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 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 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.

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Teaching Assistants:

Lauren Jessup


Originally from 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

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

Tommy Lewis


Originally from South Bend, IN, Tommy Lewis is a one-year MBA candidate studying strategy and business leadership. Prior to beginning his MBA, Tommy graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business studying marketing and business analytics. During that time, he participated in internships at United Airlines working in International Network Planning, Southwest Airlines in Revenue Management and at AIG's sponsored High School Diplomats, a nonprofit aimed at facilitating diplomatic connections between U.S. and Japanese students. After completing his MBA, he hopes to work in a strategy role in the consulting or aviation industry serving an array of domestic and internationally focused clients. Tommy is a first-year BOTFL TA and is also a team leader for Mendoza Professional Services and member of the consulting club.

Tommy can be reached at

Meghan Couch


Meghan is a student in the two-year fulltime MBA program studying finance and business analytics. Prior to business school, she worked in healthcare as a physical therapist interacting directly with diverse patient populations. Her primary passion and expertise lie in working with people who are regaining physical function and reintegrating into the community after suffering neurologic injuries. After graduating from Notre Dame, she hopes to couple both her healthcare background and business education to empower vulnerable populations.

She received her doctorate from the Indiana University School of Physical Therapy. After establishing herself as a clinician, she pursued further training at A.T. Still University in their neurologic residency program. She is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy.

Patrice Miller


Patrice Miller is a first year MBA candidate studying strategy and business leadership. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, she graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Criminology. Following undergrad, Patrice spent 3 years working in Education, teaching English as a second language in Costa Rica, Mexico and Japan, then serving as the Director of Education & Program Development for a non-profit in Mexico. Prior to beginning her MBA, Patrice worked as a Marketing Project Manager for clients in the Consumer Packaged Goods space. After completing her MBA, she hopes to work in an operations strategy role. Patrice is a first-year BOTFL TA and is also a member of the Mendoza Professional Services, Consulting, and Tech clubs at Notre Dame. Stay tuned for a Mendoza podcast with Patrice as a co-host!


Patrice can be reached at

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