Meet our MSBA Ambassadors


Wake Forest MSBA Ambassadors are current students who are available and eager to answer any questions you might have. Our Ambassadors know the MSBA program and the path to get there better than anyone, so they can give you the first-hand student perspective you need. We encourage you to reach out any of the ambassadors listed below via email regarding questions about the program, application process, career resources, life at Wake Forest, living in Winston-Salem, or any other questions you may have.


Rebecca Selby

Hometown: Sylva, NC
UG School: Furman University
Major/Minor: Biology

Why the Wake MSBA? I have a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology. I wanted to combine my background in clinical work with the business world. I knew WFU would not only provide me with a strong analytical foundation for healthcare analytics or consulting, but also connect me to helpful alumni.

Why an Ambassador? When I looked at WFU’s MSBA program, I reached out to the ambassadors for information regarding the program. They were extremely helpful at answering my questions and concerns. Now that I have spent time in the program, I feel as though I would be a great resource for incoming students.

Alex Clark

Hometown: Haverhill, MA
UG School: College of the Holy Cross
Major/Minor: Mathematics / Computer Science, Statistics

Why the Wake MSBA? I chose Wake Forest because of its incredible reputation and status. Also, the MSBA program is well known for its career development program. On top of this, I wanted new experiences in a different part of the country.

Why an Ambassador? I would like to have the same influence on incoming students that previous ambassadors had on me. I feel as though I could offer a unique perspective to incoming students, as I am from the New England area. Also, I think that it is a great way to get more involved in my program.

Shavonne Breeden

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
UG School: UNC Chapel Hill
Major/Minor: Management

Why the Wake MSBA? One of last year’s ambassadors had a big impact on me choosing this program. I was told about Wake’s reputation and how this program specifically teaches the technical skills and business skills to ensure students have a strong foundation. They also make it their mission to connect students with companies and employers.

Why an Ambassador? I think I bring a different perspective to my program. Being a black woman, who took a 2-year gap and having a major that is very different and less technical than my peers, I think that I am a true testament that no matter how “different” you are, this program can be for you.

Brandon Murphy

Hometown: Cary, NC
UG School: University of SC
Major/Minor: Global Supply Chain and Operations Management / Finance

Why the Wake MSBA? I chose Wake to develop a technical skill set in programs such as R, SAS, and SQL to complement the business acumen I developed in undergrad as a double business major. I also wanted to improve my business communication skills through courses such as “Analytics in the Boardroom” and through the practicum project.

Why an Ambassador? I want to help ease the stress that accompanies the application process to the MSBA program. Whether that be through advice on the GMAT, the admissions interview, or any general advice, I feel that I can really help prospective students through that process.

Ariel (Tianjing) Li

Hometown: Shanghai, China
UG School: Vanderbilt University
Major/Minor: Economics

Why the Wake MSBA? First, Wake Forest has great career services and a strong relationship with employers. Second, the Business Analytics program not only teaches students technical skills but also helps students become good data storytellers.

Why an Ambassador? I want to let more people know about Wake Forest and the Business Analytics program and help answer questions from prospective students.

Elizabeth Grubman

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Mathematical Economics

Why the Wake MSBA? One of my Wake undergrad professors thought that with my major, this program would be a perfect addition for my education. I also met with several faculty members and current students and I really enjoyed everything they said about the program. I wanted to learn technical skills but also wanted the business knowledge. This program was a perfect mix.

Why an Ambassador? I have really enjoyed my time as an undergrad student at Wake. I would love to share my knowledge about the university and the MSBA program. I was also the public relations chair for my rowing team so I have experience with reaching out to prospective students.

Sara Walenceus

Hometown: Greenwood, SC
UG School: Anderson University
Major/Minor: Accounting & Supply Chain Mgmt.

Why the Wake MSBA? For the level of academic rigor that the program offered, also because I believed the school would be a good cultural fit for me, as it offered small class sizes, opportunities to get to know the faculty and staff, and opportunities for grad students to be engaged on campus, and lastly, for Wake’s incredible job placement and alumni network.

Why an Ambassador? I love meeting new people and sharing stories from my experiences and answering questions people have, and I think my extroverted personality is a great fit for this kind of position. I am passionate about analytics and all things business.

Rishabh (Rish) Agarwal

Hometown: Kolkata, India
UG School: Furman University
Major/Minor: Mathematics, Economics

Why the Wake MSBA? Wake is very similar to Furman and gave me a sense of home. Wake also allowed me to be involved and get a nationally renowned degree from one of the preeminent institutions.

Why an Ambassador? To be able to showcase Wake Forest in its truest and most natural form to prospective students. Showing them truly how a WFU education embedded in integrity and hard work was the best decision for me and could be for them as well.

Rebecca Mann

Hometown: Hamilton, VA
UG School: Washington and Lee University
Major/Minor: Business Administration, French

Why the Wake MSBA? Wake Forest has a great academic reputation and a strong alumni network that I wanted to be a part of.

Why an Ambassador? I had a positive experience shadowing someone when I applied to this program and want to share with others how great Wake is.

Kaan Peksenar

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
UG School: UNC Chapel Hill
Major/Minor:Economics/Statistics & Public Policy

Why the Wake MSBA? I always wanted to study analytics and coupling that with the education and network of Wake Forest made this a natural fit.

Why an Ambassador? I really enjoyed meeting ambassadors from last year’s class; they were a large part of gauging what the experience would be like – and I got good vibes!

Yiqing (Cathy) Niu

Hometown: Hebei, China
UG School: Beijing Institute of Technology, University of Reading
Major/Minor: Accounting

Why the Wake MSBA? Mainly because of the high employment rate and fantastic career service. Also the easily approachable enrollment team and student ambassador.

Why an Ambassador? The ambassador from last year answered a lot of my questions and helped me a lot before I made my decision in coming to WFU, so I am really interested in doing the same.

Kahla Seymour

Hometown: Vienna, VA
UG School: Wake Forest University
Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry

Why the Wake MSBA? I went to Wake for undergrad and loved my time here. I also love the environment Wake creates and I heard such great things about the MSBA program from others.

Why an Ambassador? My ambassador had an big impact on my decision in coming to this program so I want to give back and help others in the same way.

Massimo Romanzo

Hometown: Bayside, NY
UG School: Villanova University
Major/Minor: Finance/Business Analytics

Why the Wake MSBA? Since my job following graduation was in Finance, and not in a more technical role, I felt that this type of program would be the best fit for me. The active role of the MRE team, and strong job placement was also a deciding factor.

Why an Ambassador? I had an awesome conversation with my ambassador, and he gave me some great insights that only the perspective of a current student can provide. That conversation made me much more confident in my decision to attend Wake Forest. I wanted to be a part of that team during my time here at WFU.

Karsyn Parent

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
UG School: University of Alabama
Major/Minor: Chemical Engineering/Math

Why the Wake MSBA? I realized how much business and specifically data analysis interested me. Wake offered the best program to bridge that gap between the business world and the technical world. The faculty, staff, and fellow students have made this experience thus far fantastic, and I cannot imagine pursuing a graduate degree anywhere else!

Why an Ambassador? I loved my ambassadors when I was applying to Wake for MSBA! They made me feel so welcomed and excited to start this program and feel like I was making the best decision for me professionally.

Chris Mergy

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
UG School: UNC Chapel Hill
Major/Minor: Sport Administration/Statistics & Analytics

Why the Wake MSBA? I realized Wake Forest was the right fit for me because of their proven success in sharpening one’s technical skills for the job market and how they encourage their students to become close with their classmates.

Why an Ambassador? I served in similar roles in high school and in undergrad. I love meeting new people and selling them on why I chose to join a certain program/group so I can encourage them to join.

Danny Barlok

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
UG School: College of the Holy Cross
Major/Minor: Economics

Why the Wake MSBA? My decision was both academic and athletic. With an additional year of NCAA eligibility, I knew I would have the opportunity to compete while also receiving a prestigious education. The course curriculum and the short duration of the program also helped drive my decision.

Why an Ambassador? Reaching out to individuals with prior Wake Forest experiences was extremely beneficial and I would not be here today without their insights. This resource added a sense of comfort and drove my decision to attend WFU. I look forward to the opportunity of giving back to prospective students who may have any questions!

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