MS, Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2013; CPA, Oregon Board of Accountancy, 2006; BS Business, Public Accounting Concentration, Southern Oregon University, 2005
Sara Adams started her accounting career at Moss Adams, LLP in Medford, Oregon, Sara worked in the areas of tax and business assurance, providing services to clients mainly in the construction, medical and financial industries. Sara is a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs and the AICPA.
DBA, Finance, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1996; MS, Finance, University of Oregon,1987; MBA, North Dakota State University, 1981; BS, Econ & Business Administration, North Dakota State University, 1979
Curt Bacon has been at the university since 1987. He is currently one of the primary student advisors in the School of Business and a big proponent of international study for SOU students. Curt is the Coordinator for the SOU Accelerated Baccalaureate Program and the Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics (CAFE). He also writes supplementary materials for several finance texts. Curt serves on the Ashland School District Budget Committee.
Senior Instructor II
MS, Taxation, Washington School of Law, Washington Institute for Graduate Studies, 2005; CPA, California Board of Accountancy, 1981; BA, Oregon State University, 1976
Susan’s past credentials include working for KPMG where she specialized in banking institutions and trust tax services, as well as assuming management responsibilities in human resources and compensation. She received the 1996 Chapter Award for Outstanding Woman in Business in the Bay Area from the American Woman’s Society of CPAs. She serves on multiple boards including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lithia Motors, Inc. Susan maintains her membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
MS, Accounting, Tax Emphasis, 1993, Brigham Young University; CPA, 1995, AICPA; BS, Accounting, Brigham Young University
Al worked for Deloitte & Touche in San Jose, California for a couple of years in various tax areas (mostly corporate tax). After D&T he was in the tax departments of two multi-billion dollar high-tech companies for about six years. He was the international tax manager at SGI (Silicon Graphics).
MM, 2011, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR; BA, 2009, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR; Minor in Computer Science and Business Information Systems; Microsoft Access and Excel Certifications
Daniel specializes in information systems and database design. He worked on Access database systems for government and nonprofit organizations building design and implementing a new information system to meet the organization’s needs. Daniel coordinates the Certificate in Management of Human Resources. Daniel has owned a home-based computer system since 1990 and currently designs and builds desktop PCs.
MAT, 2000, Southern Oregon University; MBA, 1972, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration; BA, 1969, Psychology, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
John’s experiences include ownership/management positions with several different manufacturing companies during a 20-year career in private business. John taught high-risk students in alternative secondary school settings for four years. John also served time for the United States Armed Forces.
Senior Instructor II
JD, Santa Clara University, 1991; MA, Geography, University of California at Davis, 1980; BA, English, University of California at Davis, 1979; BA, Geography, University of California at Davis, 1979
Kurt has argued cases in all Oregon Courts, including the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Oregon. Several of his cases have resulted in published decisions serving as key precedents in Oregon law.
PhD, Nova Southeastern University – School of Computer Information Sciences, Technology in Education, 2006; EdS, Nova Southeastern University – School of Computer Information Sciences, Technology in Education, 2004 –Educational Specialist Degree in Technology in Education; MBA, 1999, Southern Oregon University; BS, 1998, Business Administration, Management, Southern Oregon University
Donna has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, many of which were as a sole proprietor in Texas. Donna served as chair of the School of Business where she implemented the full-time evening MBA program. Donna has partnered with various businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the valley in support of undergraduate and graduate students’ community-based projects.
DBA, Argosy University, 2007; MBA, Southern Oregon University, 1991; BS, Business Administration, Southern Oregon University, 1984
Joan coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program and the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce. Joan joined the University in 1997 to implement a program for working adults to return to college and finish their degree. Prior to teaching, Joan sold mutual funds and real estate investments, financed non-conventional and commercial loans, and worked as a title officer for an escrow company.
PhD, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, with focus on Sustainable Tourism,Colorado State University, 2012 – 2016; University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI, MS (Travel Industry Management) 2006-2007; University of National and Global Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, BS (Tourism), 2000-2005
Prior to academia, Pavlina was a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University. Pavlina worked in the hospitality industry, holding various management positions with Marriott International and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. At SOU Pavlina is the Hospitality and Tourism Management program coordinator, serving on several university committees and involved with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Club. Pavlina’s research focuses on exploring factors affecting corporate sustainability, and the relationship between corporate sustainability, innovation and leadership, particularly through utilizing mixed research methods.
PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997; MBA, 1987, BA, The University of Akron, 1982, University of the Philippines
René has been at the University since 1988. He is currently the MBA Program Coordinator. His research interest is in the use of technology in pedagogy. René is actively involved in the design, development, and implementation of course curricula that incorporate technology in the classroom as well as in the delivery of course content. Specific areas of expertise include: statistical process control, decision making models in Excel, business research methods, statistics as a decision making tool, management science, web survey design and implementation, and statistical data processing using Excel and Minitab.
MBA, Southern Oregon University, 2011; BS, Business Administration, with a focus in Management, Southern Oregon University, 2009; Summer Immersion Program, Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Saabrucken, Germany, 2009; AS, Business Administration, Rogue Community College, 2008
David is currently writing his dissertation, An Analysis of the Relationships of Online University Students’ Commitment Foci to Academic Performance, for his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). In addition to teaching business computer application courses in the School of Business, he is an advisor for the Degree Completion Program where he works with adult and online learners. Having been a member of several student clubs while a student at SOU, he continues to work with student clubs as a Faculty Advisor for both Alpha Kappa Psi and the SOU Business Club. David is also an active participant/advisor for the Hospitality and Tourism Management Club. David has a background in the culinary arts having been a journeyman baker and working in the hotel/restaurant industry. David spent 20 years in the retail floor covering industry, starting his career as a salesman and finishing by opening a floor covering store of his own. David’s latest business venture was starting a nail salon in Medford, Oregon with his wife. When he is not on campus, you can find David at working with his wife at their nail salon.
MS, Rhetoric, University of Oregon 1990; BS Communication, Southern Oregon State College, 1984; Completed course work (60 hours) toward degree PhD – Higher Education Administration, University of Oregon
Jane’s teaching interests include business communication, public speaking, community engagement writing, grant writing and nonprofit volunteerism. Her research interests include rhetoric and persuasion. She coordinates the School of Business Internship program and the Certificate of Nonprofit Management. Jane also enjoys researching food topics from recipes to sustainable growing techniques and is an OSU Master Gardener.
Division Director – Associate Professor
PhD, Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University, 2008; MBA, Computer Information Systems, San Francisco State University, 1989; BS, Marketing, LeMoyne College, 1983
Katie’s background includes eighteen years of work experience outside of academia; primarily in data analysis and in the development, maintenance, and administration of organizational information systems. Her research interests focus on how information technology can best be used to support the information needs of management for decision making.
PhD, Management/Marketing, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998; MBA, Indiana State University, 1981; BS, Management, Indiana State University, 1979
After a 20-year career in marketing management with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson Mark decided to pursue a teaching career. His research interests include: corporate culture, sales force management, and international marketing. Mark has published several papers in such journals as International Marketing Review, The Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Mark serves as a consultant in the biotech industry providing firms with software solutions to sales management issues, marketing research, and disposition of obsolete inventory.
MBA, Southern Oregon University, 1997; BS, Accounting, Southern Oregon University 1996; CPA, Oregon
Dennis has 20-years of experience as a career as a hotel executive. Dennis started his own accounting business before joining the School of Business faculty. He has served and held leadership positions on numerous boards including the Ashland Chamber of Commerce (president), Ashland Visitor & Convention Bureau (chair), the City of Ashland Budget Committee (chair), Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development board, Ashland Economic Sustainability Committee and many others. Dennis is currently an elected member of the Ashland City Council and the SOU Faculty Senate.
PhD, Economics, University of Nevada-Reno, 2015; MBA, Corporate Finance, University of Dallas, 2010; BE, Civil Engineering, King’s Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, 2007
Rattaphon has teaching responsibilities in both the School of Business and the Economics Program. At SOU, Rattaphon teaches various courses in economics and finance. His research and teaching interests include macroeconomics, financial economics, behavioral finance/economics, business economics, and applied econometrics. His recent research has appeared in Review of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, Management Research Review, Review of Market Integration, among others. Rattaphon has received several awards for his research from national and international academic conferences (e.g., Midwest Academy of Management, Academy of Behavioral Finance and Economics).
ABD, Education Doctorate, Pepperdine University 2018; MS, Public Policy, Pepperdine University 2006
Rebecca has spent her career working with start-ups, nonprofits, small and medium sized businesses and transitioning organizations through change. She specializes in leadership, strategy planning, innovation, human capital training and development, and operational refinement through the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Program.