Meet the EMBA Class of 2018

Meet the EMBA Class of 2018

Omid Aghazadeh
Founder & CEO
Speedlight, Inc.

Omid is the founder & CEO of Speedlight, Inc., a CD/DVD manufacturing company specializing in media production, printing and packaging. He also founded Daftstar, Inc., a music-driven video streaming platform. Prior to this, he was a fashion buyer for Peek & Cloppenburg KG, where he held several management roles in sales, consulting and alliance development. His clients included Fortune 500 companies, high-net worth individuals, partnerships and developers.

Omid earned a B.A. degree from University Suedwestfallen in Germany.



Rea Badillo Alim
Assistant Controller
LeVecke Corporation

Rea has more than 10 years of private and public accounting experience in the manufacturing, wholesale, healthcare and technology industries. She is the assistant controller for LeVecke Corporation, a wholesale distributor of beer and wine and rectifier of distilled spirits. She manages all finance and accounting activities supporting the company’s CFO. She also co-founded and manages Eastvale Senior Home Care, LLC, an assisted living facility.

Rea earned a B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.


Chinita Brazil
Project Accountant
Gehry Partners, LLP

Chinita is a project accountant at Gehry Partners, LLP, a full-service architectural design, development and management firm. She is responsible for the maintenance and management of architectural projects and employee administration. She previously served in the U.S. Army as a financial management technician. Prior to her military service, Chinita was a staff accountant for two manufacturing companies where she was responsible for financial statements, employee benefits, payroll, tax filings, and the accounts payable and receivable departments.

Chinita earned two bachelor degrees in accounting and finance from Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., and a master of accountancy from Kaplan University.


Toby Cavallari
Principle Systems Engineer
Integrity Applications Inc.

Toby has more than 20 years of experience in acquisition; program, engineering and risk management; strategy development; and mission assurance. Toby is a principle systems engineer at Integrity Applications Inc., an engineering and software services company. He is responsible for developing acquisition strategies, writing requests for proposals, and evaluating industry proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Toby earned a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering and an M.S. degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also an Air Force Level III-certified acquisition professional.



Aracely Cuadra
Business Development Manager

Aracely is an experienced sales and management professional. She is a business development manager for AT&T where she is responsible for the non-exclusive dealer channel. She provides management support for the Los Angeles market, and serves as department lead for identifying non-exclusive agents, executing contracts and measuring productivity. She also held management roles in authorized, company-owned and national retail.

Aracely earned a B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix. She received several awards from AT&T including the “President’s Award for Volunteerism” two years in a row.



Daniel Diamond
Assistant Vice President/Network Manager
Pacific Western Bank

Daniel is the assistant vice president/network manager for Pacific Western Bank, where he oversees operation of the company’s network in more than 115 locations. He executes company directives and manages development of network engineers. Prior to this, he served in leadership roles including director of information at Technologies Clinica de Ojos Ñahui (Peru); director of operations/information technologies at Missionary Society of St. Columban (Peru), and chief information officer/vice president of merchandising at Sysco Asia Foods (St. Paul, Minn.).

Daniel earned a B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.


Tara Faber
Strategic Account Manager
Align Technology, Inc.

Tara has more than 15 years of senior management consultative sales experience. She is a strategic account manager at Align Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices such as “Invisalign.” She oversees sales for the Los Angeles market, and develops and implements sales plans and strategies of key accounts. Prior to this, she was a senior territory business manager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vision Care (JJVC) division, where she strengthened relationships between JJVC and clinicians in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets; and managed such major accounts as MGM Resorts International, Costco and Target.

Tara earned a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Nevada.


Matthew Goldman
Business Development Manager

Matthew is a business development leader whose experience includes research institutions, Fortune 100 companies, universities and governments. He is currently a business development manager at Sprint, where he oversees growth, development and new business acquisition for the Los Angeles market. He leads new business programs and promotions, and serves as a mentor to new team members. Prior to this, he was a business development manager for FileMaker Inc. Matthew also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Matthew earned a B.A. degree from Emory University. He speaks German, Spanish and Arabic, and volunteers at the LGBT Center in Los Angeles.


Mike Gomez
Apparel Design & Merchandising Consultant

With more than 18 years of experience in energetic brands — from independent startups to global corporations — Mike is an apparel merchandising/design consultant specializing in men’s active, outdoor and surf wear. Before becoming a consultant, Mike was the men’s design director for RVCA Clothing, where he and his team enabled significant growth that garnered two “Men’s Apparel Brand of the Year” awards by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. Prior to this, he held production, design and management roles at Matrix Clothing.

Mike earned a B.A. degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Daniel Hernandez
Director of Sales & Operations

Daniel is an experienced sales and marketing leader, having managed high-value sales transactions for Fortune 100 companies. He is a director of sales & operations for PIRCH, a leading kitchen, bath and outdoor home products retailer. He leads the day-to-day sales and operations for the company’s showroom in Costa Mesa, Calif. In addition to the showroom, he also manages six departments and nearly 100 sales associates. Prior to this, he was branch manager for Enterprise in Torrance, Calif., where he enabled a 25 percent monthly growth rate of fleet assets.

Daniel earned a B.A. degree from Loyola Marymount University.



Meena Karnani
HR Business Partner

Meena is an experienced human resources (HR) professional with more than 10 years in human capital strategy. She is an HR business partner at ADP, where she provides strategic counsel to leadership and clients, addresses business issues, and supports ADP’s TotalSource division. Prior to this, she worked at Roth Staffing Companies and spent time in the entertainment industry.

Meena earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Certified Health Care Reform Specialist, and a Human Capital Strategist. She is also a member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.



Mona Kassem

Mona is the CEO of, a startup online entertainment news outlet. Before this, she served for the past 10 years as the editing manager of Shabab20 and Young Plus in Dubai, UAE, a monthly magazine consisting of two sections — an Arabic side (Shabab20) and an English side (YoungPlus). The magazines were sold throughout the Middle East, Australia, United States and Europe. Both publications contained the most current celebrity news, interviews of celebrities from Hollywood and the Middle East, investigative reporting, sports, fashion and more.

Mona earned a B.A. degree from Cairo University.



James Lee

James is an experienced sales and purchasing professional having managed more than $10 million in total transactions over his 12 year career. James is a manager at Hydraflow, an aerospace industry company, where he leads the procurement of vendors that provide supplies, machinery and equipment. He negotiates vendor contracts and establishes procedures between his company and each vendor. He also serves as department head of information technology. Prior to this, he served as a sales and account manager for JBT Motorsport.

James earned a B.S. degree from the University of Redlands.



Cherillyn Olivos
Corporate Compliance Officer
Central City Community Health Center

Cherillyn currently serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer for Central City Community Health Center. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Medicare Compliance for U.S. HealthWorks. She has also been a part of the compliance programs at City of Hope, Kaiser Permanente, and PIH. Her extensive work experience at prominent healthcare organizations have made her well-versed in identifying high-risk areas for potential healthcare fraud and HIPAA privacy violations.

Cherillyn earned her BSBA in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles.



Mark Peña
Regional Manager
Carr Workplaces

Mark is a regional manager at Carr Workplaces, a national company that provides high-end executive suite solutions for business clients. Mark is the sales, marketing and operations leader where he oversees a team of 30 people and manages revenues of more than $15 million annually. Prior to this, he was a senior agent with CA Realty and a transaction coordinator with Redfin. Mark is a veteran in real estate having conducted numerous residential transactions and commercial leases over the past eight years. His former clients included attorneys, financial advisors, media associates and sports management firms.

Mark earned a B.A. degree from San Jose State University.



Nancy Rink
Director of Operations
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Nancy Rink is the director of operations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is responsible for business administration, accounting and office operations of the California Southland Chapter of Los Angeles that raises $8 million annually. Prior to this, Nancy was the operations manager for the Moving Picture Company, a division of Technicolor. She previously served in management roles at The Bar Method, MAPP Alternative Asset Management Company, Robert Half, Capital IQ, Countrywide/Bank of America, and Deloitte and Touché.

Nancy earned a B.S. degree in accounting and a B.A. degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.




Gregory Root
Information Systems Talent Coordinator
Loma Linda University Medical Center

Gregory is an information systems talent coordinator for Loma Linda University Medical Center. He manages human resources (HR) for an information services department of more than 200 employees. He also serves as department head for talent development, recruitment, compensation, onboarding, career advancement, and creating/streamlining HR processes. Prior to this, he served as director of HR for Premium Healthcare Construction, product flow lines leader for Meijer and executive team leader for Target.

Gregory earned a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Badgers football team.



Jenny Sanchez
Customer Programs Advisor

Jenny is a customer programs advisor for SoCalGas where she is responsible for managing software projects for the workforce, education and training groups of the Energy Resource Center. She negotiates contracts with vendors, manages multiple cross-functional teams and is accountable for project budgets. Prior to this, she served as assistant manager for the Commercial Truck Division of Enterprise. During her years in customer services and sales, Jenny offered clients new approaches to problem solving, negotiating complex contracts and how to increase revenue and decrease expenses.

Jenny earned a B.S. degree in business administration from California State University, Long Beach.



Alexander Solomon

Alexander is an associate for BlackRock, a global investment management corporation, where he works with financial advisors to provide insights of financial markets. His work involves mutual funds, exchange traded funds, index funds and separately managed accounts. He works with firms such as Morgan Stanley, UBS Financial Services, RBC and Wells Fargo, and has achieved $360 million in sales. Alexander previously worked for Fisher Investments as a relationship manager. Before that, he worked with UBS Financial Services and Northwestern Mutual.

Alexander earned a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, where he was a member of the football team.



Samantha Spiers
Account Executive
Dell, Inc.

Samantha is an account executive for Dell Inc., where she is responsible for account strategy and management of commercial business for the Southern California region. She has been recognized for achieving the highest attainment of revenue in fiscal year 2016, and was named “Account Executive of the Quarter” for second quarter 2016. Prior to this, she was a sales account manager for K-12, state and local government and higher education customers in Southern California, and was responsible for $30 million in sales revenue.

Samantha earned a B.A. degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.



Scott Tiano
Adapt Solutions Inc.

Scott is the director of Adapt Solutions Inc., a family services company, where he is responsible for operations and administrating real estate, private collections and philanthropy services. Prior to this, he was director of executive protection for Vulcan, Inc., managing a multi-billion dollar estate for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Before this, he worked in the Middle East at Triple Canopy, Inc., providing U.S. diplomatic protection. He served on the security detail for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Scott is a graduate of American InterContinental University, and serves as executive director and board member of the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation.



Sasha Vitez
Director of North American Sales & Marketing 

Sasha is the director of North American sales and marketing for TIMWE, a global provider of mobile monetization solutions for mobile carriers, media groups and more. He develops business and go-to-market strategies for mobile operators, content and service providers in the mobile and entertainment industry. He was also a marketing and innovation manager for the company in Lisbon, where he served as market analyst and strategist, project and product manager, and led new initiatives. Before this, he held management roles with Heineken and L´Oréal.

Sasha earned a B.A. degree from ISCTE Business School, Lisbon, and speaks Portuguese, Serbian and French.



Andy Vu
Senior Director of Quality Assurance
MomentFeed, Inc.

Andy has 15 years of experience delivering high quality software solutions to businesses and consumers. He is a senior director of quality assurance for MomentFeed, Inc., a convergence platform provider for social media, mobile and local marketers. He oversees software quality and works with product management and development teams in delivering updates and new features for web and mobile devices. His career has focused on software development beginning at AOL, and most recently building tech startups. Prior to joining MomentFeed, he served as vice president of product at CitizenGlobal, and has built teams in the US and India.

Andy earned a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech.