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Fully Employed MBA Program Office
4293 Pereira Drive, SB1 Suite 4200
Irvine, CA 92697-3125
Melanie Coburn is a seasoned admissions, recruiting and marketing professional with expertise in recruiting business professionals into an MBA program. She has over 15 years of progressive management experience in higher education and has worked in many diverse work environments, including four different institutions across the country. She is an inspirational leader with strong communication and relationship-building skills. She is equally operationally-efficient and highly adept at analyzing data and information to solve problems. Most recently, she is the Director of FEMBA Admissions who leads the admissions team in all admissions and recruiting functions. She is also a licensed real estate agent and a Notary Public.
Kristin Dalton has been with the Merage School since 2012, beginning her career as the Admissions Coordinator for the Executive MBA Programs office. She has worked as Program Manager for our Executive MBA students and currently is working in Admissions and recruiting assisting the FEMBA and EMBA students throughout their admissions process. She has over 10 years work experience in private enterprise as well as the non-profit sector in entertainment and healthcare. She managed her family's graphic design business until 2008 when she decided to return to school to complete her studies and earned her bachelor's degree in 2011. She currently serves as the President in her Toastmasters Club. Kristin is an organizer by heart and is actively involved in planning events and is the Chairman over a nation-wide conference for her church.
Julia Nemeth is the Associate Director of Admissions for the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program. Julia joined the Merage School in 2021 and has over 20+ years on four University of California campuses: Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Diego and now Irvine. Julia loves reading and cooking when at home, but also getting outside when scouting with her family of boys and her Transylvanian Hound name Scout.
Taylor Martini serves as the Senior Director of Program Services for the Full-Time MBA, Fully Employed MBA, and Executive MBA Programs. He is responsible for the operations and academic services for MBA programs, focusing on strategic goals related to student experience and staff satisfaction.
Before moving into his current role, Taylor was the Executive Director of the Full-Time MBA Program for three years. He oversaw total operations of the Full-Time MBA Program including financial and strategic management, academic programming and supervision of the admissions and program services teams. Taylor supported the recruitment and admissions function of the program office for four years before transitioning into program leadership.
Taylor joined the Merage School in June 2015, soon after graduating from our Full-Time MBA Program. During his time in the program, Taylor secured multiple HR-focused internships which included stints at Tilly’s and PacSun. Prior to his MBA studies, Taylor spent three years as a loan officer in the mortgage industry.
Taylor was born and raised in Southern California and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chapman University.
Jimmy Nguyen serves as the Associate Director of FEMBA Program Services and has been with FEMBA since 2021. In his role, Jimmy oversees all programmatic activities for the FEMBA program including academic advising, student guidance, management of enrollment and supporting the various residentials. Jimmy will also oversee students’ progress from matriculation to graduation.
Prior to joining the FEMBA team, Jimmy has worked as California State University, Fullerton in the Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers and at California State University, Long Beach in the Office of Student Life & Development. Jimmy is currently earning his Master of Science in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. He graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Sociology and Education.
Nhung Nguyen serves as the Associate Director of Operations and Planning. In her role, Nhung oversees domestic and international residentials for the MBA programs.
Prior to this role, Nhung worked as Program Manager for the FEMBA Program Services Team. She was previously at UC Berkeley as an Admissions and Student Affairs Coordinator. Nhung graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Sociology and from USC with a Master’s in Social Work.
Renee Walton serves as the Assistant Director of FEMBA Program Services. In her role, Renee will take the lead on academic advising, student guidance, and managing elective enrollment. She will also support residential planning and commencement.
Prior to this role, Renee worked at the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. on the Fulbright Scholar Program Management team. Prior to starting a career in education, Renee attended the American University of Paris and completed a master's degree in International Affairs. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Studies from UC San Diego.