Business Foundations | Faculty


Professor Regina Wilson Hughes, Director

  • MS, University of North Texas, 1982 
  • BA, Tarleton State University, 1975

Regina Hughes is currently the director of the Business Foundations Program, a certificate program for non-business majors, and the director of the new Halliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute. Since coming to UT in 1993, Ms. Hughes has taught a variety of finance and economics classes. During the academic year, she teaches the capstone finance class to undergraduate seniors. She is also an instructor in the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program offered through McCombs and IC2. She continues to be a valued member of the UT faculty winning teaching awards and receives high marks in teaching evaluations.

Ms. Hughes has taught classes in Money, Banking & Economic Conditions, Integrative Finance, Foundations of Finance, and Risk Management & Insurance here at UT. Outside the classroom, Ms. Hughes consults with private companies in the areas of economics and insurance, and she's provided consultation with various attorneys on areas of contract and insurance law. Prior to UT, Ms. Hughes taught micro and macro economics at other universities and colleges in Texas.

Ms. Hughes holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Economics from the University of North Texas. She has worked in various financial fields, held insurance licenses and served on professional review boards. She has served as a consultant to the US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas Department of Insurance and other private contractors. Her previous experience includes providing consulting services to non-standard insurance providers and adjusters across the State of Texas.

Ms. Hughes has participated in numerous professional development classes in case method teaching, teaching effectiveness and classroom management and ethical business practices. She participated in the Dean’s Spanish Language Program and teaches classes for UT in Monterrey, Mexico each fall. She has been an invited speaker to many school sponsored events and other civic groups. Regina Hughes is an experienced public speaker, instructor, and consultant.  


Dr. Kristie Loescher

  • DBA, Nova Southeastern University, 2004 
  • MS, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1986 
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1983 

Dr. Loescher is a Senior Lecturer in the Management Department of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, and healthcare system classes.  In addition to being a Senior Certified Professional in human resources, she has her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management.  Prior to her career in academia, she earned an MPH from the University of Michigan and worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research.  Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, diversity management, process improvement in health care delivery systems, and health care reform.  Dr. Loescher is the associate director for the Business Foundations Program and the director of curriculum and community engagement for Healthcare @McCombs.  Dr. Loescher is also a co-author of the book, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed published by Kendall Hunt in 2007 with a second edition in 2010.


Dr. JJ Riekenberg

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • BS - RTF, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974

Dr. Riekenberg is a lecturer in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.  During the long semesters, she teaches BA 324 – Business Communications – to BBA students. She also serves as the faculty advisor the Texas Business Foundations program.  As a Professional Development Director for MSI, she oversees activities related to students’ professional development, including conducting direct in-class instruction and coordinating service providers and volunteers.  In the MSI’s inaugural year, Dr. Riekenberg worked with students for the Marketplace Simulation component and business career services.  In previous MSI years, she also worked with Dr. Loescher as a MAN 320f instructor.

A communications undergraduate major, Dr. Riekenberg worked in public television for ten years.  Then, along with her spouse, she owned and managed a film and video production company for fourteen years.  She and three other UT-Austin “biz-com” instructors are the editors of the second edition of their textbook, Communication Matters:  Write, Speak, Succeed. She holds a Masters of Education degree in Counselor Education/Higher Education Track and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, Motivation, & Instruction).  Her interests include teachers and teaching effectiveness in higher education, and working with students to develop their communication skills.  Her students selected her for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2013 McCombs Faculty Honor Roll.  She was awarded the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for teaching for the Spring 2010 semester.


Dr. Katie Pritchett

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2014
  • M.P.A., Louisiana State University, 2007
  • B.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2005

Dr. Katie Pritchett completed her Ph.D. at UT-Austin with a focus in higher education administration and leadership. Prior to moving to Austin to pursue her doctorate, she worked at the nexus of business and higher education. In 2004, she was elected to serve on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors to oversee eight universities and represent over 84,000 students. She learned about the business of running universities, creating new degree programs, and financing for capital outlay projects. While completing her Master’s in Public Administration, Dr. Pritchett was hired full-time by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. to support the implementation of federal student financial aid policies. In 2007, she was recruited to the private sector to work for Perot Systems (eventually bought out by Dell) to leverage her business background by specializing in educational market research.

Dr. Pritchett’s academic interests include access and equity for women and under-represented students, student persistence and success initiatives,

social entrepreneurship, and experiential learning. She enjoys working with college students on leadership development, strategic communication, and career development.

In addition to teaching with MSI, Dr. Pritchett serves as a Lecturer in the McCombs School of Business Management Department and as a Founding Partner of Engage Leadership Consulting. 


Professor Mary Lou Polosky

  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1988 
  • BA, Texas A&M University, 1983

Mary Lou Poloskey is a lecturer in the Finance department at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches the introductory corporate finance course as well as a senior elective in financial analysis. She began teaching at UT in 1990, and has taught in both the Accounting and Finance departments. Prior to teaching, she worked for Arthur Anderson, Trammell Crow Company, and Hewlett Packard in accounting and financial positions. She is a certified public accountant.

Professor Poloskey has worked with many student organizations, including serving as judge for University Securities Investment Team Stock Pitch Competition and as part of the Women in Business Professional Panel. She has received teaching accolades including Sigma Delta Tau Outstanding Professor Recognition, Teaching Excellence Award by the Hispanic Business Student Association, and a Teacher Appreciation Award from the Orange Jackets. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Poloskey has reviewed and created supplementary materials to accompany Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Parrino and Kidwell, 2nd edition.


Professor Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams develops and teaches graduate courses at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, where he has received several awards for teaching. He has also taught at the McCoy College of Business Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos.

Mr. Williams was a Venture Partner with ARCH Venture Partners from 1999-2005 where he was involved in seed and early-stage technology investing. Previously, Williams was the COO of Sandefer Capital Partners, a private equity fund. He took an active role in deal evaluation, due diligence, negotiation of terms, and the management of portfolio companies at both funds.

Prior to that, Williams was founder and CEO of Zeoponics, Inc., a NASA biotechnology spin-off. Preceding his entrepreneurial and investment activities, Mr. Williams spent 14 years in various marketing and business development positions with Rockwell International and Texas Instruments.

Williams has an M.B.A. in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.B.A. in Information Systems and Accounting from the University of North Texas. His research interests include entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation. 


Professor J. Kamas

  • M.B.A. in Finance, The University of Chicago, 1991
  • B.S. in Accounting, Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Texas

J. is a lecturer in the Accounting Department of the McCombs School of Business.  During the Fall semester, he teaches multiple sections of Accounting 311 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting.  In addition to his role as a lecturer, Mr. Kamas also coordinates all sections of this course.  During the Spring semester, he teaches Accounting 312 – Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting.  He also teaches in the MBA, TEMBA, and MPA programs and has taught abroad in Prague and Paris. 

J. is currently serving on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy - qualifications committee.  This committee is tasked with ensuring the qualifications required to sit for the Texas CPA exam are both fair and maintain a strong accounting profession.

Mr. Kamas has over 25 years of accounting experience outside of academia.  He has both corporate and small business experience.  Most recently as the CFO/owner of a multi-location medical practice in Houston, Texas. 

His interests include road biking and traveling with his wife and 9-year-old son.

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