Aly Yarris

From:  San Diego, CA
Undergrad:  UCLA
Before School: Program Manager at Stanford University
Summer Internship:  Brand and Advertising for Chase Private Client at JP Morgan Chase
Section:  A
Favorite Cville Spot(s): 
Grit at Stonefield for Cold Brew and work time. Grace Family Vineyards for beautiful country drives and amazing views in a laid back environment. The two best “Oaks” in town: Oakhurst Inn for breakfast & Oakhart Social for treat your self dinners. 
Favorite First Year Memory: 
 Ahhh - it is impossible to choose. Seeing Darden covered in snow on our one and only Snow Day in January. Eating dumplings on the Rotunda steps. Taking “turns about the yard” to count the flowers during Second Coffee on warm sunny days. Watching Section A clinch Darden Cup in the pouring rain! Getting class credit for doing research on the Monticello Wine Trail. Filling an entire sushi bar with Darden-ites at 8 am our first morning in Tokyo. Having many a stressful day made better by hanging with Learning Team #36.


Bre Fife
VP of Corporate Relations

From:  Cleveland, VA
Before School:  Sr Analytics Consultant at Deloitte
Summer Internship:  Airbnb
Section:  B
Favorite Cville Spot(s):  Hiking Humpback Rock followed by visiting the wineries and breweries nearby and puppy play-dates at Chris Greene Lake
Favorite First Year Memory: Too many to choose! Section B winning Darden Cup football and singing the Section B song at the top of our lungs, re-hearing all the "bird worthy" comments of the week, and exploring Japan during the Darden Worldwide Course. 


Natalie Smith
VP of Outreach

From:  Cromwell, CT
Before School:  Manager at Litigation Consulting Firm
Summer Internship:  Summer Associate in Chase Wealth Management at JPMorgan Chase
Section:  A
Favorite Cville Spot(s): 
Kings Family for afternoon wine tasting, East Range in the Fall
Favorite First Year Memory: 
FANTASTIC! Section A professors, all the Darden Cup events in the rain, Section A Wine Tour, Drinks at Buddha Bar before the Normandy trip


Kathryn Gaffin
VP of Administration & Finance

From:  Fort Worth, TX
Undergrad:  UVA
Before School:  Associate Client Advisor at Bessemer Trust
Summer Internship:  Summer Associate at Evercore
Section:  A
Favorite Cville Spot(s): 
Farmers Market, Feast, MAS, Tavola, Lampo, King Family Vineyards, MADabolic
Favorite First Year Memory:  International Food Festival

Kelsey Ferguson
VP of Social Experience

From: Vail, Colorado

Undergrad:  Middlebury College

Before School: Advertising Executive in New Business and Strategy at Publicis Worldwide

Summer Internship: Associate Investment Banker at Cascadia Capital

Section: D’best section!

Favorite Cville Spot(s): A perfect day would start out with a class at TreadHAPPY and coffee at Grit, include some seriously addictive salad at Roots and a little (or a lot) of Crose in the sunshine at King’s Family Vineyards, then end with a ‘fancy old fashioned’ at the Whiskey Jar and whatever Darden event was happening that night

Favorite First Year Memory: Brews and bocche ball on a Tuesday just because, screaming the Section D cheer every morning just a little bit louder than Section C, homemade brunch and sledding in January, reading cases outside in the sunshine in February, hiking the Inca Trail with classmates over spring break, uncontrollable laughter and comradery in Section D, rediscovering my inner child in the trampoline room at Jump, captaining the truly most delinquent bowling team of all time, dancing around a bonfire after a day spent at the Charlottesville beer festival, finding an anonymous note from my section mates with words of encouragement during a particularly hard week

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Ruchi Parikh
VP of Leadership Development

From:  Finksburg, MD
Undergrad:  UVA
Before School:  Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Merkle
Summer Internship:  Product Management, Commercial Card at JP Morgan Chase
Section:  B
Favorite Cville Spot(s): 
Too many to name but here’s a few: Mas Tapas, Lampo, Continental Divide are a few favorite eats. Draft Taproom and Kardinal Hall for some great brews. Vineyards and incredible views: King’s Family, Veritas, and bit less well-known but just as good: Wisdom Oak Winery. And, when you’re in the mood for some of the best garlic bread and pizza around: Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. 
Favorite First Year Memory:  
Honestly, any section B event is a contender. If I had to pick some favorites they’d include the first time the second-year Section B-ers charged into our section and taught us the Song, the Neon party, and the BGiA auction. I can’t leave out a vineyard tour with close friends towards the end of Q3, and a Section B girls wine and s’mores night in Q1 either. 

Ana Maria Chamorro
VP of Diversity & Inclusion

From:  : Bogotá, Colombia (although I feel a little New Yorker ;))
Undergrad: Seton Hall University
Before School:  Digital Marketing Associate at Hugo Boss
Summer Internship: Global Performance and Programmatic Solutions at Google
Section:  B
Favorite Cville Spot(s):
Lampo, best pizza in town! I actually prefer it over NYC pizza Favorite First Year Memory:  Not sure I can choose one. But here's my attempt: Sitting at Flaggerbefore learning team on a Sunday afternoon with my 3-month old Golden Retriever (yes, I got a puppy while at Darden!) and my amazing learning team having ice cream. I wouldn't have made it through first year if it weren't for them! Also, going to a vineyard in the middle of the week just because was pretty awesome. Oh, and going to Mexico and Japan for fun and for the first time to both or to NYC and Chicago to interview. As stressing as it was supposed to be, being in an airplane surrounded by people who believe in you makes you feel super special. 

Chrissie Ezzell
Conference Chair

From:  Clinton, NC
Undergrad:  UNC Chapel Hill
Before School:  Portfolio Manager at Bank of America Merill Lynch
Summer Internship:  Product Management Intern at Danaher Corporation
Section:  A
Favorite Cville Spot(s): 
Fridays After Five on the downtown mall in the fall, Blenheim Vineyards, Starr Hill Brewery, and the Darden patio and courtyards in the spring
Favorite First Year Memory:  
If I had to choose only one, it’d be the spur of the moment pot luck dinners during exam periods - lots of food, wine, and laughter. The first one during Q1 was when it hit me just how great the Darden community is! 

Kareen Okaka
Conference Chair

From: Toronto Canada/ Nigeria       Undergrad:  University of Waterloo                                 Before School: Project Manager American Financial Group       Summer Internship: Product Manager Dell Technologies             Section: E                                         Favorite Cville Spot(s): Grit at Stonefield and Mas for tapas           Favorite First Year Memory: Getting the first cold call of the entire year at the Darden before Darden class and surviving it. After the class, a ton of my classmates congratulated me on handling the cold call gracefully, I felt I made the right decision by coming to Darden a place with a supportive community