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You will learn from credentialed professionals who also work as successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the business community. They do more than teach what’s in the textbooks. They help you gain the insight needed to apply what you’ve learned to real-world situations. Many of our faculty draw on international experiences to offer you more complex insights into how to lead in a dynamic, global economy. With a typical student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1, you can be assured of receiving the attention you need to succeed.
Aurora Reinke first joined Kendall in March of 2009 as an adjunct professor and made the transition to full-time faculty effective January 2010. In April of 2013, she was promoted to Director of the School of Business. Her passion is to teach students how to enter the business world and manage each strategic area critical to success, whether in their own or someone else’s enterprise. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Reinke also brings 15 years of marketing experience within the technology industry.
Reinke has notably developed compelling marketing collateral, supported sales teams as a subject matter expert, and established effective marketing and product strategies. Her background in marketing within technology startups lends to her extensive experience designing and delivering software applications in the retail and financial services industries. In 2008, Reinke taught small business management to immigrants in the U.S. and strategic management to business owners in Ukraine.
At Kendall, she has taught the Business Case Development course, where she instituted the living case studies. Reinke received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. She earned a Master in International Business degree from the University of South Carolina, with a focus on Latin American studies. Reinke is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University.Aurora.Reinke@kendall.edu
Nicole Armstrong is an Ed.D. candidate at Argosy University (Educational Leadership) where she currently teaches undergraduate courses in Business, Management, and Human Resources Management. Nicole also has an MBA from Davenport University (Human Resources Management) and a BA from Davenport University (Integrative Studies: Business and Technology). Nicole has worked for over 15 years as management professional in Human Resources, Training, and Accounting departments. She has worked with such companies as Accenture, AT&T, and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Nicole has more than 5 years of consulting experience in human resource management. Nicole has been teaching at various colleges and universities (Westwood College, Upper Iowa University, and City Colleges of Chicago) for the last 6 years as an online and on-campus post-secondary education instructor. Nicole has been a core contributing faculty member at Kendall College since 2013.
Bernada Baker earned her Bachelor's Degree in Community Health from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. She attained her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from St. Xavier University of Chicago. Baker was also awarded her Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Psychology at National Louis University, where her dissertation focuses on the impact that absentee fathers have on the self-esteem of girls. Bernada Baker is the CEO of The Princess Within Foundation, an organization that provides self esteem, social development and literacy initiatives for girls. Baker is an active member of The Association for Pastoral Counselors, The National Black MBA Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is incredibly passionate about the field of higher education. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States motivating individuals to eliminate excuses and maximize their potential, and has been accorded opportunities to travel internationally including, Ghana, West Africa. Baker is the Author of a best-selling book, Unlock the Treasure: Discover the Princess Within [© 2010 edition, 184 pp.; The Princess Within Foundation.
Jeannine Broadnax is a practicing attorney. Jeannine has been licensed to practice in Illinois since 2007. She recently completed a LL.M (Master's in Tax Law) at the John Marshall Law School here in Chicago, IL. She served as an Assistant State's Attorney here in Cook County for several years. While at the State's Attorney's Office Jeannine prosecuted criminal offenders and advocated from victims. Presently Jeannine practices at the Otis Law Group, Ltd. specializing in Estate Planning, Probate, and Fiduciary Litigation. Her practice focuses on helping families prepare for the future, preserve assets and leave behind a legacy. Jeannine works with a variety of clients, including blended and non-traditional families with a range of estate size. Attorney Broadnax received a B. A. in psychology from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX. She is a native of Chicago and enjoys giving back to the community and is actively involved in volunteering with Kendall Cares.
Thomas Digan is principal and founder of Bowsprit Financial Corp. and Bowsprit Computer Leasing Corp. Mr. Digan has been a part of the distressed consumer debt business since 1996 when as Treasurer of Encylopaedia Britannica he orchestrated the sale of it’s $200 million portfolio to EMCC, Inc., one of the nation’s largest debt purchasers. Shortly afterward he joined EMCC, Inc. and led their portfolio acquisition and due diligence team until May 2000, when he was recruited by Hilco Receivables, LLC. As Senior Vice President at Hilco Receivables, LLC he was instrumental in building that business from the ground up. He also developed an accounts receivable appraisal business that generated more than $1 million in appraisal fee revenue. . He is a well-known and respected member of the distressed-debt buying community. He has priced and negotiated the purchase of over $1 billion in both distressed and performing consumer receivables, including sizable portfolios from Duke Energy, Gateway Computer, Heilig Meyers Furniture, and Jacobson’s Department Stores. He has appeared as an expert witness in litigation in bankruptcy court, and has appraised portfolios in excess of $3 billion dollars for asset-based lenders. As an educator, he has taught Accounting and Finance courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level as a member of the adjunct faculty at Elmhurst College, Lewis University and Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Digan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
John Frech has worked in the banking industry for over 25 years in various capacities - External Auditor, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Federal Banking Regulator, consultant and Chief Internal Auditor. He has extensive experience in developing, auditing and enhancing corporate governance programs and financial reporting controls. As a Federal Banking Regulator with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, he authored numerous financial reporting and auditing regulations affecting Federally-insured banking organizations. In addition, he has collaborated with industry peers, regulators, professional organization leaders and standards setters to establish more consistent and effective solutions to audit issues and business problems. He has a passion for using financial reporting to help business organizations design, monitor and achieve their business objectives. In that regard, John has developed and delivered training programs for banking leaders, bank examiners, and third world banking supervisors.
John is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Illinois CPA Society. He received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Kent State University with a concentration in Accounting. He also received a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University of Baltimore, Maryland.
Elvert Howard has more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience developing and delivering a variety of coursework at the college and university level in areas such as Marketing, Advertising, Management Theory and Micro and Macro economics.
Prior to teaching, Elvert spent more than 10 years in consumer and healthcare advertising agencies with agencies such as Burrell Communications and Corbett Accel Healthcare Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.
A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys biking, tennis, fishing and volunteering his time with such causes as adult literacy and community beautification/recycling.
Stan has over 25 years experience in international commerce and has had the opportunity to travel to over 40 U.S. states. Additionally he has traveled to over 30 countries and has conducted business in over 70 countries spanning six continents. He is a graduate of St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, IN, with a BBA in Management and holds a MBA from Dominican University, River Forest, IL, in General Management. Stan is also working towards his PhD in Business with an emphasis in International Business at Northcentral University.
Stan has held international sales and marketing managerial positions at leading U.S. consumer goods companies, including Ram Golf Corporation and The Coleman Company. He has also owned or co-owned 3 entrepreneurial businesses, which include an importer and distributor of Italian footwear, a retail franchised sporting goods store, a sales/marketing/product development consultancy for the product categories of fashion footwear, apparel and accessories, all of which were start ups.
Stan has been happily married for 26 years to his wife Chris, and has two daughters 23 & 20, and a son who is 16. Stan's family has primarily resided in the Chicago area, but has also relocated once to Wichita, KS.
Stan has been a core contributing faculty member (both classroom and online) in Management and Marketing at various colleges and universities for over the past 15 years. Stan is always open to help students in any way he can, and in his classes he encourages each student to be open-minded and to share from their personal and work experiences, which helps make his classes more fun and interesting and allows everyone to learn from each other.
Barbara McIntyre is a seasoned public accounting and financial management professional with over 20 years experience with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and ShopKo Stores, Inc. She has extensive experience in management consulting, financial reporting and analysis, acquisitions, strategic planning and large project management. As a Senior Manager with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Barbara's client base included notable corporations in the paper and forest products, food and dairy, construction equipment, computer software, value added metals, publishing and entertainment, commuter rail and higher education industries. Barbara held various financial and management roles at ShopKo Stores, Inc., a multi-billion dollar mass merchandise and health retailer and introduced her to the healthcare management field. Her diverse industry knowledge combined with her expertise in privacy management, business continuity planning and business integration make Barbara well suited to bring real world examples to the classroom. Barbara received a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society. Barbara is currently a Portfolio Manager for PwC, managing the financial performance and staff deployment for 170 Financial Services clients.
Rob holds a B.S. (Management) as well as an MBA (Marketing) from Florida A&M University (School of Business and Industry) and has been a professor at Kendall for over two years. Working for both entertainment and music publishing firms as well as the worlds largest medical technology company Rob has over 9 years experience in marketing and product management. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Upsilon Psi chapter (Florida A&M University) Rob is very active in community service and youth education around Chicago. Rob regularly participates in "Real Men Read" (Mayo Elementary) an effort to give more young boys and girls (3rd-6th grade) positive male role models through reading as well as Hip Hop 101 an after hours school program focusing on teaching the youth digital music education, spoken word poetry and hip-hop in constructive manner. Rob also regularly volunteers with 100 Black Men of America (Chicago and South Bend Chapters) whenever possible. From completely new products to the next generation of an existing product Rob has learned to leverage the psychology of marketing and fundamentals of product launch.
Cindy McCarthy has worked in Marketing for over 25 years. She has experience in Brand Management, Strategic Development, Promotion Development and Consulting across all areas of Marketing. Cindy was the Brand Manager at Kraft Foods for Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese and Kraft Singles. She and the advertising agency were awarded an EFFY (for Effective Advertising) for their Philly Cream Cheese campaign. She has also worked with companies such as Citibank, the Illinois Lottery and Baxter Labs. Over the last 5 years, Cindy has spent a lot of her time working with small businesses and non-profits. She has helped them understand the importance of Marketing to their success. Cindy started her teaching career 2 years ago on-ground at the University of Phoenix-Merrillville, teaching Marketing and Management classes.
Cindy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from Iowa State University and a Masters of Management degree emphasis Marketing from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ron Stefanski is a DM candidate at Colorado Technical University in Executive Leadership and obtained his MBA with a focus in Marketing from Benedictine University located in Lisle, IL. Professionally, Ron has worked over 6 years as a digital marketing professional in roles including operations management for fortune 100 companies such as Toyota and Allstate, and digital marketing management. Ron has been teaching at Sanford Brown and New England College of Business for the last 4 years as an online post-secondary education instructor. He has also started many of his own entrepreneurial endeavors such as www.OneHourProfessor.com and www.RentalBeacon.com. Ron has been a core contributing faculty member at Kendall College since 2013.
Melanie Boone is a Business Strategist and executive leader with 16 years of comprehensive experience in business optimization and human resources strategy. She currently holds her Masters of Jurisprudence in Business Law and Corporate Governance from Loyola University of Chicago Law School. She also has a Masters of Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University in Jacksonville Florida as well a Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Loyola University of Chicago. In addition, Melanie held the designation of Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute from 2005-2013. She is currently Chief Strategy Officer and founder of Boone Management Group where she leads a team of experienced consultants that provide innovative strategic solutions to clients from startup to mid-sized organizations. Prior to starting Boone Management Group Melanie quickly advanced in her career to senior leadership working in a diverse set of companies including OnePoint Patient Care, Target, Marshall Fields, The Art Institute of Chicago and the House of Blues to name a few. Melanie Boone is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Her passion for business and education happily come together in the classroom where she is able to bring in a real world view to enhance the student’s academic experience.
Irene M. Abrons is currently a D.B.A. candidate at Walden University (Marketing),a school that is a part of the Laureate family. Irene also has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management (Marketing) and a BA from Southwestern College (Mass Communications and Film Studies). Irene has an extensive work history with over 15 years as a Project and Operations Manager working with companies such as NAVTEQ and Direction Training Center. She has also performed Small Business Consulting with, as well as worked in the media industry producing the traffic segment for NBC -5 and WFLD FOX - 32. Irene has a passion for consulting entrepreneurs through the nonprofit organization Rhema Word Development Center; there, she advises small business founders on how to effectively grow their businesses and successfully work through various business issues. Irene is currently writing a self-help book that is scheduled to be published later in 2014, titled “Free to be me: Unlocking the door to your true self.” Irene has been a contributing faculty member at Kendall College since 2013.