Michael Paige, Ph. D., Dean of the Gerrish School of Business, received an MBA from Boston University and a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Dr. Paige has an extensive background in business and technology management, and is keenly interested in how to make technology work for us rather than the reverse. He most recently was the interim President/CEO of System Detection Inc., an early-stage intrusion detection and e-security software company based in NYC. He also served as the Executive Director for Xerox's fabled Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining Xerox, Dr. Paige was the General Manager for AGFA's Electronic Prepress Systems business that developed equipment for the worldwide printing and publishing industry. He has also held leadership positions with Gerber Scientific Instruments, WANG Labs and several consulting companies. Dr. Paige served as an Industrial Advisor Board Member to RIT 's School of Printing/Publishing and Technical Advisor to Telecomm City. He is a member of honor societies in business (Beta Alpha Psi), science (Alpha Psi), engineering (Tau Beta Pi), electrical engineering (Eta Kappa Nu), mathematics (Pi Mu Epsilon) and drama (Alpha Psi Omega).
Cynthia Caruso, Assistant Professor of Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and a member of the Massachusetts Bar. She received a B.S. in Finance with Distinction and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia as well as a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to her appointment at Endicott, she held positions in public accounting for Arthur Anderson, LLP, as a lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and as in-house counsel at two Massachusetts public corporations. She has experience in teaching and curriculum development as a Transactional Practice Curriculum Manager at Nixon Peabody and in adjunct roles at the University of Virginia, New England School of Law, Emmanuel College, Kaplan University and Southern New Hampshire University. Professor Caruso's scholarly interests include the "soft skills" required for success in accounting, detecting long term fraud in special situations such as family held businesses, and the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation on the accounting profession.
Sang-Kyu Lee, DBA, Associate Professor of Accounting received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Seoul National University and M.A. in Economics from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Professor Lee did his MBA and doctoral work at Boston University and received his DBA in Accounting. Professor Lee started his professional career at Daewoo Securities Inc. as an equity market analyst and dealer, and just before coming to the U.S. for business degrees, he worked as an executive assistant and personal secretary to the Chairman and Founder of Daewoo Group. Professor Lee’s research interests are in the value relevance of segment disclosures and corporate governance. His research papers on the value relevance of segment information in multi-segment firms and other related topics had been published in Journal of Business and Accounting and Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He has also made numerous research presentations at various regional, national and international accounting conferences. In addition to teaching accounting courses, Professor Lee is interested in developing and delivering international business courses in an experiential format.
Robert H. Chambers, Professor of Business, received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, a M. Ed. from Salem State University and a MBA from Suffolk University. Prior to coming to Endicott, he was employed as a financial planner for a large technology corporation. Professor Chambers teaches in the areas of Finance, Economics and Management Information Systems, and has played a major role in developing the extensive program of computer technology that supports the Business curriculum. He also provides administrative and technological consulting services in both the public and private sectors.
Nasswan Dossabhoy, Ph. D., Professor of Business, received his Ph. D. in Business Administration from Boston University concentrating in Management Policy & Strategy and an M.S. and B.S. from Cornell University in Hotel Administration. He was formerly a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School where he wrote and published five teaching cases, while pursuing research in Business Policy & Strategy. In the corporate arena, Dr. Dossabhoy worked for the Hertz Corporation in Management Development and later at RCA as Vice President of Strategic Planning before embarking on a consulting career with Cambridge Management Institute, of which he was co-founder. Whether as a corporate executive, consultant or academic, his main passion in teaching is bridging research with practice.
Kristine Kelly, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Business, joined the School of Business' faculty after three years in a joint position serving the School of Business and Endicott's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies as Research Coordinator and lecturer. She received a Ph. D. in Information Science and Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, a MBA from University of Albany, and an undergraduate degree in Economics. Dr. Kelly's background spans the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. Prior to joining Endicott, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company's Boston office, supporting pharmaceutical and healthcare clients in additional to a number of non-profits. She continues to consult in the international development arena, focusing primarily on entrepreneurship and industry development in Africa. Dr. Kelly has also worked as a researcher for over a decade; as research scientist for a health and human services agency, and, as project research manager for the NYS Center for Technology in Government. She was an adjunct lecturer at the University at Albany teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in statistics, operations research, and MIS; and spent several years in finance at a trust company and an investment banking firm.
John Mussachia, Ph. D., Professor of Business, received his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of California and a B.S. in Economics from Loyola Marymount University where he later returned as an Assistant Professor of Economics. During his three-year tenure he initiated a new sequence of courses leading to a degree in Applied Financial Economics. Before coming to Endicott, he was responsible for the London office of SBCM Ltd., the Capital Markets subsidiary of The Sumitomo Bank Ltd. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at UBS Warburg responsible for debt and structured products in Europe.
Brenda J. Smith, Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior courses, has a diverse background in business and law, and for more than 19 years has served as a human resource executive and employment law attorney. Since 2006, she has been the principal and managing partner of a boutique consulting business focused on corporate legal compliance. She is a recognized expert in the field of immigration compliance and lectures frequently across the nation on immigration compliance and reform. Her clients are state and local governments as well as corporations including Coca Cola and Boeing.
Prior to her career at Endicott College, she has held numerous positions in law and business including serving as Chief Human Resources Officer for North Idaho College, Director of Human Resources for Peason, Inc. and an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division for the State of Massachusetts.
Professor Smith has been teaching law and business to graduate and undergraduate students since 2001. Her teaching experience includes classes at Suffolk University, Gonzaga University and Salem State University. In addition to her professional experience, Professor Smith is very involved in her community and active in the Salem Rotary Club, on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, and on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Salem YMCA. Additionally, she is an accomplished triathlete and has completed eight Ironman Triathlons.
Aileen Torrance, Assistant Professor of Business, received a B.S. in Business from Miami University and a J.D. from Hamline School of Law. She teaches courses in internship and thesis, business communication, business law for managers, business ethics, and human resource management. Before joining the Endicott Community, she held positions in human resources, most recently as Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for American Tower Corporation. Before going in-house, Professor Torrance was an associate with Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Boston, MA and an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, MN. Among her many responsibilities within human resources, she was responsible for employee communications, process improvement, marketing and talent management which included executive and employee development. Whether she was instructing employers, executives, managers, employees or students, she found a passion for developing and facilitating seminars and courses to help others grow professionally and personally. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is also a member of the Society Human Resource Management.
Heather Stachtiaris, Adjunct Professor, received a B.S. degree from Bentley University and a MBA from Northeastern University. Prior to her career in education, she worked for the CPA firm Arthur Andersen in their small business and entrepreneur department where she became a Certified Public Accountant. She also has experience working as a senior financial analyst and product manager for companies in the consumer products industries such as Webster Industries and Veryfine Products. Professor Stachtiaris enjoys incorporating her work experiences into the classes she teaches.
Aron Viner, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a graduate student in economic anthropology, he conducted two years of fieldwork among former tribal cannibals, the Pakpak of North Sumatra, and among Malay fishermen in Eastern Malaysia. After receiving his Ph. D., he did work in Southeast Asian development economics followed by postdoctoral research and study at Harvard University. After teaching for several years at New College of the University of South Florida, he moved to Tokyo where he worked as an economist and international marketing strategist for a major securities firm. Subsequently, he established a consulting firm in Cambridge Massachusetts, serving corporate clients in Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Dr. Viner consults on problems of change management, global marketing strategy and international mergers and acquisitions. His book, Inside Japanese Financial Markets, was named one of the ten best business books of the year by the Best of Business Quarterly. He is the author of several other books and dozens of articles concerning Japanese finance, corporate governance and international affairs in East Asia and the United States. His broad cross-disciplinary and international experience enables Dr. Viner to teach a variety of business courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level where the emphasis is on integrating and applying a multi-functional perspective as a global manager.
Richard Weissman, Director of Corporate Education and Assistant Professor, teaches business management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies. He serves on the Planning Committee, the Technology Committee and the Institution Review Board. A practitioner turned educator, Professor Weissman has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of procurement and supply chain management. He has held positions with large business units of Fortune 500 companies, medium sized contract manufacturing companies, small venture backed Internet startup firms, and third-party procurement, consulting, and strategic sourcing firms. Professor Weissman is a past president of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston and the recipient of the Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association.
Professor Weissman received a M.S. in Management from Lesley University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. Active in Boston's North Shore community, Weissman serves as the Chairperson of the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Economic Development Committee of Beverly Main Streets and the Allocations Committee of the United Way of the North Shore. He is a past president of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce.
Jan Williams, Adjunct Professor, brings to the School of Business extensive high-tech experience from aerospace giants Honeywell, Loral, and Lockheed Martin. For over 20 years, she has been a leader in Internet technology applications. As a project manager, she used the Internet to manage international networks of partners to develop new products for both commercial and government customers. In that role, she took pride in working with interns and appreciated the innovative ideas they brought to the successful accomplishment of a project. She received a B.A. in Languages and Economics from MacMurray College, a MBA at Boston University, and studied the management of high-tech companies at Stanford University. As a consultant to clients globally, Professor Williams continues to rely on and promote the high productivity potential of the Internet while, in her role as adjunct faculty at Endicott, she has developed and teaches courses in e-Commerce and Integrated Marketing Communications.
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