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Meet Our Faculty

Experience and Knowledge

Faculty in the Business Administration area of study have rich backgrounds in higher education and possess real-world work experience with marketing agencies, tourism, retail business, large corporations, and international industries.

See the Business Department Directory for a full listing of staff and faculty.

Faculty Profiles

Meet just a few of the highly qualified Business Administration faculty members at COCC.

Vaughan Briggs

Vaughan Briggs
Business Department Chair
Assistant Professor II of Business
Email: vbriggs@cocc.edu 

From Microsoft to First Interstate Bank to Gary Fisher Bicycle Company, Vaughan has done it all in the business world. For the companies he's worked for, Vaughan has served in positions such as chief financial officer, executive manager, general manager, divisional controller, and SBA loan regional director. Vaughan is an experienced entrepreneur, founding and operating his own companies. With an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master's degree in teaching from Eastern Oregon University, Vaughan's heart is with helping students. He teaches classes such as Personal Finance, Business Finance, and Co-op Work Experience. 


 

James Ellis

James Ellis
Professor of Business Administration
Email: jellis@cocc.edu 

With his extensive business knowledge, Jim loves bridging the gap between real-world experience and academic theory. Prior to teaching, he was a senior executive vice president in the corporate arena and was involved in serial startups in Silicon Valley in the 1990s. With his corporate and academic credentials, and a master's degree in international business from Southern New Hampshire University, Jim started out with working-class roots. He grew up in a family of ranchers and farmers and spent years putting up hay, driving combines, and even did a stint as a longshoreman. Combined with his work in retail and food service, as a dishwasher and fry cook, Jim brings a unique, understanding perspective to students studying business. 


 

Theresa Freihoefer

Theresa Freihoefer
Professor of Business Administration
Email: tfreihoefer@cocc.edu 

Theresa shares her extensive business experience in marketing management, product development, and international product planning to bring the real world into her classrooms.  She has worked at various companies, including Mattel Toys, Ertl Toys, and Nestle/Carnation, serving in diverse capacities, such as vice president of marketing, senior marketing manager, and international product planning. Theresa is well-versed in all areas of an organization, having responsibilities in launching a toy division, developing strategic and brand plans, negotiating contracts with licensors, product development, and managing financial budgets. Theresa holds a bachelor's degree in business economics from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She teaches courses in Management, Introduction to Business, and Entrepreneurship.  


 

Michael Hanson

Michael Hansen
Assistant Professor II of Business
Email: mphansen@cocc.edu 

After completing his MBA from California State University-Sacramento, Michael was hired by the Sacramento Kings. During his 10 years with the professional basketball franchise, Michael served in a variety of roles including marketing director, broadcasting director, and creative services director. After moving to Bend 25 years ago, Michael used the graphic design skills learned while with the Kings and applied them to a job with The Printing Post in Redmond. He was then hired by Brooks Resources, a Bend-based real estate developer, where he spent 12 years in the marketing department promoting residential communities in Bend, Prineville, and Madras. Michael began teaching at COCC in 2010 and loves seeing students thrive in courses such as Marketing Principles, Business Communications, Branding, and Consumer Behavior.


 

Scott Hays

Scott Hays
Professor of Business Administration
Email: shays@cocc.edu 

Scott combines the exacting mind of an accountant with the creative heart of an entrepreneur to bring a fresh perspective to his students. In addition to founding several companies, Scott has been a CPA for over 30 years and was an auditor/accountant at the international firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Scott has utilized his accounting experience in a variety of ways, including a stint as a supply sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. With this varied background, along with an MBA from California State University-Bakersfield and Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho, Scott has found a home in the classroom and teaches a variety of courses including Financial and Managerial Accounting and Computer Accounting Applications.