Meet the Staff
Mark Brostoff is the assistant dean and director, MBA Career Services at the USC Marshall School of Business. As part of the graduate programs leadership team, he leads all aspects of the career services process for the Marshall MBA Programs. He joined Marshall after serving seven successful years as Associate Dean and Director, Weston Career Center, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to Olin, Mark taught marketing and entrepreneurship and served as the associate director of undergraduate career services at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington.
Mark received a commission in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corps in 1982 and retired as a Commander, MSC, USNR in 2002.
In addition to several military honors, Mark has been recognized in higher education, including the Washington University Holobaugh Honors for Advocacy and Engagement in LGBT Leadership (2011), Excellence Award for the Advancement of the Profession by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2006) and John Deere & Company Advancing Diversity Award as the Kelley School of Business Staff Champion of Diversity (2004).
Mark received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. He was inducted into the Alfred University Omicron Delta Kappa Circle Student Leader Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award from the Alfred University Alumni Association (2000).
During his free time, Mark enjoys professional hockey, backcountry travel, wine-tasting, and his beagle/terrier dog, Penny. Most recently, he was the executive producer for the short film, Killer Friends.
Lesley G. Adams is the Career Strategist for the Master of Science in Finance program within Marshall’s Graduate Career Services team. She coaches MSF students on all aspects of their professional development – including resume writing and interviewing, job search strategy, social media presence, and much more -- to help them reach their career goals.
Lesley joins the Marshall team with a 20 year history of recruiting and coaching, including 15 years as Assistant Director of Graduate Career Management at Loyola Marymount University, where she coached and advised MBA, EMBA, and Specialty Masters students and alumni undergoing career transitions. During that time, she also oversaw the LMU MBA Alumni Association, including all of their seminars and networking events.
Prior to LMU, Lesley built and ran the corporate college relations program at Universal Studios, where she recruited the interns and MBA hires and facilitated the summer college program season. Her other positions include Human Resources and Recruiting within the non-profit, manufacturing, and engineering sectors, including two years with Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles, where she roofed the 2nd floor of a home on a 26 home build.
Lesley received a Leadership Certificate in 2019 from LMU, a Human Resources Management Certificate from LMU in 2001, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the USC Dornsife School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. She is a proud Trojan, and has been a volunteer leader for many years, serving on the USC Alumni Association Second Decade Society and on the Alumni Leadership Conference Planning Committee. Lesley is passionate about guiding individuals to their professional goals, and truly enjoys the process of assisting someone to find their calling.
In her spare time, you’ll find Lesley enjoying college football, wine tasting, taking walks on the beach, watching movies in a theater, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Michelle Aitala is an Associate Director in the Graduate Career Services Center. She coaches MBA.PM, FTMBA and alumni by providing career related advising in career transition, advancement and personalized job search strategies.
Previously, Michelle served as both as a private coach and as a university career counselor for over 15 years. She worked for Loyola Marymount University, Villanova University, and Lehigh University, where she coached students and alumni across all the university's colleges. At Lehigh, she managed the Business Externship program, developed a peer advising program, managed the career center's workshop program, and designed and led workshops on networking, career portfolios, and internet job searching.
Michelle holds an MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Elizabethtown College. She is an avid reader, enjoys wine, traveling to Italy and Paso Robles, and has studied Italian for the past four years. She aspires to run her 10th marathon someday.
Lori Babigian manages a team of Associate Directors prioritizing relationship and business development strategies aimed to increase the level of career and employment services offered by Marshall Graduate Career Services. In addition to her leadership role she is responsible for managing the relationships with firms in the technology, healthcare, energy and manufacturing industry sectors. She is the staff career liaison to several career clubs, including: High Tech Association (HTA), Healthcare Leaders Association (HLA) Marshall Energy Club (MEC) and the Marshall Mobility & Auto Club (MMAC.
Lori is a brand evangelist and marketing innovator who prior to joining USC held Director-VP level global marketing positions for technology companies Roland DGA, Printronix and Noritsu America. During her 19 year tenure with Kodak she held a variety of positions of increased responsibility in field sales management and marketing. Other career positions held include Director of Marketing for tech start-up Phogenix Imaging and National Marketing Director for a division of ARAMARK. Lori earned her MBA from the USC Marshall School and a BS degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In a volunteer capacity Lori serves as the Secretary of the USC Marshall Alumni Association Executive Board.
John Bertrand, Ph.D, serves as Senior Associate Director of the Graduate Career Services Center. He has over 35 years' experience in human resources, recruiting and career management and has been with USC for the past 21 years. Currently John is responsible for advising, coaching and training for FTMBA/Specialty Masters/EMBA and manages the Alumni Support & Engagement Program.
Prior to USC, he served as Director of Recruiting for a prestigious professional services firm for over 10 years.
John strives to provide individuals with a deeper psychological understanding of themselves as a means to guide their career choices. Combining experience and doctoral studies in educational psychology, John designed and teaches programs in career management for the various graduate programs addressing areas critical to successful career management. He has also coached literally thousands of individuals in achieving their career goals and currently works with students from all of masters and MBA programs as well as alumni.
John earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from USC's Rossier School of Education and holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from UCLA.
Tonii Brady is the Senior Associate Director of Operations for the MBA Career Services Center. She oversees daily office operations, including budgeting, events and on-campus recruiting.
Previously, Tonii was Associate Director of the Marshall School Human Resources Department where her responsibilities included, strategic planning, communications, compensation management, organizational development, compliance and employee relations. In addition, she was the lead for all payroll related functions and managed the student payroll coordinator and HR student workers.
Tonii earned both, a Bachelor and Master degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her hobbies include writing children and young adult fiction books and her future goal is to write for the big screen.
Peter is an Associate Director and Global Sector focusing on the media, film, entertainment and technology industries. His primary responsibilities include developing and managing relationships across all disciplines within entertainment, interactive gaming, media and sports.
Prior to joining the Graduate Career Services Center, Peter worked within the entertainment industry for over 20 years for some of the major studios including DreamWorks Animation SKG, Warner Bros. Studios, and NBCUniversal. His primary experience has been within human resources and recruiting, including extensive exposure to production and talent management.
Most recently, Peter was a Human Resources Business Partner for the NBCUniversal Operations & Technical Services group and prior to NBCU, Peter worked for 13 years at DreamWorks Animation SKG, holding multiple HR roles, including the management of the DWA Internship Program. His first job in the industry was as a Production Management Intern with the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences on the pilot for Sabrina, The Teenage Witch for Viacom Productions.
Although he's lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, Peter is originally from Ohio, and received a BA degree from Ohio University in Telecommunications. He is a passionate college football fan and his hobbies include traveling, playing poker, and watching extensive amounts of films and TV.
Jean Cayetano is the Budget/Business Analyst for the MBA Career Services Center. She manages financial transactions for several of the Marshall graduate programs. She also supports the department with travel arrangements, prepares and processes university financial documents such as purchase orders for consultants, independent contractors and vendors; internal requisitions for on-campus recruiting program, student leadership career events, alumni events, full-time and international orientations, mixers, tailgates; travel and non-travel reimbursements for awards, conferences, case competitions, career institutes, employer outreach, MBA recruiting events; sponsorship invoices for summer credit fees, sponsorship deposits; international wire transfers.
Prior to USC, Jean worked as an Elderly care provider at a nursing home in Hawthorne, CA. Jean found this work to be fulfilling and rewarding.
Jean attended LA City College. Her hobbies include, watching basketball, baseball, soccer and listening to music.
Kira serves as the Associate Director and Career Strategist supporting students in residence at USC in the MS Programs in Marketing and Global Supply Chain. In this role, Kira partners with students through individual career strategy discussions and group workshops to help each one develop a clear understanding of industry trends, employer hiring practices, effective networking, and how to shape and present their unique stories to demonstrate value to employers.
Before moving to the Graduate Career Services team, Kira was a part of the Undergraduate Career Services group at Marshall. In this role she managed an international internship program, coached students through behavioral interviews, delivered workshops, and served as the employer relations contact for companies in entertainment, retail, fashion, hospitality, and travel industries.
Prior to joining USC, Kira worked in the entertainment industry for 10+ years in Campus Recruiting, HR, and Production Support roles for major studios including The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and DreamWorks Animation.
Kira holds a BA in Theatre and TV Production from Pepperdine University and is currently working towards an Executive Master of Leadership (EML) at the Price School of Public Policy at USC. In her spare time, Kira enjoys perfecting shots of delicious foods on Instagram, attending live theatre shows, working on creative writing projects, and eating Tillamook caramel pecan ice cream with her husband, Andy.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree from USC Marshall, Jay worked for Wells Fargo & Co. as an investment consultant and jump started his career path in financial services with accelerated positions at Citibank and HSBC in the Los Angeles region.
After completing his EMBA from USC Marshall, Jay joined Tongfang Global as Chief Financial Officer in Shenzhen, China. He led the strategic partnership with Element TV to build an assembly factory in Winnsboro, South Carolina and worked closely with accounting and finance team in both UK and Germany.
Most recently, Jay held the position as President of North America, Tongfang Global with offices in Southern California and formed several strategic partnerships with US brands, most notably, Amazon Fire TV and CBS Corporation.
Please see his LinkedIn profile for additional insights on his accomplishments and professional background at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-w-ding-mba/
Elizabeth Gutierrez is the Special Event Coordinator for the Graduate Career Services Center. Her responsibilities include the coordination and execution of graduate club events such as Career Nights, Institutes, panels, Treks and receptions. Prior to coming to the department she was the events coordinator for the Dean's office at the Marshall where she coordinated all staff, faculty and related events for the Dean. She has 15 years' experience in the hospitality industry where she started her career at The California Club coordinating medium and large scaled club sponsored events along with organizing events within the club for Members.
In her free time she enjoys attending concerts/music festivals, wine tasting, watching soccer matches and going on weekend getaways, but most importantly spending time with her family.
Jonathan Johnson is the Communications and Data Coordinator at the MBA Career Services Center. His responsibilities include the coordination and management of all career management tools and software, as running reports and providing data analysis for the purposes of setting career development and employer outreach strategies. He also collaborates and develops a coordinated communication strategy for career development opportunities.
Before joining the MBA Career Services Center, Jonathan worked at a technology start-up and a sales consultancy for consumer goods. Jonathan worked in a sales and business development role at the towing and roadside assistance start-up, Honk Technologies. There he recruited tow companies nationwide and on boarded new partners into the platform.
Jonathan earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He enjoys playing sports, travelling, hiking, and following Trojan Football.
Debbie Lewis is an Associate Director in the Graduate Career Services Center. She serves MBA students by providing career-related advising on an individual and group basis, and through career-related workshops. Previously, Debbie was the Director of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Career Center serving undergraduate through PhD level engineers.
She was also responsible for recruiting, admissions, and career services for Executive MBA students at UCI's Paul Merage School of Business and has provided career services to community college students. Prior to academia Debbie worked for Lee Hecht Harrison, a globally recognized company providing career management and leadership development services to corporate clients, where she served as Vice President responsible for career services. In addition she has a corporate background and worked as a university recruiter, Human Resources Manager and hiring manager in various industries.
Debbie holds an MS in Human Resource Management from the Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on education. Debbie loves fitness activities outdoors and at the gym, and has a passion for creative healthy eating, leading a balanced life, and experiencing different cultures, perspectives and architecture through travel.
Mark F. Lucas is the Senior Associate Director in Graduate Career Services charged with leading his team in career strategy, coaching, and advising of all resident MBA programs for executives and working professionals, including MBA.PM, Executive MBA (EMBA), and 1-year MBA for international students with 10-20 years of experience (IBEAR MBA). He is the primary career strategist for MBA.PM students.
Mark joins us from Loyola Marymount University's College of Business Administration, where he was Director of the Office of Graduate Career Management, spearheading all aspects of career services for MBAs, EMBAs, and specialty master's degree programs since 2014. He also was adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate classes in Finance and Business Ethics. Furthermore, he led a boutique consulting practice with clients such as McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group, and Fortune 100 companies in the USA, Japan, and South Korea, among many others
Previously, Mark spent over 15 years in the Corporate Planning Division of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. Most notably during that time, he oversaw strategic planning & research for Lexus, its automotive competitors, and the luxury/affluent market overall. Before that, he worked at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) doing M&A and major project valuation. He also has been was a project manager at a boutique consulting firm in Redondo Beach, and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.
On top of his primary duties at both Toyota and ARCO, he was actively involved in MBA recruiting, having reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates from many top-ranked business schools nationwide. For almost ten years, he led all aspects of Toyota's MBA recruiting at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Mark is a 1997 MBA graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business. He did his undergraduate work at the United States Air Force Academy and California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys attending live music performances, wine collecting, and community service. He is proud to serve as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Historical Landmarks and Records Commission
Tina Ohmstede is an Associate Director in the Graduate Career Services Center. She coaches MBA students on a range of career issues including self-assessment, job search strategy, networking, interviewing and decision-making, focused on helping them achieve their business school goals.
Tina has worked in MBA Career Services for more than 20 years. Prior to USC Marshall, Tina directed all career programming for the Pepperdine University Fully-Employed MBA programs and alumni. She designed and led workshops and webinars, organized alumni industry panels and networking events, in addition to one-on-on coaching. Before entering higher education Tina worked as a training facilitator and program designer for the Baskin Robbins Corporation, Doubletree Hotels and United Resources, working to improve employee performance and increase team alignment. She had a small business leading team building activities using ropes courses, rock climbing and rappelling.
Tina earned a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri; she later received certification as a Job and Career Transition Coach. Tina enjoys the beach lifestyle, hanging out with her dog, savvy shopping, trying new international cuisine and spending time with her son – a sophomore at USC.
Jack is our Associate Director, Global Sector Lead for Consulting. His primary responsibilities include developing and managing employer relationships across all disciplines within the consulting industry. Jack also acts as the career staff advisor to multiple on campus organizations comprised of and led by graduate students focused on careers in consulting, business analytics and operations.
Jack brings 35 years of consulting industry experience to this role. He has assisted senior executives improve the effectiveness of their organizations and operations across the globe. Jack specialized in the strategic planning and implementation of large scale, cross functional business transformations encompassing sales and marketing, supply chain, operations, finance, human resources, and technology.
Before joining our team at USC, Jack served as the Global Leader for Deloitte's Consumer Products industry practice and directly served Deloitte clients as a Lead Client Service Partner and Senior Advisory Partner. Jack has advised executives of the largest and most successful brands in the consumer products industry.
Lilit Sarkissian is the Associate Director of Employer Relations and Recruiting in the Graduate Career Services Center. Her duties include overseeing and managing all aspects of on-campus recruiting including company presentations, on campus interviews, and company office hours. Lilit works closely with the Global Sector Leads in servicing the needs of our employers as well as managing the annual Spring Career Fair.
In her previous role, Lilit served as the Special Event Coordinator for Marshall Graduate Career Services- managing all career-related events for the department as well as Marshall’s industry clubs. Prior to coming to USC, she acted as the event coordinator at Second Glass, a wine and tech start-up. There she designed, coordinated, and ran large-scale wine tastings throughout the United States.
Lilit earned her Bachelor's in Communication from the University of Southern California, minoring in Fine Arts. She enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, and Sunday Brunch.
As a Front Office Assistant, Latanya manages a myriad of day to day activities in the MBA Career Services Center. Her responsibilities include scheduling interview rooms for student/company informational calls, connecting MBA Career Services Advisors, Senior Staff and Global Sector Leads to students, recruiters, staff and faculty. In addition, Latanya coordinates appointments, mock interviews, workshops and counseling sessions through the Executive in residence program. She also manages the calendar for the assistant dean and director of the MBA career services, supporting a professional team of fifteen.
Latanya is also the liaison for reciprocal visits for MBA students from other top 20 MBA schools.
Latanya earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences and African American History at San Jose State University. Her hobbies include Abstract Artist representation and she is also a Certified Guided Autobiography Instructor.
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Marina Mesin Zagar, Ph.D., is an Associate Director and Global Sector Lead and is responsible for developing and managing corporate relationships across Financial Services and Real Estate industries as well as FinTech. She is the career staff advisor for the American Finance Association (AFA) and the Graduate Real Estate Association (GREA).
Previously, Marina was the Associate Director of the MS Finance program. She join the program shortly after its inception and played an integral role in building the program structure. Marina joined USC Marshall as a Visiting Scholar, and subsequently was the Director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit. Prior to joining USC, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business. She is the founding member of the Croatian Institute of Directors, where she served as the first female President, and is currently a member of the Institute's Board of Directors.
Marina received her Ph.D. in Business Economics with an emphasis in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance, an MS in Strategy and Corporate Governance, and a BS in Management and Organization from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business. Married to a double Trojan she had no choice but to embrace everything cardinal and gold. She is a big supporter of Trojan Water Polo, and looks forward to each college football season. She recently welcomed her Wheaten Terrier puppy, Bo, and enjoys horseback riding and equestrian sport.
Yangyang “Yoyo” Ye, M.S. serves as the International Career strategist for the Graduate Career Services Center at USC Marshall School of Business. She works closely with international graduate students on developing their global career success strategies.
Yoyo’s experience was twofold, she has six years of experience in student advising, in both higher education sector and a private educational consulting firm, and three years of experience as a business professional in financial services sector. Before joining Marshall, she worked as an Assistant Director at the Business Career Services at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in charge of graduate student advising, and an Assistant Director at the Global Education Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on global educational program development. Prior to this, she worked as a Principal Consultant in an educational consulting firm in Beijing, China, and has helped hundreds of international students get admitted by top U.S. business programs. Yoyo started her career in one of the Big Four accounting firms - Ernst & Young, where she took key responsibilities in the planning and execution of the Firm’s global flagship business development and marketing program – Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY).
Yoyo earned an M.S. in International Marketing Management from the University of Leeds in the U.K., and a B.B.A. in Public Finance from Capital University of Economics and Business in China. Combining her experience from both the education sector and business field, her knowledge of the global job market, as well as her in-depth understanding about international students, she strives to help international students achieve their potential, and reach their career success.
Yoyo was a non-professional Chinese opera singer when she was young, besides her professional life, she appreciates all forms of performing arts and visual arts across different cultures.
Dennis Yu serves as the Associate Director of Career Advising for the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain program. He has 15+ years of functional experiences in business development, marketing and general management. Currently, he is responsible for career advising, coaching and training for on campus and online students in MS Global Supply Chain program.
Prior to USC, he was the VP of Strategy and Business Development for a technology company called Art.com which was later acquired by Walmart. He brings extensive industry experiences from Retail and Technology where he spent most of his career driving growth initiatives and building as well as coaching high performing team members. Dennis strives to bring out the best of each individuals and provide guidance through the lens of empathy and servant leadership.
Dennis graduated from USC Marshall Executive MBA program in 2017 and earned his BS in Economics from UC Irvine.
Shirley Chan, Ed.D., serves as the International Student Advisor for the USC Marshall Graduate Career Services Center. Shirley has been a member of the USC Marshall School of Business for over six years in student advisement and management roles within the Graduate Career Services Center and the MBA Admissions Office. Shirley also has experience building relationships with select employers worldwide as well as advising student organizations' with planning and executing various recruiting events.
Currently, Shirley is responsible for advising and coaching international graduate students. Prior to joining the USC Marshall School of Business, Shirley served as a Graduate Advisor at the USC Computer Science Department. Prior to joining USC, Shirley held several positions in academic advising, career advising, and college management at Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and California State University, Fullerton. Shirley also served as an adjunct instructor at the USC Rossier School of Education and Everest College, where she taught leadership and career development courses. Shirley earned a Doctor of Education and Master of Education from the USC Rossier School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).