Professor of Business Administration and Organization Development
LLD - Ottawa University
MBA - Harvard Business School
BA - Ottawa University
Chancellor Kevin C. Eichner was named as the 21st president of Ottawa University in March 2008. Dr. Eichner has been a member of the OU Board of Trustees since 1982 and led it as Chairman for five of those years. Since his inauguration, he and his leadership team have engaged the University in a major transformational strategy known as Vision 2020, which is designed to position the institution for significant growth and exceptional student outcomes. A former public company CEO (Enterprise Bank and Trust) and successful business leader, Eichner has led the institution to new growth horizons, built three new schools in business, arts & sciences and education, and has overseen the largest capital campaign in the University’s history. Online educational programs have been dramatically expanded; innovative new models for supporting student success have been implemented; and the University has renewed its historical relationships with the Ottawa Tribe and American Baptists.
Prior to his appointment to lead Ottawa University, Mr. Eichner served as president, CEO and vice chairman of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation, the parent company of Enterprise Bank & Trust (“Enterprise”), a $3.7 billion banking and wealth management company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and with operations in Greater Kansas City and Phoenix, Arizona. A co-founder of Enterprise, Mr. Eichner served as its CEO for six years and oversaw its emergence as a NASDAQ-traded company recognized for its high growth and performance in the financial services industry.
Prior to his work at Enterprise, Mr. Eichner served as executive vice president and then CEO of General American/MetLife for five years. In 1983, he founded a successful consulting company, Collaborative Strategies, Inc., which provided consultation to a large number of management and strategic for-profit and not-for-profit organizations during his 14 year tenure prior to its acquisition by General American in 1997.
Mr. Eichner is a 1973 graduate of Ottawa University with a BA in Social Change. He went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1977, with concentrations in Marketing and Organization Development. Firmly committed to lifelong learning, Mr. Eichner designed and launched Enterprise University for Enterprise Bank and Trust, which has enrolled over 9,000 executives and non-profit leaders in workshops aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skill sets. He has led workshops on numerous business and organizational topics over the past 25 years, written extensively on leadership and organizational change, and is known as an accomplished strategic planning facilitator and change agent.
Dean - Angell Snyder School of Business
Professor of Business Administration
PhD - University of Nebraska
MPA - Arizona State University
BS - Arizona State University
Dr. Rodriguez comes to Ottawa University after a nationwide search. “We were looking for a student-centered individual who not only exemplified the necessary academic background and intellect, but also a strong leader with an equal emphasis and capability for managing the internal affairs of the School combined with a strong external friend and fundraising orientation. Lena’s prior experiences, obvious breadth and depth in the various business disciplines, personal values, commitment to advancing diversity, and powerful presence and personality will be essential attributes as we seek to raise the profile and impact of the Angell Snyder School,” said Chancellor Kevin Eichner.
Prior to her appointment at Ottawa, Dr. Rodriguez served as Dean of the School of Business and Management and as Endowed Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy for National University; as Dean of Academic Programs, School of Business and Community College Partnerships Manager for Apollo Education Group, University of Phoenix; in a lead marketing and development role for the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; and in an executive and community development capacity for San Diego State University. She is known as an adept academician with a keen appreciation for innovation in experiential learning and in developing strong community and corporate sponsorship and participation to ensure that her students are always at the cutting edge of leadership and business practices. She has attended the Harvard Institute for Higher Education management development program and has also earned a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University.
Dean of International Programs
Professor of Business Administration & International Programs
DBA - University of Newcastle
MHL - Ottawa University
MBA - Emporia State University
BA - Winthrop College
Dr. Marylou DeWald earned a BA in Sociology and Biology from Winthrop University, MBA – Finance from Emporia State University, and Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle - Australia. Additionally she brings to the table more than 30 years of experience in the realms of international expertise, small business ownership/operation, and entrepreneurial education. She has been recognized as the best reviewer of academic papers by USABE, selected the Regional SBA Minority Business advocate-of-the-year, the State of Kansas Women’s Small Business advocate-of-the-year, the FirstStep Fund Golden Doorknob entrepreneurial advocate-of-the-year, the National Entrepreneurial Education instructor-of-the-year, twice a nominee for Women Who Mean Business, and in 2009, 2011 & 2014 was selected the Class of ’66 Faculty Awardee at Ottawa University; awarded to the faculty person making the greatest impact on students during the year. In addition, DeWald has presented at locations such as the International Council for Small Business World Conference and has authored and co-authored textbooks on micro-enterprise and small business development.
Assistant Professor of Manangement Information Systems, Data Science
MEdT - MidAmerica Nazarene University
BS - Park University
Professor Jaime Fuentes completed his undergraduate degree in Information Technology at Park University and his Master’s in Educational Technology at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He has more than 16 years of experience as a College professor teaching all kinds of Technology subjects. He has held professional positions within corporate and private sectors in Computer Programming and Information Technology Departments. His experience as a career advisor, mentor, and as a faculty member has enabled him to offer extensive training, knowledge, and communication skills in the classroom and professional experience in working collaboratively with successful companies such as Cerner, Garmin, HRS, Black and Veatch, Burns and McDonnell, among others.
Professor Fuentes’s affiliation to HEDC (Hispanic Economic Development Corporation) organization founded for the purpose of developing and implementing economic development initiatives that would positively contribute to the quality of life for Latinos in the Greater Kansas City Area, LMASA (Latino Math and Science Academy) program which targets High School students who have the highest dropout rates has made it possible to develop a program to encourage these students to stay in school, and pursuit College education, help him to achieves community economic, academic development and the creation of community initiatives. His association with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), KDOT (Kansas Department of Transportation), and local Colleges has helped him to provide a mechanism for the implementation of mutual beneficial activities that strengthen the Latino educational, scientific and technical programs conducted in the area, and assisting students of low income to pursuit College education.
Since 1999, Professor Fuentes has also been actively involved in Wyandotte Community Service and received recognition and awards. He has been involved in Technology organizations, assisted as consultant and advisor, and has applied and received grants for Educational Institutions.
DBA - Nova Southeastern University
MHL - Ottawa University
MS - Central Michigan University
Dr. Kayong Holston holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Currently, she teaches both graduate and undergraduate business courses at Ottawa University and also develops course curriculum.
Dr. Holston worked in government for 17 years as a manager and director in the community services and career development fields. She used many different types of statistical analyses for the effective planning and implementation of the organization’s bottom line. She also developed employee and leadership training instruction designed to help employees increase their performance at the highest level.
She has published numerous articles in professional publications and one was selected as the best paper for the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management. She recently published a diversity management article in the International Academy of Business Discipline yearbook. Her research interests are diversity management, cultural and workplace diversity, leadership, organizational development, and human resources management.
Dr. Holston has served as a member of the Armed Forces YMCA and San Diego Chapter of ASTD Board of Directors – Educational Committee, chair of the strategic planning task force, organizational effectiveness, a member of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, and internal coaching consultant for the Red Cross. She is part of the Presidential Council of Paradise Community College, Maricopa Community College Chancellor’s Asian Pacific- Islander Community Advisory Committee and Maricopa Workforce Connection Board member. She also is serving the president in the Korean Womens’ International Network.
Dr. Holston is a national member of SHRM; Organizational Behavior & Theory Track Chair for the International Academy of Business Discipline; Area Representative for the American Society for Competitiveness; Member of Academy of Management; National register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals; and a member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. She frequently gives speeches to local professional organizations.
Assistant Dean for Academic Operations
Instructor in Business
Academic Dean, OUMW
Professor of Business & Marketing
PhD - University of Oregon
MBA - University of Oregon
BS - Rockhurst University
Dr. Eric Koch is the academic dean for Ottawa University’s Midwest campuses in Ottawa, Kansas City and Milwaukee, and is a professor of Business and Marketing. He is also one of the architects of OU’s pioneering online learning programs.
Dr. Koch earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst University, fueling his desire to attend graduate school. His academic training culminated with a Ph.D. in Marketing at the University of Oregon in 2001, where he previously earned his M.B.A. with an emphasis in Sports Marketing in the University’s esteemed Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.
His teaching experience includes stops at Texas Tech University and Regis University. Dr. Koch teaches a wide range of marketing courses, and has an expertise in consumer behavior. In addition, he has worked for two minor league sports teams as a vice president of marketing, sponsorship and sales.
Wayne D. Angell Distinguished Chair of Economics
Associate Professor of Economics
PhD - Iowa State University
BA - St. Cloud State University
AA - Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Dr. Russ McCullough was raised in Minnesota and completed his BA degree in Economics at St. Cloud University. He moved to Ames, Iowa to attend graduate school at Iowa State University and finished his doctorate in Economics in 2003. Russ is both an academic and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovating. His business ventures included real estate development-sales-property management, a construction company, a restaurant, a boutique hotel and an equestrian center. He is a veteran in the classroom with outstanding student reviews, uses his business experience to make economics real and understandable, and is excited to devote his energy, passion and leadership to Ottawa University.
Associate Professor of Business
PhD - Saint Louis University
MAHR - Ottawa University
MEd - Colorado State University
BS - Colorado State University
Dr. Kristen Moore earned a Master of Education specializing in Adult Education from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Ottawa University and received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University. Over the years, Kristen has worked in administrative roles for a state school, several private universities as well as a for-profit institution. Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor of Business who teaches liberal arts and business courses at Ottawa University. In her time off, Dr. Moore enjoys time with her family, walking on trails, traveling, and reading.
Visiting Professor in Communications
Associate Director of International Programs
Instructor in Business
MBA - Ottawa University
BS - Nebraska Wesleyan University
Kimberly Rieken earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a specialization in Public Relations from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She went on to earn her MBA from Ottawa University. In her current role, Kimberly is the Associate Director of International Programs and she is located at the Ottawa University-Kansas City campus in Overland Park, Kansas.
Chief Enrollment Officer, OUAZ
Associate Professor Business Administration
Dr. Sandusky is a seasoned education executive with 23 years experience in strategic planning, marketing and positioning, enrollment management and financial aid modeling, student affairs and academics, profit and loss management in both the traditional in-seat and online learning modalities for complex, multi-campus university systems.
Proven executive leadership track record of shaping enrollment and improving student outcomes, as well as achieving net revenue goals and expense budgets in the fast changing landscape of higher education. Considerable experience with U.S. and international markets.
Teaching and faculty experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Coursework includes; statistics, business ethics, organizational design and strategy, management resources.
Assistant Professor of Business
EdD - Organizational Leadership
MS - Global Supply Chain
BS - Business
Associate Professor of Accounting
MS - University of Kansas
MHL - Ottawa University
BS - University of Missouri
It seems pre-ordained that Lyn Wagner would become a CPA, both her father and her grandfather [her mother's father] had successful careers in the field and encouraged her in that direction. Upon graduation from Mizzou, Lyn started her career with Arthur Andersen & Co. Realizing that public accounting was not her career interest for the long term, she returned to graduate school at KU to pursue an academic career. She taught several years at KU before taking a break to manage family businesses and be a mom. In 2002, Lyn returned to academia at Ottawa. The liberal arts approach to teaching accounting has been a natural fit for Lyn, her students are challenged to get beyond the numbers and to actually think about why things matter -- they love it ... well, perhaps not, but they appreciate the efforts as she consistently receives outstanding evaluations. The relationships made in the classroom carry over to enhance other student experiences, such as the international trips sponsored by the School of Business. Lyn's favorite? Australia, where else would you get to pet a koala? When asked what these trips have to do with accounting, her answer is a simple "everything."
Director of Human Resources
Instructor in Human Resources
MA, Human Resources, Ottawa University
BA, Business Administration, Ottawa University
In her current role, Joanna is the Director of Human Resources with responsibilities spanning all University locations. She is located at the Ottawa Campus and oversees all aspects of HR programs and services on behalf of University employees. Walters completed her Master of Arts in Human Resources from Ottawa University Kansas City in 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from the Ottawa, Kansas, residential campus (1991), where she graduated with cum laude academic honors.
Walters has been employed by Ottawa University since 1992; initially in KC as the Business Coordinator, then in Ottawa as the Business and Payroll Manager, and finally in her current role since 1999. Ottawa University is very much a part of Walters’ heritage; her parents met at Ottawa, her siblings attended OU, and now her oldest son, Mitch, is currently an OU Senior. She bleeds Black and Gold and is forever an OU Brave at heart! Walters has two other children, Sydney (a Sophomore at KU) and Sam (a 5th grader at Sunflower Elementary in Ottawa).
Associate Professor of Business/Accounting
PhD – Capella University
MBA – DeVry University
BS – Eastern Illinois University
Stephen has been with Ottawa University since January 2014 and became a full-time instructor in 2017. He has a B.S. in Accounting, an MBA, and has obtained his Ph.D. in Business with an accounting specialization in February 2016. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Wisconsin and has been teaching accounting and other quantitative courses as an adjunct instructor at several universities since 2009. Prior to teaching, Stephen worked for ten years in accounting positions within the scrap metal recycling, relocation, and healthcare industries. He has experience in public and corporate accounting.
Stephen is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for students. He concentrates on learning as a lifelong process and the ability to employ that learning in real life.