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  • Jill Choate Beier

    Jill Choate Beier, Assistant Professor of Accounting, earned an MBA with an Accounting concentration from Fordham Graduate School of Business; a J.D., summa cum laude, from Touro Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She teaches accounting and business law, and her research interests include estate and gift taxation and the impact of tax laws on individual behavior. Prior to Marymount, she practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell and held management positions at Credit Suisse First Boston.

  • Vinod S Changarath

    Vinod S. Changarath, Assistant Professor of Finance, earned his Ph.D.  in Finance at the University of Cincinnati, with a research interest in banking. He has previously held visiting faculty positions and taught a variety of finance courses at Marshall University, WV and James Madison University, VA. Before embarking on an academic career, Vinod worked for over 12 years in the field of equity research with leading international investment banks including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, in Singapore and India, employing quantitative research methods and covering global equities and Asian banks.

  • Richard Garrett

    Richard Garrett, Associate Professor of Economics, earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The New School of Social Research and has done graduate work at the Cornell-Baruch School of Industrial Relations. He teaches management courses and macroeconomics and is currently a consultant to the entertainment industry and to nonprofit international labor solidarity organizations. Before coming to Marymount, he was Associate Director of Research for the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile employees.

  • Fahad Khan

    Fahad Khan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business, holds a Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc.), Management and Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Finance from Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. Fahad is a tech executive, a serial entrepreneur and a business school professor.  Professor Khan has been teaching an advanced MBA course on Mobile Media & Marketing at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY. Fahad has also taught Digital Media & Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the MBA and undergraduate programs respectively, at Rutgers Business School. Fahad is the founder, co-founder or chairman of multiple high-growth independent and private equity-backed ventures.  





  • Leslie Levin

    Leslie Levin, Associate Professor of Business Management, earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University. She teaches marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior; her research interests include religious imagery in advertising and the advancement of management women in domestic and international companies. Prior to joining Marymount, she worked in public relations and marketing management at the former Burson-Marsteller, Lever Brothers, and Bristol-Myers.

  • Vandana Rao

    Vandana Rao, Professor of Business Management, Chair, Division of Business, completed her doctoral studies in economics at SUNY, Stony Brook, and graduate work in management at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She teaches business and finance courses; her research interests include economic development and risk management. Before joining Marymount, Vandana taught and did consulting and project work for government and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and India, as well as for international organizations such as UNICEF.

  • Surinder Singh

    Surinder Singh, Visiting Assistant Professor, received an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. He also did graduate work in Computer Science in Hofstra University after receiving his B.S. in Computer Science with a Minor in Business. Professor Singh has taught graduate and undergraduate of courses in finance, business and accounting at Saint Peter’s University and Marymount Manhattan College. As a serial entrepreneur, Professor Singh was Founder of Jugglebox, Inc. and Co-Founder of Northstar Financial Advisors LLC and Veritas Capital LLC.  His professional experience includes management positions at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Dime Savings Bank of New York.   

  • Andrea Tsentides

    Andrea Tsentides, Assistant Professor of Accounting, received an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, and later became a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York. She teaches accounting, and her research interests include adherence to the auditing standards under time pressure across different countries at multinational organizations. She has taught and worked in the United States and abroad including at the Bank of Cyprus and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1335-blake-balsamo"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/10160_image001.jpg" alt="Blake Balsamo" title="Blake Balsamo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I was in the class of 2015 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Accounting and Finance, and a minor in Economics. The business program at Marymount is a hidden jewel with professors who are both excellent professionals and dedicated mentors. I was encouraged to constantly challenge myself and explore career paths. My advisors and professors helped me obtain scholarships and internships and were great counselors when it came to selecting a job that I loved. I received six job offers as I was getting ready to graduate and my professors helped guide me through the decision making process.Upon graduation, I decided to take a position as a Global Commercial Risk Analyst with Citigroup.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1335-blake-balsamo">Blake Balsamo</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Double Major in Finance and Accounting</p><p> Minor: Economics</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/852-amy-pekal"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/285,39,911,665/5993_amy_pekal.jpg" alt="Amy Pekal" title="Amy Pekal" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “For the fall 2013 semester I chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy.  I am a double major in Business Management and Art History, and so, I could not think of a better place to spend a semester. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance and no matter where I turned, there was always an interaction with art. The journey taught me more about myself, than any classroom could. I passionately dove into a new culture, learned to speak a new language and gained an appreciation for the world beyond New York City.  I believe it is important to be a citizen of the world: everything is accessible, if you want it to be, and foreign places should always be embraced.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/852-amy-pekal">Amy Pekal</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in Business Management and Art History</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/850-james-matson"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/87,1,435,349/5456_christies.jpg" alt="James Matson" title="James Matson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Having worked as an intern in the Chinese Works of Art department at Christie’s auction house since July 2013, I have found my experience there extremely relevant alongside my undergraduate studies at Marymount Manhattan. I am a senior with a double major in Business Economics and International Studies, minoring in Asian Studies. My course work in Mandarin language and Chinese literature and history at Marymount has proved extremely relevant to the work I do at Christie’s, helping me to accomplish tasks such as the provenance research for ancient Chinese art that I assist in.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/850-james-matson">James Matson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Business and International Studies major, minor in Asian Studies</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/846-ethan-gwirtz"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/94,0,884,789/4246_ethan.jpg" alt="Ethan Gwirtz" title="Ethan Gwirtz" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Most of all, I enjoyed the smaller classrooms where you have a voice and aren’t a number in a huge auditorium.  Also, having NYC as my campus was fantastic, as many classes and relationships afforded me opportunities to see part of the city, including parks, museums, and even trading floors on the NYSE, Morgan Stanley, and an assortment of other Wall Street offices.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/846-ethan-gwirtz">Ethan Gwirtz</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in Finance</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/844-blake-balsamo"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/79,21,466,408/4245_image.jpeg" alt="Blake Balsamo" title="Blake Balsamo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I started working onsite at Goldman Sachs the second semester of my sophomore year. I work in the State and Local Tax division on corporate taxes, and am onsite at Goldman Sachs while employed by a third party recruiting company. Through this job experience, I have gained the knowledge to file taxes for multi-state corporations and partnerships in compliance with state and federal tax laws. The Marymount Business Division thoroughly prepared me for my role as an onsite employee at Goldman Sachs and for the corporate world.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/844-blake-balsamo">Blake Balsamo</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Double Major in Accounting and Finance, Minor in Economics</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/853-hannah-pressler"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/0,106,467,573/4074_hannah27s20photo.jpg" alt="Hannah Pressler" title="Hannah Pressler" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Having Marymount in my educational background I have found that I have a very distinctive and valuable set of skills not found among most of my peers.  The liberal arts approach to learning which Marymount offers has given me the ability to approach projects, challenges, and problems with a broadened perspective.  My education has taught me that there are many ways to view an endeavor, whether in my professional or personal life, and that no one way takes precedence and all are valuable.  In addition to this liberal arts way of thinking, I also gained a professional and directive set of skills in Marymount’s business and accounting programs where, at times, there is only one way to solve a problem.  The combination of these two important learning styles and areas of study has given me skills which are highly valued by my employer.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/853-hannah-pressler">Hannah Pressler</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Business Management and Marketing, Minor in Accounting</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1318-katelyn-kelly"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9939_katelyn_kelly.jpg" alt="Katelyn Kelly" title="Katelyn Kelly" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I’m a rising Junior who has always had a love for the fashion industry, and an aspiration to work in corporate retail and marketing. The showroom I interned for is Madison Paige, a brand that designs and sells women’s blouses and dresses to retailers.The showroom internship was a great opportunity because I learned all about the wholesale business in the Garment District. Working in a showroom is a very ‘behind-the-scenes’ job because we sell lines of merchandise to stores. Getting to know how stores choose and buy their inventory was a great learning experience, and I was able to network with industry professionals.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1318-katelyn-kelly">Katelyn Kelly</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Marketing major, Fashion Studies minor</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/858-xiaoyi-he"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/94,0,682,588/7264_4071_xiao_photo.jpg" alt="Xiaoyi He" title="Xiaoyi He" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I went to Rome, Italy for the spring semester of 2013. Because I am a business student, I took Globalization and Macroeconomics for my major. I also took Photography and Italian classes to enrich my Roman experience. Although I had mentally prepared myself for a culture shock, I still needed to make effort to adapt to a new environment. That was the fun part of the study aboard experience, as I got to live the real Roman life style: tasting the most authentic Italian cuisine and talking to people with completely different cultural backgrounds about almost everything. I also took the opportunity of living in Rome for a semester, to travel around Europe. The study aboard experience opened up my eyes; it was definitely a life changing event for me.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/858-xiaoyi-he">Xiaoyi He</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in Finance</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1304-lauren-roland"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9812_lauren.jpg" alt="Lauren Roland" title="Lauren Roland" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Lauren is a rising senior with a double major in Management and Finance. During the first semester of her junior year, she was a Business Intelligence Intern at the international art auction house, Christie’s. Recently Lauren was offered a Marketing internship position with Mitchell & Titus, LLP, an accounting division of the multinational professional services firm, Ernst & Young.  Lauren will start her internship this summer and complete it at the end of next May in 2016, right before graduation. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1304-lauren-roland">Lauren Roland</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Management and Finance Major</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1310-nicole-marlin"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9947_professional_photo.jpg" alt="Nicole Marlin" title="Nicole Marlin" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Nicole is an honors student and a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is also the president of Business Analytics Association Club. She will be interning at IBM as part of the Technical Insight Team this summer. The Technical Insight Team provides actionable insight to the IBM North America Software Technical Sales organization. Using Cognos dashboards and cubes, SPSS predictive analytics as well as tried and true Excel, the intern working in this capacity will have the opportunity to explore a vast resource of data, uncover new insights, validate those findings in field interviews and ultimately provide technical and operational recommendations to the leadership team. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1310-nicole-marlin">Nicole Marlin</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Double major: B.S. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing </p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1307-beatrice-barbesta"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9817_beatrice.jpg" alt="Beatrice Barbesta" title="Beatrice Barbesta" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Marymount Manhattan provided me with the skills necessary to be accepted to the Master of Finance program in London at the Hult International School of Business. Marymount’s central location and small campus are two of the main advantages that led me to choose this college. New York City offers many job opportunities while small classes allow students to build close relationships with professors who guide students throughout their academic development. The wide range of courses that the Business Management program offers allowed me to learn in depth about many subjects including accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, and finance, which I selected as my concentration. Besides acquiring an excellent knowledge of the concepts, Marymount also supported me in finding internships, which strengthened my professional and practical skills and helped me discover my passion for the field of finance.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1307-beatrice-barbesta">Beatrice Barbesta</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014; Finance Major, Economics minor</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1311-megan-odonnell"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9884_megan_france.jpg" alt="Megan O’Donnell" title="Megan O’Donnell" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Megan, a graduating senior in International Business, loved her experience studying abroad in Paris last fall. Megan spoke about her experience on Business Day in April 2015 and provided suggestions to fellow students in planning a study abroad semester, and shared the joys of traveling and visiting the great European cities, as well as hidden jewels such as Monet’s garden on the outskirts of Paris.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1311-megan-odonnell">Megan O’Donnell</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015</p><p> B.S. in International Business, minors in Economics and French</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1305-natalie-palmarozza"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/src_region/0,0,678,678/9815_redo_natalie.jpg" alt="Natalie Palmarozza" title="Natalie Palmarozza" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Natalie is a senior with a double major in Management and Marketing and will be graduating in December of 2015. During the Fall Semester 2014, she started freelancing with a public relations agency, dOMAIN PR which specializes in hospitality, fashion, beauty, and entertainment with clients such as the Los Angeles Lakers, LittleBits, Matrix and other high profile clients. In the spring of 2015, dOMAIN gave Natalie the opportunity to become an intern.  Natalie plans to continue her internship with the company until graduation.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1305-natalie-palmarozza">Natalie Palmarozza</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Management and Marketing major</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1309-gabriel-skaarland"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9860_gabriel.jpg" alt="Gabriel Skaarland" title="Gabriel Skaarland" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Gabriel is a double major in Finance and International Business. He is also a treasurer of Business Analytics Association Club. He will start his internship at Granberg AS this summer consisting of an 8 week trip to Stavanger, Norway.  He will work on analyzing currency risk exposure, hedging activities, and presenting macroeconomic projections for Granberg AS for the following 2 to 3 years. He will also be involved in conducting marketing research by creating in-depth questionnaires, collecting responses and utilizing SPSS software to evaluate and present results and suggestions on which direction the company should take in the future. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1309-gabriel-skaarland">Gabriel Skaarland</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, B.S. Finance and International Business major</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/856-samuel-basilio"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/215/9763_yuve.jpg" alt="Samuel Basilio" title="Samuel Basilio" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Samuel Basilio is a senior who will graduate in spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. He is a co- founder of Yuve, Inc., a product that aims to integrate a diverse, healthy and vegetarian-leaning lifestyle. The product is a drinkable fusion of nearly two-dozen premium natural ingredients designed to improve digestion, blood circulation, muscle tone, immune system and appearance of skin and hair. To learn more about Samuel, go to <a href=""></a></p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/856-samuel-basilio">Samuel Basilio</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in Entrepreneurship</p></div>