Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council's purpose is to help the Simmons School of Management (SOM) achieve its mission by acting as a powerful and visible body of advice, influence and support. The Council members provide a critical link between the SOM and the individuals and organizations with the resources, knowledge, and contacts the SOM requires to fulfill its mission and achieve its objectives.

2014 Member List

Chair of Business Advisory Council

Susan Paresky
Senior Vice President, Development
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Members of Business Advisory Council

Lyn Andrews
Sales and Marketing Advisor
LA Advisors

Zamawa Arenas

Paige Arnof-Fenn
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Mavens and Moguls

Dottie Brienza
Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Talent Leader
Merck & Co, Inc./ MSD

Lucia Celona
Vice President, Human Resources
Biogen Idec

Denise Coll
Former President, North America
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Martha Comfort
Director of Human Resources
Hewlett Packard

Christine Detjen
VP Software Sales - Enterprise and MidMarket Clients
IBM North America

Janice Reals Ellig
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Chadick Ellig, Inc.

April Evans
Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Monitor Clipper Partners

Maura Evans
SVP, Technology Architecture
State Street Corporation

Gretchen P. Fox
Founder and President
Fox RPM Corp.

Karen Gray
Director of Retail and Global Development

Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jacqueline Hernández
Chief Operating Officer
The Telemundo Communications Group

Saj-nicole Joni
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cambridge International Group, Ltd.

Patricia Karter
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Dancing Deer Baking Company, Inc.

Mary Mattson Kenworthy
Managing Director
UBS Private Wealth Management

ML Krakauer
Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Madge M. Meyer
Founder and Owner
Madge Meyer Consulting

Regis Mulot
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Juliette C. Mayers
Executive Director, Multicultural Marketing
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Indira B. Patel
President and Chief Executive Officer
New England Office Supply, Inc.

Lucia Luce Quinn
Chief People Officer
Forrester Research

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

Alison Taunton-Rigby, Ph.D., O.B.E.
Director and Trustee
Healthcare, Life Sciences and Financial Services

Amanda Thomas
Director, Program Management and Planning
Concert Pharmaceuticals

Ex-Officio Members of the Business Advisory Council

Stacy Blake-Beard
Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean, Business Advisory Council
Simmons School of Management

Cathy E. Minehan
Simmons School of Management