Dr. Kimberly Muller

Dean- College of Innovation and Solutions

Phone: EXT 2170 ;  EXT 2320
Office: CAS 206 & CON 127

Why Dr. Muller


B.S. Mathematics, 1994, Hardin-Simmons University

M.S. Mathematics, 1997, University of North Texas

Ph.D Mathematics, 2004, University of North Texas

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As Dean of the College of Innovation and Solutions, Dr. Kimberly Muller leads LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business, the School of Engineering & Technology, the school of Mathematics & Computer Science, the Business Engagement Center, and the Product Development Center.

Janine Murray

Academic Assistant
Lukenda School of Business

Phone: (906) 635-2426
Fax: (906) 635-2821

Office: CON 126

Why Janine?


A.S. Secretarial Science, 1984, Bay de Noc Community College.

Professional Experience

Janine has done administrative work for a multitude of companies including: Cloverland Paper Company; Northern Michigan Bank; Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds Office; Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District Office; Schneider, Larche, Haapala & Co.; LSSU Counseling/Testing Center, School of Nursing, School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science & Emergency Medical Services/Institute for  Public Safety & Lukenda School of Business.

“I’m not saying she’s superwoman but I’ve never seen her and superwoman in the same room at the same time.” – LSB Students

McCready, Mindy

Mindy McCready

Assistant Professor/Chair
Accounting & Management Information Systems

Phone: EXT 2255
Office: CON 128

Why Professor McCready?


Master of Business Administration, 2005, Lawrence Technological University.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy, 2000, Western Michigan University.

Professional Experience

Before teaching at the Lukenda School of Business, Professor McCready gained significant experience in the public accounting field. She worked for SMART Business Advisory and Consulting, LLC in Chicago, IL from 2008 – 2009 where she was a Tax Senior Accountant. She was also an Audit and Tax Senior Accountant at Dennis, Gartland, & Niergarth in Traverse City, MI from 2000 – 2006.

“Not only is she a master in Accounting, she also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.”


Robert Boston

Assistant Professor
Finance & Economics

Phone: (906) 635-2736
Office: CON 110

Why Professor Boston?


M.S. 1982, University of Arizona

Professional Experience

After graduating with a Master of Science in Finance, Bob joined a family enterprise that included automobile dealerships, a leasing company and commercial and residential real estate holdings. During this time he also became an adjunct instructor at Sault College and Lake Superior State. He has delivered training programs in Performance Management, Professional Selling Skills and Customer Service for clients including Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Water Tower Inn and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. He has served as President of Hospitality and Travel Sault Ste. Marie and a member of the Board of Governors for Sault College. He is a Wendy Kennedy Certified Entrepreneurship coach and has conducted Entrepreneurship coaching sessions on behalf of the Product Development Center.

“I don’t know what I like seeing more coming to his class, his big smile he has everyday or his really nice ties he wears.”

Dr. Saluja

Madan Saluja, Ph.D.

Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Phone: 906-635-2740
E-mail: msaluja@lssu.edu
Office: CON 109

Why Dr. Saluja?


Ph.D., Educational Administration, 1977, University of Minnesota.

M.A., Labor-Management Relations, 1975, University of Minnesota.

M.A., Public Administration, 1966, University of Minnesota.

B.A., Economics, 1964, Macalester College.

L.L.B., 1962, University of Delhi.

B.A., Liberal Arts, 1959, University of Delhi.

Professional Experience

We are honored to have had the pleasure of having Dr. Saluja teach at our campus for over 50 years! His past experience before coming to LSSU includes.
Owner, M.K. Imports, 1983-1987: a retail and wholesale import business in Sault Ste Marie, MI.
Lecturer, 1975-1976: Algoma University.
Lecturer, 1972: MBA Program, Central Michigan University.
Research Assistant, 1966-1969: for Municipal Reference Bureau & Industrial Relations Center; Teaching Assistant, 1967-1968, Industrial Relations Department, The University of Minnesota.

Professor of the Year, 2012-2013


Marta Diaz

Assistant Professor
Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Phone: (906) 635-6682
Office: CON 132

Why Professor Diaz?


M.S. Finance, 2017, University of Michigan.

M.S. Accountancy, 2012, Auburn University.

M.B.A., 1994, University of Michigan.

B.S. Mathematics, 1987, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professional Experience

Marta is extremely qualified in many different areas, in the past she has done work in: Government and Business Operations Consulting; Accounting; Grant Writing and Administration; Project Management and Financing; Business Analysis and Management; Sales and Market Analysis. She even has her Real Estate License, for the state of Florida! She has also won many grant proposals in excess of $4 million!

“Marta is the type of business woman I strive to be like.” – LSB Student


Valerie Philips

Associate Professor
Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship

Phone: (906) 635-2450
Office: CON 217

Why Professor Philips?


MBA 1984, McGill University; B.A. 1980, McGill University

Professional Experience

As owner and manager, Professor Philips developed and administered market research to create a unique women’s fashion footwear store, Heels. She oversaw and directed all buying, pricing, advertising/promotion, display and merchandising decisions, as well as hiring, training and supervision of full-time and part-time staff. Professor Phillips got her start as Product Director for McNeil Consumer Products Company/Johnson and Johnson Baby Products Company. She conducted and analyzed research and development strategies, prepared annual marketing plans and engaged in new product launches.

Koral Fritz

Assistant Professor

Phone: (906) 635-2115
E-mail: kfritz1@lssu.edu
Office: CON 132

Jerry Root, CFA

Associate Professor
Finance & Economics

Phone: 906-635-2662
Office: CON 137

Why Professor Root?


B.S. Finance, Washington State.

M.S. Business Administration, University of Michigan.

Chartered Financial Analyst.

Professional Experience

In the past Professor Root has worked in the Finance field for companies such as Ford, Detroit Bank & Trust (15 years managing pension funds),  and Institutional Sale Securities.

Fun fact! This Finance professor actually started off going to college majoring in education for Biology.

Ralf Wilhelms and speaking at an event

Ralf Wilhelms, DBA

Full Professor
Strategic Management and International Business

Phone: (906) 635-2108
Office: CON 221
Website: https://www.ralfwilhelms.com/

Why Dr. Wilhelms?


D.B.A International Marketing, 2008, Alliant International University.

M.S. International Business Administration, 1990, Alliant International University.

Professional Experience

Dr. Wilhelms originally comes from Germany. He brings excitement to the classroom everyday with his big personality! As an International Marketing Guru he still travels very often as a visiting professor at Shaoxing University in Zhejiang, China. He currently is also the Principal/Senior Consultant at E-Strategy Net. In the past he taken part as: Senior Consultant at Game Time LLC; Executive Vice President/General Manager of Brento Corp where he led the process of corporate change and restructuring of a major league professional sports franchise in Southern California; Founder/Chief Financial Officer of Let’s Play Sports Inc. the number one owner and operator of Indoor Sports Facilities in the United States.

“I hope one day to have as many passport stamps as he does.”

Susan Beckon posing for faculty page headshot

Susan Beckon

Assistant Professor
Phone: 906-217-4102
E-mail: sbeckon@lssu.edu

Why Professor Beckon?


Professional Experience