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"Since being part of the MiM program I have had many great experiences, rewards, opportunities, and promotions. My degree in the MiM program has opened many opportunities within the company I work for that would never have been possible before."

"I gain insight, ideas and tools that I use at my work."

"I believe the responsibility that is entrusted to me by my employer would not have been given to me without taking the personal initiative to enhance my leadership skills and increase my knowledge. My company recognizes that I have done that by completing the MiM graduate degree program. I am confident that additional opportunity and promotions are available to me and I have the MiM program to thank for it!"

"The MiM program was valuable in terms of personal insight and professional development. I learned skills and concepts I was able to apply at work the next day."

"As a practicing manager and leader, I have been able to learn about ideas or techniques and apply them virtually the next day. The results have been amazing."

"The program has been great in improving my networking, communication and group skills."

"I value how the learning process continues for me while I'm at work. I have numerous opportunities to reflect on the course work in the 'real world.'"

"I now have a better idea of what goes on in positions, teams and departments other than my own, from a management perspective. In some cases, I have been able to bring to bear the tools and knowledge that I have gained from the program in my daily job."

"I have learned so much in the past year that I have been able to apply to my current job."

"The skills and concepts that we cover help me to be a more efficient and more aware employee."

What instructors say about the participants...

"As an instructor for the MiM Program I have found the typical students to be dedicated professionals with strong management experience who have seen the need in their various occupations to improve the caliber of their personal management skills. The MiM Program is unique among other masters level business programs because it focuses on building practical, applicable management skills rather than developing theoretical constructs about what business might be like. Therefore MiM is a great match for maturing professionals who see the need to continually improve their management skills in order to remain competitive as well as advance in their chosen career fields."

--- Paul Bryan, MIS Instructor, 1999-2001

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Edgar Alvarado-Perez (Spring 01 - Fall 01)
Edgar comes to us from Guanajuato, Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Guanajuato in 1997. Prior to entering the MiM program, Edgar was the treasurer for the city of Yuriria in the state of Guanajuato. Edgar sought to improve his administrative skills particularly in personnel management. Having completed the program, he intends to return to government service.

Cathy Barkee (Fall 99 - Spring 01)
While participating in the MiM program, Cathy directed student activities at OIT where she had been a member of the staff since 1993. She earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She has relocated to Washington state, but hopes to advance in the field of higher education, serving as a positive role model for students.

Mary Anne Barrie (Fall 02 - Winter 04)
Mary has been the director of performance improvement at Asante Health System in Medford since 1997. She is responsible for managing system-wide activities related to risk management, infection control, accreditation, patient satisfaction, and other performance-related fields. She has worked in quality and safety departments in medical settings since 1989. Mary Anne served as a staff nurse at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital for 10 years prior to moving into quality management. She completed an AA in nursing in 1971 at the University of Phoenix and earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration at Southern Oregon University in June 2002.

Richard Beaudoin (Fall 98 - Spring 01)
Richard is an Internet marketing analyst at Bear Creek Corporation. His work involves planning, forecasting and analyzing results of marketing campaigns for all of the company's retail divisions. Prior to this position, he served as sales and marketing manager for United Bicycle Parts in Ashland, a job for which he relocated from Wisconsin, where he worked for Trek Corporation.

James Beers (Fall 98 - Winter 00)
Jim was the Director of Continuing Care at Providence Medical Center in Medford. He was a seasoned professional who chose the MiM program to expand his skills in an effort to keep ahead of the turbulent changes in health care. His death to kidney disease in 2002 was a great loss to many.

Robert Begg (Fall 99 - Fall 01)
Robert is currently working at Asante Health System as Manager of Human Resources. He began the MiM program in Klamath Falls where he served as the Risk Manager for Merle West Medical Center. His background includes stints with a mid-sized automotive parts manufacturer, an infant formula manufacturer and service as an administrator of a medical practice. He looked to the MiM program to improve his qualifications for career advancement and found that the information presented in MiM course work has enhanced his ability to improve his workplace. 

Amy Belkin (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Amy is a self-employed writer, video producer and communications coach. She earned a BA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge in 1980 and joined the staff of KOBI-TV in 1983. After serving as news anchor, producer and reporter for four years, she was promoted to news director. She struck out on her own in 1996. She has seen the MiM program as a way to "take her experience to the next level."

Kent Blevins (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Kent teaches in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at OIT and serves as a clinical coordinator. Prior to moving to Klamath Falls, he worked in Nevada, marketing services for Cardio Vision, Inc. and as a lead ultrasound technician. Having attended high school in Belgium and Holland, he is appreciative of diversity in his environment. He feels that the diversity of the MiM program will expand his potential and enhance his teaching.

Barry Bowman (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Barry is the Director of Internet Operations for Lithia Automotive, a position he has held since December 1997. He was formerly Traffic Manager for Todd AO/Editworks in Atlanta for four years and managed a nutrition center prior to that. His long-term goal is to teach at the university level and to write on the psychology of management.

Adam Briggs (Fall 01- Spring 03)
Adam completed a BA in Spanish at Southern Oregon State College in 1993. He spent the final year of his bachelors program at SOU's sister college in Mexico, the University of Guanajuato. Adam has worked extensively in the field of tourism and outdoor recreation. He was employed by Mesa Airlines in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2000, following a year of working as an outdoor activities guide for Molokai Ranch in Hawaii. He has served as a coach for the Medford Ski Foundation since 1995. He wishes to enhance his professional skills in managing nonprofit organizations through participation in the MiM program.

Kathryn Brooks (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Kathryn is a part-time instructor at Rogue Community College. She teaches computer science and business technology. She pursued this degree in preparation for eventual full-time teaching.

Pamela Buckley (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Pamela is currently employed as an office assistant for the City of Grants Pass. She has also served as resource development/administrative assistant for Family Friends, a local nonprofit agency, and assistant creative director for a newspaper. Her goal is to own a publishing house and produce special interest publications for personal enrichment.

Anita Caster (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Anita is currently the office manager for the vice president of Student Affairs at SOU. Her work for the school has included serving as the manager of the Housing Office. She is a member of the Rogue Valley Chorale and appeared with them at Carnegie Hall in May, 2000. She aspires to arts management, to which she has been drawn through her volunteer work with the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and the Britt Festival.

Amelia Chamberlain (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Amelia worked for the Southern Oregon Historical Society from 1990-2003; the last 8 years as programs director. In February 2004, she started work as Museum Director at Willowbrook Museum Village in Newfield, Maine. Amelia enrolled in the MiM program in order to go beyond on-the-job training in leadership and management and for the opportunity of networking with other professionals.

Kelli Charbonneau (Spring 00 - Winter 02)
Kelli graduated from SOU in 1988 with a BS in Business. She currently is a practice administrator for Oregon Surgical Specialists. Kelli wishes to fine-tune her management skills, broaden her perspective from a decision-making basis, and increase her knowledge in the area of management. Kelli also enrolled in elective courses offered by OSU to enhance her MiM experience.

Christopher Chase (Fall 01- Spring 03)
Chris is the log buyer and certification manager for Timber Products Company. He graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Forestry in 1997. Chris has done a variety of forestry work for four different California lumber companies and is a Registered Professional Forester. Chris has recently been asked to assist in the management of Timber Products Company's Medford Plywood Division and he hopes that an MM degree will continue to open up new opportunities for him in the wood products industry.

Christine Choppelas (Fall 01- Spring 03)
Christine’s professional background is grounded in accounting software systems, first as a technical support specialist and then as a regional sales manager. She received a BA in Communication with a minor in English from Santa Clara University in 1991. Christine sees the MiM degree as the way to reach another level of opportunity in her career.

David Cook (Fall 99 - Fall 00)
Dave received his BS in Criminology from Southern Oregon University in 1983. He is currently the director of Medical Operations and Human Resources at Mercy Flights. David aspires to serve as the CEO of a large urban ambulance service.

Fenna Corry (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Fenna serves as the manager of sales and service at Cell Tech in Klamath Falls. In addition to managing the sales and service departments, she also is a member of the executive management team which sets policies and conducts strategic planning for the company. She credits 20 years of teaching experience for developing good organizational and troubleshooting skills, and found that the MiM program offered the opportunity to become a more effective manager.

JoeMae Cox (Fall 99 - Winter 02)
Jo works for the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where she is currently the coordinator of the OIT Title III Project. Previously, she has served as an assistant registrar, as a recruitment manager in the OIT Career Service office, and as the office/database manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement. JO worked ten years for Klamath County government where her final position was board assistant to the county commissioners. She hopes to advance in the public sector, either in government or in higher education.

Patrick "Nick" Crosby (Fall 00 - Fall 01)
Nick Crosby earned a BA in General Studies in 1989 from Washington State University in Pullman. He joined the Army and has been posted overseas in Germany and Macedonia. For the last five years, he has been stationed on Oahu and has served as the company commander since 1997. Nick sees this program as assisting him in a future transition to the civilian workforce.

Claire Cross (Fall 98 - Winter 2001)
Claire is the assistant director of SOU's Summer Session and has worked in Extended Campus Programs since 1987. She has a BS in Biology and a strong interest in environmental education. She wants to increase her skills in management and human resources to enable her to further a career in administering educational programs.


Dave Danforth (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Dave started his college journeys at Southern Oregon State College in 1974. Since then he has earned a degree in Accounting and a BS in Industrial Management. With side excursions into real estate and accounting, he has spent most of his career as a member of the management team of a multi-state timber and sawmill corporation. Dave earned his MM degree to find "fresh tools" to apply to new directions in his professional life.

Linda Davenport (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Linda wears a couple of professional hats: she serves as an occupational mentor at The Work Connection at Klamath Lake Employment Training Institute and is also the co-owner of an auto-glass repair company. She completed accounting courses at OIT prior to transferring to SOU, where she completed a BS degree in Business in 1990. Working with others to achieve their career potential, she has seen the MiM program as the ideal way for reaching her own potential.

Jeff DeLong (Fall 00- Spring 03)
Jeff completed an AA in General Studies and a BS degree in Applied Psychology in June, 2000 at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. He is the owner and creator of C-ya Greeting Cards, a web-based company. He hopes to teach at the college level and sees the MM degree as a way to realize that dream.

Radovan Dluhy-Smith (Fall 04 - Spring 06)
Radovan is a native of the Czech Republic whose career has taken him to Mexico and Ecuador on the way to Ashland. While in the MiM program, he coached for Southern Oregon Fuego, a local soccer club. In 1997, he earned a bachelors degree in Global Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He has been involved in several international nonprofit organizations and ran a language agency that offered instruction and translation services from 1998 to 2003. In 1997, Radovan spent six months managing a reforestation project in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. His goal is to further develop his skills in communication, negotiation and problem-solving so that he can contribute to building a sustainable global society. Since graduation, Radovan has relocated to Olomouc, the Czech Republic, where he teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Palackeho University.

Deborah Drost (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Deborah is assistant to the Vice President for Finance at SOU, and has served in that capacity since 1995. Her goals are related to acquiring and developing skills that will help her grow in her present job and in her service to the university.

Elena Efunia (Fall 04 - Fall 05)
Elena is committed to contributing to improved quality of life in her homeland of Kyrgyzstan. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in 2001 where she was a member of the national volleyball team for four years. She completed a second bachelors in management at SOU in 2002. Elena has worked in the banking industry in southern Oregon at Klamath First Federal and Sterling Savings Bank. Currently, she works part-time for Rogue Federal Credit Union.

Leonel Estrada (Spring 00 - Spring 01)
Leonel earned a degree in Accounting at the University of Guanajuato in 1997. He has worked in tax departments for the Mexican government, primarily with small and medium-sized companies. Leonel would like to work as a consultant to these kinds of firms and sees the MiM program as an important step toward that goal.

Norman Etling (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Norm earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron in 1982. He worked for Ohio Edison from 1983 to 1991 and has worked for Pacificorp since 1993. Norm served as a project manager for Pacific Power in Portland for five years, overseeing engineering and construction projects in six western states. He has worked in the Medford area as a hydro engineer since 1998. He looks forward to the knowledge he will gain by working in the MiM program with professionals from other fields.

Judith Evensizer (Winter 99 - Spring 01)
Judy graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls with a degree in Industrial Management. She is now working as an office administrator for the Carriage Works in Klamath Falls, a family business, where she is responsible for accounting, payroll, budgeting, personnel management and marketing. Through the MiM program, Judy would like to hone her skills, especially in the area of strategic planning.

Donella Evoniuk (Winter 02 - Winter 04)
Donella has an extensive background in event management. She has served as the director of conference services for the International Society for Technology in Education since 1998. She began her involvement with ISTE in 1992 while working as an advertising and publication designer. She manages national conferences that draw more than 13,000 attendees. Donella earned a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising at the University of Oregon in 1991. Through the MiM program, she hopes to "expand the value of what she can bring to her community as a leader, as a volunteer, and as a citizen."

Renee Ferguson (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Renee has a BS in Industrial Management from OIT. She is currently the Dean of Administrative Services at Klamath Community College. Renee’s responsibilities include fiscal operations, human resources, safety, financial aid, and facilities. Renee plans to employ the new tools that she has acquired from the MiM program in becoming a more effective manager.

Chris Fiuren (Spring 00 - Spring 02)
Chris received her BS from OIT in 1990 and worked for a small software company for six years in a variety of roles. She is currently the business manager for OSHU School of Nursing at SOU. Chris feels that the MiM program will continue her lifelong educational goals as well as create a greater opportunity for advancement for the next step in her career.

Robert Fletcher (Fall 99 - Winter 01)
Bob attended California State University, Chico, where he obtained a degree in English. He is currently serving as a contract manager for The Job Council in Medford. Bob has also served the agency as an administrative analyst and operations manager. Prior to moving to the area, he spent four years as public affairs manager for Nike being responsible for a $5 million corporate contributions budget. His ultimate goal is to work for a private grant-making foundation.

Steven Fordice (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Steve has had a long career with the Oregon State Police. He is presently lieutenant/administrator. He is a 1988 SOU grad. He plans to retire from the state police and pursue a second career in 2001. He has not yet decided what that career will be.

Carol Fordice (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Carol serves as the Director of Student Activities at SOU. She joined the department as assistant director in 1988 and served the University in other capacities before that. She is very specific in her goal: to become Stevenson Union Director.

Deena Gilbert (Winter 03 - Winter 04)
Deena Gilbert completed a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1980. Since that time she has worked in the field of Human Resources. Her career has taken her all over the United States, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Temecula, California. Deena believes that the MiM Program has rejuvenated her management spirit, while bringing her job skills to the next level.

Margaret Godwyn (Fall 01 - Spring 04)
Margie is a registered dietitian who has worked in health care facilities around the Rogue Valley for many years. She served as the director of dietary services at Ashland Community Hospital from 1988 until 1995. She earned a BS in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Margie is currently serving as a consultant to a number of clients, including Pathway Enterprises, local operators of residential homes for the developmentally disabled. She feels that the MiM program will provide the training she needs to establish herself in a financial management position.

Suzanne Gordon (Fall 99 - Fall 01)
Suzanne received her BA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has made her career working with the developmentally disabled and is currently working in that field for Josephine County. Suzanne feels that her Master in Management degree will allow her to further her career and eventually reach her long term goals.

Eric Guyer (Fall 99 - Winter 01)
Eric has a BA from the University of Oregon. While in the program, Eric worked for Jackson County Health and Human Services, serving as the community outreach director. Since his graduation, he has been selected to serve as the director of the local Youth Authority program. Eric enjoys working with the community and, as a long term goal, would like to work "in an environment where service providers and consumers can work together to fight abuse, addiction, and poverty."

Stephen Hauck (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Steve has been involved in civic and nonprofit organizations in the Rogue Valley for many years. He worked for CERVS from 1989 until 1998, ultimately serving as the social service agency's assistant executive director. He worked as a political consultant from 1978 until 1987 in campaigns around the state. Steve completed a BS in Political Science with a minor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon in August 2002. He is currently serving as the executive director of the Upper Rogue Community Center. He sees the MiM program as a critical step in obtaining the credentials he needs to achieve his goal of managing a nonprofit organization.

Rob Hegeman (Spring 01-Winter 04)
Rob is currently the JOBS Program Manager in Josephine County for The Job Council. He earned a BS in Recreation Administration from Fresno State in 1991 after completing an AA in Liberal Arts at Taft Junior College in Taft, California. Rob's previous work experience includes serving as the manager of Superior Athletic Club in Medford for seven years prior to joining the Job Council staff in 2000. The MiM degree has added valuable tools to his management and leadership toolbox.

Lisa Hendricks (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Lisa is the business office manager for Community Health Center in Medford, a position she has held since 1989. She participated in the MiM program to strengthen her general management skills in order to better serve the Health Center.

Joe Henner (Fall 00 - Fall 01)
Joe has worked for the Public Safety Department in Grants Pass since 1989 and is currently serving as a Lieutenant/Operations Commander. Prior to joining the Department, he served as a battalion chief for Rural Metro Fire Department. Joe completed a BA in Management through Northwest Christian College in 1996. He feels that the MiM program has provided him with a foundation for involvement in a variety of careers in the future.

Deborah Hofer (Fall 99 - Spring 01)
Deborah obtained her BA in English at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the office coordinator for SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art. Deborah has clear-cut goals that she wishes to achieve. She feels that the MiM program will help her be proactive in seeing change and in many other areas.

Karen Holt (Fall 00- Spring 03)
Karen serves as the Administrative Director for the Kids Health Connection, a school-based health center program sponsored by the Medford School District, Asante Health Systems, and Providence Medford Medical Center. She is responsible for overseeing the agency's fiscal and grant management, fundraising, public relations, program and board development. Until January 2002, Karen was the Managing Director of Community Resources at Community Works. Karen earned a BA in Management from Northwest Christian College in 1998 and a Child Development Associate Credential from the Bank Street College of Education in 1984. Karen describes her goal as aspiring to be a great leader who can "inspire, empower, teach, and model professional leadership qualities with integrity, dedication, diplomacy, and respect."

Susan Jaeger (Winter 02- Spring 03)
Susan completed a BS in Business with a Marketing major at San Jose State University in 1990. She has served as a volunteer for the Children's Advocacy Center in Medford and is a member of Kiwanis. Susan sees the MiM program as a way to build on her experience with new and exciting academic approaches to solving problems. Susan owns and operates PowerMate Software, LLC and Executive Realty in Rogue River and is a founder of Ideal Performance Coaching, LLP. She and her associates help business managers and executives maximize their potential.

Patricia Jensen (Fall 98 - Fall 99)
Patty has a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. While a participant in the MiM program, she was the president of Triad Communications and was responsible for business development, strategic planning, public relations and client management. She sought to improve her executive skills with graduate school experience. She has recently taken on the duties of the Director of Publications for the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Nadine Jones (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Nadine is a senior accountant at Merle West Medical Center. She has a BS in Business from the University of Puget Sound and is a CPA. She worked for the city of Logan, Utah for four years prior to accepting her current position in 1997. Her career goals include advancing in the field of health care, consulting, and maybe teaching at the community college level.

Rafael Juarez-Soria (Fall 01- Spring 2003)
Rafael studied Mechanical Engineering and Languages at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, completing his degree in 1998. He has worked as a process engineer for Texas Instruments since May, 2000. Rafael’s experience includes working on the manufacturing process for power transformers and equipping wells to supply water in the city of Salamanca. He spent the summer of 1998 working with students from the University of West Virginia on a project sponsored by General Motors. To him, the MiM program offers not only new knowledge, but also the opportunity to learn about other people’s “cultures, ideologies, idiosyncrasies, and methodologies.”

Melody Kamaunu (Spring 04 - Spring 05)
Melody was the first Native Hawaiian to enroll in the MiM program. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, she earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on management in 1991. Melody undertook this degree hot on the heels of SOU's Masters in Applied Psychology program where she completed a degree in the human services track. In Ashland, she served as the office manager of The Grove, a local youth center, in 2002. Melody was a restaurant manager in Kapaa, Hawaii from 1993-95 and was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in Honolulu from 1989-97. Her training in the Reserves included logistics management and inventory management. Her goal is to be able to lead, manage and influence people in a positive way.

Jan Kelley (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
While participating in the MiM program, Jan managed the sports and fitness center at Running Y Ranch. She has taken on the management of special projects for the resort as a result of the work she did on her capstone project. Jan has extensive experience in grant writing and working with nonprofit organizations. She earned a BS in Psychology at the University of San Francisco in 1974 and completed an MS in Psychology/Sociology in 1988 at SOU. For Jan, counseling and management are closely linked and she has counted on the MiM program to provide background for future work in management.

Daniel Kelly (Spring 00 - Spring 01)
Dan received his BS in Psychology from SOU in 2000. He served in the Army for four years as a supply NCO and training officer. He served in Korea for a year and a half, coordinating training programs and maintaining an automated supply system. While he participated in the program, Dan was a stay-at-home Dad. He is currently working at the Veterans Administration Domiciliary as a psychology technician and is very interested in the area of industrial psychology. According to Dan, "The MiM program was a spring board into my future and has direct applications to the work I do every day."

Christopher Kilian (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Chris is the manager of a Bank of America banking center in Yreka. He has lived in Northern California since 1997. He served as the general manager of Shasta Ford Mercury for two years before going to work for Bank of America in 1999. Chris majored in Business, receiving an AA degree from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City in 1997 and a BA from Baker College in Flint, Michigan, in 2002. He hopes to have the opportunity to teach business one day.

Heather Klima (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Heather graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1999 with a degree in Art. She is currently the manager for the classified ads department at the Medford Mail Tribune. Prior to her current position, she worked for Lithia Motors and served as the Assistant General Manager at Windmill Inns of America in Medford where she supervised 35 employees in four departments. She hopes to work in art administration some day.

Mahesh Lamsal (Fall 01- Spring 03)
Mahesh works as an administrative officer for the government of Nepal. His educational training includes a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Human Resource Management. His work experience includes a three-year stint with the Ministry of Agriculture where he was involved with cooperatives. Mahesh’s current position includes mediation work with insurgents in remote Western Nepal and leading groups on treks in the Himalayas. Through the MiM program, he hopes to realize his dreams of pursuing an American education for the betterment of his nation.

Patrick LeRoy (Fall 00 - Winter 04)
Pat is a Claims Representative for Farmers Insurance. He earned a BS in Business from SOSC in 1988. Prior to returning to the Rogue Valley in 1992, he worked as a manager for Shell Oil Company for three years, running five company-owned stations in San Bruno, California. Pat aspires to work in upper level management for a "progressive company where creative ideas are sought after, explored, and implemented for the betterment of the company, their employees, and society as a whole."

Martha Lopez-Barcenas (Fall 99 - Spring 01)
Martha obtained her BA at the University of Guanajuato in Business Administration. She is currently the coordinator in the Academic Exchange Department at the University of Guanajuato. Martha plans to use the skills that she learns in the MiM program to enhance her ability to perform her current job and also improve the already high standards at the university.

Scott Lubich (Fall 99 - Fall 01)
Scott obtained BS in Biology at Washington State University. He is presently working as a store manager for Rite Aid. Scott saw the program as a way to explore alternative styles of management in order to expand his knowledge of the subject.

Francisco Luna (Fall 02- Winter 04)
Francisco is the administrative manager for Hospital De La Fe in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. He earned a bachelors degree as a Public Accountant in 1991 and a masters in Fiscal Planning in 1999 from the Universidad de Guanajuato. Francisco has been self-employed as a management consultant since 1998, providing expertise in establishing internal controls and accounting procedures. The MiM program offers him the opportunity to enhance his understanding of management practices, allowing him to serve his future clients and his country with increased skill.

Cheryl Maloney-Lowery (Spring 98- Spring 03)
Cheryl is a registered nurse and clinic manager at Family Physicians Group in Vancouver, WA. Her nursing career began in pediatrics and labor and delivery. She has been a manager in a variety of health care settings for the past 14 years.

Tracey Marquit-Lehman (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Tracey is the Director of Financial Aid at the Oregon Institute of Technology. She earned a degree in Communications from State University of NY at Oswego in 1988. Her community activities include serving on the Klamath County Citizen Review Board and coaching in the Klamath Youth Soccer League.

Laurel Martin (Fall 00 - Winter 04)
Laurel is currently working as a Senior Human Resources Analyst at Asante Health System. Prior to joining the company, she worked as an HR Analyst for Bear Creek Corporation, served as Office Manager for Triad Healthcare Systems in Ashland and managed various dental practices. She completed a BS in Psychology at SOSC in 1995. Laurel aspires to become an HR consultant and sees the MiM program as a major step toward that goal.

Nancy McCaffrey (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Nancy came to us from Roseburg, Oregon with a degree in Medical Dietetics from the University of Chicago. Most recently, she served as Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Medical Center where she oversaw a staff of 13 and an annual operating budget of $690,000. She is currently working for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene.

Julie McDonald (Spring 99 - Winter 01)
Julie has a BA in Human Services from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. She is currently the lead intake coordinator for Asante Child Development Services. Julie is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and administrating the early intervention/early childhood special education referral and evaluation process for the Pediatric Assessment Clinic. She plans to use her MM degree to further her career in health care management.

Laurie McGuire (Winter 00 - Spring 03)
Laurie McGuire is an Insurance and Risk Management Consultant from Klamath Falls, Oregon. She obtained her bachelors degree in Management from the University of Phoenix in 1995. She has over 12 years experience in the insurance industry ranging from Claims Representative to Assistant Vice President of Claims at a National Insurance Brokerage Firm. She served in the United States Air force from 1985-89 as an ER medical technician and on the Presidential Medical Team. She was reactivated in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm in support of surgical services. In 2001, she took on what she believes to be the most important position of her career: she became the mother of twin boys. She believes in lifelong learning and feels her MiM degree will enhance her professional skills and expand her options throughout her career.

Wayne McKenzie (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Wayne was part of a "cohort" from United Parcel Service. He is an account executive there, and has served UPS in other capacities since 1981. He feels the MiM degree will make him eligible for corporate level positions with UPS anywhere in the world.

Linda Monize (Fall 00 - Fall 01)
Linda has spent many years working in the field of accounting, for her own trucking business as well as in the construction field. While in the MiM program, she served as a research assistant at Southern Oregon Regional Services Institute (SORSI) in Ashland. She completed two BS degrees at SOU in June of 2000, one in Business Management and the other in Cultural Anthropology. She is embarking on a Ph.D. program in Business Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Susanna Montalvo (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Susanna earned a degree in Business at the University of Guanajuato in 1988. Her work experience includes sales, accounting and auditing. Most recently, she worked for Banamex, a major bank in Guanajuato, serving as a loan executive with a portfolio of 60 business clients. Susanna experienced the collapse of the peso in December 1994 and describes it as an intense learning opportunity. She looks to advance in international trade, either with business or government.

Craig Morris (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Craig is the Director of Business Services SOU, a position he has held since May 2000. He was promoted following three years of service as business manager of the SOU Physical Plant. He was business operations director for the Rogue Valley YMCA from 1991 to 1997, and was corporate accounting manager for a large international firm in Walnut Creek, California, for three years. He had a 14-year career as West Coast Regional Accounting Manager with Montgomery Ward before that. His short-term goal is to increase his skills in human resources and management information systems. His long-term goal is to make a transition to teaching and consulting on a part-term, semi-retired basis.

Caroline Munywoki (Fall 02 - Winter 04)
Caroline came to the MiM program from Kenya. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree with an emphasis on Fine Art from Kenyatta University in Nairobi in 1997. She taught in the art department of St. Austin's Academy from 1997 until 2001, twice earning honors as teacher of the year, and was promoted to head of the department after her first year at the school. In achieving an advanced degree, Caroline hopes to contribute to her nation's growth in a positive way.

Robert Oman (Fall 99 - Winter 01)
Bob has obtained three BS degrees from SOU in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Bob is pursuing both the MiM degree and a master’s degree in science. He has worked as a chemist for 27 years. He is currently serving as senior development chemist and technology manager for Georgia Pacific Resins. Bob’s career plans are to move into senior management in business development and/or chemical industry operations and he feels the MiM program will aid him in that transition.

Jesus Eduardo Pantoja (Fall 99 - Spring 01)
Eduardo received a BA in International Trade from the University of Guanajuato. He is currently employed by Arthur Andersen Company as an international trade consultant. Eduardo feels that he will be able to further his career in the global market with a master’s degree.

Dan Petersen (Spring 01- Spring 03)
Dan has worked in the fire service since 1979. He has been a Battalion Chief with the Medford Fire Department since 1991. He received a BS in Fire Administration from Western Oregon College and an associate's degree in Fire Science from Rogue Community College. Dan is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy in Maryland. In addition to his work at the Fire Department, Dan is an instructor for Rogue Community College in Fire Science and a member of a statewide incident management team for major fire incidents. The Masters in Management program has improved his ability to meet his current obligations and has prepared him for future opportunities.

Sharon Pewtress (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Sharon graduated from Utah State University in 2002 in Pre-Med. Her interests are in international business and healthcare management, though she also has a background in nonprofit organization. Prior to moving to the Rogue Valley, Sharon worked with The Tournament Player's Club at Summerlin as a part-time coordinator for the PGA Tour. While she was in the MiM program, she served as an Admissions Counselor at SOU with an emphasis in minority outreach. Currently, she is working as a manager for Pacific Retirement Services, parent company of the Rogue Valley Manor.

Theresa Radogna-Linquist (Winter 02 - Winter 04)
Teri is a care manager/clinical staff supervisor at Providence Medical Group in Medford. She has been with Providence since 1995. She worked at Childrens Hospital and Health Center in San Diego for ten years prior to moving to the Rogue Valley. Teri earned a BS in Nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1980. She found that this program offered her new skills to assist her in the day-to-day challenges of supervision and provided additional credibility to the role she plays in her work environment.

Horacio Ramos-Aboites (Spring 02- Spring 03)
Horacio earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guanajuato in July 2001. During his undergraduate education, he had the opportunity to spend a year in Houston, Texas as an intern in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Petroleum Division. He sees the MiM program as providing him with a wider perspective of the application of science to management and exposing him to a broader culture. He is looking forward to gaining a greater appreciation for American culture and his own through the experience of studying in the United States.

Wendy Rich (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Wendy received her degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 1994. While she completed the MiM program, she served as the Clinical/Managing Director for Community Works. Wendy specialized in a newfound interest in accounting for her elective courses. Since graduation, she has been working as a sales tax specialist for Harry and David.

Bart Rodrigues (Fall 02 - Winter 04)
Bart is Director of Mission Ethics, Spiritual Care, Facility Planning, and Engineering and Construction at Providence Health System. He has held this position since 1997. Bart holds two additional graduate degrees - a Master of Divinity (Religious Studies) and an MA in Medical Ethics from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois. Bart seeks to align and link people, strategy, and performance using various approaches in organizational learning and management.

Stephen Roe (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Steve is the General Manager of Roe Motors. He has managed the family business since 1980, first in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and after 1983, in Grants Pass. He compares running an automotive dealership to operating different businesses, due to the number of different departments involved. He looked to the MiM program for an opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

Evelyn Rosenberg (Fall 01 - Spring 04)
Evie is the director of Family Housing at SOU. During her undergraduate studies at SOU, she worked for the student family housing department developing educational, social and recreational programs. In addition to property management, Evie also has experience in the field of tourism and hospitality management, having worked at Disney World and AAA. She completed a BS in Communications at SOU in 1997.

Robert "Scott" Ruffe (Fall 99 - Fall 01)
Scott is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Botany and Plant Pathology. Scott feels that the MiM program has given him a better understanding of human resource management and legal issues. Most importantly, he is looking forward to the implementation and application of his newly learned skills in the business world.

Joseph Sabeh (Fall 01-Spring 03)
Joe has worked in the temporary staffing industry since 1993. He currently serves as the assistant regional branch manager of Hire Calling in Medford. He was the branch manager for Manpower in San Diego for two years following five years at another San Diego temporary agency, Interim Personnel. Joe completed a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1998. He is counting on the MiM program to enhance his professional prospects as well as his personal outlook on life.

Amy Sanpei (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Amy is the computer program coordinator for SOU's Medford Campus, a position she has held since 1995. She has also worked as a technical writer and computer trainer. She has a BA from U.C. Berkeley in Middle East Studies and has lived and studied in Kuwait and Egypt. She wants to advance within SOU and eventually to establish a private consulting practice.

Juan Carlos Santoyo (Fall 00 - Winter 02)
Juan Carlos comes to the program from the city of Leon in Guanajuato, Mexico. He completed a degree in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1999. Juan Carlos served as the production and development manager for a shoe sole factory from 1998 until June of 2000. His work included spreadsheet design to track production financials and organizational development. Juan Carlos has two siblings who have also studied in the United States. For him, the MiM program offered a rare opportunity to learn a different point of view in business management.

Leigh Schutzky (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Leigh has been an employee with Asante Health System since 1996. She is currently a Compensation Analyst in the Asante Human Resources department. Her previous professional experience includes financial analysis, nonprofit fundraising and management. Leigh earned a BS in Finance from California State University, Chico in 1989. She used her graduate studies to benefit her organization while she was in the MiM program, and earning her Masters has rounded out her professional education.

Trish Seiler (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Trish has been a self-employed consultant since 1986. She was elected to the Klamath Falls City Council in November 2000. Working primarily with nonprofit organizations, she has provided assistance in grant writing, board development, strategic planning, research, needs assessments and fundraising. For Trish, the MiM program offered the opportunity to remain current with the best practices in nonprofit management.

Wendy Siporen (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Wendy introduces herself as "an accidental journalist." Prior to serving as a reporter for The Mail Tribune, The Oregonian and the Ashland Daily Tidings, she served as a publications editor for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues from 1993 to 1995 and she held a fellowship as a Congressional policy analyst for the Women's Research and Education Institute in 1992. She earned a BA in Political Science from Whitman College in 1987. Wendy has seen the MiM program as a way to gain the skills she needs to begin a career in nonprofit management.

Jeff Smith (Fall 00 - Fall 01)
While in the MiM program, Jeff was a Staff Engineer for the Medford Water Commission. Prior to moving to the Rogue Valley, he worked as a project manager for CH2M Hill in Las Vegas. He has returned to work for CH2M Hill and is currently living and working in Sacramento. He completed an AA at Lassen Community College and then moved on to Oregon State University where he earned a BS in Engineering in 1985 and an MS the following year. He feels that the program has provided additional knowledge that will complement what he has learned through experience.

William Smith (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Bill is a Sociology graduate from California State University, Fullerton. He is the Medford Center manager of Lincare Inc., a national home oxygen, respiratory and durable medical equipment company. He hopes to work into upper management with Lincare upon completing his MiM degree.

Tina Snider (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Tina received a BA in Industrial Management and an AA in Accounting from OIT in 1992. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Ed Staub & Sons Petroleum Inc., Staub Petroleum Inc., and Staub Energy Inc. She has worked in the area of finance and accounting for over 10 years in both private and public companies and has held positions such as controller, accounting manager, senior accountant, and financial statement accountant. Prior to joining Staub, Tina was an accounting manager at Cell Tech.

Randy Sparacino (Fall 98 - Winter 00)
Randy received a BS in Social Science from SOU in 1993, while working as a community service officer for the Medford Police Department. He has moved up to serve as a police officer and has been tapped to become a field training officer. His goal is to advance within his present employment.

Jeanne Stallman (Fall 00 - Fall 01)
Jeanne is the Director of Conferences and Senior Programs at SOU. She describes her job as "planning learning vacations" and characterizes it as a mix of housing, education, and event planning. Jeanne has been involved with Elderhostel and senior learning programs at SOU since 1990. She completed a BA in English Literature at Georgetown University in 1986. She dreams of one day being a CEO.

Patricia Surowski (Fall 00- Spring 03)
Patty started her own interior design business in 2000. Prior to establishing "A Fresh Look," she worked as a claims representative for Farmers Insurance in Rogue River. She spent 11 years in retail management including stints at Bath and Body Works in Medford and at the Gap at Valley River Center in Eugene. She completed a BA in Anthropology in Minnesota in 1985 at St. Cloud State University. Patty looks forward to returning to the field of management with additional credentials in order to advance to higher levels in her career.

Teri Terrill (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Teri has been the Employment Manager at the Rogue Valley Manor since 1999. Prior to this position, she served as the Assistant General Manager of the Windmill Inn in Medford for a year and a half. Teri began working for the company as a trainer in 1996 and moved up to serve as a Human Resources Coordinator for seven properties located in three states. She completed an AA at Southwestern Oregon Community College in 1993 and in 1996 earned two BS degrees from SOSC in Business and Communications. Her resume includes teaching English in Japan. She hopes to continue working in the field of Human Resource Management and having greater positions of responsibility over the years.

CarlThomas (Fall 98 - Spring 02)
Carl earned a BS in Business at SOU in 1994. He is presently employed as Assistant to the Director of Admissions at SOU, a position he has held since 1996. He has also worked in retail sales. He aspires to a position such as Dean of Admissions or Dean of Student Affairs.

Patti Trujillo (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Patti has been employed as rehabilitation director for Highland House in Grants Pass since 1996 and has worked in other capacities in occupational therapy for many years. She sought an MM degree to give credibility to her position and profession and to help her grow with the changing needs of the industry.

Wendy Turner (Fall 03 - Spring 05)
Wendy graduated from OSU in 1997 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. She works at OIT as an Assistant Registrar. Wendy's community activities include volunteer work with the Miss Klamath County/Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Pageant and Walk for Life.

Lana Tuss (Winter 98 - Winter 00)
Lana received a BS in Business from Portland State in 1987. She has been employed as an accountant by Boise Cascade since 1994. She completed the MiM program in order to develop broader leadership abilities at Boise Cascade.

Kelly Walker (Fall 99 - Winter 02)
Kelly received a degree in Business Management from Sierra Nevada College. He served as an assistant regional manager of plywood operations at Timber Products Company in Medford for several years. He moved to Ohio in the summer of 2000 where he is responsible for supplier relations for the Longaberger Basket Company. Kelly is looking for fresh ideas to make him a better manager.

Therese Wavrin (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Therese serves as the lead pharmacist at Providence Medford Medical Center, a post she has held since 1994. She has worked as a pharmacist in southern Oregon since 1983, beginning with a four-year stint at Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Therese has been affiliated with Providence since 1987. She completed a BS in Pharmacy with a minor in Business at Oregon State University in 1982. Her community activities include serving as a principal dancer for the Medford Civic Ballet since 1988.

Sharon Whitlock (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Sharon is a senior accountant at Merle West Medical Center and teaches as an adjunct professor in Accounting at OIT. After a 20-year hiatus, she resumed college studies six years ago and earned a BS in Management Information Administration from OIT in 1997. Sharon feels that the MiM course work has helped her identify her strengths and direct her career path in the best direction for her.

John Wiley (Fall 99 - Fall 01)
John has a BA in Criminology from Southern Oregon University. He served as an international sales manager for Darex Corporation while participating in the MiM program. John hopes that the MiM degree will help him achieve his own goals as well as make him a better manager. He feels that with the MiM program successfully completed, he now has the fundamental skills to become a professional manager.

Faustina Willie (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Faustina is a lawyer in Accra, Ghana. She earned a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ghana in 1997 and completed a post professional law course in 1999 at the Ghana School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Faustina spent a year as a teacher. Her personal philosophy regarding change is that "where one stands at one point in time does not matter, rather, where one seeks to move is important." She hopes to apply the knowledge she has acquired through the MiM program to an administrative position in Ghana.

Hart Wilson (Spring 99 - Winter 02)
Hart graduated from OSU with a BA in French. After a four-year stint of teaching in Corvallis, she moved to Sacramento to work for Western Fairs Association as an administrative assistant. She followed her boss to work for the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up as a CO-owner of a vineyard and winery operation in Northeast Ohio. Hart was very active in the Ohio grape industry for ten years. She found the MiM program an excellent opportunity to formalize many of the skills she had learned on the job.

Kristen Winter (Fall 98 - Winter 00)
Kristen has been manager of financial services and resource planning for US Cellular since 1997, having been with the company in other capacities since 1992. Through the MiM program, she looked to refine her abilities and business skills. She says of the program, "I feel it will give me the confidence I need to step in the ring with the big boys and excel in any challenge I am given."

Cherisa Wooley (Fall 98 - Spring 00)
Cherisa is an operations supervisor for UPS, a position to which she was promoted in January 1997. Prior to her promotion, she served as an account executive for two and a half years. Cherisa chose the MiM program to enrich her approach to managing people and give her a broadened view of business.

Karolina Wyszynska (Fall 03 - Winter 06)
Karolina holds a graduate degree in English from her native Poland as well as an undergraduate degree in English from SOU. She is currently the Sales and Catering Manager at the Ashland Springs Hotel. She intends to parlay her experience in hospitality management to a senior management position in Poland.

Dianne York (Fall 02 - Spring 04)
Dianne first came to SOSC in 1983 and began taking a few classes. After owning and operating her own independent small business for six years, the sale of her business in 1995 allowed her to resume her education. She received a BS in Communication in 2002. She is employed as an office manager at SOU and works tirelessly for family, disability and obesity awareness issues.

Cheryl Zelinsky (Fall 99 - Spring 02)
Cheryl is the director for the Diagnostic Ultrasound Program at OIT. As the director of a new bachelor’s degree program, she is responsible for teaching, budgeting, hiring, acquiring equipment, curriculum development, and more. She gained teaching and clinical management experience at Merced College, following 15 years at Emmanuel Medical Center in Turlock, California. She is confident that having increased her knowledge base in management, she will help bring success to her department.

Allison Zigich (Fall 00 - Spring 02)
Allison earned a BA in Telecommunications from SOU in 1998. Since graduation, she has worked for the City of Talent in a variety of capacities related to community relations and administrative support. She has worked for Clear Channel Communications as a radio personality since 1997 and also serves as a volunteer news host and reporter for Jefferson Public Radio. Her goals include serving at a management level of either a newsroom or a city hall somewhere in Oregon. She sees a Masters degree as an essential component of realizing her ambitions.

MiM participants represent government, business, nonprofit, and health care organizations. A number of the participants operate their own businesses. This blend of interests enriches the learning experience by providing exposure to a broad range of issues and problem-solving approaches. Some of the organizations that MiM participants have represented include:

The following individuals are members of the Medford-based program. Most of these participants will complete the MiM program in one and a half to three years following their admission.

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Samantha Alam (Fall 06)
Samantha is a self-employed Mediation Trainer and Skills Coach working with clients such as Southern Oregon University, Josephine County, Asante Health System, and the State of Oregon Department of Justice. She has a B.S. in Political Science from Southern Oregon University and has studied abroad in China, earning a certificate in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies from Beijing's Central University. Samantha has been working in the social services field since 1998 and hopes the MiM program will open up new interests and directions for her career. She looks forward to the sense of possibility and academic purpose that is part of being involved in an active and motivated student community.

Karen Amarotico (Fall 06)
Karen has been working in the food service industry for over 25 years and is the former kitchen manager of Standing Stone Brewing Company in Ashland, Oregon. She has a B.A. in Business from Southern Oregon University and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, one the world's most prestigious culinary colleges. Karen is a board member of the Ashland Schools Foundation, and is also involved with Toastmasters and the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program. She is currently exploring her career options and expects that the MiM program will help prepare her for whatever future challenges she chooses to undertake.

Randy Baker (Fall 06)
Randy teaches business and computer technology courses at Yreka High School in Yreka, California, where he has also coached several winning football and tennis teams. He has a B.S. in Production Operations Systems Management from California State Universtity in Sacramento. In his spare time, Randy serves on the board of directors of Yreka Christian Fellowship and enjoys traveling in foreign countries. He lists England, Wales, Ireland, and Germany as his favorite places to visit. Randy would like to obtain an administrative position and has joined the MiM program to prepare for a job as a school principal or school district superintendent.

Brenda Barnhill (Fall 03)
Brenda comes to the program from Solana Beach, California. Her degree is in Psychology and Economics from the University of Colorado. She speaks fluent French. Brenda is currently the controller for PrintQuick/HIJK and oversees a budget of $10 million and five employees.

Jackson Baures (Winter 04)
Jackson has served as an Environmental Health Specialist for Jackson County Health and Human Services since 2001. He is responsible for coordinating air quality, bioterrorism and safety programs, investigates food-borne illnesses and conducts food handler training throughout the county. He worked for Peak Environmental Services as an environmental specialist for two years prior to signing on with the county. Jackson's career path also includes a two-year stint as a claims service representative for Safeco Insurance and three years as the manager of the Pizza Factory in Weed, California. He studied water quality issues as an intern with Oregon DEQ in 1998. Jackson was awarded a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Willamette University in 1995. He aspires to serve as a division manager in the department of Health and Human Services.

Kevin Bird (Winter 07)
Kevin has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University, where he was awarded Outstanding Environmental Studies Student in both his junior and senior years. He has managed a farm, worked as a veterinary assistant, and been a quality assurance supervisor for a plastics manufacturing firm. Randy is preparing for a new career in the U.S. Forest Service and has enrolled in the MiM program to gain the enhanced communication, leadership, and managerial skills necessary to succeed in an interdisciplinary work environment.

Robert Casserly (Fall 05)
Robert serves as the program manager for Friends of the Animal Shelter. He moved to Ashland from Tallahassee, Florida in 2001. In Florida, he was an instructor for Hurricane Island Outward Bound and worked as a residential resource manager for a youth shelter. He earned a bachelors degree from SOU in English and Writing in 2005. His work experience includes two years on a commercial fishing trawler in Alaska and two years as a public bus driver, as well as stints on a family farm and as a newspaper reporter, taxi driver and landscaper. His dream is to open Ashland's first animal shelter and he is counting on gaining skills and knowledge from the MiM program to help him achieve that goal.

Matt Cofer (Fall 06)
Matt is an Officer and Training Technician for the U.S. Army National Guard. He has served in the military since 1998, a career which has afforded him the opportunity to travel all over the world, including deployments in Indonesia, Singapore, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. He has a B.S. in Geography from Southern Oregon University and has chosen the MiM program for graduate study because he feels it will enhance his personal and professional development. Military officers must routinely make life-or-death decisions, so Matt is especially interested in learning everything he can about effective leadership and decision-making processes.

Radovan Dluhy-Smith (Fall 04)
Radovan is a native of the Czech Republic whose career has taken him to Mexico and Ecuador on the way to Ashland. He is currently coaching for Southern Oregon Fuego, a local soccer club. In 1997, he earned a bachelors degree in Global Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He has been involved in several international nonprofit organizations and ran a language agency that offered instruction and translation services from 1998 to 2003. In 1997, Radovan spent six months managing a reforestation project in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. His goal is to further develop his skills in communication, negotiation and problem-solving so that he can contribute to building a sustainable global society.

Kember Dollarhide (Fall 06)
Kember is a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration office in Medford, Oregon. She has extensive experience in customer-service and a B.S. in History and Women's Studies from Southern Oregon University. Kember is an active community volunteer, including service to United Way of Jackson County, Rogue Valley Chorale, Boy Scouts of America, and Community Works. Kember's goal as a government employee is to use her customer-service skills to help her agency become more customer-oriented. She has entered the MiM program to prepare for the challenge of obtaining a management position in the Social Security Administration.

Christina Dunlap (Fall 02)
Christina is the public relations coordinator for Southern Oregon University, a position she has held since 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing from Kent State University in 1996. Christina worked as an account executive with Tucker Communications in Kent following graduation. In 1998, she moved to southern Oregon and started work as a marketing and sales specialist for Britt Festivals. She is actively involved in local Junior Achievement activities and serves as a volunteer for the SMART reading program. Christina looks forward to learning more about SOU from her new role as a graduate student.

Elena Efunia (Fall 04)
Elena is committed to contributing to improved quality of life in her homeland of Kyrgyzstan. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in 2001 where she was a member of the national volleyball team for four years. She completed a second bachelors in management at SOU in 2002. Elena has worked in the banking industry in southern Oregon at Klamath First Federal and Sterling Savings Bank. Currently, she works part-time for Rogue Federal Credit Union.

Heather Freiheit (Winter 05)
Heather is Nurse Manager for Emergency Services at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford where she supervises more than 100 people and is responsible for a multimillion dollar budget. After earning her B.S. in Nursing from Southern Oregon University, Heather worked as a registered nurse and paramedic, and then was hired to teach nursing at Southern Oregon University. In her free time, Heather volunteers to train emergency medical service and fire department personnel. Heather would like to obtain a higher management-level position in the medical field and hopes the MiM program will help her continue to develop her management style.

David Garcia (Fall 05)
David is a Supervisory Transportation Security Screener for the Department of Homeland Security at the Medford International Airport. He has been a security professional since 2002. Before embarking on his current career, David obtained a B.A. in International Studies from Southern Oregon University, studied at the University of London, and taught English at a private school in South Korea. David is motivated to participate in the MiM program because he wants to glean practical advice from other experienced managers while attaining a formal education in management theory.

Margarita Garcia-Gallardo (Spring (04)
Margarita is a participant in the Amistad exchange program from Guanajuato, Mexico. She earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Guanajuato in 2002. She has worked for Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross) since 1999. Working for Fondo Emergente de Apoyo, she has been responsible for managing financial statements, maintaining medical records, and budget preparation. Margarita served as the local program director's assistant from 1999-2002. She has prior experience as an exchange student, having studied at the University of Montana and in Spain as undergraduate. She is deeply committed to the conservation and restoration of natural resources in her native country and hopes that the MiM program will provide her with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to increase conservation awareness in her society.

Amy Havice-Brown (Spring 05)
Amy is a program director for Living Opportunities in Medford. Since 1995, she has supervised 15 employees who care for adults and children with disabilities in a group home setting. She has worked in disability services since her graduation from Eastern Oregon State College in 1990. Amy has been inspired by her company's CEO and hopes to follow in his footsteps when he retires in the next few years. By participating in the MiM program, she intends to set an example for her staff so that they will understand that "for as much as we do every day for our clients, we can always learn and do more."

Amber Houska (Spring 05)
Amber has worked for Rogue Community College since 2004 as an adjunct faculty member and program coordinator. She has taught human development courses and worked in programs to promote student retention. She taught English as a second language to adults for Merced Community College prior to moving to the Rogue Valley in 2003. Her work experience includes serving as an outreach coordinator for University of the Pacific and business retention director for Merced County Economic Development Corporation, as well as more than a decade of horse training and riding instruction. She feels that the returns on her investment in the MiM program will include additional personal and professional experiences, as well as newly cultivated professional relationships that will lead to great opportunities.

Richard Hoylman (Fall 04)
Rick teaches nuclear medicine technology at Oregon Institute of Technology. He has been at OIT since 2000. Rick completed a bachelors degree at OIT in Allied Health in 1988 and passed the national board exam in nuclear medicine technology the following year. He has been affiliated with Merle West Medical Center since 1999 as a staff technologist. He spent the previous ten years in Portland, working for Oregon Health Sciences University. Rick anticipates that the skills he learns in this program will help him prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in this field of medicine.

Len Jacobson (Summer 05)
Len has been working in the information technology and geographic information systems (GIS) fields for more than 20 years. He recently accepted a position as Vice President of Development for ProCare, a global leader in childcare management software located in Medford, Oregon. Len was born and raised in Canada and has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. In addition to working, studying, and raising a family, Len serves as an elder at his church and mentors cross county runners at Crater High School in Central Point. Len expects the MiM program to hone his management skills so that he becomes a more effective manager of IT professionals.

Danny Jordan (Spring 05)
Danny comes to the MiM program by way of Clatsop County where he served as director of Community Corrections from 2000 to 2004. He was hired as the director of Community Justice for Jackson County in 2004. Danny began his career in corrections in Pendleton, working in juvenile detention in 1993. By the time he left Umatilla County in 2000, he was the assistant director of Community Corrections. Danny feels that the MiM program offers the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of leadership and organizational development. He hopes to cultivate a greater understanding of the complexity of leadership, and strengthen his ability to develop an admirable organizational culture.

Kristin Jostad (Spring 00)
Kristin has worked with nonprofit organizations for many years and has spent the last decade working with developmentally disabled adults. She recently had the opportunity to help create a new service agency and was involved in grant writing, design, contract negotiations, hiring and training, and developing systems.Through the MiM program, she would like to advance her business skills in order to be more effective as a leader in her field.

Melody Kamaunu (Spring 04)
Melody is the first Native Hawaiian to enroll in the MiM program. A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis on management in 1991. Melody is undertaking this degree hot on the heels of SOU's Masters in Applied Psychology program where she has completed a degree in the human services track. In Ashland, she served as the office manager of The Grove, a local youth center, in 2002. Melody was a restaurant manager in Kapaa, Hawaii from 1993-95 and was in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in Honolulu from 1989-97. Her training in the Reserves included logistics management and inventory management. Her goal is to be able to lead, manage and influence people in a positive way.

Heather Klima (Fall 03)
Heather graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1999 with a degree in Art. She is currently a payroll manager for Lithia Motors. Prior to her current position, she served as the Assistant General Manager at Windmill Inns of America in Medford where she supervised 35 employees in four departments. She hopes to work in art administration following completion of the MiM program.

Brian Kinsey (Fall 05)
Brian is Operations Manager for the Admissions Office at Southern Oregon University. Before working for the University, Brian was a student here, earning a B.S. in History and an award as Outstanding Student in History. He also is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy, a world-renowned training conservatory for musicians and actors. Brian has years of experience managing programs that serve people with disabilities and can converse in American Sign Language. Brian's goal in the MiM program is to learn from both his professors and colleagues while expanding his core knowledge of management principles.

Jessica Kinsey (Fall 05)
Jessica is Office Manager for Willamette Dental in Medford, Oregon. Prior to entering the medical care field, Jessica worked in retail sales as a manager for the Southern Oregon University Bookstore. She has a B.A. in Literature from Southern Oregon University, loves teaching, and enjoys the challenge of mastering new skills. Jessica looks forward to collaborating with her MiM peers to learn from different leadership styles, as well as exploring topics of personal interest such as human resources and project management.

Gary Knox (Fall 06)
Gary is a former Quality Control Manager for Royal Oak Enterprises, a charcoal manufacturing plant located in White City, Oregon. After serving in the U.S. Army, including a stint in Germany, he began working in the manufacturing sector, a career which lasted more than 30 years. Gary has a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Oregon University and is a founding member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Gary anticipates the MiM program will help him brush up on modern management skills while exploring his future career opportunities.

Matt Krunglevich (Fall 06)
Matt began working for the Oregon Department of Forestry in 1997 as a seasonal firefighter and has worked his way up to become Stewardship Forester for Jackson and Josephine Counties. He has a B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University and has worked with exchange students from Japan and Zimbabwe to develop a modernized management plan for OSU's forest lands. Matt believes the MiM program will help him achieve his dream of promotion to an executive position with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Joanna Kucharczyk (Fall 06)
Joanna is a native of Radom, Poland. She has a B.A. in Social Science from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany, and has also studied at the University of Valencia in Spain. In addition to her native language, Joanna is fluent in English, German, and Spanish. During her undergraduate education, Joanna participated in several multicultural events, such as work promoting Polish literature for the Polish Ministry of Culture. Upon completion of the MiM program, Joanna would like to work for an American company that conducts business in Latin America. She chose the MiM program to prepare her for this international business career because she values the multidisciplinary character of the MiM program. She also looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about American culture while living and studying in Ashland.

Travis Lee (Fall 04)
Travis is an instructor of Military Science at SOU and OIT for the Oregon Army National Guard. He has been with the National Guard since 1992 and has been teaching since 2003. He is also involved in teaching Office Candidate School at the Oregon Military Academy. Prior to teaching, Travis spent five years as the owner/operator of an insurance agency in Medford. He earned a bachelors degree in Biology from SOU in 1996. His current career goals include advancement to Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade.

Chris Loeffler (Fall 06)
Chris is an Assistant Buyer for Musicians Friend, the world's largest direct marketer of music gear, with headquarters in Medford, Oregon. He has two undergraduate degrees from Southern Oregon University, a bachelors in Business Administration and a bachelors in Foreign Language Studies. As a student, Chris spent a year studying abroad in Costa Rica. He has also studied and conducted business in Mexico, opportunities which helped him become fluent in Spanish. Chris hopes the MiM program will expand his analytical and management skills while helping him advance in the merchandising and marketing paths of the music industry.

Robert Luaders (Fall 06)
Robert is a former instructor of business, computer science, and mathematics at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon. He is also expert in graphic design, multimedia projects, and media-related technologies such as the delivery of Web-based education programs. Robert has a B.S. in Business and Music Arts from Southern Oregon University and is an active community volunteer, including service to the Grants Pass Family YMCA, Jackson County Fair, and Crater Lake Ski Patrol. Robert has enrolled in the MiM program to expand his career options, to network with the Southern Oregon University business community, and to help guide his peers on their journey of self-discovery.

Jennifer Malone (Spring 01)
Jennifer manages The House of Ski and Board in Mt. Shasta, California. She has worked for the business since 1988. She completed a bachelors degree from California State University, Chico in Social Science in 1997. As an environmental health technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1984-88, Jennifer was responsible for designing and implementing occupational health and preventative medicine programs. She has experience working with challenged teens and teaching. She feels the MiM program will expand her options and provide new doorways to career advancement.

Tracey Marquit-Lehman (Fall 03)
Tracey is the Director of Financial Aid at the Oregon Institute of Technology. She earned a degree in Communications from State University of NY at Oswego in 1988. Her community activities include serving on the Klamath County Citizen Review Board and coaching in the Klamath Youth Soccer League.

Darlene Martch (Fall 04)
Darlene's nursing career spans more than 25 years, most of which have been spent at hospitals and clinics in Roseburg, Oregon. She earned a bachelors degree in Nursing in 1980 at Pennsylvania State University. A 25-year volunteer with Special Olympics, Darlene has traveled to four Special Olympics World Games. She aspires to a stronger leadership role in management and hopes that advanced communication practices and management skills will help her inspire employees.

Vanessa Martinez (Fall 07)
Vanessa has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1998. She is Teacher/Manager of Caterpillar, a mobile science education center operated by Pacifica, a nonprofit learning center located in Williams, Oregon. Before joining Pacifica, Vanessa was International Programs Coordinator for Southern Oregon University. She has a B.S. in Sociology from SOU and has traveled widely, including visits to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Central America, and Mexico. Vanessa hopes the MiM program will help her gain the knowledge and skills she needs to open Southern Oregon's first international child adoption center. In addition to obtaining a MiM degree, Vanessa also plans on pursuing a Master in Applied Psychology degree.

Chris McAlear (Fall 06)
Chris is the Public Land Manager for the Bureau of Land Management office located in Medford, Oregon, where he is responsible for managing over 220,000 acres of public lands, a multimillion dollar budget, and more than 50 employees. Chris is a U.S. Navy veteran and continues to serve as a medic in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a B.S. in Forest Recreation Resource, both from Oregon State University. Chris expects the MiM program will help him continue to develop the leadership, resource planning, and budgetary skills necessary for further promotion within the Bureau of Land Management.

Erin McCan (Fall 06)
Erin was born and raised in New Mexico. She has a B.S. in Finance from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she was president of the Finance and Investment Association. Erin is an Assistant Buyer for Musicians Friend, the world's largest direct marketer of music gear, with headquarters in Medford, Oregon. She has also worked for Outside Magazine and the Medford Mail Tribune. Erin has joined the MiM program to help her career advancement by enhancing and expanding her management capabilities.

Nancy McCaffery ( Fall 03)
Nancy comes to us from Roseburg, Oregon with a degree in Medical Dietetics from the University of Chicago. Most recently, she served as Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Medical Center where she oversaw a staff of 13 and an annual operating budget of $690,000. She hopes that securing her graduate degree in management will provide her with the opportunity to advance in her field.

Lysa McDowell (Spring 03)
Lysa has more than 20 years experience in the field of publishing and communication. She received a B.S. in Fine Art/Communication from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in 1984. A community producer for RVTV, she is a two-time winner of the "Best Short Video of the Year" award, most recently for a video that she created featuring underwater pumpkin carving. Lysa co-founded Story Line Press, a nonprofit literary publisher, in 1985 and served as Design/Production Manager of the firm until 2002. During her tenure, she worked with many teams to produce more than 200 books. The MiM program has provided her with new options for writing, and integrating her graduate experience toward the innovative fields of creativity and knowledge management.

Lisa McGoffin (Winter 02)
Lisa works as the practice administrator for Psychiatric Associates in Medford. She has been with the practice since her graduation from Southern Oregon University in 1992. During her tenure, she has played an integral role in steering the practice through many changes. At Southern, she earned a B.S. in Psychology and in Economics. Lisa feels that the MiM program will serve as a doorway to self-discovery and learning.

Margaret McNabb (Fall 04)
Margie completed a bachelors degree in English Literature at SOU in 1990 and later moved back home to Michigan. In Traverse City, she spent two years serving as a school readiness facilitator for elementary schools in a four-county area following five years as a program director for Leelanau County Family Coordinating Council. She is currently serving as a program analyst for The Job Council in Medford. Margie is passionate about programs that support children and families and aspires to participate in policy-making at every level in a leadership capacity.

Elizabeth Mier (Fall 04)
Elizabeth finalized a B.S. in Business Administration from SOU in 2003. Since graduation, she has served as a human resource management analyst for the City of Medford. Elizabeth's academic background includes coursework in Daytona Beach and Grand Rapids and an A.A. degree in Computer Science/Information Technology from Los Angeles Community College in 1987. She provided HR services to Rough & Ready Lumber Co. in Cave Junction HR for about ten years prior to completing her bachelors degree. Elizabeth counts on this program to help her advance in her career.

Brad Mitchell (Winter 07)
Brad is the Sales and Special Projects Manager for his family's business, Mitchell Crane & Equipment Company in White City, Oregon. He has a B.S. in Forestry Products from Oregon State University. For the past four years, Brad has served on the board of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a national waterfowl and wetlands conservation agency. Brad entered the MiM program to learn everything he can about what it takes to be a successful business manager, and is especially interested in learning more about global influences on business markets.

Charlie Mitchell (Fall 05)
Charlie is a Business Development Manager for Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), located in Medford, Oregon. Prior to joining SOREDI, Charlie was the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Grants Pass where he managed a $700,000 annual budget, two employees, and seven contracts. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and has a B.S. in Communications from Southern Oregon University. Charlie is a tireless community advocate who serves on several boards, including the Josephine County Business Retention and Expansion Team, the Southern Oregon University Advisory Board, the Rogue Community College Small Business Development Council, and the Rogue Valley Workforce Development Council. Charlie hopes the MiM program will enhance his future career opportunities as he continues his formal education. He is the first person in his family to earn a college degree.

César Morales-Razo (Spring 04)
César comes to us as part of the Amistad exchange program from Guanajuato, Mexico. He earned a bachelors in International Studies from the Universidad de Guanajuato in 1999 and completed a masters degree at the Universidad del Valle de Atema in 2004. He has served as a Supplier Scheduler at American Axle since 2002. César has worked in the import field since 1999, first at a General Motors assembly plant and then at Penske Logistics. He is a professor of Administration Philosophy at Irapuato University. He already has cross-cultural experience from participation in student exchange programs at the University of Albuquerque and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. César hopes to serve one day as a government advisor helping companies develop technical tools to make them more profitable.

Tracy Muhleman (Fall 05)
Tracy has been working in the medical care field since 1992 and is currently the Patient Coordinator for MB Healthcare in Medford, Oregon. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Oregon University and was the founding manager of the North Medford High School Equestrian Team. Tracy has enrolled in the MiM program to strengthen her managerial and leadership skills so that she can advance in her career and become an effective and efficient medical care facility administrator.

MaryAnn Neely (Spring 05)
MaryAnn has worked in the Business Services Department at Southern Oregon University since 1990. As an Information Technology Consultant, she is responsible for a host of complex software, database, and technical reporting duties. MaryAnn has a B.S. in Computer Science from Southern Oregon University where she was recognized as the Outstanding Business Information Systems Student. MaryAnn is pursuing a MiM degree because she believes it will help her obtain three professional-development goals: the ability to find the best solution for complicated problems, the ability to deal with organizational change and human resource demands, and the ability to become a more effective communicator.

Cydney Nestor (Spring 05)
Cydney is a Counselor at Children's Farm Home in Albany, Oregon, a nonprofit organization providing advocacy and resources to families in need. She has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Portland. As an undergraduate, Cydney spent a year studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, and traveled extensively through Europe. She would like to become the executive director of a mental health agency and thus has chosen the MiM program for her second graduate degree because of the MiM program's focus on developing students' advanced management skills.

Paul Oswald (Winter 07)
Paul is a Practitioner for Spectrum Orthotics and Prosthetics in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been a healthcare practitioner for more than 28 years. Paul has two bachelor's degrees, a B.S. in Orthotics and Prosthetics from the University of Washington in Seattle and a B.S. in Recreation Education from Utah State University in Logan. In addition to his healthcare experience, Paul is an expert in multimedia and video production and co-founder of a center for Buddhist studies in the Klamath Basin. His long-term goal is to use his unique combination of medical and technical skills to develop a video- and Web-based distance-learning curriculum for health care students. Paul joined the MiM program to develop the research, critical analysis, and application skills he'll need to realize his dream.

Linda Ottinger (Fall 01)
Linda serves as the Business Office Manager at Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, California. She accepted her present position in late 2002. Prior to this, Linda was the director of Accounting Services for the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California and the business manager at Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska. She earned a B.A. in Accounting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, in 1987. Linda feels the MiM program will allow her the opportunity to work as an assistant administrator in the medical field.

Colleen Padilla (Summer 06)
Colleen is a Business Development Manager for Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), located in Medford, Oregon. She has a B.S. in Human Communication from Southern Oregon University, where she garnered the Communication Scholar Award. Colleen is a busy community volunteer, serving with the Grants Pass Business Retention and Expansion Team, the Ashland Economic Stability Committee, the Medford Visitors & Convention Bureau, and others. She has also been a volunteer youth bowling instructor for more than 20 years. Colleen is driven by a desire to serve the community and is counting on the skills and knowledge she gains in the MiM program to help her career advancement so she can become the executive director of a public-serving agency.

Gene Pelham (Fall 04)
Gene has served as the Executive Vice President of Rogue Federal Credit Union in Medford since 2003. A Rogue Valley native, he completed a bachelors in Business Administration at SOU in 1983. He has held leadership positions at credit unions in Eugene, Cottage Grove and Medford since 1985. His banking career started with a management trainee position at U.S. Bancorp as a college student in 1978. His greatest hope for the MiM experience is that he will enhance his critical thinking, verbal and written communication skills, sharpen his strategic vision, and be a better servant for the members and patrons of Rogue Federal Credit Union.

Maria Perez-Brodeur (Fall 04)
Maria represents the MiM program's first participant from Guam. She has lived in Ashland since 1997 and currently works in the Admissions Office at SOU as a credential evaluator. After attending colleges in five states, Maria completed a bachelors degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland in 1990. Prior to joining the SOU staff, she managed Mail Boxes Etc. and served as the resident manager for a local Knight's Inn Motel. Her goal is to one day create an event planning business and she sees the MiM program as a way to prepare her to be more competitive and successful.

Laurie Petersen (Fall 04)
Laurie is the lead nursing supervisor at Ashland Community Hospital. She received a bachelors in Nursing from SOU in 1992. Prior to joining the hospital staff in 2002, Laurie worked for Providence Medford Medical Center as a relief nursing supervisor and as a home health care case manager. Growing up, she spent five years in West Africa (in Ghana and Liberia) and three years in South Africa and Zaire. Following high school graduation, she spent two years in India working for the American International School and volunteering on a traveling medical van. Laurie is counting on her experience in the program to help her reach her ultimate professional goal of making positive contributions in the delivery of patient care and in the working environment of nurses.

Suzet Petersen (Fall 03)
Suzie commutes to the program from Bonanza, Oregon. She received her degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1998 and currently works at OIT as their Assistant Director of Financial Aid. Her career interest is in higher education administration. Suzet has also been a volunteer 4-H beef leader for the past 15 years.

Sharon Pewtress (Fall 03)
Sharon graduated from Utah State University in 2002. Her interests are in international business and healthcare management, though she also has a background in nonprofit organization. She most recently worked with The Tournament Player's Club at Summerlin as a part-time coordinator for the PGA Tour. Sharon is currently an Admissions Counselor at SOU with an emphasis in Minority Outreach at the University.

Walter Prout (Fall 04)
Walter's work experience has been primarily in manufacturing and procurement in fields as diverse as organic chai tea, heating and air conditioning systems, and microwave testing equipment. He graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 1995 with a degree in Politics and a minor in Industrial Theory. Walter moved to the Rogue Valley in 2002 where he worked as a purchasing manager for Intercal for two years. He hopes to study multinational manufacturing and how accounting theory and practice evolve to serve manufacturing in a global economy.

James Reynolds (Spring 04)
Jim works for the National Weather Service where he has served as a Warning Coordination Meteorologist since 2000. He has been affiliated with the agency since 1993, first as an intern in San Diego and then as a forecaster in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Jim attended Arizona State University where he completed a B.S. in Geography. He believes that this program will prepare him for career advancement within the National Weather Service and will help him develop ideas to improve how the organization does business on the local, regional, and national levels.

Wendy Rich (Fall 03)
Wendy received her degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University in 1994. She is currently the Clinical/Managing Director for Community Works, Inc. She hopes to expand her expertise in all aspects of nonprofit management through her participation in the program.

Linda Richards (Fall 05)
Linda is a staff member of the Women's Resource Center at Southern Oregon University. Previously, Linda was co-director of Peace House, a nonprofit center for peace and justice serving Southern Oregon and Northern California. Linda has been a peace activist since childhood and has been a volunteer non-violence trainer for more than 17 years, teaching conflict resolution skills to hundreds of people. Linda has a B.S. in Science from Southern Oregon University and upon completion of the MiM program will begin work towards a Ph.D. in the History of Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis. In the MiM program, Linda hopes to acquire the professional management skills she'll need to become the leader of a human-service nonprofit organization.

Elsy Rivas Miramontes (Fall 05)
Elsy is a native of Mexico who comes to Southern Oregon University on the Amistad Program from the University of Guanajuato, where she earned a B. A. in Accounting. She formerly worked as a government accountant for Ministry of Finance and Administration in Guanajuato. Currently she is a Customer Service Representative for Rogue Valley Credit Union. Elsy is fluent in Spanish, English, and French, and enjoys volunteering on behalf of orphans and homeless pets. She chose the MiM program for her graduate degree because it will assist her career advancement while providing a solid foundation in an area of particular interest, the effects of globalization on international business. 

David Rodriguez (Fall 03)
David earned a bachelors degree in Business Leadership from Baker College in Muskegon, Michigan. His professional background includes being an owner and chief instructor of a martial arts studio in Montague and Grand Haven, Michigan, sales for Bear Creek Corporation, and a stint as a public safety officer for the Baha'i National Center in Evanston, Illinois. David also has two sons currently attending SOU. He sees the MiM program as an effective way to make a career transition.

Rich Rosenthal (Winter 04)
Rich earned a B.A. from Linfield College in Mass Communications in 1993. Since 1994, he has served as the Sports Information Director for SOU. He is responsible for media relations, web site development and stat services for 12 intercollegiate teams. He serves on the National Sports Information Board of Directors and was recently elected to serve on the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission. He sees the MiM program as an important tool in attaining his goal of serving as an athletic director at the college level.

Mike Sanders (Fall 05)
Mike has worked in law enforcement for more than 25 years and is a Sergeant for the California Highway Patrol bureau located in Mt. Shasta, California. During his career, Mike has received numerous commendations, including an Officer of the Year award. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has been deployed or traveled to Japan, Korea, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, and Italy. Mike has a B.S. in Fire Protection Administration and Technology from California State University in Los Angeles. As a MiM participant, Mike hopes to discover new career opportunities while learning more about modern management techniques.

Michelle Schuster (Fall 04)
Michelle completed a bachelors degree in Business at SOU in 1998. She serves as the Housing Office Manager at the University, overseeing the housing office front desk and mail room, and providing support to the Director of Residential Life and Housing. Her interest in geology and anthropology has led her to making presentations to elementary students, conducting stream surveys for the BLM, and researching tool artifacts made by local Native Americans. By participating in the MiM program, she plans to educate herself so that she might better serve SOU's future students.

Celena Shouse-Bland (Fall 03)
Celena graduated from SOU in 2002 with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. She is currently the President of Achiever Marketing, an online marketing company specializing in paid search campaign management.

John Steinbergs (Winter 07)
John is an Executive Support employee for Sky Research, Inc., an Ashland company that provides remote sensing, geophysical, and mapping services for clients such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S Army National Guard, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the World Bank. He has a B.S. in Small Business Management from Southern Oregon University and has studied abroad at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. John is dedicated to helping his company prosper and has enrolled in the MiM program to gain the skills and knowledge he needs to become a top-level manager at Sky Research.

Scott Stinson (Winter 03)
Scott is a senior Programmer Analyst at Bear Creek Corporation where he helps support data processing systems related to merchandising, logistics and order fulfillment. He earned a bachelors degree in Information Systems from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1989. Scott has used his IT skills in fields as diverse as health care, automotive retail, insurance and wholesale grocery supply. He feels the MiM program will provide additional management and leadership skills to broaden his opportunities for professional advancement.

Sherri Stratton (Winter 06)
Sherri has been working for the Job Council in Medford, Oregon for more than 20 years. She initially became involved with the Job Council as a client, then was hired as a receptionist, and has since worked her way up to a managerial position while simultaneously raising a family and earning a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. Sherri now serves as Youth Program Manager for the Job Council's Jackson and Josephine County initiatives. She enrolled in the MiM program to acquire the advanced management skills she'll need to assist the Job Council as it makes the transition from a social service organization into a business-driven workforce development agency.

Trisha Stubbs (Winter 07)
Trisha is currently serving as an Education Coordinator for Asnate Health System in Medford. Prior to starting work at Asante, she worked in HR at Sky Research and served as an Associate Relations Manager for U.S. Cellular's Medford, Oregon office. She has worked in human resources for more than eight years and has a B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University in Pullman. One of Trisha's dreams is to become a professional consultant specializing in leadership development and human resource solutions.

Denise Swafford (Winter 03)
Denise completed a B.A. in Management from Northwest Christian College in 2001. Since 1998, she has served as the assistant to the President and Board of Education at Rogue Community College. Prior to moving to the Rogue Valley, Denise worked as a legal assistant, paralegal and legal secretary in San Diego for a total of 12 years. She sees the MiM degree helping her to advance at RCC, becoming part of a new generation of leaders in education.

Liz Tilson (Winter 07)
Liz has been a professional lifeguard since 2000. She is the Swim Lesson Coordinator for Ashland Family YMCA and has taught people of all ages how to swim, from six-month-old babies to octogenarians. When she's not busy supervising the pool, Liz enjoys volunteering for several nonprofit organizations including the Roseburg Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the Oregon Youth Authority, and others. Liz has a B.S. in Criminology from Southern Oregon University and wants to obtain a management-focused graduate degree so she can earn a promotion to a management position at the YMCA.

Turk Tunskul (Winter 07)
Turk is the first Thai to join the MiM program. He has two bachelor's degrees, a B.A. in Business Administration from Bangkok University and a second B.A. in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. Before coming to the U.S. to study, Turk was Sales Manager Assistant for his family's business, Korn Thai Company, a food and beverage manufacturer. Here in Ashland, Turk works as a Student Manager for Southern Oregon University's Stevenson Union Catering department. Turk is taking graduate-level management courses in preparation for taking over the management of his family's business.

Wendy Turner (Fall 03)
Wendy graduated from OSU in 1997 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. She works at OIT as an Assistant Registrar. Wendy's community activities include volunteer work with the Miss Klamath County/Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Pageant and Walk for Life.

Jack Vitacco (Spring 06)
Jack is the Director of Southern Oregon University's Small Business Development Center. Before relocating to Southern Oregon, Jack worked for 3M Corporation for 20 years and was a successful sales and marketing consultant with a client list that included Sears, Roebuck, and Company and Johnson & Johnson, in addition to a host of small businesses. Jack has a B.A. in English and Education from Loyola University in Chicago. In Chicago, Jack held various volunteer leadership positions with Misericordia Parents' Association, a nonprofit support group for individuals with developmental disabilities. Jack has decided to continue his education because he wants to augment his many years of career experience with the contemporary management theories and applications taught in the MiM program.

Susan Walton (Spring 05)
Susie moved to Oregon in 1999 from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has worked in the field of human services for many years, first as a psychiatric counselor at a children's hospital, then as a trainer for foster parents and a case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently, she is the assistant branch manager for Medford Senior Services sponsored by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. She earned a bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health in 1987 at University of the Ozarks. Through the MiM program, she hopes to gain tools for learning, leading and reaching her goals.

Diana Watson-Paul (Winter 07)
Diana is the Head Counselor for Southern Oregon University's Financial Aid office. She has worked for Financial Aid since 1999 and enjoys the challenge of helping people find the means to fund their college education. She has a B.S. in Human Communication from Southern Oregon University and has selected the MiM program for her graduate degree because she wants to become a better manager and a more powerful advocate for the value of higher education. After earning her MiM degree, Diana plans to enter a Ph.D. program to study higher education administration.

Cindy Weaver (Fall 04)
Cindy took time out of her college career to manage a local travel agency. Some 25 years later, she returned to SOU and completed a bachelors in Business Administration in 2001. Cindy has worked in accounts payable at Ashland Community Hospital since 2002. She is an active member of the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol. Passionate about lifelong learning, Cindy's goal is to gain new skills and knowledge to advance in her career and become a more professional employee.

Francis Webber (Spring 05)
Francis is the Human Resource Director for Jackson County, Oregon. Prior to going to work for the County, Francis provided human resource leadership at Bear Creek Corporation, a company with more than 2,000 employees. He has an M.A. in Public Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California and a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. In his spare time, Francis has established the Multi-Use Trails Coalition, an organization dedicated to improving and increasing trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians, skiers, and other recreational trail users. In addition, he serves as president of the Southern Oregon Soccer Referee Association. As a human resource leader, Francis frequently has to make decisions that require broad business analysis. He decided to obtain a second graduate degree so that he can learn more about a wide range of modern business management issues, such as finance, human resources, information systems, marketing, and law.

Hilary Witcher (Fall 05)
Hilary began her management career at the age of 11 when she was selected as the leader for her school's Jump Rope for Heart team. The experience instilled a love for project management that still gives her career its focus. Hilary has worked in retail sales since 2001 and is currently an Assistant Buyer at Harry and David, one of the nation's premier direct marketing and e-commerce companies with headquarters in Medford, Oregon. Hillary manages more than 200 products for Harry and David stores. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of Georgia in Athens, during which time she also enjoyed studying abroad in France and Italy. Hilary is looking to increase her professional growth and overall knowledge of management in order to become a director at Harry and David.

Karolina Wyszynska (Fall 03)
Karolina holds a graduate degree in English from her native Poland as well as an undergraduate degree in English from SOU. She is currently the Sales and Catering Manager at the Ashland Springs Hotel. She intends to parlay her experience in hospitality management to a senior management position in Poland.