At Antioch University New England, social, ecological, and economic justice matter
AUNE’s MBA in Sustainability attracts students with diverse backgrounds: seasoned executives, midcareer professionals, entrepreneurs, and recent graduates. They come from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit corporations. Some work full time while going to school. Others come in the beginning stages of their careers. Their common thread is a desire to make a positive impact.
The wide range of professional and academic backgrounds of our students enriches the classroom discussions. No matter their background, our students leave as competitive MBA graduates with the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of a global economy.
The MBA program fosters participation and interaction, and students are expected to assume responsibility for the direction of their learning. They find the community support they need to examine themselves and experiment with new behaviors and skills. Our students learn to lead with their heads and their hearts. Students report that Antioch University New England’s influence on their lives is both immediate and lasting.
- Our cohort approach fosters collaboration through team-based, hands-on learning. Cohorts fine-tune communication, facilitation, and leadership skills through small group work. Students learn to navigate group dynamics and to leverage the power of teams.
- Small class size enhances personal interaction. The collegiate atmosphere of our cohort model fosters strong relationships and enables engaging discussions.
- Join our learning community, a supportive environment enriched by the unique experiences of our diverse student and faculty body.
- MBA students are assigned an academic advisor for their entire program.
- Advisors assists students in navigating the culture of graduate school, clarifying expectations of the program, communication with faculty, and overall personal, professional, and academic life balance.
- Advisors serve as mentors for students in career development.
- For many, the mentoring relationship continues beyond graduation.
- Our faculty is an interdisciplinary team of seasoned management faculty, organizational practitioners, and social and natural scientists. They are exceptional teachers and advisors dedicated to helping students achieve their individual goals while fostering a vibrant community of learners.
- Faculty share their wide-ranging interests in building sustainable futures in communities, organizations, and the natural environment.
See current directory of MBA in Sustainability Faculty & Staff with contact information. Click on the names below to see complete bios and vitae.
Robbie Hertneky, PhD, Chair & Associate Professor
Robbie brings her interests in mindfulness, leadership development, and personal and professional leadership identity to her role as Chair of the Department of Management and Associate Professor in the MBA in Sustainability Program. Her doctoral studies, teaching, and scholarship are in the field of leadership and change; in her teaching she focuses on the application of theory to practice. Robbie teaches Leadership, Ethics & Change, and as a practicum advisor, she guides students through their capstone projects, as they define, shape and carry out an independent project in a chosen area of expertise.
Taryn Fisher, DA, Assistant Professor & MBA Program Director
After working in supply chain management for blue chip firms including Fidelity Investments, The Gillette Company, and Procter & Gamble, Taryn joined AUNE as a member of the core faculty. She teaches Managerial & Financial Accounting, Finance for Socially Conscious Leaders, and Operations & Value Chain Management. Currently Taryn manages Antioch’s Sustainable Business Initiative, an effort focused on the growing B Corp movement. In addition, Taryn is the Director of AUNE’s MBA in Sustainability program and on the board of two non-profits.
Donna Mellen, EdD, Faculty Emeritus
Donna focuses on developing the human side of organizations that are successful, productive, humane, and socially and environmentally responsible. She most recently taught Teamwork & Diversity, Developing People & Performance, and Strategy, Innovation & Resilience. She consults to organizations in the areas of leadership, team, and organization development. She has worked with nonprofits, corporations, schools and colleges, and the public sector. She is particularly interested in collaborative practices that support both human well being and high performance at individual, group, and organizational levels. For several years, she worked as a trainer and consultant for the Ken Blanchard companies.
David Chase, MEd, Affiliate Faculty
Dave teaches a variety of sustainability-based courses and advises students in the Management, Education, and Environmental Studies departments at AUNE. He is the founder and principal of DRC Consulting, which provides organizational development consulting services to nonprofits and government agencies in the environmental, educational, human service, social justice, and sustainability sectors. Dave teaches Introduction to Sustainability and is a Practicum advisor in the MBA program.
David Deziel, MBA, Adjunct Faculty
Dave is the Director of PR and Communications at New England College. He is a highly experienced marketing and communications generalist with expertise in strategic marketing, branding, and marketing campaign development and execution. He has worked on behalf of businesses and nonprofits in several industries. His experience includes traditional advertising, online marketing, social media, earned media, direct mail, and sales support. Dave teaches Marketing & Communication Strategy in the MBA program.
Jason Rhoades, Adjunct Faculty
In his teaching, research, and work as a practitioner, Jason focuses on fostering grassroots engagement at the community level to create positive social and environmental outcomes. He teaches courses on political economy, sustainability, and project management in the Departments of Environmental Studies and Management. He also works as the Public Service Program Manager at AUNE and co-directs the Center for Civic Engagement. Jason’s research centers on providing meaningful opportunities for marginalized groups to engage in participatory planning and decision-making. As part of this, he works with AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience to conduct collaborative climate change adaptation projects with vulnerable populations.
Stephanie Tickner, Administrative Coordinator
As the Administrative Coordinator of the Department of Management, Stephanie manages the departmental administrative systems that help students and faculty be successful in their learning and teaching at Antioch University New England. She is responsible for updating content on the MBA webpages and sharing news and events on social media. Stephanie’s interest areas include learning how to use new computer tools to create useful and informative ways to share information and promoting the MBA program to the community. She is the volunteer webmaster for the Marlow, New Hampshire Community website and for Village Roots Permaculture in East Alstead, New Hampshire.