At Utica College, we are committed to your success. You will be guided through the program by expert online MBA faculty every step of the way. Each member of our MBA staff and faculty have current experience in today's constantly evolving business world. Their relevant, practical expertise and deep knowledge of their fields will guide you every step of your way through your online MBA experience irregardless of your selected learning format.
MBA Program Director
Stephanie R. Nesbitt
Director of the MBA and RMI Programs
Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Program: Online MBA
Stephanie R. Nesbitt, Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and Director of the MBA and RMI Programs, received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, M.B.A. from Syracuse University and B.A. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty in August 2012, Stephanie spent 18 years working in industry as a risk manager and practicing attorney. Stephanie has been a featured speaker at several national, state-wide and regional industry conferences on topics such as insurance cost allocation methods, the impact of risk management on healthcare quality, individual and team accountability to improve healthcare quality, and HIPAA and patient privacy. Stephanie is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Society of Hospital Risk Managers, and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Thomas J. Armitage
Adjunct Lecturer of Public Relations
Thomas Armitage is a high-energy, socially-consumed digital marketer. With a passion for telling stories, he puts his creativity to use in building content that is optimized and attractive on the ever-changing, ever-growing web. He works full-time at Site-Seeker Inc, a digital marketing agency in New Hartford, NY, and part-time as an adjunct professor at Utica College. As a blogger, his pieces have been featured in Entrepreneur, MarketingProfs, PR Daily, SocialMediaToday, SEMrush, and Steamfeed. Tom earned his master’s in integrated marketing communication from West Virginia University and his bachelor’s in public relations from Utica College of Syracuse University. He's a music enthusiast, obsessed with punk rock and 90s rap, and lives in New York Mills, NY with his wife, daughter, and son.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity
Leslie Corbo is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in both the BS and MS Cybersecurity programs. Professor Corbo is a Senior Information Security Program Manager for PhishMe, Inc., providing services to fortune 500 companies in educating their workforce in IT-related areas. Additionally, she works with renowned universities collecting data, designing and conducting studies involving employee behavior towards phishing emails. Prior to joining PhishMe, she worked as a cyber security analyst, an IT-security analyst, and an Information System Security Manager on DoD and DHS Science & Technology efforts. Her responsibilities included network monitoring, computer forensics, security policy management, analysis, and incident response.
Leslie holds a M.S. in Cyber Security from Utica College, where she also earned her B.S in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD. Her areas of research include phishing emails, sentiment and behavior analysis, and the Internet of Things.
Sim J. Covington, Jr.
Adjunct Lecturer of Management
Sim J. Covington, Jr. is currently the Director of Career Services at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Utica, New York. Through setting the vision, strategic direction, and goals for the Office of Career Services, Sim’s responsibilities include providing all facets of career services to both undergraduate and graduate students seeking internship, employment, and graduate/professional school opportunities. Sim's experience working with MBA students and corporate recruiters has been well established over his professional career in higher education, including building relations with KPMG, Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Northwestern Mutual, BNY Mellon, and Aflac. Sim also completed a capstone project while obtaining his own MBA on, “The Benefits of Experiential Learning in MBA Programs”, which is in the process of journal publication.
In addition to obtaining his Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University, Sim is Meyers Briggs Type Indicator Qualified via the Center for Application of Psychology Type. With 11+ years of experience in higher education, Sim continues to promote diversity and inclusion in the academic arena while developing community partnerships for success. A 2014 graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley (LMV), Sim is also a brother of the Albany (NY) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as an inductee of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society. Sim’s educational training includes as Master of Science in Educational Administration & Policy Studies – Higher Education Leadership from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and he is currently in the dissertation stage of his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Donna M. Dolansky, CPA, MBA
Professor of Practice of Accounting
Donna is Professor of Practice in the Accounting Department. She received her M.B.A. from Utica College and B.S. in Accounting from Boston College. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty in August 2016, she spent 16 years working in industry. She started her career as an auditor in public accounting at Ernst & Young, LLP Boston and London. Most recently she was the Corporate and then Retail Controller at a regional community bank, NBT Bank. She is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and has an active CPA licensed in New York. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs and licensed in Massachusetts.
At Utica College Donna teaches both graduate and undergraduate students, on campus and online. Donna is excited about teaching at the college level and her professional career in industry combined with her academic background gives her the flexibility to teach in many areas of Utica College's business curriculum.
Away from campus she spends most of her leisure time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, and swimming. She is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and baking with her family.
Richard (Rick) G. Fenner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Professor Fenner is Chair of Economics and Finance at Utica College. He joined the Utica College faculty in 1989 after earning his M.B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. Professor Fenner's research interests are in the areas of education finance and teaching of economics, and his most recent work includes a study for the U.S. Department of Education on the impact of state aid on local school districts and an article titled "Addressing Prerequisite Mathematics Needs: A Case Study in Introductory Economics," which was published in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. Professor Fenner is the director of Utica College's Mohawk Valley Center for Economic Education.
Dr. Samuel Ferrara
Dr. Samuel Ferrara came to academia from the corporate world after 20+ years working in senior level roles involving sales, marketing, and business development. He earned his doctorate in organizational studies from the University of Albany and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He has taught a broad variety of courses across the business disciplines at Wilkes University, Keuka College, and the University at Albany.
Candace Grant, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic, School of Business and Justice Studies
Associate Professor of Management
Professor Grant is the Associate Academic Dean and an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business and Justice Studies. She served for 7 years as a faculty member at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where she was extensively involved in new program and curriculum development. Dr. Grant's professional background is in project and IT management, including work in North America, the UK and Europe. She is currently defending her Ph.D. at de Montfort University in Leicester, England and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, and a PMP designation professionally.
Dr. Grant also has school-wide responsibility for academic matters including program quality, accreditations, assessment & evaluation, new program development and launch, and related matters.
Glen A. Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Glen Hansen, Associate Professor of Accounting, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MS in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester. He also received an MBA and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Glen has previously taught finance, accounting, and statistics at Brigham Young University, the University of Rochester, Penn State University, Baruch College and Hunter College. He has worked in the financial industry designing accounting-based investment strategies for Ziff Brothers Investments and Battenkill Asset Management and continues to provide investment consulting with Morgan Stanley. He has published finance and accounting articles in several international journals and a book chapter in the "Handbook of security analyst forecasting and asset allocation".
Dr. Wayne Hollman
Adjunct Professor of Finance
With over 30 years of professional experience in the finance and financial services industry, Dr. Hollman has held responsible positions of authority with some of the top brokerage firms in the nation. He was a key player in launching an internet-based financial services firm featured in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and many other well-respected publications. He also organized and managed a division of financial advisors at one of the largest financial planning software companies in the nation. He has been providing online instruction since 2005, and has been with Utica College since 2009. He has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from San Diego State University, a MBA Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a PhD Degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Zhaodan Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
Professor Huang joined the Utica College faculty in 2004 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. He finished his undergraduate education from Renmin University of China in 1997, and received his MA in economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. His research interests are in the areas of investments, asset pricing, emerging financial markets, and financial intermediation. He received the AAII Best Paper Award from the Southwestern Finance Association in 2004, and presented numerous papers at the Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meetings since 2003. He has been published in the Journal of Financial Research, Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of Economics & Business, and Global Economy Journal. He also served as referee for numerous academic journals, including Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Banking and Finance. His teaching interests include Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Investments.
Director, Economic Crime Management
Suzanne Lynch has extensive experience in risk analysis, fraud control implementation and investigations in the financial services industry. Formerly vice president for security and risk management at MasterCard Worldwide, she has held fraud management positions at Goldman Sachs and Comerica Bank. At Comerica Bank, Professor Lynch had responsibilities for electronic banking fraud for both retail and corporate payments.
At Goldman Sachs, she implemented fraud control procedures for retail accounts associated with online brokerage accounts. At MasterCard, one of her many diverse responsibilities included conducting Fraud Operations reviews on banks to determine the levels of existing fraud controls, global fraud investigations and third party processing system risk controls.
As Professor of Practice in Economic Crimes at Utica College, she was named Director of the Economic Crime Management program in 2010. Professor Lynch teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate economic crime programs.
Professor Lynch holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University and a master's in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
John Markert, M.B.A.
Adjunct Lecturer of Accounting
John Markert has a long and robust career in business finance and accounting. The Vietnam veteran has worked for industry leaders such as JPMorgan Chase and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Upon completing his MBA from Syracuse University, the Certified Public Accountant began his teaching career in 1980 at Lemoyne College and Wells College. Markert has continued to educate students for more than 20 years and in eight universities.
Because of his background in Accounting and Financial Fraud, Professor Market began teaching for Utica College in 2002 in the MBA program, specializing in accounting, financial and general business courses.
Education Experience Coordinator
Program: School of Business & Justice
Born and raised in the Mohawk Valley, Professor Marmet (Matt) received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Union College in Schenectady, NY. From there he went on to the University of Connecticut where he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology.
Currently, Matt is the Educational Experience Coordinator for the Blended MBA Program, and an adjunct instructor at Utica College. The main responsibilities of his role include course design and delivery, as well as ensuring student success. Prior to coming to UC, his work experience includes time spent in Human Resources functions such as organization and management development, training and employee onboarding.
In his free time Matt is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and ice fishing. In addition, he is a Harley-Davidson enthusiast who spends most of his summers on two wheels! Matt is happily married to his wife, Shawna, and the two of them have a Bichon Frise named Leon.
Brett J. Orzechowski, M.S.
Asst. Professor of Journalism
Brett Orzechowski joined the journalism faculty in 2015 after serving as CEO/Publisher of The Connecticut Mirror/Connecticut News Project, Inc., a public policy news organization in Hartford and Washington, D.C. He previously taught journalism at Quinnipiac University with a particular emphasis on reporting stories using nonlinear, interactive digital media, and public affairs reporting with a focus on data and analytics.
Orzechowski was also co-creator of the Media Innovation Collaborative (MIC) at Quinnipiac, an interdisciplinary effort by the Schools of Business and Communications designed to equip students with multimedia and entrepreneurial skills. During its formative stages, the MIC incubator fostered 26 media-based businesses with 17 incorporated, of which six secured external start-up capital.
Earlier, he was a digital editor, producer and sportswriter at the New Haven Register with 15 state, regional and national awards to his credit.
Herbert Rau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Program: MBA - Fraud Managment, MBA - Professional Accounting
Professor Rau joined the Utica College faculty in 2006. Professor Rau's area of research and academic interest is business, organizational theory, marketing, systems thinking. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children and have moved here from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Professor Rau holds a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta, an M.B.A. from Nasson College, and a Ph.D. from Union Institute in Cincinnati. He enjoys sea kayaking, cross-country skiing and gardening.
Patricia (Pat) A. Swann, M.S.
Associate Professor of PR & Journalism
Patricia Swann is the former dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies and the senior public relations faculty member at Utica College, Utica, NY. She is author of a textbook “Cases in Public Relations Management: The Rise of Social Media and Activism” (Routledge) which uses national and international public relations case studies for graduate and undergraduate public relations programs nationwide. Swann served as president of the public relations division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the leading national educational organization for public relations college professors, 2009-2010.
She has more than 20 years experience in the field of public relations and journalism. She worked in journalism as a reporter/feature writer for The Southeast Missourian, a daily newspaper, and has spent the bulk of her professional career involved in healthcare and educational public relations. She has won national, state and local awards for writing, and public relations activities. Before joining the Utica College program, Professor Swann was a professor at Morrisville State College’s journalism program.
She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as faculty advisor for the Raymond Simon Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Utica College. She is associate director of the Raymond Simon Institute of Public Relations and Journalism. She received her master’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and her bachelor’s of arts degree in mass communication from Truman State University.
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