MBA Programs

Faculty

LIM College's faculty members know of what they speak. They bring a wealth of professional experience and academic achievements to the classroom. Many of our professors hold or have held high-level positions in the fashion industry. Bringing vast knowledge, experience, and connections, these experienced practitioners are well equipped to guide our students through the complexities of the fashion business.

Below is a sampling of our exceptional faculty:

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Sheryl Barnes

Courses taught: Brand Management and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Barnes has more than 26 years of professional marketing and strategy experience and currently works in strategic marketing at IBM corporate headquarters. She has been an adjunct professor at LIM College for three years, teaching supply chain management, brand management, luxury marketing, and sales and marketing. She previously had been Lead Adjunct Instructor at the University of Phoenix's Norwalk, CT campus, teaching courses in marketing, strategy, innovation, and leadership at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Barns holds a DBA from the University of Phoenix, and MBA from Suffolk University, and a BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic interests are in strategic marketing and her dissertation research was on disruptive innovation.

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Kevin Brotz

Courses taught: Business Law

Professor Brotz has an eclectic background in law, business, fashion/retail management, and education. He practiced law for 23 years in private law firms and in government service, which included extensive experience working with a wide variety of businesses to solve problems and improve procedures. He has also been a Human Resources Manager / Senior Store Executive for Bloomingdale’s, working at both the strategic and operational levels.

In addition to teaching in the MBA and undergraduate programs at LIM College, he is an adjunct professor in the MBA programs at Metropolitan College of New York and the Manhattan Institute of Management, the Mountbatten Internship Program (where he is also a Module Convenor), and he previously taught at Felician College. Professor Brotz is also an invited Guest Lecturer at Weller International Business School in Paris, France.  His academic interests include global business education and improving students’ critical thinking, writing, and verbal presentation skills.

The recipient of a Juris Doctor degree with High Honors from Rutgers School of Law, Professor Brotz also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Honors from Rutgers University

Lucy Collins

Course taught: Business Ethics

Lucy Collins received her PhD in philosophy from Temple University where she specialized in existentialism, ethics, and fashion theory. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked for several fashion firms in New York as an editorial and PR assistant. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on topics related to fashion theory. Dr. Collins teaches courses in ethics and fashion theory at both LIM College and Parsons the New School for Design. She has also delivered lectures at the School of Visual Arts program in Design Criticism.

She has been a blog contributor for Worn Through, Fashion Snoops, and a contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of National Dress. Her writing has also appeared in Fashion Projects and Fashion Theory, as well as The Philosopher's Magazine. She is a member of The Costume Society of America, The American Philosophical Association, The American Society for Aesthetics, and The Popular Culture Association.

David Freschman

Courses: Launching New Ventures and Investing in New Ventures

David Freschman is a Managing Principal of Innovation Capital Advisors, LLC (ICA). ICA serves as the management company of Innovation Ventures, L.P. (IV), and the Delaware Innovation Fund (DIF). He has served as the President and CEO of the DIF since its establishment in 1995. The DIF is a seed and early-stage venture capital fund that focuses on entrepreneurial ventures in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Freschman has been responsible for all aspects of IV's and the DIF's management since its inception, including the business strategy, fiscal and operational management, raising investment capital, and evaluating all investment opportunities and portfolio company management. He received his MBA at Loyola College in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.

David is also the co-founder and Chairman of FashInvest, the first initiative where entrepreneurs in fashion, branded goods, apparel and related technologies are linked to venture capitalists, financiers and service providers in the industry in order to position themselves for raising capital and driving growth. Most recently, David co-founded ARC Angel Fund, a member managed angel investment fund based in NYC that seeks to invest in emerging companies in Metro New York and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Nicole Kirpalani

Courses taught: Marketing and Sales Management, Consumer Behavior in Fashion

Dr. Nicole Kirpalani is Assistant Professor of Marketing & Management at LIM College. Her research interests focus on the consumer side of marketing, including the co-creation of value, consumer relationships with fashion brands, and consumer privacy. In addition, she is engaged in research related to marketing pedagogy. Dr. Kirpalani teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at LIM College. She is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at LIM College. She holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York.

Rudolph Lalak

Courses taught: Financial Management, Accounting for Managers

Dr. Rudy Lalak holds a PhD in Accounting/Finance from TUI University (formerly Touro University International). He has an MBA in Economics from Iona College and earned an Advanced Professional Certificate in Taxation from New York University. He has also completed graduate-level coursework in Taxation at Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned a BS in Accounting from Fordham University.

Dr. Lalak’s career in financial services has provided him with substantial business experience as a Tax Analyst and Accountant. His accomplishments include membership of the Finance Division’s Diversity Council and Training Task Force team lead. He has developed a customized course curriculum regarding business finance and participated in the development of master degree programs in entrepreneurship. His commitment to teaching motivates him to step beyond the classroom and serve on several committees including, the Academic Affairs Committees, Faculty Council, Middle States Accreditation Team, and various executive and faculty committee groups.

Herbert Sherman

Courses taught: Global Management

Dr. Herbert Sherman is a Professor of Management at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, where he teaches courses in business strategy, business and society, and organizational behavior, and is currently the Acting Chair of the Management Science Department.

He has published four books in the last five years, as well as several readers, more than 30 cases, and numerous articles on strategic management, small business/entrepreneurship, and business ethics. He is also the Founding Editor of The CASE Journal, and Editor of the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Sherman holds a PhD from Union Institute and University, an MS from Polytechnic University, and a BA from City College of New York.

Andrzej Wlodarczyk

Course: Managing Creative Minds

As Founding Director of the LIM MBA program, Dr. Wlodarczyk was responsible for the operations and effective implementation of the program’s objectives. Prior to joining LIM College in 2009, he served as a professor of business administration at Concordia College, New York. Earlier in his career, he also taught and served in various administrative capacities at Lindenwood University, Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and College of Banking, Krakow, Poland. He has taught a wide range of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of management and international business.

Dr. Wlodarczyk received his PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also earned a Masters in Educational Administration, a Masters in Business Administration, and a B.A in Applied Teaching Methodology. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Wlodarczyk also develops curriculum for graduate studies in Organizational Behavior. In 2011, he authored the book, “Work Motivation: A Systematic Framework for a Multi-Level Strategy” a psychological exploration of the nature of work motivation and human creativity through the prism of individual, group, and organizational perspective. He is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor teaching Managing Creative Minds in the MBA program at LIM College.