Faculty and Staff

All faculty members have excellent academic credentials and significant business experience in sales and marketing. At the present time, our instructors teach seven different classes in multiple sections to accommodate the programs rapid growth. The faculty has deep expertise in marketing, sales, finance, communications, sales technology, leadership, organization development, strategic planning, consulting and general management.

Faculty and Staff


Manager of Student and Alumni Engagement

MaryAnn has a passion for connecting others to resources- both human and practical- and enjoys doing so through her role as the program Manager for Student and Alumni Engagement. She serves as an advocate to help students navigate Sales Leadership courses and events, provides sales specific mock interview and resume practices, and passes along career and internship opportunities.

Originally from tropical Northeast Iowa, MaryAnn brings an abundance of Higher Education/Student Affairs experience to the Center with a Masters in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee...

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Program Partner Director

Deirdre brings over thirteen successful years in sales to her position. She has worked in the telecommunications industry in distribution and in marketing services. Her passion for sales and marketing brought her to the Center for Sales Leadership where her knowledge of the corporate world has helped shape her position.

Deirdre has her B.A. degree from DePaul University in International Business and Marketing and is currently working on a master’s degree in Marketing Analytic's.

Contact Deirdre at deirdre.laverdiere@depaul.edu


Executive in Residence

Geoff Nyheim brings to students, clients, and business partners more than 30 years of success in the information technology industry and a long-evidenced passion for developing people and organizations. Nyheim is a full-time faculty member at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in an Executive-in-Residence role while also serving as Director of Business Development for DePaul’s Center for Sales Leadership. Additionally, Nyheim serves as board member for...


CSL Executive Director and Associate Professor

Business Experience: Healthcare/Medical Device, Consulting, Automotive and Consumer Goods. Lecture Topics: Strategy, Sales Effectiveness, Sales Process, Communication, Coaching, and CRM/Sales Technology


CSL Co-Founder and Adjunct Professor

From entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 500 companies, Clancy Ryan has earned the reputation as a leader and innovator in sales, finance and technology. Clancy currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Punchkick Interactive after many years as the Vice President of Sales for the publicly traded firm Glu Mobile. During his career, he has managed sales teams...


CSL Co-Founder and Executive In Residence

Business Experience: P&G, Polaroid, Ocean Spray, Quaker Oats, Glendinning Consulting

Lecture Topics: CRM Effectiveness, Category Management, Consumer Motivation, Household Management


CSL Co- Founder and Director of Curriculum

D. Joel Whalen teaches at DePaul University’s Center for Sales Leadership. 20 brilliant DePaul University instructors teach his Effective Business Communication class. Joel has received business and teaching awards. He wrote Professional Communications Toolkit (Sage, 2006) and 4-Second PowerPoint Slides (Spenser & McGee, 2015). He teaches online at Hit-Play.net.


Dr. Rocco is Awarded Tenure

Dr. Rich Rocco was recognized at DePaul University's 2016 Academic Convocation for receiving Tenure. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!


Dr. Whalen Honored as Sales Teacher of the Year

The American Marketing Association (AMA) presented Dr. Joel Whalen with its Sales Teacher of the Year award. He was also recently recognized by the Society for Marketing Advances, receiving their highest teaching honor.


Nyheim Recognized with Ryan Teaching Award

The Lawrence W. Ryan Distinguished Teaching Award is presented annually to a professor whom undergraduate students believe should be recognized for outstanding performance as a teacher. This year’s graduating class voted him as one of two professors in the college to receive this award.


The Center for Sales Leadership is committed to supporting the individual ambitions of students and providing unique resources to enable their success. CSL offers engaging class, self-development programs, and an extensive community of alumni, partners, and peers that prepare students to write their own exceptional stories in a rapidly changing world.

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