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Meet the 2020-2021 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.

Claire HertingClaire Herting
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Claire, a Seattle area native, took a non-traditional path to Foster. After earning her undergraduate degree from UW in Math and Cinema Studies, she worked for digital marketing agencies in Seattle, but later moved to Michigan where she took the opportunity to work on films, like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After her time in the film industry, she moved on to manage a large comics and games store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This summer, Claire continues to follow her passion for retail and consumer products as an intern at Walmart.

Claire is passionate about creating a welcoming environment and empowering others to be themselves, so she couldn’t be more excited to be a Leadership Fellow and help the incoming class navigate their first year! Claire also serves as the MBAA EVP of Communications, Co-President of Diversity in Business, and VP for Out in Business and Level Up. In her spare time, Claire loves hiking, watching movies, and weightlifting.

Daniel ClarkeDaniel Clarke
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Before joining Foster, Daniel spend 7 years as a management consultant. Much of his work focused on large-scale system implementations and project turn-around efforts. A Seattle native, Daniel also spent 8 years living in England, and his high school years in Wisconsin. Daniel is a passionate about the outdoors, and a co-president of the Outdoor Sports and Industry Club. You can find him on a mountain, on, or under the waves most weekends.

Daniel Spent the summer working in Mergers & Acquisitions with PwC, working on and interesting divestiture for a large client. Daniel is excited to help first years navigate their time at Foster, especially with the challenges ahead of all classes with uncertain times due to Covid 19. His experiences with his own Fritzky fellows solidified his desire to apply to the program, and he eagerly awaits connecting with the incoming class.

Eashita RatwaniEashita Ratwani
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Eashita grew up in Singapore and holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Before coming to Foster, Eashita worked as an internal consultant at a leading Canadian financial institution, where she worked on end-to-end process transformation optimization projects that drove improvements to customer experience.

Eashita had her eyes on the Fritzky program before joining Foster and is excited for the opportunity to help incoming students navigate challenges during their first year. Eashita hopes to strengthen her leadership skills as a business and community leader. Eashita also serves as the VP of Student Affairs in the MBAA, VP of Women in Business, and is a Consulting Club Case Coach. This summer, Eashita is interning at PwC, and spending her free time kayaking, trying new recipes, and hiking around the Pacific Northwest.

Jenny PerkinsJenny Perkins
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Jenny came to Foster at the midpoint of her career in the U.S. Army. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, from where she commissioned as a logistics officer. Over ten years, Jenny has held roles specializing in logistics and operations, and has spent these years learning how to lead Soldiers. Jenny is passionate about team dynamics and organizational processes.

Her future in the military will consist of more complex roles with expectations of leadership development and mentorship of young officers, which was what motivated her to become a Fritzky Fellow. She is so pumped to help the class of 2022 navigate the unique challenges of their first years and to learn developmental tools to take with her back into the Army!

Jenny also serves as the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Foster Veteran’s Association.

Josh MitchellJosh Mitchell
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Josh hails from Indiana and holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. While at IU, Josh completed the ROTC program and commissioned into the U.S. Army. For the eight years prior to Foster, Josh served as an aviation officer and flew apache helicopters. His army career culminated in Korea as troop commander of an apache helicopter unit, the Alpha Troop Razorbacks.

Josh chose Foster because of the school’s dedication to collaboration and mentorship. He believes his success in the military was a direct result of having excellent leaders and insightful mentorship. During an information session, Josh learned of the Fritzky Fellowship program, executive mentors, and knew he wanted to be a Leadership Fellow.

This summer, Josh worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance as a summer associate in their Corporate Development Program. In addition to Leadership Fellows, Josh serves as the VP of Career Management for the Foster Veterans Association.

Kathryn DavisKathryn Davis
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Kathryn grew up in the Seattle area and returned to Foster as a “Double Dawg” after earning a B.A. from the University of Washington in Environmental Studies. Before returning to school, Kathryn spent 7 years managing a regional conservation program focused on protecting clean water for Puget Sound residents. Over the summer, Kathryn joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Summer Associate on the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene team. She is thrilled to become a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and looks forward to providing support to first year students navigating the challenges that come with beginning the full-time program, as well as growing as a leader who can contribute positively to the world outside of Foster. Kathryn is also involved in Net Impact, the Operations Club, and the Forte Foundation for women in business.
Kelly YuKelly Yu
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Kelly is a Bay Area native and alumna of the University of California – Berkeley, where she studied biology and public policy. Her passion for human health and social justice led her to spend five years working at Juma Ventures, a national nonprofit social enterprise. In her most recent role, she spearheaded the agency’s donor relations program and oversaw all special events. She came to Foster to study corporate strategy and seek experiences like the Leadership Fellows Program that would help her understand her authentic leadership style. This summer, she is an Operations Intern at Premera Blue Cross.
In addition to serving as a Leadership Fellow, Kelly is the full-time MBAA VP of Diversity and serves on the board of the Robert Chinn Foundation as part of UW’s Board Fellows Program. She is also part of Foster’s Consortium community.

Kelly looks forward to being a resource and friend to the Class of 2022. She knows how challenging first year can be, but also appreciates the personal growth that has stemmed from it.

Matt DowdMatt Dowd
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Matt grew up in Grants Pass, a small town in Oregon, and earned a degree in Political Science with minors in Economics, Philosophy, and Business from the University of Oregon. Before coming to Foster, Matt worked at a technology reseller in Portland, Oregon working his way up from front-line seller to director of sales. During that time, Matt discovered his appreciation for the difficulty in leading during times of organizational change which fueled his drive to attend an MBA program and develop his leadership skills. This upcoming year Matt will be continuing his work as a Product Manager at Apptio, serving as the VP of Finance for the Foster Tech Club, and supporting the class of 2022 as a Leadership Fellow.

Matt is honored to be a Fellow and is excited to give back to the Foster community. He recognizes the uncertainty many students face while embarking on a life-changing event such as an MBA program and wants to help create a safe environment for all students in the Foster community.

Mike RedikerMike Rediker
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Mike grew up in Orange County, California and received his BA degree from UC Irvine in Psychology & Social Behavior. After graduating in 2014, he worked in the medical device industry as a Field Clinical Specialist for Biotronik, a role that brought him up to Seattle. During this time, Mike was selected for a mentor role in which he was responsible for the onboarding, training, and certification of new and experienced employees. This summer, he is interning at Johnson & Johnson as part of their Marketing Leadership Development Program in the medical devices business unit. He is excited to join the Leadership Fellows program, as his fellows were instrumental to his growth during his first year at Foster, both personally and professionally. Outside of class, Mike enjoys long distance running, cooking, and watching scary movies.
Milagros PeiranoMilagros Peirano
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Milagros grew up in Lima, Peru, and holds a degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico. Before coming to Foster, she was an associate in one of Peru’s leading private equity firms. She was part of the infrastructure investment team and had the opportunity to interact with and learn from different companies and teams while analyzing investment opportunities.
Milagros is an intern at PT Capital, a local private equity firm in Anchorage, Alaska. She is also the incoming President of The Finance Society and a Portfolio Manager at the Foster Research Partners Student Investment Fund. She is also a huge soccer fan, and, in her spare time, she enjoys hiking the PNW and reading a good book.

Last year, Milagros had an amazing experience with her Fritzky fellows and wishes to be as helpful as they were. She is excited to start the program and meet the 2022 cohort!

Praneeth VempaPraneeth Vempa
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Prior to starting his MBA, Praneeth worked for seven years in a software product company in India and travelled across the world as he explored various roles in tech consulting and product development. He even co-founded a venture which created a platform to support the local artists and crafts people of India. Mentorship from diverse leaders enabled Praneeth to overcome challenges and take up new opportunities throughout his career.

Praneeth is interning in Amazon as a Senior Product Manager – Tech and is also a MBAA VP and a board member of Foster Creative and Tech Clubs.

Praneeth is very excited to support the incoming class as a Fritzky Fellow and looks forward to being a resource in their MBA journey. Through this experience he also hopes to learn more about himself and become a better leader.

Rob BlackmoreRob Blackmore
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Rob decided to become a leadership fellow because of the impact support from his fellows had on him. He wants to support first years as they navigate their experiences at Foster and recognizes there is an enormous amount he can learn about leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science from the College of Charleston. Prior to joining Foster’s full time MBA Program, Rob enjoyed 8 years of working in product in the marine, consumer electronics, and beverage dispense industries. This summer he is working for Amazon in their seller fees org as a Senior Product Manager intern. He is passionate about the ocean and loves to sail, surf, stand up paddle, and build things in his free time.
Sangeeta JainSangeeta Jain
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I am Sangeeta Jain. I am originally from India. I did my undergrad in Software Engineering, worked as a software engineer at Adobe systems and pivoted to start a preschool. The most exciting part of the preschool was to innovate and establish scalable way to make learning fun for the kids.

I wanted to give back to my Foster community and help class of 2022 successfully drive through their first year. Given the virtual nature, I want to make sure class of 2021 has all the support to be successful at Foster.

After successfully completing my first year with my Fritzky fellow’s support, I am interning at Amazon as a Sr. Product Manager-Tech for the summer of 2020. I am also serving on Foster Tech Club’s board as VP of Corporate Relations.

Vivin ManoharanVivin Manoharan
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Vivin is from Coimbatore, India. Prior to Foster, Vivin worked in the data analytics space for over 5 years in India. He started his career at an Analytics consulting firm where he provided data-driven insights to Fortune 500 clients. He then transitioned to in-house analytics supporting the product team of a digital marketing and e-Commerce tech firm. He headed multiple analytical projects including SEO strategy, A/B testing, sales effectiveness measurement and more recently data analytics for product development. He has lead teams of more than 10 and has also been an Microsoft Excel teacher briefly. During the summer, he is interning at eBay in Bellevue, WA in a Business Operations & Analytics role. He hopes to leverage his data analytics skills and pivot into a Product Marketing/Management role in the future.

Vivin is excited to be in the Foster Fritzky program for 20-21. One of his biggest support when navigating through the coursework and recruiting during the first year was his Fritzky fellow. He wants to provide the first years with similar support and learn from them in the process. Besides being a Fritzky fellow, Vivin is also the President of the Foster Marketing Association and the VP of Talent Development at the Foster Consulting Society.