Executive MBA Faculty and Staff

Kambiz Raffiee, Ph.D., EMBA Director

Kambiz RaffieeKambiz Raffiee is associate dean and director of the online Executive MBA program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon. His areas of specialization are in the airline industry and economic impact of transportation systems. He has done extensive work involving cost-benefit analysis of air cargo and passenger systems at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, public opinion survey of Reno/Tahoe International Airport and economic linkages of the air transportation systems in Northern Nevada.

He has published more than 60 papers in nationally and internationally refereed journals that include the top-ranked journals in transportation economics. He received the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor award in May 2001 in recognition of his significant contributions in research, teaching and service. He is also the recipient of the Best Researcher of the Year Award in Business Education in 1992 and 1998 from the Nevada Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest honor society for collegiate schools of business in the United States.

William L. Kuechler, Jr., Ph.D.

William L. KuechlerWilliam Kuechler is a professor of information systems at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Georgia State University.

His academic career follows a successful industry career in information systems development and consulting. His work experience brings insight to his teaching of both IS management and technical material and brings a wealth of practical background to his research. Kuechler’s two primary research themes are the cognitive basis of IS use, development and education, and design science research in IS. He is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Information Systems Education and is an associate editor of the Journal of Information Technology Cases.

Ronald Lembke, Ph.D.

Ronald LembkeRon Lembke has taught supply chain management and operations management at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1995. In addition to operations management, his teaching has focused on courses in quality, inventory management, and production planning. More recently, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainability.

He is the author of Going Backwards: Reverse Logistics Trends and Practices with Dr. Dale Rogers. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at the corporate offices of 3M, where he developed models to optimize supply chain inventories and production capacities. Lembke holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in math with a concentration in computer science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

James McClenahan, MBA

James McClenahanJim McClenahan is the Director of Corporate Relations and Outreach at the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Business.

He serves as the Treasurer to the Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Schools to Careers committee for Washoe County and on the advisory board for St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. He completed his MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006.

Robert Miller, MPA

Photo of Robert Miller, MPA Rob Miller is currently the Budget and Personnel Director for the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 2009 and is currently working on his PhD. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rob has 10 years of private sector management and finance experience in retail management, banking, and mortgage services. In the public sector, Rob has worked for the City of Bonner Springs, KS as the Assistant to the City Manager and as the Senior Management Analyst for the Office of Management and Budget at the City of Reno before coming to the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013.

Sonja Pippin, Ph.D., CPA

Sonja PippinSonja Pippin is an associate professor of accounting and the director of the Master in Accountancy Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Pippin received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006. She has published in a number of academic and practitioner-oriented journals including Behavioral Research in Accounting, the Journal of the American Taxation Association, the Journal of Legal Tax Research, the Journal of Accountancy, and the CPA Journal.

Pippin’s research interests are in the area of taxes and taxpayer behavior in the context of proposed and actual changes in tax legislation. She has also examined the impact of technology on the accounting profession (especially in the tax context) and compared tax legislation and tax systems in a global context.

Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D.

Bret L. SimmonsBret Simmons is associate professor of management in the College of Business where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and personal branding to both undergraduate and MBA students.

Simmons earned a master’s degree in international management from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and a Ph.D. in business administration/management from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Simmons blogs about leadership, followership, and social business and teaches organizational behavior, management and organization science, international management and entrepreneurial psychology at the University.

Yvonne Stedham, Ph.D.

Yvonne StedhamYvonne Stedham is a professor of management, a 2010 University of Nevada, Reno foundation professor, and co-director of the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in the College of Business. She received a Ph.D. in business and an MBA 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 the School of Management in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Her research focuses on cross-cultural aspects of management and business ethics. Stedham serves on the State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as on the Nevada World Trade Council (NEWTRAC). She provides consulting and training services to many companies, locally, nationally, and internationally.

James A. Sundali, Ph.D.

James A. SundaliJames Sundali is associate professor of strategic management. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and his MBA and bachelor’s degree in economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997 and has taught 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 2006 he was awarded the B.J. Fuller Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. In the last few years he has been involved in teaching abroad with classes in London, New York City, and Bilbao, Spain. His research is focused on experimental economics, behavioral game theory, behavioral finance, and individual choice behavior.

Arun Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Arun UpadhyayDr. Arun Upadhyay teaches finance courses in the College of Business at University of Nevada Reno. His primary teaching area is corporate finance. Before moving to academic world, Dr. Upadhyay worked for several years with a commercial bank in the area of credit analysis and international banking. He received Ph.D. in finance from Temple University. Prior to moving to University of Reno, he worked at University of Alaska Anchorage where he was awarded College of Business and Public Policy Best Teacher award. Dr. Upadhyay also served on the Investment Advisory Commission of Municipality of Anchorage.

Dr. Upadhyay’s research focuses on corporate governance issues. He studies corporate leadership structure and executive compensation. He has published articles on board structure in high-quality finance journals such as Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His work has been presented at various national and international conferences.

Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D. CPA

Jeffrey Wong Jeffrey Wong is a professor and department chair of accounting in the College of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research interests focus on understanding how a firm's strategic decisions and actions ultimately map to financial results. Professor Wong's work has been published in a number of journals including Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and Database.