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Lee Ann Jenne, MBA

After many years of practical, real world experience working as an accountant and business manager for several successful business operations, Lee Ann joined the faculty at the University of Montana Western as an Instructor of Business.  Lee Ann is the co-owner of a family farming and livestock operation which has grown to include a separate custom farming and haying business.  Her extensive small business experience brings a unique perspective to her classroom.

Throughout her career, Lee Ann’s focus has been on providing great service to the customer and she has been recognized by both customers and employers for her outstanding customer service.  Lee Ann brings this same emphasis on providing great customer service to her classroom by working to create a positive learning experience for her students.  Lee Ann has been a faculty member at the University of Montana Western for three years.

Kurt Steadman, J.D.

Kurt Steadman practiced law for many years and has also started and managed small businesses. In 2012, he became an Assistant Professor of Business here at Montana Western. In his Risk Management and Insurance class, his students get to select a small business and perform a Risk Analysis to evaluate that business’s risks and provide recommendations on how to reduce those risks.  Kurt believes that if you are going to operate a business you need to understand many of the risks that you may face so you can proactively address them. 

Also in Kurt’s Small Business Development class his students get to come up with a business idea and prepare a business plan.  Kurt’s goal for the students after they complete this class is that they understand the steps of what it will take to start their chosen business and he also hopes that his students will go out and start their own business someday.  

Doug Daenzer, M.S.

Doug Daenzer teaches Business Research and Statistics. In this class, students conduct a culminating research project as a class and apply their knowledge of hypothesis development and testing, data gathering, and appropriate statistical analysis in the context of a business problem.

Daenzer also teaches mathematics teaching methods. The capstone section of his methods classes is a field experience in which students observe and work in the classrooms of elementary teachers or high school mathematics teachers. Block scheduling allows his students to immerse themselves in the classroom experience all day for four days straight.

Cecil Jones, J.D.

Cecil Jones has practiced law for 25 years. His practice currently focuses on estate planning.


In his business law class, students train for the real business world by drafting their own legal documents. In his investments class, which runs over the entire spring semester, students use the skills acquired in the business law course to try to increase their starting capital of $500,000 through judicious “investments.”


Professor Jones anticipates an especially interesting version of the class in the fall of 2010 as the market fallout from the recent national financial crisis continues.

Denise Holland, Ed.D.

Denise Holland teaches the methods courses for the Business and Computer Applications, Technology for Elementary Teachers courses, and serves as the post baccalaureate coordinator for students wanting licensure. Holland has a love for technology and the potential it has to serve both students and teachers.

Holland's students work on projects they can use in their classrooms and encourages them to learn as much about technology as possible. Her professional history includes educating college students in business, computer applications, and technology education for the past 10 years; teaching public high school courses in business and marketing; and assisting elementary teachers in creating technology projects for their classes. Holland's research interest focuses around the topic of technology and education.

Christian Gilde, Ph.D.

Christian Gilde’s teaching interests include marketing, consumer behavior, management, and operations management. His previous research translated into a book on higher education. Gilde has presented his work and participated in numerous conferences such as the Academy of Management Conference, the International Conference in Higher Education Marketing, and the European Marketing Academy Conference. He gave guest lectures at various universities including London Metropolitan University and is a guest lecturer on the Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management program at the University of Bath. He serves as a reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Consumer Behaviour and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education.

Kevin Engellant, Ed.D.

Kevin Engellant has been teaching full time in the business and technology department since 2009. He is also the faculty advisor for the Office Simulation Computer Lab. Engellant was the head women's basketball coach at UMW for 13 years in addition to teaching classes in the business and technology department and serving as the director of the Microcomputer Center. Engellant is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in the following programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. He is currently a faculty advocate for Pearson Higher Education and just completed his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Technology emphasis. Engellant incorporates new technologies and software in his computer courses.

Fredrick Chilson, Ph.D.

After ten years of working in the private sector as Chief Operations Officer for a multi-million dollar company, Fredrick decided to enter higher education and pursue his Ph.D.  Fred spent some time as an Assistant Professor in New Mexico, where he focused on best educational practices with cognitive learning and distance education.  Fredrick also taught in Colorado, where he was instrumental in the development of new graduate degrees in the area of Athletic Administration and Coaching Pedagogy.  Currently, Fred is an Associate Professor at The University of Montana Western and former Chair of the Business and Technology Department.  Fredrick has numerous journal and book publications to his credit, and serves on the Board of Directors for a variety of corporations throughout the Northwest. He also actively presents and consults in the corporate and higher education worlds, as well as business education related conferences.  Currently, Fredrick serves as an accreditation site reviewer and is also an editorial review board member for the (JEBE) Journal for Excellence in Business Education.