K.D. Joshi, Ph.D.

K.D. Joshi is a professor for the WSU Carson College of Business’ Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. She received her master of science in engineering from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in business administration (decision science and information systems) from the University of Kentucky. Joshi’s research interests focus on knowledge management, innovation, and information technology workforce issues.

Velle Kolde, M.Acc., 2017 EMBA Faculty of the Year

As director of the Executive MBA, Velle Kolde oversees the growth and further development of the program, with a focus on relevance, leadership, and global outlook. Kolde served on the National Board of Advisors to the Carson College of Business for nine years before becoming a lead instructor in the online MBA and Executive MBA programs in May 2010. He comes from a distinguished career in the tech industry in multiple disciplines, including marketing, public relations, product management, finance, channel policy, and operations. During his 19 years at Microsoft, he was involved in many business planning and innovation­building capacities and also held leadership positions at Oracle Corporation, IBM, and American Microsystems.

Kolde earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (’80) and his master’s degree in accounting (’82) from WSU and completed Stanford University’s Advanced Management College (’88) and Program on Managing Innovation (’89). He also serves as the chief driving instructor for the Pacific Northwest Region of Porsche Club of America, and is president and CEO of Kolde Corporation, serving clients in technology and automotive industries.

Donna L. Paul, Ph.D.

Dr. Donna L. Paul is an associate finance professor at the WSU Carson College of Business. She received a bachelor’s degree (with first-class honors) in management studies from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Paul was a financial analyst at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago for eight years. She has been published in 10 academic journals and has presented her research at 10 professional conferences. Dr. Paul’s research focuses on corporate restructuring, capital structure, dividend policy, and corporate governance.

Fredrick Peterson, Ph.D.

Fredrick Peterson came to WSU in 1990 as the first chief academic officer of the Spokane campus, where he also taught graduate courses on leadership. Now he is a professor in the Leadership and Professional Studies program, in which he teaches the core courses on leadership at both the Spokane and Pullman campuses. In addition, he teaches courses on Chinese civilization and Western civilization in the WSU Honors College, also at the Pullman and Spokane campuses. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Peterson co­directed national institutes on leadership conducted in the nation’s capital under the auspices of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. These institutes featured prominent scholars of leadership and leaders with international reputations.

More recently, he has been active in the International Leadership Association. At a global conference, he chaired a panel on contemporary leadership education in China with prominent Chinese scholars, including those who conduct top­level leadership development for the nation’s government. He is a member of the WSU President’s Teaching Academy and is also president of Informed Leadership International.

Raul M. Sanchez, J.D.

Raul Sanchez’s teaching experience spans more than 16 years with undergraduate, graduate, law, and business students, teaching courses in corporate social responsibility and international business transactions — areas in which he has substantial academic and professional experience. He has been a lecturer at the Carson College of Business for more than four years and has taught in WSU’s MBA program in Pullman. In 2009, students in the MBA program voted him Faculty of the Year.

Sanchez has degrees from Princeton, Stanford, and Harvard Universities. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and is admitted to the New York Bar. After law school, he was a program officer for a large international foundation in Mexico and Central America, working primarily in the human rights area. Prior to embarking on an administrative career in higher education, he taught law and was a corporate lawyer with a large Wall Street law firm in New York City. He has researched and published articles in the area of human rights and the environment. As an attorney, he works on multimillion­dollar securities offerings involving banking and corporate entities in the United States, several Latin American countries, and Europe. He has lived, studied, and/or worked in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, and Central America. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Uchila N. Umesh, Ph.D.

Uchila N. Umesh is a professor of marketing and international business. His primary research and teaching focus is in the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship, and quantitative modeling. He has published articles in such academic journals as Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Marketing Letters, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Decision Sciences, Sociological Methods & Research, Psychometrika, and the Journal of Forecasting. He has presented papers at a number of national and international conferences sponsored by the American Marketing Association, Association for Consumer Research, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Academy of Marketing Science. In 2008, a paper on entrepreneurship he co­authored was a finalist for the Best Paper of the Year Award at Decision Sciences. He also has taught a wide variety of courses and is the recipient of five awards for superior teaching, including being voted Outstanding Professor of the Year on three separate occasions by marketing students.

Jeanne H. Yamamura, C.P.A., M.I.M., Ph.D.

Jeanne H. Yamamura brings to WSU more than 30 years of experience in industry and academia. She is a licensed CPA in California and Nevada. She began as an auditor with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in San Francisco, and moved on to work as an audit manager for Touche Ross & Co. in the Commonwealth of the North Marianas. She provided internal audit services for county government and an international financial services company. She has also worked in a variety of positions ranging from assistant controller to vice president of finance in the savings and loan industry.

Following the completion of her doctoral studies at WSU, Yamamura taught accounting information systems and auditing at the University of Nevada Reno. In 2005, she served as chair of the Nevada Society of CPAs, becoming the first academic to hold the position in the organization’s 58­year history. In recent years, she has been providing training to island governments throughout Micronesia and the Virgin Islands, teaching students in a sustainable MBA program and developing content for online MBA programs. She has written articles appearing in the Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, and Internal Auditor as well as numerous academic journals. Her research focuses on the management of professionals and includes examination of factors impacting ethical judgments and the impact of cultural differences.

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