Lubar Faculty and Staff

Office of the Dean
Lubar Hall N418

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar
School of Business
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201

(414) 229-4235
(414) 229-6957


One of the advantages of the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business urban location is it's ability to attract top business leaders into the classroom to share their expertise and experience. The graduate programs benefit immensely from the participation of these resource persons who bring their experience and business insights into the classroom.

Terri L. Desris

As the CPA-In Residence, Ms. Desris will be available for one-on-one sessions with accounting majors to discuss such matters as CPA exam preparation and timing;  various career options in accounting including: public accounting (large vs. small firms) with a specialization  in audit, tax or consulting;  various industries including small, medium and large corporations, public companies, for-profit vs. not for profit, etc.; and personal benchmarks as you finish your education and then  five, ten and fifteen years into your career.

In assisting accounting students with their career options, Ms Desris will draw from her more than 35 years experience. Ms. Desris is a retired audit partner from KPMG specializing in healthcare, higher education and related organizations. While at KPMG, Ms Desris was in charge of recruiting students at college campuses. Prior to joining KPMG, Ms. Desris worked in industry for eight years. She currently serves on the Audit and Finance Committees of the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee.

Leonard J. Goldstein
tel: 414-229-3876

As the Harley-Davidson Executive-in-Residence, Mr. Goldstein mentors business students seeking career advice.

Retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Miller Brewing Company, Mr. Goldstein has been active in several community and civic organizations including the Southeastern Wisconsin Blood Center, Greater Milwaukee Committee, and the Milwaukee Redevelopment Commission. Presently, Mr. Goldstein is on the advisory board of Froedert Hospital and is active on the board of Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi, a college preparatory boarding school for disadvantaged students from lower socioeconomic areas in the United States.

James H. Hunter III
Bostrom Entrepreneur-in-Residence
tel: 414-550-1711

Mr. Hunter earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Purdue University, and his MBA from Harvard University. As a Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he has taught entrepreneurship courses using the case study technique and hosting many guest lecturers including attorneys, bankers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Hunter has eleven years of experience in executive capacities with large companies, and twenty-six years of experience as an advocate for small businesses. He is currently the president of three companies, vice-president of four companies, and director of nine companies. He has served as a mentor to the founders of start-up businesses and owners of company buyouts. Mr. Hunter's professional activities include past president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Wisconsin, certified management consultant and past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, and a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.

Jill Pelisek Executive-in-Residence
Operations & Strategic Management
tel: 414-229-4235

Ms. Pelisek is involved in comprehensive range of mentoring activities, with particular emphasis on students of color,. She interacts with business and non-profit organizations to provide expertise and and support for a number mentoring programs that assist students within the Lubar School, particularly students of color, with professional and career development. She also lends her expertise to special events and activities that enhance the professional development of students and alumni. Ms. Pelisek is the former vice president of the First Wisconsin National Bank of Milwaukee (now Firstar). She is active in numerous community organizations, including the UWM Foundation, Columbia Health System, Zoological Society, Nature Conservancy, Childrens Service Society, Wisconsin Arts Board, Very Special Arts-Wisconsin, GMC-Arts Committee, and the Eisner Museum Advisory Board.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith joined the Lubar School as an Executive-in-Residence in the fall of 2012. In this role, he is actively involved in advising students pursuing careers in the financial services industry as well as working with the Finance and Management Department faculty by adding real world business lessons to their curriculum. In addition, Greg teaches undergraduate business courses at UWM in Financial Institutions (455) and Management Analysis (600).

Prior to joining UWM, Greg served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation and M&I Bank from 2006 until the company was sold to BMO Financial in 2011. In that role, Greg worked closely with many key constituencies, including shareholders, employees, business line managers, customers, and regulators. Organizationally, Greg’s primary responsibilities covered accounting, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, capital management, tax, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining M&I, Greg held progressively senior roles during a 16 year Wall Street career. Among the firms he worked for are Credit Suisse First Boston, UBS, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Shearson Lehman Hutton. Greg is an honors graduate of both Princeton University (1985) and The University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business (1990).