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Debra L. Fleming, D.B.A., M.B.A., C.P.A.
Professor of Accounting and Management
D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University
C.P.A., Ohio
M.B.A., Xavier University
B.S.B.A., The Ohio State University

Dr. Debra L. Fleming is Professor of Accounting and Management at Ursuline College. During her tenure at Ursuline, she has served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Director of the MBA Program and Executive Director of Business Programs. She currently serves as the Director of the new Center of Excellence in Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Dr. Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University; a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University; and 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.

Marilynn Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Pennsylvania State Univeristy
B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Marilynn Butler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Business at Ursuline College.  She earned her Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

Anthony Cafarelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business
Ph.D., Cleveland State University
M.P.A., Cleveland State University
B.S.S.W., Ohio State University

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.

Laura Hammel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Ph.D., Cleveland State University
M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace College
M.A. Ursuline College
B.S., Miami University

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.

Inge Schmidt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., Cleveland State University

Dr. Inge Schmidt is Program Director for Management Information Systems and Health Care Informatics and Co-Director with Dr. Laura Hammel for Social Media.  She earned her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Case Western University and her B.A. from Cleveland State University.  Dr. Schmidt is an educator with broad experience in academic and corporate environments, including marketing and market research; customer, order, product and inventory information systems; as well as applications development. She teaches fundamentals of IS, systems analysis, database development, social media, and IS management courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.  In addition she has developed curriculum for several diverse specialties such as multimedia applications and educational technology.  She has served as Coordinator for the Assessment of Student Learning and Self-Study Director for college accreditation.  She's a longtime advocate of technology for the classroom, always focused on the potential of each digital tool for concrete improvements in learning. Her experience includes managing faculty technology grants and presenting on various uses of technology. She is currently developing a social media application for her programs to promote a closer sense of community for students, instructors, alumni, advisory board members and selected experts from the fields. 

Robert Verner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business
Ph.D., Kent State University
M.A., Kent State University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.G.S., Ohio University

Rob Verner, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Business Department and has served Ursuline College in many roles since his 1995 including Dean of Saturday School and several terms as Chair of the Business Department. He has degrees from Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University. He is interested in the areas of healthcare policy, the economics of poverty, and the behavioral finance.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in both the MBA program and the Graduate Nursing program.