2014 Annual Conference Speaker Biographies
Biographies are in alphabetical order by speaker's last name
|Laury Chesbrough, Corporate Credit Card Lead, Cambia Health Solutions|
Laury Chesbrough began her career with Purchasing Cards in 2003 as a Purchasing Card Administrator. In 2007 she was promoted to Purchasing Card Supervisor, became a member of the NAPCP, and in 2008 achieved the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential. She has 10 years of P-Card experience with two organizations and has previously spoken at an NAPCP conference.
Jennifer Clark, Associate Director for Purchasing Card Services, University of Alabama
Jennifer Clark has been with the University of Alabama since July 2009. Since her promotion to Associate Director three years ago, the University's annual P-Card spend has grown by over 60%. Prior to employment with the University, Jennifer worked in the banking industry for 10 years as the Training Administrator and Branch Administration Manager for a local bank. Jennifer currently serves on NAPCP's Higher Education Advisory Team.
|Marie S. Cohen, Procurement Specialist, USI Insurance Services, LLC|
Marie Cohen joined USI Insurance Services in 2007 as the Procurement Specialist for the Corporate Procurement division. Marie is responsible for the procurement and management of indirect spend for 100 offices located in 26 states. She is integral in identifying cost savings opportunities, negotiating vendor contracts and driving compliance across USI. During her time at USI, Marie has developed the corporate T&E Policy, implemented an integrated travel and expense management tool, and consolidated travel programs across business units. In addition, Marie has implemented and managed the Corporate Card, Purchasing Card and Meeting Card program along with numerous other procurement-related responsibilities.
Bryan DeGraw, Senior Director, Finance Advisory Services, The Hackett Group
In his current role, Mr. DeGraw conducts topical research, supports client inquiries, leads member webcasts, performs client briefings, and speaks at forums/conferences. In support of C2C and P2P advisory clients, Bryan provides insight and guidance focused on leveraging best practices to improve working capital through credit/risk modeling, customer segmentation, collection strategies, supplier risk analysis, buy/pay transactional strategy, and leverage of automation. Bryan has more than 25 years of business experience in a variety of disciplines including business process creation, reengineering and improvement; cost reduction/management; planning; budgeting; and financial analysis. Mr. DeGraw has worked in corporate management and in consulting, defining and transforming back-office finance and customer-facing business processes. He has extensive program management office experience that includes defining and documenting methodologies, creating project measurements, facilitating workshops and performing future-state training. In addition, he has advised corporate finance management regarding business plans, budgets and process/performance improvement. Mr. DeGraw’s previous experience with The Hackett Group has included managing and delivering finance, procurement, and complete SG&A benchmark projects for clients in both the public and private sectors.
|Stephanie Dowell, Senior Procurement Systems Analyst, Cox Enterprises, Inc.|
Stephanie Dowell has been with Cox Enterprises since January 2008 and was recently promoted to Senior Procurement Systems Analyst. Stephanie’s background and expertise span over 12 years of purchasing, procurement and customer service, in conjunction with more than a decade in Finance. Her years of experience have contributed to the success of maintaining and managing a diverse procurement card program at Cox Enterprises.
Stephanie has been a member of the NAPCP since 2011 and a member of the Atlanta NAMIC Atlanta Chapter since 2008, where she currently serves as co-chair on the membership committee. Stephanie holds a BBA degree in Finance from Mercer University.
Shaun East, CTE CCTE GTP CPCP
Senior Manager, Commercial Card Account Management – GTB, Scotiabank
A Marketing Management Graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Shaun has held a variety of positions within Scotiabank over the last 34 years. As a member of the Enterprise Solutions Team, Shaun spent over 5 years assisting Corporate and Commercial Clients to improve their information flows and internal processes, through the effective use of technology. As a Commercial Card Product Specialist, Shaun marketed Scotiabank's Expense Management Solutions throughout British Columbia and the Western United States, for over 3 years. For the last several years Shaun has worked with Scotiabank's Commercial Card Clients, to maximize their programs' performance through process redefinition, best practise consultation, targeted growth initiatives, and execution of project plans focused on overall program quality initiatives.
Shaun is a member of the Global Business Travellers Association, the Accounts Payable Network, and the National Association of Purchase Card Professionals. He holds the CTE, CCTE, & GTP (Certified Travel Expert / Certified Corporate Travel Executive / Global Travel Professional) designations through the Global Business Travel Association, and is an accredited instructor within the GBTA Academy. He also holds the CPCP (Certified Purchase Card Professional) designation through the NAPCP, and has earned the Personal Financial Planning Diploma through the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Shaun has taken his first Global Leadership Program Course through GBTA, and is a self-professed student of the travel industry. At the 2009 NBTA Conference in San Diego, Shaun was a candidate for the position of Allied Board Member, seeking to become only the second Canadian to be elected to the then NBTA Board.
Kim Gheesling, Senior Procurement Systems Analyst, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Kim Gheesling has been with Cox Enterprises since 2007 and was recently promoted to Senior Procurement Analyst. Her experience as a Senior Procurement Analyst has incorporated duties in all areas of Supply Chain, with expertise in procurement card program administration. Kim has more than 12 years of experience in procurement, customer service and IT, providing her the background attributed to the success of maintaining and managing a diverse procurement card program.
Donna Ginter, Ph.D., Executive Director, Procurement and Travel Services, The George Washington University
Donna Ginter has been with The George Washington University for more than three years and has more than 30 years of experience in the pay-to-procure process at public, private and non-profit entities. She served as the Director of Research and Consulting Programs at the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing for many years prior to returning to practitioner status in 2008. Donna has spoken on a variety of procurement related topics at various professional associations. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida with a dissertation on The Socially Responsible Expenditure of Funds at the State and Local Levels of Government.
Chad Goldsberry, Senior Manager, Indirect Procurement, The Hillshire Brands Company
Chad Goldsberry has more than 15 years of procurement experience and has led Hillshire Brands' card program since 2012. As Senior Category Manager for Professional Services, Chad is directly responsible for more than $70 million in annual supplier spend across Tax, Audit, Banking, Consulting, Banking, Risk, Finance, and Travel. Additionally, he has managed a wide range of categories and disciplines, including I.T., H.R., MRO, chemicals, and packaging. He has led global procurement policy and process teams focused on supplier payments, consulting engagement, methodology standardization, BPO, Master Data and Procure-to-Pay.
Carolyn Hardee, Global T&E Program Manager, Autodesk Inc.
Carolyn is the Global T&E Program Manager at Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. She has responsibility for the Corporate Card programs globally for Autodesk. She was also the Travel Manager at Autodesk for 6.5 years before moving to her current role in Finance. She has worked for two airlines, a travel agency, an online travel company and a GDS. In addition to working in the U.S., she has worked in APAC and EMEA. She has spoken on panels for ACTE, GBTA and Concur.
|Mary Hughes, Senior Payments Information Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis|
Mary provides analytical and management support to senior managers engaged in payment policy and related issues. Mary assists in coordinating the Federal Reserve's participation in U.S. and international payment standards organizations and is the Federal Reserve representative to various standards entities, including serving as the vice-chair of the Accredited Standards Committee X9C Corporate Banking Subcommittee. She is active in the Remittance Coalition and recently led a work team that produced the Remittance Standards Inventory Technical Report. She serves as the Federal Reserve representative to the EMV Migration Forum. Mary joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 1985 and has worked in marketing, business development, market research, marketing communications, electronic payments, and sales analysis roles. Formerly, she was Director of Planning and Forecasting at Deluxe Corporation where she developed economic forecasts for the senior management steering committee. She has served as project manager for numerous qualitative and quantitative marketing research projects. Mary's educational background includes a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She earned her Project Management Professional certification in 2012. She is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals.
|Lesley Lackore, CPCP, Program Coordinator, Iowa State University|
Lesley Lackore is a program coordinator in the purchasing department at Iowa State University, where she has worked since 2000. Her responsibilities include Purchasing Card program administration, as well as administration of ISU's e-procurement system and online requisitioning system. Lesley is a graduate of Iowa State University, earning a BLS with emphasis in business and communication. In December 2006, she earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) from the NAPCP. Prior to her position at ISU, Lesley worked as a circulation supervisor for The Wall Street Journal and as an MRO buyer in the meat processing industry.
To take her mind off of credit card fraud, Lesley directs a church choir and sings with the Ames Chamber Artists. At home, she tends to the needs of a small clowder of cats.
|Tiffany Lovelace, CPCP, Senior Manager, Kansas City Southern|
Tiffany Lovelace is Senior Manager for Kansas City Southern (KCS). Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Prior to joining KCS, Lovelace held marketing and finance positions at Powerhouse Marketing, LLC, Indymac Bank and CVS Caremark. In addition, Lovelace possesses more than 15 years of experience in leading teams to effectively manage strategic sourcing, commercial card and spend management initiatives. She holds a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds the Certified Purchasing Card Professional designation with the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals.
|Bill Meekins, CPPB, CPCP, Buyer Specialist, Procurement Card Administrator, Frederick County Public Schools|
Bill Meekins has been with the Frederick County Public Schools since August 1997. He has more than 10 years of Purchasing and P-Card experience. In 2007, Bill achieved his Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential. In 2008, Bill achieved his Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential. He is a current member of the NAPCP Government/K-12 Advisory Council.
Dr. Mark J. Nigrini, Ph.D.
Dr. Nigrini is on the faculty at the College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University where he teaches auditing and forensic accounting. His current research involves advanced theoretical work on Benford's Law and the legal process surrounding fraud convictions. Dr. Nigrini is the author of Forensic Analytics (Wiley, 2011) which describes tests to detect fraud, errors, estimates, and biases in financial data. Nigrini is also the author of Benford's Law (Wiley, 2012). His next book titled The Employee Fraud Pandemic will be published in December 2013. His work has been featured in national media including The Financial Times, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and he has published papers on Benford's Law in accounting academic journals, scientific journals, and pure mathematics journals, as well as professional publications such as Internal Auditor and Journal of Accountancy. His radio interviews have included the BBC in London, and NPR in the United States. His television interviews have included an appearance on NBC's Extra. He regularly presents professional seminars for accountants and auditors in North America, Europe, and Asia with recent events in Singapore, Malaysia, and Switzerland.
Julianne Norris, CFE, CPCP, Senior Manager Commercial Cards, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Julianne Norris joined Fluor’s Corporate Procurement organization in June 2011 as Senior Manager of global Commercial Cards. Fluor, a FORTUNE 500 company, delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to governments and clients in industries around the world. She brings more than 10 years of global program management expertise, with a particular specialization in program implementation and compliance. Julianne received her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) in 2005 and her Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) in 2011, delivering proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. Julianne is completing her Master of Engineering with a concentration in Capital Projects Supply Chain and Logistics at Clemson University.
Jeanne Ruth, Global Purchasing Card Program Manager, Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions
I was first introduced to the P-Card world in the spring of 1997 and never left P-Card. My background is finance and accounting with a BS in Finance and an MBA. The P-Card was a new adventure. I attended my first NAPCP conference shortly after starting in the P-Card program. I was hooked right away. I love combining the sourcing aspect with the financial side of the business. I implemented a P-Card program for a major transportation company that grew to $75M in less than three years. I now work with a Global company with programs in all regions of the world.
Ryan Snyder, Chief Financial Officer, Concorde Career Colleges, Inc.
Ryan serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Concorde Career Colleges and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company as well as student financial aid and facilities. Ryan joined Concorde in 2011. He has more than 16 years of finance experience working for large, multinational companies including Hostess Brands, KPMG, and Arthur Andersen. Prior to joining Concorde, Ryan was vice president and controller of Hostess Brands. During his time at KPMG and Arthur Andersen, Ryan served primarily manufacturing, real estate, and pharmaceutical clients. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri—Columbia.
Pamela Spencer, Corporate Office Services Manager, KAR Auction Services, Inc.
Pamela Spencer joined the company in 1998. She has been the T&E Card manager for 15 years and the P-Card manager for seven years. In June 2007 she assisted with the implementation of the P-Card program and in 2011 worked to implement a new T&E Card program. In addition, Pam manages the Fuel Card program and is the one of the company's travel managers.
|John Thomason, CPM, State Cards Program Manager, Georgia Department of Administrative Services|
John Thomason has been a dedicated public servant of the State of Georgia for the past seven years, working for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. John currently manages the State's P-Card and Travel Card programs as well as the Fuel Card (Policy) where spend volumes have soared in excess of $400M through strategic marketing efforts to local governments and school systems. He came to the state as a 13-year procurement professional and recently received his Lifetime CPM credential through the Institute for Supply Management. In addition, John has recently joined the NAPCP Government/K12 Advisory Team.
A native of Alabama, John left the country in 1972 and spent 15 years on the sunny tropical island of Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands. Upon returning, he attended Auburn University where he received his bachelor's degree in Operations Management. John currently resides in Suwanee, Georgia, where he has lived for the past 13 years with his wife, Gina and daughter, Cassidy.
Ann Watkins, Director, Treasury Services, Zep Inc.
As Director, Treasury Services for Zep Inc., Ann is responsible for all aspects of Zep's treasury operations including: bank relationships; accounts payable activities; disbursement solutions; credit card programs and leasing activities. Under Ann's leadership, Zep's corporate card programs have increased more than 36 times in less than six years. Prior to Zep, Ann spent 13 years with BARCO where she served in various financial roles including Controller, with responsibilities for corporate accounting, international accounting, treasury operations and payroll.
Raymond Williams, Jr., Senior Manager, Global Travel, Meetings and Reimbursements, Starbucks Corporation
Raymond Williams is a leader in managing and creating global travel, corporate card and expense management programs. Mr. Williams has nearly 20 years of experience and is currently senior manager, global travel, meetings and reimbursements for Starbucks Corporation. His teams oversee travel and expense programs in North America, EMEA and APAC. In his tenure at Starbucks and other Fortune 100 companies, Mr. Williams has been actively involved in the selection, design and change management efforts associated with the rollout of travel management companies, travel/expense policy, expense reporting and credit card programs.