Team

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 vbartkus@nd.edu.


Drew Marcantonio

 
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Dr. Richard (Drew) Marcantonio is a researcher, teacher, and practitioner focused on regenerative and durable enterprise, environmental management and policy, environmental and other violence, and peacebuilding. He is the author of Environmental Violence: In the Earth System and the Human Niche (2022; Cambridge University Press) and co-author of the textbook Environmental Management: Concepts and Practical Skills (2022; Cambridge University Press), and has published numerous peer- reviewed, policy, and public facing articles in periodicals ranging from PLOS ONE to Small Wars and Insurgencies to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. He has conducted research and practice on these critical issues on five continents working with communities, elected officials, regulators, corporations, and NGOs alike. Additionally, Drew is a US Marine combat veteran, a certified Wilderness First Responder and American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Instructor, and an experiential leadership development professional.

 

Drew can be reached at rmarcant@nd.edu


Kelly Rubey

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Kelly Rubey is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Management & Organization Department at the University of Notre Dame.  After years supporting Business on the Frontlines projects in various capacities in Timor-Leste, Uganda, Colombia and Honduras, Kelly officially joined the faculty at the Mendoza College of Business in 2020 to extend the work of the program in serving vulnerable populations both globally and within the United States through the launch of the Frontlines in America course. Kelly brings a dedication for delivering positive impact for partners as well as a commitment to designing transformational experiences for students as they become the next generation of leaders.

Kelly spent several years in the technology industry, most recently with IBM where she was a Client Executive leading multinational client teams on technology transformation initiatives. Prior to IBM, Kelly worked in product marketing at Thomson Reuters serving clients in the legal industry.  These professional experiences taught Kelly the importance of collaboration and inclusion in driving  empowerment and business results and have been formative in her approach to building impact from the ground-up.

Kelly can be reached at kelly.rubey@nd.edu.


Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame. 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 traveled 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 jsweene1@nd.edu.


Jennifer McGuire

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Jennifer McGuire is the Logistics & Events Program Manager for Business on the Frontlines. Prior to joining the BOTFL team, Jennifer had been a noteworthy leader on Notre Dame’s Special Events team. Jennifer has developed, led, and implemented major University projects and built a solid reputation for creating transformational experiences while focusing on innovation, customized experiences, and forging bonds of social and economic responsibility to further the University’s mission.

Jennifer has been credited for her contributions to many high-level University events including groundbreakings, building dedications, Presidential Forums, Advisory Council events, and in 2020, spearheaded the pandemic-era Lawns and Lodges. In her former role as the program director for Athletics Advancement events, Jennifer brought to life celebrations for endowed coaching positions, dedications for athletic facilities, and cultivation events such as the Fighting Irish at the Super Bowl events and the first-ever large formal dinner on the 50-yard line at Notre Dame Stadium.

A Certified Meeting Professional, Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from IUPUI and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality from Kendall College in Chicago. Jennifer and her husband, Gavin, have two children, Hugh and Claire.

Jennifer can be reached at jmcguir5@nd.edu.


Teaching Assistants:

Kara Maynard

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Originally from Cookeville, TN, Kara Maynard is a first-year student at Notre Dame Law School. Before beginning her J.D., Kara graduated from Emory’s Goizueta Business School with a BBA in Finance. Following undergrad, Kara spent two years working for American Express in NYC as a business development analyst focusing on expanding the brand’s footprint in Latin America; two years focusing on wealth and asset management as an associate for J.P. Private Bank in Miami; and one year living in Paris, France, where she focused on advising European non-profit consulting firms doing business in both Latin America and Asia. Kara is also passionate about education as demonstrated by the non-profit she co-founded in Bogota, Colombia which aims to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students in need of support by partnering with local students from Universidad Nacional de Colombia to create individualized tutoring programs in English and Math. With her background in finance and her international perspective, Kara is excited to join the BOTFL team and looks forward to all the adventures it will bring!

 Kara can be reached at kara.maynard@nd.edu


Patrick In

 
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Patrick In is a first-year BOTFL TA and two-year MBA candidate studying strategy and finance. After receiving his BA in Human Biology from Indiana University, Patrick spent nine years in the nonprofit and university sector. He first served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year as a full-time volunteer and mentor for students in Chicago and later supported national efforts in recruitment and corporate sponsorship. After City Year, Patrick held various fundraising roles at both Northwestern University and the Chicago Community Trust while also completing his MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. After graduation, Patrick hopes to move into a consulting or strategy driven role. 

 Pat can be reached at pin@nd.edu


Daniel Chapman

 
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Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Dan Chapman is a first-year MBA candidate studying Strategy and Business Leadership. Prior to his MBA, Dan spent 4 years working in the commercial real estate sector at CBRE. During that time, Dan specialized in the sale of retail, office, and industrial investment properties across Ontario. In his spare time, Dan has also been an active fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada and Covenant House Toronto. After completing his MBA, Dan plans on pursuing a strategy role with an emphasis on improving the triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit).

The opportunity to participate in BOTFL was a major factor in Dan’s decision to attend Notre Dame. Dan is thrilled to join the BOTFL team and help contribute towards its success.

 Dan can be reached at dchapma5@nd.edu