In early 2014, marking the first anniversary of AWESOME, 17 women supply chain leaders were named as 2014 AWESOME Advisors. Representing a range of supply chain roles, they work with AWESOME Founder Ann Drake and Executive Director Dr. Nancy Nix by providing input into and direction for AWESOME’s goals, priorities, and plans as the network expands and the initiative moves forward.
Shari Boston is Vice President, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain, ConvaTec Inc., a global medical device company. She is responsible for aligning and optimizing Global Supply Chain strategies to enhance the company’s competitive differentiation across all global markets. Through innovative synthesis of technology, planning, procurement, logistics, and market knowledge, she has developed supply chain strategies that make a competitive difference.
Prior to joining ConvaTec, Shari spent 11 years at Merck, a major pharmaceutical company, where her career experience included not only U.S. based roles but also international roles in Asia and EMEA. Her career spans a varied scope from IT, to foundry, to consulting in various companies, and for the last 20 years in health care.
Shari received a BBA from Georgia Southern University and an MBA from Regis University.
Lillian A. Dukes
Lillian Dukes is former Vice President of Business Operations for Global Customer Support and Services, Spirit AeroSystems. The organization’s responsibility is for the Business Operations of the Global Customer Support & Service segment of Spirit AeroSystems. Lillian has spent more than 20 years in the aerospace industry in positions of increasing responsibility.
Lillian earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has enjoyed an exciting career in engineering within the aerospace industry.
Prior to joining Spirit AeroSystems, Lillian spent two and one half years with the Beechcraft Corporation, where she was responsible for Global Supply Chain. Preceding her years with Beechcraft, Ms. Dukes spent 11 years with the American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering organization, where she held various leadership positions in Purchasing, Inventory Control, Engineering, Component Maintenance and Production Control.
In April 2001, Lillian left American to join Midwest Airlines, where she assumed the position of Director of Technical Services. She later held the position of Vice President of Maintenance for Independence Air before joining American Eagle Airlines in 2006, as Vice President – Technical Services. During her five year tenure there, she also served as the Vice President of Heavy Maintenance, as well as the Vice President of Technical Services and Materials Management.
Lillian has been widely recognized in the aerospace industry and has been featured in industry-leading magazines. She has spoken internationally on issues facing maintenance organizations within the airlines and has continued to mentor students and employees in their professional growth.
Sandy Evett is Vice President of Logistics for North America with Ecolab.
Previously, Sandy was Vice President, Customer Service & Logistics for Kraft Foods, and prior to that, Vice President, Logistics & Distribution, for Heinz North America. Before joining Heinz, she held various Supply Chain roles with Barilla America, Inc., including Director of Logistics and Customer Service and Vice President of Supply Chain. Prior to Barilla, Sandy served as Director of Logistics with Pactiv Corporation and held various Logistics and Supply Chain roles with The Quaker Oats Company.
Sandy received a BS in Business Administration from University of Colorado, Boulder.
As Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., Debbie Lentz is responsible for directing distribution and customs compliance, global importing and exporting, fleet operations and domestic transportation for the company’s U.S. business. In this role, she also oversees inventory planning and allocation as well as e-commerce fulfillment, while driving efforts to significantly improve the company’s in-stock position in-store and online, ensuring that customers can shop whenever, wherever and however they want. Additionally, she leads the company’s logistics strategy for international markets to improve global supply chain efficiencies as part of the company’s “TRU Transformation” strategy.
Before joining Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 2014, Debbie spent 13 years at Kraft Foods Group, where she most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In this role, she oversaw 3,500 associates across a network of distribution centers, direct store delivery branches, a transportation fleet and more. Prior to this role, she lived and worked in Zurich, Switzerland where she led logistics to include global exports, fulfillment, product supply and customer service for 23 countries in Europe. Throughout her tenure with Kraft, Debbie also held positions in global procurement, information systems, manufacturing operations and supply chain across the company’s multiple businesses in North America and Europe.
Earlier in her career, Debbie worked for Nabisco Foods Group, culminating in the position of Senior Director, Logistics Operations, where she managed all transportation, distribution and warehousing activities.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Debbie received her bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration in operations management and personnel and labor relations from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
Michelle D. Livingstone
Michelle D. Livingstone is Vice President, Transportation, for The Home Depot, responsible for the movement of shipments into and within The Home Depot‘s multi-channel supply chain.
Prior to joining The Home Depot, Michelle served as Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers and as Vice President of Transportation at JCPenney. Prior to JCPenney, she spent 17 years at Kraft Foods in transportation and supply chain roles including Senior Director of Transportation and Supply Chain for Kraft Foods North America.
Michelle has a BS in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University and an MBA with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Among other industry commitments, she serves as a director on the boards of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of University of Denver and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation.
Mary Long is Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) in the Business School of University of San Diego.
Previously, she was Vice President of Logistics and Network Planning at Domino’s Pizza, LLC. Mary’s leadership responsibilities at Domino’s included International Supply Chain, Engineering & Supply Chain Systems, Logistics, Global Equipment & Supply, Sustainability and Safety.
Mary’s career includes 15 different roles, 10 different cities and 8 different states. Prior to joining Domino’s, she worked in supply chain roles for Campbell Soup, General Mills, Pillsbury and Quaker Oaks/Gatorade. In addition to various staff and line operations roles, she has worked in two manufacturing operations and a foods distribution center.
She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and serves on the editorial board of Supply Chain Quarterly.
Mary has an undergraduate degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Cleveland State University and an MBA in Operations and Logistics from The Ohio State University. .
Alexandria P. Marren
Alexandria P. Marren is Executive Vice President, North America Rent-A-Car Operations, The Hertz Corporation. Formerly, as Chief Operating Officer of ExpressJet Airlines, she was responsible for ExpressJet’s operations and activities, including Flight Operations, InFlight Operations, Maintenance and partner relationships.
Prior to that, Alex was Senior Vice President, Network Operations and United Express, for United Airlines. Alex oversaw United’s day-to-day operations in the areas of operations control, flight dispatch, security, air traffic coordination, and operations planning and analysis, and was responsible for the overall performance of United Express.
Over a 28-year career, she held roles of increasing responsibility in airport operations and planning, including Senior Vice President of Onboard Service for United and Vice President of Airport Operations. Prior to joining United, she served as a Manager of Customer Service for People Express Airlines in Newark, N.J., and Chicago.
Alex serves on the board of directors of the Alliant Credit Union and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. She represented United on the International Air Transport Association Operations Council and the Mitre Aviation Advisory Council. Alex received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Joann Michalik is Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, focusing on manufacturing transformations, new product introduction and innovation.
She has spent over 30 years transforming and solving complex business problems for industrial products, aviation, and high technology companies. She has trained more than 1,000 engineers in a variety of tools in support of creating better product designs.
Prior to Deloitte, she was a partner with PwC Consulting, holding various leadership positions including COE new product introductions and Lean Six Sigma. Joann also had global responsibility for bringing leading edge offerings to market and was a leader in Stage Gate processes, concurrent engineering, Six Sigma, and white collar lean. Joann was also GE’s beta site PMO for flow manufacturing and held a variety of leadership positions within manufacturing.
Joann has a BS in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Nancy Nix
Executive Director, AWESOME
Nancy Nix is the Executive Director of AWESOME and former Executive Director of the EMBA Program and Professor of Supply Chain Practice at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to that, Nancy was Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center, where she led the development of TCU’s supply chain programs.
Nancy received her doctorate in Logistics from the University of Tennessee and her MBA from Temple University. She has extensive management experience with the DuPont Company and Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India. Nancy has taught executive and graduate-level courses in Supply Chain Management and led study abroad programs in China, India, and South America.
Nancy is a member of the DSC Logistics Advisory Board of Directors and served as an Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Susan Pellechio , Vice President of Transportation, joined Starbucks in February 2016. She has responsibility for transportation sourcing, procurement and supplier management. She also has responsibility for planning and execution in support of domestic and international freight inbound to the U.S, cross border trade, outbound product to U.S. Licensed stores and intra network freight transfers. She represents the integrated supply chain logistics team for U.S. and Latin America Licensed stores to evolve a more efficient supply chain strategy, and improve consistency in service and cost performance.
At Staples, Susan was responsible for leading third party transportation sourcing, procurement, and supplier collaboration for North America and across all modes including; parcel, courier, truckload, intermodal, LTL and ocean. Additionally, Susan led U.S. Transportation Operations, including planning and execution of freight inbound to their fulfillment and distribution centers, delivery of product to their retail stores, line haul operations across their complex delivery network, and she led the restructure of their final mile Customer delivery network. In Susan’s extensive career with Staples, she also held key roles across multiple operating disciplines within the Company, including; Finance, Product Marketing, Contract Sales, Wholesaler Programs & Operations, Corporate Integration, and Merchandising, Cross Channel Promotions, and Site Operations for Staples.com. Prior to Staples, Susan worked in high tech manufacturing for LTX Corporation where she held multiple roles across various financial planning functions. Susan holds a BS in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.
Sarah Pfaff is Principal, Ernst & Young Supply Chain Advisory Services. Her multi-dimensional background spans Procurement, Marketing, and Technology, She founded two successful ongoing businesses, eBreviate (now called A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions) and a boutique consulting firm.
Sarah plays several key roles within EY, leading EY’s multi-faceted advisory board on outsourcing, complex procurement transactions and multi-provider governance, as well as spearheading EY’s Supply Chain diversity initiatives.
Sarah received a BA from Washington State University and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Natalie Putnam is Executive Vice President Client Solutions, Verst Group Logistics. She brings exceptional knowledge and expertise on how to create and sustain a vibrant business culture that attracts and helps retain both customers and employees. Her extensive background in supply chain solutions and transportation logistics comes from over 30 years of specialized focus on trucking, rail, and transportation management.
In Natalie’s current role, she is responsible for creating innovative sales and marketing strategies to grow new business opportunities and maintain long lasting client relationships.
Prior to joining Verst Group Logistics, Natalie served as Vice President of marketing strategy at Ryder System, Inc. responsible for developing go-to-market plans in key sectors including healthcare, technology, retail and automotive. Her previous experience includes a wide range of roles including vice president of sales and marketing at Kansas City Southern Railroad, and senior vice president of transportation and logistics solutions at YRC Worldwide,
Natalie has a bachelor of science from Central Michigan University, as well as additional, advanced education in business marketing strategy from Kellogg School of Business. She also serves on the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In addition to being an Advisor, Heather Sheehan is AWESOME’s Director, Member Engagement and Sponsorships. She is also an Advisor to Danaher Corporation, where she formerly was Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics. As Danaher’s co-Chief Procurement Officer, she had worldwide responsibility for non-production and logistics sourcing, strategy, and implementation across the corporation’s 40-plus operating companies. She was involved with operations in 125 countries, primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia and has led successful changes in supply chain processes, policies, talent, quality, efficiency, and acquisitions as Danaher has grown from $3 billion to over $19 billion in revenues in the past 12 years.
Heather’s career experience spans nearly 30 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries and includes experience living and working in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Danaher in 2002, Heather held various leadership positions in procurement, logistics and marketing with Honeywell, Union Pacific Corporation and NCR Corporation.
Heather has served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ board of directors for 10 years and this year was elected Chairman of the Board.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Antonia Shusta has extensive experience in both the domestic and international financial services industry. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific Financial Group.
Tonia was with Citibank for 16 years in international and domestic corporate and consumer banking positions. Then, at Household International for eight years, she was a Group Executive with responsibilities for Consumer Banking, Mortgage Banking, the Household Bank UK and other corporate units.
Tonia is a member of The Committee of 200. She is Marketing and Membership Coordinator of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to help women entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior corporate executives build successful businesses.
Tonia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Government from Harvard/Radcliffe. She has been a member of the DSC Logistics Advisory Board of Directors since 1998.
Dr. Frances Gaither Tucker
Dr. Frances Gaither Tucker, is Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and Academic Director, LOGTECH MS in SCM, in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Fran’s research and teaching are at the intersection of marketing channels and supply chain management.
She served for 14 years as the chair of the Marketing Department (Marketing, Supply Chain and Retail Management majors) and is an elected member of the Syracuse University Senate. She received the Oberwager Award for student engagement in 2012.
Fran received the Doctoral Dissertation Award from NCPDM, and served on numerous committees for it and successor organizations including the Executive Committee of CSCMP.
She has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA Cum Laude from Boston University, and a PhD in Logistics from The Ohio State University.
Kathy E. Wengel
Kathy Wengel is currently Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). She is the corporation’s Chief Supply Chain Officer and a member of the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee. She is also a J&J leadership member of the Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs Committee and the Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee of the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors.
Kathy has enterprise leadership responsibility for all aspects of Supply Chain for J&J’s entire business, including the planning, sourcing, internal and external manufacturing, distribution, customer service, and Supply Chain strategy and deployment for the company’s three sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Consumer, and Medical Devices. Additionally, she manages the functions of Quality & Compliance; Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; and Engineering & Technical Operations, including Real Estate and Facilities Management, for the entire corporation.
During Kathy’s 28-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson she has served in a variety of strategic leadership and executive roles, with increasing responsibility across the enterprise including operations, quality, new products, engineering/technical and business roles, Kathy has spent more than half of her career living and working outside the US.
Prior to Kathy’s current role, she spent four years as Vice President, Quality & Compliance (Q&C) and the first Chief Quality Officer for Johnson & Johnson. She had enterprise leadership responsibility for Q&C, as well as for Sterility Assurance and Operations Readiness & Convergence, and led the creation of an enterprise Quality & Compliance organization that focused on simplifying and standardizing Q&C across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
In 2009, Kathy co-led the design of J&J’s new enterprise Supply Chain operating model. Since then, she has served on and now leads the J&J Supply Chain Leadership Team.
Kathy is a member of the GS1 Global Management Board, the SCM World Biopharma Board, and the AWESOME Advisory Board. Kathy is the executive sponsor for J&J’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and the leader of J&J’s Women in Science Technology, Math, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) program. She was recognized by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) through their Women of Excellence Award in 2015, was the recipient of AWESOME’s Legendary Leadership Award in 2014, and received the 2015 Thinkers & Movers Award for innovative leadership by DSC Logistics in conjunction with the CSCMP annual meeting. Kathy has a BSE degree in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.
Trish Young, who was 2016 AWESOME Symposium co-host as VP of North America Supply Chain at NIKE, Inc. has taken on a new role as VP, Strategic Enterprise Capabilities, Value Streams, a critical component of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative at NIKE, Inc.
A 26-year Nike veteran, Trish joined the company as a Customer Service Representative in Memphis, Tennessee. She acquired broad operations and leadership experience through positions such as North America Director of Logistics and Operations, Supply Chain Director for Asia Pacific, Director of U.S. Customer Service and Sr. Director of Demand Planning and Inventory for North America.
In her capacity as VP, NA Supply Chain, Trish has been responsible for end-to-end Supply Chain activities within North America and for driving collaborative learnings and solutions with her global partners to ensure a healthy marketplace. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University.