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  • Vanessa Kent
    Accounting and Finance

    Studying in the Manning School of Business, Vanessa Kent has juggled a packed academic and extracurricular schedule with her commitment to the field hockey team.

  • Joanne Yestramski
    Business Administration

    As vice chancellor of finance and operations, Joanne overseas administrative departments such as accounting, facilities, human resources, budgeting, information technology, parking and more – all areas that keep the University humming.

  • Salmaan Kapadia
    Business Administration, Accounting

    For Salmaan Kapadia, giving back to the community has been a life-long endeavor that's rooted in family.

  • Chris Burns
    Accounting, Finance

    Rising sophomore Chris Burns, one of five UMass students to win a $10,000 William Bulger Presidential Scholarship, came into the Manning School of Business with a strong sense of purpose.

  • Briannah Larsen
    Marketing & Management

    Briannah Larsen came here to play Division I field hockey – and stayed for the business school and the Honors College.

  • Kadeem Davis
    Finance

    Kadeem Davis stepped out of his comfort zone to start the Black Student Union. He’s learned a lot about leadership and building an organization—and about the diverse interests of black students on campus.

  • Casey O'Neill
    Business, Accounting concentration

    Casey O’Neill didn’t originally want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and study accounting at UMass Lowell. Now that she has, she couldn’t be happier with her decision.

  • Thayse Mota
    Accounting

    For Thayse Mota transferring to UMass Lowell from Northern Essex Community College was a seamless process.

  • David  Laurello
    Electrical Engineering, master’s in Business Administration

    When it comes to education, David Laurello values lessons that translate to life on the job.

  • Davood Dashti
    International Business

    Davood Dashti’s love of photography helped him transition from home in Iran to college life in the United States. Now, the Manning School of Business student is focused on a professional photography career.

  • Linda Barg
    Finance & Marketing

    A deep-rooted desire for financial independence drives everything that Linda Barg does as a student in the Manning School of Business.

  • Matthew Johnson
    Management

    Management student Matthew Johnson entered the university in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and wanted to graduate with strong educational credentials and relevant job skills.

  • Kimberly Chao
    Manning School of Business, concentration in Accounting and Finance

    Kimberly Chao transferred to UMass Lowell where she was able to follow her two passions: business and health care

  • Catherine de Groot
    Marketing

    Catherine de Groot enjoys using her marketing skills to help nonprofits in Lowell.

  • Asad Elmi
    Business Administration

    Asad Elmi has long been fascinated by the financial world. Now that he’s been immersed in that world in a sales and marketing co-op position at Putnam Investments, he’s ready to make it a career.

  • Justin  Lawler
    Campus Recreation

    Justin Lawler's job as assistant director of campus recreation has him working while others play.

  • Shaymus Dunn
    Accounting

    Business student Shaymus Dunn got hands-on accounting experience – and an unexpected visit to the NASDAQ stock exchange – during his summer internship at EverQuote.

  • Yefry Matos
    Finance

    Yefry Matos came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at age 18, worked as a janitor to pay his way through community college and now has a banking job waiting for him at JPMorgan Chase & Co. after graduation.

  • Nisarg Jhaveri
    Business Administration

    Nisarg Jhaveri is learning all about global supply chain operations — and how to work remotely with colleagues in far-flung locations — in his summer internship with Dell Technologies.

  • Katie Sanchez
    Business Administration

    Katie Sanchez ’20 is a step closer to her goal of becoming a chartered financial analyst after being accepted into Boston Scientific’s financial leadership development program.

  • Thalia Petsis
    Business Administration - Finance, International Business

    Toronto native Thalia Petsis juggles Division I soccer with business studies — and a bevy of extracurricular leadership roles.

  • Daniel Schmith
    Entrepreneurship and Finance

    Daniel Schmith knows how to pace himself on the cross country and track teams. But when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s full speed ahead.

  • Mya Neary
    Entrepreneurship & Management

    Mya Neary won an honors fellowship to learn more about running an urban farming nonprofit. Now she’s volunteering with Mill City Grows while developing her own business plan.

  • Frank Stegnar
    Business Administration

    Toronto native Frank Stegnar excelled in the classroom and on the ice as an undergrad at UMass Lowell, so he chose to get his MBA online from the Manning School of Business.

  • Danielle  Poublon
    Marketing & Management

    Just as she does in the high jump, junior business major Danielle Poublon reached new heights during her operations management co-op at Raytheon.

  • Tommy Curtis
    Entrepreneurship and Marketing

    Tommy Curtis, who recently competed in his second Golden Gloves tournament, balances his studies in the Manning School of Business with training in the boxing ring.

  • Abigail Hans
    Marketing, Management

    Abigail Hans becomes the first student to represent Manning School of Business’ Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at the international business honor society’s Global Leadership Summit.

  • Angelica Lord
    Accounting

    Through hard work and determination, Angelica Lord became the first in her family to earn a college degree.

  • Louis Cirignano
    Business Administration

    A born entrepreneur who was tuning up old lawn mowers and selling them online at the age of 6, Louis Cirignano made the most of his opportunities at UMass Lowell. He’s using his degree in business administration to launch a financial management app that he developed through the DifferenceMaker program.

  • Twisha Mohapatra
    Business

    Twisha Mohapatra says her experiences in the River Hawk Scholars Academy and the Honors College have boosted her confidence, taught her leadership skills and set her up for academic success.

  • Daniel Parravano
    Finance

    Manning School of Business MBA student Daniel Parravano began working as a real estate agent as an undergraduate to help pay his way through school. Now he is ready to make his mark in the world of commercial real estate.

  • Nicole Hayek
    Marketing

    Nicole Hayek came to the Manning School of Business to prepare for a career in marketing. Along the way, she's been able to fulfill her passion for music.

  • Covington Bien-Aimé
    Business Administration

    Manning School of Business MBA coursework provided service learning opportunities to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, native Covington Bien-Aimé. He improved his team management skills, while working with students from many countries to give help to communities in need.

  • Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo
    Business Administration

    Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo is a full-time student and her family’s sole support. Yet she finds time to volunteer for causes she believes in.

  • Keviana-Joy George
    Marketing & Management

    Business administration major Keviana-Joy George transformed from a shy transfer student to an outgoing student leader who is on track for a career in human resources.

  • Andrea Patino Galindo
    Finance

    The Honors Program at Middlesex Community College helped Andrea Patino Galindo master English – and transfer to the Honors College at UMass Lowell.

  • Pranav Joshi
    Management Information Systems

    Pranav Joshi encourages incoming students to take advantage of the co-op program and the career-building seminars offered throughout the University.

  • Maylis Brito
    Finance

    Thanks to her co-op and internship experiences at Kronos, business administration major Maylis Brito has broadened her career options beyond her concentration in finance.

  • Matt Zablocki
    Business Administration

    Laid off from his job, Matt Zablocki used the setback as an opportunity to return to UMass Lowell and complete his undergraduate degree in business administration.

  • Bridget McSherry
    Accounting

    Bridget McSherry seized every opportunity she could while earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at UMass Lowell, and now she’s ready to begin her career at Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico.

  • Tyler Livingston
    Finance

    After a long-shot college basketball career as a walk-on player for the River Hawks, Tyler Livingston ’17 has taken his game overseas, where he’s gained a valuable global perspective.

  • Sopheak Mean
    Accounting & Finance

    The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell helped Manning School of Business student Sopheak Mean discover a path to college. Through his part-time work at the nonprofit organization, Mean is helping kids like himself from Lowell who may need guidance and mentorship.

  • Rachel Silk
    Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    Manning School of Business student Rachel Silk landed a professional co-op as a marketing events coordinator that has helped shape her future career plans.

  • Samantha Hamel
    Business Administration

    Through two co-ops and two internships, Samantha Hamel discovered her true professional calling — and landed the job of her choice before graduating.

  • Robert Leonard
    Business Administration

    In addition to his day job as a finance manager, Manning School of Business alumnus Robert Leonard ’16, ’18 hosts the “Millennial Investing” podcast, runs his own real estate investment firm and is about to launch an interactive online platform for real estate investors.

  • Matt  Murphy
    Finance & Accounting

    Matt Murphy quit vaping after a two-year addiction. Now he speaks out against teen vaping every chance he gets.

  • Gabriela Boscaja
    Management and Finance

    Boscaja's choice to attend college close to home gave her the opportunity to travel across the globe, making connections that will serve her well after graduation.

  • Benjamin Gacek
    Criminal Justice, Accounting

    A summer co-op inspired Benjamin Gacek to pick up a second major and pursue a career in forensic accounting.

  • Christopher Nunez
    Accounting & International Business

    Taking advantages of opportunities outside the classroom has helped Christopher Nunez succeed at UMass Lowell.

  • David Morton
    Business Administration & Political Science

    Whether it’s working to improve campus life as Student Government Association president or responding to an emergency call as a student EMT, David Morton has dedicated himself to making UML a better place.

  • Nicole Sambursky
    Chemical Engineering, Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship (MSITE)

    Nicole transferred from Middlesex Community College and has availed herself of opportunities for hands-on experience in her field and leadership at UMass Lowell.

  • Gianni Falzone
    Management, Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship

    Coming from a family of small business owners, entrepreneurship is Gianni Falzone's blood. To develop on his Bachelor's degree, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship.

  • Johnny Sann
    Finance, UMass Lowell Police Officer

    Officer Johnny Sann, who is closing in on his business degree, says volunteering at the Special Olympics gives him a better perspective on life.

  • Amanda Robinson
    Finance

    Amanda Robinson considers Jacquie Moloney a true role model. As a UMass Student Trustee, Robinson got to help her mentor become elected Chancellor of UMass Lowell.

  • Taniya Nayak
    Marketing

    From Fox Hall to your flat screen TV! Taniya Nayak can trace her interest in interior design to her days at UMass Lowell.

  • Emily Lara
    Business Administration

    Manning School of Business grad Emily Lara ’20 has been California dreamin’ for some time. Now her dream is coming true.

  • Christine Vaudo
    Business Analytics

    Christine Vaudo returned to school after a long gap to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Manning School of Business and then decided to pursue her master’s degree in business analytics.

  • Anna Jiang
    Finance

    As President of the UMass Lowell Chinese Students and Scholars Association, finance major Anna Jiang stays connected to her culture — while sharing it with others.

  • Moiz Khan
    Business Analytics

    Already on track for a successful marketing career in Pakistan, Moiz Khan has shifted gears to pursue a master’s in business analytics from the Manning School of Business.

  • Elise  Paugh
    Marketing, Management

    Elise Paugh found a study abroad program in Australia that allowed her to complete her required business courses, as well as work remotely for her co-op employer.

  • Andre Ragel
    Management

    Ever since moving to Lowell from the Philippines with his mom as a child, Andre Ragel has embraced a sink-or-swim attitude – one that carried the business administration major through a busy first year on campus.

  • Steffan Jackson
    Business Administration - Marketing, Management

    Steffan Jackson combines his business studies with his passion for community service to create Make-A-Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids in hardship situations.

  • Keana-Grace Danier
    Business Administration - Marketing, Management

    Participating in the 2017 Miss Massachusetts USA pageant helped bolster business student Keana-Grace Danier’s confidence and drive, which she sees helping her future sales career.

  • Kellsie Howard
    Business Administration - Finance, Management

    Kellsie Howard has managed to achieve a lot in her first two years in the Manning School of Business, including organizing a DECA competition, starting two clubs and working as a co-op at Putnam Investments.

  • Mayara Belasque
    Accounting

    Transferring from UMass Amherst, now an accounting major in the Manning School of Business, Belasque wants to become a certified public accountant, a profession she feels has limitless opportunities for success.

  • Tan Nhat Huynh
    Marketing, International Business

    UMass Lowell was love at first sight for business major Tan Nhat Nuynh, a native of Vietnam, who is making the most of his opportunities in and out of the classroom.

  • Hayley Buonodono
    Marketing

    As a merchandising co-op for TJX in Framingham, senior business administration major Hayley Buonodono of Amesbury took a giant step toward her career goal of working as a buyer in the retail industry.

  • Benjamin McEvoy
    Finance & Entrepreneurship

    Benjamin McEvoy has been racking up wins as a DifferenceMaker competitor with partner Edward Morante and their idea for an inclusive combination of baseball and cricket, Benji Ball.

  • Emoni Baffour
    Management

    Studying abroad in London convinced business student Emoni Baffour ’18 to return to the UK for graduate school and pursue her passion for a career in the fashion industry.

  • Kelly Michael Skelton
    Marketing & Management

    Business student Kelly Michael Skelton plans to earn his undergraduate and MBA degrees in just four years – and with zero debt – while juggling multiple jobs and extracurricular activities.

  • Andre DiFilippo
    Marketing & Management

    After making his mark at UML as Student Government Association president, Manning School of Business senior Andre DiFilippo is excited to get started on a sales career.

  • Abby McNulty
    Accounting

    Through the Manning School’s Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training (BEST) program, accounting major Abby McNulty developed a case study analysis of the Columbia Gas explosions for the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.

  • Mike Taskoski
    Business Administration

    As a technical program manager with the U.S. Navy, Mike Taskoski had his pick of MBA programs. He chose UMass Lowell based on the reputation of its online program.

  • Kelly Dankese
    Accounting

    As an accounting co-op at iRobot, business administration major Kelly Dankese of Wilmington discovered a symbiotic relationship between what she learned in the classroom and the work she was doing for the Bedford-based tech company.

  • Nadine Chamoun
    Business Administration

    Business student Nadine Chamoun, whose concentrations are in finance and management, stepped out of her comfort zone for an information technology system development internship at Needham Bank. And she’s glad she did.

  • Jeanine Buonopane
    Accounting

    Accounting major Jeanine Buonopane, who has cerebral palsy, plans to one day help people with disabilities learn to become more financially successful.

  • Chanelle Cruz
    Marketing

    During her six-month sales operations co-op at Kronos, business administration major Chanelle Cruz developed her Salesforce CRM problem-solving skills.

  • Sean Flaherty
    Finance

    After a life-changing health scare, Sean Flaherty recommitted himself to academics. He graduated from the Manning School of Business with a perfect 4.0 GPA and landed his “dream job” at a water sustainability company in New York.

  • Kevin Davis
    Accounting

    The accounting education Kevin Davis received at UMass Lowell gave him his foundation to become the controller of the hockey equipment supplier, Bauer Performance Sports

  • Lynn Le
    Finance, Music minor

    Finance major Lynn Le had to make some major adjustments when she started her co-op job, but she says it's one of the best experiences she's ever had.

  • Atthaphon Mumi
    Entrepreneurship

    With a dissertation on social media’s role in the entrepreneurial process, Thailand’s Atthaphon Mumi became the first graduate of the Manning School of Business’ Ph.D. in entrepreneurship program.

  • Roma Aurora
    Management Information Systems & Marketing

    Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.

  • Vladimir Saldana
    Finance and Management

    For Saldana, who is pursuing a dual concentration in finance and management and minoring in Spanish, the experience of studying overseas has helped expand his view of global business and cultures.

  • Riley Wetmore
    Management and Marketing

    Riley Wetmore balances classes and ice time as captain of the River Hawks hockey team.