Graduate School of Business: Staff Directory
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
As Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the Walton College of Business, Dr. Marion Dunagan’s key role is making sure the entire Graduate School of Business team has the resources it needs to keep putting student success as the highest priority.
“I bring to the students an unwavering faith in their potential. I believe all our students can be amazingly successful both in their personal and professional lives. My job is to help remove roadblocks to their success and provide opportunities to stretch themselves in new directions, allowing them to discover just what they are capable of doing,” she says.
Marion has a long history at the U of A, both as a student and employee. She first started working at the U of A at age 16, washing petri dishes in the Soil Microbiology Laboratory. She worked at various jobs at the U of A all the way through earning her master’s degree in English. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology and, eventually went on to earn her doctorate of education in Workforce Development from the U of A.
Serving as Assistant Dean since 2007, Marion has earned several honors including Employee of the Year, the Major Contribution Award, Rookie Award and two Outstanding Team Achievement Awards. Her hard work has proven results as the University consistently receives national accolades such as the university’s MBA program ranking no. 1 in employment at graduation for the entire nation (2011, 2013). The MBA program has improved its rankings significantly in key business publications including Business Week, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.
Marion came to the U of A from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, where she served as Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management from 2004 until 2007 and, before that, Director of Institutional Research. Her previous work experience, both in Arkansas and Oklahoma, includes leadership roles in areas such as enrollment management, higher education marketing, student services, and institutional effectiveness. All of this work experience serves her, and in turn the students, well in her current role as Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs.
Marion’s commitment to excellence and community is also demonstrated in the numerous volunteer positions she has held in recent years. Organizations Marion has been involved with include Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Board; Benton and Sebastian County Adult Drug Court; United Way Loaned Executive, Fort Smith Rotary Club, Leadership Fort Smith, Business and Professional Women, Immaculate Conception Church, Arkansas Council on Economic Education, and the American Association of University Women.
Director, Graduate School of Business
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 for Recruiting
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 current duties started in 2013 but she has a long academic and professional history that has the U of A woven throughout. She’s also served as part-time graphic designer for the Walton College of Business External Relations and an administrative assistant for the treasurer’s office.
Stacy earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (photography) from the U of A in 2011 and she also studied batik and print making at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
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 a 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.”
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.
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.
Student Support Specialist
Lucy Rolfe joined the Graduate School of Business staff in 2013 as an Administrative Specialist, providing front desk support for the office. She was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Graduate School of Business, managing communications and recruitment efforts 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 new role as Assistant Director of Recruitment, where I can utilize my skills and experience to better serve our students."
Lucy joined the Graduate School of Business staff in 2013, moving to Arkansas from Ellensburg, Washington. 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.
Lucy is proud to be a Razorback, and will graduate 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 with the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband David, a fellow Razorback who is earning his doctorate in Recreation Management, and their four year old daughter Lily, who is not currently pursing a degree but is highly skilled at calling the Hogs!
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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