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Meet the 2017-2018 class of Fritzky Leadership Fellows

Each year, second-year MBA students are paired with first-year MBAs to provide peer coaching, team–related support, and more. Get to know this year’s class of Fellows by reading their bios below. Learn more about the Leadership Fellows Program here.

Amanda LoweAmanda Lowe
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After graduating from Emory University, Amanda spent time in both marketing and consulting roles, primarily addressing the business needs of companies in the consumer packaged goods industry. While still in her native Atlanta, Amanda worked with the HRC, as well as organizations that address awareness and advocacy for the mental health community and refugee assistance organizations.

She came to Foster for its tight knit culture, focus on leadership and active connection to the Seattle business community. In addition to Leadership Fellows, Amanda is co-president of the Strategy Club and a Foster Ambassador. She spent her summer interning with the Office Marketing Partners group at Microsoft. Amanda was driven to be a Leadership Fellow because of the great relationships she developed with her leadership fellows during first year and her desire to give back to the Foster community though leadership service.

Amy FranklinAmy Franklin
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A native San Franciscan, Amy previously worked as a business manager handling insurance and investment accounts for MassMutual Financial Group in their SF office. During her undergraduate career at UCLA, Amy founded the campus’s first LGBTQ+ sorority, Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL), and recently held the position of Vice President of Expansion for the sorority’s national council. This past summer, she interned at Waldron HR, working in their Marketing Strategy department. In addition to being President of Out in Business at UW, Amy is a board member for HCBA and participates in the Board Fellows Program with Equal Rights Washington.

As a Leadership Fellow, Amy is excited to motivate and support students in their authentic leadership while working with them to develop their mental health practices and emotional intelligence. Upon graduating, her goal is to switch careers to the intersection of Human Resources and Strategy, where she feels she can be most effective in innovating new thought processes for evaluating human capital.

Brian JamesBrian James
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Prior to business school, Brian was an analyst in the product management group at Liberty Mutual. There, he supported a 300m P&L and lead numerous countrywide product rollouts. During his time at Liberty Mutual, Brian gained an appreciation for the importance of leadership, mentorship, and communication skills, which led him to get involve with the Leadership Fellows program. Since starting at Foster, Brian has taken on numerous leadership roles in HCBA, Net Impact and C4C. Over the summer, Brian interned at Starbucks, helping drive customer insights for the Starbucks Rewards platform. He is excited to make leadership development a focus in his second year.
Emily EddyEmily Eddy
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A Seattle native, Emily holds undergraduate degrees in both Design and Sociology. Prior to pursuing her MBA at Foster, she worked for 9 years as a designer and product developer in the fashion industry, most recently at Seattle-based Dolce Vita Footwear. An interest in sustainable manufacturing brought her to Foster, as well as her spring internship with Evrnu, SPC. This summer she will also intern with the sustainability consulting firm, Optyva.

In addition to being a Fritzky Fellow, Emily serves as the Executive Vice President of Women in Business and is an active member of Foster’s Net Impact club. She is thrilled to be a Fritzky Fellow, and looks forward to supporting incoming students with their transition to MBA life, as well as building her own leadership skills. Outside of school, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband Yuuki, a musician, and her two kids, Claire (5) and Enid (1). Together they love to travel, hike, and work on their family garden.

Gillian Van Der SchaafGillian Van Der Schaaf
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After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego, Gillian pursued a career in retail and healthcare operations. Now at Foster, she is focused on transitioning into a role in Corporate Strategy and Operations, and will be interning with Nordstrom this summer in Seattle. Gillian is actively involved in the Foster Community, and is a member of the MBAA, Challenge 4 Charity, Operations Club, Strategy Club, Women in Business, and (her favorite) Pup-Club. Gillian is a California native, a huge baseball fan, and self-proclaimed ‘dog-a-holic.’ She is loving the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest and the great culture and active lifestyle Seattle has to offer.

Gillian is honored to have been chosen as a Leadership Fellow for the coming school year, and is looking forward to giving back to Foster students, connecting with the Class of 2019, and continuing to develop as a leader and mentor.

Harsha NandepuHarsha Nandepu
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Prior to attending Foster, Harsha worked in his family pharmaceutical manufacturing business as a Process Development Manager. He started a Market Research department to analyze industry trends, identify potential future drug products and continuously enhance the company’s product mix. Harsha is a proactive problem solver, who is always eager to share his expertise and help the stakeholders maximize their true potential. As someone who has benefited from the Leadership fellows program, Harsha is excited to create a similar environment for the incoming cohort and consequently refine his personal leadership skill set through peer interactions. Harsha plans to leverage the MBA experience to develop skills for leading and managing businesses in the global healthcare landscape. For summer 2017, Harsha is interning at NanoString Technologies as a Product Manager in the 3D Biology team. In addition to being a Leadership fellow, Harsha is the Co-President for Global Business Association (GBA), VP of Operations for Healthcare and Biotechnology Association (HCBA) and VP of Boys and Girls Club for Challenge for Charity (C4C).
James SouzaJames Souza
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Originally from the beautiful town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, James ventured out to the Midwest to attend Creighton University. After graduating with a degree in Economics & Finance, he worked in Finance at ConAgra Foods for a couple of years, and spent the past three years working in Merchandising at Target Corporation in Minneapolis. At Foster, James is the MBAA Vice President of Alumni Affairs, VP of the Consulting Society, and is also involved in the Undergraduate Mentoring program. James is honored to be a Fritzky Leadership Fellow, and is looking forward to partnering with first years, providing guidance and support, and growing as a leader.

Outside of school, James enjoys running, playing tennis and basketball, listening to podcasts, and eating all of the snacks. This summer, James will be working in PwC’s Advisory practice in Seattle.

Jonathan Chang Johnathan Chang
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Born and raised in Southern California, Jon’s career started in marketing at space tourism startup after receiving a degree in International Studies from UC Irvine. But the road was calling and Jon left to travel the world and teach English in Japan for two years. After returning home to Orange County, Jon became a Web Producer at a B2B publishing company where he was a product owner for a portfolio of content producing websites. At Foster, Jon is a Board Fellow working with Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program and a VP for Global Business Association. This past summer Jon interned at Smartsheet as a Product Manager developing communication and onboarding features. He is extremely honored and excited to be a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and wants to provide the invaluable support to incoming students that he received as well as develop his own leadership skills.
Kelsey BurkeKelsey Burke
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Originally from Kingston, NH, Kelsey received her degree in Economics from Connecticut College. She then spent three years working at non-profit in Boston as a relationship manager and running program operations in the Mid-Atlantic and West.
At Foster, Kelsey is a board member for OSIC, Huddle, Out in Business, and co-President of Pub Club. She spent her summer at Liberty Mutual working on a strategy and product management project.
As a Leadership Fellow, she is excited to build strong relationships with the class of 2019 and help guide students through a busy and exciting first year. Further, she looks forward to building her own leadership skills with such a strong cohort. Outside of school, she enjoys running, hiking, and following her favorite sports teams – Go Sox
Ken SauerbrunnKen Sanerbrum
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Ken was born in Connecticut and studied civil engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has spent the past eleven years in the Coast Guard performing a variety of law enforcement missions up and down the East Coast. Most recently, he served as the captain of an ice breaking ship homeported near New York City. As a Leadership Fellow, Ken is excited to work alongside the class of 2019 as they begin their MBA journey. His Leadership Fellows provided invaluable guidance and insight, so Ken hopes to pay this back to the incoming class. He serves on the board of Out in Business and is a member of the Foster Veterans Association. Ken remains on active duty, and he conducted financial analysis for the Coast Guard this past summer. Outside of school, he enjoys painting, traveling, and hiking.
Kyohei Kanamaru Kyohei Kanamaru
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Kyohei moved to the United States from Japan when he was 16 years old, and lived in Seattle for 7 years. Prior to coming back to UW for his MBA, Kyohei spent several years at Uniqlo, gaining experiences in sales, marketing, data analysis and project managements. Having grown up in a multicultural environment between Japan and US, Kyohei aspires to become a global leader in the field of consumer marketing after the graduation. For the summer of 2017, Kyohei has interned at Johnson and Johnson in Tokyo as a marketing associates. By serving as a Leadership Fellow, Kyohei wants to pay back all the great people who helped him to get through the first year of MBA. Kyohei will also be serving as a peer advisor at Career Management office and as a board member of healthcare club.
Maria MakarenkovaMaria Makarenkova
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Maria (Masha) was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and relocated to Russia for her undergrad in Economics. In the US she used to live in NC, TN, IN and finally landed in Bellevue, Washington in 2016. Her past work experience includes Sales Analytics, Recruiting and Executive search. She will be an intern in Software start up during the summer. Masha is excited to be a leadership fellow this year as she understands how important is collaboration between first and second year students at Foster. Masha will also serve as Women in Business VP International Students, Healthcare and Biotech Association’s Officer of Family Health and Wellness and Challenge 4 Charity Food Bank Representative. In her free time Masha enjoys exploring the world with her toddler daughter and husband, baking (yes, she baked muffins for all her classmates during fall quarter last year!), walking in Marymoor Park with her dog and yoga.
Melissa YoungMelissa Young
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Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa spent the last eight years in sales and business development for a Seattle CPG firm. Her focus included managing sales to Walmart and Costco, and managing European business for three years out of Amsterdam. This past summer, she interned at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA in a sales and marketing role. Melissa serves on the Board of Women in Business and the Global Business Association and is active in the Foster community. She is thrilled to join the Leadership Fellows and to get to know and support the incoming first year students. Outside of school, Melissa loves to ride her bike, play with her Husky puppy (Edie!) and spend time with friends and family.
Michael VintMichael Vint
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Mike Vint is a Pacific Northwest native who served as an Infantry Officer in the Army where he completed four combat deployments. In between missions Mike developed an interest in the financial markets which contributed to his decision to purse the MBA. Mike is passionate about servant leadership and connecting with people. Mike is committed to strengthening the Foster Veterans Association both internally to the benefit of its members, and externally to the Foster MBA Program and the larger Veteran Community. Outside of school Mike spends most of his time with his wife Courtney and son Axle (2).

As a Fritzky Fellow Mike hopes to help the incoming class navigate the program, maximize their time at Foster and figure out what their post-MBA passions are. Mike’s aspiration after Foster is to pursue a role in finance and was a summer associate at Goldman Sachs.

Ryan KellyRyan Kelly
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Ryan, originally from Germany, moved to the United States in 2006 to attend the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in journalism. In 2012, Ryan commissioned as an officer into the United States Army, leading global supply chains and the daily operations of platoon and company sized elements. He wanted to become a Leadership Fellow because he wants to further his leadership abilities through the continued training and mentorship the program offers.

Ryan spent his internship in Boston as a Corporate Development Summer Associate with Liberty Mutual, working on a Robotics Process Automation project. During his last year at Foster, Ryan hopes to have a positive impact on the Foster community by organizing events for the Operations Club and the Foster Veterans Association.

Zachary StevensZachary Stevens
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After unsuccessfully trying to get stationed in Washington over the course of 8.5 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, Zach (with new wife Whitney graciously agreeing) finally made it to the Emerald City for grad school. He had an excellent Leadership Fellow pair during his first quarter and he hopes to have the same impact on the Class of 2019. Zach will be at Microsoft over the summer, working on GTM strategies for elements of Microsoft’s Partner Network. Besides Leadership Fellows, he will be on the board for Foster Creative, in charge of finding engaging activities for students to participate in, and hopefully volunteering at the Aquarium.