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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.
Ada Marie Bell
Ada Marie Bell earned her PhD from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She earned a master's degree from Ohio State, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in the honors program.
She has taught in traditional undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs in Canada and the U.S. for nearly 20 years and has been teaching and developing courses in the online environment for the past six years. Her work focuses on the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management and negotiations. She has negotiated collective agreements for both management and for labor and earned certification as a mediator in Canada. She consults with private and public sector organizations in the areas of managing conflict and developing respectful workplaces.
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.
Simona S. Citron
Simona Citron is a CPA specializing in the taxation of estates and trusts, cultivating a practice for the past 14 years. She earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago and a degree in Accounting from De Paul University. Her prior experience includes working for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of finance and accounting, primarily inventory and financial statement preparation and analysis.
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.
John C. Draut
John Draut joined Benedictine University in 1995 as an adjunct professor of Business in both its MBA Programs and Undergraduate Business, 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.
Jim Foley earned his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London and his undergraduate degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Previously, he worked in Los Angeles in the software industry, and he also lived in Mexico City, where he earned a Spanish proficiency certificate.
Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics, and export finance at the International Trade Center and NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University. Prior to joining the trade center in 1994, Foley lived and worked in Europe for seven years.
In 1997 Foley was awarded the Illinois Small Business Development Association ITC Director of the Year Award. In 2001 he received the Governor's Export Award from Illinois Governor George Ryan, and in 2005 he received the NASBITE International Trade Educator of the Year Award. He is also the author of the book The Global Entrepreneur, which discusses techniques to expand international trade for small to midsize companies
Ann Fulmer earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics with a minor in Communications from Elmhurst College. She is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society at Benedictine University.
Fulmer is a marketing communications professional with more than 17 years of experience developing effective integrated marketing communications programs, education and training, market research, event management and writing and design. Her extensive knowledge has confirmed her tenure as an adjunct faculty member for nine years at Benedictine University.
Fulmer also serves as a consultant to Marketing Solutions Plus, a strategic planning, business development and communications company, where she has a diverse portfolio of clients including for-profit service corporations and non-profit associations and municipalities among a wide array of industries. She also serves on the MBA faculty of Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, where she was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award for exceptional teaching and outstanding performance.
Jeanne Weiland Herrick
Jeanne Weiland Herrick, PhD, has been teaching Project Management for seven years in both online and classroom formats at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern University and now Benedictine University. As a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University, Herrick teaches project management, teamwork, business communication and technical writing. She also provides management consulting, working with organizations to assess their unique communication and cultural needs and then designing and developing customized organizational development strategies and training to meet those needs. Herrick's other areas of concentration are facilitating cross-cultural understanding and communication, including gender, race, ethnicity and professional contexts.
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 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.
Gregory J. Sellers
Gregory J. Sellers, PhD, is on the adjunct faculty at Benedictine University, where he teaches math and statistics courses. Sellers earned three degrees in physics: he earned a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1975 where he specialized in cryogenic solid-state physics; earned an MS from the University of Illinois in 1970 and earned an AB from Cornell University in 1968.
Sellers is a founder of FOTRON, Inc. and currently serves as its president. He leads FOTRON's efforts to develop fiber optic connection devices for use in high performance military aircraft. He possesses more than 30 years of diversified industrial experience in the management, development, marketing and commercialization of high technology products for the fiber optics, electronics and materials markets.
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.
Management and Organizational Behavior Faculty
Peter F. Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., Program Director
Sorensen is professor and Director of the Master of Science (MS) in Management and Organization Behavior program as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development program at Benedictine University. A pioneer in the Organization Development (O.D.) field, he helped establish Benedictine's Management and Organizational Behavior program, one of the first master's level organization development programs in the world. Sorensen was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change and has received numerous awards, including the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute. He is past chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management and serves on several professional editorial boards, including the Midwest Academy of Management Journal.
The author of more than 200 articles, papers and books, Sorensen co-authored the first global OD book, Global and International Organization Development.
Therese F. Yaeger, Ph.D.
Yaeger is the Associate Director of Benedictine's Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development (O.D.) program. She teaches Organization Development and Management and Organizational Behavior courses to graduate and undergraduate students at Benedictine as well as audiences in corporate settings. She has been instrumental in establishing the Benedictine University Distance Learning Executive Program for the U.S. Postal Service and has developed executive development programs for some of the largest corporations in the Chicago area including John Deere, Motorola, McDonald's and the University of Chicago Academy. Yaeger has been a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences and received an award for the Best Paper Presentation at the O.D. Institute's Annual Conference in 2001.
Currently serving as president of the Midwest Academy of Management, she has been the co-chair of its Organization Development Track for more than a decade. Yaeger is an active member of several national professional organizations; has authored more than 50 papers, presentations and articles; authored two books on Appreciative Inquiry; and co-authored the book Global and International Organization Development with Peter Sorensen and others. She is an editorial associate of the OD Journal and Chicago's ASTD Training Today and has been a guest editor of the OD Practitioner and the OD Journal.
Christopher Fernandez, Ph.D.
Born in Bangladesh, Fernandez earned a master's degree in physics at Chittagong University. He worked in his native country doing refugee and relief work for the United Nations and the International Red Cross and creating and managing service projects for the YMCA before immigrating to the United States in 1981. Fernandez has taught a variety of courses for Benedictine's Organizational Behavior program, including Conflict Management, Team Building, Process Consultation, Group Dynamics and Organizational Assessment.
At Lucent Technologies, Fernandez is a product manager for next generation wireless core-network products. He is involved with setting product strategy, acquiring resources needed to develop and support the product, and executing product strategy, which requires working with individuals who represent multiple cultures, functions, and teams, often in different locations and countries. In the future, he anticipates establishing a management consulting practice that focuses on the ability to maintain organizational performance and employee engagement in the face of chaos and adversity.
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