New Faces at SoBA
Christopher Shook, Dean
Chris most recently served as Russell Professor of Management in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University and previously served as chair of Auburn’s Department of Management. He also has served as the director of Auburn’s Central and Eastern European Studies Program since 2004 and was director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship from 2008 to 2011. Chris has practiced as a Certified Public
Accountant and served as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Management as well as President of the Southern Management Association. He earned an MBA from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on strategic management and marketing from Louisiana State University.
Chris is originally from Colorado, but has lived in the South for many years. His family is incredibly important to him. His wife, Linda, is still in Auburn for the time being. She is director of Auburn’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute. Their youngest daughter is Caroline. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama where she does social media, community development and grant writing for the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Their oldest daughter, Meridith, is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is a Darrow Fellow at the University of Michigan law school and mother to Max, their 4 month-old grandson, and wife to Drew who is a software engineer.
Chris’s passions are international travel and hiking. He combined those two last year when he walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage across the top of Spain.
Kate McGoldrick, Executive Director – Center for Enterprise and Executive Development
Drawing on over a decade of experience in leading University-based executive education within the graduate business schools of the University of Western Australia, Simmons College in Boston and UNC Executive, Kate brings international expertise in designing and delivering customized, industry-consortium and open enrollment leadership development programs. Most recently, Kate had the opportunity to work in a mature, well-established executive education program in North Carolina managing and building the School’s global corporate client base.
Kate holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and BA in Organizational Psychology from NMSU. She is an ACC certified leadership coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is an administrator of several leadership assessments (CCL’s Benchmarks, Leadership Practices Inventory, Leadership Versatility Index, MBTI and Insights Discovery). She is also a certified wellness coach specializing in leadership resilience and energy management. Kate is a ceramic artist, organic gardener, environmental activist and outdoor enthusiast. She and her husband love to travel for the culture, food & wine and to visit natural world heritage places but while home spend time adoring and hiking with their 7-year old chocolate Labrador, Molly.
Lisa Eiler, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Lisa earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oregon. She holds CPA licenses in Oregon (active) and Minnesota (inactive). She has professional accounting experience in large and small public accounting firms, as well as industry experience as an accountant in a publicly traded corporation. Her research interests include tax, international accounting, and disclosures.
She has publications in National Tax Journal, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, and The International Journal of Accounting. She is teaching courses in financial and intermediate accounting.
Isho Tama-Sweet, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Isho is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is teaching managerial accounting and accounting information systems. He earned his BA from Cornell University, MBA from the University of California, Davis, and PhD from the University of Oregon. He has previously served on the faculty at California State University, Fullerton and Oregon State University. His research interests include disclosure, with an emphasis on textual analysis of narrative disclosure, and international accounting. Isho is an outdoor enthusiast and is excited to enjoy the many recreational opportunities Missoula has to offer.
Becca Gairrett, UMEM Program Coordinator
Becca recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minoring in Nonprofit Administration and received the certificate in Entertainment Management. During her time as a student, Becca worked within the Entertainment Management office to assist founding Director, Scott Douglas and will now join SoBA staff as UMEM’s Program Coordinator.
The highlights of working in the office include wrangling guest instructors, working with Entertainment Management students to identify internship opportunities and community collaboration, and supporting program faculty and founders with day-to-day operations and program planning.
Becca enjoys volunteering time and effort toward music-oriented nonprofit endeavors, having worked on Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Watson Children’s Shelter. She loves Missoula for its thriving music scene, beauty and amazingly supportive community members who work hard to make this an incredible place to live, work and play.
Kendall Kihn, Graduate Programs Assistant
Kendall joined SoBA’s Graduate Programs in January 2016. Previously a student worker for the School of Business Administration since fall 2011, she looks forward to broadening her professional advancement within the university system.
As a proud UM graduate of the Wildlife Biology Department, Kendall enjoys exploring the outdoors and all that nature has to offer. She looks forward to attending graduate school at UM in the near future.
She currently resides in Florence with her husband Derek and son Kamden. She adores watching her son grow and learning the tricks of motherhood.