ALFREDA P. ROBINSON AWARD
Awarded to the minority student graduating with the highest GPA
2014 & 2015
Dasheeda Dawson Specialized in Marketing as well as Management & Business Strategy. She received summer interships offers from Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, a first in the history of the full-time program. She ultimately completed her summer 2010 internship at J&J.
As Co-President of the Rutgers Black & Hispanic MBA Association, she raised the bar for student-lead initiatives, planning and execution of meaningful events that have been both engaging and educational for the entire MBA community. These events included: 1st Annual Diversity Day, co-hosted with the Office of Admissions, a book signing and lecture by RBS's own Dr. Jeffrey Robinson and Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of the NBC's "The Apprentice", a fall conference with several speaker panels and career fair preparation session for all MBA students, In the spring of 2010, Dasheeda recognized a need for greater communication between the student body and the RBS administration regarding the academic curriculum. Subsequently, she founded and chaired the RBS Student Academic Affairs Committee comprised of graduate student leaders representing all of the major departments. The committee provided key recommendations for modifications of the existing academic program which has enhanced the quality of the MBA program.
Dasheeda was also a teaching assistant for the largest undergraduate course at RBS, Business Forum. She was one of six students to represent the business school in its new "Think Rutgers MBA" billboard campaign. Dasheeda was an RBS Admissions Ambassador, attending several open houses as well as representing the school at the World MBA Tour in NYC. She is an active member of Rutger's Women in Business and the Rutgers Association of Marketing & Strategy.
Dasheeda is currently President and Founder of Mary Jane Marketing. A company specializing in the marketing of cannabis.
2013 & 2014
2018 - 2019
Cristhian Alonso is an MBA candidate concentrating in Finance and Pharmaceutical Management. Prior to Business School, he worked for seven years in the retail mortgage industry managing four offices across the Northeast. He interned at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a contractor for Merck in their Market Access Groups.
Cristhian is a Finance Manager, R&D - Global Clinical Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Our 2016 - ELH Foundation Fellowship recipient is Crystal Bumhira – A graduate of Kennesaw State U, Georgia – Michael J Coles College Business with a degree in International Business Marketing. Crystal worked for 2.5 years as a sales operation analyst and Asst Branch Mgr for Hertz. She is focusing on supply chain management. Crystal is working for Intel in Singapore as a Commodity Manager. On a personal note, Crystal and her husband welcomed a baby boy into their life right before moving to Sinapore. You go girl!
Deena Marchan is the 2019 winner of the Alfreda P Robinson Award. Deena Marchan is currently in the position of Relationship Partner with Morgan Stanley. She has been with the company for seven years, where she started as a Wealth Management Associate. In addition to her work at Morgan Stanley and her studies at RBS, Deena is the mother of two boys aged 6 and 12 years old. Prior to completing her course work at RBS to receive her MBA, Deena received a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Book Grant Recipients
In January, WeyniNazon completed her MBA at Rutgers with concentrations in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Weyni also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Over the past 12 years, she has worked at Goldman Sachs delivering proven technology solutions in a number of roles including enterprise architecture,product management and risk management. She is currently a Vice President in the Technology Division with oversight of various projects for the Private Wealth Management business unit. Leveraging her academic foundation and technical experience, Weyni seeks to manage larger solutions and increase her responsibilities at the corporate level.
Weyni is chapter president of her alma mater’s alumni association and is affiliated with the Project Management Institute and the Risk Management Association of New York. She volunteers with Big Brother Big Sister and is actively involved with Goldman Sachs’ diversity efforts.
On a personal note, during her studies at Rutgers,Weyni and her husband started a family by welcoming a baby girl. Weyni was born in Jamaica and currently resides in New Jersey.”.
Recent Edmund L Houston Foundation Fellowship Recipients
Sean earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. During his tenure at Rutgers, Sean served as an Account Executive for the award winning college newspaper, The Daily Targum, before being promoted to the position of Business Manager his senior year. Upon graduation, Sean accepted a position with Time, Inc. as a Production Associate. In this position, Sean worked in various functions of magazine publishing (i.e. advertising, finance, and production). Looking for a change of pace after a few years in the publishing world, Sean decided to enter the pharmaceutical industry. Starting his pharmaceutical career with the private firm Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Sean quickly moved through the ranks to Cardiovascular Sales Specialist while also serving as District Sales Trainer. After a few years of success with Reliant, Sean decided to move to one of the larger firms within the industry, Sanofi Aventis. Within a year, Sean was promoted to Medical Center Sales Professional as part of the Metabolism sales team. He worked to help provide solutions for better diabetes care within various hospitals throughout lower Manhattan.
During his time at RBS, Sean has served in leadership roles in both the Black & Hispanic MBA Association and Team MBA, a volunteer service organization, serving as Co-President in both student clubs. In collaboration with a fellow classmate, Sean helped to form Team MBA as an official student organization at the school and helped to shape the vision for what community service and volunteerism means for RBS students. In addition, Sean served as the Senator for the Student Government Association and is the recipient of the Ralph J. Bunche Fellowship.
Sean is currently a clinical specialist with Corcept Therapeutics.
Our 2014 and 2015 Book Grant recipient is Crystal Orr – A 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA degree in Business Administration. Crystal started her career in marketing and events coordination. She worked for Revolt Media & TV as a Marketing intern, the NY Jet in Corporate Partnerships, as a Brand Ambassador with Van Wagner Sports Group and as an Event Coordinator with Jay Morrison/Project Culture Change.
Crystal is a Business Analyst III- ELDP at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Joseph is currenting working for Merck, acting as a team lead for Global Market Access and Analytics team in multiple markets in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
Constructing Excel models using IBM Cognos to allow country/regional teams to quickly and accurately report and reference prices for timely product launches, or to prevent sales stoppages. Supporting the Global Pricing team with data analytics, including retrospective analysis of historic pricing decisions, volume of products sold, and sales data to serve as analogs for future pricing decisions. Joseph interned at PIM where he created a financial balanced scorecard that was used by Finance Manager to measure overall performance and efficiency of five stand-alone manufacturing processes.
Olga Marino graduated with a Masters of Business Administration and a concentration in Supply Chain Management in the spring of 2012. She was recently hired by Siemens Corporation to work within the corporate supply chain management organization as a Commodity Manager for Marketing and Communications. She brings more than 10 years of commercial experience to the position including time spent as an International Sales Executive at Cookie Jar Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA, and as an Actuarial Assistant at CSB Associates, Inc. in West Orange, NJ.She is an alumna of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey where she earned her B.A. in Art History and French. She is a Henry Rutgers Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and will be initiated into Beta Gamma Sigma.
Olga is a Senior Procurement Specialist at SAP
Our 2013 - 2014 ELH Foundation Fellowship recipient is Katrina Garrier – A 2009 graduate of NYU with a BS degree in Communications & Africana Studies. Katrina was a advertising and marketing professional prior to entering the MBA program at Rutgers School of Business. She started her career in PR with internships at Simon & Shuster and Paramount Pictures. Katrina then took positions in advertising as a Media Planner with Universal McCann, Carat & Neo@Ogilvy.
Katrina joined Bayer AG on the Claritin team upon completion of her MBA degree in May 2015.
Edmund L. Houston Foundation
Our 2011-2012 Edmund L Houston Fellowship recipient was Patrice Senior-Lee - A 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Marketing. Patrice started her career in advertising. She worked for Uniworld Group ad agency in account management and event marketing. Prior to that Patrice worked as an Account Supervisor for The Mastermind Group. Upon completion of her MBA degree Patrice worked for Bayer HealthCare Group. Currently Patrice is Marketing Director, Home Care at Symrise AG.
In addition to completing her MBA, Tiffany has a MS/PHD in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell. Tiffany interned at Janssen as a ECLDP Intern in HIV Marketing. She spent two years at Genscript in Service marketing. At Genscript she managed cross-functional team in repositioning cDNA clone product line resulting in 476% YOY revenue increase first year after reposition. Tiffany led teams of 10–20 members and 1 direct report in execution of SEO, webinars, tradeshow appearances, marketing automation, loyalty program, and PR. She increased peptide service revenue by 30% YOY in 2013 by identifying price structure and customer service response time weaknesses and implementing improvements.
At Cornell Tiffany published research on metal homeostasis enzymes and gene expression in cell-free systems.
Our 2012 ELH Foundation Fellowship recipient is Emma Aayanwu - A 2009 graduate of City College of New York with a BA degree in Economics. While at City College Emma did a summer internship with Goldman Sachs as a Summer Analyst, Regulatory Operations. After finishing college Emma worked as a Analyst III, Capital Markets Regulatory Division at Morgan Stanley. Emma took a sabbatical after completion of her first year at RBS and is currently working as Marketing Consultant.
Gentry Long entered the RBS full time program concentrating in marketing. He was a member of the Rutgers Association of Marketing Strategy and volunteered with both New York Cares and Newark Now. During 2008, Gentry became President of the RBS Black and Hispanic MBA Association. Gentry work for Toys R Us as a business analytics and strategy intern during the summer of 2008. This experience provided him with insight into how larger companies operate. Prior to enter business school Gentry worked for Hudson Hotels, helping to oversee the operational piece of the property's business. While at Hudson, Gentry's responsibilities included general management, budgeting capital expense planning and allocation, project management and new hire training. Gentry credits Hudson Hotels with helping him improve his leadership shills and strengthening his passion for service. After graduation Gentry will be working for Equinox Fitness in the role of Assistant General Manager.
Gentry is currently Managing Director, UK Operations for Equinox Fitness.
Our 2014 - 2015 Edmund L Houston (ELH) Fellowship recipient is Vanessa Duvert – A 2009 graduate of La Salle University with BA degree in Communications (Cum Laude). Vanessa started her career in marketing and communications as a Communications Specialist with the American Red Cross. She was soon promoted to Community Outreach Program Manager. She left the Red Cross in 2011 to become the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for the Gift of Life Donor Program. Vanessa put together programs to persuade more people in the greater Philadelphia area to be organ donors. Listen to Vanessa speak about organ donation on Power99 radio. http://www.power99.com/media/play/vanessa-duvert-multicultural-outreach-coordinator-for-23478417/
Vanessa is currently Senior Associate Brand Manager at Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Natasha Jeremiah has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Film Studies & Production from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Prior to the MBA program, she worked in non-profit and entertainment--teaching filmmaking to high school students and PAing
on sets like Person of Interest. Natasha is graduating this year with an MBA in Marketing and Marketing Research Insights & Analytics.
She is in Content Operations at Altice USA.
Adeola Oluyemi is a native of New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Adeola worked as a Proposal Design Administrator for Momentum Solar for two years. Prior to working for Momentum, Adeola worked as a Direct Marketing Supervisor for Garden Coast Consulting. She supervised a team of five sales reps who sold DIRECTTV and AT&T in Costco store.
2013 - Christopher Parker
2021 - 2022
Meet Nicholas Felli, our 2021-2022 Edmund L Houston grant recipient. Nicholas is a graduate of Amherst College. While in college he interned with JP Morgan Chase bank Since obtaining his degree in 2019, Nicholas has worked for EPIC Systems Corp as a Hospital Billing Technical Services Analyst. Nicholas is currently a first year Rutgers MBA student majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
“Before I started my MBA, I was working as a Data Management Analyst for Colgate Palmolive. I decided to get an MBA because I wanted to move to the commercial part of the organization and work in marketing or sales. While researching for potential business schools I learned about RBS MRIA concentration which would allow me to leverage my background in Data Management and Engineering with my new interest (Marketing and Sales). I was part of the Flex MBA Program with a concentration in MRIA (Marketing Research Insights and Analytics). It took me 2.5 Years to complete the program from January 2013 to August 2015. After completing my MBA last summer, I applied to the Global Analytics department at Colgate and was offered a position as Global Analytics manager and am still there.”
2016 - 2017
2018 - It was a tie