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Atkinson Student Groups

The Student Organization Guidelines cover the basic code of conduct, budgeting and funding allocation.

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Atkinson Accounting Association (AAA)

AAA promotes the interests of AGSM students who are interested in the field of accounting and/or are seeking employment in the accounting industry upon graduation. The organization serves as a vehicle for enhancing the accounting educational experience of students. AAA strives to share the benefits of the accounting profession with the greater Atkinson community as well as to strengthen the sense of community through events such as career panels and site visits.  

President: Peeranath Chantaraklud
Vice President: Peter Stonebraker
Treasurer: Diaa Tahoun
Faculty Advisor: Kawika Pierson

Atkinson Consulting Association (ACA)

The Atkinson Consulting Association (ACA) aims at immersing students interested in consulting into the industry through networking, informational seminars and workshops, experiential opportunities and community development. The ACA values enhancing the experiences of young professionals through live contact with leaders in the consulting and entrepreneurship fields and seeks to provide a forum for discussing interests, ideas and trends in the industry.  

President: Alex Wortman
Vice President: Jon Bednarski
Treasurer: Matt Hart
Faculty Advisor: Rob Wiltbank

Atkinson Finance Association (AFA)

AFA assists in the professional, educational, and social development of Willamette MBA students interested in finance, banking, and investments. AFA strives to: promote the reputation of Atkinson finance both regionally and nationally; promote an in-depth understanding in all fields of finance; and provide forums (panels and treks) where members have the opportunity to interact and learn from each other as well as faculty, alumni, and other finance professionals. 

President: Peeranath Chantaraklud
Vice President: Matt Hart
Treasurer: Ryan Steffner
Faculty Advisor: Michael Dothan

American Marketing Association (AMA) - AGSM Chapter

AMA is a certified student chapter of the American Marketing Association and is one of only a handful of graduate school chapters in the nation. AMA activities provide opportunities to network with marketing professionals and promote awareness of career opportunities in marketing. AMA sponsors guest lecturers, on-site visits, and professional development services. 

President: Colleen Smith
Vice President: Muhammad Hamza
Treasurer: Tyler Stoltz
Secretary: Elizabeth Harney
Social Media Specialist: Iman Almutairi
Faculty Advisor: Elliot Maltz

Atkinson Outdoor Club (AOC)

AOC's mission is to help Willamette MBA students become better stewards of the environment, now and in the future, by increasing their appreciation of nature through activities which bring them in direct contact with the outdoors. The activities of the AOC are designed so that all Willamette MBA students can partake in the events, from beginners to experts. The events put on by the AOC are meant to help relieve stress brought on by work and studies, while also being fun and enjoyable.  

President: Amy King

Atkinson Project Management Association (APMA)

APMA is dedicated to furthering the involvement and understanding of Willamette MBA students in the profession of project management. APMA is associated with the Willamette Valley Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter and sponsors various social and educational events, treks to businesses that employ certified Project Management Professionals and groups to study for the PMI exam.

President: Jon Bednarski
Project Manager: Chelsea Wright
Faculty Advisor: Madhu Rao

Atkinson Public Administration Association (APAA)

The APAA's goal is to introduce public service careers to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management community. This group allows students to network with others who share their interest in the public sector and meet outside professionals. In doing so, the APAA raises the profile of the Willamette MBA program as a producer of the next generation of professional, educated and highly-prepared public managers.        

President: Erica Puopolo
Vice President: James Raymond
Treasurer: Joe Mizuno Santa Helena
Public Relations: Diaa Tahoun
Faculty Advisor: Fred Thompson

Atkinson Student Association (ASA) - Governing Body

The Atkinson Student Association is an organization that is dedicated to supporting student organizations and their members. The student board members are responsible for reviewing new student organizations; registering existing student organizations on a yearly basis; providing, developing, and improving services and resources for student organizations; enforcing policies and procedures related to student organizations; and coordinating the end of the year Brownwater event. 

President: Shawn Scott
Vice President: Hiro Minami
Treasurer: Rex White
Secretary: James Raymond
Social Chair: Erica Puopolo
PR Chair: Colleen Smith
At-Large Rep: Johnathon Guov
At-Large Rep: Peeranath Chantaraklud
First Year Rep: Iman Almutairi
International Rep: Szu-Yin (Sophia) Chen
Faculty Advisor: Debra Ringold

International Graduate Students Association (IGSA)

IGSA promotes cross-cultural understanding among international and American students. IGSA provides new international students with collegial support as they adjust to a new culture and academic environment. IGSA also provides an ongoing forum to convey the special concerns of international students to the administration at Atkinson; works to foster an awareness of the Willamette MBA among institutions of higher learning, corporations and students in other countries; and sponsors the annual international dinner which has become a means to bring cultures together and celebrate them in one of the most attractive events of the year. All international and U.S. students are encouraged to participate in IGSA and to use its services as a resource. 

President: Joe Mizuno Santa Helena
Vice President: Szu-Yin (Sophia) Chen
Secretary: Matt Hart
Faculty Advisor: Polly Rizova

Joint Degree Association (JDA)

JDA includes all students pursuing the joint degree, and is an important link between the Atkinson School and the College of Law. JDA provides an informal mentoring program for joint degree students, offers a library of study aids and course outlines, and sponsors social activities. The organization also sponsors an annual career night where joint degree alumni share career opportunities with current students.        

President: Robin Wade
Vice President: Andrea Tang
Treasurer: Rex White
Secretary: Keith Andreys
Faculty Advisor: Debra Ringold

National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) - AGSM Chapter

Atkinson Chapter is an affiliated student chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. This organization is dedicated to "empowering women MBAs and graduate women in business in order to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce." NAWMBA -- Atkinson Chapter promotes networking and business opportunities for men and women with MBAs and provides professional resources, networking, speakers, and social events. 

President: Sabrina Sourjah
Vice President & Secretary: Iman Almutairi
Treasurer & Social Media Coordinator : Diaa Tahoun
Secretary: Megan Lauer
PR Chair: Szu-Yin (Sophia) Chen
Faculty Advisor: Debra Ringold

Net Impact - AGSM Chapter

Net Impact's mission is to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.  Graduate students participate in community service events, meet with leaders in corporate responsibility roles and can connect with the national chapter at 

President: Chelsea Wright
Vice President: Manuel Velazquez Garay
Treasurer: Bishrut Thapa
Secretary: Joe Mizuno Santa Helena
Faculty Advisor: Elliot Maltz

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - AGSM Chapter

The Atkinson chapter of SHRM is a chartered chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM promotes student professional development and provides networking with human resource professionals. Events sponsored by SHRM include: resume workshops, mock interview sessions, site visits, guest speakers, and community service activities. 

President: Yvonne Drabin
Vice President: Rachel Balderston
Treasurer: Megan Lauer
Marketing Chair: Diaa Tahoun
Faculty Advisor: Ashley Nixon

National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) - Liason

The mission of NSHMBA is to increase the number of Hispanics graduating from MBA programs.  NSHMBA has a national Portland chapter that organizes panels and networking events with local organizations.  Our liaison helps get the Atkinson student body involved in their professional opportunities. 

Faculty Advisor: Beth Ursin