Mike Allison, M.P.A.

Adjunct Professor, Emotional Intelligence, Communication
M.P.A., Brigham Young University
B.A. International Relations, Brigham Young University

Mike is the vice president of learning and development for AMC Theatres. Prior to joining AMC, he spent nearly 20 years at Cerner Corporation and three years with the City of Kansas City, MO.

One more thing:
Mike’s favorite leadership book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek.

Portrait of Mike Allison

Gary Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Policy, Nonprofit Leadership
Ph.D. Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Urban Education, University of Missouri – Kansas City
M.P.A. Health Services Administration, University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.A. Psychology, Baker University

Gary has served in numerous professional and civic leadership roles, including director of community building initiatives for the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, director of youth development for the Kauffman Foundation and the president of Crittenton Center.

One more thing:
What he’d love to research more in the future: women in power.

Lee Bolman, Ph.D.

Professor of Leadership
Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, Yale University
B.A. History, Yale University

Lee’s teaching and writing over the last three decades have explored the intersection of organizations and leadership. His publications include: Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (6th ed., 2017), with Terry Deal, as well as Reframing Academic Leadership (2011) and Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work (2016), both with Joan Gallos.

One more thing:
Best course he took as a student: “Intellectual History of Modern Europe, not because I remember much about the specific content, but because it was a course about ideas where I first realized that the goal of higher education wasn’t just to memorize stuff, but to learn how to think.”

Lee Bolman, Ph.D.

Ann M. Hackett, Ph.D.

Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, Executive Coach
Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
B.A. Psychology, Central Michigan University

Ann has over 20 years of corporate leadership in organizational development and talent management, including work with Accenture, H&R Block, DineEquity and HumanRoot.

One more thing:
Qualities Ann loves to see in leaders: optimism, tenacity, empathy.

Portrait of Ann Hackett

Scott Helm, Ph.D.

Director, Executive MBA
Associate Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Research
Ph.D. Public Administration and Economics, University of Missouri – Kansas City
M.P.A. Nonprofit Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.A. Economics, Washington College

Scott has spent the last several years working with nonprofit organizations, assisting them with program evaluation, market research, commercialization, business planning, strategic planning and board training. His primary research focus is social entrepreneurship and his work in this area has led to publication and several presentations at international and national academic conferences.

Shelley Jaderborg, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Operations, Supply Chain, Human Resources
Executive MBA, University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Kansas State University

Shelley’s passion is making things better by improving a process, installing a new technology or creating a new organization. She has held leadership roles at Proctor & Gamble, Hallmark Cards and Milbank Manufacturing.

One more thing:
Shelley’s favorite restaurant in Kansas City was Fogones, which recently closed. “They had the best grilled fish tacos in town. I loved sitting on their patio, drinking margaritas and eating tacos. So, now I’m on a mission to find the next best fish tacos in town. If you have any suggestions, let me know!”

James Kindley, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Innovation, Marketing
MBA, Harvard University
M.S. Product Design, Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

Jim has over 25 years of consumer product experience. He has served as the president of American Designer Pottery and vice president of marketing for Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing and Bissell. Jim holds over ten patents and continues to engage with companies in the area of new product consulting.

One more thing:
The product Jim wishes he’d thought of first is the original spreadsheet program for personal computers. “In my view, it made PCs actually useful rather than just interesting.”

Portrait of James Kindley

Jeanie Latz, J.D.

Adjunct Professor, Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri – Columbia
B.S. Business Education, Missouri State University

Jeanie has served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Great Plains Energy, a Fortune 1000 publicly traded holding company. She currently consults in the area of corporate governance. She holds the distinction of Governance Fellow, granted by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

One more thing:
What she’d love to research more: “I am fascinated with our founding fathers and their roles in the drafting of our Constitution. I will be spending two weeks in Cambridge, England this summer studying English law and its influence on the Constitution and our American judicial system.”

Gregory Macfarlane, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Finance
MBA Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Greg is a partner with SoftDragon LLC, a private equity fund focused on small and medium enterprises. Previously, he served H&R Block as chief financial and strategy officer and senior vice president for retail products and operations. He also has experience as CFO for Ceridian Corporation and in leadership roles with General Electric.

One more thing:
In the future, Greg would love to research incentives on management behavior and shareholder return.

Greg Macfarlane portrait

Phil Needles, MBA

Adjunct Professor, New Venture Creation, Entrepreneurship, Strategy
MBA Strategic, Entrepreneurial, and Operations Management, The Wharton School of Business – University of Pennsylvania
B.B.A. Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Miami

Phil has served as Content Consultant for Walt Disney Internet Group International broadband entertainment and education product in Europe, Japan, Latin America, and Australia; Director of Programming for Disney TeleVentures; and Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He also co-founded and oversaw business operations for an interactive media company. He is currently vice president of student services for MC3 outside of Philadelphia.

One more thing:
The innovation Phil wishes he’d thought of first: harnessing electricity.

Mark Parry, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Ph.D. Management Science, University of Texas
M.A. Economics, University of Texas
B.A. History, Metropolitan State College

Mark conducts research and teaches courses on innovation, new product launch strategies, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. His teaching/consulting assignments include work with Coca-Cola, Ingersoll-Rand, The Mars Corporation, Ortho Biotech and the Swedish Institute of Management.

One more thing:
What he’d love to research more in the future: “The motivations that prompt customers to generate word-of-mouth communication.”

Leigh Salzsieder, Ph.D. CPA, ABV

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ph.D. Accountancy, University of South Carolina
MBA Finance, University of Kansas
B.A. Business Administration, Accounting and Public Relations, Drury University

Leigh’s research and consulting interests include judgement and decision making in accounting, valuation, capital investment and earnings management. His research can be found in journals ranging from the Journal of Accounting and Economics to the CPA Journal. He has won numerous teaching awards including Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

One more thing:
Best course he took as a student: “As I look back, what I remember are great teachers, not great classes. The list is long, but the common theme is a teacher that is truly invested in helping their students learn.”

Portrait of Leigh Salszeider

Dan Stifter, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship, Finance
MBA Marketing and Innovation, Marquette University
B.A. Political Science, Economics, Lawrence University

Dan specializes in leadership, change management and entrepreneurship. He has helped launch several new ventures as a founder, partner or advisor, including Stratex Solutions, Business Model Repair and BetaBlox. He has also held leadership roles with Hallmark, Coco-Cola and Jerome Foods.

One more thing:
Dan’s favorite business movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi “It’s the perfect metaphor for what it takes to achieve the highest levels of strategy and execution. Such a brilliant film.”

Robert Strom, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Cincinnati

Bob has published several books and spoken extensively to academic and professional audiences on topics of entrepreneurship and economics. His experience includes work as the assistant vice president for public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, as president of the Missouri Council on Economic Education and as the director of the Kauffman Foundation’s commissioned research.

Pat Welsh

Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship, Finance
MBA Finance, Saint Louis University
B.S.B.A. Finance, University of Missouri – Columbia

Pat specializes in management, start-ups, product marketing and strategic planning. In addition to teaching, Pat mentors students, assisting them in developing their concepts into potential business ventures.