Alumni Champions

The Rise Together Mentor Network Alumni Champions have identified themselves as resources, facilitators and top influencers within Rise Together. They represent various industries including business, consulting, finance, law, science, healthcare, tech and more. Learn more about them: their backgrounds, expertise and ways in which they hope to connect with you. 

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Business, Consulting and Finance Champions

John Farr ’08
John Farr ’08
Industry Advisor, SAP
Areas of study: economics, mathematics, philosophy
Rise Together Introduction: 

Hello, All! I'm a Brandeis 2008 grad currently working in a consultative sales role at SAP in Dubai. I previously worked as a management consultant in the U.S. and in Saudi Arabia. I started my career as an economics/analytics consultant.

I'm happy to chat more and connect with students and alums who are interested in the MENA region, consulting, tech, economics/finance, or any other area in which I can help!

Phil Goldstein ’89
Phil Goldstein ’89
Managing Partner, Next Generation LLC
Area of study: economics

 

Rise Together Introduction:

Hello! I'm pleased to join this forum as a career champion and discussion moderator. I graduated in 1989 and have spent my career as a consultant and executive recruiter focused on technology, strategy and education/non-profits.  I've been a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cap Gemini and now have my own firm.  Looking forward to hearing from students.

Matt Lichtman ’05
Matt Lichtman ’05
Vice President, Goldman Sachs
Areas of study: english and American lit

Rise Together Introduction: 

I graduated from Brandeis in 2005 and currently work in the financial services industry. I am also an attorney and would be happy to connect with students and alumni about either of these two fields.

Ivan Ponieman ’14
Ivan Ponieman ’14
Associate, I Squared Capital
Areas of study: Areas of study: economics, international and global Studies
Rise Together Introduction: 

I’m an associate at I Squared Capital, a global private equity firm focused on infrastructure investing. I graduated from Brandeis in 2014 and started my career at J.P. Morgan in New York, where I interned during my junior year. I worked for two years as an analyst at the Private Bank and then moved on to the investment banking division. I was promoted to associate and moved to I Squared in late 2018. I am available to provide career advice, serve as a resource for students interested in business, finance, and consulting, provide guidance on the application and/or interview process and chat about any other topic folks might find helpful. Looking forward to connecting.

Kevin Rosenzweig ’97
Kevin Rosenzweig ’97
Managing Principal and President, Vicana
Areas of study: politics, economics
Rise Together Introduction: 

I'm Kevin Rosenzweig and I graduated from Brandeis in 1997. I majored in politics and economics and minored in business managerial economics. I am a proud father of two boys, who are 11 and 5, and happily married. I am the president and managing principal (owner) of Vicana. Vicana is a technology and professional services firm based in San Juan, PR and Armonk, NY. Vicana provides technology services to retailers such as point-of-sale hardware and applications and integrations, as well as custom web apps, web site, Microsoft Cloud Servies as well as other services to small and medium businesses. I am happy to connect with both students and alumni.

Karen Shilo ’04
Karen Shilo ’04
Energy, Environment and Sustainability Consultant, Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
Rise Together Introduction: 

I am a passionate energy analyst and environmental planner in the sustainability management industry. I help with sustainability consulting, environmental planning, life cycle assessment, corporate social responsibility, research and development (R&D) and strategic initiatives. My background includes certifications in sustainability management, leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED), and energy auditing, as well as a Master’s Degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

Science, Healthcare and Research Champions

Dena Goldblatt ’17
Dena Goldblatt ’17
Neuroscience PhD Candidate, New York University
Areas of study: biology, neuroscience, psychology
Rise Together Introduction: 

Hi! I'm a 2017 grad (neuroscience BS/MS, biology & psychology major), currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at New York University. I've worked quite a bit with undergrads and post-bacs on graduate school applications and love mentoring (was a Roosevelt Fellow and UDR for the psych department while at Brandeis). Looking forward to connecting with you all and happy to chat about graduate admissions and academic careers!

Sam Packer ’08, MS’10
Sam Packer ’08, MS’10
Director of Data Operations, Alpha Tau Medical
Areas of study: biology, neuroscience
Rise Together Introduction: 

As a "Career Champion" in the healthcare sector, I am working to build the healthcare subgroup as a community for study and alumni conversation and networking.

After graduating from Brandeis '08, MS'10  with degrees in biology and neuroscience, I followed my passion for data and analytics in life science.  I have consulted with dozens of biotech companies and presently work within an exciting startup in the space of radiation oncology.

General Champions

Orin Davis ’04
Orin Davis ’04
Principal Investigator, Quality of Life Laboratory
Areas of study: neuroscience, psychology


Rise Together Introduction:

I graduated in 2004 (NEUR, PSYC) and went on to a career in academia, management/HR consulting and entrepreneurship. I run a combination research lab and consulting firm (including advising startups) and teach business and psychology courses. Love connecting with alumni and happy to take questions about these careers.

Abel Flint
Abel Flint ’15
Senior Manager, Brand Marketing; Suzy
Area of study: business
Rise Together Introduction: 

Hello Brandeis! December 2014 graduate, here! I am currently living in New York City and working within a fast-growing software company that's disrupting the market research space. Prior to that, I worked at a creative advertising agency in account management. 

If you have any questions about breaking into tech, working as an LGBTQ+ professional or advertising, I would love to chat with you! 

Shanna Hollich ’07
Shanna Hollich ’07
Interim Director of Library Services, Wilson College
Area of study: linguistics & cognitive science, philosophy

 

Rise Together Introduction:

Hello Brandeisians! I've been a professional librarian for over a decade and have worked in public service, academia and in the federal government; so I've got a wide range of experiences and have hired in multiple types of environments. I was pretty much a first-generation college student from a super rural part of Pennsylvania, so it all started for me at Brandeis!

I am also a part-time professional musician, trained in classical voice (mezzo-soprano), French horn, and trumpet.

David Kratzer ’13
Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Area of study: economics, health: science society policy, philosophy
Monica LaBoskey ’06
Managing Attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Area of study: politics, African & Afro-American studies; Italian language and literature
Rise Together Introduction: 

I graduated in 2006 and currently work as the managing attorney of a Legal Aid Nonprofit (Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach) in the Bay Area (California). I attended law school directly after graduating from Brandeis and then spent ten years in private practice litigation, before moving to the nonprofit world. I do a lot of hiring and mentoring in my current role and would love to speak to anyone interested in a career in law, nonprofit work, or the Bay Area. 

In addition, as a mixed-race female and mother in the field, I'm happy to speak to any students or alumni who have questions or an interest in discussing the unique challenges and opportunities that we can face.

Sarah Sue Landau ’14
Sarah Sue Landau ’14
Copyright and Trademark Lawyer
Area of study: legal studies, business, psychology

 

Rise Together Introduction:

Hi Brandeisians! I'm a graduate of the class of 2014.  I double-majored in psychology and business and minored in legal studies. After graduating I worked at a non-profit doing marketing and program management for a few years and then applied to law school. I recently graduated from NYU Law and have started work as a copyright and trademark lawyer.

I'm happy to discuss any of the above or to help out with resumes, interviews, connecting you with other Brandeisians in your field of interest, etc. I really enjoy mentoring students so please do reach out if you think I can help in any way!

Kevin Leete ’02
Executive Director, Enterprise Sales, Atrium
Area of study: politics
Rise Together Introduction: 

Hey everyone! I've been in the staffing world for over 15 years doing recruiting, sales, management and solution design among various side projects. I've supported a number of industries, companies of all sizes and roles of all kinds. I'd love to help students and alumni through networking, career guidance and really whatever I can to help this community.

In short: #askmeanything. I'm happy to help.

Joy Levin ’87
Health/IT Roundtable Facilitator, TEDCO
Area of study: English and American literature
Rise Together Introduction: 

After 30 years in the industry, I love all aspects of quantitative research (e.g., surveys, data, statistics). I also enjoy the qualitative side (e.g., focus groups, interviews, both in-person and online), fostered by my early enjoyment of reading and writing. Whether it's research design, project execution, report writing, or results presentation – market research is my passion.

If I wasn’t a market researcher, I would work at an animal shelter or be a dog trainer, which is why you can often find me with my pets. I also enjoy working out, hiking, cooking, listening to music, and being with my family. And reading, of course.

Avishek Neupane ’14
Avishek Neupane ’14
Principal Investigator, Quality of Life Laboratory
Areas of study: neuroscience, psychology
Rise Together Introduction: 

Hello Brandeisians! I'm excited to be part of this new initiative. I majored in computer science and minored in business. I've been working professionally as a software developer for six years. I'm looking forward to connecting with students and alums.

Tobias Levin Steimberg ’14
Tobias Levin Steimberg ’14
CMBS & Real Estate Finance, Citi
Area of study: economics
Rise Together Introduction: 

Excited to be part of this network. I graduated in 2016 with majors in economics and business. Since graduating I have worked in commercial real estate finance. Looking forward to connecting with students and alumni!

Lisa Stein ’90
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, StoryCorps
Area of study: sociology
Rise Together Introduction: 

My background in business administration has aided me in enhancing nonprofits’ best practices, infrastructure and visibility to funders. I create tactical plans to implement and achieve short and long-term goals tailored to every organization, reflective of its mission and ambitions.