Executive Education Faculty

Executives teaching from experience.

At the University of Dallas, we emphasize a practical approach to building principled and moral leaders. Our Executive Education faculty have a depth of knowledge and experience in many industries, and when they are not teaching in the classroom they are consulting in the boardroom. Each individual brings a different element of expertise to the table, but they all highly qualified to maximize the leadership potential of their students.

Mohammed Aouam

Mohammed Aouam, MS-Cybersecurity

Lead Project Manager - Cybersecurity Strategy, AT&T
Instructor for Cybersecurity Certificate

 Mohammed Aouam has over 12 years in business strategy developing profitable portfolios between products and services, and positioning companies as thought-leaders in their markets. Formerly the product owner of the Threat Management and Analytics portfolio at AT&T, he currently leads cybersecurity business strategy across all AT&T portfolios. 

Mohammed is the founder and CEO of TED Cyber Defense Company, a technology, education, and business development strategy and cyber defense firm providing in-depth consulting services to a variety of clients across government, private, and startups worldwide. He also served as a civilian employee in the US Department of Defense managing the telecom business, ensuring US troops worldwide are connected with their families and loved ones.

Mohammed earned an M.S. in Cybersecurity from the University of Dallas with thesis on steganography, and B.S. in Mathematics – Applied Statistics from Mohammed V University in Morocco.

His passion for learning, education and knowledge-sharing led him to be involved in several community and academic activities such as a member of “La Region “MeM by CGEM” des Marocains Entrepreneurs du Monde,” coach and judge for DECA Aspire Mentoring Academy: Young Leaders & Entrepreneurs, business-plan advisor for Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), Texas, and a board member of American Moroccan Alliance.

His spare time is spent facetiming with his eleven nieces and nephews located all over the world. He loves having intellectual conversations, listening to new audiobooks and inspiring others to reach their full potential. He loves traveling and visiting new places, playing tennis and soccer (goalkeeper is his ideal position).


Deborah Avrin

Deborah Avrin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Founder Management Skills Resource, Inc.
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Deborah Avrin, SPHR, has been a human resources professional for over 18 years, holds a BBA in Human Resources and an MS in Organizational Behavior. Since 1999, her company Management Skills Resource Inc, has worked with organizations that want to build the confidence, competence and courage of their management teams through creative training workshops. Her training style is interactive and inspiring, which makes her a sought after facilitator for human resources and management development workshops.  

Ms. Avrin holds a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and keeps current in training and human resources trends by her affiliation with Dallas HR and Dallas ASTD where she served as the 2007 President and as a SHRM Learning Systems instructor through the University of Dallas since 2001. Ms. Avrin is the author of The Management Map: Navigation Tools for the New Manager.


Sue Conger

Sue Conger, Ph.D.

Professor
Instructor for CISSP Certificate

Sue Conger, Ph.D., is a Professor on the faculty of University of Dallas where she also serves as Director, Information & Technology Management academic programs. She publishes extensively, speaks at conferences globally, and teaches in Finland, Mexico, South Africa, and New Zealand. She is involved in both academic and practitioner organizations relating to information systems, IT services management, and organization management. She serves on several editorial boards, and is on program and planning committees for conferences. Her research interests are innovative uses of IT in organizations, IT service management, IT for developing countries, IT-related privacy, and emerging technologies. She is the author of The New Software Engineering (1994) and Planning & Designing Effective Web Sites (1997), and Process Mapping & Management (2011, 2016). 

 


Ben Dilla

Ben Dilla, Ph.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Instructor for IIAT Leadership Academy

Dr. Ben Dilla is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Management in the Gupta College of Business and has taught at the University of Dallas since 2014. He earned his M.S. & Ph.D. in industrial & organizational psychology from Purdue University and a BS in behavioral sciences & leadership from the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

His career as an industrial & organizational psychologist has taken him to a diverse range of industries and organizations including the military (U.S. Air Force), financial services (Fannie Mae), transportation & customer service (American Airlines), and healthcare (UT Southwestern Medical Center & Parkland Hospital), as well as consulting to organizations in retail, high tech, transportation, manufacturing and financial services. 

Ben is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and takes an appreciative inquiry approach in his consulting work.


Susan Frear

Susan Frear, Ph.D., SPHR

Manager, Corporate Planning & Business Execellence, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Dr. Susan Frear is the Manager of Payroll and HR Information Systems at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas.  Prior to her work at the Bank, she was the Director of Education for two nonprofit organizations, the Center for Nonprofit Management and DallasHR (a local SHRM affiliated chapter).  She has a background in employee development and operations management in the manufacturing, higher education and nonprofit sectors. 

She recently received her doctorate from the University of North Texas in the College of Information’s Applied Technology and Performance Improvement department.  She has had the opportunity to actively explore the intersection between academic research in performance and the practical application of best practices in the talent management arena.  Susan’s areas of interest in the human resource field include performance management, data analytics, change management, technology, and strategy.  Susan has been providing support to HR professionals preparing to sit for the PHR/SPHR for over five years.


 

CTP Instruction UDallas

Barbara Hoover, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Independent Human Resources Professional, HooverHR
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Barbara has more than 20 years of Human Resources generalist experience in the hospitality industry.  Diverse and progressive assignments took her to 27 cities in 15 states, and from a one-person office to overseeing the people function in 28 hotels coast to coast.  She is uniquely qualified to facilitate the SHRM Learning System, as the modules perfectly mirror her experience in the corporate world—management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and risk management.

 As a 2011 graduate of Dallas Baptist University, Barbara will now pursue her Master’s Degree at Amberton University.  She is also a volunteer instructor for the Dallas HR Management Association.


Donna HowardDonna Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

VP Human Resources, Fresenius Medical Care
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Donna has extensive human resources experience and is Vice President, Human Resources for Fresenius Kidney Care, North America’s leading provider of dialysis services and products to more than 139,000 patients with chronic kidney disease.   She’s held Vice President positions for previous organizations including Ernst & Young, Brink’s Home Security and ACE America’s Cash Express.  Prior to Fresenius Kidney Care, she was CHRO for Sonic Healthcare USA, Inc.

 Areas of expertise include mergers/acquisitions, strategic planning, and improving HR financials.  In addition to teaching this certification course, she has also been an instructor of this course at UT-Austin and University of Houston.  She’s been teaching this class for more than 20 years.

 Donna served as Executive Director of the HRSouthwest Conference and is Past President of the Dallas HR Management Association.  Her education includes an MBA in Human Resources from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.


Rodney Jarrell

Rodney Jarrell, CPA, CFP®, IAR

CFP Professional, Lakeview Financial Solutions
Instructor for CFP Certificate

Rodney Jarrell, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Lakeview Financial Solutions and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1981. After spending many years in the financial industry where he helped hundreds of people with their life plan, he moved into the retirement and college planning industry. Rodney became interested in retirement planning when more and more of his college planning clients started asking for help with their retirement plans. With diligent analysis and research, he has helped many families navigate their way through the minefield of retirement planning.

Rodney Jarrell has both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has been married to his wife Janice for 39 years and has two children and one grandson. His daughter Kirsten is a Doctor of Audiology in Rowlett and his son Mark is an Integration Architect in Austin.


M. Scott KogerM. Scott Koger, CISSP, CRISC

Information Systems Security Officer, NOAA
Instructor for CISSP Certification

Mr. M. Scott Koger currently serves as the ISSO (Information System Security Officer) for NOAA’s Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina where he is responsible for information security and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining NOAA, Scott served as the Security Analyst for Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he was responsible for operational network security, policy development and regulatory compliance with FERPA, GLBA, PCI-DSS and HIPAA.
Before joining WCU, Scott spent an eventful year with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans as the Systems Development Project Lead during the disaster recovery and reconstitution efforts in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Previous to that he was an Information Technology Projects Consultant for the University of New Orleans. While at UNO he also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the department of Management. His research efforts include distance education; disaster recovery; network security and design; and regulatory compliance.


Brett J.L. Landry

Brett J.L. Landry, Ph.D., CISSP, CEH

Dean and Professor of Cybersecurity
Instructor for CISSP Certification

Brett J. L. Landry is the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business dean and professor of cybersecurity.  For more than 25 years, he has worked in information security in the public and private sectors.  Landry has been instrumental in the college’s AACSB accreditation efforts, the implementation of M.S. in technology programs, and university technology initiatives.  Additionally, he is responsible for the University of Dallas’ certification as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Landry earned his doctorate from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).


Rosemary MaellaroRosemary Maellaro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Instructor for IIAT Leadership Academy

With more than 20 years of HR management experience, Dr. Rosemary Maellaro, decided to share her expertise through teaching. Dr. Maellaro moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1987 working for The Southland Corporation, now 7-Eleven, Inc. She joined the faculty of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas as an adjunct professor in 1993, while serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for Black-eyed Pea Restaurants. She found the classroom experience exhilarating and came to the realization that she wanted to pursue a career in higher education.

After discovering her desire to teach, she began a nine year journey in obtaining her Ph.D. and became a full-time faculty member of the University in 1998. Dr. Maellaro is currently an associate professor and teaches masters level courses in organization development and leadership, as well as Agile Organizations in the DBA program.

Dr. Maellaro developed The Effective Leader course, based on her dissertation study that determined the ideal interpersonal skills local hiring managers seek in MBA graduates. The course focuses on developing the people skills leaders need to succeed in today's organizations, as well as effective team dynamics. The online version of this class received QM Certification in 2015 for meeting quality course design standards.

Dr. Maellaro also facilitates leadership development classes for the College of Business' Executive Education Center. She has served the College of Business as the Academic Program Director for the Human Resource Management concentration from 1996 to 2001 and for the Organization Development concentration from 2002 to 2010.


Christian Nielsen

Christian Nielsen, Ph.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Instructor for CISSP Certificate

Over thirty years of technical, consulting and managerial experience in IT and telecommunications. Management of large projects and teams of technical personnel with large geographic footprints. Significant budget and expense responsibilities. Experience includes startup companies as well as large corporate entities such as Sony and Verizon. The last six years have been focused on consulting providing security, compliance and privacy expertise to corporate clients.


Jude OlsonJude Olson, Ph.D., ACC

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Instructor for Custom Corporate Training

Jude has over 25 years’ experience as a coach, organizational consultant, and facilitator with Fortune 100 companies.  She is an accredited, certified coach with the International Coaching Federation.

Jude’s background includes being the SVP for a global career and change consulting firm with P&L responsibilities for local and regional offices.  Private practice since 2001.

Jude has coached over 100 individuals including senior and middle managers, Directors and VP’s in the retail, manufacturing, oil and gas and healthcare industries.  Her clients include: Lockheed Martin, Alcon Laboratories, BNSF, Bell Helicopter, Baker Corp, Cook Children’s Hospital, L3 Technologies, TCU EMBA program.


James W. Price

James W Price, 

Senior VP in Human Resources, Citi & President, The Price Group, LLC
Instructor for PMP Certification

Jim serves as a Senior Vice President in Human Resources at Citi and President of The Price Group LLC, both located in Dallas, TX. At Citi, his primary works involves HR oversight for 47,000 employees across 37 North American Sites, as well as for strategic business projects, global learning, and global operations and technology transformation.  Prior to joining Citi, Jim served as Human Resources Director at The M/A/R/C Group, a member of the Omnicom Group. He now also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member in the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, teaching courses in Leadership, Management, Human Resources, and Professional Development.

Jim holds an MBA from the University of Dallas, and is certified as an HRCI Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional as well as a Professional in Project Management by the Project Management Institute. Jim is also a graduate of Leadership Denton. In addition to frequently working with community and diversity organizations, Jim has presented at numerous leadership and diversity conferences.

Jim's core expertise includes Human Resources/Human Capital Management, Project Management, Organizational Behavior and Development, Diversity, Leadership Training, Executive Coaching, and Career Guidance.

When not working or teaching, Jim is also a fine art mosaicist and can often be found in the company of his two great danes and a box of smalti.


Carol RogersCarol Rogers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Managing Director, Human Resources, Barings Multifamily Capital
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

 Carol has more than 20 years’ experience implementing and supporting the delivery of Human Resources strategy, initiatives, and programs through various Human Resources leadership roles and in a variety of different industries.  

Her Human Resources experience includes company-wide HRIS implementations, acquisition integrations, and Human Resources operational initiatives. Ms. Rogers specializes in partnering with business leaders to influence and lead organizational design and change, resource planning, and innovative customer-focused strategies that align with the organization’s needs.

Carol is HRCI certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as the Society of Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She holds a MBA in Management from University of Arlington and a BBA in Human Resources Management from University of North Texas.  


Ernest Smith

Ernest Smith, CTP

Senior VP North Texas Regional Sales Manager, BBVA Compass
Instructor for CTP Certification

Ernest L. Smith is senior vice president North Texas Regional Sales Manager at BBVA Compass. Smith is responsible for a staff of 10 TM professionals, providing TM product Sales and Support to clients in the North Texas region. Before joining BBVA Compass, Smith spent 16 years at JPMorgan Chase, including six years as a Commercial Banker and three years as a Private Client Advisor. Prior to Chase, he spent three years at South Main Bank as Credit Officer and Compliance Officer. Smith has 23 years of banking experience and 15 years of Treasury Management experience. He received his B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Arizona and his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

 Mr. Smith has been teaching for the University of Dallas since 2011. He is active in the local AFP chapter and has been part of the committee that reviews test questions on the actual CTP exam.


Stephen StetzStephen Stetz, MBA, MS, CFP®

Licensed Financial Representative, Fidelity Investments
Instructor for CFP Certificate

Steve Stetz: was born in Kansas and also lived in Oklahoma before moving to Texas in 1992. He began at Fidelity in April of 2011. After advancing through various roles, he joined the Portfolio Advisory Services team as an assigned relationship manager in August of 2014. On a daily basis, he engages in discussions around service, investment planning, retirement planning, estate and tax planning, trusts, and charitable giving to ensure loyalty and satisfaction. Throughout his tenure at Fidelity, he has been consistently recognized for his performance and leadership. He has also served as a mentor to newer representatives where he helped his peers succeed in their role and increase their knowledge of the financial markets.

Steve became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in July 2014, along with his certification he also holds the FINRA 7, 63, Texas Life & Health, and Texas P&C licenses. He received a B.B.A. in Management in 2005 from Texas Tech University. After working for 3 years, he went back to attend graduate school in August of 2008 where he received a joint degree consisting of a MBA and a Masters of Science in Personal Financial Planning graduating in December 2010. Steve is a member of the Dallas Financial Planning Association and has attended FPA annual conferences in Anaheim, CA and Denver, CO.

He and his wife Allison just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary and they have a son named Mason with another baby boy due in January of 2015. Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and watching sports.


Brandon Truitt

Brandon Truitt, CFP®, MS, CRPC®, MPAS®

Founder Truitt, LLC. & Instructor, Zahn Associates, Inc.
Instructor for CFP Certificate and FP&A Certification

Brandon worked at Fidelity Investments for 14 years in a variety of leadership roles focusing on workplace benefits and financial plan delivery.  During his tenure there he helped launch their executive compensation group, workplace guidance department, and was in charge of operational execution for over 300 financial planning professionals. These teams address a myriad of investment issues specializing in employee benefits like, DC plans, DB plans, company stock and option plans, employer insurance programs, and all of Fidelity’s personal investing products, accounts, and services. Brandon holds his Series 7, 9, 10, and 66 licenses as well as the CRPC®, MPAS®, and CFP® designations.

Brandon currently teaches in Dallas, but grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended McNeil High School and was recognized as a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and graduated top ten in his class. He earned his undergraduate degree studying English and Philosophy from Texas A&M University. There, he was recognized as a University Scholar and Lechner Scholar by the honor’s department. Brandon also holds a Master’s of Science in Personal Financial Planning and is currently working towards his FP&A™ designation specializing in corporate financial planning.

In his spare time Brandon is a member of the Dallas Fort Worth FPA® chapter and likes to read, write, play tennis, and work on home improvement projects. He currently teaches Zahn Live Review classes and is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Dallas CFP® Certification Professional Education Program.


Tamara TrummerTamara Trummer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR Director & HR Business Partner, HR Consulting Services - Plano
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certificate

Tamara is a native of Enid, OK and attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK, later transferring to Central OK State University in Edmond, OK, where she received a BA degree in Journalism.  While living in Oklahoma City, OK, she worked at Deaconess Hospital, a Westinghouse Electric heat pump manufacturing facility, and a Control Data floppy disk manufacturing plant, in Human Resources positions that also included writing and editing.  She decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of OK (OU) in Norman, OK, and later an MBA degree in Management at OK City University.  During this time, she received her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification, and in 2015, her SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification.

Hadson Corporation, a mid-sized oil & gas firm where Tamara was HR Manager, moved its corporate offices from OKC to Dallas, and she transferred here with the company.  She later went to work for ADP (Automatic Data Processing), and SPR Inc. (a Y2K compliance company focused on large mainframe systems), before joining Ericsson Inc., a global Swedish telecom infrastructure company, as a Sr. Manager and later Director of HR.  She worked for 11 years at Ericsson and moved with the company to regional offices in Atlanta, GA and San Antonio, TX before moving back to their North American corporate offices in Plano, TX. 

While in Dallas, Tamara has served as HR Committee Chair and Board of Directors member for My Possibilities, a non-profit which provides educational and socialization services to adults with special needs.  She has also been a volunteer workshop presenter and image consultant for Attitudes & Attire, as well as holding volunteer leadership positions for several years on the local Dallas HR Management Association Board of Directors and HR Southwest Conference Board of Directors.  She is a member of Executives in Action, a non-profit which pairs executives in transition with community non-profits in need of project assistance, where she has completed a project for The Assistance Center of Collin County.

Tamara has most recently worked as an HR Director and HRBP for Anthelio Healthcare Services, and in an HR Consulting capacity for a variety of small to mid-sized companies in industries which include transportation, commercial real estate, healthcare, sales, education, marketing, legal, and cosmetology.  She is currently working as a Career Consultant for the University of Texas –Dallas (UTD) in their Career Management Center, and is teaching a 12 - week HRCI certification study course at the University of Dallas. 


J.Lee Whittington

J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Instructor for IIAT Leadership Academy

Whittington's research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Business Strategy among many others.

His industry experience includes over 20 years in manufacturing and distribution, including executive positions in marketing, logistics and general management. Whittington has spent over 20 years executive coaching and consulting for various organizations including Nokia, FedEx-Kinko’s, RadioShack, Siemens, Life.Church, Reynolds Metals, Ball Container, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Valor Telecom, City of Arlington and the US Army Corps of Engineers.


Richard WintersRichard Winters, CFP®, CMFC®, CRPC®, AAMS®

Relationship Manager, Retirement Advisors of America
Instructor for CFP Certificate

Richard Winters has over 20 years in the financial services business. He spent 15 years with Fidelity Investments before joining RAA, a RIA firm that has over 2,500 clients across the nation. Richard’s primary role is client relationship with an emphasis in financial planning, portfolio construction and investment management. Richard earned a BA in Business from Westminster College and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®), and the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) designation from the College of Financial Planning.

Richard served four years with the US Army Rangers – 75th Ranger Regiment.

His spare time is spent with his wife and his son and two daughters. They love to hike, camp, ski– anything outdoors and doing it together.


Scott Wysong

Scott Wysong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Instructor for IIAT Leadership Academy

Scott Wysong holds an MBA and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. 

He has published a number of research articles in academic outlets and conducted research for over 100 firms, including economic impact studies for the Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Concert, Red River Rally and U.S. Hot Air Balloon Championship, Garth Brooks concerts, Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, Red River Revel Arts Festival, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Region 4 Qualifying, Texas Bass Champs Team Tournament Sponsored by Yamaha, Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase, Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Toruk,’ Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, Gusher Days Festival, Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) State Wrestling Tournament, Shreveport Mardi Gras Parades and the Red River State Fair Classic. 

Since 2002, he has been an active member in the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Prior to his career in marketing, Dr. Wysong was Director of Operational Audits for Osteopathic Health System of Texas for nearly a decade.

News

UD Welcomes New Generation of Crusader Alumni

Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.

+ Read More

Board of Trustees Names John G. Plotts as Interim President

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.

+ Read More

Professor of English Eileen Gregory, PhD, Named 2018 Piper Professor

"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.

+ Read More