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Rady Alumni Board


2013-14 Alumni Board Photo

The mission of the Rady Alumni Association is to build lifelong personal and professional relationships among alumni, students, the Rady school, and business leaders through connection, community and contribution.

Jarrod Hammes

Jarrod Hammes, President

Jarrod is the Sr. Product Manager at ecoATM, a division of Outerwall (Redbox / Coinstar). Prior to his current role, he was VP of Marketing for IP Video Networks, a San Diego company that provides software and hardware to the IPTV/Cable and Broadcast industry of Europe, Asia and the U.S. He spent 13 years in that industry, helping public and private companies develop technology to deliver video content to wider markets with greater quality. While a Rady School student, he provided business case analysis for Motorola during a summer internship. Jarrod earned an MBA from the Rady School in 2008.

Amanda Esquivel

Amanda Esquivel, Marketing/Communications

Amanda Esquivel is a Managing Consultant at Global Defense, Inc., where she works with a wide array of stakeholders to integrate complex information systems. She has a passion for strategically solving business problems and discovering efficiencies by deriving insights from analytical information. Amanda is a member of the Board of Advisors of Interra Energy, LLC, a local development-stage company. She has 12 years of broad functional experience that includes Strategy Formulation & Analytical Decision Making, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Project Management, Business Process Engineering, and Consulting. Amanda earned a B.S. in Global Business Management from CSU San Marcos and an MBA from Rady School of Management in 2011.

Cindy Atwell

Cindy Atwell

Cindy Atwell is a business development professional with 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and over 5 years in a business development role. Cindy is currently a senior manager of business development and strategy at Abbott Laboratories, where she identifies and evaluates immunology therapeutics for licensing and M&A. Prior to Abbott, Cindy worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals in business development and commercial roles. Before attending the inaugural Full-Time 2007MBA program at the Rady School, Cindy conducted scientific research at two San Diego start-up biotechnology companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Rady School of Management.

James Homrig

Jamie Homrig

Jamie Homrig is currently working to start his own business in the consumer products industry. He recently served as Director of Sales for Julian Hard Cider where he worked closely with the executive team to develop and implement sales strategies, manage distributors and expand sales territories. Previously, Jamie spent nearly a decade working in the biotech industry as a Research Scientist. In that role, he worked as a member of a global team to develop medical devices for the physician’s office and over-the-counter markets. Jamie holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and earned an MBA from the Rady School of Management in 2011.

Bosco Lujan

Bosco Lujan

Bosco Lujan Valladolid is an Investment Advisor at Investment Placement Group, where he provides wealth management services and helps coordinate sales and marketing initiatives. He has over 14 years of business experience working in Mexico, New York and California, overseeing and partnering with top brands such as Nissan, Sprint, Tequila Cuervo, Johnny Walker, Buchanan’s, Kraft, Old Navy, Wendy’s, Home Depot, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Stella Artois, Heineken, Tecate Beer and Dos Equis. He currently serves on the Multicultural Committee at the Mingei International Museum. Bosco holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he was on the Board of the Business Leadership Program. He earned an MBA from Rady School of Management in 2012.

Mahesh Makhijani

Mahesh Makhijani

Mahesh Makhijani serves as senior director of Qualcomm Incorporated and has over 18 years of engineering and business development experience both in the US and in Europe. He currently leads the technical marketing group for the American continent. As part of this role he helps initiate and promote the technologies being developed as part of Qualcomm Research. Mahesh drives key Qualcomm technologies with the operator and vendor community leading to increased silicon market share for Qualcomm. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mahesh worked in the wireless arena for Ericsson in various lead roles for over 12 years in the systems and software groups for both handsets and base-stations. He received his MS in electrical engineering in 1996 from National Technological University and earned an MBA from the Rady School of Management in 2011. Mahesh has authored twelve patents and numerous papers in IEEE and other professional organizations.

Dominique Verhelle

Dominique Verhelle

Dominique Verhelle is a Director at Pfizer in the Oncology Research Unit. She leads the effort in Epigenetic research applied to cancer therapies. She manages a team of scientists involved in early drug discovery programs. Dominique has 18 years of experience in research focusing on diabetes, obesity and oncology and 9 years of industry experience in drug discovery. Before joining Pfizer in 2012, she was Group Leader in Celgene for 9 years and led several pre-IND programs. Dominique earned an MBA from The Rady School of Management in 2009 and holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France.