Mount Mercy MBA Program Director, alumna honored as ‘Women of Influence’

Mount Mercy University’s MBA Program Director Dr. Deb Oliver, and alumna Maureen Osako ’93 were honored as Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal on Thursday, March 8, during a special awards banquet. As award recipients, Oliver and Osaka are recognized as having made a difference in the Corridor, serving as role models and leaders in their industry and their communities.

Deb Oliver

Oliver, who helms Mount Mercy’s MBA graduate program and also serves as assistant professor of business, joined Mount Mercy in 2007. She has taught in Mount Mercy’s adult accelerated program in addition to teaching business courses in the undergraduate program. She previously taught at the University of Northern Iowa, and has served as the organizational performance specialist at the Iowa Quality Center and a lean consultant in finances at Rockwell Collins.

An active community volunteer, Oliver lends her time and talents to a variety of area non-profits, including Homeless Children’s Trust, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa, The Tuesday Evening Optimists, and the American Cancer Society. Oliver also enjoys directing her church’s adult choir.

She holds a Ph.D. in organizations and management from Capella University, a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s in management with emphasis in human resources from the University of Northern Iowa.  

Osako serves as partner and vice president of Informatics, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, which has been named Best Web Developer in the Corridor six consecutive years since its establishment in 1998. Under Osako’s leadership, the company also received five Addy Awards in 2012 in recognition of creative excellence in design and advertising. In addition to her professional contributions, Osako was also honored as “Woman of the Year” at the Woman’s Equality Day Celebration in August 2011, which recognizes women who work for equal women’s rights in the Cedar Rapids area.

In the community Osako has served on the board of directors at numerous organizations, including United Way of East Central Iowa, Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa, Brucemore, Waypoint, and Meth-Wick. She has also provided her time and professional services to the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference, the Professional Women’s Network, and Downtown Cedar Rapids Rotary.

Osako studied marketing at Mount Mercy and received her B.B.A. in 1993. She resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Frank, and two children.

Mount Mercy congratulates these influential women on their accomplishments!

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