Staff & Faculty


Melissa CarrierMelissa Carrier
Founding Director

Melissa Carrier joined the Smith School after a decade of managing growth strategies for technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups. She brings broad experience across corporate and product-line positions in multiple industries. During her tenure at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Melissa grew the Capital Access Network angel investor program into a leading regional investor group. Melissa also created the Social Venture Consulting Program which has served more than 450 students and 120 organizations since its inception. In 2009, Melissa designed and launched the Center for Social Value Creation. She is responsible for the center's strategic direction across curricula, cocurricular, and research platforms.

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Melissa arrived from AT&T, where she served as an M&A group manager for AT&T Corporate Development division. While at AT&T, she led investments for the company's corporate venture fund. In this role, Melissa had responsibility for developing the investment pipeline, analyzing financial data, performing on-site due diligence, and executing deals. During her tenure at AT&T, she also served as the product manager lead for the wireless data platform as well as manager of strategy and business development for AT&T Consumer Services.

Melissa began her career as a process consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). During this time, she worked with U.S. and European clients on business process design and ERP system implementations. Subsequently, she served as a director at two startup technology companies focused on internet business-to-business strategies. Immediately prior to obtaining her MBA, Melissa led strategic development of core processes for SAP's Global Solution Center.

Melissa teaches social entrepreneurship and sustainable systems to MBA and Undergraduate students. She is the faculty champion for the Social Innovation Fellows program and Assistant Dean of Global Programs.

Melissa received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA with honors in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband, three boys, and a flat-coated retriever in Potomac, MD.

Christine BeckmanChristine Beckman
Academic Director

Dr. Christine Beckman is an associate professor in the Management and Organization department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She joined the Center for Social Value Creation in Fall, 2014 as the Academic Director to help transition the center to it's next phase of growth, connect the center with current research on social innovation and coordinate the Center's curricular programming.

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Professor Beckman's research has been published in such academic journals as Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. She currently serves as the elected Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management and is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal. She has received research funding from NSF and NASA.

Her first faculty position was at University of California, Irvine, where she was most recently the Director of The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research. She currently teaches doctoral courses in organization theory and MBA classes in Implementing Strategy. She spent the 2008-09 academic year visiting at the Haas School at UC Berkeley and Fall 2012 at London Business School. She was the 2006 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar and was a Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Irvine from 2008-2011.

Kimberlee Robertella GlinkaKimberlee Robertella
Associate Director

Kim Glinka joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2011 and brings five years’ experience marketing renewable energy for start-ups and large-scale renewable energy developers. After building expertise in graphic design and communications, Kim shifted her focus to building technical knowledge in environmental sustainability. She left the renewable energy industry in 2009 to earn a dual MS in sustainable environmental resource management and integrated science and technology from James Madison University and the University of Malta.

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At Smith, Kim manages the design and production of CSVC’s annual event, the Social Enterprise Symposium, and oversees the center’s marketing and brand-building strategy. She also serves as the center’s resident sustainability specialist and is working on developing new offerings in this space.

Kim received a BS in business management from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, with a concentration in global business strategies for the earth, energy, and materials industries. During graduate school Kim served as a member of the academic development team for James Madison University and the University of Malta, and was elected student representative.

She is currently a Marylander-in-training after having recently lived in the Mediterranean, Charlotte and the Philadelphia area. She enjoys playing outside, live music and learning.

Sara HeraldSara Herald
Assistant Director, Social Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Sara Herald joined the Smith school in July 2013 after several years as a strategy consultant for social enterprises and technology start-ups. Most recently she was Director of the U.S. office for StepOne Ventures in San Francisco, CA, where she oversaw a 300% increase in the company’s client base, diversifying the portfolio to include seed-stage, growth-stage, and institutional clients.  Her work with clients focused on synthesizing value propositions, business model ideation, and successfully navigating cross-cultural issues.

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At the Center for Social Value Creation, Sara is focused on expanding social entrepreneurship, both on campus and in the broader Maryland community.  She works with students, faculty, administration and other stakeholders to promote the economic potential and social impact of triple-bottom-line businesses.

Prior to obtaining her MBA at Smith in 2011, Sara was the Program Coordinator for CIEE’s Teach in Spain program in Seville, Spain.  She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2006 with a B.A. in Spanish and English.  She lives in Washington, D.C. and can be found on Twitter at @SEHerald. 

Pammi BhullarPammi Bhullar
Program Manager, Experiential Learning

Pammi joined the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) in August 2013.  Prior to beginning at the CSVC, Pammi earned her MBA at Boston University (BU), graduating with a concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management and Leadership & Organizational Transformation.  Along with her passion for changing the world, Pammi brings experience in consulting for public & non-profit organizations, building talent pipelines, and managing experiential learning programs.  As a MBA student at BU, she founded the School of Management's Internship Fund for MBA students pursuing career-accelerating, unpaid, social impact internships.  As Program Manager, Pammi oversees the CSVC’s Social Venture Consulting Programs, co-coordinates educational workshops, and develops stories related to impact created by the experiential learning programs at the CSVC.  Pammi enjoys staying active, performing and being captivated by theater and dance, and quenching her curiosity with unconventional adventures abroad!

Ryan SteinbachRyan Steinbach
Community Manager

Ryan joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in September, 2013 after graduating from the Smith School 4 months prior with a BA in Marketing and Management. Ryan brings extensive digital marketing experience to the Center, having built out and managed the digital presence of several non-profit and for-profit organizations.

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At the Center for Social Value Creation, Ryan manages its online presence, and provides support on major events such as Social Enterprise Symposium, Sustainability Jam, and Do Good Challenge. Ryan also oversees the administrative operations of the center.

Outside of the Smith School, Ryan is a writer, posting work on his personal blog as well as other community blogs and websites. Topics he finds particularly interesting are impact investing, microfinance, alternative energy, and his millennial generation. Connect with Ryan on twitter @R_Steinbach.


The Center for Social Value Creation exists across disciplines and faculty leadership from each department is essential to delivering on cutting-edge thought leadership from the business spectrum.

Sandy Boyson

Sandy Boyson, Research Professor & Co-Director
Supply Chain Management

Shreevardhan Lele

Shreevardhan Lele, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs – MBA Programs

Vojislav Maksimovich

Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic, Dean’s Chair Professor of Finance & Department Chair 

Paulo Prochno

Paulo Prochno, Tyser Teaching Fellow and Associate Department Chair
Management and Organization

Rebecca Ratner

Rebecca Ratner, Assistant Dean & Professor of Marketing