WORLD-CLASS IN EVERY RESPECT
Villanova School of Business attracts faculty who care as much about their students as they do their disciplines. A combination of scholar/teachers and senior executives, our faculty are leaders in their fields who eagerly teach our Executive MBA students because they relish the thought-provoking class discussions and one-on-one interactions with rising business leaders like you.
Courses: Ethics and Law in Corporate Governance
Gregory J. Attorri serves as an adjunct professor teaching Governance and Ethics as well as International Mergers and Acquisitions in the Villanova’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.
Greg has been a Wall Street investment banker for 30 years. He specializes in the telecom, technology and media (TMT) sector and is the CEO of GJA Advisory Services, a boutique financial advisory and consulting firm. Greg previously served as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He also was Head of Media and Communications Investment Banking with Wachovia Securities.
Greg serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation. He also served as on the Board of Directors of tw telecom inc. (formerly Time Warner Telecom) from 2006 until its sale for $7 billion in 2014.
Greg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Accounting & Information Systems
Courses: Performance Measurement & Business Risk Management
Noah Barsky is the Executive MBA professor for the Performance Measurement & Business Risk Management course. He has been a Villanova faculty member since 1998 and has taught as a visiting professor in graduate business programs at INSEAD (Europe) and Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to professional experience as a business consultant and financial analyst, he has served on business advisory boards and as the Treasurer for a retailing cooperative. Dr. Barsky has delivered executive education for global business organizations including Boeing, Comcast, Ernst & Young, the Institute for Management Studies, KPMG, the National Basketball Association, and Nestlé. He is a member of the SAGE Business Case Editorial Board and has published over seventy articles in various academic and professional journals.
Dr. Barsky has received multiple university teaching honors, including the Villanova School of Business Graduate Programs Teaching Excellence Award and has been recognized with awards and grants for his scholarly writing and curriculum innovation. Dr. Barsky earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Penn State University and his PhD from the University of Connecticut. He holds active licenses as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.
Adjunct Instructor and EMBA Executive Coaching Program Manager
Courses: Strategic Leadership and Managing Yourself and Your Career
I’m a strategic thinker and a problem solver. I love working with people to identify innovative areas of opportunity that can help their businesses thrive, and I prefer to have a little fun in the process.
Throughout my career, I have helped manage businesses ranging from start-ups to billion-dollar enterprises and have shaped strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies. I believe that, regardless of firm size or industry sector, keeping an open mind and breaking a mental model could be the difference between creating groundbreaking and unexpected opportunities and being guaranteed a seat next to countless others unwilling to take a chance.
If I don’t understand something, I will relentlessly ask questions until it makes sense. I do this not to annoy my co-workers (though they may disagree), but to challenge myself and others to never limit our thinking or get complacent when it comes to problem solving. I am an avid reader and an eternal learner, always looking for ways to educate myself on different thinking and new approaches to solving business challenges and creating opportunities.
I received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Temple University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. I also hold a CPA designation. I have advisory roles with the Santoro Foundation and the Villanova School of Business. But at the end of every day, the designation that means the most to me is that of husband and father. I am an old-fashioned family guy at heart and in my spare time, you will usually find me in and around Ambler, PA cheering on my 15-year-old son and 10-year-old twin daughters in various sports teams, while driving my wife (my better half) generally crazy.
Course: Executive Communication
Understanding how to protect, promote, and repair the public persona of organizations and individuals in a world driven by a 24-hour news cycle, the Internet and social media is Bill Cowen's forte. As an academician and owner of a boutique Philadelphia public relations agency, Cowen brings a valuable blend of practical experience and scholastic theory to his perspective on how reputation and image can best be preserved and enhanced in the age of information overload.
Cowen, who holds an EdD, Leadership/Transformation; MA, Public Relations; BA, Communication; and PRSA Counselors Academy appointment, is a renowned global PR consultant, university professor and leadership coach who has successfully served top agencies, Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, individuals, entrepreneurial ventures and academia. He is president and owner/founder of Metrospective Communications LLC, the award-winning PR and strategic communication agency. Cowen was a creator and two-term president of PR Boutiques International, the world’s first network for boutique PR organizations. He is a past-president of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, the oldest and largest independent PR association in the country. At Villanova University, he holds a longtime Communication faculty and PR program director appointment.
Cowen’s extensive industry recognition over the years has included the Philadelphia Business Journal “40 Under Forty” Award, induction into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Hall of Fame, as well as the Public Relations Society of America honors of PR Educator of the Year; PR Practitioner of the Year; and Community Service Person of the Year, for his PR work in animal welfare and rescue.
Courses: Systems Thinking Applied I, Systems Thinking Applied II, Systems Thinking Applied I, Systems Thinking Applied II
Therese DeVries Narzikul is CEO of APN Strategies, a healthcare consulting and executive coaching company. In her consulting role, she is largely focused on designing care delivery to improve health, experience of care and financial outcomes, with a special focus on vulnerable patients and populations. She provides expertise in the areas of care delivery system transformation, population health and risk management, care coordination across the continuum, performance improvement and measuring, demonstrating and communicating organizational impact. She is active locally and nationally with the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, promoting performance excellence in healthcare delivery, education and non-profit systems.
DeVries leverages strategic and operational business expertise to creatively address current complex, dynamic organizational challenges by viewing them as opportunities. With more than 20 years of operational, consulting and clinical experience across the continuum of healthcare, leading teams of healthcare providers, she creates systems for continuous improvement of quality and safety as well as fiscal and risk management in both provider and payer environments. Focused on delivering high value, DeVries improves patient and population health and experience of care outcomes while increasing revenue and decreasing costs.
DeVries is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) and received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from The University of Pennsylvania and BSN from The University of Scranton. She holds an MBA from Villanova University Executive MBA program (’04) and teaches, “Systems Thinking: Defining Problems and Designing Solutions” and “Applied System Thinking” in an adjunct faculty position. As an External Examiner at the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, DeVries provides external examination and assessment of Master Degree Dissertations. DeVries also serves on the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council at Villanova University.
Course: Value Creation Through Technology
Russ Kliman is a design leader, innovator, and evangelist for challenging mental models. Accountable to SEI’s CFO and CEO, Russ’ focus is to lead strategic digital programs which have direct impact across SEI’s markets globally. In addition to leading various strategic programs, Russ is also the Head of SEI’s Global Innovation Program. In his strategic role, Russ engages with SEI’s business unit leaders to help creatively solve business challenges, identify digital opportunities, and/or explore new business models. As the Global Innovation Program leader, Russ champions engaging SEI’s global community of employees in adopting design thinking, user-centered design principles, and creative problem-solving techniques. Throughout Russ’ career, he has led product design, technology, and innovation strategies for businesses ranging from start-ups to billion-dollar enterprises. At various stages of his 16-year tenure with SEI, he has led various strategic initiatives from new business marketing and business development, to product design and technology leadership. Russ has held previous positions at Aetna, CIGNA, Advanta, Fleet Bank, as well as internet startups CDNOW and eSchoolMall.
Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Design from Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, PA.
Associate Dean, Corporate Relations and Executive Education
Courses: Negotiation, Cultivating High Performing Teams
Dr. Jeff Kudisch is the Associate Dean of Corporate Relations & Executive Education and is a Teaching Professor in Management at the Villanova School of Business (VSB). In this role he oversees the continued growth and success of the school’s Executive MBA (EMBA) Program and the expansion of VSB’s executive education and corporate outreach efforts. Prior to VSB Jeff was affiliated with the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business for eighteen years, including serving as a Clinical Full Professor in the Management and Organization (M&O) Department at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business where he held multiple administrative positions from Associate Chair of the Management Department to Assistant Dean. From 2010 to early 2017 he served as Assistant Dean of Corporate Relations and Managing Director of the Office of Career Services at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business where he oversaw talent management and the placement success of the entire student portfolio (undergraduate, MS, MBA, Online MBA, and the Executive MBA). In this role he also worked extensively with employers and alumni to build corporate relationships and programming. He has successfully taught in Executive Development programs, EMBA, MBA, MS, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs, as well in Smith partner universities around the world (Switzerland, Germany, and Poland). Dr. Kudisch also taught in the Smith School’s Custom Programs for corporate partners and served as an EMBA Executive Coach and member of the program’s Executive Coaching Committee. He has received many teaching and mentoring awards throughout his career and is a three-time recipient of the Smith School’s top teaching award for faculty, and recipient of the University of Maryland’s prestigious Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Outstanding Faculty Mentor award (2019-2020).
Dr. Kudisch is a co-founder and Principal Partner of Personnel Assessment Systems, Inc., a human resource consulting firm specializing in leadership development, executive assessment, and talent acquisition. He has over 20 years of experience consulting and designing executive education programs with private and public sector organizations in areas of leadership assessment, executive coaching, executive power and negotiations, succession planning, recruitment, testing and selection, team building, training and career development, organizational change, employee attitudes, customer satisfaction, and performance management. Some of his consulting and executive development clients have included McCormick and Company, Under Armour, Lockheed Martin, Stanley Black & Decker, SAIC, Home Depot, BB&T, M&T Bank, Gables Residential, CSX Corporation, Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding & Litton Ship Systems, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Anne Arundel Health System, among others.
Dr. Kudisch been a contributor to the “Career Coach” column for The Washington Post’s Capital Business newspaper as well as conducting scholarly academic research and presentations at national conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his M.S. in I/O Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida.
Associate Dean of Faculty
Associate Professor of Economics
Courses: Economic Analysis
Wen Mao was born and raised in Suzhou, China. She came to the U.S. in 1990 for graduate work and earned a PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) in 1994. Her research fields are Game Theory, Microeconomic Theory, and Public Finance. She has published in journals such as Economic Theory, International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Banking and Finance, Japanese Economic Review, etc.
Wen taught at Tulane University prior to joining Villanova. She has been the department chair of Economics at Villanova since 2007. She started the summer China business program at the graduate and the undergraduate level in 1998, and has been taking students to China every year.
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs; Professor of Practice, Management & Operations; Faculty Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Courses: Global Management (incl. International Immersion)
Manuel (Manny) A. Nuñez serves as Professor of Practice, Management & Operations, and Faculty Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at the Villanova School of Business. Before coming to Villanova, he was Managing Director, External and Government Affairs for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a foreign assistance agency of the United States government that invests in citizen-led development initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, he led private sector partnerships, congressional affairs, public affairs and managed the agency’s relationship with the White House, and other key stakeholders. He served on several National Security Council policy committees and as a member of the official U.S. delegations to the Central America Forum on Economic Growth and the Summit of the Americas. Before the IAF, Mr. Nuñez spent more than fifteen years with Merck & Co. Inc. where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within both the U.S. and International sales and marketing organizations including leading global consumer marketing and public affairs for the HPV vaccine franchise. He is the recipient of numerous company and industry awards including the Medical Media & Marketing Gold Award and the Healthcare Marketing Association International Gold Award.
Mr. Nuñez is a member of the board of trustees at Eastern Mennonite University, a member and former chair of the Moran Center for Global Leadership Advisory Council, and a recipient of the Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, O.S.A. Alumni Medallion, the highest distinction the Villanova School of Business can award to an alumnus/a.
He received his B.A. in Biology from Eastern Mennonite University, his MBA from Villanova University, and completed his post-bac at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Robert J. and Mary Ellen Darretta Endowed Chair in Finance
Courses: Valuation and Corporate Risk Management
Mike Pagano brings more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry to the Executive MBA classroom. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA ®) designation and has experience in commercial lending activities at Citibank and in investment valuation analysis at a financial consulting firm, International Capital Markets Corp., as well as Reuters PLC.
Mike has served as a consultant to companies including Citibank, PaineWebber, Fidelity Investments, GTE Investments, Philadelphia Suburban Corp. and Bank Julius Baer. He has conducted empirical analyses related to issues in risk management, cost of capital estimation, market microstructure, interest rate determination, and capital allocation. Mike has published work in journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Financial Analysts Journal.
Mike’s published research has investigated the impact of the automation of stock exchange trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. He also published an investigation of the determinants of short-term interest rates which considers explicitly the influences of both macroeconomic and nonlinear dynamic factors.
His current research initiatives include an in-depth empirical analysis of the risk-taking and risk-management activities of US financial institutions as well as the development of an alternative method of estimating a firm’s cost of capital using market-based return data. Another of Mike’s new areas of research relates to an examination of the impact of new trading mechanisms on the market efficiency of the Paris Bourse.
Mike was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Costa Rica and has received various awards for teaching and academic scholarship.
Chair, Accounting & Information Systems
Alvin A. Clay Professor of Accounting
Courses: Financial Reporting and Analysis
Professor Peters is the Chair of the Accountancy and Information Systems Department at the Villanova School of Business. He received his PhD in accounting from Indiana University in 1996. Prior to his doctoral work, he graduated with a degree in accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance from Indiana University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Professor Peters has work experience in public accounting after his undergraduate degree and commercial banking after his MBA degree.
He teaches financial accounting at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Villanova University and previously at the University of Maryland. He has published in the top accounting academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and educational journals such as Issues in Accounting Education. His research on business combination accounting was presented to the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania with his wife Jeannine and daughters Isabelle and Rita.
Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning
Assistant Professor, Marketing & Business Law
Courses: Marketing Essentials
Julie Pirsch is the Associate Dean of Teaching and learning at the Villanova School of Business, and an Assistant Professor of Marketing. She also serves as faculty director of VSB’s Summer Business Institute and Associate Director for the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights, one of VSB’s centers for excellence. Julie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and her PhD in Marketing from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Prior to coming to the Villanova School of Business, she worked as a marketing manager in the home building products market. Julie is an award-winning instructor, having earned the Dougherty Award for Teaching Excellence among VSB faculty, and the Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence awarded among all University faculty. She teaches Competitive Effectiveness, one of the core sophomore classes in the business school, Marketing Analytics as well as other courses at the undergraduate level, and Marketing Essentials in the Executive MBA program.
Courses: Systems Thinking I, Systems Thinking II, Systems Thinking Applied I, Systems Thinking Applied II
Albert J. Pizzica is currently the CEO of AP Executive Management, a full-service healthcare management and consulting company. AP Executive Management brings financial rigor and extensive business acumen to small and medium size medical practices with the goal of not letting them lose their family feel. Pizzica has also been an adjunct professor of Systems and Design Thinking at the Executive MBA program at the Villanova School of Business since 2012.
Pizzica has 20 years of experience in strategy, management and operations in high technology fields both nationally and internationally. This includes nuclear reactor and submarine operations in the U.S Navy, aseptic lyophilized pharmaceutical manufacturing operations, electric space propulsion, and unmanned aircraft systems.
Pizzica also has experience consulting for and investing in seed stage startup companies. He particularly enjoys consulting engineers and technologists in the ways of business and social systems interaction to bring their dreams to life. He is also a founding board member of The Science Line, a nonprofit with the goal of creating more role models and interest in STEM subjects among young women through fashion. Pizzica is married to Meghan and is a father of two. Pizzica is interested in Autism support and research organizations.
Pizzica holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University, graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power School, and holds an Executive MBA from Villanova University.
Courses: Strategic Planning
Jason Rabbino is professor of management and marketing for Villanova University. In addition to his teaching work, he also leads Saberhawk Growth Advisors, a boutique consultancy focused on strategic planning, commercial improvement, and M&A advisory work for corporations and private equity firms.
From 2012-2017 he was Group President for Brambles Limited, a $16 billion global leader in logistics solutions. From 2014-2017 Rabbino held a dual role serving as Brambles' Chief Strategy, Innovation, & Sustainability Officer.
Prior to joining Brambles, Rabbino was on the executive management team of Tyco International, the global leader in Fire Protection, Electronic Security, and Flow Control Products and Services (acquired by Johnson Controls in 2016). At Tyco Rabbino led key operating divisions of ADT Security and Ansul/Wormald Fire segments across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His other professional leadership experiences include serving as VP Strategic Development for Aramark Corporation, as an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, and as a U.S. Naval Officer and helicopter pilot. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from George Washington University.
Rabbino serves as an executive operating advisor to Susquehanna Private Capital, a leading middle market private equity fund and is a board member for My Village Coffee. Prior board roles have included serving as Vice Chairman for Hoover Ferguson Group and as President of ACG Philadelphia, the regional chapter of the global middle market M&A trade group. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA with his wife, two children, and various four-legged friends.
Associate Professor, Finance & Real Estate
Courses: Financial Analysis
John Sedunov is an associate professor in the finance department at Villanova University’s School of Business. His research interests include financial institutions, financial crises, FinTech, and risk management. He earned his Ph.D. in finance and Master of Arts in business at The Ohio State University; and his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Sedunov’s work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Financial Stability the Journal of Financial Research, and the Journal of Empirical Finance, and presented at numerous conferences at both the national and international levels. Additionally, he serves as a referee for numerous journals in the field, including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. Professor Sedunov has also had his research and comments featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, thestreet.com, CNBC.com, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, Kiplinger, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle, and Bankrate. In addition to research-oriented activities, Professor Sedunov teaches courses in the risk management of financial institutions and alternative investments.
Associate Professor, Management & Operations
Courses: Applied Analytics
Alicia Strandberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Operations. Dr. Strandberg teaches undergraduate and graduate level analytics courses in the School of Business and for the Executive MBA and Online MSA programs. She is a graduate of Villanova, earning her Masters of Science in Applied Statistics.
She began her education at Rutgers University where she earned a BA in Mathematics, with an Economics Minor. Dr. Strandberg furthered her education and received a PhD in Statistics from The Fox School of Business, Temple University. Before returning to her alma mater, Dr. Strandberg was an Assistant Professor at The Fox School of Business, Temple University and worked at Towers Perrin as Senior Analyst.
Courses: Leadership Through Systems Thinking, Systems Thinking for Decision Making, Systems & Design Thinking for Innovation, Capstone Action Learning Project
Dr. Suarez is an internationally recognized authority on leadership development, systems thinking and design, interactive planning, innovation and total quality management. He is a premier educator, speaker and consultant, dedicated to bridging the gap between theory and practice to create pragmatic innovation and value creation.
Dr. Suarez worked at the White House during a span of over 11 years, serving with distinction in direct support of two Presidents of the United States. During his tenure at the White House, he supported numerous presidential missions worldwide and was a frequent traveler aboard Air Force One. He was Director of Presidential Quality, the first post in the institutions' history. He led efforts to redesign and enhance the operational readiness of the White House Communications Agency, the White House Military Office and the Executive Office of the President.
Currently, Dr. Suarez is Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking and Design, and Fellow of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also teaches in the undergraduate, Executive MBA and corporate programs, and is an Executive Coach for senior corporate leaders. From 2005-2009, he served as the Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program, between the Business, Computer Science and Engineering Schools.
Outside the University of Maryland, Dr. Suarez has traveled the world as an educator - serving as a Visiting Professor at the Asturias Business School in Spain, delivering corporate education in Shanghai and Tianjin, China, and designing and leading an accelerated MBA train-the-trainer program to faculty at the Islamic University of Gaza in Cairo, Egypt. Inside the United States, he collaborates with Villanova School of Business and the Center for Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Beyond of the classroom Dr. Suarez consults with executive teams at companies, such as CSX, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, SAIC, Anne Arundel Healthcare System, and government agencies such as Sandia National Laboratories and others inside the defense and intelligence community.
To recognize the contribution of his work, Dr. Suarez has received various awards ranging from the White House Distinguished Service Award and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, to the 49th Jovellanos Award and the 4th Dali Original Sculpture, which have also awarded to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. These awards are to showcase individuals who make a significant contribution to the advancement of social responsibility in Spain. Dr. Suarez has been consistently recognized as a Top 15% faculty member at the Smith School, where he won the Prestigious Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. He was also named ‘Most Distinguished Faculty Member of the Decade’ by the National Graduate School for the decade 1993-2003.