Business

Faculty and Staff

Brad Pyrah

Dean of the College of Business

Timothy Ogden received a B.A. in 1987 from Manchester University and an M.B.A. in 1989 from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University in southern California. In 1996 he received the Doctor of Jurisprudence, summa cum laude, from Indiana University. Professor Ogden joined the faculty at Manchester University in 1990 and left in 1996 for a short time to practice law with a firm in Indianapolis concentrating in complex business litigation. After returning to Manchester, he practiced law part-time until 2009. He is dean of the College of Business and teaches courses in business law, marketing and management.


Beth Driscoll

Beth Driscoll received a B.S. in Marketing from Ball State University in 1989 and completed her M.B.A. in 1997 from Indiana University, Kokomo.  She offers over 25 years of marketing and leadership experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Professor Driscoll teaches courses in marketing, professional sales, and management. She enjoys offering practical learning opportunities for the students and supporting them as they develop the skills needed to reach their educational and career goals.

Ryan Hedstrom

Ryan Hedstrom received a B.S. in 2000 from Manchester University and completed graduate degrees at Boston University (M.Ed.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). He has been a professor in sport management at universities in both Indiana and Vermont. He returned to Manchester University in 2008. Dr. Hedstrom’s research interests involve leadership development, organizational behavior, sport for development and effective pedagogy in sport management. He teaches courses in principles and practices in sport management, social and ethical issues in sport, event management, and strategic sport management and policy development. One of this favorite teaching experiences is leading students abroad to learn about numerous topics related to international sport management.

Wendy Hoffman

Dr. Wendy E. Hoffman graduated from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in management and marketing; she earned her M.B.A. with a finance track at Drexel University and her doctorate in higher education management at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. For over fifteen years, Dr. Hoffman has been a business administration faculty member at the undergraduate and graduate levels with special interest in marketing, finance, and management. She enjoys the challenge of bringing practical business exposure to students in the academic setting and supporting their development of professional skills. Dr. Hoffman spent thirteen years in sales and finance in the telecommunications industry before re-directing her career to higher education.

Sun Kang
Dr. Sun J. Kang graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in art studio. He earned an M.B.A and M.S. in sport management from Barry University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and organization development with a sport administration specialization at the University of Louisville. Before pursuing his career in teaching, he worked in the golf industry for over six years and served various roles in human resources, public relations, and project management. His research interest includes sport consumption behaviors, marketing and sponsorship as it relates to technology trends. Dr. Kang teaches sport management and marketing courses. 
Jennifer Lutz

Jennifer L. Lutz received her B.A. in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1991 and a master of accounting science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Professor Lutz was an accountant with the investment banking firm of Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson Inc. in Chicago from 1991-1994. After completing graduate school, Professor Lutz worked with the nonprofit ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from 1996-1999. She served one year as the housing and meals manager for the Urbana® Convention in Urbana, Illinois and then two years as an accountant in Madison, Wisconsin. Professor Lutz came to Manchester University in the fall of 1999. She is a certified management accountant, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, and a member of the American Accounting Association. She teaches a variety of courses in accounting and personal finance. She has a special interest in introductory and managerial accounting.

Mindy Martynowicz

The College of Business is also fortunate to have Mindy Martynowicz join the team as an administrative assistant. Mindy brings deep experience in this type of role from her work in both the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Academic Affairs at Manchester, and she has also served as Executive Director of the Fulton County Council on Aging where she managed a $500,000 budget and a staff of twenty employees. The combination of her work ethic and her conscientious attention to detail will be a great boon to the College and will free the faculty to focus even more on the students.

David Mcgrady

David McGrady received his B.A. in Accounting and Business from Franklin College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1979.  Professor McGrady began his career as a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Fort Worth, Texas working with clients including Pier 1.  He then served as an instructor and the program director for the financial planning concentration at Eastern Illinois University.  Professor McGrady has served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Illinois and Mid Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He has completed numerous consulting engagements primarily valuing marital interests in defined benefit plans.  He is a certified public accountant, a CFP® and teaches courses in accounting and finance.

Joe Messer

Joe Messer received his B.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University in 1982, a certificate in Innovation from IMD in Switzerland, and a master’s in management from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University in 1993. Professor Messer spent the first 12 years of his business career working for the Dutch seed breeding firm Sluis and Groot, rising to the position of president. He then entered the orthopaedic industry with a directorship at DePuy and a vice president’s position at Paragon Medical. In 1999 he was hired as president of Daehnfeldt Inc., the U.S. division of a Danish seed breeding firm. Most recently Professor Messer was president of DVO Extremity Solutions, an orthopaedics firm that focused on designing products for the upper extremity. He teaches a variety of courses in business management, entrepreneurship, innovation, and sales. He has a special interest in entrepreneurship and is the Mark E. Johnston Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship. 

Jennifer Simmers

Jennifer Simmers received a B.A. in accounting from Manchester University in 1994 and a master's in business administration from Indiana University in 1999. She worked at a local public accounting firm for two years upon graduation from Manchester and a regional firm for 1 year after that. In 1997, she joined Lincoln National Corporation where she held various positions in the statutory reporting and investment accounting areas of the company. She began work at Aon Corporation in 2002 where she worked in the financial reporting department, focusing on controls over cash and the financial statements for one of Aon’s workers’ compensation underwriters. Professor Simmers teaches introductory accounting, finance and information systems. She has specific interests in introductory accounting, accounting systems and investments. 

Heather Twomey

Heather Twomey received her B.A. in accounting in 1996 and a master's of accountancy in 1997 from Manchester University. After graduation, Professor Twomey worked as an auditor for Ernst and Young LLP and spent a significant amount of time working with a Fortune 500 company. Professor Twomey returned to Manchester in the fall of 2000. She is a certified public accountant and teaches courses in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and computer applications.

Brad Pyrah

Brad Pyrah received his B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1982 and a master's of accounting and a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University in 1986. Professor Pyrah practiced public accounting with Squire and Co. in Orem, Utah for 10 years. He also practiced law for a short time. Professor Pyrah came to Manchester University in 1995. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Utah Bar Association. He teaches courses in the areas of business law and taxation.