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Seven graduate students recognized for distinguished academic accomplishment

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2011 Graduate Hood Recipient Sachin Yadav

2011 Graduate Hood Recipient Sachin YadavSachin Yadev’s research analyzes the economic and human welfare aspects of India’s agricultural sector which is hampered by small scale farms, lack of farming technology and no access to money capital. His project highlights the problems and possible solutions to global poverty and ecological degradation pervasive in small communities in developing countries. Sachin’s work represents the increasing attention SF State’s graduate business students give non-profit endeavors that focus on community building and enhancing quality of life in developing countries.

Sachin is a member of IEEE, which is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. He also volunteers at the SF Food Bank and Tri Valley Reach. He works as a business systems analyst in the department of information technology at SF State. He participated in the CSU Research Competition in 2010, and is a member of the India Graduate Association. Sachin is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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Kathryn Beeley

Kathryn BeeleyKathryn Beeley’s accounting project addresses the recent health care reform law and how it relates to cost allocation, with particular focus on the medical loss ratio–the ratio of benefits paid to premiums charged. Her team’s project analyzes the ways the new law changed the definition of benefits and their effect on insurance companies and subscribers across the country. The project explores the ways public policy and accounting interact, and how accounting rules affect people’s daily lives.

Kathryn is self-employed as a bookkeeper with clients from the design, marketing, and fashion industries. She has done pro-bono work for non-profit organizations such as Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ). Kathryn enjoys working with small businesses and organizations where she can be involved in all aspects of the accounting process and implement changes in evolving environments.

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Kara Chiono

Kara ChionoKara Chiono’s marketing team project develops and creates a loyalty program to build both customer awareness and overall sales for Philz Coffee. From a perspective of “how can a small family owned company make a meaningful impact on its community?”, the project’s findings highlighted the company active involvement in environmental initiatives and providing decent jobs for community residents. The team has developed a marketing plan for Philz Coffee that highlights the company’s community involvement, and is soon to be implemented.

Kara works at PAC Integrations, Inc., which develops security technology solutions. She is responsible for analyzing industry, customer and business trends to construct their marketing strategy. She spent a semester study abroad at European Business School, London, and is also a member of International Education Exchange Council (IEEC). Kara has a passion for the arts and volunteers at Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum and assisted the art studio coordinator in its development work. Kara has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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Daivat Dholakia

Daivat Dholakia’sDaivat Dholakia’s sustainable business team project addresses the unmet need of people lacking access to safe drinking water in three states of Mexico. The team has developed two solutions that could be implemented by small Mexican community water providers and could also create viable streams of revenue for water providers resulting in reduced reliance on grants and donations. The project highlights a holistic approach to educate communities about the importance of clean water.

Daivat volunteers for Friends of the Urban Forest in the Inner Richmond neighborhood and for the Greenwall Project at the Esperanza Community Garden with Feel the Earth Foundation. Daivat is a student assistant in the Graduate Business Programs, and is the vice-president of sustainability for the Graduate Business Association (GBA). Daivat is an international student from India, and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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Daniela Hernandez-Grageda

Daniela Hernandez-GragedaDaniela Hernandez-Grageda’s sustainable business team project focuses on the potential of biogas development for Southern Sudan. The team’s findings conclude that the cost of biogas is competitive with other sources of energy. Three different approaches were developed to meet the needs of the Sudanese people, depending on their location and the depth of poverty. Further findings determined that biogas technology has significant potential to alleviate environmental issues such as sanitation, hygiene and agricultural productivity.

Daniela works at Hewlett Packard where she is responsible for the development and design of end-state global processes for marketing promotions. Daniela volunteers for Impulsa Education Program of Mexico which provides tutoring and mentoring to elementary school students in economically disadvantaged areas of Mexico. She has served as the vice-president of marketing for the Women in Business graduate student organization, and as a Management Department teaching assistant. Daniela is the recipient of the College of Business International Student Scholarship for graduate business students.

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Sarah Mann

Sarah MannSarah Mann’s marketing class project develops an incentive and brand awareness plan for Cary Lane, a Noe Valley retail shop that sells high-end designer and label merchandise at outlet prices. A referral incentive program for current customers was successfully implemented by Cary Lane and has shown increased brand awareness throughout San Francisco, resulting in the Cary Lane name being seen as synonymous with great deals at low prices.

Sarah works as an account executive at GyroHSR, a company that encourages students to make positive changes in their communities. She also oversees a pro bono account for which offers online social justice courses to high school students. She also volunteers at Meals on Wheels. At SF State, she has served as the vice-president of communications for the Graduate Business Association (GBA). Sarah is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

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Lessa Manotti

Lessa ManottiLessa Manotti’s sustainable business team project creates a business plan for the underdeveloped country of Laos. The project studied the feasibility of utilizing Lao’s waterways to distribute much-needed medical and sanitation supplies to the rural poor. The plan envisions employing women in the distribution process, and recommends a public-private partnership that also includes micro-financing.

Lessa works for the Pearson Foundation and manages an international literacy program. She also provides workforce development services, mentoring, and other educational services to low-income high school students in San Francisco. Lessa has served as the vice-president of the speaker committee for Net Impact SF State chapter. She was a graduate assistant for the sustainable business emphasis program and helped launch the Center for Sustainable and Ethical Business.

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