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New Members Named to School of Business Administration Board of Visitors

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Marymount University is pleased to announce that five new members have been named to its Board of Visitors, which advises the School of Business Administration on business and industry needs to ensure that programs are on the cutting edge.

The new members are
  • R. Jeffrey Burnham, vice president and general manager for Turner Construction Company;
  • Kim Clark Pakstys, managing partner for Strategic Organization Solutions;
  • Wayne F. Cyron, a founding partner of Cyron & Miller, LLP;
  • Joseph "Josh" F. Peyton, vice president and principal of Avison Young, a Canadian-owned commercial real estate company; and
  • Julie Simmons, managing director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting.

They add their expertise to an already strong Board. Marymount’s Board of Visitors, chaired by Ed Zigo, president of Clarke-Hook Corporation, is made up of leaders in fields ranging from information technology, management, and human resources to catering, news media, commercial real estate, construction, and the law.

Stressing the importance of the Board of Visitors, Jim Ryerson, dean of Marymount’s School of Business Administration, states, “These business leaders, many of them alumni, have the ultimate sense of what students need to be successful in the marketplace. They regularly emphasize the importance of key skills like thinking critically, writing, and presenting, in addition to content-specific knowledge. We take their advice seriously and have modified programs based on their feedback. We continually re-evaluate courses and programs to ensure that our students are well-rounded and have the wide range of knowledge and skills that are so necessary to organizations and to personal success.”

Biographical Information

R. Jeffrey Burnham
, vice president and general manager for Turner Construction Company, started his career with Turner in August 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. He transferred to the company’s Virginia office in 1990, where he managed the estimating and purchasing groups. In 1999, Mr. Burnham was named vice president of Sales and Preconstruction for the Mid-Atlantic region. During that time, he oversaw the sales of major projects, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria; the Institute for Defense Analysis headquarters in Alexandria; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Loudoun County; the FDIC headquarters in Arlington; the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg; and The Newseum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Burnham holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.

Kim Clark Pakstys, managing partner for Strategic Organization Solutions, has more than 20 years of professional services and information technology industry experience, focused primarily in strategy execution, operations, transformation and turnaround in both revenue and administrative leadership roles. She has held managerial and executive roles in publicly traded corporations and “Big 5” consulting firms, where she served as trusted advisor and practice leader. Ms. Clark Pakstys began her consulting and project management career with Advanced Technology and was later recruited into Price Waterhouse, where she held a series of managerial positions and led change management and turnaround initiatives for Fortune 10 corporations. Ms. Clark Pakstys currently sits on the Board of Directors of SkillSourceGroup, Inc., and on the Advisory Committee of Human Capital Institute. She is a member of NVTC, the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. In addition, Ms. Clark Pakstys is a former executive co-chair and chair emerita of the Human Resource Leadership Awards (HRLA) of Greater Washington, for which Marymount is the university sponsor and a founding organization. She received a B.S. in Operations Management and Marketing from The Fisher School at Ohio State University and holds an M.A. in Human Resource Development and a graduate certificate in Total Quality Management from Marymount University.

Wayne F. Cyron, a founding partner of Cyron & Miller, LLP, has been in practice for over 35 years. He is AV® Peer-Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest ranking available from his peers in the legal community. His main area of practice is the resolution of complex real estate transactions, and he also handles corporate and business law and civil litigation. Mr. Cyron is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. He is also a member of the Arlington County, Alexandria, and Fairfax Bar Associations, as well as the Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers. Mr. Cyron has a B.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, where he was a member of Delta Theta Phi and served on the Law Review. His wife, Maureen, and two of his children are Marymount alumni.

Joseph "Josh" F. Peyton
joined Avison Young as a vice president and principal in March 2010. Previously, he was a vice president with Grubb & Ellis Company, where he served as a member of the Tenant Advisory Group and specialized in tenant representation and client development. Prior to Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Peyton worked in brokerage for Transwestern Commercial Services and Courembis Commercial. Throughout his career, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, law firms, associations and non-profit organizations. His clients have included MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc., AM General LLC, Dell Perot Systems, CenturyLink, Analytic Services Inc., Wells Fargo, Stratos Government Services, HNTB, Duane Morris, Humana, HNI, Industry Data Exchange Association, Careerbuilder.com, Democratic Leadership Council, YearUp, University of the District of Columbia, and Parkinson’s Action Network. He is a member of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors and the District of Columbia Building and Industry Association. Mr. Peyton also volunteers with the Arlington Hospital Free Clinic, Arlington County Youth Sports, and So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.). He holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Marymount University.

Julie Simmons, managing director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting, works with organizations to accelerate performance and drive superior results through the development and advancement of employees. She provides oversight of talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, and training and leadership development, as well as total rewards. Previously, Ms. Simmons provided internal human resources consulting within the software development and professional services industries, working for Grant Thornton, TEOCO Corporation, ASTA, and Arthur Andersen. She has certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Ms. Simmons currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and is the chair of the Chamber’s Women’s Business Thought Leadership Group. In addition, she is a member of the Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management and Women in Technology. Ms. Simmons also serves on the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia’s Gala Committee and is a founding member of the Future Fund. She received her B.S. in Business Management from George Mason University and her M.A. in Human Resource Management from Marymount University.
PHOTO 1 - R. Jeffrey Burnham
PHOTO 2 - Kim Clark Pakstys
PHOTO 3 - Wayne F. Cyron
PHOTO 4 - Joseph "Josh" F. Peyton
PHOTO 5 - Julie Simmons