MBAA Officers

Gillian van der Schaaf

Gillian van der Schaaf – Exec. President

Gillian has a background in retail and healthcare operations, and is pursing a career in corporate strategy. At Foster, Gillian is involved in Challenge 4 Charity, Operations Club and Strategy Club. Gillian is a California native, a huge baseball fan, and self proclaimed “dog-a-holic.” She recently relocated to Seattle to attend Foster, and is thoroughly enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and her first real experience with “seasons.”

Elaine Ji – Exec. VP of Operations

Prior to the MBA program, Elaine worked as a Business Development Analyst for an HR consulting firm. Originally from China, Elaine recently relocated from Lincoln, NE to Seattle to pursue the Foster MBA program. While in the program, she has been an active member of the MBA Association and the Foster Consulting Society, and is pursuing a career in management consulting in the high-tech field. For this summer, Elaine is enjoying her internship at Accenture and is planning on taking advantage of the Seattle summer weather for more hikes and local festivities.

Kelsey Mitchell – Exec. VP of Communications

Prior to Foster, Kelsey worked in Merchandising at Sephora in San Francisco where she managed a portfolio of 30 brands for 300+ retail stores. After quitting her job she spent 6 months living in Sydney Australia before moving to Seattle. Kelsey will be spending the summer interning as a Sr Product Manager at Amazon. She wants to use her time as an MBA to learn hard skills in Marketing, build data analytics skills and create a network within the Seattle tech scene. For fun Kelsey loves attending live music, trying new restaurants and traveling to places with beaches.

Alessandro Longhi – Exec. VP of Finance

I have a background in engineering and plant operations, mainly focused on managing process improvement and engineering projects at 3M and Cargill (Brazil). I want to learn about every part of the business and the MBA experience can help me to reach those broader horizons. Currently, I serve in the board of our MBA-led investment fund, in the board of the Finance Society and in the council of the MBA Association as Executive Vice President of Finance. I am also a teaching assistant in International Business and chose to be at Amazon Web Services during my summer internship.

Joyce Niu – Vice President of Academic Affairs

Prior to Foster, Joyce worked at PwC China for four years. She worked with over ten public and private companies in mainland China and Hong Kong, and had experiences across real estate, manufacturing, logistics and retail industries. She provided assurance and financial advisory service to clients by leading cross-functional teams. Joyce came to Foster to advance her finance acumen as well as other aspects in business. Joyce’s 2017 summer internship is at Nike Finance.

Sam Quinn – Vice President of Program Development

After completing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont, Sam pursued a career in energy and operations consulting. Now at Foster, he is focused on exploring the multitude of career paths out there and pondering what he will do with the rest of his life. Sam is active in most of the clubs at Foster, including: Operations Club, EVCC, Tech Club, Women in Business, and most of all the Huddle. Sam loves exploring the great outdoors surrounding Seattle and especially skiing in the winter.

Jonathan Ng – Vice President of International Affairs

Originally from Singapore, Jonathan came to Seattle for the Foster MBA program. Prior to this, he had worked in the banking and consulting industry. He is now pivoting his career to the field of marketing and strategy in either the non-profit or technology industry. Jonathan is passionate in supporting and integrating international students within the Foster community. Additionally, he is also the Executive VP for Foster Tech and a member on Foster Level Up, Consulting Society and Foster Marketing Association. On a personal note, Jonathan enjoys meeting and interacting with people from all over the world. He also is the humble servant of two cats and a dog.

Maria MeiMaria Mei – Vice President of International Affairs

Maria was born and raised in China and earned her undergraduate degree in International Business and Management from Dickinson College. Before Foster, Maria spent four years working in advertising in Hong Kong and helped a variety of brands build their communication strategies, particularly in the digital and social space. Outside of school, Maria loves traveling, trying out new restaurants and killing time at local cafes with a good cup of latte.

Doug ChristDoug Christ – Vice President of Information Technology

Doug is from California, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. He worked in the Finance and Sales Operations departments for various tech companies in both So. Cal and the Bay Area for 7 years. Now at Foster, he is focused on transitioning into a Product Management role, and has aspirations of starting his own company. He is active member of Tech Club, Level Up! and EVCC, and loves talking about new technology. Outside Paccar Hall, he can be found in the front row of all Husky home football games, and escapes to Hawaii to go surfing whenever he can.

Jonathan NgJordan Wall – Vice President of Student Affairs

After attending Auburn University in his home state of Alabama, Jordan joined the U.S. Air Force as an Acquisition Project Manager in Boston. He led projects in cloud infrastructure as well as software development, aircrew workload simulation, and radar development for a new surveillance fleet. He also served as the Executive Officer for the $8.2B fleet replacement program. Jordan’s life revolves around a host of M words: Music, Mountains, his dog Moby, and his wife Megan.

Ari VarleyAri Varley – Vice President of Student Affairs

After graduating from Denison University with a B.A. in Psychology, focus in Organizational Studies, Ari moved to Chicago and began a career in HR at Northwestern University. While she wants to remain in the human capital arena, she’s excited to take her experiences at Foster to approach HR problems from a strategic business perspective. After spending 10 years away from the PNW, she’s excited to be back and experience all of its majesty. Outside of class, she’s an avid reader and loves to see live music, she enjoys everything ranging from punk to electropop.

Cuiwen Lee – Vice President of Resource Development

A lifelong Singaporean, Wen moved from the tropics to Seattle. As a mechanical engineer, Wen has spent time in the oil and gas industry in project management, presales and most recently, business analysis. At Foster, she looks to explore other functions and industries for a career change. Keeping an active lifestyle outside the halls of Paccar, Wen has been exploring and hiking the Pacific Northwest with classmates. She also volunteers at Special Olympics and Food Bank events as it is important to her to give back to the community she calls home.

Ronan Jenkins – Vice President of Brand Management

After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Finance, Ronan worked as a Sr Regulator Analyst at FINRA. Now at Foster, he is focused on Product Marketing, and is an active member of Diversity in Business. Outside of the classroom, Ronan sings in an A cappella choir and enjoys hiking the local mountains of Seattle.

Jenny Nowierski – Vice President of Challenge for Charity

Jenny grew up in New York and has been gradually making her way over to the West Coast. She attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate business degree and spent several years at Target Corporation in Minneapolis before coming to Seattle. By pursuing an MBA at Foster, she is excited to gain experiences in new industries and is looking to build a career in strategy and business development. In her free time, Jenny enjoys running, reading, and volunteering. She is very grateful for the opportunity to lead C4C this year and help Foster make a bigger impact in the community while defending the Golden Briefcase.

Sandra MumanachitSandra Mumanachit – Vice President of Diversity 

Prior to Seattle, Sandra lived in Boston where she was pursuing a career in healthcare through consulting and product development at CVS Health and Boston Children’s Hospital. At Foster, she is looking to learn more about marketing principles and the growth of early stage start-ups. She is the president of the Foster Healthcare and Biotechnology Association (HCBA) where wants to help other students learn more about and enter into the industry. Outside of school, Sandra loves exploring the Pacific Northwest through finding new places to hike, bike, and eat at.

James Souza – Vice President of Alumni Affairs

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 Corporate Finance at ConAgra Foods for a couple years and then spent the past three years working in Merchandising at Target Corporation in Minneapolis. While at Foster, James is looking to shift into a career in Consulting, while also setting aside ample time for running, playing basketball, eating all of the Thai food, and enjoying being back in the Pacific Northwest!