St. Mary's University 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 St. Mary's University logo William Joseph Chaminade St. Mary's University, Texas



  • Ph.D., University of Houston, Bauer College of Business, 2016
  • M.B.A., Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso College of Business, 2009
  • B.S., Nicholls State University, 2004
  • B.B.A., Mari-El State Polytechnic University, Department of Accounting and Audit, Russia, 1997


  • Introduction to Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Research Interests

  • Strategic management
  • Corporate governance
  • Socially generated assets


Ballard, K., Vera, D.M., Pathak, S.M. and Salaiz, A., 2014, January. Boards and Corporate Social Performance: The role of community influentials and interlocks. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2014, No. 1, p. 17697). Academy of Management

Banks, M.A., Vera, D., Pathak, S. and Ballard, K., 2016. Stakeholder management as a source of competitive advantage. Organizational Dynamics, 1(45), pp.18-27


University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award 2015
Ballard, K. and Vera, D. University of Houston, $3,000. “The Board of Directors’ Functional
Background and Its Effect on Firms’ Corporate Social Performance”
University of Houston, Bauer College of Business – Jesse Jones Dissertation Completion Grant

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