Winter 2020–2021

News, Notes, and Nods: Graduates

Daniela Gaez MBA’20 married Erik Steiner MBA’20


Charles O’Boyle MBA’73 published four new books: No BS … Your MBA Primer … in 90 Days or Less; Mission Success in Space; My 50 Years in High-Technology; and The $Panic of 2020 Volume 1.


Jeffrey Doubrava MBA’90 was selected to deliver the keynote address at the Additive Electronics Conference in October. Doubrava presented “Outlook for Advanced Printed Circuit Board Fabrication—Applications, Technologies, and Production,” and discussed applications driving fabrication of advanced printed circuit board designs. Doubrava is a managing partner at electronic consulting firm Prismark Partners.

Shari (Supernault) Worthington MBA’90 completed her PhD in business administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her dissertation explored how motivation and identity influence strategic change, and her research combines both qualitative and quantitative methods, tech ventures, business model innovation, entrepreneurial decision making, founder identity, and entrepreneurial marketing.


Christian LesStrang MBA’99 is chief marketing officer of Foodhaul, a venture-funded startup operating in the virtual restaurant/cloud kitchen industry.


David Lockhart MBA’03 was appointed president of Carolina Casualty, a Berkley Company. Lockhart joined Berkley in 2014 and was promoted to executive vice president in 2017. He has more than 30 years experience in property casualty insurance.

Kate McLaughlin MBA’03 was appointed executive director of Girls on the Run Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident using a fun, experiential curriculum that creatively integrates running. A longtime volunteer with the organization, McLaughlin joined the staff as program manager in March and was promoted to executive director two months later. “It’s been an interesting time to take the helm, but I’m excited about the new ways we’ll be able to serve the community going forward.” McLaughlin would like to thank the late Professor Natalie Taylor for inspiring her to apply her MBA to the social sector.


Stephen Coulter MBA'04Stephen Coulter MBA’04 joined Solex HCM as head of strategic partnerships. He will be leading the development of strategic relationships for the Stoughton, Massachusetts-based HCM technology firm. Coulter brings more than 20 years of business development experience as a trusted advisor to businesses, helping them to achieve their strategic growth goals. “The challenges facing business leaders have never been more daunting, especially when it comes to managing their workforce and HR compliance,” he said.


Matthew Boyd MBA’07, chief commercial officer of Boyd Technologies in Boston and Lee, Massachusetts, is filming a documentary series on its spring pivot to producing and distributing medical masks. The documentary’s first episode was released in late September. “This is very personal to us,” Boyd said in April. “We feel a part of the community. We are a family business that resides here. We feel privileged to be here. We feel an obligation to help.”

Eric Matckie MBA’07 was named to the executive team of Trinity Life Sciences as president of value and access. Matckie previously held executive leadership roles with Artisan Healthcare Consulting and Decision Resources Group, and will be responsible for leading and building the company’s strategic pricing, access, reimbursement, and contracting, and health economics and outcomes research.


Bennett Robert LannanJohn Lannan MBA’08 and Lauren Lannan are delighted to announce the birth of Bennett Robert Lannan (left) on July 22, 2020. Bennett is happy and healthy and already learning about the virtues of compounding interest.


Gil Allouche MBA’09 is serving as the CEO of Allouche writes that the company has raised $6.5 million in an oversubscribed Series A financing and was ranked No. 233 on Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing companies in the country.


Joel Kamm MBA'12 (left)

Flexetail, founded by Joel Kamm MBA’12 (left), is the solution of choice for DHL’s new mobile ServicePoint, a first of its kind in the shipping industry, providing a quick and easily accessible shipping option for customers. “The new DHL ServicePoint is part of our overall retail strategy to be closer and more accessible to consumers, using an innovative mobile model to complement our retail shipping network,” said DHL Express U.S. CEO Greg Hewitt.


SocioHub, founded by Praveen Dorna MBA’13 and Chethan Mittapalli MBA’14, was featured in a YourStory article. Through a single community management platform, the tool helps individuals and organizations build, grow, and monetize their online community. In the midst of a team expansion, the company hopes to onboard more than 200 communities by the end of the year.


Edreece Arghandiwal MBA’14, co-founder of the National Independent Soccer Association’s Oakland Roots, was featured in a Hypebeast story for the organization’s and fan base’s mix of “fresh ideas and diverse perspectives.” Women represent 40% of the team’s front office, and players of color represent 80% of the team’s roster. In the country’s second-most diverse city, “it’s a modern way of thinking in the world’s most far-reaching sport—setting new standards of inclusivity,” writes author Luis Ruano.

Andrea Kowalski MBA’14, the vice president of product at cloud software provider Kareo, was named one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare Software of 2020 by The Healthcare Technology Report and one of the Top 25 Software Product Executives of 2020 by The Software Report. “Andrea brings a passionate problem-solving mindset to Kareo,” both articles state. “Driven by improving healthcare through disruptive innovation, she believes in delivering cutting-edge solutions while driving business results.”

Chethan Mittapalli MBA’14: See 2013, above.


Metrum Research Group Chief Operating Officer Michelle Johnson MBA’15 appeared on an episode of the Project [Re]Work podcast, where she shared a glimpse of her life in her role. “My training in the Babson MBA program has had a significant impact on my ability to do this job,” she writes.


Soniya Ashar MBA’16, founder of NutriCal, was featured in the United Arab Emirates Business Review for her startup’s work in helping more than 50 national restaurants, cafes, cloud kitchens, food brands, and delivery companies in calculating calories and nutrients in food. Businesses then are able to publish the data on menus to help customers make more informed decisions. “We cater to the growing demand of healthy eating and immunity bolstering,” Ashar said. “Good health and nutritious food have always been my passion.”


Christine Mills MBA'17Christine Mills MBA’17 published two young novels: Young, Gifted and Black: The Quarter-Life Crisis and Young, Gifted and Black: Midlife. She also hosts The Veranda Entrepreneur Podcast for creative entrepreneurs.

For Now partner and operations director Katharine ReQua MBA’17 was named to Ernst & Young’s list of 2020 New England finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year. The achievements of these entrepreneurs were celebrated October 6 during a virtual awards gala event.


Isaac Lewis MSEL’19 is one of the founders of resistance-training platform The business sells a variety of functional training cable systems that can be installed on a squat rack, wall, or door. The business was partially inspired by Lewis’ desire to recover and return to an active lifestyle after he suffered a shoulder dislocation during a college baseball game, without sacrificing portability, accessibility, and adaptability.


Daniela Gaez MBA’20 married Erik Steiner MBA’20. The two met as members of the graduate program during a class trip to Iceland. About 100 friends and family members joined the wedding virtually via Zoom, and in-person celebrations are planned in both Gaez’s home country of Colombia and the United States.

Richard O’Brien MBA’20, founder of Hoamsy, helped list on the platform more than 600 rooms vacated during the pandemic, assisting Boston residents in filling empty apartments.

Christopher Wimbush MBA’20 was named to the Online MBA Report’s 2020 list of Business Leaders of Tomorrow. “Our hope is that this feature sheds positive light on both the most talented, hardworking, and deserving online MBA students across the U.S., as well as the outstanding online MBA programs of which they attend,” the article states.

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