Mason Accounting and Analytics Boards Welcome New Members

Industry experts will help guide students, faculty, and staff of undergraduate and graduate accounting and business analytics programs

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to the accounting and analytics advisory boards.

Two William & Mary alumnae will join a distinguished panel of approximately 30 accounting industry experts on the Mason Accounting Programs Board. These individuals are committed to helping William & Mary sustain a nationally recognized accounting program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to connect students to world class opportunities upon graduation.

Four professionals, including several William & Mary alumni, will join the Business Analytics Advisory Board which is currently comprised of nearly twenty interdisciplinary leaders across the world of business. Members of the board are charged with advising staff, faculty, and students by ensuring the subjects taught and opportunities provided in the program are the most relevant and useful in the rapidly changing area of business analytics.

“I am confident that these principled leaders in business will bring critical industry knowledge to both programs, and connect the evolving needs of employers with the faculty and staff responsible for educating our students so they are prepared to embark on successful careers in accounting and business analytics,” said Dean Larry Pulley.

Meet the New Mason Accounting Programs Board Members

Nadia Parekh, MAcc ’12 is a Senior Manager of Accounting at Deloitte, where she started as an intern and over the last nine years has risen through leadership roles to her current position. She has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond. In addition, Parekh is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). This is her first term on the Mason Accounting Programs Board and she is looking forward to positively impacting the accounting program at her alma mater.

“I feel I can provide insights gained through my experiences in the accounting field to continue to support the business school and students that attend. It’s an interesting time to join the board because the world around us has changed so much. I hope I can offer a fresh perspective.”

Karmen Ward, MAcc ’07, BBA ’06 is a Professional Accounting Fellow at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She previously served as a Managing Director for KPMG for 13 years before transitioning to a role with the Federal Government. This is Ward’s first term on the Mason Accounting Programs Board and she is looking forward to this opportunity to give back by providing industry knowledge to the accounting programs at the Mason School.

“I hope to contribute based on my experiences as honestly and openly as possible to further the accounting programs to be the best they can be. When I reflect on my time at William & Mary, I remember the many alumni professionals who gave a glimpse into their lives and experiences after graduating. Their openness and willingness to share had a huge impact on me. Now it’s my time to serve, and I carry that responsibility with pleasure.”

Meet the New Business Analytics Advisory Board Members

Etim Edim, BBA ’98 is an Executive Director, Global CFO of the Technology, Operations, and Firm Resilience Divisions within Morgan Stanley. Prior to this role, he served as a Senior Vice President at Credit Suisse for over eight years, and as a Senior Consultant in the Technology and Operations Strategy group at Deloitte Consulting for three years. Edim holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. School of Business where he also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for ENACT, Inc. an organization that helps New York City public school students learn social, emotional, and behavioral skills through creative drama and drama therapy techniques. He resides in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.

“It’s an exciting time in data, data science, and data analytics. It is a great opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the curriculum and growth in this space. Alumni and professors were integral to my success while a student and as such, I aim to pay-it-forward.”

Dr. Melvin Greer is Chief Data Scientist, Americas, Intel Corporation. He is responsible for building Intel’s data science platform through graph analytics, machine learning, and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for public sector and commercial enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in cloud computing, synthetic biology, and IoT bio-sensors for edge analytics.

Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); serves on the Board of Directors, U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine; and is a Board of Director at National GEM Consortium. He has been appointed to Senior Advisor and Fellow at the FBI IT and Data Division, and Fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute. He is a professor at Southern Methodist University, and is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University. Named one of the 2018 LinkedIn Top 10 Voices in data science and analytics, Greer is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities, is an accomplished author, and functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies.

“I’m excited about sharing AI practical applications and being a bridge from the academic curriculum to real-world business issues that need attention now. I’m also very interested in preparing future leaders for exceptional performance and career success. AI and data science are impacting every industry and I am determined to provide and influence experiential learning that can accelerate responsible use of these technologies.”

Jamar Jenkins, MSBA ’20, MBA ’18 is Global, Head of Strategy for Logitech (GVCC). He additionally serves as a reservist with the 75th Innovation Command, Army Futures Command as a Systems Development Officer and Tech Innovation Scout. His prior work experience includes serving in the US Army’s 21st Theater Sustainment Command as part of the Army Commander’s Initiative Group, and as a Product Manager in the Intent-Based Networking Group at Cisco. A native of Chapel Hill, TN, Jenkins earned his BBA in Marketing from Radford University where he also played Division One Men’s Basketball.

“William & Mary has done so much for me and my career as it has tremendously increased my quality of thought and contributed to my personal growth. It means everything to have the ability to give back time, advice, and perspectives to other students as they embark on their professional journeys. As a veteran, black, LGBTQ professional in tech, I hope to bring a diversity of thought and add value to the discussions, decisions, and dialogue we will have.”

Jackie Juergens, MSBA ’20, BBA ’03 leads a Data Science team at Altria focused on unlocking value from a myriad of data sets and applying advanced machine learning and statistical models to drive enterprise category management. In addition to her degrees from William & Mary, she holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond. Juergens is driven by a passion for coaching, serving as a mentor for many talented employees at Altria, especially women interested in pursuing careers in analytics. She served for several years on the Board of Directors for a large credit union in the Richmond area and is actively involved in volunteer efforts in the community through her church.

“This position allows me a unique opportunity to bring my relevant work experience to improve the programs’ structure, curriculum, and student career opportunities. From my personal experience in the program, I understand the effort required to be successful. I want to ensure that the curriculum remains relevant to working in the field of data science, and I want to provide connections and support for students looking for positions upon graduation.”