DAR - Alumni / Giving

Club Leaders

Stacey Lacer '06

Jacqueline LaFleur '04, MBA '10
Membership Chair

Randy Lutz '67
Membership Co-Chair 

Blaine Shipler '86, MBA '93
Membership Committee

James Lacer '04, MBA '11
Finance Chair

Avron Elbaum, MBA '07
Finance Co-Chair

Shelly Ng '98
Programming Chair

Dave Masters, MBA '09
Programming Co-Chair

Laura Pats, MBA '11
Marketing Chair

Ben Chiu '99, MBA '09
Career Management Co-Chair

About the Club

What is the Smith Baltimore Alumni Club?

  • A volunteer board that is committed to promoting Smith’s values and camaraderie through service and action.
  • The club hosts a variety of events to include social events, networking events and professional and career development events.
  • The Smith Baltimore Alumni Club meets once a month at the BioPark campus and all members of the leadership team work on individual committees that focus on specific initiatives, such as engaging our alumni and our entire student body (undergraduate and graduate).

Club Goals

The Smith Baltimore Alumni Club is structured to connect alumni to the Smith School, to each other and the business community; to provide valued services to alumni, and to support the University and Smith School’s mission.

  • GOAL 1: Service and connection to alumni (and students)
  • GOAL 2: Educational and career opportunities
  • GOAL 3: Outreach to alumni and corporate communities
  • GOAL 4: Engagement opportunities with school and university
  • GOAL 5: Strengthen Smith School’s brand and create awareness within the region and globally

Quick Facts

  • Over 49,000 Smith School alumni worldwide
    • MBA | MS alumni: 8,500+
    • PhD alumni: 350+
    • Undergraduate alumni: 41,000+
  • There are over 8,000 Smith alumni in the Baltimore region
  • Regional clubs in New York, Baltimore & Philadelphia

Contact Us

For all inquiries, send an e-mail to SmithBaltimore@rhsmith.umd.edu, and we will be sure to get back to you within 48 hours. 


Smith Baltimore Alumni Club

Baltimore Alumni Club


We would like to introduce you to the newly formed Smith Baltimore Alumni Club. Our goal is to combine two things that are near and dear to our hearts--Charm City and the Smith School of Business, while working to advance the reputation of the Smith School and keeping you connected to local alumni.

As Smith School alumni, it is both a pleasure and an honor to be a part of starting the Baltimore club with our fellow alums. We are excited to bring you events designed to promote networking, career development, alumni interaction, and professional success right in our own backyard.

Alumni will be the key to the success of this club! There are over 8,000 graduates of the Smith School located in the Baltimore area, and we welcome your participation. We encourage you to tell at least three to five of your alumni contacts about the club. Ask them to send an email to SmithBaltimore@rhsmith.umd.edu so that we can put their name on the mailing list to receive event invitations and information about upcoming programs.

We hope that you will join us at our future events and that you will invite fellow alumni to come have a good time. We look forward to reconnecting with you!


Stacey Lacer ’06
Chair, Smith Baltimore Alumni Club 


Becoming a member of SmithNY is simple and free, once you are a member of the Alumni Association.


  1. Must be a graduate of the University of Maryland.
  2. Must be a member of the University Alumni Association. To join the Alumni Association, visit here.
    Note: When joining the Alumni Association, please be sure to indicate SmithNY during the registration process.
  3. Must be residing and/or working in the Greater New York City area: New York City - Northern New Jersey – Southern Connecticut.

Please fill out the form found here to sign up for the Smith Alumni Club of New York. Once you are confirmed you will be added to the mailing list.

If you have any questions regarding membership, e-mail us at SmithNY@rhsmith.umd.edu, and we will be sure to get back to you promptly. Thanks.

Professional Development

SmithNY offers a number of ways for alumni to access the career services of the Smith school and be proactive about their professional development. Please find a number of options below.

SmithConnector www.SmithConnector.com

It’s all about staying engaged! As alumni, your continued involvement with the Smith community is extremely valuable. Through SmithConnector, the Smith School has provided a variety of opportunities for alumni to connect with one another, interact with current students, collaborate with faculty and staff, and continually pursue your career and philanthropic aspirations. Register today, and be sure to look up the SmithNY group page in SmithConnector to join the group.

HireSmith www.HireSmith.net

Whether you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, the HireSmith Career Services Management System can provide valuable services. From career fairs to workshops to on-line job banks, many helpful career and job search tools are available to Smith alumni.

Smith Start for Students

Smith alumni can partner with the Office of Career Services to help deliver value to students and organizations and to keep actively involved with the Smith community after graduation.

Recruit Smith Talent

Connect your organization with Smith and participate in hiring undergraduate and/or graduate level interns and employees. To begin recruiting today, please visit this link or call 301-405-2301.


Volunteer to help with career programming for students. Alumni can help with conducting mock interviews, participating on information panels and more. If you would like to volunteer to support career programs, please visit this link, or call 301-405-2301.

Sponsor Career programs

To provide sponsorship for career programs such as networking mixers, mock interviews, guest speakers and more, please visit this link, or call 301-405-2301. Sponsors will work with our career services team and development team to solidify sponsorship intent and properly document supporting gifts.

Event Videos

SmithNY Launch Event: Mark Manoff Welcome Address

SmithNY Launch Event

SmithNY Happy Hour

"My Life in New York" - Alumni Panel Discussion

SmithNY Social Media Event

1st Annual Wall Street Speaker Series


Upcoming Events

Save the date for an opportunity to meet undergraduate students on their annual career trek to NYC!
SUSA/Alumni Networking in NYC
Date: October 23, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Location: TBD

Past Events

SmithNY and OCS Alumni Engagement
Date: March 26, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Location: PS 450, 450 Park Avenue S, New York, NY 10016

2013 New York Holiday Party
Date: December 10, 2013, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Bottlerocket Wine and Spirits 

NYC Class of '13 Event
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

SmithNY Spring Happy Hour
Date: May 29, 2013
Location: PS450
View Photos

"My Life in New York" Panel and Networking Reception
Date: October 25, 2012
Location: The Caufield
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Behavioral Finance: An Interactive Conversation with Randy Hustvedt
Date: October 23, 2012
Location: The Pulse Restaurant

"Welcome to New York" Happy Hour
Date: August 15, 2012
Location: Pranna Restaurant
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How to Start, Grow and Protect Your Business
Date: June 18, 2012
Location: Tarter, Krinsky and Drogin, LLP offices
View Photos

Meet the Council

Etim Edim, MBA '05

Etim works with Credit Suisse Investment Bank, Equities AMRS CFO, and Global Efficiency Manager. Etim’s primary responsibility includes the monitoring and management of the Equities business expense base globally, and providing financial analysis to drive business decision making and measure business performance.  Prior to Credit Suisse, and upon graduating from Smith’s full time MBA program, Etim spent 3.5 years as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting NY. Etim is also an avid golfer.

Graham Garvie '09

Graham is a Consultant with Lippincott, a global brand strategy and design firm. Graham’s experience includes positioning, customer experience design and naming projects for clients including Citi, Delta and Conde Nast. Prior to joining Lippincott, Graham worked in organization and strategy consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton  and enjoyed internships in advertising, retail marketing and graphic design.

John Coffey, MBA '06
Co-Chair, Programming

John works for American Express where he specializes in financial modeling and valuation.  His team models the values of all prospective and existing consumer and small business accounts in the US and internationally.  In March 2013 he earned his CFA charter.  Prior to joining American Express, John worked for Lockheed Martin for eight years as a software engineer in Rockville, MD.  He lives in New York.

Marla Lewis '09
Co-Chair Programming

Alka Jhaveri '09
Co-Chair, Mentoring and Alumni Engagement

Alka is a MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, Alka worked in Strategy & Operations at Deloitte Consulting in NYC, where she focused on clients in the healthcare industry.  In her spare time Alka enjoys long distance running, trying new restaurants, NFL football and spending time with family and friends.

Ananda Kirana, MBA '12
Co-Chair, Mentoring and Alumni Engagement

Ananda is a Senior Marketing Consultant with Verizon Wireless as part of their MBA Marketing Leadership Development Program.  Ananda’s current role includes product management and strategy for the Verizon FiOS product portfolio. Prior to joining Verizon, Ananda spent 3 years as a civil engineer and also enjoyed a stint in the music industry as a sales and marketing consultant.  In his spare time, Ananda enjoys traveling, playing soccer and strumming his acoustic guitar.

John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07
Co-Chair, Mentoring and Alumni Engagement

Megan Lunsford '07
Co-Chair, Corporate Engagement

Corey Rosen '11
Co-Chair, Corporate Engagement

Andrew Kahner '03
Co-Chair, Marketing and Insights

Stacie Large '03
Co-Chair, Marketing and Insights  

Liora Scher '09
Co-Chair, Marketing and Insights

Liora is a PhD Student in Accounting at Baruch College. Before going back to school in Fall 2012, Liora worked at Ernst & Young for 3 years as an auditor and consultant. Her research interests currently include management forecasts, corporate governance and auditing. Liora enjoys cooking and cycling on her free time.

Committee Members

Frank Ferramosca '12

Frank is a CPA at KPMG. Frank’s experience include Financial Services Audit on Wall Street with time spent working abroad in Oslo, Norway. Today, Frank’s main client is Ambac Financial Group, Inc.

Sarah Patterson, MBA ‘12
Corporate Engagement

Sarah is a Senior Consultant in the Business Planning and Consolidation practice at Optimal Solutions, an SAP Partner. Sarah’s responsible for  varying aspects of the implementation process  including business requirements, solution design, model/report development and project management.  Prior to Optimal Solutions, Sarah worked in finance/business operations within the healthcare sector.

Mission Statement

Greetings Fellow Alumni,

On behalf of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, welcome to the Smith Alumni Club of New York (SmithNY). SmithNY is the school’s first official region-specific alumni club, and is geared toward Smith alumni living and working in the Greater New York City metropolitan area.

With New York City as the center of the global economy, it's not only the crossroads of industries from financial services to consulting; it is the nucleus of the business world. In this epicenter, we currently have approximately 5,000 Smith alumni fully immersed in a wide spectrum of industries, all of whom are playing an active role in their daily lives to shape and maintain the global economy.

Reaching out and connecting all these alumni was what gave birth to SmithNY. The Smith Alumni Club of New York provides formal and more organized opportunities for social and professional networking amongst Smith alumni in the New York region. Through SmithNY, alumni will be able to reunite, network and interact with other alums, and engage each other to develop a stronger sense of unity and community throughout the region.

SmithNY changes the way we as Smith alumni in New York City interact with each other and with the Smith School. It is more than just interesting events; it is about access- access to collaboration, access to community, and access to possibilities. Together with the Smith School, SmithNY aims to provide alumni with opportunities for personal development and enrichment, as well as philanthropic, social and professional experiences.

With the launch of SmithNY, Smith alumni now have an established network and formal footprint in New York City. So join us today and become a part of the Smith Alumni Club of New York, your resource for business, social, professional, and intellectual growth.


Ngozi Peter Nwaneri & Neil SamenCo-Chairs


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