2022 New Faculty collage

Individually, some are sports fans, others are recipients of prestigious teaching and research awards, a few are alumni returning to Fisher — and one has a dog named Carl.

Together, they are the newest members of the faculty at Fisher College of Business.

Get to know the new faces and learn about their experiences and interests as teachers, researchers and practitioners.

Department of Accounting and MIS

  • Brian Izzo — Senior Lecturer

    Preferred Name: Brian

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Dublin, Ohio

    Previous Institution/Organization: Metaldyne

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Accounting and finance

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Students can expect a well-prepared, organized instructor and class. I have a high energy level and enjoy helping students.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Life’s battles don’t always go to the faster or stronger person but to the person who thinks they can.” This is timeless advice that people who are persistent, work hard and focused can achieve great things. I also like the saying “If enough people care, we can do great things.”

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I have earned my CPA certification.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    My hobbies are sports, and I am a fan of basketball, football, baseball, track, hockey, Formula One racing — just about anything with sports. I am a Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holder. I have a dog, Lucky, and my other interests include personal investing and working out.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I have a twin brother.

  • Katie Lem — Assistant Professor

    Katie LemKatie Lem joined Fisher College of Business in the summer of 2022. She teaches introductory financial accounting in the undergraduate program. Her research broadly focuses on the determinants and consequences of financial reporting and disclosure choices. She is also particularly interested in the use of emerging technology in both accounting research and practice.

    Katie received her PhD and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, she worked as an auditor for EY in its real estate group and as a financial reporting analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co. in its investment management division.

    Preferred Name: Katie

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Portland, Oregon

    Previous Institution/Organization: University of Washington

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Helping train the next generation of CEOs and CFOs, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs is incredible. Fisher students will have the skills to change the world in any way they can dream of.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Someone who is approachable, respectful and passionate about why accounting matters.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” — Angela Duckworth

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    My doctoral dissertation was recently selected to be presented at the Contemporary Accounting Research conference this fall.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    Eating, doing yoga and exploring with my dogs.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    While I was studying for my doctorate, I created baking videos as an outlet for stress. You can find them on Instagram @vanillabean_counter.

  • Clay Partridge — Assistant Professor

    Clay PartridgeClay Partridge is an assistant professor of accounting whose research interests are in financial accounting and reporting and focused in two areas: accounting standard setting issues related to claims with characteristics of both liabilities and equity, such as EPS measurement, non-GAAP EPS reporting, and balance sheet classification of preferred stock; and the role of financial accounting standards affecting firm decision-making, for example, whether the requirement to comply with the new lease accounting standard aided firms in making investment decisions.

    He earned a PhD in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He has also worked as a senior audit associate at PwC in Dallas, Texas. He is a CPA in the state of Texas (inactive). Clay has taught undergraduate financial accounting courses at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California, Davis. As a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, Clay was recognized with the Henry C. Naiman Graduate Student Teaching Award.

    Preferred Name: Clay

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Fort Worth, Texas

    Previous Institution/Organization: University of California, Davis

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Financial accounting’s role of providing information to external stakeholders. It requires first an understanding of the underlying economics of businesses and second, the manner in which accounting attempts to capture that information.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    An interactive classroom where most of the learning occurs through activities. And a lot of lame accounting jokes.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    An undergrad professor told me that I may like accounting just a bit too much, so much so that a PhD might be the right path. I think she was right.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I earned a department and school-wide teaching award as a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was awarded an AICPA Minority Doctoral Fellowship as PhD student.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I enjoy cooking, travel, skiing, hiking, Formula 1 and playing with my dog, Carl Partridge.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I was inadvertently in a Texas Rangers commercial on dollar hot dog night as a child.

Department of Finance

  • Andrei Gonçalves — Associate Professor

    Andrei Gonçalves Andrei Gonçalves returns to Fisher as an associate professor of finance having earned his PhD from Fisher in 2018 and working for four years as an assistant professor of finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    His research covers topics that are relevant to asset pricing, long-term investing, and financial management, and has been published in the top finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. His research has also been featured in several investment media outlets such as Alpha Architect, Evidence-Based Investor and the Canadian Investment Review.

    Preferred Name: Andrei

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

    Previous Institution/Organization: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    The direct link between academic research and industry practices is deeply present in business education to a degree that is unmatched by other academic areas.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    As a former Fisher student, I believe I have the obligation to deliver an exceptional classroom experience that matches the world-class quality of the research that we produce at Fisher.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    Best quote (paraphrasing Immanuel Kant): “Data without theory is empty, theory without data is blind.” This quote resonates with me because I view scientific progress as the product of the continuous and perpetual interaction between data and theory. My research closely follows this principle.

    Best professional advice (from René M. Stulz): “The marginal benefit of an academic paper must be higher than the marginal cost of reading it.” This is at the core of our profession. It is not enough to produce knowledge. We need to transmit knowledge so that others can build upon our insights.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    Research Awards: Michael J. Barclay Young Scholar Best Paper Award (Financial Research Association), Outstanding Paper Award (Midwest Finance Association), Best Paper Award (Chicago Quantitative Alliance), Sudipto Bhattacharya Best Paper Award (European Winter Finance Summit), Best Paper Award (USC Marshall PhD Conference) and René M. Stulz Scholar Development Award

    Service Awards: Distinguished Referee Award (Review of Finance)

    Teaching Awards: Full Time MBA Teaching All-Star Award (Kenan-Flagler Business School)

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I am a huge soccer fan (as you would expect from any Brazilian). I have a deep interest in understanding how human decisions translate into the complex world around us. This manifests in my interest in economics and finance, but also in my (more amateur) interest in seemly unrelated fields such as social psychology and evolutionary biology.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    When I originally moved to the U.S. (more than 10 years ago) I used to mix up some simple words in English from time to time. This practice resulted in several funny situations, including one time when I repeatedly told a (confused) waitress that I needed a kidnap (whereas I really needed a napkin).

  • Tom Meling — Assistant Professor

    Tom MelingPreferred Name: Tom

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Haugesund, Norway

    Previous Institution/Organization: University of Chicago

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Household finance, corporate finance and market microstructure.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Students can expect dedication, punctuality and encouragement.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Do or do not, there is no try.”

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I have published in the leading journals of finance, including the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Review of Finance.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I enjoy hiking, chess and reading.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I am Norwegian.

  • Alessandro Melone — Assistant Professor

    Alex MelonePreferred Name: Alex

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Rome, Italy

    Previous Institution/Organization: Vienna Graduate School of Finance

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

     am interested in macro-asset pricing and investments

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    I hope to provide my future students with tools to understand better reality and a structured way of thinking and studying. I also hope to transmit my passion for what I do.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “I have the simplest taste: I am always satisfied with the best.” I like the idea of looking for constant improvement.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I am proud that my JMP has recently been awarded the 2022 John A. Doukas PhD Best Paper Award. I am also happy that people are interested in my research — I am in the top 10% of authors on SSRN by total new downloads.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I am a classical pianist with a MA in piano performance from the Conservatory of Rome Santa Cecilia. I am passionate about philosophy, diversity and well-being.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I get an awkward pace if I think about how to walk while walking. I am bald, so I like making jokes about that.

  • Billy Patterson— Senior Lecturer

    Billy Patterson joins The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business from Huntington Securities. At Huntington, he served as the lead investment banker for K-12 and local government public finance efforts throughout Ohio.

    Before being recruited to Huntington, Billy was principal of BP Capital Solutions, an independent PACE financing firm founded to provide property owners and real estate developers with a better public-private partnership financing experience. Previously, Billy gained significant structured finance and capital markets experience at Fifth Third Securities, Lancaster Pollard, EPR Properties and PNC Real Estate Finance.

    Billy holds a BA in finance from the University of Northern Iowa, JD with a certificate in business and transactional Law (emphasis in real estate) and a certificate in estate planning from Washburn University School of Law, and an MBA in finance from The University of Iowa Tippie School of Management.

    Billy enjoys living in downtown Columbus, staying active, spending time on the water, nutrition and fitness. Most recently, he finished the 2022 IRONMAN North American Championship Des Moines.

    Preferred Name: Billy

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: West Des Moines, Iowa

    Previous Institution/Organization: Huntington Securities, Inc.

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Finance, real estate and law are the areas of business that I find most inspirational. All three have an important and wide impact and provide limitless opportunities, especially to those who pursue any of the areas with an entrepreneurial mindset.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Fisher students can expect a dynamic, interactive classroom experience drawn from my variety of real-world experiences and the array of teaching styles I encountered as an undergraduate, law and graduate student.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    My favorite quote is: “Surprise yourself!” It resonates with me because it inspires me to continuously push the envelope and pursue challenges that at one point may have seemed impossible.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    Professionally I am most proud of starting my own business and navigating all of the challenges associated with being an entrepreneur.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    My hobbies and interests include anything active, outdoors or on the water. I love to swim, run, bike, paddle board, kayak and play sports. I also love to cook, especially on the grill!

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I recently finished my first IRONMAN, the 2022 IRONMAN North American Championship Des Moines.

  • Sharon Shaffer — Senior Lecturer

    Sharon ShafferSharon Shaffer brings real-world experiences and passion to her teaching at Fisher. She previously headed up the senior living real estate development team at Wallick Communities, an integrated real estate firm operating in nine states around the greater Midwest.

    Her prior experiences include investment banking with Red Capital, a multifamily housing debt and equity provider; structured finance with Textron Financial; and middle market commercial lending with Fifth Third Bank.

    Preferred Name: Sharon

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Dublin, Ohio

    Previous Institution/Organization: Wallick Communities

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Sharing with students the possibilities of their future careers and helping them find their passions.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Students can expect a teacher who cares about their success and the ability to be their best.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Embrace change and always look for opportunities to learn and grow.”

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I received the CFA designation four years out of undergraduate college and was the first female in West Virginia to earn the charter.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    Cycling, golf, pickleball, gardening, painting with my daughter, watching sunrises and sunsets

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I trained for my fourth Pelotonia — a 100-mile ride. I am glad to be a small part of the cancer research and success of this organization.

  • Ronnie Weiner — Senior Lecturer

    Ronnie Weiner is a senior lecturer at Fisher and is co-founder of the EdTech company, CICA. Before starting in academia, he began his career as a bond trader and rose to manage over $4B in assets. Ronnie studied mathematics, political science, pre-law and mathematical philosophy during his undergraduate years at Ohio University. He also received his Masters of Financial Economics at Ohio University.

    Through his company, he and his business partner hope to spread the foundations of financial literacy to all.

Department of Management and Human Resources

  • Anna Goussevskaia — Senior Lecturer

    Anna GoussevskaiaAnna’s research focuses on understanding how established and entrepreneurial firms create and adopt technological and organizational innovations. She has been especially interested in innovation within the context of technological platforms and interfirm networks. Her research, teaching and consulting activities have spanned different countries, including the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States, and have covered a variety of industries, such as biotechnology, IT, telecommunications, services and construction.

    Anna holds a PhD in industrial and business studies from the University of Warwick, UK. She also has a background in applied mathematics and computer sciences.

  • Rich Makadok — Professor

    Rich MakadokRich Makadok is a thought leader in strategic management research. Using his “Four Theories of Profit” framework, he focuses on developing a comprehensive overall understanding of the four main mechanisms that determine the profitability of a business (competitive advantage, rivalry restraint, information asymmetry and commitment timing) and how those mechanisms affect each other. His research has been published in top academic journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Management Science and Academy of Management Review.

    Before joining Fisher, Rich served on the faculties of Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. He earned his PhD and MBA degrees in management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and his BA and MA degrees in economics at Yale University.

    Preferred Name: Rich

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Glen Rock, New Jersey

    Previous Institution/Organization: Purdue University

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    As a strategic management professor, I focus on the “big picture” questions about overall corporate performance: Why do some companies perform better than others, and what — if anything — can managers do about it?

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Students can expect the unexpected because I often use the element of surprise in my teaching. Surprise makes learning more memorable.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    Like Dory from “Finding Nemo” singing “Just keep swimming,” a mentor of mine encouraged me to never stop moving forward and improving, one step at a time, despite any setbacks or disappointments; because the winners are just those who remain after all of the others have given up or slowed down.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I am only one of two researchers to twice win the Glueck Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management’s Business Policy and Strategy Division (1997 and 2007). I was also honored with the Academy of Management Review’s Best Paper Award in 2009, and the 2007 Marc F. Adler Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    As I have matured, faith and spiritual fellowship have become increasingly important parts of my life. I also enjoy walking in nature.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    Whatever success I have enjoyed is 100% due to the patient and loving support of my wife Diane, who is a gift from God. She is the best thing that ever happened to me.

  • David Thompson — Senior Lecturer

    David Thompson teaches undergraduate, MBA and executive education and coaches and consults with business leaders on change management, leadership and team effectiveness.

    For more than 25 years, David has served in talent development roles at corporations such as Microsoft, NetJets and Resource Interactive, where he has led change initiatives such as flexible work arrangements at Microsoft, enhanced performance management programs at NetJets, and created a learning university for Resource Interactive. David was actively involved in contributing to his profession by serving as the chair of the WorldatWork Work-Life board, creating and delivering certification programs throughout the U.S. and globally, including Hong Kong, South Africa and the Sultanate of Oman.

    Early in his career, David created and led employee wellness programs that were directly tied to reducing health risks with organizations’ health care plans. These organizations include Montana State University and Purdue University.

    David earned his PhD in higher education administration at Purdue University, with a research emphasis on organizational culture and change, and an MS in wellness management from Ball State University. His publications include Organizational Culture Change, Introduction to Worklife Effectiveness, The Flexible Workplace and Seven Levers of Change Effectiveness for Work-Life Effectiveness.

    Preferred Name: David

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Wisconsin

    Previous Institution/Organization: Microsoft

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Leadership development

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Too many years of corporate experience which can provide examples of management and human resources concepts — both good and bad.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Answers are the easy part, questions raise the doubt.” Making the best management and leadership decisions depend upon asking the right questions.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I serve as a board chair with the WorldatWork association and have been able to work with HR and people leaders from the best Fortune 500 companies. I was privileged to travel across the U.S., to Hong Kong, South Africa and the Sultanate of Oman to deliver training.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I am an avid fly fisher and enjoy catching and releasing trout, salmon, bass (small mouth and stripers) snook, and tarpon (no bonefish … yet). I have been learning the guitar for three years.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I was part of the first cohort of employees to leave Microsoft NOT as a millionaire!

Department of Marketing and Logistics

  • Jiae Kim — Visiting Assistant Professor

    Jiae KimJiae Kim joins the Department of Marketing and Logistics at Fisher as a visiting assistant professor. Prior to arriving at Ohio State, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Statistics at Indiana University, whose interests include statistical learning with specific emphasis on classification, dimension reduction, non-linear methods with kernels, and their applications to quantitative marketing research.

    Jiae earned her PhD from Ohio State in 2020.

    Preferred Name: Jiae

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: South Korea

    Previous Institution/Organization: Indiana University

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    Business analytics — Predictive and prescriptive analytics

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    A welcoming and open learning classroom environment. Courtesy and respect toward students. Care about students and flexibility while maintaining fairness. Most importantly, knowledge of the subject matter.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I won the Thomas and Jean Powers Teaching Award from the Department of Statistics at The Ohio State University.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I love fountain pens and inks. I find peace when I write with fountain pens.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I started training for 5Ks recently.

Department of Operations and Business Analytics

  • Rakesh Mallipeddi — Assistant Professor

    Rakesh MallipeddiRakesh Mallipeddi’s research interests are in the areas of social networks, technology management and social responsibility. He analyzes how firms can effectively leverage data to manage innovation and technology, improve their service and marketing operations, and attract customers to their products and services. His research has been accepted for publication in Management Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management. Rakesh serves on the editorial review boards at the Production and Operations Management and Decision Science Journal and currently serves as an elected vice president of communications for Production and Operations Management.

    Rakesh was as an assistant professor in management science at Tulane University. He earned his PhD in business administration from Texas A&M University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State and a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Oakland University. Prior to his academic career, Rakesh managed the operations of manufacturing companies in the U.S. and India for nearly a decade.

    Preferred Name: Rakesh

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Hyderabad, India

    Previous Institution/Organization: Tulane University

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    The rapid digitization of the economy and widespread availability of data (in terms of volume, velocity, variety and veracity) is transforming how businesses make decisions and interact with each other. These new developments present several unique challenges.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    My teaching goals are to develop my students’ ability to think critically, expose them to real-world problems, and inculcate data-driven problem solving and analytical capabilities. To achieve my goals, students can expect accessibility to all the resources they may need.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    Over the years, I have received two pieces of advice: hard work and perseverance. These pieces of advice have transformed my approach toward research. First, there is no substitute for the number of hours that you put in. Second, it is very important to stick to the research questions and not give up.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I was a recipient of the Elwood Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award at the 2020 Annual Conference of Decision Sciences Institute. I was awarded the Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence in Research and Teaching, which is among the most prestigious award given to a PhD student at Texas A&M University. My research on social media analytics received third place for the IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Award at the 2018 INFORMS annual conference. I also received the outstanding reviewer recognition award from the Production and Operations Management journal.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I enjoy playing sports, especially cricket and racquetball.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    Exactly 20 years ago, I started my journey as an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University.

  • Whitney Mantonya — Senior Lecturer

    Whitney MantonyaWhitney Mantonya is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who is passionate about empowering people and organizations to achieve extraordinary results. She has spent more than 20 years partnering with organizations as a leader and consultant in a variety of industries including insurance, manufacturing, health care, distribution, financial services and information technology to boost organizational performance and effectiveness.

    In addition to consulting work, Whitney has served as a faculty instructor and coach for the Master of Business Operational Excellence and several executive education programs at Fisher.

  • David Veech — Senior Lecturer

    David VeechDavid Veech has studied and taught leadership, operations and lean thinking in various roles over the past 24 years. He’s a retired U.S. Army officer who has written two best-selling books, taught at four universities and consulted in dozens of industries.

    Preferred Name: David

    Hometown, State, Province, Country: Louisville, Kentucky

    Previous Institution/Organization: University of Kentucky

    What area of business and business education most inspires you?

    I’m most inspired by teaching leaders how to build fearless and engaging workplaces.

    What can Fisher students expect from you as an instructor?

    Students can expect real-world practicality supported by deep understanding of underlying theory, fun and engaging discussions, and projects instead of exams.

    What is a favorite quote or the best piece of professional advice you have received? Why does it resonate with you?

    “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience...well...that comes from bad judgment.” — A.A. Milne. This resonates with me because my life has been a series of learning experiences involving some good judgment and some bad judgment.

    Please share some professional awards/accolades/recognition of which you are proud.

    I am proud of: 20 years of active duty in the U.S. Army with a variety of commendations, the companies I have helped as a consultant, the books I’ve had published, and the people I have served.

    Tell us about some of your hobbies and interests.

    I like to travel and see new things — beaches are a favorite. I like to walk half-marathons in different cities and on hiking trails. I like to go orienteering. I enjoy movies and theater, audiobooks and festivals. I enjoy spending time with my kids and grandkids.

    Please share a fun fact about yourself.

    I’ve started a variety of businesses including a travel agency (still very active,) a nonprofit, and I’ve owned a professional sports team.