Marketing, Management & Finance

Marketing, Management & Finance FULL-TIME AND ADJUNCT FACULTY

Dr. Nicole Kirpalani

Chair, 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 PracticeDr. 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. Eve Proper

Associate 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. 

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). 

Robert Conrad

Lecturer

Professor Robert Conrad has extensive professional experience in sales, marketing, operations, and general management within the fashion industry.

As Senior Vice President of Design and Product Development for Limited Brands, he helped develop Henri Bendel branded accessories, and as President of Modern & Classic Accessories for Liz Claiborne, he developed and implemented strategic plans for brands such as Liz Claiborne Accessories, Kenneth Cole Jewelry, and Lucky Brand. He has also held positions with R.G. Barry (Dearfoam), Swank Inc., Crystal Brands (Monet), Revlon, and J.C. Penney.

At the undergraduate level he teaches Management, Sales Management, Retailing, and Multi-Channel Retailing. He also teaches graduate courses in Fashion Retail Management.

Professor Conrad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Peter’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University. He is a member of the Retail Marketing Society.

Gavin Goldstein

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. Kenneth M. Kambara

Associate Professor

A social media and marketing research consultant, Dr. Kambara’s areas of interest include brand management, entrepreneurship, and social media.

Among the undergraduate courses he teaches are Applied Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Entrepreneurship, and Global Markets. He also teaches Technology and Fashion Merchandising and Management, Digital Merchandising, and Consumer Behavior in Fashion at the graduate level.

Dr. Kambara has presented at the American Sociology Association (in the Communications, Information Technology, and Media Sociology (CITAMS) and Economic Sociology sections), as well at American Marketing Association and Association for Consumer Research conferences. His work has been published in the Journal of Brand Management and The Journal of Academic and Business Ethics, and Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion. Dr. Kambara has also presented at LIM’s Fashion: Now & Then conference on projects related to the intersection of fashion, marketing, technology, and culture.

Dr. Kambara holds a Ph.D. in Management from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. He also received two bachelor’s degrees — one in Business Administration-Marketing and one in Economics — from California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Rudolph Lalak

Assistant 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.

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.

Kenneth Weinstein

Lecturer

Kenneth Weinstein teaches Integrated Marketing Communications, E-Commerce, Management, Strategic Management, and International Business.

His career includes more than 30 years of marketing, merchandising and management experience as a marketing leader with Honeywell International. Professor Weinstein managed the strategic development of marketing, sales, communications and educational programs to drive sales and cultivate customer loyalty. One of his major roles at Honeywell was to help their channel partners grow their businesses by teaching them about, and helping them implement, the latest marketing and sales techniques. As part of his responsibility for new product introductions, Professor Weinstein received Six Sigma Greenbelt certification. He was named to the Honeywell President’s Club in 2009.

Professor Weinstein holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from Hofstra University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education from The City University of New York, Lehman College.

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 

Murray Altman
M.B.A. University of Maryland; B.A. University of Colorado. Former CFO, Senior Vice President, May Department Stores

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

Dudley Blossom
Ph.D. University of Arizona; B.A. Trinity College (Connecticut)

Flora Brunetti
M.S. Roosevelt University/University College Dublin; B.A. Columbia College Chicago. Social & Digital Marketing/Community Development & Events, MAC & MIA 

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 

Ann Cunningham
Ed.D. East Tennessee State University; M.A. Tennessee Technological University; B.S. University of Tennessee.  

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

Karr Dyal
M.A. New York Institute of Technology; B.F.A. School of Visual Arts

Edward Fritz
M.P.A. Long Island University; B.A. The University of the State of New York

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

Iris Hershenson
M.B.A. Fordham University; B.A. Hunter College. Consultant, Media Solutions Corporation

Naomi Hills
J.D. Roger Williams University School of Law; B.A. Pennsylvania State University. Senior Legal Counsel, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading. Attorney, Law Offices of Naomi K. Hills

Melissa James
J.D. Vermont Law School; B.A. Hampton University. Litigation Staff Attorney, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Contract Attorney (eDiscovery Attorney), Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

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

John Keane
M.B.A. St. John's University; B.A. Georgetown University. Executive Director, The Bauer Media Group, Inc.

Michelle Kennedy
M.B.A. DeVry University - Keller School of Management; B.B.A. Berkeley College

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

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

Joseph Marutollo
J.D. Pace University, School of Law; B.S. Fordham University. Assistant Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel

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. 

Alicia B. Melendez 
M.A. in Integrated Communications, Russel J. Jandoli School of Journalism & Mass Communications, St. Bonaventure University; B.S. in Fashion Merchandising Management & Business Communication, SUNY College at Oneonta. Senior Operations Coordinator, Albatros Global Solutions; Former Global Marketing & Communications Intern, The Donna Karan Company LLC. 

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

Sue Mookram
M.Ed. Northcentral University; B.B.A. Baruch College; A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

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

Julia Nomee
M.S. Pace University; B.S. University of Connecticut

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.

Ionie Pierce
Ph.D. Capella University; M.P.S. and B.S. Brooklyn College

Michael Richards
M.B.A. Lynn University; B.A. Wilmington College of Ohio. Dean of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator, LIM College 

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 

Arthur Sherwood
M.B.A. Northeastern University; B.S. The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania); Managing Partner, Scent id, LLC. Former Senior Vice President, Coty Inc.

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

Barbara Skelly
M.B.A. St. John's University; B.B.A. Pace University. Former Director of Marketing, Stanton Carpet

Fred Steinberg
M.S. Columbia University; B.S. Cornell University. Olympic marketing consultant. Former Advertising Advisor and Regional Director of Communications, IBM

Ira Stolzenberg
M.B.A. Baruch College; B.S. Brooklyn College 

Valerie Susskind
M.B.A. NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business; B.A. Yeshiva University, Stern College For Women. Owner, TREZ’ UNIQUE, LLC          

Anna Tsipenyuk
M.S. University of Kiev, Ukraine

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.

Paula Wang
M.S. New York University; B.A. Beijing Normal University Business Investment Consultant and Analyst, G&L Group. Former Strategic Media Business and Advertising Market Analyst, Conde Nast. Former Senior Business Journalist and Editor, China Business Times

Dianne Weinstein 
Ph.D. and M.B.A. Hofstra University; B.A. New York University

Rahul D. Zala
M.B.A. and B.A. LIM College. Operations Analyst, Alexander Wang Inc. 

Barry Zusman
M.B.A. Pace University; B.S. Clarkson University. Principal, The Zusman Company. Former Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ogilvy and Mather Public Relations