Walsh College

Walsh College Officers

Walsh College Officers
Stephanie Bergeron
David Shields
Elizabeth Barnes
Audrey Olmstead
Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf

Stephanie W. Bergeron, MBA, CPA, CGMA
President, Chief Executive Officer
Ph: (248) 823-1232

Stephanie Bergeron Stephanie W. Bergeron became the sixth president and chief executive officer of Walsh College on January 10, 2007. She had been interim president since 2006.

Bergeron earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit in 1981.

Bergeron began her career at Arthur Andersen in 1975. She later spent 25 years in automotive industry finance in increasingly responsible positions at General Motors, Chrysler, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber. At Goodyear, Bergeron advanced to senior vice president, Corporate Financial Operations, responsible for Goodyear’s global corporate finance, accounting, tax, and treasury. Bergeron later became founder, president, and chief executive officer of Bluepoint Partners, a consulting company providing advice on financial and capital structure.

Bergeron has presided over a host of major initiatives during her Walsh tenure, including the Driving Aspirations campaign that raised more than $5 million for scholarships; the 2009-10 Take Charge skills-training workshop program for displaced workers, offered during the recession; the Walsh College LaunchPad (2010) for aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur-YOU, a program providing local women with tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship; and the award-winning Finance Lab (2013).

New degree programs developed during her leadership have included the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science of Finance dual-degree program (2009), the Master of Management (2009), the revised Master of Science in Accountancy program (2013); and the enhanced MBA, Master of Science, and dual-degree MBA/MS graduate programs.

Bergeron is a Henry Ford Health System trustee and chairs its Finance and Planning Committee. She is the chair, board of directors, of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). Her board memberships include the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Economic Club, and Sun Communities, Inc. Bergeron is also a member of the Executive Committee, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. A Certified Public Accountant, Bergeron earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and is a member of the AICPA Council.

In 2013, the Michigan Business and Professional Association honored Bergeron with a Distinguished Leadership Award in the Education category while the MICPA honored her with its "Women to Watch" Award, Experienced Leader category. Bergeron also received DBusiness’ 2013 "Powered by Women" award. In 2011, she received an honorary Associate in Arts and Sciences from Schoolcraft College. In 2007 and 1997, Crain’s Detroit Business named Bergeron one of its “Most Influential Women.” She was awarded Pillar of Vibrancy in Education honors from The Community House, Birmingham, Mich., in 2014. Bergeron received the Oakland County “Quality People, Quality County” award for career achievement and community contributions in 2015.

Last Updated: Feb. 2016
David Shields, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

David Shields, Ph.D., provides Walsh College with strategic and operational leadership, oversees academic standards and accreditation, and ensures that the College’s academic programs meet employer and student needs. 

Dr. Shields joined Walsh College on January 2, 2012, from Atlanta’s Mercer University.  At Mercer, Dr. Shields was professor of accounting in the Stetson School of Business and previously served as the business school’s dean. Dr. Shields has also served as dean of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business; associate dean for Graduate and Professional Programs at the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business; and associate dean and director of Louisiana State University’s James C. and Cherie H. Flores MBA Programs and the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies.

While at the University of Houston, Dr. Shields developed and operated Executive MBA programs in Global Energy Management in Beijing, China. At Western Michigan University, he worked to create Centers for Sustainable Business, Global Business, and Entrepreneurship/Innovation.

Dr. Shields has taught managerial accounting, financial accounting, and budgeting at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive levels, as well as in corporate seminars. He taught at the University of Florida; Rice University; Texas A & M University; the University of Michigan; Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management; and the University of Houston.

He has been recognized for teaching excellence at the University of Florida (Teacher of the Year), the University of Houston (Halliburton Faculty Teaching Award, the MidCon Corporation Award for Teaching Excellence [Executive MBA], Melcher Faculty Teaching Fellow), and Rice University (finalist, Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize).

Dr. Shields has published nine research projects, authored 26 articles, and served as editor or reviewer for eight prominent accounting journals. He has consulted across a range of industries for such firms as Shell Oil, Brown & Root, McKinsey & Co., Coca Cola Foods, IOMEGA, and Chevron. He began his career at Coopers & Lybrands (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

Dr. Shields earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Michigan, where he was a Paton Fellow. His Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in English are from The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth A. Barnes
Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer
Secretary, Walsh College Board of Trustees

Elizabeth A. Barnes is responsible for human resources, career services, and institutional planning. In 1996, the Walsh College Board of Trustees appointed Barnes vice president after she had served as director of College Relations (1990-1996) and manager of Personnel and Placement (1985-1990).

Prior to joining Walsh, Barnes was an employment recruiter for Personnel Director Associates and an employment program coordinator for the South and West Washtenaw Consortium.

Barnes earned a Bachelor of Business Education degree from Eastern Michigan University and completed graduate courses in management at Walsh College.

Barnes is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan.  She served on the capital campaign committee for the Troy Boys and Girls Club and is the past secretary/treasurer of the Troy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a member of the College and University Human Resources Association, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the American Society of Employers, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Michigan Wellness Council, and the WorldAtWork Association.

Audrey M. Olmstead
Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Audrey M. Olmstead has 24 years of experience in higher education and health care fund development. She is responsible for the College’s Development, Alumni Relations and Government Relations functions.

Olmstead joined Walsh in April 2008 from the Henry Ford Health System, where she was senior director, major and principal gifts. At Henry Ford, she led the major gifts team for the medical group and Centers of Excellence, led research and planned giving, and served as a member of the capital campaign leadership team.

Prior to that, Olmstead was with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, as interim vice president of development and alumni relations. While there, Olmstead developed plans that led to increased gift revenue and established and strengthened relationships with alumni, individual, corporate, and foundation friends.

Locally, Olmstead was with Wayne State University as senior director of development, University Advancement, and held roles at Walsh College and Oakland University. She was also an independent business owner.

Olmstead earned a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Communications and English from Oakland University. 

Last updated - February 17, 2014

Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf, CPA, CGMA
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf is responsible for much of the College’s infrastructure, including facilities, information systems, and finance.

Prior to joining the Walsh College staff, Kieba-Tolksdorf was with Oakland Community College (OCC), serving as controller, director of special projects, and chief business officer and treasurer.

While at OCC, Kieba-Tolksdorf led a successful conversion of the financial and administrative system and chaired the Criterion II Committee in a successful NCA reaccreditation visit. In addition, she led the legal and business sections for OCC’s millage passage.

During her career Kieba-Tolksdorf was also audit manager at Ernst and Whinney, specializing in education, financial institutions, insurance, health care, and pension plans. She has taught accounting at Walsh College and OCC.

A certified public accountant, Kieba-Tolksdorf received both Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in accounting degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the University Risk Management and Insurance Association, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and recently earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Helen also sits on the board of the American Society of Employers and is a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).  Helen also improved the technology defenses of Walsh College, leading to an article published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Last Updated: October 22, 2014