Advisory Board

The current CSCR Advisory Board member profiles.

The Center for Supply Chain Research®️ (CSCR®️) Advisory Board enables the center to remain at the forefront of the supply chain discipline by aligning Penn State Smeal supply chain research, programs, and offerings with current and future industry challenges and trends.

Our board members commit to a two-year appointment, act in a brand and sponsor development role for the University, Smeal College of Business, and CSCR, remaining active in center-sponsored programs and events. They provide input and guidance for CSCR's strategic plan and forward-thinking initiatives, as well as approve our faculty research affiliates and fellowships.

The CSCR Advisory Board charter can be accessed here.

Meet the CSCR 2023-2024 Advisory Board

Portrait of Linda Bixby.2023 CSCR Advisory Board Chairperson
Linda Bixby, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Academic Partnerships
NobleReach Foundation
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2001

Linda Bixby leads academic partnerships at NobleReach Foundation, working to bring independence, objectivity, diversity, and the best entrepreneurial talent of industry, academia, and government to deliver solutions with impact for our greatest national security challenges.

Access Linda Bixby's complete bio here.

Portrait of Shannon Beecher.Shannon Beecher
Vice President, Services Supply Chain
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1991

Shannon Beecher has over 40 years of supply chain experience and leadership. She is responsible for the global end-to-end business execution and strategy development for the IBM Service Supply Chain operation.

Access Shannon Beecher's complete bio here.

Portrait of Jessica Gerhard.Jessica Gerhard
Director, Demand Planning & Customer Supply Chain
The Hershey Company
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1993

Jessica Gerhard partners with The Hershey Company's retailers and customers to create joint value and to co-plan for future growth. She has served in increasing roles of responsibility throughout her 15-year service at Hershey's, including operations planning, supply chain strategy, and procurement.

Access Jessica Gerhard's complete bio here.

Portrait of Andrew Spicher.Andrew Spicher
Integrated Planning Director
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2006

Andrew Spicher is an experienced supply chain leader with a proven track record of delivering results. He is known for his ability to lead teams, implement process optimization, drive change, and deliver high performance.

Access Andrew Spicher's complete bio here.

Portrait of David Vieira.David Vieira
President & Chief Executive Officer
CLX Logistics

CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1992

David Vieira brings more than 25 years of executive logistics industry experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of CLX Logistics. Prior to this role, he serviced the company as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2018. 

Access David Vieira's complete bio here.

Portrait of Ron Volans.Ron Volans
Head of North America Janssen Deliver
Johnson & Johnson
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1997

Ron Volans has over 30 years of supply chain experience and leadership. His supply chain experiences include plan, source, make and deliver within medical devices, consumer products as well as pharmaceuticals.

Access Ron Volans' complete bio here.

Former Board Members

We want to thank the following past CSCR Advisory Board members for their time, service, and commitment to our mission.

Portrait of Matt Schlosser.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board Chairperson
Matt Schlosser

Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy & Program Management
The Hershey Company

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1993)

Portrait of Michael A. del Rosario.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board
Michael A. del Rosario

Regional Transportation Manager
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2015)

Portrait of Jim Owens.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board
Jim Owens
Chief Growth Officer

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2014)

Portrait of Linda Pulli.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board
Linda Pulli
Executive Director, Global Supply Chain

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2016)

Portrait of Marie Robinson.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board
Marie Robinson

Executive Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer
CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2020

Portrait of Sylvie Thompson.CSCR 2022 - 2023 Advisory Board
Sylvie Thompson
Consulting Vice President, Consumer Brands, Retail and Distribution
NTT Data Consulting

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2021)

Portrait of Tony Horton.CSCR 2021 - 2022 Advisory Board
Tony Horton

Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Execution
IBM Corporation
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1991)

Portrait of Paula Natoli.CSCR 2021 - 2022 Advisory Board
Paula Natoli

Director, Americas - Global Supply Chain, Logistics & Transportation
Google Cloud

Portrait of Ashlie Wallace.CSCR 2021 - 2022 Advisory Board Chairperson
Ashlie Wallace

Vice President, Global Services Logistics and Operations

Kristyn Harkins2020 - 2021 CSCR Advisory Board
Kristyn Harkins

Vice President, Engineering & Property Services Americas & Global RE Governance
Johnson & Johnson
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1997)

Portrait of Jack Wilson.2019 - 2020 CSCR Advisory Board
Jack Wilson
Director, UPS Global Customer Solutions
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2016)

Portrait of John Burke.2019 - 2020 CSCR Advisory Board
John Burke

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2006)

Portrait of Robert Zelis.2019 - 2020 CSCR Advisory Board
Robert Zelis

Vice President, Operations - Animal Health
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2014)

Portrait of Irv Grossman.2015 - 2019 CSCR Advisory Board
Irv Grossman

Executive Vice President, Americas
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2010)

Portrait of Donna G. Palumbo.2017 - 2019 CSCR Advisory Board
Donna G. Palumbo-Miele, EdD

Senior Director, Global Procurement
Bloomberg L.P.
(Ex Officio Board Member)

Portrait of Matthew Mallard.2018 - 2019 CSCR Advisory Board
Matthew S. Mallard

Director of Projects
Volvo Group Service Market Logistics North America
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2016)

Portrait of Susan M. Gentry.2018 - 2019 CSCR Advisory Board
Susan M. Gentry, CPIM, CSCP
Associate Director, Integrated Business Planning - Supply Lead
Dow AgroSciences
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2010)

Portrait of Mike Metheny.2018 - 2019 CSCR Advisory Board
Mike Metheny
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
Corporate Services and Asset Protection Burlington
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2012)

Portrait of David Kaduke.2015 - 2017 CSCR Advisory Board
David Kaduke

Vice President, Supply Chain Planning
L Brands, MAST Global
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1998)

Portrait of Jason Reiman.2015 - 2016 CSCR Advisory Board
Jason Reiman

Vice President, Global Logistics
The Hershey Company
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1993)

Portrait of Larry P. Smith.2015 - 2016 CSCR Advisory Board
Larry P. Smith

Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Becton Dickinson and Company (BD)
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1997)

Portrait of Sean S. Trainor.2015 - 2017 CSCR Advisory Board
Sean S. Trainor

Senior Vice President, Global Operations Engineering & Technology
Dell, Inc.
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2004)

Portrait of Taylor H. Wilkerson.2015 - 2017 CSCR Advisory Board
Taylor H. Wilkerson
Program Manager
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2001)