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Dr. Matthew Tueth Dr. Matthew Tueth
Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business
Program Coordinator, Sustainable Business
Office: 212 Academic Building
Phone: (616) 632-2191
Dr. Tueth earned a master's degree in environmental studies from SIU-E and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Oklahoma State University. Both his thesis and dissertation research deal with contemporary sustainability issues. He continues to investigate the foundations of the Sustainable Business movement.

Dr. Tueth has over 20-years of natural resource management experience with the U.S. Forest Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He now serves as the Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business and the director of the Aquinas College Sustainable Business Program and makes sustainable business presentations throughout the U.S. and Japan.

He teaches the following environmental studies and sustainable business courses: EL 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies, EL 301 - Advanced Environmental Studies, SB 100 - Industrial Ecology, SB 201 - Sustainable Business Management
Deborah Steketee Dr. Deborah Steketee
Associate Professor of Sustainable Business
Office: 230 Academic Building
Phone: (616) 632-2930

Dr. Deborah Steketee joined the Sustainable Business Program in the fall of 2005, bringing an interest and expertise related to innovation, strategy and the social dimensions of sustainability.


She teaches core SB courses, including Sustainable Business Innovation Lab (SB 320) and Building Social Capital (SB 315). She also teaches several electives, including International Perspectives in Sustainable Business (SB 330), Sustainable Energy Systems (SB 200), Environmental Regulatory Compliance (SB 202) and Environmental Policy and Politics as well as courses in Aquinas' Master of Sustainable Business program.


From 2006-2013, Dr. Steketee served as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability, and continues to contribute to Aquinas' momentum toward sustainability.


Dr. Steketee completed her doctoral work in public policy and political science in 2006 at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research focused on cross-scale linkages between ecological and social systems, specifically examining the role of environmental organizations in community forestry initiatives in Ecuador. She earned her Master of Science degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Michigan


Dr. Steketee's work in the private and non-profit sectors has included consulting engagements as well as positions as an environmental advocate and educator, television producer, and magazine editor. Strongly committed to community service, Dr. Steketee continues to be actively engaged in various community and sustainability-related activities and initiatives.


Along with her husband, Fred, and daughter, Dr. Steketee enjoys life on Michigan's waters.

Krista Badiane Krista Badiane
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business
Office: 228 Academic Building
Phone: (616) 632.2044

Krista Badiane has over ten years of experience working with the business and non-profit communities on sustainability strategy and reporting. Krista joined Ford Motor Company in 2002 and served as manager, Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company. In this role, she was primarily responsible for producing Ford's award-winning Sustainability Report, and coordinating the company's socially responsible investing strategy. Krista also developed an internal sustainability communication and education strategy for the Company including development of an intranet site and a learning community for employees.


Krista has also worked with the non-profit community developing the Business & Environment program for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). In this role she wrote a series of reports on employee engagement best practices and developed a webinar series for companies to network on the topic.


Krista received a BA and BS in Anthropology and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. She completed her Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University and graduated with highest honors. Krista is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.


Krista joined the Sustainable Business Program in 2012. She teaches Sustainable Business in Corporations (SB203), Sustainability Reporting and Metrics (SB204) and introduction to Environmental Studies (EL100).

Adjunct Instructors in the Sustainable Business Program:
Dave Rinard, Bill Stough, and Bruce Thompson
The interdisciplinary sustainable business program utilizes the expertise and experience of a variety of talented faculty throughout the College to teach a wide range of courses:
Accounting: Betty Smith-Banks, Anthony Burdick, Cindy VanGelderen
Biology: Dr. Robb Bajema
Business: Swithina Mboko, Ronald Visscher, Kristel Heinz-Cuillo, Dr. Woody Hoover
Economics: Dr. Masato Yamazaki
Chemistry: Dr. Katrina Hartman, Dr. Li-Heng Chen
Physics: Tim Nawrocki