Career Advisory Committee
Career Development Office
The Career Advisory Committee is an expert resource on industry trends. Insights gathered from the committee advance Johns Hopkins Carey Business School students’ readiness to join a competitive, global marketplace.
Anna Fitzgibbon, Carey Business School ‘18
Anna Fitzgibbon is the founder and owner of OutGrowth, a company that partners students with socially-conscious farm businesses for out-of-the-ofﬁce internships. With a strong focus on experiential learning, social impact and purpose-driven professional development, OutGrowth strengthens businesses while growing the next generation of leaders and environmental stewards. Outside of OutGrowth, Fitzgibbon is a corporate wellness and ﬁtness coach, a recent MBA graduate of Carey Business School, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and an avid traveler. Wholeheartedly believing in the value of adventure, she spent ﬁve years post-undergrad traveling through 25 countries while working in the education, event, theatre, hospitality and adventure tourism sectors. Fitzgibbon started her career in higher education at Johns Hopkins University before transitioning into entrepreneur life.
Carrie Stein, Carey Business School ‘12
Director of clinical informatics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Carrie Stein, RN, MSN, MBA, is director of clinical informatics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Stein has led clinical system readiness projects across Johns Hopkins Medicine, including preparing JHM entities for implementations of an enterprise EMR and co-chairing JHM’s Business Continuity Access Steering Committee, ensuring user and leadership preparedness and safe care during technology outages. Stein co-chairs the JHM Patient and Family-centered Design Work Group which ensures that the JHM patient portal and bedside tablets contain patient-facing material that meets best practice and JHM standards.
At Hopkins Bayview, Stein mentors the informatics team responsible for supporting users of our electronic medical record and for ensuring that staff and faculty use clinical information systems safely and effectively. She is active on the Health IT Safety Action Team coordinated by the Armstrong Institute and co-founded the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center MERIT Medication Safety Event Committee with colleagues Dr. Amy Knight and Dr. Isha John. Stein holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and presents regularly at the annual Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics conference. Stein is a pediatric nurse practitioner, having practiced at pediatric centers of excellence in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Stein attended University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate and graduate nursing studies and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School for her graduate business degree. Stein is a certified RT-200 yoga instructor.
Chuck Amos, Carey Business School ‘12
Director of quality innovation, National Quality Forum
Chuck Amos is a health care quality professional who builds bridges between patient care, administration, and technology. He is director of quality innovation at the National Quality Forum, where he uses his experience in the hospital and ambulatory settings to shape quality metrics at the national level. Before moving into health quality in 2011, he spent a decade working as a systems analyst on EMR systems at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Amos has his MBA in Medical Services Management from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and his BS in Health Care Information Systems.
Managing partner, Tuscany Strategy Consulting
David founded Tuscany Strategy Consulting in 2007 with the goal of building a consulting firm that delivers high-impact strategy from a practical, operational perspective. For over twenty-six years, David has been involved in growth-oriented operating roles involving new market expansion, product launches, turnarounds, acquisitions, and startups. Throughout his career, David has developed analytic tools designed to improve decision making and align products with underlying customer needs. These tools focus on demand discovery, pricing, consumer switching behavior, product positioning, market efficiency, and value proposition design. Since its founding, originally located in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood of Baltimore, the firm has developed a national client base serving leaders in corporations, universities, startups, and non-profit organizations.
Prior to founding Tuscany, David served as Vice President of Business Development for Laureate Education where he vetted business opportunities and later served as the Vice President of Admissions and Marketing for Kendall College in Chicago. While at Kendall, he launched the college’s undergraduate business program, developed international transfer programs, introduced in-person-online hybrid programs, and oversaw an enrollment increase from 550 to 1,500 students.
Before joining Laureate, David served as Director of New Business Development for Educate, Inc., where he launched what became the nation’s largest supplemental education service offered under No Child Left Behind. Within three years from launch, this award-winning program reached over 25,000 students across 29 states. David has also served as Vice President of Product Management for Mindsurf Networks, Director of eLearning at Caliber Learning Network, and a Program Officer at the Abell Foundation. David began his career working in neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. David holds an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College, Annapolis.
Director, Calvert Impact Capital
Shantz believes in challenging the status quo and that people drive change! Over his 15-year career, Shantz has a proven track record of fundraising at Fortune 500 companies and boutique asset management firms. In addition, Shantz has been a leader and change agent for driving growth within sales organizations. As the director of advisor relations, Shantz leads Calvert Impact Capital’s family office and advisor outreach. His goal is to educate advisors on "best in class" investment opportunities that blend competitive financial returns with meaningful social impact.
Ian Lee Brown, Carey ‘99
Vice-President, Erikson Living
Brown is VP for organizational development at Erickson Living, a national leader, developer and operator of senior living services. In this role, he leads company-wide services in the areas of leadership development, staff and organizational development, management improvement, and employee engagement. Additionally, he leads the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to his current role, Brown served Erickson in various executive director roles, overseeing large-scale retirement campuses with over 1,200 staff, 2,000 residents and managing budgets exceeding $200 million. Prior to his role at Erickson, he held leadership capacities at other retirement living and healthcare companies successfully.
Brown completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College in New York. He earned a MLS at Chicago’s Lake Forest College and both a MS in Organizational Development and graduate certificate in Senior Housing and Health Care from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He also spent a year in the Mid-Atlantic Health Leadership Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Principal information security program specialist, U.S. Senate
Faculty, University of Maryland Global Campus and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
John Holmblad is a highly regarded Internet and information technology business executive, educator, entrepreneur, industry consultant, and systems technology leader. Holmblad is currently employed as a principal information security program specialist at the US Senate and as a professor on the teaching faculty at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Carey Business School where he teaches risk management and information security.
Holmblad has built an extensive track record of success in profit and loss focused executive management within the telecommunications industry, and he has served in executive leadership positions within Aleron, Diveo Broadband Networks Inc., Global One, Alcatel, Sprint, Verizon (formerly GTE), and Telenet Communications Corporation. His corporate leadership responsibilities have encompassed GD/CEO, COO, CTO, GM, marketing, engineering, IT, and research and development roles. His career in telecommunications has been spent entirely with companies whose geographic reach is either global or pan-regional and which have served as leaders in pushing the envelope of broadband telecommunications, cloud computing, and Internet services and products. Beginning with Telenet, which commercialized the highly successful Internet technology of packet switching/routing and e-mail, to his time at Diveo when he led the deployment of fixed wireless broadband Internet and Cloud Data Center services in Latin America/South America, John has advanced the leading edge of telecommunications product and services conceptualization, design, development, implementation, and operation.
Kavindee Edirrisinghe, Carey Business School ‘18
Project manager, Legg Mason
Kavindee Edirrisinghe is the lead project manager for Legg Mason’s U.S. Private Bank and Wealth Management divisions. She currently serves as the co-chair for Legg Mason’s Employee Resource Group Leadership Network which involves providing direction and developmental opportunities to Chairpersons of the company’s 10 Employee Resource Groups. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Edirrisinghe was an investment specialist at JB Financial (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka, where she focused on high net worth client acquisition and assisted clients in the realms of financial planning and portfolio management. Edirrisinghe discovered her passion for the financial services industry through her experience as an equity, mutual fund, and options trader at Fidelity Investments upon graduation from college. Her background involves travelling the world to Sri Lanka, Australia, and America to pursue careers in finance and sales. Edirrisinghe’s favorite aspect of her travels and career has been the opportunity to learn how social interactions, preferences, and motivators change globally across financial markets. Kavindee earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Denver (Summa Cum Laude), a financial modeling pathway from the Wharton School, and an MBA from Carey Business School.
Rajat Parashar, Carey Business School ‘17
Investment banking associate, Ernst & Young
Rajat is an Investment Banking Associate in the healthcare group at Ernst & Young. He graduated with his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on full scholarship and was on the Dean’s List during his time at business school. Growing up, Rajat attended an Irish Catholic school in India and subsequently graduated with an engineering degree with Honors.
He also served as the Student Body Vice President during his first year of business school and as the President of the Investment Banking Association during his second year of business school.
During his time at Hopkins, Rajat invited several high profile professionals from across the industry to share their experiences with the students from all programs at Hopkins. Currently, Rajat is actively engaged in mentoring students from Hopkins and helping them connect with industry leaders. During his free time Rajat enjoys networking and is trying to devote more time to his two new hobbies - reading and running.
Robert W. Crosby, Carey ‘00
Asset records management manager, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Robert W. Crosby, P.E. is manager of asset records management at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, an Exelon Company, where he is responsible for the company’s physical infrastructure systems of record. He has 28 years’ experience with BGE after having spent the previous 11 years with First Energy in Ohio. Prior to his current position, he held leadership roles in the areas of electric and gas distribution systems design, major accounts management, and energy conservation programs. Crosby has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from Carey Business School. He is a registered professional engineer in Maryland and Ohio. Crosby is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, having served on several engineering committees and councils, as well as the international society’s Board of Directors. He is a graduate and past board member of Leadership Anne Arundel, a non-profit leadership and training organization focused on community centered leadership in Anne Arundel County. Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Garrett Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund, an organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic Baltimore landmark.
Sarah Flammang, Carey Business School ‘14
VP of operation and administration, Baltimore Corps
As the Vice President of Operations and Administration, Sarah oversees all administrative and operational functions and activities at Baltimore Corps. She directs organization-wide collaboration on processes and systems across departments to ensure the organizations' operations are efficient and effective and in compliance with company policies. As a member of the executive team, Sarah works closely with the CEO, CFO, VP of Programs to drive organizational strategy and ensures the organization's management systems is in compliance with all federal and local laws.
Sarah strives to realize the vision of a more connected and collaborative city by growing and retaining talented individuals in Baltimore. In her over five years at Baltimore Corps, she has supported the growth and development of the organization and network of talented individuals by building the organization’s partnerships from start-up to a systematized model. Her efforts to create opportunities in her professional capacity are a natural extension of her work while still an MBA student, where she created opportunities for students to make a positive impact in the city by engaging with the community and the environment. Prior to coming to Baltimore Corps, Sarah was a geologist for EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.. She also served as a Climate Corps Fellow through the Environmental Defense Fund, where she focused on energy efficiency and sustainability projects at Lincoln University. Sarah holds a B.S. in Geoscience from Denison University and an M.B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School with a concentration in entrepreneurship and focus on Business with Humanity in Mind.
Business development and talent acquisition, Mindgrub
After graduating with a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech, Sean Pennington started his career in multi-family real estate. During that time he recognized the gaps in PropTech and wanted to contribute to the development of industry-changing tools. He now runs special operations at Mindgrub where he is focused on the overall growth of the company. He manages talent acquisition, works to capture new business, and creatively assists the marketing team.
Pennington examines the bigger picture and analyzes long-term impacts each hire will have on the business. He also takes great care in determining how an individual will fit into the organization. Pennington has facilitated over 100 hires since he joined Mindgrub in 2016 and is very excited about the future of the company.
Outside of special operations, Pennington enjoys staying active, plays a lot of music, and loves to travel. He is a committee member on the Maryland Tech Council’s Young Professional Society. Pennington also enjoys reading books like Zag and Blue Ocean Strategy and is currently taking design thinking courses at Carey Business School.
Supriya Ghosh, Carey Business School ‘06
VP, MirLogic Solutions Corp
Supriya Ghosh is VP of MirLogic Solutions Corp, in Alexandria, Va. He is a thought leader, enterprise architect and training subject matter expert. He is leading the creation of MirAcademy, a professional and technology management training solution for commercial and government organizations.
Over the years, Ghosh has worked at various large and small firms, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin, along with working for his own company. He has provided subject matter expertise on a breadth of topics that includes cloud computing, architecture strategy, agile development, records management, net-centric technologies, systems integration and information consulting.
Ghosh has published various books and publications, and one of his books is currently selling on Amazon. Ghosh has always believed in simple American values even though he has resided in different areas around the globe. He received his BS from the California Institute of Technology and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. He spent his early career in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles as a propulsion engineer building rockets. He then founded a multimedia consulting firm, connecting Hollywood with the digital information industry. For the past number of years, he has been consulting and advising the federal government and has led various technology transformation initiatives. He received an MBA. from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.
Ghosh is a technical advisory board member to a service-disabled veteran owned small business company.
Syedmehdi (Mehdi) Rizvi, Carey Business School ‘16
Sr. performance improvement consultant and emergency management process improvement advisor, Johns Hopkins Health System
Mehdi Rizvi is the Johns Hopkins Health System’s Sr. performance improvement consultant and emergency management process improvement advisor. In this dual role, Rizvi uses his combined clinical and management background along with machine learning tools to create continued and sustainable impact. He is responsible for leading the discovery, development and implementation of system-wide transformational changes that impact quality and operational efficiency, while addressing the preparedness and recovery efforts of disaster events. Rizvi’s day-to-day work involves increasing quality of care, improving processes of sentinel event-related reporting and root cause analysis, making patient throughput more efficient, optimizing supply chain and labor management, and designing clinical decision tools for patients. He is also an instructor of Disaster Management and Stop the Bleed courses to Johns Hopkins clinicians and others. In his spare time he volunteers for the international medico-humanitarian organization IMI, and serves as a board member for the Hopkins Biotech Network. Rizvi has also done pro-bono work for the National Institute of Health, National Kidney Foundation, Cancer Support Group and Jewish Community Center and was the co-founder of the Private Equity and Venture Capital organization at Carey Business School.
Manager of talent acquisition and development, MGM National Harbor
Theresa Cinalli is an experienced human resources professional with a distinguished background in the gaming and hospitality industries. She is currently the manager of talent acquisition and development at MGM National Harbor. Cinalli’s team oversees staffing for over 3500 employees on property in addition to all pre-employment, onboarding and training processes. She is an advocate of diversity and inclusion and believes the core to any successful company is a strong culture. Cinalli serves as the chair of her Employee Network Group: Women Elevating Women. Having this outlet has allowed her to connect with team members and built strong, inspirational relationships. When she is not working, Cinalli is on the board of the Tantallon Community Players, a local non-profit theatre company, supporting their fundraising efforts and performing in local productions. Despite Cinalli’s previous education in architecture and interior design, she is completing her Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from Capella University and looks forward to pursuing her MBA.
Tom Tiefenworth, Carey Business School Student
Vice president and data analyst, Legg Mason
Tom Tiefenworth is the lead technologist on the Compliance Analytics Team where he leads a team that works to expand the analytical capabilities of the firm by leveraging additional technology for data-driven outcomes and insights. The team leverages a variety of business intelligence tools and open source software packages, such as R and Python, to shed light on these insights. He is a member of Legg’s AI Task Force, where he works to deploy RPA and machine learning solutions throughout the firm and the Blockchain Working Group, with a focus on blockchain based assets. In addition, Tiefenworth is on the Looking Outward Committee that explores disruptive trends and technologies that can impact the asset management industry.
Previously, he oversaw the reporting and business intelligence platform at Social Solutions, a local startup that provided performance management software for human service organizations.
He holds a BS in Business Administration from Towson University and is working on an MS in Business Analytics and Risk Management from Carey Business School.