Meet the Team



Kevin Perniciaro serves as the President and CIO of the GSMF, and has installed a focus on Portfolio Management into our investing strategy. Kevin also helps instruct students in using Bloomberg Terminals and FactSet to make investment decisions through the creation of projects and by writing a Bloomberg Manual. He is an MSF candidate, planning to graduate this December, and is currently representing UMass Boston in the CFA Challenge as an active BSAS member. Kevin plans to complete the CFA program to further his knowledge in the investment management field and begin his career as a financial analyst. He has plans to join an investment management firm, with the aspiration to learn as much as possible to ultimately become a portfolio manager.


Chris Reece serves as the President of the GSMF and helps to educate and train other students in using Bloomberg Terminal to make investment decisions. He is enrolled in the Master of Accounting program and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. Chris has worked as a graduate research assistant for four professors and is currently working towards the Distinction in Research designation through his master’s thesis on the mispricing of accounting accruals in international markets. After graduation, Chris plans to pursue a career in business analytics.

stefanoStefano Maffina is a Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key, BSAS, multilingual MBA candidate at UMass Boston, specializing in Finance. He works as Marketing Strategist and Business Development/ Operations Representative for a green energy start-up in Massachusetts. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full-time and performing academic research both as a graduate assistant in finance, accounting, marketing and statistics, and for his Master’s Thesis on economic inequality. Prior to attending UMass Boston, he worked as a market analyst and communications intern for a multinational B2B chemical company. He also holds a BA and an MA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Verona, where he graduated with honors. Stefano has also written a book entitled “The Role of Jack Kerouac’s Identity in the Development of his Poetics”, which was published in 2012.


Jinglin Yang is a research assistant of Accounting and Finance Department at University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University and worked as an audit assistant in Deloitte & Touche. While working at Deloitte, she was fascinated by the financial sector. Jinglin has passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is a candidate of the CFA level 3 exam.


Aaron Dolak is currently in his last semester of the UMass Boston MBA program in supply chain service management, in which he hopes to transition into being an operational manager for a logistics company in the near future. He is also currently serving in the United States Coast Guard Reserves as a petty officer, second class, in which he has been a part of for the last seven years. Along with the petty officer position, Mr. Dolak assisted in a mass drug cartel bust off the shores of Cuba, national security of
the US Boarders, and provided relief support in New York and New Jersey following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Aaron has resided in the Boston area for over five years, but he hails from Atlanta and was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. His main reason for enrolling in the GSMF course stems from his goals of becoming a small business owner with the intentions of broadening his operation into a franchise. He also wishes to improve his stock market instincts for his future business endeavors.

Pruthvi Bhat is a MS Finance Candidate at UMass Boston and also a Teaching Assistant in Electrical Engineering Program. He has also worked as Research Assistant in Management & Marketing. Pruthvi is currently working on Master Thesis with a research focus in Corporate Finance/Corporate Governance. He is well versed with research tools such as STATA and MATLAB; coming from an Electronics & Telecommunication engineering background, he plans to use those technical and analytical skills in his field of research. Pruthvi would like to pursue PhD after his masters to gain in-depth knowledge in the field. His goal is to become a potential player in the field of Corporate Finance and contribute to the growth of the business by applying skills of financial planning and strategic analysis.


Xiaojun (Maggie) Chen is a MBA candidate, specializing in Finance. She has been interning at State Street Corporation for three years through the departments of Global Trade Processing, Expense Shared Service, and Financial Reporting Shared Service. She has developed professional financial acumen through the internship experiences. She is proficient in MS Excel, MS Office Suite, and Bloomberg. She has the ability to work actively and productively under pressure. She is also capable of managing multiple projects successfully in a timely manner. She is recognized as a team player, a quick student, and a capable problem solver. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a financial analyst for a major investment bank.


Lara Glowatzki is a current ambitious exchange student from Tuebingen University, Germany. After having graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in International Economics she is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Accounting and Finance in order to specialize in corporate finance and banking. Both a half year internship in the risk management department at Mercedes Benz Bank, Germany, and a part-time job in the Group Finance and Treasury department at Celesio Ag, Germany, have enhanced her profile as a determined, optimistic and analytical thinking team player. She joined the GSMF in order to get valuable insights in the field of investment and become a true expert in finance. After finishing her studies next summer she desires to work in the banking sector.


Devansh Bajaj is a team player who is passionate about leveraging financial expertise and lean business concepts to drive process improvement and create value. He is well-versed with working in a global cross-functional collaborative environment, and technologically savvy. Graduating with honors in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts, Devansh went on to develop leadership skills in the Financial Leadership Program at United Technologies Corporation prior to joining Boston Scientific Corporation’s treasury team as their primary Debt and Capital Markets Analyst. Desiring to advance his career after three years in the world of Finance, he has joined the MBA program at UMASS Boston looking to specialize in the fields of Finance and Supply Chain. Devansh enjoys conducting research, a good debate, and staying on top of business and political news. Always willing to meet and connect with people, he can be reached at


Vijeta Kallianpur is an MS Finance candidate at UMass Boston’s College of Management. She carries with her 3 years of work experience in the financial services industry and has special interest in Data Analysis and Business Analysis’. Prior to joining UMass Boston, Vijeta was a finance analyst in the Product Control Department-Treasury at Nomura Services, India where her work involved analyzing and reporting trader risk PnL. During her 2 1/2 year tenure in Nomura she played a major role in migrating and automating 75% of treasury work from regions of EMEA and USA. She has also been recognized and awarded with the ‘FINSTAR’ for excellent work and for being an excellent team player. Vijeta is an MBA in Finance and has completed her Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Science from the University Of Mumbai in India. She looks to expand and gain further knowledge in the field of Finance  and Business Intelligence and aspires to become a Data Analyst/Business Analyst in the financial services industry.


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