Executive Board

Jessie Waters, President

Jessie Waters

Jessie is a second-year MBA candidate at the Smith School of Business focusing on Marketing & Brand Management. Jessie is originally from Los Angeles, CA and has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and History from Tufts University. Most recently, Jessie spent her summer as a Brand Management intern at The Hershey Company.

In addition to being President of SAWMBA, she is also the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Marketing Association.



Kallen Traschel, Executive Vice President

CaptureKallen is a UMD Smith MBA student with a focus on marketing and strategic management.  She recently completed an MBA Marketing Internship with Verizon Wireless where she worked with the Multicultural Department on Hispanic Segment targeted campaigns.  Prior to her MBA, Kallen served as a Legislative Analyst at Heather Podesta + Partners, a U.S. top 50 lobbying firm, where she pushed forward client policy positions on the Hill.  Kallen graduated from American University in 2010 with majors in International Studies and History.



Shivani Mayani, VP of Finance

linkedin (1)Shivani is a second year MBA student focusing on Strategy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Mumbai before pursuing her affinity for numbers and finance through a MS Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia. Shivani then returned to Mumbai, India and worked for over two years in the dynamic and evolving Aviation industry which was leaning towards privatization at that time. While comfortable working with financial analysis, she realized her potential for problem solving, analytical thinking and business development was even stronger and decided to pursue her MBA to foray into consulting. This past summer, Shivani interned with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a global leader in IT consulting services and solutions, where she worked within Business Technology on financial and IT compliance with SOX regulations.

Beyond SAWMBA’s scope of activities, Shivani is also VP Finance for the International MBA Association.


Anna Anderson, VP of Marketing

Anna AndersonAnna is a second year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, focusing on general management. Prior to Smith, Anna spent the last five years working as manager of CASA de Maryland; a non-profit organization, which focuses immigrant integration services and advocacy for over 20,000 community members annually. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Kenyon College in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from The George Washington University in 2013.

In addition to her role as VP of Marketing for SAWMBA, Anna is the President of Net Impact, VP of Marketing for LAMBASA, VP of Events for the Human Capital Association, and an Office of Career Services Leadership Fellow.


Anusha Nallapati, VP of External Relations

official pic - UMDAnusha is a second year MBA student focusing on finance and international development. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Information Technology with Economics from Virginia Tech in 2008. Prior to starting at Smith, Anusha spent five years at Deloitte and Touche as an IT Controls Specialist in the Enterprise Risk Services practice. Due to her interest in working with projects from the early stages, along with yearning to develop her financial acumen, Anusha came back to school to study finance with an international development focus through an MBA. This past summer she has completed an internships in both areas – 1. World Bank, a UN international financial institution, where she worked in the Climate Change Group supporting the knowledge development team to create materials under the climate finance initiative. 2. Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization, where she worked closely with investor resource development team to further outreach efforts for the Capital Kids Portfolio.

In addition to Anusha’s involvement in SAWMBA, she is the National Director of the Student Leadership Team in NAWMBA and is supporting the NAWMBA Conference being held in Washington, DC in October 2014.


Caroline Anderson, VP of Programming and Events

Anderson_C-21Aug13-7 (2)Caroline is a second year MBA student focusing on supply chain management and strategy. Caroline is a “Super Terp” having received her undergraduate degree in Government & Politics and History from the University of Maryland in 2011. Before returning to Maryland, Caroline spent two years in Abercrombie and Fitch’s management rotational program. After having experienced firsthand the inefficiencies of A&F’s supply chain and processes, she decided to pursue her MBA with this focus. This past summer she completed a logistics internship at Hilti Corporation, a European power tool manufacturer, where she worked closely with the US distribution centers to optimize internal domestic freight movement and improve import container utilization.

In addition to Caroline’s involvement in SAWMBA, she is a member of the MBA Association as the VP of Signature Events and is planning Smith’s 13th Annual Monte Carlo Gala that will be taking place February 2015.


Lana Bronipolsky, First Year Board Member

Lana is a first year graduate student pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and an MBA focusing on finance and international development. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Prior to Smith, Lana was a Senior Analyst in Compliance at PIMCO in Southern California. Lana returned to school to blend her extensive finance experience with her desire to make a social impact. She looks forward to working for a mission driven organization.

In addition to her role on SAWMBA, Lana is also on the board of the Finance Association and the JMBAA.


Allison Davern, First Year Board Member

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Allison is a first-year MBA candidate at the Smith School of Business. Allison is originally from Reno, Nevada and has Bachelors in Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nevada. Prior to the Smith School, Allison worked in in account management at Ogilvy Public Relations. In addition to the SAWMBA board, Allison also serves on the board of the Smith Media, Sports and Entertainment Association.




Anna Balakirska, First Year Board Member


Anna is a dual MBA/MSW degree student focusing on Human Capital Management and Strategy.  She completed her undergraduate education from the University of Maryland, College Park, with degrees in Psychology, English, and Women’s Studies. Anna has three years work experience within the non-profit sector where she worked as a behavioral therapist. In addition to her role as a first year board member at SAWMBA, Anna is on the boards of the Human Capital and Professional Communication clubs.




Vanessa Dsouza, First Year Board Member

Dsouza-V-19Aug14-20 (3)Vanessa is a first year MBA candidate at the Robert H Smith School of business with a focus on Strategy and Technology Consulting. Vanessa is originally from Mumbai, India and has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mumbai University. Prior to joining Smith, Vanessa has had four years of experience in the IT Industry where she had been working with two of India’s leading IT Services and Consulting companies.





Tiffany Chang, First Year Board Member


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.


Regina Cline, First Year Board Member


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.