Named in honor of Dr. Bruce Stender and the Stender family in recognition of Dr. Stender's service as the College of St. Scholastica's ninth president (1975-1981) as well as the financial support of Tom and Mimi Stender and Bruce and Kaye Stender.
Instilled with the college's mission, The Stender School of Business and Technology inspires students to embrace diversity and new challenges, lead innovation change, and act in an ethical and socially responsible manner.
Dr. Bruce Stender's time at the College was a presidency of firsts. He was the first layperson to lead the College. He and the Board of Trustees carried out the College's first capital campaign, "The Scholastica Adventure," which brought in $8.2 million. During his tenure, the Reif Recreation Center was constructed, the former gymnasium was converted to a theater and the College's first international program, the Irish Study Center at Louisburg, in County Mayo, was created. In addition, a new general education program involving institutional competencies was inaugurated.
His career after the College was no less distinguished. Bruce is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Duluth-based Labovitz Enterprises, Inc., which owns and manages hotels and commercial real estate. He served as Allete's Board Chairman and then as Lead Director. He also served as Trustee of the Blandin Foundation and Trust, a $400 million charitable foundation, and served as its Chair for four years. He also volunteered in support of numerous civic organizations.
Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.
Rick Revoir is Director of the Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership. He teaches courses in ethics, healthcare finance and accounting. During his career at St. Scholastica, Revoir has led four study abroad trips to China. He taught the spring 2012 semester in Louisburgh, Ireland, to St. Scholastica study abroad students.
He serves as a Commissioner of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority which is involved in economic development projects and it promotes maritime activity in the Duluth area.
Prior to joining St. Scholastica, he worked for 11 years in healthcare finance positions at SMDC Health System in Duluth and St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Revoir has an M.B.A. from Arizona State University and a doctorate in education from UMD. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Arizona license).
Regina Adamy is the Traditional Coordinator in the Stender School of Business & Technology. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in BAS and CIS as well as her Master of Arts in Management degree at the College of St. Scholastica. She has been at St. Scholastica since 2001. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Rick and her three fur children, she also enjoys reading and playing on her jet ski.
Dr. Alwan is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the College. His major academic interests are Management, Marketing and organizational development that creates a dynamic organization with a cutting edge alignment in the marketplace and quality work-life for its employees. During his spare time, Dr. Alwan enjoys Kung Fu, traveling and outdoor activities.
Dr. Thomas Buck is a member of St. Scholastica's Department of Computer Information Systems. With a PhD specializing in Educational Psychology and Applied Information Systems, his research work is three-fold, (i) STEAM curriculum development through applied technologies; (ii) web-based assessment tools and educational game design; and, (iii) information systems, e-commerce and cultural entrepreneurship. Currently, his projects include developing and maintaining the Learning Games (www.learningames.net/) and the Rubrics for Assessment (www.rubrics4assessment.net/) websites, co-authoring online authentic portfolio systems, as well as working with the MN Judicial Branch 6th District Court in developing and authoring an online DWI screening and referral tool (www.duluthsbirt.net). He also has published a number of peer reviewed studies and books on topics ranging from "Learning Styles and Web-based Learning" to "E-Commerce Analytics and Quantitative Methods" (for a complete list go to: www.tbuck.us).
In addition, as a Cultural Entrepreneur and internationally recognized Conservator of East Asian Historical & Cultural Artifacts (see: www.tsukamaki.net), another one of Dr. Buck's passions is his research on Japanese and Chinese history, philosophy and fine arts. Among his related published works are his books The Art of Tsukamaki and Ancient Japanese Swords and Fittings, both available on Amazon.com.
Tom Gibbons is an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Technology. He has an undergraduate degree Math, Physics and Computer Science from St. John's University, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Dakota State University. His research interests are in artificial intelligence, CS education and game design.
Tom coordinates summer technology camps at the College of St. Scholastica and also serves on the steering committee for the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.
Kris Glesener is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information Systems department. He enjoys teaching programming, software development, and database classes. Before embarking on a teaching career, Kris was the Technical Lead for a software development team at Hallmark Business Connections. Outside of school, Kris enjoys running and outdoor activities. Kris is the director of the Northern Minnesota Track Club, a trail-running club in the Duluth-Superior area.
Melissa Goodson @melissaagoodson is an Assistant Professor in Business Management and Marketing. She received a B.S. in Mass Communications, and M.B.A. in Marketing and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management.
Dr. Goodson is a certified Social Media Strategist through the National Institute for Social Media where she also serves as the Vice Chair for the board. Goodson is a frequent guest blogger for nismonline.org and authored a chapter in an NISM book for practitioners in 2018.
Goodson’s passion for hyper local small businesses lead to an ongoing partnership with the Lincoln Park Business Group to work on strategic marketing and digital analysis projects in the classroom. Additionally, her current research includes curating and analyzing best practices in marketing and business at the local craft breweries.
Prior to joining St. Scholastica, Goodson worked in Marketing and Digital Media at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, AZ and at the Star Tribune (largest daily newspaper in the Twin Cities). She has also served as a Marketing Manager for several small businesses.
Lori has served as COO, CFO and Vice President of several startup entrepreneurial and mid sized companies. She has expertise in accounting, finance, human resources and strategic planning. She has the dual credentials of a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Lori is actively involved in strategic planning and leadership issues.
Robert J. Hartl, MA is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of the MBA in Leadership and Change at the School of Business and Technology. Mr. Hartl's professional interests include organization development, process consultation, organizational behavior, strategic leadership, and conflict resolution. He describes his teaching philosophy as, "helping students discover and appreciate how they learn and solve problems. This form of self-understanding is best achieved through experiential learning and the clinical application of theories. Therefore, my students often work in the field or with actual client groups in our classrooms. I want to help students develop mastery of the subject matter they study. Tomorrow's leaders must be capable, innovative and persistent; I believe our graduates are well-suited to those demands." In his spare time, Mr. Hartl enjoys distance running, backpacking, and fly-fishing. He also is an active consultant to organizations of all sizes and sectors.
Robert Hoffman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Hoffman teaches courses in finance, managerial economics, microeconomics, game theory, and law and economics. In his spare time, Dr. Hoffman enjoys reading books and articles in evolutionary psychology, and playing baseball with his children.
Lynn is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.S. from North Dakota State University, and a B.A. from The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Kalnbach teaches Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Her research interests focus on organizational issues including employee turnover and morale and organizational assessment, evaluation, and change. Dr. Kalnbach is the advisor of the student psychology organization (PASS).
Paul W. Khoury is a Certified Public Accountant and an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include financial accounting, auditing and cost accounting. Mr. Khoury’s teaching philosophy is "Serve your students with their best interests in mind. The process of getting an education is a growth experience in which, if a student perseveres, he will learn about the things that really matter in life." In his spare time, Mr. Khoury likes automobile restoration and civil war history.
Kathy Modin, Chair for the Management Department in the School of Business and Technology. She has served in various capacities over the past 18 years, including Director of Ethics Projects and Chair of the SB&T Undergraduate Extended Studies and Online Programs. Her academic interests include Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, HR Management, Marketing, Training and Development, Continuing Education for adult learners, and Online Instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and reading biographies and historical fiction.
Brandon Olson is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and Director of the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics. His academic interests include data analytics, project management, IT strategy, knowledge management, systems thinking, and online education. Dr. Olson teaches courses that include data analytics, project management, capstone projects, and graduate capstone research. Dr. Olson serves as manager of the local outreach program for the Minnesota chapter of the Project Management Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, and reading.
Jennifer Pilon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business & Technology. Her area of specialty is healthcare finance and accounting. Mrs. Pilon teaches courses include Financial Management, Income Tax Accounting, Investments, Commercial/Residential Real Estate, Financial Markets and Institutions. In her spare time, Ms. Pilon enjoys spending time at Island Lake, biking, skiing and being a mom!
Jennifer Rosato is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business and Technology. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from St. Scholastica and a Masters of Arts in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are in K-12 computer science education, human-computer interaction on the web as well as supporting students in pursuing their own research. She is committed to involving more women and underrepresented minorities in the CS field, especially young women in middle and high schools as well as supporting K-12 educators to integrate and offer computer science in their classroom. She directs an NSF-funded interdisciplinary scholarship program and is dedicated to providing diverse experiences that support students in achieving their career goals.
Shanna Skallet is an Assistant Professor in Project Management and the Director for the Master of Science Program in Project Management. In addition to overall project management, her areas of experience and academic interest include construction and industrial project management, leadership of distributed and culturally diverse teams, and leadership theory. Ms. Skallet teaches courses in leadership theory, project management practices, and graduate capstone research. She also serves as co-chair of the outreach committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute. In her spare time, Ms. Skallet enjoys modern quilting, playing video games, hiking and outdoor activities, and traveling.
Dr. Swenson is a Professor of Management at the College in the School of Business & Technology, and Director of the Online MBA for Rural Healthcare. He is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate is in Counseling Psychology and post-doctorate diplomate is in Forensic Psychology, and he holds master's degrees in Management, Media and Technology, School Counseling, and IT Leadership. His academic interests include shiftwork, systems theory, crisis and stress management, leadership pathology, and ethics. Dr. Swenson currently teaches Organization Development, Marketing/Consumer Behavior and Capstone/Thesis courses. He is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, psychological tests, and a book, Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers. He is currently working with the American Bar Association on a nation-wide survey of judicial stress, and co-facilitates the Integrative Systems Group on healthcare issues. Dr. Swenson’s personal interests include t'ai chi ch'uan, computer simulations, medieval history, writing, and blacksmithing.
Adjuncts are listed during semesters in which they teach.
I have been a CSS faculty member since 2005. Although I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York, since 2005 I have lived in Chesterfield, Virginia (about 20 minutes south west of Richmond). I am a Project Manager by day. I also have the wonderful job of being a wife and mother to two wonderful children and two step children. I have my Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management and my Masters degree in Computer Science /Information Systems. I am currently working on my proposal for my PhD dissertation and I am a PMP certified professional.
Donna Karch is an Adjunct Instructor with the school of Business and Technology teaching online courses in the Masters Arts in IT Leadership and Masters of Science in Project Management. Her academic interests include project management, project leadership, knowledge management, and portfolio management. Dr. Karch holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology Project Management, a MS in Technology Management/Project Management, and a BS in Information Systems Management, as well as a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. She is also principle owner/photographer of Karch Photography & Graphic Design. In her spare time, Dr. Karch enjoys golfing, traveling, photography, and riding her 2014 Harley-Davidson Triglide.
Joelle McGovern, MEd, has been teaching for the Dignitas program since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and her master’s degree in education from The College of St. Scholastica. In Joelle’s 16 plus years of working with college students at CSS, she has gained experience in online instruction, strategic planning, project management, residential life and academic advising. Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor for the Computer Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica.
Joelle's inspiration for designing Star Wars and Servant Leadership comes from various professional development training opportunities received while working as a student affairs professional along with Matt Stover's book adaptation for Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Joelle’s teaching style is influenced by the work of Geneva Gay's research on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Joelle agrees with Gay's theory that students need to experience a safe and inclusive learning community that offers students opportunities to connect new information to their own lived experiences. This includes providing students access to course materials through multiple forms of presentation and designing learning activities that allow students the freedom to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through various mediums. Students can expect to feel comfortable, challenged, and receive prompt, yet formative feedback.
Joelle's goals for the students enrolled in her class are that they will apply key principles of servant leadership into their daily lives and begin to recognize moments of authentic joy.
Office Hours: by appointment
David Mellender is an Adjunct Instructor with the School of Business and Technology, teaching online courses in project management to BS and MS candidates. His academic interests include project management, original research, and complexity theory.
Dr. Mellender is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with focus in Project Management. He also holds an MS in Technology Management, a BA in Business and Management, and an AA in Communications Applications. Dr. Mellender completed most of his coursework online through distance learning while serving on active duty in the Air Force.
Dr. Mellender holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and a Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner. In his spare time, Dr. Mellender enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Rao Nemani is an Adjunct Instructor of Computer Information Systems at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include Enterprise Information Management, Organizational Transformation, Knowledge Management, IT Strategy and Governance, Project Management, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence and Health Care and Business Analytics / Informatics. Dr. Nemani teaches courses include Database Modeling, Transforming the Organization, and Managing Technical Teams. In his spare time, Dr. Nemani likes traveling and exploring new places, going for a long drive in car, volunteering and gardening.