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Dr. Jose Cordova earned his PhD in telecommunications management, as well as his MA in economics and MA in administrative studies from Ohio University. Jose has over 25 years of experience worldwide in the academic, business, operational and high tech industry, was the program director for the University of San Francisco-Quito, and has taught various courses for the MBA program, School of Business, at California State University-San Bernardino. He has also acted as the senior executive and senior consultant in international business, marketing, finance, information systems and telecommunications for top multinationals in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, including IBM, AT&T, NCR, Schering-Plough, and MasterCard.
Toni Raftery has worked at Norwich University since March 2004. In addition to serving as the associate program director for the business administration, leadership and executive leadership graduate programs, she has also been an instructional developer and lead project manager for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Previously, she was the website and online marketing manager for an international publishing company and co-owned a small specialty foods company. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Norwich University and has completed the project management concentration in the Master in Business Administration program.
Ashley Lopez joined Norwich University in November 2015 and is currently in the role of Student Services Advisor for the MBA program. After working with children for 10 years and directing a learning program, Ashley brings her passion for education to the university level. Her background in teaching and experience in management allows her to successfully assist students and understand the ways people learn. Ashley holds a bachelor's degree in childhood education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a master's degree in literacy education from Syracuse University.
Bill Saunders is the senior faculty member and course developer for the Master or Business Administration – Project Management concentration. He has been teaching at Norwich for 14 years in areas such as project management, electronic commerce, strategic management, and operations management. He has over 30-years’ experience with project management in construction, electronic commerce, information technology, logistics, and several classified projects. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2006 after having served in many capacities including as pilot, commander, civil engineer, and Director of E-Business & Organizational Transformation and Strategic Management. He is now a deputy business area manager for a major aerospace technology firm, leveraging information technology to meet our nation’s most challenging intelligence and homeland security needs. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and holds certifications in E-Government Leadership, E-Business, Emergency Management and Personal Financial Planning. He has earned master's degrees in business administration, public administration, and electronic commerce.
Magdalena Barreiro is the Dean of the College of Business Administration and a professor of finance at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. As a leading authority on Ecuador's financial system, fiscal sustainability, and capital markets, she serves as Ecuador's local partner for GlobalSource Partners and is an independent consultant on Ecuador’s economic and political developments. She previously served as Minister of Economy and Finance and oversaw Ecuador’s re-entry into the international capital markets with its first sovereign issuance after nearly a decade. She also served as an economic and financial advisor for the National Council for State Modernization and Privatization for Ecuador and was the financial sector coordinator at the Central Bank of Ecuador. She has lectured at universities in the United States and abroad, as well as published working papers on pension reform and analysis of corporate tax. At Norwich, she teaches in the finance courses for the Master of Business Administration program. She holds a PhD in management science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business. She earned her master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has bachelor’s degree in business management from Escuela Politecnica del Ejercito.
W. Sanford Miller has taught business at both the graduate and undergraduate level for more than a decade. He is a partner in BuildingBlok, a start up software company in the construction industry. Previously, he was a brand manager at Warner Lambert’s international division in Mexico City; head of corporate marketing for GE Capital; chief marketing officer and corporate strategist at CIGNA; CEO and president of Allergy Control Products; and COO of Operation Warm, a national non-profit. He has consulted to a variety of companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions including IBM, PacifiCare, and Intelligent Electrons. While an officer in the U.S. Army, he served as a senior advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion. He is a graduate of Norwich University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He holds a master’s degree from Fairfield University and has studied at both the Harvard and Columbia business schools.
Carmen de Pablos has been a professor in business administration at the Rey Juan Carlos University, URJC, in Madrid, Spain since 1994. She is the Academic Director for the Master’s Degree and Doctoral program in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship and the co-director of the Master’s Degree in Project Management, SAP-ERP Systems at Rey Juan Carlos University. Arriving at Norwich in 2012, she is also a visiting professor at several universities across the world. She focuses her academic research on the impact of information technologies on organizational systems. She has chaired doctoral dissertations and projects on the impact of information and communication technologies on organizational performance. She has been presenting and publishing her research nationally and internationally, and has published 96 articles in specialized and indexed journals (jcr-index and scopus), 10 books, has chaired 15 doctoral dissertations and 22 competitive projects. She has also worked as a consultant in the area of IS management at Prima Consulting. She earned a PhD in Business Economics and Economy Science from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.
Celso Fornies Casals is an economist with a degree from the UCM of Madrid, Spain; an MBA by IESE (Madrid, Spain); and a PhD by URCJ (Madrid, Spain). He has been a board member for the Madrid Economists Association and President of its European Integration Commission. He was a Counselor for Spain's General Council of Economists Associations from 1992 to 2008. He has been a full time professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, at the Universidad CEU San Pablo, and lately in the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, where he holds an honorary status teaching at the master's level. Throughout his academic career, he has been working in different official bodies and companies where he has been involved in the liberalization of the automotive, telecommunications, and energy industries in the UE for over three decades. Has launched several companies, and served as CEO for three of them. His most recent research, publications, and presentations are dedicated to the development of energy markets.
Andrew Bargerstock (BA Economics, CPA, MBA Accounting, PhD Management) teaches Managerial Finance for Norwich’s MBA Online program. In addition to more than 25 years teaching experience in a variety of accounting, finance, human resource management and business strategy subjects, Bargerstock has been a Fortune 500 subsidiary executive, a national consultant in accounting and human resource management, an entrepreneur, and CPA firm auditor. In recent years, he has been recognized for peer-reviewed publications and research in the field of Lean Accounting. He has been awarded twice (2009, 2016) the Lean Enterprise Institute’s Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor of the Year. In addition to his work with NU, Bargerstock is currently the Director of MBA Programs and Chair of the Accounting Department at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA.
Najiba Benabess is a faculty member for the online MBA, diplomacy and international relations programs at Norwich. She came to Norwich University in 2007 as an assistant professor teaching variety of courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and quantitative methods. In 2016, she joined the faculty of Millikin University in Dacatur, Illinois as Dean of the Tabor School of Business. She is also an online instructor for several universities and colleges in the Milwaukee area. She previously served as a full-time professor at the University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her background and research in economics focus on industrial organization. She has been presenting and publishing her research nationally and internationally. In March 2013, her paper, “Does Fiscal Stimulus Stimulate?” was selected as the best paper of the conference at the Multidisciplinary conference by Klute Institute. In February 2009, she received the “best paper award” by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences conference for her paper, “Privatization versus Subsidization in Mixed Oligopoly”. She holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and speaks several languages.
Miguel Blanco holds a doctoral degree in strategic management. He is a full time professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a part time professor at the University Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France. The focus of his strategic management scholarship is managerial excellence and branding. He has published his research in international academic journals as well as presented it at international conferences all around the world. He teaches in Norwich’s Master of Business Administration program in the general MBA courses and in the project management concentration as he holds PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. He worked as a SAP R/3 and strategic consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers participating in projects for some of the most important Spanish multinationals such as Repsol, Telefónica, and Retevision. He is now combining his work teaching at the university level with occasional collaborations in projects as an independent consultant for Spanish and international companies.
Robert Deemer has 30-years’ experience in executive management, operations and project management, and systems engineering. He has some 20-years' experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He continues to be involved in a number of different business and technology studies focused on project, operations, and supply chain operations. Additionally, he continues to work on several different space application projects and in the mining industry. He has degrees in computer science, management science, philosophy, the humanities, project management, electrical engineering, geography and environmental studies, mathematics, business management, social science, English literature, advanced technology systems, software engineering, electronic technology and business administration (14 all together). He is a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, on the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University System, an active member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a member of the Project Management Institute and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He teaches Project Management and Supply Chain Management courses for Norwich University, MBA Program.
Louis E. DiPadova holds a Master's of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a project manager for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Dayton, Ohio where he manages over $20M in defense contracts. He served in various assignments during his eight years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Highlights of his military career include: deployment to Afghanistan, two operations tours, and Chief of Training for the 50th Operations Support Squadron. He teaches for Norwich’s project management concentration in the Master of Business Administration program and holds the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda, Mike Thirtle works alongside Bethesda’s leadership team and the passionate people of the organization to fulfill Bethesda’s mission. Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Strategy and Information Services for Bethesda. Before joining Bethesda, he worked for the RAND Corporation in various roles for 12 years, including Director of the RAND office at Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Before his years with RAND, he was Director of Consulting for the National Data Corporation in Chicago and a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles. He is a proud veteran and retired member of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an active duty reserve officer for nearly two decades. He graduated with military distinction—in the top one percent of his class— with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in Spanish from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, he holds several advanced degrees, including doctoral and master’s degrees in policy analysis, both from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California. He also has master’s degrees in finance and economics, both from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has attended Executive Leadership Programs at both the Stanford Business School and the Harvard Business School. He has published numerous reports and articles on business reform, process improvement, education and development of people, technology and leadership.
Juan Pablo Stegmann teaches a wide range of courses including strategic management, entrepreneurship, organizational theory and behavior, international business, economics and business ethics. Dr. Stegmann has held senior positions in multinational companies such as Citibank, Bank of America, N.M. Rothschild, and Telefonica. While he has worked as a consultant for McKinsey consulting firms, Boston Consulting, AT Kearney and Booz Allen. Dr. Stegmann is the author of several books and articles published in the US and abroad. He has two doctoral degrees, two masters degrees and is currently working on his third. He has completed two graduate programs in the fields of economy, finance, business strategy, engineering and philosophy.