Prior to joining PPV, Cessna spent the majority of her professional career working in management consulting at EY-Parthenon in New York City. She has also served as a public school teacher with Teach For America in the Bay Area.
Cessna holds a MBA from The Wharton School and an A.B. from Harvard University. She is passionate about building community through health and wellness, enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, and is a proud dog mom.
Antonio Di Cristo is an investor and executive in several businesses that are predominantly focused in the blockchain technology space. Antonio has a strong interest in entrepreneurship, having built a successful company of 60+ employees and exited this company in the past.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from American International College. Later, he was invited to attend the Advanced Management Program through the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which he completed in 2017.
In 2010, Antonio co-founded Pacific Associates, a strategic consulting firm with branches in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines. He was President of its Healthcare Division for more than two years. After negotiating the sale of the company with a Japanese private equity fund in 2016, he remained on the Board for an additional two years as President of Pacific Associates to help with the integration process.
Antonio moved back to Orange County, California, with his wife and daughter in 2019 after spending almost 15 years in Asia.
Jerry Kornblau has 30 years of experience in strategic planning, market research, business development
and marketing. Since founding his own consulting company in 2002, he has helped large, mid-sized and
early-stage companies in diverse industries to grow more effectively and profitably into new and adjacent
markets. Jerry’s work has covered over 25 industries, with broad experience in Technology, Consumer
Products, Energy Management and Medical Devices. In addition to his consulting business, Jerry serves
as a mentor to multiple start-up companies through regional Incubators and Business Accelerator
Jerry previously held executive-level strategy, research and marketing positions at Epson America Inc.,
Lantronix, RiverOne, Knapp Communications and Procter & Gamble, and also had extensive
management consulting experience at LEK Consulting. He earned his MBA degree from the Wharton
School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from U.C. Berkeley. When he’s not working, Jerry
enjoys fitness training, hiking, hanging out at the beach, traveling and speaking foreign languages.
Michal Clements organizes women’s career and leadership events in Los Angeles working with both the Penn Club LA and Wharton Club So Cal. In 2018, Michal became a Vistage Chair in Los Angeles, working with local CEOs, founders, and key executives in peer advisory boards. As part of her work with Vistage, she recognized that only 10-15% of CEOs are women, and so she founded Women Leaders LA to encourage Los Angeles women to seek senior leadership roles. Her consulting firm, Insight to Action, founded in 2006, serves a national client base to address challenging questions around market and growth strategy, branding and positioning. Michal also writes frequently on career growth, Los Angeles companies, growing brands and market strategy. She is the co-author of “Tuning into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer” and an expert in moms and women as customers.
As Co-President of OCMBA, Greta Tucker has the privilege of connecting Southern California alumni from 15 leading Business Schools to each other, and to employment and real estate opportunities through bi-monthly professional networking, social and educational events that we host for an average of 70 business professionals / alumni at premier Orange County venues.
Tingting Ye serves as one of the club’s Wharton Women leaders, planning events in support of women’s networking and family gatherings. Tingting is a learning experience manager of the Boston Consulting Group. She’s among the earliest activators who led and founded the digital learning team at BCG with a goal to make people better through delivering innovative and engaging learning experiences. Previously, she has spent more than 7 years in strategic consulting with a focus on Retail, luxury, and Consumer goods. She has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from global fortune 500 companies to early-stage consumer tech startups. With her extensive consumer experience and knowledge of retail and digital, currently, Tingting is also supporting her family jewelry business to expand its growth in the states.
Thai Nguyen recently returned to Orange County to be closer to family after spending 12 years working and living in Vietnam. Thai has over 19 years of experience across investment management and consulting. In her most recent position, Thai was CEO of VinaCapital’s asset management business, a leading investment and financial services firm in Vietnam. In this role, Thai directly managed business development, product development and operations, while partnering with the company’s CIO on investment strategy and oversight. Prior to her latest positions at VinaCapital, Thai was at Vietnam Investment Group, a leading private equity firm, where she participated in deal analysis and execution, post-deal integration, and investor relations. Thai started her career in management consulting in the US, working at Hay Management Consulting and Monitor Group (now Monitor-Deloitte), advising Fortune 500 clients on marketing strategy.
Thai has worked and lived in many different cities, but considers Orange County home and is happy to be back in Southern California! Thai earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Wharton.
Sid is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University in 2009 and commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer from the Duke University Naval ROTC program. He was stationed in San Diego for 8 years serving tours on USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), and Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center with multiple oversees deployments. In 2016 he attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. He also holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion. Sid works for Goldman Sachs – Investment Management Division serving as a Private Wealth Advisor in Los Angeles. He serves on the board for The Meaning Foundation, a 501(c) 3 focused on supporting impoverished LA citizens in achieving gainful employment. He also sits on the national board for the Young Alumni Development Council (YADC) for Duke University and is co-head of the Southern California YADC board for Duke.
In his free time he enjoys golf, tennis, surfing, lobster diving, and music (drums/guitar).
Hind Hassan, W12, earned her bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at Citigroup’s investment banking team based in Dubai where she provided mergers & acquisition services to Middle Eastern clients and businesses. She then joined Standard Chartered Private Equity – the private equity arm of Standard Chartered Bank where she was a growth equity investor. Hind worked with companies across industries such as oil & gas, agriculture, consumer products and e-commerce.After five years in Dubai, Hind moved to Chicago to pursue her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and concentrated in finance, entrepreneurship and strategic management. She spent her summer interning at Palladium Equity Partners – a $1.6 billion mid-market private equity fund based in New York and investing in consumer, business services, healthcare and industrials.Currently, Hind lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing investing opportunities in private equity and venture capital. She is also the Managing Director of Kandaka Capital, an investment and advisory firm providing services in the startup, venture capital and private equity space.
Alissa Finerman, WG98, serves as a VP Programming for Wharton So Cal, focused on LA-area events. She’s an Executive Coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and leads team seminars to develop leaders, leverage strengths, resolve conflicts, maximize performance and increase engagement levels. She works with executives, managers and entrepreneurs and has worked with family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies including Ross Stores, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Neutrogena, BNP Paribas, Brookfield Property Partners, Sotheby’s International Realty, Jones Lang LaSalle, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Taylor Farms, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Dress for Success and Vistage International. She has been featured in the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to Wharton Magazine. She is the author of Living in Your Top 1%, a book which provides a roadmap to create your best life and redefine success.
Alissa’s business background includes ten years in finance at such firms as Credit Suisse, a global investment bank; IPC, a former Goldman Sachs portfolio company serving the financial industry; and Guggenheim Partners, a boutique investment management firm. She bridges her experiences as a former professional tennis player, Wall Street professional and executive coach to inspire others to think bigger and get results. Alissa holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She was an All-American tennis player at the University of California, Berkeley and competed on the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit, achieving a world ranking of #202 in doubles.
Alissa received her coaching credentials from New York University, Results Coaching Systems and Gallup Strengths Coaching Program. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.