MPS Faculty Bios

Thomas Michaud, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Professional Studies

received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University and his B.A. (Honors) from Fairfield University. Dr. Michaud specializes in Philosophy of Political Economy, Logic and Rhetoric, Modern/Contemporary Philosophy, Leadership Studies, Business/Professional Ethics, and Philosophy of Sports. His scholarly and teaching international experience includes numerous conference presentations and publications in many countries, as well as special fellowships and lecturer appointments in Western Europe (Smith Research Fellow, Husserl Archives, Catholic U. of Louvain, Belgium), Eastern Europe (Rev. Woroniecki Memorial English Language Lecturer in Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic U. of Lublin, Poland), and South America (Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Federal U. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Since 1978, Dr. Michaud has regularly designed curricula for and taught in various types of non-traditional undergraduate/graduate programs and accelerated adult degree completion programs throughout the USA. His domestic and international graduate teaching experience extends over 30 years and includes designing curricula for and teaching in Masters of Leadership, MBA, Executive MBA, and Philosophy Doctoral Programs. For ten years, he wrote a monthly column on business/leadership ethics for The State Journal, WV’s weekly business newspaper. He also has published more than 30 academic articles and reviews, as well as five custom course texts, including The Virtues of Business Ethics (Copley Custom Academic Publishing, 3rd Edition, 2010). His specialty work in the thought of Gabriel Marcel can be found in various journals and anthologies, in particular special issues he edited of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly and the Journal of Philosophy in the French Language. In addition, over the past 35 years, thousands of participants have attended his seminars and training programs in Business Ethics and Organizational Leadership, which have been presented at major US corporations (e.g., Columbia Gas Transmission and Cabela’s Distribution Center), non-profit organizations (e.g., United Way), professional associations (e.g., WV Association of CPAs), civic groups (e.g., Rotary Clubs International), government agencies (e.g., Robert Byrd National Technology Transfer Center and State Employees of Oklahoma), and Duke University’s MBA -Leadership program.

John McCullough, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor

earned his M.S. from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of North Dakota. He has also obtained a number of additional graduate business/management certifications (C.D.E., C.B.E., C.A.M., A.P.D., and C.S.P.). Professor McCullough served West Liberty University for over 40 years as a Professor of Management, and in various administrative positions, including Executive Assistant to the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, Chief Administrative Officer and Interim President. His graduate experience includes teaching for many years in MBA programs at Steubenville University and Wheeling Jesuit University among other universities.

Richard Riesbeck, MBA, Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing

Adjunct Lecturer in Marketing

earned his first Bachelor’s Degree in business and management from Mountain State College. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Leadership and Development from Wheeling Jesuit University, a MAEd from Muskingum University and a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing from Cornell University. He has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor for WLU’s Gary West College of Business and The School of Professional Studies for many years, focusing primarily on Marketing and Leadership. In addition to his academic background, Mr. Riesbeck has extensive Executive experience as President of Riesbeck Food Markets since 1982. From that time to present, Riesbeck Food Markets, Inc. has grown into a regional retailer with 15 locations, revenues of approximately $200 million, and an employee family of more than 1,200. He serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Savings Bank and its publicly-traded holding company parent, United Bancorp, Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Food Marketing Institute, an international association of food industry wholesalers and retailers, and he is a Certified Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Byron Phillips, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

has been an educator and business consultant for many years in the for-profit and the non-profit sectors. Dr. Phillips has served as a teacher, a principal, a superintendent of schools, a consultant, professor, and chair. He is a driven teacher and administrator with a passion for teaching and leading. He has conducted hundreds of seminars and presentations on topics including leadership, organizational behavior, marketing, adult education, management, professional ethics and blending on campus with on line education. Dr. Phillips developed a plan for improving teaching and leadership that is being implemented and modeled in schools throughout the country. He holds an earned Doctorate, a M.B.A., and a M.A.T. from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dr. Phillips has earned numerous certificates in education, including Elementary and Secondary Teaching Certificates, and Principal and Superintendent Certificates. He was lead teacher and area Chair of the College of Humanities at the Pittsburgh Campus of University of Phoenix. He teaches on-campus and on-line at University of Phoenix in the College of Humanities, College of Business, and College of Education.

Sara Sweeney, M.Ed.

Highlands Campus Manager

is the current Director of the Office of Graduate Studies and Campus Manager for the West Liberty University Highlands Center. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from WLU, a Masters of Education in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American Intercontinental University, and is working on her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Prior tshe served as an Area Coordinator for WLU Housing and Residence Life. 

Kristine Yeater, JD.

Adjunct Professor

is an Adjunct Professor with the BLA Program at West Liberty University, teaching Legal Issues in Organizational Leadership and Administration. She has several years of federal service with the Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Kristine works in the Appellate Division doing legal research, legal writing, and editing briefs that are filed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has experience in the Civil Division responding to the Petitions of federal prisoners for the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Kristine is originally from Washington, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in Political and Economic Philosophy, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Kristine received her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, graduating Cum Laude, and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.

Camille Donnelly, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

earned her Doctorate from Michigan State University in Adult Learning and Higher Education with related specialties in Organizational Leadership, Counseling, Psychology and Systems Development. Her undergraduate and graduate teaching experience spans four decades, including teaching at Michigan State Univ., Western Michigan Univ., Aquinas College and the WLU School of Professional Studies. In addition to her academic background, Camille is the Founder/Owner of Donnelly Leadership Counseling and has offered professional and executive leadership seminars to the United Auto Workers Political Leadership, American Society for Quality Control, Human Resource Professionals, International Partners of the Americas, Belize Tourism Industry Association, General Motors Corporation, and Amway Corporation. She was also a member of the United Nations award winning team project to empower female leaders in the Caribbean. Dr. Donnelly has published articles regarding multi-generational family businesses in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, the Michigan Manufacturers Association Enterprise Journal, and the Materials Handling Equipment Distributors Association Journal.

David Cross

Adjunct Professor

has a varied career as a teacher, professor, audiologist, city solicitor, prosecuting attorney and a private practice attorney. He earned his B.A. from West Liberty and went on to complete an M.S. in Speech Pathology at West Virginia University. His Juris Doctorate (J.D.) was also awarded by WVU. He was a high school teacher, a speech pathologist for Ohio County (WV) Schools, and an Associate Professor of Speech for 6 years. Then, after completing his J.D., he was City Solicitor of Wellsburg, and the Brooke County Assistant and ultimately Prosecuting Attorney for more than 20 years. With Professor Jimmy Lee, Professor Cross established in Brooke County, the first WV Victims Assistance Program, the first Community Service Program, first Drug Court Program in WV, and the first Mental Health Court Program in WV. He and his bride Terri have been married since 1964.

Larry Driscoll, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

earned his B.A. and M.A. in the Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Doctorate from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where his dissertation focused on the theory of detection and deception in white collar crime. He has also earned certifications in polygraph and statement analysis, and behavior analysis. He has more than 20 published academic articles and professional presentations and has been an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Wheeling Jesuit University for more than 20 years. In addition, Dr. Driscoll has taught at Penn St. Univ. and the Indiana Univ. of PA. Outside of higher education, he has worked for Dale Systems Industrial Security, served many times as an expert witness in State and Federal Courts, and is an Honorary Fellow in the Lingusitic Investigative Analysis Society. Larry also served for two years in-country during the Vietnam War. He holds black belts in Judo and Tae Kwon Do and a 2-Stripe Blue Belt in Jujitsu. He is married with two grown children.

James Lee

Adjunct Professor

is a retired Chief Probation Officer for the First Circuit Court, WV, which covers Hancock, Brooke and Ohio Counties.  Jim graduated from West Liberty State College with a B.A. degree in Social Science, and earned Master’s Degrees from the Univ. of Dayton in Counseling (MSEd) and from Marshall Univ. in Leadership Studies.  Professor Lee has taught at Jefferson Community College (Adjunct  Prof. of Corrections), Marshall Univ. Graduate College (Adjunct Prof. of Counseling), Wheeling Jesuit University (Adjunct Prof. of Criminal Justice), Bethany College and the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. He has instituted a number of community correction programs, such as: the first Drug/DUI/Mental Health/Reentry/Veterans Courts and the Lee Day Report Center.   These are just a few examples of his very many efforts to improve the criminal justice system.   Jim is a decorated Vietnam War Vet, having received the Bronze Star and 3 Purple Heart Medals.  He is married to the former Linda Pizi and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.