Business and Professional Studies
Joseph "Joe" Sprangel, Jr.
BA, Eastern Michigan University; MBA, Spring Arbor University; PhD, Lawrence Technological University. View video interview
Joe Sprangel is the founding dean of the College of Business & Professional Studies beginning in July of 2016 at Mary Baldwin University (MBU). He leads the undergraduate departments of business, criminal justice, healthcare administration and social work. Joe is also the architect of the Master of Business Administration degree that is part of the Susan Nolan Palmer Graduate Programs.
Previous to this position as dean he was an associate professor of business administration and department co-chair at MBU. His teaching focus was on sustainable development or “triple bottom line” business management with course offerings of Business Senior Seminar, Management Principles, Perspectives in Sustainability, Project Management, and Strategy & Sustainability in Business Decisions. His research areas of interest are business adoption and entrepreneurial startups focused on sustainable development practices. He placed additional emphasis on B Corps and benefit corporations that are part of the emerging for-benefit or fourth sector.
Before joining the Mary Baldwin faculty in 2010, Sprangel taught at Ithaca College for three years, where his classes included Operations Management in the undergraduate program and Decision Support Analysis and Sustainable Practices in Operations & Technology in the MBA program. His classroom experience also included adjunct work at Spring Arbor University and Lawrence Technological University teaching Change Management, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, and Strategy courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
He brings 28 years of industry experience to the position. This included work in machine build and repair, machine design, manufacturing engineering, and plant and engineering management. This led to his interest in developing courses and programs with emphasis on learning while doing with assignments and projects that replicate the work done in industry.
Sprangel earned a Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Lawrence Technological University. His dissertation research was “A Study of the Direct and Mediational Effects of the SOAR™ Framework, Trust, and Environmental Management Systems on Chemical Management Services Supplier Performance at Haas TCM Group”. He also holds degrees of Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University, Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University, and an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
BA, Mary Baldwin University; MA, PhD, James Madison University
Dr. Donovan D. Branche earned a BA in Healthcare Administration from Mary Baldwin University, and an MPA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership Studies from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. She has worked for many years with healthcare facilities, local government and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Branche teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Healthcare Administration, Healthcare policy, politics and law, Healthcare Research Methods and Healthcare Ethics.
She has spoken at several conferences including the Lemon Symposium at the College of William and Mary and The Western Social Science Association in Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Branche has a variety of academic interests including healthcare disparities and implications of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare disparities, leadership diversity and leader emergence, feminist studies and black feminist standpoint theory. Dr. Branche is committed to molding future women leaders and having been an MBU Online student is committed to being involved with adult learners.
BA, Roanoke College; MS, University of North Florida; PhD, University of Tennessee
Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Beth Easterling holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from the University of Tennessee, M.S. in Applied Sociology from the University of North Florida, and a B.A. in Economics from Roanoke College. Her areas of interest include families and crime/incarceration, punishment and society, and social stratification. With a background in applied sociology, she searches for practical, policy, and programming implications in her academic research and uses those examples to bring the classroom to life. Dr. Easterling loves teaching in a liberal arts environment! She enjoys teaching introductory level courses as they provide the opportunity to introduce students from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and interests to sociology, criminology, and criminal justice. She enjoys teaching upper level courses to criminal justice majors as these courses allow her to discuss specific sociological and criminological topics in depth with criminologists and criminal justice practitioners-to-be. Dr. Easterling serves as the faculty advisor for Nu Sigma, the Mary Baldwin Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
When not doing research or teaching, Dr. Easterling enjoys running and spending time with her daughter, her husband (who she has followed all over the east coast and beyond thanks to his career in the Marine Corps), and her two rescue dogs.
Mary Clay Thomas
BA, University of Montana; MSW, University of Vermont
Mary Clay Thomas is the social work program director and an associate professor of social work at Mary Baldwin. She relocated to Staunton, Va in 2008 after spending twelve years studying, practicing and teaching social work in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Saint Timothy’s School, an all female high school in Stevenson, Maryland, she went on to earn her BA from the University of Montana in English and Psychology and an MSW from the University of Vermont where she was a recipient of the Vermont Title-IVE Child Welfare Scholarship.
Before coming to Mary Baldwin, Mary Clay taught social work courses, supervised field work, and advised the social work club at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She practiced as a child protection social worker, school social worker, and worked with community programs supporting the independence of elders while in Vermont.
At Mary Baldwin, Mary Clay serves as the faculty adviser to the Social Work Club and oversees the international social work field placement in Honduras. She is an active community member, recently serving as Board Chair, at the United Way of Greater Augusta. She is the mother of two girls and is an avid runner, hiker, gardener and loves traveling to new places.
Sungil “Calvin” Chung
BM and BA, Handong Global University; MBA, Korea University/University of Florida; PhD, James Madison University
Sungil “Calvin” Chung is an assistant professor of business at Mary Baldwin University. He was born and raised in South Korea until his family moved to the Philippines when he was a middle school student. Since then, he was able to explore different cultures from various countries and visit more than 38 countries and 100 cities all around the world.
He has completed his doctoral program at James Madison University (JMU) from the School of Strategic Leadership Studies. The title of Calvin’s dissertation is “Cultural Influences on Nonprofit Servant Leadership”. He also holds an MBA from Korea University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School prior to his Ph.D program. He further holds a bachelor’s degree in both Business Management and English from Handong Global University.
For his career, Calvin had various sectoral experiences (military, government and nonprofit). His research interest includes leadership theories and values, nonprofit leadership/management, cross-cultural leadership/management, management/international management and social entrepreneurship. He has presented papers at several conferences in various topics. He is a member of International Leadership Association and Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. He had a career in the Korean government agency involved in a national project called Free Economic Zone. As a project manager, he has induced foreign direct investors for the projects. He also served in the military for two and half years as a medic in the U.S. military hospital based in the Korean peninsula. Influenced by the nonprofit organization his family founded in the Philippines, Calvin was involved in many nonprofit works in the Philippines, Korea and the United States.
BSW, Longwood University; MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
Doris is the Field Director and an assistant professor of social work who teaches both on-campus and MBU Online at Mary Baldwin. Doris obtained her BSW from Longwood University and her MSW with a specialization in mental health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the commonwealth of Virginia.
Prior to joining the faculty at Mary Baldwin, Doris worked in the social work field for more than twenty-eight years. She has expertise in the areas of child welfare (in particular, foster care and adoption) and domestic violence. She has also worked in the areas of community mental health, refugee unaccompanied minors’ programs, as a state and federal reviewer of child welfare practice, as a trainer and as field instructor. Most recently, Doris worked for the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Social Services as a foster care and adoption supervisor; and she has taught online for Portland State University in their post-graduate certificate program in foster and adoptive family therapy for the last eight years.
At Mary Baldwin, Doris coordinates the Field Practicum experience and works continuously to develop new and meaningful field placements for the program and to prepare BSW students for their entry into the field. She was recently one of two recipients of the Spencer Center’s High Impact Innovation fund which allowed her to participate in a service learning trip with students to Cherident, Haiti where she and the students collected data for a community needs assessment that she and Dr. Kai Kennedy, Director of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy used as part of their research into student learning opportunities. Doris serves on the Board of Directors at the Augusta Regional Free Clinic and has served as speaker on adoption-related issues in the Charlottesville/Albemarle areas. She is an avid animal lover and often visits the local shelter with her oldest son to help socialize the newcomers. She is involved in both the Staunton/Augusta as well as the Charlottesville/Albemarle communities.
Doris enjoys home projects, creating and repurposing found items and gifting friends and family with her creations. Doris is a very proud mom of two handsome and talented teenage boys: Shaun and Collin. She enjoys spending time with her boys and their three dogs: Taylor, Lexi and Cyrus and one cat: Taz.
BS, Manhattan College; MSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College; PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alberto Guerrero is an associate professor of Social Work and moved to Staunton in the summer of 2020. He earned his BS in Elementary Education from Manhattan College, his MSW with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and PhD in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Alberto is a former middle school Math teacher. He also worked as an outpatient mental health clinician and as a social worker in the criminal legal system. While working on his doctorate, Alberto taught a number of undergraduate courses in both Education and Social Work. He is also currently an adjunct professor at Smith College School for Social Work.
Bruce R. Dorries
BA, Baylor University; MA, Corpus Christi State University; PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
Associate Professor of Marketing Communication Bruce Dorries teaches Public Speaking, Mass Communication, Media Writing, Principles of Advertising, and Senior Seminar in Marketing Communication. Additionally, he teaches Civic Leadership and Social Entrepreneurism. His column and photos appear weekly in the Staunton News Leader. Additionally, Dorries connects MBU students with partners for learning in Haiti through study abroad.
Dr. Dorries earned his BA in Journalism and History at Baylor University, his MA from The University of Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M at Corpus Christi), and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Missouri. For six years he worked as a writer and photo journalist in the public relations and newspaper industries.Previously, he taught at the University of Missouri, Colorado State, Winona State and Radford.
His interests include: working with local environmental groups and managing a wildlife preserve/family farm in Augusta County.
Janet S. Ewing
BS, Virginia Commonwealth University; MBA, Emory University
Whether you’re analyzing complicated data from scientific observations, trying to figure out what social media campaign is most effective in selling your product, or just trying to calculate your next race pace or monthly budget, numbers are part of everyday life. As director of the Q Center, Janet Ewing has a goal to make every member of the MBU community comfortable thinking with numbers.
BA, University of Wisconsin; MA, Brandeis University; PhD, University of Massachusetts
Jinyoung Kang is an assistant professor of business administration for the MBU. She has a broad array of international experiences dealing with different aspects of corporate social responsibility and international business in Vietnam, Mongolia, Japan, Myanmar, U.K., and South Korea. Her research interests include Corporate Social Responsibility and gender as well as the sustainability. She has an extensive experience locally and globally in defining how business case engages with the CSR/sustainability on a strategic level as a driver for business development and innovation.
Jinyoung Kang holds a Ph.D. in Global Governance and Human Security from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She obtained her MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and her BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She is the co- founder and strategic advisor to the start-up business of cast iron cookware. It all started with Jinyoung Kang and her sister in law, who were in need of some cast iron but unsatisfied with all new products on the market. The new product perfectly functional and colorful, it did not have the style and romance of the old pans. A question was born: why don’t they make them like they used to? After numerous prototypes, Jinyoung Kang and sister in law were finally able to launch a Mommy’s pot in March, South Korea. The Mommy’s pot is a meticulously designed smoother, lighter cast iron pan reminiscent of the best vintage Korean skillets—but with a modern twist.
Learn more at website: https://www.mommys-pot.com
Catherine Ferris "Cat" McPherson
BA, Mary Baldwin College; MBA, West Virginia Graduate College
Catherine Ferris McPherson is an associate professor of business administration and marketing communication for Mary Baldwin University, where she teaches and advises students in MBU Online at the Richmond Regional Center. She teaches courses in marketing principles and strategy, advertising, integrated marketing communication, business strategy, and the senior thesis. She joined the faculty in 1993.
McPherson has 25 years experience in all aspects of marketing and is a professionally trained focus group moderator, specializing in the areas of retail and service marketing. As a business consultant, she has worked closely with companies such as Luck Stone, Dupont Fibers Federal Credit Union, World Access, and Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia in the area of brand strategy and development, as well as provided customer service and marketing training for individual retailers and shopping center developers, including Forest City Enterprises and Donohoe O’Brien. She conducts workshops and speaks frequently on the topic of building brands from within the organization, and branding as a business philosophy.
McPherson is a co-founder of Dress for Success Richmond, a non-profit organization that helps low-income women successfully prepare to enter the job market through self-esteem enhancement and professional skill development.
She holds a MBA from Marshall University (formerly WV Graduate College) and a BA in business/economics from Mary Baldwin University, and has the Certified Marketing Director designation through the International Council of Shopping Centers. McPherson is active in the Richmond chapter of the American Marketing Association, and is a past president of the organization.
After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Psychology, she began her professional career as a foster care social worker for the city of Charlottesville. She then moved to the Harrisonburg community, where for over ten years, she provided community based mental health services, such as intensive in-home and outpatient therapy, with a focus on children and adolescents. During this time she received a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and gained her clinical licensure in the state of Virginia (LCSW). In 2019, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work Practice and Leadership. In 2017, she transitioned to Harrisonburg City Public Schools where she served as a mental health counselor at Harrisonburg High School for five years. During this time, she developed a passion for the concept of taking mental health services to the place where children spend the majority of their time: school. Lora is proud to be part of the cutting edge movement to integrate mental health into schools and is thrilled to see the benefits this service offers students and families. For several years she served as an adjunct professor for both JMU and MBU teaching classes in both Psychology and Social Work. She transitioned to MBU full time in the fall of 2022 to serve as professor and Field Director for the Social Work Department. She is thrilled to be part of creating a new generation of mental health professionals who are well trained and prepared for the realities of the profession. Outside of work, she has three sons and one daughter who keep she and her husband very busy! They love spending time outdoors together and finding new adventures in the beautiful Valley.