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Business Administration Faculty

Anne Murphy Brown, J.D.
Director and Associate Professor, Legal Studies
440 449 5403

Anne Murphy Brown, J.D. is Associate Professor and the Director of Legal Studies at Ursuline College and author of Legally Mom, Real Women’s Stories Balancing Motherhood and Law Practice.  She teaches courses in the Legal Studies, Business Management, and Masters of Business Administration programs, with her primary focus on classes related to business law and ethics.  In addition, she has developed courses in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Employment Law, Public Interest Law and Law on Film.  Anne’s academic experience includes teaching at Lakeland Community College and the University of Illinois.

Tony Cafarelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair, Health Services Management
440 646 8134

Tony Cafarelli, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Business and Chair of Health Care Administration at Ursuline College.  He earned his Ph.D. and M.P.A. at Cleveland State University and his B.S.S.W. at Ohio State University. Dr. Cafarelli has completed qualitative research and co-authored "A Developmental Constructivist Approach to Pre-Service Teachers’ Ways of Knowing,” in which he applied the concepts and principles of the book “Women’s Ways of Knowing” through the assessment of senior education majors at a major urban, academic institution. His current research interest is in the study and examination of the topic of “Spiritual Intelligence” as it applies to the best clinical practices of nurses in various health care settings.

Dr. Debra L. Fleming, MBA, CPA
Executive Director, MBA Program
Professor, Accounting and Management
440 684 6041

Dr. Debra L. Fleming is Professor of Accounting and Management at Ursuline College. She also serves as Executive Director of Business Programs. Dr. Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University; a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University; a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.  She has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1987. 

Dr. Fleming has twenty-eight years of teaching experience, fourteen years of service in upper level administration positions and ten years of experience as a national consultant on technology. Prior to her faculty and administrative appointments in higher education, she served as a Chief Financial Officer for a manufacturing company. She also owned and operated several businesses, one of which was a financial consulting business to assist small business owners with the integration of technology to support financial management and accounting processes.

Laura Hammel, Ph.D, M.A, A.P.R.
Associate Professor, Public Relations Chair
440 646 8141

Laura Hammel, PhD, APR, is Director and Associate Professor of the Public Relations and Marketing Communications degree program. For 26 years, she worked in nonprofit and corporate marketing, public relations, development and communications positions at major arts and nonprofit organizations, the utility and banking industries, in healthcare and in higher education in northeast Ohio. A 2013 recipient of the Davis Young Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Public Relations Society of America, Dr. Hammel’s area of research interests are the impact of electronic media on relationally aggressive behaviors of adolescent girls and moral reasoning in decision making in business students and professionals. Her published work can be found in a variety of educational and professional journals.