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Michele Ganon, Ph.D. CPA, CGMA
Office: WS 303
Phone: (203) 837-8742
Current Teaching Areas: Managerial Accounting, Taxation
Research Interests: Tax fraud, White-Collar Crime, Ethics
Dr. Michele Ganon joined the Accounting Department in 1991 and is its longest-serving member; her areas of expertise are taxation, managerial accounting, and white-collar crime; she currently teaches Accounting Information Systems, Cost Accounting, and Data Analytics.
Dr. Ganon has completed two American Accounting Association Data Analytics Bootcamps and was an invited guest lecturer on Data Analytics at Soochow University and National Taiwan University. Dr. Ganon served four biennial terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association of University Professors, the 40,000-member professional organization devoted to protecting and promoting academic freedom and shared governance throughout the U. S. and currently serves as the Connecticut State Conference AAUP Treasurer.
Dr. Ganon’s research has been published in Accounting and the Public Interest, Journal of Managerial Issues, International Journal of Business and Applied Sciences and Business Education Innovation Journal.
Dr. Ganon received a B.S. degree from Lehman College, where she later taught for several years, an MBA in Taxation from Baruch College, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Arizona. She is registered to practice as a CPA in New York State and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant credential awarded by the AICPA.
Dr. Jin Sun Ahn, Ph.D. CPA
Office: WS 304
Phone: (203) 837-9342
Her research interests include financial reporting, financial accounting, financial statement fraud and impact of CEO on financial reporting quality and firm performance.
Jim Donegan, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFE
Office: WS 403
Phone: (203) 837-9035
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Current Teaching Areas: Consolidations and Partnerships (i course) and Fraud Examination
Research Interests: Financial Statement Fraud, White-Collar Crime
Dr. Jim Donegan joined the Accounting Department in 1999, having previously held positions at Baruch College and SUNY New Paltz. Since joining WCSU he has served as Interim Dean, Assistant Dean, and MBA Coordinator, and was Chair of University Planning and Budgeting for five years. Within Ancell, he chairs or has chaired the Graduate Planning and Curriculum Committee, the Program Review Committee, the Faculty Qualifications Committee, and the Assurance of Learning Committee (dissolved). His areas of expertise are Forensic Accounting and White-Collar Crime, and he currently teaches Fraud Examination, Consolidations, and Financial Accounting.
Dr. Donegan’s research has been published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Accounting and the Public Interest, Journal of Managerial Issues, International Journal of Business and Applied Sciences, and Business Education Innovation Journal. Dr. Donegan was an invited guest lecturer at Soochow University in Taiwan on accounting fraud.
Dr. Donegan earned his BA from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, his MBA in Public Accounting from Baruch College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He is registered to practice as a CPA in New York State and is also a Certified Managerial Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Xiaowen Jiang, Ph.D.
Office: WS 138
Phone: (203) 837-9291
Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting
Research Interests: Financial Reporting and Capital Markets; Audit Quality
Youngbin Kim, Ph.D.
Office: WS 302
Phone: (203) 837-9344
Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting, Government Accounting
Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Social Networks
Dr. Youngbin Kim completed his Ph.D. study in Business Administration at University of Hawaii at Manoa with a major in accounting. He received his M.B.A. degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His completed his undergraduate degree with a double major in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Kim joined Western Connecticut State University in 2016
The Crisis of Danbury Fair Mall published in Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness in 2021, co-authored with Jin Sun Ahn, Hanyong Chung, Jung Hoon Kim, and Natalie Jungyoun Shin
Legal environment changes and firm value: Evidence from the 1999 SGI Case published in Journal of Applied Business and Economics in 2021, co-authored with Jangho Gil and Jaeseong Lim
Social Networks of Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility published in Journal of Accounting and Finance in 2020, co-authored with Ying Guo and David Yang
What happened to the pension liability of Connecticut State? published in Journal of Business Cases and Application in 2020, co-authored with Jaeseong Lim
The effect of director busyness on corporate governance: an examination of the value of cash holdings published in Journal of Finance and Accountancy in 2020, co-authored with Ying Guo and David Yang
GASB statement No. 68 Implementation Magnifies Attention to Connecticut Pension Crisis published in Journal of Government Financial Management in 2020, co-authored with Xiaowen Jiang and Jaeseong Lim
Guy Rotondo, MBA, CPA
Office: WS 308
Phone: (203) 837-9275
Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing
Research Interests: Accounting Education, Financial Statement Fraud
Mr. Rotondo holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also a Connecticut CPA.
Mr. Rotondo has 30 years of professional experience in accounting, finance and financial risk management including 20 years as a managing director and 12 years as a General Securities Principal. He has worked for Arthur Andersen, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase, HSH-Nordbank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and CS First Boston. Mr. Rotondo has also taught finance at Western Connecticut State University. He has co-authored articles published by the International Journal of Business & Applied Sciences and the Business Education Innovation Journal.
William J. (Willie)Costello, CPA, MS(Taxation), CGMA
Current Teaching Areas: Auditing, Intermediate Accounting
William J (Willie) Costello, CPA, MST, CGMA is a Technical Manager at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and has been at the AICPA since June, 1998. Willie was in public accounting from June 1980 to May 1998, working at two Connecticut based CPA firms. His career focus is working with private, non-issuer entities and CPA firms that work with private, non-issuer entities.Willie received a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in May 1980 and a Master of Science in Taxation from University of New Haven in January 1989. He is registered to practice Public Accounting in Connecticut (CT) and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) credential of the AICPA.
Willie is a long-time member of both the AICPA and the Connecticut Society of CPAs (CTCPA). Willie served on various committees of the CTCPA and was past chairperson of the CTCPA Secondary Schools committee. He is an active 30-year member of the Trumbull Connecticut (CT) Rotary Club, including its Past President and Past Secretary. Willie has also served on the Boards of the Trumbull CT Little League and the Trumbull CT Diamond Club.
Gary Skiba, MBA, CPA
Phone: (203) 837-8696
Current Teaching Areas: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting
Research Interests: Financial Accounting, Tax Policy, Financial Reporting
Dr. Annie Wong
Office: WS 141
Phone: (203) 837-8577
Dr. Wong earned a B.B.A. degree in Management from the Shue Yan College in Hong Kong, an M.B.A. degree from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Wong is currently Chair and Professor of the Department of Finance at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University. She had taught various undergraduate and MBA corporate finance courses with extensive applications of computer technology.
Dr. Wong’s research interests and publications cover a wide range of corporate finance, investments, and ethical policy topics. She has specific research expertise in the area of rate regulation for public utilities where her work has been cited in numerous State court proceedings and by Canadian organizations since its publication in 1994. She has also conducted research on the stock price impact of foreign firms that have switched their American Depository Receipts listings from one U.S. stock exchange to another. Additionally, Dr. Wong has published the results of studies in the areas of a) legal rights and protections for shareholders, b) reporting compliance and c) the characteristics of authors in finance journals. She has presented many research papers at professional conferences.
Dr. Wong has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Management Research, and Journal of Financial and Economic Practice. She has also reviewed many chapters for various finance textbooks.
Dr. Wong received several grants for academic research and curriculum development.
Dr. Wong won the Best Presenter Award from the Global Management & Information Technology Research Conference in 2008 and in 2010, and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award (Ancell School of Business) in the 2007-2008 academic year.
Dr. Carol Chinwen Huang
Office: WS 136
Phone: (203) 837-3929
Dr. Carol Huang earned a B.A. degree in Languages and Literature from the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, an M.S. in Finance from the Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Before entering academia, she worked as a financial analyst and a money market trader in the financial services sector.
At the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Huang teaches courses in Personal Finance, Business Statistics, Financial Management, Finance Decision Models, and Analysis of Financial and Investment Decisions (MBA level).
Dr. Huang’s current research interests include portfolio optimization and investors’ trading behaviors. She has presented research papers at academic conferences, and her research has appeared in many scholarly journals. She is the author of two book chapters on international diversification and portfolio optimization.
Dr. Huang has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Futures Markets, Managerial Finance, Financial Innovation, Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, Review of Economics & Finance, International Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, and the Pennsylvania Economics Review. She also served as an associate editor for International Review of Business Research Papers.
Dr. Huang received several awards and grants for her professional performance and academic research. She was the recipient of the American Express Company’s Outstanding Performance Awards in 2001 and 2002, CUNY Teaching Fellowships 2005-2009, WCSU CELT Class Technology Grant in 2010, and CSU-AAUP Research Grants in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.
Led by Dr. Huang, a team of finance students participated at the 2015 Connecticut Venture Capital Investment Competition. After winning the championship at the State of Connecticut, the team advanced to the Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition Global Finals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.
Dr. Wenguang Lin
Office: WS 252
Phone: (203) 837-8578
Dr. Lin earned a B.S. degree from the Xiamen University in China, an M.B.A. degree in Investments from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. degree in Finance from the Louisiana State University.
Dr. Lin’s research focuses on variations of stock returns. In particular, his current research interests involve financial market anomalies such as post earnings announcement drifts, the role of value metrics in asset pricing, and equity portfolio management including asset allocation and diversification. He was invited to present in annual meetings of Financial Management Association and Southwestern Finance Association, among others.
At the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Lin teaches several courses including Fixed Income Securities, Principles of Finance and Business Statistics. Before joining Western Connecticut State University, he had taught Business Finance at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Lai Van Vo
Office: WS 139
Phone: (203) 837-9379
Dr. Vo obtained a Master of Science in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver and a Ph.D. degree in finance from Louisiana State University. Before entering academia, he worked as a business specialist at SOTRANS, a leading Vietnamese corporation. He taught at Ton Duc Thang University and Louisiana State University prior to joining Western Connecticut State University.
At the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Vo teaches Corporate Finance, Money, Banking and Financial Markets, and Financial Institutions. His research focuses on Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Banking. His works have been selected for presentation at leading academic conferences such as the Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, Southern Finance Association, and Academy of Financial Services annual meetings.
Dr. Vo’s research has been published in the leading journals such as Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Business Economics and Management, the International Review of Financial Analysis, Accounting & Finance, and International Review of Economics and Finance. He has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Financial Stability, Review of Financial Economics, Research in International Business and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, and International Review of Economics and Finance.
Mr. Robert Barghaus
Office: WS 237
Mr. Barghaus is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with 35 years of business experience, holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.B.A. degree in Finance and Accounting from the Cornell University.
Mr. Barghaus was the Chief Financial Officer for fourteen years of Blyth, Inc. a New York Stock Exchange (BTH) traded company with operations in 16 countries. He served as a member of the Office of the Chairman and was responsible for finance, treasury, accounting, SEC reporting, tax, legal, internal audit, human resources, investor relations and corporate IT.
Prior to Blyth, Mr. Barghaus held senior financial and operating officer positions with Reed Elsevier, John Labatt Limited of Canada, May Department Stores, American Can and Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Barghaus was on the Board of Directors of AdvoCare, Inc., where he was the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and served on the International, Risk Management and Compensation Committees. He presently serves as a consultant to AdvoCare, Inc.
Mr. Barghaus was a Board member for the Federation of the Handicapped in New York City and is a member of the Financial Executives Institute.
Mr. Barghaus has taught a few finance courses at Western Connecticut State University including Business Statistics, Principles of Finance, Investments, and Cases in Managerial Finance. He has also taught at Sacred Heart University and Cornell University. His teaching interests include statistics, corporate finance, and investments.
Ms. Terry Friedman
Terry Friedman earned a BS degree in finance and insurance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree in finance from the University of California Berkeley.
Ms. Friedman works at IBM, where she is a Senior Finance professional on the Finance Business Transformation team. Prior to her current assignment, she managed the Worldwide Incentives & Commissions Financial team for IBM, where she was responsible for all financial aspects of Incentives & Commissions, including sales plan design modeling, budgeting, forecasting, accruals, quota setting, and incentive plan measurements.
Prior to that she was the CFO for one of IBM’s start-up divisions. Her work experience extends across many Finance disciplines, including Financial Planning, Pricing, and Acquisitions & Divestitures. Overall, she has over 30 years of experience working in the Finance field.
Mr. Timothy Jackson
Mr. Jackson earned a B.S. degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy, and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Mr. Jackson is a co-founder and Partner of Stormfield Capital, LLC.
Prior to forming Stormfield Capital, Mr. Jackson was a Senior Investment Strategist with Gapstow Capital Partners, a $1 billion hedge fund-of-funds. With Gapstow, He was co-portfolio manager to Gapstow’s multi-strategy credit portfolios. Prior to joining Gapstow, Mr. Jackson was a Principal at Barclays Global Investors, where he was responsible for the management of a $400 million hedge fund-of-funds portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Jackson had been a Partner at Rocaton Investment Advisors, where he co-led the firm’s alternative research department, which designed and advised on over $15 billion of institutional alternative asset portfolios. Mr. Jackson began his finance career at the Northern Trust Company after serving as a Merchant Marine Officer and Lieutenant in the United States Navy, Reserve.
Mr. Jackson teaches Principles of Finance and Financial Engineering courses at the Ancell School of Business. His teaching interest is in the areas of corporate finance with a strong professional background in risk management.
Ms. Heidi Namiot
Ms. Namiot earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from the Smith College and an M.B.A. degree from the Stern School of Business at the New York University.
Ms. Namiot worked in the financial service industry for over a decade, primarily as a derivatives bond Trader at Merrill Lynch and Swiss Re. She has presented at international conferences on a variety of trading strategies.
Prior to getting her M.B.A. degree, Ms. Namiot was a research analyst focusing on electric and natural gas utility valuations.
Since 2007, Ms. Namiot has taught a variety of courses in both the Finance and Mathematics departments at Western Connecticut State University and at other colleges. She teaches Business Statistics for the Finance department regularly.
Dr. Mohsen S. Alizadeh
Office: WS 402
Professor Alizadeh holds Ph.D. degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (Graduate Center), Master of Philosophy from The City University of New York, Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Master’s Degree in Criminal Law and Criminology from Azad university of Tehran, and Bachelor’s Degree of Law from Azad University of Rafsanjan.
Dr. Alizadeh joined the Division of Justice and Law Administration in 2016 with 11 years teaching experience. Prior to joining Western Connecticut State University, Dr. Alizadeh was teaching at the State University of New York, Montclair State University of New Jersey, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Dr. Alizadeh’s research focus on theory testing in Criminology, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, and Policing Systems. He is also interested in Digital Evidence/ Computer Forensics and their related legal issues.
Professor Alizadeh is very interested in multicultural issues. He loves to travel and visit different countries.
Dr. Hasan Arslan
Office: WS 349C
Hasan T. Arslan joined the Division of Justice and Law Administration in 2018 with more than ten years of teaching experience. He received his Ph.D. degree in Criminal Justice from the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University of Huntsville, Texas. His doctoral dissertation involved one of the most massive Eco-terrorism databases in the world. Dr. Arslan also holds a law degree from Marmara University in Istanbul Turkey.
Dr. Arslan emphasizes the data-driven, scientific approach to identifying and analyzing the large datasets related to police use of force (officer-involved shootings), terrorism & homeland security and criminal profiling. His primary research project, Statistics Help Officer Training (SHOT) database involves an ongoing comprehensive data collection to define and consolidate information of police shooting incidents throughout the United States. The primary objective of the SHOT is to establish a repository of national data, which can be statistically, spatially and temporally analyzed to understand the dynamics of deadly encounters.
Dr. Arslan worked nine years for the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG – http://www.isvg.org/organization.php, aka Center for Business Analytics in the University of New Haven, CT). The non-profit research institution was created to test the feasibility of using a relational database to identify trends, relationships, and tactics of terrorist groups using only open source information. ISVG was awarded second place for the 2007 Noblis Innovations in Homeland Security Award (nationwide) out of top five finalists by Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. As a supervisor and assistant director, he did many presentations to many officials from various governmental and non-governmental agencies and was able to develop data collection strategies on critical topics (terrorism & organized crime activities) particularly for our funding agencies like U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Military).
Dr. Arslan published journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, conference proceedings as well as appeared in foreign press articles. He has made numerous panel presentations at national and regional conferences and has been invited as a guest speaker at various events.
Hon. William P. DeFeo, J.D.
Office: WS 349A
Professor DeFeo received his Bachelor’s Degree in English at Iona College, his Master’s in English Literature at Fordham University, and his Juris Doctor at Pace University School of Law.
He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1986 and to the Connecticut Bar in 1991. He spent several years practicing law in New York’s Westchester County and Connecticut’s Fairfield County.
In 2003, Professor DeFeo was elected to state judicial office and presided as judge in District 091 of the Connecticut State Probate Court for eight years. The jurisdiction of his court extended to decedent’s estate matters, trust and estate administration, family law issues, guardianships, conservatorships, and related domestic relations and children’s matters.
Judge DeFeo has been a member of the WCSU adjunct faculty since 2003. He became a full-time member of the Division as Assistant Professor in 2014 and has taught a variety of classes in legal studies and legal writing, including Commercial Law, Family Law, Senior Research Seminar, and Writing for the Justice Professions.
In order to further develop his undergraduate writing curriculum, Professor DeFeo has recently published a college textbook entitled Fundamental College Composition (Brown Walker Press, 2017). He lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and a disagreeable cat named Brutus.
Terrence P. Dwyer
Office: WS 346
Professor Dwyer retired from the New York State Police after a 22-year career, 17½ years of which were as an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). His assignments were with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Troop K BCI and the Violent Crimes Investigative Team (Major Crimes Unit). Prior to the New York State Police, he served as a Correction Officer in the NYC Department of Correction and a Court Officer in the NYC Courts for 2½ years. From 1993-2001 he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged in 2001.
His law practice has included several general practice areas over the years, including real estate, criminal, commercial litigation, estate planning and administration, and public-sector labor law. Professor Dwyer’s representation of clients has included litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, NYC Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings, NYC Office of Collective Bargaining, NYS Public Employees Relations Board, NYS Division of Human Rights, trial matters in state and federal court, and client appeals to the New York State Appellate Term, 9th Judicial District and the New York State Appellate Division, 2nd and 3rd Departments.
Over the past several years Professor Dwyer has been involved in police litigation and disciplinary cases either as an attorney or as a consultant. He has represented and defended law enforcement officers in over 200 disciplinary cases and as a plaintiff’s attorney he has represented law enforcement officers in workplace discrimination and sexual harassment litigation. As a lecturer Professor Dwyer has been requested to give presentations to trade associations such as the American Society for Industrial Security, Westchester County and Hudson Valley Chapters, regional law enforcement training centers such as the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, security company training groups and local organizations. Professor Dwyer has been certified and testified as a police expert in New York State courts. Since 2008 Professor Dwyer has been the Police Liability & Litigation columnist for PoliceOne.com. In addition to his PoliceOne.com articles Professor Dwyer has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles and is the author of two textbooks: Legal Issues in Homeland Security: U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Commentary & Questions (2014) and Business Law: Foundations for the 21st Century (2018), the latter which he co-authored with JLA Assistant Professor Thomas Miller. Professor Dwyer’s publications have been cited in criminal justice textbooks, academic articles and case briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, he has been consulted by prosecutors, news outlets, law enforcement agencies, and litigation teams as an expert in police procedure, gangs and organized crime. The areas of public and private sector law enforcement liability and misconduct, law enforcement disciplinary process, use of force issues, Fourth Amendment and privacy issues, and critical incident policy are of special interest and research focus.
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Dr. Casey Jordan
Office: WS 401
Professor Casey Jordan holds a B.A. in Political Science, Law & Society, from the University of Tulsa, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Additionally, she holds a M.Phil. in Criminal Justice from CUNY Graduate School (John Jay College), a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate School (John Jay College) and a J.D. from Quinnipiac College of Law.
Dr. Jordan is a criminologist and attorney with more than twenty years of university teaching, mediation, scholarly research and criminal justice consulting experience. Emphasis on teaching excellence and curriculum development has resulted in several pedagogical publications, including Allyn & Bacon’s Blockbuster Approach series (Blockbuster Approach to Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Anthropology). Grant-funded research and scholarly journal articles reflect her studies on homicide trends, serial killing and multicide, human trafficking, victimology (child abuse, domestic violence, homicide and sexual assault), and police studies, including articles in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, and the Praeger Handbook of Victimology, and African Americans & Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia.
She is certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Health Law.
Dr. Jordan has served the In Session Criminologist and Legal Analyst on CNN’s sister station TruTV, as well as the in-house CNN Criminologist covering unfolding crime stories and offering play-by-play assessment during live trials. She has represented WCSU as a guest criminologist, legal analyst, or expert commentator with more than 1200 television shows and newspaper stories, including 48 Hours Mystery, ABC News 20/20, NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, and on many current events shows (such as The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360, etc.) on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Court TV, and America’s Most Wanted. She has been quoted or featured in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Yankee magazine, USA Today, and Oprah’s ‘O’ magazine.
Dr. Jordan is a frequent guest speaker at criminology associations, forensic conferences and justice forums, including annual presentations at Danbury Hospital’s Pediatrics Conference and the Exploration Program at Yale University. She appeared in TruTV’s reality show Unsolved Murder Unit, where she teamed with a forensic pathologist and police detective to reprocess evidence and develop leads in unsolved homicide cases. She currently offers case analysis for Investigation Discovery’s series, “I (Almost) Got Away With It” and “Scorned: Love Kills,” as well as interviewing female subjects and analyzing their behavior
for ID’s newest show “Wives with Knives.”
Dr. Rainer Kroll
Office: WS 351
Professor Kroll received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, Graduate Center, and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Professor Kroll joined the Division of Criminal Justice and Law Administration in 2018.
Before joining the faculty at Western Connecticut State University, he taught at John Jay College for 15 years. While there, he specialized in instructing research methods, statistics, and geographic information systems.
His research agenda includes the continued study of law enforcement within the context of society. Given the fundamental shift in police and community relations within modern society, this is of particular relevance and importance.
Professor Kroll retired as a lieutenant from the New York City Police Department in 2018, after 35 years of service. During his career, he performed duties in investigative, patrol services, special operations, and administrative units.
Among his contributions to the local community, he is currently assigned to the New York Army National Guard as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, performing duties as an instructor and training site operations manager.
Dr. Kim Marino
Office: WS 349B
Dr. Marino joined the Division of Justice and Law Administration faculty in 2014 with 17 years teaching experience. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (John Jay College of Criminal Justice campus), and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Planning and Management from Long Island University, N.Y.
Dr. Marino’s research interest is in the correctional management of criminal offenders. She has conducted program evaluations for the Westchester County Probation Department in New York and is currently working with the Connecticut Department of Corrections to evaluate the youth gang unit at Garner Correctional facility.
Dr. Marino has developed and taught a wide variety of criminal justice related courses including Advanced Deviant Behavior, Corrections, Community Based Corrections, Criminology, Critical Issues in Corrections, Cross Cultural Criminal Justice Systems, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Law & Society, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Probation & Parole, Research Methods, Theories of Punishment, Women & Crime, Senior Capstone Seminar, and Psychological Perspectives of Criminal Behavior.
Dr. Marino is currently teaching multiple sections (including online courses) in JLA 150 Corrections, JLA 201 Criminology, and JLA 400 Research Methodology.
Thomas A. Miller
Office: WS 352
Professor Miller, a very proud alumnus, graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Justice and Law Administration from WestConn. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the Regent University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, he served as the Business Editor of the Regent University Law Review and clerked for the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate.
Professor Miller is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Connecticut. He owns and operates a solo, general legal practice where he has advised clients regarding a wide array of legal matters including real estate transactions, small business formation and operation, estate planning, domestic matters, criminal matters, and civil litigation matters.
In 2018, Professor Miller co-authored, with JLA Professor Terrence Dwyer, the textbook Business Law: Foundations for the 21st Century. He has taught a wide range of classes at WestConn, including Commercial Law; Writing for Justice Professions; Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis; Criminal Law; and Constitutional Law. He also advises the WCSU Moot Court Club.
Divya Sharma Ph.D.
Office: WS 350
Dr. Sharma holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her research focuses on topics related to informal banking systems, money laundering and terror finance; immigration, globalization and ethnic identity; and, organized crime and terrorism. She has been using mixed methods to study these topics and has collected data in India, Kenya, and the United States.
Dr. Sharma has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and submitted technical reports. Her work has been cited in various academic articles, conference presentations, books, and other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She has also written a textbook on Fundamentals of Criminology (first edition, 2018). She has made numerous panel presentations at national and regional conferences, and has been invited as a guest speaker at various events. Since 2008, she has peer-reviewed numerous articles for the International Journal of Stress Management, African Renaissance, Security Journal, and Violence Against Women. She is further exploring opportunities in the field of visual criminology, including photo essays and documentaries.
Dr. Sharma also has expertise in conducting field research, survey research, and program and policy evaluation. Her most recent projects include the Y.D.U. program at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, CT; the G.R.E.A.T. program at Bridgeport Police Department’s Community Services Division; Outsourced service sector, routine activities, and crime in Delhi, India; and, refugees and forced migrants in western India. In summer 2018, she was invited to conduct Research Methods Workshop for graduate students in Chandigarh, India.
Dr. Sharma has been supervising student research projects (primary and secondary data). Some of the topics include Drug Courts, Weed and Seed Program, Emergency Response to Hurricane Sandy, Female Suicide Bombers, Latina Immigrant Domestic Violence Victims, Supervised Diversionary Program in Connecticut, Stress Among Police Officers, Danbury Explorer Program, Police Perception of use of Body-Cameras, Opioid Crisis, etc. In May 2018, she was awarded the Ancell Outstanding Faculty Member award by the Student Government Association, WCSU
Dr. Sharma has developed and taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice, homeland security and sociology, including Criminology, Research Methods, Research Seminar, Advanced Criminology, Visual Criminology, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Political Violence and Terrorism, White Collar Crime, Organized Crime, Community and Crime Prevention, Violence and Victimization, Political Setting of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Victimology, Ethics in Criminal Justice, and Women and Crime.
Dr. Sharma enjoys photography, music, traveling, and exploring celestial objects. She has lived in India, Trinidad, Kenya, and the United States, and visited over one hundred cities around the world. Her guiding principle in life has been to make decisions based on possibilities, not insecurities.
Dr. Pauline Assenza
Office: WS 106
Phone: (203) 837-3962
On the Web:
Primary areas of Interest:
Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management
Dr. Pauline Assenza is responsible for the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management option in the Management Major of the Ancell School of Business. She is also responsible for ERIC@THEGARAGE, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Research, Innovation, and Creativity at WCSU, currently a student club and a resource center for students, faculty, staff and the greater Danbury community, providing assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses, supporting innovation in both corporate and “gig” economy environments. Dr. Assenza produces an Entrepreneurial Arc Panel discussion every semester showcasing local business owners, one of whom is always a WCSU grad. For more on her approach to entrepreneurship, see “What is entrepreneurship?” at https://impasidea.wordpress.com/
In the community Dr. Assenza is on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Business Council of the Danbury Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of the Village Center for the Arts in New Milford, CT, and Vice-Chairman of the Connecticut Consortium of Entrepreneurship Educators. She has worked with community leaders in Danbury and New Milford to help develop programming that could stimulate a local innovation ecosystem, and was a coauthor of the submission that made Danbury an Innovation Places Finalist in 2017.
Dr. Assenza has a Doctorate in Management from Pace University where her dissertation focused on the identity salience and self-determination of professionals, with implications for the organizational citizenship behavior of faculty in institutions of higher education. She also has completed graduate work toward a PhD in Educational Psychology at UCONN, studying self-efficacy toward knowledge acquisition in ill-structured domains. Dr. Assenza has a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of New Haven where she received the Outstanding Student Award, and has a degree in Honors English from Connecticut College where she wrote her thesis on Theodore Roethke: The Poet in Search of Self, An Investigation of the Creative Process. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society in
Dr. Assenza has published in several journals related to entrepreneurial ecosystems and entrepreneurial education, has published case studies in strategic management, and regularly attends conferences at USASBE and the Eastern Academy of Management where she received the Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2016. She received Professor’s Choice Award for the most widely adopted case, for “Ann Taylor: Survivor in Specialty Retail” from the CASE Association in 2012, and received the Best Case Award from the CASE Association in 2007 for “Claire’s Stores: Competing Betwixt and Between”. Her current research interests include entrepreneurial ecosystems, professional socialization, institutional environments, networks and systemic influences on internal processes, especially in small organizations.
Prior to Dr. Assenza’s arrival at WCSU she worked as a consultant in both manufacturing and service industries, helping organizations deal with management training and organization development issues. She is a past-president of the Connecticut chapter of ATD, The Association for Talent Development. She also runs a small business importing and selling Eastern European folk art at www.augustcollection.com.
Dr. Stan Bazan (Chair)
Office: WS 202
Phone: (203) 837-9238
Ph.D. Business Administration: Management: The University of Connecticut
MBA: The University of Connecticut
BSBA: Western New England University
Primary areas of Teaching:
Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship
Dr. Kevin Burnard
Office: WS 214
Phone: (203) 837-8947
Dr. Kevin Burnard is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Ancell School of Business. Dr. Burnard graduated from the Wolfosn School of Engineering at Loughborough University (UK) in 2013 with a PhD in Organizational Resilience and a Beng Honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Dr. Burnard also completed a Diploma of Industrial Studies working within the aerospace industry. Dr Burnard’s research and teaching interests focus primarily in the area of Operations Management.
Prior to joining the Ancell School of Business, Dr. Burnard was a lecturer of Operations and Strategic Management at the University of the West of Scotland (UK). During this time Dr. Burnard became a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and worked across several commercial and industry projects within Scotland.
Dr. Burnard is actively engaged within research activities related to competitiveness and organizational performance. Working within the area of Operations and Strategic Management, interest in how organizations are able to perform and function during periods of adversity has led to current research activities related to the concept of organizational resilience. Dr. Burnard has published research across several peer reviewed journals and international conferences. Research interests include resilience, organizational strategy, continuous improvement and crisis management.
Dr. Ming Ling Chuang
Office: WS 201
Primary areas of Interest:
Supply chain management
Dr. Alexandra Galli-Debicella
Office: WS 113
Phone: (203) 837-8181
Alexandra Galli-Debicella is an Assistant Professor of Management at Western Connecticut State University. She received her PhD from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also received a B.S. and MBA from the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University.
Her research interests currently include small and medium sized enterprises, entrepreneurship, service firms, business strategy, and innovation. Her work has been published in the Service Industries Journal and she has presented at conferences including the Eastern Academy of Management and the National Academy of Management.
Dr. Galli-Debicella has taught in the areas of Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Mohinder Dugal
Office: WS 112
Phone: (203) 837-3257
Dr. Mohinder Dugal is currently a tenured Professor of Management at the Ancell School of Business, Western Connecticut State University.
Dr. Dugal holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Strategic Management with a Minor in Marketing. He has over 20 years of teaching and research experience, having taught in the executive management, graduate and undergraduate programs of business schools at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Pace University, and Western Connecticut State University. Over the years he has served on several University-level and college-level committees, including the University Senate at FDU. He is also experienced in program development, assessment, compliance and documentation for accreditation purposes.
As a researcher, Dr. Dugal has presented his work at several prestigious global conferences, including the Strategic Management Society conferences and the national Academy of Management conferences. He has published extensively in several top journals, including the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of the Academy for Advancement of Business Research, Academy of Business Research Journal, Journal of Strategic and International Studies, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, and Competitive Intelligence Review.
Prior to joining WestConn, Dr. Dugal was Director of Risk Management at MBIA, Inc., the world’s largest monoline insurance company, where he was responsible for underwriting structured finance transactions for global corporations, banks and asset managers. Dr. Dugal has several years of Wall Street experience, having worked closely with senior management of financial and non-financial corporations, investment banks, governments, law firms, and rating agencies. His experience covers transactions across several industries, sectors and asset classes, in a diverse set of countries including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, India, Australia and Trinidad & Tobago. His specialized experience includes extensive due diligence knowhow (skilled in interviewing senior management teams).
At MBIA, Dr. Dugal worked on innovative financing solutions in order to enable new transactions while minimizing MBIA’s capital at risk. He oversaw a team of analysts, AVPs and VPs, providing risk management mentoring in terms of modeling financial projections, conducting stress analysis on actual and projected numbers, and analyzing potential securitization transactions – conducting financial valuations, determining loss model assumptions, projecting collateral performance, and analyzing structural and legal issues. As a member of several task forces on risk policy, he periodically reviewed underwriting risk guidelines, processes, and broader enterprise risk issues.
Previously, Dr. Dugal worked as a corporate analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, where he conducted analysis of financial and non-financial information to arrive at ratings for investment grade debt securities of companies in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. As an analyst covering a portfolio of over 100 companies, he regularly met with the leaders of companies in his portfolio, addressed inquiries by investors and intermediaries on key credit risk factors, and issued special comments and press releases on significant corporate developments.
Dr. Linda Forbes
Office: WS 385
Phone: (203) 837-3256
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises
Dr. Yaseen Hayajneh
Associate Professor, Associate Dean and Coordinator of MHA Program
Office: WS 143
Phone: (203) 837-8183
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Yaseen Hayajneh has done Post-Doctorate work in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Iowa, where he completed his Ph.D. in Nursing and Health Services Administration. He had completed his Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Services Administration from Jordan University of Science and Technology, where he had completed his BSN earlier.
His most recent position has been as Professor, Chief Academic Officer, and Dean of Academic Studies at Jumeira University (2014-2017) in Dubai. Before that, he was the Chief Operating Officer, Acting Director of Nursing, and a member of the Board of Trustees at University Hospital Sharjah. He was the Chair of the Health Services Administration Department at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan (2002-2003 and 2005-2008). He was an assistant professor at the University of Sharjah Health Services Administration department (2008-2012) and Montana Tech of the University of Montana (2004-2006). He held the post of Associate Director at King Abdulla University Hospital in Jordan between 2000 and 2003.
He is currently the Associate Dean of the Ancell School of Business, the Master of Health Administration Program coordinator, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Management at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.
Dr. Hayajneh has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in healthcare management, health policy, health informatics, research methods, and statistics. He is currently teaching in the graduate healthcare administration and undergraduate business administration programs.
His research expertise is in the area of healthcare management and health informatics. He has published in refereed journals and presented many research papers at professional conferences. In addition, his work has been cited in hundreds of published research articles.
Dr. Dan Weltmann
Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator of MBA Program
Office: WS 251
Phone: (203) 837-8182
On the Web: (For more information)
Primary areas of Interest:
Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, and Employee Ownership
Richard Montague, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor
Office: WS 204
Emilio Collar, Ph.D.
Office: WS 250
Phone: (203) 837-8903
Jennifer Flynn, D.P.S.
Office: WS 205
Phone: (203) 837-9357
Paul Nugent, Ph.D.
Office: WS 203
Phone: (203) 837-9339
Tom Yoon, Ph.D.
Office: WS 207
Phone: (203) 837-3963
Dr. Yoon is currently an associate professor of Management Information Systems in the Ancell School of Business. He earned a B.S. in Business Logistics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in MIS from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in MIS from Florida State University.
Dr. Yoon teaches Data Communications, Information Systems Hardware, and Information Systems Concepts.
Ronald Drozdenko, Ph.D.
Office: WS 301
Phone: (203) 837-8776
Appointment Link: To schedule an advisement meeting please go to:
www.DrozdenkoMeeting.clickbook.net and click on Advisement Meeting.
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Dr. Drozdenko holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Missouri
Ronald G. Drozdenko, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Ancell School of Business Marketing Department. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience that includes the following courses; Consumer Behavior, CRM and Marketing Databases, E-Commerce and Internet Marketing, Product Development and Management, Marketing Research, and Marketing Management. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Professor Award for Excellence in Direct Marketing Education by the New England Direct Marketing Association Foundation. He is co-advisor to Western’s award winning collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Dr. Drozdenko has directed or co-directed more than 100 proprietary research projects since 1978 for the marketing and research and development departments of several corporations, including major multinationals. These projects were in the areas of strategic planning, marketing research, product development, direct marketing, internet marketing and marketing database analysis.
Research and Publications:
Dr. Drozdenko co-authored, with Perry Drake, Optimal Database Marketing: Strategy, Development and Data Mining and has published professional and academic articles and book chapters. His scholarly publications have appeared in the Journal of Advertising Research, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, International Journal of Business and Public Administration, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Revenue Management, Journal of Product and Brand Management and journals in the medical and health care fields. His research articles have been cited more than 660 times in academic papers and he has been the recipient of several best paper awards at academic conferences.
He was granted three U.S. patents along with his co-inventors for instruments used in medical research and clinical applications. His current research interests include consumer behavior, business ethics, product pricing and purchase risk.
Dr. Drozdenko serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Revenue Management and the International Journal of Business, Marketing and Decision Sciences. He is a member of the American Marketing Association.
Xiaoqi Han, Ph.D.
Office: WS 348
Phone: (203) 837-9038
On the Web:
Xiaoqi Han is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Ancell School of Business. Dr. Han’s professional experiences have taken her from global companies in China to the United States. She worked for IBM, China, as an executive assistant responsible for local and global communication and coordination. She later joined Groupe Seb, a large French consortium that produces small appliances, in the role of Strategic Marketing. Dr. Han has also provided consultation to US startup companies such as 321 Experience Consulting.
Dr. Han’s scholarly interests include consumer information processing, persuasion, cultural, visual and verbal appeal in advertising, consumer inference, consumer bias and techniques of debasing. She is particularly interested in exploring the mechanism behind consumers’ lack of sensitivity to missing information (omission neglect). Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Business Research and Psychology and Marketing.
Dr. Han holds a BA in English Literature from Shanghai International Studies University, an MA in Communications from Marquette University, and a PhD degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She is member of the American Marketing Association, the American Advertising Academy, the Society for Consumer Psychology and the Association for Consumer Research.
Emad AbouElgheit, Ph.D
Emad AbouElgheit, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Office: WS 206
Phone: (203) 837-8775
On the Web:
Dr. AbouElgheit obtained his Ph.D. in International Business Management at the International School of Management (ISM) in Paris, France in 2016. He obtained his M.B.A. in 2010 at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Cairo, Egypt after obtaining his B.A. degree in Architecture Engineering at Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt in 1998.
Dr. Emad AbouElgheit is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Western Connecticut State University – Ancell School of Business. Also, he is a practitioner with over 15 years of professional experience in marketing, communication, information technology and management consulting. His professional and academic passions have been focused where marketing meets information technology. He held several senior marketing and communication positions at global private enterprises and international organizations.
Dr. AbouElgheit has been teaching undergraduate and graduate marketing classes since 2013. His interests in teaching include Principles of Marketing, Digital and Interactive Marketing, Advertising and Social Media Marketing, Salesforce Management, Services Marketing, International Marketing and Marketing Strategy.
Professional Experience and Consulting:
Before his full-time academic career, Dr. AbouElgheit was a Communication Expert at the United Nations. Also, he is a former Senior Consultant – Marketing and Communications Manager at the Gallup Organization. Dr. AbouElgheit was also the Chief Marketing Expert among a global consulting consortium for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to promote a 30m Euro two-year financing program in Egypt.
For five years, Dr. AbouElgheit was a Brand Manager at ITWORX, the largest software development house in the Middle East and North Africa region. He also led the implementation of various software development, e-commerce and digital transformation projects for firms in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He also provided marketing and communication consulting services for various public and social organizations including the League of Arab States and the Tunisian Ministry of Women.
In addition to his full-time roles, Dr. AbouElgheit has been engaged in various digital strategy, brand development, mobile apps, and creative consulting projects for clients in hospitality, travel, healthcare and pharmacy sectors.
Research and Publications:
Dr. AbouElgheit’s research focuses on consumer decision-making process, trust, social commerce, interactive and digital marketing, neuromarketing and mobile apps marketing. He has been publishing at peer-reviewed journals that include International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Middle East Journal of Management, and International Journal for e-Learning Security. In addition, he has been a presenter and moderator at various academic and professional conferences.
Donna Coelho, MSM
Office: WS 384
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Donna Coelho teaches at Western Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University in the Marketing and Management Departments. Courses taught include Principles of Marketing, Global Environment of Business, Consumer Behavior, Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Managing People, and Current Issues in Management. She has numerous publications in the areas of experiential learning, pricing, green products, consumer behavior and pedagogy.
Donna was Director of Development at Fairfield University and transitioned that knowledge to the nonprofit sector. She has over 25 years’ experience providing management, program administration, training, outcomes assessment and strategic planning services to local nonprofit boards of directors and small businesses.
She has also managed her own company and consults with small businesses and entrepreneurs. In 2005, she received a three year grant of $183,000 for the Center for Business Research at WCSU, to expand the Experiential Learning program for the Ancell School of Business. This program continues to serve WCSU students as the Ancell Collaborative Enterprise.
Donna holds a BS in Education and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master’s in Management from Albertus Magnus University. She serves on the National Collegiate Council for the American Marketing Association, is a member of the Academy of Marketing Sciences, and the American Marketing Association. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business Education. She has been Co-Advisor of WCSU’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association for the last ten years. This chapter has consistently been ranked in the top 10% of all collegiate chapters in National AMA competitions for the last seven years. She also chairs numerous national collegiate competitions for the American Marketing Association.
She also volunteers as Executive Director for the Keren Foundation, an organization that financially aids students in the foster care system navigate college.
Stephanie DeBartolomeo, MBM
Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Marketing from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and Management Information Systems from Western Connecticut State University. In addition, she is certified by American International College in online and hybrid instruction for higher education.
Stephanie spent 20 years at Fortune 500 companies including PepsiCo, IBM, CBS, Dr. Pepper/7 Up, Inc. as well as Playtex Products and Allied Domecq Spirits and Wines PLC. It is at these companies she honed her business skills initially in financial roles for new business development and innovation and then predominantly in marketing of consumer packaged goods.
During her corporate tenure, Stephanie was a member of the national marketing teams for Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Playtex Baby Care product lines. She later led strategic marketing for national and global brands and successfully repositioned declining businesses including Dr. Pepper, Vernor’s soft drink, Courvoisier Cognac and Sauza Tequila resulting in renewed growth and profitability.
Her work on the Courvoisier brand portfolio was noted by Erin O. Patton, author of Under the Influence as “the most successful … product integration in any category … in history”. Stephanie has appeared on CNBC and in prominent news and lifestyle publications including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, XXL, The Source and Vibe Magazine.
She received a National Marketing Innovation Award from Dr. Pepper/7 Up, Inc., and Marketing Excellence and Marketer of the Year awards from Allied Domecq. She was nominated for BrandWeek Magazine’s “Top 40 Marketers Under 40” annual feature for her work on Courvoisier Cognac. Partnering with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and dRush, her re-branding work on Courvoisier also earned Advertising Age magazine’s Annual Advertising Award.
As a freelance marketing consultant, Stephanie currently helps businesses develop and execute marketing strategy. As an adjunct professor of marketing she has taught Marketing, Retail Marketing Management, E-Commerce and Internet Marketing, Global Environment of Business and International Marketing at Western, Central, and Southern Connecticut State Universities and Quinnipiac University. She also teaches Strategic Marketing Management in the graduate program at American International College.
Richard E. Feldman
Rich is an integrated marketing pro who has held executive positions in marketing management, business development, strategic planning, and creative services for some of the world’s most successful agency brands. He is currently Head of Marketing for Finario, a cloud-based FinTech solution serving large enterprise, where he leads all efforts including digital, content, event and promotion marketing efforts. Prior he was Chief Marketing Officer for another FinTech startup, PrimaHealth Credit — a “buy now pay later” company empowering healthcare providers to offer alternative payments solutions at the point of care. He helped the company secure venture funding and establish its marketing foundation.
Other positions include: Owner/Managing Partner, Chief Strategy Officer at Doner CX, part of the MDC Partners holding company, where he led strategic planning, research, data analytics, CRM as well as account development and agency oversight; Managing Partner and co-founder of eSource Drive to Web Marketing, a “tuck under” with Westport CT-based Source Marketing, which ultimately merged into Source and grew to be one of the largest activation agencies in the country. In these roles he lead efforts on behalf of brands such as AARP, ADT, AOL, American Express, AT&T, Capital One, Chase, Erie Insurance, ESPN, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Novartis, Pfizer, Philips, Sage Software, Smithfield Foods, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Whelen Engineering.
Additionally, Rich launched global DM shop Brann Worldwide’s strategic consulting practice – where he is credited with designing IBM’s first worldwide relationship marketing program, introducing Merck to innovations in adherence marketing, and having helped to pave the way for the agency’s sale to Snyder Communications en route to EuroRSCG/Havas. Other stops include EVP Creative Director at Fairfield CT-based Blau Marketing Technologies, creative director for non-profit DM shop Sanky Perlowin Associates, and advertising manager at Demographic Systems, a data enhancement company.
Rich is a member of the marketing advisory board of the Ancell School of Business, and as adjunct professor at Western Connecticut University where he has taught an Agency Practicum class for seniors looking for “real world’ insights and exposure to concepts essential to a marketing career. In Fall 2021 he will be teaching Marketing Principles. Rich has also taught masters classes in direct marketing at at New York University, and is author of Deconstructing Creative Strategy, published by the Association of National Advertisers in 2008. Currently, he is a contributor to Cointelegraph and Bitcoin Magazine, offering perspectives on marketing to the burgeoning cryptocurrency category.
Rich is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, where he majored in advertising.
Paul Goldstein, M.B.A.
MBA – Babson College
B.A.(Hons) – Long Island University
Joseph B. Jaffe, M.B.A.
Joseph Jaffe is a 5-time author, serial entrepreneur, and as of March 2020, the host of CoronaTV, a daily streaming interview-based show about hope, positivity and optimism…and if there’s time left over…a little bit of marketing! In 2021, he rebranded the show as Joseph Jaffe is not Famous and plans to reinvent the talk show in the streaming era. Check it out at www.youtube.com/c/josephjaffeisnotfamous. Subscribe to the show at bit.ly/subscribetotheshow
As a consultant and thought leader in the marketing and innovation space, he has worked with countless Fortune 500 companies, as well as startups. As a speaker, Joseph delivers a brilliant, high impact message with innovative and practical advice for movement towards growth.
Joseph has started 3 consultancies, including HMS Beagle, Evol8tion and crayon. He has worked with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Visa, ABInBev, Pearson, Nestle, Purina, Steelcase, Colgate-Palmolive, Mondelez International, Keurig Doctor Pepper and many more.
His first book, ”Life After The 30-Second Spot: Energize Your Brand With A Bold Mix Of Alternatives To Traditional Advertising” (Wiley/Adweek) was released in June 2005 and focuses on how advertising is evolving in a world ruled by an empowered consumer and no longer governed solely by the 30- second spot.
His second book was “Join the conversation: How to engage marketing-weary consumers with the power of community, dialogue and partnership” (Wiley, October 2007), outlining the birth and rise of “conversational marketing” or what it has become known as today, “Social Media.”
His third book, “Flip the Funnel: How to use existing customers to gain new ones,” was published in February of 2010 and presents a powerful hypothesis that retention can become the new acquisition through the strategic incorporation and elevation of customer service, customer experience and customer-initiated word-of-mouth, content creation and referrals.
In October 2013, Jaffe – in collaboration with his former client at The Coca-Cola Company and ABInBev, Maarten Albarda – published Z.E.R.O. – Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model. Just ask Donald Trump if Zealots, Entrepreneurship, Retention and Owned Assets AKA Z.E.R.O. works!
His 5th book, “Built to Suck: The Inevitable Demise of the Corporation…and How to Save It?” (Ideapress) was released in March 2019. The central thesis behind BTS is the reality that the very thing responsible for the success of corporations – size, scope, scale – is the now the single biggest contributor to its demise. Large companies have lost their competitive edge. They’re slowing down when the world is speeding up. Put differently, the business model of big business is broken. Can it be fixed? Can they survival and even thrive? Magic 8-ball says, “ask again later!”
In 2019, he joined West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media as an instructor in the Integrated Marketing Communications online graduate program, where he wrote and lectures a course on brand evolution strategy and social media. In 2021, Jaffe joined both Connecticut State University and NYU as an Adjunct Professor.
Joseph’s impassioned, straight-shooting and honest perspectives have found their way to every major media outlet, including CBS Evening News, ABC World News, Bloomberg, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Newsweek, Business Week, Ad Age, Adweek and the list continues. He is a member of the Founder’s Institute, Entrepreneur’s Round Table and Techstars, and has lectured at NYU’s Stern Business School, Cornell’s Johnson School of Business, West Virginia and Syracuse University.
John Lambo, M.B.A.
M.B.A. – Wagner College
Robert Watson, M.B.A.
MBA – University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business
Marketing Principles & Sales Management Courses
Mr. Watson is passionate about marketing. Consequently, each of his marketing classes mixes theory with real world examples, all within an active and social environment that makes learning fun.
In addition to currently serving as a marketing lecturer, Mr. Watson also provides pro bono advice to a broad range of organizations.
His prior marketing positions include: Vice President of the International Division of Audits & Surveys Worldwide, Account Group Director of Millward Brown (largest advertising consultancy in the world), Vice President of Citicorp (largest U.S. financial services organization at the time), Market Development Management of Duracell, and new product development/brand management responsibilities at Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.
Mr. Watson has a lifetime teaching certification in both business and economics.
Tom Zarecki, MBA
Office: WS 239
Phone (Cell): (914) 548-4948
On the Web:
MBA – Western Connecticut State University
BA – Western Connecticut State University
WCSU Marketing Department Adjunct Professor Tom Zarecki, MBA, has spent his life in radio broadcasting, media and marketing. Tom worked as a radio announcer throughout his teens. After high school, as a Music Ed major here at WCSU, Tom was part of the student team creating campus station WXCI-FM. A few years later, he was one of the founding members of local radio station I-95 (WRKI-FM) and was that station’s very first morning DJ and program director.
Taking his radio programming, music and marketing expertise on the road for a dozen years, Tom consulted with 65 radio stations in 35 states to ratings successes.
As marketing director for Radio Computing Services, Inc. (RCS), a radio software company in New York, Tom wrote text for web pages, product brochures and animated demos. As spokesperson and head writer for RCS for 14 years, he travelled nationwide and worldwide, speaking at trade shows and conferences as an advocate for their broadcast software systems.
Tom was a monthly columnist for a number of years at Talkers Magazine and Radio Ink Magazine, on the board of directors for the Danbury Area Computer Society, and co-host of “Business Backstory”, a weekly radio program aired on campus station WXCI-FM where he served as faculty advisor, and was an instructor in the Communication & Media Arts department at Western for 9 years where he taught radio broadcasting.
Currently, Tom is the host of “The Weekend Wake-up Show”, airing weekly on WJMJ-FM radio in Hartford, CT, he also consults a number of local businesses with web content and social media ideas, and continues to teach in the Marketing department for Western’s Ancell School of Business.
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