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Cristina Ciocirlan, PhD
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Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the Department of Business |  717-361-6618 | Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, Penn State University, Capital Campus, 2006
  • M.A., Economics, 1998
  • B.A., Economics, 1996

Dr. Ciocirlan is the 2015 recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award in the U.K., to study environmental behaviors in organizations at Durham University.  She worked with local and international banks and consulted with several small and medium-sized businesses.  As a graduate student, she received full scholarships to study in Prague, the Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary and Colchester, U.K.  She presented several papers at national and state conferences (two of which won "The Best Paper Award") and published her research in peer-reviewed journals.  Her research interests focus on environmental management, managerial decision-making, and family business management.  Dr. Ciocirlan teaches Management and Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Management Seminar.

John Angelis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management | 717-361-1284  | Office Hours 

  • BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Youngstown State University, 2002
  • PhD, Operations Research, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Dr. Angelis has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Rochester Institute of Technology, and previously worked for General Electric and the United States government.  His research focuses on entrepreneurship and technology issues for small businesses and startups, and also studying the intersection of innovation (whether open or closed) and social networks.  Dr. Angelis specializes in teaching courses in technology/innovation and operations management.

Ed Chung, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing | 717-361-1597 | Office Hours

  • Ph.D. in Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University, Ontario, 1997
  • Master of Business Administration, Oregon State University, Oregon, 1979
  • Bachelor of Commerce, McMaster University, Ontario, 1978

Prior to his entry into academe, Ed Chung accumulated more than 14 years of business experience. He held management positions in marketing, strategic planning, finance and accounting, information processing, product development, and general management with such organizations as Mobil, Sun Life, and Central Guaranty. He had also built and ran a successful marketing services agency as well as a management consulting practice. Since earning his PhD in marketing from Schulich School of Business in 1997, Ed has published more than 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles in such publications as Management Decision, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and Journal of Management Education. His research work has also appeared in more than 50 conference presentations, proceedings, and book chapters.

Jeffrey Gabriel, CPA
Lecturer in Accounting | 717-361-1576 | Office Hours

  • CPA
  • B.S., Accounting, Summa cum Laude, Manhattan College

Mr. Gabriel has garnered significant experience in public and private accounting, controllership, information systems, operations and compliance over a 30-year professional career.

He has in-depth knowledge directing systems development, computer operations, business process design and re-engineering, contract negotiation, project management, shared services, outsourcing, risk assessment, IT effectiveness and litigation support. Mr. Gabriel worked for Sony Electronics from 1984-2007. Among the positions he held at Sony:

  • Director, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Director, Financial and Strategic Systems
  • Director, Systems Re-engineering and Financial Information Systems
  • Business Unit Controller, Communications Products Company

Previously, he worked for The Prudential Insurance Company and Coopers & Lybrand, New York (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Professor Gabriel is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Bryan Greenberg, PhD
bryan greenbergAssociate Professor of Marketing | 717-361-1282
Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Syracuse University
  • M.B.A., Marketing
  • M.S., Media Management
  • B.A., Binghamton University

Dr. Greenberg's research focuses on advertising, media management and film marketing. He has served as a consultant for the last seven years conducting research projects for clients in the film, publishing, and distance learning industries. Previously, he was a Corporate Development Manager for the Center for the Media Arts and Regional Marketing Manager for the Washington Post Educational Group.

Dmitriy Krichevskiy, PhD Dmitriy Krichevskiy
Assistant Professor of Economics
Website | | 717-361-1271 |  Office Hours

  • M.A., Economics, Florida International University (2006)
  • B.A., Economics, Florida International University (2004)
  • Ph.D., Economics, Florida International University (2012)

Dr. Krichevskiy joined the faculty in August 2011.  Previously, he was a research associate in the Lumina Project at Florida International University, where he also had been a teaching assistant.  He was an adjunct professor at Miami (Fla.) Dade College and an engineering manager at Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami.

Sean Melvin, JD Sean Melvin
Associate Professor of Business Law | 717-361-1280 | Office Hours

  • B.A., American Literature, St. Thomas University, 1987
  • M.B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • J.D., Honors, Rutgers Law School, 1993

Sean P. Melvin is an Associate Professor of Business Law and has taught at E-town since 2000. Dr. Melvin is the author of five books (including two textbooks), has contributed over two dozen scholarly and professional articles and case studies to various publications, and is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. His most recent textbook, The Legal Environment of Business:  A Managerial Approach as published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin in October 2010 and is in use at over one hundred colleges and universities. His recent article Case Study of a Coffee War: Starbuck v. Charbucks won “Best Case Study” and “Distinguished Proceedings” at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and was published in the Spring 2012 volume of Journal of Legal Studies Education. Before his academic career, Professor Melvin was a corporate lawyer in a large Philadelphia-based law firm and went on to become vice-president and general counsel at a publicly-traded technology company in King of Prussia, PA. Melvin earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Business Organizations.

Emma H. Neuhauser, PhD
emma neuhauserAssociate Professor of Finance | 717-361-4752 | Office Hours 

  • Ph.D., Finance, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.Sc., Computer Science, National University of Singapore
  • B.Eng., Computer Science, Tianjin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Neuhauser's research interests are Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Financial Engineering and Securities, Financial Institution and Markets, and Investments. She has held a variety of positions at a number of institutions including Redback Networks Systems Canada Inc. and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. She brings with her experience as a quantitative research analyst, system verification engineer, business consultant, and project manager.

Dr. Neuhauser has taught corporate finance at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals, and has earned several prestigious awards for her work.

Sanjay Paul, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Website | | 717-361-1543 | Office Hours

  • Ph.D., Economics, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Dr. Paul joined Elizabethtown College in fall 2002. Before joining E-town, Dr. Paul taught economics at a liberal-arts college in the Midwest for 10 years. He has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, international economics, economic development, and managerial economics.

Dr. Paul's research interests include globalization, trade policy and innovation. He writes a newspaper column on economic issues and drinks too much coffee for his own good.

Terrie L. Riportella, CPA
terrie l. riportellaEdgar T. Bitting Chair of Accounting
Director of Accounting | 717-361-3753 | Office Hours

  • B.S., B.A., Bucknell University
  • CPA
  • MBA, St. Josephs University

Ms. Riportella joined the faculty in 2002. She has 11 years of experience working outside academia in the field of accounting. Her most recent position was as a Senior Manager of Finance for, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online. Previously, she spent 7 years in the manufacturing industry with Dana Corporation holding various positions including experience in accounting information systems implementation and as plant controller. She also has public accounting experience with the firm of Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Elizabethtown, Ms. Riportella taught several classes at Albright College. Prof. Riportella serves as faculty advisor for the Accounting & Finance club and is a member of various professional organizations.

Petru Sandu, PhD
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and ManagementPetru Sandu | 717-361-1269  | Office Hours

  • B.A., Business and Economics, The Academy of Economics Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • M.B.A., Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • Ph.D., Entrepreneurship, Al.I.Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

Dr. Sandu served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Economics Sciences and Public Affairs at "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava in Romania, owned and managed his own firm for seven years, and consulted with numerous companies. He has published six books and textbooks and many articles in the field.

He participated in different programs with University of Greenwich, London, UK; University of Science and Technology, Lille, France; University of Perugia, Italy; University of Luxembourg; University of Toulon and University of Toulouse, France; and The Ohio State University. Dr. Sandu joined Elizabethtown College in the fall of 2003.

Randolph L. Trostle, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance Emeritus | 717-361-1393  | Office Hours

  • B.S., Elizabethtown College
  • M.Ed., M.B.A., Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D., Lehigh University

Dr. Trostle is a member and past secretary of the Central PA Chapter of the Financial Executives International and former Chair of the Lancaster County Hospital Authority.  He has served the College as department chair (1993-1999), acting dean of the faculty (2001) and vice-president of Finance (2003-2007).  For 20 years, he was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Lebanon Valley College.  Currently, he teaches macroeconomics, investments and serves as the advisor to the Trostle Investment Portfolio (TIP), the department's student-managed investment portfolio (SMIP).  He is a financial consultant with DDMP Investment Advisors, LLC.

Hossein Varamini, PhD
Turnbull-Jamieson Chair and Professor of Finance and International Business
Director of  International Business
Website | |  717-361-1278 | Office Hours

  • B.S. in Business Administration, Tehran Business College, Iran
  • MBA Phillips University
  • Ph.D. Kansas State University

Dr. Varamini joined the College in the Fall of 2000 as the Director of the International Business Program after holding a similar position at a different institution for over ten years. His primary teaching areas are International Business and Finance. In addition to his individual research publications in the fields of foreign direct investment and foreign exchange markets, Dr. Varamini has published articles with other colleagues and with his students. Some of his articles have been published in the American Journal of Business, Journal of East-West Business, Journal of Global Business, Journal of International Business and Economy, Journal of Economics, Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Current Research in Global Business. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Finance and the Association for Global Business.

Kristen Waughen, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science | 717-361-4760  | Office Hours

  • B.A. in Information Systems, Susquehanna University
  • M.S. in Information Systems, Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Information Systems Management, Walden University

Dr. Waughen's research focuses on database management, various types of data analysis, and digital forensics.  Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, she worked for companies such as Rite Aid and Kodak Imaging Services.  Her last position before teaching was a software engineer in the medical field.  She has advised an award-winning Enactus team, and worked on entrepreneurship projects around the world.  Dr. Waughen has received grants from companies such as HSBC, Campbell's Sealed Air, Discovery Financial Services, Goldman Sach's, Sam's Club, General Electric Consumer Products, & Aflac.

Sylvester E. Williams, IV, JD, MBA, CCLE
Associate Professor of Business Law | 717-361-1168 | Office Hours

  • B.A., Economics and Finance, Howard University
  • MBA, Wake Forest University
  • JD, Wake Forest University
  • Communication Law Certificate Catholic University of America

Dr. Williams has had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors. He worked as a legislative aide for the United States Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He worked as a policy advisor for Vice President George Bush on his Domestic Policy staff addressing banking, economic, and finance issues. He worked for the State Department handling issues relating to Economic development in Latin America. He spent several years working for the Federal Communications Commission as a staff attorney in the Mass Media Bureau. He has extensive work experience in the entertainment area of business working with law firms as well as Time Warner. He spent 10 years working with Time Warner in their corporate office dealing with complex business issues in the cable, movie, and music divisions.  Most recently, he was COO/General Counsel for a start-up internet company in Philadelphia.  After the firm was acquired he went on to teach business law at Elizabethtown College.  He has received numerous professional and governmental citations for his work. As a public official he has written and presented several documents on various topics relating to free trade and free trade agreements.

Basil Holobetz
Adjunct Professor of Business | 717-361-1279  | Office Hours 

  • BS, Business Administration, Villanova University, 1982
  • MBA, International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 1984
  • AACSB Professionally Qualified Bridge Program, The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, 2009

Mr. Holobetz began his career with Namma Cargo Services Co., Ltd. in Saudi Arabia. He later spent 20 years in the export trading industry in the U.S. before becoming a licensed financial advisor/consultant and attaining the AAMS and PFP designations along with the Pennsylvania Life and Health Insurance licenses. Currently he is an independent consultant with his own business, Holobetz Global Consultants, which specializes in the marketing of small to medium sized firm's products and services to worldwide markets. He is the co-founder and president of the International Business Society.

Thomas F. Strickland Jr.Thomas Strickland
Adjunct Professor of Business | 717-361-1281  | Office Hours 

  • B.S., Business Administration, LaSalle University, 1968
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, Villanova University, 1995
  • M.S., Organizational Dynamics, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • M.B.A., Penn State University, Great Valley Campus, 2001

Tom has 35 years of management experience in the information technology sector working for IBM, an IBM business partner, and several other small-medium businesses.  He's held various positions in his career ranging from Marketing Representative to Marketing Manager to Vice President of Sales.  Since 2007, Tom has been teaching college and university level courses in consumer behavior, entrepreneurship, human resources, management, marketing, and organizational behavior.

Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair and the Department of Business

Shari Kain
Hoover 204

Administrative Assistant for Internships, Recruitment & Special Projects

Stephanie VanderMey
Hoover 202A

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