The 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 ASCM's strategic direction.
Michael Wasson 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 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.
Clark Ponthier is senior vice president supply chain at Union Pacific Railroad. In this role, he provides leadership for strategic sourcing, warehousing, supplier quality, inventory management, and logistics. Ponthier also leads Union Pacific’s continuous improvement journey across the company (UP Way) and serves as its environmental management leader. Ponthier has a strong history of success in driving organizations to best-in-class performance with other industry leaders including Ingersoll Rand, Dell, General Electric and Dow Chemical. Ponthier serves on the BYU Marriott School of Business Global Supply Chain Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Shari Ruelas is General Manager of Aviation and C&I for the Americas at Chevron, with P&L responsibility for the aviation, commercial and industrial sales channels. Prior to that role, Ruelas served in a variety of roles in the value chain in her 30 years career at Chevron, Shell and Dow Chemical. She has a strong history of ASCM involvement and previously has served as a member of the board of directors, president of the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors, president of the ASCM New Orleans Chapter, a speaker at several annual conferences and a member of other committees. She is currently serving on the University of Nebraska Supply Chain Management Corporate Advisory Board. Among other achievements, Ruelas was recognized as a 2016 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Award honoree for her accomplishments in supply chain. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from the University of Houston and is working toward her master’s degree in business analytics.
Michael L. Bunge is director of global resources and materials at Libbey Inc., where he has worked for more than 25 years. He currently oversees the company’s global supply chain and leads global sourcing, knowledge management, inventory management and materials management activities, among other responsibilities. Prior to this, he served in a variety of roles throughout the company and gained diverse experience in global sourcing, supply chain management, corporate planning and developing business internationally. His ASCM involvement has included serving as a member of the ASCM Toledo Chapter’s board of directors, a China delegate on the APICS Professional Membership Advisory Board, an APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) instructor, and a member of the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors. Bunge holds an associate degree from Orange Coast Community College; a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton; and a variety of purchasing and supply chain certifications and designations.
Pamela Dow is vice president, global supply chain planning, analytics & technology at Tenneco/DRiV, a global leader in ride performance, chassis, underhood maintenance and clean air products for the automotive aftermarket and original equipment customers. She has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, supply chain process and technology enablement. Prior to joining Tenneco/DRiV, Dow spent over 18 years at Johnson Controls International Plc serving in progressively responsible roles in supply chain, focused on leading teams of people dedicated to customer satisfaction and supply chain excellence. She holds an MBA in finance and operations management from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University.
Lisa Veneziano has more than 34 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 managed more than 95 warehouses and packaging facilities in 22 countries around the globe as executive director, global supply chain, warehousing and logistics for General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales. In addition to serving on the ASCM board, Veneziano is a member of the BOD Leadership Team and served as chair for the ASCM Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. In 2017, she was honored with the Women of Excellence Community Service Award from the National Association for Female Executives, and completed the General Motors Stanford Transformational Leadership Program in 2019. Veneziano has her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her MBA from the University of Michigan.
Wendy Leakeas has more than 25 years of experience as a supply chain executive, successfully transforming teams into world-class supply chain organizations, including Ingersoll Rand, where her duties included 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 and General Electric as an executive sourcing leader. Leakeas earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Matthew Drake is an associate professor of supply chain management at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration and John F. Donohue Graduate School of Business. In addition, he has been a certification course instructor for the APICS Pittsburgh Chapter and editor-in-chief of Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. Drake has authored three supply chain management books, has contributed chapters in 8 other supply chain management books, and has published more than 20 academic journal articles. He has served on several APICS committees. Drake holds a PhD and master’s in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University.
Lars is a digital transformation enterprise architect for Ericsson Sweden where he has served in progressively responsible roles for over 25 years. Currently, he is responsible for the deployment of IT and information architecture processes and is also the program lead for the deployment of connected logistics in Ericsson’s supply chain. In addition, Magnusson is an associate professor at St. Petersburg Polytechnic College in Russia and conducts annual lectures and workshops at universities in Sweden with focus on SCM and SCOR. Magnusson has a SCOR-P endorsement. He holds a Master of Science from Lund University in Sweden with a major in industrial engineering and a minor in logistics.
Katherine Szabo Fowler is Head of Integrated Business Planning at Signify, a leader in connected LED lighting systems based in the Netherlands. In this role, she is improving, streamlining and innovating her company’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and managing the implementation of SAP integrated business planning. She also has more than 15 years of experience working in the United States and United Arab Emirates as a planner and buyer, master scheduler, materials manager, global supply chain transformation manager and vice president of supply chain. In addition, she has served as director and treasurer of the APICS Supply Chain Council and as a member of the APICS Research and Innovation in Supply Chain team. Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree in logistics and international business from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Engineering in supply chain management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
James D. Hess is global supply chain manager of audiovisual (AV) and information technology (IT) hardware for Google LLC, where he has worked for eight years. He currently is responsible for the world’s largest fleet of AV and collaborative IT assets, composed of 20,000 connected locations in more than 200 countries. In addition, he manages the production and delivery of AV assemblies, the life cycle entry of proprietary technologies and fleet sustainment to retirement. Prior to his tenure at Google, he served in the United States Army for more than 20 years, climbing to the rank of colonel: director of operational sustainment. Hess holds a bachelor’s degree in history and communications from the University of Toledo, a master’s degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in military studies from the United States Marine Corps University, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also is a certified advanced project manager.
Olive Sikem Ngah is global demand manager DuPont de Nemours, Inc., where she leads Interconnect Solutions Demand Management Function, collaborating with other business functions. Olive has 22+ years of experience with DuPont and Johnson and Johnson (now Noramco) with assignments in the United States and Asia Pacific. She has held roles in Technology, Manufacturing, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, and Continuous Improvement. Ngah has a proven ability to lead global programs and strategic initiatives, delivery significant improvement in customer service level, cost savings, and inventory reductions. She has volunteered with ASCM in a variety of roles including as membership vice president, and education vice president for the ASCM Baltimore Chapter, an APICS Certified Instructor, a member of the APICS Supply Chain Integrated Business Planning special interest group and a member of the APICS Supply Chain M4SC — Supply Chain Strategy committee. Ngah holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Howard University; Oliver Wight certificates in integrated business planning, integrated supply chain management, master scheduling and demand management; an APICS Risk Management certificate; a Certified Demand Driven Leader; and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
The ASCM Executive Staff is a team of dedicated association professionals who work alongside the ASCM Board of Directors and volunteer leaders to further the association's mission.
Abe Eshkenazi currently serves as the 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).
Peter A. Bolstorff is the executive vice president of corporate development. Peter oversees the ASCM corporate transformation 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.
The vice president of global channel services, Jim Lahey, leads the APICS channel and chapter relations teams for ASCM. 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 APICS 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, APICS 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.
Jeff Zettek currently serves as the 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.
Dan Schoenfeld is vice president of the ASCM Foundation, where he focuses on providing overall leadership and strategic direction for the Foundation’s impact investment and philanthropy programs, and leading the Foundation’s global impact funding strategy of building new corporate, foundation, and investor partnerships.
After spending the first eight years of his career as a supply chain engineer, Schoenfeld moved into the Foundation space where he has spent the past decade focused on developing systems to improve internal operations, grants management and impact quantifying. Most recently, Schoenfeld served as Vice President of Strategic Development for Fluxx Labs – a grants management technology startup with a base of 300 foundation clients, including MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. He’s also held positions at Knight Foundation where he oversaw the organization’s grants management department, IT functions, and impact initiatives. Early in his career he held supply chain positions at Tyco International, Management Consulting Group and FedEx Corporation.
Schoenfeld holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.