The Notre Dame MBA

Meet the Coaches

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Patrick Perrella
 

Area of focus

As director of MBA Career Development, I am responsible for all placement and recruiting activities for MBA, EMBA, and Master of Non-Profit students, and services to alumni. I directly counsel approximately 15% of the traditional MBA class focusing on finance and negotiating strategy.

Pre-Notre Dame life

Prior to Notre Dame, I had a twelve year international career with Citigroup, working in New York, London, and Dublin. My diverse career covered multiple products and geographies and functions in product management, operations, risk, and business leadership. In my last role, I was the Director for Global Clearing, a global business with $123 million in annual revenue.

What brought you to Notre Dame?

 I started getting involved with Notre Dame through the alumni association when I lived in New York City. I became Treasurer of the Notre Dame Club of New York and then served as President for three years. It was like having another full time job! Eventually, I was elected to the board of directors of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. During this time I also worked to get Citi recruiting at Notre Dame (grad and undergrad) and helped build a Notre Dame network at the company which before the financial crisis had 150 alumni registered. Quite honestly, I didn't think there was a job for me at Notre Dame, I wasn't looking to leave Citi, but when Notre Dame called, I definitely listened and two and a half months later I was here.

Best Notre Dame memory?

One of my most vivid memories to this day is my first Notre Dame home football game. It was Lou Holtz's first game and the atmosphere on campus was electric. Tailgating, going into the stadium, standing in the student section, the planes buzzing the stadium right at the end of the Star Spangled Banner, and then watching one of the most exciting games I've ever seen as an unheralded Notre Dame squad took Michigan to the brink, only to lose by one point and end up entering the Top 25 despite the loss and making the cover of Sports Illustrated. Amazing…

Why should prospective students choose Notre Dame?

Notre Dame is one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I know a lot of alumni, both grad and undergrad, who would say the same thing. It's a great education of course, but it is much more, a sense of purpose, of belonging to a wider family, of wanting to do the right things in life, and a commitment to excellence in all that you do that you share with your classmates, and the alumni that came before you and will come after you.

Favorite book?

That is a particularly difficult question. I am a voracious reader. Recently I've enjoyed a series of history books written by James Reston, Jr., covering the period of 1000AD to 1540AD. I do try to mix in some good fiction as well, old and new, so you'll find Agatha Christie to Harry Potter on my library shelves.

What is currently on your ipod?

As the owner of a shuffle, nano, iPod, and iPhone, I guess you could say that I like access to my music. I'm mainly a rock guy – classic and new, especially with an edge, but you'll also find pop, jazz, bossa nova, irish, classical, and lounge music in there too.

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Laura Bellis
 

Area of focus

Consulting

Pre-Notre Dame life

Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in beautiful Virginia

What brought you to Notre Dame?

I followed my husband out here

Favorite place on campus?

The Main Building

Why should prospective students choose Notre Dame?

To become a part of a family they can always go home to.

Favorite book?

When Character Was King – A Story of Ronald Reagan, by Peggy Noonan

What is one of your proudest moments?

Here at Notre Dame you get an incredibly proud feeling when you are sitting in a packed stadium before a football game as the band plays the National Anthem.

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John Rooney
 

Area of focus

Marketing, General Management, and Entrepreneurship

Pre-ND Life

I have held various sales and marketing positions with Chevron and Georgia Pacific. My last marketing job was Director of Marketing on the Dixie brand for Georgia Pacific.

What brought you to Notre Dame?

I am a '95 graduate of the MBA program. What brought me back to Notre Dame was the opportunity to contribute to an institution that I love and one that is trying to use business as a force for good in the world. I also love the community of people at Notre Dame. It is a pleasure to work with the many great MBA students who attend Notre Dame and will be leaders in the business world.

Favorite place on campus?

My favorite place is the walking path that winds around the two lakes on campus. This is a great place to run or to take it beautiful views of the campus.

Favorite Notre Dame tradition?

My favorite Notre Dame tradition is when the band marches through campus on a Friday afternoon on their way to the pep rally. This fills the campus with excitement and reminds me of all the great traditions we have.

What is one of your proudest moments?

One of my proudest moments was riding my bike to campus on the very first day of my MBA program. Attending Notre Dame had always been a dream for me and to achieve it made me very proud.

What is currently on your ipod?

Radiohead and Pearl Jam

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Michael Crehan

Area of focus

Corporate Finance and Investments concentrations

Pre-Notre Dame life

NYC financial services, including Lehman Brothers and Standard & Poor's (NYC and Europe)

What brought you to Notre Dame?

Changes in NYC financial sector combined with opportunity to return "home" to ND.

Favorite restaurant on campus?

Five Guys, located across from Mendoza in the new Eddy Street Commons.

Best Notre Dame memory?

Being there to watch men's basketball snap UCLA's 88 game winning streak.

What was your first job?

Factory Mutual Service Bureau, in Norwood, MA.

What is one of your proudest moments?

Attending my daughter's graduation from Notre Dame in 2008.

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Jeff Morris
 

Area of focus

I help coach students with military backgrounds and service. I am available as a primary coach for any veterans who know what kind of job they want to do post-MBA and are comfortable with their knowledge of that work or industry.


Pre-ND life

Served our country as a Naval officer and helicopter pilot for 23 years. Some of my former duty stations include: Jacksonville, Florida; Washington, DC; Newport, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; and The Netherlands. That Pre-ND time also included multiple deployments on Navy aircraft carriers in various waters around the world.


What brought you to Notre Dame?

I'd like to think providence. As a latecomer to Notre Dame, my arrival was courtesy of the Navy. My last duty station in the Navy was on campus at Notre Dame Naval ROTC. I served three years as the unit's Executive Officer and then transitioned to my current position.


Favorite place on campus?

A run (or more accurately, a jog) around the two lakes on campus is much more than just physical exercise. It's a place to clear your thoughts and reflect on all that's special about this University.


Why should prospective students choose Notre Dame?

We're a Top 25 MBA program that enables MBA candidates to earn an outstanding education while simultaneously building lifetime friendships, solid and extensive networks, and extremely bright futures. This is so much more than just punching a ticket. It's a life-changing experience.


What was your first job?

My first job in the Navy was, not surprisingly, a flight student. So let's go back further. My very first job was working on a farm that served as a retreat facility for a small corporation in Canton, Ohio. It was hard and definitely unglamorous work. But it gave me a good appreciation for the benefits of education, opportunity, and perseverance.


What is currently on your ipod?

Am I the only one who doesn't own an iPod? My car radio is tuned to the local classic rock station and I always enjoy listening to The Pulse on Sirius/XM Radio when I'm at my favorite gym on campus - Rolf's Recreation Center.

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Cindy Proffitt
 

Area of Focus

I manage students' career-specific onboarding, workshops, and online resources; design and develop career events; coach undecided, international, and business leadership students; administer career programs including MBA Mentor and Interview JumpStart Programs, Etiquette Dinner, and Amsterdam and Japan Internship Programs; and am Career Advisor for Women MBA and Management Clubs.

Pre-ND life

Before coming to ND in August 2006, I provided leadership and communication consulting for Fortune 100 North American companies (six years) for Development Dimensions International including teaching Behavioral Interviewing, Performance Management, and running Management Assessment Centers.  My background includes experience in the higher education, pharmaceutical, healthcare, petroleum, and professional services industries ( 20+ years).  During my career, I was Associate Professor within the Communication Department of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
 
I'm an avid collaborator and continuous learner / graduate of lots of stuff including a business Bachelor's from Manchester College, business Master's from Purdue University, adult education Master's from Indiana University, and graduate of the Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series, Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Entrepreneurship Academy.

Originally from the great state of Ohio, I'm presently a recovering Hoosier.

What brought you to Notre Dame?

The privilege to serve Our Lady, the opportunity to move closer to family, and the challenge of influencing career learning from the higher education perspective brought me to Notre Dame.
 
Favorite restaurant on campus?
Greenfield's for daily nourishment, Sorin's for special occasions and great quality at a very reasonable price, and Leahy's for refreshments!

Favorite Notre Dame tradition?

No one does tailgating like ND, but the BEST tradition is the relationships created among alumni leading to the world's BEST alumni network.

Favorite book?

Dictionary of Occupational Titles (get a career!)…okay, I'm a sucker for any Maeve Binchy book, and as we all know, Irish writers don't pay country income tax so there's got to be creative artistic genius or it would just be a "job."

What was your first job?

My first jobs were on the farm growing up in Ohio, but my first paycheck came from McDonald's.  I made my way through college as a Bank Teller, interned with Mobile, and full-time post-MBA with Exxon Research & Engineering, in the Garden State of New Jersey.

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