Hall of Fame Awards Reception: Honoring CoB's alumni and their contributions

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Hall of Fame Awards Reception: Honoring CoB's alumni and their contributions

April 26, 2016, Svetlana Bondar

${image-alt} The College of Business recognized the new Hall of Fame inductees at the 2016 Hall of Fame awards ceremony

This spring, four alumni of the SIU College of Business were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the college’s annual awards ceremony.

The first Hall of Fame awards ceremony held by the College of Business took place in 1986. The event honors the outstanding professional achievements of the college’s alumni and their significant contributions to its success. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the college bestows.

The nominations for inductees typically come from the college’s external advisory board (EAB). Members of the EAB look at the nominees’ roles within their companies, their career and personal achievements, and their professional and/or civic involvement.

This year, the Hall of Fame awards reception recognized four new inductees:

  • Reina Irene Mejia-Chacon, Honduras (MBA ’92).
  • Maria Hughes, Louisville, Ky (Marketing ’90).
  • Sunil Sinha, M.D., Richmond, Va (MBA ’98).
  • Drew Stoker, St. Louis (Finance ’75).

The college also honored Teresa Katubig of Marion as its Southern Illinois Business Leader of the Year.

Each of the inductees were announced by a student of the College of Business. This year, students who were involved in the awards reception were:

  • Trevor Pederson, a marketing senior who announced Hughes’ award.
  • Farah Naomeshie, an MBA student who announced Mejia-Chacon’s award.
  • Savannah McCord, a management senior who introduced Sinha’s award.
  • Yazmin Celaya, a finance senior who introduced Stoker’s award.

Mejia-Chacon has been the Citi Country Officer for Citibank Honduras and Corporate Investment Banking head for Honduras and Nicaragua since September 2013. She has held various positions at the Citibank throughout her 19 years at the company. Before her current position, she held the position of director for the Institutional Client Group Honduras and Nicaragua for six years.

Mejia-Chacon also is a founder and board member (representing Citibank) of the Operation Smile Honduras program. Operation Smile Honduras is the only hospital program in the country to treat children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Since its inception in 1998, the program has helped more than 4,000 children.

Hughes is vice president of Enterprise Solutions at Humana, a Kentucky-based health insurance company that serves more than 13 million customers across the United States. She provides consulting and business services expertise across Humana, and her key accountabilities include acquisition integration, internal consulting and program management, corporate procurement and operations shared services. Hughes’ professional experience before joining Humana includes 15 years in executive leadership roles at the Ford Motor Credit Co.

Hughes also is a founding president of Humana’s African-American Network Resource Group and is a former board member of the National Safe Place organization. In 2013, she was named to the “Women to Watch in Health Care” program by Deloitte Consulting.

Hughes is a member of the College of Business Minority Affairs External Advisory Board.

Sinha is the director of clinical quality and patient safety for ChenMed, Inc. Sinha has served in numerous roles over the course of his career, including vice president for medical affairs at the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, regent for Maryland for the American College of Healthcare Executives, associate chief resident at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, and many others. He also was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve a three-year term as a judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program.

Sinha is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a senior fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government and the Health Research Education Trust.

Stoker is a senior contracts manager at Boeing Co., where he’s worked for more than 30 years. Stoker prepares, evaluates, proposes and negotiates direct commercial sale contracts to foreign governments and companies for Boeing defense and security products and services. He helps develop international contracting capabilities in Boeing contracts personnel through training and mentoring programs.

Stoker, a former Navy pilot, participated in extensive carrier deployments to the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and he trained new officers to become naval flight officers. In 1992, following his stint in the Navy, Stoker went to work for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, which merged with Boeing in 1997. Drew is active as a Boy Scouts of America volunteer leader, assisting Scouts in advancing from Life to Eagle rank, and he also helps organize and plan Boy Scout high-adventure trips.

Katubig is the founder, president and chief executive officer of HireLevel Powered by ExtraHelp. She began her business as a small temporary placement agency in 1995, and has since expanded to include full-service workforce management, which includes employment and staffing services and payroll management. Katubig grew her company from a small agency in Johnston Cityto a business with eight locations in six states.

Outside of her company, Katubig is part of professional organizations such as Rotary International and the National Association of Women Business Owners, and she is a member of several volunteering agencies, including United Way, Night’s Shield Children’s Center in West Frankfort, and Lighthouse Shelter for the homeless in Marion.