Advice & Office Hours: Weekly office hours with the Berthiaume Center staff and MBA fellows are offered throughout the semester for students of all levels and academic disciplines. Stop by for venture advice and next steps!
Each MBA Fellow has their own individual Calendly Link where you can schedule a personal meeting with a fellow Monday-Friday.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendly Link: https://calendly.com/eguobadia_umass
Bio: Efosa L. Guobadia, PT, DPT, is the Founder of the wellness company FFITT Health; Founder and CEO of Move Together, a 501(c)3 for purpose organization dedicated to improving access to quality rehab medicine around the corner and around the world; Co-Founder of the initiative Global PT Day of Service, which has spanned over 80 countries since its inception in 2015; and Founder of the informational website PT Haven. In 2017, he contributed a chapter on sustainability as well as the closing afterword for the book ‘Why Global Health Matters”, edited by Dr. Chris E. Stout, and
with a foreword by Nobel Laureate Jody Williams. He received his BS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts in 2007 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award given by the University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and is a 2018 American Physical Therapy Association Social Impact Award Recipient. He is currently an MBA candidate at Isenberg School of Management for the year of 2024 and concurrently a Berthiaume Center Fellow. His aspiration is to build a wellness ecosystem to help individuals and communities maximize their wellness so that they can maximize their lives.
James Chang (First Year)
Bio: Bio: James Chang was born and raised in Massachusetts before graduating from NYU with a degree in English. Currently, James is a second year MBA student at UMass with a focus on data analytics and a passion for technology and innovation. James' experiences include process improvement, product development, and team building. James loves coaching people to be their best, especially when it comes to our pitch competitions.
Calendly Link: calendly.com/rameezraja
Bio: I am a Data Analyst who spent the past 7 years working in the financial service sector. I graduated with a BS in Business Management from Queen Mary University of London and started my career in Operations soon after graduating. I spent a few years exploring the operations and risk functions before I moved to banking and spent a few years in New York and LA working in the data operations team for Citi and UBS. Currently, I am enrolled in the Dual MBA/MS in Business Analytics at the Isenberg School of Management. In my spare time I enjoy reading and keeping up to date with the data community, I also love playing tennis and UFC sports.
Calendly Link: https://calendly.com/tjodonoghue
Bio: I graduated from Earlham College in 2015 with a BA in Environmental Studies, with minors in Economics and Politics. During my four years at Earlham I worked with a local non profit for four years doing city-level advocacy work for folks with developmental/intellectual disabilities. After graduation, I went into the classroom, working initially with autistic children at the 3-5th grade levels, and then continued my work in education at a residential high school in upstate New York.
I am of the mind that our labor is crucial in developing our sense of self and sense of worth- so what does this mean for folks who have historically been barred from, or discriminated against, in the workplace? I intend to continue working for folks with IDD by building a vocational space that allows them to highlight their strengths and build/engage with their local community. I want to use my time at Isenberg to study alternative business models that prioritize the well-being of their employees as well as employ sustainable business practices, to build a space that is equitable, forward thinking, as well as a productive and profitable company.
I spend as much of my time outside as possible, exploring our local mountains. I do my best to leave the country once per year, but Covid has put me way behind schedule!
Naomi Arnold (First Year)
Calendly Link: https://calendly.com/kg_naomi_arnold
Bio: Naomi is originally from Kansas City. She started her hospitality business management career at the age of 15 in the KCMO area as a bakery apprentice. Naomi obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Business Management and Event Management in 2018. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Naomi took on many leadership roles in the event industry to successfully plan and execute varying events of 20 people to 2000 people. Following graduation, Naomi began working in the Philadelphia area as a regional retail manager for Aramark and Designer Shoe Warehouse. The Pandemic led Naomi to pursue her MBA at Isenberg, this challenging time pushed her to pivot her career towards consulting and entrepreneurship. Now, as a proud Isenberg MBA, Naomi is focusing on developing her skills and network specifically within the booming cannabis industry. Overall, Naomi is interested in pairing her hospitality foundation with her passion for cannabis industry innovation and cannabis social equity. In her free time Naomi enjoys spending time with her 100 pound Rottweiler, Shirley. Together they spend time enjoying the outdoors, they also love to relax by listening to vinyl records and painting or drawing art. Naomi also enjoys baking with friends.
Bio: Jyoti, founder of BlossomAge Health, was born and raised in India and moved to the United States in 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in commerce and finance and has work experience in financial institutions as an analyst. She is a second year MBA student at the Isenberg School of Management and is Berthiaume MBA Fellow. In addition to that Jyoti is also the Director of Social Entrepreneurship within the UMass Entrepreneurship club. After graduating, her career interests include corporate social responsibility and startup. Jyoti was first introduced to entrepreneurship through her family owned businesses and is very passionate about social causes. She is ambitious and never says no to any learning opportunity. She loves pottery, playing piano and is an amateur chef.
Bio: I have been involved withing the field of Business Development, Consulting, and Life Sciences Venture Development. I aspire to continue learning what I can about venture growth and also work on my personal development skills within the fields that excite me.
Bio: Peter K. Ngobidi is a currently a First-Year MBA student with an interest in Consulting & Entrepreneurship. Peter is also an advocate for Fitness & Mental Health. Within the last few years he established a fitness brand geared towards improving our mindsets and how we take care of ourselves. Peter attended UMass as an undergraduate student and completed his degree in Economics.