Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Project Management Major is a multifaceted team that combines the expertise of industry professionals, esteemed alumni, current students, and dedicated faculty members. This collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive perspective, with faculty bringing academic insight, industry professionals offering real-world experience, and students providing a contemporary viewpoint. The board collectively serves as a strategic counsel, guiding the program to align with industry trends, maintain rigorous educational standards, and facilitate fruitful connections between academia and the dynamic field of project management.

Lorik Abdullai

Project Management professional at one of best undergraduate schoolsLorik Abdullai is currently serving as the Head of Project Management Purchasing North America at Volvo Group in Greensboro, North Carolina. With over 1 year and 6 months in this role, his expertise lies in areas such as procurement, supply chain management, automotive seating, strategy/product planning, program management, and relationship building. He is skilled in developing high-performance teams and providing leadership in their current position.

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AnaLuna Alvarez

Undergraduate student at one of the best undergraduate collegesAnaLuna Alvarez is a junior at Elon University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Project Management. She recently engaged in an immersive experience in Los Angeles, meeting with over 34 companies, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, showcasing their proactive approach to networking. Certified in Excel and Photoshop, and proficient in PowerPoint and Word, she is a driven and eager problem solver who thrives in challenging situations. She is also a co-president of the PM Club.

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Jane Baffi

Project Management professional serving one of the best colleges in ncJane Baffi is a project manager, construction and development, at Intersect Management, LLC.  Prior to her current role, Jane was a project manager and project engineer.  Jane is a Certified Associate in Project Management and a graduate of Elon University (BSBA in Management with a concentration in Management).

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Victoria Dixon

Project Management professional at one of best business schoolsVictoria Dixon has over 13 years of experience at IBM, and is currently serving as a Delivery Project Executive, a position she has held for 8 months. She holds the prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification and is an IBM-Certified Senior Project Manager -Delivery Partner Executive in IBM Security Services, accumulating 5 years and 6 months in this role. She is driven and passionate about the field, and her hard work reflects a commitment to excellence in her endeavors.

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Tim Grant

Professional advising best business schoolTim Grant has 7 years and 5 months of experience at Gallagher and is currently serving as the Area Vice President, based in New York, with a hybrid work arrangement. Prior to this role, he held positions as a Client Service Executive and Area Assistant Vice President, accumulating a total of 2 years in the latter role. His professional qualifications include certifications as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and a Certified Associate in Project Management.

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Ashley Jackson

Professional serving one of the best undergraduate schoolsAshley Jackson is the current Technical Project Manager at Epsilon, with 1 year and 8 months in this role. Previously, she served as a Project Manager at Ashley Furniture Industries for over a year and held roles as Project Manager and Project Coordinator at Jabil for a total of 5 years. Her diverse experience highlights expertise in collaborative projects, such as developing a “Technical Career Pathways” questionnaire, executing a division newsletter, and creating an Excel template for project tracking, showcasing her expertise in project management.

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KC Kasserman

Professor at University in NCKC Kasserman is the President/Principal of Triad Supply Chain, LLC, where they specialize in supply chain consulting, professional education, and training. With over 10 years of experience in this role, he has demonstrated expertise in various aspects of supply chain management, including leadership, team building, process development, materials planning, and systems integration. As an ASCM/APICS Master Instructor and a supply chain veteran, he has dedicated himself to achieving operational excellence and have worked across departments such as R&D, engineering, marketing, project management, and finance to maximize time-to-market results. Kc is also a lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Elon
University, where he provides his years of expertise to students.

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Allison Kutz-Ernst

Professional serving Project Management MajorsAllison Kutz-Ernst is an experienced CRM & CX Consulting Strategy Director at Salesforce, based in Chicago, Illinois. In her role, she focuses on scaling and influencing success across Salesforce, particularly in the Manufacturing, Automotive & Energy (MAE) vertical, and enterprise customers. With engagements encompassing strategy advisory, value perspectives, thought leadership, and post-implementation realization studies, Allison brings a wealth of expertise to her current position. Prior to Salesforce, she served as the CX Practice Director at Apex IT for over three years, leading global organizations in evaluating Cloud Customer Relationship Management and related areas, including Sales Performance Management, Incentive Compensation, CPQ, Commerce, Cloud Marketing, Cloud Service, MDM/Data Governance, and PaaS.

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Cale Murray

Project Management Professional serving best majors in ncCale Murray is a seasoned Customer Support and Services Professional with a strong background in the pharmaceuticals industry. With a focus on leadership, he possesses expertise in Product Development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Research and Development (R&D), Change Management, and Life Sciences. He has held various roles at companies like Alcami Corporation and Thermo Fisher Scientific, including Senior Project Manager and Senior R&D Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing technology transfer, commercial product support, and pharmaceutical development projects related to soft gelatin capsule products.

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Scott Oakes

Professor for the best business collegeScott Oakes is a highly qualified and experienced Marketing Professional and University Professor with an MBA, PMP, and PSM credentials. He has an extensive background in customer engagement, sales, technical training, and product/project management. As a Lecturer at Elon University’s Love School of Business for over 7 years, he has taught a range of subjects, including Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Sales. In his previous roles at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, he served as the Marketing Product Manager for North American Point of Sale and Food Service, demonstrating expertise in managing product engagements and innovation initiatives.

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Megan Sassaman

Professional serving undergraduate school in ncMegan Sassaman currently serves as an Engineer at Clark Construction Group, bringing to the role the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification and expertise in project management. In her one year and four months, she has been actively involved in project planning, virtual design construction, and preconstruction services, specifically focusing on project budgeting and estimation. Her skill set includes proficiency in project coordination, architectural details, virtual design, and strategic communication, showcasing a well-rounded capability in managing various aspects of construction projects.

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Jackson Steiner

student at good college in usJackson Steiner is a freshman Business Fellow at Elon University, double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Project Management. Jackson’s love of Supply Chain Management & Project Management stems from his summer job of providing rental fleets.  He also was recently inducted into the oldest and largest business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. He is also a member of the PM club.

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Kimberly Turner

Pro serving undergraduate university in usKimberly Turner is the Director of Program Management, Engineering, and Product at FloSports, with a passion for people, organization, and process implementation to enhance efficiency and productivity. With over two years in her current role, she brings extensive experience from previous positions, including a Senior Program Manager at FloSports and a Senior Project Manager at Crush & Lovely. In these roles, she demonstrated strong project management skills by managing budgets, timelines, and client communication for multiple projects, serving as the point of contact for the business development team, and spearheading hiring and recruiting processes.

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Matthew Valle

Professor at best undergraduate school in usMatthew Valle, Ph.D., is a distinguished Professor of Management at Elon University, a former Air Force pilot, and a United States Air Force Academy graduate. With an extensive academic background, including an M.S. in Operations Management, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in Business Administration, he has authored over 100 publications in esteemed business journals. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Professional Scrum Master, he brings over 31 years of experience to his role, serving as a facilitator for Executive Education programs and consulting with major companies through his firm, Engineering & Management Southeast.

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Danielle White

Alumni of great business undergraduate schoolDanielle White is a project management professional with experience leading cross-functional teams and launching global campaigns. Danielle is currently the Director of Project Management with SmileDirect Club. Previously, she was a project manager with Mizzouri and Elephant.  She is a Certified Associate in Project Management and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focused in Management from Elon University.

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Tanzila Zaman

Serving undergraduate business schoolTanzila Zaman is the RTSM Manager at ICON Strategic Solutions with over 7 years of experience in the healthcare domain. In her current role, she is the primary owner of corporate relationships with vendors, providing training, coaching, and support for vendor selection and project-specific strategies. Proficient in programming with R, SQL, and Python, Tanzila holds a Master’s in Biomedical and Health Informatics and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive experience includes previous roles as an IRT Project Manager at Endpoint Clinical and a Clinical Project Manager at the High Throughput Sequencing Facility at UNC-CH, where she managed multiple cancer-related studies.

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