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Meet the 2022-2023 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.

Brent Aoude


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Brent grew up in Fresno, CA before moving south to Orange County, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.  He spent the last seven years in the engineering and construction industry. Most recently, he worked as a Project Manager designing and building aviation infrastructure (hangars, runways, terminals).  He came to Foster to make a career pivot and will be interning this summer as a Brand Management Intern at Procter & Gamble.

Having had great mentorship and guidance throughout his career, Brent decided to be a Fritzky Leadership Fellow so that he could provide that same support to others.  He is looking forward to being a resource and sounding board for incoming students navigating their first year. In his free time, he enjoys being outside with his wife and two kids, whether it be camping in the mountains or relaxing at the beach.

Conner Collins


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Connor grew up in Central Texas and Northern California before earning his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Connor is an active-duty Army officer and has spent the last 10 years in various leadership roles in reconnaissance and security units.

Connor and his wife Devon have three wonderful children. Army life has taken them all around the country from Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, to Washington state, and they are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and part of the Foster community.

Connor chose Foster because of its focus on core values and purpose, especially the emphasis on community and culture. After graduation, he will return to the Army, where he is excited to apply the skills and experiences from his time at Foster.

He is humbled at the opportunity to serve as a Fritzky Leadership Fellow and looking forward to continuing to grow while giving back to the Foster community.

Emilia DiMare

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A California native, Emilia grew up in the Coachella Valley and is an alumna of the University of Southern California, where she studied International Relations, Spanish and Non-Profit Management. After graduating from USC, Emilia moved to San Francisco to start a career in Human Capital Consulting. Emilia worked at Gartner for five years collaborating with HR leaders to transform corporate cultures, embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and develop employee engagement strategies. Her undergraduate studies and experience at Gartner fueled her passion for creating more diverse, inclusive and equitable work environments.

Over the summer, Emilia will be interning with EY-Parthenon and is excited to explore how to integrate DEI principles into M&A strategy. She is also the VP of Alumni Affairs and a Consortium member. 

 

Mentorship, inclusion, and community are cornerstones of Emilia’s values. The advice and perspective offered by her Fritzky Fellows was invaluable in navigating her first year. She aspires to provide the same support and inspiration to her peers in the incoming class of ’24. 

Zharen Gonzales

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After graduating from university, Zharen began her career as an auditor for PwC. Following this, she joined global law firm DLA Piper as a Financial Accountant, later promoted to Senior. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, volunteering as a mentor for underserved youth, and actively engaging with the local Filipino community. These pastimes soon developed into a passion for social impact and having a global perspective, leading her to pursue an MBA at Foster. This summer, she will be interning at Microsoft as a Business Program Manager.

At Foster, Zharen serves as MBAA VP of Wellness, Co-President of Diversity in Business, Co-President of Foster Creative, and Co-Chair of Challenge for Charity Fundraising and Procurement. As a Fritzky Fellow, she hopes to support the class of 2024 in their personal and professional goals. Her interests include cooking, crafting, traveling, and playing with her pups, Rocko and Izzy.

Mansi Gorasia

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Mansi grew up in Mumbai, India. She pursued her under graduation in Electronics & Telecommunication engineering and a Master’s in Finance. Before coming to Foster, Mansi worked for six years in Citibank and Deutsche Bank as a financial analyst and worked with senior management to implement various strategic initiatives and drive business decisions.

This summer, Mansi is interning at Intuit Inc. as a finance intern. She currently serves as MBAA EVP of Finance and VP of Alumni Affairs for Foster Consulting Society.

During her first year at Foster, Fritzky Fellow leaders supported and guided Mansi which was one of her most enriching experiences. She wants to pay it forward by becoming a Fritzky Fellow leader herself and mentoring the incoming cohort as they navigate through studies and recruiting.

Patrick Howland


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Patrick was born and raised in Orlando, FL and earned his degrees in Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. After graduation, he worked as a high school mathematics teacher and an administrator helping to mentor new teachers in professional development. Patrick chose Foster for its strong placement success in tech, especially for non-traditional students.

The continuously growing field of educational tech was the driving force for Patrick to pursue his MBA. This summer he will be working as an intern at Varsity Tutors in Product Management and serves as Vice President of the Foster Marketing Association. He enjoys baking, video games, exploring the Seattle food scene, and outdoor adventures in his spare time.

Patrick is excited at the opportunity to help guide first year MBA candidates as a Fritzky Fellow and was inspired by his own positive experiences with his first year Fellow when navigating this time of tremendous personal growth.

Vineet Jain


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Vineet is an electrical engineer by education who pivoted to business early in his career. Before coming to Foster school, he worked in multiple divisions at Walmart India, handling diverse roles with increasingly complex responsibilities. In Vineet’s career, he found mentorship as one of the most treasured aspects that not only helped him see things with clarity but also enabled him to move at his own inherent pace. As a first year, Vineet found great value in interacting with his Fritzky fellow; and feels it is only natural for him to pay it forward by becoming a Leadership fellow. This summer, Vineet is interning as a product manager. In his second year, he will be part of the Fritzky Fellows Program as well as Business Policy Club and Tech Club.
Siddharth Kadandale


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Siddharth grew up in Bangalore, India and holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from PES Institute of Technology. After college, Siddharth worked as a strategy consulting professional advising global enterprises across automotive, financial services and energy verticals on their digital transformation programs, M&A and corporate strategy initiatives. He has also moderated several prominent economic forums and published thought leadership on topics at the intersection of business and technology.

This summer, Siddharth is interning at A.T. Kearney as a Digital Transformation Summer Associate. He is also the President of Foster Consulting Society.

Siddharth benefited greatly from the mentorship and guidance his first year Fritzky Fellows extended, and he now wishes to pay it forward by helping incoming students make the most of their MBA experience.

Kelly Marek


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Kelly grew up in Buffalo, NY before moving to Washington, DC to pursue her undergraduate degree in Business Administration. She spent the last 5 years working in tech in Boston, where she immersed herself in almost every facet of HR – from recruiting and onboarding to employee training, employee conflicts, and performance management. This summer, she is working as an HR intern for Ecolab. Post-MBA she plans to continue supporting employee development and working in human resources at a mission-driven organization.

Kelly is excited to join the Fritzky Fellows as she is passionate about supporting others in developing their own leadership skills. She is looking forward to connecting with first-years and providing the same support that her own fellows provided to her.

Dominic Racelis


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As a Bellevue, WA native, Dominic loves everything about the PNW. He previously completed a BA/BS in Business Informatics from UW before getting his start in real estate. He spent 4+ years as a Sales & Marketing Manager, where he coached sales associates and built enriching brand experiences for student housing, luxury apartments, coffee shops, and sushi restaurants. The tight-knit, diverse community at Foster inspired him to return to UW and pivot into tech education, accessibility, and digital transformation.

In addition to serving as a VP of Student Affairs and C4C VP of Volunteering, Dominic is deeply honored to serve as a Fritzky Fellow. He knows firsthand how challenging it can be to build confidence, focus, and community in a new place, and that the right mentor or support system can change everything. He’s excited to guide and empower new students so they can make their MBA journey unforgettable.

Neha Siwach


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Neha was born and raised in India. After completing her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Production engineering, she joined Accenture a software engineer. She was working with Accenture Technology for five and a half years as a test automation expert before coming to Foster to pursue her MBA.

During her first year, her fritzky fellow provided a lot of support and helped her traverse the challenge of the fall quarter. She wants to give back to the Foster community and extend the same support to the incoming batch. She is really excited to be a Leadership Fellow and help the incoming cohort balance competing priorities by acting as a mentor, and a friend.

During the summer, Neha will be joining Amazon as a Sr. Product Manager- Technical intern. Neha is also the incoming VP of Operations of the Tech Club at Foster.

Cynthia Vargas Hernandez


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Cynthia was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the United States six years ago. She is a human capital professional with 5 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry working with Fortune 500 technology and healthcare companies. As a manager of talent acquisition, she was responsible for projects in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. At Foster, she is president of the Global Business Association, and she is thrilled to be a Fritzky fellow helping incoming students have a better MBA experience. Cynthia will be joining Microsoft during the summer as an HR Rotational Leadership Intern. Outside of school and work, Cynthia enjoys exercising, painting, learning new languages, and reading. She is also actively engaged in causes that aim to increase the representation of Latinos in business, she is currently on the board of ALPFA Denver (Association of Latino professionals) serving as their Marketing Director.