Why Study Business?

The Business Department at De Anza College is one of the nation's leading two-year business programs, with courses, degrees and certificates that provide you with the competitive edge to excel in your career, transfer to a four-year university, or manage your own business.

We offer a wide range of business courses in management, marketing, human resource management, international business, business law, entrepreneurship and more. Our instructors are enthusiastic about sharing their in-depth knowledge and industry experience, while teaching practical skills in these fields.

Make a valuable investment in your future. Enroll in a De Anza business course now!

De Anza Innovation Center

Startup Bootcamp (Fall 2024)
Led by Professor Rowland Chan, an industry leader in venture funding, this free 8-weeks workshops include identifying value proposition, business modeling, funding, team building, and pitching. Participation will be limited to four teams. Students from all majors across the campus are encouraged to apply.

New Certificate: MIS Support

We're excited to announce that De Anza College now offers a Certificate of Achievement in Management Information Systems Support. Check out all of our Business degree and certificate programs!

Meet Our Business Faculty

Full-Time Instructors

John Francis

  • John FrancisEducation: MBA, Management Information Systems, Drexel University; BS in Business Administration, Marketing, Drexel University
  • Focus: Retail Sales & Marketing, Digital Marketing, Business Analytics, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Category Management, Business Development, Marketing Communication, Sales Forecasting
  • Industry experience: Entertainment Industry - Warner Bros. Entertainment, Physical and Digital Home Entertainment, Physical and Digital Video Games, Mobile Video Games; Toys - Applause, Inc.; Small Business Consulting; College of the Canyons - Valencia, CA
  • Contact:    FrancisJohn@deanza.edu
  • Office: F51g

Michele Fritz

  • FritzEducation: MBA, Harvard University; Masters in Education CSU East Bay; BS Business Administration, Boston University
  • Focus: Management, Marketing, Product Development, Information Technology, Operations Management.
  • Industry experience: GTE, Aspect Telecommunications, Data General, American Cyanamid, Johnson & Johnson, startups. Former Treasurer of the Board of the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
  • Contact: 408.864.8615  or FritzMichele@deanza.edu
  • Office:  F51j

Emily Garbe

  • GarbeEducation: MBA, Wharton Business School; ME, Computer Science, Cornell University; BS Computer Science, Applied Math; PhD Psychology
  • Focus: Marketing, M&A, Venture Development, Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning, Technology in Business.
  • Industry experience: Booz Allen & Hamilton, Gemini Consulting, McKenna Consulting, MCI, AT&T Bell Labs, IBM, DirecTV, startups.
  • Contact: 408.864.8688  or GarbeEmily@deanza.edu
  • Office:  F51s

Manisha Karia

  • KariaEducation: PhD, Swinburne Univ. of Technology; Master of Business Studies, Massey Univ.BBM, Bharathiar Univ.; NCAET, Te Wananga O Aotearoa,
  • Focus: Entrepreneurship, Human Relations, Marketing, Management, International Business, Human Resource Management
  • Industry experience: PR & customer care (healthcare), Business Owner (FMCG distributorship), Consulting (FoundersClick, Abacus), Research (Experiential Learning, Business Proc Reengineering, Entrepreneurship).
  • Contact: 408.864.8606 or KariaManisha@deanza.edu
  • Office:  F51p

Byron Lilly

  • LillyEducation: MBA, UC Berkeley; MA, Economics, UC Berkeley, BS, UC Berkeley
  • Focus: Business Law, Business and Society, Finance, Accounting
  • Industry experienceTandem Computers, Ungermann-Bass, Stratacom, Guidant, Sybase, Electronics for Imaging, Neuron Data, KPMG, LSI Logic
  • Contact: 408.864.8431 or LillyByron@deanza.edu
  • Office:  F41f

Dan Salah

  • salahEducation: MBA, Wharton School of Business; BA, UC Berkeley
  • Focus: Business Law, Personal Finance, Accounting, Strategic & Financial Planning
  • Industry experience: Consulting (LitiNomics, KPMG), Finance and Strategy (AT&T), Entrepreneur (NDI).
  • Contact:  408.864.5563 or SalahDan@deanza.edu
  • Office:  F51h
Sandra SpencerSandra Spencer
  • Education: MBA, CSU Hayward; BA, Economics ,UC Berkeley
  • Focus: Finance
  • Industry experience: Entrepreneur.
  • Contact: 408.864.8932 or SpencerSandra@deanza.edu
  • Office: F51q

Adjunct Faculty

Kimberlee Andrews-Bingham

  • Kim Andrews-BinghamEducation: EdD candidate, Ferris State University; MBA, University of Phoenix Detroit Campus; MSW, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Campus; BA, Michigan State University
  • Focus: Human Resources
  • Industry Experience: Kellogg Company, State of Michigan, University of Michigan, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kellogg Community College
  • Contact:  AndrewsKim@deanza.edu

Joseph Barbeau

Joseph Barbeau

  • Education: JD, Magna Cum Laude, University of Minnesota; BA, Summa Cum Laude, Universty of Minnesota
  • Focus: Business Law
  • Experience: 30+ years based in both Hong Kong and Silicon Valley (expertise in cross-border transactions), currently a Partner of Gibson Dunn with a heavy concentration of work for technology and life sciences companies in the U.S. and in Asia.
  • Contact: BarbeauJoseph@deanza.edu

Brian Bennett

  • BennettEducation: MBA, Boise State University; BS, UC Santa Barbara
  • Focus: Marketing, Personal Finance, International Business, Sales, Corporate Financial Planning, Accounting, Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Industry experience: McKinsey, KPMG Peat Marwick, Robert Half, CardioThoracic Systems (IPO), TogetherSoft, Olympic Athlete
  • ContactBennettBrian@deanza.edu

Rowland Chen

Rowland Chen

  • Education: MBA, M.I.T. Sloan School of Management; MS in Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; BS in Bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University; California Teacher’s Credential, Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Focus: Global corporate and competitive strategy, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, small business success, product development, operations, finance, information technology, talent management, business consulting, science advisory, human-centered design, mergers & acquisitions, Generative Transformation
  • Industry Experience: The Silicon Valley Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, Hitachi Consulting, Electronic Data Systems, Gemini Consulting, Cisco, Yahoo!, Apple, General Motors, DuPont, Texaco, USX, Boeing, Quaker Oats, General Electric, thebusyplanet.com
  • Contact: ChenRowland@deanza.edu

Mike Gough

Mike Gough

  • Education: MBA/BA Santa Clara University; MA, English, Notre Dame de Namur Univeristy
  • Focus: Accounting and General Business
  • Industry Experience: High Technology, Investment Banking and Public Accounting
  • Contact: GoughMichael@deanza.edu

Ron Goularte

  • GoularteEducation: JD, Golden Gate University; BS, Industrial Relations, SJSU; AA Accounting, Foothill
  • Focus: Civil Litigation
  • Industry experience: Arbitrator of California Superior Court, California State Bar
  • ContactGoularteRonald@deanza.edu

Mary Hiland

  • Mary HeadshotEducation: Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University; MA, Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University; MPA, SJSU; MSW, SJSU; BA, English, SJSU.
  • Focus: Nonprofit governance; nonprofit leadership and management; nonprofit strategic alliances and mergers; organizational development.
  • Industry experience: President, Hiland Consulting; President & CEO, Momentum for Mental Health; Podcast host: Inspired Nonprofit Leadership; National Advisory Council, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); Founder & Board Treasurer, NAWBO-Silicon Valley Education Group; Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Contact: HilandMary@deanza.edu

Guillermo (Willie) Hernandez

  • HernandezEducation: MBA, Nova Southeastern University; MSEE, San Diego State; BSEE, University of Puerto Rico
  • Focus: Product Management, Product Line Management, E-commerce
  • Industry experience: Software Engineer in R&D, Senior Product Line Manager; NetApp, BigBand Networks, CloudShield Technologies, Juniper Networks, IP Infusion, Quick Eagle Networks, Entrepreneur
  • Contact: HernandezGuillermo@deanza.edu

Steven Jackman

  • MorganEducation: JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (now UCLaw SF); BA Economics (French minor) University of California at Berkeley
  • Focus: Commercial Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Manufacturing
  • Industry experience: VLP Law Group, LLP; Digital Realty Trust, LLP; Flex (formerly Flextronics) Ltd.; Sanmina Corporation; Holland & Knight; Kilpatrick Stockton
  • ContactJackmanSteve@deanza.edu

Dionne Morgan

  • MorganEducation: MBA, Boise State University; BS, Business Administration San Jose State University
  • Focus: Marketing, Advertising, Sales
  • Industry experience: Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • ContactMorganDionne@deanza.ed

Wenlei Shan

Wendy Shan

  • Education: MBA, Arizona State; MSEE, Purdue University, BS Chem Eng SUNY
  • Focus: Sale, Marketing
  • Industry experience: Amazon, Equinix, Intel, National Semiconductor
  • ContactShanWenlei@deanza.edu

Gordon Smith

  • SmithEducation: MBA, York University; BA, University of Toronto
  • Focus: Business strategy, Marketing, Business Development, Product Line Manager
  • Industry experience: Martello Tower Consulting, Fat Spaniel Technologies, Orbital Data, Speedera Network, Ukiah Software, U-B Networks, 3Com.
  • Contact: SmithGordon@deanza.edu 

Oduro Takyi

  • TakyiEducation: MBA, Long Island University, LL.B.(Hons.), Accra, Ghana
  • Focus: Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Financial Statements Analysis, Business Processes
  • Industry experience: The Boardroom Planning Group, Kaiser Permanente, Litton Industries Credit Corp., General Electric Credit Corp.
  • Contact: TakyiOduro@deanza.edu

Lale Yurtseven

  • YurtsevenEducation: MBA, Middlebury Institute of International Studies; MS, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Focus: International Business Management, Business Law, Marketing, Human Relations, Quality Management, Entrepreneurship
  • Industry experience: Logos Corporation, VeriSign, United Nations, HostPortal, startups.
  • Contact: YurtsevenLale@deanza.edu

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Michele Fritz

Department Chair

Phone: 408.864.8615

Email: FritzMichele@fhda.edu

Office: F 51j

Dana Kennedy

Administrative Assistant, Senior

Phone: 408.864.8796

Email: kennedydana@deanza.edu

Office: L 14


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Business Alum Shares Marketing Experience

Students in a Principles of Marketing class taught by Chris Tucher gained practical experience this fall with the help of former De Anza business student Chris Chueng,  who's now a global business unit product manager with Chinese tech giant Baidu.

Cheung invited students to develop marketing proposals for a new keyboard app, which they presented in class to a panel of Baidu representatives and De Anza instructors. The competition drew a write-up in the Mercury News. 

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Maksym Chernenko, a De Anza business major, made it to the final round of an international competition in which aspiring executives vied to be the most successful in running their own virtual company.

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