Office of the Dean


Dean – Filiz Tabak, Ph. D.                

Dr. Tabak is dean and professor of leadership and management in the College of Business. Her Ph.D. is in business administration with a focus area of management and organizational behavior from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Tabak also holds an M.B.A, an M.S. in Marine Physics and Chemistry, and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Dr. Tabak brings a wealth of experience in academic program development, implementation of high-impact, experiential learning eco-systems, as well as strategic planning and AACSB accreditation. She has championed multiple diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness (DEIB) initiatives and has expanded community outreach efforts to build strategic partnerships with business college stakeholders.

Dr. Tabak has taught multiple graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational leadership, learning and change, management, organizational behavior, and organization theory for over 20 years.

Her research interests span areas of work engagement, transformational leadership, entrepreneurial passion, and innovation and change management. Her research has been published in several top-quality journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Journal of Education for Business. 

Dr. Tabak has given numerous workshops and consulted with businesses and managers on executive leadership, team building, organizational structure and dynamics, and leadership development in organizations.

She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. She is also a member and a fellow of the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM). As a fellow and past President of EAM, Dr. Tabak has initiated and completed all incorporation processes, chaired the Board of Directors, streamlined finances, and managed fund raising, vendor and sponsor relations for annual conferences. Dr. Tabak is an avid dog lover, and in her free time, boards and trains dogs.

Associate Dean – Christopher Garcia, Ph.D.

Chris is associate dean and professor of quantitative methods in the College of Business. His academic expertise lies in the areas of combinatorial optimization and machine learning. Chris’s research presently focuses on developing algorithms for complex planning and scheduling problems in the logistics, supply chain, and transportation domains; applying reinforcement learning to dynamic pricing problems; and using machine learning techniques to discover, extract, and fuse information from disparate sources into a reliable operational picture. His research has been published in flagship engineering and operations research journals including IISE Transactions, Engineering Optimization, OR Spectrum, INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, and others. Chris earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University. He also holds an M.S. degree in Operations Research as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science. Chris is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) and has provided consulting for organizations in multiple industries including defense, transportation, finance, logistics, petroleum, and insurance. His faculty website can be found at

Director, Small Business Development Center – Susan Ball

Susan Ball is a Certified Business Analyst, a certified NxLevel instructor, and a GrowthWheel advisor.  UMW SBDC consultants work with clients to evaluate business opportunities, forecast cash flows, develop marketing strategies, prepare loan proposals, and write business plans. The center serves clients throughout Planning Districts 16, 17, and 18, which includes Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties, the Middle Peninsula, and the Northern Neck. Susan has been with the UMW SBDC since the fall of 2007 and has worked with more than 2,000 clients during that time.

Susan has participated in the Veteran Business Bootcamp program since its inception in 2012.  She oversees the Government Contracting Assistance Center (GCAC). The GCAC assists clients in registering to do business with state and federal agencies and obtaining applicable minority business certifications; it partners with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (VSBSD) and the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VPTAC) to provide training and one-on-one advising on marketing to the government.

Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Mary Washington and an MBA in finance from the University of Florida. Prior to working with the SBDC, Susan co-authored finance textbooks, helped found a church-based preschool, and taught high school mathematics.  With her husband and sons, she owned and operated a franchise pizza restaurant, Papa’s Pizza To-Go, in Orange, Virginia. She and her husband currently own an Airbnb in Mathews, Virginia, with their son and daughter-in-law.

Entrepreneurship & Communications Manager – Bianka Rosales

Bianka Rosales is the Entrepreneurship and Communications Manager at the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development. She is in charge of the Financial operations for all Funds and Grants of the department and assures the department operates in compliance with all UMW, Common Wealth of Virginia and Federal policies, requirements and regulations pertinent to UMW CED operations.

Bianka is the liaison communications between the Center for Economic Development Center, the SBA Grant State Office, Eagle Works Business Incubation Program, and the UMW College of Business and she oversees the Marketing for the UMW Center for Economic Development Center and its programs. 

Bianka graduated from University of Mary Washington in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Management. While in school, she was already part of UMW Center for Economic staff team for several years where she developed skills in Finance and marketing along the years. She assisted several programs implementing new ideas for events and training at the center. She also innovated methods to implement new internal control of software usage for customer service improvement. Bianka is incredibly passionate to use skills to improve daily operations to obtain efficient results.

Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center – Matthew Fleming 

Matt FlemingMatthew Fleming is part-time business consultant with UMW SBDC.   A retired Navy Captain and proven Small Business Owner, he and his wife have started six different successful small businesses in the Stafford area, including property management, healthcare and consulting.  He has experience in exiting a business as well as investing in properties. Matthew understands leadership, resource management and how to make a business successful.

During the fourteen years Matthew and his wife owned Fleming Therapy Services, Inc., he performed duties as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Operations and Business Development. He was responsible for all accounts payable, accounts receivable, office buildouts, IT, Human Resources and Company policies.  He is a proven expert in HIPAA, medical billing and practice management systems to support health care companies.

Matthew is a 1990 graduate of Norwich University, the military college of Vermont earning a BS in Biology. He has earned a MS in Management degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and a MS degree in Resourcing a National Security Strategy from National Defense University in Washington DC.

Matthew and his wife have a National consulting and coaching business for pediatric therapy business owners/entrepreneurs.  When he is not working, he and his wife spend time together in the Fredericksburg region or at their Lake cabin.  They also enjoy time with their 6 children and 2 dogs and extended family and friends.

Office Manager – Lucy Quann

Lucy Quann serves as the Office Manager in the College of Business.  With forty-six years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, her most rewarding job has been working with faculty and students at University of Mary Washington.  She is responsible for day to day activities insuring that the faculty and students needs are met.  Lucy previously worked at The Medical College of Virginia in Family Practice and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Biology.  Lucy graduated from Southern Seminary Jr. College and Pan American Secretarial School in Richmond, VA.  With three adult children, Lucy now has time to devote to other interests, gardening, water activities and her two chocolate labs.




College of Business – Office of the Dean

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