Mentoring is an opportunity for an experienced member of the NJCU School of Business faculty to provide professional guidance to a student. If you want to talk to one of our faculty members from the Department of Accounting and start a conversation, simply review the faculty and their mentoring preferences below to find a good match for your specific goals, questions, and circumstances.

Please reach out to that faculty member directly to set up an initial appointment. Keep in mind that mentoring is a long-term relationship between students and faculty.

Student Academic Criteria

  1. Declared Accounting Major – no IM (Intended Major)
  2. Must be registered for at least one class at the School of Business
  3. Must use EAB or NJCU Email – no personal emails allowed

Please include the following when reaching out

  • What are your short term and long term objectives?
  • What are you looking for in a mentor relationship?
  • If employed – where are you working?
  • Do you have an internship through NJCU?
  • Are you interested in obtaining professional certification in Accounting (e.g., CPA, CMA)?


Nava Cohen joined the NJCU School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in September 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Accounting at ESSEC Business School in France in 2018. She teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels (Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, and Contemporary Accounting Issues). Her research lies in the areas of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, and financial reporting.

Office Hours
Subject to change each semester, please contact me via

Mentoring preferences
I enjoy mentoring students regarding academic programs, careers paths, or industry information. I help student to gain confidence and knowledge to make informed professional decisions. I also enjoy mentoring students on business research and more specifically supervising students for the Business Student Research Showcase held at NJCU every semester.

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Lukas J. Helikum is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the New Jersey City University School of Business. He serves as a representative on the NJCU Senate and is a Faculty Knight supporting NJCU Athletics and the Rising Knight Institute.

Professor Helikum joined NJCU after earning a Ph.D. in Accounting from Nanyang Business School in Singapore. He also earned an MS in International Business – Controlling degree and a BS in International Business with a major in Accounting from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

His research explores the judgment and decision-making of individuals in financial accounting, managerial reporting, and auditing contexts, primarily employing an experimental methodology.

At NJCU, Professor Helikum teaches courses with an emphasis on data analytics and software as well as Financial and Management Accounting topics.

Office Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Other times are available by appointment, please contact me at
All office hours are held virtually until further notice.

Mentoring Preference
I enjoy mentoring students on a wide range of issues, including graduate programs, research, managing university athletics and academics, career opportunities and development, technology, as well as certification in Accounting.

Michael ONeill

Michael O’Neill joined New Jersey University’s School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in Fall 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at NJCU, Professor O’Neill had several years of university teaching experience as an adjunct accounting instructor at two major local universities. Before joining academia, Professor O’Neill, as Vice President of Internal Audit for a major global media/entertainment company, helped build and lead a best-in-class worldwide internal audit function. During Professor O’Neill’s 22-year tenure at the media/entertainment company, Mike partnered with senior management and solved real-world operational issues, managed risk, and also identified numerous cost savings and revenue enhancement opportunities. Earlier, as Division Controller for a major retailer Mike oversaw accounting and financial operations for department and specialty store lines. His global experience spans the consumer entertainment, media/advertising, manufacturing, online, and retail sectors. Assistant Professor O’Neill has a BS in Business with honors and an MBA in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Assistant Professor O’Neill was also a member of the University Honors Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Office Hours
Varies by semester.

Mentoring Preference
Students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and working in public accounting or working in an accounting related function for public companies in industry.  Also, students interested in developing leadership skills through participation in the accounting club and learning networking skills to build a personal and professional network to enhance their personal lives and professional careers.

Jeanette Ramos Alexander

Professional: Professor Jeanette Ramos-Alexander brings practical perspectives to her present teaching responsibilities through experiences gained from management positions in pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer electronics organizations. As a former corporate Director of Finance and Administration for a specialty chemical company, she was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, budgeting, audit planning, as well as the development of management reporting and analysis systems.

A two-time recipient of the Who’s Who in America’s Colleges award, Professor Ramos-Alexander participates in numerous School of Business and university level committees and initiatives, including accounting curriculum realignment for the revised CPA exam, Senate committees for Planning, Development & Budget and Graduate Studies as well as the university level Promotions committee and Strategic Planning Council. Additionally, she is the former chair of the university Council of Hispanic Affairs. A featured seminar speaker for the Institute of Management Accountants and the N.J. Department of Labor; Professor Ramos-Alexander brings a practical yet scholarly approach to the learning environment by blending insights gained from consultation with corporate clients; public service organizations and professional societies.

Background: Jeanette’s mother and father (Antonia & Carlos) originally immigrated from Cuba and Mexico, respectively.  Although neither parent was able to attended high school in their native countries, they obtained their high school equivalency GEDs, in the United States and subsequently instilled an appreciation of the value of higher education as a path to success, in their children. Professor Ramos-Alexander, along with her sister and brother were the first generation in their family to attend college. 

Interests: Jeanette is a member of kayaking, sailing, cross-country skiing groups and several book clubs. She loves almost all water activities and resides “at the waterfront” in Monmouth County, N.J.

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Lijun Ruan is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the NJCU School of Business. She joined the NJCU School of Business in 2019 after receiving her Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Houston. She earned her M.S. in Finance from Tulane University in 2013. She has research interests in auditing and financial accounting issues.

Office Hours
Mon 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Wed 11:00 AM -12:30 PM; 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
[Subject to change each semester]

Students with interest in theoretical auditing research.

Dr. Yang joined NJCU in 2018. She obtained her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She teaches Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Professional Auditing, and International Accounting at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her primary research interests include judgment and decision making in accounting, auditing, and business ethics.

Office Hours 
Subject to change each semester, please contact me via

Mentoring Preference
Happy to connect with students on a wide range of topics, including academic advisement, career advancement, and CPA exam preparations.

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Dr. Zhang joined NJCU School of Business since 2015. Prior to joining NJCU, she has worked for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Kean University. She received her Ph.D. in Accounting from University of California at Los Angeles and Master in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Business Valuation and Asset Pricing, Capital Market Research in Accounting, Stock Repurchases, Institutions.

Office Hours
Mon/Wed 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (subject to change each semester)

Expertise & Mentoring Preference
Capital market research in accounting; Financial statement analysis.