““The best thing about teaching at Menlo? Taking advantage of the small campus and class sizes to get to know the students on a personal level and help guide them as they begin their professional careers.” — Jack Klingler, Professor of Accounting
Meet Our Faculty
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Kao received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas with concentrations in both Accounting and Information Systems. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). She focuses on archival research that analyzes empirical data to provide implications to both researchers and practitioners. The common theme of her research is performance evaluation. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary topics across accounting and information systems, for example, how the use of information technology can impact the productivity of accountants.
Professor of Accounting
Prior to joining the Menlo faculty in August 2011, Mr. Klingler was Director, Accounting Research and IFRS Implementation at Alcoa Inc., responsible for the transition of Alcoa’s accounting policies to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He was also responsible for researching new accounting pronouncements, assessing the impacts to Alcoa, developing Alcoa’s position on these pronouncements and responding to the standard setting bodies as appropriate.
Professor of Accounting
He was born in Hawai'i and previously taught at San Francisco State University and the University of Colorado. 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. "Nothing makes me happier than to help freshmen develop and be productive. Menlo is a place where you can do that.”
Associate Professor of Accounting/Finance
Donna L. Little is Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance at Menlo College, where she has served since 1986. She is also the founding Director of the Menlo College Center for Financial Literacy. Established in 2008, the center brings educational opportunities in personal finance to students in the College and the community, particularly for underserved and first-generation college students.