SEMBA Faculty Bios
Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. He is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School and Co-Director of the School’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) Program as well as S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Hart is also Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, Founder of the BoP Global Network, and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India.
Previously, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. He was also faculty in corporate strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and was the Founding Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), now the Erb Institute’s Dual Master’s Program.
Hart has published more than 70 papers and authored or edited eight books with over 20,000 Google Scholar citations. His article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World” won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a 2011 book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005 was selected by Cambridge University as one of the top 50 books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.
David A. Jones is Co-Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program (SEMBA), and was a member of the initial curriculum design team who created this unique and exciting program. He is a passionate teacher who was honored to receive a University-wide teaching award in 2009 (the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award). David teaches courses on leadership and strategic corporate social performance, and he regularly conducts full-day leadership workshops, having trained over 750 executives and managers in Vermont alone since moving here in 2004. David is a productive scholar who focuses on explaining why job seekers and employees respond positively to an employer’s community involvement and sustainable business practices. He is active in presenting his research and has authored and presented over 70 papers at scholarly conferences. David has published over 30 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers, including articles that appeared in top-tier academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology, and two other leading journals where he currently serves on the editorial boards: the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Management. David has established a reputation as a thought leader in the emerging literature on employee responses to sustainable business practices, and he has received several honors and awards for his work in this area.
Dr. Beaudoin is an Assistant Professor at The University of Vermont School of Business. She holds degrees from California State Polytechnic University (B.S.), Columbia University (MBA), and Drexel University (Ph.D.).
Cathy has extensive accounting work experience, both in public accounting and industry. She has worked in the tax department at KPMG Peat Marwick, in various accounting and reporting positions in the financial services industry including a Fortune 100 company, and was also the Vice President of Finance of a large, publicly-traded company.
Dr. Cats-Baril is as an Associate Professor for Information and Decision Sciences in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has been a Visiting Professor at several international institutions including the European Institute Administration at the University of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France; Reykjavik University; the International Management Centers in Budapest; the Executive Development Centre in Bled (Slovenia), and the China-Europe Management Institute in Beijing. Professor Cats-Baril teaches regularly courses on business strategy, customer-orientation and total quality management, and implementation of change in executive development programs in Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America. He has won several teaching awards including most recently the School of Business Graduate Teacher of the Year award in 2011.
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. Cross presently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday and Budnitz Bicyles. Cairn was formerly the Chair of the Board for the EatingWell Media Group which was sold to Meredith Corporation in 2011. Cairn also served on the Board of Directors of NEHP prior to its sale in 2012 to Critical Process Systems.
Prior to starting FreshTracks Cairn was a strategic and financial adviser to Vermont banks and growth businesses, the Assistant General Manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. from 1996 to 1998 and spent a decade working as a commercial banker.
Jon Erickson has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. His books include The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of films such as the four-part PBS series Bloom on sources and solutions to nutrient pollution in Lake Champlain. He is President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and serves on the board or advisory committee of numerous nongovernmental organizations. Jon is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the campus-wide Environmental Program.
Joshua Farley is an ecological economist and Associate Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration. Josh holds degrees in biology, international affairs and economics. He has previously served as program director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Brazil, where he served as visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA).
His broad research interests focus on the design of an economy capable of balancing what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable. More specifically, his research focuses on mechanisms for allocating resources under local control and national sovereignty that generate global public goods, developing transdisciplinary case study approaches to environmental problem solving as an educational tool, ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems, economic globalization, and the valuation and finance of restoring natural capital.
He is co-author with Herman Daly of Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press (2010).
Joe Fusco is a vice president of a Casella Waste Systems, Inc. He is an advisor to the company's chairman and chief executive officer on organizational and leadership development, human performance, brand strategy, public affairs, business and market trends, and corporate communications. He's also a teacher and coach to over 200 mid- and upper-level managers and numerous work teams. He speaks frequently to companies and organizations on leadership development, organizational and problem-solving culture, business and cultural trends, economic development, corporate responsibility and sustainability, and life/work balance. He's been engaged as a speaker by groups and companies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, GreenFiber, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the Vermont Community Development Association.
He's a member of the Board of Advisors for UVM's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA. He is currently chair of the Vermont Economic Development Strategy steering committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Women's Professional Development Center in Rutland. He's a past member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Council on Rural Development. He received a B.A. from the University at Albany (SUNY).
Professor Goodenough's research and writing at the intersection of law, economics, finance, media, technology, neuroscience and behavioral biology make him an authority in several emerging areas of law. He is expert in the impact of digital technology on law, with an emphasis on using the internet to create digital business organizations and to improve the support provided by law for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Shoshanah Inwood is rural sociologist and an assistant professor in CDAE. Shoshanah holds degrees in rural sociology, environmental science and biology. Her career has focused on the intersection of agriculture, environment, and society in the context of community and economic development. Shoshanah has maintained a dual focus studying both the role of communities in food system development and the socio-cultural household level processes that underlay the American food and agriculture system. Her research program is centered on two parallel themes: 1) The persistence of agriculture at the rural-urban interface, and 2) Community based economic development through food and agriculture. She generally utilizes a mixed methods design, combining qualitative and quantitative analysis and focuses on both basic research and applied outreach.
Outside of academia, Shoshanah worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture as the Director of the Office of Sustainable Agriculture and as the state's first Farm to School Coordinator. Prior to joining CDAE, Shoshanah was affiliated with the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation and the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. She was also a former beginning farmer in rural Ohio establishing a CSA and selling at farmers markets and restaurants.
Kevin Jones is the Deputy Director at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. At the IEE, Kevin leads the Smart Grid and Community Energy projects and is co-author of the book from Praeger, "A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies." Seeking solutions to the energy and environmental policy challenges facing the electric power industry has been the focus of his career. He has been at the center of the transformation of the electric power industry in the Northeast as the director of power market policy for the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and as the former director of energy policy for the city of New York. LIPA is one of the largest municipal utilities in the country and is a leader in energy conservation and alternative energy technologies. While at LIPA, he collaborated on energy policy with both the Large Public Power Council and the New York Transmission Owners. He has also consulted on energy issues as an associate director with Navigant Consulting and Resource Management International. He received a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology, a masters from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the University of Vermont. While at RPI his doctoral research compared the market-based approach to regulating acid rain in the United States to the command and control approach of the European Union.
Arnie Kozak, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in the State of Vermont, founder of the Exquisite Mind, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont College of Medicine. He teaches workshops at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and other venues. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Buddhism Book, 2nd Edition, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, and Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (forthcoming).
His research focus includes the intersection of business and environmental law, as well as issues under the federal Clean Water Act.. Prior to joining the VLS faculty, he was a partner and chair of the environmental practice group at Gardner, Carton, and Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle and Reath) in Chicago and Washington, D.C. In his 15 years of private practice, he served as defense counsel for businesses, municipalities, and individuals in state, federal, civil, and administrative enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and EPCRA.
Erik Monsen joined the University of Vermont's School of Business Administration in August 2014 as an Associate Professor and the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. His career has crossed disciplinary (engineering, management, economics) and geographic (US, Germany, UK) boundaries on his journey from designing better aircraft to designing better entrepreneurial organizations. Building on personal experiences as an aerospace engineer and business consultant in American and European aerospace organizations, his mission is to aid technology and research organizations, both public and private, to become more entrepreneurial and create new value for society.
Professor Sean Nolon is the director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Vermont Law School where he teaches and researches in the fields of dispute resolution, environmental law, land use, and governance. He has significant experience as an advocate in and mediator of land use, environmental, public policy and commercial disputes.
Dr. Noordewier joined the UVM faculty in the Fall of 1990 after a year as an assistant professor at Yale. Prior to Yale he taught at Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UVM, he teaches courses in Marketing Management and Business-to-Business Marketing. His research interests include Distribution Channels, Procurement and Franchising. He has published articles in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, the Journal of Health Care Marketing, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Business Logistics, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.
Michael Palmer is the Executive Vice President of Waterotor Energy Technologies Inc. and President of Ethics By Design.
Mike's consulting practice has included work for Fortune 500 companies, Big 4 accounting and consulting firms, medical care facilities, law firms, insurance companies, and government agencies.
Mike has taught practical ethics, professional ethics, strategic negotiation, conflict management, philosophy, systematic theology, and jurisprudence at a variety of academic institutions, including the Freie Universität Berlin, University of Maryland, Chicago Kent College of Law, and Middlebury College. He has also taught online courses at Champlain College and through Global Classroom.
Joanne Pencak is a consultant specializing in executive education, fraud prevention and internal controls. Before teaching, she was as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. Her history includes working for local firms as well as running her own CPA firm which merged with a regional firm. She obtained her MBA with a concentration in Information Security in 2008 from James Madison University. In June of 2009, she attended the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Bridge Program at Ohio State University. The AACSB Bridge Program helps senior level executives transition from industry into the classroom. She serves as a member of the advisory board to the Treasurer of the City of Rutland, Vermont, and as the voluntary Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund. She is also a member of the Sustainable Accounting Standard Board’s Consumption Industry Working Group, which was formed to shape and influence sustainable reporting standards for the Meat, Poultry, Dairy & Fishing & Processed food Industries. Prior to teaching at the University of Vermont, Joanne was an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Castleton State College, where she served as the Coordinator of Graduate Accounting.
Professor Rebecca Purdom is known for her work in water and natural resource management, environmental human rights, nonprofit management and policy, and sustainability education. She currently serves as the assistant dean of the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School, and is the Director of the Distance Learning Program.
Professor Ristino is the first director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. Before joining VLS, she was a senior counsel with the Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Schnitzlein is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Finance in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 2014. Previously he held faculty positions at the University of Central Florida where he was doctoral program coordinator, the University of Arizona, and the University of Miami. He has also taught in the executive MBA program at the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. PramoDITA Sharma is the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. Prior to this appointment in 2011, she was the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. Dita is a visiting scholar at the Babson College where she serves as the Academic Director of the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project. Engaging over 200 scholars from 41 leading universities, this global applied research initiative explores the entrepreneurial processes within business families and generates solutions that have immediate application for family leaders. Her research on the succession processes, governance, innovation, next generation issues and the unique dynamics underlying family firms has been honored with several international awards including the NFIB Best Dissertation award from the Entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management. She received the prestigious Barbara Hollander award at the 25th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute.
Dr. Sharma was appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont July 1, 2011. He comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education.
A 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sharma has won several research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others. He has co-edited six books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.
James Gustave "Gus" Speth joined the faculty at Vermont Law School in 2010. A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. Prior to his service at the U.N., he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration; and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Professor Jennifer Taub researches and writes in the areas of financial reform, corporate governance, and mutual fund regulation. Her book Other Peoples Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business is forthcoming in 2014 with Yale Press.
Dr. Vanden Bergh came to UVM in the fall of 2000. Prior to UVM he worked in corporate banking and investment banking specializing in highly leveraged transactions. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy. He also earned an MBA from Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College. Dr. Vanden Bergh's current areas of research include: firm strategy in the political environment; design of regulatory, political and judicial institutions. Dr. Vanden Bergh's research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Perspectives, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Law & Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Public Choice, and the Strategic Management Journal.
Jie J. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Systems Management at The University of Vermont School of Business Administration. She holds degrees from Boston University (DBA), Brown University (ScM and MA), and Fudan University (BA). Jie's research interest is in the area of sustainable service design where she focuses on performance analysis and incentive design. She is active in presenting her research at scholarly conferences. Her work has been published in the Journal of Service Management and the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. Jie is a founding member of the Industry Studies Association and a research associate of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. Prior to joining UVM, Jie was a computer systems manager for nine years.
Dr. Zia joined CDAE in 2008 with an emphasis on Public Policy and Administration. Zia received his BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of the Punjab in his home country of Pakistan. He started his professional career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Federal Government of Pakistan, where he was responsible for managing German-, US-, and Australian-funded developmental cooperation projects in Pakistan. He spent two years working on Ecological Economics at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany and subsequently completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. He has also worked as a post-doctoral scientist at the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University in California.Click here for a complete list of BSAD faculty
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