Professional MBA Leadership Board

Professional Leadership

The goal of the Professional MBA (PMBA) Leadership Board is to provide an outlet and voice for professional and online student feedback in an effort to continually improve the quality of the student and academic experience.

As an extension of the MBA Student Association (MBASA), the board works alongside the MBASA to provide input on student clubs and professional/social networking events.

Board members meet monthly to discuss student ideas and concerns, suggest program improvements, and provide feedback to administration; manage a budget dedicated to professional development opportunities for professional/online MBA students and determine how to allocate funding to best support the student experience; and serve as an advocate for prospective and incoming students by participating in recruiting events with the admissions team.

Meet the PMBA Board

Rachel Beatty

PMBA President

beattyMy name is Rachael Beatty and I am in the second semester of the flexible track of the online professional MBA program. I plan to take 2-3 classes per semester to have the opportunity to really focus on the courses. I completed my undergraduate with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research from UNC-Wilmington in 2013. My undergraduate degree was very specific and while I currently work in the clinical research industry I want to have the broader business knowledge. Since graduation I have worked at PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) and am currently a Clinical Research Associate where I have the opportunity to travel 4-5 days a week to locations across the US. My long term goal is to move into project management within the clinical research/contract research industry. I currently still live in Wilmington, NC and I am looking forward to serving on the PMBA board to make additional connections and friends in Raleigh.

LaTrisha Major

PMBA Professional Events Chair

majorHello!  My name is LaTrisha Major and I am in my second semester of the Professional MBA program at RTP.  I am originally from Smithfield, Virginia and made North Carolina my home two years ago.  Prior to moving here, I lived in Atlanta for 14 years and worked at one of the largest media entertainment companies in the world.  I hold an undergraduate degree in Finance, which I obtained from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.  With over 19 years of experience in finance and accounting, I just recently transitioned into an IT role to leverage my skills as a financial systems administrator.  During my career, I have specialized in revenue recognition, forecasting, process improvement and financial systems, while working for Cisco, IBM, Turner Broadcasting and WVEC-TV.  Ever since I was an undergraduate student, I have maintained an interest in receiving my MBA and decided it was time to take action and pursue it.  The Jenkins MBA program was the best option for me based on the innovation of the program, location, and the ROI.

I am honored to be able to serve my fellow students on the PMBA Leadership board.  If our paths cross, say hello and share with me what you think will help make our student experience better.  I look forward to connecting with you and making a difference.

Brian Neal

PMBA Social Events Chair

nealMy name is Brian Neal, and I am currently in my second semester of the professional MBA program at RTP campus. I am currently leaning towards an area of emphasis in Supply Chain Management, but have not completely made up my mind. I was born in Virginia Beach, VA, moved to Henderson, NC at 13, and then Wilmington, NC at 18 for undergrad at UNCW where I got my BS in Biology. After working for several years in that area, I moved to the Triangle, and currently work for a medical device company named Avioq that manufactures ELISA kits to screen human blood samples for HIV & HTLV-I/II. My entire professional career until this year has been in production/operations, although I am currently transitioning into a Project Management position with my company.

I decided to attend Jenkins because I wanted the opportunity to reorient my professional path, and was intrigued by the connections the program has to the various tech and biopharma companies in the area. I plan to be in the Raleigh area long term, and hope to make many long lasting professional connections while in school. The PMBA leadership board is an excellent opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills while serving my peers who thus far have not had their unique needs served by the program.

Jonathan Permar

PMBA Communications Chair

permarMy name is Jonathan Permar, and this is my second semester in the Professional MBA @ RTP! While I’d love to say I am on the fast track, it’s more appropriate to say that’s a goal rather plan; I’m hoping to finish my coursework by the end latter half of the calendar year 2017.

I hail from Greensboro, NC and graduated from Elon University in 2007, with a B.A. in History, Secondary Educational Licensure for 9-12 History, and a minor in East Asian Studies. That minor, and a study abroad stint in Japan, led me to teach there for a couple of years and then to a job teaching high school social studies in 2009 back in Greensboro. Since 2014, I’ve been working as a Coordinator for a district-level initiative serving multiple schools in a consulting, coordinating, and training capacity.

I’ve been interested in moving into program or project management role for a company where I can continue to engage my interest in East Asia. The Jenkins MBA is the perfect opportunity for me to readjust my professional path and build connections in the Triangle so that I might reach those goals. I’m looking forward to serving you on the PMBA Leadership Board, as we attempt to improve and strengthen the program to better aid us all in our journeys.

Steve Shaffer

PMBA Finance/Membership Chair

ShafferMy name is Steve Shaffer. I’m in my second year in the Jenkins Online MBA program. I am on pace to graduate in the Fall of 2016. I completed my undergraduate degree at NC State with BA in Criminology. I grew up in Raleigh, left briefly after college, but returned home and appreciate the many great things the Triangle area has to offer. I’ve spent the last 8.5 years with Red Hat in various roles leading to my current role, Project Manager, Global Logistics. I have an interest in the Technology industry, specifically start ups, supply chain relationships, and building business operations on a global scale. My decision to enroll with the Jenkins program was based on my desire to develop my skills and start building a career track as a global business leader. Over the last two years, I’ve been very impressed with the strength of the Jenkins program, but more importantly the quality people that I’ve met. The PMBA board presented a great opportunity to get involved, make a difference, and gain experience in a leadership position. With the exponential growth of our online program and a seat on this board, I have the opportunity to create a voice for our online student community. I look forward to working with the administration and fellow students in helping to build a stronger program.