Administration & Staff
Dean's Office - 306 Harriman Hall
The College of Business Dean's Office supports the faculty, staff, and strategic initiatives of the College of Business.
Haresh Gurnani, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business
Haresh Gurnani is the Dean of College of Business at Stony Brook University. He has extensive global teaching, program development, and administrative experiences including in Asia (Hong Kong and India), North Carolina, and Miami with a strong Caribbean and Latin American student body. He received the MS & PhD in Operations Research from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has received several research & teaching awards including the William W. Cooper Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Business and Economics, William Larimer Fellowship, Richard Cyert Fellowship nomination, Cowan Faculty Research award, University of Miami Excellence in Teaching nomination, Best Professor of Management award from World Education Congress, Michael G. Dale Prize nomination for Teaching, and Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence in Hong Kong. He has served on review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. He is Dept Editor of Operations-Economics interface at POMS; Associate Editor at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Service Science, and Guest Associate Editor at Management Science; Editorial Board Member at Journal of Retailing, and previously served as AE at IIE Transactions. His Research & Teaching Interests are in the following areas: Supply Chain Analytics and Risk Management, Retail Channel Distribution Design and Marketing, ESG and Sustainability, Healthcare innovation, Business Analytics. His articles have been accepted in premier journals including Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Int'l Business Studies, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Retailing, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, etc.
Julia Bear, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Julia Bear is a Professor of Management (Organizational Behavior) and serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Her research focuses on gender and negotiation, as well as understanding gender gaps in organizations more broadly. She is the author of, The Caregiving Ambition: What It Is and Why It Matters At Home and Work (with T. Pittinsky), published by Oxford University Press. Her research has been published in journals and books, including Academy of Management Review, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Group Decision and Negotiation. She is also the recipient of multiple best paper awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marie Curie Fellowship. She is currently serving as President-Elect (2023-24) and President (2024-2026) of the International Association of Conflict Management. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Danling Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Programs
Danling Jiang is a Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Programs at the College of Business, Stony Brook University, where she previously served as the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development. She co-directs the Center of Entrepreneurial Finance and the Blockchain Business Lab in the College. Her research involves studying investments, blockchain and cryptos, corporate and household finance from behavioral and social finance approaches, and her work has been published in leading journals like Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, Review of Accounting Studies, among others. She serves as a reviewer for nearly 50 journals, publishers, and funding agencies and in different roles for many conferences and associations. She received a Ph.D. in finance and an M.A. in Economics from the Ohio State University.
Senior Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Accreditation & Student Services
Amy Milligan began her career in higher education in 2003 working for Dowling College. She worked with the Dowling Institute to offer MBA programs at various companies to facilitate employees earning their degrees at their job location. During that time, Amy earned her MBA in General Management from Dowling College. Amy went on to become the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Stony Brook Southampton campus in 2007. In November of 2010, Amy began working in the College of Business at Stony Brook University as the Assistant Dean for Administration with primary responsibilities in human resources, budget, enrollment management and accreditation. Amy’s current position is Senior Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Accreditation and Student Services. In addition, Amy is an active member of the faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational behavior.
Director of Development
Adam Siepiola brings over 10 years of development experience to Stony Brook University's College of Business, most recently as Director of Advancement for Major and Planned Giving at Adelphi University. At Adelphi University Siepiola was responsible for cultivating major and planned gifts with a specific focus on the Willumstad School of Business and Adelphi University's Intercollegiate Athletic Department. Prior to his role as Director of Advancement at Adelphi University Siepiola was a Major Gift Officer at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, a Major Gift Officer at Adelphi University, and Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations at Adelphi University. While in athletics Siepiola oversaw the activities of the Panther Club, the fundraising activities of all of Adelphi's varsity athletics, and raised funds to complete several capital projects. Siepiola resides in Carle Place, New York with his wife and son.
Aqueelah Speakes serves as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Business. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Farmingdale State College. Currently, Aqueelah is pursuing a Master's degree in Human Resources Management at Stony Brook University. Aqueelah brings a wealth of experience to her role, having spent five years as an Administrative Professional and two years as the Affirmative Action Officer for Farmingdale State College before joining Stony Brook University. Outside of her professional endeavors, Aqueelah is an active member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is passionate about continuous learning and professional development, striving to stay abreast of the latest trends and best practices in her field. Her diverse background and dedication make her an integral part of the College of Business team.
Reporting to the Dean, Joyce Wellinger is the Senior Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration and serves as the chief financial and administrative officer for the College of Business. She is responsible for the effective and efficient function of the College to advance both current and long-term goals that include directing, overseeing and coordinating designated aspects of the operations of the College. Joyce works in consultation with the Dean, the Associate Deans, Area Heads and Senior Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Accreditation and Student Services to develop and coordinate the implementation of strategic plans, and oversees the daily operational, budgetary and financial management, human resources, facilities, information technology support services, international program administration, and overall College compliance with University, State and Federal contracts, grants, policies and regulation.
Keval Amin, Ph.D.
Accounting Area Head
Keval Amin is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business. After completing his doctorate at Temple University, he joined Stony Brook University in 2014. His primary research interest is archival auditing. Particularly, his studies examine the determinants and economic consequences of audit outputs and investor sentiment. Professor Amin's work has been published in top tier journals including Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting Auditing & Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, and more. His research interests have motivated his teaching of External Auditing, Advanced Auditing, Internal Auditing, Financial Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. Prior to pursuing academia, he was an auditor at Deloitte and EY.
Christie Comunale , Ph.D.
Director of Professional Outreach - Accounting
Christie L. Comunale, Ph.D., joined Stony Brook University in 2013 after serving 14 years in LIU –Post’s School of Professional Accountancy where she held the rank of Professor of Accounting. Dr. Comunale previously had audit experience at Coopers & Lybrand in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Comunale earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Florida, and her MBA and BS in accounting from Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Comunale is an award-winning researcher in the areas of auditor and taxpayer judgment and decision-making, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the audit process. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has received many teaching awards including Stony Brook University’s College of Business Outstanding MBA Instructor Award and Long Island University’s David Newton Award for excellence in teaching. In 2014, Dr. Comunale founded Stony Brook University’s Accounting Society, a Society that provides its (80-100) members with opportunities to network with accounting professionals while engaging in career-building workshops. The Society has brought recognition to the University, the College of Business, and its accounting students. Dr. Comunale has received Stony Brook University’s Faculty Partnership Award in recognition of her accounting community and professional outreach.
Lily Blocker, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MBA Program
Dr. Lily Blocker is an Associate Professor of Management at Stony Brook University and the director of the Leadership & Creativity Research Lab. Her work in leadership, innovation, and conflict applies science-based approaches to practical organizational problems. Her research focuses on 1) the process by which leaders overcome failures and 2) the dynamics of innovative teams. Her primary research examines the consequences of leader mistakes and mistake recovery on leader-follower relationships. Her innovation research includes constructs such as team member influence, team climate, and malevolence. Dr. Blocker's consulting clients include the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Del Monte Foods, Big Heart Pet Brands, PNC Bank, and Gold Coast Bank. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Blocker was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, where she studied the process of terrorist deradicalization for a grant from the Office of Naval Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Penn State University and a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. For more information, please visit www.theLCLab.com.
Cecilia Feng, Ph.D.
MS Accounting Program Director
Dr. Cecilia (Qian) Feng is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the College of Business at Stony Brook University. She received her PhD in accounting from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2015. She also holds an MBA from the Fox School. Her research interests are in the area of accounting information systems and include topics relating to IT leadership, the SEC’s eXtensible business reporting language (XBRL) mandate, and information security breach incidents. Her papers have been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, and International Journal of Information Systems. Dr. Feng has received the “Best Graduate Instructor” teaching award at Stony Brook University in 2018. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels and supervised students in independent research studies and teaching practicum. In addition, Dr. Feng is actively serving as a reviewer at various academic journals such as Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and Information Systems Frontiers. She is also presenting, reviewing, discussing, and serving as session chair at national and international academic conferences.
Stacey Finkelstein, Ph.D.
Professor Finkelstein received her PhD and MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in 2011. Broadly speaking, she conducts research at the intersection of marketing and consumer well-being. Her work draws on research from marketing, psychology, economics, and sociology to solve real world problems consumers face. In recognition of her work, she received the American Marketing Association (AMA) Marketing and Society Special Interest Group (MASSIG) Early Career Award in 2019. She is currently on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) of the Journal for Marketing Research, the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Appetite. She is also guest-editing a special issue on Marketing and Consumer Well-being in the journal Appetite. She was also on the ERB for the Journal of Consumer Research from 2016-2018.
Dmytro Holod, Ph.D.
Area Head of Finance & MS Finance Program Director
Dr. Holod received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2005. His research interests include financial intermediation and corporate finance. Dr. Holod presented his research at numerous academic and practitioner conferences, and his work was published in finance and economics journals, including the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and Financial Management.
Aaron Y.S. Kim, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MS Decision Analytics Program
Dr. Young Shin Aaron Kim received his doctorate degree from Sogang University in Korea, in 2005, and completed the Habilitation (Doctor of Science) process at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in 2011. His current professional and research interests are in the area of mathematical modeling and its application to finance. He is interested in mathematical models having fat-tails, asymmetric dependence, clustering of volatility, and long-range dependence, and in financial issues including financial risk management, portfolio management, and derivative pricing. Dr. Kim published more than 50 research papers in internationally refereed journals and was awarded one patent. He is an expert in computer programming and shares basic libraries and tools implemented by him.
Richard Laskowski, Ph.D.
SUNY Korea Liaison
Professor Laskowski has spent most of his life in the world of sports as a student-athlete, a coach, an administrator, and as a consultant. He competed on the high school and college level in baseball, basketball, and squash, and officiated in baseball and basketball, and have been an administrator on the high school and college level. In recent years he has served as a consultant to Presidents and College Athletics Directors on sports-related issues. He served for 29 years as an administrator in college athletics, 19 at St. John's University, and 10 as the Dean of Physical Education and Athletics at Stony Brook. He founded two Summer Baseball camps - one at St. John's University and one at Lutheran High School in Brookville, Long Island. Upon leaving athletics he returned to the classroom as a Professor in the College of Business where he currently resides. He also serves as a consultant for Intercollegiate Athletic Consulting, a company that reviews all aspects of a university's athletics program.
Herbert F. Lewis, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MS Decision Analytics Program
Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University. He is an Associate Professor of Operations and Decision Analytics in the College of Business at Stony Brook University. He teaches courses in Business Analytics and Decision Support. Dr. Lewis' research focuses on the methodology and applications of Data Envelopment Analysis. He has published in the areas of healthcare, energy technology, transportation, scheduling, sports economics, banking, and teaching pedagogy.
Director Undergraduate Business Honors Program
Margot Palermo is currently an Instructor in the Management Area in the College of Business, teaching Business Strategy, Business Communications and Business Ethics. She is also the Director of the Business Honors Program. This program is for high achieving business majors who aspire to be entrepreneurs or executives in business, government or nonprofit sectors. Students in the BHP Program can partner with a corporate sponsor to design an experiential program for their senior year that promotes the synergies of what they learn in the classroom with the application of these lessons in the workplace. The BHP student can also choose to work with a research professor and present at URECA. Margot also works with companies in an experiential academic setting. For example, the Business Strategy class and Broadridge partnership to oversee students enhance revenue and lower costs. Margot also acts as Stony Brook University's Faculty Athletic Representative.
Christine Pitocco, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Business Program
Prior to teaching at Stony Brook’s College of Business, Dr. Pitocco worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Science Program, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, and Master of Science in Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University. She earned a PhD in Information Studies and Technology from LIU C.W. Post. She gained her clinical expertise while she was the evening supervisor of the Blood Bank at University Hospital Stony Brook. Prior to joining Stony Brook she was the day supervisor in the Immunochemistry Department and a medical technologist at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre.
Gary Sherman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MBA Program
Gary Sherman received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. Before joining Stony Brook, Sherman was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. His work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science.
Jadranka Skorin-Kapov, Ph.D.
Area Head of Management, Distinguished Professor
Jadranka Skorin-Kapov is a Professor and Head of Management Area. She has a diverse educational background including business (operations research), philosophy (continental philosophy) and art history and criticism (film). She holds three PhD degrees: in Operations Research, in Philosophy, and in Art History and Criticism. She is the author or coauthor of about eighty scholarly publications and five books, and the recipient of several grants and awards, including five National Science Foundation grants and a Fulbright Award. Her work in Operations Research includes applications of discrete optimization to network design, manufacturing design, scheduling, location and layout, and game theory. She has published scholarly books in continental philosophy and film art and criticism: The Aesthetics of Desire and Surprise: Phenomenology and Speculation (2015, 2019); The Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics: Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity (2016); Darren Aronofsky's Films and the Fragility of Hope (2016, 2017). Skorin-Kapov integrated her research in business, philosophy, and art history in the book entitled Professional and Business Ethics through Film: The Allure of Cinematic Presentation and Critical Thinking (2019). She founded the Center for Integration of Business Education & Humanities (CIBEH) to enhance business education with ideas framed by philosophy and art. Skorin-Kapov is a recipient of the SUNYChancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2016, and Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program in 2017. In 2020 she was elected as the corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Social Sciences. In 2022 she was appointed as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Senior Faculty Support Administrator
Janie serves as the Senior Faculty Support Administrator in the Deans Office of the Stony Brook University College of Business. Previously, she worked as an Instructional Support Associate at the Student Information Campus Administrative Systems (SICAS) Center at SUNY Oneonta. Prior to her SUNY work, she was employed in accounting, insurance, banking and retail businesses. A native of Upstate, N.Y., Forrest-Glotzer holds a Bachelors of Science in Consumer Economics from State University at Oneonta.
Office of Student Services - 109 Harriman Hall
The Office of Student Services (OSS) is the main academic advising center for the College of Business. The office advises business majors, accounting minors, MBA, MS in Accounting and MS in Finance students. The office also meets with prospective MBA and MS students. Staff are available from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
Ally is the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University. During this time, she served as a student assistant in the Graduate School and an Academic Peer Intern in the ATAS Office. After graduating, Ally worked full-time as a Student Services Specialist in the Graduate School, overseeing graduation and degree clearance. She is excited to work with prospective and current graduate students in the College of Business to assist them with the application process and support them through graduation.
Director, CoB Office of Student Services
Faith is the Director of the Office of Student Services in the College of Business. She received a BA in Social Science and Education from Dowling College and two graduate degrees from Stony Brook University; one in Human Resource Management and the other in Higher Education Administration. Faith has been working in the College of Business since 2007. Prior to working at Stony Brook University, Faith spent several years as an Admissions Counselor at a private Long Island College.
Manager, Marketing and Community Relations
Marie is the Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for the College of Business. She works to promote various events and programs of the College of Business, including the MBA & MS programs, guest speakers, and ways in which students and the business community can interact. This includes student internships and student projects, where students become consultants to local organizations.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
Samantha is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Business. She received a BA in Business Administration and Hospitality & Tourism Management, then continued on to receive an Executive M.B.A from St. Joseph's College. Prior to working at Stony Brook University, Samantha spent a few years as a Senior Operations Specialist for the Advising & Enrichment Center at New York Institute of Technology.
College of Business Program Coordinator
Joseph Noto is the Program Coordinator for Stony Brook University’s College of Business. As an alumnus of Stony Brook University, he is excited to work with prospective and current students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Joseph received a BA in English, in which he graduated Cum Laude. Joseph has a passion for marketing and entrepreneurship, which pushed him towards the College of Business.