Faculty

Faculty Director

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Jeannine Kessler

MBA with a finance focus from University of St. Thomas; BA, organizational management and communication, Concordia University

Ms. Kessler provides leadership for applied business undergraduate courses, which support the College's undergraduate majors and serve students from across the campus and the wider community.  She also manages faculty recruitment and curriculum development for new graduate-level applied business courses. Recently she served as assistant provost at Hamline University. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and associate dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership at Concordia University. She has led programs and operations in corporate and academic environments in the areas of finance, human resources, and long-range planning and project management. She is currently working on a DBA in human resources.

  • ABus 3051 - Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors

Faculty

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William Bengtson

EdD, leadership, University of St. Thomas; MA, leadership, Augsburg University; BA, computer science/business administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Dr. William Bengtson is a corporate leadership consultant with over 30 years of experience in business and technology, having served over 20 Fortune 500 corporations and governmental entities. His expertise includes strategic assessment, project recovery and turnaround, change leadership, and program/project management. He is currently president and leadership consultant at the Minnesota Leadership Institute, which he founded. Dr. Bengtson previously served as chief operating officer of the Minnesota Security Board, director of financial systems at UnitedHealth Group, and senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has spoken nationally on a variety of topics and retains certifications as PMP and Agile ScrumMaster.

  • ABUS 4043 − Project Management in Practice
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Charles Bethel

JD, Hamline University; BA, business administration, Cardinal Stritch University

Charles “Chuck” Bethel is an attorney who has worked for the last 20 years assisting businesses and government entities with contract and litigation issues. He has practiced transactional law (contract drafting) and litigation, as well as dispute resolution for a range of business, government, and individual clients. He has owned or managed a variety of businesses, including commercial laundries, restaurants, and nightclubs. Chuck has taught legal research and writing at Hamline University and courses at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and Oshkosh, WI.

  • ABUS 4013W − Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
Michael Essien

Michael Essien

JD, William Mitchell College of Law; BS, chemical engineering, University of Oklahoma

Mr. Essien is the principal at Essien Law Office, PLLC, whose practice areas are intellectual property, business and corporate law, and international law. He is about to complete a PhD in organizational leadership and is interested in how leadership styles affect performance and creativity. He has taught online courses in business
law, legal environment of business, and business ethics at Strayer and Concordia universities and currently teaches legal environment of business at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL).

  • ABUS 4013W − Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
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Gordon Flanders

D.B.A., University of Phoenix; M.B.A., Carlson School of Management; B.A., Augsburg College

Gordon Flanders teaches courses in marketing, market research, international business, consumer behavior, strategic management, advanced management seminar, critical thinking and decision making, selling and sales management, and macroeconomics. He is a tenured assistant professor of business and winner of a Merit Award for excellence in teaching, service, and research at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Before working in academia, Dr. Flanders spent 20 years at 3M/Imation, where he earned the Circle of Technical Excellence Award and three Golden Step Awards for successful new product launches. The new products he launched have also won industry-specific awards for innovation and a US government environmental award.

  • ABUS 4101 − Accounting and Finance for Managers

  • ABUS 4151 − Innovation for Leaders and Organizations

  • ABUS 4509 − New Product Development
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David Franke

BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), University of Minnesota

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David Franke has worked in various project, construction, real estate, and facilities management roles throughout his career. Since April of 2017, he has been working in the Hennepin County Facilities Services group overseeing capital projects. He spent 11 years as project tenant services director at Xcel Energy, 7 years as director of design at UnitedHealth Group, and 21 years at various positions in the facilities group at 3M/Imation.

  • ABus 4213 - Fundamentals of Facility Management
Uriah Giordana

Uriah Giordana

MBA, University of Phoenix; BBA, management, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Uriah has 14 years in leadership and management roles with DISH Network and Sprint by Wireless Evolution in program management, direct and indirect sales, and new business development. In 2012 he cofounded SKYWISE Communications, a local business specializing in residential and commercial internet and TV. He currently works for Sunrun on residential solar power adoption through partnerships with national retailers. His areas of expertise are developing dynamic business leaders, motivating and coaching high-performance teams, managing strategic partnerships, and leading national retail go-to-market strategy. Uriah values flexible routines, careful prioritization, and carving time for life’s most important milestones.  

  • ABUS 4104 – Management and Human Resources Practices
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Bradley Goodell

Ph.D., clinical psychology, The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology; B.A., psychology, Hamline University; Certificate in conflict management, Hamline University

Dr. Bradley Goodell is a managing partner and organizational and wellness consultant for Integrated Wellness Programs Group, LLC, where he heads the Healthy Worker Program, a program designed to assist employees with managing emotional health-related issues. He is a contributing author and content expert with Whitewater Learning and has authored educational modules related to wellness, mental health, and organizational wellness. He has a strong background in assessment and testing and also has significant experience in individual therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families, working with clients from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities, as well as at-risk adolescents in school settings.

  • ABus 4022W – Management in Organizations

  • ABus 4023W - Communicating for Results
Drew Grahek

Drew Grahek

MBA, University of St. Thomas 

Drew was recently named the vice president of operations for Hawkins Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of industrial chemicals to municipalities and businesses throughout the central United States. A management executive with over 26 years of experience with Target, Kohl’s, Field & Stream, and Ulta Beauty, as well as business ownership, Drew has experience in retail operations, merchandising operations, property management, and franchising. He enjoys sharing his many varied business experiences, teaching and mentoring the next generation of business leaders, as well as learning from their experiences.

  • ABUS 4151 – Innovation for Leaders and Organizations
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Garth Hickle

PhD, Industrial Ecology and Sustainability, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; MSEL (Master of Studies in Environmental Law), Vermont Law School; MA, public administration, Hamline University; BA, history, College of Wooster

Garth Hickle is an independent environmental consultant with an emphasis on the circular economy and product stewardship. He led the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency product stewardship program for 15 years and served as the MPCA technical lead on product stewardship at the legislature. He was lead author of the Minnesota solid waste policy report and contributed to the pollution prevention evaluation report. He represented MPCA in international and national initiatives and symposia on product stewardship, recycling policy, and sustainable materials management. Dr. Hickle is also a senior lecturer in bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the University of Minnesota.

  • ABUS 4515 − Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future
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David Kaiser

MALS, interdisciplinary studies, Hamline University; MBA, organizational behavior, Mankato State University

David Kaiser's academic interests and consulting practices coincide in the areas of leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior. He has developed and taught numerous university courses about management. David has held both line and staff management positions in industry; consulted and conducted seminars with companies throughout the US and Europe; and received three professor of the year awards. David's educational philosophy is grounded in mindful inquiry and critical reflection rather than reaction and judgment. Whether in the classroom or in the boardroom, he strives to provoke interdisciplinary ways of thinking about organizational issues and opportunities.

  • ABus 4041 - Dynamics of Leadership
Geoff Kaufmann

Geoff Kaufmann

MA, health policy and management, University of Chicago; BA, biology, St. Olaf College

Geoff Kaufmann, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is vice president for patient services of the Biomedical Division of the American Red Cross. He is the former director of planning and marketing for the University of Minnesota Hospital, and is the Minnesota Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives. A nationally recognized authority in health marketing, Geoff has over 30 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, marketing, new product development, and operations. His focuses have included physician-clinic-hospital networks, clinical and service outcomes, senior health care services, a wound care business, and diagnostic imaging centers.

  • ABus 4501 - Building and Running a Small Business Enterprise
  • ABus 4701 - Introduction to Marketing
  • ABus 4703 - Marketing for the Professional Practice
  • HSM 4861 - Leadership and Business Planning in Health Care - Capstone
Maggie Kilpatrick

Maggie Kilpatrick

MA, industrial relations, University of Minnesota; BA, psychology, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Maggie Kilpatrick is an HR consultant and coach with over 25 years of experience. She spent 12 years in HR leadership positions at General Mills prior to starting her own consulting practice in 2002. She consults with small companies, both for-profit and nonprofit, on a variety of HR practices, including employee relations, performance management, succession planning, role expectations, and creating effective HR policies. She has also spent years coaching leaders to become more effective managers of people.

  • ABUS 4104 − Management and Human Resource Practices
Carol Klempka

Carol Klempka

MA, leadership and BA, human services, Concordia University

Carol Klempka is currently the program chair of the B.A. Business Program at Concordia University. She has been working in higher education and teaching online since 1998 and has developed leadership curricula focusing on process, ethics, strategies, and execution. Ms. Klempka has had the opportunity to help adult learners hone their skills and discover their leadership potential.

  • ABus 3051 - Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors
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David Lee

BS, animal science; DVM; MBA, organizational behavior and finance, Cornell University

Dr. David Lee is hospital director of the Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota. After receiving his DVM, he was in private practice in Portland, Maine, for a few years before returning to Cornell as an instructor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and assistant director of its Clinical Endocrinology Laboratory. He obtained an MBA, then served as executive director for strategic planning and business development and later head of marketing and external affairs for Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. David has also been hospital director for the Veterinary Medical Center at Colorado State University.  

  • ABUS 4705 − Leadership and Management for the Professional Practice
  • ABUS 4707 – Financial Management for the Professional Practice
Ann Lowry

Ann Lowry

Ph., organizational communication, University of Minnesota; MA, interpersonal communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA, communication and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ann Lowry has over 20 years of experience as an educator and organizational consultant on topics such as presentational speaking, conflict resolution and negotiation, and intercultural communication. She is owner and president of Ann Lowry and Associates, an organizational development consulting firm, where she specializes in group and team effectiveness, strategic planning and goal setting, conflict resolution, and more. She also teaches at Northland College. She was named one of the U of M's CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement in recognition of her contributions to Minnesota businesses. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in mind-body medicine with the intention of assisting leaders to improve performance.

  • ABus 3510 - Communicating Virtually Across Global Teams in Applied Business Settings

  • ABus 4023W - Communicating for Results
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Deborah Mackay

JD, Hamline University; MA, French and German, Cambridge University; BA, French and German, Cambridge University

Deborah Mackay practiced construction law for 14 years at the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson, where she handled a broad range of construction industry disputes and transactions. She has represented large commercial contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, material suppliers, and project owners. Deborah taught construction law and ethics in the Infrastructure Systems Engineering program at the University of Minnesota and has presented numerous construction law continuing education seminars. She is a past chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and a past president of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Twin Cities chapter.

  • ABus 4013W - Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers
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Alyssa Maples

MA, counseling and psychological services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; BA, child psychology, University of Minnesota

Alyssa has been working at the U since 2011 in various roles as an instructor, career counselor, and academic advisor. She enjoys assisting students to develop skills and confidence that they can take forward into their professional lives. 

  • ABUS 3051 − Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors
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Scott Martens

M.S., management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.B.A., accounting, Iowa State University

Scott Martens is chief innovation officer for Hennepin County, leading the Center of Innovation and Excellence. He has served as a senior leader for UnitedHealth Group, University of Minnesota, American Express, Ceridian, and General Electric. Since 2000 Scott has taught courses for the Carlson School of Management in operations, quality, supply chain management, and managerial accounting. Prior to entering the private sector, Scott served as a naval officer and aviator. He’s held numerous leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and serves as a strategy consultant to the Minnesota Make-A-Wish Board of Directors. He is a CPA and a CPL (certified professional logistician).

  • ABus 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management

  • MM 4035 - Supply Chain Management

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Daniel McNamara

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.S., industrial engineering, University of Dayton

Daniel E. McNamara has been a college professor for more than 35 years and has more than 25 years' experience in project management and in operations management. He currently teaches master's level and undergraduate courses at various Twin Cities universities. He also teaches courses in statistics, operations research, and project management. His research interests include the development of a set of new organic principles of management to be used in today's chaotic environment, as well as the relevance of today's business school research for real-world practitioners.

  • ABus 4012 - Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving

  • MM 4102 – Manufacturing Operations
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Jeffrey Neidt

MEd., University of Minnesota; BA, English and political science, St. Olaf College

During grad school at the U of M, Jeff taught courses in poetry and literature. He took a break from teaching to serve as a copywriter and creative director at several agencies. In 2010 he cofounded an agency, Caper Method, as a way to work with brands and agencies who wanted to tell thoughtful, authentic stories. In addition to running Caper Method, he is a frequent speaker and teacher of both poetry and professional writing, often looking for areas where the two fields intersect.

ABus 4702 – Applied Digital Marketing

Stacy O'Fallon

Stacy O’Fallon

MBA, Augsburg College; BS in Accounting, Golden Gate University

Stacy O’Fallon is a Certified Managerial Accountant, specializing in start-up and growth-oriented organizations. She has over 20 years of experience in service-based industries, focusing on the areas of accounting, finance, and technology. She has held senior accounting and finance positions with Oceanaire Seafood Room, HMS Host, Nath Companies/Bonfire Restaurants, and Kaskaid Hospitality. She started her own hospitality accounting consulting service in 2014, Front Burner. In 2012 she was selected as one of the Top Women in Finance by Minnesota Finance & Commerce. Stacy is an adjunct instructor in business and accounting for St. Paul College and the University of Phoenix.

  • ABUS 3051 − Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors
  • ABUS 4101 − Accounting and Finance for Managers
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Ann Redelfs

MS, zoology with a minor in mass communications, Oklahoma State University

Ann Redelfs has extensive experience in strategic planning, grant writing, and management for the success of national partnerships and centers. She has served at federally funded research centers, including the Cornell Theory Center, Center for Research on Parallel Computation, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In 2004 she founded Redelfs LLC to focus on working as an independent grant writer, project manager, and leadership team member for numerous organizations. She has authored, co-authored, edited, or ghostwritten grants and publications and is featured in the book Grant Writing Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets.

  • ABus 4571W - Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations
Kay Rindels

Kay Rindels

MBA, marketing focus, University of St. Thomas; BA, business administration and French, special emphasis on international business, Concordia College 

Kay Rindels is an independent marketing consultant with more than 25 years of experience equipping high-growth companies with the strategies to engage customers and stakeholders with compelling marketing and digital communications. She works with emerging and established technology firms across the United States to drive measurable change across their B2B sales channels. In 2004, she launched Rindels Technology Marketing Inc. to offer strategic marketing, analyst and public relations, public speaking coaching, and customer advocacy programs to a wider set of organizations. She brings these marketing best practices and examples to her courses to ready students for today’s business environment.

  • ABUS 4701 − Introduction to Marketing
Karen Schaffhausen

Karen Schaffhausen

Mini-master's in e-commerce, St. Thomas University; BA, political science, University of Minnesota

Ms. Schaffhausen is a marketer and business strategist who works as a consultant to the entrepreneurial community, including SaaS, manufacturing, and mid-cap businesses. Her special focuses are business and growth strategy, partnerships and business development, Lean Canvas, and Six Sigma. She draws on 15 years of experience as marketing manager for Honeywell International, the GEM Group, Gelco, the Carlson Companies, and Holmes Protection Group. Ms. Schaffhausen has taught a wide variety of classes on business development in the local community and is a facilitator for the UW River Falls Entrepreneurial Training Program.

  • ABUS 3301 – Introduction to Quality Management
Ralf Schirg

Ralf Schirg

MA, human development, with a psychology and business focus, Saint Mary’s College, Minneapolis, MN; BA, political science and psychology, Hamline University

Ralf Schirg, a German native, is founder and president of Serenity Consulting, which specializes in leadership development: supporting change initiatives, visioning, and human dimension-focused issues for both Fortune 100 companies and small businesses in over 20 countries. He has done in-depth work in inclusive leadership and team building, preparing clients for expatriation assignments, development of multicultural teams, and building strategies for global growth and expansion. He is also an adjunct professor at the Hamline University School of Business and gives keynotes and presentations on themes from his book, Flying Leap, on the role ego plays in our (professional) lives.

  • ABUS 4502 − Inclusive Business Leadership: Advancing Diversity
Brian Simons

Brian Simons

MBA in supply chain management and operations, Arizona State University; BA degrees in international finance, history, and political science

For over 20 years, Mr. Simon has held leadership positions in general operations and supply chain management across several industries, including aerospace, high tech, and health care. His background includes strategy, finance, and continuous improvement methodologies in a variety of business sizes and markets. He has consistently used training and teaching as a part of his strategic plans and leadership style, which allows him to bring a practical and effective approach to content and coursework to help students grow as business leaders.

  • ABUS 4022W − Management in Organizations
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Jody Tableporter

MBA, Yale School of Management; BA, economics and sociology, University of California

Jody Tableporter has experience spanning development, finance, and city design, which enables her to provide students with a 360-degree view of real estate and its inherent challenges and rewards. In addition to her U.S.-based experience (Cargill proprietary real estate investments, development, and finance), Jody brings an international perspective gained from 12 years in senior leadership positions in UK urban “regeneration,” part of that time heading South London’s redevelopment under Mayor Ken Livingstone. Jody has led seminars and lectured on real estate and city development topics and was a Harvard Loeb Fellow.

  • ABus 4217 – Real Estate Development: Process and Tools
  • ABus 4218 – Real Estate Finance
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Steven Taylor

MPA, George Washington University; BA, psychology and economics, George Washington University

Steven Taylor has expertise in facility management, resource optimization, and public administration. He is currently employed by Carver County, MN, and is responsible for 25 percent of the county’s operating budget. In all, he has managed over $100 million in new and remodeled facility construction efforts over the past several years, utilizing multiple delivery methods. He has also served as director of finance and administration for the Denver Public Library, senior budget and management analyst for the City and County of Denver, program controls manager for the Department of the Navy, and project manager at Lockheed-Martin.

  • ABus 4211 – Facility Asset Management, Finance, and Budgeting