The 2019 Board of Directors is a team of industry leaders who have been nominated and elected to serve. They are dedicated volunteer leaders who bring diverse points of view and drive the strategic direction of APICS and ASCM.
Keith Connolly is vice president of AT&T Entertainment Group Supply Chain. He is responsible for sourcing; inventory planning; forward and reverse logistics; and quality control for consumer products such as mobile devices, tablets, wearables, home automation equipment and set-top boxes. Connolly leads strategic sourcing for commodities including contact centers, professional services, office products and real estate. He is also in charge of corporate travel and supply chain systems. Connolly holds an MBA from San Jose State University, a master’s degree in science in telecommunications management from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing and materials management from Arizona State University. He is a member of the University of Texas at Dallas Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Board and a board member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council.
Antonio Galvao Costa is chief supply chain officer for DuBois Chemicals. He has more than 28 years of experience encompassing planning, logistics, sourcing, engineering, manufacturing, product portfolio management and marketing operations. In addition, Galvao Costa has a proven track record of managerial success in generating multimillion-dollar cost savings and double-digit percentage improvements in both customer service levels and productivity. He has lived and worked in Brazil, England, the United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands, leading local, regional and global teams. Galvao Costa has a degree in production engineering and an MBA from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has been the author of the “Working Green” department in SCM Now (previously APICS magazine) since July 2008 and has presented at several conferences and seminars across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors.
Michael Wasson, CSCP, is chief operations officer at Tosca, an industry leader and innovator, providing a comprehensive portfolio of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions across a diverse range of perishable food markets. In this role, he provides leadership and direction for a state-of-the-art supply chain network, providing unmatched service and lower costs to growers, suppliers and retailers. Wasson has more than 25 years of experience with other industry leaders, including Coca-Cola, DHL Express-USA, YRC Worldwide and Hammacher Schlemmer. He also serves as vice chairman on the board of directors for the Reusable Packaging Association, for which he previously served as treasurer-secretary and as chair of the operations and logistics committee. Wasson previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors and the APICS Corporate Advisory Board.
Scott Ehrsam is a supply chain director in Caterpillar’s global mining division, where he is responsible for the end-to-end integration of the Bucyrus service parts supply chain. As a global supply chain professional, Ehrsam has a proven track record of developing and leading business and supply chain transformations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His experience also includes leadership roles in manufacturing, service parts operations and product support. He is a regular presenter at APICS conferences and webinars. Ehrsam holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
Millissa Flanagan is chief operating officer for Prince International Corporation. Previously, she was senior vice president of integrated supply chain for AkzoNobel. Her broad strategic and tactical background includes leading end-to-end global supply chain, manufacturing, procurement, capital, process excellence, continuous improvement, safety and sustainability projects. Plus, her leadership experience covers multiple industries, including chemicals, metals, plastics and refining. She has led teams in existing and emerging markets including Asia Pacific, Saudi Arabia, the Americas and Europe. Flanagan has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry from McNeese State University and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Radha Krishna has 25 years of combined industry and consulting experience in the United States and Asia. He has served in a variety of business and technical roles in supply chain domain at Intel, IBM and PwC. In his current role at Intel, he fosters a strong partnership with industry, consortia and academia and drives supply chain innovation efforts. Additionally, Krishna has championed an industry standard supply chain body of knowledge in various capacities, including as the Intel APICS chair, as visiting faculty in business schools, and by contributing to several publications and presentations and external events. He holds a Ph.D. from the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India.
Wendy Leakeas is vice president of supply chain for Ingersoll Rand, where her duties include driving world-class performance in supply chain and ensuring globally consistent and effective processes across nine business units, 50 factories and more than 150 distribution sites worldwide. She has more than 25 years of experience as a supply chain executive, successfully transforming teams into world-class supply chain organizations, including at Ingersoll Rand and General Electric. Leakeas earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Pamelyn Lindsey is president and co-founder of L4 Services, LLC, a consulting, advisory and educational services firm. She is an experienced integrated business planning, sales and operations planning (S&OP), and supply chain management professional. Previously, she was director of global supply chain operations and global leader of executive S&OP for Ciena Corporation, a telecommunications and network strategy company. For most of her 25-plus-year career, Lindsey worked as an internal consultant and continuous improvement leader for DuPont. She is a regular speaker at international industry conferences and for STEM programs. Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Paul Pittman has an extensive career in both academia and consulting. Over the past three decades, he has taught supply chain and operations management at Indiana University Southeast, where he is a professor. Additionally, he’s a partner with The LAMP Group, working with firms around the world in executive leadership development and decision-making as well as supply chain management and process improvement. Pittman has led and served on several APICS committees and councils and represents the organization at North American and international events. He has published articles in numerous publications, including SCM Now (previously APICS magazine), and is a coeditor of the APICS Dictionary. Pittman previously served on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors. He is a graduate of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia.
Shari Ruelas has more than 27 years of experience in the chemical, oil and gas industries in a variety of commercial, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain roles. She is currently the Americas operation manager for Chevron’s supply and trading organization. Her experience includes work for Dow Chemical, Shell and Momentive. Ruelas holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Houston. She serves on the University of Nebraska Supply Chain Management Advisory Board. Previously, Ruelas served as president of the APICS New Orleans Chapter and on the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors. She also was president of the Chevron Women’s Network and a recipient of the STEP Ahead award from the Manufacturing Institute.
George Yarusavage has more than three decades of domestic and international supply chain experience and is now in his second career as a trainer, educator and consultant. In his first career he held management positions at M-real USA, Verizon Wireless, NBC Olympics, NBC Corporate, GE, GTE and CFI. His responsibilities in various industries included hiring, training, leading and mentoring teams of supply chain professionals while managing purchasing, transportation, distribution and logistics operations. He has been a frequent presenter at local, regional and national meetings of supply chain professionals, and was chair of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics board of directors when it merged with APICS in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics from the Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from New York University.
Lisa Veneziano is the executive director, global supply chain, warehousing and logistics for General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales. She has more than 32 years of experience in automotive aftersales across a broad range of roles, including supply chain, warehousing and packaging operations, logistics, aftermarket sales and industrial engineering. Veneziano’s organization consists of more than 95 warehouses and packaging facilities in 22 countries around the globe. In 2017, she was honored with the Women of Excellence Community Service Award from the National Association for Female Executives. Veneziano has her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her MBA from the University of Michigan, Flint.
The Executive Staff is a team of dedicated association professionals who work alongside the Board of Directors and volunteer leaders to further the association's mission.
Abe Eshkenazi is chief executive officer for ASCM. Prior to joining ASCM, Eshkenazi was the managing director for the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services.
Eshkenazi has provided business, operational, and compliance consulting services to professional service organizations, associations, and tax-exempt and government organizations. His leadership role included project management, business process redesign, and individual and organizational alignment, including design and implementation of outsource strategies. Eshkenazi has been a frequent speaker on outsourcing, nonprofit mergers, and strategic alliances.
In addition to his CPA, Eshkenazi holds a master of business administration in management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management; a master of business administration in finance from DePaul University; and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Eshkenazi is also an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
In his role as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Martinez serves as the primary legal advisor for ASCM and is responsible for guiding the association’s direction and strategy for the professional development and certification departments.
Prior to joining ASCM, Martinez had a long-standing career in public service—most recently as the deputy governor for the state of Illinois. Additionally, Martinez served as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), chief of legislative affairs, and legal counsel to the Department of Financial Institutions. Martinez started his career as an assistant state’s attorney in the Appellate Division where he argued before the Illinois Appellate Court.
Jeff Zettek is executive vice president and chief financial officer for ASCM and is responsible for the accounting and financial aspects of planning, reporting, governance and strategy initiatives within the organization. Zettek also oversees information technology, human resources and facilities.
Zettek has over twelve years of diversified finance and accounting experience having worked in a wide variety of industries for enterprises that range in size from small privately held organizations to large multinational public companies. Previous experience in these roles included acquisition and divestiture due diligence, planning and analysis, strategy, financial and management reporting, internal and external audit functions and fraud investigations. In addition to being a CPA, Zettek has the certified internal auditor designation.
Prior to joining ASCM, Zettek worked in KPMG’s Transaction Services practice group for more than seven years after transferring from their Risk Advisory Service group in 2004. Additionally, Zettek's professional experience included roles at AT&T and Deloitte.
Peter A. Bolstorff is executive vice president of corporate development. Peter oversees the ASCM for Business value proposition that includes supply chain talent development and corporate supply chain performance.
Bolstorff, the respected author of Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model, brings over 25 years of experience in supply chain and operations management to the position. Bolstorff joined ASCM as the Executive Director for the then newly merged APICS Supply Chain Council. Prior to joining ASCM, Bolstorff was the founding principal of SCE Limited, a consulting firm focused on providing supply chain program management and SCOR-based education to supply chain executives and their global teams. Bolstorff also held supply chain and operations management leadership roles at Pragmatek Consulting Group, Imation, 3M, and has been a lifelong volunteer within the SCOR community.
He received his master’s degree in industrial education from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, education, and psychology from St. Olaf College. He is a SCOR-certified instructor and is certified in Six Sigma.
Sherri is vice president of marketing. In her role, she oversees brand, communications, digital and analytics functions for the organization. With over 20 years of experience in digital and technology, Sherri has consulted on and led innovative marketing and digital transformational programs for many Fortune 500 companies, including Grainger, DeVry, and US Cellular and most recently served as the SVP of digital communications for Dairy Management (DMI). Sherri was named one of the top 25 social business global leaders by The Economist, and she was one of IBM’s VIP Futurists reimagining the Future of Work.
As the vice president of global channel services, Jim Lahey, leads the channel and chapter relations teams. Lahey has more than 25 years domestic and international channel and business development experience. He’s successfully led major projects and channel sales teams within the wireless technology and communications industry. Most recently, he was principal at Revivo, an organization that provides channel development and business expansion consulting. Prior to that, he was vice president and managing director at CradlePoint UK Ltd. Lahey also played a significant role in launching the successful European business of Sierra Wireless (NYSE: SWIR), the leading provider of wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, as Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Lahey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois State University. Additionally, he’s participated in extensive continuing education in leadership, strategic selling, negotiation and Six Sigma.
Lisa Sallstrom leads the certification development, volunteer committee management and worldwide exam delivery along with membership acquisition, retention, and engagement strategies. Sallstrom has over 13 years of association experience previously serving as Senior Director of Certification for ASCM and Certification Director for CompTIA. During her tenure at ASCM, Sallstrom led the migration of paper and pencil testing to a worldwide computer-based testing program, facilitated global job task analysis research projects, managed certification product integration through two corporate mergers, and launched a new certification program, Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD). Sallstrom currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
Sallstrom holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Valparaiso University. She also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from PMI.