Diversity MBA Association (DMBAA)

This page provides a summary of the Diversity MBA Association and provides a short biography of each officer.

The purpose of the Diversity MBA Association (DMBAA) is to add value to the Penn State community through continual diversity awareness and recruiting events. The DMBAA strives to create a sense of community by providing a strong support base for professional development and enhancing the academic experience of MBA students.

Officers

Portrait of Arnaldo PerezArnaldo Perez, President

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Arnaldo Perez, or Naldo, which is what he goes by, is originally from the Bronx, New York. He majored in Film/TV and Radio as an undergraduate at CUNY-Brooklyn College. After graduating he worked in the social services sector ranging from mental health to education. Within that time he saw another calling and decided to join the Peace Corps. He served in Costa Rica, and it was in that time that he chose to take the next step in his life, which was entrepreneurship. Smeal provided him with a great platform and network to fulfill this goal. He’s passionate about equality and mutual respect, which is why he’s the President of DMBAA.

Portrait of Carolina Valdizon.

Carolina Valdizon, VP of Finance

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Carolina’s family is from El Salvador and was raised in Northwest, Arkansas. She earned her BS in International Business from the University of Arkansas. Carolina’s concentration was in Economics, and she minored in both Spanish and Cultural Anthropology. Before joining Smeal, she worked for Walmart’s Supply Chain Department in the grocery sector. 

Carolina chose the Smeal College of Business because of its strength in Supply Chain Management, its reputation as a school with a highly collaborative MBA community, and its vast connections to top consulting firms. She is a Bunton-Waller Fellow and enjoys playing with her dog, a Pomeranian-schnauzer mix, during her free time.

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Marcel Evans, VP of Communications

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After graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marcel worked at a boutique marketing firm managing publicity and social media for a small roster of clients. He then relocated to Pennsylvania to work at Penn State University, where he utilized his marketing background to rebrand and revitalize the orientation program for the University’s 2,000+ annually admitted international students.

Recognizing the need to grow professionally, Marcel selected the Smeal MBA program due to the small class size and the quality of education. His goal is to transition into a career in supply chain management in the luxury goods market and ultimately grow a real estate portfolio.

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Alexander Cole, VP of Operations

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Alex Cole is a first-year MBA candidate at Penn State Smeal College of Business. His concentrations are Finance and Supply Chain. He will earn the Six Sigma and Global Business options, as well as the Sustainability in Supply Chain Management certificate.

A native of Bethesda, MD, Alex is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics and Chinese. He served as a Business Advisor in Peace Corps Madagascar, where he consulted small business owners on operational efficiencies, financial literacy, and product management. Alex is also a travel industry expert. Prior to the Peace Corps, he led 40+ luxury trips, 700+ guests in an operations/guest-facing role for the world’s largest travel company. Additionally, Alex founded “Momentum Impact,” a social-impact bike ride organization which has donated more than $30k to international charities. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Malagasy fluently, and has limited professional proficiency in French.

Being half-Chinese, half-white and a product of a multicultural family, Alex is excited to add his unique perspective to the DMBAA and promote inclusivity within the Smeal MBA community.

Portrait of Disun Kehinde.

Disun Kehinde, VP of International Student Affairs

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Disun Kehinde is an international Smeal MBA student from Nigeria. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Howard University, Washington D.C. After graduating, he worked in different industries including healthcare, consulting and corporate banking. He chose to come to Smeal College of Business largely due to the reputation of its Supply Chain Management program and the strong, close-knit MBA community.

Disun is very passionate about diversity and inclusion, which is why he wanted to be a part of this program and this organization. It is his aim to help provide a platform for international students to voice their opinions on various issues in the business school while also providing resources to help students in their career building activities.