Viva Bartkus

Viva Bartkus

Viva Bartkus is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bartkus graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with masters and bachelors degrees in economics, and then completed her doctorate and masters in international relations at Oxford University, while on a Rhodes Scholarship. She started Business on the Frontlines with former Dean Carolyn Woo based on her conviction that business needs to be part of the development equation, particularly in formerly war-torn countries and based on her deeply held belief of the inherent human dignity in a good day's work.   Through her guidance, Business on the Frontlines has become a core feature of the Notre Dame MBA, having been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the ten most innovative MBA courses. Her stories from the frontlines, from South Sudan to Tibet to the fall of the Berlin Wall, inspire BOTFL students to use their skills to serve those most in need.

Her first book investigating nationalism, self-determination, and why groups attempt secession, The Dynamic of Secessionwas published by Cambridge University Press (1999). Her current research and teaching interests concentrate on two distinct areas: the leadership approaches most effective in solving complex business problems and the social capital of communities that enables collaboration. She also authored two books that were published in 2008: Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgment in Business, with Ed Conlon and Social Capital: Reaching Out, Reaching In, with Jim Davis. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Dr. Bartkus spent ten years serving healthcare, industrial, retail, and high tech clients to overcome their strategic, operational, and organizational challenges while at McKinsey & Company, the last four years as a partner of the firm. She can be reached at

Kelly Rubey

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Kelly Rubey is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame. Kelly first began her journey with Notre Dame as an MBA student with a deep passion for using business as a force for good. As a student, she was President of Notre Dame’s Net Impact chapter, a Teaching Assistant for Business on the Frontlines, and, as a BOTFL student, served World Vision-Timor Leste in boosting farmer livelihoods through establishing agriculture market linkages. After graduating cum laude, Kelly joined IBM where she spent four years as a Client Executive supporting multinational distribution clients on their technology transformation initiatives. During this time, she volunteered as a BOTFL advisor for teams serving in Uganda, Colombia and Honduras. In 2020, she returned to Notre Dame as a faculty member to continue to advance the work of the Frontlines Initiative in serving vulnerable populations both globally and within the United States. Kelly brings a dedication for delivering positive impact for Frontlines partners as well as a commitment to designing transformational experiences for students as they become the next generation of corporate leaders. Kelly can be reached at

Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney

Joe is the Associate Director of Experiential Learning for Mendoza's Graduate Business Programs. A 2006 Notre Dame undergrad with majors in Political Science and Arabic and a 2012 Notre Dame MBA, Joe first joined the BOTFL family as a student. His BOTFL IV team travelled to Egypt in 2012 in the wake of the Arab Spring to partner with international and local NGOs. After graduation from the MBA program, he spent four years in brand management roles for Winebow in Seattle and Terlato Wines in Chicago, overseeing domestic and international luxury portfolios. He continued to be involved in BOTFL training programs with the US Military during this time. Joe joined the Mendoza Graduate Business Program staff in September 2016 and returned as a Faculty Advisor for BOTFL teams serving in Ghana, Colombia and Tunisia. Joe joined the BOTFL team as an instructor in 2020, joining Team Colombia in the field.

Joe can be reached at






Teaching Assistants:

Lauren Jessup


Originally form South Bend, IN, Lauren Jessup is a first year MBA candidate studying strategy and finance. Prior to beginning her MBA, Lauren worked in International Development and International Affairs for 6 years. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, she worked for Save the Children on the USAID funded Technical and Operational Performance Support Program. She also worked for the Senior Development Advisor at the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany and most recently worked in H.R at the U.S. Embassy in Conakry, Guinea. After completing her MBA, she hopes to work in International Strategy for American companies who are looking to invest and pursue business opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. Lauren is a first-year BOTFL TA and is also a member of the consulting club and a student ambassador for Mendoza. 

Lauren can be reached at

Brian Scanlon


Brian Scanlon grew up outside of Orlando, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in construction management.  After working in the construction industry for two years, he changed careers and enlisted in the United States Army, where he spent the past seven years in special operations.  Brian is now pursuing his MBA at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with a concentration in business leadership and entrepreneurship.

Brian can be reached at


Jamison Greene


Originally from Madison, CT, Jamison Greene is a first-year BOTFL TA and an MBA/MGA dual degree candidate studying economic development, international business, social entrepreneurship, and consulting.  Prior to Notre Dame, Jamison worked in Finance and International Development for 7 years.  Jamison served as an agriculture business advisor with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, partnering with smallholder cashew farmers, the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, and non-governmental organizations to increase crop yields, improve financial literacy, and demonstrate value-adding activities such as beekeeping and cashew apple juicing.  Prior to his Peace Corps service, Jamison worked as a senior financial analyst in corporate financial planning and analysis, supply chain management, and government finance roles.  After completing his dual degree, Jamison's goal is to pursue a career in international development consulting with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 


Jamison can be reached at