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In Warrington’s Alumni Class Notes, you have the opportunity to let your classmates know what’s going on in your life and career.

Did you get a promotion, new job or retire (lucky you!)? Maybe you got married, bought a house or had a baby (congrats!)? Are you just kicking butt and taking names (snaps for you!)? Let your fellow Business Gators know by submitting your Class Note!

Submitting a Class Note is also a great way to expand your network of Business Gators. By sharing what you’re up to, along with a link to your LinkedIn page, you give other Business Gators the opportunity to connect.

Share about yourself and connect with other Business Gators by submitting your Class Note today!

Krishna Memani (MA ’82, MBA ’84) | January 2021

Memani (MA Economics 1982, MBA 1984) was named CIO at Lafayette in October 2020. Prior to Lafayette, Memani was vice chairman of investments at Invesco.  Memani joined Invesco when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds in 2019, where he was chief investment officer. Before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2009, he was a managing director at Deutsche Bank, heading U.S. and European credit analysis. Earlier, Memani headed global credit research at Credit Suisse, was in charge of high-grade and high-yield portfolios at Putnam

Thomas Olmsted (BAA ’65, MBA ’71) | January 2021

Olmsted (BAA 1965, MBA 1971) retired from the accounting industry after 25 years of working at a Gainesville firm. He is an avid collector, with over 100 collections in his possession.  Read more about Olmsted and his collections, from coffee cans to left-handed tools to banana labels, in this story about his unique life from WUFT. 

Robert Klein (BSBA ’97) | January 2021

Klein (BSBA 1997) was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer at Postal Realty Trust.  Klein joins Postal Realty Trust with extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets and real estate operations stemming from his over 20-year career. Prior to joining Postal Realty Trust , Klein served as a Managing Partner and head of capital markets at Monday Properties Services since June 2016, where he led the strategic growth of the firm. From 1998 to the time he joined Monday Properties, Klein

Kyle Kaplan (BSBA ’04) | January 2021

Kaplan (BSBA 2004) is Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law at Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business.  As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law, Kaplan recently received the most prestigious teaching award at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University, the Fred Brand, Jr. Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Additionally, Kaplan was one of only five faculty and staff members at Penn State’s 24 campuses selected to be a member of this year’s University Court

Dr. Kathleen “Katie” Hudon (MBA ’20) | January 2021

Hudon (MBA 2020) is Director of Student Affairs at Pensacola State College and Pathways Navigator at the Florida Department of Education. She earned her 8th degree (and 5th graduate degree) from UF in December. She completed her UF MBA with an A average and accepted membership into Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honor Societies. She posted her recent graduation with a hashtag noting #ItsGr8ToBeAFloridaGator. Also in 2020, Hudon was recognized as both Santa Rosa County Woman of the Year

Lara Long (BSAc, MAcc ’93) | January 2021

Long (BSAc 1993, MAcc 1993) is Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at AGCO Corporation.  She was recently appointed to the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), which advises the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on strategic and technical issues, project priorities and other matters that affect standard setting. The FASAC provides the FASB with diverse perspectives from individuals with varied business and professional backgrounds. In her new appointment, Long will serve a three-year term beginning on

Vedant Patel (MBA ’17) | January 2021

Patel (MBA 2017) has been named Assistant White House Press Secretary by President-elect Joe Biden. Patel served as Regional Communications Director on the Biden-Harris Campaign. During President-elect Biden’s primary campaign, Patel served as the Nevada and Western Primary-States Communications Director. Previously, Patel worked as Communications Director to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee and Communications Director to Congressman Mike Honda.  

Rebekah Dorworth (MBA ’15) | January 2021

Dorworth (MBA 2015) was promoted to the position of President of Kyra Solutions, Inc. effective January 1. Dorworth was hired in 2014 as the Director of Marketing and Communications and has served in various executive capacities since, most recently as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Kyra Solutions, Inc. is a fast-growing government technology professional services company that has won numerous awards for its growth, culture, project excellence and employee satisfaction. Connect with her on LinkedIn. 

Scott Raffa (MBA ’17) | January 2021

Raffa (MBA 2017), spine surgery expert and neurosurgeon at the Memorial Neuroscience Institute, has extended his medical practice to Boca Raton with Dr. Daniel Aghion where patients now can be seen for a variety of spine disorders.  Raffa is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and spine surgeon who specializes in a variety of minimally invasive surgical techniques, including lateral retroperitoneal and endoscopic approaches to the spinal column. He treats patients who present with various neurological disorders of the brain and spine, and

Jessica Mainwaring (BSBA ’02) | December 2020

Mainwaring (BSBA 2002) has been named the Director of Operations for EY’s National Assurance practice after 18 years with the organization. She also leads the firm’s Audit Risk Analytics team, which is a group that uses advanced analytics to help audit quality. Connect with her on LinkedIn.