Mike Allison, M.P.A.

Adjunct Professor, Emotional Intelligence, Communication
M.P.A., Brigham Young University
B.A. International Relations, Brigham Young University

In his day job, Mike is the Faculty Lead for the VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab (VITAL) at Cerner Corporation where he has worked for over 20 years of his professional career. Prior to his current role, Mike was the Vice President of Learning and Development for AMC Theatres. Mike also worked for the City of Kansas City for several years before joining the corporate world.

At the Bloch School, Mike teaches the Talent Management and Global Perspectives in Management courses in the Executive MBA. He also teaches sessions on conflict management, communication, emotional intelligence, and perfecting presentations for Bloch Executive Education along with occasional consulting and executive coaching engagements.

One more thing:
Mike’s favorite leadership book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek.

Portrait of Mike Allison

Brian Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
M.S., University of Denver
B.S., University of Colorado – Denver

Brian is an Associate Dean at the Bloch School of Management, responsible for growing Bloch’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in scope and in impact. His research and teaching expertise spans the strategic entrepreneurship field, focusing on entrepreneurial orientation, strategic entrepreneurial behaviors, and causal inference from observational data. Before entering academia, Brian was a technology entrepreneur, worked in government and politics, and is a proud US Navy and US Air Force veteran.

One more thing:
Best course he took as a student: “Diplomatic History of the U.S., 1945-1989 as an undergraduate. I’m a history nerd!”

Portrait of Brian Anderson

Pete Burney, MBA

Assistant Teaching Professor, Leadership & Organizations
MBA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.S. in Secondary Education, Louisiana State University

Pete joined the Bloch School in 2020 following his retirement from JE Dunn where he was the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance. Prior to JE Dunn, Pete was a leader at Hallmark for nearly 26 years, the last 7 of which he served as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Enablement, which included accountability for Global Operations, Information/Technology and Inventory Management. Pete also served four years as a communications officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division before beginning his corporate career. Pete is passionate about the study of leadership and personal effectiveness within organizations and is excited to help students build rewarding professional careers.

One More Thing:
Pete’s favorite business book is The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. “I love this book because it addresses those nuanced behaviors so important to individual and team effectiveness within organizations.”

Roger Edgar

Adjunct Professor, Finance
M.P.A. – University of Missouri-Kansas City (Urban Planning and Public Policy)
B.S. – Missouri State University (Political Science)

Roger’s career includes 35+ years in the investment banking industry and 7 years in the public sector. His career focus has been on planning and originating debt issuance on large public projects and he has been involved in many significant public infrastructure initiatives in the Bi-State region.

One more thing:
Roger’s favorite business character in a movie is Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane in Moneyball, “It’s a great story about how intelligence and determination can overcome disadvantages and disrupt an industry.”

Roger-Edgar, Adjunct Professor, Finance

Brian Finucane, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Information Technology
M.B.A., Management, Villanova University
B.S., Finance & Decision Information Technology, Villanova University

Brian is a technologist specializing in design thinking, architecture, and analytics. Brian helps global and local businesses build a competitive advantage with technology. Brian is also a hands-on member of the of Kansas City start up community. He has mentored, launched, and sold technology companies and always has an app in the pipeline. Brian previously was a Director of CIO Advisory Services for PWC, Chief Architect for UMB Financial, and Information Architect for IBM.

One more thing:
The innovation Brian wishes he’d thought of first is the Zillow Zestimate, “I love the complexity of the data aggregation and calculation and the effective simplicity of its delivery.”

Ann M. Hackett, Ph.D.

Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, Executive Coach
Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University
B.A. Psychology, Central Michigan University

Ann has over 20 years of corporate leadership in organizational development and talent management, including work with Accenture, H&R Block, DineEquity and HumanRoot.

One more thing:
Qualities Ann loves to see in leaders: optimism, tenacity, empathy.

Instructor Ann Hackett

Scott Helm, Ph.D.

Director, Executive MBA
Associate Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Research
Ph.D. Public Administration and Economics, University of Missouri – Kansas City
M.P.A. Nonprofit Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City
B.A. Economics, Washington College

Scott has spent the last several years working with for-profit and nonprofit businesses on strategy and design thinking. His primary research focus is social entrepreneurship and his work in this area has led to publication and several presentations at international and national academic conferences.

One more thing:
What he’d love to research more: “I continue to be fascinated by how people make decisions. Individual decisions are the foundation for economics, a better understanding of influence and decision making can help business executives to better position themselves for success.”

Jeanie Latz, J.D.

Adjunct Professor, Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri – Columbia
B.S. Business Education, Missouri State University

Jeanie has served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Great Plains Energy, a Fortune 1000 publicly traded holding company. She currently consults in the area of corporate governance. She holds the distinction of Governance Fellow, granted by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

One more thing:
What she’d love to research more: “I am fascinated with our founding fathers and their roles in the drafting of our Constitution. I will be spending two weeks in Cambridge, England this summer studying English law and its influence on the Constitution and our American judicial system.”

Peter Loftspring, J.D.

Adjunct Professor, Special Topics in Law & Ethics
J.D., University of Houston
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Peter is a Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Manager at Black & Veatch Corporation. He manages the daily operations of the company’s global compliance organization, oversees third-party due diligence, leads investigations, directs annual training and regularly reports to the company’s Board of Directors. Over the last 35+ years, his work has included negotiations with people from many different cultures and countries most notably while serving on an expat assignment in the UK supporting operations in Russia, Western Europe, and Africa. Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Peter held positions with Union Carbide, Conoco, Shell, Seagull Energy, Halliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., and Jacobs Engineering.

One more thing:
Peter wishes he’d though of the Bloom Box fuel cell element first, and would love to do more research on electric powered flight.

Colin McRoberts, J.D.

Adjunct Professor, Negotiation & Conflict Management
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Trinity University

Colin McRoberts is an attorney, consultant, and educator. As a consultant, he has advised negotiators on the ground in two dozen countries around the world. His clients include some of the largest Fortune 100 companies, major non-profits, military teams, and diplomatic delegations. As an educator, he has taught negotiation to law and business students at multiple universities. He lives in Kansas with a small child and a large dog.

One more thing:
His favorite business/leadership related book is The Last Duel by Eric Jager which Colin describes as, “The history of one of the last recorded lawful trials by combat, in medieval France. A fascinating book.”

Colin McRoberts, Adjunct Professor, Negotiation & Conflict Management

Mark Parry, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Ph.D. Management Science, University of Texas
M.A. Economics, University of Texas
B.A. History, Metropolitan State College

Mark conducts research and teaches courses on innovation, new product launch strategies, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. His teaching/consulting assignments include work with Coca-Cola, Ingersoll-Rand, The Mars Corporation, Ortho Biotech and the Swedish Institute of Management.

One more thing:
What he’d love to research more in the future: “The motivations that prompt customers to generate word-of-mouth communication.”

Tammie Schaefer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ph.D. Accounting, University of South Carolina
M.B.A. Rockhurst University
B.S.A., Rockhurst University

Tammie Schaefer joined the Bloch School in 2013 where she teaches courses in auditing and fraud. Her research focuses on professional skepticism, fraud detection, emerging audit technology, and judgment and decision-making in accounting. In addition to publishing and presenting her research to many academic audiences, Dr. Schaefer has also been engaged by the US and international standard setters and regulators, as well as many practitioner audiences. She strives to create innovative, high-impact learning experiences for her students, and her dedication to teaching excellence was recently honored through the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award.

One more thing:
What she’d love to research more: the psychology of fraud.

Casey Schirk

Adjunct Professor
B.S., Pittsburg State University
Certificate in Healthcare Leadership, UMKC – Bloch School of Management

Casey is the Chief Revenue Officer at Dynamic Logistix.  In 2019, it ranked as the Fastest Growing Company in KC, by Ingram’s Magazine, and #82 on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the US.  Prior to this role, he was Vice President and General Manager at Cerner Corporation and served in several executive functions including two years in the United Kingdom.  His time in the UK was a pivotal one for the NHS as it exited from a long standing ‘National Programme for IT’ and looked to establish new healthcare IT standards.

One more thing:
The best course that I took as a student was ‘History of American Indians in Kansas’.  Not only do I love history, but the professor was able to bring different cultures alive and tie them directly to areas in which all students could relate.  The class discussions were my favorite.

Dan Stifter, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship, Finance
MBA Marketing and Innovation, Marquette University
B.A. Political Science, Economics, Lawrence University

Dan specializes in leadership, change management and entrepreneurship. He has helped launch several new ventures as a founder, partner or advisor, including Stratex Solutions, Business Model Repair and BetaBlox. He has also held leadership roles with Hallmark, Coco-Cola and Jerome Foods.

One more thing:
Dan’s favorite business movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi “It’s the perfect metaphor for what it takes to achieve the highest levels of strategy and execution. Such a brilliant film.”

Pat Welsh, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship, Finance
MBA Finance, Saint Louis University
B.S.B.A. Finance, University of Missouri – Columbia

Pat specializes in management, start-ups, product marketing and strategic planning. In addition to teaching, Pat mentors students, assisting them in developing their concepts into potential business ventures.