Dr. Bill Lightfoot brings to the table over 15 years of global senior leadership experience, including seven years overseas in multicultural organizations. He most recently served as Managing Director of Village Inc. Africa, where he developed a new business model for driving economic development in rural communities. He has also served as Dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Institutional Advancement, and Strategic Planning at the International University of Monaco.
Dr. Lightfoot earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University before moving on to earn his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and possesses a CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) Certificate from the Association of Chance Management Professionals.
Dr. Eklou Amendah is an associate professor of marketing and the program coordinator of retailing and the fashion merchandising curriculum. He joined SNHU's marketing faculty in 2008. Amendah is a polished speaker who believes dialogue is the key to learning. He is also a passionate researcher and an expert in consumer behavior and retailing.
Amendah earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Law from University of Lome, Togo, He then earned a second Master of Science in Consumer Affairs from Auburn University and his Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.
Amendah is a member of the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA).
His presentations include Amendah, E. (Presenter & Author), Thorpe, J. (Presenter & Author), American Collegiate Retail Association (ACRA), "Recycled fashion brands: The moderating effect of perceived risk on willingness to purchase and satisfaction," National Retail Federation (NRF), New York. (January 10, 2010).
Research in progress includes, "Gift Cards - Effect of store characteristics, consumer characteristics and demographic factors on giver purchase behavior," "Consumer perception of value for luxury cars: The moderating effect of Consumers," and "Influence of the current economic environment on consumer decision to purchase American made cars."
Jeannemarie Thorpe, an Assistant Professor of Marketing at SNHU, received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Bridgeport, her Master's degree in English Education from Rivier College and her Master's degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire College. She is completing her doctoral studies in Marketing at Nova Southeastern University. A faculty member since 2000, Thorpe operates a marketing consulting business, J.Thorpe & Associates.
Professor Thorpe has been the faculty advisor for Phi Delta Beta and was awarded the Greek Advisor of the Year in 2009 and 2011. She is a co-advisor of the SNHU Style Club and a member of the SNHU Conduct Board and Academic Policy Committee. Thorpe is a past member of the Scholastic Standing Committee, School of Business Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Council, the Honors Committee, School of Business Scholarship Committee, and past vice president of the University Curriculum Committee. In past years, she has volunteered as a writing tutor for both international and domestic graduate students.
Thorpe's research interests include retailing and fashion, branding, culture and ethics. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Collegiate Retail Association (ACRA), the Decision Sciences Institute, and the Society for Marketing Advances, among others. In 2011, a research project in which she participated with SNHU colleagues from other disciplines was given an Outstanding Research Award by the Institute for Business and Finance Research and was published in the Journal of Business Education and Accreditation. She has also collaborated on and written Fashion Merchandising and Marketing cases for her classroom use.
Recent research and research in progress includes: ''Using internationally populated graduate classrooms as labs for finding common ground for business ethics'' (working title) and dissertation research; 'Cause-related Marketing: Does perception of opportunism cause withdrawal from a brand?''; Men and color in fashion; Virtual reality and sensory overload in retail settings.
At SNHU since 1983, Dr. Karen C. Stone is a professor of marketing. She serves as chair of the university's Academic Policy Committee and is also a member of the SNHU Faculty Senate as well as the 3Year Honors Program Steering Committee. In 1995, Stone was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Stone received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wake University, her Master of Arts in International Business from University of Kentucky and her Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing and Higher Education Administration from Boston College. She has also worked in marketing for the Deere Corporation.
Stone is a member of the Society for Marketing Advances, where for many years she has served as a reviewer for the annual conference manuscripts. Stone has twice been a finalist for the Teaching Innovations Award as selected by the Society for Marketing Advances. She has also served as a conference manuscript reviewer for the American Marketing Association. Stone is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the ''Marketing Education Review'' (MER) journal.
The daughter of a career U.S. Army officer, Stone grew up living in numerous places in the U.S. as well as abroad, including various cities in Italy and also in Ankara, Turkey, where she attended high school. These experiences fostered an appreciation for, as well as a fascination with, the affect of culture on behavior and values.
Dr. Leila Samii is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at SNHU. She joined the university in 2016 with experience as an Assistant Professor of Digital Marketing at Aurora University, as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University, and as an adjunct faculty member right here at Southern New Hampshire University.
Dr. Samii has primarily taught in the marketing and business departments, teaching classes ranging from Social Media Marketing to International Economy and Business. She has worked with both undergraduate students and graduate students, and taught students both online and face-to-face. She has also worked as a social media strategist for a variety of organizations, including SOSOJuicy, MyApartmentMap, and ReallyLeila.
A graduate of SNHU, Dr. Samii earned her Ph.D. in International Business here in 2013. She also holds an M.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Psychology from SNHU.
Micheline Anstey has 35 years of combined professional and teaching experience in the field of marketing and sales. She has been a full-time faculty member in the Marketing Department of the School of Business since 2005. She has been the Director for the SNHU Center for Professional Sales since 2015 and Advisor to the Professional Sales Association, a student-run club on campus, since 2014. Also, in 2014, she received her University Sales Faculty Certification from the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).
Micheline's awards include the 2015 Excellence in Full-Time Faculty Academic Advising Award, the 2012 Penmen Faculty Staff Appreciation Award (FSA) and the 2005 Community Faculty Member Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also nominated for the Excellence in Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and each year from 2012 to 2015.
Additionally, since 2014, Micheline has been leading her team of sales students to local, regional, national and global sales competitions. Her team consistently performs well; in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the students excelled and won the Team Championship at the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC).
Micheline received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College in 1981 and her Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire College in 1991.
Micheline is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Sales & Marketing Executives International Association (SMEI) and a Sales Education Foundation (SEF) Top Sales Educator.
Dr. Pat Spirou joined SNHU in 1997 and is a professor of Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media. She is also owner of PAS Consultants, allowing her to stay on top of industry trends, which she incorporates into the classroom. She consults for many corporations in the areas of strategic planning, advertising, public relations, social media, brand assessment and promotional planning. Her specialty areas include service marketing, strategies for improved customer satisfaction and formulation of strategic goals for improving brand recognition in the marketplace.
Dr. Spirou holds an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award and was a state Excellence in Teaching finalist.
Tara Jennifer Konya brings with her over 18 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked for Gap Inc. and Tommy Bahama. Additionally, she possesses extensive teaching experience with a focus on experiential and service learning. Her previous tenure includes the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. During her time at UNCG, she received a number of awards, including the Sara Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise and the Intellect Books Research Award for Outstanding Research on the Cultural and Social Influences Affecting Fashion and Dress. Her current research focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry and she co-chairs a student merchandising competition with Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP).
Earning her M.A. in Education from Monmouth University and her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from UNCG, she also possesses a Master’s Certificate in Merchandising from North Dakota State University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies from UNCG. Her dissertation investigates stakeholder perceptions of employee volunteer programs as corporate social responsibility in the apparel industry.