About the School of Business and Technology

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Mission statement

We develop leaders who embody the values of the School of Business & Technology and consistently demonstrate the highest levels of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, global awareness, and professional excellence.

Values of the School of Business and Technology:

  • Respect (Value the dignity and worth of all people, and utilize all resources responsibly.)
  • Fairness (Treat all justly and equitably.)
  • Courage (Act in accordance with one's beliefs.)
  • Love of Learning (Investigate and integrate the broad spectrum of human experience to enrich life.)
  • Innovation (Create and implement new ideas.)
  • Community (Share responsibility and develop a sense of unity while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.)



Faculty listing

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Dean, SBT
Department: School of Business & Technology
Phone: (218) 723-5930
E-Mail: jgearity@css.edu
Position: Assist to the Dean of Outreach
Department: SBT Admin
Phone: (651) 403-8623
E-Mail: COlson2@css.edu

Cindy Olson represents students' needs and interests for The School of Business and Technology.  Her current work focuses on retention and exploring the student experience.  Cindy earned her Master of Arts in Management degree with The College in 2005, and has used her experience as a student to inform her work today.  Prior to her nine years with CSS, Cindy has built a professional background in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing, and College Recruitment work.

Position: Assoc Professor, SBT - Department Chair
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6714
E-Mail: AKhan@css.edu

Arshia Khan is the Chair of Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor of the School of Business and Technology at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth-MN. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer-Engineering,M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D in Information Technology. Her current research interests include quality of healthcare, avant-garde teaching techniques, healthcare mobile app-development, and innovative healthcare technology development. She loves to teach, research and inculcate research interest among undergraduate students, encouraging and fostering a desire to pursue graduate school.

Dr. Khan  has written a book "Objective-C and iOS programming: A simplistic approach" for the Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad.

Dr. Khan brings global and ethical perspectives to her teaching and research through international collaborations. Along with technical concepts she strives at inculcating student interest in developing assistive technologies to benefit the underprivileged. In one of her research projects she worked with students in developing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System for a physician who volunteers in rural India. This EHR is being implemented in a volunteer support system of physicians in India. Projects like these not only teach the cutting edge technologies and issues but also ethical and moral values that are the foundation of the Benedictine Heritage at CSS.

Dr. Khan is also the author of the C.R.I.S.P.- Culture-Research-Issues(that are global)-Support-Pedagogy model. This is a research based program with the main goal of encouraging student interest in graduate school. She applies this model to the India Study abroad program she created at CSS. This is a research based program where each student is required to conduct research on a specific topic of their choice, with a faculty mentor they chose to work with. This assures that the students learnt a topic in depth while creating and fostering a mentor student relationship. The goal of this program is teach the students the research process while increasing their interest in research and a desire to pursue graduate school. The students not only learn the culture and global issues, they also learn from the peers who are studying other research topics on the trip. The students share their research at a poster presentation at CSS called the India Expo.

Her research interest in the application of mobile technology in the healthcare field has lead her to collaborate with the Center for Health Care Innovation in the development of mobile technology. Currently she is working on multiple mobile research technologies alongside writing the book.

Position: Asst Professor, MGT - Department Chair
Department: Graduate Management
Phone: (218) 625-4929
E-Mail: RZimmerm@css.edu

Randy Zimmermann is an assistant professor of Management and serves as Chair, SBT Graduate Programs.  He has his Master in International Administration (MIA) degree from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and has completed all but his dissertation in the Comparative and International Development Education Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.                     

Randy’s academic interests and expertise are in the areas of management education, international and cross-cultural training, higher education reform in post-communist states, and the role of the public sector in market-oriented societies.  Since 1991 he has managed several USAID-funded business education development projects in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.  Mr. Zimmermann also held executive and senior management positions in Washington, D.C with two prominent international education associations.  

His personal interests include automotive restoration, boating, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and three boys.

Position: Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6190
E-Mail: SAlwan@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Alwan is an Associate Professor of Management at the College. His major academic interest is organization development that creates a dynamic organization with a cutting edge alignment in the marketplace and quality worklife for its employees. During his spare time, Dr. Alwan enjoys Kung Fu, traveling and outdoor acivities

Position: Asst Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6097
E-Mail: DAnstett@css.edu
Website: View

David Anstett is an Assistant Professor of Management at the College. His major academic interests include economic development, organizational change and growth, entrepreneurship and food product development. Durin his spare time, Mr. Anstett enjoys reading history, religion, playing golf, and fishing.

Position: Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6471
E-Mail: Tbarrett@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Barrett, is a Professor of Economics in the School of Business & Technology. His major academic interests include the steel industry, the Internet and real estate bubbles. During his spare time, Dr. Barrett enjoys golfing, playing basketball and learning Spanish.

Position: Assoc Professor, CIS
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6294
E-Mail: Tgibbons@css.edu

Tom Gibbons is an Associate Professor at the School of Business and Technology.  He has an undergraduate degree Math, Physics and Computer Science from St. John's Univerity,  a Masters in Computer Science from the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Computer Science from North Dakota State University.  His research interests are in artificial intelligence, CS education and game design. 

Tom coordinates summer technology camps at the College of St. Scholastica and also serves on the steering committee for the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.  


Position: Assoc Professor, MGT
Department: Graduate Management
Phone: (218) 723-6651
E-Mail: RHartl@css.edu

Robert J. Hartl, M.A. is an Associate Professor of Management at the School of Business and Technology. Mr. Hartl’s professional interests include organization development, process consultation, organizational behavior, strategic management, conflict resolution, health care leadership and change management. Mr. Hartl’s teaching philosophy is "I try to help students understand and appreciate how they learn and solve problems.  Such self-understanding is best accomplished through experiential learning principles and the clinical application of theories.  Therefore, we often work in the field or bring client groups into our classrooms.  My expectation is that our students will develop mastery of the subject matter they study.  The leaders of tomorrow must be capable, innovative and persistent; I believe our graduates are well-suited to serve those demands." In his spare time, Mr. Hartl enjoys distance running, backpacking, and fly-fishing.

Position: Asst Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6715
E-Mail: RHoffman@css.edu

Robert Hoffman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Hoffman teaches courses in finance, managerial economics, microeconomics, game theory, and law and economics. In his spare time, Dr. Hoffman enjoys reading books and articles in evolutionary psychology, and playing baseball with his children.

Position: Assistant Professor, SBT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6117
E-Mail: pismaili@css.edu
Position: Assoc Professor, CIS
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-5917
E-Mail: DJohnson@css.edu

Dr. Diana Johnson, is an associate professor in the Computer Science / Information Systems Department at The College of St. Scholastica where she teaches systems analysis, technology ethics, and computer programming to both Health Informatics and Information Management students and Computer Science students. She has previously held positions as Academic Technology Coordinator, Senior Systems Development Analyst, Systems Analyst, and Programmer/Analyst. She has been a technology educator for 20 years and has received the Business Professionals of America Faculty Award, The College of St. Scholastica Tassie McNamara Faculty Award, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She earned a master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from The College of St. Scholastica and a doctorate in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design from Capella University. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and Delta Kappa Gamma International.

Diana co-authored the Data and Information Management chapter for the American Health Information Management Association Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice textbook and has presented on Multiple Intelligences in the online environment. Her dissertation is titled Designing to Learn: Using Agile Software Engineering Methods for Participatory Instructional Design. Her research interests include agile software engineering methodologies, participatory design, instructional design, and online education.

Diana’s teaching philosophy includes:
My passion is for technology; practicing it, researching it, teaching it and learning all I can about it. It is my hope that I can instill some of that passion and excitement in my students. The most important qualities I can pass on to my students are my love for technology and my devotion to learning. I view teaching as the heart of my academic career and it remains the most stimulating and fulfilling part of my professional life.  I can think of no more joyous activity, none that brings more satisfaction, than the opportunity for me to teach.

Position: Asst Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-5901
E-Mail: LKalnbac@css.edu
Website: View

Lynn is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.S. from North Dakota State University, and a B.A. from The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Kalnbach teaches Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Her research interests focus on organizational issues including employee turnover and morale and organizational assessment, evaluation, and change. Dr. Kalnbach is the advisor of the student psychology organization (PASS).



Position: Asst Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6470
E-Mail: PKhoury@css.edu

Paul W. Khoury is a Certified Public Accountant and an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include financial accounting, auditing and cost accounting. Mr. Khoury’s teaching philosophy is "Serve your students with their best interests in mind.  The process of getting an education is a growth experience in which, if a student perseveres, he will learn about the things that really matter in life." In his spare time, Mr. Khoury likes automobile restoration and civil war history.

Position: Coordinator, SBT
Department: SBT Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6415
E-Mail: jmccord@css.edu
Position: Assoc Professor, CIS
Department: IT Leadership
Phone: (218) 723-6199
E-Mail: BOlson1@css.edu
Website: View

Brandon Olson is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Technology. His academic interests include project management, knowledge management, database modeling, software engineering, systems thinking, and online education. Dr. Olson teaches courses that include Database Modeling, Optimizing Intellectual Captial, Project Management, Research and Writing, Final Applied Project, and Final Applied Project Seminar. In his spare time, he likes spending time with his family, running, hiking, sailing, Nordic skiing, fishing, reading history and exploring technology gadgets. You can also follow Dr. Olson's blog, The IT Professor, at http://theitprofessor.blogspot.com/.

Position: Online Program Student Advisor
Department: IT Leadership
Phone: 625-4892
E-Mail: jpeterson@css.edu

Janel joined the HIIM department at the College of St. Scholastica in February, 2011 after holding a position as an Organizational Learning & Development Coordinator at Essentia Health East Region. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in Health Care Management and Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2009. Prior to and after completing her degree she worked in several health care facilities focusing in health and long term care administration, including Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center and Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

Janel will be working as an online advisor with our graduate programs and certificates in HIM, as well as the Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership. As an advisor, Janel assists our online graduate students from the point of acceptance into our program, until their degrees are conferred, and often maintains relationships with these students long after they have graduated from our program. As an advisor, she works with the student to lay out a program plan that suits their needs and goals, and provides them with the information and support they need along the way. The advisor serves as the student’s point of contact for many areas, and works with the student to ensure the best possible outcome.

Position: Asst Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6711
E-Mail: JPilon@css.edu

Jennifer Pilon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business & Technology. Her area of specialty is healthcare finance and accounting. Mrs. Pilon teaches courses include Financial Management, Income Tax Accounting, Investments, Commercial/Residential Real Estate, Financial Markets and Institutions. In her spare time, Ms. Pilon enjoys spending time at Island Lake, biking, skiing and being a mom!

Position: Assoc Professor, MGT
Department: Management
Phone: (218) 723-6424
E-Mail: RRevoir@css.edu

Rick Revoir is Director of the Sandbulte Center for Ethical Leadership. He teaches courses in ethics, healthcare finance and accounting.  During his career at St. Scholastica, Revoir has led four study abroad trips to China.  He taught the spring 2012 semester in Louisburgh, Ireland, to St. Scholastica study abroad students. 

He serves as a Commissioner of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority which is involved in economic development projects and it promotes maritime activity in the Duluth area.

Prior to joining St. Scholastica, he worked for 11 years in healthcare finance positions at SMDC Health System in Duluth and St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Revoir has an M.B.A. from Arizona State University and a doctorate in education from UMD. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Arizona license).

Position: Asst Professor, CIS
Department: C I S
Phone: (218) 723-6152
E-Mail: JRosato@css.edu

Jennifer Rosato is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business and Technology.  She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from St. Scholastica and a Masters of Arts in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her research interests are in K-12 computer science education, human-computer interaction on the web as well as supporting students in pursuing their own research.  She is committed to involving more women and underrepresented minorities in the CS field, especially young women in middle and high schools as well as supporting K-12 educators to integrate and offer computer science in their classroom.  She directs an NSF-funded interdisciplinary scholarship program and is dedicated to providing diverse experiences that support students in achieving their career goals.

Position: Professor, MGT
Department: Graduate Management
Phone: (218) 723-6476
E-Mail: DSwenson@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Swenson is a Professor of Management at the College in the School of Business & Technology, and Coordinator of the Online MBA for Rural Healthcare Administration. He has master's degrees in Management, Media and Technology, School Counseling, and is completing another in IT Leadership. His doctorate is in Counseling Psychology and post-doctorate diplomate in Forensic Psychology. His academic interests include shiftwork, systems theory, crisis and stress management, program evaluation, and ethics. Dr. Swenson teaches a variety of courses in the School of Business and Technology, including Crisis Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Team Management, Organization Development, and Marketing/Consumer Behavior. He is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, psychological tests, and a book, "Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers." He also advises graduate students on final research projects. Dr. Swenson’s personal interests include T'ai Chi Ch'uan, computer simulations, medieval history, writing,and brewing.