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Faculty and Staff
Below is a list of faculty and staff members in the Dean R. Sanders ’47 School of Business. Click on the drop-down menu for more information.
Dean of the Dean R. Sanders '47 School of Business
Bill is the Dean of the Dean R. Sanders ’47 School of Business. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management from Texas Tech University, an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida.
Prior to his arrival at Dean College, Bill was the Assistant Dean of the School of Business at the University of North Texas at Dallas. In this role, he ran the school's operations, meeting with program coordinators and faculty, supporting students, working on initiatives with the President’s office, and overseeing budgets. In addition to serving as Assistant Dean, Bill has experience as a program director for General Business and Hospitality, has chaired the curriculum committee as a faculty member, and has experience in assessment and program development. He also brings a wealth of professional experience from working in the hospitality industry, ranging from Walt Disney World to Loews Hotels, and has numerous publications and presentations related to the hospitality industry.
Business Management Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Business and Management
Joe teaches courses in accounting, finance, economics, and management. Joe received a BA in English from Providence College, an MS in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island, and an MS in Taxation from Bryant University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has significant experience in public accounting and private industry, which he brings to the classroom as a mentor. Joe encourages his students to explore opportunities to pursue business careers and become leaders in their communities. He strives to provide his students with the knowledge and resources necessary for success.
Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security
Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University. The focus of his academic research centered on Regionalization, Interoperability, and Information Sharing. He earned his BS in Law Enforcement from Western New England University and is a graduate of the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice in Miami Florida, DEA National Training, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development, and numerous other specialized trainings for law enforcement.
Michael's academic experience includes serving as Chairperson of the School of Justice at Miami Dade College, Vice President of Public Safety Academic Programs at Anna Maria College, and Criminal Justice Team Lead at Southern New Hampshire University.
Michael enjoyed a 30-year police career ranging from conducting and supervising organized crime investigations in Miami Florida for the Miami-Dade Police Department to serving as Deputy Superintendent for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. He was instrumental in the development of a Worcester County Regional Drug Task Force (DELTA Force). Michael has a broad range of law enforcement experience specializing in management and planning, criminal investigations, and homeland security.
Communications Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Gregg was appointed as an Adjunct Faculty member during the 2015-2016 Academic Year and subsequently was appointed as a full-time faculty member at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Previous to joining the faculty at Dean, Gregg served as a faculty member for eleven years at Bridgewater State University, located in Bridgewater, MA, where he taught various video production and post-production courses. Gregg is the founder and President of Purple Turtle Productions, incorporated a video/film production studio and post-production company, as well as an online store and product company located in Lakeville, MA. He is the writer, director, and producer of the skiing documentary “Ravine,” and the feature “Perfect Run.” He has worked on more than one hundred commercials, corporate productions, documentaries, and feature programs as an editor including the documentary “Bridging Cultures,” and the children’s television series entitled “Cool Stuff.” Gregg’s community service and outreach activities include working as a member of the Board of Directors for LakeCam, a community access television station located in his hometown of Lakeville. Additionally, Gregg is the founder and executive director of RowForLife.org, an annual event that raises funds to benefit families that have loved ones currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Assistant Professor and Part-Time Faculty in Finance
During more than 40 years in business, Alan Adams (Bryant College M.B.A., 1982) has held many positions in large- and medium-sized industries, including treasurer, controller, vice-president, chief financial officer, and owner/director. In 1988 he founded a biomedical manufacturing company in the MetroWest area, which experienced many years of rapid, sustained growth and above-industry-average profits through internal development and acquisitions. Now in semi-retirement after selling his own company to a large acquisition group, Alan is turning his attention to many areas, including teaching at Dean College, writing, investing, music, consulting for startup entrepreneurs (including three technology ventures) and lecturing. He is also a former martial arts instructor and a notary public for the Commonwealth.
Recently Alan served on State Senator Bruce Tarr’s advisory committee sponsoring legislation for a major Massachusetts safety initiative and remains an advocate for this effort. He is currently the president of his own consulting services company and has served on the boards of directors/advisors of several Massachusetts companies.
Assistant to the Dean
Kathy is the Assistant to the Dean of the Dean R. Sanders’47 School of Business. She received her degree in Business from Trinity College.
Kathy’s career has spanned the private school sector as well as Higher Ed, where she has held positions of Director of Admission, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, and Registrar. In addition to her academic experience, Kathy has held various corporate managerial positions.
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management
Amy brings both professional and academic experience to the classroom. Her degrees include a BS in Accounting from Purdue University, an MS in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an MBA from Rockhurst University, as well as a PhD from Ball State University in Educational Studies. Her mix of both business and educational degrees brings a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the classroom. Outside of work, Amy can be found spending time with her dogs, reading a good book, or enjoying live music.
Associate Professor of Sport Management
Patrick teaches Sport Management courses as well as a variety of courses within the Sanders School of Business. Dr. Leary earned a BA in History from Providence College, an MS in Sports Administration from Canisius College, and his EdD degree with a focus on Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. His research interests include contemporary leadership theory as well as the commercialization of intercollegiate athletics.
Prior to his arrival at Dean College, Dr. Leary worked at Johnson & Wales University where he served as Department Chair and Associate Professor for the Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management Program. Leary was also Director of the Sport Leadership Master’s Degree Program at JWU. Before teaching, Leary worked in the sports marketing field for Hasbro (NERF/Sports Action Brands), Providence College Athletics, and Boston College Athletics.
In addition to his current role at Dean College, Leary owns and operates Clutch Coaching LLC, a consulting company focused on the health and wellness of student-athletes as they make life and career transitions.
Associate Professor of Communications, WGAO-FM Operations Manager
Vic is an Associate Professor of Communication and General Manager for the Dean College radio station, WGAO (88.3FM).
Vic holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. from Bryant University, as well as an M.A. in media arts from Emerson College. He has been at Dean College for 30 years and his broadcast career has spanned more than 25 years in the Providence, RI, radio market, including JB-105, WLKW, RI-104, WHJJ and 10 years on-air at 92 Pro-FM. He ran his own DJ and video service for 30 years known as the Vic Michaels Sound Company. In addition, he is a political consultant and has held several key positions on statewide campaigns in Rhode Island. He also runs a training program to prepare new candidates for office. He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Broadcast Education Association, and the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. He is also the Treasurer of Families for Effective Autism Treatment of RI, and serves on the Advisory Board of Seven Hills. In 2010 he received the Teaching Excellence Award at Dean College.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Management
Pietro holds his PhD in Leadership. His dissertation focus was “Leadership Characteristics in New Recruits for Successful Community Policing Management”. He earned his BS in Management from Bryant University and an MBA in Management from Providence College. Prior to joining the Dean College family, Dr. Petrarca taught at Rhode Island College (mainly in the graduate school). He has been teaching at the college/university level since 1990 and has taught at multiple universities within New England.
Dr. Petrarca has extensive professional experience. Within the business sector, he mainly oversaw corporate operations management which included analyzing and controlling multi-million-dollar budgets (over $273 million). Within the area of criminal justice, he worked for over 25 years for the West Greenwich Police. He has work experience in almost every aspect of law enforcement. He was the “Train the Trainer” for active shooters, a member of the Rhode Island Domestic Violence Curriculum committee, and had responsibility for all departments' grant writing where he secured over $1.2 million in grants.
Director of The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management, Distinguished Executive Faculty, Dean R. Sanders ’47 School of Business
John currently serves in several capacities, including 31 years as play-by-play voice for Providence College men's basketball, Big East Conference and American Athletic Conference football and basketball play-by-play for ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television, the IMG Sports Network and the Big East & American Digital Networks; ACC football; and stadium voice of the New England Patriots. Previous work includes Inside the Big East and Golfing the World on ESPNU, Fox Sports Net, the stadium voice of the New England Revolution and additional regional sports networks and local TV stations; talk host for WOR 710 New York, the WEEI Radio Network in Boston, Providence and throughout New England; current host of This Week in the Big East syndicated nationally on Westwood One and Sirius/XM...and a former host on ESPN Radio and the NBC Sports Radio Network.
John also serves as a featured columnist for two websites, Patriots.com and WEEI.com, and has authored a book on the history of radio in Rhode Island - "Rhode Island Radio" (Arcadia Publishing, 2012). A 1981 journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Rooke currently serves as Director of the Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management and as a Distinguished Executive Faculty member for Dean College in Franklin, MA. Previously, he held a position as adjunct professor in journalism at one of the nation's top communication arts schools, Emerson College in Boston, where he was named one of the top sports broadcasting instructors in the country by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. John also serves as a commercial voice artist and as an auctioneer.
Previously, John has performed duties as a gubernatorial communications director, a program director and manager for a major communications company, a development officer for a children's charity, and as a television sports anchor for 25 years in several markets.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
She earned her MBA with a Concentration in Marketing from Providence College in 2005 and is currently a resident in Franklin, MA. Prior to joining Dean, Kelly worked as a Vice President and Relationship Manager at Enterprise Bank, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts.
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Tammy earned her bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State and her master’s in sport leadership from Northeastern University. She is currently the general manager and an owner of the New Bedford Bay Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. She played professional women’s baseball for the New Jersey Diamonds and played for the USA Women’s Baseball Team. Tammy has over 15 years of experience in the sporting goods industry.