Board Members











                                                       







Veda Chowdhury, President
Veda Chowdhury is a Full-time MBA majoring in Finance and Management. She has a background in Non-Profit Management with focus on Micro-finance where she worked cross-functionally to drive strategic initiatives, improve process, and research and resolve issues. She is a Bauer MBA Ambassador also serves on the Bauer MBA Advisory Board. She is a professional Indian Classical dance artist. She loves to read and travel. Economic empowerment, education, children and environment are causes that matter to her.





Pooja Verma, Executive Vice President
Pooja Verma has a Bachelor's  degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from BIT Mesra, India. She has 5 years of work experience in IT and Marketing. Currently she is an MBA student at Bauer College of Business with concentration in Finance and Accounting. She worked with a financial advisory firm, Meridian Circle Advisors, LLC, for her summer internship and also did a volunteer work with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Apart from work, she likes trying different cuisines and enjoys cooking. 




Mythili Chaganti, Executive VP of Finance
Mythili is a licensed professional engineer working in the electric power industry. She makes sure that all Houstonians have access to one of the modern day necessities of human life, electricity, 24/7. She is also an active volunteer at Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Power & Energy Society (PES) working to empower poor, electricity-deprived, global communities and build a sustainable, better society. She is a first year professional MBA student and will serve as EVP - Finance of NAWMBA for the 2016-17 year. She looks forward to progressing NAWMBA along with the other board members and the energetic volunteer members!





Swathi Vikraman, Executive VP of Mentorship
Swathi is a full time MBA candidate, in her second year of the program. She is focusing on Supply Chain Management and Data Analysis. She is the MBA peer advisor for the incoming MBA batch. She did her bachelors in Electronics Engineering and was associated with the R&D team of an automotive company. She is a trained Indian classical dancer and loves to dance, watch movies and spend time with her friends and family.
Loan Tran, Executive VP of Professional Development
Loan graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She spent a year in the College Program Internship for Walt Disney World in Florida. She is currently a second year MBA candidate with a concentration in management/HR. Outside of academics, she loves reading, superheroes and cats.





Emily Martin, VP of Marketing
Emily is working as a Energy and Real Estate Marketing Manager at EY. She is currently in the professional MBA program and will graduate in May 2017. She is focusing on leadership development and global management. Emily graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She is an Alpha Chi Omega alum and enjoys yoga, photography and traveling.





Leah Pierre, VP of Community Outreach
Leah is currently a second year, full-time MBA candidate at University of Houston's C. T. Bauer College of Business focusing in Human Resource Management, Leadership Development, and Global Management.  She is a certified PHR and SHRM-CP human resources professional with five years of experience in the oil and gas services industry.  Leah holds a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.





Andrea Ohrt, VP of Membership
Andrea graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics degree.  She is a part time MBA student at Bauer College of Business.  She currently works as a physics associate for MD Anderson.  In her free time Andrea enjoys DIY projects and quilting.




Lakshmi Subramaniam, VP of Communications

Lakshmi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has more than 20 years of engineering, international operations and project management experience in the upstream oil and gas industry.  She is a full time MBA student at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.  She is also an active member and volunteer at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Bauer Stimulation Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship (SURE) Program. 





Ashley Samiez, VP of Logistics

Ashley is currently working as a Client Manager for Schneider Electric.  She is a professional MBA candidate at the University of Houston's C.T. College of Business and will graduate in May 2018.  Ashley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Energy Management.  In her spare time, Ashley loves to spend time with her family, cook and travel the world.

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Veronica Andrade, VP of Public Relations

Veronica is a first year Full-Time MBA candidate, with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. She has five years of experience in process and supply chain optimization, quality management and change implementation in the oil and gas services industry. On her free time, Veronica enjoys reading thriller books, yoga and traveling. 

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