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RLF’s distinguished group of facilitators has more than 200 years of IT leadership experience, knowledge and education.  They provide and facilitate the rich environment in which tomorrow’s leaders come to understand and enhance their leadership styles.  Since RLF’s inception more than twenty five years ago, program facilitators have helped develop, guide and expand RLF and its highly-regarded curriculum.  In each of the 2021 programs, one or more of the following experts will facilitate the sessions and nurture the participants throughout their RLF journey.


Christine Atkins  | Facilitator  | 

Christine Atkins has the perspective that comes from 15 years as a CIO, capping a 40-year career in technology management. She has served as CIO with four corporations ranging from small to large to global and found the fundamentals of success to be largely the same across the various industries. She has advised Google, Oracle and HP. Chris retired from Royal Ahold in 2013 and is a principal at Atkins & Cameron LLC, specializing in IT strategy. She previously served on the boards for Forsythe Technology and the SIM Chicago Chapter and is a 1995 Northeast RLF graduate.





George Brenckle |  Facilitator  |

Dr. George Brenckle has been in working in healthcare information techology for the past 29 years.  Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of UMass Memorial Healthcare. In this role he was responsible for all information services, telecommunications, and biomedical engineering support to the health system, and led the health system’s transformation from an organization that was primarily paper-based to one that is primarily electronic. In 2009, the Mass Technology Leadership Council recognized him as CIO of the Year.  More recently, Computerworld Magazine included him as one of the Top 100 CIO’s nationally for 2013.

Before joining UMass Memorial, he was the Chief Information Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (1997 to 2007), coming there from the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care) where he served as the Director of Operations. 

Dr. Brenckle is not a computer technologist by background, earning a BSc in Chemistry in 1976 from the University of Connecticut and a PhD. in Biochemistry in 1981 from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Dr. Brenckle is married (33 years) and the father of three boys, aged from 26 to 21.  His youngest son, Ian, just graduated from college this past May, and they are currently hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia – a dream they both share. Dr Brenckle is active in Boy Scouts and currently serves as the Scoutmaster for a local Scout Troop. 


Karen Calvert  |  Facilitator  |

Facilitator Karen Calvert, a longtime VP of Information Services & Technology for Mary Kay Inc., brings her proven IT / business acumen, her experience in coaching and her passion for leadership development to RLF participants.  While at Mary Kay, Karen co-led the company’s Culture Committee, was a Wellness Ambassador for Mary Kay’s Wellness Program and was a Leadership Mentor in their Mentee-Mentor program.  Karen currently serves on the Board for the SIM Austin Chapter. 







Margot Carleton |  Facilitator  |

Margot has over 30 years in various IT leadership roles.  Most recently she was CIO at BAMSI, a large human services, non-profit.  In addition to her role in IT at BAMSI, she worked with a cross-functional team to develop an innovative New and Emerging Leadership program. Prior to that, she spent 25 years working at Kendall/Tyco Healthcare/Covidien (now Medtronic), a medical device manufacturer where she was the VP responsible for applications and acquisition integrations. Margot graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Management Systems. She is on the Advisory Committee for GrowHope Foundation and on the Board of SIM Boston.  She completed SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum in 2009 and their Leadership Development Roundtable in 2010.  She has been an RLF facilitator since 2016.   



June Drewry Facilitator Emeritus and former RLF Director of Administration & Finance |

June Drewry was the Global Chief Information Officer for Chubb & Son until her retirement in 2009. She served as a Co-Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership, and currently is the Facilitator Emeritus for SIM's Southeast Regional Leadership Forum, and an Executive Coach with Treeline Consulting. She has also served on a number of non-profit and for-profit boards. As Director of Administration & Finance for RLF, she is responsible for setting and managing the budget, new product development and all support functions for the Institute. She is also the point person for all RLF support staff.

Ms. Drewry has extensive international experience in the insurance and financial services industry at the senior management level, as a corporate CIO, business unit CIO and as president of a third party administration subsidiary.

June served two terms as president of SIM International and has earned several awards throughout her career for innovative business use of technology and leadership in information technology.


Michael Garlich  |  Facilitator  |

Michael is a 2016 RLF graduate and a marketing / communications professional sharing the capabilities he honed while leading the successful marketing and communications strategies of major organizations during transformational expansion and change. His experience includes serving as the CMO / chief communications officer at one of Florida’s fastest-growing state colleges, as the VP of marketing for Central Florida’s largest privately-held employer, and leading the marketing and communications areas for two divisions of The Kroger Co.  He earned his Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  He is a longtime resident of Orlando, Florida and is actively involved in leadership and community activities in the Central Florida area.


Cliff Higbee  |  Facilitator and RLF Director of Curriculum & Programs  | 

Cliff Higbee is a Facilitator and a Co-Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership. He is the former Director of the Management Information Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He received his B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Utah. He is a past Intermountain Chapter president, has served on the SIM Executive Board in several Vice President positions, and chaired the 1994 Annual Interchange Conference. Cliff has been a guest lecturer at Weber State University and The Salt Lake Community College. He holds an elected position on the Salt Lake City School Board and serves on the Advisory Boards for Weber State University and Utah State University.

As Director of Curriculum & Programs for RLF, Cliff is responsible for the content (curriculum) of all Institute programs and products. He is also the point person for the development and assignments of facilitators.





Steven John  | Facilitator  | 

Steven John is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AmeriPride Services, a leading textile services and supply company in North America. As a part of AmeriPride’s executive leadership team, Steven is responsible for the overall leadership of the Information Systems Team, enhancing the customer experience and accelerating the company’s growth strategy through digital innovation and technology.

John most recently served as the Strategic CIO and Vice President of Mid Market Services for Workday Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise applications for human resource management, payroll and finance. John created a new method for implementing Workday’s software and worked closely with IT leaders and their teams to realize the full benefits of cloud computing. He was an integral part of Workday’s senior leadership team and played a key role in the company achieving and maintaining the highest IT standards and processes.
John was previously the CIO at H. B. Fuller Company and Agriliance and also held leadership positions with the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource Network Services and Transora. For eleven years, he has also served as a facilitator for SIM’s Leadership Forum and he is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. He has also served as a mentor in the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways program and a contributing writer to CIO magazine.

John was selected as a ‘Premier 100 IT Leader’ by Computerworld Magazine in 2006 and was presented the CIO Executive Council’s Leadership Award in 2008. Under his leadership, H.B. Fuller was ranked among the ‘Top 500’ leaders in business technology by Information Week in 2009 and he was also recognized by Information Week in 2010 as an industry innovator for his work implementing cloud solutions. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and completed graduate work at Temple University


Butch Leonardson |  Facilitator  | 


Butch Leonardson has 30 years of experience in IT, ranging from strategic consulting and large-scale systems implementation to senior leadership positions at Accenture, Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and BECU – where he was SVP and CIO. He also spent two years at Harvard Medical School exploring a pilot program for a global disease management system. He has served as Chair of the Board of Regents for his alma mater – Seattle University – and is actively involved with the Albers School of Business, the Center for Leadership Formation Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees at Franciscan Highline Medical Center and the Technology Advisory Council for the Seattle Foundation. He is also an appointed member of the Washington State Governor’s Technology Services Board.






Molly Mahoney  |  Facilitator  | 


Molly is the Program Manager for RLF, and a 2004 RLF graduate. She has also served as President of the SIM Central Florida Chapter and as a facilitator for several RLF programs. She has extensive project, program, software development and change management experience, and collaborates with senior level company cross divisional teams. Molly is also past President of the Ten Thousand Villages board, a fair trade retailer in Winter Park, FL.













Cheryl Morgan  |  Facilitator  |  

Cheryl has over 24 years’ experience as a senior leader in both IT and Business. In IT she has led development, testing and various support functions; in the business and operations area, she has led PMOs, testing, shared services and multiple support areas, as well as strategic planning and execution functions.  In addition, she has led the creation and direction of several leadership and technical development programs in IT at both CIGNA and Travelers and was instrumental in expanding the use of RLF at CIGNA by establishing an internal program.  She is currently working as a certified Executive Coach as well as an RLF Facilitator. 









Fred Pond  | Facilitator  |

Fred Pond has more than 37 years of experience in business and technology in the Pacific Northwest, with the last 25 years managing teams and technology as CIO for four separate major companies based in Portland and Seattle. He has also participated and led advisory boards including Portland Chapter of Society for Information Management (SIM), the CIO Forum of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Quest JD Edwards Global User Group, and the Operations and Technology major at the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland. Fred was honored as one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2003. He is actively involved with business and technology through his work on advisory boards and consulting. 







Sreesha Rao  | Apprentice Facilitator  |


Sreesha Rao is a Senior IT Manager at Niagara Bottling LLC, responsible for distribution, planning, labeling  technologies and business intelligence after having worked his way up the ranks of IT Departments and reported to CIOs across industry verticals including consumer goods manufacturing, government and healthcare sectors, over the past two decades.  He holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.  He has lived in California since earning his Masters and has built clinical assessment software, conducted Bio-Mechanics research and published a number of research manuscripts in peer-related journals.  In his free time Sreesha enjoys professional networking, running, meditation and playing golf.  Sreesha is a 2019 graduate of the Pacific Southwest RLF program and is excited to be facilitating RLF for the first time.




Bob Rouse  | Facilitator  |  

Bob is a founder of the St. Louis SIM Chapter and a Past President of SIM. For 15 years he has facilitated RLFs in the Midwest, Northeast, New York and the Chubb Internal Forum. He has served as a RLF Director for six years. Bob is Professor Emeritus, Computer Science at Washington University; he held many leadership positions at WU, including IT Strategy Director for the School of Medicine, automation lead for the Development Office, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Center for Intelligent Computing Systems. He is President of Red Eagle Advisors, a focused advisory practice for firms seeking leading edge business innovation for people+technology.







Kevin Ryan  |  Facilitator and Former RLF Director of Marketing & Relationships  |  

Kevin Ryan is a Facilitator and a former Co-Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership. He is a 2000 Graduate of RLF and has been involved with SIM at the Chapter and National level since then.


Kevin has extensive executive experience in business and technology at the Senior Management level. He has owned his own eCommerce business, was a Vice President at three Fortune 500 companies and has considerable leadership experience in civic and community roles. As president of his own eCommerce company from 2007 - 2012, his firm received awards for sales and customer service, developed an eCommerce arrangement with Amazon expanding the relationship from simple re-selling to hosting, inventory management, order-fulfillment, and credit card processing via a full cloud computing environment. He successfully sold this business in 2012 and continues to work in leadership development.



Corky Valenti | Facilitator |

Corky Valenti has 30-plus years of consulting and leadership experience in strategic communications, marketing and technical communications, and training design and development for technology organizations. He recently retired as senior manager of Operations communications for Asurion, the global leader in device protection and per-sonal technology support. He was previously a VP at JPMorgan Chase, where he head-ed internal communications for Commercial Banking Risk. Before that, he was Assistant VP, IT Communications for Chubb Corporation, responsible for leading strategic internal and external communications and providing support for the Global CIO. Corky became involved with RLF in 2004 and graduated from the program in 2007. He completed the Hartford LDR program in 2009 and received the Friend of RLF Award in 2012.








Madeline Weiss | Facilitator | 

Madeline Weiss is President of Weiss Associates, Inc., a consulting firm ­specializing in strategy and change, particularly related to ­information management and technology. Utilizing her experience of over 30 years in management, organization strategy and change, and information technology, she consults for business, government, universities, and professional organizations. She is Program Director of SIM's Advanced Practices Council and has been an officer of SIM. Madeline has been an RLF facilitator since 1994.  She develops and conducts internal leadership programs for organizations as well.


Jane Wiltshire | Facilitator | 


Jane Wiltshire has over 20 years of experience as a leader in Pharma and Information Technology, developing specialties in IT mergers and acquisitions, collaboration technologies, content management solutions and infrastructure. She is a senior leader in Pfizer’s Business Technology organization who has dedicated her career to unlocking the potential in people and technology, including fostering early interest in STEM fields in local schools and the hiring of entry-level talent to ensure a pipeline of gifted technologists and future leaders in the organization. Early in her own career, Jane held roles in communications, investor relations and graphic design before officially delving into the realm of information technology. Jane has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, San Diego. She is a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and a 2014 graduate of RLF.


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