Program Facilitators

Erik Eddy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Management 

Erik Eddy holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Masters in Organizational Change from Bowling Green State University and received his doctoral degree in Organizational Studies from University at Albany, State University of New York.

Before joining Siena College, Erik was a Project Director for The Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE, Inc.), an Albany-based consulting group working with over 400 organizations globally including over one-third of the Fortune 100. Erik teaching and research interests include: building enduring leadership, enhancing team performance, and improving developmental interactions.

Michael J. Hickey
School of Business - Executive in Residence
Executive  Director – Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Mike Hickey holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Siena College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mike came to Siena with over 25 years of experience in technology businesses. In his previous role as President of Pitney Bowes Software, Mike merged two like sized former public software companies (MapInfo and Group1 Software) into one integrated global business. Hickey worked at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), for nine years, in various management positions. 

Additionally, Mike is President of The Hickey Group; an executive consulting firm that helps CEO’s maximize their growth potential through strategy, execution, teamwork and leadership.  He is also an investor and one of the initial members of the Eastern New York Angels, an investment fund for business start-ups.  Mike is actively involved on numbers for-profit and not-for profit organizations.


Charles F. Seifert, Ph.D.
Professor – Management
Executive Director – Institute for Leadership Development 

Chuck Seifert holds a BA in Economics from the University at Buffalo, a MBA in Finance from Sage Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. 

Prior to joining Siena, Chuck held several senior management positions in banking and finance. He has also worked as a leadership consultant for several public and private organizations. His consulting has been largely focused on enhancing the effectiveness of the organizations’ leaders. His teaching and research interests include: leadership effectiveness; multisource feedback programs, and influence strategies. He is also in the process of writing a Leadership textbook with Pearson-Prentice Hall.


Paul W. Thurston, Jr., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Management 

Paul Thurston has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a MS in Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany. 

Prior to coming to Siena, he was Project Director with the Group for Organizational Effectiveness. He is a career Air Force officer with a wealth of experience as a systems engineer, program manager, supervisor and professor. Paul’s teaching and research interests include: organizational justice, mentoring, personal activities on company time, student motivation in electronic learning, and strategic decision making.