Accounting and Law Division Faculty Profiles
- Assistant Professor
Weerapat (Go) Attachot joins Babson in the Division of Accounting & Law in the Fall 2016 semester. Born and raised in Thailand Go received his bachelor’s degree, with first class honors, in Accounting from Thammasat University, located in the heart of Bangkok. After four years of experience as a corporate accountant with ExxonMobil Go moved to the United States in 2007 to further his education. He earned an MBA and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Tampa (Tampa, FL); he went on to earn a master’s degree in Accounting & Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN). Go is a soon-to-be Accounting Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Texas (Denton, TX).
At Babson Go will teach undergraduate-level managerial accounting. His teaching experience prior to joining Babson includes financial accounting (principles and intermediate) and cost accounting. His research interests lie primarily in the international financial accounting and reporting arena. Specifically, Go is interested in publicly-traded foreign (non-U.S.) firms – characteristics, regulation compliances, regulation choices, incentives/disincentives etc. – in the U.S. capital markets. His dissertation examines characteristics of foreign firms listed on U.S. Stock Exchanges and their corporate governance choices.
While working for ExxonMobil in Thailand Go's responsibilities included a wide range of accounting tasks from journalizing transactions to auditing. He also regularly conducted training for non-accountants at other ExxonMobil affiliates in Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Go is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
- Adjunct Lecturer
Mr. Barry teaches Business Law at the undergraduate level. He is a graduate of Boston College where he majored in English. Later, he earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Bar of the United States Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr. Barry had a distinguished career with the Federal Government having worked for 30 years with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Barry worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 8 years.
Mr. Barry also teaches International Business Law at Boston University’s Metropolitan College and has taught Business Law at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Shay Blanchette Proulx
- Senior Lecturer
Professor Blanchette taught as an adjunct in 2006 and 2007 and has joined the Babson faculty full time in 2011. Prior to joining Babson, she was an Assurance Partner with the Boston PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Company Services Practice. She has over twenty years of experience in public accounting, serving a wide range of companies in the retail, manufacturing and professional services industries. She spent the last twelve years focusing on family owned and other privately held companies. She has assisted many organizations in addressing issues such as initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, financings and recapitalizations and complex accounting matters, and has provided timely advice on ways to ensure internal controls keep pace with organizational changes. She has assisted her clients through various business cycles including the transition from private to public ownership, growth by strategic acquisitions and expanding internationally. She was the PwC recruiting partner for Babson College for ten years. She received the Babson College Distinguished Service Alumni Leadership Award in 2003. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Richard Block joined the faculty as an adjunct lecturer in the fall of 2006. He taught graduate courses in Financial and Managerial Accounting and Accounting Information Systems.<br><br><br>Currently, Mr. Block is the Consulting CFO to a family-owned and recently sold $225m residential and commercial heating oil and propane provider, and a privately funded feature film production company, whose just completed film is being marketed for distribution.<br><br><br>Prior to these two projects, Mr. Block was the Controller / Treasurer of Terascala Inc., a venture-funded manufacturer of high-performance parallel file system storage solutions. Prior to Terascala, Mr. Block served for 2 and a half years as a partner in Tatum LLC, a national executive services firm, providing interim financial management and consulting services to companies in significant transition. Prior to Tatum, Mr. Block served eight years as the Chief Financial Officer of Avicon Group Inc., a venture-funded RFID software and supply chain e-commerce consulting firm. Prior to Avicon, Mr. Block held a number of senior financial positions at Digital Semiconductor, a division of Digital Equipment Corporation, which was sold to Intel in 1997.<br><br><br>Mr. Block is the co-author of Mosco, a semiconductor strategic cost and activity based management case, published in the 3rd edition of Advanced Management Accounting by Robert Kaplan & Anthony Atkinson.<br><br><br>Mr. Block has also authored or co-authored a number of articles on Spreadsheet Use in Financial Management, Activity Based Budgeting, and Target Costing which have appeared in CFO.com, Mid-Range Systems ERP, and the International Journal of Strategic Cost Management.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Tom has held financial and operational management positions in a variety of industries, in both private and publicly held businesses both domestic and international. He currently is with Essex National Heritage Commission a non-profit corporation, affiliated with the National Park Service in educational, recreational and preservation projects in Essex County MA. Prior to his industry experience, he worked on the audit staff of KMPG. And is a licensed C.P.A. in Massachusetts.
- Associate Professor
After earning an undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Notre Dame, Professor Coyle took a position as a staff accountant for Price Waterhouse. While there, he earned his CPA, was promoted to senior, and did a six-month tour of duty in Saudi Arabia. Professor Coyle left Price Waterhouse to obtain his M.B.A. at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. While there, he did some teaching and discovered that he wanted to become a professor. Prof. Coyle earned his Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1993.
Professor Coyle came to Babson in 1992, and received tenure in May 1999.
Professor Coyle has taught in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs at Babson. Professor Coyle has taught Financial Accounting and Auditing in the Undergraduate Program, International Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Government/Non-Profit Accounting in the MSA Program and Financial Accounting in the MBA Program. For the auditing class, From 2010 to 2014 Prof. Coyle simultaneously taught Auditing to both Babson undergraduates and undergraduate students at the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University, Russia. Prof. Coyle was on the design team of Babson's BRIC Program and since its inception in 2008 has taught the Russian business course. From 1996 to 2014 Prof. Coyle took MBAs to Russia to teach a Russia in Transition course.
Professor Coyle's research interests are in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has published numerous cases, book chapters and articles about the business environment in Russia, including consideration of how that business environment is affected by geopolitical circumstances. He has traveled to Russia, including Siberia (by choice) and Ukraine, more than 100 times since his first trip to Russia in January 1993. Since January 1993, Professor Coyle has led 35 groups of Babson MBA and undergraduate students to Russia, totaling over 800 students.
Prof. Coyle has served as a co-chair and elected member of the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee, a member of the Faculty Senate and was a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and has served on various sub-committees, including those of the Board of Trustees and on numerous curriculum-related task forces.
He is a member of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prof. Coyle regularly attends the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia where Swan Lake is his favorite ballet. He plays golf poorly, noting that trips to Russia and Ukraine do little to help improve his golf handicap.
- Adjunct Lecturer
I am excited to join the team teaching Business Law.
I am a practicing health care attorney. I have been practicing law for over 20 years. I've worked for several hospitals, health care providers, and academic research and development organizations. I work “in-house” – meaning that my only client is the corporation that I work for. I don’t ever go to court. Instead, I’m essentially business lawyer with a specialty in health care. My expertise includes regulatory compliance, risk management, ethics, and patient rights.
I am a graduate of Wellesley College (I double majored in History and Psychology), Boston College Law School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. During college, I rowed port on the Varsity Crew. Prior to law school, I worked for 2 years, first as a paralegal and then with health care policy researchers.
I also have been teaching at Brandeis since 2007. At Brandeis, I am the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH) and Study Abroad Liaison (SAL) for the Health: Science, Society & Policy (HSSP) program. I participate on the HSSP Faculty Executive Committee. I serve on the Board of Pre-Health Advisers, as a mentor for the ICC Scholars Program, and participate in the Posse Plus Retreat. In each these roles I work closely with students to discuss their interests and goals.
At Brandeis, I teach
- American Healthcare: Law & Policy
- Special Topics in Public Health: U.S. History and Policy
- Patient Autonomy: Law, Medicine, and Ethics
I was born in California, raised in rural Connecticut, and now live in Watertown, MA. I enjoy in-line skating, mentoring, and exploring with my husband and our four lively rescued dogs – Cora, Hali, Anni, and Reese.
- Associate Professor
Craig Ehrlich has been on the faculty of Babson College since 1996, where he is an Associate Professor of Law teaching business law at the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas such as contracts, white collar criminal law, and professional responsibility. Earlier areas of interest include the legal aspects of competitive intelligence and Korean corporate law. He currently writes about the legal liabilities of CPAs and chief financial officers. Prior to taking up a teaching career, he practiced law in Chicago and Seoul for 15 years.
Michael L Fetters, Walter Carpenter Distinguished Professor and Professor of Accounting at Babson College was Babson College’s first Provost and served as chairperson of the Accounting and Law Division. He was on the faculty team that designed and launched the innovative, integrated entrepreneurial MBA program, and on the design and launch team for the integrated undergraduate program. In addition, he designed and directed the MS in Strategic Cost Accounting Program for Lucent Technologies and designed and is teaching in Babson’s distance learning, blended MBA program. Currently Dr. Fetters is Director on Babson’s National Curriculum Design and Launch team for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. He has been selected twice by the graduate students as the Thomas Kennedy Professor of the Year. He has also won the college’s prestigious Walter H. Carpenter Award for Exceptional Contributions to Babson College. Dr. Fetters consults in the areas of entrepreneurship ecosystem development, strategic planning and financial data interpretation, pedagogical design and executive education. Currently his clients include many small businesses in a wide variety of industries from restaurants to healthcare delivery. He has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as presented nationally and internationally on the topics: entrepreneurship ecosystems, financial statement analysis, women in professions, curriculum innovation, technology-enhanced learning, and pedagogical research. The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Studies with Rice, Greene & Butler was published in September, 2010. The textbook, Financial Statements: Construction, Analysis and Forecasts, 2e with Halsey & Soybel was published in August, 2015.
Currently, Dr. Fetters serves on several advisory boards for new ventures. Dr. Fetters holds a Ph.D. in Business and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. from Ohio State University and is a CPA.
Leslie Garbarino is a professor, attorney, facilitator and startup executive. Leslie is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Business Law and the Legal Advisor to the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. <br><br>In addition to her academic work, Leslie runs her own startup consulting and corporate law practices. Prior to starting her own businesses, Leslie was the President of Streetwise Media (now AmericanInno), a national digital media and events company focused on tech and innovation and the parent company of BostInno. Leslie began her law career practicing at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, where she advised a variety of corporate clients, including investment funds, endowments, foundations, private companies and nonprofits. She also serves as a volunteer facilitator for WorkSmart Boston, an organization dedicated to teaching salary negotiation skills to women in Boston. <br><br>Leslie received an AB in Biological Sciences cum laude from Harvard University and a JD with Senior Research Honors from Northwestern University School of Law. <br><br><br>
- Division Chair
Dr. Halsey teaches courses in Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Accounting at the undergraduate level and graduate courses in Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including Professor of the Year at Babson College and the Douglas Clarke Memorial teaching award at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Professor Halsey is the co-author of two text books: Financial Accounting for MBAs (7th edition - the market leader in financial accounting text books at the MBA level), and Advanced Accounting (4th edition), both published by Cambridge Business Publishers.
Dr. Halsey's research interests are in the area of financial reporting, including financial statement analysis, and disclosure issues. He recently co-authored a case with Prof. Ryan Davies of Babson's Finance Division relating to Boston Scientific's use of Net Investment Hedges to create synthetic debt that has been submitted for publication. He also has publications in Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Issues in Accounting Education, The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting, the CPA Journal, AICPA Professor/Practitioner Case Development Program, and in other accounting and analysis journals.
Dr. Halsey currently serves as the Chair of the Accounting & Law Division and has previously served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the undergraduate school (2011-2013), Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program (2013-2015), Chair of the Accounting & Law Division (2010-2011), member of the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee (2014 to date), Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2008) and the Faculty Senate (2008-2009), Chair of the Faculty Agenda Committee (2005-2008) and numerous other senior committees.
In his professional career, Professor Halsey served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a privately held company with 150 retail locations and two manufacturing companies operating in six states and as the Vice President and Senior Loan Officer for a five bank holding company located in the Midwest in which he managed the commercial and mortgage lending divisions
- Professor Emeritus
Chris Hennessey is Professor Emeritus of Law. Although retired from full time teaching he continues to teach a blended learning law course to MBA students and an elective course on wealth management. Chris also is serving as Faculty Director of Babson Global. He was the academic dean of the Babson College's undergraduate program for six years. Professor Hennessey has developed and taught courses in both the MBA and undergraduate programs at Babson. He was previously both Faculty Director and acting Co-Dean at Babson Executive Education, and was responsible for custom program design, program development and delivery, selection and coaching of faculty, and client relationships and business development. Professor Hennessey has taught finance including shareholder value, finance for the non-financial manager, mergers and acquisitions, economic value added, real options, and financial statement analysis. He also has taught corporate entrepreneurship with a focus on corporate venturing and strategy.
Professor Hennessey has led and taught in numerous custom programs for such companies as Emcor, Siemens, American Express, Telenor, Pitney Bowes, Novell, Infineon, Sony, Allied Domecq, Hartford Financial Services, Smith's Group, and others. He has taught in most areas of the world including the United States, England, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Canada.
Professor Hennessey has written cases on business management for use in custom programs. His current research issues are in the areas of shareholder value, economic value added, and corporate entrepreneurship. He has published articles on estate planning, taxes, and investments. Professor Hennessey has been quoted numerous times in print and has been a guest on television and radio.
Professor Hennessey, although no longer active, co-founded a registered investment advisory firm. Currently he is a member of the Business Advisory Group for Putnam Investments, a leading mutual fund company. In that role he speaks to financial advisors and their clients on wealth management topics. Chris is on the board of trustees of a private college and has served as an advisor or board member to a number of businesses.
- Jefferson Vander Wolk Professor of Management, Accounting and Operational Performance
Paul Juras, a professor of accountancy, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from NY. He teaches managerial accounting and strategic cost management courses in the full-time MBA program, evening MBA program and the blended-learning MBA program. He has also taught in the undergraduate program. Before joining the Babson Faculty he taught at Wake Forest University, where he was a tenured professor. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked for Deloitte Haskins and Sells.
Juras has expertise in strategic management accounting. He has published articles in many journals, including the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Issues in Accounting Education, The CPA Journal, and Strategic Finance and his current research interests focus on contemporary cost management systems.
Currently he is a co-author of a cost management text that is in its 8th edition. He is a member of the Global Board of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and was selected to the the Global Chair for 2020-21. Juras was the 2017-19 Chair of the ICMA Board of Regents, the organization responsible for the internationally recognized CMA certification. He was also a Chair of the IMA Research Foundation. He has been active in the American Accounting Association and served as associate editor of the IMA Education Case Journal for ten years.
- Senior Lecturer
Cheryl Kirschner is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Babson College. She received a B.A. from the University of Rochester in English and Political Science and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. At Babson, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Law and International Business Law. She was awarded the Babson College Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and is involved in curriculum development and revision. She also served as Editor-in-Chief for the Babson Case Publishing Center. The Academy of Legal Studies in Business awarded her the Best International Case prize in 2008 for her best-selling case, Zidane's Last Red Card. She recently co-authored a textbook, The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: An Integrated Approach, by Ferrera, Alexander, Wiggins, Kirschner and Darrow, c. 2014 Wolters Kluwer. She has taught offshore course in South Africa and in Tanzania and maintains a strong interest in global education and global citizenship.
- Assistant Professor
Julia Kokina is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Accounting and Law division. She teaches managerial accounting to both undergraduate and graduate students at Babson. Her research interests are in accounting information systems and auditing. Her research in accounting information systems focuses on user interactions with internal control monitoring systems, with an emphasis on automated alerts. Her research in auditing examines audit fee discounting in first year audit engagements. A paper she co-authored was published in May 2014 issue of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.
She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting, and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso. She received her doctoral degree in 2014 also from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Julia is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to academia, she was a Senior Auditor at a local CPA firm.
In the context of Babson College's number one ranking for entrepreneurship and innovation education, Toni Lester has developed advanced legal studies and liberal arts courses in Arts and Entertainment Law; Privacy Law; Intolerance and Culture; and the Regulation of Business. With a longstanding record of writing about global inequality, her edited anthology, "Gender Nonconformity, Race and Sexuality" (University of Wisconsin Press) is a seminal work in the field of intersectionality. Current projects explore how creative practices of marginalized people are appropriated without consent, attribution or compensation, and how concerns about technology and privacy impact artistic creation, cultural appropriation and human rights. Her Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal article, "Blurred Lines – Where Copyright Ends and Cultural Appropriation Begins" (2014), anticipated the outcome of the now famous Marvin Gaye copyright theft case one year before it was decided in court. Lester was a member of the Scholar Advisory Group for the 2015 UN Office of Human Rights Special Rapporteur Report on Cultural Rights, Copyright Policy, and The Right To Science and Culture. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University, Stanford University, Kent University Law School Centre for Race, Sexuality, and Gender (Canterbury, UK), Westminster Law School (London, UK), and the University of Helsinki Programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Recent publications include: "Questions of Trust, Betrayal and Authorial Control in the Avant Garde" (Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review (forthcoming, January 2020), and "Content-ID-Algorithmen und das Dilemma der falschen Treffer" (with co-author D. Pachamanova), in: Lina Brion & Detlef Diederichsen (eds.), 100 Jahre Copyright ("100 Years of Copyright") (Matthes & Seitz - Haus Der Kulturen der Welt) as part of the Berlin Museum of World Culture "100 Years of Now" Book series (2019). Lester is also an award winning composer and creative artist. Below is a selected sampling of publications and talks.
- Associate Professor
Ben Luippold is an associate professor in the Accounting and Law division. He currently teaches managerial accounting in the undergraduate Sophomore Management Experience (SME) curriculum and Measuring and Managing Strategic Performance in both its one-year MBA and its Masters of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership programs. Teaching at Babson is particularly special for Professor Luippold, as he is an alumnus of Babson (BS 2001) and, therefore, is a product of its integrated curriculum.
Professor Luippold’s research interests focus on how accounting information affects the judgments and decisions of managers, auditors, investors, etc. His dissertation examined how managers may attempt to manage the audit by diverting auditors away from discovering managed earnings.
He has published in several academic and practitioner journals including, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, the Journal of Accountancy, and the Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance. In addition, he has presented his research and served as a discussant for other research papers at several prestigious conferences including the American Accounting Association, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, and the Kansas University Auditing Symposium. Furthermore, he has served as a reviewer for Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Managerial Auditing Journal, as well as several conferences.
Professor Luippold holds a PhD in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2009). While at UMass, he served as both a research assistant and an instructor, primarily teaching Managerial Accounting. Prior to joining Babson, he served on the faculty at Georgia State University (GSU), where he primarily taught Auditing and Assurance Services to accounting majors. Before entering a PhD program, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in its Assurance and Global Risk Management Solutions divisions.
Brigitte Muehlmann, Ph.D., M.S.T., Professor and Babson Research Scholar, is a creative academic innovator with a global business perspective. Passionate about gaining insights for sustainable success in business and sharing them, she combines her international subject area knowledge in accounting, taxation, valuation and learning. Brigitte teaches Financial and Sustainability Reporting, co-teaches Doing Business Globally: Highways and Landmines, and offers a mental barrier-eliminating Financial Statement Basics Workshop. Her intellectual contributions explore topics to gain and share knowledge about human and technological innovations as well as patented inventions. She is the creator of the design science research in accounting workshop (DRAW) and the past lead organizer of the transformative technologies in accounting workshop (TTW) of the American Accounting Association. Brigitte also writes the column "Email from Boston" for the German-language CFO aktuell magazine. Entrepreneurial leadership is in Brigitte's DNA. She initially gained business experience working for her family from an early age in Austria. Later, she successfully started a new line of business and led a successful turnaround as interim CEO during reorganization proceedings of a company with $100+ million annual revenue and 500+ employees.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Michael Musi is an accomplished business attorney and senior manager with extensive domestic and international experience with small growth-oriented and Fortune 100 organizations. He has negotiated business transactions on five continents and opened field offices in Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Sydney, and Singapore.
As attorney and senior manager Michael led or supported most functional groups within corporations including field sales, professional services, marketing, HR, IT, purchasing, field operations, R&D, real estate, M&A, loss prevention, accounting, and legal. His contributions encompassed many aspects of corporate law including complex contract drafting, and deal structuring, intellectual property, licensing, data privacy, insurance, real estate and litigation management, and corporate communications.
Michael's span of experience as an attorney and senior manager includes positions with large multinational corporations such as EMC, Digital Equipment, Lucent Technologies, and Iron Mountain, and boutique, privately held software and services companies including SimpliVity Corporation, Kenan Systems, Politzer & Haney, and Ab Initio Software LLC. Prior to his legal career, he successfully performed a number of business and sales roles, including V.P. of Operations and Sales Account Executive for a Fortune 100 corporation to name two. Michael’s distinctive blend of legal, business, and sales skills provide him with a unique lens to view and support fast growth high tech organizations.
Michael is an avid student and teacher. He earned J.D., MBA, and BSBA degrees and completed coursework at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He also became an accredited Siebel field instructor, developed training programs in business and law, and instructed thousands of field sales and support professionals and senior corporate executives. In addition, he has taught undergraduate and graduate degree-required courses in business and business law at Northeastern and Boston University.
Alfred J. Nanni, Jr.
- Professor of Management Accounting
Fred Nanni (Alfred J. Nanni, Jr) joined the faculty at Babson College as a full professor in 1993. Since then he has been involved in all of Babson’s academic programs and served in a variety of major service and administrative roles, including Program Director, Division Chair, Senate Executive Committee Vice Chair, and Provost.
Fred’s publication stream spans discipline-focused journal articles and presentations, practice-oriented articles and books, peer-reviewed pedagogical materials and cases. He has published and spoken extensively on the topics of strategic performance measurement and on cost-effective strategy execution. He has co-authored a pair of practice-oriented books on those subjects – Delivering Results: Managing What Matters and The New Performance Challenge: Measuring Operations for World-Class Competition. His teaching and curriculum development history at Babson College includes teaching a variety of disciplines, especially in integrated formats, across undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. Fred’s administrative and service duties have included leading the development and delivery of several curriculum revisions, including the College’s seminal undergraduate core integration. He has also been a Chair of the Accounting and Law Division, a member of both the undergraduate and graduate policy committees, a member of Babson’s campus-wide tenure committee (serving as a chair and as co-chair), and member of the Executive Committee of the College’s Faculty Senate.
Professor Nanni has over 30 years of academic experience which includes previous academic positions at Boston University (where he was Chair of the Accounting Department and Director of the Accounting Doctoral Program) and the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a BA in psychology from Syracuse University and an MS in Accounting and a PhD degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
- Associate Professor
Dr. David Nersessian is an Associate Professor in the Accounting and Law Division of Babson College, where he teaches Business Law to undergraduate and MBA students and an elective in Public International Law. He earned his D Phil (PhD) in Law from Oxford University, where his research concentrated in public international law and human rights. He earned his JD magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law and his BSBA summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management.
Prior to completing his doctoral work, Dr. Nersessian practiced for six years with several large law firms, representing clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations throughout the United States. He later spent five years as the vice president and general counsel of an international educational nonprofit.
Before joining Babson, Professor Nersessian spent many years at Boston University in a variety of roles. He was Assistant Dean of Global Programs and a Senior Lecturer at the Questrom School of Business and both a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Law at BU’s School of Law. He also served as the founding Executive Director of Questrom’s Susilo Institute for Ethics in a Global Economy. Prior to joining BU, he was Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and a Supreme Court Fellow at the US Supreme Court, where he worked for the Chief Justice’s chief of staff. Before that he taught Criminal Law for St. Edmund Hall and St. Benet’s Hall at Oxford University.
Dr. Nersessian’s research concentrates on public international law, human rights, legal ethics, globalization, and the management of legal and ethical risk in the corporate setting. He has a particular focus on the intersection of human rights and new technologies and the role of corporate lawyers in human rights issues. His other research focuses on the impact of globalization on the ethical regulation of attorneys. In addition to his work in technology and ethics, he continues to write, speak and consult in public international law and human rights.
Dr. Nersessian’s book “Genocide and Political Groups” was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His second book, “International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Federal Judges” was published in early 2017. This book, which is a scholarly monograph on the Alien Tort Statute and related topics, was commissioned by the Federal Judicial Center to educate ~1,400 federal judges and magistrates nationwide on how to effectively hear and resolve human rights cases on their dockets. Prof. Nersessian also has taught international law subjects to federal judges on behalf of the Federal Judicial Center.
Professor Nersessian’s current journal scholarship analyzes: (i) the intersection of artificial intelligence, “big data” analytics, and other cutting-edge technological advances with international human rights law, and (ii) the governance implications and ethical risks for corporate lawyers arising out of legal work that facilitates human rights violations abroad. Dr. Nersessian also worked with a major global hotel chain on a case study about the hospitality industry’s efforts to combat human trafficking. This case, Hilton: Combatting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, received the Best International Case Award at the 2018 annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Before joining Babson as adjunct faculty, Norm was the chief tax executive for Baxalta Inc, a biopharmaceutical multinational company focused on hematology, immunology and oncology, until Baxalta was acquired in 2016 by Shire for $32 billion. A year earlier, Baxalta Inc had been formed as a spin off from Baxter International, a healthcare company based in Illinois, where Norm also served as the chief tax executive. Prior to joining Baxter, Norm served as the chief tax executive of Textron Inc, a multi-industry global industrial company based in Rhode Island.
Prior to working in industry, Norm worked in all three branches of the Federal government in various tax roles. In Washington, D.C., he led the international tax counsel group in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, served as majority tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and clerked for Judge Arthur Nims III of the U.S. Tax Court. Norm also served as adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School’s LLM program.
Before joining the staff of the Senate Finance Committee, Norm was a tax attorney with the Steptoe & Johnson law firm in Washington, D.C. for four years. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
- Adjunct Lecturer
I love being a lawyer, especially a litigator. I bring this enthusiasm to my classroom and my students enjoy this. Another part of my law practice that is not reflected on my resume is animal rights law, specifically, veterinary malpractice and dangerous dog litigation. I bring my world of law into the classroom, sharing my cases with the class to illustrate that the law involves a lot of ethics. This keeps things lively and invites questions that straight textbook learning does not.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Aaron Shimoff joins Babson as an Adjunct Lecturer in Accounting following his graduation from Babson with an MBA. After attending Brandeis University for his undergraduate degree, Aaron successfully started, ran, and sold two technology businesses.
- Senior Lecturer
Ginny Soybel teaches financial accounting and financial statement analysis in the graduate, undergraduate and executive education programs at Babson College. She has participated in multiple curriculum design initiatives there, focused primarily on integrating functional disciplines so that students learn how to combine concepts and tools most effectively to solve complex business problems. Professor Soybel earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University and her B.A. in American History at Williams College. Before joining the Babson College faculty, she taught at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.<br>Professor Soybel’s research focuses on the effects of strategic decisions and reporting method and disclosure choices on corporate financial performance and on the history and process of accounting standard-setting. She has co-authored several instructional cases with Profs. Muehlmann and Turner and enjoys developing pedagogical materials. Her publications include articles in Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. She teaches financial reporting and statement analysis at introductory and advanced levels for Fidelity Investments and Putnam Investments.
- Associate Professor
Adam’s +50 publications on business, law, and sustainability are available through the links below. He advises through MIT Enterprise Forum CEE and elsewhere, and has initiated sustainability reporting for organizations. He has visited +115 countries. Resulting insights have been published or cited in the following:
- USA Today (from Iraqi Kurdistan on the ISIS front in 2016)
plus HuffPost, Inc. magazine, MSN, The Times of India, Science Daily, and Cities Today, among others news sources.
Adam invites you to connect on Twitter (@adam_sulkowski) and Linked In. His CV and personal blog are available at www.adamsulkowski.com and he blogs for Babson Blogs.
- Associate Professor
Professor Turner joined the Babson Faculty in 1990. He previously taught at Boston College, Boston University, and LeMoyne College. His teaching interests are in the area of corporate and not-for-profit financial reporting. He has taught financial accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was part of the design team for the new MBA core in the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Prior to entering the teaching profession Professor Turner worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, at LeMoyne College as Director of Financial Aid, and at Boston College as Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Professor Turner has published numerous articles on financial reporting, primarily in the areas of reporting by not-for-profit organizations, and accounting education. He has also presented on these topics at regional and national conferences. He is active in providing professional development programs nationally for public accounting firms and also teaches programs for corporations and firms including Fidelity, Eaton Vance and EMC.
Professor Turner is currently assistant dean for recruitment for the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He was named Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1995 by the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s and is the recipient of the Distinguished Alum Award from LeMoyne College. He was twice named professor of the year by the undergraduate students at Babson College and was the recipient of the Walter H. Carpenter Prize awarded for exceptional contributions to Babson College.
Professor Turner is a member of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and is the treasurer and member of the board of the Gifford School in Weston, MA.
- Senior Lecturer
Mr. Wain joined Babson faculty full time in 1999 after 10 years of management consulting with Touche Ross & Co. and 20 years of financial management with Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq Computer Corporation. His areas of interest are financial planning and analysis and business modeling. He currently consults with nonprofit organizations in the areas of business plan development and management control systems. Mr. Wain had been an adjunct instructor in accounting at Babson from 1993 to 1999. He currently teaches the core management accounting class for sophomores and previously taught two electives, Management Planning & Control and Financial Planning & Cost Control.
Mr. Wain developed cases under Geneen grants on HealthSouth (used in Management Planning & Control course) and Build-A-Bear Workshop (used in the core Management Accounting course). He also co-authored a case “New Product Innovation at Chet’s Fan Manufacturing, Inc.” with professors Jan Bell and Shahid Ansari which was published in 2014 in the Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies and is used in the new core Management Accounting class.
Mr. Wain serves as a Trustee for New England Wild Flower Society (elected Treasurer effective January 2012-2016); he is a member of Audit, Finance and Investment Committees and is extensively involved in the annual budget process as well as quarterly financial updates to the Trustees.
- Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Weil is a founding partner with the law firm of Kertzman & Weil, LLP and has practiced law in Wellesley since 1994, following two years at a Boston law firm. Amy graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in Business Management and Communications from Babson College and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1992. She is a member of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She is a former member of the Executive Board of the Babson College Alumni Association and is currently Vice Chair of Babson’s Board of Overseers. Ms. Weil is also an adjunct professor in the Accounting and Law Department at Babson where she teaches business law. She was the recipient of the 2013 Cruickshank Alumni Leadership Award, which is given in recognition of her commitment to volunteerism at Babson. Ms. Weil and her family reside in Needham.
- Senior Lecturer
Peter Wilson currently serves on the faculty of Babson College where he teaches courses in financial reporting and financial statement analysis in the Accounting and Law Division. He has served as the Executive Director of Graduate Blended Learning Programs at Babson overseeing Babson’s Blended Learning MBA program delivered on campuses in Wellesley and San Francisco.
Dr. Wilson has over 25 years of experience as both an administrator and teacher at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to coming to Babson, Dr. Wilson spent 19 years at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he was a member of the accounting faculty and also served as the Executive Director of Executive MBA Programs. During his time at Duke, Dr. Wilson participated in the launch of three separate blended learning executive MBA programs as well as the design and delivery of the school’s first completely virtual management development program to an IT business services firm in India.
Dr. Wilson has also designed and taught a wide range of corporate education programs on issues related to financial analysis, cost management, corporate strategy and management. He has led executive seminars around the world including presentations throughout Europe, Russia, India, Asia, and South America.
Prior to his time at Duke, Dr. Wilson taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University in the graduate and undergraduate programs and also served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Accounting, Taxation and Business Law.
Dr. Wilson holds a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA degree from UNC-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.