Sheryl Abeyta, Assistant Professor of AccountingSheryl Abeyta, MT, CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting
BUS-211 (719)587-7303

“Argue for your limitations and you will have them. I prefer to be optimistic.”

Born in Gunnison, Colorado, raised in the San Luis Valley, and currently living part time in Santa Fe, NM, I consider myself a resident of the world. I am also a self-proclaimed athletic nerd. I graduated from a small school in Southern Colorado. I then attended Adams State (then) College. After my undergrad I worked in public accounting (for 25 years) and became a Certified Public Accountant. During that time, I took a year off and attended the University of Denver and graduated with a Masters of Taxation. I absolutely loved law school! While I was there my passion for education was reignited. I have now been part of the wonderful team at Adams State University for over 9 years.

I have always had a passion for the process of learning. My mother was a librarian and I was an avid reader as a child. She fed my passion. I had an amazing English teacher in high school. Roger Fooshee very well could have been the muse for Robins Williams’ performance in the Dead Poets Society. I have been lucky enough to work for some great people. From them I learned discipline. I learned the value of reinforcing ethics, morals and standards. Teaching or as I prefer, accommodating the learning process, has always come naturally to me.

As with many of the students who attend Adams State, I grew up with meager resources and big dreams. Fortunately I was surrounded by people who believed in me. I can remember reading and making lists. I wanted to travel to all 7 continents. I have been to all but Antarctica and Africa. I have seen the Sistine Chapel. I have been to the Great Barrier Reef. Paris is currently my favorite city in the world. There is simply not enough time for the Louvre…

I am proud to be part of Adams State University. I believe everyone should follow their dreams. I am a product of a great education. I believe education is power. I am inspired by the students I get to work with. I want to inspire them in turn. I want to assist as many as possible in seeing their dreams come true as well.

Deanna Bartee, Ed.D., M.A. Business Instructor

Deanna Bartee, Ed.D., M.A.

Business Instructor
Deanna Bartee, Ed.D. Website 

I have taught at Adams State since the fall of 2016. Before this, I taught business at a high school in Saguache, Colorado. I have a passion for helping others achieve success in life and believe that everyone is a business person in one capacity or another. I especially enjoy teaching leadership, ethics, management, and personal finance. I find culture and organizational structures very interesting because they are so influential in the way people behave.

Zena Buser, Professor School of BusinessZena Buser, Ph.D

Professor of Agribusiness
BUS-234 (719)587-8166

I am the daughter of an eastern New Mexico ranching family and have thankfully spent my life and career in and around the agricultural industry. I hold a BS in Agribusiness from Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU), a MS in Agribusiness and Economics, and a PhD in Systems Agriculture from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). During my career, I have been a research associate for WTAMU, cattle clerk for Hitch Cattle Co., office manager for Hitch Commodities, and assistant safety director for Hitch Enterprises, Inc. I enjoyed industry, the pace and the people, and greatly value what those experiences prepared me to do today in the classroom. I enjoy teaching and being a part of students’ undergraduate experience, that period in life where life-long friendships are forged, career paths are chosen, and students become professional agribusiness men and women.

Kyle GlenKyle Glenn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics
BUS-209 (719)587-7752

I started teaching at Adams State University in 2017. I received a PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research in 2020, a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Denver in 2014 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Portland State University in 2010. I have previously taught at CUNY College of Technology and have worked in business and market analytics for various industries in Colorado and Washington. My current teaching includes: Microeconomic Principles, Macroeconomic Principles, Political Economy, Natural Resource Economics, Economics of Crises, Economic Policy, Managerial Economics, and Business Statistics. My current research and specialties encompass wage dynamics, education and skills, consumer behavior, Classical Political Economy, Post-Keynesian theory, and dynamics of technological change.

Natalie Rogers, Assistant Professor of BusinessNatalie Rogers, CPA, CFE

Assistant Professor of Accounting
BUS-213 (719)587-7316

I have spent over 25 years in public accounting as well as industry. I feel privileged to be able to give back to my profession by providing instruction and guidance to Adams State students. I teach accounting and some business core courses bringing my real world experiences into the classroom.

I pride myself in having an open and inviting environment in my classrooms as well as my campus office. Each and every student is important to Adams and important to me. I thrive on the inquisitive minds of our young scholars.

My degrees include a BS in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and Business Computer Systems from Adams State College (1985) as well as a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Adams (2011). In addition I hold a Master of Science in Accounting from Grand Canyon University (2018). I maintain an active Certified Public Accountants (CPA) license in the state of Colorado as well as a Certified Fraud Examiners licensure.

If you have questions, come and see me. My door is always open!

Liz Thomas HensleyLiz Thomas Hensley, Ph.D

Department Chair | Professor of Marketing | MBA Director
BUS 233 (719)587-7477

I am very blessed to have found my dream job! I truly enjoy every day I come to Adams State and work with the students. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area (I am a diehard SF 49er and SF Giants fan to this day).

I received my degree in 2005 from the School of Business (double emphasis in Management and Marketing). While I was there I was encouraged by two professors in particular to consider teaching at the college level. They are Julie Campbell and Linda Reid and are my mentors to this day!

I realized that my favorite part of my previous jobs was when I was able to train and coach staff and customers. There was a true connection between that and teaching. I decided to go for it. I then went to Arizona State and earned my MBA. (I have two degrees from two different ASU’s). I received my PhD from Capella University in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Management Education.

I began my teaching at Adams State in 2008. While at Adams State I helped create the MBA program and am now the MBA Director. I also facilitate the School of Business Internship program. I have truly found my calling and love being part of the Adams State community. I am blessed to be part of Adams State community and look forward to continuing my great story at Adams State University!


Marco Polo Tello VelascoMarco Polo Tello Velasco

Assistant Professor of Management
BUS-212 (719)587-7576

He was born in the City of Puebla, Mexico. At the University of the Americas he obtained the degrees of Industrial Engineering, Master of Business Administration and Master in Economics. At Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he obtained a Doctoral Management and Organizations academic degree. He completed a postdoctoral stay about binational management in two American universities, Kent State University and the University of Texas-Pan American, thanks to the governments of Mexico and the U.S. that gave him, as an academic distinction, the Fulbright-García Robles grant.

He has worked professionally in companies like Volkswagen of Mexico, Hylsa, Telmag, Technical Administration, Silvia Pinal Cosmetics and Sigma Consultants in Market Research. He has taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate programs at different universities in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States of America. His professional work has influenced other professional areas such as entrepreneurship, consulting, research, training, technical reviews and the publication of articles and businesses cases in different university text books in the area of administration of organizations.

He belonged to the National System of Researchers and in 2003 was honored by the Award for Teaching Excellence in Education “Maestro Martínez Miguel Cervantes” by the Honorable City Council of the City of Puebla de los Ángeles, Mexico. In 2005 he received the “Maestro Arturo Elizundia Charles” National Award from the National Association of Colleges and Schools of Accounting and Administration.
Since 2001 and until 2014, has co-authored seven books and done three technical reviews of foreign books. From 1988 and until 2018, he had published thirty four academic articles and gave different conferences in Mexico and the US. In recent years, his primary work as full time has been to serve as director, professor, researcher, consultant, advisor and mentor. He has collaborate as a manager, supervisor and volunteer, in 2007 and from 2012 until 2017, to do agricultural migrants social support projects in the US, in favor of the Mexican Mixtec Region laborers. Since the Fall of 2017, he currently works as an Assistant Full-Time Professor at The School of Business at Adams State University.

Anthony J. Webb (A.J.), BS, MBA

Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration
BUS-235 719-587-7838

Originally from Arizona, I started attending Adams State in 2005 as a member of the football team. I contributed to the team from the 2005-2009 seasons earning scout team player of the year, team captain, and all RMAC Academic honors.  Graduated in 2010 with a Business Administration Degree with an Emphasis in Healthcare with Marketing and Management minors. Participated as the Vice President of Medical Group Managers Association chapter at Adams State.  Competed in Phi Beta Lambda and won state and national awards that were recognized by then Governor Hickenlooper. Worked in the local healthcare system as an intern, community organizer, project manager, prevention specialist, recruiter and wellness coordinator. Graduated from Adams State in 2013 with an MBA with an emphasis in leadership. Wife is Jolene, daughter Emily is five, and son Michael is two. Enjoy the outdoors and fitness.

Yusri Zaro

Assistant Professor of Banking & Finance
BUS-210 719-587-7676

This is my eleventh year here at Adams,where I designed the Banking & Finance and the International Business concentrations for the undergraduate traditional program as well as the finance track of the MBA online program.

In the undergraduate program, I have been teaching eleven courses: managerial finance, investment analysis, international financial management, advanced finance cases, money and capital markets, financial institutions, commercial banking, international marketing, financial analysis, evaluation and forecasting, series 7 preparation course and technical analysis for stock trends. In MBA program, I have been teaching 6 courses: global business perspective, financial analysis, multinational financial management, portfolio management and investment analysis, financial markets and institutions, and the finance capstone.

I graduated from California State University with an MBA in Finance in 1983 and in 2015 completed my Doctoral level CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Financial Management) at NCU. I also have 18 years experience as an international corporate banker working with several global banks such as Bank of America, Arab Bank, and Hong Kong & Shanghai bank.

I believe it was my vast experiences in the international banking industry that provided me with the knowledge necessary to establish and maintain a top of the line Banking & Finance emphasis at Adams State. I usually utilize my commercial banking and international business experiences in teaching while covering most of the highly competitive Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) designation materials. In addition, I have been focusing on teaching other certification review courses such as Series 7 General Securities Representative certification (Series 7)/Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)and the well-recognized Chartered Market Technician designation (CMT).We have established an academic partnership with CMT Association (in New York) to offer their exams at a lower rate for our students. This summer, I am exploring the possibility of doing the same with Risk Management Association –RMA to offer students the Credit Analyst Certification.

Emeritus Faculty

Julie Campbell, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2008

William Chase, Ph.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1994

Alberta Coolbaugh, Ph.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2011

Carl Coolbaugh, M.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2008

Gerald Corning, M.B.A.

Associate Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2009

William Curlott, Ed.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1996

Theodore J. Ellis, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Emeritus since 2005

J. Thomas Gilmore, Ph.D.

President and Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2003

James R. Groves, M.A.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1972

Richard Jacobs, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing, Emeritus since 2006

Eugene T. Kelly, Ed.D.

Professor of Education, Emeritus since 1984

Carl Koch, Jr., Ed.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1976

Edward Lyell, Ph.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2017

Madonna E. MacGowan, M.A.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1978

Randall Newell, D.B.A.

Professor of Accounting, Emeritus since 2008

Linda Reid, D.B.A.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2016

Patricia Robbins, Ph.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 2020

Arthur S. Wellbaum, M.A.

Associate Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1977

Ronald E. Wick, Ph.D.

Professor of Business, Emeritus since 1979