Executive Board

Tiffany Chang, President


Tiffany is a first year MBA focusing on Supply Chain/Operations and General Management. 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 for-profit 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.

In addition to her involvement in SAWMBA, Tiffany is also involved in the Net Impact Club and the Smith Energy Association as first year board member. She is an Admissions Graduate Assistant working on Women’s Initiatives and is a Forte Fellow.

To contact Tiffany please use tiffany.chang@rhsmith.umd.edu


Regina Cline, Executive Vice President


Regina is a first-year MBA candidate at the R.H. Smith School of Business focusing on Supply Chain/Operations Management and General Management. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelors of Science in Apparel Design and Development and a Business Administration minor. For the past five years she was working in NYC as a fashion designer and graphic designer. During that time, Regina saw firsthand the problems with international supply chains, production inefficiencies, and poor management choices; so she decided to pursue an MBA focused on those issues. In addition to being on the SAWMBA board, she is also on the Supply Chain & Operations Club at Smith.


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.