Program Administration

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Duron Jones

B.A., Business Management, Seattle University

Director of the Albers Summer Business Institute
Adjunct Faculty, Management

Phone: (253) 234-9437

Duron obtained his BA in Business Management with a minor focus in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Seattle University. He spent over 10 years supporting youth in college planning and career development. Duron has served with Seattle University for over 12 years in a variety of capacities including the Center for Community Engagement, Seattle Early College/Middle College at Seattle University, University Summer Programs, and Albers School of Business & Economics. Also, Duron is a local entrepreneur and has started businesses in event management, nonprofit management, light therapy, travel and tourism, and many more.

Program Faculty

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Ajay Abraham

PhD, Marketing, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
PGPM, Strategic Marketing and Leadership & Change Management, Indian School of Business
BTech, Computer Science and Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi University

Marketing Faculty

Ajay Abraham obtained a PhD in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to his PhD, he worked at multiple organizations including Microsoft and Wipro, in roles spanning marketing, program management, pre-sales, research, content development, technology, and technology evangelism. At Albers, Dr. Abraham teaches MBA Marketing Management and undergraduate Personal Selling and Introduction to Marketing.

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Eric Lloyd

MS, Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University
BS, Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University

Data Analytics Faculty

Eric Lloyd comes from a background of working in the industry as a Senior Data Scientist and teaching at several community colleges before Seattle University, including Palm Beach State College and North Seattle College. He is excited about helping to engage young men and women to pursue their careers through higher education and especially in anything related to data science.

Currently, Eric is developing himself by returning to get his Ph.D. in Computer Science as well as returning to research around machine learning optimization with a focus on Natural Language Processing. He is also involved with the Summer Business Institute here at Seattle University and looks to become more involved with helping students to succeed.

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Gabe Saucedo

PhD, Accounting, Virginia Tech
MA, Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Tech
BBA, Accounting, with Additional Concentration in Human Resource Management, Gonzaga University

Accounting Faculty

Gabriel Saucedo joined Seattle University in 2014 from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to completing his PhD, Gabriel earned his undergraduate business administration degree from Gonzaga University, and then spent 6 years with KPMG-Seattle in the audit practice, focusing on consumer product and healthcare clients. Gabriel's research is in the area of auditor and investor decision-making, with specific focuses in feedback systems, voluntary disclosures, and human capital. In addition, Gabriel writes academic cases for classroom integration, three of which have won awards from the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association. 

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Holly Slay Ferraro

PhD, Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland - College Park
MA, Human Resource Development, Western Michigan University
BChE, Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton
BS, Interdisciplinary Science, Wilberforce University

Management Faculty

Holly Slay Ferraro's research examines how people grapple with dimensions of self (e.g. age, race, gender) in making career decisions and in various contexts such as family businesses.  She is also interested in how organizational and institutional practices contribute to struggles with aspects of identity.  Her aim is to add to our knowledge of how growth, learning, and superior performance occur in the face of forces that cause people to question their beliefs about who they are or should be.

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Vlad Dashkeev

PhD, Economics, University of Washington
MA, Economics, University of Washington
Diploma of Higher Education (cum laude), Economics, State University of Management, Moscow, Russia

Economics Faculty

Vladimir Dashkeev joined the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University after earning his PhD in economics from the University of Washington. His research areas are macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and fiscal policy. Vladimir’s recent studies investigate the effects of asymmetric balanced-budget rules and tax system heterogeneity on interregional risk sharing in a fiscal union. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, he was a research fellow at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, where he had the honor of working alongside Yegor Gaidar, the first prime minister in the history of post-Soviet Russia. The Institute is a Moscow think-tank specializing in economic policy research and industry consulting. 

Program Staff

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Alyssa Felix

B.A., Marketing, Seattle University

Program Advisor, Albers Summer Business Institute

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Carolina Bauta-Medina

B.A., Economics and Finance, Seattle University

Program Advisor, Albers Summer Business Institute

Carolina is an upcoming junior at Seattle University. She is majoring in Finance and Business Economics. Her involvements on campus include being a member of the undergraduate leadership cohort of 2021 and a mentor for the First to Soar program. Carolina enjoys spending time outside, doing hikes, and water sports in her hometown of Seattle, WA. After university, Carolina aspires to a career in family and social economics

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Heyab Daniel

B.A., Marketing, Seattle University

Program Advisor, Albers Summer Business Institute

Heyab Daniel is a first-generation college student studying marketing here at Seattle University. She is also a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For fun, Heyab loves to travel and attend live concerts and music festivals. After graduation, Heyab plans on attending law school in hopes of practicing entertainment law.

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Jaidev Vella

B.A., Business Management, Seattle University

Program Advisor, Albers Summer Business Institute

Jaidev Vella is a third-year student at Seattle University majoring in Business Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. While serving as the President for the Seattle University American Marketing Association (SU AMA), he works with Albers Advising as a New Student Mentor (NSM), and as a Program Coordinator for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC). Additionally, he serves as a student representative on the Seattle University Board of Trustees Brand, Reputation, and External Affairs Committee, and is a Sue M. Naef Scholar. He also enjoys experimental photography, research, and content creation.

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Malak Qibaa

B.A., Global Business, Seattle University

Program Advisor, Albers Summer Business Institute

Need more information?

Duron Jones

Director of the Albers Summer Business Institute

(253) 234-9437

Joseph M. Phillips, PhD

Dean of the Albers School of Business & Economics