Our Board of Directors

Photo of Sam Cannova Sam Cannova

Sam Cannova currently serves as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. A 2021 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, Sam worked in JIFFI for four years, including leading the organization as COO and CEO. Passionate for leveraging entrepreneurship for social impact, Sam has a range of experiences in economic and international development, social entrepreneurship, and ethnographic research. Sam now lives in Chicago, where you might find him reading in Lincoln Park, or escaped for another hiking trip.

Photo of Kristen Collett-Schmitt Kristen Collett-Schmitt

Kristen Collett-Schmitt, a distinguished economics professor in the Mendoza College of Business, is acclaimed for her impactful teaching across various programs and has received numerous awards. Beyond her teaching excellence, she is a passionate advocate for inclusion and equity, demonstrated through her leadership in DE&I initiatives, professional development programs, and community service, including her role as Associate Dean for Innovation and Inclusion in the Mendoza College of Business since 2022.

Photo of Vivian Crumlish Vivian Crumlish

Vivian Crumlish is an Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation at Notre Dame.

Photo of Lisa Hayes Lisa Hayes

Lisa is a multi-sector professional and has worked with over 13 non-profits in humanitarian assistance, social services, business development, and education domestically and internationally. With a master’s degree focused on social and economic development, she is dedicated to economic community impact.

Photo of Rachel Tomas Morgan Rachel Tomas Morgan

Rachel Tomas Morgan, elected as a City Council Member At-Large in South Bend, Indiana, in November 2019, brings to the position a background of successful leadership in higher education, excelling in student success, global engagement, and program development. As a skilled communicator and fundraiser, she is dedicated to making a positive impact in both the political and educational realms.

Photo of Cristin Pacifico Cristin Pacifico

Cristin is a Florida native who has made a home in the Midwest. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Cristin majored in Finance and International Peace Studies. Her passion for entrepreneurship drove her involvement in various start ups, including co-founding JIFFI and holding positions at Vennli, a South Bend based SaaS company, and Home Chef, a Chicago-based meal kit start up. Cristin has a breath of experience in Finance and Investments from Robert W. Baird, JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Equifund Partners and Irish Angels. Cristin founded the Joseph Academy Junior Board in Chicago, a school system that helps students with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities, and mentors first generation students attending college through the Schuler Scholar program.

Photo of Audra Pesko Audra Pesko Co-CEO

Audra is a senior from Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in Economics and Statistics and minoring in Medieval Studies. Outside of JIFFI, she’s a member of ND Irish Dance and enjoys reading, painting, and watching soccer.

Photo of Emily Pohl Emily Pohl

Emily Pohl is a 2020 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and participated in JIFFI for 4 years, leading the group as CEO during her senior year. She is currently employed as a full-time associate at L.E.K. Consulting.

Photo of Jacob Stanton Jacob Stanton

Jacob Stanton is the Chief Financial Officer of Holler-Classic Automotive Group, an Automotive News Top 100 dealership group based in Winter Park, FL, and MARC Media Group, a growing multi-channel media company. He is an executive committee member of CrossMarc Services, a real estate brokerage, leasing, management, and investment firm. Previously, Jacob was the Director of Financial Operations for a TSX-traded dealership group’s U.S. operations and Assistant Vice President of Acquisitions for a REIT specializing in the sale-leaseback of dealership properties. Jacob graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in finance and economics. He co-founded JIIFI and has been a board member since JIFFI’s founding. Jacob was previously a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Ireland Advisory Council.

Photo of Elizabeth Steffensmeier Elizabeth Steffensmeier
Photo of Jessica McManus Warnell Jessica McManus Warnell

Jessica McManus Warnell is the Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and a Teaching Professor of Management & Organization. She teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in business ethics, sustainability, inclusive leadership, and business and culture in Japan. Jessica is a past recipient of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) North America Chapter Award for Teaching Excellence. Her current research explores business students’ values orientations, inclusive business and business education, and sustainable businesses and communities. She served as a visiting teaching and research fellow at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan. A Faculty Fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and of the Pulte Institute for Global Development, and Affiliated Faculty of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Gender Studies Program, the Initiative on Race and Resilience, the Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), the Poverty Studies Minor, and the Sustainability Minor, Jessica is the author of Engaging Millennials for Ethical Leadership: What Works for Young Professionals and Their Managers, part of the Giving Voice to Values collection on corporate social responsibility.

Photo of Helenna Xu Helenna Xu Co-CEO

Helenna is a senior from Chicago, Illinois majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Outside of JIFFI, she is a Director of Projects for SPN, a fellow of the Tocqueville Fellowship, and a part of the Strike Magazine.

Photo of Luis Zapata Luis Zapata

Luis Zapata graduated with honors from Tec de Monterrey (ITESM Campus Queretaro) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. In 2006, he received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as President of the Society of Hispanic MBAs. Luis is Vice President of Financial Wellness at 1st Source Bank and teaches Personal Finance and Banking Courses at Indiana University South Bend’s Leighton School of Business and Economics. He currently serves as a Finance Council Member at Christ The King and St. Adalbert’s Parish, SCORE Mentor Volunteer, and Board Member of Junior Achievement of St. Joseph County. From Mexico City, Luis has a daughter, a son, and a grandson. He enjoys golf, soccer, poker, and of course, Notre Dame Football.