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Rachel Morgan, Co-President

Rachel moved here with her fiancé Mike Cautero, a first year at Tepper, from New York City. As a journalist, Rachel worked for several newspapers and magazines in New York, where she also attended NYU. Currently, she is the energy reporter for the Beaver County Times. She moved to Pittsburgh rather hesitantly, but Mike made it easier for her by getting her a ring and a dog – the latter of which is her French bulldog Henry. In her free time, Rachel can be found at the nearest Michael Kors store, wedding planning, or walking Henry on Walnut Street.




Krista Zagar, Co-President

Krista is originally from Iowa, but moved to Pittsburgh from Texas with her then boyfriend, now fiancé Rick. Rick Riegner is a 2nd year flex-time student at Tepper. Krista is a Clinical Transplant Coordinator at UPMC, and previously worked as a traveling nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. Krista and Rick live in Shadyside, and she highly recommends living in the area. She enjoys spending time with Rick and her new Tepper family, and loves to workout, cook, bake, drink wine. She is actively planning her DREAM wedding! Please feel free to contact her with any questions about the Partners Club or if you want to discuss what it’s like to have a significant other in the flex-time program.




Emily Sutton, VP of Finance

Emily Sutton is originally from New England, and has lived in Boston for the past 8 years. Her husband Ryan is a first-year, and they currently reside in Squirrel Hill with their dog Riley and soon-to-be baby. Emily works from home for Wells Fargo Bank in their Restaurant Finance Corporate lending group. She enjoys trying new restaurants, travelling, and outdoor activities.




Prity Padhiar, VP of International Relations

Prity moved to Pittsburgh from the San Francisco Bay area. Her husband Bhavin is a first-year student. She currently works from home for a software company as an operations manager. In her free time, Prity enjoys reading, running and traveling. She is also a big foodie and loves to try out new restaurants.




Kailani Knight, VP of Events & Publicity

Kailani moved to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Steve Musche, a first year at Tepper. Her background is in advertising and she and recently became the client relations and marketing manager at a local law firm; Trautman & Associates. She lives in Shadyside and loves long walks on Walnut Street and holding hands with a brunchy beverage at Shady Grove. Kailani spends her spare time getting her second degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, taking photos, and playing with her tuxedo cat, "Timothy Biscuits.”




Cristina Mestre, VP of Corporate & Business

Cristina Mestre works as a media relations manager at UPMC, in their marketing, communications, and public relations division. She recently earned a Master’s in urban and environmental planning from UVA, but worked in media relations at The Nature Conservancy (an environmental nonprofit) in D.C. before that. She has done a number of triathlons and is doing the Pittsburgh half marathon this spring. She and her husband live in Shadyside, and were just married in October 2012 – during the middle of mini one! 




Nisha Patel, VP of Corporate & Business

Nisha currently moved here from Los Angeles, CA with her husband Divyesh, a first year at Tepper. After working with a local temp agency, she has landed a full time position at PNC Mortgage where she is a mortgage processor. In her free time, she is either baking or playing with her handsome pup named Chance. She was quite hesitant in her move to Pittsburgh but has found the adventure to be a blessing.




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