Walker School: Meet the Faculty

The Walker School is supported by an international team of faculty and staff members who are committed to providing students with a first-class educational experience. Resources included within this section of the website include instructional tutorials, forms related to the East Academic Building in St. Louis, Missouri, departmental forms and more.


Business Department

Rich Dippel Rich Dippel
Chair, Assistant Professor
Business Department
(314) 968-5992
EAB 349

Professor Rich Dippel has a BS in Business Administration from Saint Louis University, a MBA from Saint Louis University and a JD from Saint Louis University. Rich's areas of teaching include legal procedure management of evidence and accounting information systems. Rich's research interests include technical, legal and internal control implications of today's digital multifunctional devices. He has been published in the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.

Baichun FengBaichun Feng
Assistant Professor
Business Department
EAB 352

Steve HinsonSteve Hinson
Associate Professor
Business Department
MBA Program Director
(314) 246-7017
                         EAB 345

Dr. Steve Hinson has a BS in Economics from Berea College, an MA in Economics from the University of Kentucky, a PhD in Economics from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Webster University. Dr. Hinson's teaching responsibilities include principles of economics, macroeconomics and international economics. His areas of research include sustainability and income inequality.

Dr. Troy LuhTroy Luh
Associate Professor
Business Department
(314) 246-7943
EAB 347

Dr. Troy Luh has a BS in Accounting from Evangel University, his MAcc from Missouri State University, MSvS (Masters of Sciences in Valuation Sciences) from Lindenwood University and his PhD in Higher Education and Leadership from Saint Louis University. His expertise is in financial accounting, auditing, business valuation and forensic accounting. Dr. Luh's areas of teaching include intermediate accounting, auditing, business valuation and forensic accounting. His areas of research include business valuation and forensic accounting. Troy has been published in The Tax Advisor, The Asset and The St. Louis Business Journal.

Run NiuRun Niu
Assistant Professor
Business Department
(314) 246-7794
EAB 348

Dr. Run Niu has a BA in Economics (Enterprise Management) from Tsinghua University, a BE in Engineering (Mechanical) from Tsinghua University, a ME from Tsinghua University and a PhD in Management Science from the University of Alberta. Dr. Niu's areas of teaching include operations management, management science and related courses. Run's areas of research include decision problems on the interfaces of operations/marketing, operations/supply chain management, business/education applications of social networks and virtual worlds, Word-of-Mouth and referral rewards management in retailing. Run has been published in Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Marketing, Asian Pacific Journal of Operations Research and Information System and e-Business Management Journal.

Debbie PsihountasDebbie Psihountas
Professor, Finance
Business Department
(314) 246-7553
EAB 351

Debbie Psihountas has a B.S. in International Business from Bowling Green State University, an M.B.A. with a Concentration in Quantitative Analysis from the University of Cincinnati an a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Debbie Psihountas' areas of teaching include corporate finance, corporate governance, human capital and financial return, diversity and taxation. Dr. Psihountas has been published in The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, and has presented papers at the Financial Management Association, Academy of Financial Services, and other conferences. She was voted a "Most Inclusive Leader" award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2009, a "Woman of Achievement" by the Hellenic Spirit Society of the University of Missouri St. Louis, in 2008, and a YMCA Woman Leader in 2006. She has served as chair of the business department at Webster as well as acting chair of business and management programs in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also former chair of the salary and fringe benefit committee of Webster University and has actively served as a faculty leader and member in a number of other organizations.

Elizabeth RisikElizabeth Risik
Assistant Professor - Finance
Business Department
(314) 246-7162
EAB 346

Dr. Elizabeth Risik has a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elizabeth Risik's areas of teaching include financial strategy, mergers & acquisitions and principles of finance. Elizabeth's areas of research include corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, options pricing, behavioral finance and mutual funds.

Dr. Arnoldo RodriguezArnoldo Rodriguez
Associate Professor
Business Department
(314) 246-7155
EAB 350

Dr. Arnoldo Rodriguez has a B.A. in Business Administration from UACA, Costa Rica, an M.B.A. from INCAE Business School and a Ph.D. in Business from Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His areas of teaching include financial and managerial accounting. Dr. Rodriduez's areas of research include corporate social responsibility reporting, transfer pricing and valuation using financial statements. Arnoldo has been published in the Journal of Business Research, INCAE Business Review , Corporate Social Responsibility Book and the proceedings of the International CSR Conference.

Brad ScottBrad Scott
Business Department
(314) 246-7574
EAB 343

Brad G. Scott, Ph.D. is a professor of finance and international business at Webster University. He has taught in London and the Netherlands, and led short courses to Switzerland, China, Thailand and Japan. He has been the previous chair of the Business Department and director of the MBA Program, and served on many other service committees. Dr. Scott’s past experience includes a family retail business and as a commercial banking officer. He received both his Ph.D. and his MBA from Saint Louis University, and has remained active in his field with papers and presentations in both finance and online education.

Bud BellomoSebastian (Bud) Bellomo
Adjunct Professor & Special Projects Coordinator
Dean's Executive Staff Department
(636) 699-0058

Dr. Sebastian (Bud) Bellomo holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University, a M.B.A. from Lindenwood University, and a D.Mgt. from Webster University. His areas of teaching are in economics and in operations management. Dr. Bellomo's research interests include economic systems in theory and practice of developed nations. He has been published in The Journal of Business Economics Research.

Ed SpillaneEd Spillane
Professor Emeritus
Business Department
(314) 246-7021
EAB 310

Dr. Ed Spillane has a B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College, an M.A. in Health Administration from Saint Louis University and a Ph.D. in Health Administration from Saint Louis University. Dr. Spillane's areas of teaching include corporate finance and his areas of research include healthcare organizations and human resource administration. He has been published in Hospital Progress.


Management Department

Joe RobertsJoseph Roberts
Chair, Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-7537
EAB 390

Dr. Joseph Roberts received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He teaches entrepreneurship and management courses and is the Director of Entrepreneurship Program at Walker School of Business and Technology. He also serves as the Program Coordinator of The Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows Program, a nationwide initiative of the Coleman Foundation Inc. designed to infuse entrepreneurship across non-business disciplines. He is a winner of the 2012 Peter Drucker Challenge. His work includes presenting entrepreneurship workshops and seminars in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Finland and India. He has authored books, articles and papers on entrepreneurship topics, and he won the Telly and Aegis Awards for a documentary that he produced entitled “Entrepreneurship, Then and Now.” Dr. Roberts is also a consultant for small/medium businesses and has extensive experience helping entrepreneurs procure start-up funding.


Barrett BaeblerBarrett Baebler
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-7940
EAB 389

Dr. Barrett Baebler received his B.S.B.A in Finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A. in Finance from Webster University, and a Doctor of Management from Webster University. Dr. Baebler's areas of teaching include nonprofit revenue development, business plan development, entrepreneurial financial management, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management. His areas of interest and research include entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. He currently serves as the Director of Nonprofit Management and Leadership for the Walker School.

Dave BrennanDave Brennan
Management Department
(314) 246-7156
EAB 384

Dr. Dave Brennan earned his B.A. in Engineering (Mechanical) from Royal Military College in Canada, his B.A. in Applied Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto, Canada and his M.B.A., with a focus in International Management, from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Brennan's Ph.D., Marketing/International Business, was earned from Saint Louis University. His areas of teaching include marketing, international business and strategic management. His research is concentrated in the areas of countertrade industrial collaboration, market entry, modes and the aerospace industry.

Jeff HaldemanJeff Haldeman
Management Department
(314) 246-7552
EAB 368

Dr. Jeff Haldeman has a B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College in Downers Grove, IL and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Organization development and change, organizational behavior, and qualitative research methods make up Dr. Haldeman's areas of teaching. His research includes work in executive change leadership, the learning organization and brutality in organizations. His latest published work can be found in a number of areas including the proceedings of the International Industrial Relations and Human Resources Conference and the 5th Annual Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education.

Dr. Al MarcellaAl Marcella
Management Department
(314) 246-7544
EAB 380

Dr. Albert J. Marcella Jr. holds a B.A. with a dual major in Management Information Systems and Management from Bryant College, a M.B.A in Finance from The University of New Haven, and a Ph.D. in Management (emphasis in Information Technology) from Walden University. Dr. Marcella's areas of teaching include ITM security and information technology. Dr. Marcella has authored numerous articles to audit related publications and has authored and co-authored many audit related text books including such titles as: Auditing IBM's Customer Information Control System; Auditing Disaster Contingency Planning; EDI: Security, Control and Audit, Assessing Individual and Organizational Ethics: A Value-Added Audit, Outsourcing, Downsizing, and Reengineering: Internal Control Implications, and Electronic Commerce: Control Issues for Virtual Enterprises.

Doug O'BannonDoug O'Bannon
Management Department
(314) 246-5978
EAB 370

Dr. Doug O'Bannon has a B.S. in Management from Arizona State University, an M.B.A. with Emphasis in Economics and Finance from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland where his major was strategy and his minor was in human resource management. Dr. O'Bannon's areas of teaching include economics, management, HRM, labor relations, strategic HRM and strategic management. Doug's research interests include top management teams, expectancy-valence as a predictor of resource movement and real-time strategy. Doug has been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly and Business and Society and recently presented papers on dynamic strategy at the Academy of Management and Southern Academy of Management.

Dr. John OrrJohn Orr
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-8765
EAB 391

Dr. John Orr holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, a B.J. in Journalism/News-Editorial from the University of Missouri, an M.B.A. from Midwestern State University, and a Ph.D. Organization Theory and Policy from the University of North Texas. His specific areas of teaching include strategic management, international management, and quantitative research methods. Dr. Orr's areas of research include strategic alliances in logistics, cross-cultural management, and structural changes in the golf industry. His published work includes articles in Journal of Business Strategy and, Learning and Education (AOM).

Julie PalmerJulie Palmer
Associate Professor
Program Director, Doctor of Management
Management Department
(314) 246-2354
EAB 381

Julie (JP) Palmer received a B.S. in Animal Science and Chemistry from Colorado State University, MBA from the University of Nebraska and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Dr. Palmer's areas of teaching are human resource management and organizational behavior. Her areas of research include management education, recruitment and organizational reputation. Julie is the Walker School of Business' faculty advisor for Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). She has been published in Academy of Business Research Journal, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Midwest Academy of Management Proceedings.

Dr. Tom QuirkTom Quirk
Management Department
(314) 246-7015
EAB 343

Dr. Thomas Quirk holds a B.S. from John Carroll University, a M.B.A. from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His area of teaching is Statistics. Dr. Quirk's areas of expertise include ethics in business, time management and marketing. Tom's book Excel 2010 for Business Statistics: A Guide to Solving Practical Business Problems was published by Springer in August 2011.

Gary RenzGary Renz
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-5062
EAB 382

Dr. Gary Renz has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, a Juris Doctor from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His areas of teaching include human resources management, organizational behavior, leadership, and law. Dr. Renz' areas of research include leadership, emotions, motivation, staffing, compensation, and law.

Dr. Eric RhineyEric Rhiney
Assistant Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-7081
EAB 383

Dr. Eric Rhiney holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Central Missouri, a M.B.A. from Webster University, and also a Ph.D. in International Business and Marketing from Saint Louis University. His areas of teaching include marketing research, marketing strategy, and survey design. His areas of research interests are international marketing (consumer ethnocentrism), consumer behavior and(cross-cultural identity), branding (heritage branding).

Chris RiskerChris Risker
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-7557
EAB 387

Dr. Chris Risker has a B.A. from Kansas University, a M.A. in Health Administration from Kansas University Health Science Center and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. Dr. Risker's areas of teaching include health administration and management. His areas of research include uses of health information. Dr. Risker has been published in "Health Marketing Quarterly."

Dr. John RobinsonJohn Robinson
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-5929
EAB 388

Dr. John Robinson received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, his M.A. in Marketing from Webster University and his Doctor of Management from Webster University. Dr. Robinson's areas of teaching includes human resource management, and policy and strategic planning. His primary research interest is concerned with the strategic management process in not-for-profit organizations and smaller business enterprises.

Dr. Dustin SmithDustin Smith
Assistant Professor
Management Department
EAB 342

Dr. Dustin Smith received his PhD from Washington State University with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Strategy. Dr. Smith's current research examines stakeholder reactions to social initiatives and country-level predictors of firm social performance. His other research interests include firm resource deployment, social value capture and social entrepreneurship. His work has been featured in the Academy of Management Proceedings and has won best paper from the Western Academy of Management. Professionally Dr. Smith has worked for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes division and for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington State.

Ece TuncelEce Tuncel
Associate Professor
Management Department
(314) 246-2479
EAB 379

Dr. Ece Tuncel holds a B.S. Business Administration and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, both from the Middle East Technical University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Tuncel's research examines the effects of cognition, emotion, and personality on individual decision making, particularly in negotiation settings and has been published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research among other outlets. Dr. Tuncel has taught courses in the areas of organizational behavior, negotiation, decision making, and international management. She is a native of Turkey.


Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Martha SmithMartha Smith
Chair, Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7678
EAB 362

Dr. Martha Smith has a B.A. in Computer Science from Webster University, an M.S. in Computer Science Distributed Systems from Webster University and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. Martha's areas of teaching include object-oriented programming, data structures, database analysis design, database applications & web usability and accessibility. Martha's areas of research include the underrepresentation of minorities in computer science and human-computer interaction (HCI). She has been published in CCSC (The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges), International Symposium Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, and HICB (Hawaii International Conference on Business). She is one of the founders of the St. Louis Chapter of Service Design Network (SDN).


John AleshunasJohn Aleshunas
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7565
EAB 376

Professor John Aleshunas received his B.S. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon, his M.S. in Computer Science from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from The University of Missouri, Saint Louis. John is the Director of the Mathematics Program and advisor for the Webster University Pre-Engineering 3-2 programs with both Washington University and Missouri University of Science and Technology. John's areas of teaching include applied mathematics, data analytics, and data mining. John's areas of research include evolutionary computation (emphasis in genetic programming), machine learning and sabermetrics. John has been published in the Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Congress on Evolutionary Computation.

Brenda Boyce
Associate Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7570
EAB 369

Brenda Boyce received her B.S. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology from Quincy University and her M.S. in Management Information Systems from The University of Missouri. Brenda's areas of teaching includes data structures, statistics, research methodology and systems concepts.

Al CawnsAl Cawns
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7127
EAB 322

Professor Al Cawns has a ABD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri–Rolla ( Missouri Science and Technology), ME Administration Washington University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering With highest honors University of Missouri - Rolla ( Missouri Science and Technology) , and a AB in Mathematics from Drury College [ Drury University] Springfield, Missouri. Al's areas of teaching include database operating systems, computer security and computer architecture. His areas of research are in database and information systems.

Jim CurtisJim Curtis
Assistant Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-8761
EAB 366

Dr. Curtis was a career Air Force Cyber Officer who served in the White House as a Presidential Communicator for Presidents Bush and Clinton. He then spent 16 years in the IT industry culminating as a Vice President with SRA International. His expertise encompasses information assurance; systems analysis; risk management; enterprise architectures; and space and logistics operations. Dr. Curtis serves as a Permanent Board of Director and Past President of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association, Scott-St. Louis Chapter, From 2003–2013, he was an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Maryville University, and for the past three years he has been an adjunct professor of Cybersecurity at Webster University. He earned his doctorate degree from Saint Louis University in Public Policy where the subject of his research was public-private partnerships.

Paul FrazierPaul Frazier
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-5932
EAB 370

Paul Frazier is a career communications/computer/information technology/informaton assurance professional. A retired Air Force Officer with 25-years of active duty service. Paul has been an adjunct professor for Webster University since 1995 and faculty coordinator for the Scott AFB Information Technology Management program. Paul serves as program lead for the Cybersecurity Program. Paul has a extensive background in teaching and facilitation and co-authored a 5-day training program "Information Assurance Management" under contract with the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and a MS in Systems Management (Computer Information Systems) from the University of Southern California. He also completed graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

Larry GrandaLarry Granda
Associate Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7699
EAB 364

Dr. Larry Granda has a BS in Mathematics and BA in Philosophy from Webster University, a MA in Mathematics from Saint Louis University and a PhD in Mathematics from Saint Louis University. Dr. Granda's area of teaching is mathematics and his area of research is Low-Dimensional Topology. He has been published in Houston Journal of Mathematics and Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications.

Lasanthi HeendaliyaLasanthi Gamage
Assistant Professor
Math & Computer Science Department (314) 246-2520
EAB 374


Lasanthi Gamage received her PhD in Computer Science from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2015. She received her MS in Computer Science from St. Cloud State University in 2009 and her BEng in Computer Engineering from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka in 2006. Her primary teaching interests include Computer Programming, Data Structures, Algorithmic Analysis, Computer Architecture, and Database Management Systems, Operating Systems, Analytical Geometry, and Calculus. Her research interests are in Mobile databases, Big Data, Distributed Computing, and Parallel Computing. She comes with over 5 years of undergraduate teaching experience.

Kaoning HuKaoning Hu
Assistant Professor
Math & Computer Science Department kaoninghu40@webster.edu&
EAB 372


Kaoning Hu received his PhD in Computer Science from Binghamton University in 2015. He received his MS in Electronics & Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 2008 and his BS in Electronics Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 2006. Dr. Hu's research interest includes Computer Vision, Image Analysis and Synthesis, Human Computer Interaction and related areas. He has been working in research projects on automatic hand gesture recognition and image feature analysis, and has published his papers at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition, the International Conference on Computer Vision, and the International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition. He has also taught different courses including Computer Algorithms, Computer Organization, Software Engineering, Database, Image Processing, Data Mining, etc.

Peter MaherPeter Maher
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, International Campuses and Initiatives
Professor, Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-8622
EAB 321

Dr. Peter Maher has a BS in Mathematics, University of Wales, a MS Computer Science, University of Wales and a PhD in Computer Science (Emphasis in Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Wales. Dr. Maher's areas of teaching include data structures and algorithms, object oriented analysis and design and agile software development. Peter's areas of research include agile development methodologies, software methodologies for outsourcing companies, effective assessment techniques and management. He has been published in Research in Higher Education Journal, IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering and Training (CSEET), International Conference on Information Technology New Generations (ITNG) and American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences.

Ali OlivaAli Ovlia
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7878
EAB 373

Dr. Ali Ovlia has a BS in Marine Engineering, a BS and MS in Computer Science from University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Management from Webster University. Dr. Ovlia's areas of teaching include information systems, decision support systems, information analysis data communications and networks architecture. Ali's areas of research include systems modeling intelligence systems. His book Accounting Information System: The Crossroads of Accounting and IT was published in 2011.

Ed SakuraiEd Sakurai
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7023
EAB 360

Dr. Ed Sakurai has a MS in Mathematics from Reed College and a PhD in Mathematics from Washington University. Dr. Sakuria's area of teaching is mathematics.

Quinn ShaoQuinn Shao
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-7608
EAB 378

Professor Quinn Shao has a BA from Shandong University, a MA in Education from from Simon Fraser University and a MS from the University of Wyoming. Professor Shao's areas of teaching include object oriented programming, operating systems, and web development. Her areas of research include comparative Studies in computing education and web development. She has been published in AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education); HICE (Hawaii International Conference on Education); SITE (Advancement of Computing at Society for Information Technology and Education) and ACIS (Association for Computer & Information Science); ACM Southeast Conference.

Xiaoyuan SuoXiaoyuan Suo
Associate Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-2359
EAB 371

Dr. Xiaoyuan Suo received her BS MS and PhD in computer science from Georgia State University. Dr. Suo's areas of teaching include programming, telecommunications and network architecture. Her areas of research include user studies on touch based visualization systems, developing methodologies on building user friendly touch based visualizations, and touch based visualization design analysis. She has been published in the proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Visual Computing and Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

JiangPing WangJiangPing Wang
Associate Professor
Math & Computer Science Department
(314) 246-8602
EAB 375

Dr. JiangPing Wang has a BA in Electrical Engineering from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, a MS in Information Systems from the University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom and a PhD in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri. Dr. Wang's areas of teaching include database design, database applications, data warehousing, web databases, database in web services, distributed application development, computer programming, operating systems and computer architecture. His areas of research include database management systems, decision support systems, business intelligence, e-commerce data processing, and software project management. Dr. Wang has been published in Web Enabled Online Analytical Processing for Intelligent Business Decision-Making and the proceedings of 10th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business.