Program Contributors

An MBA developed by the real world, designed for the real world.

Our program was developed with a focus on emerging trends in the business world and research about what students who want to make a positive mark on the world through business want in a business program. Our thanks to the generous and knowledgeable professionals below who worked with MBU faculty and staff to guide course content and program development:


Name Job Title Organization Background
Elizabeth Boris Institute Fellow Urban Institute Founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Visiting professor and Waldemar A. Nielsen chair in philanthropy at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
Christina Cain Executive Director Staunton Creative Community Fund Leads the organization in its mission to empower people to open businesses by educating them on business planning and navigating the process of securing a business loan. Former director for the Center for Asset Building at New Visions, New Ventures in Richmond.
Peter Denbigh Principal Denbigh & Associates Active entrepreneur who is part of several startup and innovation initiatives in the area; earned MBA at a local university.
Christopher Gergen CEO Forward Impact Adjunct faculty member at Duke University, leads Sullivan Foundation faculty fellows program, co-founder of HQ Raleigh, and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives.
Eric Glustrom Founder & President Watson University Providing a new model of higher education for student innovators to develop and advance solutions to the toughest challenges facing the world.
Mike Hannigan President Give Something Back Office Supplies Leader of a certified B Corp that provides green and sustainable products in every category and donates an average of 73% of its profits to fight hunger, help the environment, and support local children and their families.
Linda Hershey President & CEO Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Leads the work to promote and support the growth of business, industry and agriculture in the Greater Augusta region through a focus on personal development, leadership development, business development, and community development.
Anika Horn B Keeper Impact Makers Co-founder of Co.Starters and Unreasonable Lab VA, THRIVE Lead Mentor, and startup Champion of ‎Social Venturers
Dan Layman President & CEO Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge Leads the activities of this charitable organization dedicated to helping individual and corporate donors, and nonprofit organizations fulfill their hopes and dreams for the community through charitable giving.
Jackie Mahendra Executive Director Citizen Engagement Lab Provides the expertise and infrastructure to turn ideas into real world change through acceleration services, engagements consulting and innovation labs.
Khuloud Odeh Vice President, Information Technology and CIO Urban Institute Strategic planner and implementer of research, operations, and communications technology with a focus on understanding global and local sustainability challenges.
Susan Palmer Faculty Advisor & Professor of Practice University of North Carolina Teaches strategic human capital management and provides executive coaching for the Executive MBA Programs, MBU board of Trustees member, Program donor.
Vanessa Pierce Director of Strategic Partnerships & Projects Citizen Engagement Lab Provides the expertise and infrastructure to turn ideas into real world change through acceleration services, engagements consulting and innovation labs.
Michael Pirron Founder & CEO Impact Makers Leader of a founding certified B corporation, benefit corporation, and champion of the benefit corporation legislation in Virginia.
John Rogers Executive VP, CFO & Treasurer Urban Institute Oversees administrative and financial operations, former global consultant. MBU Board of Trustee member.
Amanda Slemaker Sales Coordinator Impact Makers Mary Baldwin graduate who majored in business. Certified B corporation staff member..
Betsey Suchanic Director of Capital Staunton Creative Community Fund Leads capital and business planning initiatives for SCCF. Mary Baldwin graduate who majored in marketing and communication as well as graphic design.
Marie Westbrook Principal Inspire Concepts Former government executive who directed leadership development at various federal agencies now doing professional training and coaching.