Viva Barkus

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

Bill Nichols

Bill Nichols

Bill Nichols is a Professor of Accountancy at the Mendoza College of Business. He served the College as its Associate Dean for Graduate Programs from 1995 to 2000 and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research from 2002 to 2008 and 2012 to 2015. Bill earned his doctorate degree at Florida State University.

Bill’s teaching and research interests are in both financial reporting and sustainability reporting. He has published numerous articles in accounting and finance journals and four times was voted the College’s outstanding teacher of the year by students in either the undergraduate or graduate programs. Bill served as a visiting professor at Washington University for an academic year, the University of Notre Dame – Australia for a semester, Northeastern University for three summers, and a term as resident director of Notre Dame’s London MBA program.

Bill can be reached at

The photo was taken in country when Bill was faculty advisor to the BOTFL VII Rwanda team.

John F. Dunbar, Jr.

John Dunbar Jr

John Dunbar began his work in the Mendoza College of Business as a Faculty Advisor for Business on the Frontlines (BOTFL) projects in Uganda and Sri Lanka. In 2015, he began teaching Mergers & Acquisitions as an Adjunct Associate Professional Specialist in the Master of Science in Finance program.

John graduated magna cum laude earning a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. John also played football for the UB Bulls and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He started his career spending five years in project management and operations with Exxon Chemical working on various worldwide petrochemical assignments. The next twenty-five years were in private equity with Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc., completing over 80 acquisitions in diverse manufacturing, distribution and service businesses and aggregating revenue of over $6 billion. John, who retired from Strategic Investments as President in 2012, originated, structured and closed equity investments in leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and new ventures. He received an award for his Achievements in Entrepreneurship from the University at Buffalo.

As an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, John has developed and taught M&A for the past 13 years in the School of Management MBA and EMBA programs. John is also Chair Emeritus of the Food Bank of Western New York and past Chair of the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre.

John was inspired to join the BOTFL program to use his business skills for the greater good and grow his relationship with Notre Dame from proud parent of two ND graduates. As a BOTFL Faculty Advisor he can apply his business and analytical skills working with talented and dedicated ND students to help those less fortunate struggling in post-conflict or developing countries. During his career, John has volunteered many hours and resources to projects ranging from the building of a new church, restoration of a Buffalo landmark and providing over 1 million pounds of food per month to the hungry in Western New York. During the BOTFL in-country experience he enjoys capturing the journey behind his camera lens.

John can be reached at

Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney

Joe is the Associate Director of Admissions 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. 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 Adviser for Team Ghana in BOTFL IX and Team Colombia in BOTFL X.

Joe can be reached at

Lisa Gibboney

Lisa Gibboney

Lisa Gibboney is a Senior Finance Manager at Nalco Water in Naperville, Illinois. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the 5-yr Strategic Business Review and Plan processes for a $3B global business sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire in French and Biology, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to attending Notre Dame, Lisa worked in small business management. As a second year student at Notre Dame, Lisa traveled to Cambodia with the joint Notre Dame-Catholic Relief Services Team Cambodia initiative, working to address maternal and childhood malnutrition. Subsequently, as a Notre Dame alumna, Lisa traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with the United States Special Operations Command on a project to explore ways to decrease gang violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Lisa’s continued involvement in the BOTFL program is a testament to her deep-seated belief in harnessing the power of business to address the needs of the most world’s vulnerable peoples. Lisa is passionate about travel, food and, above all, people.

Lisa can be reached at

Melanie Spradling

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Melanie Spradling is a Notre Dame MBA and Business on the Frontlines class alum, with bachelor’s degrees in International Business (Finance/French). Melanie and her prior Business on the Frontlines team worked with Catholic Relief Services and the Rwandan government on the essential issue of malnutrition in Rwanda. She will serve as the faculty advisor to the Child’s Cup Full/Darzah project team. Melanie has had a successful 15-year career (and counting) at a large, international energy company. However, her real passion is working with disadvantaged women and children, including from different countries and backgrounds. She has been a leader within various non-profit organizations but connecting with and understanding the women and children with whom she spends time with are most important to her. Melanie also loves to play soccer.

Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

Jon is a Vice President of client strategy at BOK Financial Advisors, improving client experience and channel profitability. He has more than 15 years’ experience working in consumer banking and wealth management. Jon graduated from The University of Notre Dame with his MBA in 2010. While there he was part of BOTFL II, where he was able to work with Catholic Relief Services and local groundnut farmers to improve the livelihoods of farmers by evaluating the supply chain and sales cycles.
Jon graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics. He also spent two years living in Guatemala serving a mission for the LDS Church from 1998-2000 where he learned Spanish and a love for the Guatemalan people and culture. He lives in Tulsa, OK with his amazing wife, Donnarae, and four exciting and rambunctious kids.

Kelly Chase

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After serving as an advisor for Team Uganda, Kelly is thrilled to return for another year as an advisor to Team Colombia in BOTFL’s continued partnership with Fundacion Ideas para la Paz. Kelly holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Kelly was drawn to pursue her MBA from the University of Notre Dame through her passion for using business as a force for good. During her first year as an MBA student, Kelly was BOTFL’s first Teaching Assistant. As a student, Kelly served World Vision- Timor Leste on a project aiming to boost farmer livelihoods through market links in the agribusiness sector. Now as an IBM Client Executive in Chicago, Kelly is responsible for IBM’s relationship, revenue, and strategy for six global clients and collaborates directly with corporate leaders to create winning business strategies. Kelly aspires to make an impact at the intersection of business, technology and society by connecting people and ideas to transform our world.

Kelly can be reached at

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Terrell Hunt

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Terrell Hunt was born and raised in Oxon Hill, Maryland and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and International Affairs. Upon graduation, Terrell returned home to Washington, D.C. and worked as a senior management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., specializing in strategy transformation and operations consulting. Most recently, he served on the Nike, Inc. Global Community Impact team, leading corporate community engagement and operations activities in the Americas and Asia Pacific. In 2017 Terrell was awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State - Once he graduates from Mendoza in 2019, he will serve in the United States Foreign Service as a management officer. 

Terrell can be reached at

Kayla Truckey

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Kayla Truckey is a MBA student at the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing a career in animal welfare. Originally from Racine, WI, Kayla earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Following graduation, she worked in merchandising for Bon-ton Stores, Inc., but left to pursue her master’s degree. Currently Kayla acts as Volunteer and Adoption Event Coordinator for South Bend Animal Care and Control and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Welfare of Animals (NOWA). She also works for Notre Dame in the Office of Nonprofit Professional Development and serves the BOTFL team as a Teaching Assistant.

Kayla can be reached at

Audrey Walker

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Audrey Walker is originally from Wilmington, Delaware and is currently studying business leadership and analytics at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with plans to pursue a career in project management.  She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  After graduating, Audrey returned home to Wilmington and worked in client services at ModernThink, a management consulting company specializing in employee engagement within higher education.  When not working, she volunteered at New Bolton Center large animal hospital and Reins of Life, a therapeutic horseback riding center.  In addition to serving as a teaching assistant for BOTFL, Audrey is currently an alumni ambassador for William & Mary and a student ambassador for Mendoza.

Audrey can be reached at

TJ Rosetti

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Originally from Cortland, New York, TJ completed his undergrad at St. Bonaventure University in 2011. During this time, he was active in various volunteer organizations to include All Hands Disaster Response, a Non-Governmental Organization. TJ joined this group in various disaster relief missions to include the Cedar Rapids flooding in 2008, and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Following graduation, he commissioned as an Army officer through ROTC into the Field Artillery. TJ served one tour in Afghanistan before transitioning to the intelligence branch as a Special Agent of counterintelligence. While in the Army, he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Security Program Management. After seven years, TJ left the Army and started the MBA program at Notre Dame. He is currently a first-year student and BOTFL TA.

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