Meet Our Online Business Students

Our students are well-rounded, experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Meet a few of our students and learn how the online business programs at Syracuse University are helping them advance their careers.

Chris Douglass


Principal Sales Manager, HubSpot
Co-Owner and Coach, CrossFit

As a man with two jobs who’s also a new dad, Chris Douglass ’23 MBA already had plenty on his plate. But he realized that he couldn’t rely solely on his companies to teach him the skills to take his career to the next level. So, after years of contemplating getting his MBA, he added one more thing to his plate: an online MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

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Carolyn Keller

Supply Chain Management

Continuous Improvement Specialist
McIntosh Box & Pallet Co., Inc.

Despite living and working just a short distance from the Syracuse University campus, Keller knew this flexible online master’s program would fill the gaps in her knowledge while providing the robust supply chain background associated with the Whitman School.

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Phylicia Lee


Associate Program Manager
TransPerfect Translations

With a passion for collaboration and working in a global environment, Phylicia Lee found that the intimate class sizes in the online MBA program fit her style of learning. Now her goal is to use the skills she’s gained in the program to pivot to a career in finance.

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Latavius Murray


NFL Running Back
New Orleans Saints

Latavius Murray was enjoying a successful career as a running back in the NFL when he decided to pursue his MBA. While exploring his options for graduate education, he realized that only one university would truly mean something to him—his hometown favorite Syracuse University.

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Melissa Rencehausen

Professional Accounting

Manager of Financial Reporting, Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park

On any given day, Melissa Rencehausen ’22 M.S. might wave hello to Shrek, Bart Simpson or even Harry Potter as she heads into work at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, where she manages financial reporting on the finance team. She chose Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management to uplevel her career by earning a master’s degree in professional accounting online while working and caring for her family.

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Matthew Stockhaus

Business Analytics

Senior Business Program Manager, Microsoft

Operating in a highly competitive tech world, Matthew Stockhaus wanted to become proficient in business administration and data analytics while continuing his career at Microsoft. When he discovered that Syracuse University offered an online MBA and an online M.S. in Business Analytics, he knew it was a combination that would perfectly fit his needs.

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Jill M. Syracuse


Former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer
Independent Health

For over 30 years, Jill worked for a managed care company, 15 of which were in a senior executive role. With family, career and volunteer commitments, she never felt like the time was exactly right. It was her daughter, a senior at Syracuse University, who encouraged her to look into the online MBA program through the Whitman School.

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Celina Rosita Tousignant


Senior Program Manager
Mission Lane

As an alumna of the Syracuse undergraduate program, Celina Rosita Tousignant felt right at home when entering into the online MBA program. She found that the digital learning environment, in particular, allowed her to connect with professors, peers, and curriculum in a way that supported her learning.

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Kyle Trusch


Assistant Director, Student Experience
Quinnipiac University School of Business

At a crossroads in his life, Kyle Trusch knew he wanted to teach and stay in business but wasn’t sure how to make it all work. A master’s degree in entrepreneurship from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management equipped him with what he needed: up-to-date skills and a renewed passion for entrepreneurship.

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Chanel Webb


Assistant Director
Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA)

Chanel Webb ’23 MBA was determined to find an online MBA program that would expand her business acumen, enhance her strategic thinking skills and introduce her to industry leaders. She found that and more at the Whitman School of Management. With a brand new promotion at work, and exciting new possibilities on the horizon, Chanel Webb is already positioned for success.

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