2020-2021 Leadership Team
Feel free to email any of us if you have questions or just want to chat about life!
Current students can find our individual emails at https://secure.hbs.edu/classcards/search.do.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Before school: Engineer at Texas Instruments
Hobbies/activities: anything outdoors (sports, hiking, camping), reading a good book with a large mug of coffee, video games and board games, travel
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16
Advice for RC year: the first two months of RC year can seem crazy. Focus on finding ways to do whatever brings you joy and energy (including joining a CF small group 😊), and remember the reasons why you chose to come to HBS
Hometown: Edmonton, Canada
Before school: Engineer at Suncor Energy
Hobbies / Activities: Running, Hiking, Skiing
Favorite Bible verse/story: The story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem
Advice for RC year: Find a balance between doing things that push you out of your comfort zone, and things that energize you
Chief Financial Officer
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Before school: Real estate private equity at Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles. And before that, Real Estate Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in New York. Served on the board of an affordable housing non-profit. Graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
Hobbies / Activities: LOVE to cook (basically anything), hiking, basketball, running
Favorite Bible verse: The Parable of the Talents
Advice to incoming RCs: Come in knowing what your priorities are on day one. Family, social, academic, career, etc. HBS has a lot to offer and it’s really easy to get turned around once you start in August!
Hometown: Orlando, Floriday
Before school: U.S. Navy, Submarine Officer
Hobbies / Activities: Running, hiking, playing sports
Favorite Book of the Bible: Proverbs
Advice to incoming RCs: Don't take HBS too seriously
A.W and Courtney Simmons
Curriculum Development & Small Group Leaders
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Before school: Soldier
Hobbies: Skiing / Sailing
Favorite Bible Verse: Matt. 7:11 - " If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
Advice to incoming RCs: Life is short. Focus on relationships.
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Hobbies: Reading, Running, Cooking
Favorite Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17 - "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."
Advice to incoming RCs: HBS is a wonderful place for partners/spouses to grow in learning and relationships, too - don't be timid about jumping in!
Large Group Coordinator & Outreach
Hometown: Portland, OR
Before School: I worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing at Genentech
Hobbies / Activities: Riding my horse Sampson, playing tennis, hiking, finding the best coffee shops in any city I visit
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 37:3-6 “Believe in the eternal and do what is good – live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness. Take great joy in The Lord! His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires! Commit your path to The Lord; let Him direct you. Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you. He will spread out righteousness for you as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land; He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.”
Advice to incoming RCs: Don’t stress if you don’t find your “best friends” in the first few weeks of school, I made some of my closest friends during second semester. Continue to go to different social activities and try to meet new people throughout the year!
Hometown: Hudson, New Hampshire
Before school: Life sciences strategy consulting followed by M&A/Corporate Development in the dental space
Hobbies / Activities: Basketball, golf, lawn games & basically any sport, hiking, exercising, being an uncle, hanging out with friends
Favorite Bible verse or bible story: Mark 14:61-62. When Jesus publicly declares he is God to the Sanhedrin
Advice to incoming RCs: Join a small group and study the word in community!
Hometown – Richmond, VA
Before school – Spent 8 years in the US Navy as a submarine officer.
Hobbies / Activities – Surfing, skiing, collecting records
Favorite Bible verse or bible story – Psalm 4:4 “Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah” As a passionate and driven person it is sometimes very easy to become frustrated. This verse has been a constant challenge and reminder for me ever since I memorized it in high school. We see righteous anger in several persons throughout the bible, but the difference between Moses and Jesus was that in his anger, Jesus did not sin. With regard to the trials and frustrations of life, I hope someday to be more like Jesus and less like Moses.
Advice to incoming RCs – Find a community and commit to it, it can be a discussion group, roommates, or a club. The section is a wonderful and unique experience, but the deepest connections at HBS come from time spent in close community with others in smaller groups.
Large group leader & Outreach
Hometown: Kuching, Malaysia
Before school: I worked as a consultant with McKinsey in Atlanta and Tokyo
Hobbies / Activities: Cycling through new cities, exploring new sports/workouts
Favorite Bible verse or bible story: Psalm 23:4 — I keep this one extra close to my heart!
Advice to incoming RCs: HBS is an amazing time and place to bring forth the truest version of yourself as well as to test, experiment, rediscover and realign — cherish every moment!
Small Group Leader
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Before school: I was in the Navy
Hobbies / Activities: Climbing, skiing, reading, working out
Favorite Bible verse: John 1
Advice to incoming RCs: Take at least 30 minutes every day to slow down and reflect. Also, I got this advice from a mentor before I came up: Don't use your time at HBS to simply be successful at HBS. Use that time to become the person you want to be after HBS
Campus Staff Minister
Hometown: Geneva, OH
Before HBS: 10 years pastor at Highrock, 1 year hospital chaplain at Brigham and Women's Hospital, currently Wing Chaplain in the Rhode Island Air National Guard
Hobbies/Activities: Watching sports, traveling and watching tv with my wife, Jodi
Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.", 1 John 4:11-12 "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
Advice for RC year: Be curious in how God is all around you, especially in the people you'll meet
Small Group Leader
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fl
Before school: High School Teacher, Harvard Medical School
Hobbies/activities: Playing ball, reading philosophy, mentoring high school students, trying to get Stephen Breedon to hang out with me, caring for my afro
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 1
Advice for RC year: Don’t lose sight of your personal narrative and unique passions that led you to business school. Continue to make time for loved ones and friends, and trust me, you’ll be okay if you never actually learn finance or accounting…
Small Group Leader
Hometown – Queens, NY + Lima, Peru + Ft Lauderdale, FL
Before school – E-commerce Strategy @ Johnson & Johnson, Marketing @ General Mills
Hobbies / Activities – reading, Netflix, mentoring, traveling
Favorite Bible verse or bible story – I love the book of Esther. It’s such an empowering story of faith and courage.
Advice to incoming RCs -- Remember that everything (x classes) in b-school is optional so don’t overload yourself with activities and commitments because it feels like you “have to” or for FOMO. Pray over tough decision-making but make sure you leave enough room in your schedule to connect with others and truly relax 😊
Small Group Leader
Hometown: Catharpin, VA
Before school: I worked in healthcare private equity in Chicago at Linden Capital Partners and prior to that I worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley. I began my career as a professional ballet dancer at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.
Hobbies / Activities : Outside of work and school I spend most of my time with my wife and our two young boys. I also love running, serve on the board of directors at the Joffrey Ballet
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose”
My advise to incoming RC’s: set a few goals and priorities for yourself as the academic year starts. It is easy to feel busy quickly with all of the classes and activities you can involve yourself in so setting a few goals at the beginning of the year and using those goals to set priorities can go a long way towards making sure you get what you most want out of the MBA experience.
Small Group Leader
Hometown: Lagos Nigeria
Before school: consulting
Hobbies / Activities: Music, cooking
Favorite Bible verse or bible story: Jude v 24-25
Advice to incoming RCs: Trust God, be yourself
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