Christen Adels

Christen Adels

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.


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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.


Carla_CabarleCarla Cabarle

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.


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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.


Michelle_CrouthamelMichelle Crouthamel

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.


Ivan_Diaz-MolinaIvan Diaz-Molina

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


Elena_EppsElena Epps

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.


samy-GovindasamySaravana “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.


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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.


Tamas Horvath

Tom Horvath

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.


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Vincent Ford

Vice President, Digital Media & Strategic Initiatives, New York Philharmonic
Vincent “Vince” Ford is the Vice President, Digital Media and Strategic Initiatives for the New York Philharmonic. In his current role, he is charged with unifying and leading strategic planning for the Philharmonic and with serving as a leader and catalyst for digital transformation and innovation across the organization. Vince has more than 20 years of professional experience creating ecommerce platforms, building high-performing teams, and leading complex, enterprise-wide projects. Prior to his position at the New York Philharmonic, Vince led digital media for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and worked in various digital capacities for Rollins Inc., NetVendor, and Autodata Inc. Vince is regularly engaged to speak about digital media strategy and trends in the performing arts.

Vince completed his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and studied the French Horn while he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia.


Christos Kelepouris

Christos Kelepouris

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.


Munish Kalra

Munish Kalra

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.


Kirk Little

Kirk Little

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.


Ken Mawritz

Ken Mawritz

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.


Franne McNeal

Franne McNeal

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.


Salifu Mohammed

Salifu Mohammed

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.


Maureen Padgett

Maureen Padgett

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.


Dena Pizzutti

Dena Pizzutti

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.


Joanne Santomauro

Joanne Santomauro

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.


Tamara Schwartz

Tamara Schwartz

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.

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.


David Sorich

David Sorich

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.


Shae Taylor

Shae Taylor

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.


Mike Toussaint

Mike Toussaint

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.


Ryan Townsend

Ryan Townsend

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.


Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams

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.


Shauna Yeldell

Shauna Yeldell

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.


Qiuping Zhang

Qiuping Zhang

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.

John Alarcon

John Alarcon

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.


Christopher Ayanruoh

Christopher (Kris) Ayanruoah

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.


Douglas Braun

Douglas Braun

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.


Iris Burrell

Iris Burrell

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.


Lisa Caruso

Lisa Caruso

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.


Brian Davis

Brian Davis

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.


Emiliano Finocchi

Emiliano Finocchi

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.


Irene Graff

Irene Graff

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.


Michael Hagy

Michael Hagy

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.


Ron Hetrick

Ron Hetrick

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.


Melinda Hubbard

Melinda Hubbard

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.


Maggie Jordan

Maggie Jordan

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.


Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane

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.


John Knighton

John Knighton

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.


Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney

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.


Stephen Sammut

Stephen Sammut

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.


Amy Sheikh

Amy Sheikh

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.


Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith

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.


Karl Spinnenweber

Karl Spinnenweber

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.


Bill Spudis

William Spudis

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.


Thomas Stone

Thomas Stone

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.


Sandra Webster

Sandra Webster

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.


David Williamson

David Williamson

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.

John Abt

John Abt

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.


Tah Ahmed Meouloud

Tah Ahmed Meouloud

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.


Lisa Barbaccio

Lisa Barbaccio

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.


Brandon Barhorst

Brandon Barhorst

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.


Leila Bouamatou

Leila Bouamatou

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.


Michael Bujnowski

Michael Bujnowski

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.


Diane Denny

Diane Denny

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.


Brian Downey

Brian Downey

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.


Darrell Edwards

Darrell Edwards

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.


Anthony Flammia

Anthony Flammia

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.


Diana Kyser

Diana Kyser

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.


Dennis Martin

Dennis Martin

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.


Jerry Miller

Jerry Miller

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.


Timothy Nersten

Timothy Nersten

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.


Jeffrey Pepin

Jeffrey Pepin

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.


Keith Rafferty

Keith Rafferty

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.


Ofra Shoham-Bazel

Ofra Shoham-Bazel

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.


Jessica Thrasher

Jessica Thrasher

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.


Geraldo Vasquez

Geraldo Vasquez

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.


Todd Von Deak

Todd Von Deak

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.