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Meet our School of Business faculty and staff

The School of Business faculty members seek to make a difference professionally, academically, and spiritually in the lives of their students. Over a dozen national and institutional awards have been earned by business faculty in teaching, advising, research, and community service.  Our professors have a broad range of experience and backgrounds, including business executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, CPAs, insurance brokers, marketers, information systems specialists, and economists.  In addition, a majority of our faculty run their own businesses, so they know about the real world and can bring it right into the classroom.  Their primary motivation is to be in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects.  With an open-door policy, students are encouraged to visit professors in their offices or even contact them at home. Faculty members are ready to be friends and mentors and to build relationships that students will value for a lifetime.

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Patience Taruwinga

Dean and Associate Professor of Management, Quantitative Methods, & Information Systems

(509) 527-2368

Patience.Taruwinga@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • DBL University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 2012
  • MSMIT  Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, Indiana University South Bend, 2008
  • MBA Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, Indiana University South Bend, 2002

Teaching Areas

Quantitative Methods, Management, & Info Systems Classes

    Research/Interests

    • Managing the Complexity of Human Resources in Family Owned Businesses.
    • Recent publications in the International Journal of Sustainable Economies Management (IJSEM)
    • Co-Authored a chapter in the book: Strategic Uses of Social Media for Improved Customer Retention

    Hobbies

    Family, travel, fishing, hiking and prison ministry

    Other

    Activities

    • Member Academy of Management since 2012
    • Founder and Owner Geek Investments LLC (An Equipment Export Company with clients in 7 countries)

    Faculty Awards

    • Faculty Certificate of Recognition, Indiana University South Bend, 2012
    • Edwin G Kaiser Faculty Scholar Award, Saint Joseph’s College, 2017

    Bruce Toews

    Associate Dean and Professor of Accounting & Finance

    (509) 527-2376

    Bruce.Toews@wallawalla.edu

    Education

    • DBA Walden University; Specialization in Finance
    • MBA California State University, San Bernardino; Finance Emphasis

    Teaching Areas

    Managerial Finance, Investments, Financial Markets & Institutions, Intermediate Accounting, Auditing, Accounting Information Systems, Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting and Real Estate 

      Experience

      • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
      • Own and operate a professional services firm providing part-time services in accounting, tax, auditing, personal financial planning, financial software and wealth/investment/property management.

      Hobbies

      Bird-watching, hiking, singing, playing keyboard/guitar and motorcycle riding

      Other

      Awards

      • WWU School of Business Teaching Excellence Award
      • WWU Community Service Award
      • C. Michael and Delona Lang Bell Outstanding Teacher Award, WWU
      • ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)
      • NACADA Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award (National Academic Advising Association)
      • WWU Excellence in Academic Advisement Award
      • WWU School of Business Teaching Excellence Award
      • WWU Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award
      • WWU School of Business Teaching Excellence Award

      Johanna Attoh

      Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

      (509) 527-2645
      Johanna.Attoh@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • PhD Economics. Western Michigan University, 2016
      • MS Economics. East Carolina University, 2009
      • BS Economics. Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, 2007

      Teaching Areas

      Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Comparative Economics, International Trade & Finance and Business Statistics

      Research/Interests

      • The analysis of Global Value Chain Fragmentation on International Trade
      • The effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy

      Hobbies

      Family, travel, backpacking and baking

      Andrew Dressler

      Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance

      (509) 527-2953
      Andrew.Dressler@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • MAcct
      • CPA

      Teaching Areas

      Principles of Accounting, Managerial Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Personal Income Tax and Business Taxation

      Research/Interests

      • United States Taxation System
      • Solutions to the United States Health Care System

      Hobbies

      Family, SCUBA, Golf and Development of Small Businesses


      Mihail Motzev


      Professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems

      (509) 527-2096
      Mihail.Motzev@wallawalla.edu    

      Education

      • PhD
      • MS

      Teaching Areas

      Business Statistics, Operations Management, Management Information Systems and Business Intelligence, Business Analytics with MS Excel and Access, Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics.

      Research/Interests

      Business Analytics with Spreadsheets, Faculty Research Grant, Walla Walla University. Statistical Leaning Networks in Simulations for Business Training and Education ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning). A Framework for Developing Multi-Layered Networks of Active Neurons for Simulation Experiments and Model-Based Business Games Using Self-Organizing Data Mining with the Group Method of Data Handling, ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association).

      Hobbies

      Family, travel, strategic games and MMA

      Other

      Awards

      President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Walla Walla University, 2016. Certificate of Merit, University of Arizona, 1993. “Best Research” (First Prize) in Individual Competition, National Scientific Session for Students in Economics Sponsored by Bulgarian Ministry of Education, 1980.

      Nominations

      International Advisory Council, ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association), 2013-Present. Honored to be included as VIP in the 2012 Covington Who’s Who. BILTMORE Who’s Who, 2011.

      Specialties

      Quantitative Methods, Information Systems, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

      Publications

      Over 90 peer reviewed papers and presentations (incl. 5 textbooks) on Predictive analytics, Business Forecasting, Information Systems, Econometric models, Computer Simulation on Economic Systems and Management Simulation Games

      George Perez

      Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing

      (509) 527-2952
      George.Perez@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • PhD (abd) Andrews University; Organizational Leadership
      • MSc Andrews University; Administration

      Teaching Areas

      Business Ethics, Business Communication, Principles of Management, Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior 

        Research/Interests

        • Immigration entrepreneurship (dissertation topic)
        • Emotional intelligence in the workplace
        • Innovation and creativity
        • Change management
        • Ethics and corporate social responsibility
        • Negotiations and dispute resolution
        • Small business and start-ups

        Other

        Awards and Honors

        • 2017 Community Recognition Award, Ministry of Provincial Parliament, Ontario, Canada
        • 2015 Signature Affairs Recognition, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada
        • 2013 Excellent in Education Award, Ontario Conference of SDA Church
        • 2011 Culture Manager Recognition, City of London, Ontario, Canada
        • 2007 Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati, Ohio
        • 2006 Hispanic Business of the Year, LULAC Ohio Distinguished Hispanics, Cincinnati, Ohio
        • 2004 Ohioan of the Year, Ohio Commission of Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Columbus, Ohio

        Activities 

        • Business/leadership coach
        • Co-owner of Hola! Ethnic Media
        • Public & motivational speaker
        • Cultural training

        Lana Van Dorn

        Office Manager

        (509) 527-2951
        Lana.VanDorn@wallawalla.edu

        As office manager, Lana "runs" the School of Business with proficiency and grace.  In addition, she serves as "departmental mom" to our students, occasionally distributing Band-Aids and Tylenol and soothing emotional and relational distresses as well.  In addition, Lana is a skillful card-maker, creating hundreds of beautiful birthday cards every year for our students and staff.

        Robert Van Dorn

        Adjunct Professor of Business Law

        (509) 527-2951
        Robert.VanDorn@wallawalla.edu

        Education

        • JD Seattle University
        • BA Walla Walla University; History

        Teaching Areas

        Business Law 

          Experience 

          • Attorney at Law and Trust Officer, Upper Columbia Corporation of SDA
          • Private law practice for 31 years in Walla Walla, Tacoma, and Seattle

          Other

          A beloved pastor used to ask people: "What are some of the first words you hope to hear in heaven someday?"  Lawyer Bob was never asked, but would have replied, "Next up on the No. 1 Tee . . . "


          Steven VanOrden

          Adjunct Professor of Management and Marketing

          (509) 527-2951
          Steven.VanOrden@wallawalla.edu
           

          Education

          • MPA City University, Seattle

          Teaching Areas

          Business Basics and Personal Finance

            Experience

            • Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM)
            • Certified Medical Staff Recruiter (CMSR)
            • Certificate of Achievement, Leadership Walla Walla
            • Over 25 years combined career experience in Government, Humanitarian Work, HealthCare, and Entrepreneurship.  
            • Have owned and operated several small businesses, including a Medical Recruitment Company and a Home Care Agency. 

            Hobbies

            Fly fishing, diving, golfing, mountain and road biking, playing drums, world travel and most outdoor activities

            Other

            Awards

            • WWU School of Business Teaching Excellence Award, 2015
            • WWU Excellence in Academic Advisement Award, 2017

            Licci Zemleduch

            Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management

            (509) 527-2570
            Licci.Zemleduch@wallawalla.edu

            Education

            • MBA Montemorelos University; Marketing Emphasis
            • BA Montemorelos University; Design and Branding Emphasis

            Teaching Areas

            Principles of Marketing, Advertising, Digital, Social Media, and Mobile Marketing, Branding, Market Research, Consumer Behavior, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

            Experience 

            • UMedia Creative Director
            • Enactus UM Academic Co-Advisor
            • NAD Youth Creative Advisor
            • Own and direct a creative agency providing services in creative marketing strategy, branding, graphic design, advertising, editorial design, illustration, packaging, web design, photography, exhibit design, infographics, signage, and other related areas.

            Hobbies

            Photography, contemporary art, travel, gastronomy and start-ups

            Other

            Awards

            • Teacher Innovator Award, Montemorelos University School of Arts and Communication

            Other Faculty (Adjunct)

            • Clarence Anderson, PhD
            • Michael Cafferky, DBA
            • Duane Anderson, MS
            • Conna Bond, JD
            • James Bradley, MBA
            • Monty Buell, MA
            • Tim Burgoyne, MBA
            • Preston Carman, MBA, MS
            • Jennifer Carpenter, JD
            • Curtis Nelson, PhD
            • Bruce Thorn, JD, LLM
            • Scott Wagner, MBA
            Last update on November 14, 2018