College of Business

MBA Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff who teach and support the MBA Program at CSU, Chico.

Dr. R. Mitch Casselman


Dr. Casselman teaches the capstone Seminar in Strategic Management & Administration Policy (BADM 693) course, an MBA Elective course Management of Creativity and Innovation (MGMT 650) course and an International Management class with an international study trip in the MBA program.

Dr. R. Mitch Casselman is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at California State University, Chico.  Dr. Casselman received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and before that spent more than 15 years in various senior management roles in the technology industry in Ottawa, Canada. 

Mitch has broad teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, where he typically teaches courses on strategic management, innovation and international management.  He has also taught in various locations around the world such as Australia, China, Italy, Panama, as well as in New York and California. 

He has recently developed an international business course for CSU, Chico graduate and undergraduate students that culminates in a 10 day international trip to visit industry leaders and their corporate facilities.  In Fall 2019 the class went to Lima, Peru and Mitch plans to teach the class again in Fall 2020.

Dr. Matt Meuter


Director, MBA Program
Professor of Marketing

Dr. Matt Meuter received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Arizona State University.  He teaches in the undergraduate program and commonly teaches Services Marketing, Strategic Marketing, and Marketing Research. He has been the Director of the MBA program since fall 2014 and has been at Chico State since fall 2001.   

Dr. Katie Mercurio

katie mercurio

Dr. Mercurio teaches the Seminar in Strategic Marketing (MKTG 673) course in the MBA program.

Dr. Mercurio is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the College of Business at California State University, Chico.  Dr. Mercurio received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and before that worked in the marketing department at Nestle USA in Southern California.  She worked on projects in their Confections & Snacks Division, Beverage Division, and Infant Nutrition Division.  She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles and taught in the evening MBA program at California State University, Northridge.   She was at the University of Oregon for 6 years and joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2018.  She has recently developed a new Brand Strategy course at CSU, Chico.

Dr. Arash Negahban

Professor Negahban

Dr. Negahban teaches the Business Analytics (BSIS 610) course, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing (MINS 526), and several of the EIS elective courses in the MBA program. 

Dr. Arash Negahban is an assistant professor of information systems at the College of Business at California State University, Chico. He received his Ph.D. in Business from the University of North Texas, holds an MBA in management, and a Bachelor of Science in computer software engineering.

Arash has several years of experience working in the industry as a software engineer, application developer, systems and business analyst, IT project manager, and information systems manager in several IT companies. His research interests include social media and business analytics, mobile technology. 

Bonnie Persons, JD, MBA, MSM


Dr. Persons teaches the Seminar in Leadership, Global Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility (MGMT 647) course in the MBA program. 

Ms. Bonnie B. Persons holds a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, a Master’s of Science in Management degree from Krannert School of Business at Purdue University, and a Master's of Business Administration from TIAS School of Business, at Tilberg University (The Netherlands).  

Bonnie Persons has leveraged her experience as a business lawyer to serve on a number of boards of directors.  She achieved the designation of Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Further, she has also held leadership positions in academic professional institutions including having served as the President of the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  She divides her time between Silicon Valley and Chico.  In addition, Bonnie is focusing on support for the community on rebuilding in the aftermath of the devastating Camp Fire.  

Christine Ponce

christine ponce

Administrative Support, MBA Program
Business Student Advising and Services

Ms. Christine Ponce joined the MBA Advising team in 2020. She provides administrative support to the MBA Director and MBA Advisors to keep application and admission materials organized. She earned a Bachelor's in Art with the option in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking from CSU, Chico. She started with the Business Student Advising Office in 2019.

Nicole Newton

Nicole Newton

Academic Advisor, MBA Program
Business Student Advising and Services

Ms. Nicole Newton joined the MBA Advising team in 2020 and works with students in the campus and online MBA programs. Nicole holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU, Chico and a Master’s degree in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Mr. Tom Wilder, MBA

Mr. Tom Wilder

Mr. Wilder teaches Strategic Information Systems Management (BSIS 620) which is required in the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) MBA degree.  He also teaches several of the EIS elective courses for the MBA program.   

Tom Wilder is Executive Director of the SAP University Competence Center (UCC) and Lecturer in the Business Information Systems Department in the College of Business at California State University, Chico. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from CSU, Chico.

A faculty member since January 1997, Tom is a Stanford Certified Project Manager, an SAP Certified Associate, and a certified SAP TS410 and TERP10 instructor. In addition to his teaching, he also writes curriculum for the SAP University Alliance program and teaches faculty members from other institutions how to use SAP in the classroom. He is globally known for his knowledge within SAP systems which include SD, MM, PP, FICO, QM and PS. As the Executive Director of the UCC, he meets regularly with his counter parts from around the world.

Dr. Christine Witt

Dr. Christine Witt

Dr. Witt teaches the Operations, Planning & Execution (OSCM 607) course in the MBA program. 

Dr. Christine Witt is an Assistant Professor in the Business Information Systems Department with a PhD in Technology from Purdue University. Her primary areas of teaching are business process integration, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Operations and Supply Chain Management. As a certified SAP Business Consultant in ERP Integration of Business Processes and a Level Two Certified ERPsim Instructor and Trainer, she uses her experience to create real-world experiences in the classroom whether they are virtual or face-to-face.

Her publications are in the areas of lean process improvement, Twitter sentiment analysis, learner-centered teaching, simulation learning, and flipped classroom instruction. She has taught in higher education for eleven years and worked on four different campuses (including Central Michigan University, Purdue University, Humboldt State University, and Chico State).

Marsha Lauck, MBA

Marsha Lauck

Marsha Lauck teaches the seminar in Financial Accounting (ACCT 615) course in the MBA Program. 

Marsha Lauck worked in large multi-national firms (oil industry, residential services, marine industry, and the food industry) in the mid-west for over 25 years prior to relocating to California and teaching at CSU Chico.  She was the financial officer responsible for implementing Sarbanes Oxley within a decentralized Fortune 1000 company. Her experience has been in the financial areas of internal audit, financial analysis, budgets, and corporate consolidation. 

Marsha has been teaching since 2011 and has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a CPA. She also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Dr. Jeff W. Trailer, Ph.D., SCPM

Dr. Jeff Trailer

Dr. Trailer teaches the Seminar in Project Management (MGMT 644) course for the Option in Project Management in the MBA Program. 

Dr. Trailer is a Professor of Management System Dynamics in the Department of Management, College of Business, at the California State University, Chico and a Senior Partner with Castle-Side Partners. Dr. Trailer has served on the faculty since 2001 teaching strategic management and project management. He has had an active consulting practice for 20 years, involving a range of industries including Banking, Farming, Transportation Systems, Plastic Injection Molding, Steel Works, Brewery and Winery. Consulting projects focus on strategic planning and managing complex systems. 

He has served on the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms for the last 10 years and currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee. Dr. Trailer is co-author of the following books: ‘Economics of Strategy’ Instructor’s Manual. Wiley & Sons. 2006, Essentials of Project Control, Publisher: PMI (Project Management Institute), 1999.  Project Leadership: From Theory to Practice, PMI, 1998. Leadership Skills for Project Managers, PMI, 1998.   

Dr. Trailer received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Naval Science and Business Administration from Oregon State University, attended the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officers’ School in Coronado (serving active duty USN in 1985-88), an M.B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Houston, at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, received a certificate in applying the system dynamics method for managing complexity, and at Stanford University, completed the Advanced Project Management Program, receiving the certification S.C.P.M. (Stanford Certified Project Manager).