Advisory Board

The current CSCR Advisory Board member profiles.

The 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 the CSCR 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 2019-2021 Advisory Board

Jim Owens
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2014)

Adept at building high-performance teams and establishing integrity-based relationships within highly competitive markets, Jim Owens brings a unique blend of strategic and creative thought to every engagement to create an environment of proactive collaboration and common value for clients and partners alike.

Access Jim Owens's complete bio here.

Jack Wilson
Director, UPS Global Customer Solutions
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2016)

As Enterprise Solutions Director in the UPS Global Customer Solutions Group, Jack Wilson oversees the development of supply chain based services and integrated solutions for large enterprise accounts across multiple sectors. In this role, Wilson is responsible for managing a team of resources to support customers and develop creative solutions that can effectively meet the ever-changing supply chain requirements of the customer.

Access Jack Wilson's complete bio here.

Portrait of John Burke.John Burke
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2006)

John Burke is a thirty year veteran in the food industry and has spent his career creating and executing innovative supply chain solutions for national restaurant brands. Burke joined Armada in 1992, co-founded Hub One Logistics in 1996, and founded LXP in 2006. Both companies consolidated under Armada in 2011.

Access John Burke's complete bio here.

Portrait of Irv Grossman.Irv Grossman
Executive Vice President, Americas
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2010)

As the Executive Vice President of the Americas at CHAINalytics, a leading global supply chain consultancy, Grossman is responsible for the delivery of strategy, design, and transformational consulting efforts for many top-tier global supply chains. His industry and consulting experiences span retail, consumer product goods, and hi-tech within the areas of supply chain operations, logistics, strategic sourcing, procurement, and enterprise transformation. Grossman was also the founder of Chainnovations; a consultancy focused on supply chain transformation that later merged with CHAINalytics in 2011.

Access Irv Grossman's complete bio here.

Portrait of Matthew Mallard.Matthew S. Mallard
Director of Projects
Volvo Group Service Market Logistics North America
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2016)

Since 2003, Mallard has worked in supply chain and logistics for the Volvo Group, one of the largest transport service providers in the world. During that time, he held numerous management and project management roles in supply chain and logistics. Today, Mallard is Director of Projects, Volvo Group Service Market Logistics North America. In that role, he leads a team of managers and project managers dedicated to driving change and improvement in Volvo's spare parts aftermarket business in North America. Mallard also sits on the Executive Management Team for that organization, comprised of more than 3,000 employees across Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Access Matthew S. Mallard's complete bio here.

Portrait of Donna G. Palumbo.Donna G. Palumbo-Miele, EdD
Senior Director, Global Procurement
Bloomberg L.P.
(Ex Officio Board Member)

Donna G. Palumbo-Miele's broad business background includes significant leadership responsibilities having afforded her experience in process transformation, supplier risk management, supplier enabled innovation, logistics, product development, category strategy and management of diverse globally sourced products and services, transportation management, customs compliance, reverse logistics, supplier relationship management, and supplier sustainability. Her assignments include financial services, healthcare, entertainment, specialty retail, eCommerce startup, electronics, and automotive industries. She provides strategic leadership and is a role model, educator, and mentor who engages and develops others to their fullest potential.

Access Donna G. Palumbo-Miele's complete bio here.

Portrait of Matt Schlosser.Matt Schlosser
Senior Director, Supply Chain Strategy
The Hershey Company

(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 1993)

Matt Schlosser is the senior director of Supply Chain Strategy for The Hershey Company. In this role, Schlosser develops and leads large scale supply chain initiatives that support the Company’s future financial and commercial needs.

Access Matt Schlosser's complete bio here.

Portrait of Robert Zelis.Robert Zelis
Vice President, Operations - Animal Health
(CSCR Corporate Sponsor since 2014)

Robert Zelis is the vice president of Operations at MWI Animal Health. Before joining MWI, Zelis was the Vice President of Supply for Sam's He has held roles in supply chain, manufacturing and operations within large complex Fortune 500 corporations and smaller privately held companies, including Office Depot, NEWEGG Inc., an internet retail/e-commerce company of consumer electronics, Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, LLC, and ModusLink Global Solutions Inc., a global supply chain services company.

Access Robert Zelis's 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 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
(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)