Scott Burke is Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Executive Chairman for the FC Bolts Celtic, Member of the Board of Directors for the Wellesley United Soccer Club, and President of the Affinity Marketing Group. All of his roles may sound ambitious, but Burke is dedicated. With his well-rounded background, it is no wonder that he has been a great addition to our undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Success in the business world

Since joining the School of Business in 2007, Burke continues to share his curricula experience in the subject areas of Business Policy, Principles of Marketing, Sports Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Management Theory and Organizations, Strategic Planning and Policy Development, and Project Management. Furthermore, outside of the classroom, Burke advises the Distributed Educational Clubs of America (DECA) Student Chapter.

Dynamic industry expertise

With his 25 years of experience, Burke understands the importance of preparing students for the job market. Previously, before joining Affinity Marketing Group in 2001, Burke devoted 18 years to publicly traded corporations and entrepreneurial start-up ventures. From his former roles as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Saucony, Inc., Vice President, Business Development for S&H Greenpoints, and Vice President, Marketing and Product Development for Craft House International, Burke is an expert in areas ranging from strategy, marketing, sales, business loyalty, and organization change.

In addition to his professional background, Burke holds his Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University. His dissertation research is grounded in the subject of Business Loyalty (employee, member, customer and investor). Burke also holds his Masters of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University.

Jacqueline Palmer, D.P.E., is a consummate athlete whether she’s on the field or in the classroom. As a professor, program director for sport management, and previous director of athletics, she is known around campus for enthusiastically educating future generations.

Inspiring to lead

Before arriving at Mount Ida in 1987, Palmer worked as a Corporate Fitness Specialist for Xerox Corporation. In addition, she worked in higher education at the University of Bridgeport, High Point University, and Albertus Magnus College. In her current position, Palmer has created a curriculum for wellness education and sports administration with our hands-on, interactive classes.

“I believe in the mind, body, and spirit synergy for personal wellness,” said Palmer. “I workout six days a week and have run the Boston and Chicago marathons, biked 1000 miles with my older brother in England, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Alaska, and Italy. The last several years, I have competed in the summer 1.5 mile open swim on Cape Cod Bay to aid those in need of financial support for health care.”

Boston sports

Palmer’s active involvement in the Boston community has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Teaching in our sports-crazy city, our students care about winning in the competitive industry by landing a job in sport management, fitness, or recreation. Some students even pursue graduate studies to complete their master’s degree.

“Upon arriving at Mount Ida, I found that the college could be the center stage for expanded athletics for women and men,” stated Palmer. “You see this today with our 15 varsity teams, which are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III.”

As a Mount Ida student, Jeffrey Megna, M.Ed., respected his funeral service professors for their expertise in classroom labs and lectures. Now, as Department Chair, Funeral Service Programs, Megna feels like he has returned home again to give back to our college that trained and educated him for the funeral service industry.

Sharing practical experience

With over 30 years of practical experience, Megna has worked in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts as a licensed embalmer, funeral director, and certified funeral service practitioner. In addition, Megna taught high school biology and anatomy/physiology for many years before deciding to teach at the college level.

“I truly believe this profession, much like teaching, is an art,” stated Megna. “We honor the deceased and their family by the manner in which we serve them; with dignity and respect. Perhaps the most rewarding part is hearing the words ‘thank you’ from a family member and knowing that you truly made a difference in their life.”

Applying skills to career

As Department Chair, Megna is heavily involved with developing course curriculums, but his favorite class to teach has always been Anatomy and Physiology. Through learning about the human body’s complexity from cell, to tissue, to organ, to system, to organism, students understand how each body part works in conjunction with each other. In the classroom, Megna also stresses the importance of building interpersonal skills with qualities such as understanding, patience, concern, and dedication.

“Our profession is truly one of service; we see people at their most vulnerable time,” said Megna. “Families look to us for direction and guidance. We as funeral service professionals should feel honored and privileged when called upon to serve the needs of others.”