RBI Faculty Council Members
Director, Responsible Business Initiative
Emily Erickson has a MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and a BS in Business Admin. from University of Redlands. Emily has 10 years of experience in sustainability, including her most recent position as sustainability manager for Happy Family Brands where she developed their sustainability strategy and achieved B Corp Certification.
Emily is leading RBI with her sustainable business expertise to create experiential learning opportunities for students that help the business community drive progress in improving their social and environmental impacts.
Emily also serves on the board of Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture whose mission is to promote local food systems that support healthy people and boost local economies.
Executive in Residence
Angeli Weller has been a passionate advocate for innovation, integrity, and inclusion in business and the capital markets through her roles in the private sector, as a business owner and as an international scholar. Currently she researches, writes and consults on compelling business ethics and responsibility issues and the business innovations that can result from them. She is the former director of ethics at KPMG, where she served as a company-wide resource on integrity and corporate responsibility and the founder of Earthpaw, a for-profit company turned social venture that now funds innovative and sustainable solutions to animal welfare concerns. Angeli has a PhD from Copenhagen Business School, where she was a Fellow with the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. Angeli also holds a BA with honors in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar.
Angeli serves on the board of directors for Saint Alphonsus Hospital Foundation and Lee Pesky Learning Center Endowment and is on the board of advisors for GoodWell and Boise State Honors College.
Alexandria (Alex) Suggs is both the Graduate Assisant for RBI and the Research and Consulting Coordinator at IBIS. She comes from a strong background of marketing and design. Through an intrinsic desire to form a career around social impact, she opted to pursue an MBA at Boise State University. As the RBI Graduate Assistant, she helped head the development of the College’s Inclusive Excellence Strategy, laying out the College’s plan for diversity and inclusion initiatives, engaging both the internal stakeholders as well as the Idaho business community. She is now becoming one of the go-to people for diversity and inclusion in Boise. She is energized by courageous conversations and operating through a design-thinking lens, engaging in a human-centered approach with empathy as a key aspect in approaching challenges.
Alex obtained a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from the College of Idaho and is currently finishing up her MBA at Boise State University.
Margarette Pierre-Louis, born and raised in Haiti, is a first-year Career Track MBA candidate at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. She graduated from the College of Idaho in May 2016 with majors in Sociology/Anthropology and Environmental Studies and minors in Business Leadership, Natural Sciences and Human Services. While at the College of Idaho, Margarette launched a “Water for Peace” project in Haiti. The goal of this project is to promote peace through providing clean and safe drinking water to residents of a remote region in Haiti. Prior to coming to Idaho, Margarette studied Farm Management at the United World College (UWC) Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. After obtaining her degrees from the College of Idaho, Margarette worked at Wells Fargo as a personal banker for approximately one year.
Margarette’s long-term goal is to create a sustainable enterprise that will be socially, economically and environmentally beneficial to the world. She is delighted be part of the Responsible Business Initiative team.
John Bernardo, is an executive in residence at the College of Business and Economics (COBE). He works with COBE’s Responsible Business Initiative and as a sustainability strategist at Idaho Power. John describes sustainability as a three-legged stool where the business, and its profits, are the seat. The legs – all the same length – are financial, environmental and social considerations. He holds two degrees from Pennsylvania State University (environmental resource management and biology) and a master of education in science education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Idaho Power he established Sustainable Innovations LLC, a sustainability consulting firm assisting businesses in retail, healthcare and packaging in implementing sustainability into company operations, and served as Retail Lead for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
Some past achievements include performing business efficiency and sustainability at Albertson’s and developing a county-based business assistance program in Arizona.
Professor, International Business Programs
Professor Buchanan integrates responsible business into his course titled Ethics, Legal and Global Environment of Business – EMBA 521. When asked what responsible business course he’d love to create he says, “I already have: Business and Society: Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability.” If he were to solve one responsible business related challenge he said it would be helping more businesses seeing ethical and sustainable behavior as a competitive advantage issue.
Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Studies Program
Professor Delana integrates responsible business into his business communication courses by discussing topics like ethics and environmental sustainability. If he were to solve one responsible related challenge he says it would be solving the environmental issues the world faces. When asked what responsible business book he thinks everyone should read he responds “Giving Voice to Values,” by Mary Gentile.
Professor and Director, COBE Living Learning Community – retired
Assistant Professor, Economics (former director, Business Research and Economic Development Center)
Professor Fragkias integrates responsible business into many of the courses he teaches including the Economics of Sustainability – ECON 498. When it comes to responsible business research he’s interested in sustainability, urban prosperity, and virtue conflicts. The book he thinks everyone should read? “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” by Adam Smith.
Professor & Associate Dean
Dr. Schooley-Pettis studies sustainability reporting along with fellow faculty council member, Denise English. If she were to solve one responsible business related challenge she said it would be changing the notion that responsible business practices have to burden organizations with additional costs. She points out that in fact, economic forces can drive responsible business practices.
Professor Smith is interested in developing countries and helping their inhabitants through responsible business endeavors. If he had unlimited resources and tons of time he would love to research Honduran soap berries. “Last year, an EMBA team, known as Galaxia, worked with U.S. missionaries in Honduras to develop alternative methods of income for indigenous workers by commercializing a versatile native berry to the region. The team hopes to identify strategies to market, produce, and sell the berries to support and develop the local Honduran economy.”
RBI Stakeholder Advisors
- Virginia Aulin, Vice President, HR and Corporate Affairs, Fathom impact + travel
- Dale Dixon, President, Better Business Bureau
- Emily Erickson, Sustainability Manager, Happy Family Brands
- Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director, Idaho Non Profit Center
- Cecelia Gassner, Counsel, Perkins Coie
- Britt Ide, Founder and CEO, Ide Law & Strategy
- Jefferson Jewell, Vice President, The CAPROCK Group
- Molly Lenty, VP & Community Affairs Officer, Wells Fargo
- Lisa Leff, Founder, Launching Global Talent
- Emily Border, MBA Student Representative, Net Impact
- Nic Miller, Economic Development Director, City of Boise
- Ben Quintana, Org Dev. Program Mgr., St. Luke’s Health System & Council Member, City of Boise
- Rich Raimondi, President, Bishop Kelly High School
- Decker Rolph, Fund Manager, A10 Capital
- Jeff Russell, Founder and CEO, Jitasa
- Katie Sewell, State Director, Idaho Small Business Development Center
- Jeremiah Shinn, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, BSU
- Russ Stoddard, Founder and CEO, Oliver Russell
- Pam Thomas, Vice President Mission Integration, Saint Alphonsus Reg. Medical Ctr
- Shelley Zimmer, Environmental Marketing Manager, Hewlett-Packard