Thomas Eden, Professor of Business Ethics
Tom Eden has had over 30 years of business experience in industry, having served in a variety of roles for large and medium size corporations. Career highlights include:
- General manager for the western US and Mexico
- Corporate business development, mergers and acquisitions
- Vice-president of sales and marketing- the Americas and Asia.
- National Marketing manager – new market and product development (including environmental applications)
Tom graduated with a BS in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s University, where he was a varsity tennis player on the two-time Mid-Atlantic championship team. He holds a Masters degree in Business (MBA) as well as a Masters (MA) in Pastoral Theology. Additionally Tom has certifications in Financial Management from the Keenan-Flager School of Business (University of North Carolina); International Business from the Darla More School of Business (University of South Carolina); and leadership development form the Center for Creative Leadership.
Currently Tom is the business manager for Family Advancement Ministries in Macon Georgia, serves as a deacon in the Catholic Church, and for the last 7 years has been teaching courses in Business Ethics at Georgia College and State University.
Dr. Kalina Manoylov, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Georgia College
Sam Mutiti, Ph.D., Hydrologist
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Campus Box 081
Dr. Sam Mutiti is an Assistant Professor at Georgia College and specializes in the field of Hydrogeology. He works on water-related research projects that include water quality assessment and monitoring, groundwater modeling, geophysics and contaminant transport in groundwater systems. His current research students are working in environmental pharmaceuticals, non-metallic nanoparticle transport, tools for assessing stream water quality and the use of geophysics, geochemistry and isotopes to understand crayfish habitats. He is also working on an international collaborative research investigating the Lusaka dolomite aquifer in Zambia.
Dr. Mutiti has a bachelor’s degree in exploration geology and postgraduate qualifications in computer science, environmental sciences and hydrogeology. In the last ten years he has worked on projects that include virus transport in groundwater, heat transport modeling at sites of riverbank filtration, increasing drinking water resources in Kenya and water quality monitoring in Zambia. He has also worked for a copper mine and a geotechnical and environmental firm. His passion is in understanding and improving the supply of portable water to all citizens of earth.
Dr. Doug Oetter, Associate Professor, Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy
Doug R. Oetter (Ph.D. 2002 Oregon State University; M.A. 1990 University of Georgia; B.A. 1985 University of Washington) is an Associate Professor at Georgia College in the Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy. He teaches physical geography, resource geography, geographic techniques, environmental history, history of science, and interdisciplinary studies. His research is concentrated on the application of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems to resource development issues, especially land cover change and riparian management. He has published in Remote Sensing of Environment, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Transactions in GIS, Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology, Ecosystems, and other environmental journals. Dr. Oetter holds a Certificate in Environmental Ethics from the University of Georgia, and is the chair of the Georgia College Sustainability Council and Faculty Advisor for the GC Environmental Science Club.
Cynthia Orms, J.D., Professor, Legal & Ethics
209 Atkinson Hall
Cynthia Orms has been with Georgia College since August 2010. She comes to GC with 27 years experience in the environmental field, 20 of those as an environmental attorney. Professor Orms is President of an environmental consulting firm and has worked and lived on six continents with extensive work experience outside the US mainly in Canada, Germany, Japan, and the Middle East. She teaches Business Ethics and Business Law at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Janna Parker, SOG Product Placement Coordinator
319 Atkinson Hall
Janna Parker is an Assistant Professor of Marketing the Marketing Department of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University (GC). Janna is ABD and completing her DBA in Marketing at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining the GC faculty, Janna taught as an instructor at Louisiana Tech University and Cameron University. She has worked as a political consultant, an independent marketing consultant with local businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as the United States Air Force in Europe.
Matt Roessing, Professor of Accountancy
Matt Roessing is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Georgia College. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced law in Washington, DC, focusing on commercial litigation and international trade law. Matt represented businesses in class action lawsuits, securities fraud claims, and shareholder derivative actions. He also advised clients on U.S. customs and trade laws and represented companies before the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission. Matt received a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from the College of William & Mary.
Doreen (Dee)Sams, SOG Founder
Associate Professor of Marketing
J. Whitney Bunting College of Business
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061
SOG Website: http://Shadesofgreen.gcsu.edu
Doreen (Dee) Sams is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Marketing Department of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University (GC). Dr. Sams received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2005. Dr. Sams has held visiting professor and instructor positions at the University of South Florida in the Lakeland, St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida campuses prior to joining Georgia College and State University. Dr. Sams attended the University of Costa Rica as part of her MBA, as a voluntary portion of the USF program at the University of South Florida, which she received in 1999.
Dr. Sams believes that textbooks must be supplemented by outside sources. Thus, Dr. Sams invited the Deputy Chief of the Corrosion Prevention arm of the US Air Force, to her classroom to speak on sustainability in 2008. He was an instant hit. Dr. Sams invited him back the next semester where, a professor from Seneca College in Canada joined him through an Internet feed to discuss sustainability across borders. From these early beginnings, visits transformed to panels and the panels evolved into a Week of ‘Shades of Green’ beginning in 2011 (visit shadesofgreen.gcsu.edu for details). The event was held on both the Georgia College’s Milledgeville and Macon campuses with guest speakers traveling from as far away as California and Michigan. Many of the local media published the success of the event including The Milledgeville Living magazine. Dr. Sams wrote a case study being published in September 2012 by the National Wildlife Federation (reaching over 25,000 members) about the Shades of Green Week as a learning opportunity. Sams currently is leading the GC effort for Campus Sustainability Day and National Food Day on October 24th and bringing together a variety of organizations to participate from both on an off campus. The April 2013 ‘Shades of Green’ Week of events is currently in the planning stage.
Dr. Sams has a passion to motivate student to become responsible global citizens and business professionals who are stewards of environmentally sustainability with a clear understanding of their role in a sustainable world. This goal has led Sams to serve the university on the university’s Sustainability Council. Dr. Sams has been a member of the council since 2009 and she has supervised several undergraduate marketing research group projects for the GC Sustainability Council. She also served on the Sustainability Council for the State of Georgia Boys and Girls Club (August 12, 2010) in Madison, Georgia. Sams developed a session for the Society of Marketing Advances on Sustainability in 2010 and she was selected from faculty across seven states to participate in the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Train the Trainer Workshop with Dr. Peggy Barlett on May 17-18, 2011 at Agnes Scott College. Dr. Sams received the 2011 Hometown Heroes “Go Green” award sponsored by Geico and the American Red Cross for her work in sustainability and was nominated for the Aspen Institute Beyond the Pinstripes Pioneer Faculty Award. Dr. Sams developed the session and is track chair for 2012 MMA Fall Educators’ Conference, Sept 19-21, 2012 on “Teaching Sustainability Across the Business Curriculum.” She serves on the Board of Directors for the Heart of Georgia Energy Coalition in Warner Robins Georgia and she participates “Good Jobs Green Jobs” workshops and hiring conferences. She has published several articles at academic conferences and in academic journals on sustainability.
Ron Smith, Professor, Marketing Department
During his years of experience in the Marketing and Business Development disciplines, Ron has successfully demonstrated the aptitude, technical knowledge of, and continued passion for marketing, business and product development, branding, and integrated marketing communications.
Functional areas to which he has contributed include:
- Global Matrix Team Organization
- Business Team Membership
- General Marketing Management
- Product Management
- New Product Development & Launch
- Branding & Integrated Marketing Communications
- Customer Service & Sales Administration Management
- Building and Leading Marketing Teams
Prior to coming to Georgia College and State University Ron’s most recent experience includes serving as the Director of Marketing for Blue Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer of school and activity buses in Fort Valley, Georgia. His assignments beyond the job description included championing the product development and launch of the first OEM propane alternative fueled Green school bus in the industry, the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision School Bus. The Green Bus quickly penetrated 17 States and 3 Provinces of Canada gaining $90 million in sales revenue. Ron was also a contributing member of Blue Bird’s engineering based Product Review Board, active with the Dealer Advisory Council, responsible for coordinating sales & marketing presentations across North America, acted as Blue Bird Corporation’s representative to the school bus industry trade associations, and had the responsibility for Branding, Media, Product Management, Public Relations, Industry Trade Shows, Conferences, Sales Administration and Sponsorships.
Previous to joining Blue Bird, Ron was Director of Marketing for Sika Corporation, a global matrix organization and leading manufacturer and supplier of Specialty Chemicals Adhesives, Bonding Materials and Sealants for the Automotive OEM, OES and Aftermarket, Bus, Truck, Rail and Marine, Metal Building, Appliance & Components, and Building Materials markets. Ron was hands-on in global and local product expert teams, the stage-gate product development process, established the marketing department, planned and executed all integrated marketing communications activities, and led new market research and product development efforts which resulted in the launch of seven new technologies, penetration of five new markets and double digit growth in each of his four years.
Other product marketing positions have included Plastics Research, ABTCO Building Products, and Stanley Home Automation and Door Systems Divisions of The Stanley Works.
Ron earned his MBA and BSBA with a Marketing concentration from Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan. He served four years with pride in the U.S. Air Force as an Avionics Technician and currently resides with his wife Susan in Macon, Georgia. Ron and his wife are active in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon. They live on a golf course so a little golf is played. They also enjoy Ballroom Dancing and Ron is a Board Member of the Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance for which he also acts as an assistant instructor in beginning bronze level ballroom dance instruction, leads member satisfaction surveys, and maintains the chapter’s Web site.