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 patron 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 2024-2025 Advisory Board

Portrait of Ron Volans.Advisory Board Chairperson
Ron Volans

Head of North America Janssen Deliver
Johnson & Johnson
CSCR Corporate Supporter 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.

Portrait of Jessica Gerhard.Advisory Board Vice Chairperson
Jessica Gerhard

Director, Demand Planning & Customer Supply Chain
The Hershey Company
CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Shannon Beecher.Shannon Beecher
Vice President, Services Supply Chain
CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Linda Bixby.Linda Bixby, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Academic Partnerships
NobleReach Foundation
CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Andrew Ceschini.Drew Ceschini
Global Supply Planning CoE Manager
Rockwell Automation
CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2011

Andrew "Drew" Ceschini is the Global Supply Planning CoE Manager for Rockwell Automation. With over 15 years of supply chain experience and leadership, he works to translate the demand forecast into achievable load against internal and external capacity while maintaining Service and Inventory expectations and providing global standard work / governance.

Access Drew Ceschini's complete bio here.

Portrait of Shea Nesseler.Shea Nesseler
Senior Director, Global Logistics Center of Excellence
CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2007

Shea Nesseler leads the Logistics Center of Excellence for Reckitt, working to drive supply chain capability, innovation, collaboration, and excellence across the organization. He brings more than 20 years of international supply chain experience leading FMCG, Health and Beauty logistics, manufacturing, and supply chain design.

Access Shea Nesseler's complete bio here.

Portrait of Marilia Perez-Santiago.Marilia Perez-Santiago
Associate Director, Programs and Project Management
CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2005

Marilia Perez-Santiago champions strategic initiatives within the monetization team to create value and plan for future growth. She is responsible for post-sales support of the $3B dollar revenue Monetization business along the Verizon Concessions Program.

Access Marilia Perez-Santiago's complete bio here.

Portrait of Ron Walters.Ron Walters
Director, Supply Chain Technology and Systems
Collins Aerospace (an RTX business)
CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2023

Ron Walters is an operations and supply chain senior leader with more than 25 years of Fortune 500 industry experience. He has held leadership roles in manufacturing, supply chain, strategic sourcing, and IT business transformation within notable companies including General Electric, Black & Decker, Ingersoll Rand and Trane Technologies.

Access Ron Walters' 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 David Vieira.CSCR 2023 - 2024 Advisory Board
David Vieira

President & Chief Executive Officer
CLX Logistics

(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 1992)

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

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

(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 1993)

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

Regional Transportation Manager
(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2015)

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

(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2014)

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

(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2016)

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

Executive Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer
(CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Supporter since 2021)

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

Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Execution
IBM Corporation
(CSCR Corporate Supporter 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
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 Supporter since 1997)

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

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

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

(CSCR Corporate Supporter since 2006)

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

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

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

Executive Vice President, Americas
(CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Supporter 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 Supporter 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 Supporter since 2012)

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

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

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

Vice President, Global Logistics
The Hershey Company
(CSCR Corporate Supporter 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 Supporter 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 Supporter since 2004)

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