I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, and yes, I am and have been a lifelong Cleveland Browns football fan. And Indians. And Cavs. It’s a tough life, but what can you do? At least I can now cheer for Duke basketball!

I headed south to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, for undergrad and majored in Spanish with a minor in corporate finance. What does one do with a Spanish degree you might ask? Join the Navy. I was commissioned as a Naval Officer upon graduation and two months later I was off to Guam to meet my ship, the USS HOWARD (DDG 83). Onboard HOWARD, I was the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, which meant that I was in charge of 16 sailors trying to find submarines in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, South China Sea, and Gulf of Oman. I also learned how to drive a billion-dollar warship, which was an incredibly cool experience when you’re sailing through the Strait of Malacca — the busiest waterway in the world.

The next logical step for a Spanish major and naval warship driver was to come to Fuqua to pursue my MBA. I’m doing a concentration in finance and want to work for a middle-market Capital Group upon graduation. I spent my summer after first-year in Houston at ExxonMobil, interning in their Controller’s Department.

Fuqua Activities: I’m the Co-Leadership Chair of the Association of Women in Business (AWIB), Co-President of Fuqua’s Leading Women, and a COLE Leadership Fellow. I’m also a member of the Finance Club and the Forté Foundation. In my spare time, I enjoy running marathons and winning game shows. I’m a Wheel of Fortune champion! The episode is on YouTube if you want to see me make a fool of myself, and see what I won.