Project Manager, Dalichi Sankyo
Ram Arthanari has 12 years of extensive Project Management experience in software implementation. His career began as a senior application programmer at Prophet 21/Epicor, which led to a series of project leadership roles at Fujifilm, Emblem Health, and Independence Blue Cross over the course of 5-6 years. Ram returned to Epicor for a two-year stint as a Senior Project Manager before deciding to switch focus to the Life Sciences industry. Ram then joined Model N Inc. as a Senior Project Manager and specialized in Revenue Management software implementation for the Medtech/Pharma/Hi-tech industries. He led global implementations at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Pfizer. Ram left Model N to join ePharmasolutions in 2016 and is currently leading the implementation of clinical trial portals for a study startup at Daiichi Sankyo, while simultaneously managing up to 12 work streams and projects.
Ram graduated from Marist College with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Ram also earned an MBA from Drexel University. He is PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, and PSM I certified. Ram has a passion for teaching and hopes to transition into a scholarly practitioner faculty role in the future. He graduated from the AACSB bridge program held at UCLA in June 2017 and is certified as an instructional practitioner.
Mathematics Teacher, Mathnasium
Fatemeh Babaei Chahardeh was a business analyst, project leader, and cost specialist for almost 10 years at an Iranian home appliance company. She developed the culture of cost management in the traditional company and was able to implement the Activity Based Costing (ABC) project in the manufacturing company. She is experienced in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), 5S, and the Kanban and Kaizen concepts in different scopes. She also proposed modern ideas about the application of mathematical methods to new and quantitative solutions. Fatemeh teaches many mathematical fields, including geometry, calculus, algebra, trigonometry and operational research. She is currently researching innovative methods for prediction in business aspects.
Fatemeh completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance at Rasht University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Guilan University of Iran.
Finance Scholar Fellow, The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America
Matthew Brach is a Finance Scholar Fellow at The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America where he is focusing on financing and strategy issues related to small and medium sized businesses and investor selection methods of private equity fund managers. He has spent most of his career working with and in private equity funds, most notably at Argosy Group and Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group.
Matthew earned a BSA in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was twice awarded the Dingman Entrepreneur Scholarship. Matthew has inactive CPA licenses in Maryland and Pennsylvania and sits on the board of the Agora Institute.
Chief of Staff, Franklin University
In her role as Franklin University’s Chief of Staff, Christi Cabungcal is a member of the President’s cabinet. She works to support the achievement of organizational goals by aligning human capital and infrastructure strategies with the university’s mission and strategic plan. With more than 18 years of progressive leadership experience and a strong orientation toward employee engagement and professional development, Christi partners with university leadership to promote a culture of collaboration and empowerment by encouraging others to motivate, challenge, and support team members and colleagues. Christi is an active member of Human Resources and participates in key organizations, including the College and University Professionals in Human Resources, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Christi’s previous experience includes leadership roles with Sears, Roebuck and Co., Tailored Management, and MacTools.
Christi earned a BS in Psychology, as well as an MBA, both from Otterbein College. She supports her community as a member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Kitchen Cabinet, HRACO’s mentor program, and the executive board of the American Council on Education’s Ohio Women’s Network. Christi also serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Columbus.
President/Owner AlliaCOM Integrated Communication Marketing
Adjunct Professor Sacred Heart University, San Juan, PR.
Ivan Cardona is a senior level advisor with a career that expands more than 20 years of C-Suite management support for corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. He is credited with repeated success guiding sizeable communications, marketing, branding and public relations ventures, as well as developing teams for the design, redesign, and launch of regional and national strategies. Cardona has extensive experience in leveraging new and existing business relationships to better achieve corporate goals and objectives. Most of his experience has been in developing corporate strategies that influence public perception, as well as the institutional positioning and promotion of corporate brand. Past experiences include: Senior Assistant Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico (for two former administrations), Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and Director of Communications in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Development Council. Currently Cardona is President and Owner of AlliaCOM PR; a leading communication, marketing & public relations agency working mostly out of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. AlliaCOM represent government agencies, state legislators, nonprofit organizations, and a diverse group of private corporations in the fields of manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, tourism and health management. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Marketing, PR and Strategic Corporate Communication.
Eleonora Carr has worked in higher education for over 15 years and is currently employed by Stockton University. She graduated from Rutgers College with a Degree in Economics with an Accounting Concentration and received her MBA from Georgian Court University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of NJ. She has 35 years of experience in the retail and manufacturing, not-for-profit, banking, and auditing industries. She was a tax manager at Citibank and an adjunct professor, teaching courses in finance and accounting. Eleonora also assisted in the founding of a non-profit organization for homeless families and served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Management Consultant and Owner, Castlebar Solutions, Inc.
Karl Cheney is a Management Consultant and Owner of Castlebar Solutions, Inc. Based in Philadelphia, Karl specializes in governance, quality, and risk management for projects and programs. Karl has taught courses focused on project management and Six Sigma to various private and governmental organizations at Rowan College at Gloucester County in New Jersey. He spent 16 years in the US Army in positions of progressively increasing leadership responsibility. As a consultant, he has worked with a wide range of clients from diverse industries and often writes on his blog about applying Bayesian Risk Management to projects.
During his military service, Karl completed a BA and MA in History through Norwich University. He also has a Masters in Project Management from Penn State University and is graduating from Rutgers University with a Master’s in Public Administration in the Fall 2017. Karl holds multiple professional certifications and credentials related to project management.
Senior Strategic Technical Account Manager and Team Lead, Northeast Global Accounts at VMware
Michael Chillino is a Senior Strategic Technical Account Manager and Team Lead for the Northeast Global Accounts at VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. Michael manages the customer relationships and product portfolios for two of VMware’s largest customers. Additionally, he focuses on driving both product and services acceleration and adoption. Michael is currently leading ROI initiatives using data analytics and probability for decision optimization to grow VMware’s business. Michael has 17 years of experience in the information technology and services sector. His career has traversed various industries, including automotive, hotel, consulting, healthcare, and software. Before joining VMware, Michael was most recently an Enterprise Systems Engineer at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey.
Michael attended Bloomsburg University as an undergraduate and completed his BS in Information Technology at Capella University. Michael also has an Executive MBA from Rider University, where he graduated with distinction and is a member of the International Business Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
Chief Diversity Officer, The Citadel
Shawn Edwards is the Chief Diversity Officer at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Founded in 1842, The Citadel is a historic, four-year, public, state, military institution. While her current focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Shawn has expertise in human resources and non-profit management and was previously an Associate Vice President at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Shawn has served on a number of panels, facilitated workshops and focus groups, and has presented at meetings, conferences, and organizations. She has served on several non-profit boards and volunteers in the community. Additionally, Shawn is an adjunct instructor for The Citadel, The College of Charleston, and Trident Technical College.
Shawn is a certified HR professional, having earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations. She earned her MBA from Walden University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Webster University.
Director of the Officership Program, United States Military Academy at West Point
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Faint is a career US Army officer currently serving as the director of the Officership Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to West Point, Charlie served in a variety of military assignments, including the 101st Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the Joint Special Operations Command. He deployed seven times to Afghanistan and Iraq and also served in Egypt and the Republic of Korea.
He holds three master’s degrees, the most recent of which is from Yale University. Concurrently with his job in the Army, Charlie owns and operates The Havok Journal, a mid-sized online publication focused on serving the Veteran Community. Charlie is due to retire from the Army in the summer of 2018 and looks forward to putting his Fox School education to work in a second career.
Board Advisor, Oman Arab Bank
Amin Husseini joined Arab Bank at its main office in Jordan in 1994, where he started his career in international banking. He was Executive Vice President and Head of Financial Institutions and Transactional Banking until 2009, when he moved to Bahrain to head the bank’s operations in that location. He served five years as the General Manager of the Arab Bank Off-Shore Banking Unit out of Manama, where along with managing a balance sheet of USD7Bln, his remit involved overseeing the bank’s retail and wholesale divisions and its regional client coverage. In January 2014, and after serving 20 years at Arab Bank, Amin joined Oman Arab Bank as the Chief Executive Officer. Oman Arab Bank is Oman’s fourth largest bank, has a balance sheet of OMR2.5Bln (USD6Bln), a nationwide network of 65 branches, and 1,200 employees. Oman Arab Bank is a leading financial institution in the Sultanate of Oman in corporate, commercial, SME, retail, and investment banking. Amin completed the 4-year turnaround strategy, and as part of the succession plan, he stepped down from his position in Feb 2018 and is now managing the transition and hand-over period which is expected to last until the summer of 2018.
Amin earned a BSc in Physics from Yarmouk University in Jordan and an MBA from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, USA.
Chair, Department of Business, School of Business at Central Penn College
Benjamin (Ben) Lipschutz is a retired United States Army veteran who currently holds the position of Chair, Department of Business in the School of Business at Central Penn College. After being medically retired from the service due to an injury incurred overseas, he started a second career in academics. Before transitioning to higher education, he previously taught business and career education at the high school level, in addition to special education at the middle school level. Ben utilizes his unique background in the college setting by creating engaging and innovative classroom experiences for his students through both on-ground and online formats. He teaches courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, finance, international business, organizational leadership, international business, insurance, investments, information management systems, and entrepreneurship. Ben’s research to date has focused on student learning processes and how e-learning platforms can help narrow the achievement gap of students.
Ben earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Central Penn College, and he went on to earn a BS in Business Education, an MBA, and a Masters in Special Education, all from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He also holds Pennsylvania State Teaching Certifications in Business Education and Special Education.
Assistant Vice President and Real Estate Analyst, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage
Gina McKeever is currently an Assistant Vice President and Real Estate Analyst at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, an industry leading commercial real estate company providing solutions for the life cycle of clients’ multifamily and commercial property assets. With more than 12 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, Gina is responsible for acquisition and disposition, asset review and financial analysis, investment strategy development, due diligence support, market overview and analysis, portfolio and property valuation, rehabilitation and repositioning feasibility analysis, potential development analysis, and formal loan submissions for Berkadia’s loan origination group. Most notably, Gina served as lead underwriter for the $200 million+ Freddie Mac refinance of a landmark building in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.
Gina received her MBA with a concentration in Real Estate from Monmouth University and a BA in Economics and BS in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Senior Manager, Johnson & Johnson
Michael (Mike) Morand is a Senior Manager at Johnson & Johnson with over 10 years of experience working in various Supply Chain roles. Currently, Mike is responsible for leading a multi-function team and two distribution centers that support pharmaceuticals and diabetes care products. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mike began his career in the United States Air Force as a Captain and Logistics Readiness Officer, and he was deployed on overseas tours in Japan, Korea, and Afghanistan.
Mike earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and was a Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Mike is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (LSSMBB), Project Management Professional (PMP), and holds several Supply Chain certifications.
Corporate Controller for a Solar Power Company
Paul Murphy currently serves as a corporate controller for a solar energy company, where he provides financial and business strategy expertise to domestic energy markets and works to help the company achieve and exceed targeted expense savings goals. Prior to working in solar power, Paul worked for a global manufacturing company, Thwing-Albert, Inc. His main responsibilities included developing and employing best practice strategies for managing the company’s accounting information systems, supply chain, foreign currency risk, cash flows, customer credit risk, and expectations of external stakeholders, as well as maximizing shareholder value.
Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Rowan University and four Master’s Degrees from Rutgers University, most recently of which was a Master’s Degree in Accounting in May 2017.
Command Civil Engineer Inspector, Federal Communications Commission
Terry Namkung has served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and currently serves as the Command Civil Engineer Inspector, a position relative to The Office of Inspector General for the Federal Communications Commission. Terry manages inspections of over 225 Air Combat Command units. His notable experiences include Operations Superintendent of a 350-man organization in the National Capital Region and Unaccompanied Housing Superintendent for over 5,280 occupants in the Pacific Air Forces sector.
Terry received his MBA from Auburn University and a BS in Strategic Leadership from Southwestern University. In addition, with his business acumen, Terry started a renewable energy company, DC Energy Systems, and represented his company and school at the coveted Rice University Business Plan competition in April 2017.
Institutional Review Specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Devin Nesbitt is an Institutional Review Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for oversight services of eligible postsecondary Title IV schools and their servicers. He also serves as an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Having served a total of 13 years in the military to date, some of his previous positions include Blackhawk (UH60) Helicopter Crew Chief and Maintenance Supervisor, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Communications Officer, Brigade Automation Manager, Deputy Operations Officer, and Brigade Budget Officer. With over 10 years of leadership experience, he has received numerous accolades, such as the Leadership Excellence award, Distinguished Honor Graduate, Academic Honor Graduate, and the Army Finance School’s Commandant’s List, and he has also received various Army service awards and campaign medals.
Devin earned his MBA from the Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Graduate Director of Real Estate and Finance Programs, American University’s Kogod School of Business
Randolph Nordby is the Graduate Director of Real Estate and Finance Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business, the Executive-in-Residence at American University, and an Advanced Expert Consultant at Commodity Futures and Trading Commissions. Randy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has worked as an investment portfolio manager and valuation expert at many firms, including Morgan Stanley, Calvert Investments, BB&T, Sol Capital, and Wachovia. Randy was recently part of the first 150 global candidates to complete the Fundamentals of Sustainability Analysis (FSA) designation, which attempts to quantify the link between material sustainability information and a company’s financial performance.
Randy holds an MSF from American University, an MBA from Shenandoah University, an MA in Economics from George Mason University, and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Randy has earned the right to use the CFA and FSA designations.
Cooper University Hospital
Amber Roberts has over 15 years of experience in medical research operations and management. Amber recently joined Cooper University Hospital, where she has been focusing on operations, infrastructure, and quality assurance of the oncology research program. Prior to joining Cooper, Amber was at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neurology, where she was responsible for budget development and negotiations, as well as regulatory and clinical activities, for neuro-immunology research trials.
Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Temple University. Amber’s research interests include revenue models and their impact on patient care, education, and research at healthcare institutions.
Manager of the Operations Department and Senior License Holder, Susquehanna Nuclear Facility
Manu Srini Sivaraman is the Assistant Operations Manager of the Operations Department and senior license holder at the Susquehanna nuclear facility. Governing all licensee based decisions at the plant, he is responsible for departmental strategy and vision implementation for over 120 personnel in a facility that generates over 2500 megawatts of electricity for the Northeastern U.S. With 17 years of plant management experience, including the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion program, he is a qualified power plant engineer and achieved a Senior Reactor Operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As an Operations Outage Manager, he led/resourced operations activities for a $52 million outage over 40 days. Prior to his current role, he was a Shift Manager/Emergency Director, where he was responsible for nuclear safety and reliable/economic plant operation.
Manu received a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology and an MBA in Management from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.
Dean and Professor of Accounting, Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics
Gerald Hubbard Smalls is the Dean and Professor of Accounting for the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics. Atty. Smalls has over 20 years of extensive corporate and higher education experience with emphasis in the areas of business law, accounting, and taxation. He received his BS in engineering from South Carolina State University and his MBA in Finance from Atlanta University. While serving his country in various military conflicts, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Chief Finance Officer for the United States Army Military Intelligence Command. Atty. Smalls went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Law from Howard University Law School and subsequently worked as an associate with the law firm of Nelson Mullins. He received his LL.M. in taxation and partnership accounting from Georgetown University and completed additional post-doctoral studies in higher education at Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, ParkWhiz, Inc.
Todd Tucker is a Senior Vice President with ParkWhiz, Inc., based in Chicago. He oversees all B2B sales and market development for this international, web and app-based, parking systems data and reservations platform. He also oversees the company’s legal department. ParkWhiz is one of the world’s first parking data and reservation services. ParkWhiz leads today’s industry with unique partnerships, such as with Ford Motor Company, where ParkWhiz powers portions of their navigation services in vehicles. ParkWhiz is an integral part of the future ecosystem of the autonomous vehicle. Todd has two decades of experience working in the area of transportation management and commercial real estate. His research interests include negotiation, argumentation, urban planning, and data analytics.
Todd’s education includes a BA from Marshall University in West Virginia, an MBA with high honors from Central Michigan University, and a Law Degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he graduated second in his law school class. Todd is a licensed attorney and a veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps 1st Combat Engineer Battalion during ground combat operations in Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Chief Audit Executive, NeighborWorks America
Fred Udochi is the Chief Audit Executive of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC. NeighborWorks America provides grants, training, and technical assistance to organizations in the housing and community development industry. NeighborWorks has a network of more than 240 community development organizations. Fred has over 20 years of progressive and consistent experience in internal audit operations and is responsible for overseeing these operations and enterprise risk management practices, including obtaining assurance on compliance with corporate policies and procedures.
Fred earned a BS in Economics from the University of Ife in Nigeria, as well as an MBA from the University of Baltimore and an MHS in Health Financial Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Fred is also a certified internal audit (CIA) professional and holds a certification in risk management assurance (CRMA).
Leader of Corporate Finance Practice Group, BPM
Edward currently leads BPM’s Corporate Finance Practice Group and has over 25 years of experience in consulting and financial management, including specific experience in business restructuring, dispute resolution, and leadership advisory services. Prior to BPM, he was a partner at a boutique advisory services firm that provided financial analysis, fiduciary services, and problem resolution of asset situations nationwide. Edward also spent nine years at a national accounting and consulting firm, where he gained significant experience in business valuation, business start-ups, and executive leadership. He began his career managing the problem-asset portfolio in the successful turnaround of a large East Coast thrift.
Edward is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received his MBA from Indiana University. He is on the faculty at San Jose State University and lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, Carol.
Director, NYC Health + Hospitals
Christopher M. Wong is a Director at NYC Health + Hospitals, which is the nation’s largest integrated municipal health care delivery system. In his Corporate Planning role, Christopher has focused on public-private health care and housing strategic partnerships and other high-profile projects. He previously worked at Mount Sinai, a premier academic health system in New York City, where he supported the Dean’s Office leadership with operational oversight initiatives. Christopher also held analytic roles at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase.
Christopher earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MS from Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Beyond these programs, he completed a graduate level advanced certificate in public health at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Christopher holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel, The MAYA Group LP
Christen Adels is the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of The MAYA Group LP, a professional services consultancy in Pittsburgh, PA, which provides accounting, finance, hospitality, human resource, and information technology services. Christen spent the first 10 years of her career at Deloitte, and previously taught in the business departments of Geneva College and Grove City College.
Christen earned a BA in Political Science and a BS in Business Administration from Geneva College and earned her JD and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Christen is a licensed attorney and a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She also serves as the Director of Advancement at the Beaver County Christian School, sits on the Board of Directors for the American Dairy Goat Association, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ADGA/Helen Staver Foundation.
Anish Kartha Bhaskaran Pillai
Senior Manager, EY MENA
Anish Kartha Bhaskaran Pillai has close to 15 years’ experience in Management Consulting and Information Technology, with his area of expertise in defining and visualizing key business indicators to various management levels within an organization. In recent years, his focus has been on managing Business Intelligence and Analytics projects, ranging from family-run businesses to multinational enterprises. He has worked across multiple sectors and experienced in managing large projects and programs in Europe, the USA, Asia and Middle East.
Anish holds MBA degrees from both the HEC School of Management, Paris, and from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and earned his Master’s degree in Software Systems from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Balanced Score Card (BSC) certified professional.
Chair, Department of Accounting and Finance, Minot State University
Carla Cabarle is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in public practice, industry, and academia where she currently teaches accounting full-time. Carla has operated her own accounting practice, been employed as a tax accountant for both small and large accounting firms, and held a position with a “Big 4” accounting firm. Previously, Carla served as the Chief Financial Officer for a mid-sized manufacturer in Virginia, and held academic appointments such as Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Carla specializes in teaching taxation, managerial accounting, and controllership, and has also taught courses in financial accounting, energy accounting, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship.
Carla earned a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Colorado State University, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Georgian Court University.
Adjunct Faculty, Eastern University & Temple University
Anne ‘Whitney’ Collins has over twenty years of experience in project management, direct marketing, sales, strategic planning, and consulting practices, working at such firms as Ernst & Young, Siemens, The Franklin Mint, and the YMCA. One of Whitney’s previous leadership roles includes the successful management of a catalog, internet, and retail business unit that contributed $300 million in annual revenue. Following that position, Whitney successfully built and ran a media content and retail marketing business with a client list including NBC, Banyan Productions, and QVC. Currently, Whitney serves as a faculty member with the College of Business and Leadership at Eastern University teaching courses in marketing, management, leadership, and entrepreneurial studies. Her higher education faculty or guest lecturer experience also includes work with Drexel University, Rowan University, and Temple University.
Whitney earned her MBA from Lehigh University, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College.
Digital Project Leader, GlaxoSmithKline
Michelle Crouthamel is the managing director of the Clinical Innovation Unit at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Michelle’s passion for driving patient-centricity in the pharmaceutical industry led her to become an ‘Intrapreneur’ at GSK, and the founding member of the Clinical Innovation Unit, which focuses on harnessing digital technologies and platforms to improve patient engagement and clinical trials. Michelle is currently leading the strategy and pilot programs of e-Recruitment and m-Health platforms, and is involved in the industry-wide consortium, TransCelerate, an eSource work stream. Over past 15 years, Michelle led many successful programs in discovery and development at both Merck and GSK, is an inventor who holds multiple patents, and has published extensively in the areas of Neuroscience, Oncology, and Digital Health.
Michelle has a Master’s degree from the Institute of Neuroscience, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.
Head of Strategy Department, Universidad de los Andes
Ivan Diaz-Molina holds the Grupo GTD Chair of Innovation and is the Head of the Strategy Department at the ESE Business School in Santiago, Chile. Ivan also serves as a board member for several publicly listed companies, and is a current member of the Advisory Board of ISquared Investment Fund. Previously, Ivan served as the Vice President, Latin America for Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), the President of electrical distribution companies in Chile and El Salvador, and the Vice President of PPL companies in Bolivia. Ivan also served as a director for both the General Electric Company the Association of Electric Companies of Chile.
Ivan hold a Master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University
Senior Information Systems Auditor, Government Accountability Office
Elena Epps is a Senior Information Technology Auditor for the federal government with over 15 years of industry experience in the area of information systems management and analysis and information technology auditing. In her role, Elena plans, develops and conducts audits of federal agencies information systems and issues with technically complex characteristics. The audit studies are used to assess program compliance with agency goals and to propose significant changes to work practices, procedures, and internal controls. Elena is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches undergraduate courses in information technology fundamentals.
Elena completed her Master’s degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems with a minor in Information Technology from George Mason University.
Saravana “Samy” Govindasamy
Director – Enterprise PMO (Project Management Office), Pocono Health System (PHS)
Saravana “Samy” Govindasamy is a success-driven, entrepreneurial leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in management, strategy and technology, and specializes in consulting for the areas of strategic planning, project/program management, process improvement, and systems implementations in healthcare, finance, and manufacturing industries. Samy currently serves as the Director of Strategic Project Management for Pocono Health System, and provides leadership oversight to Data Analytics/Business Intelligence and applications services groups. Prior to joining PHS, Samy served as the head of the Project Management Office at Reading Health System, and was instrumental in the enterprise wide implementation of a fully integrated Epic Healthcare Information System (HIS). He has also served as a management consultant at both IMS Health and Ernst & Young LLP.
Samy earned his MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering, both from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), India. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare certifications.
Financial Planner, David White & Associates
Helen Huynh has more than 10 years of experience in both commercial and residential real estate and lending, with a strong focus in serving small businesses and families, allowing her to expand her breath of services to provide financial planning for her clients over the last four years. Helen has held various positions in the financial industry from business development to chief operating officer, and currently serves as the Executive Director and on the Board of Directors for the Vietnamese American Business Association.
Helen holds an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from California State University, East Bay.
Operations Sergeant, U.S. Army
Tamas “Tom” Horvath has served in the United States Army for 21 years, and currently serves as the Operations Sergeant, a position closely related to a civilian Director of Operations, where he is the principle operations supervisor for over 900 personnel. His notable past assignments include First Sergeant (second in charge) of a 160-man organization, Director of Security for a Forward Operating Base of over 700 coalition occupants, and Program Manager for over 500 personnel.
Tom received his Executive MBA from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix with honors. Tom is a top graduate of the United States Army Master Gunner School, as well as recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star medal.
Vice President, Digital Media & Strategic Initiatives, New York Philharmonic
Vincent “Vince” Ford is Vice President, Audiences & Innovation for the New York Philharmonic. In his current role, he leads Marketing, Customer Experience, Digital Business, and Media teams. Vince has more than 20 years of professional experience developing ecommerce platforms and digital campaigns, building high-performing teams, and leading complex, enterprise projects. Prior to his position at the New York Philharmonic, Vince led digital marketing for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and worked in various digital capacities for Rollins Inc., NetVendor, and Autodata Inc.
Vince developed and teaches the course “Digital Strategy in the Arts” for Columbia University’s Arts Administration Master’s program and is regularly engaged to speak about strategy and trends across the performing arts. Vince completed his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia in French Horn and Music Education.
Owner and General Manager, Evros Properties, LLC
Christos Kelepouris is an Assistant Professor of Law and Management at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. Christos has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in United States and abroad, and has held numerous leadership positions including Chief Policy Officer.
Christos earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Florida International University, and an Executive Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law from Boston University. Besides his law degrees, Christos also holds a Master’s in Strategic Management from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development & Finance from the University of Southern California, and earned his Bachelor’s in International Business and Management from Northwood University.
Associate Vice President, Genzyme Corporation / Sanofi
Munish Kalra has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of areas including Manufacturing, Education, Government, Strategic/Management Consulting, and Pharmaceuticals. Munish is currently working as the Associate Vice President and Business Technology Lead in Global Regulatory Affairs at Sanofi, with key responsibility to setup a worldwide Regulatory Operations platform for the company. Munish’s primary areas of expertise include Operational and Process Excellence, and designing and implementing technology enabled solutions to address business needs.
Munish is a Temple University alum, having earned both an MBA in Management Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Finance from the university. Prior to moving to the United States, Munish obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Apogee Solutions
Duane “Kirk” Little is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apogee Solutions, Inc., where he provides broad guidance and oversight to fulfill corporate goals while following up on individual efforts to ensure strategic objectives are met. Prior to his work in the commercial sector, Kirk completed a career as a Space Operations Officer in the Air Force, where he amassed over 4,200 satellite contacts on a variety of surveillance, navigation, communications, and early warning satellites as well as spending over nine years working heavily classified national security programs.
Kirk holds a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. Kirk has also been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute for over 15 years.
Adjunct Professor,Drexel University, Lebow College of Business
Kenneth “Ken” Mawritz is an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business where he teaches undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and leadership, and graduate courses on ethics. Prior to becoming an adjunct professor, Ken had a 10 year management career which began with a position as a retail store manager at a Fortune 500 organization where he was responsible for customer service, sales, operations, training, and safety. Ken also served as a client relations manager for a Fortune 100 organization where his responsibilities included maintaining client relationships, operations, consulting, and training.
Ken earned an MBA from Drexel University, and holds an undergraduate degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Business Advisor, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative
Frances “Franne” McNeal is the President of Significant Business Results LLC where she helps clients achieve significant business results: increased sales, improved cash flow, reduced expenses and greater margins. Her testimonials include over 300 LinkedIn recommendations that speak to people, process, performance and profits, and she has impacted over 13,000 entrepreneurs. She is a Minority Business Advocate, a Small Business Influencer, coach, author, radio and TV host, and serves as an Adjunct Faculty member with the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York. (SUNY).
As a breast cancer survivor and stroke survivor, Franne provides motivational keynotes to leaders who feel temporarily “infected with frustration” and “paralyzed by fear”, so they can “focus their energy for action and achieve significant business results.”
Franne McNeal earned her MBA from Eastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
UC Tax Regional Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Salifu Mohammed’s passion for public service started 19 years ago when he joined the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of Unemployment Compensation Tax Services (PA OUCTS). In this role, Salifu conducts financial and payroll audits of employers to ensure their compliance with Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Tax Law. With over 15 years management experience, Salifu’s responsibilities include appraising the overall accomplishments of four offices, the effectiveness of supervision, level of standards maintained, and the working relationship with employers and the public. Salifu ensures that existing policies and procedures designed to detect and report potential fraud schemes are provided to and adhered to by all staff.
Salifu earned an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from Temple University. Salifu is also a graduate of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s two-year Management Development Institute.
Director of Software Development, CLS, Corporation Services Company.
Maureen Padgett has over twenty years of technology management experience, working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. The majority of Maureen’s career has been spent in the New York City area, where she was responsible for managing technology in the publishing industry. Maureen’s past roles include serving as the Vice President of IT, US for The Financial Times, and as the Director of Technology Management at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Most recently, Maureen changed industries to take a role as the Director of Software Development at the Corporation Service Company.
Maureen holds a Master’s in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester in the UK, earned a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University, and received her Bachelor’s in Communication. Maureen holds multiple technology certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, IT Service Management Professional, Certified ScrumMaster, and Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner.
Senior Marketing Manager, Wawa
Dena Pizzutti is a Senior Marketing Manager at Wawa, where she is responsible for loyalty and mobile app marketing. She joined Wawa in 2014 to launch their loyalty program and currently works to generate member engagement, produce targeted campaigns, and leverage consumer insights in driving app enhancements. Previously, Dena served as the Senior Marketing Manager at CVS and focused on ExtraCare, the country’s largest retail loyalty program. While at CVS, she led the email marketing program, driving increased sales while bringing a deeper level of personalization to customer messages. Overall, she has more than fifteen years’ experience in sales and marketing.
Dena received an MBA from Boston College with a concentration in Marketing Informatics. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, where she currently serves as a member of the Marketing Board.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Ancillare, LP USA
Joanne Santomauro is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ancillare, LP. Santomauro’s 35 year supply chain expertise led the company to launch a market leading model and over the last decade she and her teams were dedicated to innovating, developing, enhancing and expanding the Ancillare A-TKO™ supply chain model. Ancillare received the US Department of Commerce’s Star Award for Exports in 2015 and was listed as one of the fastest growing companies in 2012-2015.
Joanne completed the 200 Growing Entrepreneurs Program, Tuck School of Business Executive Program, was the recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2011, and is currently nominated for the 2016 Marcum Innovator of the Year Award. Joanne serves on several boards, including the Young Men and Women in Charge MWIC Foundation, whose mission is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers through academic tutoring, mentoring, and financial assistance programs.
Owner, Llamrai Enterprises LLC
Tamara Schwartz is an independent consultant, an Adjunct Professor at Gettysburg College, a retired Air Force Officer, and a recognized innovator with over 20 years of National Security experience. Tamara previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Enterprise Networking, where her thought leadership informed the design of various command centers supporting Joint Space, Cyber, and Global Strategic Operations, as well as the National Military Command Center. During her work at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan earned her the 2011 Information Operations Officer of the Year and an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Massachusetts Veteran of the Year. Comfortable with ambiguity and the complexity of today’s information driven organizations, Tamara is known for her game-changing, collaborative strategies to drive technological, cultural and process innovation. Her current roster of clients includes Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SAS Federal, and Oblong Industries.
Jim Smith Jr.
President and CEO, Jim Smith Jr. International
Jim Smith Jr., better known as “Mr. Energy,” is a Philadelphia native and a mainstay in the professional and personal development world. Founder and CEO of Jim Smith International, Jr., for nearly 20 years he has helped individuals and organizations perform at levels never before imagined. Jim is a speaker, trainer, and coach, he’s a Limitless Living expert, and a three-time best-selling author. In addition to working on his fourth book, his Jim’s Journal blog helps to further the reach of the JIMPACT he regularly employs face-to-face. His last book, The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You, was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award. Prior to JSJI, Jim worked for Prudential, Vanguard and CoreStates Bank.
Jim earned a Master’s in Journalism from Temple University, and obtained a Bachelor’s in English from Widener University.
Adjunct Professor, Management, US Coast Guard Academy
David Sorich currently serves as an Instructor in the Management Department at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and holds adjunct roles with the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College. David spent 9 years serving active duty on the USS Bluefish (SSN-675), the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), and overseas in the United Kingdom. After departing from the navy, David spent over 12 years in various operations and project manager roles with Staples Inc.
David earned his MBA from the London School of Business I am originally from Utah and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a degree in Civil Engineering While in the U.K., I earned my MBA from the London Business School.
Global Product Marketing Program Manager, AGILENT Technologies
Dori “Shae” Taylor currently serves as a Global Marketing Manager at Agilent Technologies, Inc. where she manages several product marketing programs, and has been driving business growth and new service development in the newly formed Laboratory Enterprise Division. This unique opportunity allows Shae to embrace an entrepreneurial program within a corporate environment. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Shae has presented at multiple industry events highlighting these programs.
Shae earned her MBA from the University of Richmond, and holds two BS degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biology, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shae is a member of the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Shae leads the SWE Council at Agilent, organizes a delegation to the National conference each year, serves on the Corporate Partnership Council of SWE, and has been a speaker at the conference on several occasions.
Senior Solution Architect, Dimension Data
Michael “Mike” Toussaint has over 15 years of experience as a consulting systems engineer and specializes in advanced technology infrastructures, and has become a trusted technical advisor to CIOs around the world. Mike has extensive global technical consulting experience to the Fortune 500 and has lead mission critical projects in North and South America, EMEA and APAC. Mike also serves as a Major in the Air Force Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol, where he is the Illinois Wing Group 2 Commander with responsibilities including overseeing six squadrons comprised of over 250 officers, enlisted-personnel, and cadets in addition to aircraft and ground assets. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor at Governor’s State University where he teaches Management Information Systems.
Mike earned an MBA from Auburn University with Phi Kappa Phi honors, and a Bachelor’s in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Regional Operations Manager, Kenny Construction
Ryan Townsend is the Regional Operations Manager for the Northeast Region of Kenny Construction’s Power Division, covering a territory of 9 states and 24 electric utilities. Kenny currently manages billions of dollars of electrical system transmission and substation upgrades across the region and ensures the work is performed safely, on time, and on budget.
Ryan holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and a certified Project Management Professional. Ryan also serves as a Coast Guard Reserve Officer, where he completed the Joint Professional Military Education course at the Naval War College.
Ann Marie White
Deputy Director, Temple University, Institute on Disabilities
Ann Marie White is the Deputy Director at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) located at Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. Ann Marie provides organizational and fiscal support, business development, and strategic leadership to enhance the mission of the center to advocate for individuals with disabilities through training, research, public policy and systems change. She has over 15 years of progressive leadership experience at both institutions of higher education and major health care systems within the Philadelphia market, and her research interests include Organizational Leadership, Succession Planning, and Organizational Culture.
She earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from La Salle University. Ann Marie is also a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities from the University of Delaware.
Director, Risk Assurance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Sherry Williams is an internal audit and risk management professional with extensive experience leading, designing and executing controls and compliance strategies. Sherry currently serves as a Director in the Risk Assurance practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she provides internal audit services to clients in the financial services industry. She has over 20 years of experience leading various internal audit functions within large financial services institutions where her primary focus has been technology, finance, and risk management.
Sherry earned her MBA from the Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. She is a 2010 graduate of the Stonier School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Banking & Finance Professional
Shauna has over 23 of banking and finance experience with a focus on commercial lending transactions facilitating community development. Throughout her career, Shauna has developed an affinity for sustainable communities through the financial inclusion of every social economic division of the economy as evidenced by her Master of Science thesis titled, “Assessing the Need for a Microfinance Institution.” Shauna is hopeful the Executive DBA program will strengthen her business acumen in the areas of sustainability, innovation and strategic management.
Shauna holds an MSA degree with a concentration in Finance from Lincoln University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and serves as a consultant for projects involving enterprise development.
Vice President, Risk Management & Finance Manager, CHUBB & Son Insurance Corporation
Qiuping Zhang currently serves as an executive finance and business consultant, providing financial and business operations expertise to global and domestic Insurance Management Agencies, and works to help clients achieve and exceed targeted expense savings goals. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Qiuping worked for Chubb & Son Insurance for over 18 years in a variety of capacities, including Controller, Senior Internal Auditor, and Vice President of Finance and Risk Management for Chubb Global Administration. One of her key responsibilities was being accountable for developing and implementing best practice strategies for ongoing supplier credit risk management, and responsible for providing complete financial consulting support to the Global Strategic Sourcing Department. Qiuping is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickson University, where she teaches Financial and Managerial Accounting in the MBA program.
Qiuping received a Master’s in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Chief Financial Officer, LoanLogics
JL “John” Alarcon is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LoanLogics, a recognized technology leader in loan quality management and performance analytics, where he oversees financial operations, planning, and human resources. Initially, John served as the CFO of Aklero Risk Analytics, who then merged with LoanLogics, and he was promoted to CFO of the combined company following the merger. Prior to Aklero, John served as VP of Finance and Corporate Treasurer for ISGN, a leading provider of mortgage technology and services. John has more than twenty years of executive experience and he has held positions in management, finance, and operations at both private and public software, consulting, and financial services companies.
John holds an MBA from the University of South Florida, and an advanced degree in strategic planning and control from the University of Paris Dauphine, in France. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Treasury Professional.
High Pressure, High Temperature/Exploration Well Engineering Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company
Kris Ayanruoah has over twenty-four years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as the High Pressure, High Temperature/Exploration Well Engineering Manager for Shell Petroleum Development Company, located in Nigeria. He has held several leadership positions such as Head of Well Engineering Business Planning, Head of Conceptual Engineering, Head Well Intervention, and Regional Completion and Well Intervention Manager.
Kris has an MBA from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering management from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and a first class Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is member of the Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Chief Executive Officer, Kewill Ltd.
Doug Braun joined IBS as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May of 2012. Prior to IBS, he held various top management roles in global product strategy and development, and product management. Doug also held positions at RedPrarie, including hosting and support, was responsible for forming their first SaaS supply chain offering, served on RedPrairie’s operating committee, and led operations in the Americas and EMEA.
Doug holds a Master’s of International Business and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Program Delivery Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Iris Burrell is a Program Delivery Leader with Hewlett Packard Enterprises, with over 20 years of experience in a variety of Information Technology (IT) roles across various industries. Her career began in the telecom industry as an applications developer, technical systems analysts, and project manager over several next generation communications systems. Iris later moved into the financial services industry where she was head of Project Portfolio & Planning and led several multi-year, multi-million dollar IT transformation projects.
Iris earned her Master’s Degree in Technology Management from Regis University in Denver, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from National College in Colorado Springs. Additionally, Iris received a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and a Six Sigma Green Belt distinction while working with Motorola.
Associate Director, Business Planning & Management, Strategy & Operations, Enterprise Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Lisa has spent the past twenty-seven years in various capacities within the Information Technology (IT) organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). She began her career as an IT developer, and during her tenure at BMS, increased her scope of responsibility to include the management of the enterprise-wide electronic mail systems, datacenter operations, client support, telecommunications, engineering, process & project management and infrastructure qualification teams. Currently, she provides strategy and operations leadership for the enterprise wide IT portfolio. This includes financial and contract planning, management & governance, strategic roadmaps, business case analysis and development, business outcomes value framework, data analytics, and benchmarking & metrics.
Lisa earned her MBA from the University of New Haven, and graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Computer Science and a minor in Information Systems.
Vice President, Store Operations, Tractor Supply Company
Brian Davis currently serves as a Vice-President in Store Operations for the Tractor Supply Company. With over 20 years of management experience in the retail sector, Brian has worked in various retail channels such as Big-Box discount, Small-Box variety, Close-Out, and Farm & Ranch. Prior to his current role, Brian was employed in positions of increasing scope and responsibility, both in field operations, as well as in various corporate support center positions. Brian’s career has given him opportunities to guides teams in store operations, logistics planning, and new store design at multiple locations throughout the northern and southern United States, as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Brian earned his MBA from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.
General Manager, East Africa, Bluegreen Holdings
Emiliano Finocchi is the General Manager for East Africa at Bluegreen Holdings (BG), a Swiss based oil and gas service provider. He is also the Founder of Indico Dourado, a Mozambican company used to provide a strong local content to BG and other partners within the same industry. Prior to BG, Emiliano worked for more than six years for the government of Mozambique. He began this employment first as the Advisor for the Minister of Transportation and Communication, and later as the first National Director at ENH Logistics, a subsidiary of ENH EP (ENH, EP), the Mozambican government company whose principal activity is the exploration of Oil and Gas.
Emiliano received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at La Sapienza University, located in Rome, Italy, following a post-graduation degree in Business Administration at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Emiliano is a citizen of both Italy and Mozambique, and speaks fluent Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Senior Manager, Business Operations
Irene Graff is currently a Senior Manager for a High Technology company in Silicon Valley. In her role she directs global programs for expansion worldwide, including preparation for advances in new software and hardware products. Prior to this role, Irene has led the complete redesign and replacement of global electronic commerce platform across 30+ countries, as well as the re-engineering of product availability messaging for new product introductions worldwide. Irene has developed a reputation for herself as a “driver” and is often called upon to lead initiatives directed from senior executives across the company. Irene has served in both management and director roles in a variety of software/hardware start-ups in the San Francisco Bay area. She has over 35 years of experience in software development and process engineering.
Irene has completed a B.A. in Organizational Communications, an M.A. in Computer Resource Management, a Masters in Project Management and M.B.A.
Managing Principal, Pinnacle Performance Group; Adjunct Professor, Temple University and Philadelphia University
An executive coach, Michael works with senior leaders in service and manufacturing industries in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University, teaching undergraduate courses in the Engineering School, and the undergraduate management capstone course at the Fox School of Business. At Philadelphia University, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in management and marketing. Michael is a retired naval officer dual-qualified as a Naval Aviator and Surface Warfare Officer, and served as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst.
Michael holds a Master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, earned a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval War College. Michael’s achievements include the Presidential Award for a Lifetime of Volunteerism, the Mayoral Citation from the City of Philadelphia, and various Navy and Joint Service Medals.
Senior Vice President, WITF, Inc.
Ron Hetrick is a business and finance executive at WITF, central Pennsylvania’s public media affiliate. Ron’s passion for lifelong learning, combined with his obsession for technology, provides a perfect mix for the education-focused nonprofit. During his fourteen year tenure at WITF, Ron has been charged with ensuring that all WITF services and activities are strategically aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. He ensures that resources are allocated effectively to meet financial objectives and that the organization adapts to market challenges and opportunities. His responsibilities include business strategy, finance, operations, philanthropy, corporate sales, human resources, and information technology.
Ron received an MBA from Villanova University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from The Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Media Business Association, and serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Vice President, Insurance Operations Support, Ohio National Financial Services
As Vice President of Insurance Operations Support at Ohio National Financial Services, Melinda leads several diverse areas of operations for the Cincinnati-based corporation. She has been leading transformational efforts in areas including Claims, Reinsurance, and Distributor Compensation. With nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, Melinda has presented at multiple industry events highlighting these efforts.
Melinda earned her MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and holds a BA and a BM from Illinois Wesleyan University. She holds several industry designations including the ChFC, CLU, and FLMI.
Melinda is highly involved in her community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, serving as an active member of the WINGS committee of the United Way, and as a member of Zonta International. In 2014, Melinda was recognized as a Rising Star by the YWCA of Cincinnati.
Director, CRM Strategy, BioPharm Communications
Maggie Jordan has over seventeen years of marketing experience in the healthcare and media industries. She presently holds the Director of CRM Strategy role at BioPharm Communications in the Philadelphia area. Prior to her current role, Maggie held management-level careers at Sirius XM Radio, Vimeo/IAC, GE Healthcare, and similar companies. Maggie has also served as a marketing management consultant for over ten years. She has taught several marketing classes as an adjunct faculty member at New York University, as well as appearing as a regular speaker for marketing events on campus.
Maggie earned an MBA Saint Joseph’s University, a Master’s Degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Villanova University, and a Marketing Certificate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Finance Director, Fidelity Investments
Caitlin Kane is a Finance Director for Fidelity Investments in Boston, supporting the Chief Information Officer of Corporate Technology. Prior to joining Fidelity, Caitlin worked at EMC Corporation providing financial decision support to the Corporate Strategy and New Business Development businesses, as well as supporting the Chief Technology Officer and his organization. Caitlin began her career as a Financial Analyst at JPMorgan within Investment Management, Global Technology. With over ten years of experience, Caitlin has spent most of her career working within Technology Finance and in the Financial Services Industry.
Caitlin earned her MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Boston College, with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
Vice President, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
With over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience, John Knighton has held a number of roles with increasing responsibilities within the biopharmaceutical field. Currently, John is a Senior Scientific Director at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, leading a diverse and dedicated team of managers, scientists, and engineers in biopharmaceutical process development, global technology transfer, and technical commercial product support. John started his career at SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline working there for 14 years in various roles in biopharmaceutical research and development.
John earned his MBA from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Executive Vice Dean for Integrative Services, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin B. Mahoney is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Executive Vice Dean for Integrative Services for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founding Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation. Kevin’s responsibilities include information technology, strategic planning, primary care network, human resources and capital planning. Prior to joining UPHS, Kevin worked at Johnson & Higgins focusing on risk transfer and alternative risk management strategies. He also worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Episcopal Hospital.
Kevin earned an MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Millersville State College. He is active in community activities including Community Volunteers in Medicine, the United Way, Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart Association.
Vice President of Academic Programs and University Partnerships, One University Network; Senior Advisor, Excelsior Group; Senior Fellow of Health Care Management, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Steve recently co-founded and serves as the Vice President of Academic Programs and University Partnerships of One University Network. He is also serves as the Senior Advisor to the Excelsior Group in Nairobi. Steve is a Senior Fellow of Health Care Management, and a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. During his 24 years of teaching, he created more than a dozen courses, taught nearly 10,000 students, and his research focuses on international development. Steve serves as a visiting faculty member and the coordinator of the Indian School of Business healthcare program. He also holds a position as a visiting faculty at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, where he founded the first Healthcare Management MBA program on the African continent.
He earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Villanova. Steve also founded the African Institute for Healthcare Management, the International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship, and serves as a board member for HealthRight International, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, BioEthics International and the Agora Partnership.
Healthcare Consultant; Adjunct Professor, Transylvania University
Amy has over twenty years of project management, property investment, and healthcare management experience, in addition to co-owning a physician clinic. She currently teaches at Transylvania University, located in Lexington KY, and previously taught at Oakland University in Michigan. Amy served as a consultant at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit while completing her Master’s thesis, titled “Healthcare Sustainability: Reducing Operating Room Waste with Reusable Medical Supplies and Instruments.” It was here that her interest in Data Mining and the practical uses of statistics within the healthcare industry began, with a specific focus on physician performance outcomes as a result of the diverging conflicts between the hospital and physician perspective. Amy has presented her consulting and research findings at various conferences including the Decision Science Institute, and the Production & Operations Management Society National conference.
Amy Sheikh holds an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare and Information Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from Oakland University located in Rochester, Michigan.
Senior Director, Commercial Innovation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Curtis Smith is the Senior Director of Commercial Innovation at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In that role he focuses on nurturing emerging capabilities in response to the changing external environment, and oversees the development and deployment of critical value-generating analytic capabilities. Prior to joining Janssen, he led the analytics function for McKinsey & Company and Henry Rak Consulting Partners. Curtis has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing analytic plans to address complex, critical business issues across multiple industries, and extensive expertise in growing and leading Business Analytics functions within organizations. Throughout his career, Curtis has developed a track record for translating analytic plans and research into clear business insights and strategic direction, resulting in significant business transformation.
Curtis earned a Master’s degree in applied research and evaluation in Psychology from Hofstra University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bucknell University.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, AECOM
Karl is an Executive Vice President and General Manager (VPGM) at AECOM a $19B firm. Karl has profit and loss responsibility for a $1B global organization of 8,300 employees providing clients with engineering and logistics solutions. Prior to AECOM, Karl held executive positions at CSC including VPGM of Maritime, VPGM of Army, Vice President of Intelligence, and VP of Strategic Business Development.
Karl earned an MBA from Duke University’s Global Executive Program, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, received an M.S. in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences from George Washington University, and holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering Systems from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Engineering License and served as a Naval Reserve Officer. Karl was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, VA Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors of multiple businesses and charities.
Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant, Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc.
William S. Spudis has nearly fifteen years of sales, marketing, and business development experience, and currently serves as a Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant with Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc. Bill is responsible for supporting corporate clients in realizing their maximum growth capabilities by providing creative sales and marketing strategies for his company’s products. Through the development and maintenance of several large corporate accounts, combined with the implementation of inventory control practices, he has led profit growth for his company. Bill has also served as Project Manager on several successful social media campaigns. Possessing a background in lean manufacturing, he brings a full-scope perspective in operations and process management.
Bill earned his MBA from Marywood University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from University of Scranton.
Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Thomas (Tom) Stone recently joined the full time faculty at Penn State Abington after 23 years at Siemens Healthcare IT. At Penn State, Tom teaches undergraduates in microeconomics, corporate finance, strategy, as well as healthcare policy and finance. While at Siemens, Tom served in various capacities, most recently as Director of Strategy and Finance where he was responsible for benchmarking activities and competitive analysis. Previous roles at Siemens included Compliance Officer, Financial Officer for International Operations, and Director of the Strategic Projects Office. Tom also led the Siemens Healthcare unit in recruitment of finance and accounting undergraduates into the highly competitive Finance Leadership Development Program, representing Siemens on various campuses throughout the US.
Tom has an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from La Salle University. Tom also serves as President of the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association.
Principal and Founding Partner, Consultants 2 Go, LLC
Sandi Webster is a principal and founder of Consultants 2 Go, LLC (C2G), a certified, minority and women-owned, management consulting firm that provides marketing and analytics consultants on an interim basis or as an outsourced project to Fortune 500 companies in the Financial Services, Telecom, Insurance, and Pharma industries. Sandi, and her employees, specialize in developing targeted marketing and complex analyses for new products.
Sandi holds an MBA in Management (International) from Dowling College, and a B.S. in Marketing from Marymount College at Fordham. She is a member of numerous organizations, volunteers with The Carter Burden Center in Manhattan, and supports scholarships and food programs for underprivileged children in Jamaica, West Indies.
Principal, Williamson Strategy
David Williamson is the Principal of a consulting firm which provides services to independent fine dining restaurants, specializing in start-ups, and the fast turnarounds of distressed properties. He began his career in the food service industry at the age of fifteen, and has since risen to the highest levels of the culinary industry, serving as chef at numerous AAA Four Diamond, New York Times Four Star, and Zagat Rated restaurants throughout the Northeast. David is the Co-Chair of the Business Department at Greenfield Community College, and serves as an Adjunct Professor for a wide range of business courses, including hospitality and tourism management classes. Additionally, he is the faculty advisor for the Business Club. David has also taught Computer Science at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA, and Food Production Management at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Marlboro College, and a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Vice President of Quality, Lannett Pharmaceuticals
John M. Abt has over twenty-five years of experience in a variety of operational and scientific leadership roles the pharmaceutical industry. His career began in Research and Development at RP Scherer followed by twelve years at Alpharma, now part of Actavis. John joined Teva Pharmaceuticals in the early stages of their immense growth in 2000, where he served as the plant manager for their Pennsylvania facility, and later as VP of US Operations and Continuous Improvement where he earned his lean six sigma black belt certification. John returned to Quality in 2010 as the head of Quality Systems & Compliance for North America and currently serves as the Vice President of Global Quality Strategy at Teva Pharmaceuticals.
John is a magna cum laude graduate from Niagara University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. John also earned a Master’s Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University.
Human Resources Manager, BAS Technologies
Tah Ahmed Meouloud is a Senior Economist and an Independent Consultant with numerous years of leadership experience, starting with a position at the Mauritanian Embassy of Doha – Qatar as an economist, followed by working on several development projects funded by the European Union in Mauritania. Currently, Tah is working as a Human Resources Manager for BSA technologies. Tah also has worked as an assistant professor at both the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania and Sorbonne University of Paris.
Tah received his Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nouakchott in Mauritania. Following his time at Nouahchott, Tah studied at the Sorbonne University, in Paris, France where he earned a Master’s Degree of Research in International Economic Development, and began a doctoral dissertation thesis in 2000. Because of his extensive multicultural work and academic study, Tah speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.
Sales Executive – Consumer Markets, Independence Blue Cross
Lisa Barbaccio is a marketing and administration professional with multi-state experience in business services. Her experience includes over eight years of senior management consulting, six years of insurance administration, and over two years of public relations consulting. A New Jersey native, Lisa currently lives and works in New York, serving as Vice President within the sales division of the Ambrose Group, a TriNet (TNET) company. Previously, Lisa served as an executive in departmental development at Independence Blue Cross, managing the Affordable Care Act changes within the Consumer Market Department. With end-to-end ownership of project and policy updates, she helped manage the largest regulatory overhaul in healthcare since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid.
Lisa is a Temple University alumnus, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. She is an active member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Society.
IT Risk Director, Travelers Insurance
Brandon has over twenty years of experience working in the Information Technology (IT) field. He recently accepted a position with the American International Group (AIG) as an IT Risk Director. Prior to joining AIG, Brandon worked for Travelers Insurance for twelve years in several different capacities, including IT Risk Director in the IT Security department. During his IT career, Brandon has had responsibility for teams in architecture, application development, production operations, and quality assurance.
Brandon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received an MBA from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Head of Treasury Department, General Bank of Mauritania
Leila Bouamatou has a background in banking, beginning with her role as a Senior Financial Analyst at BMCE International BANK of London, followed by a position as an Auditor at Deloitte &Touch in Tunis. Currently, Leila is head of the Treasury Department at GBM Bank of Mauritania, the leading Corporate and Investment Bank in Mauritania, focusing on developing long-term strategies of portfolio diversification through its partnerships with multilateral sponsors and correspondents.
Leila earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Business School Lausanne in Switzerland, a Master’s Degree in Finance and Audit at EADA Barcelona, and holds an Executive MBA degree from the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
Leila serves on the board of many regional and international foundations including the Foundation Bouamatou, the Women for Africa Foundation, and the MHB 1953 Foundation, which support her passion to provide educational opportunities for young African Women.
Co-Founder & CEO, Reliance Network
Michael co-founded the Reliance Network in 1999, a web-based application service company in the residential real estate sector, where he pragmatically grew the company using no outside capital to a seventy-person industry leader. From 1984 through 1998, Michael worked for John L Scott Real Estate, where he was the VP of Operations and Technology.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and an MBA, both from the University of Washington. Michael is also Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for Music-4-Life, and is the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Youth Music Association.
Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Outcomes, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Diane Denny is the Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety and Innovation at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). In this role, Diane develops and directs various processes for achieving continuous quality improvement across the network’s five hospitals. This includes oversight of the clinical outcome, patient experience and safety initiatives, performance improvement, and regulatory readiness. Diane has over 25 year experience in measuring, improving and demonstrating healthcare quality. Prior to working at the CTCA, she served as the Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety for Catholic Health East (CHE), one of the nation’s largest faith based systems overseeing similar functions, where she oversaw the systems’ commitment to physician loyalty and diversity.
Diane received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Planning and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s of Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Diane is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and certified in Six Sigma methodology by the American Society for Quality. She has completed fellowships in Patient Safety and Diversity, and served as a reviewer for the states of New York and Pennsylvania quality awards and on the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige Award.
Senior Director of Product Management, BMC Software
Brian has over fifteen years of experience in the technology industry, specifically in the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure hardware and software space. Brian’s experience has spanned engineering, operations, strategy, and sales in the IT field. , Currently Brian is running the product management organization for one of the main lines of business at BMC Software. Prior to his role at BMC, Brian spent ten years working at EMC corporation in multiple senior management and individual contributor roles, and worked on projects including launching EMC’s mid-range hardware business, establishing key alliances to support EMC software products, and driving the operations for an incubated new business.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Babson College.
Senior VP of Operations, La-Z-Boy Inc.
Darrell Edwards is Senior Vice President of Operations for the La-Z-Boy Branded Business at La-Z-Boy Incorporated, where he leads an operations team composed of over 5,000 employees in the areas of manufacturing, distribution, lean engineering, supply chain, and research and development. Darrell has worked for La-Z-Boy Incorporated for over ten years, holding various positions of increasing responsibility. His area of expertise includes organizational strategy, leadership, and team building, specifically in the area of supply chain operations. Additionally, Darrell has led business units to achieve national and state recognition for operational excellence, and he is a frequent guest speaker at both national and regional forums.
Darrell holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
VP of New Business Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Medicines Company
Anthony (Tony) Flammia brings a wide range of experience from both the pharmaceutical and consulting industries including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions integration, due diligence, and manufacturing & supply chain operations. During his eleven year tenure at The Medicines Company (MDCO), Tony served as the Senior Executive of Global Manufacturing & Supply. Prior to joining MDCO in June 2003, Tony was with Bristol Myers Squibb serving in a multitude of capacities at both the manufacturing site & corporate levels, and served on both the Technical Operations group for Worldwide Medicines and the Medical Device business units. Tony also worked with Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain practice and Colgate Palmolive in the Oral Care business unit.
Tony earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Managing Director, COO On Demand
Diana Kyser is the founding partner of COO on Demand, where she helps mid-sized companies refine execution strategies and formalize operations to scale and grow. A serial entrepreneur, Diana recently sold C3i, Inc., a $75M venture funded global technology solutions firm to Telerx, a Merck Global Health Innovation portfolio company. She has also held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations, and human resources at companies like American Express, JPMorgan Chase, and TheLadders.com. Diana was recently named the Interim Director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2002.
Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Birmingham-Southern College and an MBA from New York University. She is a 2014 NJ Leading Women Entrepreneurs finalist, an instructor at Thomas Edison State College, and serves on the Board of the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Connections in Orange, NJ.
Director of Resources, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dennis has more than twenty years of experience in leadership and financial management in the federal government, military, and corporate America. He served as the banking and credit union officer for U.S. Army Europe and has served as Chair, Supervisory Committee of a billion dollar credit union serving military members and their dependents throughout the world. Dennis currently serves as Director of Resources in Department of Homeland Security.
Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Alabama A&M University. He also holds both a Master’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Webster University. He maintains a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition specialty (CDFM-A), and completed the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) program from Harvard Kennedy School.
Owner, MMCO Auto
Jerry Miller began his career in the retail automotive industry almost forty years ago, starting as a salesperson. Today, Jerry owns and manages dealerships in Wynnewood, Conshohocken and Reading, with an additional location set up open early next year. His dealerships sell brands such as Audi, Porsche and VW, and The Warehouse, a direct wholesale of pre-owned vehicles. Jerry’s company, MMCo, has won numerous awards including “Top Medium Size Business to Work For” in the Philadelphia area, ranked within the Top Twenty automobile dealerships to work for in the United States for three years, and was named by The Dealer Rater as the top Audi Dealership and the Top Porsche Dealership to do business with in the United States. Jerry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA, both from the University of Delaware.
Jerry is currently on the National Dealer Council for Audi of North America, and the National Service Council for Audi, previously serving as the chairman. He is also involved in many humanitarian projects for Hopeworks ‘N Camden and Habitat for Humanity, among others.
Director of Algorithmic Services Group, Liquidnet Inc.
With over fifteen years of Wall Street experience, Timothy Nersten has been on the forefront of the proliferation of electronic trading, beginning with his start at the Dreyfus Service Corporation, then Brut ECN, and ultimately to Liquidnet. After founding and heading Liquidnet’s trading desk from its inception in 2003, he moved on to the Acquisition Board in the deal to acquire the quantitative trading company Miletus Trading. Tim has continued to work on the development of Liquidnet’s trading team, products and fundamentals ever since. He is now Director of the Algorithmic and Quantitative Execution Group at Liquidnet. He is currently on several internal boards and holds multiple industry licenses including FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 55 and 63, the Canadian New Entrant’s Charter and is a member of many Security Traders Associations.
Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 2000, and received an MBA in Strategic Business Management in 2014, both from Hofstra University.
Global Segment Business Leader, GGB Bearing Technology
Jeffrey Pepin is currently the Global Industrial Segment Leader for GGB Bearing Technology, a division of EnPro Industries (NPO). He is responsible for the operations and business development of global offices and sales teams throughout the organization. Mr. Pepin is a thought leader in commercial excellence and has developed and implemented numerous best practices including commercial strategy, customer centricity, channel management, salesforce effectiveness, and pricing optimization with sales teams across many industries for over twenty years.
Jeffrey earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, from Villanova University, and received his Executive MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
After receiving his undergraduate degree, Jeffrey spent several years as a Naval Aviator with the United States Navy, flying until his retirement as a Commander in the USNR.
Deputy Commander for Administration/Executive Director, Walson Army Medical Support Element (Fort Dix)
Keith Rafferty has more than thirty years of federal service, is retired from the US Army, and currently works for the department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Keith has been the Executive Officer to Brigadier General Cole, Division staff to Major General Erck, Division staff to Major General Monk, and Deputy Commander for Administration at Walson Medical Support Element for the last four years. He recently joined the staff at the VA’s Harbor Healthcare System, a three campus healthcare delivery system in NYC, as the Assistant to the Executive Chief of Staff.
Keith received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, and earned his MHA from Curtin University in West Australia where he worked in Australia’s socialized healthcare system for several years. Keith’s dissertation interest centers on Healthcare Information and its impacts from upcoming changes in the Military, Veterans Administration, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sales and Contract Manager, Israel Aerospace Industries – Bedek Aviation Group
Ofra Shoham-Bazel has more than fifteen years of experience in management and finance in variety of industries including aerospace and banking. She served as the Sales and Contract Manager at Israel Aerospace Industries, negotiating multi-million dollar agreements and working with department heads to resolve any issues with aircraft conversion from passenger to cargo. She also worked as the Director of Operations and Finance at F.P.I. Ltd, a start-up company creating technology that manufactured field kit for drug detection.
Ofra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ben-Gurion University of The Negev, earned her LL.M from Bar Ilan University, and received a Master’s Degree in Finance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She is certified in Six Sigma (Green belt). Ofra presently serves as the treasurer for Rydal Elementary School, and previously served as a Lieutenant Officer in the Israel Deface Forces.
Director of Business Development, Transfirst
Jessica Thrasher has over fifteen years of experience in sales and sales leadership, and currently serves as TransFirst’s Director of Business Development. Prior to her current role, Jessica served as a Team Lead and Sales Representative for TSYS Merchant Solutions, and as a Senior Marketing Consultant for infoUSA. She has earned numerous performance and leadership awards throughout her career. In addition to a successful career in business, Jessica also works as an adjunct professor of business for Wright Career Colleges, and has taught courses in entrepreneurship, ethics, small business management, and organizational behavior at the undergraduate level.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from Bellevue University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary.
City University of New York, Instructor of Business Administration, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
Geraldo (Gerry) Vasquez has over fifteen years of financial and administrative management, technology project management, and auditing experience in the private and public sectors. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable South Bronx, Inc., worked as the head of finance and administration of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and as a senior auditor for the Office of the New York State Comptroller. As a Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc, Gerry was responsible for various budget, accounting, and technology project management functions. Gerry also serves as a faculty member of the business management program at the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, where he teaches accounting, quantitative reasoning, and business management courses to undergraduate students. Prior to joining the faculty at Guttman, Gerry taught entry- and advanced-level accounting, finance, and information systems courses to undergraduate and graduate students at Brooklyn College and Queens College.
Gerry holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Accounting, both from Queens College. He is also a CPA Candidate.
President, TVD Associates
Todd has spent nearly twenty years working with nonprofit and membership organizations in industries ranging from healthcare to solid waste management. Todd leads TVD Associates, a consultancy firm focused on the community he has been a part of his entire career, and leverages his experience leading membership and marketing teams, as well as his experience spent providing oversight to functions ranging from IT to business development.
Todd earned his Bachelor’s Degree from American University in Washington, DC. He received his MBA from Drexel University, where he currently serves as part of the adjunct faculty, teaching courses on general business, career development, and nonprofit consulting.
Todd is active in the association management community as a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and serves as a board member of the Mid Atlantic Society of Association Executives. In 2009, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and currently sits on the exam’s test writing committee.