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Our faculty are a diverse group of engaging, global business educators who offer expert commentary and analysis on current news topics.

Accounting

Jack Klingler, MBA
Professor, Accounting
jack.klingler@menlo.edu
650.543.3903 phone

Financial Accounting
Prior to joining the Menlo College Faculty, Jack Klingler was Director, Accounting Research and IFRS Implementation at Alcoa. In that position, he was responsible for the transition of the company’s global accounting policies to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as well as evaluating the impact on the company of all new accounting pronouncements. While at Alcoa, Mr. Klingler moved through a variety of positions in the company, including pension fund investment management, merger and acquisition support, Finance Director of various Business Units and Director of Financial Accounting. Alcoa currently has approximately $24 billion in sales and is one of the largest aluminum producers in the world.

Mr. Klingler is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and a Chartered Financial Analyst, and has lectured and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Business. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and his MBA from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Financial Executive Institute, the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, and the American and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kenneth Leong, PhD
Professor, Accounting
kenneth.leong@menlo.edu
650.543.3856 phone

Corporate Performance Evaluation
Dr. Leong is interested in corporate performance evaluation, and in particular the use of economic value added (EVA) ratios in assessing company worth. EVA differs from standard earnings calculations in its inclusion of both operating costs and capital costs.

Donna Little, MBA
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Founding Director of the Menlo College Center for Financial Literacy
dlittle@menlo.edu
650.543.3929 phone

Personal Finance | Financial Literacy | Accounting
Dr. Little’s research focuses on the links between education in personal finance at the freshman college level, financial literacy, student commitment to degree completion, and loyalty to their entering institution. She has recently been appointed Chair of the Accounting Education Committee and Member of the Advisory Board, CalCPA Peninsula Silicon Valley Chapter. Her industry experience includes full-time and consulting positions in accounting and finance with Silicon Valley firms, including Yahoo, Sprint, Motorola, and various start-ups. Little received her Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and she is a second-stage doctoral candidate at the Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France

Janis Zaima, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting
janis.zaima@menlo.edu
650.543.3709 phone

Business Management

Frances Turner, DBA
Assistant Professor, Management
turner@menlo.edu
650.543.3808 phone

Consumer Experience in Mass Customization | Strategic Marketing and Management
Turner’s research is on the consumer’s perceived value of the co-design experience in mass customization and its impact on satisfaction and online loyalty. She has extensive experience in senior management and marketing in the private sector, including the broadband cable telecommunications industry, SMEs and entrepreneurial ventures. Turner earned her A.B, cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, her MBA in Marketing & Business Policy from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; and her DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France.

Ronald Kovas, MBA
Professor, Entrepreneurship
ron.kovas@menlo.edu
650.543.3762 phone

Professor Kovas has 40 years of professional experience working with Fortune 500 and small to medium size companies across a broad spectrum of business and marketing related disciplines. He has strategized, created and executed marketing programs, re-engineered company organizations and operations, consulted small and emerging companies in developing actionable business plans and assisted companies preparing for sale to third parties.

Leslie E. Sekerka, PhD
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Director, Ethics in Action Research & Education Center
lsekerka@menlo.edu
650.543.3701 phone

Ethics | Ethical Awareness | Moral Decision-Making | Adult Moral Development
Dr. Sekerka’s field of expertise addresses ethical awareness, moral decision-making and the influence of self-regulation, and how to establish workplace environments where ethical strength is both developed and supported. In her Ethics in Action executive speaker series, she underscores the essential nature of ethics in managers’ every day business decisions. Sekerka states, “I help students understand that unethical actions can cost millions of dollars.” She adds that “Short-term gains may put you ahead today, but the reputational costs and consequences over time will be deleterious to your character, and the strength of the company will ultimately erode.”

Pauline Fatien, PhD
Associate Professor
pauline.fatien@menlo.edu
650.543.3843 phone

Leadership Development | Executive Coaching | Critical Management
Dr. Fatien Diochon’s research concentrates on leadership development, with a focus on executive coaching, power, and critical management education. She founded an executive coaching program in University of Lyon Management School, France, and she is an active member of the Academy of Management. She was recently on the board of the Critical Management Studies Division; she is also member of and chair of the research committee of the Graduate School Alliance of Executive Coaching.

Critical Management Studies

Pauline Fatien, PhD
Associate Professor
pauline.fatien@menlo.edu
650.543.3843 phone

Leadership Development | Executive Coaching | Critical Management
Dr. Fatien Diochon’s research concentrates on leadership development, with a focus on executive coaching, power, and critical management education. She founded an executive coaching program in University of Lyon Management School, France, and she is an active member of the Academy of Management. She was recently on the board of the Critical Management Studies Division; she is also member of and chair of the research committee of the Graduate School Alliance of Executive Coaching.

Economics

Craig Medlen, PhD
Professor of Economics
cmedlen@menlo.edu
650.543.3814 phone

Economics | Fiscal Cliff | the Economy
Dr. Medlen’s entertaining and controversial lectures make him a popular professor amongst the students at Menlo College. His expertise is in debating the Fiscal Cliff, and discussing the economy. Medlen received his doctorate in Economics from U.C.S.B.

Derek Stimel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Economics
dstimel@menlo.edu
650.543.3752

Elections

Melissa Michelson, PhD
Professor, Political Science
melissa.michelson@menlo.edu
650.543.3844 phone
650.888.4810 mobile

Voter Mobilization and Turnout | Political Participation for Minorities | Elections
Dr. Michelson is an expert in national and California state politics, with a particular focus on elections and on marginalized communities including ethnic/racial minorities and the LGBT community. She has published widely in the areas of Latino, Black, Asian, and youth voter participation, on immigration, and on same-sex marriage. Her most recent book, Mobilizing Inclusion, discusses how to increase voter turnout in minority communities; she is currently writing books on same-sex marriage and Latino undocumented youth (DREAMers). She has a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Entrepreneurship

Ronald Kovas, MBA
Professor, Entrepreneurship
ron.kovas@menlo.edu
650.543.3762 phone

Professor Kovas has 40 years of professional experience working with Fortune 500 and small to medium size companies across a broad spectrum of business and marketing related disciplines. He has strategized, created and executed marketing programs, re-engineered company organizations and operations, consulted small and emerging companies in developing actionable business plans and assisted companies preparing for sale to third parties.

Fabian Eggers, PhD
Assistant Professor, Marketing
fabian.eggers@menlo.edu
650.543.3871 phone

Entrepreneurial Marketing | Strategic Planning | Management
Dr. Eggers has taught numerous courses in the areas of entrepreneurial marketing, strategic planning, management, small company growth, and marketing. He is actively involved in international projects in marketing and entrepreneurship and started and consulted several startups in the recent past. Dr. Eggers is the co-chair of the annual Global Research Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He received his MBA in Management /Marketing from the University of Hamburg, Germany and his doctorate in Entrepreneurship from Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Ethics & Corporate Responsibility

Leslie E. Sekerka, PhD
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Director, Ethics in Action Research & Education Center
lsekerka@menlo.edu
650.543.3701 phone

Ethics | Ethical Awareness | Moral Decision-Making | Adult Moral Development
Dr. Sekerka’s field of expertise addresses ethical awareness, moral decision-making and the influence of self-regulation, and how to establish workplace environments where ethical strength is both developed and supported. In her Ethics in Action executive speaker series, she underscores the essential nature of ethics in managers’ every day business decisions. Sekerka states, “I help students understand that unethical actions can cost millions of dollars.” She adds that “Short-term gains may put you ahead today, but the reputational costs and consequences over time will be deleterious to your character, and the strength of the company will ultimately erode.”

Finance

Soumendra De, DBA
Professor, Finance
sde@menlo.edu
650.543.3883 phone

Mergers and Acquisitions | Banking and Regulation | Global Capital Markets
Dr. De’s research interests are in mergers and acquisitions, banking and regulation, and global capital markets. De received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and his doctorate in Finance from Southern Illinois University.

Dima Leschchinskii, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Finance
dleshchinskii@menlo.edu
650.543.3873

Dr. Leschchinskii received an Honors Diploma in Applied Mathematics from Tomsk State University, Russia, an MBA from the University of Utah, and his Ph.D. in Management (Finance) from INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires or European Institute for Business Administration), France.

Financial Literacy

Donna Little, MBA
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Founding Director of the Menlo College Center for Financial Literacy
dlittle@menlo.edu
650.543.3929 phone

Personal Finance | Financial Literacy | Accounting
Dr. Little’s research focuses on the links between education in personal finance at the freshman college level, financial literacy, student commitment to degree completion, and loyalty to their entering institution. She has recently been appointed Chair of the Accounting Education Committee and Member of the Advisory Board, CalCPA Peninsula Silicon Valley Chapter. Her industry experience includes full-time and consulting positions in accounting and finance with Silicon Valley firms, including Yahoo, Sprint, Motorola, and various start-ups. Little received her Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and she is a second-stage doctoral candidate at the Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France

Human Resource Management

Kathi Lovelace, PhD
Associate Professor, Management
kathi.lovelace@menlo.edu
650.543.3848 phone

Stress and Wellness | Management Skills Development | Leadership Development
Dr. Lovelace’s expertise encompasses stress and wellness within the workplace and management skills development. Her research within these domains includes leadership development (and coaching) efforts aimed at managing high demands and increasing long term control, including physical fitness, optimism and experiences of flow. Current research extends this individual focus to the organizational level by proposing workplace spirituality as an organizational factor that can facilitate improved performance and well-being. She recently served as a special issue editor for the Journal of Management Education on the topic of Stress, Performance and Wellness and has experience developing curriculum on stress and health in the workplace and management skills.

Dr. Lovelace is a veteran teacher and has extensively researched interdisciplinary and skill-based pedagogy. In the classroom, Dr. Lovelace uses on-line simulations in team leadership, change management, human resource strategy, and staffing of human resources. Her current research in this area is examining the effectiveness of simulation-based training on student’s use of evidence-based management. She also serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. Dr. Lovelace earned a Ph.D. in Organization Studies with a minor in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

International Business

Rajesh Kumar
Professor
rajesh.kumar@menlo.edu

Marketing

Stephanie Dellande, PhD
Associate Professor, Marketing
sdellande@menlo.edu
650.543.3902 phone

Consumer Compliance Behavior
Dr. Dellande’s expertise pertains to understanding the factors that influence consumer adherence to complete long-term programs, as well as expertise in a group of services known as Compliance Dependent Services (CDS).

Dellande empirically found that one of the primary determinants of consumer adherence to complete long-term programs, e.g., debt management, once the customer is away from the service provider, is extrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation pertains to the ways in which the service provider can encourage the customer to stick with and satisfactorily complete a program.

Dellande is also an expert in Compliance Dependent Services (CDS). In certain classes of services, the consumer’s role in the service delivery process often extends beyond the face-to-face exchange; these services are long-term programs and often require a life style change. Examples of CDS include auto maintenance, chronic pain programs, education, and long-term medical programs, such as cholesterol management.

Fabian Eggers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Marketing
fabian.eggers@menlo.edu
650.543.3871

Entrepreneurial Marketing | Strategic Planning | Management
Dr. Eggers has taught numerous courses in the areas of entrepreneurial marketing, strategic planning, management, small company growth, and marketing. He is actively involved in international projects in marketing and entrepreneurship and started and consulted several startups in the recent past. Dr. Eggers is the co-chair of the annual Global Research Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He received an MBA in Management /Marketing from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and his doctorate in Entrepreneurship from Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Deborah Brown McCabe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Marketing
dmccabe@menlo.edu
650.543.3872

Marketing | Research on Technology & Decision-Making | Business Communications
Dr. McCabe teaches marketing, research methods and business communications. She was also a Visiting Professor in the International Master’s in Marketing program at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Working with clients including Aetna Casualty and Surety, AT&T, Andersen Consulting, the FDIC, the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and others, Dr. McCabe was a founding partner of Gallegos, Brown, Silvey and Associates, an organizational development, training, and consulting firm. She received a master’s of Arts in Organizational Communication from California State University, Hayward, and her doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Arizona State University.

Frances Turner, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Management
fturner@menlo.edu
650.543.3808

Consumer Experience in Mass Customization | Strategic Marketing & Management
Turner’s research is on the consumer’s perceived value of the co-design experience in mass customization and its impact on satisfaction and online loyalty. She has extensive experience in senior management and marketing in the private sector, including the broadband cable telecommunications industry, SMEs and entrepreneurial ventures. Turner earned her A.B, cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, her M.B.A in Marketing & Business Policy from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; and her DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France.

Markets & Investing

Dima Leschchinskii, PhD
Assistant Professor, Finance
dleshchinskii@menlo.edu
650.543.3873 phone

Dr. Leschchinskii received an Honors Diploma in Applied Mathematics from Tomsk State University, Russia, an MBA from the University of Utah, and his PhD in Management (Finance) from INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires or European Institute for Business Administration), France.

Organizational Behavior

Pauline Fatien, PhD
Associate Professor
pauline.fatien@menlo.edu
650.543.3843 phone

Leadership Development | Executive Coaching | Critical Management
Dr. Fatien Diochon’s research concentrates on leadership development, with a focus on executive coaching, power, and critical management education. She founded an executive coaching program in University of Lyon Management School, France, and she is an active member of the Academy of Management. She was recently on the board of the Critical Management Studies Division; she is also member of and chair of the research committee of the Graduate School Alliance of Executive Coaching.

Kathi Lovelace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management
kathi.lovelace@menlo.edu
650.543.3848

Stress and Wellness | Management Skills Development | Leadership Development
Dr. Lovelace’s expertise encompasses stress and wellness within the workplace and management skills development. Her research within these domains includes leadership development (and coaching) efforts aimed at managing high demands and increasing long term control, including physical fitness, optimism and experiences of flow. Current research extends this individual focus to the organizational level by proposing workplace spirituality as an organizational factor that can facilitate improved performance and well-being. She recently served as a special issue editor for the Journal of Management Education on the topic of Stress, Performance and Wellness and has experience developing curriculum on stress and health in the workplace and management skills.

Dr. Lovelace is a veteran teacher and has extensively researched interdisciplinary and skill-based pedagogy. In the classroom, Dr. Lovelace uses on-line simulations in team leadership, change management, human resource strategy, and staffing of human resources. Her current research in this area is examining the effectiveness of simulation-based training on student’s use of evidence-based management. She also serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. Dr. Lovelace earned a Ph.D. in Organization Studies with a minor in Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Leslie E. Sekerka, Ph.D.
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Director, Ethics in Action Research & Education Center
lsekerka@menlo.edu
650.543.3701

Ethics | Ethical Awareness | Moral Decision-Making | Adult Moral Development
Dr. Sekerka’s field of expertise addresses ethical awareness, moral decision-making and the influence of self-regulation, and how to establish workplace environments where ethical strength is both developed and supported. In her Ethics in Action executive speaker series, she underscores the essential nature of ethics in managers’ every day business decisions. Sekerka states, “I help students understand that unethical actions can cost millions of dollars.” She adds that “Short-term gains may put you ahead today, but the reputational costs and consequences over time will be deleterious to your character, and the strength of the company will ultimately erode.”

Political Science & Public Policy

Melissa Michelson, PhD
Professor, Political Science
melissa.michelson@menlo.edu
650.543.3844 phone
650.888.4810 mobile

Voter Mobilization and Turnout | Political Participation for Minorities | Elections
Dr. Michelson is an expert in national and California state politics, with a particular focus on elections and on marginalized communities including ethnic/racial minorities and the LGBT community. She has published widely in the areas of Latino, Black, Asian, and youth voter participation, on immigration, and on same-sex marriage. Her most recent book, Mobilizing Inclusion, discusses how to increase voter turnout in minority communities; she is currently writing books on same-sex marriage and Latino undocumented youth (DREAMers). She has a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Psychology

Mark Hager, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
mhager@menlo.edu
650.543.3741 phone

Mentoring | Developmental Networks
Dr. Hager’s research focuses on mentoring, developmental networks, technology and pedagogy in higher education settings, including undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral work.

Beth Milwid
Assistant Professor of Psychology
beth.milwid@menlo.edu

Real Estate

Dima Leschchinskii, PhD
Assistant Professor, Finance
dleshchinskii@menlo.edu
650.543.3873 phone

Dr. Leschchinskii received an Honors Diploma in Applied Mathematics from Tomsk State University, Russia, an MBA from the University of Utah, and his PhD in Management (Finance) from INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires or European Institute for Business Administration), France.

Social Science

Marianne Marar Yacobian, EdD
Associate Professor, Social Sciences
mmarar@menlo.edu
650.543.3742 phone

Social Science | Racism & Discrimination
Dr. Yacobian teaches Diversity in the Workplace, Social Science, and Global Studies. She earned her doctorate and Outstanding Dissertation Award at the University of San Francisco in International & Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. She is an expert in race-relations and social stratification, specializing in the institutional and structural implications of discrimination. Her research explores education as a vital means of bridging systemic inequities among marginalized and dominant groups. Her research interests include the Palestinian Conflict and human rights education.

Sports Management & Sports Statistics

Doug Carroll, EdD

Professor, Sports Management and Mass Communications
dcarroll@menlo.edu
650.543.3712 phone

Commercial and Promotional Strategies in the Super Bowl XLIV Telecast
In addition to 20 years of teaching, Dr. Carroll has written, taught in the International Exchange Program, produced recordings, and performed on cello. The KMXX radio station at Menlo College is managed by students under Carroll’s direction in his radio management course. He has been a Faculty Representative in the International Faculty Exchange Program for a teaching assignment at Guangdong University of Commerce and Law (GUCL) in Guangzhou, PRC. Working as an audio engineer, he has produced a CD titled “Animal Sounds,” which is a collection of recordings of the sounds of over thirty species. A website, http://www.animalsounds.info is dedicated to the CD published by Carroll Productions. Local performances on cello have allowed him to present music to the Bay Area community. Carroll received the Best Teacher of the Year Award at Commencement 2012.

Voter Behavior

Melissa Michelson, PhD
Professor, Political Science
melissa.michelson@menlo.edu
650.543.3844 phone
650.888.4810 mobile

Voter Mobilization and Turnout | Political Participation for Minorities | Elections
Dr. Michelson is an expert in national and California state politics, with a particular focus on elections and on marginalized communities including ethnic/racial minorities and the LGBT community. She has published widely in the areas of Latino, Black, Asian, and youth voter participation, on immigration, and on same-sex marriage. Her most recent book, Mobilizing Inclusion, discusses how to increase voter turnout in minority communities; she is currently writing books on same-sex marriage and Latino undocumented youth (DREAMers). She has a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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