Connect With World-Class Faculty

Faculty at The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary are dedicated to your success inside the classroom and in the industry. As an online student, you will get to know your faculty just as well as, if not better than, our residential students. You can and should expect a high level of engagement and communication with each and every professor.

Our faculty and section leaders are industry experts who have actively engaged in their respective business fields, and they work tirelessly to teach content that is immediately relatable and highly actionable. Representing more than 150 years of combined teaching and full-time work experience, faculty have individually consulted and worked with global organizations such as IBM, 3M, ExxonMobil and the Department of Homeland Security. They represent a variety of research areas, including global investing, integrated marketing communication, social network analysis, product management, systems programming, organizational justice and the business value of information technology.

In a testament to our standards of distinction, The Princeton Review has ranked our professors as the Number 5 Best Business School Professors across the nation.1

Learn more about the faculty that teach in each of our online business graduate programs.

MBA Faculty

Brent Allred, Ph. D.

Larry Ring Executive MBA Professor of Business
Strategy

Email: Brent.Allred@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
MBA, Brigham Young University
BS, Accounting, Brigham Young University

Expertise:
Global corruption, technology sourcing, and patent right

Brent Allred is the Larry Ring Executive MBA Professor of Business at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He joined the school in 1999. Prior to returning to academics, he spent many years in the tech industry with Intel, Novell, Symantec, and Central Point Software.

Brent has traveled the world extensively, having lived in Belgium, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, New Zealand, and Scotland. He also had extended stays in several countries, including Uganda (2011), Estonia (2010), Hungary (2008), and Australia (2003). He has taught business courses at universities in Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, and on Semester at Sea.

He has won several student selected teaching awards at William & Mary, including in the Undergraduate Business Program (2008, 2002), Full-Time MBA Program (2010), Executive MBA Program (2012), and Evening MBA Program (2014, 2004). He was also awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award at Penn State (1999).

Brent has published in various journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, the Journal of International Management, Academy of Management Executive, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

James Armstrong, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Leadership

Email: james.armstrong@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Northern Colorado

BA, Psychology, University of Virginia

Expertise: Leadership and development, executive and team coaching, creativity and innovation

James “Jim” Armstrong is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He has been affiliated with numerous Fortune 500, mid-range and start-up companies, holding internal managerial roles and working as an external consultant and executive coach. His work includes leadership roles on several global projects and developing programs related to leadership performance and organizational change. He has founded and led two successful boutique management consulting firms in the performance industry, focused on leadership development, executive coaching, organizational design and behavioral change management.

Jim has taught in MBA programs as well as in psychology and organizational development departments at the graduate level. His interests include leadership development employing natural intelligence systems, team dynamics for high performance, creativity and innovation, somatic intelligence for learning, and leading and modeling human behavior for improved self-awareness and performance.

Karen Bicking, Ed.D.

Section Leader
Organizational Behavior

Email: kbicking@wm.edu
Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
  • Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Master's in Human Resources Management, Rutgers University
  • BA, Economics, Rutgers University

Expertise: Culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, human resources, leadership development, team effectiveness

Karen Bicking is a section leader in the Online MBA program. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, talent management, succession planning and leadership development in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She currently works as the director of talent management at Bausch + Lomb, driving innovative talent solutions that strengthen the organization’s ability to attract, develop and retain talent. Prior to working at Bausch Health, she held leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Teva.

In addition to her professional experience, Karen has taught online courses in human resources management and compensation management. Her interests and areas of expertise include diversity, equity, and inclusion, culture, human resources, leadership development and team effectiveness.

Taj Bindra, MBA

Section Leader
Finance

Email: tbindra@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, University of Rochester

BA, Economics and Accounting, University of Delhi

Expertise: Financial management, strategic planning, risk management and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, portfolio and investment management

Taj Bindra is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program and is also a management consultant. Previously, he served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) Home Finance Division where he was responsible for finance, strategy and risk. He served on the board of directors of the Chase Mortgage Corporation, management committee of JPM’s Retail Banking Division and chaired the Risk Committee.

Taj was also the president of Washington Mutual’s mortgage business with 7,000 employees across the United States and had direct responsibility for capital markets, finance and servicing line of business, and served on the operating, management and ALCO committees.

Taj has served on the executive committee and was a John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Rochester Simon Business School. He has taught courses in home mortgage and finance, appeared as a TV commentator and has been interviewed by major newspapers.

Paul Blossom, Ph.D.

Chancellor Clinical Professor of Business
Business Analytics, Operations, Artificial Intelligence

Email: Paul.Blossom@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSBA

Credentials:
Clinical Associate Professor

Ph.D., Operations Management, Michigan State University

MS, Operations Research, Michigan State University

BS, Psychology, Michigan State University

Area: Operations and Information Technology

Expertise: Information technology, quality management, Six Sigma, lean management issues

Paul Blossom is a clinical associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He is a published author in Interfaces, APICS and other journals pertaining to management science. In addition to his corporate experience, his interests include information technology, quality management, Six Sigma and lean management issues in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to his career as a professor, Paul consulted in operations and information systems. He served as the chief operating officer at a venture capital-funded software development company and taught information systems and operations management and strategy at five universities. Paul also held a variety of positions at General Motors.

Paul currently splits his time between Williamsburg and Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his wife and the youngest of their five children reside. He is an avid builder who enjoys constructing furniture, electronic items and doing home renovations.

Chuck Brooks, MBA

Section Leader
Accounting

Email: Charles.Brooks@mason.wm.edu
Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Old Dominion University
BS, Administration, Radford University

Expertise: Budget formulation and execution, strategic planning, process improvement and system implementation

Chuck Brooks is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He is a member of the NASA Mission Support Directorate management team and is the deputy director of resources and performance management. Chuck has held several roles at NASA with increasing responsibilities: accountant, team lead (reimbursables); deputy chief financial officer (finance); associate director for Program, Planning & Control (Game Changing Development Program Office); associate director of the Advanced Analytics and Automation Office (AAAO); and acting chief financial officer at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Prior to NASA, Chuck worked in various leadership and management capacities at companies such as Alcoa, Teledyne and SAIC. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant implementing Enterprise Resource Applications (ERP) business solutions from Oracle and Baan in various business units of Alcoa and Nortel Networks. He also has more than 10 years of online teaching experience.

Chuck is a certified public accountant in the state of Virginia and holds the certified government financial manager (CGFM) and chartered global management accountant (CGMA) designation.

Jaclyn Cannon, MBA

Section Leader
Operations; Strategy

Email: jcannon@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of Liberal Arts, Global Affairs, University of Denver
BS, Political Science, The United States Air Force Academy

Expertise: Operations, strategy consulting, communication

Jaclyn Cannon is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She currently works as a senior program manager for Lockheed Martin Space, supporting classified information technology transformation. Her previous roles include strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group, Regional Operations Director for Davita, and various roles supporting information technology systems and innovation throughout the public sector. She has also served as a board member and treasurer for a nonprofit and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Jaclyn has a proven ability to develop strategy and execute complex projects within management consulting and IT while maintaining a business-first approach with executive management.

In addition to her MBA from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, Jaclyn holds a master’s degree focusing on international relations from the University of Denver and is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate with a degree in political science.

Chris Caracci, MBA

Section Leader
Leadership; Strategy

Email: christopher.caracci@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Rollins College
MA, Organizational Leadership, KU Leuven
BS, Biology, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

Expertise: Leadership development and strategy, organizational culture, human resource strategy, change management, project management

Christopher “Chris” Caracci is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program and an executive partner for the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. As a 28-year veteran executive of The Walt Disney Company, he is an expert in leadership and organizational culture design and change. For 20 years, he was senior engagement executive for the Disney Institute, assisting organizations outside of Disney in their work to improve the quality of their own customer, client and patient experiences, specifically through designed and intentional delivery frameworks and methodologies, human resource practices, and approaches to leadership management, development and succession. He has worked extensively with for-profit and non-profit clients, across every industry, and around the globe.

Chris has taught in collegiate programs in business ethics, organizational development, service strategy and leadership. His interests include improving the quality of patient experiences in healthcare settings, emotional intelligence as it drives cultural health, and values-based leadership alignment to organizational culture strategy. Chris is a retired U.S. Air Force officer.

Inga Carboni, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Leadership

Email: Inga.Carboni@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Associate Professor, Leadership

Ph.D., Organization Studies, Boston College

MA, Social Psychology, Boston College

MA, History, Tufts University

BA, Psychology, Bowdoin College

Area: Organizational Behavior

Expertise: Organizational behavior, leadership development, networks and networking, diversity and inclusion

Inga Carboni is an associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

An award-winning researcher, instructor, and Fulbright scholar recipient, Inga’s areas of expertise include networks and networking, diversity and inclusion, and leadership. She has been developing leaders for nearly two decades through executive education, graduate and undergraduate courses and academic writings. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and books, such as Human Resource Management, Group Dynamics, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of Management Education. Grants from the National Institute for Health, the National Institute of Justice and the William T. Grant Foundation have supported her scholarship. Her 2019 book, “Connect the Dots: How to Build, Nurture, and Leverage Your Network to Achieve Your Personal and Professional Goals,” is now available from Information Age Publishing.

Trevor Caskey, Ph.D

Section Leader
Business Analytics, Database and Visualization

Email: trcask@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Systems Engineering, George Washington University
MS, Operations Research, George Mason University
BA, Mathematics, William & Mary

Expertise: Data analytics, data visualization, modeling, and simulation

Trevor Caskey is a section leader in the Online MBA and Online MSBA programs. He is a proud alum of William & Mary, receiving his B.S. in Mathematics in 2007. He went on to receive a M.S. in Operations Research from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Trevor has worked in the government contracting industry since graduating from William & Mary. Starting in 2013, he began working at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). Trevor is currently the group leader of the Complex Systems Modeling and Analysis group and leads projects and tasks for various research sponsors. He enjoys engaging decision-makers to understand their challenges and applying a mix of data analytics, modeling/simulation, and data visualization to empower them to make the best decisions to meet their objectives.

In addition, Trevor has instructed graduate courses in quantitative studies and operations management since 2018 and is thoroughly excited to be back with the William & Mary community. Go Tribe!


Kim Chatani, MBA

Section Leader

Email: kim.chatani@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Boston University
BS, Accounting, State University of New York at Albany

Expertise: Accounting/auditing, corporate governance, cyber risk management, strategy, corporate finance

Kim Chatani is a section leader in the Online MBA program. He served as board member and audit committee chair at Far East National Bank and is the current chairman of the audit committee and chairman of the strategic planning & risk management committee at Ygeia Consulting Group, Inc., a healthcare management consultancy. He is also an advisory partner and board member for Khronicle Partners, Inc., an Irvine-based boutique management consulting company. Kim is also vice president and board member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Orange County, California Chapter.

Kim is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), certified financial services auditor (CFSA), chartered global management accountant (CGMA) and forensic CPA (FCPA). He is also a former ‘Big-4’ audit and consulting partner from Arthur Andersen, A.T. Kearney, Inc., and BearingPoint Inc. (formerly KPMG Consulting).

Kim is a committed academic with experience teaching a wide range of accounting, finance, corporate governance and risk management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His focus areas are corporate governance, cybersecurity and risk management with an emphasis on information and cyber securities risk management. He has co-authored several fraud casebooks published by John Wiley & Sons of New York and is a contributing author for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Examination on IFRS training programs. Kim is also an avid writer and speaker at various conferences on the topic of information security.

Magdalena Cutler, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Economics

Email: mdcutler@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Economics, Arizona State University

MS, Information Management, Arizona State University

BS, Applied Economics, American University in Bulgaria

Expertise: Industrial organization, decision-making with incomplete information, game theory, entrepreneurship

She started her professional career as a technical production manager at American Express Co., where she remotely managed a team of database professionals located in India in supporting the international credit card acquisitions marketing processes in Brazil, U.K., New Zealand and Australia.

Later, she partnered with professionals in the healthcare industry and started an assisted living facility in Mesa, Arizona. Additionally, she identified the need to bring high-quality U.S. graduate business education to foreign business professionals working for American companies abroad. She established an online business program leading the development from the conceptual idea through the planning, licensing, marketing and operations stages. Both endeavors were successful and eventually sold.

A lifelong learner, Magdalena recently participated in a yearlong assignment at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. A native of Bulgaria, she currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her partner and three daughters.

Hugh Davis, M.S.

Section Leader
Operations

Email: hddavis@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MS, National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

MS, Administration, Central Michigan University

BS, Biology, Columbia College

Expertise: Operations, Leadership, Personnel Management, Logistics

Hugh Davis is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He is an accomplished thirty-year veteran of the United States Army, serving in several key leadership and strategic positions throughout his career. He is also a recipient of numerous honors, including the Army’s Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. Upon retirement, Hugh became the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1/4 (Personnel and Logistics) for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, where he manages personnel, logistics, infrastructure, safety, and medical operations across the command.

Hugh holds an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University, an MS in National Strategy from the National Defense University, and is a resident graduate of the Army’s Command and Staff College. He also holds a certificate in Supply Chain Management. Hugh's areas of expertise include managing complex operations in resource-limited situations, leadership and personnel management, and logistics planning, support, and coordination.

Ken Deans, MBA

Section Leader
Information Technology, MBA Capstone

Email: krdeans@wm.edu

Program: Online MSBA

Credentials:
MBA, William & Mary
BS, Liberal Arts, Excelsior College

Expertise: Leadership, strategic planning & business development, corporate operations, corporate compliance and information technology

Ken Deans is a section leader and a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Online MBA program at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Program at Harvard Kennedy School, John F. Kennedy School of Government in Massachusetts.

Ken is the president & CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), the nation’s first statewide biomedical and health research organization. Before joining HSSC, Ken served in the capacity of vice president/chief operating officer of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system located in Chesapeake, Virginia, and previously as their VP/CCO & CIO. He also served as the VP/CIO of Bassett Healthcare and in various technical management and leadership capacities including director of technology at Greenwich Hospital, a member of the Yale-New Haven Health System in Connecticut.

Ken also serves on several boards and councils including the South Carolina Research Foundation’s Board of Directors, South Carolina’s EPSCoR State Committee, Harvard Business Review’s Advisory Council, and Forbes' Nonprofit Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees (ACHT) and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Erin DiFabio, MAcc, MSBA

Visiting Lecturer
Accounting

Email: erin.difabio@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Master of Accounting (MAcc), William & Mary
MS in Business Analytics (MSBA), William & Mary
BS, Accounting, Syracuse University

Area: Accounting

Expertise: Financial and managerial accounting, tax accounting, international tax research


Erin DiFabio is a visiting lecturer at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. Erin earned her BS in Accounting from Syracuse University and her Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Master of Science Business Analytics (MSBA) from William & Mary. Prior to pursuing degrees in accounting, Erin served in the United States Marine Corps and then worked in emergency services. While studying at William & Mary, Erin worked as a teaching and research assistant. Erin has also taught financial accounting at Paul Smith’s College and Bryant & Stratton.

Erin has received multiple awards over the years including an Academic Achievement Award from The Institute of Internal Auditors, Tau Beta Sigma Service Award from Tau Beta Sigma at Syracuse University, multiple service medals, and six letters of appreciation from the military. She continues to be active with the MAcc Program at William & Mary by working as a teaching assistant for the MAcc Bootcamp.

Vlad Dolgopolov, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Economics

Email: vvdolgopolov@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Economics, Clark University

MA, Economics, Clark University

MLA, Management, Harvard University

MS, Higher Education Administration, Southern New Hampshire University

BS, Business Economics & Finance and Psychology, University of Indianapolis

Expertise: Economics, statistics, management, nonprofit management, higher education administration and leadership, quantitative analysis and statistics, health care

Vlad Dolgopolov is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program. He also is an associate professor at National Louis University in Chicago. Vlad has taught courses on micro/macroeconomics, statistics, global economics, management, higher education leadership, nonprofits, and quantitative analysis at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

In addition to teaching at residential and online programs across the U.S. and in Greece, he has extensive professional experience working in higher education. Most recently, he served as the associate dean of College and Professional Studies at National Louis University. He has held various administration-level positions in the Antonelli College System in Illinois, the Empire Education Corporation in New York and at Clark University in Massachusetts.

Vlad’s academic pursuits include completing advanced coursework at New York University and at universities in Greece and Russia. He has contributed to several published books and authored a piece on monetary policy for the Atlantic Economic Journal. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Council on Law in Higher Education. Vlad is also bilingual in English and Russian and speaks intermediate Greek.

Dawn Edmiston, DM, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor
Marketing

Email: Dawn.Edmiston@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSM

Credentials:
Ed.D., Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership, William & Mary
DM, University of Maryland University College, Phi Kappa Phi honors
MBA, Strategic Management/International Marketing, Columbia University
International Exchange Program, London Business School
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
AA, Elmira College

Area: Marketing

Expertise: Digital marketing, higher education marketing; integrated marketing communication; personal branding

Dawn Edmiston is a clinical professor of marketing in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. She served as a Fulbright Scholar at Tallinn University in Estonia, and her honors include the 2021 W&M Advisor of the Year and the 2021 Online MBA Teaching Excellence award.

Dawn’s research has been published in various marketing and educational journals, including the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing Education and previously was the editor of the special issues for the Marketing Education Review and the Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education.

Prior to her career in academia, Dawn held marketing management roles with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services, and Discovery Communications (Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and Discovery Channel Online). She has also consulted for organizations such as the Fred Rogers Center and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Laura Faulkner, MBA

Section Leader
Operations

Email: lafaulkner@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Raymond A. Mason School of Business - William & Mary
BBA, Accounting, William & Mary

Expertise: Operations, social media integrity, agile product management, and finance

Laura Faulkner is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She currently serves as the integrity product program management lead for Meta. Previously, she worked as the head of integrity and risk launches for Facebook, where she led an operations team focused on integrity within the product development process. This role enabled her to optimize global operational processes in a fast-moving technology environment.

Prior to joining Facebook, Laura worked as a senior manager in finance operations at Salesforce, supporting the procure-to-pay process, and optimizing the end-to-end source-to-pay process. She leveraged six sigma and design methodology to create a Source to Pay Salesforce Cloud solution, later sold in partnership with PWC. Laura transitioned to a career within operations from corporate finance at Microsoft, where she supported multiple teams including: the Wall Street Guidance team, Office 365 Finance and the Netherlands Finance team.

Laura is a proud two-time graduate of William & Mary, holding an MBA and BBA in accounting. Her areas of expertise include operations, social media integrity, agile product management and finance.

Daniel Gaske, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Economics

Email: dgaske@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Economics, Rice University

MA, Economics, Rice University

BA, Economics and Mathematics, Ouachita Baptist University

Expertise: Macroeconomics, microeconomics, international finance, current economic issues

Daniel Gaske is an adjunct professor of economics at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He has taught numerous macroeconomics and microeconomics courses in the Flex MBA program in Newport News, in the full-time MBA program in Williamsburg, and in the Online MBA program. He also has taught economics at a number of universities in the Washington, D.C., area, including George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the National Defense University, as well as delivering training on economic topics for USG economic analysts and officials.

He has published two short treatises on economics and statistics: Understanding US and Global Economic Trends: A Primer for the Non-Economist and Understanding the Calculations of Key Economic and Business Statistics.

Daniel and his wife reside in Williamsburg where he is active in his church and other faith-based activities and teaches economic-related courses for the William & Mary's Osher Institute/Christopher Wren Association, a lifelong learning program that delivers short, non-credit courses on topical subjects to interested adults.

Bill Geary, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus
Accounting

Email: w.geary@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Associate Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Accounting and Information Systems, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

MS, Accounting, University of Illinois

BS, Mathematics, University of Illinois

Area: Accounting

Expertise: Health care, activity base management, management control, learning styles, pedagogy

William “Bill” Geary joined the William & Mary faculty in 1978 and is currently an associate professor emeritus teaching managerial and financial accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

In May 2015, he received the Thomas A. Graves award from William & Mary to recognize sustained teaching excellence. Bill teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, twice served as the leader of the undergraduate program and served as the coordinator of the accounting program. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research interests are in management accounting and accounting education.

Bill served as a manager in a public accounting practice and as a consultant for the design and implementation of management accounting systems. He has extensive and diverse experience in executive education with a special emphasis on designing and delivering executive education programs for hospital systems and physicians. His considerable involvement with healthcare has provided him with national exposure to the applications of management accounting in the healthcare industry.

Bill Geary is currently an Emeritus professor. In May 2015, he received the Thomas A. Graves award from the College of William and Mary to recognize sustained teaching excellence. Bill teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs and twice served as the leader of the undergraduate program. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Bill served as a manager in a public accounting practice and as a consultant for the design and implementation of management accounting systems. He has extensive and diverse experience in executive education with a special emphasis on designing and delivering executive education programs for hospital systems and physicians. His involvement with healthcare has provided him with national exposure to management accounting applications in the healthcare industry.

Scott Gibson, Ph.D.

Online MS in Finance Faculty Program Director
J.E. Zollinger Professor of Finance
Finance

Email: Scott.Gibson@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSF

Credentials:
J.E. Zollinger Professor of Finance
Ph.D., Finance, Boston College
BS, Finance, Boston College

Area: Economics and Finance

Expertise: Corporate finance and valuation

Scott Gibson is the K. Dane Brooksher Professor of Finance, the Economics and Finance area head, and the Online MS in Finance faculty program director. He previously held academic appointments at Cornell University and the University of Minnesota. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an analyst with Fidelity Investments and as a credit team leader serving a Fortune 500 clientele with HSBC Bank.

His research interests include institutional investor trading strategies and their effects on stock prices, the optimal design of mutual fund exchange rules, agency problems in the mutual fund industry, and the use of derivative securities in lowering corporate financing costs. His research has been featured in the financial press, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Barons, Business Week and Bloomberg.

Scott’s teaching interests include corporate finance and valuation. He has been awarded various outstanding teaching awards on numerous occasions at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels over his teaching career and has also been named an outstanding faculty member in Businessweek's Guide to the Best Business Schools.

Katie Gilstrap, MBA

Section Leader
Marketing

Email: Katie.Gilstrap@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, University of Richmond

BBA, Marketing, William & Mary

Expertise: Marketing and communications, strategic leadership, international business

Katie Gilstrap is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program, as well as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. Her teaching areas include marketing principles, marketing research, services marketing, retailing, and communications.

Aside from her teaching responsibilities, she has designed, led, and secured grant funding for study abroad programs focused on international business in Greece, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Scotland. She also serves as a facilitator for the Henry Ford Leadership Academy in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and serves as a faculty mentor for the European Innovation Academy.

Prior to her academic career, Katie served as senior vice president, director of marketing at First Market Bank, overseeing marketing strategy, product development, advertising, community outreach, and business analysis. Recently, she was recognized by AACSB as one of the recipients of their international 100 Influential Leaders Award. Katie is also the founder of The Barre Boutique in Richmond, Virginia, and writes for various health and medical organizations.

Chris Gottfried, JD, MBA

Section Leader
Finance

Email: ckgott@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
JD, William & Mary

MBA, William & Mary

BA, Economics and International Studies, Wake Forest University

Expertise: Finance, law, bank regulation

Chris Gottfried is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program, with expertise in commercial credit, enterprise risk management, and compliance. He is an accomplished banker, attorney, and management consultant with 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.

In addition to his role at William & Mary, Chris works as senior audit manager at BB&T. He has held various managerial roles within the Big 4, and past clients include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, Raymond James, and Bank of America.

Chris maintains various business interests outside of finance. In addition to a part-time law practice, Chris serves on the board of directors of Natural Systems Analysts, Inc., an environmental services firm based in Wyoming. He passionately supports environmental advocacy, legal pro bono initiatives and minority outreach through The Turtle Conservancy and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Tatia Granger, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Organizational Behavior

Email: tatia.granger@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Clinical Associate Professor

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia

MEd, Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia

BA, French, University of Virginia

Expertise: Leadership, coaching for personal/professional growth, conflict management

Tatia Granger is a clinical associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business in the area of Organizational Behavior. Her teaching helps students to better understand the intersection of content and context with a focus on personal and career competencies for more productive individual, team and organizational outcomes.

Tatia brings extensive experience in higher education including serving as university ombuds at William & Mary prior to transitioning to the faculty, vice president for enrollment services at Bennett College for Women, chief of staff for the vice president for financial services at Duke University, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions at the University of Virginia and director for the Center for Multicultural Student Services at James Madison University. She also served as an MBA prep coach with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization whose goal is to find, prepare and launch the next generation of diversity into the C-suites of the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Héctor Guerrero, Ph.D.


Professor Emeritus
Business Analytics

Email: Hector.Guerrero@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Emeritus Professor

Ph.D., Operations and Systems Analysis, University of Washington

MBA, University of Texas at Austin

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas

Area: Operations and Information Technology

Expertise: Business data analysis, operations management, quantitative methods, modeling and simulation, Six Sigma, statistics

Héctor Guerrero is an Emeritus Professor and former director of the full-time MBA program at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He previously taught at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the College of Business at Notre Dame, and the Instituto Latino Americano de Estudios Sociales in Santiago, Chile.

Professionally he is active in the areas of data analytics, operations management, and engineering management. He has published research articles on topics related to failure analysis, logistics, material requirements planning, automated manufacturing, group technology, robotics, forecasting, supply chain management, product design, and demand management. He is the author of “Excel Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation,” while serving on boards and advising a number of businesses.

Additionally, Héctor has breadth of experience in consulting and executive education with a variety of organizations in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. His clients include IBM, Lockheed, Newport News Shipbuilding, and the Department of Homeland Security as well as many small and large manufacturing and service firms. Prior to entering academia, he worked as an engineer for Dow Chemical Company and Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Héctor loves to cook his Tex-Mex favorites for friends and family. He is an avid walker, logging an average of 20,000 steps daily, and enjoys relaxing on a quiet beach with a challenging Excel workbook and an excellent cabernet.

Jason Gurtovoy, Ph.D.

Section Leader

Email: jgurtovoy@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Economics, Claremont Graduate University
MA, Economics, University of San Francisco
BS, Mathematics, University of San Francisco
BA, Economics, University of San Francisco

Expertise: Economics, finance, real estate

Jason Gurtovoy is a section leader for William and Mary's Online MBA program. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in economics and finance for over 10 years. Jason is a senior economist at REPSAS and has worked in the financial services industry in banking, investments, real estate, and as a consultant.

Marie Halvorsen-Ganepola, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Leadership, Organizational Behavior

Email: mdhalvorsengan@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Management and Organizational Behavior, University of Florida (pursuing)

MBA, University of Notre Dame

BS, Genetics, University of Kansas

BA, Biology, University of Kansas

Expertise: Personality, intelligence, willpower, resilience, positive organizational scholarship, fear of failure

Marie Halvorsen-Ganepola is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program and formerly an operations manager for Pearson Government Solutions. She has professional experience as an instructor and tutor for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, and as a management consultant for an entrepreneurial real estate firm. Marie is passionate about teaching Principles of Management courses. Her research interests include willpower, personality, intelligence, resilience, and positive organizational scholarship.

Marie’s personal interests include travel, especially to Sri Lanka and U.S. national parks; music including musical theater, choral and liturgical singing, opera, classical, and Neil Diamond; and reading, specifically in the genres of biography, philosophy of science, historical fiction, travelogue, natural history, classic novels, epic fantasy, sci-fi, short story, memoir, and personal essay.

Graham Henshaw, MS

Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Center, Clinical Lecturer
Entrepreneurship

Email: Graham.Henshaw@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Center

Clinical Professor

Clinical Lecturer

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Area: Entrepreneurship

Expertise: Product development, strategic consulting, entrepreneurship, innovation and design

Graham Henshaw is a clinical professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business and the executive director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. He has been teaching in the areas of entrepreneurship, and innovation and design at the university since 2012.

Prior to joining William & Mary, Graham was the director of venture development at New Richmond Ventures, a Richmond-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage, socially driven startups. In that role, Graham used his entrepreneurial experience and systematic, customer-centric problem-solving approach to help accelerate the growth of portfolio companies. During his tenure at NRV, Graham also launched an early-stage accelerator called Feed & Seed, which subsequently merged with Lighthouse Labs to support startups in achieving product-market fit through an intensive three-month program focused on iterative business model development.

Graham has a diverse background in product development, Fortune 500 strategic consulting, and entrepreneurship. He leveraged his varied skill set to found Active Innovation Group in 2007, a company that created innovative accessories for athletes. He has worked with companies including General Electric, Kraft Foods, Toyota, and GlaxoSmithKline to create products, services and messaging consistent with deep consumer insights.

Ronald L. Hess, Ph.D.

Online MBA Faculty Program Director; Associate Professor
Marketing

Email: Ron.Hess@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MSM

Credentials:
Ph.D., Marketing, Virginia Tech
MBA, William & Mary
BA, Marketing, James Madison University

Expertise: Customer satisfaction, customer loyalty/retention, sales management, marketing analytics/research, value pricing

Ronald L. Hess is an associate professor of marketing at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He teaches Marketing Strategy, Customer Experience Management and Business-to-Business Marketing Career Acceleration Module (CAM) courses in the William & Mary EMBA and MBA programs. Previously, he taught courses in Marketing Analytics, Consumer Behavior, Strategy and Sales Management. Prior to his appointment at William & Mary, he spent two years teaching in the MBA and Executive programs at the University of Central Florida. He is a three-time winner of the Outstanding Professor Award at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

His research expertise and interest involve the customer experience, customer satisfaction, service convenience, privacy, complaint handling, customer loyalty, service technology and customer lifetime value in the retailing and services industries. He has published his research in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Marketing, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Service Business and Marketing Letters.

Professor Hess has considerable experience in consulting and executive education. He is involved with the Strategic Planning & Management Program (Babson University Executive Education), Strategic Retail Management Program (Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, Switzerland), Retail Strategic Management (Mt. Eliza, Melbourne Business School, Australia), Bunnings (Australia), Bunnings (UK), Officeworks (Australia), Bunnings Commercial Trade (Australia), Abrafarma (Brazil), Blooms The Chemist (Australia), Sogo KL (Kuala Lumpur), Siman (El Salvador), Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing Program (Retail Academy of Singapore), Langley Federal Credit Union, Nike, Cisco, Swisslog, Eaton Corporation, Zeltiq (Allergan), ULab Systems, HintMD, United States Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), United States Marine Corps Exchange Commands (MCX), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), Philip Morris USA, Guidestar, Fabsuite, KBH Business Management Systems, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), WIRED, IdeaWorksHamptonRoads, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, Marketing Research Task Force MRTF, Hampton Roads Cluster Program and Hampton Roads Technology Incubator System.

Publications

  • Hess, Ronald L. (In Press), "The Impact of Firm Reputation and Failure Severity on Customers' Responses to Service Failures," Journal of Service Marketing.
  • Ambrose, Maureen L., Ronald L. Hess, and Shankar Ganesan (2007), "The Relationship Between Justice and Attitudes: An Examination of Justice Effects on Event and System-related Attitudes," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103, 21-36.
  • Hess, Ronald L., Shankar Ganesan, and Noreen M. Klein (2007), "Interactional Service Failures in a Pseudorelationship: The Role of Organizational Attributions," Journal of Retailing: Special Issue on Competing Through Service, 83.
  • Hess, Ronald L., Lawrence A. West, and Ronald S. Rubin (2004), "Graphical Information Systems as a Marketing Information Technology," Decision Support Systems, 38 (2), 197-212.
  • Hess, Ronald L., Shankar Ganesan and Noreen M. Klein (2003), "Service Failure and Recovery: The Impact of Relationship Factors on Customer Satisfaction," Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 31 (Spring), 127-145.

Deborah Hewitt, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Emeritus
Economics

Email: Deborah.Hewitt@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Clinical Associate Professor

Ph.D., Duke University

BA, Economics, College of William & Mary

Area: Economics and Finance

Expertise: Emerging markets, international finance, global investing, "live case" method

Deborah Hewitt is a clinical professor Emeritus of economics and finance at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. She was a James B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. Deborah has lived and worked abroad for nearly 20 years and continues to enjoy international travel. For the past 10 years, she has taken William & Mary's Executive MBA students to China and one additional global destination as part of their Global Immersion courses. Her research interests include emerging markets, international finance, global investing, and "live case" method.

Deborah has taught international economics and finance at UCLA and Claremont Graduate School. She served as the president of Claremont Economics Institute, an economics consulting and forecasting firm that helped develop the Reagan economic plan. During her 15 years with CEI, she consulted with many Fortune 500 firms in the U.S. and abroad, as well as several other governments. Deborah was the chairman of the Claremont Fund, a family of mutual funds, from 1984 to 1988. She has also worked as an international economist at the U.S. Treasury.

She has published numerous articles on the subjects of international trade and finance. She also co-authored the book, “Rust to Riches: The Coming of the Second Industrial Revolution,” with her partner, John Rutledge. She has contributed articles to several business and investment publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. She was a frequent panelist on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser for five years and has been interviewed on Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and NPR.

Deborah is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Virginia Retirement System and a member of the Reves International Advisory Board at W&M. She is a trustee emeritus of William & Mary's endowment. She is also on the board of Respite, a nonprofit organization providing enriching social opportunities to seniors with disabilities. Deborah and her husband, Jim, have three grown children, who keep her apprised of upcoming trends in the fields of energy efficiency, hospitality management and cloud computing.

Steve Hojnicki, MBA, MSBA, PMP

Section Leader
Operations and Analytics

Email: schojnicki@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MS, Business Analytics, William & Mary
MBA, William & Mary
BS, Systems Management, United States Military Academy at West Point

Steve Hojnicki is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program. Professionally, he serves as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Army, specializing in operations research and systems analysis. Prior to being stationed in Williamsburg, Virginia, he served in Oklahoma, Colorado, Hawaii and Germany as well as deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Badghis Province, Afghanistan.

In addition to his military service and teaching responsibilities, Steve holds key staff positions with two veteran-oriented non-profits. He currently serves as the director of MBA operations for Service to School and as the chief analytics officer for Hero Hut.

Steve is a proud alumnus of the Mason School of Business, holding degrees from the resident MBA program as a Major General James Wright Fellow, and the Online MSBA program. His research interests include analytics, artificial intelligence and integrating emerging technology into large organizations.

Rayshad Holmes, Ph.D.

Section Leader

Email: raholmes@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, George Washington University
BS, Business Administration and Human Resources Management, Georgetown University

Expertise: Leadership through the lens of millennials, equity in disciplinary actions, emotional intelligence, online teaching innovations

Rayshad A. Holmes is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He currently serves as a principal consultant for the Henle Group, LLC. This new minority/woman/disabled veterans-led organization provides small- and medium-sized businesses with strategic operational advice, support and systems to ensure long-term viability. He is also a senior advisor on matters regarding Workforce Design and Development within BARDA for the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is the principal advisor for all human capital issues.

Rayshad has served in leadership roles for more than 20 years, beginning his career as a human capital consultant for Accenture, LLP. In this position, he actively engaged in several organizational design and training design and delivery projects for Fortune 500 clients. He also contributed to the firm’s internal growth by mentoring junior consultants and analysts and regularly recruiting on the firm’s behalf.

Additionally, Rayshad has been teaching courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior at the graduate level for more than 15 years. He is an experienced public speaker, having developed and facilitated countless workshops, seminars and interactive discussions with small and large audiences across the country. Most recently, he has taken on a new role of co-executive producer with Sylvia Alston.

Rex Holmlin, Ph.D., PE, PMP

Clinical Lecturer
MBA Capstone

Email: Rex.Holmlin@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Clinical Lecturer

Ph.D., Engineering Management, George Washington University

MBA, Tulane University

MS, Organization Development, Tulane University

BS, Engineering, Tulane University

Area: Project Management

Expertise: Project team building, organization design, strategic planning

Rex Holmlin is a clinical lecturer at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. As a registered professional engineer and Project Management Professional (PMP), he has more than 40 years of experience in project management. During his career he has been responsible for more than $1.3 billion of civil works, building, and military construction projects including the home of William & Mary’s School of Business, Alan B. Miller Hall.

A former Army Officer, Rex has 27 years of both active and reserve service as an engineer. Following Hurricane Andrew, he was brought back on active duty to serve as the project manager for debris removal in South Dade County. He was activated for disaster recovery operations three other times including Hurricane Marilyn in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico, and in New York City following the attack on the World Trade Center. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.

Rajiv Kohli, Ph.D.

Professor
Operations, Information Technology

Email: Rajiv.Kohli@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
John N. Dalton Memorial Professor of Business

Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Bachelor of General Laws, University of Pune

Honorary Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Fellow, MIT Center for Information Systems Research

Area: Operations and Information Technology

Expertise: Health information technology, healthcare information systems, business value of information technology, IT innovation

Rajiv Kohli is the John. N. Dalton Memorial Professor of Business at William & Mary. He is ranked as the No. 1 scholar in health information technology thought leadership study and studies have ranked him among the top 20 MIS researchers worldwide. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Lehigh University, and the University of Maryland system as well as held visiting positions at MIT and at universities in Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Rajiv is an Honorary Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge as well as a Fellow at MIT Center for Information Systems Research.

For over 15 years, Rajiv has worked or consulted with IBM Global Services, SAS Corporation, United Parcel Service, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., AM General, MCI Telecommunications, Westinghouse Electronics, Wipro Corporation, and Godrej Industries in addition to several health care organizations. Prior to joining full-time academia, he was a project leader in decision support services at Trinity Health.

Rajiv’s research is published in MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly Executive, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Operations Management and Decision Support Systems, among other journals. He is a co-author of the book “The IT Payoff: Measuring Business Value of Information Technology Investment,” serves as a senior editor for Information Systems Research, and is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals. He has previously served as a senior editor of MIS Quarterly.

Harris Ligon, MBA

Section Leader
Design Thinking, MBA Capstone

Email: Harris.Ligon@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, William & Mary

BS, Psychology, The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Expertise: Operations, sales, marketing, logistics

Harris Ligon is a section leader and a recent graduate from the inaugural cohort of the Online MBA program at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Over the years, he has completed additional graduate coursework in applied psychology and logistics at Appalachian State University, Old Dominion University, and Northwestern University.

He currently leads the marketplace solutions function at Uber’s newest venture, Uber Freight. In his current role, Harris leads a subset of post-sales strategic processes. His oversight of business process improvement and joint commercial and operational analyses enable customers to gain both macro and micro insights on the market as well as their own behavior. Additionally, he partners with product, software and operations teams to create automated logistics solutions.

Prior to Uber, Harris spent nearly 10 years in the railroad industry. Over that time period, he led various teams in operations, law, sales, and marketing. At Norfolk Southern, he leveraged his deep knowledge of surface transportation to successfully develop the highest impact line of business. During his time there, he utilized design thinking to create a new customer experience as well as engineer a new commercial forecast process, both of which enhanced accuracy, transparency and, ultimately, the user experience.

David Long, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Organizational Behavior

Email: David.Long@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, University of Florida

MBA, University of Florida

BS, Business Administration, Presbyterian College

Area: Organizational Behavior

Expertise: Impression management, influence tactics, organizational justice, leadership

David Long is an associate professor at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval flight officer, and currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a mission commander and flight instructor. His previous professional experience includes positions at The Home Depot in business development and store management.

His research examines various approaches to impression management, including how employees use impression management to build their reputations, and how supervisors and coworkers react to these employees and their strategies. His work has appeared in several journals and books, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and The Nature of Leadership.

David's teaching and consulting focuses on introducing and demonstrating methods and strategies for improving one’s career and one’s organization. David has been recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the Top 40 undergraduate business professors. He is also the recipient of numerous undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching awards, including the Faculty Excellence Award, the Page Teaching Award and the Alumni Fellowship Award.

Leslie McCullough, MBA

Section Leader
MBA Capstone

Email: lmccullough@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, William & Mary
BA, Psychology, Boston College

Expertise: Brand marketing, strategic communications

Leslie McCullough is a section leader and a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Online MBA program at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. She is a marketing strategist and founder of McCullough Communications, LLC.

For more than a decade, her firm has worked with companies nationwide to create compelling marketing materials that focus on strategic brand messaging. She has helped launch integrated communications initiatives that clearly articulate value and inspire action in targeted audiences.

Over the years, she has written dozens of articles, brochures, ads, taglines, websites and annual reports as well as created numerous digital marketing campaigns. Her experience spans a wide range of organizations and industries including higher education, hospitality, financial institutions, consumer retail businesses and international nonprofit foundations.

Lou Ann McElyea, MBA, PMP

Section Leader
Information Technology

Email: lmcelyea@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Lindenwood University
BS, Business Administration, Washington University
Expertise: Strategic business and information systems planning, analysis & design, project management, business process improvement

Lou Ann McElyea is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. Some of her previous roles in business include director of worldwide program management for NCR Corporation, manager of global business planning and process improvement for ALLTEL, Inc., engagement manager in the Worldwide Business Transformation Consulting Group for IBM, and president of Information Systems, Inc. where she had more than 15 years management consulting experience working with Fortune 100 companies and large government agencies. She has been involved in every aspect of information systems for more than 30 years, including roles in consulting, management, training, and education.

Lou Ann earned a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an ABD designation toward a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. In 2003, she also earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

James Olver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Marketing

Email: James.Olver@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSM

Credentials:
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Virginia
MBA, Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia
BA, Psychology, University of Virginia

Area: Marketing

Expertise: Marketing management, product management, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, healthcare marketing

James "Jim" Olver is an associate professor at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He has taught at Corvinus University in Budapest and Management Centre Innsbruck, and has held visiting professor positions at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include marketing management, product management, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, and healthcare marketing.

Jim has taught courses in creative problem solving, marketing management, product management, marketing strategy, market research, consumer behavior, and marketing analytics in the MBA, Executive MBA, and undergraduate programs at William & Mary. He served as director of undergraduate studies for the School of Business Administration from 1994 to 1997 and as assistant dean for the MBA program from 2005 to 2011.

His research has been published in such journals as the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Consumer Marketing, Sloan Management Review, and Marketing Science. He engages in consulting, executive education and case writing in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, in industries ranging from health care to information technology.

George Perry, MBA

Section Leader
Strategy

Email: gperry01@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Strategic Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MA, International Studies, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Finance and German, University of Notre Dame

Expertise: Sports and entertainment marketing, corporate strategy, strategic partnerships, brand marketing, business development

Perry is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He has over 20 years of business experience with globally recognized brands such as Starter, Visa International, XM Radio, The Washington Football Team, Rosetta Stone and the Penn Relays. He has primarily focused on sports and entertainment marketing, corporate strategy, business development and strategic corporate partnerships. He is experienced in advancing domestic and international brands and is passionate about acquiring loyal customers, building strategic relationships, and implementing world-class promotions.

George is currently a full-time instructor at George Mason University, where he teaches Business in Society and the Global Environment of Business. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University for eight years in the graduate level Sports Industry Management program which he helped develop as an advisory board member. George is also a board member and communications committee chair for Leadership Mission International, an organization dedicated to training ethical female leaders in Honduras.

Prior to business school, George was an officer in the U.S. Navy, is a Gulf War veteran, and spent two years as a foreign exchange officer assigned to a French Navy ship.

Rachael Post, MJ, MA

Section Leader
Marketing

Email: rrpost@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MJ, Journalism, University of California, Berkeley

MA, Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Business and Spanish, Concordia College

Expertise: Marketing, advertising, brand journalism

Rachael Post is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She is an eco-strategist and founder of Elemental Good, an accelerator of tech and design innovations for sustainability and climate resiliency. As the former vice president of branded content at the Guardian Media Group's content marketing studio in New York, Rachael managed the branded content team and created award-winning native advertising campaigns for global brands such as Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon, GM, Visa, SC Johnson, and Ben & Jerry's.

Rachael is passionate about helping brands tell their stories and reach audiences around the world. The Guardian's “How to Solve a Murder” series for Amazon Studios received extensive press coverage as the first original series of investigative brand journalism.

Previously, she worked as a business journalist in Silicon Valley and as an adjunct professor at UNC Chapel Hill and UC San Diego. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, sustainability, data analytics, and emerging technologies.

David Ragland, DBA, PMP

Section Leader
Organizational Behavior

Email: dragland@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
D.B.A., Organizational Behavior, IE Business School
MS, Information and Telecommunications Systems, Johns Hopkins University
BS, Psychology, James Madison University

Expertise: Digital transformation, the impact of technology on ways of working, leadership & executive coaching, individual development, and organizational assessment & strategy

David Ragland is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He is an experienced senior executive and digital transformation leader. Most recently, David worked for Salesforce as an innovation and transformation program executive. Previously, he served as senior vice president/chief information officer of technology and software development for Marsh & McLennan and as vice president of strategic transformation services for AIG. David was instrumental in facilitating effective digital change around the world through these leadership roles.

Following his industry experience, David taught organizational leadership at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University, as well as EADA and TBS business schools in Barcelona, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish and English, with strong foundations in French and German. He is also a certified project management professional (PMP).

Bud Robeson, DBA

Professor Emeritus
Economics and Finance

Email: bud.robeson@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
D.B.A., Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University
MBA, Business Economics, Indiana University
BBA, Business Economics, University of Cincinnati

Expertise: Managerial economics, information technology, networking, regulation, productivity

Bud Robeson joined William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business in 1978 and retired in 2014 as professor emeritus. In addition to teaching in the economics and strategy areas, he served as the assistant dean for the Executive MBA program with locations in Williamsburg and Reston. He also served as the associate dean for academic affairs for the business school for seven years and as the university's vice provost for information technology for eight years. Bud has received outstanding teaching awards for both the MBA and EMBA programs. In 2014, he was recognized for outstanding service to Mason School, receiving the Daniel Lewis Service Award. He continues to teach courses in the Mason School.

In 2000, he was appointed by the governor to The Library of Virginia Board and in 2003 was selected to serve as the board vice chair. In 2004 he was elected as board chair for the Library of Virginia. In 2012 he was elected to the board of directors of the Williamsburg Landing, Inc. where he is a member of the finance committee and the executive compensation committee.

Bud's consulting experience includes Landmark Communications, Media General, Washington Gas Light, American Gas Association, Chapman University, Columbia Gas, Edison Electric Institute, Ernst & Young, IBM and Verizon. The consulting activities include executive education programs, economic studies, pricing issues, information technology and competitive strategy.

David Samuel, MS

Section Leader
Information Technology

Email: drsamuel@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MS, IT Management, Regis University
BS, Business Administration and Economics, St. Mary's College

Expertise: Cloud computing, XaaS platforms, and the intersection of strategic design, people, process, and technology


David Samuel is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He is currently the chief operations and information officer for Endeavor Management. Previously, David was the chief information officer (CIO) for SEIU Local 1000, and CIO of the California State Employees Association. He has played many roles in information technology, including in project and program management, database administration, quality assurance, InfoSec, infrastructure, strategic planning, and consulting. In 2003, he earned the Project Management Professional™ Certification and is ITIL Foundations™ certified and is a graduate of Cornell University's Johnson School of Business Executive Leadership Program.

Bob Sanders, MS

Section Leader
Information Technology

Email: bsanders@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MS, Information Systems Management, Bowie State University

BS, Information Systems Management, University of Maryland

Expertise: Leadership, enterprise resource management, strategic planning, security management

Bob Sanders is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He has 20 years of progressive responsibility and proven success in various information technology management roles. His expertise includes IT architecture planning, integration, and maintenance of both Information technology components and strategic information systems.

Bob serves as the manager for converged infrastructure operations support at CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. He has previously held positions in information technology and program management with Career Point College, PESystems, Inc., CHRISTUS Health, and the Department of Defense. Bob has also served as a consultant leading a team on IT security management and engineering with the U.S. Air Force, NASA, and the United Space Alliance.

Terry Shannon, MBA

Email: tpshannon@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Management and Marketing, Marquette University
Executive Leadership Coach Certificate, Georgetown University

Expertise: Leadership coaching, supply chain, B2B sales/marketing & operations

Terry Shannon's career in the food service distribution industry spanned 26 years beginning as a sales representative, progressing through positions as Sales Manager, VP of Sales, and Market President. He also held corporate level positions with Alliant/US Foods including VP of Sales Support and Administration, Division VP of Sales over 10 distribution centers, and VP/GM of the Shared Services Center.

In 2003, Shannon crossed over to the nonprofit social service sector as CEO of St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix. Founded in 1967, St. Mary's is recognized internationally as the world's first food bank. In 2011, the food bank ranked as the largest social service agency in Arizona and as one of the largest food banks in the country, distributing 74 million pounds of food, representing approximately 250,000 meals a day to folks in need in Arizona. The food bank received Charity Navigator's "Four Star" rating for nine consecutive years during Shannon's tenure as CEO. He served for two years as chairman of the Feeding America Food Bank Network National Council, representing its 200 food bank members serving the United States. Shannon also served for two years on the Feeding America national board of directors and eight years on the board of directors for the Global Food Banking Network.

In 2012, Shannon began coaching nonprofit leaders and volunteers with the Executive Partner program at William & Mary (Executive Director from 2015 to 2019) working with business school graduate and undergraduate students. He currently serves as a master teacher/section leader for the Online MBA program, as director of the corporate field consultancy program and as an adjunct professor in organizational behavior.

Trina Shields, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Strategy

Email: tlshields@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Applied Management & Decision Sciences, Walden University
MBA, Howard University
BS, Psychology, George Mason University

Expertise: Business strategy, operations and administration, organizational effectiveness and development, performance optimization, change management, and leadership

Trina Shields is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She serves as an Executive Officer for the U.S. Department of Education with over 20 years of business and executive experience in both the private and public sectors. In her current role, she provides the direction and oversight necessary to carry out the critical strategic agenda, priorities, and functions for career, technical, and adult education, community colleges, adult literacy, and correctional education.

Prior to her current role, Trina has held numerous leadership positions, including Chief Learning Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services and Senior Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton. Her broad experience includes leading across multiple organizations as well as consulting to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies on their business strategy and operations. Trina is also certified as an Executive Coach and Project Management Professional and has been teaching adult learners at various levels for more than a decade.

Jan Sokolowsky, Ph.D.

Section Leader
Finance

Email: jsokolowsky@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan

BA, Economics, University of Mannheim

Expertise: Finance, academic research, economics, statistics, corporate finance and governance

Jan Sokolowsky is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He serves as the advisory editor at the Review of Financial Studies, one of the most prestigious peer-review journals for academic finance research. He is an experienced instructor, having taught courses in finance, economics, and statistics at William & Mary and at the University of Michigan at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

His current research interests include corporate finance and governance (e.g., issues involving executive compensation, boards of directors, ownership by institutional investors), household decision-making and finance (e.g., the role of health risk in household delinquencies), as well as the economics of well-being (not the wishful-thinking kind promoted by positive psychology). Jan is working on research that explores diurnal variation in individuals’ risk and time preferences. His work is well-published, including in The Journal of Finance, the field’s flagship journal.

In the future, Jan would like to start his own company. In the meantime, in addition to his teaching endeavors, he enjoys spending time raising his four children, traveling, hiking, playing water polo, and chess.

Chris Strasser, DM

Section Leader
Business Analytics, Operations

Email: cpstrasser@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
DM, Information Technology, University of Maryland University College

MS, Telecommunications Management, University of Maryland University College

BS, Industrial and Management Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Expertise: Corporate compliance, data analytics, enterprise governance, virtual technologies

Chris Strasser is managing director of TransTechSol, which he launched in 2011 to focus on the intersection of virtual technologies, oversight and compliance policies, and intelligence mission. Previously, Chris was a senior staff officer at the National Security Agency (NSA), and an executive with Raytheon and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC).

Chris has more than 25 years of experience with the NSA as a Department of Defense civilian as well as a U.S. Naval Officer. At Raytheon, he led the initial development of a $500 million program in analytics, including cooperative research and development of analytic capabilities, a staffing pipeline, subcontractor management, and automated program management portal applications. At CTC, Chris successfully led their first effort to be the prime contractor for a competitive multi-award $1 billion IDIQ, which resulted in more than $100 million in awards for CTC’s Intelligence business. Using lean management techniques, he institutionalized capabilities that allowed the orchestration of a two-week task order response and management of more than 50 subcontractors.

Chris is DAWIA Level III certified in program management and has written and presented extensively on leadership and transformation initiatives to achieve improved return on investment in public sector agencies. He currently serves as a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program and previously taught at George Washington University and Saint Vincent College.

Kiely Sweatt, MFA

Section Leader
Innovation

Email: klsweatt@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MFA, New School University

BA, Spanish, West Virginia University

Expertise: Innovation and strategic design management, interdisciplinary problem solving, entrepreneurship

Kiely Sweatt is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She is an innovation consultant charged with designing, facilitating, and leading change practices for Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit organizations and startup ventures. She is also a faculty member at Parsons School of Design – The New School specializing in strategic design and management.

Currently, she serves as the director of innovation at Oracle in the greater New York City area and as the chief operating officer of The Poetry Society of New York. She is the founder of The Wild, whose mission is to bring creative people together to collaborate, design new products/service, and build communities. Kiely is also a consultant trainer at The Design Gym, and co-launched and serves as an advisor to 30 Weeks, a design incubator with Hyper Island and Google.

Her prior work experience includes teaching and serving as a mentor/facilitator in both Spain and the U.S. for organizations like IFP Media Center, Barclay’s, Capital One, ShiftDesign Camp, Hyper Island and Pratt. Kiely has also launched a nonprofit centered around the performing arts.

Amy Teller, MBA

Section Leader
Marketing

Email: aateller@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA, Online MSM

Credentials:
MBA, William & Mary
BA, Art and Art History, William & Mary

Expertise: Strategic marketing, digital marketing, branding and design, data analytics, business ethics

Amy Teller is a section leader in both the Online MBA and Online MSM programs at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Amy began her career in the field of fine art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. She also served her local community as a senior events coordinator in which she collaborated with cross-functional teams to brand, position and promote events through targeted marketing campaigns.

Amy’s current endeavors include consulting work in marketing strategy and personal branding. She is also a lead instructor in the Digital Marketing Communications graduate program at West Virginia University (WVU) and was recently a guest speaker at the Marketing Management Association’s Fall 2021 Educators’ Conference, as well as WVU’s Integrate & Comm(s) fest Online Conference on Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2022.

Phil Tuning, MBA

Section Leader
Strategy

Email: pltuning@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Raymond A. Mason School of Business - William & Mary
BS, Finance, Virginia Tech

Expertise: Business unit leadership, change management, marketing, strategy, organizational behavior

Phil Tuning is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program. Phil has over 20 years of progressive leadership and management experience, culminating in his role as president of John Deere Financial Canada. During his career with John Deere, he served in roles ranging from being part of a business startup team, marketing, credit operations, customer management, public affairs, data management and business unit leadership.

Through assignments in Bangkok, Thailand and Oakville, Canada, Phil gained meaningful insights into leading business units in multicultural environments. His assignment in Thailand also provided the opportunity to execute a business strategy in an emerging market. Throughout his leadership roles with John Deere, he focused on coaching and developing the leaders on his team to deliver business results in a collaborative environment.

Phil also has public sector experience where he worked in economic development in both city and state government organizations. In addition, he worked in banking where his role was in funds management.

Complementing his business background, Phil has served on numerous boards of directors for non-profit organizations. He enjoys cycling, physical fitness, traveling and reading.

Robert Williams, MBA

Clinical Lecturer
Strategy

Email: Robert.E.Williams@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Clinical Lecturer

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

BBA, Texas Christian University

Area: Marketing

Expertise: Leadership, management, marketing, organizational behavior

Robert “Bob” Williams is a clinical lecturer at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He has taught marketing, management and strategic planning as well as a number of courses at Arizona State in the Carey School of Business. His research interests include leadership, management, marketing, and organizational behavior.

Bob spent 26 years working for the DuPont Company in a number of staff and line positions. His last six years he was vice president of marketing and communications. Following that, he was VP of public affairs for San Diego Gas and Electric and then senior VP of marketing and government relations for Sharp Healthcare, also in San Diego. He then started his own business, The Spurgroup, and did business and strategic planning and leadership seminars for Motorola, Intel, AlphaGene, American Diamond Instruments, DuPont, and a number of other companies.

Greg Worden, DM

Section Leader
Strategy, Leadership

Email: geworden@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
DM, International Operations Management, University of Maryland University College
MS, Information Technology Systems Management, Capitol College
BS, Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University

Expertise: Sustainability and renewable energy, corporate social responsibility, leadership, strategic planning, project management, information technology, enterprise architecture, health care systems, spacecraft systems, change management

Greg Worden is a section leader for William & Mary’s Online MBA program. He received a Doctor of Management degree in International Operations Management from the University of Maryland University College. He also holds an M.S. in Information Technology Systems Management and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Greg is a passionate educator and has experience teaching nearly everything in business and management. Prior to becoming an online instructor, Greg lived and worked in and around Washington D.C. for roughly 15 years. He served as a technology strategy consultant to many federal government agencies, including the Executive Office of the President (EoP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Defense (DoD), VA, NSA, IRS and NASA. His specialty was developing and implementing enterprise architectures, which involved strategy as well as organizational and technology change management.

He also worked as the senior enterprise architect for the Federal Enterprise Architecture office in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget. Prior to making the move into enterprise architecture, he worked as a systems engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he worked on Earth science satellites (Landsats 4, 5, & 7) and Space Shuttle missions (Spartan).

Recently, Greg has been serving as a nonprofit strategy consultant and working on hydrogen energy projects. He is also in the midst of writing three books.

Sean Wright, Ed.D.

Section Leader
Accounting

Email: sean.wright@mason.wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership, Northcentral University
MPA, Healthcare Emphasis, Keller Graduate School
MAFM, Certified Fraud Examiner Emphasis, Keller Graduate School
MBA, Finance and Information Systems, Babson College
BS, Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Boston College

Expertise: Financial and managerial accounting, the stock market, higher education administration, online education


Sean Wright is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. He is an award-winning instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience. He has been an online instructor since 2001 and currently teaches Accounting, Finance, and Economics courses at the graduate level. He has also developed courses in these areas.

Before starting his teaching career, Sean worked in individual and supervisory accounting and finance roles for IBM and Johnson & Johnson. He maintains his CPA, CMA, and CSCA credentials and is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the National Society for Leadership and Success.

Sean is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Julie Wyatt, MBA

Section Leader
Business Analytics, Operations

Email: jlwyatt@wm.edu

Program: Online MBA

Credentials:
MBA, Michigan State University

BA, International Economics, University of Michigan

Expertise: Operations, finance, accounting, health care

Julie Wyatt is a section leader for William & Mary's Online MBA program. She has more than 15 years of management experience across large and small businesses, nonprofits, and major corporations.

She has served on the board of trustees and as treasurer of The Historical Society of Michigan and recently served on the board of a privately held electronic manufacturing company.

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