President & CEO
Phone: (651) 962-4123
Ron James serves as President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas. The Center, founded in 1978, is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization within the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Serving at the intersection of thought and practice leadership, the Center brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of business ethics and provides public programs; engages in research; and builds and delivers governance and ethical leadership development programs and services.
In addition, James teaches business ethics in the graduate programs at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, and has formerly taught in the graduate programs at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
James, a frequently sought after national public speaker, was recognized by Ethisphere in its 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in the world in the thought leadership category. In 2006, James was recognized by the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, receiving one of several International Awards for “pioneering in the field of applied business ethics through executive leadership training focused on developing integrity and ethical behaviors in order to improve corporate citizenship and develop corporate culture.”
James served on the Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2002-2004 with a task of reviewing the 10-year Federal Sentencing Guidelines that apply to Organizations. And, in the midst of massive ethical breakdowns in corporate America, James participated in former President Bush’s Economic Summit focusing on Corporate Responsibility.
From 1996 to 1998, James served as President and CEO of the Human Resources Group, an international division of Ceridian Corporation. Prior to joining Ceridian, James had an extensive career in telecommunications and served as Minnesota’s top Executive Officer for US West Communications Inc. (now CenturyLink), and Regional Vice-President for US West, which included responsibilities for Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.
James currently serves as a board member of RBC Funds (an Investment Fund of the Royal Bank of Canada), and Bremer Financial Corporation, with past affiliations on the boards of Best Buy Corporation, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, The St. Paul Companies, Ceridian Corporation and Automotive Industries. Civically, he serves on the Travelers Foundation Board, the Center for Healthcare Innovation – a Board Committee of Allina Health, recently returned to the board of the Greater Twin Cities United Way having chaired its Minneapolis Board in 1998 and served as Campaign Chair in 1992, and formerly served on the Guthrie Theater board which he chaired from 1992-1994.
James was recognized in October of 2011 by Twin Cities Business together with the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors as a 2011 Outstanding Director and additionally for Lifetime Achievement in the field of corporate governance.
Phone: (651) 962-4122
David Rodbourne is Vice President of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Since joining the Center in 1995, he has played a key role in developing and delivering ethical leadership workshops and services for the Center’s business and organizational clients. Currently, Mr. Rodbourne leads the Center’s corporate citizenship focus including a multi-year project engaging distinguished scholars to research and write U.S. and global histories of corporate responsibility.
Mr. Rodbourne speaks on ethics and corporate citizenship to business and professional groups. He has presented at national and regional Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics workshops, addressed collegiate audiences, and conducted workshops for students and business groups. Management team simulation exercises developed by Mr. Rodbourne and colleagues at the Center have been used with business, college and high school groups. At St. Thomas Mr. Rodbourne works with faculty and staff to enhance the educational experience of students and support the Opus College of Business focus on creating highly principled global business leaders.
His past work at CEBC has included leading international experiences in business ethics and corporate responsibility for MBA students with businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies in Brussels and London. He also led the Center’s recognition program for family-friendly employers – the Minnesota Work-Life Champions Awards – and the Center’s earlier Work-Life Network among leading Minnesota employers.
David’s educational background includes a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and graduate study at St. Lawrence and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. David and his wife Marcie have one very busy 11-year old daughter.
Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: (651) 962-4126
Terri Hastings, MIM, MBA, is the Director of Programs and Operations for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
Ms. Hastings is responsible for developing CEBC’s public forums focused on business ethics and corporate responsibility issues, developing confidential member company dialogues about emerging issues and best practices for creating and sustaining ethical cultures, and managing the Center’s operations and administration.
In addition she plays a key role in the Center’s work in educating the next generation of business leaders. Her work includes managing the CEBC Ethics Case Competition and Ethics Essay Competition. She has also developed and co-led graduate level study abroad programs focused on business ethics and corporate social responsibility issues to Belgium, France and the United Kingdom for the University of St. Thomas.
Prior to joining CEBC, Ms. Hastings was General Manager of the Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Department Manager for Sears in the Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas area.
Hastings received her Master of Business Administration and Master of International Management from the University of St. Thomas - Minnesota and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University.
Director of Programs & Membership
Phone: (651) 962-4127
Bob Shoemake serves as the Director of Programs & Membership at the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas. The Center is a not-for-profit educational organization which assists business leaders in creating ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels. Now in its 32nd year, CEBC is one of the nation’s oldest business–founded and business–led centers focused on business ethics and corporate citizenship.
Bob’s responsibilities at the Center include developing programming in leadership and values and the Minnesota Business Ethics Award growing its membership base and overseeing the Center’s print publications and media presence. He developed Enhancing an Ethical Business Culture, one of the Center’s ethical leadership development tools for senior business leaders.
Bob has worked in business, academia and the non-profit sector, for organizations that include IVI Publishing (now part of WebMD.com), Dayton’s/Marshall Fields and The United Methodist Church. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at St. Thomas, teaching in both its Opus College of Business and its Department of Theology.
He serves as the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chorale. He helped to found the Rochester (MN) Area Habitat for Humanity, chairing its Family Selection Committee, and has served on numerous other non-profit boards.
Bob received a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Bachelor of Music Education in voice and choral conducting from the University of South Carolina. He has completed further graduate study at institutions in South Carolina and Minnesota.
Born in Florida and reared in South Carolina, Bob has lived in Minnesota since 1983. His interests include reading, gardening, cooking, wine, pottery, theatre, film and music of many kinds, especially choral singing.
Douglas Jondle, Ph.D., MBA
Director of Research
Phone: (651) 962-4117
Douglas Jondle, Ph.D., M.B.A. is Director of Research at the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. His current research includes evaluating ethical business cultures multiculturally and the development of an Ethical Perception Index. Recent publications include Characteristics of Ethical Business Cultures published in the Journal of Business Ethics (2009 - 85:445-451) and Ethical Business Cultures: A Literature Review and Implications for HRD that was published in the Human Resource Development Review (Volume 8, Issue 2).
Dr. Jondle teaches Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota on the subject of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. He has developed and facilitated graduate level study abroad programs to Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg and the United Kingdom for the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota.
From 1989 to 1997, Jondle was a research station manager for Cargill where he was responsible for product development, was involved in and coordinated numerous agronomic trait technology projects including transgenic modifications and was research coordinator for Cargill’s joint venture with the All Union Research Institute in Dnipropetrovs’k, Ukraine. As a manager with Cargill, Inc., he has traveled throughout Europe including Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Russia and Ukraine.
Civically, he has served as the Sub-committee Chair of the Enrichment Committee for Annunciation School and is a former Member of the Board of Young Audiences of Minnesota where he Chaired the Governance Committee.
Jondle received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in Plant Genetics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Master of Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota and Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Phone: (651) 962-4120
Judy Olson is CEBC’s Administrative Assistant for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas. She provides support to the Center’s professional staff; handles the Center’s financial transactions and budgets in conjunction with the University of St. Thomas comptroller’s office and provides the logistical and event coordination and support for CEBC programs and meetings. In addition, she supervises CEBC work-study students.
From 1997 to 1999 Ms. Olson served as Administrative Secretary for the Distinguished Chair in Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas. She also worked in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate Education and assisted them in various projects and classes along with her administrative duties to the Distinguished Chair in Real Estate.
She joined the University of St. Thomas in 1994 as Program Coordinator for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she provided support and coordination for SBDC’s four satellite locations; prescreened potential clients; supervised work study students, prepared regular monthly reports for the SBDC regional director; and assisted the director in overseeing budget compliance.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Ms. Olson held positions as Office Manager and Accounts Payable/Receivable with Microfacs Inc. in St. Louis Park, as Office Manager for Immedia Duplication Services Inc. in Roseville, and as Office Manager /Executive Secretary for Marketing Decisions Inc. in Minneapolis.
Ms. Olson attended St. Cloud State College and the University of Minnesota from 1964-1967.
Ms. Olson and her husband Bob reside in Minneapolis. They have two children Michael, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and Notre Dame, and Rachael, also a graduate of the University of St. Thomas.
Ms. Olson is a Past President of the Women of Today and Past President of the St. Helena Home and School Association. Judy and Bob are pre-marriage facilitators for the Prepare Course offered to engaged couples prior to their marriage. They meet with about four to five couples a year. She and her husband are also involved in the University of St. Thomas Culture Link Program and have been host to a number of international students.