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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
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
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

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

M.S. in Ethical Strategic Leadership Coordinator

Dr. Jensen can provide you with information and advice on the campus-based entrepreneurship programs including both coursework and outside-of-class activities and clubs you can explore.  He can also talk with you about becoming a strategic leader of change through the applied leadership master's program offered at the Lee's Summit campus.


His research and teaching focuses on the development of strategy, optimizing organizational effectiveness, and the alignment of people, teams and resources to achieve organizational goals.  He can help you explore your career potential through targeted assessment and networking strategies that leverage professional alumni relationships.


Prior to entering higher education, Jensen worked as a researcher on rapid-growth entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, as well as consulting for ESI International, a global training firm, where he facilitated learning experiences for the Fuji-Xerox Leadership Institute in Japan, and across the United States for Cisco Systems, MetLife, NATO, the US Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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
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 ENACTUS, 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-E


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 has his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. He serves as a DECA advisor and is a member of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association. Piercy can assist research project design and implementation. He specializes in multi-method research including social network theory and analysis. Piercy joined the UCM faculty in 2016.




Jaclyn Brandhorst

Doc. 400-B


Brandhorst specializes in resilience, conflict management, and well-being in the workplace. She teaches business communication courses and has expertise in organizational communication theory, conflict and dispute resolution, crisis communication, and qualitative methods. She can assist you in improving your skills in writing, public speaking, and conflict management and negotiation.


Her research focuses on promoting employee resilience and wellness at work, in addition to strategic communication during crisis. She is a member of the National Communication Association and the European Group for Organizational Studies and often consults and leads training sessions on conflict management and professional communication for organizations around the Midwest.  



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.