Anderson Ambassadors

Anderson Ambassadors

The UNM Anderson Ambassadors help prospective and admitted students learn about the great opportunities that await them in graduate school. They offer a student perspective about being a graduate student at the Anderson School including their insight to the experience in the classroom and excellent resources.

During the academic year, ambassadors speak with prospective students at admissions events, informal coffee chats and by email. Our ambassadors look forward to helping you through the application process and welcome you to reach out with your questions.

AbernethyKKayla Abernethy

BS in Business Administration, BS in Economics
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Anderson Program: MS-ISA-Data Analytics and Database Management

What’s your story?
I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 and ended up going into IT by chance, as I had worked in the computer lab during undergrad. I started working in IT at an insurance company in South Carolina. My husband works in sales, and we moved to Utah in 2013 for his job, and I continued in IT for a large healthcare company. I started feeling like I needed to expand my technical knowledge to progress my career in IT, and around that time my husband’s job brought us to New Mexico. I found the MS-ISA program at Anderson and it seemed like a perfect fit to bridge my IT career experience with my business undergrad degree.

What are your career goals?
After graduating, I want to go into a management role, preferably in healthcare IT.

Have you completed an internship? With who?
No internships but I previously worked for Colonial Life Insurance Company and Hospital Corporation of America, and I currently work at Anderson at the STSC and as a TA.

BhattNNeha Bhatt

Hometown: Haldwani, Uttarakhand

Anderson Program: MS-ISA in Data Analytics, MBA

What’s your story?
I came to USA as dependent on my husband on H4 visa. After few months I decided to go for higher education so I prepared for the GRE and TOEFLE, and after 1 year I got enrolled in an excellent MS-ISA MBA program provided by UNM Anderson School of Management.

What are your career goals?
Currently I am working as a Graduate Assistant for Prof. Alex. I am also working as an IT support for Project Echo Health Science Centre at UNM. After graduation, I am planning to look for opportunities focusing on Data Analytics like Data Analyst, Business Analyst. Since MS-ISA program is a blend of Management and Technology. I got to learn a lot about Project Management and other management skills so I am very excited for all other opportunities that will come my way.

janssoncCaroline Jansson

Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing
Hometown: Vellinge, Sweden
Other languages you speak: Swedish (native)

Anderson Program: MBA & MACCT

What’s your story?
How did you end up at Anderson? – I’m born and raised in a small town in Sweden. When I was in high school, I started looking into coming to the US to get an American education. What lead me to UNM and Anderson was my golf. I have played golf my whole life and the coaches for the women’s golf team here wanted me on their team. I have always wanted to pursue a business degree in college and to combine my golf and still study business at Anderson was the perfect match. As soon as I got my eyes on UNM and Anderson there was no hesitation that this was the place for me.

What are your career goals?
I want to purse a career within marketing after graduation. My dream is to eventually become a marketing manager for a big and well-known company where I can impact consumers with marketing that focuses on sustainability and equality. For example, I really like Nike’s and Libresse’s marketing campaigns.

Pooja Manasa KandalamPooja Manasa Kandalam

BS in Information Technology
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Other languages you speak: Telugu, Hindi.

Anderson Program: MS-ISA-Data Analytics

What’s your story?
My desire to understand the intricacies of Data science management, after pursuing a degree and working in the field of Information technology, has landed me at Anderson school. My path to arriving at Anderson school has been the most wondrous one. After having moved to the US in July of 2018, I was keen on pursuing a degree in Information Security. I found myself moving to New Mexico due to my spouse’s job relocation. This was a blessing in disguise as Anderson School provided one of the best graduate programs in Information Security. In my brief time here at UNM, Anderson, I have met the most wonderful support staff. As a graduate student in the MS-ISA program, I hope to fulfil my desire and be an integral part of the support culture to my fellow and incoming students at UNM.

What are your career goals?
I aspire to be a Data Scientist with a minor concentration in Information security.

Have you completed an internship? With who?
Prior to joining the MS-ISA program, I worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for 3 years for Infosys, a global leader in technology services & consulting.

KhadkaAAnu Khadka

BBA in Finance
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Other languages you speak: Nepali, Hindi

Anderson Program: MACCT-Professional, MSISA-Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

What’s your story?
I chose Anderson School because of the diverse collaborative community and its excellent accounting academic curriculum for non-accounting students

What are your career goals?
To be an expert in my field as an Information Security Analyst and bring the accounting and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both

Have you completed an internship? With who?
No, but as a part of on-campus job, I worked with UNM Internal Audit Office as an Audit Intern in summer 2018 and currently working as Data Analyst at UNM Hospital.

Rachel Leyba

Bachelor of Business Administration
Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Anderson Program: MS-ISA

What’s your story?
I moved from Florida to Albuquerque 11 years ago. I got a position at Sandia National Laboratories and realized the level of education everyone had. I wanted to get my degree because I felt I couldn’t get ahead if I didn’t.

What are your career goals?
To continue working at Sandia on the business systems

Reva MorrisReva Morris

BA Economics from UNM
Hometown: Newbury, OH

Anderson Program: MBA, Finance

What’s your story?
I completed my undergrad at UNM. As a member of the UNM Women’s Golf Team, I chose to continue playing at UNM while I started my graduate degree.

What are your career goals?
I really enjoy working in the field of economics and applying my data analysis skills.

Have you completed an internship? With who?
Yes, with Globe Life Insurance as an analyst in the Enterprise Lead Generation department.

SyllaBBountouraby T Sylla

BBA in International Management and Finance
Hometown: Conakry, Guinea
Other languages you speak: French, Susu

Anderson Program: MACCT-Professional

What’s your story?
I obtained my undergraduate studies at Anderson. I did not just want to attend a university; I wanted to be a part of a diverse community of forward-thinking individuals. Anderson has a culture of inclusion, leadership, as well as fun. When choosing where to attend graduate school, Anderson was my first choice. There are countless opportunities along with amazing people who will ensure you reach your full potential.

What are your career goals?
After completing my MACCT course work. I will seek an accounting position with a nonprofit organization. I will accumulate knowledge and skills that will eventually lead me to a career focused in environmental financial accounting. I will contribute to analyzing how natural resources are used and the way environmental impacts are managed globally.

Dharish TotigerDharish Totiger

Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Communication
Hometown: Bengaluru, India
Other languages you speak: Kannada, Hindi

Anderson Program: MS-ISA-Cyber Security & Data Analytics, MBA

What’s your story?
I was consistently interested in pursuing higher studies in both technology and management. Anderson came as a ray of hope in achieving it. It is one of the handful schools that offer dual degree in MS and MBA in the U.S. The presence of research facility for information assurance and the environment of diverse cohorts and instructors are the reasons to prefer Anderson.

Have you completed an internship? With who?
I am currently working as an intern at STC.UNM.