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  Business  
 

Faculty

 
Swithina Mboko

 

Dr. Swithina Mboko
Director, Undergraduate Business Programs

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (616) 632-2119
E-mail: s.mboko@aquinas.edu

Dr. Swithina Mboko joined Aquinas College faculty in 2009 where she teaches courses in the Business Administration Department. Dr. Mboko studied for her PhD in Entrepreneurship and Strategy with Umea University, Sweden and The University of Zimbabwe. She holds an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of South Africa. Prior joining Aquinas College Swithina had a joint appointment between the Departments of Management and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota where she taught a variety of classes, including International Business, Principles of Management, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Women and Business, and Gender and Globalization.

 

Dr. Swithina Mboko, who is from Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, has also been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in the School of Commerce, with teaching responsibilities in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has worked for The Small Business Development Corporation. Her international background includes practical management experience, consultants, management development training, and small business development. Through PriceWaterhouse Coopers Swithina's consultants portfolio has included Southern Africa Regional clients such as Government of Namibia Department of Public Service, Botswana Power Corporation, Barclays Bank Int'l, and  Coca Cola Central Africa.

 

Swithina’s research interests are in Entrepreneurship and Women in Business, an area in which she has several conference papers and publications.

 
Mark A. Babin

 

Mark A. Babin
Assistant Professor of Finance
Email: mab009@aquinas.edu

Mark Babin joined the Aquinas faculty as an adjunct professor during the 2013-2014 academic year. He is now an Assistant Professor of Finance at Aquinas. Previously Mr. Babin taught at Georgia State University and Davenport University.

 

Mr. Babin is a retired Chief Financial Officer from Gainey Corporation, among other public and private companies. He has been active in the IPO and Mergers and Acquisitions markets for most of his thirty five year career in business. Consulting clients included Kellogg’s, Eastman Kodak, Meridian Automotive and various private equity firms. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Mr. Babin graduated from Aquinas College in 1977 with majors in accounting and business administration. He went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

 
Kristel J Heinz-Ciullo

 

Kristel J Heinz-Ciullo

Program Coordinator, Business Administration

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (616) 632-2934
E-mail: heinzkri@aquinas.edu

Kristel Heinz-Ciullo first joined Aquinas College in 1987, teaching advertising. Professor Heinz-Ciullo now teaches advertising and public relations, as well as the introductory course, Fundamentals of Organizations. In addition, she teaches in the marketing concentration area in the Master of Management program. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Kalamazoo College, the Master of Management from Aquinas, and the MBA from Grand Valley State University. Professor Heinz-Ciullo's background includes working in legislative affairs at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce and at Amway Corp., where she also worked in international public affairs.
 
Harwood Hoover

 

Dr. Harwood Hoover

Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (616) 632-2931
E-mail: hoovehar@aquinas.edu

Woody Hoover was raised in Tokyo, Japan and northwest suburban Chicago. He left Chicago to take a Navy scholarship at the University of Colorado where he was active in student government. Upon his graduation, the Navy assigned him to a destroyer where he served as gunnery officer and later as combat information officer during Vietnam area operations. Upon leaving the Navy, Woody joined the Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed Martin) where he took over the West Michigan sales territory for the company's aluminum division. He found that selling forged pistons, sheet, plate and extrusions was a great way to learn about the industrial economy firsthand.

 

Woody finished his MBA at Western Michigan University and was offered a position at Martin Marietta Corporate headquarters in Washington D.C., but he and his wife decided that they wanted to stay in their lake front house in Michigan. Woody went to work for the Upjohn Company (Pharmacia and Upjohn) as a Market Analyst, and later joined Amway where he served as Supervisor of Market Plans. Joining Aquinas as adjunct faculty, Woody later took a full time position. He completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Michigan State. Since completing his graduate work, he has kept busy as a teacher, administrator, author, consultant, township planner, church leader and most importantly, husband and father.

 
Mark E. O'Toole

 

Mark E. O'Toole
Lecturer of Business Administration
E-mail: otoolmar@aquinas.edu

Mark O’Toole has been a member of the Aquinas College adjunct faculty since 1999 and has taught several courses within the business department. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters of Management degree from Aquinas College. He has over 30 years of business experience in the consumer package industry, with 21 years in executive management. He currently works for Armour-Eckrich, a division of Smithfield Foods headquartered in Chicago.  He has held positions in senior sales management, operations, brand and product development, marketing, business development, and productivity leadership. Mark has consulted with small business owners and non-profit organizations about organizational efficiency and effectiveness, cost containment as well as training and development. Mark has been married for 29 years and has two sons. 

 
Ron Visscher

 

Ron Visscher
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Phone: (616) 632-2426
E-mail: visscron@aquinas.edu

Ron was raised in East Grand Rapids, has worked on five continents and lives with his spouse and four children in Holland, Michigan. His career has involved work with large organizations, such as Daimler-Benz, Bridgestone (Firestone), IBM, Whirlpool and the United Nations. He also has significant experience with small entrepreneurial companies serving diverse clients in multiple sectors. A common approach throughout his career has been to design, develop and apply technology from a marketing and managerial perspective, i.e. in a way that satisfies market needs and creates competitive advantage. This approach has led to opportunities in R&D and new product development, e.g. software and other IT.

 

Ron has a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has finished all but the dissertation for the Ph.D. in Evaluation. Evaluation is a specialized area of managerial science that uses applied research methods, such as needs assessment and regression analysis, to determine (potential and actual) value created (or destroyed) as a result of different business decisions from individual, group and societal perspectives. He is thrilled with the opportunity to pass on his practical management experiences and technical skills to Aquinas students interested in becoming agents for positive change within their chosen fields and communities.

 

Adjunct Professors

Ali Erhan
Adjunct Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, International Business
E-mail: erhanali@aquinas.edu

Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh
Adjunct Professor
E-mail: muellcar@aquinas.edu
   
Felix Pereiro
Adjunct Professor
E-mail: pereifel@aquinas.edu