Smith Net Impact 2015-2016 Executive Board
Katica Kiss, President
Katica Kiss is a second year MBA student at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, focusing on general management and marketing. Katica’s background is in education management and nonprofit tax policy, and she is pursuing a career in edtech. Most recently, she was a Product Management Intern at Blackboard Inc., and is currently a graduate assistant at UMD’s Center for Social Value Creation. She has also worked at Independent Sector (a national nonprofit coalition), United Way of America, Ashoka’s Changemakers and internationally at the National University of Qatar and as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Madrid, Spain. Katica graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Communications and Media studies in 2009. IN her free time Katica enjoys hiking, baking, watching historical TV dramas (currently loving The Americans) and traveling.
Lindsey Santola, Executive Vice President
Lindsey is a second year MBA focusing on Supply Chain Management, with a special interest in sustainable supply chain systems. She received her B.S. in Physiology from Michigan State and before starting her MBA, she worked in retail management for various outdoor retailers.
Talel Aissi, Vice President of Finance
Talel Aissi is in his second year of the MBA program, focusing in finance. Prior to joining Smith, he held multiple operations roles at both T. Rowe Price and Morgan Stanley. Over this past summer, Talel interned at Lancaster Pollard, a boutique investment bank specializing in the non-profit hospital, affordable housing, and senior living spaces. His current role as the VP of Finance in Net Impact has allowed him to focus on bringing opportunities to students to make a positive difference when merged with their passion for finance. .
Tiffany Chang, Vice President of Marketing
Tiffany is a second year MBA focusing on Marketing. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Media, Culture and Communications at New York University with minors in Metropolitan Studies and Producing. She has five years of work experience in advertising and marketing on a variety of accounts such as Clinique, Origins, Verizon FiOS, and Capital One. In the non-profit sector Tiffany also served as Program Chair for the New York Chapter of Room to Read, and before coming to Smith, she served in the Himalayas as a field reporter and program developer with the Namaste Children’s Fund. She recently spent her summer interning at the Ford Motor Company as a Marketing Leadership Program Intern.
Sam Shrestha, Vice President of External Relations
Saumya (Sam) Shrestha joined the MBA program at R.H Smith School of Business in the Fall of 2014. Prior to joining the MBA program, Sam managed two of his own startups which focused on biofuels. Following his passion for sustainable energy and technology, Sam worked on a rural electrification and renewable energy development project in Bangladesh through the World bank during his first year at Smith. He spent his summer as a Technology MBA LDP Intern at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC working on number of practice management solutions. Sam is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal and has a BA in Mathematics from Bennington College. He enjoys playing golf, ping pong and snorkeling.
Katelyn Victor, Vice President of Community Service
Katelyn is a third year MBA/MSW candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Katelyn is pursuing a career in international development. She currently works at Catholic Relief Services developing fundraising strategies to help the organization carry out its overseas social programs. Katelyn has worked both remotely and on-the-ground as a consultant for various international NGOs, including a fair trade social enterprise in Guatemala and a DC-based NGO that provides clean water to schools in the Middle East. Prior to attending graduate school, Katelyn worked as a community outreach and community development coordinator in Baltimore City.