Our Faculty

Chuck Hannema

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Started at Bethel in 2002

Education: B.A. in Economics; Wheaton College; MBA in Finance, Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Commercial and investment banking and capital markets, with 20 years in corporate roles. His research area is in the potential of micro-loans in developing countries.

Teaching specialty: Finance

Rudy Cardona

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2013

Education: B.A. in Business Administration; St. Thomas University; MBA in Marketing, St. Thomas University; Ph.D. (ABD), Trident University

Areas of expertise: Marketing and branding with research interest in the tourism industry in Costa Rica.

Teaching specialty: Marketing and entrepreneurship

Tim Essenburg


Started at Bethel in 1989

Education:  B.A. in Economics & Finance, Covenant College; Ph.D. in Economics, University of Tennessee

Areas of expertise: The redevelopment of central city neighborhoods; publications include "Investing the Church's Social Capital in the Economy of Welfare.”

Teaching specialty: Economics

Leo Gabriel


Started at Bethel 1991

Education: B.S. in Mathematics, Grand Valley State University; M.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, Temple University; Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting, Anderson University

Areas of expertise: Tax policy, asset accumulation, and financial education for low and moderate-income families. Dissertation research examined savings by Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients in Minnesota. Other research includes studies of minority and women owned businesses, individual development accounts for low-income families, and homeownership programs for low and moderate-income families.

Teaching specialty: Accounting

Mary Ann Harris

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2005

Education: B.A. in Journalism/Advertising, University of Wisconsin, Madison; MBA, Washington University; Ph.D. in Strategic Marketing Communications, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Creativity and cognitive processing of marketing messages. Dissertation focus was the impact of storytelling advertisements on memory and emotion.

Teaching specialty: Marketing

Brian Holland

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 1984

Education: B.S. in Management and Administration, Indiana University, MBA in Managerial Finance, Indiana University

Areas of expertise: Healthcare finance, working capital issues, and consulting with small businesses.

Teaching specialty: Finance

Jeff Jacob

Assistant Professor

Started at Bethel in 2007

Education: B.A. in Economics, St. Stephens College (Delhi, India); M.A. in Economics, Delhi (India) School of Economics and Southern Methodist University; Ph.D. in Economics, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

Areas of expertise: Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include “Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study” and “Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State.”

Teaching specialty: Economics

Joyce LeMay

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2003

Education: B.S. in Food Service Administration, University of Wisconsin-Stout; MBA in Human Resource Management, Metropolitan State University. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Areas of expertise: Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA).  Professional activities include consulting top-level management on improvements to work environments based on effective human resource and business strategies.

Teaching specialty: Human resource management and entrepreneurship

Dmitri Medvedovski

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2002

Education: B.S. in Aerospace Operations, Moscow (Russia) State Technical College; M.S. in Economics, Russian State Academy of Management; Ph.D. in Applied Economics, Clemson University

Areas of expertise: Family economics and personal finance. Current working paper is "Determinants of Father-Child Time Allocation.”

Teaching specialty: Economics

Jay Milbrandt

Assistant Professor

Started at Bethel in 2013

Education: B.A. in International Business & Philosophy, Bethel University; MBA from Pepperdine University, J.D. from Pepperdine University

Areas of expertise: Intellectual property law and global justice. Authored Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time

Teaching specialty: Business law, international business and marketing

Bruce Olsen

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 1998

Education: B. A. in Business, Bethel University; MBA in Accounting, University of Minnesota. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Areas of expertise: Business combinations, personal financial planning, and financial accounting. Memberships in American Institute of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs, and Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators.

Teaching specialty: Accounting

Bethany Opsata

Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair

Started at Bethel in 2001

Education: B.A. in Business, Bethel University; M.A. in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute

Areas of expertise: Staffing, compensation, and employment law. Pursuing a Ph.D. with a specialization in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota.

Teaching specialty: Human resource management

Steve Whiting

Associate Professor

Started at Bethel in 2006

Education: B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, North Dakota State University; M.S. in Engineering Management, University of Dayton in Ohio; M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, Minnesota Graduate School of Theology; M.A. in Theological Studies, Bethel Seminary

Areas of expertise: More than 20 years of management, consulting, and information technology experience. Interested in a biblical framework for technology/engineering and business.

Teaching specialty: Entrepreneurship and information systems