Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D. University of Toledo

  • M.Ed. Business Education-Bowling Green State University

  • M.B.A. University of Findlay

  • B.A. University of Toledo

Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and has served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Chair of the Management and Marketing areas.

She joined the business faculty at Tiffin University in 2012.

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki joined Tiffin after completing her Ph.D., with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study and ethical practice of improving productivity and competence in organizations.

Performance improvement uses scientific research principles to assess performance gaps, implement solutions and measure the impact of solutions when implemented.

A performance improvement and talent development specialist, Kahle-Piasecki is a follower of systems theory and uses a systematic approach in solving performance problems.

She is actively engaged in research and is a frequent presenter at both international and national conferences. Her current research interests and areas of expertise are in the use of technology to improve performance in the workplace and classroom, plus performance interventions such as mentoring for performance improvement.

She is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory, spent a summer living and teaching in Costa Rica and has additional international teaching experience.

In addition to teaching and research, she is a peer reviewer for the Journal of International Students, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GTAC ATD), the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) and a member of the Academy of Management, International Society for Performance Improvement and Association for Talent Development.

She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Urban All-American Achievement Award, presented by the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT). The award recognizes a graduate of a Catholic inner-city elementary school, who exhibited extraordinary achievements, as an inspiration for today’s inner-city school students.

Below is a sample of recent publications:

  • Ritzman, M., & Kahle-Piasecki, L. (September, 2016). What works: A systems approach to employee performance in strengthening information security. Performance Improvement Journal, 55(8), 17-22.

  • Kahle-Piasecki, L. & Doles, S. (2015). A comparison of mentoring in higher education and Fortune 1000 companies: Practices to apply in a global context. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 15(5), 74-79.

  • Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2013). Business in Costa Rica: Trends and Issues. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 15(2).

  • Kahle-Piasecki, L., Miao, C., & Ariss, S. (2012). Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 6(1), 56-68.

  • Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2011). Mentoring: What organizations need to know to improve performance in the 21st Century workplace. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toledo, 2011). UMI No. 3474769.

  • Nykodym, N., Kahle-Piasecki, L., & Marsillac, E. (2010, May). The Managers Guide to Understanding, Detecting and Thwarting Computer Crime: An International Performance Issue. Performance Improvement Journal, 49(5), 42-47. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20151


Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.


Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Professor of Management - School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

  • M.A., Bowling Green State University

  • B.A., Ohio State University

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University's Marion campus. During her tenure, she served as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer and Public Relations Director.

Upon completion of her master's degree, she joined the Shelby Insurance Company and served nearly ten years in various corporate positions including Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting.

Dr. Shafer joined Tiffin University in 1993 as an adjunct professor.

In 1996, she became the Director of the Elyria Academic Center and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fast Track degree completion program in Organizational Management. She joined the full-time faculty as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1999.

In 2005 she took over as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and successfully orchestrated reaccreditation visits with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission, European Council on Business Education and American Council of Business Schools and Programs garnering the maxirimm reaffirmations allowed by all four accreditation agencies.

Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer as a visiting team member and distance education reviewer.

In 2011 she became Associate Dean of International Business Programs and currently serves as a Professor of Management. Dr. Shafer is also a member of the TU Graduate Faculty Senate.

As an organizational behavior scholar, Dr. Shafer's work includes research into corporate mergers and downsizing and how these activities impact human capital and efficiencies.

She has published and presented her research at numerous conferences both regionally and nationally. Dr. Shafer's consulting experience is extensive as she works with both national and international companies with respect to human resource training, executive coaching, strategic planning and budgeting.

She also serves the higher learning community as a pedagogical mentor to various faculty members and institutions across the nation.

Dr. Shafer is a member of several professional organizations and serves on a number of local program boards.


Kristina Collins, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Management

Vice Provost Academic Excellence, Distinctiveness and Effectiveness

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D.

  • M.S. Ed., Indiana University

  • B.A., Indiana University

  • A.A.S., Purdue University

Professor Collins holds dual roles as School of Business Director and also as Assistant Professor of Management at Tiffin University, with teaching concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management.

Her previous 17 years of university teaching were primarily in Indiana. She has also coordinated and led International Study trips for both undergraduate and graduate students to Russia, Europe, China and Central America.

Her experience as an Administrative Director at the university level has focused in the areas of Organizational Development & Training, Curriculum Development, and Academic Outcomes Assessment.

She is currently completing her PhD in Business Administration with her doctoral research focusing on economic development and global leadership.

Professor Collins serves as President-elect of ACBSP’s (Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs) Great Lakes Council Region 4, as well as an ACBSP Peer Evaluator, since 2013. 

To contribute to the body of research for quality and continuous improvement in higher education, she has presented at several ACBSP conferences, most recently in Athens, Greece and Philadelphia, PA.

As a consultant and practitioner, she also earned a Six Sigma Green Belt, which is utilized in working with organizations to develop and implement continuous improvement programs.

Professional certifications include Achieve Global and Covey programs. Her professional awards include the Presidential Award for Outstanding Evening Division Faculty of the Year (2002), as well as the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow Award as the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) faculty advisor (2006-2008).


Andrew Faber


Assistant Professor of Accounting

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.B.A. Tiffin University

  • B.B.A. Tiffin University

Professor Faber has been an adjunct since 2010, and became full-time faculty in the Fall of 2014.

Before joining Tiffin University full-time, Professor Faber spent 10 years with Fruth & Company, PLL CPA’s, in their Tiffin, Ohio office, including serving as manager for 2 years.

At Fruth & Company, he had many areas of expertise, such as: individual and corporate tax preparation, financial statement preparation, auditing, accounting software consultation and implementation, business start-ups, acquisitions and dispositions.

Professor Faber received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tiffin University and was a four-year letter winner on the University’s Football team from 1999 to 2002.

Professor Faber is a Certified Public Accountant and also a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s.

He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, while also being a board member of the Seneca County Revolving Loan Fund.


Danielle Foster, Ed.D.


Associate Professor of Marketing

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ed.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Bowling Green State University

  • M.B.A., Bluffton University

  • B.A., Bluffton University

Danielle earned her Doctorate at Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation was titled K-12 Private School Leaders Perceptions of Enrollment Management and Marketing Planning.

She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor Degree from Bluffton University. Her areas of expertise include marketing, leadership and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to entering academia, Danielle had numerous years of sales and marketing management experience in the pharmaceutical and health care industry.

She served as an accomplished sales professional, known for delivering strong profit gains in highly competitive markets. She has a proven ability to recognize and capitalize on market trends and assume bottom-line responsibility for strategic planning, pricing and market research.

In addition to her industry experience, she has several years of combined adjunct teaching experience in both seated and online platforms within the Degree Completion Program at Tiffin University, The University of Findlay and Brown Mackie College.

In 2006, she was the recipient of the Iota Phi Theta “I have a Dream” Award and received the Certificate of Excellence for outstanding leadership and valued contributions from the Lima Affiliate of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

Danielle was one of the Founding members of the Lima Points of Pride Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan group of community leaders that raised money to tear down abandoned homes in the Lima/Allen county area.

She was subsequently awarded the Pioneer award presented by Iota Phi Theta fraternity to recognize her leadership contributions in the Lima community.

She is currently on the board of education at Lima Central Catholic High School. In addition to her work in academia, she owns and operates a marketing consulting firm.


Owen Fritz


Instructor of Computer Information Systems

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.B.A., Tiffin University

  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

  • A.A.B., Terra State Community College

  • CFOT, Certified Fiber Optics Technician

  • MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist

Professor Owen Fritz began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2015 as an affiliate professor for the School of Business, in the areas of Computer Information Systems and Economics.

In the Spring of 2018, he became a full-time faculty member within the Computer Information Systems program.

Owen is proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Miller in bringing Microsoft Office Certification programs to Tiffin University, so that students can display the skills acquired from the University as they enter the workplace.

Owen is continuing his educational journey by pursuing his Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a specialization in Management Information Systems from Northcentral University.

His research interests include Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) & Generation Z, Technological Social Responsibility and Office Applications in the Workplace.

Before academia, Owen has worked a variety of different jobs that have allowed him to develop a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students entering the field. Professor Fritz is a graduate of Tiffin University and is proud to be a #dragonforlife!

Outside of the University, he has many different passions and interests that keep him involved in the community. One passion is weather, and Owen is responsible for the Sandusky County Skywarn (Storm Spotters) program that falls under the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency.

Also, he is an Asst. Emergency Coordinator for the Sandusky County Amateur Radio Emergency Service program, which is a backup communications system when disasters should occur.

Owen is also an avid fan of basketball, as you can see him at most Dragon home games working scoring at the table. He also keeps the score for a local boys’ basketball program.


Rhonda Gilreath


Assistant Professor of Accounting

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.B.A., Tiffin University

  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

  • A.S., The University of Kentucky

Professor Gilreath has been with Tiffin University as an adjunct professor since 1998 and has taught accounting, economics and finance courses.

She became full-time in the fall of 2008.

Professor Gilreath has worked at United Way, British Petroleum Oil (BP Oil) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, holding various positions that relate to accounting and finance. In addition, she has owned and operated a tax and accounting business since 1994.

She is currently pursuing a certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Professor Gilreath is an educational member of The Ohio Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).


Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.


Professor of Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.A., Albion College

  • M.S., Kettering University

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

As do most of his colleagues, Dr. Debbink has a thorough grounding in his topic, both academically and professionally. Prior to beginning his doctoral education in 1992, Dr. Debbink worked at General Motors for 13 years.

His experience was largely in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering, but also included significant assignments in Salaried Personnel Administration and Purchasing.

As a Certified Quality Engineer, Dr. Debbink worked with over 100 of the Division’s suppliers to remedy specific quality issues and improve the overall performance of their manufacturing systems.

Dr. Debbink has also served as a consultant to NCR Corporation, the United States Navy and General Motors.

Academically, Dr. Debbink’s interests are in corporate governance, deception within organizations and make-buy decision making. His dissertation explored the motivations behind the decision to outsource components in the auto industry.

He is a member of the Academy of Management and has presented papers at numerous conferences. Dr. Debbink teaches Strategic Management in undergraduate and graduate courses at Tiffin, and graduate courses in the school’s EMBA curriculum in Bucharest, Romania.

Off campus, Dr. Debbink is a twenty-plus year member of Rotary International and serves on the Board of the Foundation of the Tiffin Rotary Club.

He is a licensed pilot who enjoys introducing his students to the joys of flying.

He and his wife, also a teacher, live on Catawba Island, where they enjoy sailing and oenology.


Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Sports Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.S., North Dakota State University

  • M.A., University of Northern Colorado

  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Before joining Tiffin University in 2017, Professor Goeb taught Sports Management at the University of Northwestern Ohio including sport marketing classes and co-lead the American Marketing Association to a first place finish in the Nation at the 2017 AMA National Conference for the Top Small Chapter in the United States.

For 12 years, Dr. Goeb served as Director of Athletics at Bemidji State University where he successfully fundraised for a 65 million dollar facility that is home to the BSU men’s and women’s NCAA Division I hockey teams.

He demonstrated specialized skills in selling priority seating, club seating and suites raising revenues over 700% in one year.

Under his leadership, the hockey team appeared in the 2009 Frozen Four and football, basketball and track won conference championships.

Dr. Goeb is a former NCAA National Champion wrestler and is in the North Dakota State University Hall of Fame. He was a head college wrestling coach at St. Cloud State in Minnesota.

Other top accomplishments include receiving the Herb Brooks Outstanding Service Award where he has served on many active committees.

One of his teaching passions is to connect students to the community to participate in event management and marketing opportunities that benefit both the Tiffin community and the student.

Dr. Goeb loves to spend time with his wife Carol and his children Amber, Anna, and Jordan.

Studying all facets of sport continues to be a life-long adventure and passion.


James Gucker, J.D.

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Assistant Professor of Business Law

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • J.D., University of Toledo

  • B.A., Bowling Green State University

Dr. James Gucker is an instructor of Business Law at Tiffin University and has taught graduate courses in law and ethics as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Gucker is licensed to practice Law in the state of Ohio and has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. 

Dr. Gucker has practiced law in Tiffin Ohio since 1988 and has concentrated his practice in the areas of business law, tort law, real estate and real estate planning. 

He was appointed by The Ohio Supreme Court as an acting Judge in the Wyandot County Municipal Court. He has been the Tiffin City Prosecutor and Assistant County Prosecutor.

The Ohio Department of Education has appointed him as a referee in teacher termination cases. 

He is the solicitor for the Village of Sycamore, Republic, and Marseilles.  He has represented large and small corporations in Ohio. 

He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Justices.

Dr. Gucker also volunteers his time and legal expertise for many non-profit organizations, including United Way, Seneca County Junior Fair, Tiffin Mercy Hospital and Mohawk Community Library Foundation.


Perry Haan, D.B.A.


Professor of Marketing

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.S., The Ohio State University

  • M.B.A., Xavier University

  • D.B.A., University of Sarasota

Dr. Perry Haan has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education since 1986. He has won teaching awards at three different institutions of higher learning and has taught in eight countries outside the U.S.

He won the 2016-2017 Tiffin University Scholarship Award.

In 2017, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal.

In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship by the International American Association of Financial Management for his teaching and academic work in international markets.

Haan earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota, Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals, including the Journal of Marketing in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship.

He co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business.

His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing and leadership.


Diego Hernandez


Assistant Professor of Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.B.A., University of Toledo

  • M.H.M., Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)

  • B.A., Industrial University of Santander (Colombia)

Diego holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Master’s degree in Higher Management from Industrial University of Santander (Colombia, South America).

As a faculty member at Tiffin University, Hernandez teaches accounting and management online courses and Financial and management courses at the Degree Completion Program for the Off-Campus program.

Professor Hernandez enjoys teaching online so that he can reach students who may otherwise not be able to attend college or who do not have time to come to campus for all their classes.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis.


Mucahit Kochan, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Finance

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.S., Marmara University at Istanbul

  • M.S., University of Texas at Dallas

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas

Before joining TU, Dr. Kochan studied and worked as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas where he earned his doctorate.

Before the Ph.D. program, he worked in financial services and real estate industries.

His research interests are in the area of empirical corporate finance and investments.

He is a member of the American Finance Association (AFA) and Financial Management Association (FMA).

Academic Papers:

  • “Bank Dividend-cuts and the Stock Market Reaction around the Great Recession” (with Mujtaba Zia), Journal of Finance Issues, Forthcoming, in the press.

  • “Information Content of Iron Butterfly Arbitrage Bounds” (with James Conover), Working Paper

  • “Diminishing Equity Premium of the 21 st Century” (with Ian Liu), Working Paper


Thomas R. Marben


Instructor of Accounting

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.S. in Accounting, Davenport University

  • M.B.A., in Finance, Central Michigan University

  • CPA, State of Michigan

Instructor Marben joined the Tiffin University School of Business in the Fall of 2017. He has spent a great number of years working in both public and private accounting.

During his time in public accounting, he worked at Plante Moran, as well as smaller firms, totaling 7 years of experience.

He worked with clients in various industries, including: hospitals, schools, foundations, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, energy and various other small businesses. While working with these clients, Professor Marben provided audit, tax, retirement plan audit and general business consulting services.

During his 10 years in private accounting, Instructor Marben focused mostly on the oil and gas industry, where he was the controller for an independent exploration and production company in Northern Michigan.

He also taught Accounting and Finance courses for Davenport University and North Central Michigan College.

Instructor Marben received his undergraduate degree from Davenport University in 2003 and his MBA from Central Michigan University in 2005.

He is currently pursuing his PhD with Capella University.

He earned his Certified Public Accounting license from the State of Michigan in 2005 and is currently licensed by the State of Ohio.

He served the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) of Michigan as President, as well as the Finance Council of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, spending 3 years as the Chairman.

Instructor Marben enjoys running and has completed 8 marathons, including Boston (2016). He also enjoys triathlons, with the longest distance completed being the half-ironman distance.

Moreover, he enjoys hunting and camping with his family, his wife Beth and two children Emma and Jacob.


Kellie C. McGilvray, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Marketing

Assistant Dean for the School of Business School

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D., University of Toledo

  • M.B.A., Tiffin University

  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

Dr. McGilvray started with Tiffin University as a part-time adjunct professor in 2003. Her full-time position started in the Fall of 2007.

During her part-time position with Tiffin University, Dr. McGilvray was the Marketing Director for a university-associated Credit Union in Toledo Ohio, where she worked for more than five years.

Prior to that position, she was the Marketing Manager for an Oracle software satellite office. She is the Men’s Basketball faculty sport representative, Student Adviser and Special Housing Adviser.

She has taught Introduction to Marketing, Business-to-Business Marketing, Retail Management, Small Business Management, Marketing Communications, Marketing Management, Personal Selling, Buyer Behavior and Freshman Seminar.

She is an active board member for the University of Toledo Federal Credit Union and a member of The Advertising Club of Toledo, American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation.

Kellie’s research interests are in higher education marketing, online learning, online satisfaction and student-centered teaching.

Kellie C. McGilvray, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Tiffin University with teaching concentrations in Marketing Management, Communications and Personal Selling.

She has taught for over 10 years in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and both online and seated classes.

At Tiffin University, Kellie serves as the Internship director for the School of Business, advisor for the Business Club, Retention Committee, Scholarship Committee and the American Marketing Association Club.

Kellie also completed the ACBSP peer review evaluator training.


Corri Miller


Assistant Professor of Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.A.E. - HRD, University of Findlay

  • B.B.A., University of Findlay

Professor Corri Miller began with Tiffin University in the Fall of 2014 as an adjunct, while also instructing at The University of Findlay within the College of Business.

In 2015, she became full-time management faculty with a concentration in Human Resources.

Prior to academia, Corri accrued an extensive background in the Human Resources field.

For the last 16 years, she has worked in higher level, strategic Human Resource leadership roles within several Fortune 500 companies.

In 2011, she was nominated and chosen to be a part of the Owens Corning Leadership Development program.

Professor Miller earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Findlay.

She is very active in her community, serving on the Open Arms Domestic Violence Board, past United Way division chair, WIA Policy Board.

She is also a 2002 Hancock Leadership graduate.

In 2012, to continue her commitment to an environment of continuous learning, she opened a Human Resources consulting business. This supports her obligation to her profession, while providing continuous opportunities to bring leadership, management and human resources experiences to the classroom environment.


George Miller, D.B.A.


Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

  • M.B.A., University of Findlay

  • M.S., South University

  • D.B.A., Argosy University

Dr. George Miller, an undergraduate alumni, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tiffin University.

He started with Tiffin University as an adjunct instructor in 2012 and went full time in the Fall of 2016.

Previous to his time at Tiffin University, Dr. Miller worked as a full-time instructor, starting in 2005, at a small college in Findlay, Ohio.

His duties included instructing business and technology courses, serving as the Director of Technology (DOT), overseeing their student local area network (LAN) and being a liaison for the wide area network (WAN), between corporate and the local Findlay college.

Prior to his time in education, Dr. Miller spent 28 years in manufacturing.

He also served as a board member for the Stansanco Tiffin Works Credit Union and an auditor for the same credit union.

George has lived in Tiffin his whole life and has been married to his wife Sharon for 30 years. Sharon is an adjunct instructor for accounting in the Tiffin University MBA program.

The Miller’s like to travel and have spent time in all 50 states.


Teresa Miller


Associate Professor of Hospitality Management & Marketing

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • M.S., Florida International University

  • M.B.A., Tiffin University

  • B.S., Bowling Green State University

Before joining Tiffin University in 1999, she spent 7 years with Tharaldson Enterprises, America’s largest independent hotel development and management company.

Professor Miller traveled extensively opening Marriott, Hilton and Choice hotels across the country as a General Manager and Area Director.

In 1997, she was chosen and awarded Tharaldson Enterprises’ Area Director of the Year.

Since joining Tiffin University, Professor Miller has been active on campus with the Hospitality Club.

In the Spring 2006, she took 19 hospitality students to the Las Vegas International Hotel and Restaurant Show.

She was published in the 8th and 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Professor Miller has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca County Convention and Visitors since 2003.

She also remains active in the community by having her Events Management and Marketing class plan real events for organizations in the community.

Professor Miller also holds a professional certification, CHA, the Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institution.

Recognized worldwide, the CHA designation is the premier symbol of professional achievement for lodging executives.


Shane Parendo, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Economics

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

After completing a Master's degree in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Parendo found his interests lied more in the area of Economics, one of his two minors as an undergraduate.

At UCSB, he taught several finance classes as a graduate student while pursuing research in several fields, including Microeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics and Game Theory.

Prior to joining Tiffin University full time in 2011, Shane was an instructor for both the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University, where he taught Introductory Macroeconomics, Introductory and Intermediate Microeconomics and a graduate class in Industrial Organization.

He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Econometric Society.


Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Management

Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion / Title IX and 504 Coordinator

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • Ph.D., Capella University

  • M.B.A., Tiffin University

  • B.B.A., Tiffin University

Professor Perry-Fantini earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University.

She also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Management.

The British Standards Institution granted her certification as a Quality Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 in 2001.

In 2000, she completed certification in Professional Human Resource Management from the University of Toledo and the Society of Human Resource Management.

She teaches courses in human resources, organizational behavior and organizational communications. Additionally, she teaches labor relations at the community college level.

Before joining the ranks of a full-time faculty member, she served as the Executive Director of Degree Completion Admissions. During her tenure, the number of students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree completion programs in business administration and criminal justice increased by 49% in two years.

Additionally, geographic expansion and online delivery increased. She served several organizations in positions such as: human resources, trainer, benefits coordinator, lead auditor, radio script writer and voice talent.

She is a member of the Terra State Community College Advisory Board. Previously, she was an executive board member of the Lorain County Urban League and a member of the Ohio Transfer Council.

She has also served on Tiffin University’s Strategic Planning Committee, Portal Committee, Website Redesign Committee and Information Technology Committee.

Her research interests include social development centered on the concept of identity by Erik Erikson, structural diversity, organizational transformation, classroom diversity, democracy outcomes and adult learning theory.

Her mission, which fully fosters reflective thinking, allows learners the opportunity to think about complex challenges or issues from different perspectives.


  • Perry-Nause, S. (2004). My Journey. Spotlight on Women, Summer Issue, pp. 23-24

  • Grant Writing: Mays, L. & Perry-Nause, S. (2002) Title III Funding.


  • The Changing Environment for Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs, CPE Member Roundtable, Panelist for Eduventures, December 13, 2007.

  • Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisory Board quarterly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2005.

  • Understanding Adult Learners and Accelerated Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Senior Administration meeting (Special session), Findlay, OH, 2005.

  • Degree Completion Programs, presented at Owens State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Toledo, OH, 2004, & 2005.

  • Degree Completion Programs, presented at Terra State Community College Advisors monthly meeting, Fremont, OH, 2003, 2004, & 2005.


Terry D. Sullivan, J.D.


Vice Provost, Dean, School of Business

Associate Professor of Business Law & Finance

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • J.D., Ohio Northern University

  • M.B.A., Bowling Green State University

  • B.S.B.A., Bowling Green State University

Dr. Sullivan began his career with Tiffin University in January of 1991 as Director of the Lima Program.

In May of 2000, Dr. Sullivan earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, and that is when he joined the full-time faculty teaching in the areas of Law and Finance.

In addition, during his 16 years with Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan has also taught undergraduate courses in the areas of economics, management and marketing.

He has served as the Chair of the Accounting, Economics, Finance and Law Department, as well as on the Athletic and the Curriculum Committees at the University.

For five seasons, he was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach.

Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the faculty advisor to the University’s Investment Club.

Prior to arriving at Tiffin University, Dr. Sullivan worked for Whirlpool Corporation.

In addition, he worked as a Mutual Fund and Insurance Representative selling Long-Term Care Insurance, and advising individuals on their mutual funds, IRA’s, Keoghs, 401(K) plans, 403(B) plans as well as annuities.

His favorite past time is spending time with his wife and two children.


Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.


Professor of Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • D.S.M., United States Sports Academy – Sports Management and Human Resource Management

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Sports Administration

  • B.S., Troy University – Physical Education N-12

Bonnie Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy (USSA), is a professor of Sport Management at Tiffin University.

She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance.

Tiell is the founder and co-director of the Olympic Academic Experience (OAE), a program through Tiffin University that offers students from around the world the opportunity for on-site study of the organization, supervision, management of international sport venues and elite competition in an Olympic host city.

She is also co-founder of a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in olympic host cities with two-time olympian Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, who serves as co-director.

Tiell received Tiffin University’s Provost Award in 2017, the highest recognition for faculty at the institution.

In 2016, she was recognized as Woman of the Year in Sports by the Cleveland Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE).

In the same year, it was the second time she was the recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Tiell also received the Donahue Service Award in 2013 from NCAA II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

In 2014, Tiell was named USSA Alumnus of the Year.

She currently serves as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, a prestigious group of educators who teach international sport administration and coaching programs abroad.

In 2017, Tiell participated in the Academy’s program to teach sports management to students from the Sports Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. She taught the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management program, which prepares participants for leadership roles in sport.

In 2018, she administered a similar program for the Federation of Disabled Sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Tiell is also co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Symposium, a program partially financed and now administrated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Women Leaders in College Sports. The three-day program facilitates the entry, retention and advancement of females in intercollegiate athletics.

A published scholar of almost 100 articles and manuscripts, Tiell authored a textbook for Jones & Bartlett on “Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach” in 2017. The book features best practices, case studies, global spotlights and industry voices from respected executives from every facet of the sports industry.

Tiell has traveled across five continents speaking and delivering sport education programs.

Tiell has led a “Salute to Olympians” week in Tiffin, Ohio in 2018, which featured a slate of activities involving Olympic athletes and coaches from multiple countries.

She led a group of 17 students and scholars in the 4th Olympic Academic Experience during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, highlighted by programs at the Olympic Reunion Center, the Brazilian Sailing Federation Headquarters and at the 8th International Sport Business Symposium, which featured executives from the IOC and local organizing committees. The Salute to Olympians Week will coincide with the opening of registration for participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Academic Experience.

In her faculty role at Tiffin University, Tiell served as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, Dean of Graduate Studies and MBA Chair.

She also taught in the Executive MBA program in Bucharest, Romania.

Prior to her faculty appointment, Tiell served as Senior Woman Administrator and an assistant athletic director.

She is a member of the TU Hall of Fame for her extensive coaching accolades. She has coached volleyball, softball (1993 national qualifier) and tennis (2006 national qualifier) for Tiffin University.

She also coached briefly at Alfred University in New York (volleyball and track) and at Peace College in North Carolina (basketball - assistant).

Tiell she holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Troy University, a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Sports Management from the USSA. She writes a monthly column for the Advertiser-Tribune focusing on economic, global and social issues in sport.

She and her husband, Greg, reside in Tiffin, OH. Their oldest daughter (Kimberly) is a sales manager in Atlanta, GA and their youngest (Katie) is a student-athlete (swimming) studying communications and emerging media while minoring in sport management at Lynn University in Boca, Raton, FL.


Wendy Ziems-Mueller, D.M.


Associate Professor of Management

School of Business

Degrees & Certificates

  • D.M., ABD, Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix

  • M.B.A., Finance/Executive Leadership, Heidelberg University

  • B.S., Heidelberg University

Dr. Wendy Ziems-Mueller is a fulltime Associate Professor of Management/Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs for the School of Business.

Previously, Wendy served as the Program Chair for the BA in Professional Studies for Degree Completion, the BBA Program Chair for Degree Completion and the Dean of Associate’s Degree Programs for Tiffin University.

Wendy has extensive higher education administration experience overseeing associate level and bachelor level programs.

Before Tiffin, Wendy was the Dean of Academics for an occupational college in Toledo for 8 years and was responsible for programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Medical Programs, Legal Studies, Veterinary Technician Programs and General Studies.

Wendy served at the Dean level for more than 10 years, where she was responsible for more than 150 fulltime staff and adjunct faculty, while managing curriculum, course development and operations for colleges and universities.

Wendy teaches Leadership, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Business, Management, Marketing and Ethics. Additionally, she has taught previously both online and in a traditional seated capacity for various colleges and universities.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, focusing in finance and accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Heidelberg University.

She completed her Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership Degree in October of 2011, with an approved dissertation in strategic planning and higher education administration.

Outside of academia, Wendy participates heavily in philanthropy and non-profit administration. She has served on several Nonprofit Boards.

Most recently, she served as the 2015-2017 President of the Junior League of Toledo and has participated extensively in the Latino community in Toledo, Ohio.

Wendy believes paying it forward and community service is necessary by everyone in the community and believes success comes from hard work and giving. Support and volunteering from “womb to death” is a motto she lives by.

Her experience in business management, human resources and leadership has led to her sharing that knowledge with her teaching and non-profit management.

Wendy is married to Axel and they have 4 children, Meagan, Lauren, Zachary and Elizabeth and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Wendy loves to read and write fiction, travel and spend time with her family, but most of all she loves the education industry and teaching. She believes that education is a lifelong journey that builds on intellectual discovery and stimulates growth of the integrated student.