Marsha Kelliher Walsh College

Marsha Kelliher, J.D., LL.M.

President, Chief Executive Officer

Marsha Kelliher came to Walsh as President and CEO in 2017, bringing decades of academic leadership, teaching, business, and legal experience to her role. Prior to joining Walsh, Kelliher served as Dean of Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, where she led the redesign of the school’s London program, initiated the launch of a Women’s Symposium and led the reaffirmation of the business school’s AACSB accreditation.

Kelliher has made a strong impact in the short time she has been at Walsh, leading an ambitious strategic plan initiative and launching several new academic programs: the country’s only multi-course concentration in automotive cybersecurity, Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, the Master of Arts in Business, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and reintroduced the Walsh Doctor of Management program.

Kelliher was named to the 2019 Notable Women in Education list by Crain’s Detroit Business and as one of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Metro Detroit in Education by DBusiness’ Detroit 500. She was an Honored Guest at the 2019 Inforum Inner Circle. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, the Board of the Detroit Economic Club, the Army-Southeast Michigan Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Kelliher holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Labor and Employment Law, which, like many Walsh students, she earned while working full-time. She is licensed and has practiced law in both Texas and California.

Mike Rinkus Walsh College

Michael Rinkus, DBA

Executive Vice President, 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. 

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.        

Beth Barnes Walsh College

Elizabeth Barnes 

Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer

Secretary, Walsh College Board of Trustees

Elizabeth 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.    

Susan Foley, Walsh College

Susan Foley 

Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer

Susan Foley 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.

Helen Kieba-Tolksdorf, Walsh College

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.

Patti Swanson, Walsh College

Patricia Swanson 

Vice President, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer

Patti Swanson is responsible for overseeing all marketing, public relations, enrollment management and related student service functions for Walsh College. She came into this role in November 2017 after filling it in an interim capacity.

Previously, Swanson has served as Vice President of Marketing at LevelSet Solutions and in various executive roles at YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit during her more than 20-year career in marketing and communications.

Over the course of her career, Swanson has delivered impressive results on behalf of several organizations. Consistently, she has effectively managed large teams, reduced costs, exceeded sales projections and developed comprehensive communications strategies for many of the companies she has been part of. Swanson brings to her position a wide variety of experiences in sales, marketing, and communications including customer service, operations, public relations, and event planning.

Swanson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management from Northwood University and a Master of Science Administration in Marketing from Central Michigan University.