Executive Board

Alison Scharman, President

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Alison is a second-year MBA at Smith and is focusing in General Management and Consulting. She recently spent her summer as an MBA Summer Associate in Cognizant Business Consulting’s retail and digital transformation practice. Alison has experience in sales, social marketing, and e-Commerce for Ski Center, a small specialty retailer of ski equipment and apparel, as well as digital strategy, client management, and technical support at Revolution Messaging, an award-winning technology and political strategy consulting firm.

In addition to her involvement with SAWMBA, Alison is a Forté Fellow. While originally hailing from Maryland, Alison spent her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a die-hard Badger fan and is involved in UW’s D.C. alumni network. She balances her love of the cheese state with weekend trips to the Chesapeake Bay.

To contact Alison, please email sawmba@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Ariel Nathan, Executive Vice-President

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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. This summer she interned with Constellation Energy Group in Baltimore City as a Corporate Relations Intern.

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.

Riddhi Kumar, VP of Marketing

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Riddhi is a second year MBA student, focusing on Marketing, Strategy and Analytics to pursue a career in Product Management. This summer she interned with Cvent, a McLean based Saas Event Management Solutions company, as a Product Management intern. She is passionate about working at the intersection of creativity and technology, to create products that strive to simplify lives. Over her first year at Smith, Riddhi worked as an Assistant Product Manager, for an in-house health-fair management app.

Riddhi is also VP of International Student Affairs in the Smith MBA Association, the VP of External Affairs for the Data Analytics Club, and an OCS Leadership Fellow. Prior to Smith, she spent three years working with Cvent as a Senior Quality Engineer. Riddhi enjoys reading fiction, writing abstract stories, cooking and exploring new places to eat!

Amelia Dougherty, VP of Finance

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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.

Amelia spent her summer as a Brand Management Intern for the Reese’s account at The Hershey Company. She is also the VP of External Relations of MBAA. In addition to her professional experience, Amelia enjoys photography, exploring new places, and eating her husband’s cooking.

Ebony Harley, VP of External Affairs

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Ebony is currently in her third and final year of the dual MBA-MSW program at the University of Maryland. In addition to her role as VP of Alumni & External Relations for SAWMBA, Ebony serves as Co-President of the Robert H. Smith Black MBA Association.

Ebony is a proud Baltimorean who completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Most recently, Ebony completed her summer MBA internship at Johnson & Johnson as a member of its Human Resources Leadership Development Program.

Prior to graduate school, Ebony worked as a Project Manager where she managed quarterly Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Loan reporting cycles to external federal regulators. Immediately before graduate school, Ebony served as the Community Engagement Manager at Advocates for Children and Youth, working within its education policy portfolio.

Prachi Savant, VP of Programming

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Prachi is a 2nd year MBA candidate with a focus in marketing and product management. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Mumbai. She has worked in sales in the technology and telecommunication industry for five years in leadership positions. Prachi spent her summer interning at DHL as a Sales Intern which she will continue through the year.

In addition to SAWMBA, Prachi serves as the Executive VP for the Professional Communications Club and as VP of Marketing for the International MBA Club. In her spare time, Prachi enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

Nour El Houda Bouadis, 1st Year Board Member    

nour_headshot (1)Nour El Houda Bouadis is a first-year MBA student at the Smith School of Business. After earning her Bachelor’s in international business and marketing from the George Washington University, she went on to work for a boutique management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Nour El Houda is currently pursuing her MBA to follow her passion for marketing and pivot her career to brand management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and zumba.

Janna Fernandez, 1st Year Board Member    

Janna Fernandez-2 (1)Janna is a first-year MBA student pursuing a dual-degree in Public Policy. While at the University of Maryland, she hopes to build her toolkit to be a catalyst for change wherever she goes.

Originally from Guam, Janna implemented a districtwide program that prepares Guam’s public high school students for the workforce and it was here she discovered her passion for people—helping them thrive and grow to reach their potential. Janna is pursuing her MBA to transform her passions into a career focused in human capital, with an interest in training and developing leadership teams. Janna enjoys volunteering, drinking cold brew coffee, networking, and doing new things that scare her.

Brittani Hradsky, 1st Year Board Member

SMITH_MBA-209_Brittani_(1)Brittani is originally hails from West Michigan. Prior to coming to Peace Corps she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Aghbalou, Morocco. While at Smith, Brittani is looking to translate her political science background and international experience into a career in non-profit management.

Erin Moore, 1st Year Board Member

Erin_Moore_SMITH_MBA-227_(1)Erin Moore is a 1st year MBA Candidate from Greensboro, NC. She previously worked as the Sustainability Engagement Manager at Cornell University, developing behavior change programs and energy conservation programs focused on promoting sustainable behaviors on and off campus. Her MBA focus is marketing. She plans to transition her career to brand management within the consumer goods industry to build value in products that meet society’s needs. Outside of Smith, Erin enjoys live music, good food, and traveling.

Taylor Paradeses, 1st Year Board Member

taylor_headshot (1)Prior to joining the Smith community, Taylor Paradeses spent several years as a software analyst out of Charlotte, NC. During her time in the Queen City, Taylor specialized in project design and management, new product development, and simplifying clients’ complex processes related to international trade regulation. Taylor is known for being detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and encouraging in collaborative environments. While at Smith, she plans to concentrate on product management with a continued focus in the technology industry. In addition to her professional experience, Taylor enjoys kayaking/hiking, watching Netflix with Moose (her cat), and searching the city for the best nachos with her husband.

Meegan Schuckers

Meegan Schuckers SMITH_MBA-271 (2) (1)Meegan graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a major in Dance and minor in Business Administration. After graduation she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and began working at the Cincinnati Ballet.  She started as an intern and worked her way thru several positions until her last position as Operations Administrator working for the Chief Operating Officer. While at Cincinnati Ballet, Meegan traveled numerous times to New York City with company.  She was also fortunate enough to participate on the administrative support team and contribute artistically in the creation of a full length, world premier ballet, King Arthur’s Camelot.  After four years with Cincinnati Ballet, Meegan wanted to pursue her MBA in order to pursue her leadership and management aspirations. She returned to the east coast to attend the Robert H. Smith School of Business.  Meegan is excited to be able to continue to grow her career and hopes to return to the performing arts sector equipped with the experience and knowledge she will gain at Smith and SAWMBA.

Jainaba Ceesay, EMBA Liaison

Jainaba is a Vice President and Senior Branch Manager at M&T Bank, in Greenbelt , Maryland. Jainaba graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting at The University of Maryland University College. Jainaba started her career in Banking as Teller in February 2001 and worked her way up to a Financial Center Leader at BB&T Bank until October 2011 , when she joined M&T Bank. Jainaba is a very active member in her community and serves as the Executive Vice President of The Gambian American Association of Greater Washington. Jainaba also serves as a mentor to various women that are looking for financial and career empowerment.She is married with three Children and lives in Mitchellville, Maryland.