Graduate School of Business: Staff Directory
For Mike Waldie, joining the University of Arkansas staff was a return to higher education and international education, bringing his career full-circle. He joined the Graduate School of Business staff in 2013 and has recently transitioned to the position of Director in January 2016.
“The Graduate School of Business is committed to providing a professional and supportive environment for student success on all levels,” he says. “We have such a dynamic and engaged office to assist our students who often require fast-paced service. My position involves many different areas and programs, and as such, I have been wearing many different hats.”
“Having worked in student services at the U of A for several years, my greatest strength is advocacy for students within the University and with external stakeholders,” he continues. “I am approachable as well as engaged and committed to helping students define and achieve their academic and career goals.”
Mike joined the University of Arkansas in 2008 and has served as Senior Foreign Student Advisor in the International Students and Scholars Office and as an Academic Advisor in the Walton College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office. He was honored as the Employee of the Year in 2011.
Before coming to the University of Arkansas, Mike was a small business manager in Rogers, AR and taught English as a Foreign Language teacher in Japan.
Mike earned his Master of Arts in History at Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Government & International Relations at Augustana College.
Community and cultural involvement is a big part of Mike’s life. He is a co-founder and past board member of Community Creative Center, a resident company of the Walton Arts Center. The Center focuses on instruction and community engagement in visual arts. He is also a professional potter and studio artist.
Teryl Hampton Jebaraj
Assistant Director for Student Services
Teryl Jebaraj joined the Walton College in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services.
Her role focuses on designing and implementing programs to facilitate graduate student success. She oversees new graduate student onboarding by communicating opportunities and requirements of academic programs, planning orientation sessions, and hosting events. She also contributes to student-facing recruitment efforts.
“My ability to communicate clearly and to connect students to resources and opportunities adds value to their education, and sets them up for success in their future endeavors as leaders and professionals.”
Teryl’s eye for detail is an asset when planning events for current and prospective graduate students and she is excited to bring her talents to the Walton College.
“This is one of the strongest and most professional teams I’ve ever seen. When I observed how dedicated each person was to student success, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
Teryl is a native to northwest Arkansas. After growing up in Fort Smith, she attended the University of Arkansas (U of A) and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Art History. She had the amazing experience of traveling twice to Italy to study Pompeian frescoes as part of her honors thesis. She returned to the U of A to complete a Master of Education in Higher Education.
Prior to joining the Walton College, Teryl spent 8 years recruiting, advising, and providing support to U of A undergraduate students. She worked as an Academic Counselor for Upward Bound in the U of A’s Diversity Affairs and as a Coordinator of Academic and Residential Programming for Gifted and Talented Scholars in the Honors College.
“My entire career has been committed to providing high-quality services that increase student satisfaction, retention, and graduation. By providing a supportive environment to students, I enable them to meet their goals.”
When she is not working, Teryl enjoys spending time with her husband Mervin and their darling cat, Theo. She also has an adventurous side and once ate live termites in the Belizean rainforest after being told they were a good source of protein.
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Administrative Specialist III
Denise is the first point of contact in the Graduate School of Business, greeting visitors and helping students find answers and solutions.
As the mother of four- two teenagers and two grown children- Denise stays busy with high school baseball and softball. A native of Fayetteville, she has a BS in Marketing/Management and a minor in Spanish from the University of Arkansas.
Denise enjoys gardening, crocheting, canning and reading. She also keeps a flock of pet chickens of interesting varieties in her backyard!
Graphic Designer & Communications Support Specialist
Stacy Allred’s graphic design talent helps create a visual representation of the excellent teamwork and dedication to student success that is found within the Graduate Studies of Business at Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Stacy works as the graphic designer and communications support specialist for the Graduate School of Business. Her career with the Graduate School of Business began in 2013, but she has a long academic and professional history that has the U of A woven throughout. She served as an administrative assistant for the Treasurer's Office for over four years and as a part-time graphic designer for the Walton College External Relations Office for over a year.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Arkansas in 2011.
Stacy’s work has been recognized for its excellence several times. She was the 2012 winner of the University of Arkansas Young Alumni website logo design competition; a runner-up in the 2011 Ozark Photographic Challenge Competition in Journalism; a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum College Photography Contest in 2010; a Neppie Conner Award for Rising Juniors in 2010 and winner of the Collier Photography prize in 2010.
Coordinator of Academic Services
When graduate students or the staff members need help with something administrative or have a question about how things work at the University of Arkansas, they know they can ask Nancy Fondren.
Nancy has worked at the U of A since 1996 where she started as a secretary in the Sam M. Walton College of Business Advising Center. She started in her current position as Administrative Support Supervisor in February 2002 and since then, has provided invaluable information and service to students throughout the graduate program.
“My job is to assist any student or GSB team member with whatever is needed,” she says. “My role is administrative-payroll, administrative, scholarships. I’m here to help you.”
Nancy’s dedication and experience has been acknowledged several times as she has earned the Superior Service Award and earned the Walton College Employee of the Quarter twice. She was also a member of Staff Senate.
Before coming to the U of A, Nancy was the office manager for Centers for Youth and Families in Little Rock. She is a graduate of Griffithville High School in Griffithville, Ark. (southeast of Searcy).
When asked if there was anything else the graduate students should know about her, Nancy said, “I’m an old softie. Just ask my sons.”
Assistant MBA Director
Regena Jedlicka has served at the University of Arkansas since 1994 and currently is an administrative analyst, a position she started in 2005. She enjoys helping students complete their applications.
Regena has also worked on campus in the Graduate School and Research and Sponsored programs.
She was honored twice for her work by being named Employee of the Quarter.
MBA Director and Professor
Student Support Specialist
Aditi Kar brings a unique blend of academic and international experience with her to the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She started in 2013 as a Student Support Specialist.
She is eager to help the students succeed both through directly working with students and providing assistance for the faculty.
“I hope to assist the professors so that they can have more time to be productive in their interaction with students,” she says. “I am ready to help the students whenever they need.”
Aditi earned a PhD in Food Science from the University College in Dublin, Ireland. Her research and publications are exemplary, giving her an experience that she can now share with students who are traveling their academic path.
Aditi comes to the University of Arkansas with work experience including a product researcher at Procter and Gamble in Beijing, China; and as marketing officer at Nestle India in Kolkata, India.
Her honors include being published in two food science industry publications (Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, and Carbohydrate Polymers), and being named a first-prize recipient for the best presentation on her research topic at the 35th Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the University College in Cork, Ireland.
Aditi enjoys volunteering at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Assistant MBA Director
Lucy Rolfe joined the Graduate School of Business staff in 2013 as an Administrative Specialist, providing front desk support for the office. She was promoted to Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Graduate School of Business, managing communications and recruitment efforts for the GSB, and in 2016 moved into a position as an E-recruiter for the GSB.
"Working as the first point of contact for the Graduate School of Business enabled me to learn about every aspect of the office, and gave me the opportunity to interact daily with our prospective students. The knowledge and experience I gained in that role has provided the perfect segue-way into my roles as Assistant Director of Recruitment and E-Recruiter, where I can utilize my skills and experience to better serve our students."
Her previous work experience includes roles in both the office of Finance and Business Auxiliaries and the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
Lucy is proud to be a Razorback, and graduated in May 2016 with a Master's in Human Resource & Workforce Development Education. Lucy has a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Central Washington University, and enjoys performing flute with her local flute choir.
Admissions Document Analyst
Gathering and managing large volumes of information about a graduate studies class and its members is a major undertaking, but it’s vital to making sure that students’ documents are properly processed and analyzed appropriately.
Liliya Kunets diligently works in the Sam M. Walton College Graduate School of Business to make sure that data is entered properly so that admissions staff can utilize the information to the best advantage. Kunets is involved with each step of the process from the time students apply to supply information for surveys about the department for national audiences.
Liliya started her job as professional assistant in August 2008 and was named Part-time Employee of the Year for 2011. She holds a master’s degree In finance from the The Academy of Tax Service of Ukraine, which she earned in 2002. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the same school in 2001.
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Graduate School of Business
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
Willard J. Walker Hall – Room 310
191 Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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