Walsh College

Walsh College Officers

Walsh College Officers
Marsha Kelliher
Michael Rinkus
Elizabeth Barnes
Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf
Susan Foley

Marsha Kelliher, J.D., LL.M.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Ph: (248) 823-1232

Marsha Kelliher is the seventh president and chief executive officer of Walsh College. She began her role at Walsh in April 2017.

Kelliher holds a Master of Laws degree in Labor and Employment Law from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. Her bachelor’s degree is from Indiana University.

Kelliher brings academic leadership, teaching, business and legal experience to her role. She comes to Walsh from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where she served as dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Since joining Susquehanna University in 2013, Kelliher spearheaded the development of four new majors, led the redesign of the school’s London program, initiated a Women’s Leadership Symposium in New York, and led the reaffirmation of the Business School’s AACSB accreditation. Previously, she spent 19 years at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she held numerous leadership roles, including dean of the School of Management and Business, and oversaw graduate and undergraduate business programs. Under her leadership, six new majors and six new graduate programs were launched, and international programs were expanded, leading to global partnerships and several new minor and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

In 1982, Kelliher began her career in the consulting department of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co. Like many Walsh graduate students, she earned her law degree while working full time, attending most of her classes at night and on weekends. Kelliher is licensed and has practiced law in both Texas and California, and was admitted into the prestigious National Academy of Arbitrators in 2013.

Last Updated: Apr. 2017


Michael Rinkus, DBA
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Michael Rinkus, DBA, is the executive vice president and chief academic officer of Walsh College.

Dr. Rinkus has been associated with Walsh College for nearly three decades, first serving as an adjunct faculty member and later as a full-time professor of Finance and Economics. In that period he taught graduate and undergraduate course in international finance, financial institutions and capital markets, financial statement analysis, and international management. On April 4, 2016, he became the interim executive vice president and CAO at Walsh.

He created and implemented a graduate class in international trade financing techniques. Dr. Rinkus also managed the Walsh College Finance Lab. He integrated its use into other disciplines and was responsible for the rollout and implementation of pedagogical materials, instructor use, Bloomberg software, and other day-to-day issues relative to the Lab.

Dr. Rinkus earned his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree from Lawrence Technological University in 2015. He also received a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University in 1975.

Dr. Rinkus is a frequent presenter of financial topics and has a strong understanding of global business. He has visited and collaborated with University of Cambridge Office of Sustainability.

During a long-standing professional business career, Dr. Rinkus has held several increasingly responsible corporate finance executive positions, including senior vice president and national leader of trade finance, International Operations, at Comerica Bank; senior vice president of marketing and sales at JV Carr and Son; and international banking officer, Manufacturers’ National Bank.

His professional memberships have included the board of directors, Bankers Association of Finance and Trade, the International Financial Services Association, and the board of directors, Comerica Trade Services, Hong Kong. He is past president, Institute of Management Accountants, Detroit chapter. Dr. Rinkus has also written several articles on international trade for professional publications.

Dr. Rinkus is a U.S. Army veteran and is a strong supporter of Walsh College’s veterans’ programs.            


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.


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.



Susan Foley
Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Susan Foley joined Walsh College in June 2017 and leads the development, alumni relations, student life, and government relations functions at the College. 

Foley has over 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience. Most recently, she served as the senior director of departments, centers, and institutes at the University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine, where she led a major gift officer team.

Previously, Foley served as the vice president for advancement at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, with responsibility for fundraising, marketing, and government relations. She also served as a senior director of philanthropy at Henry Ford Health System. 

Foley is a lifelong resident of metro Detroit. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.



Last Updated: June 2016