Current Board

The Board of Directors for The Greater Detroit Chapter of APICS is formed by its active members. Board meetings happen at least six times in a year. Members are nominated and elected for one year. Additional information about the Detroit Chapter Board can be found in our Chapter's bylaws.

Feel free to contact any member of the board by writing an email.

Joann Parrinder, CPIM, CSCP, PMP.  President

Joann has over 20 years of experience in a variety of positions in the defense-aerospace (Burtek) and automotive (General Motors and Visteon Automotive) and Information Technology consulting (Genesis 10, EDS and Ajilon Consulting) industries. Her diversified background and experience has provided her with a broad business perspective that focuses on value for the customer and profit for company. Joann has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University and a B.S. from Central Michigan University with a major in Mathematics-Statistics and a minor in IT. She is a PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certified and APICS CPIM and CSCP).

The president of the APICS Greater Detroit Chapter leads and represents the chapter, follows up, keeps the board on track, and helps in meeting the goals and objectives in the marketing plan. It also presides chapter meetings, proposes policies and practices, and performs other duties as defined in the bylaws.

OPEN. Secretary. 


The Secretary records and distribute of the minutes of the Board of Director meetings, maintains the accuracy of all Board records such as the Bylaws, PDM evaluations, and documentation of standard operating procedures.

OPEN. Vice President of Events


The VP of Events works with the VP of Programs and conference locations to ensure that arrangements are in place for the successful delivery of events.


hil Pitkin, CFPIM, CSCP, CIRM.  
Vice President of Education.

Philip Pitkin has over 20 years experience as a consultant and industry practioner in operations and supply chain management. Phil has worked in a broad cross section of the manufacturing industry including automotive, machine building, industrial products and process industries. His areas of expertise lies in operations, business process improvement, project management, ERP, PLM and e-commerce projects. He also serves as an APICS instructor.

Mr. Pitkin holds a Bachelors Degree from Ohio University, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA in Operations Management/Supply Chain from Case Western Reserve University. He holds CFPIM, CIRM and CSCP certifications from APICS.


The Vice President of the Detroit chapter of APICS is responsible for managing the quality of the Public and Private education offerings of the chapter, creating the yearly education budget and tracking the progress toward the budget throughout the year, managing the pool of instructors and assuring course material is current and available.

Suneel Sekhr. Vice President of Corporate Development.
Mr. Sekhr is a senior IT executive specialized on IT strategy, IT linkage to business processes and business objectives. With more than 25 years of experience, he has led a number of large global IT programs for HP, IBM, Arvin-Meritor and EDS/AT Kearney as well as large global ERP, PLM, SCM, MES system implementations that resulted in increased inventory turns, faster purchasing, improved on-time customer delivery, reduced logistics costs and reduced product design cost.  He got his degree as Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from the Northern Illinois University

The Vice President of Corporate Development identifies, negotiates and manages strategic relationships with corporate partners, leads in achieving APICS growth objectives and prioritizes new market opportunities for APICS promotion and expansion. Performs industry and market trends research for the promotion of APICS activities. Monitor opportunities in specific target Detroit areas and companies, including reviews and physical tours.

Nesa Wu. Vice President of Education - Students (EMU Chapter).
Dr. Wu is a professor in the Department of Operations Research and Information Systems at Eastern Michigan University Awarded three times by the College of Business Faculty and twice by the Finance and Computer Information Systems Faculty, she is also recognized for founding the first Eastern Michigan University Student Chapter of APICS, which has been a platinum member for more than five years. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Purdue University and a B.S. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

The Vice President, Education - Student Chapters, is responsible for overseeing the welfare and development of the EMU/APICS student chapters and in enlarging the student chapter base. This includes, but is not limited to, bringing education to students for learning beyond the class room under the form of seminars, workshops, professional presentations at their general meetings, Detroit chapter Professional Development Meeting attendance by students, board member attendance at Detroit chapter meetings. To carry out the enlargement of the student chapter base of Detroit Metro, the Detroit chapter must provide leadership and encouragement for its development by setting up a subcommittee of the VP of Student Chapters and at least two other board members.

Nate Jolliff.
 Vice President of Finance
Results-oriented supply chain professional with over 15 years of senior leadership experience in Fortune 500 global companies with proven achievements in delivering beyond the expected in optimizing KPI’s, supplier scorecard, materials management, warehouse operations, driving a culture of continuous improvement, and implementing strategic growth strategies across complex matrix organizations
The Vice President of Finance is responsible 
for creating and maintaining corporation reports and filings,
reporting of monthly performance-to-budget reports, cash flows, and Education and Events related support,
and receiving and depositing all monies into the chapter accounts.

Jim Semerad, CPIM, PMP, Jonah.
Vice President of Programs
Jim is a program management, information technology (IT), supply chain and logistics management strategy and planning consultant.  He engineered and lead global information technology projects and innovative next generation IT solutions. As a Senior Supply Logistics Officer for the US Navy, he lead contract management, warehouse, ground-sea-air transportation, hazardous material, energy and fuels, kitting, maintenance operations, automated identification, computer applications, shop floor, lean, agile, and six sigma.  He is an adjunct professor, certified trainer, author, and presenter.  He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and MBA in Management Finance from Louisiana Tech University and pursued advanced training in business strategy, international trade, and logistics.  
 He holds a CPIM certification from APICS.


The Vice President of Programs schedules programs for regular Professional Development Meetings, makes the necessary program arrangements and provides program information to the Vice President of Events and Vice President of Communications..

Mark Knight, CPIM. Vice President of Membership.
Mr. Knight is a team oriented professional with over 30 years of experience in all phases of Supply Chain Management, from forecast generation through the entire quote to cash cycle at the electronics and telecommunications/automotive sector. He has worked with companies like E&E manufacturing, Picometrix, Xycom-Profase America, Industrial Strainer Company, Saturn Electronics & Engineering, KMS Advanced Products, and Texas Instruments. He is Six Sigma Greenbelt and a CPIM APICS certified.


The Vice President of Membership manages the overall membership function including the design and implementation of programs that broaden membership engagement for the chapter, increasing membership by an identified goal, and retaining current members. Greet guests and new members at all chapter functions. Compile membership statistics for chapter and region use.

Mary Anne Britton.
 Vice President of Marketing


The Vice President of Marketing works to raise awareness and support of the various events and initiatives of the Chapter.

John Blakowski, CPIM, CIRM
. Vice President of Alliances

Mr. Blakowski is a skilled consultant with over 25 years experience that includes package evaluation and selection, project management, and process re-engineering improvement work for customers in the home construction, manufacturing, chemical processing, benefits management and the federal government in supply chain activities and their related data processing and user education fields.

He is currently in Compuware’s Professional Services Division as a Business Process Consultant at VW.  He has consulting experience at the project manager/lead or subject matter expert (SME) level implementing business process re-engineering projects for Supply Chain & Logistics, ERP implementations and package evaluation & selection.

Prior to entering consulting, John had over 20 years in the manufacturing, process, and retail industries working with all phases of materials management and production & inventory control along with the associated financial and data processing systems.

John holds both CPIM & CIRM certifications and taught Capacity Management classes for the Toledo APICS chapter as well as serving on their board from 1985 to 1994; three years as president.  He holds a Bachelor of Science, cum Laude, in Operations Management and Psychology, from the University of Toledo.  

The Vice President of Alliances is responsible for identifying, pursuing, and maintaining relationships with other professional associations to further enhance the reach and relevancy of APICS to Operations Management professionals.


Dr Gail Lewis.
Vice President of Policies and Procedures.

Dr. Gail Lewis is a proven practitioner of leadership theory, organizational development, continuous improvement and operations management.  As a scholar of leadership, management, and continuous improvement, Dr. Lewis de-mystifies the enigma of theory while embracing the praxis of various settings to formulate and meet shared goals while serving as a leader, coach, mentor, and follower.

Dr. Lewis brings 23 years of leadership experience in operations(14), non-profit management and consulting (6), and retail management (3). Most notably, Gail brings extensive experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in health and human services. Dr. Lewis developed and implemented programs for at risk populations, and provided consulting services for local grant funded non-profit organizations. Valuing her ability to share her knowledge with others, Dr. Lewis served in a consulting position with a regional non-profit agency, while providing event planning, meeting coordination for clients, and coordinating annual family planning conferences and trainings. In pursuit of greater leadership responsibility, Dr. Lewis transitioned into operations management, where she has worked in distribution and logistics for the past 14 years. Her experience includes managing multi-million dollar operating budgets, implementing lean principles to effectively package, store and ship products across a distribution network, championing organizational change (facility relocations and idling), and promoting organizational citizenship (risk management).

The Vice President of Policies and Procedures ensures the development and maintenance of the Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) tool. Oversee Board motions and impacts to By Laws, Policies, and Procedures.

Jill K. Hays. Vice President of Communications.
Jill Hays is Inventory Manager, Mopar Brand with Chrysler based out of Detroit. Ms. Hays brings with her over 16 years of experience in Demand Management and Quantitative Modeling and Analysis within SKU intensive industries. Her expertise lies within the forecasting and replenishment, process reengineering and supply chain optimization through strategy development, process improvement and the use of enabling technologies. Ms. Hays holds a Bachelors Degree in Merchandise Management from Eastern Michigan University, and holds both CPIM and CSCP certifications from APICS.

Vice President, Communications is responsible for coordinating and disseminating chapter information to members and other interested parties, primarily through the chapter newsletter, social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn, and the chapter website.

Ty Ortur, CPIM, CSCP.
Ty has more than 11 years of Supply Chain experience in multiple positions at the automotive environment with companies like Ford, Visteon and Automotive Components Holdings. Ty is an experienced professional in Material, Planning and Logistics (MP&L).  She holds a B.S. in Chemistry at the Bethune-Cookman University and an MBA at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana concentrating in Operations & Supply Chain Management. She is a certified CSCP and CPIM .

The Director-At-Large, provide independent views on APICS board resources, appointments and standards of conduct. The position constructively challenge and contribute to the development of strategy, scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives.  A Director-At-Large must satisfy themselves that financial information is accurate and that financial controls are robust and defensible.
Ron Crabtree. Director-At-Large.
Mr. Crabtree is an internationally recognized expert and author in business process improvement methodologies. Ron is president of MetaOps Inc., a training and consulting firm specialized in strategic business transformation. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of San Francisco in Supply Chain Management and for Villanova University developing and teaching Lean Six Sigma and other programs. Mr. Crabtree writes the “Lean Culture” Department in APICS Magazine for APICS.


The Director-At-Large, provide independent views on APICS board resources, appointments and standards of conduct. The position constructively challenge and contribute to the development of strategy, scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives.  A Director-At-Large must satisfy themselves that financial information is accurate and that financial controls are robust and defensible

Nilesh Kamdar.
He is a business executive with progressive experience and expert proficiency in strategic planning, business development, M&A, supply chain management and general management. History of providing effective leadership to streamline supply chain groups, improve performance, reduce cost and achieve long-term growth, financial and service objectives in firms such as TWB Company and Raillis India Limited (Tata Group Company). He holds a Master in Manufacturing and Technology Management from the University of Toledo as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.