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Master of Organizational Leadership



dan ebenerDan R. Ebener, Professor, Management
DBA, St. Ambrose University

Dr. Dan R Ebener has been practicing leadership and developing leaders in churches, businesses, and nonprofits since 1975. He teaches leadership theory, strategic planning, leading change, dialogical leadership, team-building and servant leadership, especially for the Masters in Organizational Leadership program. Dan also provides leadership training for churches, nonprofits and businesses and has conducted strategic planning for over 120 organizations. Dan has traveled to 61 countries and teaches each summer in Croatia and every other summer in Germany. He is the author of two books on servant leadership and co-author of a book on strategic planning.

randy richardsRandy L. Richards, Professor and Director, MBA Program
PhD, University of Iowa

Dr. Richards completed more than two decades of managerial roles in several industries before returning to higher education to complete the PhD. Over the most recent twenty years he has consulted with dozens of firms crossing the sectors of manufacturing, services, construction and mining, and government. He is a highly sought-out trainer, and recently received formal certification in Executive Coaching. In addition to his full-time appointment at SAU, Dr. Richards has regularly taught abroad, including institutions such as the International Business School, Vilnius, Lithuania, Zagreb School of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia, and the Kaiserslautern Technical University in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Areas of expertise in research, teaching, and consulting include leadership, conflict management, small group dynamics and teams, and business ethics. Dr. Richards also formerly directed the SAU Master of Organizational Leadership. An accomplished researcher, he has recently authored or co-authored articles in Instructional Science, International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology, and the Journal of Management Studies.

ron wastynRon Wastyn, Professor and Director, MOL Program
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Ronald Wastyn, PhD, earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College, his master's degree from Wake Forest University, and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Ron currently teaches in and directs the Master of Organizational Leadership program. He has taught communication and leadership for nearly 30 years. He also coached the intercollegiate debate teams at Wake Forest University, University of Pittsburgh, and James Madison University, earning numerous national awards. Ron specializes in organizational leadership development with a focus on adaptive leadership, crisis communication, organizational change, interpersonal and public communication and political rhetoric. He is also the Senior Consultant for Leadership Development programs for Wastyn & Associates which helps organizations turn their ideas into reality by providing high quality, personalized consulting and services in strategic planning, fundraising, grant development and leadership education.

Adjunct Faculty

The MOL program is fortunate to partner with dedicated and talented professionals from our community. Each of these adjunct professors brings real world experience into an academic setting. Our program remains current because of their vast experience in dealing with organizational problems.

Richard Dienesch, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

On May 31, 2015 I retired from my position of Professor of Managerial Studies in the College of Business at St. Ambrose University, but as you can see I am still teaching on an adjunct basis. My primary areas of teaching are Organizational Behavior and Leadership, International and Cross-Cultural Management, and Business Strategy. I teach mainly at the master's level.

I received both my bachelor's and master's degrees in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned my PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. My research interests started in Leadership (the topic of my dissertation and still a passion of mine), Group Dynamics and Organizational Development. In the early nineties I added a focus in Cross-Cultural Management. I am more or less fluent in German.

On the personal side, I was born in Austria, immigrated with my family to the United States at age eight (in 1955), and grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. In my off time I like reading (especially history and historical novels), bicycling, and watching movies (particularly international films) in theaters and online. I also like to spend time with my wife and my three great adult children.

Maegan Gorham, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
PhD, Illinois State University

Dr. Gorham, a 2010 graduate of the MOL program, spent 11 years working as a director in higher education before finishing her PhD in 2015 and entering law school at the University of Iowa. She has worked full-time as a director of advancement services, led a national not-for-profit foundation as executive director, and taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa and in the undergraduate department at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Her research focuses include not-for-profit board leadership training and civic engagement in higher education.

Dr. Gorham will graduate from University of Iowa College of Law with a J.D. degree in December 2017 and plans to practice education law in Iowa and Illinois.

Raj Krishnamurthy, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
MOL, St. Ambrose University

Raj Krishnamurthy is a relatively new addition to St. Ambrose University's adjunct teaching staff. He teaches the Work Based Action Project course in the MOL program.

Raj holds graduate degrees in computer applications and organizational leadership, and has over 16 years of professional experience in leading a variety of IT and Business initiatives. His areas of experience include strategy development and execution, strategic planning, project management, IT enterprise architecture, business intelligence, software development, and corporate leadership. He specializes in breaking down complex initiatives into executable projects by employing resources wisely.

He currently works as the Sr. Director of Strategic Planning & New Initiatives at Royal Neighbors of America, a socially conscious life insurance organization in Rock Island, IL where he has held progressively advanced positions over the last 8 years. In his role, he enables the strategic and annual planning processes, and develops new initiatives that are important for the future of his organization. He does this by conceptualizing and communicating visions, identifying and aligning the right resources, and motivating his teams to express their potential.

A proud graduate of the MOL program himself, he is excited to be back in the program - as an adjunct professor this time. He looks forward to sharing with his students the little he knows about strategy, projects and leadership, in expectation of learning a lot from them in return.

Rick N. Reed, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
EdD, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Rick N. Reed is a published, award-winning, professional illustrator/designer, writer, consultant and a community developer with ethical leadership expertise. For the past three decades, he has been the CEO of Adesign, Inc. and Community Success Initiative serving clients worldwide. Reed is an educated professional with earned degrees of: Doctorate in Ethical Leadership, Masters in Organizational Leadership, and Bachelors in Business and Art serving as an Adjunct for SAU since 2004. He has over 30 years of professional business experience working with hundreds of clients and 12 years as a University Professor teaching courses in art, ethics, business development, leadership, marketing, communication, advertising, psychology, strategic planning, and more. Both clients and students rely on his exceptional background of expertise. Universally acknowledged and awarded by industries, organizations, and education peers, Dr. Reed is known as a consummate professional and communication expert. He has an authentic passion for achieving desired outcomes for business, government, not-for-profit organizations, and students alike through an integrative, collaborative approach. With his in-depth experience, knowledge, and proficiency using active learning strategies, students are assured a great learning experience.

Frederick L. Smith, Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
MOL, St. Ambrose University

Mr. Frederick L. Smith is President and Managing Partner of Spirit Partners, Inc., providing consulting, facilitation, and training services to a wide range of organizations. He is an adjunct professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, teaching master-level courses in Planning Strategically, Decision-Making, and Building Effective Teams. He is also an adjunct professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL teaching Organizational Behavior and Operations Management to undergraduates. Mr. Smith is a retired federal government employee, having accrued 31 years of service. His primary area of expertise was strategic planning and industrial base management where he led numerous strategic planning efforts and orchestrated several large organizational redesigns. He also designed and implemented a strategic management process for a 22,000-person industrial organization and developed business strategies and alliances with industry that led to some of the first public/private partnerships in the Department of Defense. His book, Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders, was published in July 2015 by Paulist Press.

M. Linda Wastyn,  Adjunct Instructor, Management Department
PhD, Illinois State University

Dr. Wastyn spent more than two decades in higher education fundraising and administration before starting Wastyn & Associates in 2011. She has taught full-time, part-time or adjunct in communication, philanthropy and leadership for most of her career at the University of Pittsburgh, James Madison University, St. Ambrose and the University of Iowa. Through Wastyn & Associates, she has worked with nearly 100 organizations across the country to facilitate strategic planning processes, develop fundraising plans, write grants, or consult on various fundraising and leadership topics. She holds leadership positions in the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she frequently presents workshops and classes on planning, leadership, research and grant development topics. Dr. Wastyn frequently presents at the Grant Professionals Association national conference and has published articles in International Journal of Educational Advancement and Argumentation and Advocacy. In 2015, Dr. Wastyn received recognition as an Athena Honoree for her professional accomplishments and work in the community.