The Executive MBA (EMBA) Advisory Board seeks to develop strong relationships between the CSU EMBA program and its alumni, current and prospective students, as well as the greater Northeast Ohio business community. Through quality programs, services and event, the Advisory Board looks to enhance the Monte Ahuja College of Business Executive MBA's reputation and strength.
The Advisory Board will focus on five key areas of engagement:
The Advisory Board is made up of Executive MBA program alumni with a wide variety of professional backgrounds and skills.
Girisa Ali-Salibellas, EMBA '15
Jackie Beckwith, EMBA '17
Ilda Beqiraj, EMBA '13
Megan Bush, EMBA '16
Neeraj Desai, EMBA '14
Michael DeSatnik, EMBA '14
Joe Edwards, EMBA '15
Jeff Gates, EMBA '16
Ali Goble, EMBA '17
|Brian Goldsmith, EMBA '15
Robin Hinson, EMBA '16
Joe Lorello, EMBA '14
Jeffrey Olender, EMBA '14
Todd Polikoff, EMBA '15
Regina Rutledge, EMBA '15
Adam Rybak, EMBA '13
May Al-Abousi, EMBA '16
May Al-Abousi has been a practicing physician for over a decade, specializing in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. For over seven years she has worked University Hospitals of Cleveland, currently serving as the medical director for UH Hospice and the medical director for Palliative Care at Parma Community Hospital, where she also has an office. Additionally, May serves on the Quality and Ethics committees at Parma Hospital. May is an EMBA Class of 2016 graduate who loves cooking and spending time with her husband and three children.
Lenora Inez Brown, EMBA '16
Lenora Inez Brown currently serves as the Manager for Community Engagement at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Prior to joining the Museum, Lenora worked as a dramaturg developing new theatrical works, and an arts and education consultant and professional. In addition to consulting with Chicago’s Lyric Opera and the Chicago Humanities Festival, she has lectured on dramaturgy and collaboration at various colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, University of Texas at Austin and Oberlin College. She served as a member of the artistic team and a project dramaturg for The Sundance Theatre Labs 2000 and 2001. As the Director of New Play Development for Madison Repertory Theatre, she developed and produced the inaugural Fall Festival of the Future new play festival, which included the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. She was the dramaturg and literary manager for Crossroads Theatre Company when it received the 1999 Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, and worked on the book for the 1999 Tony® nominated musical It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues. She is a past president of the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA board and the ASSITEJ 2011 Congress Advisory Committee. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and an Executive MBA from Cleveland State University in 2016, where she received honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) and the EMBA John Baker award for leadership, business ethics, and career development.
Frances DiBello, EMBA '13
Frances DiBello is currently the Manager of Finance and Technical Operations at Sherwin Williams Company. Throughout her career, Frances has held roles in Global Implementations, Acquisition Integrations, Oracle Finance Implementation, and as a Continuous Improvement Expert. She is a cross-functional leader with experience developing and implementing various collaboration tools and teams for finance, HR, IT, people, project and contract-vendor management; and leading major international integrations, communication strategies and team building initiatives for both corporate and non-profit entities. Frances earned her EMBA in 2013 and won the John Baker Award by leading, collaborating and implementing the team’s ideas. Frances has been a board member for Cleveland’s Ingenuity fest for over 3 years and organizes their annual fundraisers. Also, she is on the committee for Lakewood’s Beck Center’s Spotlight Event.
Brian Goldsmith, EMBA '15
Brian Goldsmith is the Vice President of Engineering for Tungsten Capital Partners in Solon, Ohio where he has worked for over 4 years. He oversees the innovation, research and development, technical support and product growth of Skidmore-Wilhelm, Alloy Welding and Fabrication, Fillaero Systems and Bowes Manufacturing, which are under the Tungsten Capital Partners holding name. His current role focuses on assisting with the implementation of engineering best practices of the recently acquired Alloy Welding & Fabricating that has doubled Tungsten Capitals Partner’s growth in revenue and personnel. Prior to Tungsten Capital Partner’s, Brian traveled nationally and internationally as an Application Engineer for Molten Metal Equipment Innovations where he designed, installed and performed training on molten metal pumps. Brian received his Executive MBA in 2015.
Fred Hawk, EMBA '16
Fred Hawk is the Vice President, Director of Construction for Huntington National Bank. Fred has more than 20 years’ experience in design, construction, and corporate real estate. Leveraging his background as an Architect and MBA graduate, Fred combines creative problem solving with a solid analytical approach to maximize workplace opportunities and real estate investments for corporate clients. As Director ofConstruction Management for Huntington National Bank, Fred is currently responsible for planning, coordinating, and controlling all major construction and renovation projects throughout the real estate portfolio of this top tier regional financial services company. Fred earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University and is a licensed Architect in the State of Ohio. He completed a certificate program in Real Estate Finance and Development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs and earned his Executive MBA with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Cleveland State University in 2016. Fred is a LEED Accredited Professional and active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute. He is an avid arts, culture and Cleveland supporter and enjoys volunteering with the Cleveland Leadership Center’s “Look Up To Cleveland” program.
Sean Horvath, EMBA '15
Sean Horvath is a Correspondent Underwriter with JP Morgan Chase where he completes risk analysis reviews on loans set to be purchased for resale to the secondary markets. While attending Kent State University, obtaining his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance and a minor in Economics, Sean worked through school with a full-time job as well as president and treasurer of his fraternity. While working at a local bank in Cleveland after graduation, Sean was asked to take over a territory in Los Angeles as a wholesale mortgage representative during the height of the mortgage boom. Upon the collapse of the housing market, Sean moved to Colorado Springs to try something completely different – as the head cook at a steakhouse – and enjoyed many adventures including hiking Pikes Peak to an elevation of over 13,000 feet. Upon moving back to Cleveland for family, Sean began his career with JP Morgan Chase working in the retail mortgage operations. His thirst for knowledge, coupled with yearning to expand his horizons, and work and explore further corners of this world, Sean embarked on his biggest challenge and obtained an Executive MBA in 2015.
Adam Jakubiak, EMBA '15
Adam Jakubiak is the Technology Portfolio Manager for Energizer. Adam was accepted into the honors engineering program at Purdue University and awarded his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2005. During his nearly 10 years with Energizer, he has collaborated on battery and device design with global leaders in the consumer electronics industry including over 25 Fortune 500 companies. He has received three patents, been published twice in Electronic Design News magazine, and lectured at multiple technical seminars in the US, Europe, and Asia. Adam earned his Executive MBA from Cleveland State University in 2015, and in his free time enjoys playing golf and sailboat racing on Lake Erie.
Mark Smalley, EMBA '08
Mark Smalley is a member of the Regulatory Compliance Risk Consulting Group at Crowe Horwath LLP. In this role, he is primarily responsible for managing and executing financial crimes and economic sanctions advisory services. Prior to joining Crowe, Mark worked for nearly 20 years in private law practice and in supporting private and public sector global risk mitigation in intelligence collection and analysis; investigations (financial crimes, economic sanctions and fraud); hidden asset recovery; correspondent banking; domestic and international trade finance and commercial payments; sanction violation due diligence; audit and self-testing program development and administration; and regulatory compliance. Mark graduated from the Executive MBA program at Cleveland State University in 2008. Prior to that, Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. Mark is a native of greater Cleveland and currently resides in Lakewood.
Samuel Wright III, EMBA '15
A graduate of Cleveland State University with an Executive MBA (EMBA) in 2015, Samuel Wright III is the Chief Financial Operator for Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce and also manages a retail bank branch in Shaker Heights, OH. Samuel has 13 years of financial services experience with a specialty in financial analytics. He is passionate about financial literacy and hosts numerous financial literacy workshops throughout the Greater Cleveland Community. He was recently recognized for his commitment to the community by being inducted to Kaleidoscope’s 40/40 Club Class of 2012. This award is given to young minority professionals in Northeast Ohio who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and are professionally upward mobile. His passion for community and economic development of the Greater Cleveland community is also apparent in his involvement as a volunteer with the Junior Achievement program, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, College Now and a local men’s shelter. He is currently a board member of Bob Nance Basketball Academy.