Tiffin University’s School Of Business Faculty

Bring The Real World Into The Classroom

Tiffin University’s School of Business faculty have spent time working in the field and bring real, first-hand knowledge about the subjects they are teaching directly to the classroom. With their real-world connections, you’ll find real connections for internships and other opportunities that will transform your future and lead to Student Success!

Dr. James Padilla, JD

Associate Professor of Business Law & Sports Management
Executive Certificate/Sport Management, Loyola University – Chicago
J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law
B.A., Northern Illinois University
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Dr. Padilla is an Associate Professor of Business Law & Sports Management. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses within these programs at the University of St. Francis, Ball State University and Grand Valley State University. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Padilla has also provided fieldwork and internship coordination on behalf of the Sport Leadership Program at Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, Dr. Padilla led the development and operation of the West Michigan Sport Leadership Conference and Career Expo, which included speakers from such organizations as the NCAA, BTI Sports, InsideTheLeague.com, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. The conference covered topics such as Crisis Management in Interscholastic Athletics, the NCAA and Agents, and Women in Intercollegiate Athletics.

Since his arrival at Tiffin University in 2011, Dr. Padilla has served on numerous committees and recently launched E3 for Athletes, an organization dedicated to the health and safety of athletes of all ages. The additional founders of E3 include LeCharles Bentley (retired All-Pro NFL player and current entrepreneur), James Hall, Sr. (Associate Athletic Director at New Mexico State University), and Joe Borich (Director of the Tiffin University Annual Fund).

Dr. Padilla's sports and law experience primarily lies in the sports insurance field. For over 20 years, he has consulted with professional athletes, collegiate athletes, sports agents, professional teams and financial advisors to assist them with specialized insurance policies. Dr. Padilla created, owned and operated J&P Insurance Brokerage before merging his company with Braman Insurance Services (Merriville, IN).

Dr. Padilla and his family originally hail for the Chicagoland area and are avid Chicago sports fans. He is also an active member in the Sports Lawyers Association.

Dr. Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management
B.A., Albion College
M.S., Kettering University
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
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Professor Andrew Faber

Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.B.A. Tiffin University
M.B.A. Tiffin University
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Professor Faber has been an adjunct since 2010, and became full-time faculty Fall of 2014.  Before joining Tiffin University full-time, Professor Faber spent 10 years with Fruth & Company, PLL CPA’s, in their Tiffin, Ohio office, including serving as manager for 2 years.  At Fruth & Company he had many areas of expertise, primarily, those areas were individual and corporate tax preparation, financial statement preparation, auditing, accounting software consultation and implementation, and business start-ups, acquisitions, and dispositions.

Professor Faber received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tiffin University, and was a four-year letter winner on the University’s Football team from 1999 to 2002.  Professor Faber is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s.  He also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Counties, and is a board member of the Seneca County Revolving Loan Fund.

Professor Faber, along with his wife Andrea, who is Tiffin University’s Director of Financial Aid, reside in Tiffin, Ohio along with their three daughters, Scarlett, Savannah, and Stella.

Dr. Danielle Foster

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Ed.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Bowling Green State University
MBA, Bluffton University
BA, Bluffton University

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Danielle earned her Doctorate at Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation was titled K-12 Private School Leaders Perceptions of Enrollment Management and Marketing Planning. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor Degree from Bluffton University. Her areas of expertise include marketing, leadership and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to entering academia, Danielle had numerous years of sales and marketing management experience in the pharmaceutical and health care industry. She served as an accomplished sales professional known for delivering strong profit gains in highly competitive markets. She has a proven ability to recognize and capitalize on market trends and assume bottom-line responsibility for strategic planning, pricing, and market research. In addition to her industry experience she has several years of combined adjunct teaching experience in both seated and online platforms within the Degree Completion Program at Tiffin University, The University of Findlay and Brown Mackie College. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Iota Phi Theta “I have a Dream” Award and received the Certificate of Excellence for outstanding leadership and valued contributions from the Lima Affiliate of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Danielle was one of the Founding members of the Lima Points of Pride Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan group of community leaders that raised money to tear down abandoned homes in the Lima/Allen county area. She was subsequently awarded the Pioneer award presented by Iota Phi Theta fraternity to recognize her leadership contributions in the Lima community. She is currently on the board of education at Lima Central Catholic High School. In addition to her work in academia she owns and operates a marketing consulting firm.

Dr. Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

B.A., Madras Christian College
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
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Prior to joining our faculty in 2002, Dr. Gajjala taught courses in Information Systems and Business Economics at the University of Toledo’s College of Business Administration and worked as a Financial Engineer for an energy services company in Pittsburgh, PA.

His research interests include globalization and its implications for entrepreneurship and corporate strategy in transition and emerging market economies; Privatization in transition economies; and Business in emerging economies. His paper on the role of Information and Communication Technologies in enhancing processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies has been published in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the IFCAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development. He has also made several presentations at national and international conferences, including the Midwest Economics Association; Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conferences in Toronto and Maastricht {the Netherlands); and the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Hyderabad, India.

He has been a featured speaker on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, organized by the American Association of University Women at the Wood County Senior Center and the open forum sponsored by the international affairs committee of the League of Women Voters, Bowling Green, OH. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in International Trade, International Finance, Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, Managerial Finance, Microeconomics and Microeconomics.

Professor Rhonda Gilreath

Instructor of Accounting

A.S., The University of Kentucky
B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., Tiffin University

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Professor Gilreath has been with Tiffin University as an adjunct professor since 1998 teaching accounting, economics and finance courses. She became full-time in the fall of 2008. Professor Gilreath has worked at United Way, British Petroleum Oil (BP Oil) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company holding various positions relating to accounting and finance. In addition, she has owned and operated a tax and accounting business since 1994. She is currently pursuing a certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Professor Gilreath is an educational member of The Ohio Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). She also serves as Program Chair for Quantitative Programs and the School of Business Outcomes Assessment Representative.

Dr. Perry Haan, D.B.A

Professor of Marketing

B.S., The Ohio State University
M.B.A., Xavier University
D.B.A., University of Sarasota

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Dr. Perry Haan has taught and practiced marketing for more than thirty years. He held a number of marketing management positions in the financial services field before entering academe. His research interests include entrepreneurship, marketing ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing and sports marketing.

Dr. Haan was named an Academic Fellow by the International American Association of Financial Management for outstanding contributions to world economic development, business management, and international education in his work as an educator and administrator. He was one of three Academician Fellows chosen from the thirty educators nominated for the honor.

Haan has had more than eighty articles published in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship, and Journal of Hospital Marketing & Public Relations. He co-authored a statistics textbook.

He is a past President of the Tiffin/Seneca United Way Board. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, Association of Marketing Practice & Theory, the North American Case Research Association, the Christian Business Faculty Association, and serves as a track chair for the Atlantic Marketing Association meetings.

Dr. Haan is a former Dean, School of Business.

Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki

Assistant Professor of Management & Information Systems

Ph.D., University of Toledo
MEd., Bowling Green State University
M.B.A., University of Findlay
B.A., University of Toledo
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Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is an Assistant Professor of Management and Information Systems and current Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She joined the business faculty at TU in 2012.

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki comes to Tiffin after completing her Ph.D. with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study of and ethical practice of improving productivity in organizations. She has taught at several institutions throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and has several years of experience designing and delivering training to corporations, small businesses, organizations, and individuals. She is actively engaged in research and is a frequent presenter at both international and national conferences. Her current research interests and areas of expertise are in the use of technology to improve performance in the workplace and classroom, and performance interventions such as mentoring for performance improvement. She also researches Latin and Caribbean American business practices, due to her pursuit of warm weather and beaches. She is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory and has international teaching experience.

In addition to teaching and research she is a reviewer for the Journal of International Students, on the Board of Directors of The Mentoring Collaborative, the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GTAC ATD) and a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Below is a sample of recent publications:

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2013). Business in Costa Rica: Trends and Issues. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 15(2).

Kahle-Piasecki, L., Miao, C., & Ariss, S. (2012). Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 6(1), 56-68.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2011). Exploring the use of online videos: Practical implications for businesses. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 4(22), 151-157.

Nykodym, N., Kahle-Piasecki, L., & Marsillac, E. (2010, May). The Managers Guide to Understanding, Detecting and Thwarting Computer Crime: An International Performance Issue.

Performance Improvement Journal, 49(5), 42-47. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20151

Professor Laura Ketter

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Management

B.A., Bowling Green State University
M.B.A., Tiffin University

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Professor Laura Ketter began her tenure at Tiffin University in the Fall of 1997. Her involvement with students extends beyond the classroom in such activities as Advising a Sorority and IT Club, offering Yoga, and participating in numerous events throughout the year. Her ongoing support of Tiffin University and the scholastic process is exhibited though volunteer work, committee leadership and involvement, among other measures. She is currently President of the Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities and serves on other county advisory boards.

Selected publications, and presentations by Laura Ketter, include:

Ketter, L., Linn, J.R., Kingsley, S., & Wright, J. (1987) “Annotated Bibliography: Studies Done by DRC on Police and Fire Departments.” Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware.

Ketter, L., Kin, J.F. (1999) “Contingency Planning for Y2K: The Role of the HES Professional Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Managers” (ACHMM), 1999.

Ketter, L.A. (2004) “Applied Ethics for Auctioneers: Keynote Address and Presentation,” Conference of the Ohio Auctioneers Association, Columbus, OH.

Gatton, D.S., Ketter, L.A. & Kustis, G.A. “Gender and Nationality in 360-Degree Feedback.” Scheduled for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, August 2007.

Ketter, L.A., Chintala, E. & Ingalls, V. Engaging Students in the classroom. Presented at the Annual ACBSP Region 4 Conference, Findlay, Ohio. October, 2008.

Invited discussant at Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, August 2008.

Greening the Curriculum: How Do We Infuse Green Management into a Business School Curriculum - More Than Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Caucus Chair, Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois. August 2009.

Invited Discussant at the Oxford Roundtable, Women and the Academy: Status and Prospects. Oxford University, Hartford College, March 2010.

Walk the Talk: How Gendered Communication Styles Impact Status and Prospects of Women, Academy of Management Symposium, Chair. Montreal, Canada. August, 2010

Ketter, L.A., Gatton, D.S. "Gender and Face-to-Face Versus Electronically Mediated Communication: Perception, Bias and Interpretation" Presented at the Annual Meeting of Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

Professor Ketter has also made various community presentations in the areas of Cyber Ethics, Cyber Careers, Applied Ethics, Identity Formation, College Success Factors, Cross-Cultural Communications, ICT and Changing Business Models, and Recognizing and Overcoming the Digital Divide.

Dr. Kellie C. McGilvray

Assistant Professor of Marketing

B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., Tiffin University

PhD., University of Toledo

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Alumni, Dr. McGilvray started with Tiffin University as a part-time adjunct professor in 2003. Her full-time position started in the Fall of 2007.

During her part-time position with Tiffin University, Dr. McGilvray was the Marketing Director for a university-associated Credit Union in Toledo Ohio, where she worked for more than five years. Prior to that position she was the Marketing Manager for an Oracle software satellite office.  She is the Men’s Basketball faculty sport representative, Student Adviser and Special Housing Adviser.  She has taught Introduction to Marketing, Business-to-Business Marketing, Retail Management, Small Business Management, Marketing Communications, Marketing Management, Personal Selling, Buyer Behavior and Freshman Seminar. She is an active board member for the University of Toledo Federal Credit Union and a member of The Advertising Club of Toledo, American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation. Kellie’s research interests are in higher education marketing, online learning, online satisfaction and student-centered teaching.   Kellie, her Husband, Brandon, and two daughters Carlie and Braelie reside in Toledo, Ohio.

Kellie C. McGilvray, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Tiffin University with teaching concentrations in Marketing Management, Communications and Personal Selling. She has taught for over 10 years in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and both online and seated classes. Kellie’s research interests are in higher education marketing, online learning, online satisfaction and student-centered teaching.  At Tiffin University, Kellie serves as the Internship director for the school of business, advisor for the Business Club, Retention Committee, Scholarship Committee and the American Marketing Association Club.  Kellie also completed ACBSP peer review evaluator training. 

Dr. John Millar, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

B.A., Alderson-Broaddus College
M.A., Michigan State University
M.B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College
Ph.D., Michigan State University

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Dr. Millar has been with the university for 29 years and in that time has served in a variety of senior leadership positions, including Dean of the School of Business and twice as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. He is one of the advisors to the Circle K service leadership organization. In the area of international management, he has authored study texts and papers, given presentations, served as a consultant and participated in numerous seminars and panels.

He has been active in many professional organizations including the Midwest International Business Association where he has served as a program chair; the Institute of Business Administration and Technology where he has serve as a conference chair; the European Council for Business Education where he has served as a consultant and as a conference chair. For the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs of which TU is and accredited member, Dr. Millar has served as a consultant-evaluator, chairperson for Global Business Education, chairperson for Marketing and the Great Lakes Region President. He is currently serving a on the Baccalaureate and Graduate Board of Commissioners for ACBSP and is a member of the Board of Directors at the European Council for Business Education an international accrediting body for our School of Business.

Professor Teresa Miller

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management and Marketing

B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.B.A., Tiffin University
M.S., Florida International University

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Before joining Tiffin University in 1999, she spent 7 years with Tharaldson Enterprises, America’s largest independent hotel development and management company. Professor Miller traveled extensively opening Marriott, Hilton and Choice hotels across the country as a General Manager and Area Director. In 1997, she was chosen and awarded Tharaldson Enterprises’ Area Director of the Year.

Since joining Tiffin University, Professor Miller has been active on campus with the Hospitality Club. In the Spring 2006, she took 19 hospitality students to the Las Vegas International Hotel and Restaurant Show. She was published in the 8th and 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Professor Miller has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca County Convention and Visitors since 2003. She also remains active in the community by having her Events Management and Marketing class plan real events for organizations in the community.

Professor Miller also holds a professional certification, CHA, the Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institution. Recognized worldwide, the CHA designation is the premier symbol of professional achievement for lodging executives.

Dr. Shane Parendo

Associate Professor of Economics

B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

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After completing a Master's degree in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Parendo found his interests lied more in the area of Economics, one of his two minors as an undergraduate. At UCSB, he taught several fi nance classes as a graduate student while pursuing research in several fields, including Microeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics and Game Theory.

Prior to joining Tiffn University full time in 2011, Shane was an instructor for both the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University where he taught Introductory Macroeconomics, Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics and a graduate class in Industrial Organization. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society.

Dr. Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., Tiffin University
Ph.D., Capella University

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Professor Perry-Fantini earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Management. The British Standards Institution granted her certification as a Quality Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 in 2001. In 2000, she completed certification in Professional Human Resource Management from the University of Toledo and the Society of Human Resource Management.

She teaches courses in human resources, organizational behavior, and organizational communications. Additionally, she teaches labor relations at the community college level. Before joining the ranks of a full-time faculty member, she served as the Executive Director of Degree Completion Admissions. During her tenure, the number of students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree completion programs in business administration and criminal justice increased by 49% in two years. Additionally, geographic expansion and online delivery increased. She served several organizations in positions such as, human resources, trainer, benefits coordinator, lead auditor, radio script writer, and voice talent.

She is a member of the Terra State Community College Advisory Board. Previously, she was an executive board member of the Lorain County Urban League and a member of the Ohio Transfer Council. She has also served on Tiffin University’s Strategic Planning Committee, Portal Committee, Website Redesign Committee, and Information Technology Committee.

Her research interests include social development centered on the concept of identity by Erik Erikson, structural diversity, organizational transformation, classroom diversity, democracy outcomes, and adult learning theory. Her mission which fully fosters reflective thinking allows learners the opportunity to think about complex challenges or issues from different perspectives.

Perry-Nause, S. (2004). My Journey. Spotlight on Women, Summer Issue, pp. 23-24

Grant Writing:
Mays, L. & Perry-Nause, S. (2002) Title III Funding.

The Changing Environment for Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs, CPE Member Roundtable, Panelist for Eduventures, December 13, 2007.
Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisory Board quarterly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2005.
Understanding Adult Learners and Accelerated Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Senior Administration meeting (Special session), Findlay, OH, 2005.
Degree Completion Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Toledo, OH, 2004, & 2005.
Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2003, 2004, & 2005.

Professor Timothy Schultz, C.P.A.

Professor of Accounting

B.B.A., Ohio University
M.B.A., Washington University, St Louis

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Professor Schultz is a long-time Tiffin University Faculty member (25 years) and is an advisor to the Accounting Club. He is currently actively involved with the Business School Advisory Board. Professor Schultz has been the Business School Dean, Division of Business Chair and the Accounting Department Chair.

In the community, Professor Schultz is a member of the City of Tiffin Income Tax Board of Review and active in his church. He has served on the United Way Board, the Domestic Violence Shelter Board, First Step Board, the Red Cross Board and the Seneca County Museum Foundation Board. He has done volunteer work for the Family Counseling Center and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. He has volunteered with the “Accounting For Kids Day,” sponsored by the Ohio Society of CPAs.

Professor Schultz is an active member of the Ohio University Accounting Advisory Board. He is also active in the American Institute of CPAs, the American Accounting Association, and the Ohio Society of CPAs.

Dr. Teresa Shafer

Professor of Management

B.A., Ohio State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

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Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University's Marion campus. During her tenure, she served as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer and Public Relations Director. Upon completion of her master's degree, she joined the Shelby Insurance Company and served nearly ten years in various corporate positions including Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting.

Dr. Shafer joined Tiffin University in 1993 as an adjunct professor. In 1996, she became the Director of the Elyria Academic Center and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fast Track degree completion program in Organizational Management. She joined the full-time faculty as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 2005 she took over as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and successfully orchestrated reaccreditation visits with the Ohio Board of Regents, Higher Learning Commission, European Council on Business Education and American Council of Business Schools and Programs garnering the maxirimm reaffirmations allowed by all four accreditation agencies. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer as a visiting team member and distance education reviewer. In 2011 she became Associate Dean of International Business Programs and currently serves as a Professor of Management. Dr. Shafer is also a member of the TU Graduate Faculty Senate.

As an organizational behavior scholar, Dr. Shafer's work includes research into corporate mergers and downsizing and how these activities impact human capital and efficiencies. She has published and presented her research at numerous conferences both regionally and nationally. Dr. Shafer's consulting experience is extensive as she works with both national and international companies with respect to human resource training, executive coaching, strategic planning and budgeting. She also serves the higher learning community as a pedagogical mentor to various faculty members and institutions across the nation. Dr. Shafer is a member of several professional organizations and serves on a number of local program boards.

Professor Kristina Collins

Assistant Professor of Management

M.S. Ed., Indiana University
B.A., Indiana University
A.A.S., Purdue University
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Professor Collins is an Assistant Professor of Business at Tiffin with teaching concentrations in Management/Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Operations Management. Her previous 14 years of university teaching were primarily in Indiana, most recently as a full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Francis. She has also coordinated and led International Study trips for both undergraduate and graduate students to Europe, China, and Central America.

Her experience as an Administrative Director at the university level has focused in the areas of Organizational Development & Training, Curriculum Development, and Academic Outcomes Assessment. She is currently completing her PhD in Business Administration from with her doctoral research focusing on continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness in higher education.

Professionally, Professor Collins has Co-chaired two Higher Learning Commission self-studies and led program review for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) in addition to presenting Partnering with Business Professionals: An Opportunity for Real Time Student Learning at the Great Lakes Council of ACBSP peer-reviewed regional conference ( 2008). Additional peer-reviewed, professional presentations focusing on innovative learning and assessment strategies include: International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference (2008), Lilly Conference on College Teaching (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004), Fort Wayne Teaching Conference (2006), and the Midwest CHRIE Research and Teaching Conference (2005).

As a consultant and practitioner, she also has earned a Six Sigma Green Belt (2006) which is utilized in working with organizations to develop and implement continuous improvement programs. Professional certifications include Achieve Global and Covey programs. Her professional awards include the Presidential Award for Outstanding Evening Division Faculty of the Year (2002) as well as the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow Award as the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) faculty advisor (2006-2008). She has co-authored and received two grants from the Foellinger Foundation and the IPFW Diversity Transformation Initiative.

Professor Nancy Sullivan
800-968-6446 ext. 3188

Assistant Professor of Marketing

A.A.B. (2), Lorain County Community College
B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., Tiffin University

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Nancy J. Sullivan is the Dean for Tiffin University’s Degree Completion Program, and is also an Assistant Professor of Marketing. As Dean, she is responsible for instructors and academic policies and procedures pertaining to online and seated Degree Completion Programs throughout Ohio. Degree Completion Programs serve the educational needs of working adults who have close to two years of education and who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree. Nancy’s own experience has provided her with a deep understand of the adult student. She is a 2001 graduate of Tiffin University’s Master of Business Administration Degree Program, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Management with a Specialization in Leadership. She earned two associate degrees from Lorain County Community College in 1997. During her time with LCCC, she served as President of Phi Theta Kappa, Secretary of Student Senate, and was the recipient of the 1995-86 Outstanding Student Award. Nancy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Organizational Management from Tiffin University in 1999. She is also a 2001 graduate of Leadership Lorain County.

She is a member of the Academy of Management, Adults in Higher Education, and Leadership Lorain County. She wrote the following article, which is part of a Monograph published by the University of Toledo: How Community Colleges and Four-year Colleges and Universities Can Establish a Comprehensive Community College System in Ohio Resulting in Stronger Partnership with Colleges and Universities. Nancy also gives presentations on the topics of Adult Education and How Education Can Change Lives.

Nancy resides in Elyria with husband, Tom. She has two married daughters, a married step-son, and three grandsons.

Dr. Terry Sullivan, J.D.

Associate Professor of Business Law & Finance
Chair, Quantitative & Business Law Programs

B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University
M.B.A., Bowling Green State University
J.D., Ohio Northern University

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Dr. Sullivan began his career with Tiffin University in January of 1991 as Director of the Lima Program. In May of 2000, Dr. Sullivan earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, at which time, he joined the full-time faculty teaching in the areas of Law and Finance. In addition, during his 16 years with Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan has also taught undergraduate courses in the areas of economics, management and marketing.

He has served as the Chair of the Accounting, Economics, Finance and Law Department, as well as on the Athletic and the Curriculum Committees at the University. For five seasons, he was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach. Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the faculty advisor to the University’s Investment Club.

Prior to arriving at Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan worked for Whirlpool Corporation. In addition, he worked as a Mutual Fund and Insurance Representative selling Long-Term Care Insurance, and advising individuals on their mutual funds, IRA’s, Keoghs, 401(K) plans, 403(B) plans as well as annuities.

His favorite past time is spending time with his wife and two children.

Dr. Bonnie Tiell, D.S.M.

Professor of Management
Former NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
Former Dean of Graduate Education

B.S., Troy University – Physical Education N-12
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Sports Administration
D.S.M., United States Sports Academy – Sports Management and Human Resource Management

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Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University, is recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance.  Tiell collaborates with members of the World Olympians Association to supervise a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in host cities. She has coordinated educational programs for groups at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; Beijing, China; London, England; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016).  Fifteen of her students served as official volunteers.  More information is available at http://tuolympics.weebly.com

Tiell has presented research, taught, or collaborated on sports projects throughout five continents.  She is a member of the United States Sports Academy National faculty. She joins Alfreeda Goff from Alden & Associates as the co-founder of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium which has served almost 1500 female students and aspiring administrators in college athletics since 2001.  In her faculty role at Tiffin University, Tiell served as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, Dean of Graduate Studies, and MBA Chair. Prior to her faculty appointment, Tiell served as Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletic Director. She is a member of the TU Hall of Fame and has coached volleyball, softball (1993 national qualifier), tennis (2006 national qualifier), track, and basketball for Tiffin University [OH], Alfred University [NY], and Peace College [NC].

Tiell was named the United States Sports Academy 2014 Alumnus of Year and was awarded the Donahue Service Award by the NCAA II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Tiell also was recognized as a recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs and is a member of the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame.  She contributes a monthly column on sport and social issues for the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper and is co-authoring a textbook for Jones & Bartlett Publishing on Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach.  She resides in Tiffin, OH with her husband (Greg) and has two daughters.

Professor Susan Treece

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., Tiffin University
Ph.D. candidate, Technology Management, Indiana State University

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Prior to joining the ranks of full time faculty at Tiffin University, Susan Treece worked as an Adjunct Instructor and was the Associate Vice President of Information and Technology Services. She also has industry experience as a Systems Analyst and an Office Systems Specialist responsible for software installation, management and training.

Professor Treece has earned certifications in networking and database administration. She has also served on the board of several users’ groups and has several years of project management experience. She was instrumental in the design, development and construction of Tiffin University’s Hertzer Technology Center.

Dr. Wendy Ziems-Mueller

Assistant Professor of Management

B.S., Heidelberg University
M.B.A., Heidelberg University
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Dr. Wendy Ziems-Mueller is a fulltime Assistant Professor of Management/Graduate Program Chair for the School of Graduate and Distance Education at Tiffin University. Previously, Wendy served as the Program Chair for the BA in Professional Studies for Degree Completion, the BBA Program Chair for Degree Completion and the Dean of Associate’s Degree Programs for Tiffin University. Wendy has extensive higher education administration experience overseeing associate level and bachelor level programs. Before Tiffin, Wendy was the Dean of Academics for an occupational college in Toledo for 8 years and was responsible for programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Medical Programs, Legal Studies, Veterinary Technician Programs and General Studies. Wendy served at the Dean level for more than 10 years where she was responsible for more than 150 fulltime staff and adjunct faculty, managed curriculum, course development, and operations for colleges and universities.

Wendy teaches Leadership, Accounting, Philosophy, Business, Management, Marketing, and Mathematics. Additionally, she has taught previously both online and in a traditional seated capacity for various colleges and universities. Wendy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration focusing in finance and accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Heidelberg University. She completed her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership Degree in October of 2011 with an approved dissertation in strategic planning and higher education administration.

Outside of academia, Wendy participates heavily in philanthropy and non-profit administration. She has served on several Nonprofit Boards and is currently involved in the restructuring of a medium-sized Latino Resource Center in Toledo, Ohio. Wendy believes paying it forward and community service is necessary by everyone in the community and believes success comes from hard work and giving. Support from “womb to death” is a motto she lives by. Her experience in business management, human resources and leadership has led to her sharing that knowledge with her teaching and non-profit management.

Wendy is married to Axel and they have 4 children, Meagan, Lauren, Zachary and Elizabeth and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio. Wendy loves to read and write fiction; she loves to travel and spend time with her family; but most of all she loves the education industry and teaching. Wendy believes that education is a lifelong journey that builds on intellectual discovery and stimulates growth of the integrated student.