I'll begin by saying that I have been a professor with the Bachelor of Arts program of Union Institute & University for the past 12 years, mentoring a very great variety of studies ranging from basic marketing all the way to midwifery. I am also a full time professor in the Business and Management Division of Norwich University, located in nearby Northfield Vermont. Here my specialties are economics and marketing. I am also lead instructor and developer of curriculum for the NU MBA Online, Prerequisites Course.
In another life before teaching, before I came to Vermont in the early 1990s, I was Vice President of one of the major Philadelphia banks. I was an investment analyst and investment manager. It was a great way to learn business. In the early 1990s, I decided to strike out on my own, came to Vermont and started an investment advisory firm. But I took a detour along the way and picked up a Nursing degree. Health and medicine had always interested me; I had studied some alternative healing methods and also had professional experience in analysis of healthcare companies and businesses, so I decided to explore the possibility of work in healthcare management. After getting the Nursing degree, however, I had a change of heart, turned around and came back into teaching and business consulting, but now was equipped with much more science and medical knowledge. Armed with this medical background, I authored a column called "Market Pulse" on health industry trends, for a New England health care journal, in the late 1990s.
Going back one step, I was a securities analyst for two major Wall Street brokerage firms, in the 1970s and early 1980s, in investment banking and then in research analysis. That brings me all the way back to college. My M.B.A. is in Finance, from St. Joseph's University, in Philadelphia, and I earned a B.A. in Economics from Marymount Manhattan University in New York City.
At present I divide my time between teaching, consulting and offering seminars at places like Goddard College, the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute and Business and Professional Women of Vermont.
Eclectic is the descriptor I think of in reference to my teaching philosophy, in order to span the enormous range of possibilities for study in business and health care. It turns out that this is actually an ideal way to position oneself pedagogically, because it then becomes essential to think deeply and critically about every study, hoping to discover the best tools to employ, best suited to the individual, one's diverse experiences and learning goals and to the particular domain of study.