George A. Lehman, E.D.M.
Howard Raid professor of business; business studies division chair; director of graduate programs in business
Phone: (419) 358-3302
Office: Centennial Hall, 215
Education: B.A., Bluffton College, 1969; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; Executive
Doctor of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2000
Courses taught: Theory and Practice of Management, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management
Related personal and work experience: Dr. Lehman has done executive level administrative and board work in health care related organizations. He has served in a leadership position in the Bluffton University Graduate Programs in Business since they began in 2000.
Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of economics
Phone: (419) 358-3290
Office: Centennial Hall, 218
Education: B.A., Grinnell College, 1990; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003; Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
Courses taught: Organizations and the Global Economy, Managerial Economics, Health Care Economics and Policy
Related personal experience: Dr. Andreas has traveled extensively in the Asian Pacific including an extended bicycle trip in China. As an academic he has particular interest in the economics of health care delivery
Trevor G. H. Bechtel, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religion
Phone: (419) 358-3011
Office: Smucker Hall, 203
Vita: B.Th., Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1991; B.A., University of Manitoba, 1993; M.A.,
Loyola University Chicago, Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago, 2008
Courses taught: Organization and Information Technology, Professional Ethics and the Common Good
Related personal experience: For more than a decade Dr. Bechtel combined his work in the discipline of theology with extensive engagement with social media. He is in ongoing contact with some of the academic leaders in the field.
As a theologian Dr. Bechtel has had a particular interest in the links between humans and animals.
Karen Klassen Harder, Ph.D.
Professor of business and economics
Phone: (419) 358-3505
Office: Centennial Hall, 219
Vita: B.S., Bethel College (Kansas), 1979; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1989;
Courses taught: Organizations Management and American Culture, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management.
Related personal experience: Dr. Harder has served as chair of an international relief and service agency (Mennonite Central Committee). She has had extended periods of work in Bangladesh, Kenya and Tanzania. She is an organization consultant for Mennonite World Conference and serves as a trustee on the Blanchard Valley Regional Health System Board, Ten Thousand Villages Board and Praxis Mutual Funds Board.
Ross Kauffman, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of public health; Assessment coordinator
Phone: (419) 358-3427
Office: Centennial Hall, 308
Vita: B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 2003; M.P.H., Ph.D., The Ohio State University,
Courses taught: Health Care Informatics
Related personal experience: Prior to coming to Bluffton Dr. Kauffman was a key member of a research team that worked in the area of public health and smoking. Much of his recent academic work has been focused on using mapping technologies as the basis for analytic work related to disease as well as for more general organization analysis.
Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D.
Professor of communication
Phone: (419) 358-3208
Office: Smucker Hall, 303
Vita: B.A., Malone College, 1987; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991-1995;
Courses taught: Leadership Communication in the Workplace
Related personal experience: Dr. Mast serves on the governing board of a national religious news magazine. He has prepared numerous students for speech competitions as well as serving as a judge for others. Dr. Mast has authored or co-authored a number of books both for the academic community and for the general public. Dr. Mast has been involved with the Master's program since its inception and has taught a number of other courses in the past.
Darryl K. Nester, Ph.D.
Professor of mathematics
Phone: (419) 358-3483
Office: Centennial Hall, 312
Vita: B.A., Bluffton College, 1988; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1993
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making
Related personal experience: Dr. Nester has worked as part of a publishing team for a number of math and statistics textbooks. He is co-author of the text for MGT515, and also developed the simulation software for that course.
Carrie Phillips, M.I.I. S.
Archives and special collections librarian
Phone: (419) 358-3275
Office: Musselman Library
Vita: B.A., Computer Science, Bluffton College, 1999; M.L.I.S., University of Washington,
Courses taught: Organizations and Information Technology
Related personal experience: Ms. Phillips uses the latest in information technology and some decidedly "old school" tools in her work in making the Bluffton University archives accessible to the public. She is an active user of social media and information technology.
Hamid A. Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Professor of business
Phone: (419) 358-3330
Office: Centennial Hall, 306
Vita: B.S., Oregon State University, 1966; M.B.A., University of Dayton, 1983; M.H., Wright
State University, 1990; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making, Managerial Economics, Organizations and the Global Economy and Organizational Financial Management
Related personal experience: Dr. Rafizadeh had substantial careers with national and international companies before shifting to full time teaching at Bluffton. He is co-author of the textbook used in the Data Analysis and Decision Making course.
J. Alexander Sider, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religion
Phone: (419) 358-3281
Office: Centennial Hall, 204
Vita: B.A., Messiah College, 1995; M.T.S., Duke University, 1998; Ph.D., Duke University,
Courses taught: Professional Ethics and the Common Good.
Related personal experience: Dr. Sider has done substantial work in the area of medical ethics. As a Duke graduate he has a particular interest in ethical implications of the leadership philosophy of Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski. (Better known as Coach K!)
J. Peter Suter, DBA.
Associate professor of business
Phone: (419) 358-3437
Office: Centennial Hall, 217
Vita: B.A., Bluffton College, 1994; M.A., Bluffton College, 2002; DBA, Anderson University,
Courses taught: Foundational Theories of Marketing
Related personal experience: Dr. Suter has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures including starting a coffee shop, owning a movie theatre and most recently creating the initial franchise for Shirley's popcorn. Dr. Suter is knowledgeable about using social media to connect products to customers.
Steven Webster M.O.D..
Adult & graduate studies representative; Lecturer, BCOMP, Graduate programs in business
Phone: (419) 358-3297
Office: Centennial Hall, 311
Vita: B.S.. Bowling Green State University 1972; Masters in Organization Development, Bowling
Green State University 1981
Courses taught: Managing People in Organizations, The Theory and Practice of Management
Related personal experience: Prior to his work at Bluffton University Mr. Webster served in human resource management capacities in a hospital, divisions of three fortune 500 companies and more recently as the VP of Human Resources for Sauder Woodworking Co. and for Alex Products.
Chris Moser, MBA
Director of development, Bluffton University
Phone: (419) 358-3016
Office: Hirschler Hall, 117
Vita: B.A., Bluffton College, 1985; MBA, Bluffton University, 2006
Courses taught: Managing Across Cultures
Related personal experience: Prior to work at Bluffton Mr. Moser worked as country director and consultant with international development and humanitarian relief organizations in Central America. He was based in Honduras and El Salvador (5 and 10 years respectively) and appreciated the cultures and climate of the region
Kurt F. Geisheimer, MAOM, CMA, CPA
CFO, Metal Forming & Coining Corp.
Address: Lakeside, OH 43440-1849
Vita: B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1972 MAOM Bluffton University, 2003
Courses taught: Health Care Financial Management, Operations Management
Related personal experience: Mr. Geisheimer is a former vice president of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. He has guided his current company through a successful restructuring effort, moving from insolvency to profitability and sustainable cash flow. Kurt also serves on the BGSU College of Business Board of Advocates and is a trustee, Board Treasurer and member of the Executive and Compensation Committee for Blanchard Valley Health System.
Thomas L. Stuckey PH.D.
President, Northwest State Community College
Phone: (419) 267-1310
Address: West Unity OH 43570
Vita: B.S., Goshen College, 1970; M.S., Bowling Green State University, 1983; Ph.D., Bowling
Green State University, 1991; Post Ph.D., Harvard Business School, 1996
Courses taught: Financial Decision Making, Organization Financial Management
Related personal experience: Dr. Stuckey brings an executive's perspective his courses. His extensive experience with budgeting and financial management gives him the ability to help students make real world application of financial decision making theory to concrete issues in their organizations.
Jeffrey A. Vennekotter MBA
Sales Manager, DTR Industries
Vita: B.E.E., University of Dayton, 1987; MBA, University of Dayton, 1993
Courses taught: Production and Operations Management
Related personal experience: Mr. Vennekotter's extensive work with DTR Industries and in other manufacturing settings gives him the ability to connect with specific operations management issues that students bring to the course.
Mitchell L. Kingsley J.D.
Attorney at Law
Address: Bluffton, OH 45817
Vita: B.S., Bluffton College, 1971; J.D.., Loyola University of Chicago, 1984
Courses taught: Conflict resolution in the workplace
Related personal experience: Mr. Kingsley has an ongoing practice in family law. In connection with that practice he has done extensive study in the areas of mediation and conflict resolution.
Carrie A. Mast, MAOM
Christian education director, First Mennonite Church
Vita: B.A., Bluffton University, 1995; MAOM., Bluffton University, 2003
Courses taught: Organizations and Information Technology
Related personal experience: Prior to her work in church administration Ms. Mast served as a consultant and trainer for Primary Solutions, Inc., a Columbus software company which found its niche in the world of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio.