» Meet our Argyros Ambassadors

We understand it's important to find a graduate business program right for you and your future career.   We are committed to recruiting high-achieving and diverse students, and our Argyros Ambassadors are here to answer your questions and provide insight on the Argyros experience.

Learn how to become an Argyros Ambassador by contacting mba@chapman.edu

Tara Bokosky

Tara Bokosky

Name: Tara Bokosky
Program: Professional MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: Chapman University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Integrated Educational Studies
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
E-mailbokos101@mail.chapman.edu
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tara-bokosky-770125109

My name is Tara Bokosky, and I am currently a second year student in Chapman’s Professional MBA program. I also received my undergraduate degree at Chapman in Integrated Educational Studies and continued to pursue a career in special education. I decided to pursue an MBA in order to work at the administrative level in our public school system. This program has offered much more than just an education; it has given me the opportunity to work with such knowledgeable colleagues. 

Venice Gell

Venice Gell

Name: Venice Maria-Marquoit Gell 
Program: 4+1 Integrated MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: Chapman University
Undergraduate Degrees: B.S. Business Administration - International Business Emphasis & B.A. French
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
E-mail: gell100@mail.chapman.edu
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/venicegell

My name is Venice Gell and I am a current student in the 4+1 MBA Program, Class of 2017.  My favorite aspect of the 4+1 MBA Program is that it gave me the opportunity to begin my MBA courses the spring semester of my senior year as an undergraduate student at Chapman. I officially graduated from Chapman University with a dual degree of B.S. in Business Administration – International Business Emphasis and B.A. in French. I currently work as the Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Business Programs, where I am in charge of social media marketing platforms for the graduate business programs. I manage the Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and website pages, generating content for the Chapman MBA and the MS in Accounting program.

After graduating from Chapman’s MBA program, I plan on pursuing a career in Marketing, with a focus in either Social Media & Digital Marketing or International Marketing. My dream is to find a marketing position in the Entertainment or Fashion industry, in a company where I can utilize my French language fluency and my Masters in Business Administration. The skills and connections that I have gained through the Chapman MBA Program will prove to be invaluable in helping me achieve my goals throughout my career. 

Marty O'Connor

Marty O'Connor

Name: Marty O’Connor
Program: Professional MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Film Studies
Hometown: Orange, CA
E-mailoconn170@mail.chapman.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marty-o-connor-38890021

In 2010, I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Film Studies. I carried that love for film and entertainment into an internship at a Denver sports television network which led to various opportunities as a sports writer and journalist in Los Angeles. Despite my love for sports, I was eager for a career change and decided to put my competitive drive to work in the field of sales where I would later become the youngest sales professional in my organization and selected as one of six total to be sent on an international business training trip in China and Taiwan.

In August of 2012, I suffered a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed. After two years of brutal physical therapy and creating a non-profit organization to benefit others who have suffered debilitating injuries, I decided it was time to add professional value to myself and take on a new challenge to help me elevate in my career and as an individual. Chapman's Professional MBA program is a strengths-based program that utilizes its intimate learning environment to encourage students to use the individual talents we possess with the critical management solutions offered in the program to positively influence our businesses and our communities. I am both excited and grateful to carry the knowledge and experiences gained from the program into bettering my organization and influencing the people in my community, as well as the communities I have yet to serve.

Ashkan Payami

Ashkan Payami

Name: Ashkan Payami
Program: Full-time MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mailpayam101@mail.chapman.edu
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/apayami

My name is Ashkan Payami, and I am currently a second year student in Chapman’s Full-Time MBA program.  I got my undergraduate degree in Aquatic Biology at UC Santa Barbara, where I also taught and worked as a leader in an academic course at the Student Health Center that focused on positive psychology.  
After graduating, I worked as an Operations Manager for Sam's Club in San Diego for three years.  This experience allowed me to continue to practice my leadership and managerial skills. It was during this time that I decided I wanted to go back to school and earn my MBA in order to grow my network and fine-tune my business acumen for the future.

I chose Chapman because it is an intimate learning environment that provided me with the resources to network and grow as an individual and a leader. The Chapman staff, faculty, and students work in collaboration with one another to achieve academic and professional results.  Aside from being an Ambassador for the MBA program, I also sit on the MBA Association Board, and I am a graduate assistant for Professor Clark Higgins.

Nika Rahbari

Nika Rahbari

Name: Nika Rahbari
Program: Professional MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: San Diego State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Urban Studies – Public Administration Emphasis
Hometown: Irvine, CA
E-mailrahba103@mail.chapman.edu
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/nrahbari

I graduated from San Diego State in 2010 with a degree in Urban Studies. After graduation, I worked in non-profits, municipalities, and fitness. However, I was ready for a career change and growth. After visiting different universities I knew Chapman was where I wanted to attend. From my first information session I attended I could tell the staff and faculty really cared for the students. I started in the Professional program in fall 2015 and thanks to the amazing professors the transition to business school has been a rewarding one. I have taken advantage of many of the networking, social and professional development events. Attending Chapman has given me a lifetime of memories and I hope to share those with you.

Noel Witcosky

Noel Witcosky

Name: Noel Marie Witcosky
Program: 4+1 Integrated MBA
Graduating Year: 2017
Undergraduate institution: Chapman University
Undergraduate Degree: Public Relations & Advertising
Hometown: San Jose, CA
E-mailwitco100@mail.chapman.edu 
LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/?-noel-witcosky-00078096

In undergrad, I was a Public Relations and Advertising student, and I knew I eventually wanted to attend business school and earn my MBA. There were so many reasons I wanted to get my master's, but I knew that I wouldn’t want to leave the advertising field for 2+ years to earn my MBA later in my life. So when I discovered that Chapman had an accelerated 4+1 MBA program, my mind was made up! 
Now that I’m in the program, my favorite thing is applying the topics I learn about in my MBA classes to the field I love. My classes right now are very numbers-oriented and theory-oriented, which works well with my Advertising courses where we engage consumers, study their needs and desires, and apply that to creative executions and strategies. So I love when I find little similarities between my left-brain and right-brain studies!