Online MBA Faculty

Cindy Atchley

Cindy Atchley has more than 27 years of academic and corporate experience in marketing, management, instruction, and international business. She earned a BA in Marketing Management from the University of Oklahoma; an MBA. and MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a Certificate of Management in European Business from the Université de Caen, France; and a certificate in Brazilian Business Operations from the Fundação Getulio Vargas Business School in São Paulo, Brazil. She is working toward a doctorate degree in Multicultural and Global Management at Walden University.

Atchley was previously the Director of Professional Development Programs in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also served as Associate Director of the UIC MBA program.

Before entering the academic world, she spent 15 years in corporate management including five years with Baskin-Robbins, Inc. as Merchandising Production and Marketing Manager.

Ray Bell

Ray Bell has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses for several years in the areas of statistics, economics, strategic planning, and information technology for several major universities. Bell earned a Master of Commercial Science degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Math from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Bell lives in Oklahoma and is retired from Amoco Corporation, where he was an internal consultant on strategic planning for information technology. While at Amoco, he consulted with the Social Security Administration on the strategic direction of their Information Technology. He also was an international speaker on Information Technology and Information Economics.

Deborah Correnti

Deborah Correnti earned an MBA with a concentration in economics and finance from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. She has worked in both manufacturing and process design for Monsanto and Amoco Chemical companies. At Amoco, she worked in the marketing department, managing the daily operations of a petrochemical product line. Correnti also held positions in Operations Planning, Economic Analysis and Strategic Planning for a variety of product lines. Her specialty is microeconomic analysis and production optimization.

In 1999 she moved to London and began her teaching career, lecturing at Brooklands College for the Chartered Institute of Managerial Accountants. In addition to teaching she is a fiction writer and an antiques dealer specializing in rare books.

John C. Draut

John Draut joined Benedictine University in 1995 as an Adjunct Professor of Business in both its MBA Programs and Undergraduate Business School, lecturing in accounting, finance, business strategy, supply chain management, economics and financial reporting. Draut began his adjunct career in 1981 at Aurora University and has also taught at Saint Xavier University.

Draut has held many executive positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Finance, and Divisional Controller in his more than 30 years of business experience in various industries, such as hotels and resorts, agricultural equipment manufacturing and distribution, financial printing, electronic component distribution and commercial and retail tool manufacturing.

Draut is President of NorthStar Management Consulting, Inc., which specializes in assisting small- to medium-sized firms in developing business plans, strategizing, controlling costs, improving profits, management training programs and seminars and managing accounting operations.

Beth Kane

Beth Kane earned a BS degree in Commerce with a major in Accounting from DePaul University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business. She is also a CPA.

After six years of experience at various Fortune 100 companies she started her own business, which provides consulting for large and small companies for accounting and tax issues as well as income tax services for individuals.

In 1998 she began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at two neighborhood colleges. She initially taught online courses and eventually developed online courses, trained new faculty to teach in the online environment and mentored faculty through the initial courses of their online teaching experience. Kane wrote and published a textbook, Creating the Band, which allows students to practice what they learn in accounting courses.

Chet Legenza

Chet Legenza has been teaching for more than 12 years at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, online, and in the classroom. He has taught courses related to Business Planning for about 10 years.

Legenza recently held the position of Associate Academic Dean for Keller Graduate School of Management at the downtown Chicago campus. He was responsible for hiring, training and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate faculty. He is now an independent consultant.

He has spent approximately 25 years in Operations Management, primarily in the electrical and electronics industry, in positions ranging from technician through operations manager.

Peter D. Papantos

A graduate of Elmhurst College, Peter Papantos earned his MBA from DePaul University. He joined Benedictine University in 1998 as an adjunct instructor of Business in the MBA program, lecturing in operations and advanced operations classes. Papantos began his adjunct career in 1993 at DeVry Institute in their undergraduate school and has continued this relationship to the present. He also serves as an undergraduate instructor at Northwood University Outreach, focusing on operations, statistics and business philosophy/ethics.

Papantos has managed various process and discrete manufacturing operations for more than 30 years. He has expertise in meeting or exceeding the high demands customers place on today's organizations. As director of operations at Videojet Technologies, he facilitates four global manufacturing businesses, including ensuring that key safety, quality, delivery and cost objectives are met.

Daniel (Dan) L. Waldron

Dan Waldron is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University teaching MBA Managerial Economics, and for Western Governors University teaching undergraduate Financial Accounting. He also teaches MBA courses in macro- and micro-economics, statistics, marketing, financial accounting and leadership and professionalism.

As a corporate executive, Waldron has held senior positions in energy, franchising, aerospace, commercial printing and advertising/public relations. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Utah-based Davanti Capital and advises the founding member of a new, Nevada-based holding company.

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