From U.S. Marine to purple-haired CPA, Professor Ellen Jakovich is a self-proclaimed “nerd-of-all-trades” who has worked in IT, communications, finance, electronic engineering, project management, accounting, and served as ghost writer of congressional testimony and official speeches. After laying down her rifle in 2004, she was hired by DeVry University & Keller Graduate School to teach finance and accounting full-time and has been teaching ever since. Professor Jakovich has her bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering Technology from Texas A&M, a Master of Science in Finance from George Washington University, and a Masters of Accounting & Financial Management from Keller Graduate School. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two teenage boys, and loves to globe-trot in both real and virtual worlds. She also loves annoying the neighbors with her fledgling attempts at classical harmonica and working to expand real-world education onto virtual world platforms—all in her not-so-spare time. And yes, her hair is purple! Who says accountants have to be boring?!!!