Meet the EMBA Class of 2019
Emil is an entrepreneur specializing in development and branding for startups. He is co-founder of Grounded Productions, an entertainment and event production company in Los Angeles, where he oversees production management, business development, branding and marketing.
He previously served as a marketing consultant for Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and a performance improvement manager at A&P Home Health. Emil received his bachelor’s degree in management of organizations and financial management from Saint-Petersburg Institute of Foreign Economic Relations, Economics and Law in Armenia.
Ruth is the founder and CEO of Plant A Seed, a non-profit that supports women and children in Cameroon, Africa. She oversees the organization’s vision, strategy, policies, fundraising and partnerships. She also works with Engineers Without Borders to provide clean water to villages in Cameroon.
Ruth is also a producer for features and short films with independent companies. She has acted on TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ruth has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, East Bay.
Executive Vice President
Al-Siraj United Holding Company
Omar is also the COO and co-founder of Douroosi, a platform that pairs Middle Eastern children with tutors from the Middle East, United States and United Kingdom so they can receive a high-quality education. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Syracuse University.
Regional Operations Manager
Confidential Bail Bonds Corporation
Hector is the executive director of Inka Franchise Corporation, the parent company of El Pollo Inka, Pollo Inka Express and Inka Wasi, a national chain of family-owned Peruvian restaurants. He brings experience in operations, project management, employee development, human resources, website and social media management, finance and marketing. He also co-founded Inka Cares, the company’s charitable component, and is a member of the International Franchise Association.
Hector has a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from UCLA and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University.
Willie is the director of product management at Symmetry Electronics, a semiconductor distributor of wireless and video components. He oversees the product marketing and operations teams. His experience includes asset management, quality management, customer relations, purchasing and supplier negotiations.
Willie received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Gladys is an administrative manager for Cathay Pacific Airways where she is responsible for more than 100 service agents supporting worldwide customers. Her budget and recordkeeping innovations have been responsible for streamlining operations, improving crew morale and increasing profit margins.
She is also the founder and CEO of Midnight Bite Pizzeria in Manila, Philippines. She oversees operations, human resources and distribution of financial and physical resources. She serves on the company’s board and supports the local community.
Gladys received her bachelor’s degree in global studies from UCLA.
Assistant Vice President
City National Bank
He previously worked with RBC Insurance as a senior financial analyst. Ricardo received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University.
Global Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
Prior to Rapiscan Systems, he worked at Zodiac Aerospace where he managed the Los Angeles facility’s strategic quality plan and quality management system. Kevin has a master’s degree in quality assurance from California State University, Dominquez Hills, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from California State University, Long Beach.
Warhol and Consultants
Previously, he was general manager for LUKOIL, an oil company in Eastern Europe where he optimized company processes and structures that improved performance, built international teams, created short-and long-run strategies, and developed road maps.
Ignas received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vilnius University in Lithuania.
Erika is an accounting manager for Delta Galil Premium Brands supporting fashion brands such as 7 for All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss. In this role, she is responsible for financial reports, audits, budget reviews and staff development.
She previously held accounting and finance positions with 20th Century Fox, Burson-Marsteller, and in the manufacturing and commercial real estate industries.
Erika has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis from the University of Colorado where she was a member of the snowboard team. She also studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Edan is the general manager of EDN Aviation Inc., a Velocity Aerospace Group Company. He oversees production and operations, budget management, profit and loss, and an FAA-approved repair and manufacturing facility. Previously, he served as director of business development where he led the expansion of a rapid product line, cultivated new capital acquisition and established a federal contracts division.
Edan has a bachelor’s degree in product development from The Art Institute in Orange County, Calif. He also taught STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in rural Uganda where he helped to establish a primary school.
Daria is a senior account executive for the Los Angeles Times where she provides digital marketing and advertising solutions for clients. She was previously a senior manager of digital ideation for the Times and Tribune Publishing.
Daria began her career at Los Angeles FM radio stations KOST 103.5 and KBIG 104.3, where she held positions in marketing and promotions. She later became the integrated marketing manager for Clear Channel Radio.
Daria received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Chapman University.
Lucia is a store team leader at Target Corporation where she manages operations, profitability, team satisfaction and guest loyalty. She also oversees six executive team leaders with 175 team members.
Previously, Lucia served as a senior executive team leader and executive team leader. In both roles, she led the highest sales mix in apparel and accessories, and led operational excellence for her sales district. Lucia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
She previously managed corporate operations for an artisanal gelato company in Irvine, Calif., where she oversaw franchising, manager training and administration.
Saba received her bachelor’s degree in economics and administrative studies from the University of California, Riverside. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Professionals and the Project Management Institute where she volunteers as a survey coordinator for the organization’s Los Angeles chapter.
Melissa is EVP and head of original series development for New Form, an original content entertainment studio. She oversees strategic development and production of new comedy, drama pilots and series as well as New Form’s creative vision.
Associate Director of Student Services
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Mia received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UCLA.
Kary is an investment consultant with Cetera Financial Group where he provides customer service and analysis for retail banking customers, and leads client account management, retention and acquisition.
Prior to Cetera, he worked in financial advising roles for Scottrade, Inc., Bank of America, Wells Fargo Advisors and JP Morgan Chase. Kary received his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston.
Director of Content Services
Prior to Vubiquity, Sean worked at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in client operations working with retailers Target, CD Warehouse and wholesale suppliers. He also worked at ABC affiliate WWSB in Sarasota, Fla., and in the wine industry.
Sean has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Alyssa van Hinte
Alyssa is the director of customer relations and business development at SoftScript, a medical dictation and transcription company. In this role, she oversees customer service, system issues, workload updates, workflow, sourcing, marketing, sales and IT management.
She previously worked for Indie Cosmetic Brands where she helped drive consumer awareness of the cosmetics market, and grew brand equity through traditional and social media placements.
Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree in information systems with a business and communications concentration from Arizona State University.
Director of Human Resources
Prior to CoBird, Jacki was a TV advertising executive at Hallmark Channel, and then transitioned to digital advertising at Viacom Inc., where she managed clients such as Disney, Paramount Pictures, Apple and Nordstrom. She later left the corporate world for Silicon Beach where she discovered her entrepreneurial passion for startups.
Jacki has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Loyola Marymount University.