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2016 Summit

Supply Chain Talent: Demand. Development. Deployment.
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Mady Bricco

Madelyn J. Bricco

Supply Chain Strategy Director
The Dow Chemical Company

Madelyn J. Bricco is currently the Supply Chain Strategy Director. Prior to this role, she was the Dow Logistics Global Director, EO Envelope Supply Chain Director and Supply Chain Director for Specialty Chemicals.

Madelyn joined Union Carbide in 1981 as an engineer for UCC’s agricultural products division. Following this role, Madelyn has held positions in manufacturing, purchasing, finance, inside sales, marketing, site logistics and supply chain. In 1999 she became the supply chain manager for the OPTIMAL Joint Venture and resided in Kuala Lumpur and Ketheh Malaysia through the plant start-up. She moved to Midland in 2003 as supply chain manager for Water Soluble Polymers and Designed Polymers and then in 2006 became the PO/PG business director. She is a 2006 recipient of the Global Genesis Award.

Teresa Carroll

Teresa Carroll

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Global Talent Solutions
Kelly Services®

Teresa Carroll is senior vice president and general manager of Global Talent Solutions for Kelly Services, a leader in workforce solutions. In her role, Teresa manages Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG®) in addition to overseeing Kelly’s global sales function and the Company’s centralized delivery team. During her 20-year tenure with Kelly, Teresa’s experience has encompassed business development, operations management, service excellence, marketing and solutions design. Previously, she was senior vice president, Centers of Excellence (CoE) and general manager, Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG). She directed product and solution strategy and managed the professional, technical, and outsourcing and consulting practices within the CoE across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. Ms. Carroll was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a seamless and integrated approach to talent supply chain management to Kelly clients throughout the world.

Prior to joining Kelly, Ms. Carroll was employed by General Motors Corporation as a resident/industrial engineer. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from the GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) in Michigan. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and the Society of Women Engineers. In addition, she serves on the advisory council of the Workable Futures Initiative at the Institute for the Future, an independent, non-profit research organization based in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. David J. Closs

Dr. David J. Closs

Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University Broad College of Business

Dr. David J. Closs is the John H. McConnell Professor of Business Administration and Chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. He brings more than 35 years of experience in Supply Chain Management to the project. In his current role as an MSU administrator, Dr. Closs will be the executive sponsor of all MSU-related America Delivers activities. He has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning, and has worked with over 100 of the Fortune 500 corporations in areas involving supply chain and logistics strategy and systems. He has led multiple studies investigating world-class logistics and supply chain capabilities as the project director for Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon, as well as other federal, state and industry grants. Dr. Closs is the author of numerous books and articles on supply chain strategy, technology and applications.

Cheryl Dalsin

Cheryl Dalsin

Director Academic Outreach

Cheryl’s career combines over 20 years of industry experience in materials science engineering and supply chain management. Her expertise spans technical program management, wafer fabrication, assembly/packaging, and materials development. Cheryl’s career started with Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona where she gained hands-on engineering experience in the clean room and expanded into intrinsic reliability of packed parts. Her Motorola highlight was an expatriate assignment in Toulouse, France, where she thoroughly enjoyed the cultural experience and learning the language. In 2000 she joined Intel as a Senior Engineer in electronic packaging development, and moved into Supply Chain in 2006. While in Intel’s Supply Chain, Cheryl created a one-time science activity for her daughter’s first grade class that grew into a global K-12 volunteer outreach program proactively addressing the Supply Chain and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) talent gaps. This program has reached over 15,000 students globally, was a top 5 Talent Finalist in SCM World Power of the Profession Awards, and was in TIME magazine. She recently joined APICS as the Director of Academic Outreach where she is leading academic STEM initiatives. Cheryl lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband Jon, two daughters (Lily age 12, Abby age 10). She holds BSE and MSE in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Katherine A. Franz

Executive Director
Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation

Katherine A. Franz is a proven industry executive with extensive global experience in operations, engineering, quality and multi-operational assignments. She has, in her prior work at various Fortune 10 companies, including GM, Ford and GE, led billion dollar global operations through start-up, turnaround and growth modes to achieve world-class levels of performance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and an MSA in business administration from Central Michigan University.
She is now a faculty member in Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. Ms. Franz is the Executive Director of the Michigan State University Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation (MRIVCC), where she leads the effort to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. “Katherine is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated success in building diverse, high-performing teams,” says David Closs, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Broad College of Business and John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration. “Her background in manufacturing, operations and engineering will be instrumental in moving the MRIVCC forward.”

Judy Jacobs

Judy Jacobs

Director, Corporate and Student Relations, Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University

Judy is the Director of Corporate and Student Relations for the Supply Chain Management Department at The Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. In this role, she is the liaison between corporate contacts and students seeking employment opportunities. She serves as advisor to the undergraduate student Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA). SCMA is one of the largest student organizations on MSU’s campus and is the only student organization in the supply chain department. Judy also acts as a link between corporate contacts and SCM faculty for academic endeavors, as well as manages the activities of the MSU Supply Chain Management Council.

Judy joined Michigan State in 2013 after 30 years of rich and varied work experience in the Supply Chain field. She has held a variety of leadership roles in both operating and purchasing functions. Judy has worked in the automotive, education, paper, retail, sporting goods, home furnishings, and biopharma industries. Most recently, she led the purchasing team for Emergent Biosolutions.

Judy also facilitates several courses, including contract management and customs compliance, with corporate partners for both undergraduate and MBA students. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Wendy Leakeas

Wendy Leakeas

Vice President, Enterprise SIOP, Materials, and Logistics
Ingersoll Rand

Wendy Leakeas is the Vice President of Enterprise SIOP, Materials, and Logistics for Ingersoll Rand. In this position, Wendy is focused on improving fulfillment of customer expectations and generating incremental cash flow for the business through implementation of world class materials management practices. She is responsible for leading Global SIOP, Materials and Logistics teams across 70+ manufacturing and distribution locations. Wendy brings over 20 years of leadership experience with General Electric Company to Ingersoll Rand. She began her career with GE in Operations Management within the aircraft engine division. Her record of success allowed her to move into Manufacturing Operations Leader in the GE Motor division and then as Materials and Procurement Manager within the power break division where she was responsible for sourcing and materials management of large power breaker and switchgear product. In 2004 she moved into Global Materials Management and Distribution for the Locomotive Service Parts business within GE Transportation. Wendy moved into a General Manager role for GE’s healthcare division in 2008 where she was responsible for leading 500+ global materials, procurement and fulfillment employees across 55 locations in the implementation of world class material planning processes and systems.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. She is a graduate of GE’s operation leadership program and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Brian McNelis

Brian McNelis

Vice President, Procurement, North America
Bayer HealthCare

Brian McNelis is Head of Procurement in the US for Bayer Healthcare, one of the world’s best and fastest growing Life Science companies. In this role, Brian leads a diverse team involved in all facets of the Procurement function responsible for overseeing $3 billion in annual spend including sourcing, strategy and P2P. During his almost 17 years at Bayer he has helped deliver over $500million in bottom line savings while in addition, he has played critical roles in strategic initiatives such as the Roche OTC, Merck OTC and Schering AG acquisitions. Recently, Brian lead the global work stream for “Bayer 2020” which created the new company P2P Strategy, currently being rolled out. During his 33 years in Procurement, Brian has also demonstrated a passion for leadership and talent development with a focus on recruitment, mentoring, diversity and career advancement.

Prior to coming to Bayer, he had extensive experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Procurement with Johnson and Johnson, Sterling Drug and Esselte Pendaflex. He has a MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University as well as a BA in Environmental Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Delaware. Brian has his CPM certification from ISM and is active in many industry associations.

Brian and his wife Colleen have four children and reside in New Jersey.

Evan Raubacher

Evan Raubacher


Evan Raubacher is an upcoming senior at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Chinese. During his tenure at MSU, Evan has held three Executive Board positions for the Supply Chain Management Association, including his current role as President of the organization for the 2016/2017 academic year. Evan is very fortunate to have completed three internships during his collegiate career at GE Aviation, AbbVie, and most recently, 3M. Among a variety of Supply Chain related objectives, these internships primarily focused on sourcing, operations and supplier risk management. Finally, this past summer, Evan was one of six students across the nation awarded the prestigious R. Gene Richter Scholarship and presented his award at the 2016 Annual ISM Conference held in Indianapolis, IN.

J. Donald (Don) Sheets

J. Donald (Don) Sheets

Vice Chairman
Dow Corning

Don Sheets joined Dow Corning in 1982 in a career that would offer him a variety of financial, business and commercial leadership roles. Today, Don serves as vice chairman of Dow Corning where he is responsible for a variety of activities associated with the recent restructuring of Dow Corning’s ownership to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical.

Prior to being named vice chairman in June of 2016, Don served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dow Corning Corporation for more than 13 years. As executive vice president and CFO, Don oversaw Dow Corning’s emergence from chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004 and helped lead the company through significant growth, investment and change.

Don’s experience and expertise extend far beyond financial leadership. Prior to his role as CFO, he served as vice president of internet business, where he led the development and implementation of Dow Corning’s XIAMETER® brand and business model, which remains a significant success and is highly regarded as an innovative business model in the chemicals and materials industry sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and management from Albion College and Master of Business Administration in operations management: University of Michigan-Flint.