Our Leadership

2015 - 2016 Leadership Team

Fariba Shahabeckn-Hicks, President and standing Vice President of FinanceFariba Shahabedin-Hicks, President and standing Vice President of Finance 
A native of California, Fariba attended Saint Mary’s College as an undergraduate student and graduated with her BS in Psychology. Over the last 10 years, she has worked within sales and has recently moved into an operations based role. Currently the Director for an international exchange program facilitated through the US Department of State, global issues play a big role in her focus on sustainability.  She is a candidate for the Executive Masters in Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s College for 2016, and has joined Net Impact to empower and serve her local community. 

Chanel Durley, Vice President of Strategy, Programs and ProjectsChanel Durley, Vice President of Strategy, Programs and Projects
Chanel is a current EMBA student in the Saturday program. She has worked in the field of Clinical Research for eight years both on the clinical side and most recently on the business side. In addition to starting a Digital Sports Newsmagazine Business, she is passionate about Pediatric and Adult Inflammatory Bowel Disease and spends her time as a patient advocate lobbying for research and funding here in California as well as in Washington D.C. Giving back to her community and serving others has been a part of her core since childhood, and as part of Net Impact, her hope is to continue to give back Globally.

Jacques Ibula, Vice President of Global EventsJacques Ibula, Vice President of Global Events
Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jacques Ibula recently completed his BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. He is currently a Trans-global Executive MBA candidate at Saint Mary’s College and works as a Program Coordinator for the FIND (Family Information & Navigation Desk) program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland at reducing Health inequities by partnering with families within the medical home to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) such as food insecurity, housing instability, secondhand smoke exposure, access to green space, and physical activity. With a creative and determined entrepreneurial spirit and vision, he has started a nonprofit, Congo Bolingo Inc., to create the environment needed for raising healthy leaders, promote education and awareness, sustainable livelihood, healthy living for self-governance in the rural Africa. Joined Net Impact chapter at Saint Mary’s to learn more and share about sustainability practices, as he believes in collaboration and informed leadership in strengthening community.

Joseph Brown, Vice President of TechnologyJoseph Brown, Vice President of Technology
Joseph Brown is a graduate from Saint Mary’s College of California c/o '12, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Since graduating, he has spent 3 years in the financial industry with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and 1 year in the technology media industry for his startup company and website, Techlyfe.com. Currently, Joseph is an Executive Master of Business Administration graduate as of May 2015. He is currently a student in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Saint Mary’s College, with tentative graduation date in May 2016. Joseph is pursuing a career as a Business Analyst and is looking to utilize his skills in the healthcare industry.  He has a passion for technology and business, and hopes to bridge the gap between the pair. Joseph has joined Net Impact chapter at Saint Mary’s to learn how to affect positive change for the community through the use of technology.

Edgar Alonzo, Vice President of MarketingEdgar Alonzo, Vice President of Marketing
Edgar Alonzo received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California and is currently an Executive MBA student at Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration.  He is certified in Social Media Marketing and works as a Product Marketing Specialist in the health industry. Edgar has an eclectic background in print production, biotechnology, politics, television and radio. Interesting fact: he is an avid music lover and has been DJing in Bay Area clubs for over 15 years. In his spare time he enjoys collecting vinyl records, camping, going on spontaneous adventures and following his favorite sports teams.




Saroja Subrahmanyan, Faculty Advisor

Saroja Subrahmanyan is a Professor of Marketing and Executive Director for the Center for Responsible Business at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her recent research focuses on issues such as ethical and cross-cultural consumption behaviors, understanding consumer behavior of economically disadvantaged peoples and those living in subsistence economies.  Additionally, she is interested in developing and examining business models for social enterprises and in writing business cases as pedagogical tools. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Macromarketing, Geoforum, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Journal of Retailing.  She has also published several book chapters, co-authored a marketing casebook and presented at various national and international conferences. Professor Subrahmanyan has been a mentor for several student teams in the trans-global executive MBA program, where students worked on yearlong consulting projects for social enterprises in Asia. She is also an independent market research consultant and has done consulting assignments for various firms including non-profit and government agencies. Before embarking on her academic and consulting career, Professor Subrahmanyan worked as an engineer at a large Petroleum company in India for many years.  She holds a PhD in Marketing as well as Masters in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in India and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of technology, Madras.



Dr. Natasha Vijay Munshi, Faculty Advisor

Associate Professor, Department of Management at Saint Mary's College, School of Economics and Business Administration

 Dr. Munshi teaches and conducts research on topics related to strategic and social innovation. She has significant experience as a strategy consultant and board member in the non-profit sector, specializing in ideation, new product development, strategic planning, and partnerships.


John Schneider John Schneider, Vice President of Events

John Schneider is currently enrolled in the Professional MBA program at Saint Mary's College. Previously, he completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Mary's  College ('13) and his master's degree from the University of Chicago in social sciences. He is working as manager at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art. With  Net Impact, he will be attending to event planning and organization. He enjoys researching the high coal age, oil and the Middle East, and the Anthropocene. He  joined Net Impact because of his belief in the organization and its impressive and fun leadership.