Faculty

The School of Business faculty & staff 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, marketing & communication experts, 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.

See what degrees you can earn when you learn from these professors.


Patience Taruwinga

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

(509) 527-2368

patience.taruwinga@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL), University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 2012
  • Master's of Science - Management of Information Technology (MS-MIT), Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, Indiana University South Bend, 2008
  • Master's of Business Administration (MBA), Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, Indiana University South Bend, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) - Statistics, University of Zimbabwe, 1999

Teaching Areas
Quantitative Methods, Management, and Information Systems

    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

    • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Finance Specialization
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance Emphasis
    • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - Accounting Concentration
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Washington

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

      Experience
      As a CPA for over 30 years, I own and operate a professional services firm providing part-time services in accounting, tax, auditing, wealth management, personal financial planning, and financial software consulting

      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

      Memberships

      • American Accounting Association
      • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

      Research Interests

      • The influence of religion and culture on investment practices
      • Assessing and increasing the level of professional skepticism among financial auditors
      • The rising significance of intangible assets and the challenges of valuation
      • Financial metrics for not-for-profit organizations
      • Historical and current regulatory developments in the credit union industry

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


      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, Investments, and Business Statistics

      Research/Interests

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

      Hobbies
      Family, travel, backpacking, and baking

      Conna Bond

      Associate Professor of Marketing & Management

      (509) 527-2570
      conna.bond@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • JD (cum laude) – University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law (2003)
      • MA - Integrated Marketing Communication, Marist College (in progress)
      • MA – Environmental Science & Natural Resource Journalism, University of Montana (in progress)
      • BA – History, Whitman College (1990)

      Teaching Areas
      Marketing, Advertising, Consumer Behavior, Digital Marketing, Marketing Research, Business Ethics, Business Communication, and Project Management. Previously taught courses in Nonprofit Marketing, Marketing Management, Business Law, Public Relations, and Public Relations Writing.

      Professional Experience

      • Cofounder, Red Canoe Creative (marketing & graphic design agency)
      • Founder, Pineapple Social Media (digital marketing agency)
      • Communication Director, Kalibrate Blockchain Corp.
      • Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Flathead Valley Community College
      • Communication Director, ASI
      • Senior Research Editor, Florida Law Review
      • Summer Associate, Holland & Knight and Dean-Mead
      • Legal Research & Writing Fellowship, University of Florida College of Law
      • Appellate Advocacy Fellowship, University of Florida College of Law
      • Research Assistant, Estates & Trusts, University of Florida College of Law

      Honors & Awards

      • School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, Walla Walla University (2016)
      • Excellence for the Future Award: Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Montana School of Law (2003)
      • Ralph H. Martin Book Award, Estates & Trusts, University of Florida College of Law (1998)
      • Distinguished Note Award, Florida Law Review (1997)
      • Accomplished Research Award, Florida Law Review (1997)
      • George W. Milam Award (Best Comment), Florida Law Review (1996)

      Memberships:

      • American Marketing Association
      • Insights Association (Marketing Research Association)
      • Scribes (The American Society of Legal Writers)
      • Legal Writing Institute
      • Phi Delta Phi (The International Legal Honors Society)
      • Phi Beta Kappa (American Honors Society)

      Publications

      • Editor and regular news and feature writer on marketing, nonprofits, law, religion, business ethics, environmental science and natural resources.
      • CASE COMMENT: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CAN SINGLE-SEX EDUCATION AS AN ASPECT OF DIVERSITY QUALIFY AS AN IMPORTANT GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST UNDER THE INTERMEDIATE SCRUTINY STANDARD?, 48 Fla. L. Rev. 337 (Apr. 1996).
      • NOTE: FLORIDA’S CORPORATE QUALIFICATION STATUTE: IMPLICATIONS FOR FOREIGN LENDERS, 49 Fla. L. Rev. 139 (Jan. 1997)

      Research Interests

      • Behavioral Economics
      • Business and Environmental Ethics & Sustainability
      • Marketing Strategy / Branding & Positioning

      Personal Interests
      Hiking, mountain climbing and exploring in and around Western Montana’s Glacier National Park, passenger train history and culture, helping other people tell their stories, and spending time with family.


      Andrew Dressler

      Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance

      (509) 527-2953
      andrew.dressler@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • Master's of Accountancy, University of Idaho
      • BA - Business, Walla Walla University
      • CPA, State of Washington

      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, University of National and World Economics, Bulgaria
      • MS, Higher Institute of Economics, Bulgaria

      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) - Organizational Leadership, Andrews University
      • MS - Administration, Andrews University

      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-History, Walla Walla University

        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

          • Master's of Public Administration (MPA), City University, Seattle
          • BA - International Business, Washington State University

          Teaching Areas
          Business Basics, Personal Finance, Principles of Management, Strategic Management

            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

            Awards

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

            Other Collaborating Faculty (Adjunct)

            • Clarence Anderson, PhD (Economics, Academic Advising)
            • Duane Anderson, MS (Information Systems)
            • Michael Cafferky, DBA (Management)
            • Preston Carman, MBA, MS (Information Systems)
            • Jennifer Carpenter, JD (Human Resource Management)
            • Rachelle Gillham-Ellis, MBA, CPA (Business Basics, Accounting)
            • Kimberely Kuzma, MA (Public Relations)
            • Steve Mantle, MBA (Management)
            • Curtis Nelson, PhD (Global Development)
            • Pamela Taylor (Human Resource Management)
            • Ken Vyhmeister, MS, CPA (Accounting)
            • Scott Wagner, MBA (Finance)

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