School of Business and Public Management Faculty

Dr. William "Skip" Mounts

Dr. William S. Mounts, Jr. is the Dean of the School of Business and Public Management at the Coastal College of Georgia as well as a Professor of Economics. Dr. Mounts came to the College in 2011 after 33 years at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He received the Ph. D., M.A., and the BBA degrees in economics from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Mounts has over 50 academic articles, books, and presentations. His presentations have been at national and international conferences including the Southern Economics Association, the Western Economics Conference, and the central bank of Switzerland. Journals in which he has published include the Economics of Governance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Southern Economic Review, Public Choice, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Money, Banking and Credit and the Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Dr. Mounts also has an active consulting practice specializing in economic valuation and interest rate forecasting. On several occasions he has received the Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in the classroom and for his research.

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Dr. Wanda DeLeo

Dr. Wanda DeLeo is a Professor of Accounting in the School of Business and Public Management. Dr. DeLeo came to the college in 2015 after retiring from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) where she was most recently the Deputy Director of the Division of Conservatorship where she lead all activities associated with the Agency’s conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Before taking that role in 2013, Dr. DeLeo held multiple positions at FHFA, including Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Deputy Director of the Division of Examination Programs and Support, Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals and Chief Accountant. Before becoming Chief Accountant at FHFA in 2008, she was Examination Manager for Accounting and later Chief Accountant for the former Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), one of FHFA’s predecessor agencies.

Prior to joining OFHEO in 2002, Dr. DeLeo enjoyed a 20-year academic career teaching and conducting research in financial accounting at Winthrop University, Christian Brothers University, University of Houston – Downtown, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.

Dr. DeLeo holds a doctorate in accounting from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Georgia. She is also a licensed CPA in the states of Georgia and Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Dr. DeLeo has over 50 articles and presentations. She has presentations at Regional and National Conferences including the American Accounting Association, the American Academy of Accounting and Finance and the Mortgage Bankers Association. Journal in which she has published include Management Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Finance and the Journal of Education for Business. She has also received a number of outstanding achievement and teaching awards including FHFA’s Director’s Award for her role in defining and managing relationships with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac throughout the Conservatorship, Winthrop University’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Charter Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi and Winthrop University’s Beta Gamma Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Mr. Bill Garlen

Bill Garlen is a seasoned management and leadership professional with diverse credentials that combine tactical leadership, corporate executive management, marketing, communications and human resources expertise. Garlen spent years as a business entrepreneur and has a background of achieving success in television, media, music, consulting, corporate, and proprietary business environments. His teaching background includes over twenty years experience in diverse adult education. Additionally he spent several years in corporate training consulting where he designed, developed and taught courses online and in the classroom. Corporate courses developed include topics in business, management, leadership, marketing, mechanical engineering, real estate, appraisal, adult continuing education, occupational skills, safety and a wide range of computerized applications.

Garlen worked his way from the entry level up to executive management in large corporations, trained as a military officer, owned successful businesses and led a number of volunteer organizations. He served on the Boards of Directors of publicly traded companies. As a board member he served as a lead director, and as chairman of both the audit and compensation committees. He still serves on community boards with Rayonier and the Federal Correctional Institute in Jesup. His knowledge in balancing state, federal and institutional requirements with the practical needs of academic, business and industrial organizations provides him with a unique insight into business, management, and leadership with a unique ability to communicate real world knowledge to his students.

Garlen is a member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, International Leadership Association, Learning and Development Center of Excellence and Education Technology and eLearning Professionals. At the College of Coastal Georgia he assists in administering and overseeing programs in the School of Business and Public Affairs, supports the development and coordination of the various curriculums in the School, coordinates the use of part-time faculty (recruitment, text selection, and orientation) and assists in assessment activities of the various programs within the school. In addition Garlen serves on the College of Coastal Georgia Curriculum Committee, the Web Oversight Committee, and on numerous faculty and staff search committees.

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Dr. Craig Gentzle

Craig Gentzle joined CCGA in Fall 2010, as Visiting Instructor of Business Management. In 2011 he became the Director of Administrative Operations while still teaching Business classes and soon began leading the Internship programs for both the Business and Accounting programs. In Spring 2015 Dr. Gentzle became a full time faculty member as Assistant Professor of Management. He completed his Doctorate of Business Administration (D.B.A) from Argosy University in Atlanta, earned his M.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and his BS in Education from Illinois State University.

Dr. Gentzle started his career as a high school teacher, and then entered private industry, experiencing thirty years of success in a variety of positions and environments, ranging from Fortune 500 Corporations to new enterprise start-ups. Although business was his primary source of income, he continued to feed his passion for teaching as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges, universities, and tech schools in the Carolinas and Georgia.

He continues to channel his love of teaching by managing the very successful BBA Internship Program (BUSA 4900), and teaching Principles of Management (MGMT 3100) and the BBA capstone class, Strategic Management (MGMT 4200

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Chef Steve Ingersoll

Steven Ingersoll is assistant Senior Chef Instructor and Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts in the School of Business and Public affairs, at College of Coastal Georgia. He received his AOS in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute, and is also a member of the American Culinary Federation and also serves as the vice president of the local chapter.

He has been with the college since 2004, having previously been a chef- instructor at the New England Culinary institute as well as executive chef at a number of fine establishments in Illinois and Vermont. While teaching at NECI he was a core faculty member from 1995 – 2004. Chef Ingersoll, top in his class at NECI, was recruited by NECI to create a specialized certificate program designed to condense the first year culinary experience into a 15-week program. After the success of the program Chef became a tournant instructor as well as baking and dinner instructor.

Chef Ingersoll found his passion in culinary arts as a career changer; having originally pursued a career in pharmacology his path changed and went back to hospitality. Having vast experience in front-of-the-house operations from a resort hotel, Chef Ingersoll found himself back what he loved most - fine service and amazing food. When asked what is his specialty, his usual reply is ‘my mood’. This defines his philosophy of cooking - understand and master the basic rudiments of cooking and then you are liberated to prepare any cuisine that you want. This is what he brings to the class room, mastering the basics sets you on the path to be a great chef.

Steve Ingersoll believes that being a chef defines who you are as a person and defines your lifestyle. He brought that belief home, being the father of six children, Chef was dedicated to his career and family. Raising his family on small farm in Vermont, growing vegetables in his organic garden, making goat cheese from his herd of dairy goats, gathering fresh eggs and supporting the burgeoning farm to table movement which had early beginning in Vermont. Chef Ingersoll believes that chefs need to be directly connected to the source of our products, both at home and in the restaurant.

Chef Ingersoll teaches many of the high demand culinary courses in the ACF accredited Associates of applied Science in Hospitality Management with specialization in Culinary Arts Program, where he brings these passions to the students. He teaches catering, Garde Manger, basic food preparation, basic and advanced baking, basic and advanced cooking, dining room management and others. Chef Ingersoll works out of the Camden Center campus location. It has a full-service teaching kitchen which he manages as well as a demonstration dining room.

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Dr. Don Mathews

Dr. Don Mathews is Director of the Reg Murphy Center for Economic and Policy Studies and Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Public Management at the College of Coastal Georgia. Dr. Mathews received his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University, his MA in Economics from DePaul University, and his BA in Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has been with the College of Coastal Georgia since 1993.

Dr. Mathews has authored more than 30 published articles and essays. His work has appeared in both professional economics journals and general audience venues. He has also recently written four reports on the economy of the South Georgia Coast for the Reg Murphy Center. His current academic research is in the history of economic ideas.

Dr. Mathews' first love is teaching. He regularly teaches International Economics, Macroeconomics, and the Economics of Work and Pay. In 1997 he was chosen Professor of the Year at the College of Coastal Georgia.

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Dr. T. Reese

T. David Reese is an Associate Professor of Finance & Economics in the School of Business & Public Managment at the College of Coastal Georgia, one of thirty-five institutions that comprise the University System of Georgia.

Dr. T.” David Reese also serves as a Consultant to governmental agencies and for-profit and non-profit organizations on matters related to Economic Development, Community Development and Business Development. Dr. Reese’s past consulting clients include: the U.S. Department of the Treasury; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”); and the City of Montgomery (AL). Over the past twenty years, Dr. Reese has held management positions with a range of public, private and community financial institutions. Prior to his career in academia, he spent more than ten years on Wall Street, working as an Investment Analyst with Metropolitan Life and as a Vice President of Citicorp Investment Bank. During 1980’s while working on Wall Street, Dr. Reese acquired the nickname “Dr. T.” During this period, Dr. T. worked with a number of major corporations, investor groups and entrepreneurs to structure and finance leveraged buyouts. He has been active in community economic development throughout his career. He worked with two municipally-sponsored non-profits in New York City which served small businesses owned by women and people of color. Dr. Reese also served as the youngest board member of 100 Black Men of New York, a group of business and community leaders dedicated to the political and economic empowerment of African-Americans. Dr. T is a former Director of the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF), a multi-million dollar community development venture capital fund that finances small businesses and creates jobs for low-income persons. LEAF, headquartered in Boston, finances transactions throughout the country.

Dr. Reese earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his master’s degree and doctorate at Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Reese engages in research in three areas: Small Business Finance, African-American Entrepreneurship and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Ultimately, a desire to identify and understand those factors that impact access to capital for various marginalized communities motivates all of Dr. Reese’s research interests.

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Dr. Richard "Ray" Stephens

Dr. Stephens is the Program Director for the Workforce Management and Leadership program. He has over 19 years of administrative and teaching experience in the higher education and K-12 environments. He has developed and taught courses at Georgia Southern University within the doctoral education program and taught business courses with Liberty University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Baker College, and Darton College. While at Altamaha Technical College (now Coastal Pines Technical College) he was the Department Head of the Marketing and Management programs. He has formed and facilitated over 15 business courses for online delivery methods.

Educationally, he possesses a master’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Education coupled with a doctorate in Education Administration. He is a graduate of the Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute, has a certificate in Online Learning Administration, Online Learning and Teaching Management, is a Certified Customer Service Trainer and Advancement Officer.

He brings in practical business work experience in wholesale, retail and in banking. He is a previous owner of a small business that employed 27 employees with four locations. He is a member of various professional organizations including the North American Council for Online Learning, the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the American Association of Community Colleges. He is a former president of the Georgia Southern University Alumni Association. In his hometown of Jesup, GA, he is past president of the Jesup Rotary Club and the Jaycees, and served on the Board of Directors for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

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Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham

Mary Eleanor Wickersham is an Assistant Professor of Public Management and Professor Emerita in the School of Business and Public Management. She has been a key faculty member in the development of the Public Management degree program and concentrations in Public Sector Management, Nonprofit Management, and Public Policy. She holds a B.A. in Geology from Emory University, the M.A. in Public Affairs from Georgia College and State University, a Certificate in Clinical Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.

She has much experience in public affairs, having run a weekly newspaper and worked in public relations, training and development, community relations, and public affairs for a school system, a college, county governments, hospitals, and several nonprofits, trade groups, and private sector businesses. Her various roles included Director of Ancillary Services, Physician Liaison, Director of Business Development, and Corporate Compliance Office for large long-term care corporations. She also has experience running political campaigns and referendums and acting as an entrepreneur to start several health-related businesses for her employers. Employing her experience in public affairs and health care, she served for two years as the health and Human Services Advisor for Governor Sonny Perdue, while working on her doctorate at VSU. Upon graduation, she became a faculty member in Public Administration at VSU, before transferring to the College of Coastal Georgia to help start the new Public Affairs (now Public Management) major.

Dr. Wickersham has been very engaged in the community, assisting local and state organizations with planning, research, and facilitation. She has written and presented extensively on health care related issues and ethics, her two major interests. She values the college’s focus of experiential learning and has been an active participant in service-learning and supervising student internships.

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Mr. Walter Wright

Walter Wright is an assistant professor and the senior advisor for the ACF-accredited Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management program in the School of Business and Public Management. He has been employed with the college since 1995; full time since 2000. He was reared at The Greenbrier, a five-star resort in West Virginia. He attended Cornell University and graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Hotel Administration in 1974. Upon graduation, he spent over twenty years in various executive management positions with numerous resort hotels throughout the country.

In 1997, Walter received his teaching certification from the College of Coastal Georgia. He became a CHA (Certified Hospitality Administrator) in 1987, and obtained his CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) in 2002. In 2014, he added a CHIA (Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics). Additionally, he is a certified ServSafe instructor for the National Restaurant Association. He has been instrumental in the college's Culinary Arts Program including its accreditation by the prestigious ACF (American Culinary Federation). The College of Coastal Georgia is one of only nine Georgia institutions to have earned this designation. He is currently working to help the college obtain accreditation through ACPHA (Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration). He is also working to establish certification with the RCA (Research Chefs Association) through the College of Coastal Georgia’s association with the University of Georgia’s Food Science Program. He is a Certified Customer Service Specialist for Georgia Quickstart, a business initiative for the state.

Walter is an active member of ICHRIE (International Council of Hotel/Restaurant and Institutional Education) and SECHRIE (Southeast Council of Hotel/Restaurant and Institutional Education) which involves opportunities to attend workshops around the country and network with other industry professionals globally as well as regionally. Locally, the various functions of the culinary program keep him involved in community affairs. He maintains the professional relationships he has developed over many years in the Golden Isles partially through involvement with the Culinary and Hospitality Advisory Committees. He maintains a relationship with Cornell through his memberships in Phi Kappa Phi and the Cornell Hotel Society. He is also actively engaged in his church, St. Simons Community Church.

He embraces the philosophy that student learning and success are a faculty member's main reason for being; a belief that was instrumental in his being named the college's Advisor of the Year for 2008.

As Senior Advisor for the Hospitality Management Program (AAS) and for the concentration in Hospitality, Resort, and Tourism in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Walter is responsible for advising all students declaring these programs.

Mr. Wright has developed a program that provides convenient progression from the AAS in Hospitality Management to the BBA. Mr. Wright holds the philosophy that a student should achieve balance and harmony in their personal life in order to perform optimally in their studies. While learning is the primary concern at CCGA, development as a person is especially important in the hospitality field. He guides advisees in recognizing goals, aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses. Using this information and considering other aspects of student life such as financial aid, work and family responsibilities, Walter works with each student to develop a plan for success in their chosen specialization.

Mr. Wright is responsible for maintaining the culinary cohort applicant list and providing information to perspective applicants, compiling cohort schedules, advising students and registration.

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