Meet Your Program Faculty
Greg Bertsch, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Antimicrobial Materials, Inc., a biotech company developing new disease-fighting compounds. He also serves as a faculty member within the USD Beacom School of Business Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Throughout his career, Greg has held leadership positions with private sector companies including Ford Motor Co., The Behr Group, and Adams Thermal Systems, and worked extensively with Lean Six Sigma methods. Much of Greg’s experience has focused on biomedical and automotive industries. Greg’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering.
Matthew Heard, M.B.A., was a long-term care facility administrator before coming to the University of South Dakota as a budget specialist in the finance office. He was bitten by the teaching bug and began his current role of teaching accounting and finance courses at the Beacom School of Business in 2018. Matt’s expertise includes using financial information for strategic decision making, developing budgets, and preparing financial statements for highly regulated complex organizations.
Michelle M. LaVallee, M.B.A., is a seasoned, senior-level strategist with experience in six industry verticals including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, and banking. She led the University of South Dakota’s rebranding efforts as vice president of student services and chief marketing officer. Marketing, brand messaging, strategic planning, crisis communications, issues management, growth strategies and customer experience are core competencies. She has held extensive leadership positions throughout the community and currently serves on the boards of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the USD Beacom School of Business Advisory Council, and the Downtown Sioux Falls Marketing Committee. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Beacom School of Business Executive Education.
Stephanie McGovern, MAIR, is an adjunct instructor at the Beacom School of Business Executive Education. She works with individuals andorganizations in a variety of industries to access the untapped potential of leaders and teams, improve individual and team performance, increase trust levels between groups and with leadership, and improve customer satisfaction. Stephanie’s collaborative approach, practical orientation and sense of humor make her easy and enjoyable to work with. In addition, she finds cost-effective ways for teams and leaders to improve results.
Emily Paulson, M.B.A., is an instructor of marketing at the Beacom School of Business. Her previous work experience includes business strategy and marketing in various industries, ranging from healthcare, web and digital marketing to hospitality. Coupled with her experience in theater and improvisation comedy, her teaching style engages students and translates into actionable insights. Her research interests include integrated marketing strategy and communications.