Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management

Mayo Center - People

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. 

Faculty

Pedro Matos

Pedro Matos

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

Rustam Abuzov

Rustam Abuzov

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Les Alexander

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

Robert D. Landel Distinguished Professor of Business Administration

Robert F. Bruner

Robert F. Bruner

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

Susan Chaplinsky

Susan Chaplinsky

Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration

Kenneth M. Eades

Kenneth M. Eades

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Richard B. Evans

Richard B. Evans

Donald McLean Wilkinson Research Chair and Professor of Business Administration

Mary Margaret Frank

Mary Margaret Frank

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Samuel A. Lewis Sr. Faculty Fellow and John Tyler Professor of 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

Marc L. Lipson

Robert F. Vandell Professor of Business Administration

Elena Loutskina

Elena Loutskina

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

Matthew McBrady

Matthew McBrady

Professor of Practice

Davide Tomio

Davide Tomio

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Ting Xu

Ting Xu

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.

    Aaron Fernstrom  
    Director 
    Aaron Fernstrom joined the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management in March 2017. Prior to returning to Darden, Fernstrom served in the Asset Management Strategy practice at Deloitte. His engagements included long-term strategic planning, growth strategy, marketing strategy, product development, change management, organizational design, and post-merger operational integration for some of the world’s largest asset managers. He also led research initiatives in digital marketing, the disintermediation of traditional asset management, direct lending, private debt and the growth of ETFs. Prior to Deloitte, Fernstrom was a venture capitalist focused on early-stage, revolutionary science and technology companies. The cumulative net IRR generated by his venture capital projects is 57.14%. Fernstrom graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Finance and received his MBA from the Darden School of Business.

    Caitlin Boyer

    Associate Director of Private Capital 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 BS in Geographic Science.

    Stephanie Swing  
    Operations and Administrative Coordinator
    Stephanie serves across three of Darden’s Centers of Excellence. She is responsible for integrating projects, financial operations, office administration and logistics to enhance the activities of each center. She works to promote communication among the centers and throughout the enterprise. Stephanie holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from East Carolina University. Prior to joining Darden, she served in a similar role in the Office of Global Affairs at her alma mater.

    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.

  • 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)
    Principal
    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
    Founder
    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