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Thunderbird Alumni Advisory Groups

Thunderbird values the strategic insight and unwavering support of our alumni and members of the greater Thunderbird community. We have established two distinct advisory groups made up of our esteemed alumni to help guide the school, support our students and sustain our future endeavors.

The Thunderbird Leadership Council focuses on advising and supporting Thunderbird on strategic issues. The Thunderbird Engagement Council focuses on alumni and student engagement projects and initiatives. 

Thunderbird Leadership Council 

Hiroshi Hamada ’91 (Chair)
Chairman of the Board & CEO ARUHI Corporation Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Heather Wise ‘94 (Vice Chair)
Board Chair
American Red Cross Greenwich
Riverside, CT

Rush Baker ‘09
Partner, Snowbridge Advisors
New York, New York

Eric Bing ‘94
Bing & Company, Inc.
Houston, TX

Sandeep Bose
CIO, Global Risk Management, American Express
Scottsdale, AZ 

Sarah Byrne-Quinn ‘88
Head of Transaction Execution
Anglo American Plc
London, United Kingdom

John Cook ‘79
Rock Lake Associates
Zurich, Switzerland

Doug Deardorf
Chief Executive Officer, Nisoft, LLC
Denver, CO

Robert Farquharson ‘81
Vice President and Head of Real Estate Europe
First Interstate Bank of California
London, United Kingdom

Merle Hinrich ‘65
Global Sources
Hong Kong

Vijay Anand Jangiti ‘88
Asterisk Confidantes
Mumbai, India

Kristian Jebsen ‘80
Gearbulk Holding ltd.
Zurich, Switzerland

Aleksandra Lubavs ‘91
Vice President, Marketing & Innovation
Diebold, International
London, United Kingdom

Felipe Martinez ‘03
Organizacion Emyco
Coppell, TX

Carlos Neuhaus ‘74
de Ingenieria Corporativa S.A.
Lima, Peru

Eugene A. Rostov
CEO and President
E. Rostov & Associates, LLC
Miami, FL

Diane Ruebling +
MSIR, President
The Ruebling Group LLC
Scottsdale, AZ

John Salinger
AIG Global Trade & Political Risk (retired)
Scottsdale, AZ

Michelle Senecal de Fonseca ‘87
Area Vice President, Northern Europe, Citrix
London, United Kingdom ‘87

Ken Valvur ‘88
Chairman & CEO 
Bento Sushi
Toronto, ON Canada

Gregory White ‘04
Global Head of Business Development, INTTRA
Parsippany, New Jersey

Kimberly Wiehl
EVP and Chief Operating Officer
Wiehl Properties
Westport CT

David Young +
Owner and Chief Consultant
Young & Associates, Ltd
London, UK


+ denotes ex officio status

Thunderbird Engagement Council

Diane Ruebling (Co-Chair)
MSIR, President
The Ruebling Group LLC
Scottsdale, AZ

David Young ’91 (Co-Chair)
Owner and Chief Consultant
Young & Associates, Ltd
London, UK

Yalman Ansari ‘07
Assistant Professor
COMSATS University, Islamabad
Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Baron Bruno ‘10
Residential, Commercial, and Relocation Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Marina Del Rey, CA

Scott Campbell ‘09
Director of State Compliance and Accreditation
Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ

Douglas Campbell Smith ‘99
Global Marketing Executive
Bellevue, WA

Victoria Cox ‘03
Red Sky Night Consulting LLC
New York, NY

Sara Engber ’93 
Vice President-Retail Division
Fairway, KS

Jennifer Fondrevay ‘91
Chief Humanity Officer
Jennifer J Fondrevay
Chicago, Illinois

Colleen M. Foster ‘84
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management
American University of Afghanistan

Mickie French ‘90
Vice President, Global Marketing, Content Insights
Tate & Lyle
Chicago, IL

Kevin Glynn ‘90
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
DSC Logistics
Chicago, IL   

Julie Goodman ‘12
Founder and CEO
Goodman Global Consulting, LLC
Dallas, TX

Marty Jetton ‘87
Executive Director
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Central, Hong Kong

Bart Kohnhorst ‘83
LGS - Crestcom
Plano, TX

Jorge Lizan ‘00
Managing Director
Lizan Retail Advisors
New York, New York

Ronald Okenfuss ‘96
Member & Managing Partner
CPR Global Business Solutions LLC
St. Paul, MN

Shaun Smithson ‘08
Chief Executive Officer
Fig and Olive
New York, NY

Jacques Tapiero ‘82
Retired Senior VP & President Emerging Markets
Eli Lilly 
Miami Beach, FL