Leadership Team

Michelle Dilley

CEO, AWESOME
Michelle Dilley joined AWESOME in mid-2020, becoming the organization’s first CEO. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of DSC Logistics, now CJ Logistics America. Michelle joined DSC Logistics in 2017 as Chief Supply Chain Transformation Officer, leading the vision for the DSC operating platform of the future and implementing strategic initiatives to deliver continuous improvement. Promoted to COO in 2019, Michelle continued to lead the transformation initiative and was directly responsible for leading DSC’s network of logistics centers and supply chain packaging operations throughout North America. Her prior experience spans the full spectrum of end-to-end supply chain, including strategic sourcing, operations, inventory management, logistics and transportation, technology and business/customer process harmonization for companies in multiple industries such LaSalle Bristol, Ascension Health, and Whirlpool Corporation. During her 16 years with Whirlpool, she served in a variety of roles, including General Manager, Global Indirect Goods & Services Sourcing, from 2005 to 2009. She received a bachelor’s degree in German studies and international business from the University of Michigan and also studied at Schiller International University in Heidelberg Germany.


David Copeland

CFO, AWESOME
David Copeland joined AWESOME in 2021. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of DSC Logistics, now CJ Logistics America. Dave joined DSC Logistics in 2007 as Vice President, Controller, took on responsibility for Finance in 2008, and was named CFO in 2010. Prior to joining DSC Logistics, he served as Market Controller for Equity Office Properties.  Dave has also served in various accounting and finance roles for the Chicago Housing Authority, Crate & Barrel, and Deloitte and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Kazakhstan in their Economic Development program.  Dave was named Chicago CFO of the Year in the Mid-Size Private Company category by Financial Executives International (FEI) Chicago Chapter in 2017.  Dave holds a BS in Accountancy with High Honors from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Kirsten Castillo

Vice President of Engagement, AWESOME
Kirsten Castillo joined the AWESOME Executive Leadership Team in 2019, bringing 20 years of experience in supply chain and logistics to that role. Previously, Kirsten was CEO of her family-owned transportation and logistics services company — Logistics Planning Services (LPS) — named on Inc 5000’s list of America’s fastest growing companies seven years in a row. After LPS was acquired by GlobalTranz Enterprises in 2017, Kirsten served as GlobalTranz COO through the transition. She also served as Director of Operations and held various supply chain positions at Imation Corporation, a 3M spinoff. She is a member of the board of Ocugen, Inc. a biopharmaceutical firm. Kirsten received a BS from University of Minnesota and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


Malia Beal

Vice President of Strategic Platforms, AWESOME
Malia Beal joined AWESOME in 2020, bringing 25+ years of marketing and public relations, program development, and philanthropic management experience. Malia’s role encompasses her work with both AWESOME and Lincoln Road Enterprises, an organization founded by Ann Drake in 2019 to elevate women in leadership across key focus areas. Prior to joining AWESOME, Malia served in ascending roles with the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Development team, providing strategic, cross-functional support and leadership for fundraising and volunteer management initiatives. She received the Frederick T. Gates Award, the highest recognition bestowed upon University of Chicago development staff. Malia also holds extensive public relations experience, having launched her career working for national non-profit organizations and global agencies. Malia holds a BA in Journalism and Speech Communications from Indiana University.


Ann Drake

Founder & Chair, AWESOME
Founder and President, Lincoln Road
Ann Drake founded AWESOME in 2013 as an industry-wide initiative to advance and transform the future of supply chain leadership. In 2012, she was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to the supply chain profession during more than two decades as Chairman/CEO of DSC Logistics. In 2019, Ann launched Lincoln Road Enterprises through which she continues to impact the future of women’s leadership in business, supply chain, technology, and other fields. Ann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Please find her full bio here.


Board of Advisors

Micaela Niven Bulich

Operating Advisor, Supply Chain & Procurement, Clayton Dubilier & Rice
Micaela Niven Bulich is the Operating Advisor, Supply Chain & Procurement of Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Previously, she served as the Vice President Global Supply Chain for GE Renewable Energy’s $8B Onshore Wind Business. Michaela spearheaded the advancement and transformation of women by serving as the executive co-creator of GE’s women in supply chain initiative. She received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from University of Hartford and master’s in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Francesca DeBiase

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain & Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
Francesca DeBiase leads the Global Supply Chain of McDonald’s. Her team’s role is to ensure the most competitive suppliers with the right capabilities are focusing on the future needs of our customers. Francesca is also responsible for the revitalization of McDonald’s sustainability vision under the platform of Scale for Good. Scale for Good demonstrates McDonald’s responsibility to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today, with the support of franchisees and suppliers. Since joining McDonald’s in 1991, Francesca has held numerous management roles in Supply Chain and Finance in the U.S. and internationally. Francesca is a member of the Board of Governors at the Metropolitan Planning Council and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a strong advocate for women and is the Global Advisor to McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network. Francesca earned a degree in business administration and economics from Loyola University Chicago.


Lillian A. Dukes

Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, Atlas Air Worldwide 
Lillian Dukes joined Atlas Air Worldwide in 2020 with more than 25 years of technical operations and supply management experience in the aviation industry. Throughout her career, she has held a number of global operations leadership positions at a variety of companies, including American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, Spirit AeroSystems, Beechcraft Corp., and General Electric. Also in 2020, the University of Tennessee announced that Lillian joined as a nondegree lecturer in the university’s Aerospace and Defense MBA program. Lillian is Principal and President of LAD Consulting. Lillian earned her undergraduate degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Villanova University and graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.


Michelle Halkerston

President & CEO, Hassett Express
Michelle Halkerston has led Hassett Express as President & CEO since 2003, and she purchased the company in 2013. Under her leadership, Hassett has grown to be a full-service transportation company specializing in domestic air freight & offering personalized transportation solutions. Michelle joined the firm as Vice President of Strategic Planning in 2001 when it was a freight forwarding company. Previously, she was Director of eCommerce Strategy for Caliber Logistics (now FedEx Supply Chain) and Director of Logistics Systems for Penske Logistics, and she began her career as a computer specialist for NASA. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of AWESOME, Michelle is Chairperson of the Airforwarders Association. She has a BS in Computer Science from Mount Union College and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.


Debbie Lentz

President of Global Supply Chain, Electrocomponents
Debbie Lentz is the President of Global Supply Chain and member of the Executive Management Team of Electrocomponents. Previously, she served as the SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Toys “R” Us, Inc. and spent 13 years at Kraft Foods Group as the SVP of Customer Service and Logistics as well as the VP of Manufacturing Operations for Kraft Europe’s $3.5B coffee business. Debbie has been recognized through numerous industry awards, including the Robert D. Pashek award for significant contributions to the practice and development of supply chain by Penn State University in 2008, DSC Logistics “Thinkers & Movers” award in 2013 and the AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award in 2015. She earned an undergraduate degree from Penn State and MBA from University of Scranton.


Michelle D. Livingstone

Vice President of Transportation, The Home Depot Co.
As Vice President, Transportation, for The Home Depot, Michelle is responsible for the movement of domestic and international shipments into and within The Home Depot‘s multi-channel supply chain.  Prior to joining The Home Depot, Michelle served in leadership positions at Kraft Foods, JC Penney and C & S Wholesale Grocers. She serves on the boards of the Transportation Institute of the University of Denver, Indiana University Transportation Executive Board, and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. Michelle was recognized in 2019 with the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award, which acknowledges extraordinary professional excellence and contributions to advancing women’s supply chain leadership. Internally at Home Depot, Michelle serves as the VP Advisor to Velvet Hammers (female directors and above) and the Women’s Link, an associate resource group. 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.


Mary Long

Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business
Mary Long is the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. In 2019 she co-authored the whitepaper “Young Women’s Perspectives on Supply Chain Diversity and Inclusion.” Previously, Mary served as Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego’s School of Business as well as leadership positions at Campbell’s Soup, General Mills, Pillsbury, Quaker Oats/Gatorade and Domino’s. Mary was named by the Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) to “Who’s Who Women in Life Sciences.” She earned her undergraduate degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Cleveland State University and MBA in Operations and Logistics from Ohio State University.


Alexandria P. Marren

Senior Vice President and President of Aviation Industry Group, ABM
With more than 25 years of aviation experience, Alex Marren leads and is responsible for all aspects of ABM’s global aviation business, which includes aircraft services, catering logistics, fueling services, janitorial, parking and transportation, passenger services, facilities maintenance, electrical and lighting, ground handling, and travel retail to airlines and 75+ airports across the U.S., U.K., Ireland and the Middle East. Alex has extensive experience leading large, complex and distributed operating organizations, including People Express, United and ExpressJet. Prior to joining ABM, Alex was the Executive Vice President of Rent-A-Car Operations in North America for Hertz Corp. She has served on the board of the Chicago and Atlanta Chapters of the American Red Cross. Alex is a graduate of Harvard University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, certificate program.


Joann Michalik

Former Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting
Joann Michalik is a former Managing Director for Deloitte Consulting with a focus on manufacturing transformations, new product introduction and innovation. Previously, she was a Partner with PwC Consulting, holding various positions including COE new product introductions and Lean Six Sigma. Joann was also GE’s beta site PMO for flow manufacturing. Joann earned an undergraduate degree in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Maria Nieradka

Head of Operations for Repligen and Founder of Three Lions Consulting
As an accomplished executive and board member, Maria has extensive experience in life sciences supply chain and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Repligen, she was SVP, Business Development Integration, for Biogen, after leading supply chain strategy, procurement, planning, manufacturing, and distribution as Biogen’s SVP, Global Supply Chain. She held earlier leadership roles as VP, Supply Chain at Johnson and Johnson and VP, Global Logistics at Bristol-Myers Squibb and at Merck. Maria serves on the Executive Advisory Board (EAB) for SCM World, on the Harvard Kennedy Women’s Leadership Board (WLB), and on the Advisory Board of Cloudleaf,, an IOT innovator. Her lifelong passion for art and engineering inspired her to create Three Lions Consulting, LLC, a service for life science companies who need to build supply chain or business management capability. Maria holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering and English from Rutgers College of Engineering and Douglass College, and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Nancy Nix, PhD

Executive Director Emeritus, AWESOME
Nancy Nix served as AWESOME’s first Executive Director from 2014-2017. In 2017, Nancy became the second woman to receive CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award. Previously, Nancy served as Executive Director for the EMBA program and Professor of Supply Chain Practice at Texas Christian University’s Neely School of Business. She also served in various supply chain leadership roles with the Dupont Company and Reliance Industries Ltd. Nancy received her undergraduate degree from Salisbury University, MBA from Temple University and PhD from University of Tennessee.


Elizabeth Nohe, PhD

Vice President of Supply Chain for the Americas Salt Operating Unit, Morton Salt, Inc.
Elizabeth (Betsey) Nohe is Vice President of Supply Chain for the Americas Salt Operating Unit for Morton Salt, Inc. She also holds a dual role as the Global Head of Supply Chain Excellence. Prior to joining Morton Salt, Betsey worked for 20 years at McCormick & Company in supply chain, IT, and commercial functions in the industrial and consumer business units. Betsey earned a PhD from Walden University and wrote her dissertation, “How Supply Chain Leaders Choose the Measures that Matter.” She also earned an MBA from Loyola University, Baltimore, undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and CPIM certification.


Susan Pellechio

Former Senior Vice President of Transportation, C&S Wholesale Grocers

Susan’s background includes more than 25 years of strategic and operational leadership across multiple disciplines, including finance, corporate integrations, supply chain (transportation, final mile delivery, wholesaler operations, contract negotiations, and inventory management), sustainability & supplier collaboration, contract sales and merchandising with the majority of her career at Staples. Following her tenure at Staples, Susan led global and domestic transportation for Starbucks and led the development of a multi-year TMS implementation strategy that enables integration across disparate logistics (replenishment/distribution/transportation) planning processes and systems. She was executive sponsor for licensed stores supply chain, and had oversight for Global Logistics PMO. Throughout her career, Susan has been passionate about diversifying and developing talent, and worked to understand, leverage, and effectively evolve a company’s operating culture. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from New Hampshire College.


Natalie Putnam

Chief Executive Officer at DeliveryCircle
Natalie is applying her extensive background in supply chain solutions – with more than 30 years of experience in contract logistics, e-commerce and transportation management – to her CEO role with DeliveryCircle, a proprietary technology-based same-day delivery solution provider. Previously, Natalie served as Chief Commercial Officer at Verst Logistics, where her P&L responsibility included the profitable growth of both fleet and brokerage and encompassed client negotiations, hiring strategies, and fleet operations. She also served as the VP of Marketing Strategy of Ryder System, VP of Sales and Marketing at Kansas City Southern Railroad and SVP of Transportation and Logistics Solutions at YRC Worldwide. In addition to AWESOME’s Board of Advisors, Natalie is a member of the advisory boards of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). She earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University.


Regenia Sanders

New Advisor in 2020
Principal/Partner, EY Business Consulting
Regenia leads EY’s Americas supply chain practice for the Central Region of the United States. She has more than 20 years of experience driving supply chain assessment and transformation projects, spanning sourcing, procurement and planning to fulfillment for Fortune 500 and private equity portfolio companies in multiple industries, including Communications & High Tech, Public Service, Retail, Industrial Manufacturing, and Utilities. Prior to joining EY in 2017, Regenia was Vice President of SSA & Company, where she led the Business Technology and Supply Chain practices. Before that, she spent 14 years at Accenture and, as a Senior Manager in both the Management & Technology Consulting practices, she served in the role of Solution Architect. Recently she was named a finalist for the 2020 Atlanta Technical Professionals Awards.  She is a National Advisory Board Member for the National Society of Black Engineers. Regenia holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Materials Engineering from Auburn University and serves as President of the Auburn Alumni Board of Directors.


Barb Schwarzentraub

ConMed board member and former Caterpillar executive
Barb Schwarzentraub currently serves on the Board of Directors for ConMed and is an active board candidate. She is the former Director and CFO in Global Information Services at Caterpillar. Her tenure at Caterpillar included serving as the Director of Component Manufacturing, Parts Distribution Director in Caterpillar Logistics, and Technical Director of Caterpillar Logistics Tech Services. Barb earned her undergraduate degree and MBA from Bradley University as well as an Executive Scholar Certificate from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and completed a joint Caterpillar-Stanford University program.


Heather Sheehan

Executive Director, AWESOME
Heather Sheehan began her tenure as AWESOME’s Executive Director in 2018 after serving as Director of Member Engagement and Sponsorships from 2015-2018. In that role, she led the growth of the AWESOME community from 200 leaders to more than 1200 leaders and significantly increased the number of AWESOME sponsors. Prior to joining the AWESOME team, Heather was selected as one of two recipients of the first AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award in 2014. At that time she was the Vice President Indirect Sourcing and Logistics for Danaher Corporation, serving as co-chief procurement officer. She also served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) board of directors for 11 years and is past Chairman of the Board. Heather received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and MS from Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches in university programs and is the owner of Crispy Concepts LLC where she consults on leadership and supply chain.


Antonia Shusta

Antonia is the Former Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Financial Group.
Previously, she was with Citibank for 16 years in both international and domestic corporate and consumer banking positions and 8 years as Group Executive for Household International. Tonia is the 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. She has been a member of DSC Logistics Advisory Board of Directors since 1998. Tonia earned her undergraduate degree in comparative government from Harvard/Radcliffe University.


Stephanie Powell Thomas, PhD

New Advisor in 2020
Stephanie Thomas, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Practice of Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

She teaches the Integrated Supply Chain Management course which is designed to give Walton students a broad overview of the exciting world of supply chain management and logistics. She enjoys incorporating her previous work experience with Lowe’s Companies, IBM, and Stanley Tools in her class discussions, and she pursues a variety of research interests. Stephanie is actively engaged with students, especially undergraduate supply chain majors as the Executive Director for Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE). She is the founder of the WISE Future Leaders Symposium, which this year brought together supply chain students and faculty from 50 U.S. universities and 9 international schools. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, she was an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. In 2019, Stephanie was globally recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain Management by B2G Consulting. She earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and her PhD in Logistics/Supply Chain Management with a Marketing support area from Georgia Southern University.


Frances Gaither Tucker, PhD

Academic Co-Director, H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
Dr. Frances Gaither Tucker is the Academic Co-Director of H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and Associate Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Previously, she served for 14 years as the Chair of the Marketing Department and was an elected member of the Syracuse University Senate. In 2012, she received the Oberwager Award for student engagement and also the Doctoral Dissertation Award from NCPDM. Fran earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Wellesley College, MBA cum laude from Boston University and PhD in Logistics from The Ohio State University.


Kathy E. Wengel

Executive Vice President & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Kathy Wengel is the EVP & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson and across its Consumer, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals businesses. She is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Kathy has held various positions with more than 30 year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, including VP of Quality & Compliance (Q&C) and its first Chief Quality Officer and co-led the design of J&J’s enterprise Supply Chain operating model where she also still leads the J&J Supply Chain Leadership Team. She is also the executive sponsor for J&J’s Women’s Leadership & Inclusion initiative and for J&J’s Women in Science Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) program. Kathy has been recognized through various awards, including the Women of Excellence Award from the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. In 2019, she became the third woman in more than 50 years to receive the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). She earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.


Amy White

Vice President, Global Demand and Supply Management, NIKE, Inc.
In addition to serving as leader of Nike’s Global Demand and Supply Chain Management (DSM), Amy led the activation of DSM at Nike in 2017,  integrating the functions of business planning, retail and supply chain planning and inventory management, and marketplace and supply chain analytics. In over 23 years at Nike, Amy’s leadership positions include VP roles for Global Planning, Global Category Operations, and North America Running. She began her career at Nike as a Corporate Audit Director and was previously an Audit Director for Harcourt General and an Audit Manager for Deloitte. Over the past 12 years, Amy has been awarded Nike’s Global Maxim Award twice. She is also the founder and executive sponsor of Nike’s Women of Global Operations employee network, representing over 8,000 female operations professionals worldwide. Amy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and completed an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.


 

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