Alumni Connect – Winter 2011

Paul A. Gonzalez SVMP ’99: Cornell University BA ’00, Babson College MBA ’08.  Recently relocated to Geneva, Switzerland and accepted an offer to be Vice President at JPMorgan Suisse SA.


Terence Cole SVMP ’00: Since SVMP, I’ve studied abroad in Spain and Mexico, worked in the United States and I am currently teaching English in South Korea with my girlfriend.  I created, a website for foreigners who want to live and work in South Korea.


Brooke Daniels SVMP ‘06: I completed my first year at Harvard Business School last year and absolutely loved it!  I am a first year at Harvard Law School right now working towards my JD/MBA, class of 2013.  The entire experience has been great and I love spending time with other SVMP Alumni from the class of 2006–Stephanie Atiase, Stefon Burns, David Stinfil, Yohanes Frezgi and Jimmy Weng, all of whom are currently students at HBS!


Tara Moss SVMP ’06: Background in Healthcare IT Consulting, but looking to move into and connect with someone in the Fashion/Retail Industry.  Currently working at Cumberland Consulting Group (since 2007) in New York City.


Natasha (Natalya) Matusova SVMP ’08: Integrated Development Associate, Taproot Foundation, San Francisco, Northwestern University 2009.  After graduating from Northwestern University in 2009, I served as Americorps VISTA at the Taproot Foundation whose mission is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro-bono service that drives social change.  As Product Development Fellow, I led the re-design of two core services in the areas of technology and strategic HR.  In the fall of 2010, I became the first VITSA fellow at Taproot to receive an offer to join the staff full-time.  My new title is Integrated Product Development Associate.  In this role, I am working to build Taproot’s capacity to deliver services to leading nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies alike.


Melissa Blett SVMP ’10: Senior at University of Central Florida.  I was selected for the UCF Homecoming Court 2010.  In some schools, Homecoming Court is about popularity, but at UCF, the five best female and male leaders are recognized for their excellence in academics, service, leadership and school spirit.  We have over 56,000 students at UCF, so being 1 of 5 females selected is a huge campus honor.


Rene Couttolenc SVMP ’10: Senior at University of Georgia, Athens Georgia.  I will be graduating in May 2011 from the University of Georgia with a Management degree and certification in Latin American Studies.  I also earned a certification in Workforce Diversity.  I will be joining the Hanover Insurance Group for their Future Leaders Program in their Atlanta office.  I am currently the president of the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Georgia representing over 1,000 Hispanic students on campus.  We have heavily worked to raise awareness and education about the issues that Hispanics are facing lately and we have been supporting the DREAM Act. We strongly believe that education represents the most effective means to accelerate the progress of this nation and increase global competitiveness.  The Hispanic Student Association at UGA was part of the Regional Conference of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in Atlanta in October 2010.  The goal of this conference is to provide students with fundamental tools to differentiate themselves and be successful not only on their campuses but in their communities as well.  I was also recently awarded a national scholarship by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and BB&T Charitable Foundation.  This scholarship is awarded to five Hispanic students across the nation who have demonstrated academic abilities in the business field and outstanding leadership and professional experience.  I am originally from Mexico City and moved to the US just four years ago.