Steering Committee

The mission of the MSF Steering Committee is to advise the program office in all aspects of program operations including but not limited to: recruiting, admissions, curriculum and career services. The MS Finance program would like to acknowledge the constant support of all its Steering Committee members who seek to advance the program.


Jerry Strawser, Ph.D., ’83 & ’85
Professor and KPMG Chair in Accounting
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Mays Business School

Michael Alexander, ’10
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Mays Business School


Andy Banerjee
Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Lisa Burton, MS ’10
Director – MS Marketing Program

Kurt Felpel
Assistant Department Head, Department of Economics

Mike Graul, PhD
Senior Director of Engineering Professional Education

Timothy Jacobs, PhD
Interim Department Head of Multidisciplinary Engineering

Adam Kolasinski, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Finance

Edward White
Executive Professor, Department of Finance and Former Senior VP & CFO, Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Chris Wilson, CFA, CMT ’88
Executive Professor, Department of Finance and Private Investor


Ted Bland
HSE & Land Owner Relations, Stonegate Production Company, LLC (Retired)

Lemar Brown
New Business Development, Royal Dutch Shell (Retired)

Mike Early
Economic Analysis Consultant / Corporate Business Development, Chevron

Kevin Foreman, MSF ’15
Financial Analyst, Nutrabolt
Founding President, MSF Society

Rush Harvey, CMT, CAIA
Director of Investments, Texas A&M Foundation

Natalie Kassenyeva, MSF ’99, CFA, PRM
Director & Former President, CFA Society of Houston

David Keller, CMT
President, Sierra Alpha Research LLC
Former Managing Director of Research, Fidelity Investments
Former President, Chartered Market Technician (CMT) Association

James McClure ’86 & ’90
CEO (retired), Navajo Nation Oil & Gas Company

Lauren Minch, BBA/MSF ’00, CFA, CPA
Institutional Development Director, Wiley Efficient Learning
Board Member, CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth

James Pappas, MSF ’04
Managing Member, JCP Investment Management

Scott Slater, ’88
Managing Director, Emerald Bay Investment Management LLC

Kelli Walter, CPA ’11
Senior Vice President, Partners Capital

Jim Whiddon, CFP®, MSFS
CEO & Founder, The Old School