of Business, Stephanie worked for Carnegie Robotics as the financial specialist. At CRL, Stephanie managed the financial analytics, job costing, and forecasting for Department of Defense contracts and commercial robotics endeavors. She also acted as the finance department’s project manager and fully implemented the company’s transition to a new accounting system. 

 

 
 

 

  Kevin Han
MBA Class of 2018
khan5@uci.edu

Kevin Han is a first year Full-Time MBA candidate in the graduating class of 2018 and a Merage Fellow with an emphasis on Strategy and Information Technology. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kevin holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Western Ontario with a specialization in Finance and Accounting.

Prior to the MBA program, Kevin spent three and a half years working in a variety of different functions in varying industries. From an Inside Sales role at IBM, and next a Business Development function at a leading Canadian telecommunications corporation, Kevin then transitioned to an Accounting role at a virtual accounting firm, and finally to a Client Support function at a Canadian construction accounting software company.  

 

 
 

 

  Melanie Henderson
MBA Class of 2017
melanieh@uci.edu

Melanie Henderson is a second year Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow focusing on Finance.

Originally from Roseville, California, Melanie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and a Minor in Management. She also spent a semester abroad at the University Autònoma of Barcelona in Spain, holds a Professional Certificate in Accounting from the University of California, San Diego, Extension and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

 

 
 

 

  Bill Krieger
MBA Class of 2017
kriegerw@uci.edu

Bill was born and raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. After graduating with a degree in History and Education from the University at Buffalo, Bill moved to the Miami / Fort Lauderdale area where he worked in video production for a mid-sized marketing firm. He spent several years in this role traveling the country, covering tradeshows, and writing and producing various forms of content. Following his time in Florida, Bill moved to California to pursue a career in TV News. He was hired onto the Assignment Desk at the NFL Network in Los Angeles and would remain there for a few years before deciding to pursue a career in Marketing and Management.

As an Orange County local for several years before attending Merage, Bill felt a draw to UC Irvine early on in his MBA pursuit. He was especially drawn to the small class size, the feeling of community amongst staff and students, and the opportunities to network at home in Southern California.

 

 
 

 

  Justin Latino
MBA Class of 2017
jlatino@uci.edu

Justin Latino is a second year Full-Time MBA candidate and Faculty Fellow focusing on marketing and entrepreneurship.  He lived in Bogota, Colombia for 5 years where he started up a hostel and a destination management company that organized meetings, events and incentive travel programs for international corporate clients.

Justin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Hotel Administration.  He is originally from Worcester, MA, but has also lived in Hawaii, Macau, Argentina and travelled around the world on a Semester at Sea.

 

 
 

 

  Luana Okumura
MBA Class of 2018
okumural@uci.edu

Luana is a first-year Full-Time MBA Candidate and Faculty Fellow.  Originally from Brazil, Luana received a Bachelor degree in Law from Curitiba Law School in Brazil and earned her Master degree in Corporate Law from University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain.

Prior to attending the MBA program, Luana worked at Capital Markets Group of SCBF, one of the most prominent law firms in Brazil, where she led teams to structure private equity and real estate funds. Luana is also an entrepreneur, having redeveloped an abandoned dam into a 1MW/hour hydroelectric power plant in her last project.

 

 
 

 

  Ryan Platt
MBA Class of 2017
plattr@uci.edu

Ryan Platt is a second year Full-Time MBA candidate and Merage Fellow focusing on Finance and Strategy. 
 
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Ryan received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of California, Riverside.

Prior to attending the Paul Merage School of Business, Ryan played professional baseball after being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers organization.  He later took on roles in the mortgage and insurance industries.  At Bank of America, he analyzed and resolved various issues on a portfolio of loans to mitigate risk and reduce financial losses for the bank and its clients. In the insurance industry, he worked as a Risk Management Advisor where he created, presented, and implemented strategies to improve clients' financial and protection positions.