My approach combines business and consulting experience with the rigor of academic discipline. I am currently a Research Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Development Studies. My research focus is on economic development in Haiti.
I received a Bachelor of Science (BS) - after getting a great start at Hesston College - and a Masters of Science (MS) in Computer Information Systems, and Masters of Arts (MA) in Latin America & Caribbean Studies. I completed a PhD minor in Business Environment and Social Responsibility with the goals of effectively using the linkage between investment, job creation, society, and the environment. I previously worked in business management and software consulting for Ernst & Young and Ariba Technologies Inc.
My current research title is "Utility of Social Capital and Economic Viability of Tree Fruit Production and Fruits Processing in Haiti". The project is supported by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute.
I am currently working on an investment plan that will create 500 full-time jobs in Haiti. Creating 10 long term jobs provides more widespread and lasting benefits than feeding 10,000 people.