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SPRING 2014 FACULTY SCHEDULES

Sylvester E. Williams, IV, JD, MBA, CCLE
Associate Professor of Business Law and Chair of Department of Business
williamss@etown.edu | 717-361-1168 | Office Hours

Lodge Executive in Residence


 

Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair and the Department of Business

Shari Kain
Hoover 202A
717-361-1270

Administrative Assistant to the Department of Business and Career Services Liaison

Lisa Rosenberger
Hoover 204
717-361-1982 

  • B.A., Economics and Finance, Howard University
  • MBA, Wake Forest University
  • JD, Wake Forest University
  • Communication Law Certificate Catholic University of America

Dr. Williams has had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors. He worked as a legislative aide for the United States Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He worked as a policy advisor for Vice President George Bush on his Domestic Policy staff addressing banking, economic, and finance issues. He worked for the State Department handling issues relating to Economic development in Latin America. He spent several years working for the Federal Communications Commission as a staff attorney in the Mass Media Bureau. He has extensive work experience in the entertainment area of business working with law firms as well as Time Warner. He spent 10 years working with Time Warner in their corporate office dealing with complex business issues in the cable, movie, and music divisions.  Most recently, he was COO/General Counsel for a start-up internet company in Philadelphia.  After the firm was acquired he went on to teach business law at Elizabethtown College.  He has received numerous professional and governmental citations for his work. As a public official he has written and presented several documents on various topics relating to free trade and free trade agreements.

Jay R. Buffenmyer, PhD
Professor of Management and International Business Emeritus
buffenjr@etown.edu | 717-361-1314

  • B.S., Elizabethtown College
  • M.P.I.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Buffenmyer founded the International Business Program and served as director for ten years. He taught courses in Management, Marketing, Economics, and Cross Cultural Understanding and Interaction.

His work experience included overseas assignments with Brethren Volunteer Service, World Council of Churches, Peace Corps, and Organization of American States. He served as a Management Consultant to the Government of Barbados under the auspice of the OAS. Two management textbooks for the Caribbean Region were completed at a later date and funded by a World Bank grant. During a sabbatical leave at the University of Hawaii, eight chapters of a textbook were written for the new Cross Cultural Understanding and Interaction course. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the American Graduate School of International Management.

Dr. Buffenmyer is actively involved in student recruitment and other administrative work for The Department.

Ed Chung, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
chunge@etown.edu | 717-361-1597 | Office Hours

  • Ph.D. in Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University, Ontario, 1997
  • Master of Business Administration, Oregon State University, Oregon, 1979
  • Bachelor of Commerce, McMaster University, Ontario, 1978

Prior to his entry into academe, Ed Chung accumulated more than 14 years of business experience. He held management positions in marketing, strategic planning, finance and accounting, information processing, product development, and general management with such organizations as Mobil, Sun Life, and Central Guaranty. He had also built and ran a successful marketing services agency as well as a management consulting practice. Since earning his PhD in marketing from Schulich School of Business in 1997, Ed has published almost 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles in such publications as Management Decision, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and Journal of Management Education. His research work has also appeared in more than four dozen conference presentations, proceedings, and book chapters.

Cristina Ciocirlan, PhDcristina ciocirlan
Associate Professor of Management
ciocirlanc@etown.edu | 717-361-6618  | Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, Penn State University, Capital Campus, 2006
  • M.A., Economics, 1998
  • B.A., Economics, 1996

Dr. Ciocirlan received full scholarships to study in Prague, the Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary and Colchester, U.K. She presented several papers at national conferences (two of which won "The Best Paper Award") and published her research in peer-reviewed journals. She worked with ABN AMRO Bank and consulted with several small and medium-sized businesses in Romania. Her research interests focus on environmental management and family business management. Dr. Ciocirlan teaches Management and Organizational Behavior, International Management and Management Seminar.

Thomas Elicker, CPA
Lecturer in Accounting
elickertg@etown.edu | 717-361-6616 | Office Hours

  • CPA, Pennsylvania
  • MBA, Finance, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia
  • B.S., Accounting, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania

Mr. Elicker is a senior-level executive with almost 40 years of experience in diversified positions in industry. He has experience in the following areas: employee relations, program development and instruction, performance management, compensation management, budgeting and financial management.

Most recently Mr. Elicker has worked at Ernst & Young, Philadelphia, from 1992–2009. As Area Director of Human Resources and Area Director of Recruiting, he directed all aspects of human resource functions, for up to 900 employees, including recruitment, orientation, compensation, performance management, succession planning, performance counseling, learning and professional development, teaching and facilitation, and regulatory compliance.

Jeffrey Gabriel, CPA
Lecturer in Accounting
gabrielj@etown.edu | 717-361-1576 | Office Hours

  • CPA
  • B.S., Accounting, Summa cum Laude, Manhattan College

Mr. Gabriel has garnered significant experience in public and private accounting, controllership, information systems, operations and compliance over a 30-year professional career.

He has in-depth knowledge directing systems development, computer operations, business process design and re-engineering, contract negotiation, project management, shared services, outsourcing, risk assessment, IT effectiveness and litigation support. Mr. Gabriel worked for Sony Electronics from 1984-2007. Among the positions he held at Sony:

  • Director, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Director, Financial and Strategic Systems
  • Director, Systems Re-engineering and Financial Information Systems
  • Business Unit Controller, Communications Products Company

Previously, he worked for The Prudential Insurance Company and Coopers & Lybrand, New York (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Professor Gabriel is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Bryan Greenberg, PhD
bryan greenbergAssociate Professor of Marketing
greenbergb@etown.edu | 717-361-1282
Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Syracuse University
  • M.B.A., Marketing
  • M.S., Media Management
  • B.A., Binghamton University

Dr. Greenberg's research focuses on advertising, media management and film marketing. He has served as a consultant for the last seven years conducting research projects for clients in the film, publishing, and distance learning industries. Previously, he was a Corporate Development Manager for the Center for the Media Arts and Regional Marketing Manager for the Washington Post Educational Group.

Dmitriy Krichevskiy, PhD Dmitriy Krichevskiy
Assistant Professor of Economics
Website | krichevskiyd@etown.edu | 717-361-1271 |  Office Hours

  • M.A., Economics, Florida International University (2006)
  • B.A., Economics, Florida International University (2004)
  • Ph.D., Economics, Florida International University (2012)

Dr. Krichevskiy joined the faculty in August 2011.  Previously, he was a research associate in the Lumina Project at Florida International University, where he also had been a teaching assistant.  He was an adjunct professor at Miami (Fla.) Dade College and an engineering manager at Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami.

Sean Melvin, JD Sean Melvin
Associate Professor of Business Law
melvins@etown.edu | 717-361-1280 | Office Hours

  • B.A., American Literature, St. Thomas University, 1987
  • M.B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • J.D., Honors, Rutgers Law School, 1993

Sean P. Melvin is an Associate Professor of Business Law and has taught at E-town since 2000. Dr. Melvin is the author of five books (including two textbooks), has contributed over two dozen scholarly and professional articles and case studies to various publications, and is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. His most recent textbook, The Legal Environment of Business:  A Managerial Approach as published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin in October 2010 and is in use at over one hundred colleges and universities. His recent article Case Study of a Coffee War: Starbuck v. Charbucks won “Best Case Study” and “Distinguished Proceedings” at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and was published in the Spring 2012 volume of Journal of Legal Studies Education. Before his academic career, Professor Melvin was a corporate lawyer in a large Philadelphia-based law firm and went on to become vice-president and general counsel at a publicly-traded technology company in King of Prussia, PA. Melvin earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Business Organizations.

Joseph T. Molony
Instructor of Accounting
molonyj@etown.edu | 717-361-1281  | Office Hours

    • B.S., St. Joseph's University
    • M.S., The American College

Professor Molony joined the faculty in January 2001. He had previously been associated with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; and 26 years as a Business Financial Planner. Prior to that he was employed for 10 years in various capacities of financial management with Westinghouse, Philco-Ford and RCA. He also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the USAF. He is a frequent public speaker to related professional organizations and has conducted continuing education seminars for Penn State Continuing & Distance Education. He is active in many community organizations. In 2002 , he served as the chairman of the United Way of Lancaster Campaign. Joe hosted his own TV show entitled "How's Business with Joe Molony".

Emma H. Neuhauser, PhD
emma neuhauserAssistant Professor of Finance
neuhausere@etown.edu | 717-361-4752 | Office Hours 

  • Ph.D., Finance, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.Sc., Computer Science, National University of Singapore
  • B.Eng., Computer Science, Tianjin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Neuhauser's research interests are Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Financial Engineering and Securities, Financial Institution and Markets, and Investments. She has held a variety of positions at a number of institutions including Redback Networks Systems Canada Inc. and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. She brings with her experience as a quantitative research analyst, system verification engineer, business consultant, and project manager.

Dr. Neuhauser has taught corporate finance at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals, and has earned several prestigious awards for her work.

Sanjay Paul, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Website | pauls@etown.edu | 717-361-1543 | Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Economics, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Dr. Paul joined Elizabethtown College in fall 2002. Before joining E-town, Dr. Paul taught economics at a liberal-arts college in the Midwest for 10 years. He has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, international economics, economic development, and managerial economics.

Dr. Paul's research interests include globalization, trade policy and innovation. He writes a newspaper column on economic issues and drinks too much coffee for his own good.

Terrie L. Riportella, CPA
terrie l. riportellaEdgar T. Bitting Chair of Accounting
Director of Accounting
riportellat@etown.edu | 717-361-3753 | Office Hours

  • B.S., B.A., Bucknell University
  • CPA
  • MBA, St. Josephs University

Ms. Riportella joined the faculty in 2002. She has 11 years of experience working outside academia in the field of accounting. Her most recent position was as a Senior Manager of Finance for Mapquest.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online. Previously, she spent 7 years in the manufacturing industry with Dana Corporation holding various positions including experience in accounting information systems implementation and as plant controller. She also has public accounting experience with the firm of Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Elizabethtown, Ms. Riportella taught several classes at Albright College. Prof. Riportella serves as faculty advisor for the Accounting & Finance club and is a member of various professional organizations.

Petru Sandu, PhD
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and ManagementPetru Sandu
sandup@etown.edu | 717-361-1269  | Office Hours

  • B.A., Business and Economics, The Academy of Economics Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • M.B.A., Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • Ph.D., Entrepreneurship, Al.I.Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

Dr. Sandu served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Economics Sciences and Public Affairs at "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava in Romania, owned and managed his own firm for seven years, and consulted with numerous companies. He has published six books and textbooks and many articles in the field.

He participated in different programs with University of Greenwich, London, UK; University of Science and Technology, Lille, France; University of Perugia, Italy; University of Luxembourg; University of Toulon and University of Toulouse, France; and The Ohio State University. Dr. Sandu joined Elizabethtown College in the fall of 2003.

Richard Stone, PhD
Associate Professor of Management Emeritus
stonerg@etown.edu | 717-361-1284 | Office Hours

  • B.A., Lebanon Valley College
  • M.S., Franklin & Marshall College
  • M.B.A., University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., Temple University

Dr. Stone worked 13 years for the Hewlett Packard Corporations as a field engineer, field sales manager, and product planning manager. His research interests are in strategic decision making in business organizations and international management. Dr. Stone is a former member of the Board of Commissioners for Baccalaureate/Graduate Education for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Dr. Stone has an allied interest in astronomy. He has captured the image of the UFO galaxy.

Randolph L. Trostle, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance Emeritus
trostler@etown.edu | 717-361-1393  | Office Hours

  • B.S., Elizabethtown College
  • M.Ed., M.B.A., Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D., Lehigh University

Dr. Trostle has served as the Vice President of Finance at Elizabethtown College. He is a member of the Central PA Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and serves on its Academic Relations Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Lancaster County Hospital Authority.

Hossein Varamini, PhD
Turnbull-Jamieson Chair and Professor of Finance and International Business
Director of  International Business
Website | varaminih@etown.edu |  717-361-1278 | Office Hours

  • B.S. in Business Administration, Tehran Business College, Iran
  • MBA Phillips University
  • Ph.D. Kansas State University

Dr. Varamini joined the College in the Fall of 2000 as the Director of the International Business Program after holding a similar position at a different institution for over ten years. His primary teaching areas are International Business and Finance. In addition to his individual research publications in the fields of foreign direct investment and foreign exchange markets, Dr. Varamini has published articles with other colleagues and with his students. Some of his articles have been published in the American Journal of Business, Journal of East-West Business, Journal of Global Business, Journal of International Business and Economy, Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Finance and the Association for Global Business.

Kristen Waughen, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science
waughenk@etown.edu |  717-361-4760 | Office Hours

  • B.A. in Information Systems, Susquehanna University
  • M.S. in Information Systems, Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Information Systems Management, Walden University

Dr. Waughen's research focuses on database management, various types of data analysis, and digital forensics.  Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, she worked for companies such as Rite Aid and Kodak Imaging Services.  Her last position before teaching was a software engineer in the medical field.  She has advised an award-winning Enactus team, and worked on entrepreneurship projects around the world.  Dr. Waughen has received grants from companies such as HSBC, Campbell's Sealed Air, Discover Financial Services, Goldman Sach's, Sam's Club, General Electric Consumer Products, & Aflac.

Carl Freeman
Adjunct Professor of Business
freemanc@etown.edu | 717-361-1279  | Office Hours 

 

Debra Hockenberry
Adjunct Professor of Business
hockenberryd@etown.edu | 717-361-1364  | Office Hours 

 

William Gordon
Adjunct Professor of Business
gordonw@etown.edu | 717-361-1270  | Office Hours 

  • BA in Mathematics, Millersville University
  • MS in Quality Systems Management, National Graduate School of Quality Systems Management
  • PhD candidate, National Graduate School of Quality Systems

He attained quality engineering and six sigma black belt certifications, completed US Army courses in operations research and construction engineering; and completed a Masters Certificate program in Human Performance Improvement at PSU.  He began his career as a construction inspector and as a Quality Engineer.  He held positions in manufacturing, business planning, international operations, marketing, and project management before returning to the quality field in 1997.  While working with the PA Department of Transportation, Mr. Gordon gained practical experience with ISO 9001 and 14001, re-engineering, and the Malcolm Baldridge Performance Excellence model.  Assigned as the Quality Assurance Manager at the Construction Materials Testing Laboratory, he also co-led an asphalt industry collaborative where he spearheaded a research effort to investigate the process capability of asphalt production plants and paving operations.  Mr. Gordon's research interests include the application of experiential learning theory in engineering and operations education, performance improvement in the Healthcare Industry, and the application of statistical process control to improve the management of processes.

Basil Holobetz
Adjunct Professor of Business
holobetzb@etown.edu | 717-361-1279  | Office Hours 

  • BS, Business Administration, Villanova University, 1982
  • MBA, International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 1984
  • AACSB Professionally Qualified Bridge Program, The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, 2009

Mr. Holobetz began his career with Namma Cargo Services Co., Ltd. in Saudi Arabia. He later spent 20 years in the export trading industry in the U.S. before becoming a licensed financial advisor/consultant and attaining the AAMS and PFP designations along with the Pennsylvania Life and Health Insurance licenses. Currently he is an independent consultant with his own business, Holobetz Global Consultants, which specializes in the marketing of small to medium sized firm's products and services to worldwide markets. He is the co-founder and president of the International Business Society.

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