Leadership

Position: President
Held By: Julia Bowlin
president@kenanconnection.com
Hometown:  Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Moved From: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Undergraduate School: Rhode Island School of Design
Career Field: Architectural design

Kenan Connection has introduced me to people I would have never met otherwise. KC also encourages me to go out and explore Chapel Hill in ways I couldn’t have thought to do on my own. I’m so thrilled UNC Kenan-Flagler has such a great platform for students and families to connect and I’m equally as happy to go on this adventure with all of you!”


Position: Vice President

Held By: José E. Cartagena-Ortiz
vicepresident@kenanconnection.com
Hometown:  Salinas, Puerto Rico
Moved From: Holyoke, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras

Graduate School: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Career Field: Education

“Kenan Connection has help me to develop my networking skills. I feel that my partner and I are growing by coming to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School!”

 

Position: Communications
Held By: Sara Montone
communication@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Poolesville, MD, USA
Moved From: Germantown, MD, USA
Undergraduate School: University of Puget Sound
Career Field: Education/Customer Service

“Kenan Connection provides a wonderful way to meet people and make friends who are experiencing the same things you are. Activities are fun and often scheduled when your student is busy with school. Everyone is very friendly and willing to share best practices. Plus, we laugh, drink wine and share good food.” 


Position: Business Manager

Held By: Shaun Roberts
business@kenanconnection.com
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Social Involvement Team

Position: Social Involvement Team
Held By: Vincent Cheung
socials@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Career Field: Fashion Design

“KC has been a fantastic way to meet new people from around the country and the world! Since I only live here part-time, KC allows me the opportunity to meet a large network of individuals who are going through the same experience of moving to Chapel Hill with their ‘students’. KC works for me because I wouldn’t be meeting so many wonderful people if I didn’t join.”

Position: Social Involvement Team
Held By: Wendy Franca
socials@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Brazil
Career Field: Neurology

 

“KC is a real community and it’s essential to have this kind of support when you are far from home, living a new life experience. It has exposed me to people from different countries, their culture, and their delicious food. It has been a pleasure to be a part of it”

Position: Social Involvement Team
Held By: Lis Smith
socials@kenanconnection.com
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“I have really loved being involved in KC. It has enabled me to meet friends and talk with others who are going through similar experiences. It has helped getting to know Chapel Hill and been lots of fun having community together with KC partners! “


Dinner Team

Position: Dinner Team
Held By: Emily Tripp
dinner@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Moved From: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate School: Ole Miss (University of Mississippi)
Career Field:Inside Channel Sales at Global Knowledge

” KC is a great way to meet people; the activities have been great and it’s nice that we are all walking through the same season of life  –  you have someone to relate too.”

 

Position: Dinner Team
Held By: Mari Ishizaki
dinner@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Hyogo, Japan
Moved From: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate School: University of Tokyo
Career Field: Education and Research

“I have become friends with wonderful partners and shared many experiences with them at KC which will be precious memories of US life! It also helps me to broaden my horizons and deepen my understanding of diverse cultures. I can’t imagine enjoying US life without KC!”

 

Position: Dinner Team
Held By: Yoku Ishizaki
dinner@kenanconnection.com
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“KC has connected me with new friends and I’ve able to have a great time with them. To try new things with new friends was so exciting.”

Position: Dinner Team
Held By: Minjie Jia
dinner@kenanconnection.com
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Position: Dinner Team
Held By: Shui Wang
dinner@kenanconnection.com
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Craft Team

Position: Craft Team
Held By: Manuela Garakis
crafts@kenanconnection.com
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Position: Craft Team
Held By: Ann Marie Matheson
crafts@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Moved From: Arlington, VA
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia
Career Field: Project Management

“Kenan Connection is full of friendly people who want to get to know each other, support each other, have fun, and give back. And we always eat very well.”


Families Team

Position: Families Team
Held By: Erinn Whitaker
families@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Moved From: Berlin, Germany
Undergraduate School: Middlebury College
Career Field: Foreign Service

“Kenan Connection helped me adjust to life back in the US, life with a new baby, and life as a MBA partner!”

Position: Families Team
Held By: Krista Boyce
families@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Moved From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Undergraduate School: UW- Milwaukee
Career Field: Education

“KC has been a great way to meet new friends and connect with other people going through a similar time in their life.”

Position: Families Team
Held By: Tomoko “Moko” Ichise
families@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Moved From: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate School: Shirayuri Women’s University, Tokyo
Career Field: Advertizing

“Kenan Connection has given me the opportunity to make new connections and new friends. I am so happy to be a KC family member!”

Position: Families Team
Held By: Mihoko Kubota
families@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Kagoshima, Japan
Moved From: Nagoya, Japan
Undergraduate School: The University of Tokyo
Career Field: Consultant

“KC broadens my mind. I can make friends with partners who have various backgrounds and share experiences each other.  KC makes my life in US easier. When I am in trouble, KC members are willing to help me solve it.”


Sports and Entertainment Team

Position: Sports and Entertainment Team
Held By: Julia Ottoni
entertainment@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Moved From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Undergraduate School: Fluminense Federal University
Career Field: Advertising

“Kenan Connection is a great opportunity to meet people from different countries and make friends. Here we do a lot of activities: we cook, we drink, we play, we go out and we always have fun. For me in particular, it is a good opportunity to speak English and improve it.”

 

Position: Sports and Entertainment Club Chair
Held By: Ingrid Adler
entertainment@kenanconnection.com
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International Team

Position: International Team
Held By: Diana Miranda
international@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Perú
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“Kenan Connection has helped me to get to know other partners in the same position I’m in, to learn about other cultures, to feel a part of this MBA experience. I really feel support from the partners community.”

 

Position: International Team
Held By: Eugenia Pintos
international@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Moved From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Undergraduate School: Universidad Nocional de Lujan
Career Field: International Trade

” It has opened up my mind! I have had the opportunity to meet partners from all over the world and learn about them, their culture, and their food! I have made friends that will stay for the long run.”


Support Counselor 

Position: Support Counselor
Held By: Livia Zillo
support@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Career Field: Life Coach

“Kenan Connection has brought me the sense of belonging and union. I’ve met good friends through KC.”