movers_shakersD’89 Marla (Stempler) Buerk is now Executive Vice President at Dairy Management Inc.
D’03 Peter Harrison is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
D’08 Nick Moran via New Stack Ventures is the lead investor in Print With Me
D’11 David Turco is now a Director at AloStar Capital Finance
D’14 David Cockerill is now Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group
D’16 Katie Griffith is now a Senior Associate at Strategy&
D’16 Wei Liao is now a Senior Associate at Strategy&
D’16 Vivek Mehta is now a an Associate at McKinsey & Company

Entrepreneur Alert: AE Machines

ae_machinesD’15 Eric Minnick has launched AE Machines, an engineering company for designing tools to make automation design and implementation accessible to a broader group of people and businesses.  AE Design Tool allows you to design an automated system — one with hardware and software components.  After you’ve created your design, download code to power a littleBits Arduino and purchase the hardware through AE to make your design come to life.

UVA Club of Chicago: Cavs Care – Spooky Zoo Spectacular

spooky-zooThe 30th Annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular is a not-for-profit event held at the Lincoln Park Zoo that endeavors to create a safe trick-or treating environment for Chicago area children.

The UVA Club of Chicago, in conjunction with the event organizers, is helping to recruit volunteers to staff and manage the event this coming Saturday, October 29 @ 8:30 am1:00 pm

Volunteer meet-up, check in and free breakfast will be provided at the zoo’s Wild Things Cafe at 8:30 a.m. The volunteering portion of the event will run from 9:30 a.m. until roughly 1:00 p.m. Afterwards, a volunteer appreciation party will be held at 2158 N. Halsted.

For more information, please contact Kristina Hamilton (CLAS ’09) at

Meet me at Google and I’ll introduce you to a prospective student

Sept 8 @ 6:30 – The Darden Offices of Engagement and Admissions invite you to enjoy an evening of hospitality at the Chicago Admissions/Alumni reception hosted by Google and our Google working alumni D’10 Caroline O’Sheasy and D’14 Warner Lewis. The Darden alumni community is a valuable asset in attracting top talent and, as always, we encourage you to invite prospective students.

We are excited to announce that Mike Lenox, senior associate dean and chief strategy officer, will be in attendance, along with Michael Woodfolk and they looks forward to meeting you. Please join Mike Lenox, Admissions staff and your fellow alumni to discuss the Darden distinction with prospective students for the three formats of the School’s MBA program: residential MBA, MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives.

Darden delivers the world’s best business education experience, and we invite you to share your journey as a valued member of the School’s powerful, global network. Prospective students enjoy talking to you about your time at Darden; please join us to share your story.

Google’s new Chicago office: 320 North Morgan Street, #600, Chicago, IL 60607

movers_shakersD’12 Ryan McCollum is now a Senior Strategy Associate at KPMG

D’ 12 Semyon Shtulberg is now a Strategic Planning Manager at Aurora Health Care

D’13s Matt and Blythe Fallon have moved to Chicago.  Matt is an Associate Director of Marketing with Kraft Heinz and Blythe is the Online Merchandiser for Grainger

2nd Annual Summer Brunch – July 14, 2016

brunchThank you D’14s Michael Humenansky, Allison Kelly and Amanda Middlebrooks for hosting this year’s summer brunch Sunday July 14, 10:00 am (1749 N Wells St. #2010).  Last year this was ‘potluck’ style so bring a favorite dish if you like but we’ll plan food based on RSVPs via Darden’s forthcoming invitation (email me if you want to bring a dish).

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

compassprobonoCompass Pro Bono matches small teams of top MBAs with qualified non-profits for an array of consulting projects that include; Marketing, Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Board Development, etc.  Locally, both D’14 Michael Humenansky and D’16 Vivek Mehta have rolled up their sleeves to get involved.  Michael worked with Compass while consulting in Washington D.C. and both are involved in the Chicagoland.

For more information visit and reach out to Compass’s Executive Director in Chicago, Julie Walther at