Graduate Alumni

Class Notes

Sarah Uhran ('03 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Sarah Uhran recently launched A Private Concierge LLC, a concierge service designed to enhance the experience of visitors to Nantucket, Mass. Services include travel arrangements, shopping, entertainment reservations, special event planning, and babysitting.

Sean Price ('01 MBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Sean Price has been named the executive director of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and the University’s associate vice president responsible for alumni affairs. Price previously held a variety of leadership positions within the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club.

Heather Gapusan ('00 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Heather Gapusan has joined Howard, Merrell & Partners as a digital analyst in the interactive services department. She will develop and assist in managing interactive strategies for clients, as well as gather and analyze digital results.

Jeremy Griffin ('00 MSA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Jeremy Griffin is the newest faculty member in the Mendoza College of Business department of accountancy. Griffin received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in May 2010.

Michael McDaniel ('00 MBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Michael McDaniel is the regional director of the Dallas Metroplex for Responsive Education Solutions, the largest charter school district in Texas.

Travis Smith ('95 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Travis Smith is the COO of Jo-Ann Stores Inc., and will become the retailer’s president. Smith, who will keep his current responsibilities of overseeing Jo-Ann’s marketing, merchandising, sourcing, inventory management, supply chain and store operations, will assume responsibility for information technology. Smith has been with the company since July 2006.

Jason Konesco ('94 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Jason Konesco has been named president of Harrison College, which was formerly known as the Indiana Business College. Konesco joined Harrison College in 1999. Most recently, he was Harrison’s senior vice president of operations.

Mark Lambert ('94 MBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Mark Lambert (MBA)has joined Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, as CFO. He will oversee all areas of financial management, drawing on more than 15 years of leadership experience in finance, strategic planning, operations and mergers and acquisitions.

James Lucot ('94 MNA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

James Lucot was honored in December with the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.

"This award is presented annually to a teacher who demonstrates excellence and creativity in his teaching of the Holocaust," said Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (J.F.R.). "He is the type of teacher you would want your kids to have."

"Every year the J.F.R. reunites a Holocaust victim with their rescuer. This year they reunited Bronislaw Firuta with Joseph Bonder, the Jewish teenager he and his family saved. The two had not seen each other since 1945. Words cannot even being to describe how amazing this was to experience," Lucot said.

Lucot was nominated for this prestigious international award by Dr. Edie Naveh, the director of the Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.

Tim O'Neill ('94 BBA)

Submitted: May 21, 2010

Tim O'Neill has found new inspiration to record more lullaby piano music—the birth of his twins, Owen and Gabrielle. Tim and his brother Ryan (’97)—The O’Neill Brothers—sold more than 800,000 copies of their songs in the last three months of 2009 alone. Channeling their business savvy and musical talents, The O’Neill Brothers are working with large manufacturers to add a $5 bonus sticker for five theme-specific free songs onto retail products.
Listen to free samples of The O’Neill Brothers songs at