PA Board

Board 2013-2014

Introducing the 2013-14 Peer Advisor Board! Together with the Office of Student Affairs, this group of dedicated 2nd-year students is in charge of leading the Peer Advisor Program.

Peer Advisor Chair:

David Mills (


David Mills was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in the Toronto suburbs.  After graduating from Queen’s School of Business in 2007, he worked for Royal Bank of Canada in both Toronto and New York in market risk and hedge fund due diligence.

After 5 years, David decided to pursue his true calling – continuing his parents’ legacy of service Whoppers to Canadians in a short time and at a fair price, with the hopes of launching his own healthy fast food concept after graduating.

At Columbia, David spends his time working with the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and the Columbia Food Lab, making silly videos with Follies, and getting battered and bruised and showing off his inability to run fast on the rugby field.

Can’t wait to welcome all the 2015′s!

VP Leadership and Team Dynamics:

Matt Dorsey (


Matt was born in Columbus, OH and raised in South Florida. He hails from Duke University and enjoys distance running, basketball and walking his dog in Central Park. Matt is also frequently spotted at Joe Coffee on Columbus. He served as a Peer Advisor Cluster Leader for January 2013 Orientation, and is excited to welcome both the August and January classes of 2015 to Columbia Business School.

VP Operations:

Sarah Shen (

Sarah Shen

Sarah was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA and spent her early years painfully unappreciative of the idyllic climate of Northern California. She traded good weather for great weather and spent her college years down in Los Angeles at UCLA. There she developed a love for the performing arts while majoring in Business-Economics and minoring in Accounting.

After college, Sarah returned to the Bay Area and spent the next five years at Ernst & Young in the assurance practice. Prior to starting at Columbia, Sarah travelled to Eastern Europe with her business school classmates during the pre-MBA world tour and highly recommends it to incoming students.

At Columbia, Sarah co-leads the Gourmet Club, serves on the Graduate Business Association, and loves being a peer advisor. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring the cultural opportunities of the city and frequents Broadway, Lincoln Center, and the MoMA.

VP International:

Jose Miranda (

Jose Miranda, faded

Jose was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and is very passionate about both Peruvian cuisine and pisco sour.

He attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru where he majored in Civil Engineering and also studied at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. While at school, Jose dedicated much of his time to his beloved sport, rowing (crew), and competed at international level. Also, he co-founded a volunteer association with the aim to improve education quality in Lima´s shanty towns. After graduation, he worked in construction management in oil & gas and mining projects in both Peru and the Dominican Republic.

Besides being VP International at the Peer Advisor Board, Jose is Co-President of the Commodity Club and VP of Corporate Relations and Mentoring of the Latin American Business Association (LABA). He is also a Career Fellow, member of Hermes Society and International Rep for Cluster B14. Finally, he is member of the Rugby Team and never misses a rugby happy hour (see you on Wednesdays!). This summer, Jose will work in investment banking at Deutsche Bank in the Natural Resources Group focused in Oil & Gas.

Jose is very excited to welcome the Class of 2015 and help them get the best out of CBS!

VP Community:

Jessica Barrett (


Jessica was born not far from Columbia’s campus and grew up in Manhattan. She attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C., majoring in Finance. After graduation, Jessica moved back to New York where she worked (and basically lived) at a bank for three years. Realizing that there was more to life than midtown Manhattan could offer, Jessica moved to London for work and spent the next two years exploring London and traveling as much as possible.

She has enjoyed being back in New York for school and getting the chance to rediscover the city, with new and old friends, through its food, art and outdoor activities. At Columbia, Jessica is involved with the Gourmet Club, the GBA and is cluster chair for H ’14. You can often find her getting coffee at Joe, which in her opinion is sadly the only good coffee on campus! Jessica is really excited to welcome the class of 2015 to CBS and make it a new home for them!

VP Social:

Ryan McCann (

Ryan was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, about 20 minutes without traffic (or an hour and a half with traffic) from Columbia’s campus.  He graduated from Villanova University in 2009, where he studied Finance and Marketing.  After college, Ryan worked for JP Morgan for three years before deciding to leave to go to business school.

Ryan grew up performing and leading several performance groups in high school and college and has always been interested in the business side of the media and entertainment industry.  He came to Columbia to pursue a career in strategy for an entertainment company.  This summer, he is working at BBC Worldwide Americas as a Strategy Summer Associate.

At CBS, Ryan was the Cluster Cup Representative for Cluster A14 (winning isn’t everything), is a member of the Media Management Association, Sports Business Association, and Management Consulting Association, and is the new Co-Director of CBS Follies, through which he has serenaded the school with songs ranging from The Jackson 5 and West Side Story to Macklemore and The Lonely Island.  He cannot wait to welcome another class to the CBS family!

VP Honor:

Sam Sherraden (

Sam Sherraden

Sam was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has also lived in Mexico City, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Sam studied international affairs and Asian studies at George Washington University and worked as the photo editor of the bi-weekly newspaper, the GW Hatchet. At one point or another Sam could speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese fluently.

After college, Sam stayed in Washington DC and did research on economic policy at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank. While most people detest macroeconomics and politics, Sam finds these subjects very interesting and hopes to one day work on these issues for a future president.

At Columbia, Sam is a member of the Management Consulting Association, volunteers with Money Makes Cents, an organization dedicated to financial education, and co-founded a student debate club. In his spare time, Sam likes to run on the Westside Highway, take photos, and cook. Sam is excited to welcome the class of 2015 to Columbia!