Cohort 5 – Class of 2022
Adjunct faculty, Northwestern University
Principal, Aleen Bayard, Inc., Transformative Consulting
Aleen Bayard is the principal of a business strategy and organizational development consulting practice hired by clients to design and manage complex organizational change and leadership development initiatives. Her core competencies include:
- Change management project design & execution
- Culture & values alignment work
- Strategic planning facilitation & implementation support
- Employee engagement and team effectiveness
- Organizational & leadership development including executive coaching
- Communication planning & messaging
- Curriculum design and course implementation
Aleen is on the faculty of Northwestern University and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership. She is certified in the Hogan Personality Index, DiSC set of communication and leadership assessments and Barrett Cultural Values tool. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Stanford University, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and an M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Attorney/Sergeant, Office of Legal Affairs/Office – Chicago Police Department
Joe Bird is an Attorney/Sergeant with the Office of Legal Affairs/Office of the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. As an attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs for CPD, Joe advises Command Staff personnel by analyzing statutes, ordinances, case law, and collective bargaining agreements to resolve legal matters successfully. Joe has been with CPD for 22 years and also served in roles with the SWAT Team, Management and Labor Affairs, the Mobile Strike Force and various other assignments.
Joe is also an Adjunct Instructor at Trinity Christian College, instructing and challenging students of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.
After Joe earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1993), he was awarded a graduate research assistant position at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Program, which linked academic resources with a range of partners to address urban issues by providing research, policy analysis and program development. Joe received a Master’s degree in Urbana Planning and Public Policy from UIC (1996). Following graduation from UIC, he began working as a Community Relations Specialist with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, a fair housing organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to maintain comprehensive community stabilization and to end racial discrimination in the housing marketplace.
Joe graduated from the John Marshall Law School (2003). He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
Theresa Wilhelm Christian
Director of Market Access Teams, Bioventus, LLC.
Lake Zurich, IL
Theresa is the Director of Market Access for Bioventus, an organization focused on orthobiologic and orthopedic solutions for patients. Theresa is a lead on the company’s National Account and Market Access team focusing on revenue growth and contract strategy within key hospital systems and health plans. Theresa has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and leadership functions.
Theresa has spent the majority of her career working with key strategic customers within the healthcare and diagnostics sector. She has a strong background in key strategic accounts managing large national accounts and account teams within both the integrated delivery network, hospital systems, and payer markets. Prior to Bioventus, Theresa spent multiple years with the Danaher Corporation. Theresa has built and managed multiple team(s) which focus on key customer goals, strategy alignment to the customer and the organization.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and an MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis.
CEO, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Fiona has been the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois for the last 5 years, responsible for bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to 15,000 girls with the help of 60 permanent staff, 40 seasonal staff, 5,000 volunteers, 6 Resource Centers and 4 outdoor camps. GSNI is one of 112 Girl Scout councils in the USA, each its own 501c3, where the total membership is over 2 million.
Prior to working for the Girl Scouts, Fiona held multiple leadership roles over a 28-year career with BP International, working in the US, UK, Germany, Benelux and Switzerland. During the 80s, she was an oil trader at the time when oil futures and derivatives were being developed. Leadership roles included supply, trading, marketing, strategy and planning, project management, commercial development and finance/accounting. In her last role at BP, Fiona was the Global Head of Supply and Trading Premises in which she developed strategy for trading office locations and implemented construction and outfit of trading offices around the world with a budget of $750m. Her career has taken her outside her country of birth for 35 years and she was the first female executive at BP to have children outside her home country.
Fiona has a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Surrey and a Bachelor’s degree from Bradford University in Spanish and French, which included living for a year in Spain and France. She also has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a qualified Project Management Professional.
Chief Talent & Administrative Services Officer, HBR Consulting
As the Chief Talent & Administrative Services Officer at HBR Consulting, Tenia Davis is focused on the company’s biggest asset, its workforce. Her mission is to attract, develop and retain outstanding talent for HBR; she also oversees legal and IT technology and security for the firm.
Previously, Tenia was the Chief People Officer for Raise, where she developed and implemented the strategic direction for the company’s talent management, leadership development, employee relations, labor relations, diversity, compensation, benefits, and operational excellence.
Tenia brings to the role 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional working in the Aerospace/Defense, Healthcare, Insurance, Television and Software/Technology industries. Early in her career, she gained extensive HR experience as a practitioner in Organizational Development & Training and Organizational Behavior, employee relations, and benefits. Tenia maximized her six-sigma training by driving process efficiencies within the organizations.
She currently serves as a consultant to various Welfare to Work and Job Readiness programs. Tenia completed her MBA at Loyola University, Chicago.
Lisa M. Finucane
Director of Education US/Mexico, Wahl Clipper Company, Professional Division
Lisa is the Director of Education with Wahl Clipper Company a fourth-generation family owned organization in Sterling, IL, which services both consumer and professional clipper needs. Lisa has been in the beauty industry with a focus on consumer goods for the past 20 years and in this role finds herself managing a North American group of artists whose focus is bringing barbering techniques and trends to the market place. Lisa works closely with marketing, product development, trend forecasts and team development. Passionate about social justice, Lisa volunteers at P.A.D.S. monthly as well as Youth Outlook, a non-for-profit assisting LGBT Youth and their families. Lisa holds an M.S.M.O.B. from Benedictine University.
Co-Founder, The Blue Spark Group
Danielle Galbraith is a Co-Founder of the Blue Spark Group. The Blue Spark Group offers executive leadership coaching, small and large group training and workshops, and strategy consulting. Danielle is a high-tech industry veteran with 25+ years of experience in functional and line roles at Intel Corporation including sales and marketing, large event management, training, operations, engineering, internal communications and employee engagement.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Victoria in Canada, and an MBA from INSEAD in France. She has lived in six countries across Europe, Asia and North America and is passionate about innovation, global culture, and leadership.
Sr. Program Manager, Instructure, Inc.
Andrew Gordon is a Program Manager at Instructure, the educational software company offering the Canvas learning platform for K-12 and higher education. He has over 20 years of experience in soft-ware development and information technology. He began his career at Boeing where he helped lead the effort engaging grass-roots participation to improve employee satisfaction across the Information Systems division. Andrew is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). His diverse experience includes designing and delivering custom software solutions for Fortune 500 companies, managing and mentoring software engineers, and leading the technology efforts that transformed the business processes and digital tools for the Grand Challenges Explorations global innovation grant program. Andrew has earned a Master of Arts in Management with a specialization in Innovation Leadership from Saybrook University. He holds a certificate in contemplative psychology from KarunaTraining, a two-year program teaching ancient Buddhist principles and practices for exploring the nature of mind and developing mindfulness and compassionate presence. He has a keen interest in discovering ways to reveal the awareness, compassion, and sanity within individuals and organizations. Andrew has one dog, Jasper, a German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix who exemplifies emotional intelligence and confidence. Usually Andrew spends a lot of time working and studying, but he also enjoys going on dog adventures with Jasper and quiet conversations with close friends.
Leadership Excellence Manager, Progressive Insurance
Laura Guilliam manages the research, design and delivery of a national Leadership Excellence Program for Progressive Insurance. This work includes leadership competency evaluation and executive coaching to positively influence the development and sustainability of a flourishing corporate culture. Laura brings 22 years of experience in organizational engagement, communication, instructional design & delivery and leadership development and coaching.
Laura earned a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) from Case Western Reserve University, where she also obtained a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry in Positive Business and Societal Change and a certificate in Emotional Intelligent Leadership and Executive Coaching. Prior to her MPOD, Laura earned a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Akron.
Cheryl A. Harris
SVP, Chief Procurement Officer, Allstate Insurance Company
Cheryl A. Harris is the Chief Procurement Officer at Allstate. In this role, Cheryl manages Allstate’s $4B spend portfolio to deliver value, mitigate risk, cultivate innovation, and develop talent. Cheryl also oversees Allstate’s Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability programs to ensure suppliers responsibly serve customers, employees, agency owners, shareholders, and the community.
Before Allstate, Cheryl served as the Americas Procurement Delivery Partner at Accenture where she managed $10B in spend for global companies. While there she delivered value for her customers, created award winning supplier mentoring programs in the U.S. and Canada, and served a sponsor of the African American Employee Resource Group.
Over her 30-year career, Cheryl has been recognized as an innovative leader. Recent recognition includes being named as one of the Most Powerful Black Women in Corporate America (2018 & 2019), and one of the Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America (2017).
Cheryl is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Chicago United Business Leaders of Color. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Humanities Festival Board.
Gamini (GB) Hewawasam
CEO, FineFinish Engineering
The president and CEO of FineFinish Engineering, GB Hewawasam is better known as an ambitious and dedicated leader to his colleagues. Having worked with his team at FineFinish for nearly 18 years, he has continuously strived for global expansion of their production for engineering solutions. GB proves his devotion to his company by sustaining the administration of quality mechanics and service.
GB is also valued for his attributions in the aviation industry as he has remained the founder and CEO of INT Terminal for 5 years. His impressive clientele and credentials are mere proof of the good service provided for United Airlines’ Elite Global Service flyers, celebrities, and Forbes CEOs and executives.
As a native Sri Lankan and expert in US aviation management, GB personally holds a passion for traveling and making his contributions as a world citizen. He presents global strides to international airline markets with his entrepreneurial pursuits. Also serving as the Director of Operations of TravNET, GB shares his interest for creating business projects and targets the elevation of productivity. GB seasonally imparts his knowledge for the tourist and aviation industry as an Adjunct Professor for the College of DuPage.
GB’s vast accomplishments also include a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. in International Business from Roosevelt University. He holds an Associate in Applied Science degree from the College of DuPage.
GB’s main empowerment comes from his loving family of his parents, his wife and three children. Because of his background and hopes for the future, GB values natural identity and inspires his young children to contribute their knowledge and benefits to the world as he also funds a Second Language program for disadvantaged Sri Lankan youth. GB is a strong example of a virtuous leader in his many tremendous successes and is guaranteed to provide you with unconditional support and illumination.
Consultant, Scientific Research Corporation
Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
Bob Hughs is a consultant with a Department of Defense-Chief Information Officer project that increases the speed and safety of the global patient transport of the nation’s wounded warriors, dependents, and coalition partners. Bob brings 20 years of experience in promoting data-driven resource and program decisions in both the private and government sectors in the areas of healthcare, finance, and national defense.
Prior to work as a consultant, Bob served as a Chief Financial Officer for an outpatient medical facility serving 26,000 patients. He also served as a Chief Administrative Officer for a deployable medical unit. He currently is in the Air Force Reserves.
Bob holds an M.B.A. from Park University and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science with Joint Warfare Concentration from Air University. He received a B.S.B.A in finance and a B.S. in Economics from Missouri Western State University. He is also board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Teresa A. Johnson
Owner/Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix Boats
Teresa A Johnson is an Owner/Co-Founder of Phoenix Boats. Founded in 2007, Phoenix Boats is a premier fiberglass bass boat manufacturer with a national and international distribution network. Teresa began her manufacturing career in 1994 in a metal fabrication environment, where she became certified in continuous improvement and lean manufacturing and also served as the company’s human resources director. In 2000, Johnson moved into the fiberglass bass boat manufacturing industry, where she became the marketing director. Prior to 1994, Teresa worked as a paralegal for 10 years before beginning her manufacturing career.
Teresa earned a B.A. in political science at Middle Tennessee State University while also working as a paralegal and her M.A. in organizational management at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
As passionate as she and her company are about producing quality bass boats, she also continues to pursue her passion for helping others find balance in life via creativity and imagination. Teresa also owns five retail art studios and a wholesale supplier company to the art industry. In her spare time, Teresa serves on the board for her local Habitat for Humanity.
Area Manager, Amazon Logistics
Sean Jordan is an Area Manager for Amazon Logistics. He has a wide-range of supply chain and supervisory experience in both the private sector and United States Army. His military experience includes serving as a division mobilization officer, headquarters company commander for an engineer
brigade, and a human resource officer. Sean has spent his career specializing in innovation, leader development, change management, and data-centric strategic decisions.
Sean has a B.A. in clinical psychology and a M.A. in leadership from Augsburg University.
Executive Officer, 022nd District, Chicago Police Department
Sean Joyce is a sworn member of the Chicago Police Department and holds the rank of captain. He is currently assigned as the Executive Officer in the 022nd District, one of twenty-two districts in the Department’s Bureau of Patrol. A twenty-five-year veteran of law enforcement, Sean has held several positions during his career including Commanding Officer of the Office of Reform Management, Acting General Counsel, and Commanding Officer of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit.
In addition, Sean practiced law with Williams Montgomery & John, a law firm specializing in insurance defense and professional malpractice litigation, serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity Christian College, and is an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program. Before joining the Chicago Police Department, Sean worked as an accountant in the audit and tax departments of BDO Seidman, an international accounting and consulting services firm.
Sean earned a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University. Also, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 270.
CEO, Creative Logic
Patty Lindstrom is a trailblazer in values-based, purpose-driven leadership strategies. She is CEO and President of Creative Logic, a Chicago based brand strategy and transformation consultancy. “Innovation”, she says, “isn’t just about products and services. It’s about the entire organization, that is… the Brand”. Creative Logic creates deeply engaged programs that affect positive change and drive growth.
In the course of the first 6 years (of 26-year history) of building Creative Logic, Patty came to the realization that most organizations lacked a systematic approach to Brand Strategy at the highest levels and the ability to bring teams together around common goals and purpose. As a result, Patty developed Living The Brand® Acceleration process, a five-phase business process, now implemented in hundreds of case studies over the past 18 years. The core focus is on building strong and sustainable brand with values and purpose at the core. Successful brands, Patty believes, start from the inside and work their way out as a “living” process.
The latest manifestation of Patty’s own innovation is Living the Brand® Academy and Living the Brand® Innovation Foundry. Living the Brand® Academy delivers Labs, Boot Camps, and Workshops and produces BRAND INNOVATION QUEST, a two-day forum delving into the interdependence of brand and innovation, with purpose at the center. Current and previous events include BRAND INNOVATION QUEST and CULTURE & LEADERSHIP QUEST, a partnership with Benedictine University.
Gena C. Lovett
(Former) Vice President Manufacturing Operations, Quality & Safety
Great Falls, Virginia
Gena Lovett is the former Vice President of manufacturing, safety and quality for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role she was responsible for managing a global portfolio that includes over 20 programs at 27 different plant facilities. Leading the $23 billion business unit’s manufacturing transformation efforts to accelerate performance, she is changing the face of BDS Operations by championing innovation from factory floors to front offices across the enterprise.
Gena joined Boeing in 2015 and worked hand in hand with its top leaders to advance the strategic direction for manufacturing a wide range of defense and space products. She also dedicates much of her time to empowering teams in the execution of safety and quality improvements and enhancing production and fabrication capabilities.
Previously, Gena was chief diversity officer for Alcoa, where she was responsible for cultivating a work environment that encouraged and supported diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. She led the successful incorporation of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative with a set of measurable indicators that produced bottom-line business results. Under her leadership, Alcoa won the 2013 Catalyst Award and the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Award.
Assistant Professor, Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL
Jeanie Lucy is a Public Health Optometrist. She is also assistant professor and course director for epidemiology/public health/optometry and all optometry business management course series at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Optometry. Jeanie is Chair of Optometry Continuing Education at Midwestern University. Prior to joining Midwestern, Jeanie was President and CEO of three primary care public health practices in Chicago and adjoining suburbs and has worked in hospital-based optometry as a staff member at Advocate Trinity Hospital Department of Ophthalmic Surgery. She specializes in early detection, treatment and prevention of glaucoma and public health interdisciplinary medicine and education.
Jeanie Lucy earned her Bachelor of Science in Visual Science from the Illinois College of Optometry. She received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. In her spare time, Jeanie enjoys traveling with her family, interior design, and board games.
Director of Research, C5T Corporation
Dan O’Connor is Director of Research for C5T Corporation, a small woman-owned/service-disabled veteran-owned defense contractor founded in 2005 at Scott AFB, Illinois. Dan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) who has spent twelve years with C5T helping military organizations improve their effectiveness, including the last five years leading six research efforts for the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Before joining C5T in October 2007, Dan spent 20 years with the USAF as a KC-135 pilot performing air-to-air refueling missions around the globe, developing, and fielding modern “glass” cockpits for those same KC-135 aircraft, and helping USTRANSCOM improve how it managed the DOD deployment and distribution enterprise.
Dan’s academic background includes a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the USAF’s Air University in 2000, a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999, and a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Human Factors Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987.
Managing Partner, Verde Associates
Laura is managing partner of Verde Associates, a boutique consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals accelerate success. She works with some of the country’s leading start-ups and rapidly expanding organizations, helping maximize their team and individual performance. Prior to launching Verde Associates, Laura held key leadership positions at New Futuro, Tribune Company, V&V Supremo Foods, and Seagram Company. Her background as a successful operator intersects with her coaching work to provide optimal business and performance advisory. Laura’s clients describe her as a catalyst for growth and excellence that brings passion, warmth, and pragmatism to the challenges faced by today’s leaders.
Laura is active in several not-for-profit boards and has been nationally recognized by Girl Scouts of America for her work with the organization. Laura has trained in improv, culinary arts, and is certified in several personality assessments and special topic areas related to her coaching work. Laura holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Business from Northern Illinois University. Laura holds an elected seat on the West Northfield School District Board.
David L. Schreiner
President & CEO, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital
David L. Schreiner has been employed by Katherine Shaw Bethea (KSB) Hospital, a rural, independent community health system, since 1989. David now serves as Past Chairman of the American Hospital Association Small & Rural Task Force. Progressive leadership opportunities culminated in his promotion to President & CEO in 2011. Before coming to KSB David worked at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, MO, and The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. He got his start in healthcare as a Radiologic Technologist.
David earned a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University in Health Education and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, for which he served as a member of the Board of Governors from 2016 – 2019. David is currently a member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board of Directors and Chairman of the American Hospital Association Small & Rural Task Force.
President & CEO, The Daniele Company
Gloria Shealey is President & CEO of The Daniele Company, a woman-owned commercial general contractor and construction manager located in downtown Durham, NC. Gloria has more than 25-years in the construction industry and leads the company in transforming visions into reality for its clients. She has developed strategic relationships with several major construction companies, owners and Fortune 100 clients to deliver projects in education, aviation, automotive, pharmaceutical, life sciences and governmental markets. Prior to entrepreneurship, Gloria was Vice President, Team Leader in the Real Estate Department of the former First Chicago Bank for 10-years financing investors, corporate owners and developers.
As Chief Strategist for Business Engineering Solutions, the consulting division of the company, Gloria also serves as the architect of business and leadership strategy for small to medium-sized firms. She has leveraged her corporate and business success into organizational leadership that provides an effective approach to execution excellence and bottom-line profitability. Gloria has a great desire for people, especially women, to be high performing and successful in making a difference that others can see.
Gloria holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.P.A. concentrating in Housing and Urban Development from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kellie Vander Veur
Owner/Operator, Double V Restaurants, Inc. (McDonald’s)
Kellie Vander Veur is the Owner/Operator of 10 McDonald’s restaurants in the Atlanta, Georgia area. She is passionate about her people and how to make their lives, at work and at home, more positive. Kellie has been a large multiple Owner/Operator since January 2018. Previous to 2018, she was a two store operator in Las Vegas, NV.
Kellie holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah (U. of U.), where she also completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to her career with McDonald’s, Kellie was involved with the U. of U. Teen Mom Program. She also worked with teens in recovery in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the U. of U. Neuropsychiatric Unit, where she worked with teens and young children.
William J. Walker
Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard
Upper Marlboro, MD
As Commanding General, William Walker is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational readiness, employment and performance of the District of Columbia Army and Air National Guard. William has held extensive senior leadership assignments through the National Guard including multiple command roles throughout is 30+ years of service. Notably, he served in Afghanistan at Embassy Kabul and with the International Security Assistance Force.
Additionally, William enjoyed a parallel civilian career as a member of the Senior Executive Service with the Drug Enforcement Administration and served in a joint duty assignment as a senior executive in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He retired as a Special Agent of the DEA in 2014. His work included counter narcotics responsibilities and leading multi-agency delegations on international heroin investigations throughout Asia. He also served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as a senior liaison and drug enforcement policy advisor.
William is also Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of the Young Marines, a military affiliated non-profit service organization for boys and girls that provides developmental programs that nurtures and encourages responsible citizenship and a positive and drug-free lifestyle.
William was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago (BA), Chicago State University (MS), the National Intelligence University (MS) and American University (MA).