Graduate Assistants

Learn about academics and student life in the Questrom School of Business from our team of Graduate Assistants. Weekdays throughout the semester, our Graduate Assistants are available to schedule coffee chats at the Starbucks located within the Questrom School of Business. If you are not in the Boston area, you can chat with our Graduate Assistants through email or schedule a phone or Skype appointment.

Interested? Email with the date and time you would like to meet, and we will respond with availability.

Graduate Assistants

1589b81Shannon Herlihy
MBA ‘15, Concentration in Marketing

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Academic Background: Loyola Marymount University, B.A. English
Pre-MBA Experience: Licensing and Marketing Manager, Cesar Millan Inc.
Summer Internship: Marketing Strategy at Staples
On Campus Activities: Co-President, Marketing Club, Admissions Office,

Shannon is a second year MBA student concentrating in Marketing.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Shannon moved to L.A. to attend Loyola Marymount University and spent several years working in TV production and product licensing for brands including Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, and Cesar Millan.  She’s extremely involved at BU, serving as Co-President of the Marketing Club, VP of Operations for Cohort Cup, and a strategy consultant to local clients including ChopChop magazine.

FaceVanessa Hulley
MBA ‘15, Concentration in Marketing and Leadership & Organizational Transformation

Hometown: New York, NY
Academic Background: Saint Mary’s College of California, B.A. History
Summer Internship: Digital and Loyalty Marketing, Dunkin Brands
Pre-MBA Experience: Account Manager at digital media company UrbanDaddy
On Campus Activities: Graduate Student Council , Women’s MBA Association, Grand Business Challenge, MBA Jam.

Vanessa is passionate about digital media sector and has a specific interest in consumer packaged goods companies. She spent her summer working on digital marketing for Dunkin’ Brands. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling and watching the ballet.

JKANG.HeadshotJanet Kang
MS-MBA ’15, Concentration in Marketing and Strategy

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Academic Background: Middlebury College, B.A. Chinese Studies
Summer Internship: IT Strategy, Chevron
Pre-MBA Experience: Founding Director at Moving Mandarin
On Campus Activities: Co-President, MBA Marketing Club, Peer to Peer Mentoring Program, MS-MBA Association

Janet spent her summer in California as an IT MBA Leadership Development Program intern at the Chevron headquarters working on IT strategy projects. She is focused on technology strategy and interested in working in global teams across industries. In her free time, Janet enjoys running, hiking and spending quality time with her husband and 5-year old Patterdale terrier, Ollie.

Travis Kilpatrick TK
MBA ’16, Concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Academic Background: Washington University in St. Louis, A.B. in Ancient Studies and Economics.
Pre-MBA Experience: State Programs Manager, ACT; Financial Analyst II, Partners Healthcare; Undergraduate Admissions, Washington University in St. Louis
On-Campus Activities: Public and Nonprofit Management Club, Net Impact, Leadership & Organizational Transformation Club, BU on Board

Travis is interested in corporate strategy and decision making, particularly for organizations undergoing structural and cultural change. Outside of the classroom, he serves on the board for YEP-Boston, loves cooking (especially pizza) and the Seattle Seahawks.

joshJosh Pearlstein
MBA ’15, Concentration in Health Sector Management

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Academic Background:  University of Wisconsin, B.A. Economics
Summer Internship: Marketing Strategy, Bayer Healthcare
Pre MBA Experience: Multiple start-ups in marketing  and advertising in various roles
On Campus Activities:President, BU Entrepreneurship Club; Admissions Office

Josh Pearlstein is currently a second year MBA student at Boston University in the Health Sector Management program. Prior to coming to school he spent time working at multiple startups performing various roles. He spent this past summer doing marketing for Bayer Healthcare. Josh is looking to do strategy, marketing or business development in the technology or health sector once he graduates. His other interests include sports, traveling and cooking.


Katie Eichinger 
MS in Mathematical Finance ‘16

Hometown: Union, Kentucky
Academic Background: University of Kentucky, B.A. in Mathematics and Mathematical Economics
Previous Experience: Process Excellence Intern with Xerox, Corporation; Accounting Intern with M.F. Cachat Company
On-Campus Activities: Graduate Student Council MSMF ’16 Class Representative; Mathematical Finance Club; Consulting Club; Sports and Social Club.


Annika Westre
MS in Mathematical Finance ‘15

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Academic Background: Whitworth University, B.A. Mathematics and Mathematical Economics
Previous Experience: Equity Analyst at Hart Capital Management, Co-Founder of Whitworth Student Investment Group, CFA Research Team Member

Annika is using an academic background of mathematics and a passion for financial markets to leverage career opportunities in quantitative portfolio management or risk management. Annika enjoys cooking new food, drinking coffee, running, exploring Boston, and playing Sudoku.