Lindner College of Business Leadership Team

The leadership team at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business is composed of three associate deans, an assistant dean and integral staff leadership positions, all with highly focused, yet interdependent, priorities.

  • Marianne W. Lewis, PhD – Dean
  • Robin Brinkman – Executive Director, Strategic Operations
  • Nick Castro, JD – Assistant Dean, Inclusive Excellence
  • Kati Elfers – Senior Business Officer
  • Suzanne Masterson, PhD – Senior Associate Dean, Faculty, Research & Lindner Culture
  • Chuck Sox, PhD – Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Partnerships 
  • Jaime Windeler, PhD – Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs & Student Experience

"Each associate dean is responsible for a critical engine of the college and specific initiatives, yet all team members will be architects and bridge-builders," said Dean Marianne Lewis. "While we all have diverse expertise and backgrounds, our common thread is the shared dedication to the Lindner community."

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Marianne W. Lewis, PhD

Dean and Professor of Management

Dean Lewis has earned numerous teaching and research awards throughout her academic career. An international expert on organizational paradoxes, her research explores tensions and competing demands surrounding leadership and innovation. She applies her renowned paradox lens across such diverse contexts as strategy, product development, organizational change, governance and technology implementation. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide,” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000 and is among the most cited in the field. Her work appears in such top journals as the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science. In 2022, she released a co-authored book titled “Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.” Dean Lewis earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky.

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Robin Brinkman

Executive Director, Strategic Operations


Robin provides strategic leadership and innovative solutions to assist the college in achieving its operational goals. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing building management, events, class scheduling, college rankings, and elevating the recognition of Lindner as the leading co-op business school. Robin manages the Strategic Operations team, which is comprised of the Building Operations, Marketing Communications, and Scheduling & Analytics departments. Robin has over 20 years of experience providing financial and business advisory services in a variety of sectors. She specializes in the development of data-driven tools to support strategic decision-making, improve efficiencies, and foster innovation and collaboration. Robin is a Lindner graduate holding degrees in finance and business analytics.

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Nick Castro, JD

Assistant Dean, Inclusive Excellence


Nick is responsible for developing the strategic vision for Lindner’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. His goals of creating and maintaining inclusive spaces are achieved by focusing on the recruitment, retention and support of diverse students, staff and faculty. His passion for helping diverse communities stems from his experience as the son of an immigrant and as a first-generation college student. Nick, who earned his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, previously served as Assistant Director of Inclusion & Involvement at UC Blue Ash. He is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional and a Cultural Intelligence Center CQ® Certified Facilitator.

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Kati Elfers

Senior Business Officer


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Suzanne Masterson, PhD

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty, Research & Lindner Culture, Professor of Management


Dr. Masterson coordinates faculty research and development, RPT, academic leaves, workload and Digital Measures, as well as oversees the Doctoral Program and Lindner staff activities. She teaches organizational behavior, leadership and human resource management; and she was awarded the EXCEL Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Lindner Award for Excellence in Service to Research and UC’s Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award. Her research interests include organizational justice, workplace relationships and workspace design. Her research appears in the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management Review and the Journal of Applied Psychology, among others. She currently serves on the editorial review boards for three other management journals. Her PhD is from the University of Maryland.

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Chuck Sox, PhD

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Partnerships, Professor of Operations Management


Dr. Sox oversees the Lindner's graduate programs and its 10 centers, institutes and partnerships. He also coordinates executive education opportunities, and serves as liaison with UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub and the business community at large. He previously served as department head and University Chair of Manufacturing Management at the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Business. His research and teaching interests are in in the application of operations research and statistics to business analytics problems in supply chain management, operations planning and scheduling, inventory control, and logistics. His research has appeared in top-tiered journals such as the International Journal of Management ScienceJournal of Management Analytics and International Journal of Services and Operations Management. He earned his PhD from Cornell University.

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Jaime Windeler, PhD

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs & Student Experience; Associate Professor of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems


Dr. Windeler oversees the portfolio of undergraduate programs, including majors, minors and certificates, as well as co-op, study abroad and co-curricular engagement. She is also an Associate Professor in the department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems (OBAIS), and was formerly OBAIS Interim Assistant Department Head. Her teaching focuses on the development of information systems and management of IT professionals. Her research focuses on the management of distributed collaboration (e.g., remote work, virtual teams) and the attraction, motivation and retention of a diverse and inclusive IT workforce. Her work has appeared in elite IS journals, including MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research. She serves as an associate editor of MIS Quarterly and Journal of the AIS. She earned her PhD at the University of Arkansas.