Neeley & Associates | Experiential Learning Advisory Board

Coburn Dave

Dave Coburn – Accenture

I work with clients focusing on leading IT transformation programs and large scale program and project management activities. My experience includes managing application outsourcing, infrastructure outsourcing, network transformation, deployment of ITIL processes, as well as IT Operations and Service Management across applications, data center, server/storage, database, service desk, network, deskside support, desktop management, and security & access management. 

I decided to become an Advisory Board Member because I believe this experience is truly unique to TCU. I don't know of any other program that supplements the experience with coaches and advisors with such a wide range of real-world consulting experience. These students really care and really want to learn. They demonstrate that through the actions they take after we provide them coaching. You can see that they are listening to us and adapting our advice and recommendations to their individual situation


Kalish Chris

Christine (Chris) Kalish – Brittan-Kalish Group

I am an accomplished healthcare executive with over 30 years’ leadership experience in ambulatory care and academic medicine. I provide expertise in strategy, operations and revenue cycle for physician practices. My projects are varied and I lead strategic planning efforts, process improvement projects and business assessments in all areas of the clinical practice. My team and I support our clients’ ability to successfully address the on-going changes in healthcare without disrupting the everyday activities of their organizations.

I believe that experiential learning is a key component of a strong business school program. That is why service to the school as a member of this advisory board has made sense to me ever since we started the board several years ago. Neeley & Associates is one of the most powerful experiences for the student and for potential employers. The projects are real life problems presented by a varied group of industries and companies. The teams provide thoughtful solutions, working with industry and faculty subject matter experts, and learning how to manage a project on a fixed timeline. It is critical to be able to transfer learning to the job or the project, for someone to understand how to apply knowledge to everyday work life. The Neeley & Associates experience builds that bridge.


Amman Chris

Chris Amman – KPMG

I am the Advisory Services Office Lead for the KPMG Dallas Business Unit and the Advisory Lead Partner for one of KPMG Fortune 20 companies. I have more than 20 years of leadership experience in the areas of operations, information technology, product development and project management across various industries, including financial services, health care, and telecommunications client solutions. My role is to assist clients with IT transformation efforts supporting system implementation activities, including strategy creation, planning and management of these efforts.

I enjoy my time volunteering with Neeley & Associates as an Advisory Board Member. Neeley & Associates is preparing their students for success. The hands on experience the students get to participate in will help them secure and accelerate at their first job. The students have great attitudes, work hard and are interested in learning all they can. They have a drive to do the best they can not only for the client they are assigned but also for their team. The program gives them an advantage as they move into the working world.


Hansen Shelley

Shelley Hansen – Accenture

I am responsible for market development and sales origination for Accenture’s SAP Alliance in the Western US and across NA Retail, Utilities and Healthcare operating groups. This includes accelerating Accenture’s growth agenda with SAP as we rotate toward the New and Digital. My experience is in enabling Accenture and SAP account teams to align effort and resources around specific customer needs and proactively identifying new areas for sales growth.

I came to be a volunteer board member for the Neeley & Associates experiential learning program via a longstanding relationship with Ed Riefenstahl. Without Ed’s leadership, the program may not exist. Serving on the Advisory Board speaks to my spirit of volunteerism and giving back in a meaningful way. It gives me the opportunity to interact with an amazing community of grad students and be a part of their journey. The students I’ve worked with are bright, ambitious and approach the work with their sleeves rolled up, ready to dig in. It’s evident they’ve done their homework by the kinds of questions they ask and the quality of deliverables produced for their assigned client engagements. When they graduate from the program, I believe they will be well positioned to land in the ‘real world’ with valuable experience already under their belts.


Mullahy Dennis

Dennis Mullahy – Michaels Stores

I have over 25 years of leadership experience in the retail industry and consulting practices. I have held positions ranging from Partner in a large top tier consulting company to Executive Vice President of a fortune 500 retail organization. My focus has been on helping organizations improve their profitability through the creation of highly engaged and empowered teams, instilling operational excellence through process improvements and driving sustainable change through the application of information systems. Over the last 25 years I have had the fortune to work in both the private and public sector with organizations ranging in size from a global / market leader to private equity based startups.

I choose to serve as a volunteer advisory board member to the Neeley & Associates to both learn and grow personally as well as to provide mentoring and coaching to future leaders shaping the future of the program. The format and the structure that has been created to support the students is outstanding. I have found the students highly engaged in problem solving, learning and demonstrating outstanding communication skills and developing their leadership across many levels. The projects the students engage in are real world problems and they are working for real clients. Those coming out of the program certainly have a head start in understanding how to solve complex business problems in a short window of time and I believe are well positioned to accelerate into leadership roles in any organization. 


Gallese Vic

Vic Gallese – Retail Consulting

I have been a successful consulting partner with over 150 retailers over the past 25 years. I use the term successful due to the fact that all of my clients who have measured their return-on-investment have become repeat clients, and are now personal friends. Knowing industry trends and best practices and the ability to quickly evaluate a P&L and a company’s root causes/opportunities are my key capabilities and expected in today’s information rich environment. All my experience has showed me that the most important lesson for a prospective consultant/impact employee is to “place yourself in your clients’ shoes”. 

I have been on the Advisory Board at Neeley & Associates for 5 years now. I have found that participating in the growth and experiencing the passion of the Neeley Consultants has been personally rewarding. It has also provided me with the opportunity to give back to the educational process by offering my experiences and findings. I have seen the quality of the Neeley & Associates Consulting Program improve significantly. The projects are organized more professionally, the quality of deliverables is outstanding (as per the client ratings and hiring rates), and the students, themselves, are better prepared and more focused due to the preliminary training, communication and standards of their predecessors.


Herod Kelly

Kelly Herod – Deloitte Consulting LLP

I am a Principal in the Technology practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. I lead SAP finance transformation projects to enhance consumer product and retail clients’ finance and accounting processes, technology and shared services organizations. I held key roles for the Firms’ largest and most complex SAP business transformations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. I hold several leadership roles within Deloitte such as SAP Regional Leader and the co-lead for Deloitte’s US SAP Finance Transformation practice.

I decided to serve as a voluntary Advisory Board member because I believe experiential learning is an important part of an MBA program and Neeley & Associates provides valuable real life consulting and business experience. I have always been impressed at the diverse backgrounds of the Neeley MBA students. The students have a variety of previous work experience and are from many parts of the US and globe. Their diverse experiences really make for stronger teams and better solutions and deliverables for their clients. I am also impressed at the enthusiasm and commitment the students make to delivering the consulting projects. The students gain experience in building client relationships, planning and executing a project, problem solving and how to work as effective teams. This experience will be valuable for their careers whether they aspire to a career with a consulting firm or a leadership position within an organization.


Patyk Michael

Michael Patyk – Rhodes Osiek Patyk and Company

I have over 11 year of experience working in consulting and client service roles. I began my consulting career with Deloitte Consulting, spending 9 years there. After this time at Deloitte, I ventured out on my own at the firm of Rhodes Osiek Patyk and Company. My experience includes helping organizations improve accounting and finance processes such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, month end close processes, and forecasting and budgeting. In my current role I focus on helping small to medium size businesses manage their financial processes and provide CFO level guidance.

Two factors drove me to serve as a Neeley advisory board member. First, programs like experiential learning provide students with real, practical experiences which lead to their success after graduation. Every year I am amazed how the problems and issues the students face are the same ones I see on a day to day basis. Second, I am a proud TCU alumni, and supporter of all things TCU. I have two degrees from TCU, my wife is a TCU graduate, and you will frequently find my entire family dressed in purple supporting the Frogs at an athletic event.


Ritchie Jason

Jason Ritchie – Microsoft

I have been a leader of several services organizations (consulting & support) over the past 23 years. In these roles I have had the opportunity to have major impact on both the customers I served as well as the organizations I have worked for. It is that fine balance of being able to make your customers successful (customers for life) and your employer profitable that has made the difference in my career.

The reason I decided to volunteer on the advisory board was two-fold – 1) I had just moved to the area and have always been interested in volunteering in the community I serve and 2) my co-worker who was on the advisory board was needing to pursue other opportunities when this came up. I have been truly impressed with the caliber of the students at Neeley & Associates and their willingness to learn, listen and execute on what they have been taught.  The real world experience that the students are getting out this program will help them easily transition into workplace and make their future employer successful faster.


sanders david

David Sanders – Dallas Advisory Partners LLC

I am the Founder of Dallas Advisory Partners LLC, an advisory services firm focused on the innovation and optimization of technology and technology services companies serving the global market. I have worked with start-up technology companies all the way to large global technology companies. My primary focus is in strategy, product and services development, implementation, operations, sales, marketing, scalability and on-going sustainability. I am skilled in working in complex environments where there are multiple partners and subcontractors involved in the process. My current focus is advising companies who are going through a digital transformation of their company.


McCauley Catherine

Catherine McCauley – IBM

Results driven business professional with over 25 years experience in technical sales and solution development. Cathy is the Client Center Manager for IBM’s only North America Global Solution Center, with responsibility of delivering an exceptional client experience while driving deeper client engagement. As a leader of leaders, she fosters and enables high performing industry technical sales leadership and client engagement, driving collaboration and synergy across teams, developing innovative offerings in an engaging environment for clients, with a focus on repeatability and leverage across the IBM company.


Souder Jon

Jon Souder – PwC

Jon is a seasoned and dedicated healthcare executive with over 15 years of progressive management experience. Jon has a proven ability to lead large teams through the development and execution of innovative operating models and operations improvement initiatives, with a specific focus on facilitating the transition to a consumer-centric healthcare experience. Over the course of his career Jon has led healthcare engagements related to strategic planning, operational due diligence, master facility planning, business office redesign and consolidation, and post-merger integration. This experience includes multiple international assignments leading healthcare strategy engagements in London, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.


Hill Steven

Steven Hill – KPMG

Steve Hill is responsible for the life cycle of innovation, which includes trends and disruption analysis, organic growth, corporate development, and investment management. He meshes the art and science of innovation to drive market relevance and sustainable growth. His close connection to market trends and growth strategies has made him a thought leader and change agent on innovation and business transformation. Mr. Hill previously served in several KPMG leadership positions, including U.S. and global leader of innovation for KPMG’s Advisory business, global leader for IT strategy and CIO advisory services, and other major industry and geographic leadership roles. Before joining KPMG, Mr. Hill was managing director of strategic planning for SHL Systemhouse, where he was a contributing architect in the creation of transformational outsourcing. He also served as consultant at McKinsey & Company.