2020-2021 Small Business Institute®
Officers and Board

Whitney Peake, Western Kentucky University


Dr. Whitney O. Peake is the Vitale Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Peake teaches and researches in the areas of entrepreneurship, small business management, and family business, primarily focusing on legitimacy acquisition in differing contexts. Her research has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Small Business Management, Food Policy, Small Business Institute® Journal and Journal of Small Business Strategy, among others, and she currently serves as a Section Editor for the Journal of Small Business Strategy. Dr. Peake holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.


Andrew Holt, Metropolitan State University of Denver


Dr. Andrew Holt is a professor of accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He previously held positions at Kingston University, Gloucestershire University and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom (UK). Andrew obtained his PhD in accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. He also holds an MSc in Accounting from the LSE and a BA (Hons) in Accounting from Kingston Polytechnic, UK. Since then, Dr. Holt assisted the UK's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with the development of a new professional Code of Practice on Service Charge management (2011). He co-authored "Business Accounting, a textbook by Palgrave Macmillan, which had its 3rd edition published in 2017. To-date, the textbook has been adopted by institutions in the UK, India, Pakistan, China, Canada, and the US.

Past President

Timothy Dunne, Boise State University


Dr. Timothy C. Dunne is an assistant professor of management at Boise State University. He has extensive experience teaching leadership and conflict management at the undergraduate, graduate, as well executive levels. Dr. Dunne’s research focuses on leadership and negotiation, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and small businesses. His work has been published in numerous academic journals including Group and Organization Management, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Group Decision and Negotiation. Timothy holds a PhD in Management, an MBA, and a BA in Business Administration all from the University of Missouri.


Joshua Aaron, Middle Tennessee State University


Joshua R. Aaron is an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Aaron has published work in Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, Corporate Reputation Review and Journal of Management Education among other journals. He has presented at Academy of Management, Southern Management Association and Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Dr. Aaron holds a PhD in Strategic Management, an MBA in Strategic Management and a BS degree in Accounting, all from the University of Alabama. In addition to the SBI board, he serves as the President of the Board of Governors at Ironwood Country Club and on the Board of Directors of the Rachel Lynn Smith Foundation. Prior to academia, Dr. Aaron was an auditor at Ernst and Young, LLP in Birmingham, AL.

Vice President of Programs 

Leanne Coder

LeAnne Coder, Western Kentucky University


Vice President of Programs - Elect

Dennis Barber III, East Carolina University


Dr. Dennis Barber III is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Miller School of Entrepreneurship at East Carolina University. Dr. Barber teaches small business, family business and innovation related courses. He is the director of the Small Business Institute® in the Miller School. His research interests include rural entrepreneurship, economic development, public policy, entrepreneurship education and pedagogy. His research has been published in the Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship among others. He is currently a managing editor of the Journal of Small Business Strategy. Dr. Barber holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New Mexico.

Vice President of Development

Michael Harris, East Carolina University


Dr. Michael L. Harris is the J. Fielding Miller Distinguished Professor and Director of the Miller School of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at East Carolina University. He is a Fellow in the National Small Business Institute®, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business Strategy. His research interests include entrepreneurship education and experiential learning, entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions, and rural entrepreneurship. In his small business consulting course, Dr. Harris has worked with over 700 students to complete 135 consulting projects for local small business clients since 2000. His teams have won numerous awards in the National Small Business Institute® Project-of-the-Year competition, including multiple first place finishes. In addition, he is Co-PI for the $1 million award from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support rural economic prosperity through innovation and entrepreneurship (RISE29).

Vice President of Marketing

Lisa Gallagher, Purdue University Global

Vice President of Research & Publications

Jana Minifie, Texas State University


Dr. Jana Minifie is a Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship) at Texas State McCoy College of Business.  She is also the Director of the Service-Learning Excellence (SLE) Program for the university.  As Director, she encourages, trains, and faculty as they incorporate SL into their classrooms.  She collects metrics regarding academic service-learning/experiential learning at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses for Texas State. As part of the Service-Learning Excellence Program, she oversees the Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship (NSF funded grant to Texas State) and its monthly newsletter for the Texas State Entrepreneurial Network.  She recently received a Texas Workforce Commission grant for the training of entrepreneurial women boot camps for women in Texas. She teaches the undergraduate and graduate consulting class. Her research is in the area of marketing, small business, health care and entrepreneurship. Her PhD is from the University of South Carolina. She has taught at the University of South Carolina, Texas Tech, University of South Florida – Sarasota, and Texas State University. She was the 2015-2018 Barshop Excellence Professor in Entrepreneurship. Her research and grant writing are based on interdisciplinary collaborations.

Vice President of Membership

Angie Kovarik, Bemidji State University


Dr. Angie Kovarik is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN.  Prior to the start of her teaching career, she worked in various sectors of industry such as non-profit, biopharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare, and sales.

Angie has worked as Health and Safety Director for the American Red Cross, Community Resource and Development Manager for the American Red Cross, Clinical Informatics Operations Analyst for Sanford Health, where she held multiple certifications in Epic build, and Compounding Supervisor for OSO Biopharmaceuticals.

Angie teaches face-to-face and online courses such as Marketing, Personal Selling, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, Advertising management, and E-Marketing. She serves as co-coordinator for the department’s IACBE accreditation, is on two university committees, and is a founding faculty advisor of Bemidji State’s chapter of the American Marketing Association. She was recognized as the faculty advisor of the year in 2018. She was also recognized by the community as Bemidji State University’s 2nd best professor in 2019.

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