Alumni Chapter Board

About the Alumni Chapter Board

The Robert H. Smith School of Business alumni chapter board (ACB) is an advisory board to the Office of Alumni Relations which advocates on behalf of Smith School alumni. ACB members are ambassadors who promote the school to the greater alumni community and carry out the board's mission and strategic plan.

The mission of the Alumni Chapter Board is to support the vision of the Smith School of Business by creating a vibrant alumni experience and fostering lifelong relationships between the school and the alumni community.

The Alumni Chapter Board will support the Smith School in achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationships to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.


Board Nominations and Requirements

Applications for the Alumni Chapter Board have been closed and will reopen next year. If you have any questions about the Alumni Chapter Board, please contact Allison Schwarz at

The Alumni Chapter Board is comprised of Smith alumni representing different degrees, graduate years, business sectors and geographic locations. The ideal nominee is actively engaged with the Smith School. The time requirement includes attending three annual meetings and participating in at least one task force or committee. The term length is two years with the option to renew for another 1-2 year term. To be considered for the board, nominees must be graduates of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and have a current membership with the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

If you are a Smith undergraduate alumni from the last ten years, please consider the Young Alumni Council. Nominations are open through January each year.

2020-21 Alumni Chapter Board Members

Stacey Lacer

Stacey Lacer '06
Project Manager/LSS Black Belt

Jitin "Miki" Ahuja

Jitin "Miki" Ahuja '97, MBA/MS '02
SpaceJet Media, LLC

UMD was the right place at the right time for me, and now it's my opportunity to give to the ecosystem that played an integral role in my development, maturation and success.

Allison Akers

Allison Akers '10
Marketing and Outreach Manager
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp

Afzal Bari

Afzal Bari '02
National Journal

I look forward to helping contribute to the success of current and future Smith School grads!

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett '04, MBA '11
Senior Director, Employer Development
Office of Career Services, Maryland Smith

Richard Blackman

Richard Blackman, MBA '84
Retired Budget Analyst Team Leader, Environmental Protection Agency
Instructor, The Richard Blackman Experience

Along with a passion for all things UMD, I've thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with the Smith School over the last 10+ years, including meeting and spending time with alumni and mentoring students.

Mohamed Boraie

Mohamed Boraie, MBA/MFin '17
Senior Associate, Finance Management Consulting

Andrea Brody

Andrea Brody '87
Chief Marketing Officer
Riskonnect, Inc.

Nathaniel Forgotson

Nathaniel Forgotson, MBA '07
Vice President
Science Systems and Applications, Inc.

Apoorva Gandhi

Apoorva Gandhi '91
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs & Business Councils
Marriott International, Inc.

It's always a joy to give back to a great place that gave me so much. Go Terps!

Chris Hang

Chris Hang '04
Vice President, Business Development
L Squared Consulting, LLC

Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen, MBA/MS '95
Vice President
Pariveda Solutions

Yuan He

Yuan He, MBA/MS '14
Project Manager

Corrinne Hobbs

Corrinne Hobbs, MBA '09
Strategic Planning Manager
CVS Health / Aetna

William Johnston III

William Johnston III '92
Johnston Automotive

Chris Merl

Chris Merl '10
Market Lead
REEF Technology

I want to help the Smith School and the ACB make meaningful connections that can provide increased value to alumni.

Megan Moy

Megan Moy '05, MBA '10
Startup Portfolio Manager

Chandrika Nigam

Chandrika Nigam, MFin '16
Director, Finance & Investor Relations
Owens & Minor

I am passionate about adding value to the alumni community of my Alma Mater. I have always been greatly involved with school starting as the President of the MS Finance Association when I was a student, and I hope to continue to make a meaningful impact to the Smith School.

Tucker Ophof

Tucker Ophof, EMBA '17
Business Development Director

John Posey

John Posey '81, MBA '85
Vice President, Operations Northeast Region

I love Maryland, and I wanted to give back to the Business School.

Patricia Potts

Patricia Potts '90
Senior Director of Marketing
National Association of Home Builders

I think it's important to give back!

Blaine Shipler

Blaine Shipler '86, MBA '93
Vice President

Mike Stark

Mike Stark '87
Vice President, Property Management Sales
Carpet & Wood Floor Liquidators

I want to help alumni stay engaged with the Smith School and UMD to create great experiences and lifelong relationships.

Denise Sughrue

Denise Sughrue, MBA '94
Toffler Associates

I think the Smith School is fantastic and want to do what I can to support its students and alumni!

Wing Yeung

Wing Yeung, MBA '19
Program Manager
U.S. Department of Education

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