Faculty Briefs


Leeza Bacon, Health Care Management department chair, Midland, studied the Swedish Health Care System through a study abroad program. While in Sweden, she made healthcare visits to primary care facilities, elderly care homes, hospitals, the government system, and Red Cross refugee care. She studied numerous topics that affect healthcare in Sweden and compared these issues to those affecting healthcare in the United States. This information will be incorporated into her Health Care Management courses this fall.  


Melodie Davis- Bundrage, Ph.D., Fashion Marketing and Management department chair and assistant professor, Midland, completed her dissertation, "Merchandising Health Interventions: Black Women's Beliefs and Intentions Toward Natural and Organic Beauty Products." She has several other projects in the works, including a book chapter in the Costume Society of America Head Hair Issue, “Black Women's Hair Politics Impact on Bodily Health” under review. Her work appeared in the International Textile and Apparel Association conference paper, "Health Disparities, Environmental Racism and Natural Beauty Products: Examining Beliefs and Health-Promoting Behaviors of Black Women.” She participated in a seminar session at the conference titled, "Inequalities Around Fashioned Bodies, Style, and Beauty: A Seminar Examining Social Injustices Related to the Apparel Industry, Discipline, and/ or Personal Aesthetics.” Dr. Davis- Bundrage also submitted a study to the Journal of Black Studies, titled “Race and Eco-Cosmetics: An Analysis of Black Women's Health Beliefs Influence on Purchase Intentions of Natural Products.”


Stephanie VonFintel, CPA, brings familiarity with Northwood and the Midland community to her new position as Assistant Professor of Accounting. As a student at Northwood, Stephanie (’03) interned in the finance departments at Arnold Center and the Midland Center for the Arts while pursuing her undergraduate degrees. She earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from Walsh College while working in the Midland office of Andrews, Hooper, Pavlik. After finishing her degree at Walsh College, Stephanie returned to the Finance Department at the Midland Center for the Arts as Assistant Controller and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Accounting Department at Northwood.

Stephanie is proud to be a part of Northwood’s faculty and looks forward to serving as Assistant Professor of Accounting. She says, “The quality of the faculty here is what initially inspired me toward a career in teaching, and it is an honor and a priviledge to serve the University that has contributed so greatly to my career success.”


Dennis R. Witherspoon, Finance department chair and associate professor, Midland, recently completed the study abroad component for his doctorate program of study in finance curriculum at Kansas State University. Dennis, along with six others, traveled to Beijing, China, for 10 days where he participated in practitioner discussions and presentations from Chinese MBA students. Dennis also presented his research titled “The Financial Domain of Life Satisfaction” to his cohort, Chinese MBA students, and faculty. While in Beijing Dennis also visited the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.