Program Faculty


Steve Virgil

Steve Virgil

Executive Director of Experiential Education
Clinical Professor of Law

Steve Virgil is the Executive Director of Experiential Education and formerly served as founding Director of the Law School’s Community Law Clinic and Clinical Professor. He has practiced law for nearly 20 years with an emphasis on community economic development and the nonprofit sector.  He clients include nonprofit organizations of all sizes and scope, from neighborhood associations to major private foundations and he maintains an active pro bono public interest litigation practice.  He teaches courses on community economic development, poverty and the nonprofit sector.  Virgil also served as the founding Director of the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University; a university wide institute that promotes community based participatory research and engaged teaching across Wake Forest University.  Prior to joining Wake Forest, Virgil taught at another law school for several years and practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio and Omaha, NE.  He clerked for the Honorable George W. White, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, is a former legal aid lawyer, an Equal Justice Fellow and a recipient of the Branch award.


Dan Fogel

Dan Fogel

Director, Masters in Sustainability Program

Dr. Fogel is an Executive Professor of Strategy. He specializes in strategic management, especially innovation processes in firms, including those located in emerging and transition economies and in emerging industries. His research and teaching interest are on sustainability practices and principles, international business and strategy development, and innovation for large organizations. He has worked extensively as a consultant nationally and internationally for diverse organizations, such General Electric, Motorola (Brazil), Lockheed Martin, Lucent (Brazil), TESS (Brazil), AT&T and Bank of America. His awards include research grants, several teacher of the year awards, a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil, the 1988 Winner of the Yoder-Heneman Award, and several times the Distinguished Professor Awards. Dan Fogel has served and is serving on Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards within the United States and abroad.


Brabara Lentz

Barbara Lentz

Associate Professor of Legal Writing

Barbara Lentz has been teaching writing, drafting and art law courses to JD and international LLM students for more than ten years. She is the 2013 winner of the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by the graduating class). Barbara has been selected by the University to serve as a Faculty Fellow and by the Institute for Public Engagement as an ACE Fellow. Barbara is a faculty advisor to the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law and has been a coach to ABA national moot court teams for several years. Before teaching, Barbara was an over-worked associate with two national law firms. She is active in the community, serving on the Board of the Winston-Salem Symphony, a public school committee dedicated to expanding public school options in the downtown core, as a speaker for Leadership Winston-Salem, and a founder of a nonprofit agency, Forsyth Backpack Inc., partnering with the local food bank in providing supplemental food to hungry children in Forsyth County. Barbara and her husband have two wild children and two well-behaved dogs. She is a graduate of Duke University and earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Holly Brower

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, and Leading Change

Dr. Holly H. Brower joined the Wake Forest University faculty in July 2005. She is currently the Faculty Advisor for Internships for the Business and Enterprise Management Major. Dr. Brower teaches Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, and Leading Change. She has taught undergraduates, MBA students and executives, including in international programs in Germany and Nicaragua. She is also the faculty advisor for the Kemper Scholars program and is a Faculty Fellow at Wake . After receiving her B. S. in Business from Wake Forest University she spent 10 years managing organizations in the nonprofit sector in Illinois, Colorado and Iowa. Experiences in these organizations included strategic planning, hiring, supervision, motivation, and development of employees (both paid and volunteer), board development, community assessment and development and fundraising. She also earned an M.S. in Business from Iowa State University and after earning her PhD in 2000 from Purdue University, she taught at Butler University in Indianapolis before joining Wake Forest.

Holly is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. She is an Associate Editor of ” Academy of Management Learning and Education” Journal. Her research interests lie in the areas of corporate governance, leadership, trust and ethical decision making. Publications of her research can be found in the “Administrative Science Quarterly”, “Journal of Management”, “Academy of Management Learning and Education”, “Journal of Business Ethics”, “Journal of Management,” “Leadership Quarterly”, and “Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies”. In addition, some of her research was spotlighted in the “Harvard Business Review”. She has also presented more than twenty-five papers at National and International academic conferences.

Joanne Beam

Joanne O’Brien Beam

Chief Development Officer
Director of Non-degree Programs – Charlotte

Joanne O’Brien Beam is an experienced fundraiser, planner, and presenter. She joined Wake Forest in April 2014 for the second time to lead the creation of new programs which include the Essentials of Business for Nonprofits, College LAUNCH, For the Love of Learning, and to work with major donors as part of the Wake Will Campaign. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Joanne was the founder and president of Capstone Advancement Partners, a consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations through relationship and result driven fundraising strategies. Over her 15 year career as a consultant, Joanne served a diverse group of nonprofit organizations with her thoughtful and pragmatic fundraising, governance and strategic advice. Her fundraising experience began in the development office at Wake Forest University where she served as Associate Director of Advancement. Prior to becoming a fundraising consultant, Joanne was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the North Carolina Trust Company. Joanne’s career also includes five years as a commercial banker. Joanne is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University where she was President of the Student Government. In 2013, the Charlotte Business Journal named her one of the Top 25 Women in Business and in 1998, Joanne was named one of “Forty Leaders under Forty” in the Piedmont Triad. In May 2014, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte by the Mecklenburg Times. Joanne is an active athlete and an avid golfer. She is married to Steve Beam and has one son.

Dianne Bailey

Robinson-Bradshaw & Hinson

Dianne Bailey’s practice is dedicated to the representation of nonprofit organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. She has extensive experience advising a diverse group of nonprofits in all aspects of their organization, administration and management. She has represented schools and universities, churches and other religious organizations, endowments, supporting organizations, corporate and family foundations, sports philanthropies, museums, business leagues, social clubs (including fraternal organizations), trade organizations, and a complement of charitable groups. Dianne writes and speaks nationally on topics related to nonprofit organizations, focusing in particular on corporate governance and tax compliance. She has been engaged as an expert witness in state and federal litigation matters, providing strategic counsel and trial testimony. In addition, Dianne has guest moderated Carolina Business Review, the most widely watched broadcast program on business and public policy in the Carolinas. She also has taught as an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Kathy Ridge

Levridge Resources, LLC

Kathy Ridge is the founder of Levridge Resources, LLC, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Formerly a corporate Executive Vice President of Wachovia Corporation and then, the Executive Director of two nonprofits, Kathy has deep experience in leadership, problem assessment and organization ‘turnarounds’. Kathy’s finance background, coupled with her years in the nonprofit sector, has given her knowledge and practical application in being an innovative visionary who can get her hands dirty in tactical implementation.
Kathy has served on the boards of the Charlotte Symphony, Child Care Resources, The Women’s Impact Fund, the Davidson College Friends of the Arts Board, The Arts Education Committee of the Arts and Science Council, and the Community Service Committee of First Presbyterian Church. She is serving on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Charlotte. Kathy has participated in Leadership Charlotte, The Wachovia Kenan Flagler School of Business Leadership Program, and has completed the McColl Center’s Innovation Institute and the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership. She is currently on the Leadership Team for the National Alliance of NonProfits and serving as Co-Chair on the National Alliance’s task force on executive transitions.
“I love working in partnership with the people dedicated to nonprofit work. I am very lucky each day to support nonprofit organizations that are changing the world around them. I believe social change happens because of nonprofit leaders. We are able to help strengthen their leadership and their organizations through working together on the best business model, ensuring alignment between their efforts and mission, and developing more capacity for them to serve.”