Rita attended Roanoke College (Salem Virginia) on a partial swimming scholarship and graduated with a double major in political science and education. She has a Juris Doctorate from Widener University.
She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John E. Stively, Jr. She was employed by the County of Chester (PA) as an assistant county solicitor and was a partner in the law firm of Crawford, Wilson, Ryan & Agulnick. After the birth of her second child, she left the private practice of law and became legal counsel for an international corporation, focusing on transactional litigation. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Rita has extensive experience in higher education. She was the Director of MBA programs at Eastern University for over fifteen years where she both designed courses and taught graduate and undergraduate business students. She has taught associate-level courses at Esperanza College (North Philadelphia) and graduate courses at Wilmington University (Delaware) as well as at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, Canada. She has also taught international business law in Shanghai China.
Even though teaching is her second career, she continues to maintain a small boutique private law practice.
Kim Ervine graduated from Eastern University with a Health and Exercise Science Degree where she participated as a collegiate athlete in volleyball and basketball. In addition, Kim has an MBA in management from Eastern University, MS in Higher Education from Drexel University, Certificate in Finance from Cornell and is currently a Doctorate Candidate for a DBA in Strategic Management from Liberty University.
Kim has been an adjunct at various university for 17 years where she developed and taught graduate and undergraduate business students. In addition, she was the co-director of the business program at Esperanza College (North Philadelphia)
Along with Kim’s experience in higher education, she has dedicated her time as an assistant woman’s basketball coach for 10 years at various local colleges/universities. Her passion within higher education and athletics compliments her ability as a strong leader within corporate America.
In addition to Kim’s higher education experience, she has worked within the pharmaceutical world for over 20 years in the areas of R&D, Clinical Supplies, Manufacturing, Training, Drug Safety. She had lead change management initiatives to support a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Her passion for business and mentoring others shines through as she continues to educate young minds to purse their dreams through hard work, dedication, and discipline.
Garry Flower graduated from Kings College with a B.A. in Business, and earned his MBA in Finance at LaSalle University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1984.
Garry began his career in 1973 as a staff auditor for CPAs Parente Randolph in Wilkes Barre, and in 1977 moved back to Philadelphia working for Pennwalt Corporation as an internal auditor-supervisor. He then worked for SKF Industries in various roles, including Controller at one of their local plants, after which he became Controller for Interspec—a startup company in the ultrasound imaging industry. While he was there, the company was taken public and was bought out by Siemens in 1992.
During that same time, Garry also operated an Accounting firm with his father—one he still owns and operates. His experience also includes ownership of a Dairy Queen franchise and a used book store.
In 2004, Garry took a full-time professor role at Delaware Valley University, achieving Associate Professorship in the Department of Business there, where he also received the Teacher of the Year award in 2006. He remained Department Chair there until 2009 when he transitioned to Chestnut Hill College in 2010 where he is currently an Associate Professor.
In addition to teaching different business courses at the college level for the past eight years, I have extensive experience in retail banking (loans, investments, annuities), finance, operations, executing sales and marketing plans, and building strong relationships with colleagues, students, and staff at all levels. I am committed to my students and earned a reputation for integrity and true concern.
I completed my BS in finance and management at Brooklyn College in New York, I earned an MBA in business administration from Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania, and I earned my PhD from Capella University in business management and focused my research on women in STEM and their experiences in career development.
I have conducted sales and finance trainings and taught courses in business, finance, organizations in HR, macroeconomics, microeconomics and operations management at Chestnut Hill College, Bucks County Community College, and Delaware Valley University. I teach LEAD 601 Leading and Managing People and LEAD 606 Budget and Resource Management in the Organizational Leadership Program. I am also available as the advisor of the program, and for the LEAD 692 Capstone course.
Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, DML is Professor of French and Russian. She completed her studies for Russian at Fordham University, and her doctorate in French at Middlebury College. She received a Fulbright Grant for study in France, and two grants to study Russian in the former Soviet Union. She has spent most of her life teaching at Chestnut Hill College, where she is also Chair of the Department of Foreign Language and Literature. Sister Mary Helen participates regularly in local, regional, and national Foreign Language Associations, where she has also held major offices. She is Past President of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), past Board member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) and The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In addition, she currently fills leadership roles in the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) and the Modern Language Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity (MLAPV). Sister Mary Helen presents frequently at professional meetings of these and other associations.
Sister Mary Helen’s scholarly work includes articles on Camus and Tolstoy published by the Modern Language Association in their “Approaches to Teaching” series, on pedagogy and literature in the NECTFL Review, and a translation in Teilhard Studies. She has also authored chapters on French and Russian literature and on the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has written a history of Chestnut Hill College, Tradition and Risk (1999), and has continued to research the legacy of the College. She has also published many book reviews in The French Review and the NECTFL Review. Among her scholarly interests are the origins and history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Chestnut Hill College, advocacy for Foreign Languages, and French and Russian language and culture.
Among Sister Mary Helen’s awards are the reception of Commandeur in the Palmes Académiques from the French Government, the Nelson Brooks Award for Leadership in the Profession, and several awards for excellence in teaching, including the Lindback Award, the Dorothy Ludwig Award from the AATF, and the PSMLA Educator of the Year. Although active in Foreign Language leadership, research, and scholarship, her main focus has always been her students. She considers herself above all a teacher, and tries to inspire a love of learning and a pride of accomplishment in her students.
This is my second career. After almost three decades in finance as an investment professional, I deliver to my students a holistic approach to business. My goal as a teacher is for my students to learn the fundamentals and theory of business but more importantly to apply those principles to the real world. The pandemic has made it more important now more than ever to understand what drives and will drive the US and World economies. The economic crisis has sped up trends that normally take years into months creating new opportunities. It is my job to make students aware of these trends so that when they graduate, they will be prepared to identify career choices that are in step with these trends.