COE Staff

  • Core COE team

    Kelly Reo, Executive Director

    kelly reoKelly joined COE in December 2018, bringing more than 20 years of management experience to the role. Most recently, she served as vice president of Columbus-based Navigator Management Partners. At Navigator, Reo was responsible for the firm’s operations, marketing, sales operations, and technology/enterprise data business functions. In her 14 years at Navigator, Reo also served as account owner and project manager on consulting engagements with organizations including Ohio State, NiSource, LBrands, and BMW Financial Services.

    Prior to joining Navigator, Reo ran her own independent consulting firm. She also served in project management and analyst roles at Chase, Bath & Body Works, and Advanced Drainage Systems. She has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Ohio State and recently completed Harvard Extension School’s Marketing Management Certification program.

    Kelly can be reached at

    Jackie McClure, Administrative Associate

    jackie mcclureJackie has been with the COE since 2000 and provides administrative support for all of the staff and member companies. In addition, she oversees all budget and expense tracking, professional development meeting logistics and registration, member database management and Leading Through Excellence summit financials. She is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Reach her at

    Matt Burns, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    matt burnsMatt develops and executes COE’s communications strategy, which includes its website, e-mail campaigns, printed materials, Current State e-newsletter and Think Op-Ex blog. He also oversees planning and development for COE events, including the center's annual Leading Through Excellence summit. A graduate of Ohio University with degrees in French and journalism, Matt joined COE in 2011 from the Columbus Business First newspaper. Reach him at

    Krista Barezinsky, Manager, Member Relations

    krista barezinskyKrista joined COE in 2017. In her role, she leads efforts to ensure the center’s nearly 40 partner companies receive maximum value from their membership, whether engaging with Fisher College of Business faculty and students or connecting with other member companies to share best practices. Krista also participates in member recruitment and coordination of COE’s event roster, leading planning for its Women’s Leadership Forum series and managing Leading Through Excellence summit sponsor and vendor engagement. Krista has a bachelor's degree in communications from The Ohio State University. Reach her at

  • Directors / advisers

    Peter T. Ward, Co-Director
    Senior Associate Dean, Fisher College of Business

    With his background in lean management, continuous improvement, Six Sigma and operations strategy, Peter leads the COE team in developing and implementing cutting-edge programs to meet our members’ current business needs while maintaining strong relationships with our board and member companies. He provides direction in identifying and soliciting future member companies. Reach him at

    John F. Dix, Co-Director

    John is the founder and president of Business Development Index Limited, Inc. and an accomplished, results-oriented executive with over 40 years of leadership positions in industry. He is responsible for community outreach, feedback sessions with our member companies and relationship management. Reach him at

    Aravind Chandrasekaran, Associate Director
    Associate Professor of Management Sciences, Fisher

    Aravind ChandrasekaranAravind leads COE’s innovation programming efforts and works closely with companies in the R&D / product development space. His research interests include product/process innovation, knowledge management, and learning issues in health-care delivery. Reach him at

    John Gray, Associate Director
    Associate Professor of Operations, Fisher

    John works with Profs. Hill and Goldsby on COE’s Supply Chain Forums and coordinates the center’s research translation efforts. He teaches in Fisher’s MBA program and publishes research in areas including sourcing decisions and supply chain quality. Reach him at

    James Hill, Associate Director
    Associate Professor of Management Sciences, Fisher

    James works with Prof. Goldsby on COE’s Supply Chain Forum series and also works specifically with companies in manufacturing process industries. His research interests include behavioral supply chain contracts and supplier diversity programs. Reach him at

    Steve Lundregan, Associate Director
    Senior Lecturer, Fisher

    Steve retired after more than three decades in the insurance industry and now teaches operations management, service operations and innovation at Fisher. At COE, he drives strategy development and deployment internally and with member companies. Reach him at

    Andrea Prud'homme, Associate Director
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Fisher

    Andrea joined the Fisher College of Business from Michigan State University, with research expertise in operations and supply chain management, logistics and international supply chain management. She brings more than 15 years of corporate experience in worldwide supply chain management. Reach her at

    Mike Tanner, Associate Director

    mike tannerMike came to Fisher after spending 35 years in operations management in a variety of roles. He is actively involved in working with existing members in the manufacturing sector and in new member recruitment. Reach him at