Marketing, Management & Finance

Marketing, Management & Finance FULL-TIME AND ADJUNCT FACULTY

Dr. Eve Proper

Chair / Associate Professor

Dr. Eve Proper currently teaches the Management and Leadership & Negotiation courses.

Organization theory and governance and fundraising are Dr. Proper’s primary areas of expertise. She is the co-author of Professors Behaving Badly: Faculty Misconduct in Graduate Teaching (Johns Hopkins Press, 2011), and of Institutional Advancement: What We Know (Palgrave, 2014). Her work has also been published in the International Journal of Educational Advancement, the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, and the Peabody Journal of Education.

A member of the Academy of Management and the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Dr. Proper earned a Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University. She also holds both a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degree in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from Case Western Reserve University.

Gavin Goldstein

Associate Chair / Assistant Professor

Gavin Goldstein teaches Business Law, Licensing, Leadership and Negotiation, as well as First Year Experience.

In addition to teaching, he operates a legal practice focusing on property and business law. He has written Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education tutorials for Lawline.com and has presented on the topic of legal issues for startup businesses at Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship.

Professor Goldstein received a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Syracuse University.

Dr. Gayathri Banavara

Lecturer

Dr. Gayathri Banavara teaches Power of the Brand, Leadership & Negotiation, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Project Management at the undergraduate level and Retail Merchandising, Planning, and Control at the graduate level.

Professor Banavara worked in a buying office in India for several years before moving to Canada. There she worked at Roots Canada and was involved in the development of official attire for the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic teams. She later worked with Kahn Lucas Lancaster Inc., an importer of girls’ dresses in New York.

Her current research interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and ethics. She has been interviewed on those topics by WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) and Columbia University’s Uptown Radio.

Professor Banavara holds an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delhi (India). 

Dr. Nicole Kirpalani

Associate Professor

Dr. Nicole Kirpalani teaches a variety of marketing courses, including Global Markets, Consumer Behavior, Services Marketing, Cause Marketing, and Customer Service.

Her academic interests focus on consumer relationships with fashion brands, consumer privacy, and sustainability in the context of fashion. In addition, she is engaged in research related to pedagogy and online/hybrid learning.

She has published her research in Psychology & Marketing, Marketing Education Review, and the Journal of Marketing Management.  An article is forthcoming in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.  Dr. Kirpalani serves as an editorial advisory board member for Young Consumers and as an editorial review board member for Marketing Education Review.  She serves as a discipline reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program Peer Review Committee.

Dr. Kirpalani holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York, where she was a doctoral fellowship recipient. She also received a Master of Science in Secondary Education (Business Education) and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Dr. Kirpalani was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta honor society as a faculty member in 2014. She was selected as one of three finalists for the Pride-Ferrell Cengage Innovations in Teaching Competition at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in 2012 and is the recipient of LIM College's 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Rudolph Lalak

Associate Professor

Prior to joining LIM College Dr. Rudolph Lalak had a 25-year career with JP Morgan Chase & Co., spending the last 10 of those years in a senior officer position at the firm as Financial Director.

At the undergraduate level Dr. Lalak teaches the Accounting and Finance courses, and he has taught Accounting for Managers, Financial Management, and Entrepreneurial Finance on the graduate level. His academic research currently focuses on corporate taxation, earnings management, and corporate financial risk-taking. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor.

The recipient of LIM College’s 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Lalak is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association, the Financial Management Association International, and the Institute of Management Accountants. He has also been inducted into the Beta Alpha Psi Financial Information Honorary Organization and Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting and Finance from Trident University International, a Master of Business Administration degree in Economics from Iona College, an Advanced Professional Certificate in Taxation from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fordham University.

Dr. Mary Wagner

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Wagner joined LIM College as an Assistant Professor of Marketing, Management, and Finance in the Fall 2019 semester.

Dr. Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Michigan. She has experience teaching a wide range of marketing classes in multiple formats, including online.

Dr. Wagner previously taught at the University of New Hampshire, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Prior to working at LIM College, she served as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at Berkeley College. During her time at Berkeley, which started in 2010, she also served as the Interim Chair of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Management.

Adjunct Faculty

Bruce Acton
M.S. Fordham University. Former Regional Vice President, Lee Hecht Harrison

Lolita Alford
M.B.A. LIM College; B.F.A. American InterContinental University. Mandarin Communication Group Fashion & LifeStyle Contributor, Joint Interest Inc. Director of Editorial Content & Outreach, Fashinvest

Virginia M. Blake West
M.B.A. Pace University; B.S. University of New Hampshire. Director of Marketing, Pepsi-Lipton

Crystal Green Brown (online)
Ph.D. and M.A. Kent State University; B.L.S. Bowling Green State University. Lecturer, Johnson & Wales University. Adjunct Associate Professor, The Art Institute of Charlotte Campus

Flora Brunetti (online)
M.S. Roosevelt University/University College Dublin; B.A. Columbia College. Social & Digital Marketing/Community Development & Events Manager, MAC& MIA. Former Social & Digital Marketing Manager, Sears Apparel & searsStyle blog, Sears Holdings.

Quintin Cedeno
M.B.A. Dowling College; M.A. and B.S. Hunter College

Erica Wen Wen Chien
D.B.A. Nova Southeastern University; M.S. Arkansas Tech University; B.S. Tamkang University (Taiwan)

Michael Cicchine
M.B.A. New Jersey City University; B.A. St. Thomas Aquinas College. Founder/ Brand Specialist, Mindbrand LLC

Caroline Desjardins
M.B.A. in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship and B.B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, LIM College; A.A.S. Fashion Design, FIT; A.A.S. Fine Arts, John Abbott College, Canada. Strategy Consultant, JIA Collection; Former Senior Knit Designer, Per Se Collection

Diana Dessources
J.D. and B.A. Touro Law Center. Contract Attorney, Cohen Wilstein Sellers & Toll

Jacqueline Flynn
M.Ed. and B.S. Herbert H. Lehman College

Glenn Go
M.S. in Management and Systems, New York University; B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, SUNY FIT. Contracted Consultant, Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Strategy, ABC Carpet & Home; Director of Digital Marketing/Ecommerce, Ales Group USA; Business Development Manager of Ecommerce, American Express, Vente-Privee USA.

Lindsey M. Gosin
J.D. Hofstra University School of Law; B.S. in Communication Arts, St. John’s University. Agency Attorney – Department of EEO, New York City Transit Authority; Former Legal Placement Coordinator, Update Legal; Former Business Analyst, American Express

Gayon Griffin
M.B.A. DeVry University - Keller Graduate School of Management; B.S. Trinity College. Database/Contracts Manager - Supply Chain, The Chefs Warehouse

Mitchell Janewicz
M.B.A. Wagner College; B.S. St. Francis College

Ashok Kirpalani
M.B.A. Hofstra University; M.S. Long Island University; B.A. Rutgers College

Jennifer Loftus
M.B.A. in Human Resource Management, Pace University Lubin School of Business; B.S. in Accounting, Rutgers University. Founding Partner and National Director, Astron Solutions; Adjunct Professor, Pace University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Long Island University; Former Associate Consultant, HayGroup; Former Compensation Analyst, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

Ingrid Marshall
Ph.D. North Central University; M.S. and B.B.A. Pace University

Jet Mboga
D.B.A. College of Management & Technology Walden University; M.B.A. Wilkes University; B.S. East Stroudsburg University.

Erin McKinstry
Ed.D. and M.B.A. St. John's University; B.S. Fordham University

Adrienne McKissick
M.S. New York University; B.A. State University Of New York (SUNY) at Albany. National & Special Events Marketing Manager, Macy's Inc.

Marilu Menendez
Double M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. The College of Saint Elizabeth. Owner, Marilu Menendez Communications. Former Director of Publicity and Fashion Events, Lord & Taylor

Atique Mirza
M.B.A. in Accounting, San Houston State University. CPA. Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Nicole Mussenden
M.B.A. J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University; B.Eng. Stevens Institute of Technology. Former Director of Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Fox Networks

Shelly J. Nicholas
M.B.A. University of Connecticut; B.B.A. Fordham University

Mary Ellen O'Connor Shyne
M.B.A. New York Institute of Technology; B.A. Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY). Former Human Resources Manager, Pfizer, Inc.

Gail Shapiro
Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University; M.A. Legal Studies, Montclair State University; B.A. Arts Administration, George Washington University. CEO, Mediator, Conflict Coach & Trainer, Connecticut Mediation Training & Services; Former Adjunct Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University

Ellen Sills-Levy
M.B.A. Columbia University Graduate School of Business; B.A. Brooklyn College. Former Senior Vice President, Phoenix Marketing International, Inc.; Former Senior Vice President – Investment Research Services, TNS Custom Research, Inc.; Former President, CEO & Founder, ESL Insights, LLC.

Noelle Sinclair
M.B.A. Monterey Institute of International Studies; B.A. Vassar College

Mark Tuminello
M.B.A. New York University; B.S. Adelphi University. Consultant, Aleren Analitics LLC /OMNI Markets Group. Controller/Office Manager, Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis LLP. Consultant – Enterprise Risk Management and Rating Advisory Services, Xavian Holdings, Inc.