Faculty & Staff
Chairperson of Business, Management, and Economics
B.A., Lehigh University
M.B.A., Temple University
Ibolya "Ibi" Balog is an assistant professor in the business department at Cedar Crest College, where she has served as the faculty advisor to the Accounting Club since its inception in 2008. She is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Pennsylvania.
Ibi credits her years of experience in the private sector for her abilities to teach and mentor students today. The continued professional education that is required for maintaining a CPA license also keeps her focused on the technical changes in accounting standards and tax laws, as well as on the CPA code of conduct and ethical standards that are expected of people who serve the public interest.
Ibi has over 20 years of experience working with closely held private companies in the Lehigh Valley, providing consulting services in business and tax planning, ownership transition, estate planning, automation of accounting systems and training.
She also provides accounting and tax services as a senior manager with the Allentown office of Parente Randolph LLC, a regional accounting and consulting firm. Prior to joining Parente Randolph, Ibi was controller of a local manufacturing company.
Memberships & Awards
Ibi has served on the boards of not-for-profit organizations in the fields of human services, the arts and professional services. She is a former chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a member of The CPA Journal editorial board. She is a past president of Lehigh Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a past president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Ibi lives in Allentown with her husband.
W. Michael Donovan
B.A. in Political Science, Bowdoin College
M.B.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Business
Michael has completed all but his dissertation in Public Policy with an interest in regional economic and community development.
Michael is a certified management accountant and has enjoyed a long career that includes municipal and international banking with the Bank of Boston, industrial engineering with Data General Corporation, general manager of a microcomputer retailer, and director of an economic development agency.
After spending 20 years in the corporate sector, during which Michael often taught as an adjunct professor, he became a full-time educator. Michael chose Cedar Crest College because of its strong Liberal Arts and Science heritage.
Memberships & Awards
In 2005, Michael was invited, but could not participate, to be a Fulbright Scholar to the country of Moldova where he would teach entrepreneurship and the process of capitalism. He has completed all but his dissertation in Public Policy with an interest in regional economic and community development.
In particular, Michael studies urban environments, the intricacy of social capital, the challenge of inclusiveness, and the importance of creativity.
Michael is vice president of the local Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the Allentown City Council in 2007 and served as its vice president for two years.
Within city government, he is a member of the city's Parking Authority, Economic Development Agency, and Arts Commission boards. He is also a chair of City Council's Budget and Finance Committee.
Michael is also a member of the American Sociological Association Institute for Management Accountants, the American Production and Inventory Control Society, and the American Political Science Association Urban Affairs Association.
Michael is committed to making improvements in urban regions. This aspiration is grounded in a desire to improve the lives of residents who often face poverty and discrimination.
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"Contributions of Teachers to Regional Economic Success,"Maine Sunday Telegram, 2004.
"The Value of Social Networks Created by Teachers," Portland Press Herald, 2003.
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Developing a Statewide Technical Infrastructure and Culture: The Role Played by Southern Maine Technical College Graduates, Original research and Report to the Maine Technical College System, 1998.
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"Managing vs. Coaching the Team," Entrepreneurial Edge, March 1996.
"The Pitfalls of Growth," Entrepreneurial Edge, March 1996
Editor, Small Points, a monthly commentary for owners of smaller, privately-held firms. 1987-1992.
Review of The End of Laissez-Faire: National Purpose and the Global Economy after the Cold War, by Robert Kuttner, in The Small Business Forum, University of Wisconsin, July 1992.
Case Study Response to "Selling Your Business," The Small Business Forum, University of Wisconsin, September 1991.
"The Benefits of National Health Care Insurance for Small Business," The Small Business Forum, University of Wisconsin, April 1991.
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B.A. in Economics, Muhlenberg College
M.S., Lehigh University
Chris is an assistant professor and the faculty advisor for the Cedar Crest Investment Club since its creation in 1997. The club provides students with hands-on experience of managing a portfolio which has grown from an initial $25,000 to its current $55,000.
Memberships & Awards
From 2010 to the present, Chris has served on the Urban Observatory Board, which sponsors and conducts research on urban policy issues for the Allentown city government. He also served on this board from 2000 to 2005. Chris has also served as a consultant to the city of Allentown.
Chris is also a member of the Global Interdependence Center.
Christine Lombardo-Zaun, Esq.
B.S.B.A. — Business Management, Shippensburg University
B.A. — Speech Communication, Shippensburg University
M.B.A. — Business Administration, Penn State University
J.D. — Penn State The Dickinson School of Law
Christine has over 14 years of sales and sale management experience in a variety of industries: retail, pharmaceutical and higher education. She is currently a licensed attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her focus is in family law (divorce, custody, support and PFA's), employment law (for employer and employee, unemployment compensation, handbook review), juvenile delinquency and dependency appointments through Lehigh County Courthouse, Wills and Estates, and finally some debt collection matters.
Christine is also the new faculty advisor for SHRM at Cedar Crest College.
Memberships & Awards
Since 2011, Christine has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lehigh Country Bar Association, and the Northampton County Bar Association. She also became a member of the New Jersey Bar Association in March 2012.
In addition, Christine is also a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, as well as St. Joseph the Worker Church in Orefield, PA.
In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband Jason, her daughters Madison and Katie, her cats Jagger and Jezebel, and her fish Wild Thing. She also enjoys running, playing softball, playing tennis, playing golf, riding her bike, reading, scrapbooking, and photography.
In addition to all of her hobbies, Christine also enjoys doing community service. She is a coach for Girls on the Run at Cetronia Elementary School, a Volunteer for Spirit of the Lehigh Valley, as well as an SPYA softball coach for U10 girls.