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Internships available through the Department of Management

Department Faculty

UCM is primarily a teaching institution. This means faculty members should spend majority of their time facilitating student learning. Faculty members also have obligations to do research and provide service to the university through committee work, their professions and community service. Students often believe that the only function of their faculty is teaching. Faculty members can be much useful; however, if you realize the variety of help they can provide to you. They can help you choose appropriate electives to support career goals, choose professional organizations that you can join, and identify appropriate internship and job opportunities.

The faculty information below is an invitation for you to introduce yourself outside class, tell us about your career aspirations, and let us know how we can help you.

Christine Opatrny- Yazell, Chair
Doc. 400-D

B.S.B.A. in Management coordinator 
A member of UCM's faculty since 2002, Dr. Opatrny can provide you with information and advisement about the B.S.B.A. in Management at both the main campus and the Summit Center.  She is also the temporary coordinator for the following majors; BSBA in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, BSBA in Hospitality, BS in Hotel & Restaurant Administration. 

She specializes in supply chain management, especially socially responsible sourcing challenges. She can help you with career exploration in this area. Dr. Opatrny has her Ph.D. in Operations Management from Kent State University. Her professional memberships in supply chain management and operations management areas include: Institute of Supply Management, APICS and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. She also holds a lifetime CPIM certification from APCIS.

Mary McCord

Mary McCord
Doc. 405-G

B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Coordinator

McCord's specialty areas include the Integrative Business Experience, management of organizations, entrepreneurship and social enterprise, and quantitative research tools, such as SAS, SPSS and Excel. She can provide you with assistance and coaching for entrepreneurs or start-ups, such as determining feasibility and launching,  and finding an expert or mentor. Additionally, she can assist you in developing ideas for experiential projects that promote service learning, contacts with community charities and other organization at UCM.


McCord has her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Oklahoma. She has been a member of the UCM faculty since 1999.

Matt Houseworth

Matt Houseworth
Doc. 400-E

Houseworth can assist you with résumé writing, professional sales training and presentation skills.

Houseworth has an MBA in Marketing and a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from UCM.

Dan Jensen
Doc. 400-G

New to the University of Central Missouri in fall 2014, Jensen will be teaching courses in strategy, entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Recently, he was on faculty and served as the director of professional development for the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.

Prior to entering higher education, Dan worked with ESI International, a global training firm, where he was praised for his experiential designs. While with ESI, he facilitated learning experiences internationally for the Fuji-Xerox Leadership Institute, and across the United States for NATO, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cisco Systems, MetLife, and other major corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies.



Ray Luechtefeld
Doc. 400-C

Luechtefeld can assist with developing & highlighting your quantitative research, analyses, & problem-solving skills.

Gaining the skills to understand & resolve difficult interpersonal situations.

Evaluating potential employers & determining if they match your personality, character, etc.

Helping entrepreneurs manage the culture of their startups & build a learning organization.




Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson
Doc. 405-F

Nelson can assist you with interpersonal, teamwork, leadership and self-analysis skills. He has 13 years of corporate experience working in management development training and organizational development. In Germany, he focused on outside sales training and sales management development for Safety-Kleen Corporation. He worked as a strategic planning consultant, with the majority of his experience focused on leadership development for Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Grumman, Safety-Kleen, Case and the University of Chicago Hospital. Nelson is best characterized as a training and development specialist with interests in all of the functional areas of a business.

Nelson has a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Workforce Training from the University of Illinois.

Keith Province

Keith Province
Doc. 401-I

Province can provide you with assistance in developing career strategies, interviewing and networking skills, and salary negotiation. He has more than 20 years of management experience with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial ventures including Procter and Gamble, Coca-Cola USA and CROSSMARK. He has extensive experience and expertise in consumer package goods, telecommunications, retail, restaurants, financial services and start-ups. Province's community service and leadership expertise includes serving on the advisory boards of Students in Free Enterprise, University of Central Missouri Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Province has an MBA and BSBA in Management from the University of Central Missouri.

Lorin Walker
Doc. 400-D

Walker can assist with developing personal change resilience. Strategy development & execution. Organization effectiveness & change management. Serving as an internal or external consultant. Personal career planning & job finding. Executive & life coaching. Assembling & leading high performance teams


Keira Solon

Doc. 400-R


Solon can assist with resume writing, interviewing skills, networking assistance, etiquette training, public speaking skills, professional presentation of self, involvement on campus, and campus

Cameron Piercy
Doc. 401-B


Piercy studies and teaches business and computer-mediated communication. He can help students improve their communication competence online and face-to-face. Piercy's research focuses the use of networks to obtain jobs. He teaches and coaches professional writing, public speaking, workplace relationships, and applied communication theory.


Piercy can assist research project design and implementation. He specializes in structural equation modeling and social network theory and analysis. 



Katelyn Adams

Office Professional III

Doc. 400-S


Adams can assist with scheduling appointments with the Department Chair, information about courses, course schedules, classroom scheduling, and scholarship information, etc.