Griff Lindell

Dean, School of Business

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B.S. Slippery Rock University
M.A. Ed. California State University, Fresno
CBC, Certified Business Communicator

Professional: Professor Lindell is a businessman and entrepreneur who founded or co-founded several companies and has more than 35 years of proven leadership skills. He is an author, speaker, management consultant and business/life coach. He served as adjunct faculty during his business career teaching courses on servant-leadership, marketing and sales management.

Professor Lindell’s teaching responsibilities at Corban include Management Principles, Senior Capstone Project, and Biblical Leadership/Ethics in The Corban MBA program.

His books, including his latest book on leadership, Mastering a Serving Leader Attitude™ (2014), are available on Amazon.

Personal: Griff married Margaret Ann in 1968 and they have three adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys reading, writing, and golf.

Why Corban: “I was attracted to Corban’s Hoff School of Business because it is dedicated to training young people for business while helping them develop the character traits to be Christ-like while “doing” business. I saw the reality in my contact with students and faculty that when a heart and mind are dedicated to God, then one is committed to making the great commission real at work – no matter the kind of work. I loved that commitment of the University and am thrilled that the Lord directed our paths to meet.”


Alan Scharn

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

A.A. Law Enforcement
B.S. Corban University
M.B.A. George Fox University

Professional: Professor Scharn has 30 years of service in public safety, law enforcement and executive management training, and holds an executive police certification as well as being certified by the Oregon Executive Development Institute. His career includes 17 years with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Oregon); six years as Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training; and seven years in various administrative/leadership roles with the Oregon Department of Corrections

Professor Scharn has also served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Executive Development Institute, a non-profit, in various capacities for the past 14 years and is its current Executive Director. 

Professor Scharn started at Corban University in 2009 as an adjunct instructor in the Business & Leadership Program.  In the fall of 2011, Professor Scharn came on board fulltime as an associate professor of criminal justice and continues to teach courses in the MBA Program.  

Personal: Alan has been married to Kathy for 33 years and has two children, Greg and Sara, a son-in-law, Eric, daughter-in-law, Trish, and four grandchildren. He enjoys camping and riding quads and makes an annual pilgrimage to Alaska to fish for Sockeye salmon on the Kenai River.

Why Corban: “I‘ve developed a passion for criminal justice and business training and education and feel blessed to have an opportunity to use my passion and skills at Corban University to help educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”   


Bryce Bernard

Professor of Business

B.A. Corban University
M.B.A. Oregon State University
Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
CPA, Certified Public Accountant, State of Oregon
CGMA, Certified Global Management Accountant

Professional: Dr. Bernard brings more than 10 years of experience in public accounting as an auditor, technology consultant and valuation consultant. He teaches accounting, finance and nonprofit management at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Bernard started at Corban in 1987, where he has served as business faculty, Department Chair, Associate Academic Dean, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Vice President for Academics, Dean of Information Services, and Dean of the School of Business at Corban. He currently serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative, Chair of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Faculty Athletic Representatives Association, and is a member of the National Eligibility Committee of the NAIA.

Personal: Bryce married Julie (‘81) in 1981. They have three children (all of whom graduated from Corban University): Bryan ('07), Jason ('09) and Carrie ('12) and four grandchildren. Bryce enjoys music, golf, baseball and leading mission trips.

Why Corban: “Attending Corban University as students and building relationships with faculty had a tremendous impact on the lives of my wife and me. Teaching at Corban has been a blessing to our family and the lifelong relationships that I have been able to build with students, now alumni, have been a gift from God. There is no other place that I would rather teach than Corban. It is truly a place where our faith is deepened and our commitment to ‘life and career as ministry’ is developed as we study, work and live life together.”


Don Leavitt

Assistant Professor of Business

B.S. Biola University
M.B.A. University of Portland
ABD Northcentral University

Professional: Professor Leavitt’s professional business experience includes 19 years in management positions in the financial lending industry. Most of that time was with HSBC.

Professor Leavitt started at Corban in 2001 as a full-time faculty in the School of Business, and his teaching responsibilities include personal finance, management and economics. In addition, he helps oversee the capstone Corban Consulting Partners project, giving students valuable experience working with real business clients in the Salem community.

Personal: Don married Joanne in 1981, and they have three children; Don (’09), Michael (’12) and Tina. He enjoys basketball, dirt bike riding and golf.

Why Corban: “I had an opportunity to change my career from serving customers to molding students. Corban has given me a platform to pass on my years of practical experience in business to the next generation of Christian business leaders. I am grateful for the chance to be involved with the Christian young people attending this university."


Eric Straw

Associate Professor of Information Systems

U.S. Navy Advanced Electronic Program
B.S. Corban University
MCIS Nova Southeastern University
Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University

Professional: Dr. Straw’s 21 years of real world experience include running his own manufacturing company, various IT technical as well as managerial positions, and serving in the U.S. Navy. He also serves as Executive Director of Mark 5 Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving computing technology problems for missionaries.

Dr. Straw has taught at Corban since 2002 and is responsible for courses on information systems, nonprofit management, managerial accounting and business applications.

Personal: Eric married Margie in 1984 and has four children: Jennifer ('09), Kevin ('13), Matthew ('15), and Rebekah ('17). He enjoys motorcycles, international travel, missions, reading, hiking and fishing.

Why Corban: "I believe our students can change the world for Jesus Christ. And, I get to help them do that through our amazing community at Corban as we learn and grow and serve Jesus together."


Kelli Gassman

Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing

B.A. Business & Spanish – Point Loma Nazarene University
M.B.A. International Business – Pepperdine University

Professional: Professor Gassman is an international business and marketing expert. Her 20 years of professional experience include 13 years with FedEx in global business development and marketing throughout 147 countries. She also served as Communications Manager/Corporate Spokesperson for a retirement living company.

Professor Gassman’s teaching responsibilities focus on her areas of expertise, including international business, marketing, consumer behavior and public relations. Before joining the Corban team as a full-time professor in 2011, she also taught for four years as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

Personal: Kelli married Dan in 2008, and they have two children, Trevor and Aubrey. She enjoys traveling, learning new languages, volleyball, knitting and cooking.

Why Corban: “Attending a Christian university was influential in my career preparation and inspired me to want to give back to the next generation. It is exciting to be part of the formation process of developing Christian business leaders who will live out their faith as part of their careers."


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