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Raskia Dekhane

Raskia Dekhane is an Electronics Engineer and has an M.B.A. in Information Technology from S.P Jain Center of Management (Singapore-Dubai). She has a total of four years’ experience working with HSBC and post M.B.A with an IT Consulting Firm.

She started working with the IT Consulting Firm as a Marketing and Operations Analyst and later moved into IT application Sales where she was responsible for selling ERP (SAP/ Oracle/MS Dynamics), CRM and IT consulting projects like Balance scorecard to Retail CPG, Government clients.

She is an avid reader, loves to travel and playing water sports. In her previous Master’s program, she has done Capstone projects both singly and in a team. She believes regular interaction with the client, making a plan and adhering to it with promptness is an essential factor in delivering a quality project. Based on past experiences from other projects and work, she will bring organizational, analytical skills and a focus on performance. She views the ELC program as an opportunity to equip herself with the knowledge to understand, and experience real world business situations and develop an understanding of real world scenarios.

She looks forward to a lot of client interactions, learning from the team and building a network of friends and references that will become assets when she pursues full-time employment upon graduation.

Danielle Mulcahey

Danielle Mulcahey grew up in the town of Galena, Illinois and graduated Galena High School with several local scholarships. Her hobbies and interests include art, the outdoors, and writing. She enjoys being around people and works well with others. She is a well-rounded person and lives a well-balanced life. She has held a job since she was 15 and has supported many of her own expenses. She is attending Northern Illinois University to obtain a marketing degree with an emphasis in interactive marketing, as well as a certificate in social entrepreneurship. Last year, she had an internship with Liberty Mutual and is currently waiting to hear back from potential employers for this summer.

She will add value to the ELC team in many ways. Her strengths include time management and organization, ingenuity, and assisting others. She is very attentive to details and will make sure that our project has all "i’s” dotted and "t’s” crossed. She is flexible when working with others and possesses strong written and oral communication skills. She is a hard-working individual and place significance on a job well done.

Her hope is to obtain hands-on experience with a real business issue from this ELC project. With this project, her hope is to gain responsibilities that will challenge her to produce professional-level results. At this stage of a college student’s career, she feels that many employers do not delegate crucial tasks or lengthy projects to their interns or student workers. Given that, her hope is that this project will allow her to feel that sense of accomplishment, importance and responsibility.

Pat Staron

Patrick Staron is a Marketing major at Northern Illinois University and plans to graduate in May of 2014. When he isn’t studying for school, he spends his time reading books in the library, exercising at the gym and hanging out with his family and friends. His experience building professional relationships and participating in marketing campaigns will prove to be valuable assets to the ELC team. In return, he hopes to gain experience in conducting market research and making business decisions, as well as getting a larger perspective on where his future marketing career can lead.

Mel Walter

Mel Walter is a Business Administration major and will be graduating in December of 2013. She grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois and spent her middle school and high school years competing in pageants. She placed in Nationals for public speaking and overall placed in the Top 15 in 2008 as the youngest contestant. Ever since, she has always tried to be the best at whatever she does. She is a member of Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline (LEAD) and will be representing Northern Illinois University in the 2013 Eller Ethics Case Competition in October. She is the President of the Business Administration Student Association and has received several scholarships for her involvement in the College of Business. She is determined to succeed and able to look at a situation from various perspectives in order to find the best solution. She is looking forward to gaining consulting experience and being able to provide solutions to the Illinois Section American Water Works Association.

Maria Ziebinska

Maria Ziebinska will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in December of 2014. She transferred to Northern Illinois University after receiving an Associate in Applied Science with a concentration in Culinary Arts from Robert Morris University.

Some of her strengths are time management, communication, and creativity. She hopes to gain better understanding of human resources and marketing while providing input from a different perspective. Also, she wants to meet students who are just as motivated and determined to succeed as her.

Leadership Team

James Johnson, faculty coach

Jim Johnson has been a Professor of Finance at Northern Illinois University for the past 20 years. His specialty is corporate finance, and teaches a cross-functional undergraduate course with three other professors that is required of all undergraduate students-approximately 1,000 per year. Johnson also teaches the corporate finance and capstone project courses in both the Professional and Executive MBA programs. Johnson is a prolific writer, authoring over 70 articles and seven books regarding financial and accounting issues, and has served as an expert witness in equipment financing disputes on many occasions.

Dr. Johnson coached the following projects:

Cristiano Miroballi, assistant coach

Cristiano Miroballi is an accountancy major that graduated with his Bachelor’s in May 2013, and will graduate with his Master’s in May 2014, at which point he will be taking the CPA Exam. He is an honors student, and is part of three business organizations. For the past three years he has worked at Palos Sports, a sport’s equipment retailer. He worked in the warehouse as a shipping clerk and an order puller. At Palos Sports he worked in a group environment. He worked in unison with five other individuals as a team. In the summer of 2010, he worked as both the shipping clerk and the order puller. It required him to balance pulling orders for three packers and shipping out their carts before they became overfilled. The greatest strengths that he has brought to this project are his ability to multitask and his time-management skills.


His objective in working on a second ELC project was to differentiate himself within the accountancy program. He believes that this will allow him to gain valuable insights into different fields. The other reason that he wanted to work on an ELC project is because he would like to gain some business world experience.

NIU Experiential Project 2013

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