Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management

Mayo Center - People


Meet the Team

The faculty and staff of the Richard A. Mayo Center work to advance the study and practice of asset management and to create a hub of thought leadership, curricular, content and program development for faculty, students, alumni and business practitioners in the field of asset management. The team is advised by the Mayo Center Advisory Group. 



Pedro Matos

James A. and Stacy Cooper Bicentennial Professor of Business Administration, John G. Macfarlane Family Chair, Academic Director of Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management

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Elena Loutskina

Professor of Business Administration, Peter M. Grant II Bicentennial Foundation Chair in Business Administration


Rus Abuzov

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Lester F. Alexander III

John Glynn Endowed Professor and Professor of Practice in Business Administration

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

Robert F. Bruner Distinguished Professor of Business Administration

Joe Andrasko

Joe Andrasko

Professor of Practice

Alan R. Beckenstein

Alan R. Beckenstein

Robert D. Landel Distinguished Professor of Business Administration


Rahul Bhandari

Lecturer and Dean's Fellow


Robert F. Bruner

University Emeritus Professor, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Business Administration, Dean Emeritus of the Darden School of Business

Kenneth M. Eades

Kenneth M. Eades

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Richard B. Evans

Richard B. Evans

Professor of Business Administration, Donald McLean Wilkinson Research Chair in Business Administration

Kinda Hachem

Kinda Hachem

Morris Plan Associate Professor of Consumer Credit

Robert S. Harris

Robert S. Harris

C. Stewart Sheppard Professor of Business Administration


Marc L. Lipson

Robert F. Vandell Professor of Business Administration

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Matthew McBrady

Professor of Practice

Davide Tomio

Davide Tomio

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

  • Staff

    Rodney Sullivan 
    Executive Director 
    As executive director of the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, Rodney Sullivan has primary leadership and managerial responsibility for the administration and oversight of all of the center’s activities. Sullivan joins the Darden School from AQR Capital Management, the Greenwich, Connecticut, based investment management firm where he served as vice president and head of investment content. An investment industry publishing leader with an extensive track record of developing and communicating innovative research and ideas, Sullivan helped establish and led the firm’s editorial board and also was a founding member of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School. Prior to joining AQR, Sullivan worked as head of publications and editor of the Financial Analysts Journal at the CFA Institute for more than 10 years, including oversight responsibilities for a suite of publication services aimed at the investment community. A Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Sullivan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rodney also currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Alternative Investments published by CAIA Association. He lives in Charlottesville with his family.

    Caitlin Boyer
    Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives
    Caitlin Boyer joined the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management in September 2022. Prior to joining the Mayo Center, Caitlin worked as an Academic Operations Coordinator at Darden, starting in 2018. She provides ongoing support and leadership for the implementation and development of strategic initiatives with the goal of furthering Darden’s presence and stature in the venture capital, private equity, and real estate industries, as well as other areas across asset management. Caitlin graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Geographic Science.

    Katie Christ
    Program Manager
    Katie Christ joined the Richard A. Mayo Center in August 2023 from her previous role as an Academic Operations Coordinator at Darden. Prior to Darden, she worked at Rise Together, where she was an Assistant Director. Katie provides program management support for the Mayo Center across all initiatives and student programming. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education, Cognitive Science from UVA, and is a candidate for the Master of Education in Educational Psychology degree at UVA. In her free time, Katie enjoys walking her dog, collecting/polishing rocks, painting and puzzling.

    Vaska Atta-Darkua
    Vaska Atta-Darkua is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the Darden School of Business. Prior to joining Darden, Vaska completed a Ph.D. in Finance at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where she was a member of King’s College, Cambridge. Vaska also holds an M.Phil. in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in International Economics from the University of Essex in the UK. During her studies she was a visiting student at UCLA Anderson. Vaska’s research focuses on institutional investors, climate finance, and responsible investing.

    Johannes Klausmann
    Johannes Klausmann is a Research Associate at the Darden School of Business and the Mayo Center. Johannes conducts research on Climate Finance, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Empirical Corporate Finance. More specifically, he investigates the benchmark greenium in the German government bond market and studies the impact of managerial myopia on corporate green investments. Other studies include an experimental examination of socially responsible investors in a competitive trading room regarding their stated ESG preferences and personal values. Going forward, Johannes is also interested in topics beyond climate change such as financial risks related to the protection of biodiversity or water scarcity. Previously, Johannes completed his PhD in Finance at ESSEC Business School in Paris and he also holds an MSc in Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin. During his PhD training, Johannes visited the University of Texas in Austin for one year. In his free time, he likes to play tennis and volleyball. During winter, skiing is one of his passions.

  • Advisory Group


    The Mayo Center Advisory Group was convened in late 2012 to advise the Dean on Mayo Center objectives and activities, and to assist with generating support. The Advisory Group consists of founding Mayo Center supporters, faculty, staff and asset management professionals. The group supports the continued advancement of the Center.

    Advisory Group Members:

    Kyle Bass
    Managing Partner
    Hayman Capital Management, LP

    Jim Cooper (MBA ’84)
    Managing Partner
    Thompson Street Capital Partners

    Frank Edmonds (MBA ’94)
    Co-Managing Partner
    Panning Capital Management

    Michael Gangemi (MBA ’94)
    WNG Capital, LLC

    Palmer P. Garson (MBA ’83)  
    Managing Director
    Silvercrest Asset Management

    Christopher (Chris) Holden
    General Partner
    Court Square Ventures

    Lawrence (Larry) E. Kochard
    Chief Investment Officer
    Makena Capital Management

    John G. Macfarlane III (MBA ’79)
    Managing Member
    Arrochar Management LLC

    Richard (Dick) A. Mayo (MBA ’68)
    Chairman and Chief Strategist
    Game Creek Capital

    Michael A. Pausic
    Foxhaven Asset Management

    Frank Sands Sr. (MBA ’63)
    Founder & Chairman
    Sands Capital Inc.

    Robert (Bob) Smith (MBA ’87)
    Portfolio Manager
    T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc.

    Ichiro Suzuki (MBA ’84)

    Greg Turk (MBA ’01)
    Director of Investments
    Teachers' Retirement System of Illinois