Mike Auriemma



Rudy Morgan


Vice President

Robert Lange


VP of Administration

Kathy Egan


VP of Finance

Ed Daveski


Vice President of Membership

Deb Ozark


Vice President of Education

Joe Desmarteau


VP of Communications

Caitlin Hunter


Director of Educational Marketing

Sue Fitch


Director of Student Programs – Bloomsburg University

Mariah Mott


Director of Student Programs – University of Scranton

Logyn Pezak


Director of Programs

Tom Tansits


Director of Operations

Valerie Simmers


Director of Student Programs

Sean Vietmeier


Board Member at Large

Bill Levinson


Board Member at Large

Mike Ford


Mike Auriemma – CFPIM CSCP – Mike is Manager Planning – Supply Chain at VaxServe (a sanofi pasteur company) in Scranton Pa and an Adjunct Professor at Penn State University in NE Pa. With 25+ years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, and various Supply Chain areas in the Printing, Pressure Sensitive materials, Confectionary, and Pharmaceutical industries.

Mike has a dual MBA in Marketing and MIS from the University of Scranton and an MCSE through Microsoft Corp. He spends many hours lecturing and sharing ideas on Supply Chain topics across NEPa as a voice of the local APICS chapter and Universities in both Credit and Continuing Ed format. He shares a passion for the APICS BOK and preaches the benefits to all his friends.

Paul Schneider, CPIM – Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1995. Worked as a Manufacturing Implementation Engineer for General Motors for several years prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2000 as a Program Manager. More recently led a group of Manufacturing Engineers responsible for Electro-Mechanical Assembly and Process. Achieved APICS CPIM in November 2008.

Robert Lange, MBA, CPIM – has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bloomsburg University and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Scranton.  Robert has Production Planning, Production Control and Purchasing experience in several industries, including seasonal greeting cards, plastics, industrial shelving, high tech electronic components, textile and defense contracting and has been employed with sanofi pasteur since 2004.  He has been treasurer of the NEPA APICS chapter since 2005.

Tom Tansits, CPIM , is currently a Plant Engineer at Bustin Industrial Products in East Stroudsburg, PA.  He’s held engineering positions with several companies in Northeast PA including RCA, General Dynamics, Haddon Craftsmen, Inc, PA Hutchison, and Excel Storage Products.  As an adjunct faculty member, he’s taught courses at Northampton Community College and ITT Technical Institute.

Tom has a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State University, MBA in Operations Management from the University of Scranton, and AS in Industrial Enginering Technology from Keystone College.  He’s been a member of APICS since 1999 and also a Senior Member with ASQ since 2008.  Connect with Tom on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomastansits

Ed Daveski, BS, MBA, CPIM – is an Operations Management professional who had spent the early part of his career working as an Information Technology specialist implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems for medium-size corporations. His 30 years of experience includes systems design and implementation, systems integration, planning and scheduling, inventory management, purchasing, warehousing, sustainable sourcing, global environmental compliance and strategic planning. Most recently he is assisting a textile manufacturer with process improvement initiatives which will increase the company’s use of its business intelligence. Ed also is an instructor at Penn State University for the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton campuses as well as Johnson College teaching undergraduate courses and review classes for Certification in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM). He has held positions of president, vice president of education since 2005 and currently is the vice president of finance.

Joe Desmarteau, BS, MBA is currently the managing business partner at Perspective Business Resources. His areas of expertise are manufacturing operations, inventory management & logistics and strategic planning. As Managing Partner of Perspective Business Resources, he’s had the good fortune of working for some of the best small, mid-cap and Fortune 1000 companies across the US and globally.  Past employers include the Harris Communications, Reynolds & Reynolds, NCR Corporation, Bemis, Muller Martini and NELSON.  His broad industry background and in-depth executive experience has enabled him to develop a strategy for total business success.

Located in the Scranton area, his organization focuses on people, process & productivity solutions that allow organizations to improve their effectiveness and profitability.  They utilize Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and other process improvement tools to streamline existing practices and eliminate the “non-value” steps to build a reliable, sustainable solution.  See their web page www.PerspectiveBusinessResources.com for additional information and connect with Joe on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joedesmarteau.

Sue Fitch is a Continuing Education Area Rep at Penn State Worthington Scranton.  She has a BS in Communications from James Madison University and is working on a Masters degree from Penn State’s World Campus, (on-line).   Sue has been a member of APICS and the Northeast Chapter for 5 years.

Sue and her counterparts in Penn State Northeast  (Deb Conway – Hazleton and Janet Rosenbaum – Wilkes Barre) are Workforce Development Specialists.  They continuously assess the area’s workforce development needs and coordinate the Power of Penn State to meet those needs.  APICS-CPIM, CSCP and Seminars are excellent examples of workplace credentials that Penn State Northeast and the NEPA APICS chapter deliver that strengthen the knowledge of NEPA’s workplace professionals. For more information on Penn State Programs and the NEPA APICS chapter, please contact Sue at sef10@psu.edu or 570-963-2607.

Michael D. Ford, CSCP, CFPIM, CRE, CQE, CQA, is Principal of TQM Works Consulting, an Anjunct Professor for Penn State University and a Master Instructor for APICS courses. He has over 26+ years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning and corporate training. Ford has delivered over 230 presentations across North America, as well as recent events in Nigeria and South Africa. He has over 4,000 hours of classroom experience and has averaged a 4.5/5.0 on instructor evaluations.

Ford is committed to “lifelong learning for lifetime success” and is on a relentless journey towards professional development. This includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Buffalo, additional graduate level work, professional certifications from APICS and the ASQ, and frequent participation at the leading supply chain conferences. Ford utilizes a unique combination of technical and soft skills to deliver “training that is edu-taining”, and as a committed agent of change who strives to live “outside the box.”