College of Business Faculty & Staff

The College of Business faculty is a proud community of teacher-scholar-practitioners. Our business faculty members are committed to bringing our students a combination of real-world experience and cutting-edge scholarship in order to create the best possible learning environment.

Krishnan Ramaya

Faculty Chair, College of Business
Associate Professor

Dr. Krishnan Ramaya is currently researching on competitive advantage, value creation, technology management and, more recently, healthcare management. His work has appeared in the Global Business and Finance Review, the Journal of Transnational Management, the Academy of Strategic Management Journal and The Permanente Journal. Dr. Ramaya also provides consultation services in the areas of strategy and competitive advantage. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, including the capstone business strategy, international business, technology management and small business management. He earned his undergraduate degree in business, an MBA with a concentration in marketing, and a PhD in strategic management, all from the University of Kansas. Read More

John Suroviak

Associate Professor

John Suroviak is a retired certified public accountant with extensive industry experience in public accounting, specializing in auditing and control. He teaches financial accounting and fraud and has been instrumental in incorporating technology in the classroom and developing pedagogy in distance learning for accounting courses. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity and the University of Hartford. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate accounting and finance level. Read More

Huijian Dong

Assistant Professor

Dr. Huijian Dong is an active member of the CFA Society Portland, serving on various committees. His current research interest focuses on investment strategies and asset valuation. He has more than 20 publications on research journals including Journal of Business, International Business Research, Journal of Finance and Investment Analysis, British Journal of Mathematics & Computer Science, Economics Research International, and Journal of Computations and Modeling. He is also the author of three books in a series, Interviewing a Professor of Finance, for investment practitioners. His primary teaching includes Fixed Income Asset Pricing, Derivatives, and Advanced Topics in Finance: Capstone in the MSF program; Investments, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Corporate Finance in the MBA program; and Operations Management and Global Finance in the undergraduate program. He earned his PhD in financial economics from the University of Delaware and earned the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation in 2015. Read More

Xiaoming Guo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Xiaomin Guo joined Pacific University in 2013. She earned her doctoral degree from University of Delaware, where she also worked as an analyst/consultant in Center for Applied Business and Economic Research for several years. Her research currently focuses on financial markets, asset pricing, corporate finance and industrial organization. Dr. Guo has published in International Business Research, Journal of International Business and Economics, International Journal of Business Analytics and many others. She has been teaching in both undergraduate and graduate programs, including Personal Finance, Financial Econometrics, Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, as well as Financial Modeling and Valuation. Read More

Cherie Rains

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cherie Rains spent several years working in business and nonprofit organizations. This included being the vice president of client services and research for a customer satisfaction measurement company as well as the lead research director at a customer insight consulting firm in Virginia. Similarly, she served as the senior research director for two nonprofit organizations and a four-year liberal arts academic institution. Dr. Rains has taught in the Marketing and Market Research departments at the University in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and several liberal arts colleges throughout the United States. Over her career, she has published more than 25 business and academic articles, including the Journal of Business Research, as well as several white papers focused on helping businesses improve customer satisfaction and loyalty within their organization. She earned her PhD from Purdue University in consumer behavior and an MA from Syracuse University in marketing with an emphasis on consumer studies. Her undergraduate degree was from The College of New Jersey with a major in sociology and minors in psychology, communications and business.

Gibran Zogbi

Adjunct Professor

Gibran Zogbi served as AVP with Safeco Insurance in Seattle, where he was responsible for the profitable management of their Southwest PPA Region, which included $340 million of annual revenues. He also served as a senior product manager in one of their start-up affiliates known as insurQuest, which he grew to $187 million in annual premiums in just over three years. Previously he worked as a pricing analyst with Progressive Insurance and an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly known as Coopers & Lybrand) in Cleveland, Ohio. He still oversees a successful financial service office in the Portland area and holds a Series 6 and Series 63 securities license. He is currently researching cost accounting techniques and ethics in the pharmaceutical industry as a dissertation topic. Gibran has taught accounting courses at Pacific University since 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from Cleveland State University. He is also working towards a DBA from George Fox University, which will include an emphasis in accounting. Read More

Chris Lane

Assistant Professor, Math & Computer Science
Statistics & Mathematical Finance

Professor Chris Lane has worked as a web and database programmer at OHSU, and he has also served as the director for online learning environments for an NIH grant involving both ethics and philosophy in medicine. He has given a variety of talks at local and national conferences, including discussions of the use of Hamming Codes in DNA analysis and the mathematics behind Google’s PageRank algorithm. He has been active in the AP Calculus Program, most recently serving as the international exam leader. He has been teaching both mathematics and computer science at the undergraduate level at Pacific University since 1999, as well as statistics and mathematical finance in the MBA and MSF programs at Pacific since 2014. Read More

Divya Balachandran

Divya Balachandran currently runs her own consulting company in Portland, where her area of specialty is organizational behavior management, social media and international business. Prior to joining Pacific University, she was a professor of business at Clark College, Vancouver. She has a BSc in mathematics (double major statistics), a graduate degree in information technology and an MBA specializing in e-commerce. Professor Balachandran earned a certificate in teaching for understanding from Harvard University. She has also co-authored a book on statistics with McGraw-Hill Publishing.

Leslie Boni


Dr. Leslie Boni has worked at Chevron Corporation as an engineer, analyst, process planner, crude oil futures and options trader, and risk manager. She was a visiting academic scholar at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was managing director of quantitative strategies and performance analytics at UNX, Inc. (a stock trading electronic platform). Her academic research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Money and Banking, the Journal of Financial Markets, the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Trading, and various Brookings Institute publications. She has taught courses at the University of Southern California, University of Colorado at Boulder, California State University, and Pacific University. She holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, and a PhD in business (finance concentration) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Keven Malkewitz

Adjunct Professor

Professor Keven Malkewitz is a rare mix of industry experience and academic expertise. A life-long interest in sports products and product design led him to a 15-year career as a manager around the globe for Adidas (1983-1998). Dr. Malkewitz’s passion for products and the product development process led him to pursue a second career researching consumer behavior. He now researches the influence of design in the new product development process. He has published design-related articles in several peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Retailing, and the Journal of Business Research. His background in product development and management allows him to provide a unique perspective on how the development process is influenced by design-related issues and by knowledge management. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., (double-major in business and English) and his PhD in marketing (consumer behavior emphasis) from the University of Oregon.

Sharon Wagner


Dr. Sharon Wagner’s experience includes leadership roles in academic, management consulting, and corporate settings. At the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, and Middle Tennessee State University she worked as a faculty member, program director, and associate dean, and was honored for excellence in teaching and research. From 2007-2010, she built and led an enterprise workforce analytics practice for biotechnology firm, Genentech, and she has provided strategic business consulting to a variety of industries for more than 25 years. Professor Wagner earned her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Tennessee, and her BA in psychology and English at Michigan State University.


Patty Coatney
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Michael J. Miller
Director, Center for Global Business Studies
Andy Soria
Director, Berglund Center
Ryan P. Garcia
Associate Director of College of Business Admissions