Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Program Advisor
Rick Gunter
MBA Program Director
(913) 319-3007
B.S., Central Michigan University; M.B.A., Mid-America Nazarene University

Rick Gunter is a business professional and university professor with over 30 years of Information Technology experience working in or with a wide variety of industries including government, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, and data security. Rick worked for EDS for over 16 years as a programmer/analyst, an instructor, a project manager, and the manager of several large software development teams. In the Kansas City area, Rick has worked for Sprint, Commerce Bank, Fishnet Security, and Garmin. Rick has 10 years’ experience teaching classes in Project Management, Leadership, and Organizational Behavior at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Rick was born and raised in Clarkston, Michigan. He has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Business Administration from Mid-America Nazarene University.  Rick has been a member of PMI since 1996.  Rick Gunter is co-founder of FocusedPM, a project management consulting and training company based in Kansas City. Rick is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). 

Larissa Brown
Associate Director, MBA Program
B.S. University of Saint Mary; M.B.A. University of Saint Mary (2012)

Larissa is a United States Marine Corps Veteran with 13 years’ experience in finance and program management, including four years with Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. After leaving the military in 2004, she launched Dark Horse Enterprises LLC, a small business offering services including web consulting, design, and search engine optimization marketing. She has also served the University of Saint Mary as the Assistant Coordinator for Military and Veterans’ Services.

Ray Behrens, Human Resources Management
B.S., University of Missouri-Rolla; M.B.A., Saint Louis University

Steve Beller, Marketing
B.A. University of Kansas; M.B.A., University of Kansas

William Blessum, Health Care Management
B.S., Loyola University of Los Angeles; M.S., Creighton University; M.D., Creighton University; J.D., Washburn University School of Law

Rich Cofer, Jr., Finance
B.S., Rockhurst University; M.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

James Cox, Marketing, Global Management
B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.A., University of Kansas; M.B.A., University of Saint Mary

Rob Curry, Operations Management
B.S., Kansas State University; M.B.A., University or Missouri

Terrance Cusaac, Organizational Management, Human Resources Management
B.S. Benedict College; M.P.A., Troy State University; Ph.D. Capella University 

Rick Damore, Managerial Accounting
B.S., M.B.A., University of Kansas

Leo Dela Pasion, Managerial Economics
B.S., University of Kansas; M.B.A., Baker University

Ashley Girard, Health Care Management
B.S., M.B.A., Saint Mary College

Kevin Growney, Jr., Managerial Accounting and Finance
B.S., University of Kansas; M.B.A, Indiana University

Timothy Hamilton, Managerial Economics, Business Law and Ethics
B.A., Washburn University; M.A., University of Kansas; J.D., University of Kansas

Neal Hannon, Managerial Economics
B.S., State University of New York; M.S., Northeastern University; C.M.A.

Mark Harvey, Global Management, Organizational Management, Leadership
B.A., Washburn University; M.S., University of Wales; M.A., University of Missouri

Geoffrey Heathcock, Finance
B.A., California State University; M.B.A., Golden Gate University

Shawn Kane, Organizational and Human Resources Management
B.S., Kansas State University; M.B.A., University of Phoenix

Bill Knight, Enterprise Risk Management
B.A. Wichita State University; M.S. Central Michigan University; M.B.A., Baker University

Donald Lennard, Operations Management, Finance, Global Management
B.S., Truman State University; M.B.A., Avila University

Bruce McFarland, Organizational Management, Finance, Global Management, Strategic Management and Ethics
B.S., Culver-Stockton College; M.A., Central Michigan University; M.B.A., University of Saint Mary

Eric Morrison, Finance, Management Information Systems
B.S., SUNY; M.S., University of Oklahoma, M.A. Webster University; M.B.A., University of Houston; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Leah Rasmussen, Human Resources Management
B.A., Mid-America Nazarene University; M.A. Webster University

Patrick Smith, Leadership, Finance, Strategic Management and Ethics
B.A., Rockhurst University; M.B.A., Drury College; J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Stanley A. Smith, Human Resources Management
B.S., Lawrence University; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D.; University of Kansas

Shara Spilker, Health Care Management
B.S.N., University of Tulsa; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Tim Springer, Managerial Accounting, Finance
B.S.B.A., The Citadel; M.B.A. Webster University; M.S. Old Dominion University

Michelle Washburn, Human Resources Management
B.A., University of Missouri; M.S., University of Nottingham; S.P.H.R.

Chris Watkins, Marketing
B.A.E., Emporia State University; M.L.A., Baker University

Phil Watlington, Managerial Accounting, Finance
M.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Krisyn Wood, Marketing
B.A. Friends University; M.S. Friends University; J.D. University of Missouri

Charlotte Marie White, SCL, Theology
B.A., Saint Mary College; M.S., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., Notre Dame

Vicki Widman, Education
B.A., Washington University; M.A.T., Webster University-Kansas City

Kathleen Williams, Nursing
B.S.N., Creighton University; M.S.N., University of Kansas

Connie Wollenhaupt, Nursing
B.S.N., Pittsburg State University; M.S.N.E., Clarkson College of Nursing