Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, with a minor in Leadership Studies. He is currently working on consulting projects through the Innovation Consulting Community at Illinois State. He is also involved with the Graduate Student Advisory Council.
He hopes to help grow the MBA Association by increasing student participation. He would like to help other MBA students network with industry experts, grow as professionals, and succeed in the program.
In the future, Alex would like to work in Financial Planning for a successful Wealth Management firm. He would like to provide his clients with holistic financial planning to help prepare them for life’s expected (and unexpected) events.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts/sporting events, and helping on the family farm.
Alina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pokhara University in Nepal.
As part of the MBAA, she hopes to learn and gain valuable experience. She hopes to promote personal growth of MBA Students through communication, teamwork, and idea sharing.
After completing her MBA, Alina hopes to pursue a career in data analytics. She is also interested in entrepreneurial projects.
In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to audio books. She also likes traveling, camping, and to draw.
Director of Career Services
Rakesh earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Utkal University of India. He is currently working at State Farm Insurance as a Technical Consultant.
Serving on the board of MBAA, as the Director of Career Services, he wants to connect current MBA students with the alumni of ISU MBA program. He will explore various opportunities for the MBA students to get exposure to various companies in this region and beyond.
Upon completion of his MBA degree, Rakesh wants to pursue his career in the domain of Management Consultancy with the focus on Business Analytics. He aspires to find his niche in the area of Information Management and help bridge the gap between technology and managerial decision making process.
Rakesh enjoys meeting new people from various cultures and loves exploring new places. His favorite pass-time is playing with his four year old son.”
Director of Communications
Patrick holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from King University (Bristol, TN) where he also played baseball as a starting pitcher (NCAA D2). Currently, he is a full time student in the MBA program at Illinois State.
He hopes to help build up the MBA Association to be larger than it's ever been. He also feels it's a great way for MBA students to get to know each other through a variety of events.
Upon graduation, Patrick will pursue a career in Corporate Finance/Accounting, while also looking at the possibility of a career in the personal finances industry.
In his free time, Patrick likes to golf, read, watch sports, and spend time with family and friends.
Amanda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with minors in Marketing and Economics from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). During the Summer of 2016, she worked as a compliance intern at Midwest Insurance Company. After graduating in May 2017, she worked as an Underwriting Associate at Midwest Insurance Company. Currently she works as a Graduate Assistant at Illinois State University for the Business Department where she is responsible for promoting, developing and maintaining the Redbird Career Portfolio.
She hopes to promote the MBA Association to become larger than it ever has been in the past. She believes the increase in the number of members and activities will create more important connections and experiences for students.
Amanda would like to work as a business/financial analyst for a successful company. She hopes to help a business grow with her analytical abilities, and be able to find ways for a company to increase their productivity and/or cut costs.
In her free time, Amanda loves playing any type of sport. She played softball during undergrad, and misses playing sports every day. Hanging out with friends is her favorite thing to do. She also likes to ride bikes, hike, watch movies, and listen to music.
Paul received his Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Systems Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked as a Production Manager for Frito Lay and an Outbound IOL Specialist for Amazon. He currently works as Graduate Assistant for the Business Department where he helps manage the Redbird Career Portfolio.
Within the MBA Association, Paul hopes to increase engagement and create new opportunities for MBA students. He believes that networking and making the right connections are an integral part of career success, and hopes to expand the resources available to MBA students to help meet their career goals. After graduation, Paul would like to work as a Project Manager or Strategic Planner within the Renewable Energy/Sustainability industries.
In his free time, Paul likes to play with his cats, play bass guitar, attend concerts, and hike.
Director of Social Programs
Maimuna is currently in her first year of the MBA Program at Illinois State University.
Being a member of MBA Association, she would like to get involved in promoting the MBA program and the College of Business at Illinois State University. As Director of Social Programs, she would love the opportunity to give students her insight and to help arrange activities such as networking, leadership development, relationship building, voluntary works and career advising.
After completing her MBA, Maimuna hopes to pursue her PhD in Risk Management and Insurance at a US business school.
In her free time, she likes to watch movies and read Bengali Literatures.
Prince Opoku Marfo
Director of Fundraising
Prince holds a Bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Cape Coast. Currently working as a Graduate Assistant at the Office of International Studies and Programs.
As a part of the MBA executives, he hopes to contribute to the promotion and growth of MBA students and the association as a whole whiles leveraging the experience and education that comes with it to create a personal brand identity.
After completing my MBA, he would like to work as a product manager in a manufacturing company. The goal is to grow from there and eventually build up my own manufacturing firm.
In his free time, he likes to read, write and occasionally play video games. also enjoys cooking and visiting art museums.