Executive Board

Tiffany Chang, President


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.

In addition to her involvement in SAWMBA, Tiffany is also involved in the Net Impact Club and the Smith Energy Association as VP of Marketing for both organizations. She is an Admissions Graduate Assistant working on Women’s Initiatives and is a Forte Fellow.

To contact Tiffany please email sawmba@rhsmith.umd.edu.


Regina Cline, Executive Vice President


Regina is a second year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business focusing on Strategy and Supply Chain Management. Aside from SAWMBA, Regina is also the EVP for the Supply Chain and Operations Club and the VP of Signature Events for the Personal Communications Club.

Originally from Minnesota, Regina completed her undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelors of Science in Apparel Design and Development and a Business Administration minor. Prior to Smith, she spent five years working in NYC as a fashion and graphic designer for sportswear and loungewear.

Regina spent her summer working at Deloitte Consulting as a Strategy and Operations Summer Associate for their federal practice in the DMV area and will be returning upon graduating.

Allison Davern, VP of Finance

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Allison is a second year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In addition to her SAWMBA Vice President of Finance position, Allison serves as the MBAA Vice President of Student Affairs, a Smith Ambassador and a Forte Fellow.

Allison is originally from Reno, Nevada and has Bachelors in Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nevada. Allison recently completed her summer MBA internship at The Vanguard Group as a member of its MBA general management leadership development program (LDP).

Prior to Smith, Allison worked as an account manager at Ogilvy Public Relations, providing strategic counsel and implementation support to a number of clients including the Federal government, fortune 100 companies, non-profits and trade associations. She is an avid sports fan, and loves to cook and travel.


Anna Balakirska, VP of Marketing & Communications


Anna is currently in her third, and final year, of the dual MBA/MSW degree at the University of Maryland. She is focusing on Consulting and Human Capital Management within the MBA program and Organizational Management and Employee Assistantship within the MSW program. In addition to her role as the VP of Marketing & Communications at SAWMBA, Anna is also the Executive VP of the Human Capital Association.

Most recently, Anna completed her MBA summer internship at FMP Consulting as a Human Capital Consulting intern. She will continue working in this role at FMP through the year. Additionally, Anna is an intern at the US HHS FOH this academic year.

Anna completed her undergraduate education from the University of Maryland, College Park, with degrees in Psychology, English, and Women’s Studies. She has three years of work experience within the non-profit sector where she worked as a behavioral therapist.


Jaime Zagami, VP of Alumni/External Relations & Forte Jaime

Jaime is a second-year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business focusing on General Management & Marketing. Jaime is originally from Boston, MA and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to business school she was a military veterans advocate. Most recently, Jaime spent her summer as a Brand Management intern at The Hershey Company.

In addition to being Vice President of External Relations for SAWMBA, she is a Forté Fellow, a Forté Ambassador for Smith, the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Marketing Association, the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for LAMBASA, and an Office of Career Services Leadership Fellow.


Monica Bautista, PTMBA Liaison


Monica Bautista graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University with a BS in Health Studies: Community Health Education. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and works as a Program Analyst on the Africa Ebola Unit at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to her current role, Monica worked on family planning policy and gender equality and female empowerment in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. Previously Monica served as a Graduate Fellow in the Office of Senator Richard Durbin, and at the Health Resources and Services Administration. In her free time, Monica volunteers with HIPS as a Mobile Health Outreach Volunteer. Monica chose Smith because of the wonderful people, the ability to tailor the curriculum to her needs, and the convenient location. Monica appreciates the welcoming atmosphere created by Smith faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the opportunity to learn from talented professors, and impressive classmates. She is excited to be starting her second and final year as part of the DC Weekend Cohort.

Nora Cobo, OMBA Liaison  


Nora is currently Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). Her background is in nonprofits and fundraising; previous work experience includes being Grant Writer and Development Manager at the Latin American Youth Center and being Manager of Development and Outreach at Center for Inspired Teaching, both located in Washington, DC. Nora’s academic interests include: strategy, analytics, and governance. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Southwestern University. In her spare time, Nora sings with The City Choir of Washington and volunteers with the Central American Resource Center.

First Year Board Members  

Jennifer Brown


Jenny Brown is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed her undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University where she obtained her B.Sc in Biology/Chemistry with minors in Biochemistry and Forensic Science. Jenny has lived in Maryland since 2005 where she has spent the past 10.5 years as a forensic toxicologist. She started out by working in research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, then transitioned to being a supervisor of quality assurance at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System and most recently served as the Quality Manger for the toxicology laboratory as well as the Breath Alcohol Program Manager for the District of Columbia at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner here in Washington DC. She enjoys hobby photography and hanging out with her husband, Mike, and their rescue dog Max at their home in Silver Spring, MD! Jenny is really excited to join the Smith community! She looks forward to continuing to meet new people, to get involved and help support the other women MBA’s and to give back to the community at large, starting with serving as a first-year board member for SAWMBA!

Amelia Dougherty     

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Prior to Smith, Amelia spent 7 years consulting for Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Strategy and Operations Practice. During her time at Deloitte, she specialized in project management, facilitating executive visioning sessions, and solving complex problems related to large transformations efforts. Amelia is known for being collaborative, energetic, and meticulous when it comes to details. While at Smith, she plans to specialize in digital strategy and product management with the plan of transitioning into a career in digital marketing. In addition to her professional experience, Amelia enjoys photography, exploring new places, and eating her husband’s cooking.

Ebony Harley


Ebony Harley is a dual-degree MBA/MSW student, pursuing a career in human capital management. Prior to graduate school, she spent 4 years as a Project Manager at Bank of America, facilitating the production and submission of the Bank’s quarterly financial reports to government agencies. Immediately before graduate school, Ebony decided to pursue her interest in the nonprofit sector, working as the Community Engagement Manager for Advocates for Children and Youth where she organized grassroots and foundational support for ACY’s Effective School Discipline campaign. Ebony is a proud alumna of Davidson College, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Riddhi Kumar


Riddhi is a first year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business focusing on IT Consulting and Product Management. She also represents the Smith school as a Smith Ambassador, and is a Forte Fellow. She is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Operations and Information Technology, where she is working as an Assistant Product Manager, for an in-house health-fair management application.

Originally from Gurgaon, India, Riddhi completed her undergraduate at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi with a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology. Prior to Smith, she spent three years working with Cvent, a McLean based Saas Event Management Solutions company, as a Senior Quality Engineer.

Ariel Nathan


Prior to coming to Smith, Ariel worked for two years in a Baltimore City non-profit, working in education justice and engaging millennials in meaningful, ongoing service. Ariel’s passions lie at the intersection of women’s rights and education, and she worked in several women focused non-profits before moving to Baltimore City. Ariel came to Maryland to pursue a dual MBA and Masters in Public Policy degree program and hopes that she will learn the skills that will enable her to enact positive change in the world. Ariel is a graduate of Binghamton University, with a bachelors in Philosophy Politics and Law. She lives in College Park and enjoys yoga and the sport of rowing.

Alison Scharman 


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Alison is a first-year MBA student at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In addition to her position of SAWMBA board member, she is a Forte Fellow and a member of the Human Capital Association.

Alison completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background is primarily in client management for non-profits and political campaigns at a digital strategy and technology consulting firm.

In her spare time, Alison loves college football and basketball, winter sports, and traveling.