College of Business Advisory Board Mission

The mission of the COB Advisory Board is to provide guidance, advice and support to the Dean, and help the Governors State University College of Business (COB) achieve its mission.

Comprised of selected business and professional leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations from the Greater Chicago region, the State of Illinois, and around the country, the COB Advisory Board will work with the Dean and other members of COB to ensure that College programs and curricula remain relevant and leading edge. Through the collective wisdom and expertise of its members, the Board provide advice, ideas, and resources to the Dean, faculty staff, and students on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to: mission, accreditation, strategic planning, curriculum, technology, faculty development, student recruitment, retention, and placement, and alternative revenue streams.


  • Adam Shorter (Chair)


    Adam Shorter HeadshotAdam Shorter III, MBA (Chair) with a resume that ranges from higher education to small business, Adam is a consummate businessman. He is dedicated to minority outreach and community development. Adam is currently the CEO and President of Shorewood Restaurant group and partner of Krimson 4 Restaurant group. With over 20 years experience in Finance and Business Management, Mr. Shorter has worked at Loyola University Chicago for last 13 years where he currently serves as the Assistant Provost - Academic Business Operations. In addition to being a skilled restauranteur, he also serves as a public speaker, consultant and administrator.

    Now a skilled businessman who learned to serve his community at an early age, Adam continuously seeks ways to make positive changes wherever he is. Adam now lives in Matteson Illinois, as is a member of New Faith Baptist Church with his wife, Danielle Shorter and their three lovely children, Adam, Dylan and Olivia. Active in his community, he coaches several youth sports and currently serves as a Trustee in the Village of Matteson. In his personal time, Adam enjoys spending time family, golfing and enjoying sporting events.

    Education & Credentials

    B.A (Finance), Illinois State University, 2002

    MBA, Governors State University, 2004

  • Tim Kane (Vice Chair)


    Tim KaneTim Kane is the Vice President, Total Rewards at Conagra Brands.  In his role, Tim leads the teams that develop the innovative and competitive Total Rewards strategy at Conagra Brands which includes Benefits, Wellness, Compensation, Executive Compensation, and as well as the HR technology and Employee Services teams. His teams identify ways to drive continuous improvement of the company’s existing total rewards programs ultimately ensuring that they can effectively compete for and engage and retain great talent.

    Prior to joining Conagra Tim was the SVP, Total Rewards and HR Operations at Old National Bank.  Prior to Old National, Tim held various compensation and benefit roles over his 15 years at McDonald’s Corporation.

  • Bukky DaSilva


    bukky Bukky DaSilva has been with Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) for a decade and seven years.  She is a versatile, diverse, and accomplished compliance leader with a global perspective, extensive team building, team collaboration and mentoring capabilities. Highly experienced solutions provider across Health Care, Financial and Consulting Industries. Bukky engages in the design, development and implementation of Governance Frameworks, Cyber Security Compliance Awareness & Training Programs, Business, Financial, Information Security (IS) and Information Technology (IT) Controls & Policies, 3rd Party Vendor Risk Management, Privacy & Data Protection Controls and Process Solutions.

    Bukky is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Project Management Professional (PMP) and she obtained her MBA with a focus on Health Care Administration from St Xavier University here in Chicago.

    Her educational accomplishment includes certifications in Cyber Security Risk Management and Strategic Leadership from Harvard University.   

    She is currently a Business Information Security Officer (BISO) within the Information Security team at HCSC. An avid learner, Bukky is continuously working to improve her professional knowledge and expertise.     

    She is very actively involved in the Chicago area African communities where she facilitates leadership programs for young girls and immigrant women to help them successfully assimilate into the American culture.

    Bukky DaSilva is married with two children. She loves to travel and meet new, diverse people.  She has had the opportunity to live and work in three different continents, Africa, Europe and North America.

  • Bob Diedrich


    1516820125796 Bob Diedrich serves as the Market President of Will County and Grundy counties for Old National Bank (formerly First Midwest Bank) and has served in various positions of leadership in the company over the past 40+ years. He previously was the President of the Wealth Management Division running a $15 billion Division and served on the Executive Committee of the Bank.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Western Illinois University, a Master’s degree in Finance from DePaul University and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He is a former instructor for the Illinois Bankers Association.

    Bob has served on various philanthropic boards in Will County during his career and currently serves on the Rialto Theatre Foundation, District 86 Grade School Foundation (President), Illinois Rock and Roll Museum and Joliet Area Historical Museum boards. He has resided in Will County his entire life.

  • Shameka Greene


    Shameka Greene is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect for Accenture. With professional experience ranges from Change Management to Big Data, she has found a way to build a custom career path across two of the largest global consulting firms. Since starting at Accenture 5 years ago, Shameka has managed to specialize her career around Big Data and Cloud computing. Her daily work includes helping customers transform their data in high powered analytic solutions. It is Shameka’s goal to leave a lasting impact on the world of business through the power of technology.

    Shameka is a forever learner and prides herself on staying knowledgeable about the business side of innovative technologies. As a Certified Cloud solution architect, she has dedicated her free time to training other professionals on Cloud Fundamentals and empowering them to become Cloud Conversant.

    Shameka is a graduate of Western Illinois University where she gained a Bachelors in Instructional Design and Technology. She also graduated from Governors State University with a Master’s in Management of Information Systems (MIS) and serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Business. She is a native of Chicago but now lives in Georgia with her husband and 3 children.

  • Chereese Griffin


    Chereese Griffin

    Chereese Griffin is a veteran marketer with experience working on the agency and client sides of the business. Chereese brings more than twenty years of experience building brands for major companies like Procter and Gamble, Coca-Cola, L'Oreal and Revlon. Chereese has spent the last 4 years at Walgreens where she headed up their Owned Brand Beauty and Personal Care division. During her tenure there she was responsible for the rebrand of their flag ship beauty brand. She most recently took on a role at the Ten35 Advertsing Agency where she heads their spirits business. Chereese carries eleven years worth of agency experience. Her relentless pursuit of driving ROI for her clients has made her a valuable asset to her clients.

    Chereeese is a graduate of Howard University where she graduated with a BBA degree in finance and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received her MBA in Marketing. Chereese has two teenage son's Miles and Bryce Griffin.

  • Jake Lee


    Jake Lee

    Jake Lee, Kankakee County Auditor, is the youngest of five children born in Kankakee, Illinois. Jake grew up primarily in Hopkins Park, IL and was educated at the Pembroke and St. Anne public school districts and the Kankakee Area Career Center. After high school, Mr. Lee joined the United States Navy and served at several duty stations including: The United States Naval Academy, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan. During Jake’s tenure, he quickly rose to the rate of Religious Program Specialist Second Class, earned several accolades, the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and subsequently a Bachelor's in Business Administration.

    Upon his return to Kankakee County, Jake got involved in the community, supporting several organizations through volunteering. Some of Jakes volunteer activities include: the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley (Secretary), the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association (Treasurer), Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (Past President), and Oakside Corporation (a part of Riverside HealthCare System). He also serves as a member of the Finance Committee of the Riverside HealthCare System, the National Association of Black Veterans, and the NAACP. His professional memberships include the Illinois Association of County Auditors, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Black County Officials. Jake is passionate about social justice and equality, personal growth, economic development, and cultural diversity.

    In addition to the degrees earned while on active duty, Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Governors State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s School of Public Policy Governor Jim Edgar Fellowship Program. Jake was elected Kankakee County Auditor in 2016, making him the first African-American countywide elected official in Kankakee County.

    Jake is the proud father of two daughters, Briánna and Maya.

  • Stacey Meehan


    Stacey MeehanStacey Meehan joined Holland Company in 2013 as Director of Purchasing where she is responsible for Purchasing, Logistics and Warehousing. Prior to joining Holland, Stacey spent fourteen years with Navistar International holding various management positions within the Customer Service, Purchasing, Inventory Management and Global Parts Distribution organizations.

    In her current position she is responsible for $81 million in spend for domestic and international supply of railroad new equipment and repair parts and has total accountability for purchasing strategies which include: reduction of supplier non-conforming product, rationalization of supply, reduction of inventory and removal of obsolescence, best product alignment and the formation of long term partnerships with suppliers focused on mutual growth objectives. In addition, she manages both the strategic and day to day warehousing operations and logistics to ensure the highest level of supply chain performance and customer satisfaction.

    Stacey earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University.

    Interests include time with her family and traveling.

  • Philip C. Moeller


    Philip C. MoellerPhilip C. Moeller, Former President of Holland LP (Retired), joined Holland LP (an Engineering Rail Solutions Company) in 1987 and rose to become the company’s president before retiring in 2012. As president, Phil had overall responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s long term strategic plans as well as its annual business plans. In addition, he was accountable for the company’s profitability and management of its assets, as well as the management of the performance of senior executives. Phil grew annual sales from $10,000,000 to $150,000,000, transforming the company from a laggard to one of the most profitable within the ownership Currant Group.

    Some of Phil’s other achievements include reorganizing the company into Divisions and Profit Centers with profit and loss responsibilities, growing the company into the largest rail welding contractor in the world, developing a rail testing business that tested the integrity of the rail tracks of over 100 customers annually, successfully acquiring and integrating 5 acquisitions while divesting 3 business units, creating a culture based on safety as a shared value, and achieving ISO certification for all operating Divisions.

    A vastly experienced and successful turn-around corporate executive, Phil earned his MBA degree from Cornell University.

  • John Schabes


    John Schabes (002)John Schabes is the Director in the outsourced accounting department at FORVIS. In total, he has been working in the accounting industry over twenty years. He specializes in helping small businesses with their internal accounting functions, financial statement preparation and tax planning.

    He graduated from Governors State in 1994 with a B.A. in business while working in the shipping industry. After deciding on a career change, he returned to Governors State to study accounting, graduating with a B.S. in 2004. He attained his credentials as a Certified Public Accountant in early 2006.

    John has previously served for eleven years as treasurer and chair of the finance committee at the Chicago Southwest Suburban Community Parish and Community Center Foundation in Palos Park (also known as “The Center” and “The Wayside Chapel”). In May of 2022, John concluded a five-year term as deacon and treasurer at New Life Christian Reformed Church in New Lenox. He and his family remain active in volunteering through New Life, where he is currently serving as the leader of the facilities committee and as a praise team musician. As part of his employment at FORVIS, he is the chair of their foundation committee in the Chicago area, which partners with the employees in their charitable work to provide donations and organize community service events.

    Since graduating, John has also been active at Governors State by attending networking events, participating in panel discussions, and most recently speaking to a group of accounting majors about the profession. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and of the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS). He is a native of the south suburbs, and currently resides in New Lenox with his wife and two children.

  • Candice Villagrana


    Candice Villagrana

    Candice Villagrana is the head of Business Banking and Small Business at Old Plank Trail Community Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank. She has been with Wintrust since April 2013, where she started as part of the Middle Market Banking team.

    Candice has 16 years of commercial banking experience with success in developing new business, relationship management, credit underwriting, and financial analysis. She has worked on credit packages ranging from $10,000 to $70 million throughout a variety of industries and worked with clients with revenues ranging from $500,000 to $150 million. Candice graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College with BA’s in Economics and Business (Finance) and a minor in Accounting. Prior to working for Wintrust, Candice worked at MB Financial Bank where she went through their credit training program and completed rotations in two middle market Commercial & Industrial divisions and a Commercial Real Estate division.

    Candice is a Finance Committee member for the Lake Area United Way and a member of the Advisory Board for the Hammond Boys and Girls Club. She lives in St. John, IN with her husband and two daughters.

  • Jim Wilson


    Jim WilsonJim Wilson is currently the Manager of Global Transportation at Panduit where he is focused on international/domestic freight improvements, analytics/KPIs, and providing relationships as well as managing the customs trade and compliance group.

    His experience includes working in the logistics industry for over a decade for a freight brokerage, asset provider, and now a manufacturer. Within these companies he has had the opportunity to work in sales, operations, RFPs, supervising a freight dock, analytics, and managing a team for both domestic and international freight.

    Jim earned a BS from Purdue University (West Lafayette) in Selling and Sales MGMT with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, and more recently an MBA focused on Supply Chain and Logistics from GSU.

    Jim is also a member of the Police and Fire Commission Board for New Lenox.

    In his free time, he enjoys coaching his son’s sport teams, reading, lifting weights, and spending time with his wife and 2 young sons.