Beeta is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on corporate finance in the CPG industry. She was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California and graduated from UC Irvine (zot zot!) with a bachelor’s degree in business economics and a minor in management. After graduation, she worked in Trade Compliance for an apparel manufacturing company and later in Marketing for a chemical manufacturing company. Beeta chose the Merage School not only for its curriculum focused on digital transformation, but also for its intimate class size, welcoming student body and distinguished faculty. She currently also serves as a Merage Student Ambassador for the Full-Time MBA Program. In her free time, you can find Beeta flowing on her yoga mat, in the kitchen learning new recipes or traveling the world to discover new countries.
Kyle is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate with a focus on Real Estate and Finance. Prior to joining Merage, Kyle spent 7+ years working for a real estate firm in Western Canada. He played a key role in several development approvals and the management of the company's hospitality division. Kyle graduated from Mount Royal University (Calgary, Canada) in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Kyle enjoys skiing, surfing and enjoying all that SoCal has to offer in his free time.
VP of Finance
Sushmitha is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate with a focus on product management and analytics. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, with a Bachelor of Technology & Master of Technology in Electronics & Electrical Communications. She has 4 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and Big Data Analytics. As an Analyst, she has specialized in the digital space with exposure to practical issues of new business creation and expansion and has helped multiple clients with innovative business structures that enabled growth and economic progress. While pursuing her MBA she continues to advance her current skills and build a command over corporate strategy, new product development and strategic planning that are critical to lead a new business transformation. Aside from her professional aspirations, Sushmitha loves playing volleyball, traveling, sketching, acrylic painting and trying new foods.
VP of Communications
Taylor is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing and corporate communications in the life sciences industry. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz, Taylor worked in San Francisco and her hometown of San Diego. Prior to joining Merage, she worked as the Manager of Corporate Communications for Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Post MBA, Taylor hopes to work as a marketing manager for a large biotechnology or medical device company. In her free time, Taylor enjoys hiking, backpacking and spending time outdoors.
VP of Technology
Will is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on product management. Originally from Los Angeles, Will studied Economics at Colgate University in New York before moving to Vail, Colorado, to spend a year skiing and mountain biking. He then moved to New York City where he worked for Preqin, a financial research company, in sales for three years before transitioning into product management. During his nearly four years as a product manager, Will lead the Data Integration products, developing and releasing the business’s first commercial APIs that provided integration with applications such as Salesforce. After graduation, he hopes to move into the tech industry and continue working as a product manager. In his spare time, Will has volunteered for six years at an organization called Minds Matter, whose mission is to help high-achieving low-income high school students receive an acceptance at a 4-year college. His hobbies are photography, travel and skiing, and he hopes to take up SCUBA diving once again now that he is back on the west coast.
VP of Marketing
Constance Toulemonde is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing. She was born and raised in France but came to the US on a full ride athletic scholarship to swim and earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at Oregon State University. After graduation, Constance joined Nike as a sports marketing recruiter and later as a brand design coordinator for the basketball category. She then went back to her home country and worked as a marketing and strategic storytelling consultant, where she helped executives build powerful brand stories and inspiring speeches. Constance chose UCI for her MBA because the Merage School combines all the advantages of a smaller program while giving access to big opportunities. While at the Merage School, she hopes to strengthen her business acumen and dive deeper into crucial aspects of marketing: analytics and strategy. In her free time, Constance enjoys running, skiing, surfing and spending as much time as possible outdoors in the California sunshine.
VP of Social
Sophia Fischer is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing. Sophia was raised in several different countries before returning to the United States for university. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Technology Management. Combining her passion for science and business, Sophia worked in product marketing and medical education roles at Stryker, a world-wide leader in medical technology. She garnered experience across several divisions within Stryker, working in both San Jose, CA, and Stryker’s headquarters in Kalamazoo, MI, during her six years with the company. Sophia chose UCI for her MBA because of the caliber of students and program staff and the many personalized experiences available due to the small class sizes. She is at the Merage School to hone her leadership and marketing strategy skills and transition into a portfolio management role within healthcare or CPG. In her free time, Sophia loves to explore the gorgeous Southern California coastline, hike and socialize with friends over dinner or drinks.
VP of Social
JC is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing and brand strategy. A Southern California native, JC received his B.A. from Brigham Young University’s #1 ranked advertising program before moving to the Bay Area to begin his career at the award-winning ad agency, BBDO SF. Passionate about blending bold storytelling with real-world insights, he found his niche in brand marketing strategy. JC’s post-MBA goals include pivoting to client-side brand management, writing the next great American novel and being the best husband/father for his wife and son.
VP of Part-Time Programs
Mai is a 2022 FEMBA candidate. As VP of Part-Time Programs, Mai is focused on creating valuable experiences for FEMBA and EMBA students that will foster the foundation of success post-graduation. Mai is interested in entrepreneurship and digital transformation and is working towards Merage’s certifications. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from UC Irvine. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite basketball and football teams.
Agustine “Augie” Valentino Pimentel
VP of Specialty Masters Programs
Augie is a class of 2022 candidate at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business where he is pursuing his M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As the Merage Student Association’s VP of Specialty Masters Programs, he is committed to serving as the liaison between MSA and the five specialty master programs and to strengthen the relationships between these different groups. Aside from this role, he is also his program’s Student Representative and Ambassador. Prior to joining his program, Augie moved from Baldwin Park, CA, to Irvine for his undergraduate studies at UCI where he majored in International Studies and minored in General Management. He would eventually like to start his own Dining and Hospitality Group because he is passionate about creating unique experiences that everyone can enjoy within this industry. In his free time, Augie enjoys exploring new coffee shops/restaurants, taking trips with friends and swimming.
VP of International Student Relations
Sathyanarayana Ganta is a 2022 Full-Time MBA candidate. Sathya was born and bought up in India. He did his bachelors in Civil Engineering from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). Upon graduation, his keen interest in solving business problems led him to choose a career in Management Consulting. During his career, he worked on engagements across a wide variety of functions/industries and collaborated with CXOs, government officials, and client teams to drive tangible results. Some of the areas include: Strategy formulation (corporate, business and economic growth), development of business plans and financial models, regulatory analysis and business impact assessment, public policy formulation, business process transformation, institutional capability building, technology intervention and enablement and improvement of ease of doing business. In his last role prior joining to the Merage School, he was a Manager in Strategy and Business Design service line of Strategy and Operations practice of Deloitte India. Sathya was motivated to attend the Merage School because of its reputed faculty, personalized coursework and the innovative curriculum tailored to develop leaders in a digitally driven challenging world. During his free time, you can find Sathya enjoying long outdoor runs/walks, hiking, playing tennis and reading books on topics ranging from fiction to business to spirituality.