Robert Buckham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Business Management
Dawn Keig, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Strategic Management
Todd Friends, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Business
Vange Ocasio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Economics
Eric Sartell, D.B.A., A.B.D.
Assistant Professor, Finance, Economics
Robin Henager, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Economics
Kevin Parker, M.B.A.
J. Scott Miller
Director, Graduate Studies in Business
M.B.A., Idaho State University
B.S., University of Idaho
I have seen the positive effects of the "education of mind and heart" that Whitworth provides students, and the community's deep commitment to students and their success, and I enjoy being a part of it. Since my days as an adjunct instructor, the students in the undergraduate, continuing studies and MBA programs have been excellent to work with and dedicated to Whitworth's mission and their own personal improvement.
As a leader in business:
I am very fortunate in my career to have traveled the world; the experiences I gained in conducting business on a global scale were terrific. I retired from corporate life with the mission to communicate my knowledge of business to the next generation of leaders. My positions as a professor and director of the MBA program have allowed me to get to know our students well and to help them with their pursuit of knowledge and life-changing degrees.
How is Whitworth's MBA program different from your own MBA experience?
I went to a large university for my graduate degree. The Whitworth experience is much different, as the professors and students get to know each other very well both in and outside the classroom. This engagement has been a consistent part of the positive feedback we receive from our graduates.
A little about me:
I was one of three founders of the University of Idaho rugby team, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, and I played for several other clubs across the Northwest during my 13-year rugby career. I've also floated more than 50 rivers across North America, both whitewater rafting and kayaking, and, during graduate school, I enjoyed my time as a professional guide on the Salmon River.
John Hengesh joined Whitworth University in 2005 as an adjunct instructor and received the 2009 Contingent Faculty of the Year Award. He became the director of Whitworth's MBA program in 2011. He spent his 24-year corporate career in the high-technology sector, serving in the roles of vice president, general manager, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. His valuable business-abroad experiences enrich his classroom teaching and students' learning.
Sinead J Voorhees
Assistant Director, Graduate Studies in Business
M.Sc., Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
B.A., Gonzaga University
The Whitworth difference:
Whitworth really cares. I have been touched by the authenticity of students, faculty and staff as they approach higher education. I have never worked at another place like this. I am excited to bring my international experiences, drive and love of Spokane to further Whitworth's MBA program.
On professional development:
I have been fortunate to work for companies and people who strive to be the best in their fields. I constantly seek to improve processes and experiences through hard work and innovative thinking. Through my work, I hope to advance the importance of graduate management education and to continue building relationships within the Spokane community.
A little about me:
As a native of Ireland, I have enjoyed travels to more than 35 countries, living and working in six of them, including Asia, Eastern Africa, parts of the U.S. and Europe. I have an affinity for adventures and the unknown in whatever capacity that looks like. My career has spanned many genres, including program management, corporate-event planning, nonprofit management, global-development work and now higher education. I married the love of my life, and we live happily ever after with our two beautiful girls. I feel extremely fortunate to live such a full life.
Sinead earned her M.Sc. in development practice from Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, at the top of her class. Her experience abroad lead her to a term in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, a four-month research trial in Rwanda for her dissertation, and a "long travel east," during which she spanned the Asian continent, beginning in Ireland and making her way to Spokane over a span of six months. She spent four years developing and growing the career and external relations program for Whitworth's School of Business, and she successfully launched the School of Business mentorship program, professional trek excursions to Seattle, degree-specific recruiting initiatives, four industry-specific mock interview events, professional lunch-and-learns, an upper-division career-management and development course and a comprehensive first-destination survey. Sinead is also the director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition, and she serves on the board of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the Inland Northwest's top 20 Under 40 rising professionals; she has also been featured in GSI's Startup Spokane People of Entrepreneurship, The Spokane Journal of Business and Trinity College Dublin's Outstanding Alumni Campaign.