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Advanced Management Program Faculty

AMP instructors are current and former University of Nevada, Reno faculty chosen for their depth of knowledge, teaching skill and real-world orientation.

Linda Barrenchea, MBA, SPHR

Lecturer, Managerial Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

Linda BarrencheaLinda Barrenchea has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from Drury University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. For the past 11 years, Barrenchea has taught courses in organizational behavior, human resources management and compensation management in the University’s College of Business. She is a management student advisor and a faculty advisor for the University’s Management and Human Resources Association student group, a member of the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA) and Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation granted through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Rafik Beekun, Ph.D.

Professor, Managerial Sciences, and Co-director, Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

Rafik BeekunRafik Beekun has published four books and numerous journal articles on strategic management, business ethics, corporate governance and leadership. As a professor in the University’s College of Business, he teaches courses in corporate strategy, leadership, ethics and international business. Beekun has also served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and has trained many executives in strategic management and leadership globally in 14 countries. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Colombia University, and a master’s degree in business administration and doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

David Croasdell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Accounting and Information Systems, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

David CroasdellDavid Croasdell earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. His research interests include distributed knowledge systems, knowledge networks, knowledge management, organizational memory, and inquiring organizations. He has published articles in the Information Systems Management Journal, the Communications of the Association of Information Systems, IS Frontiers, the Australian Journal of Information Systems and Annals of Cases on Information Technology. He is co-chair of the research track on knowledge management systems for the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Before embarking on his academic career, Croasdell worked as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he managed a computer-based training laboratory and supervised computer-assisted software engineering efforts across multiple local area networks.

Todd Felts, MALS

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism

Todd FeltsTodd Felts, MALS, is an assistant professor of integrated marketing communications and director of graduate studies in the University's Reynolds School of Journalism. Felts has served as press secretary for Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina, as director of community relations for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, and as a director of Levick Strategic Communications, where he consulted to leading Fortune 50 companies in marketing during crisis. Felts has won awards for developing initiatives that secured unprecedented media coverage for clients, and is author of many articles on marketing published in national trade publications. He earned a master of arts in liberal studies degree in international communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Melanie Minarik, Ph.D.

Lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno

Melanie MinarikMelanie Minarik serves on the faculties of the University’s School of Community Health Sciences as well as the College of Business. She teaches classes in leadership, health policy and administration, organizational behavior, organizational development, integrative health, and spirituality and health. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, a master of public health degree in health service management from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration from Illinois State University. In addition, she holds the fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (F.A.C.H.E.) credential.

Marie Murgolo-Poore, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Truckee Meadows
Community College

Marie Murgolo-PooreMarie Murgolo-Poore is the associate dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). Prior to joining TMCC, she was a tenured professor of marketing at Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. She holds a doctoral degree, master of commerce degree and post-graduate diploma in marketing, as well as a bachelor’s degree in communications. She has also taught courses in the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of business, and at other universities in the United States, Australia, the West Indies, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. She has published articles in such journals as Marketing Theory, Public Relations Review, and the Journal of Marketing Management. Before joining Curtin Business School, Murgolo-Poore spent more than 18 years in corporate marketing communications management and public relations consultancy roles for such companies as C.Itoh, Pacific Financial, and Hill & Knowlton in the U.S. and Australia.

Yvonne Stedham, Ph.D.

Professor, Managerial Sciences, and Co-director, Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

Yvonne StedhamNamed University of Nevada, Reno 2010 Foundation Professor for achievements in teaching and research, Yvonne Stedham earned a doctoral degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and undergraduate degrees in economics and business from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn, Germany. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international management and human resource management at the University of Nevada, Reno and at the School of Management in Ingolstadt, Germany. She is also a faculty member of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in social psychology at the University. Her research focuses on cross-cultural aspects of management and business ethics and has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review, the Asia Pacific Business Review, Journal of Management, Women in Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies and other publications.

James Sundali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Managerial Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

James SundaliSince joining the University faculty in 1998, Jim Sundali has earned awards and honors including the 2008 College of Business Administration Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2006 B.J. Fuller College of Business Administration Undergraduate Teaching Award. He earned a doctoral degree in management and policy with a minor in finance from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Sundali teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in strategic management, corporate finance, game theory, bargaining and negotiation, individual choice behavior, organizations and the natural environment, the psychology of gaming, and managerial and leadership insights from film and literature. In addition to teaching and research conducted in Nevada, in the last few years he has taught courses in London, New York City, and Bilbao, Spain. His research is focused on experimental economics, behavioral game theory, behavioral finance, and individual choice behavior. He has published more than 20 articles in such academic journals as Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Judgment and Decision Making, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and others.

Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D., CPA

Associate Professor, Accounting and Information Systems, University of Nevada, Reno College of Business

Jeffrey WongJeffrey Wong earned a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in 1999 and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to pursuing studies leading to his doctorate, his work experience included two years as a wine chemist and eight years in public accounting. Before joining the faculty at University of Nevada, Reno, Wong was a member of the faculty at Oregon State University. His research interests focus on understanding how the actions of a firm ultimately map to its financial results. This research focus encompasses the development and use of non-financial and financial metrics to appropriately capture actions at every link of the value chain to understand how elements of the value chain relate to each other, and ultimately to firm value.

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