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Business Faculty Profiles

Saturday, November 18, 2017

vondra Vondra Armstrong, BS, MBA, EdD

Dr. Vondra Armstrong is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She has established her role as an educator while fulfilling her purpose as a full-time business instructor at University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) in Little Rock, AR. She received a doctoral degree in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a concentration in Faculty Development. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN. She boasts of seasoning her life with experiences that accompanied career enrichment as she held positions as an Insurance Underwriter, Risk Management Analyst, Risk Manager, Program Manager and Finance Manager, Accounting Clerk and Bank teller. All of these endeavors preceded her current position as an educator. She is humbled to have received the Susan K. Reid teaching excellence award from UA-PTC and the Outstanding Faculty Award from AATYC. Dr. Vondra currently serves on the Arkansas Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. She has served as past President for the Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education (ACWHE) and UA-PTC chapter of the Arkansas Association of Women in Two-Year Colleges (AAWTYC) She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a public service organization where she has served as Chaplain, Financial Secretary, and Assistant Treasurer. Dr. Vondra’s desire is to show students that they can have an understanding of business that transcends into other aspects of their day-to-day life.

robert Robert Coates, BA, MBA, MSA

Mr. Coates, is a native of the Natural State of Arkansas. He has been married for 20 years and has four children who definitely keep him busy. He enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and sports. Mr. Coates currently holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Masters of Business Administration, and Masters of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University. He has been teaching with University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College as an Adjunct since fall 2007 and recently transitioned to Full-time faculty in fall 2013. Mr. Coates worked in the areas of Accounting, Banking, and Finance for approximately 20 years in a diverse range of capacities. He has a passion for education and looks for opportunities to develop students within the online and traditional learning environment.

kent Kent Douglas, MBA

Mr. Douglas, is an Instructor of Business. He teaches Business Ethics, Office Management, Intro to Business, and Economics. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Finance. His undergraduate degree was earned at the University of the Ozarks, where he had a double-major of Management and Business Administration. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Douglas worked for the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. After two years, he left for the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where he was a Public Utility Auditor for 10 years. From there it was to the Arkansas Department of Education, where he managed the Loans & Bonds Section. After that he entered the private sector as Vice-President of Public Finance at Morgan Keegan and Company, Inc., a large investment banking firm. He also had stints as a financial advisor before coming to Pulaski Tech. In his spare time, Mr. Douglas enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid golfer and tennis player.

April Hearne April Hearne, MSE

Mrs. Hearne, is an Instructor of Entrepreneurship. She teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Markets and Consumers, Professional Selling/Advertising, Feasibility and Funding, and Small Business Management. She is originally from Missouri and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Systems, later returning to get her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Management from Arkansas State University. During the next several years, she worked in the corporate finance sector while attending graduate school in the evenings and earned her Master’s degree in Business Technology from ASU. Her past small business experience includes owning a lawn care and landscaping business, an online retail shop and a small rental property business. Mrs. Hearne is a member the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs, the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, and the American Marketing Association. Mrs. Hearne’s goal for each of her students is for them to have a better understanding of how to open, run and start their own business rather than work for someone else.

Deborah Huber Deborah Huber, BAAS
Ms. Huber, is an instructor in the Medical Office Technology program. She teaches Medical Office Technology, Medical Transcription, and Medical Terminology I and II. She is originally from Oklahoma and earned her Medical Office Technology certificate and her Associate’s degree in Business Education from Western Oklahoma State College. She then completed her Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science degree in English Education at Texas A&M International University. During this time, Ms. Huber worked as a medical transcriptionist and insurance clerk in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon graduation, Ms. Huber taught 9th-12th grade English in both public and private schools, and continued working part-time as a medical transcriptionist. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing and finding new ways make her classes more meaningful for students. Ms. Huber would like to see each student in the Medical Office Technology program graduate with the skills needed to obtain employment in that field.

Lindsay Kullenberg Lindsay Kullenberg, MBA

Mrs. Kullenberg, is an Instructor of Business. She teaches Business Communications, Introduction to Business, Human Relations, Business Organization and Management, etc. She is originally from Central Arkansas and earned her Bachelors degree in International Business from Arkansas State University. Upon graduation, she transferred back to Little Rock where she worked in the banking industry. She then went to work for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a project manager for several years. In the meantime, she earned her Masters degree in Business Administration from Harding University. Mrs. Kullenberg is a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, the Phi Beta Lamda professional division, and the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship. In her free time, she likes to volunteer, read, go to the movies, exercise, and be outdoors. Mrs. Kullenberg’s goal as an instructor is to have each student complete her class with the ability to communicate professionally, both written and orally and to have competent knowledge of what it takes to be an efficient and effective manager.

John Price John Price, MBA, MOS 2010

Mr. Price, is an Instructor of Business in the Office Technology Program. He teaches many of the Microsoft Office technology courses including Introduction to Word Processing, Advanced Word Processing, Spreadsheet Analysis with Excel, Advanced Excel, Database Management with Access, PowerPoint, Microcomputer Computer Applications I, and the Office Technology Capstone course. He has also previously taught Computer Concepts, Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Business, and Introduction to COBOL Programming. As a native Arkansan, he has lived in central Arkansas for much of his life. At an early age, computer technology and its capabilities became one of his hobbies. He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from the University of Central Arkansas. He continued his education at The University of Mississippi where he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Following college, he pursued a variety of jobs including computer programming and Web site design. Mr. Price is a member of the Phi Beta Lambda professional division, the professional level of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ann and family, cooking, computer tech projects, model railroading, and home repair. Mr. Price’s goals for each student are to understand how computer technology continues to make an impact in today’s society, to benefit from the hands-on skills they learn in his classes, to inquire why certain tasks are performed to achieve particular outcomes.

Rebecca Sterling Rebecca Sterling, BSE, M.Ed.

Mrs. Sterling, is an instructor and Co-Department Chair in the Business Division at University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College. She teaches Keyboarding I and II, Business Ethics and Administrative Office Procedures. Mrs. Sterling has an extensive background in technology training and adult education. Mrs. Sterling has two Associate degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Arkansas. Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Mrs. Sterling worked in the legal offices of Compton, Prewett, Thomas & Hickey, P.A., in El Dorado, Arkansas and later for Lewis, Mitchell and Garnett, P.A., in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Prior to joining University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College, Mrs. Sterling worked as a Deputy Clerk, Courtroom Deputy, Case Coordinator, Electronic Sound Recorder, Deputy in Charge and Training Manager for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Notable is her over 20 years’ work with the State and Federal Courts in Arkansas. Mrs. Sterling is member of the Phi Beta Lamda professional division and co-advisor to the paralegal students. Currently, she is devoted to teaching online and in the classroom. Mrs. Sterling has a great passion for helping students succeed. She is determined to uncover the secrets of how successful people and organizations communicate and she has a special interest in how people fit into society, their relationships and their work and she believes that the road to the success is to never give up trying.

Cathy Underwood Cathy Underwood, JD

Mrs. Underwood, is an Instructor of Paralegal Technology. She teaches Introduction to Law, Legal Terminology, Legal Research and Writing, Ethics, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Civil Litigation. Originally from Tennessee, she migrated to Little Rock in the early 1980s and began her career in the legal field as a legal secretary for a small law firm. After working there for 10 years, she moved into a corporate legal office. During this time, she spent 13 years earning her BA in liberal arts with an emphasis in legal studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, while working full-time and raising children, most of that time as a single parent. She also obtained her PLS certification from NALS in 1988, and CLA certification from NALA in 1990. In 1997, she left full-time employment to attend law school at the UALR William Bowen School of Law, earning her juris doctorate in 2002, and then passing the bar in 2003. During law school, she worked as a freelance paralegal, served as Publications Director for the Arkansas Bar Association, and then moved to a paralegal position at Acxiom Corporation, where she remained until she finished law school. Ms. Underwood has also served as a consultant to the Arkansas Bar Association for the last 30 years, editing their handbooks and training their members on Fastcase and Arkbar Docs. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Association for Paralegal Instructors, and American Mensa, and an honorary lifetime member of the Greater Little Rock Legal Support Professionals. Before becoming an attorney, she received the Pulaski County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award in 1994 and the NALS Award of Excellence in 1996. In 2010, Ms. Underwood received the Arkansas Bar Association Golden Gavel Award, the NALS Scales of Justice Award, and the Delmar-Cengage Learning Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Underwood’s goal, as a teacher, is to help each student achieve the skills necessary to be a successful paralegal. To that end, she is also the advisor for paralegal students.