College of Business

Dean's Advisory Board Mission 

The mission of the Dean’s Advisory Board is to provide guidance, advice and support to the Dean, and help the Governors State University College of Business (COB) achieve its mission.

Comprised of selected business and professional leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations from the Greater Chicago region, the State of Illinois, and around the country, the Dean’s Advisory Board will work with the Dean and other members of COB to ensure that College programs and curricula remain relevant and leading edge. Board meetings will bring into closer and more regular contact the members of the College and the constituencies it seeks to serve. Through the collective wisdom and expertise of its members, the Board will provides advice, ideas, and resources to the Dean, faculty staff, and students on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to: mission, accreditation, strategic planning, curriculum, technology, faculty development, student recruitment, retention, and placement, and alternative revenue streams. 

  • Kristin Beal [Chair]

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    Kristin Beal, Vice President, Investments - Wintrust Wealth Management [Chair]

    Kristin Beal is a Financial Advisor providing comprehensive wealth management to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations since 2007. Kristin joined Wintrust Wealth Management on March 24th, 2014. She develops and implements planning strategies for clients and advises corporations on their retirement plans. The advice Kristin provides helps clients create, grow, preserve, and distribute their wealth.

    Before joining the firm, Kristin worked for Mesirow Financial and Ameriprise Financial. Kristin graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago with a Masters of Public Policy. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 Licenses, in addition to Illinois Life, Health, Disability, and Long-Term Care Insurance Licenses. She serves on the board for Governors State University’s College of Business and Public Administration and the Ruth Page Center for The Arts. Kristin lives in Flossmoor, Illinois with her son.

    Kristin Beal

     

      

     

     

  • Rick Klein [Vice-Chair]

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    Rick Klein, Senior Vice President and Partner, Employee Benefit Solutions, The Horton Group [Vice-Chair]

    Rick Klein came to The Horton Group in 2001 to serve as the President of Horton Benefit Solutions. In that capacity, he was responsible for maintaining and enhancing key vendor relationships, developing and monitoring sales efficiencies and communicating the division’s value proposition to clients, prospects and vendors. In 2006, he accepted a position to move into production.  

    “A company can no longer manage employee benefits as a once-per-year event. The landscape has become too complex and expensive,” Rick states. “That is why we use more of a holistic and strategic approach with the groups we work with. This approach takes the time to understand a company’s culture and measures the effectiveness of all programs.”

    Rick believes that determining whether a current employee benefit platform is in synch with its company’s philosophy is very critical. “This allows us to make accurate recommendations that improve overall employee productivity while keeping costs down.”

    Using robust employee communication, comprehensive education, benchmark data, state-of-the-art technology and best in class client service, Rick’s team delivers the results they promise.

    A Registered Investment Advisor and General Securities Principal with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Rick is also a valuable asset to businesses and individuals looking to either establish or enhance 401(k) plans.

    When not spending time with his wife and three young children, Rick serves as Vice Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Business at Governor’s State University, is a Knight of Magisterial Grace in the Order of Malta, a member of the Schools Committee of Princeton University, a mentor with Big Shoulder’s and a proud volunteer with “No Veteran Dies Alone”.

    Rick is also a Minister at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Rick is an active member in the Economics Club of Chicago, and the Princeton Club of Chicago, receiving its Arnie Berlin Award for Service to Princeton in 2016.

    Rick Klein

     

     

  • Brian Andreatta

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    Brian Andreatta, Managing Partner - Co-Founder, the Paracon Group

    Brian Andreatta has been delivering high impact quality service to his clients for over 20 years. As a seasoned business development director, he has passionately perfected the mantra that it is always about the client and their needs. Mr. Andreatta has developed a strong and loyal customer base with many of the Fortune 1000 in multiple diverse markets.  As co-founder, he provides executive and strategic leadership for the firm and leads the firm’s business development practice activities while additionally providing local service delivery for the Chicago office. Mr. Andreatta is also the interim CFO of a Paracon client named Revelation Design & Development (“RDD”). He built their entire back office and finance arm for this rapidly growing construction company. His responsibilities are Accounting, Finance, Legal, Contracting and Operational oversight for the firm. 

    Prior to co-founding Paracon, Mr. Andreatta was a leading producer for ALTRAN Control Solutions, an internal audit services firm.  He was tasked with developing new business in the New York, Chicago & South Florida metropolitan areas where he successfully brought in Fortune 1000 clients to the organization.  He won several multi-million dollar engagements for the firm. Several of these contracts were the 1st multi year contracts in ALTRAN’s history and led to Mr. Andreatta being ALTRAN’s largest revenue producer in 2008 & 2009.  His ability to champion the overall efforts from contact initiation through client focused execution led to many return engagements for the firm. Prior joining ALTRAN, Mr. Andreatta set in motion his business development career at Hudson Financial, a Mid West mid tier consulting firm. 

    What differentiates Mr. Andreatta from many sales professionals is that he is a true business professional.  He was co-founder and partner for Chariot Capital Advisors, a multi-disciplined arbitrage hedge fund in the Chicago market.  Mr. Andreatta helped to establish the firm from inception, where his responsibilities included raising capital, client acquisition, creating back office infrastructure and appropriate regulatory compliance for the registered investment advisory firm. 

    Prior to founding Chariot, Mr. Andreatta gained important accounting and operational control processes as Chief Accounting Officer for both GMV Network and Controller for US RealTel, both leading communication organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area.  He reengineered their entire accounting operations to more efficiently manage the diverse economics associated with networked communications. 

    After graduating from Governor’s State University with BS in Accounting, Brian started his career with McGladrey & Pullen in their Tax and Audit practice.

    Brian Andreatta

      

  • Thomas Hall

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    Thomas Hall

     

  • Angela Hickey

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    Angela Hickey, Executive Director, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

    Angela (Angie) Hickey is the Executive Director of Chicago law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. She is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. Angie oversees all of the firm’s financial and operational functions, including business development, marketing, human resources and technology, and is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the firm-wide business plan. 
     
    A communication-focused leader, Angie has hosted "Ask Angie" open sessions for many years as a means of offering attorneys and staff meaningful financial and operational updates and providing them the opportunity to give their feedback. Angie’s technical expertise and innovative management style have been catalysts for many of the programs and processes that Levenfeld Pearlstein has implemented. She has developed profitability reporting processes and customized dashboards that facilitate robust project management, and places a strong focus on helping the firm's attorneys hone their financial management and project management skills. In addition, Angie also spearheaded the use of partner, client and operational effectiveness surveys that have become a hallmark of Levenfeld Pearlstein, and was instrumental in the development of the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which is unique among law firms and recognized nationally for its comprehensive nature, integration with firm culture and results-oriented approach.

     

    In 2016, Angie was recognized as a "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal. This national award recognizes female business leaders who make a difference in their workplace, industry, and around the world. In 2014, Angie was named one of three "Women to Watch" by the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This award recognizes women who have made a significant contribution to the accounting profession, their organizations and the development of women as leaders.
     
    Angie joined Levenfeld Pearlstein in 1999 as the firm's first Director of Finance and was named Executive Director in 2003. Prior to joining Levenfeld Pearlstein, she spent seven years as accounting manager at an AmLaw 200 firm, and before working in the legal industry, worked in the field of higher education.
     
    Angie is a CPA, holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Accountancy from Governors State University. She is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the COO Forum. Angie currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago, is on the Board of Advisors to the Dean of College of Business at Governors State University and is a member of the Council of 100, an Advisory Board to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

     

    Angela Hickey

     

  • Charles L. Jenrich

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    Charles L. Jenrich, Lead Auditor, AJA Registrars.


    Chuck Jenrich was appointed the Six Sigma Coordinator of ASC (Alloy Sling and Chain) Industries, East Hazel Crest, Illinois in January of 2010, and now serves in Corporate Development.  Chuck retired as Dean/Senior Executive Director of Corporate and Continuing Professional Education at Prairie State College as of May 1, 2009.  Chuck has served as Vice President of the U.S/Canadian operations for RG Registrations and as sales/marketing/training executive for AJA Registrars Orlando Florida, a system auditing groups with offices in Canada, England, Asia, and the USA. Chuck is a trainer/auditor for Perry Johnson Consulting for ISO standards located in Southfield Michigan and a Six Sigma Master Champion Trainer/Coach with the The Quality Group out of Atlanta Georgia. Chuck most recent degree is awarded from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland, MBA in International Business and Economics. 

     He is immediate past Chairman of the Workforce Investment Board for Cook County (2006-2012, Vice Chair from 2000-2006). Immediate Past Chairman of SouthStar Services, a nonprofit service for adults with disabilities and a member of Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Vice Chair of Education and Workforce and just recently retired from the board of Directors.  Chuck is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation and Park Lawn, another non-profit service for adults with disabilities. 

     Chuck’s background includes information technology, manufacturing, financial services, consulting and education.  He has taught at several of the areas colleges (see partial list below) and served as adjunct faculty for Saint Xavier University for twenty-seven years, teaching in several subjects and designing their Risk Management Course in their MBA program.  Chuck is a Senior Lecturer for Benedictine University in graduate and undergraduate studies including economics, political science, business, management, and ethics. Chuck serves in advisory positions for Governors State University and works with South Suburban College in their manufacturing forums and their curriculum design for industry.  

     Chuck received a Master’s degree in International Business from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland in 1999, and Bachelor of Arts, Governor State University in 1998. He also held MBA from Tennessee Christian University (1971) and Bachelor of Arts, Florida State Christian University (1967). 

    Chuck Jenrich

     

  • Jim M. Kvedaras

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    Jim M. Kvedaras, Director, US Government Affairs - CN

    Jim Kvedaras was hired by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1981 as a draftsman in the engineering department.  Since then, he has advanced through various departments, including Buildings and Structures, Environment, Strategic Planning, Contracts, Public Affairs, and now is Director of U.S. Government Affairs for CN.  His duties include dealing with legislative issues and legislators at the state and local levels of government, along with coordinating a number of the railroad’s projects with appropriate internal and external stakeholders.

    Jim has been deeply involved with CN's Surface Transportation Board (STB) application and approval of the acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, which operates in a wide arc around the larger Chicago metropolitan area, since late 2007. 

    Jim received his undergraduate degree from Governor's State University in University Park, Illinois, and his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He currently participates on an advisory committee for Governors State University’s College of Business Administration, is President of the Board of Directors for the Cancer Support Center in Homewood and Mokena, IL, and holds a Board position with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.  

    A lifelong Chicago-area resident, Jim and his wife Cathy live in the south suburbs and have two grown children. 

    Jim Kvedaras

      

  • Gregg Lunceford

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    Gregg Lunceford, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor - Mesirow Financial

    Gregg Lunceford is a senior vice president in Mesirow Financial’s Wealth Advisors business. In his role as wealth advisor, he works with individuals, families, organizations, and business owners to help them create comprehensive financial planning strategies designed to accumulate, grow, protect, and distribute their wealth.

    Gregg joined the firm in July 2017 and has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to working at Mesirow, he served as a wealth advisor for BMO Private Bank, which is a part of BMO Financial Group, from 2008 - 2014; and as a vice president in the private client group at The Northern Trust Company from 2001 - 2008. Gregg began his career in financial services in Corporate and Investment Banking. He was an Associate at BMO Capital Markets, which is a part of BMO Financial Group from 1994 -1997 and promoted to Director in 1997. Prior to joining BMO he was formally credit-trained at J.P. Morgan Chase.

    Gregg is actively involved with a number of organizations. He serves as an advisory board member for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park as well as the School of Business Administration at Governor State University. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Chicago division of the March of Dimes. He is a former president of the Flossmoor, IL Board of Education which is a publicly elected position.

    Gregg earned a BBA from Loyola University, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where he conducted research on retirement. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and holds a Certificate in Financial Planning Studies from Northwestern University. Gregg holds an insurance license as well as FINRA licenses. 

    Gregg Lunceford

     

  • Stacey Meehan

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    Stacey Meehan, Purchasing Director, Holland LP

    Stacey Meehan joined Holland Company in 2013 as Director of Purchasing where she is responsible for Purchasing, Logistics and Warehousing.  Prior to joining Holland, Stacey spent fourteen years with Navistar International holding various management positions within the Customer Service, Purchasing, Inventory Management and Global Parts Distribution organizations. 

    In her current position she is responsible for $81 million in spend for domestic and international supply of railroad new equipment and repair parts and has total accountability for purchasing strategies which include: reduction of supplier non-conforming product, rationalization of supply, reduction of inventory and removal of obsolescence, best product alignment and the formation of long term partnerships with suppliers focused on mutual growth objectives. In addition, she manages both the strategic and day to day warehousing operations and logistics to ensure the highest level of supply chain performance and customer satisfaction.

    Stacey earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University.

    Interests include time with her family and traveling.  

    Stacy Meehan

     

     

  • Philip C. Moeller

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    Philip C. Moeller, Former President, Holland LP (Retired)

    Phil joined Holland LP (an Engineering Rail Solutions Company) in 1987 and rose to become the company’s president before retiring in 2012. As president, Phil had overall responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s long term strategic plans as well as its annual business plans. In addition, he was accountable for the company’s profitability and management of its assets, as well as the management of the performance of senior executives. Phil grew annual sales from $10,000,000 to $150,000,000, transforming the company from a laggard to one of the most profitable within the ownership Currant Group.  

     

    Some of Phil’s other achievements include reorganizing the company into Divisions and Profit Centers with profit and loss responsibilities, growing the company into the largest rail welding contractor in the world, developing a rail testing business that tested the integrity of the rail tracks of over 100 customers annually, successfully acquiring and integrating 5 acquisitions while divesting 3 business units, creating a culture based on safety as a shared value, and achieving ISO certification for all operating Divisions.

    A vastly experienced and successful turn-around corporate executive, Phil earned his MBA degree from Cornell University.

     Phil Moeller

  • Tasha Patterson

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    Tasha Patterson, Founder, Umbrellas & Pineapples

    Tasha Patterson is the founder of Umbrellas & Pineapples, a vacation rental business that specializes in connecting people to their ideal vacation.  Umbrellas & Pineapples offers the rental of villas, suites and other resort accommodations in Dominican Republic and Mexico. 

    Her primary duties include building the brand and awareness for vacation rental accommodations in Dominican Republic and Mexico.  In addition to the initial requirements to starting up a business, she is responsible for creating strategic marketing plans to reach target audiences, developing promotional marketing programs, content marketing material and marketing partnerships worldwide.  Managing digital assets and writing digital content for all online outlets (website, social, ads etc.) and setting rental rates and prices.

    Prior to her current role, Tasha worked in the telecommunications, higher education and retail industries in a variety of marketing roles.  She has over 23 years of comprehensive business and marketing experience including promotions, partnership marketing, digital/online marketing, brand management, lead generation, B2B and B2C marketing, field marketing and customer experience marketing.  She has been acknowledged and awarded for her unique leadership style and her natural ability to build and create adhesive teams, even when they have been divisive. 

    Tasha is passionate about community service and has volunteered in many capacities with community organizations and her church.  She has worked with the Salvation Army, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity.  She also served on the board of directors for Facing Forward to End Homelessness from 2013-2016. 

    Tasha received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with honors with her MBA from Benedictine University.

     

  • Patrick E. Rea

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    Patrick E. Rea, Village Clerk - Village of Tinley Park

    Patrick E. Rea has a long and distinguished career of professional achievements and dedicated public service.

    Clerk Rea was appointed Village Clerk of the Village of Tinley Park in May 2009 after serving for 37 years as an elected Village Trustee. From 1980 until May 2009, he was Chairman of the Village’s Finance and Economic Development Committee.

    Clerk Rea was appointed Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Midwest Region by President George W. Bush in November 2003 and held that position through January 2009. Before joining the SBA, he was Executive Director for the Illinois Development Finance Authority. Previously, he served as a Vice President and Corporate Banker of Bank One Capital Markets.

    Clerk Rea is a retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve, having served throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. He also received the 2004 Secretary of Defense Medal of Outstanding Public Service Award.

    Clerk Rea’s son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in Tinley Park.


     

    Pat Rea

     

     

  • Adam Shorter

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    Adam Shorter III, MBA with a resume that ranges from higher education to small business, Adam is a consummate businessman.  He is dedicated to minority outreach and community development.  Adam is currently the CEO and President of Shorewood Restaurant group and partner of Krimson 4 Restaurant group.  With over 19 years experience in Finance and Business Management, Mr. Shorter has worked at Loyola University Chicago for last 12 years where he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Business Operations.  In addition to being a skilled restauranteur, he also serves as a public speaker, consultant and administrator. 

    Now a skilled businessman who learned to serve his community at an early age, Adam continuously seeks ways to make positive changes wherever he is.  Adam now lives in Matteson Illinois, as is a member of New Faith Baptist Church with his wife, Danielle Shorter and their three lovely children, Adam, Dylan and Olivia. Active in his community, he coaches several youth sports and currently serves as a Trustee in the Village of Matteson.  In his personal time, Adam enjoys spending time family, golfing and enjoying sporting events.  

    Education& Credentials

    B.A (Finance), Illinois State University, 2002

    MBA, Governors State University, 2004

    Adam Shorter

  • Rita Taylor-Nash

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    Rita Taylor- Nash, SPHR Vice President of Corporate Diversity (Retired) - Health Care Service Corporation 


    Rita established and led the execution of HCSC's enterprise-wide strategies to ensure diversity and inclusion were embedded and leveraged throughout operations and client services in the workplace and marketplace. She was responsible for partnering with leadership to attract, develop and retain a diverse and culturally competent workforce and led HCSC to receive multiple national recognitions for its diversity and inclusion efforts and results.

    Rita served on former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's task force to identify best practices for establishing a diversity initiative at the United States Department of State. She has served on various boards including the Corporate Advisory Board of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), the Muntu Dance Theatre, Life Directions, the South Southwest Suburban United Way.

    She holds designations as a Senior Professional Human Resources and a Certified Diversity Executive. She conducts certification courses for the Institute for Diversity Certification.

    Rita attended Yale University prior to completing her bachelors at the University of Chicago. She holds a masters in sociology from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

    She is a member of the Community Impact Steering Committee for United Way, serves as a diversity advisor for the Special Olympics Illinois, and serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Business of Governors State University.

    Rita Taylor-Nash