CBFA Leadership

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CBFA is led by a board consisting of CBFA members.  The board is responsible for the following:

  1. Upholding the mission and bylaws of the Association.

  2. Representing and acting for the Association in any matters relating to the purposes of this organization.

  3. Overseeing the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic plan.

  4. Defining and creating positions and assigning tasks and responsibilities as specified in the Bylaws and the Strategic Plan.


The Board of Directors has the authority to define positions and assign tasks and responsibilities as appropriate as well as the to define specific roles and responsibilities for members of the Executive Committee and for individual directors.

Each year nominations are accepted for new members.  Election of new members happens at the annual conference.  Officer positions include: Chair, Chair-Elect, Past Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Board members also serve as the Program Chair, Director of Publications, Director of Conferences and Director of Marketing.


Dr. Melanie Peddicord, Chair (2022)

Melanie Peddicord has been an accounting faculty member in the Falls School of Business at Anderson University (IN) since 2011 and has served as the assistant director for the DBA program since 2018.  After graduating with a BA in Accounting from Anderson University in 1994, Dr. Peddicord worked several years for the Big 4 public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP in Indianapolis where her audit clients included health-care, insurance, retail, and not-for-profit organizations. For the next 15 years, she held several positions in the financial management department at The Finish Line, Inc., most recently as the manager of financial reporting.


Dr. Peddicord has a DBA from Anderson University with a concentration in accounting and is an active CPA. In addition to serving on the CBFA board, she is also currently on the board of a non-profit organization in Indianapolis and is a member of the Indiana CPA Society Ethics Committee.  She and her husband, Todd, have three children.


Dr. John Duncan, Chair-Elect (2023)

John Duncan is the Dean for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at North Greenville University. He has served CBFA over 20 years in a number of positions including board member, vice-chair, chair and past chair. He has also been a reviewer, presenter and session moderator for the CBFA annual conferences.


John holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and he received a Ph.D. in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.


He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in South Carolina and a Certified Kingdom Advisor®. Dr. Duncan’s prior academic leadership roles include serving as Associate Dean at Anderson University, Dean at Charleston Southern University, Dean and Director of the Church Finance Institute at William Carey University, and Department Chair at Mississippi College.

John is married to the former Susan Ganann of Carthage, Mississippi and they have two adult sons, Daniel and Drew.


Dr. Terry Truitt, Past Chair (2021)

Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, coupled with seven years of practical experience with Zale Corporation, prepared Dr. Truitt for an exciting career at Anderson University. Undergraduate majors in accounting, economics, and management, along with his professional designation as a certified management accountant, provide him a strong technical base for business education. Earning an MBA from the University of North Alabama in 1986, Dr. Truitt completed a doctoral program in finance at Mississippi State University in 1996. He served as a finance and economics professor prior to serving as the MBA director. Dr. Truitt has served as dean for the Falls School of Business since 2003.


Terry Truitt served as a faculty member at Anderson University from 1995 until 2020 and serves as the CEO of the Flagship Enterprise at Anderson and teaches as an adjunct professor.

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Dr. Melanie Timmerman, Secretary (2023)

Dr. Melanie Timmerman is the Dean and Professor of Business for the Jetter School of Professional Studies at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  She earned her BA and MBA degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene and a JD in Law from Capital University Law School.

Melanie has extensive professional experience in law as well as in teaching.  She has also co-authored several publications and presentations.  


Dr. Margie LaShaw, Treasurer (2021)

Dr. Margie LaShaw joined the economics and business department at Whitworth University in 1988 where she stayed until her retirement in 2017. She retired as an Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Whitworth. Her primary teaching area was in accounting, but she also taught management courses during her tenure.


Even in retirement, Dr. LaShaw continues to serve CBFA. She also enjoys spending time and serving as the office manager and accountant on her husband’s and her farm in the state of Washington.


Dr. Ryan Ladner, Director of Marketing (2022)

Ryan Ladner serves as Associate Professor of Marketing and Department Head of Graduate Business at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. Dr. Ladner has a D.B.A. from George Fox University, a M.A. from Liberty University, a M.B.A. from Mississippi College, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Dr. Robert L. (Lenie) Holbrook, Program Chair (2023)

Lenie Holbrook is an associate professor in the Management Department at Ohio University, where he has served since 2000. Prior to that, he spent three years at the University of Central Arkansas. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Science from Union University, an M.B.A. (Management) from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. (Business Administration) from the University of Illinois.


Holbrook teaches courses in management, organizational behavior, decision making, and creativity. His early research focused on organizational justice with publications in Social Justice Research, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management Review. More recently, his interests focus on pedagogy and leadership with publications in the Journal of Management Education and Management Teaching Review. He has also published a variety of teaching-related supplements with John Wiley.


Holbrook is an active member of Lancaster First Baptist Church, where he leads a young adult life group and serves on the finance committee. He and his wife, Susan, have been happily married for more than 30 years. They have a son, Adam, who is pursuing a ministry degree at Union University.”


Dr. Andy Borchers, Director of Publications (2023)

Before moving to Lipscomb in 2011, Borchers spent 20 years in the auto industry and taught at Lawrence Technological University and Kettering University in Michigan. His teaching and research interests cover a broad range of computing and business subjects including supply chain management, enterprise systems, analytics, databases, environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Borchers has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, including a number of case studies. He serves on the boards of the Society for Case Research and the Christian Business Faculty Association. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cases on Information Technology and editor of the Journal of Critical Incidents. Borchers has also served as a commissioner for the Computer Accrediting Commission of ABET. He is active as a church elder and works with church planters.


Dr. Julia Underwood, Director of Conferences (2022)

Dr. Underwood, is a professor in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Business and Management. Her specialty areas include assessing the impact of feedback and follow-up on customer satisfaction, and identifying and amending failure traits within women. Her industry experience with corporations such as BizBuyer.com and George S. May International enhance her expertise in the areas of the advancement of women in business, customer satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Underwood earned a Ph.D. and an MS in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a BA in speech communications from California State University, Fullerton.


Dr. Troy Bethards (2021)

Dr. Troy Bethards serves as the Dean for the Southwest Baptist University College of Business and Computer Science. He earned a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from SBU, an M.B.A. in Finance frrom Missouri State University and a D.B.A. in Finance from Anderson University. Prior to pursuing a career in higher education, Dr. Bethards worked as an Investment Advisor Representative, a Commodities Broker and a Mutual Funds Representative.


In 2008, he received the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguised Teacher Award at SBU and in 2015, he received the life Beautiful Award.


Dr. Bethards is affiliated with ACBSP and has been an evaluator since 2015. He has also served as an external program evaluator for three different institutions. His involvement with CBFA began in 2003.



Dr. Anita Satterlee (2022)

Anita Satterlee is the Dean for the College of Online Programs within the College of Business at Liberty University. She has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty, an M.A., from Webster and a B.S. from Southern Florida College.


Prior to transitioning into academics, Anita worked as a district manager for a hardware chain in southern Florida where she had oversight of 20 stores. She was also on staff at the U.S. Army War College before going to Liberty.


Dr. Trish Berg (2023)

With a BA and an MBA, Trish strategically decided to focus her DBA in management as a student at Anderson University. Since graduating in 2015, her research focus has been on positive psychology, resiliency, and leadership. She currently teaches full-time at Walsh University in Ohio, adjuncts for JBU in Arkansas, and teaches Best Practices in College Teaching for Anderson University's DBA program every other year.  Prior to embarking on her full-time teaching career in 2009, she was a stay-at-home mom and adjunct professor for 17 years.  She also worked as a newspaper columnist, in real estate and banking, and is an author of two books on motherhood and co-author to many more. 

In 2019, Trish received the CBFA Teaching Award. She and her husband Mike live on their 200-acre beef cattle farm in Ohio.  They have four adult children, two in college and two currently launching their own careers.


Dr. Brad Gatlin (2023)

Dr. Brad Gatlin joined the faculty of John Brown University in 2016 as Associate Professor of Management. He is currently serving as Department Chair for Undergraduate Business and Associate Dean of the Soderquist College of Business. Prior to his move to Northwest Arkansas, Dr. Gatlin served at Bryan College in Tennessee, where he held positions as Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. He has a B.S. and MBA from Bryan College and a D.B.A. in Management from Anderson University (IN).


Dr. Gatlin teaches courses in the management department including strategic management, production and operations management, and project management. He holds certifications from the Project Management Institute and is a certified Scrum Master. He is currently serving on the board of the Christian Business Faculty Association.

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CBFA Standing Committees

CBFA has five standing committees, which include:

  • Nominating Committee

  • Awards Committee

  • Accounting Oversight Committee

  • Investment Committee

  • Strategic Planning Committee