Dean's Advisory Council

Dean’s Advisory Council Roster and Bios

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's Dean's Advisory Council aims to strengthen the schools' key resources and partnerships by supporting, advancing, and advocating for Carey's pursuit of innovation in business.

Membership

Karen Peetz, Carey ’81, Chair
Former President
The Bank of New York Mellon

Peetz is the former president of BNY Mellon. An alumna of the Carey Business School (MS ’81), she is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. She is also a senior advisor to McKinsey.

Peetz, who retired as President from BNY Mellon at the end of 2016, appeared regularly on American Banker magazine’s annual list of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” She joined BNY Mellon in 1998 to guide the domestic corporate trust business. Before being named president in January 2013, she led the institution’s financial markets and treasury services group. Prior to her time at BNY Mellon, she worked at JP Morgan Chase for 16 years various sales and business management positions, including an assignment in London.


Batu Aksoy, Whiting ’98
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Turcas Petrol A.Ş.

Batu Aksoy is the CEO of Turcas Petrol and its controlled subsidiaries, and has served as an Executive Board Member since 2005. He is also a Board Member at Shell & Turcas Petrol and Vice Chairman of RWE & Turcas South Power Generation; two major subsidiaries of the Group. In addition, Mr. Aksoy is an Vice President of the Executive Board at the following affiliated companies: Aksoy Holding, Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, Aksoy Bodrum Real Estate Investment Company, Aksoy Petrol Real Estate Investment Company, Aksoy Maslak Real Estate Investment Company and Aksoy International Trading. Batu Aksoy is the Honorary Consul of Chile in Istanbul and a Board Member of the Turkey-US Business Council (TAİK). Mr. Aksoy is fluent in English and graduated from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering with a BS degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering.


Michael Bossidy, Carey '97
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan

Michael works closely with Country Leads, Regional Managers and colleagues in Execution Services and Investor Services to develop a seamless and consistent client coverage model in all regions. He leads a team of 400 professionals who cover clients across the globe and regularly partner with J.P. Morgan’s Banking and Research franchises. Michael is intimately involved in the Equity Product initiatives relating to Technology, Operations, and Regulatory reform.

Michael joined J.P. Morgan in 1999, in Corporate Business Development. He moved to Equities in 2002 and has held a number of leadership positions, including head of Middle Markets Sales, head of U.S. Research Sales, and head of Americas Cash & Derivative Sales. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Michael spent eight years at General Electric in various manufacturing sales roles. Michael received a BA degree from Boston College in 1992 and an MS degree from the John Hopkins Carey Business School in 1996.


Will Castleberry, Carey '96
Vice President of State and Local Public Policy
Facebook 

Will established, and now runs, Facebook’s state and local public policy and community engagement office. His team of 15 works directly with governors, attorneys general, and legislatures to advance sound laws and regulations governing the internet. Together, they manage contract lobbyists in 46 states.

From 2005 to 2012 Will served as the Vice President of Public Policy for AOL, Inc. Will helped AOL establish a federal policy office and headed the company’s state policy efforts. Prior to his work at AOL he was MCI’s Senior Manager for Government affairs covering the Mid-Atlantic. From 1996 to 2002, Will worked in the Administration of Maryland Governor Parris Glendening in various capacities. Will holds a BA degree in English from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Benjamin Cirka, Carey '06
Founder and Executive Director
Community Hospital Healthcare Services

Benjamin is an active investor in structured equity, tax credit, and capital market transactions involving healthcare and multifamily assets. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Community Hospitality Healthcare Services (CHHS), which was developed in part through his practicum at Johns Hopkins. Previously, he served as Senior Finance Manager at Struever Brothers, Eccles, and Rouse, a regional development company specializing in large, mixed-use projects with a historical component. He also spent several years with the Shelter Group, a regional development and management company specializing in developing affordable long-term care and rental housing facilities and syndicating low-income housing tax credits. With the Shelter Group, Mr. Cirka oversaw the portfolios of institutional clients and investors and was a member of the Investment Committee. He has been involved in over $1 billion of total project financing that has provided neighborhood redevelopment, historic building preservation, affordable housing, and healthcare services throughout the United States.


Charlie Constable, Carey '05
Head of Private Client Business
Brown Advisory

Charlie Constable is head of the private client business at Brown Advisory. Prior to this role, he was the head of U.S. Sales where he helped lead the firm’s institutional business. Charlie joined Brown Advisory in 2003. He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2005 and his BA degree from Lake Forest College in 1992. Charlie’s current and past community involvement include the following: National Board Member and former Regional Board Chair, Back on My Feet; Board Member, Tocqueville Society Council, and United Way of Central Maryland.


Pamela Drew, PhD
Founder
Premier Aerospace Defense

Pamela (Pam) Drew is a globally focused P&L executive with a distinguished career path that included top-level executive positions with Boeing, Northrop Grumman, TASC and ITT Exelis. During her 28 year career, she led large scale multi-billion dollar P&L operations in aerospace & defense, high technology R&D and technical services with an emphasis in computer science such as data analytics, cyber security and digitally enabled or enhanced operations.

Pam is now serving as a Director of Serco, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. She is also serving as a Director on the proxy board of Ultra Electronics Secure Intelligence Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ultra Electronics, a $1 billion international business which operates in aerospace and defense, security and cyber, transport and energy markets.

Pam earned her BA degree in mathematics, MS and PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was recognized in 2004 with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and in 2015 with the George Norlin “Outstanding Alumni” Award.


Matthew Echols, Carey '02
Corporate Vice President
Coca-Cola, Asia Pacific

Matt Echols is a member of the Coca-Cola Asia Pacific Executive Leadership Team, responsible for leading communications, public affairs, government affairs, and the company’s sustainability agenda across Asia Pacific, a region that spans 33 markets and covers approximately 60% of the world’s population. Previously, Matt served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication for Coca-Cola North America where he oversaw the strategic direction for multiple teams, including brand, business, and internal communications, social commitment marketing, government relations, and partnerships with community stakeholders. Prior to that role, Matt was the Vice President, Corporate Government and Public Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company.

Matt serves in leadership roles on numerous business, foreign policy and public policy boards, including the Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees, the Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and on the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Matt holds a MS degree from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a BS degree from the University of West Georgia. He also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University’s Said Business School.


Jeri Fellerman, Carey ’99
Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer
EagleBank

Jeri Fellerman is an Executive Vice President & Senior Credit Officer at EagleBank, where she directly manages the bank’s Loan Documentation and Pre-Closing Departments; serves as a voting member of the bank’s Management Loan Committee; and oversees other credit related functions within Credit Administration.

Jeri has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Her experience ranges from commercial banking to non-profit and commercial real estate finance. Prior to her current position, Jeri spent 3 years as a Senior Vice President & Market Executive managing EagleBank’s Northern Virginia Commercial Banking office, and 11 years as a Senior Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. She also held similar positions at SunTrust, Bank of America, and Riggs Bank.

Jeri serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital; The Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia; and The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools. Jeri received her BA degree in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a MS degree in Business from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


John Green, III
Principal and General Agent
TGC Financial Partners

John was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently resides there today. He holds a BS in Marketing from Hampton University and a MBA along with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development for Minority Managers from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is also active in both university alumni associations. At present, John serves as a mentor in the Leading a Diverse Society (LADS) Mentoring pilot program with the Carey School of Business and is pursuing an Executive Certificate in Business Communication. Additionally, John is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, reading personal development and leadership books, autobiographies written about business luminaries or legendary life insurance salesmen, listening to jazz and discovering new spirits as the Co-Chair of the “City Club Spirits Society”at The City Club of Washington in the nation’s capital.


Benjamin Griswold, IV
Chairman
Brown Advisory

Ben is a partner of Brown Advisory and serves as a senior advisor. He is a director of Brown Advisory Incorporated, where he serves as chair of the investment committee, and is the chair of Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company. Ben received his BA from Princeton University and served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army before receiving his MBA from Harvard. He joined Alex. Brown & Sons and became a partner of the firm in 1972, was elected director and vice chair of the board in 1984, and became chair of the board in 1987. Ben was a former director of the New York Stock Exchange and Stanley Black & Decker Inc. He is currently nonexecutive chair of W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) and is the lead director of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO). He is trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University.


Lynn Hackney, Carey '03
Chief Executive Officer
Allyson Capital

Lynn Hackney is among the best-known real estate development entrepreneurs in the Washington, D.C. region. As the founder of Urban Pace, a development services advisory firm, Lynn was the only woman in the area to have had sole ownership of a major real estate firm, residential or commercial, and capitalized on her firm’s success by selling to a multibillion-dollar company in 2016. Urban Pace is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

In 2008, Lynn founded Allyson Capital, a development and investment firm specializing in urban residential with an average asset valuation of $50 M primarily concentrated in Washington D.C., New York, and Miami. The portfolio includes stabilized assets in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and Brickell in Miami.

In 2016, Lynn was elected to the Board of Directors of Eagle Bank, a publicly traded company based in Bethesda, MD. Lynn’s accomplishments in the real estate industry resulted in her election in 2015 to a two-year term as President of the prestigious DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA), the first woman ever to hold that post.


John A. Hunter
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Customer Fulfillment
QVC Inc.

John Hunter retired from QVC as Executive Vice President of Customer Fulfillment Services. In this position, Hunter was responsible for overseeing over 12,000 associates in customer service, distribution, business analysis and engineering, and quality assurance teams, and the company’s three U.S-based call centers and its four US distribution centers. He also led the building of fulfillment and customer service operations in each of QVC’s global operations in Europe and Asia. Hunter joined QVC in 1991 as Vice President of Customer Services and has held various roles of increasing responsibility with the company, including Senior Vice President of Distribution and Senior Vice President of Customer Services.

Hunter’s previous professional background includes a nine-year career with Citibank, serving as Senior Vice President in its Credit Card Division. Prior to Citibank, he spent eight years with Avis Rent a Car in sales and marketing.

Hunter served on the board of directors for GSI Commerce, Inc. He is a contributing author to Ernan Roman’s “Integrated Direct Marketing” and Lance and Dorothy Berger’s “Talent Management Handbook.” Hunter earned his BA degree in marketing from Pace University in New York.


Kris Jenner, SOM ’92
Founding Partner
Rock Springs Capital

Kris H. Jenner is a founding partner of Rock Springs Capital, a newly formed investment company dedicated to achieving superior returns in the global health care universe. Prior to the formation of Rock Springs Capital, Kris spent over 15 years at T. Rowe Price, specializing in the coverage of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. From 2000 until February 2013, Kris was the sole portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund, a top-performing, multi-billion dollar strategy focused on global health care investments.

Prior to joining T. Rowe Price in 1997, Kris earned a MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a DPhil from the University of Oxford in molecular biology as a Marshall Scholar, and a BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois. Kris completed two years of surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Kaumudi “Kay” Kapoor, Carey '97, '99
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Arya Technologies

Kay Kapoor founded and serves as the CEO for Arya Technologies, a woman-owned company, providing end-to-end technology and consulting solutions to the federal government and the industry that supports it. Previously, Kay served as President of AT&T’s $4.5B Government Solutions business. She led a team of 4,000 professionals who are focused on delivering innovative network solutions, voice and data solutions, information technology, and cyber security across Defense, Civilian, Public Safety and National Security agencies.

Before joining AT&T, she served as CEO of Accenture Federal Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLC. Prior, Kapoor worked 20 years for Lockheed Martin Corporation, ultimately serving as Vice President and COO of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Civil Unit.

Kapoor has a MS degree from the Johns Hopkins Carey business School and a BS degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. She has completed executive programs at MIT and Harvard Universities.


Jonathan Kling
Chief Executive Officer
Municipal Acquisitions

Jon Kling is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Municipal Acquisitions and leads all of the firm’s investment and advisory activities. Mr. Kling has more than 20 years of real estate finance and investment banking experience which has caused exponential growth for the firm.

Prior to founding Municipal Acquisitions, Mr. Kling was a Director of Real Estate Investment Banking at Johnson Capital. Before joining Johnson Capital, Mr. Kling was a shareholder and the Senior Originator for Bridger Commercial Funding, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate lender affiliated with Bank of America Securities. Mr. Kling was also an investment banker at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBRC & NYSE: AI) where he specialized in public and private offerings of debt and equity; as well as mergers and acquisitions for banks, thrifts, specialty finance companies and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

Mr. Kling earned a BA from Tulane University and an MS in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is active in numerous professional organizations, such as Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).


Anthony Lewis, Carey '97, '99
Region Vice President of Government Affairs, Mid Atlantic
Verizon Communications, Inc.

Tony Lewis assumed this position in October 2011, and his responsibilities include shaping and advancing Verizon’s public policy initiatives for the wireline, wireless and enterprise business segments. He also directs Verizon’s philanthropic activities for the region.

Prior to this position, Lewis served as Vice President of Wholesale Development and Operations for Verizon Wireless. From 2004 to 2008, Lewis was the president of Verizon - Washington DC . Previously Lewis held the title of Executive Director, Business Planning. Lewis joined The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia, now Verizon Virginia in 1986 as a group manager in the operator services department.

Lewis graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a BA degree in business in 1986. He furthered his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leadership Development Program and the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program in 1996. He obtained his MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey business School in 2000.


Jenny Morgan, Carey '86
President and Chief Executive Officer
Basys, Inc.

Jenny Morgan has over 25 years of experience building successful, growth-oriented technology companies in the healthcare information technology market. Prior to joining basys, Jenny served as an Investment Principal at Sterling Partners, a top middle-market private equity firm with $4 billion of equity capital under management. Before joining Sterling Partners in 2006, Jenny was CEO of ViPS, Inc. (now General Dynamics Information Technology).

Jenny holds a MAS degree from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and a BA degree in Economics from Brandeis University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000, she was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® Award, and in 2005 she was named the Ernst & Young Maryland Entrepreneur of The Year. From 2001 to 2003, she received the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 award as CEO of one of Maryland’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies. Jenny served as Chair of the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 2012 to 2014 after serving on the Board 2009-2011. She is also a board member of Hamilton Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: HBK-US) and of Mirixa Corporation.


Louis Naviasky
Chief Executive Officer
Bayard Advertising Agency, Inc.

Louis Naviasky has overseen the agency’s development and growth from its typesetting roots to a creative and interactive media force in several vertical markets. Louis directs US and International operations with branches in 12 states, and key partnerships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Louis also leads the agencies internal investment and acquisition strategies, currently focused on developing new area of business capability in emerging digital and social channels.

In addition to his work at Bayard, Louis is active in charitable and philanthropic endeavors and has served as President of his Temple and Chairman of its award winning day camp, serving over 550 children in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Louis also co-chairs the UJA Federations Long Island President’s Council and serves on the board of the Children’s Medical Fund. He is an active member of the Marketing and Communications Committee for UJA Federation of Greater New York. Louis earned his BA from University of Maryland College Park and went on to study at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Robert Olsen, Carey '04
Senior Managing Director
Ankura

Robert Olsen is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Baltimore. He has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing complex cybersecurity and information technology enterprise risk management programs.

Prior to joining Ankura, Bob was a director/cyber risk and information security practice leader within Navigant’s disputes, forensics, and legal technology segment, which was acquired by Ankura in 2018. Prior to joining Navigant Bob was the CEO of Comprehensive Applied Security Solutions, which was acquired by Navigant Consulting. He founded and operated the company which provided enterprise risk management and technical cybersecurity services to commercial, government, and not-for-profit clients. Before this role, Bob was the CEO of North Star Group. He founded and operated the company that provided systems engineering and technical program management services to federal agencies. Prior to that, Bob was the VP, operations, and chief information officer at Corvis Corporation/Broadwing Communications. Bob also served in the United States Army as a squad leader for the 3rd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division


Jeffrey S. Olson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Urban Edge Properties

Mr. Olson joined Urban Edge Properties as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer when the company spun from Vornado Realty Trust in 2015. Mr. Olson served as Chief Executive Officer of Equity One, Inc. from 2006 to 2014. He was President of the Eastern and Western Regions of Kimco Realty Corporation from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Olson has a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a MS in Real Estate from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Olson is an Executive Board Member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and is Chair of the Real Estate Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Karen Appleton Page, Carey ’97
General Partner
B Capital Group

Karen Appleton Page is a General Partner at B Capital Group. She has experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor and board member. Known and respected as a business leader, Karen worked on the Enterprise GTM team at Apple, leading the commercial channel, strategic partners, the Mobility Partner Program and the Industry team. She was one of the founding executives at Box, leading GTM activities, defining Box’s approach to partnerships and business development, cultivating C-level relationships, strategic initiatives, and was the founder of Box.org. She is on the board of Plastiq, and Pickit, and a trustee at the Computer History Museum, Thorn and formerly, The Newseum. Karen’s angel investments include Werk, Glassbreakers, Elliot, Strype, RDMD, The Riveter, Mutiny, DogSpot, HarperWilde, O'hana and Wonderful Life.


Michael Poulos
Senior Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Michael J. Poulos has been a director of the TOUSA, Inc. since 2000. Mr. Poulos served as a director of Forethought Financial Group, Inc., a privately-held life insurance company, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Poulos served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Western National Corporation, a life insurance holding company, from 1993 until 1998 when he retired. Mr. Poulos worked for American General Corporation, from 1970 to 1993, and served as its President from 1981 to 1991 and as its Vice Chairman from 1991 to 1993. He also served as a Director of American General Corporation from 1980 to 1993; and again from 1998 to 2001.


Vinod Rustgi, SOM '79, Carey '08
Chief of GI/Hepatology
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Vinod K. Rustgi is a renowned hepatologist who serves as the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and the Clinical Director of Hepatology at UPMC.

As the co-author of five books, 82 articles, and over 130 abstracts, Dr. Rustgi’s work has been published in several leading journals in his field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Transplantation. He is a longstanding member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases where he also served on the Governing Board.

Dr. Rustgi earned his MD and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his medical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, his medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and gastroenterology fellowships at the Stanford University Medical Center and the Liver Diseases Section of the National Institute of Health. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Rustgi served as a clinical professor of medicine and surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at the Medical College of Virginia while practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital.


Emine Sandi, Carey ‘03
President
TSG Global Holdings

Ms. Cetinkaya-Sandi is an international executive with comprehensive experience in international business. Her expertise includes building corporate value, managing projects, identifying and implementing strategies to sustain growth for international companies. Ms. Cetinkaya-Sandi received her BS degree in finance and international business from Georgetown University. She has received her MBA degree in international business from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Christopher Schaper, Carey ’02
Chief Executive Officer
AIG RE

Mr. Schaper is the group CEO for AIG RE, the global reinsurance business of American International Group (AIG).  He is responsible for the implementation and execution of the firm’s global assumed reinsurance strategy with a focus on the development of innovative reinsurance and capital markets solutions. Prior, Mr. Schaper was the CEO of Victor Insurance Holdings, a division of Marsh and McLennan Companies (MMC), and the largest managing general underwriter in the world with locations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Bermuda. Previously, he served as President of Montpelier Re Ltd. and Underwriting Chairman of Blue Capital, Montpelier’s capital markets entity. Mr. Schaper has greater than 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry serving in executive leadership and board roles during his career.


Mark Shores, Carey ‘81
Vice President, Planning
ExxonMobil Corp.

Mark Shores is Planning Manager, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation located in Irving, Texas, since January 2014.

Mark began his career with Exxon in 1978 and held a variety of engineering, operations, sales and staff assignments in his early career. He has also held a variety of management positions in Investor Relations, Downstream Planning and Analysis and as Global Vice President of Retail Fuels. Before being appointed to his present position, he was the Senior Vice President, Global Business Units of ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mark is a member of the Advisory Board for the UC Davis, Institute for Transportation Studies, and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the International Energy Agency (IEA). He received a BS degree from the University of Maryland and holds a MS degree from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.


Pat Sidhu, Carey ’94
Co-Founder
The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement

Dr. Pat Sidhu is a serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated high levels of success in building and directing multiple thriving enterprises. His former leadership positions include Co-founder, Learn-it Systems, LLC;

Founder & CEO, Spectrum Solutions Group Inc.; Co-founder, President & COO of HiFusion, Inc.; and Co-founder, President & CFO Liberty Lending, Inc. One of Dr. Sidhu's ventures, Learn-it Systems, LLC, the largest provider of supplemental educational services under the No Child Left Behind Act, provided customized, outcomes-focused tutoring to over 40,000 students per week.

Overall, his ventures have employed over 15,000 individuals and have been recognized for providing rich experiential learning and leadership development opportunities. Dr. Sidhu has expertise in organizational and leadership development and has developed strategies for leading people in an increasingly connected global society. Dr. Sidhu received a BA from George Washington University in 1987, a MS in Finance from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 1993, and a PhD in Management from Southern California University in 1997.


Robert Valdes, Carey ’06
GMP Consultant
Biotech Resources Group

Robert (Bob) Valdes has over 25 years of biotechnology experience. Previously, he was the cofounder of Alliancebio, LLC serving clients in the US, EU, and east Asia. Prior to this start-up, Bob served as the Director of Large-Scale Manufacturing at Human Genome Sciences (acquired by GSK) where he oversaw the manufacture of Human Genome’s first commercial product Benlysta®, the first lupus drug to make it through US regulators in more than half a century. Prior to his 12-year tenure at Human Genome Sciences, he was employed by Lonza Biologics (US/UK) from 1994 to 2000 in various positions in biologics manufacturing, design, and engineering.

As a strong community citizen, Bob founded and operated RRMS Inc. for 12 years. RRMS was a nonprofit (501c3) benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis community in over 20 states.

Bob holds a MS degree from the University of Massachusetts and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He received his BA in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.


Robert Weinhold, Carey ’03
Chief Executive Officer
Fallston Group

Rob Weinhold founded and is the CEO for the Fallston Group, a Baltimore-based executive advisory firm designed to help organizations build, strengthen and defend their reputations.

Rob has worked on the core executive leadership team at all three levels of government and privately on Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s core executive team in Baltimore, Maryland. During his public service career, Rob most notably served in a sworn capacity for the Baltimore Police Department and was ultimately promoted through the ranks to Public Affairs Director. He also served as Chief of Staff for the United States Department of Justice and senior executive within Maryland’s Governor’s Office.

Rob authored in 2016 the nationally published author, The Art of Crisis Leadership. The book quickly rose to Amazon’s #1 release in both the Public Relations and Crisis Management categories while cracking the “Top 100” in the prestigious Leadership category. Rob was named a 2017 “Most Admired CEO” by The Daily Record. Rob earned his graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a BA from the University of Baltimore.


Andrea Weiss, Carey ’86
Founding Partner
The O Alliance, LLC

Andrea Weiss is co-founder of The O Alliance, a new consulting model designed to align a retailer’s organizational practices with today’s digitally savvy consumer.

Ms. Weiss has been a key player in retail’s transformation into the digital space; as part of GSI Commerce where she was a board member and served during its evolution and ultimate sale to eBay, as well as at L Brands, where she served as Chief Stores Officer. Recently, she has been behind the scenes of Chico’s, Pep Boys, Cracker Barrel and Nutrisystem, where she currently serves on the Boards of Directors. Ms. Weiss has served as President of retailer dELiA*s, Executive Vice President at The Limited, Inc. and Intimate Brands, Inc., and President of Retail at GUESS, Inc., where she helped lead the initial public offering for the global brand.

Ms. Weiss holds a MAS degree from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and graduated with a BA degree in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Hao Yu, Carey ’12 
Chief Executive Officer
QuanDx 

Mr. Yu currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at QuanDx, a personalized and precision diagnostic company. Mr. Yu previously worked at IFC where he focused on the strategy development and implementation focusing on agribusiness and trade logistics. Prior to his study at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, he worked as a senior analyst at Gao Fei Consulting, a private firm focusing on distressed assets investment in China. Responsible for four Non-Performing Loan portfolios, Mr. Yu actively engaged in portfolio reporting, financial modeling, and due diligence. Prior to Gao Fei, Mr. Yu conducted both transaction advisory and auditing engagements at Ernst & Young China for clients in pharmaceutical and financial services industries. In addition to his Global MBA degree from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Mr. Yu also obtained the BS in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.

Hao Yu currently serves as President of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Beijing Alumni club and has played an integral role in enhancing Carey’s alumni network in China.