Collaborate with graduate business students, university administrators and Austin business leaders
The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) promotes increased awareness and access to career opportunities in management, helps grow students’ personal networks, develops leadership skills and promotes the benefits of postgraduate business education.
For additional details regarding the GBSA's structure, objectives and guiding principles, refer to the GBSA Constitution and Bylaws.
Megan Montgomery, President
Megan is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Edward’s University with a degree in Theater Arts. She is an MBA candidate looking to bring balance to her academic background while building off of her experience in the workplace. Megan is currently a marketing assistant at the TMA Insurance Trust. She carries several Hubspot Academy certifications and enjoys the inbound methodology of marketing. Her team has earned multiple marketing method awards from the Professional Insurance Marketing Association.
When she needs to unwind from the hustle and bustle of work and academic life, she enjoys rail travel, visiting museums and watercolor painting. She is also an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA of Austin and enjoys the balance fitness brings to her busy life.
Luis Ramirez, Vice President
Luis Ramirez is from Houston, Texas. He moved to Austin in January 2018 to start the MBA program at St. Edward's University. Living in Austin has been a great experience so far for his family, he says. Luis has been married for eight years to his wife, Michelle, and they have a daughter named Lea, who will turn two next month. He is an avid Houston sports fan, especially for the Texans.
Luis received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and he spent five years working in the hospitality industry. Currently, he works for Chase as a relationship banker and business specialist.
Polina Anastassieva, Secretary
Polina Anastassieva is a graduate from St. Edward's University with a BBA in International Business. Polina enrolled in the MBA program in spring of 2018. She hopes to use her graduate degree in starting her own consulting business.
Polina currently works at Netspend in their Risk Department. She enjoys playing sand volleyball, as well as running, in her free time. Additionally, Polina is passionate about writing and has her own blog website, which she maintains regularly.
Brandon Neal, Treasurer
Brandon Neal is originally from San Diego, California. He moved to Austin five years ago and absolutely loves this city. Brandon is in his third semester of the MBA program and has nine years of experience working in finance and accounting.
Brandon currently serves as the distillery accountant for Tito’s Vodka. When he is not working or studying, you can find him playing guitar, seeing live music, or finding new places to eat.
Maria Cheserem, Social Marketing Officer
Maria Cheserem is an MBA candidate with a focus on Supply Chain Management. She has worked in the vibrant floriculture industry for over five years in global sales and marketing.
Maria is passionate about finding sustainable solutions that would empower local producers to get the best price in the global market for their labors of love. She moved to Austin two years ago from Nairobi, Kenya, and loves to explore the wonderful and eclectic sights, sounds, and flavors of the city.