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Global Alumni Board

Global Alumni Board

About

The Bentley University Alumni Association, of which all 65,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni are members for life, seeks to engage alumni in a meaningful and mutually beneficial lifelong relationship. Beginning in 2012, the Global Alumni Board (GAB) has served as a sounding board for alumni engagement for Falcons all over the world. The GAB is dedicated to ensuring a two-way conversation between alumni and the university, as well as advancing the myriad ways all Bentley graduates can engage at all stages of their lives and careers.

Since 1955, the Bentley University Alumni Association has warmly welcomed Falcons to the fold from the moment their degrees are in hand. As Bentley has changed from a school to a college and now to a prestigious university, so has our Alumni Association — aligning itself with the university’s mission to meet the needs of our ever-expanding global community.

GAB serves as a strong, supportive voice for our community. Each year, GAB recognizes select Falcons for their outstanding commitment to Bentley and the world: The Harry C. Bentley Alumni Achievement Award honors graduates in a reunion year who reflect the tenets of Bentley University’s founder, and the Emerging Alumni Leader Award honors a graduating senior.

Members

Chuck Coppa ’85

Chuck Coppa ’85

Chair

Chelmsford, Mass.

An accounting graduate, Chuck started his career in public accounting but has spent the last 25 years with American Power Group Corporation, an alternative energy company where he is the chief executive officer and chief financial officer. Chuck has been a member of the BEC from inception and is a True Blue donor and President’s Club member. He enjoys serving as Chair of the Global Alumni Board after 6 years of membership.

Danielle Parsons ’05, MST ’06

Danielle Parsons ’05, MST ’06

Vice Chair

Babylon, N.Y.

Danielle is a double falcon with a bachelor of science in Accountancy and a master of science in Taxation. Danielle is a managing director in EY’s Wealth and Asset Management Practice based in NYC.  Since graduating, Danielle has been passionate about working alongside fellow alumni who are eager to enhance the alumni experience and the value of a Bentley education. Prior to the pandemic, Danielle led the NYC alumni chapter, which engaged NYC area alumni across a number of decades. While at Bentley, Danielle played on the women’s soccer team, participated in the Honors Program, was Class Cabinet President and was a member of the Falcon Society. Danielle continues to look for ways to engage and connect our alumni across geographies and decades; she is interested in helping alumni wherever possible, both personally and professionally!

Jim Buckley ’10, MBA ’11

Jim Buckley ’10, MBA ’11

Wilmington, Mass.

A double Falcon with a BS in Managerial Economics and an MBA in Operations Management, Jim has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry as a financial advisor. He is currently the Growth & Development Director for the Northwestern Mutual Downtown Boston office. He manages and trains a team of financial advisors, along with maintaining his own personal practice where he serves small businesses and families with young children. Jim has always been involved with Bentley as Class Cabinet President while a student, and as a True Blue donor and member of the President's Club since graduation. You will see him back on campus from time to time to judge the Business Bowl, guest lecture in the sales department, or to sing the national anthem at a hockey game. Jim is passionate about mentoring students and keeping as many alumni as possible engaged in the Bentley community.

Cody Lauren Aguirre Clearwater ’08

Cody Lauren Aguirre Clearwater ’08

Philadelphia, Pa.

Cody graduated with a B.S. in Finance in 2008 and joined GAB in 2020. After a corporate career leading both procurement and business services groups for a multi-billion dollar company, Cody transitioned to independent consulting and real estate investment. She credits the Bentley network for many opportunities in her life, both professional and personal, and seeks to give back through the facilitation of connections among alumni through her work in the GAB.

Student Activities: Falcon Society, Trustee's Scholarship Recipient, Bentley Helps Bolivia, Campus Activities Board, Bentley Business Bowl, SASA, Relay for Life, Orientation Leader

Ken Foo ’99, MSF ’01

Ken Foo ’99, MSF ’01

San Francisco, Calif.

Ken currently serves as Senior Director, Strategic Partnership at Autodesk. He spent the first nine years managing global strategic investments and M&A activities based in San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore. He also spent a year leading a product management team. He is currently heading up strategic partnership efforts for Autodesk’s Design & Manufacturing business. Before Autodesk, Ken spent years as a technology investment banker, a venture capitalist and a startup operator.

Lakeya Graves ’11

Lakeya Graves ’11

Stamford, Conn.

Currently the director of marketing at King School, an independent school, Lakeya also coaches lacrosse and serves as the staff coordinator for diversity, equity and inclusion. When she's not working she also serves as an alumni board member for her middle school, Rippowam Cisqua School. At Bentley, she volunteers for the Bentley Mosaic Alumni Council in addition to being a Global Alumni Board Member.

Student Activities: NABA, Black United Body, FIRE Step Squad, Residential Life and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Guilda Hilaire ’00

Guilda Hilaire ’00

Dedham, Mass.

Guilda is currently the director, product marketing at Salesforce. She is a seasoned digital marketing leader and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in tech. She has mastered a variety of roles, including marketing operations, email marketing, trainer, developer and consultant. Guilda currently serves on ANA Email Experience Council’s Member Advisory Board and as chair of the Email Experience Council Diversity, Equality & Inclusion.

 Lisa Hurley ’86, MSF ’93

Lisa Hurley ’86, MSF ’93

Waltham, Mass.

A double Falcon, having earned a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in accounting, Lisa has spent much of her career after becoming a CPA working in the utility industry. Many of her notable assignments have involved driving turnaround efforts after serious events, and leading organizational integrations after mergers and acquisitions. During her eight years in San Francisco, Lisa chaired the Northern California chapter, increasing alumni engagement with students. The native Bostonian is currently the director of integration for Eversource Energy.

Christos Kalogeropoulos, MBA ’91

Christos Kalogeropoulos, MBA ’91

Chalandri, Athens, Greece

Christos is senior relationship manager of Hellenic Asset Management in Athens, Greece. He has 28 years of investment management experience. The father of three sons, Christos enjoys traveling with family for leisure and sports. He is an avid alpine skier and a boatsman. In addition to an MBA from Bentley, Christos holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from the national University of Greece. He also volunteers for the Hellenic Association of Volunteer Managers.

Desirée Mieses Llavat ’91, MBA ’97

Desirée Mieses Llavat ’91, MBA ’97

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Desirée has worked in the investment management industry for 25+ years and currently owns a Registered Investment Advisor Firm, Lumiere Bay LLC in San Juan, PR. Prior to that, she held various positions at Santander Asset Management and The Bank & Trust of Puerto Rico, where she has been involved in customer service models, diversity and inclusion efforts, managing banks’ pension benefits, and responsible for over $1 billion in assets under management. Also, Desirée is part of several nonprofit boards: Casa de Niños Manuel Fernandez Juncos (a shelter for mistreated kids), Puerto Rico Community Foundation (chairman of the investment committee), Colegio Puertorriqueña de Niñas and Friends of Puerto Rico.

Student Activities: Model United Nations and Upper Bound Projects in Boston.

Ney Omar Peralta, Jr. ’10

Ney Omar Peralta Jr. ’10

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

With a degree in corporate finance and accounting, Ney has worked in investment banking and corporate development for 10+ years — currently as director of corporate development at American Express, where he is involved in inclusion and diversity efforts geared towards recruitment and awareness. As an alumnus, he is also a member of the Bentley Mosaic Alumni Council. Ney is the co-founder of the Jhan Carlos de La Cruz ’07 Memorial Scholarship.

Keith Singletary ’96

Keith Singletary ’96

New York, N.Y.

Keith currently is at Morgan Stanley in Credit Risk Management (CRM) based in Purchase, New York. With over 15 years of mortgage banking industry experience, he heads the Regulatory, Analytics and Governance CRM team for Morgan Stanley Home Loans. He is a member of the Black Employee Network and mentors multiple colleagues.

He has a degree in accountancy from Bentley and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern. Within the Global Alumni Board, Keith chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which works to ensure that issues of diversity and inclusion are the forefront of the Board's thinking and planning. He also volunteered on the Racial Justice Task Force and the Bentley University Advisory Council.

Student Activities: NABA, Black United Body and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Nominations

Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with terms beginning in July. All Bentley alumni, undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to hold a seat on the Global Alumni Board. Board members serve a two-year term (with a review after the first year), and can serve up to three consecutive terms.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Provide guidance and feedback on university initiatives designed to engage alumni in a meaningful, lifelong relationship
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with full board and staff representatives
  • Attend two Global Alumni Board retreats (typically in October and May, in conjunction with Commencement)
  • Make an annual gift to the Bentley Fund at the President’s Club level

To nominate a fellow alumnus, please fill out the nomination form or email GAB@bentley.edu.
 


Emerging Alumni Leader Award

The Emerging Alumni Leader Award is presented to a single graduating senior during Commencement Weekend in recognition of the student’s cumulative acts and contributions over their time at Bentley. The Global Alumni Board (GAB) recognizes how this student leader’s activities and behavior reflect their potential to be an esteemed and involved member of the alumni community. This award focuses on four pillars: confidence, conscientiousness, drive and engagement.

Nomination and Selection Process

Each March, nominations are solicited from the senior class as well as all faculty and staff via email.

Award and Ceremony

The award is presented by the Global Alumni Board chair during Commencement Weekend.

Past Winners

Anjela Maravilla ’21
Casey Hutnyan ’19
Shalini Chandrakanth ’18

Contact

If you are interested in taking a leadership role, please send a note to Bridget McShane at bmcshane@bentley.edu or 781-891-2028.