Parents Advisory Council (PAC)
The work of the Parents Advisory Council is critical to the school’s ability to realize its aspiration to be recognized as a global leader in undergraduate business education. PAC members provide financial resources to help fund curricular and co-curricular programs that produce transformational educational experiences – both at Georgetown and abroad. Gifts from PAC members contribute to the Undergraduate Programs Initiatives Fund, unless otherwise directed.
The mission of the Parents Advisory Council (PAC) is to serve as ambassadors for the McDonough School of Business to engage our community of parents in philanthropic, networking, and recruiting efforts. The PAC members work directly with the dean, and senior associate dean, who serves as the director of the Undergraduate Program, to develop strategies for parents to support new initiatives, as well as sustain existing programs.
The co-chairs) of the PAC serve as ex-officio member(s) of the school’s Board of Advisors and work with the dean and senior associate dean to create committees/task forces as needed to facilitate strategic planning of philanthropic efforts. The members of the PAC also serve as advocates for Georgetown McDonough in their communities and networks. Members of the PAC exemplify the role of “key leaders” by making contributions to the school and by helping to increase the ever-growing circle of parent supporters. Members of the PAC serve three-year terms from January 1 to December 31, and they may serve an additional year if needed by the Dean for transitional purposes.
To find out more about how to become a member of the PAC, please contact Michaela Greco. We would be delighted to discuss your potential participation.
Parents Advisory Council Executive Committee
Abby Adams (C’83, P’16, P’21, P’24)
Abby graduated from the College with a B.A. in Government and English which equipped her with the perfect tools to pursue a career in the entertainment business! After a classic start in the mailroom of a fledgling talent agency, she retired after 15 years as head of the Television Literary Department at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. Post CAA, she formed a production company with her client, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, to develop and produce movies for Lifetime Television. Abby found her true calling as a founding Board Member and Executive Director of a college access non-profit organization for First Generation, low-income students which led her to discover and volunteer with the Georgetown Scholars Program aka GSP.
Abby and her husband, Patrick, have three children, Kellogg (B’16), Cooper (B’21), and Riley (C’24).
Patrick Adams (B’81, P’16, P’21, P’24)
Secret Weapon Marketing
After graduating from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Patrick began his professional career as a certified public accountant before deciding the world already had too many. So he started a new career in advertising, where his marketing strategies have won 15 Effie Awards for marketing effectiveness. Pat is Managing Director of Secret Weapon Marketing, which he helped start in 1997 after 14 years in account management positions at ad agencies in Los Angeles.
Pat has three children, Kellogg (B’16), Cooper (B’21), and Riley (C’24) – as well as two Labrador retrievers, Cisco and Hobie. He’s been married to Abby Adams (C’83) for 32 years.
Guillermo Pla (P’20, P’21, P’24)
Pla & Roig Aran
Monica Zobel de Ayala (P’20, P’21, P’24)
Donald Everett (P’19, P’22)
Donald is president and owner of Runza® National, a Midwest-based restaurant franchisor. In addition, he owns & operates a majority of the Runza® restaurant franchises. Runza® is in its third generation of family ownership, has locations primarily in Nebraska, and additional locations in Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado. He also serves as president of First Christian Church Foundation, and the board of West Gate Bank. Donald is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, with a B.S. in Business Administration, including a semester abroad in Australia during his senior year of college.
Donald and his wife, Jill, have three children, Hannah (B’19), William (B’22), and Lillie (12th grade).
Jill M. Everett (P’19, P’22)
Jill is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, with degrees in elementary & special education. She has been active in the local community as a board member of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Trustees, and other local non-profit boards.
Jill and her husband, Donald, have three children, Hannah (B’19), William (B’22), and Lillie (12th grade).
Dian Fini (P’19, P’22)
Maridian Properties, Inc.
Dian Fini is a Founder and Executive Vice President of Maridian Properties and its subsidiaries in hospitality. Maridian Properties owns a significant portfolio of residential and commercial investment properties, primarily in Hoboken, NJ. Maridian Hospitality owns and manages several restaurants, also in Hoboken. Dian’s role in the real estate division of Maridian Properties includes overseeing finances and lender relationships, and contract negotiations. In the hospitality sector, Dian manages the day-to-day operations of Maridian’s restaurant holdings, including Fat Taco Tequila Bar, Birch and Wild Moose Saloon, including HR and Marketing functions.
Dian’s lifelong ties to the Hoboken community inspire her to help bring growth and innovation to the city. She is a founding member of the Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) which works towards the ongoing prosperous improvement of the area by stimulating business, and attracting residents and visitors to shop, eat, play and stay in Hoboken. She is a frequent participant and contributor to local planning boards, community organizations and focus groups.
Dian and her husband, Mario, have two daughters, Adriana (B’19) and Gia (B’22).
Mario Fini (P’19, P’22)
Maridian Properties, Inc.
Mario Fini is the Managing Director of Maridian Properties and its subsidiaries in hospitality, where he directs and manages all new acquisitions and development into new sectors. Maridian Properties owns a significant portfolio of residential and commercial investment properties, primarily in Hoboken, NJ. Maridian Hospitality owns and manages several restaurants, also in the Hoboken downtown area, including Fat Taco Tequila Bar, Birch and Wild Moose Saloon.
Mario’s pride in the Hoboken community stems from his strong attachment the city. He is a 30-year resident of Hoboken and a 24-year member of the Hoboken Fire Department, where he currently serves as Battalion Chief. He has been instrumental in many initiatives to grow and develop the city, including his involvement in planning one of Hoboken’s newest neighborhoods: The Railhead District, adjacent to the Hoboken Terminal. Under his leadership, Maridian Properties has developed and managed some of the most iconic properties in Hoboken and continues to carefully curate local and national retailers that meet the needs of the city and its residents.
He is a graduate of Fordham University, with a BS in Economics.
Mario and his wife, Dian, have two daughters, Adriana (B’19) and Gia (B’22).
Mary Gay (P’20, P’23)
William R. Gay (P’20, P’23)
First Vice President
John Hock (P’21, P’23)
Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Altrinsic Global Advisors
Mary E. Hock (P’21, P’23)
Douglas Stewart (P’22)
Professor, Operations Management
University of New Mexico
Trustee, Stewart Foundation
Marcella Stewart (P’22)
Director, External Relations
Parents Advisory Council Members
Durga Bobba (P’23)
Vice President, Vaccines
Durga earned his MBA at Georgetown in 1996, where he received the Dean’s Citation for outstanding service and contributions to the school. He was also a member of the Admissions Committee and Father Leo O’Donovan’s Executive Council.
Durga is currently the vice president of global marketing for GSK vaccines in Philadelphia. He has over 25 years of global biopharma experience and brings extraordinary depth of business development, alliance management and commercial expertise with a significant array of accomplishments in cardiovascular medicine. Durga began his marketing career at Merck in 1996 and over a 15-year span contributed significantly to the success of Merck’s vast cardiovascular and vaccine portfolios. He supported the ex-US launches of four vaccines and helped Merck Vaccines quadruple annual sales, in 18 months, to $4 billion to become the world’s number one vaccine company. After Merck, Durga further expanded his marketing and executive leadership growth at Genentech, Amgen and MyoKardia, where he was the first commercial hire and the interim VP, HCM Project Team.
Durga currently serves on the board of the American Heart Association and the Health Sector Advisory Committee at Duke.
Durga and his wife, Geetika, are active volunteers in their community, supporting high school sports, Burlingame Library, Boy Scouts, the Hillsborough Neighborhood Network and Georgetown University. They currently reside in both Hillsborough, CA and Philadelphia, PA. They have a daughter, Anjali (B’23) and a son, Vikas.
Geetika Bobba (P’23)
Geetika has over 20 years of pharmaceutical sales, marketing, and regulatory experience. She launched her career at Merck in Philadelphia and is currently at Genentech in San Francisco. Geetika holds a Bachelors in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from The University of North Carolina. She serves on the board of the Burlingame Public Library, is an active volunteer with various local organizations, and tutors middle-school students in mathematics. In her spare time, Geetika enjoys traveling, reading historical fiction, and exploring the many beautiful hiking trails in the Bay Area.
Geetika and her husband, Durga, are active volunteers in their community, supporting high school sports, Burlingame Library, Boy Scouts, the Hillsborough Neighborhood Network and Georgetown University. They currently reside in both Hillsborough, CA and Philadelphia, PA. They have a daughter, Anjali (B’23) and a son, Vikas.
Jeff Boyd (P’25)
Sarah O’Brien Boyd (B’90, P’25)
Yamalat Yibrin Canahuati (P’25)
Gonzalo de las Casas & Ljubica Stiglich (P’23)
Gonzalo, General Manager
Gonzalo, is the General Manager of Sigma Capital, a company specialized in investing in infrastructure projects. He was previously the CEO and CIO at AFP Integra, the largest pension fund in Peru. Ljubica and Gonzalo hold BBA degrees from University of Texas at Austin, and Gonzalo holds a MBA at Universidad de Piura.
Ljubica and Gonzalo have been married for 24 years. They reside in Lima, Peru and have three sons; 22, 20 & 17 years old.
Teresa Dyke (P’23)
Wade Dyke (P’23)
Great Hearts Academies
Ellen Goodwin (P’22)
Alston & Bird
Terense Fuschich Hawit (P’25)
Compañía Hondureña del Café S.A. de C.V.
Andrew Karp (C’91, P’24)
Managing Director, Bank of America
Head of Global Investment Grade Capital Markets and DirectBrooks, LLC Board of Directors
After graduating from the College with a degree in Economics, Andrew worked as a Consultant at Andersen Consulting, before returning to school to get his MBA at Columbia Business School. Upon graduation Andrew began his career in finance, where he has spent the last 25 years. He started as a Corporate Bond Trader and eventually moved into Capital Markets. He is currently a Managing Director at Bank of America where he serves as Head of Global Investment Grade Capital Markets business. Andrew also sits on the Board of Directors at DirectBooks, a FinTech startup that aims to optimize communication between investors and banks around capital markets transactions. In addition to being on the PAC, he retains his ties to Georgetown as an active recruiter of undergraduates and a mentor in the Georgetown Scholars Program.
Andrew and his wife, Lauren, live in Armonk, NY and have 3 children, Spencer (B’24), Brady and Charlotte, and a miniature labradoodle named Tucker.
Lauren Karp (P’24)
CCD Instructor & Office Administrator
St. Patrick’s Church Armonk
Lauren graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Special Education from Manhattanville College. After finishing her own education she embarked on a career educating others, teaching First Grade at Rye Neck School District in Westchester County NY. Lauren put her professional career on hold during the formative years of her and Andrew’s three children. However, throughout she always stayed active in their church and community. She led the Teen Life program, organized food drives for local food pantries, and coordinated Midnight Runs into NYC to provide food and clothing for the homeless. She is also a CCD teacher and recently took on responsibility as an office manager at St Patrick’s of Armonk.
Lauren and her husband, Andrew, live in Armonk, NY and have 3 children, Spencer (B’24), Brady and Charlotte, and a miniature labradoodle named Tucker.
Diana Longarzo (P’22)
Chief Operating Officer
Klevan Longarzo Vance Bluemsaadt LLP
JLD Media, Inc.
Jerry Longarzo (B’84, JD’87, P’22)
Klevan Longarzo Vance Bluemsaadt LLP
Diane Palmieri (P’22)
Diane has worked with the American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region for the past 15 years on blood donor recruitment as a board member, liaison, and volunteer. She leads efforts to increase youth blood donation in the region, helps build partnerships, proactively supports efforts of the Red Cross, and has developed strategies that have helped streamline service. She was awarded The American Red Cross Board Member of the Year.
Diane has clocked thousands of volunteer hours and held several advisory board positions at her children’s’ schools, ie. Mount St. Mary’s University, Loyola Blakefield, and St Paul’s School for Girls in the Baltimore area. In Diane’s life before raising a family she spent 15 years in the advertising and marketing field in the Washington, DC area working at various advertising agencies supervising a large magnitude of clients in the consumer business, in fields such as healthcare, hotel, associations, and real estate.
Diane and her husband, Paul, live in Lutherville, Maryland with their two children, Madison and Tim (B’22).
Paul Palmieri (P’22)
Managing General Partner
Grit Capital Partners
Paul is the managing partner of Grit Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in disruptive companies who are using real-time data and AI to transform technology, media, and marketplaces. Paul is also a Co-Founder and the CEO of Tradeswell, Inc.
Paul is a successful entrepreneur, venture investor, and operator in the internet space — most notably in the digital media and ecommerce ecosystem. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded and led two successful, high growth technology companies. Tradeswell is an AI-based cross-trading platform for ecommerce brands, and Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), where he was chairman and CEO guiding the company from start-up through a successful public offering and well into operating as a public company. His vision for Millennial Media helped define the app economy business model. His work as an executive at Verizon Wireless in the early 2000s established key business models for the mobile and smartphone ecosystems. He has been a frequent guest on CNBC US and Asia, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Television and Radio as an expert in tracking the secular shift driven by mobile computing.
In the advertising space, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Internet Advertising Bureau, and as Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association.
Paul was honored by the American Business Awards as CEO of the Year, and by E&Y as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Diane and Paul and his wife, Diane, live in Lutherville, Maryland with their two children, Madison and Tim (B’22).
Kurt Pohmer (P’22)
New York Commercial Bank
Alejandra Poupel (P’23, P’24)
Alejandra Poupel Events and Design
Maxime Poupel (P’23, P’24)
Founder and Manager
Akram Safa (P’22)
Co-founder and CEO
Anne Marie Safa (P’22)
Dr. Ravi Sindhwani (P’22)
Dr. Ravi Sindhwani is a nephrologist, business owner, and healthcare executive. Dr. Sindhwani co-founded Kidney Medical Associates, one of the premiere private nephrology practices in Maryland. Through developing industry and management expertise, he serves on several hospital quality control committees. In addition, Dr. Sindhwani serves as a Medical Director for outpatient and home dialysis centers and is actively engaged with national dialysis companies in improving renal care and dialysis services. He holds membership to the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and Renal Physicians Association. Outside of work, Dr. Sindhwani is a passionate supporter of Doctors Without Borders and avid volunteer for medical mission trips with the International Medical Relief organization. He received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and his Bachelors of Science with Honors from Queens University in Canada.
Dr. Sue Sindhwani (P’22)
Dr. Ravi Sindhwani is a nephrologist, business owner, and healthcare
Dr. Sue Sindhwani is an established and highly skilled physician with over 25 years of experience in private practice in Internal Medicine, the most recent of which have been as a concierge physician. She is well regarded in the Northern Virginia community, earning numerous accolades for her quality and patient centered care. She has been named Americas Top Physician and is a Health Grades Recognized Top Doctor in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Sindhwani has been a partner at Internal Medicine Associates of Reston for 16 years and a member of the Privia Medical Group for 7 years.
Prior to moving to Virginia, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Additionally, she had been in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan after completing her residency at Spectrum Health, Michigan State University. She takes great pride in the care she provides to her patients as well as her family which includes her husband and two children.
Dr. Sindhwani is on the board of Tennis for Life, a non-profit organization which promotes a healthy body and mind, through the game of tennis, amongst underserved children in the Greater Washington DC area. She is also on the board of WeHelp Team, an organization which addresses barriers to education for the underprivileged. She currently serves as a committee member on Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Parents Advisory Council.
C. Hasan Umur (P’22)
Hasan read economics as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, where he received his B.A. in 1986. He started his career at the Wall Street firm Lazard Freres & Co. in 1986, and received his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He subsequently worked at La Compagnie Financiere Edmond de Rothschild Banque in Paris, France, before returning to Izmir in 1991 to join the family company TTL, where he is currently the executive director.
Hasan is the Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Izmir, Turkey. He is a board member of Cimentas Education Foundation (Isikkent School) and chairs the Development Committee. He is a founder of the Court of Benefactors of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a member of the Stephen Hawking Circle. His interests include education and school governance, arts and antiques, opera and dance.
Leyla Umur (P’22)
Leyla studied archeology and anthropology at Cambridge University. After receiving her B.A. in 1991, she obtained her M. Phil. in Hittite Art at Cambridge, and subsequently carried out extensive research on the clay tablets of Kultepe, Turkey, written in cuneiform in the ancient Assyrian language. She later built a career in education counseling and worked as a college counselor at the Isikkent School in Izmir, Turkey. She currently works as an independent university counselor in Izmir.
Leyla is a founder of the Court of Benefactors of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a member of the Stephen Hawking Circle. Her interests include miniatures, calligraphy and illumination, arts and antiques, classical music and yoga.
Edward Woo (P’24)
Vice President of Medical Operations
MedStar Medical Group, MedStar Health
biology and subsequently an MD as well. He stayed there for his training and then joined the faculty at Penn as a Vascular Surgeon. Seven years ago, Ed was recruited to MedStar Health to build and lead the Vascular Surgery program for the health system. He subsequently took a position as the Vice President of Medical Operations for the MedStar Medical Group and as of July became the President of the MedStar Medical Group. Ed, like Irene, is excited to join the Georgetown University community as both a faculty and family member.
Irene Woo (P’24)
School of Medicine and also continued her training in Diagnostic Radiology at Penn. She then joined Southeast Radiology as a radiologist specializing in Women’s Imaging. She retired from practicing medicine eight years ago with her family’s move to the Washington D.C. area. Irene remains integrally involved in her community and is excited about being part of the Georgetown University family.