Board of Directors

Welcome to your APICS San Diego Chapter Board of Directors page. This team represents your Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year. This selection of volunteers continues to get stronger with both experience and newness as we plan to prepare for the upcoming year. This year will be no different in it begins with new and old challenges as we will prepare to meet the needs of our membership and our community. As always, the expectation for the year will be exciting as our strategic planning group has defined lofty goals and objectives.

This is your Chapter Board of Directors and we are here to assist and serve you. Please feel free to click on any one of us to send us an e-mail and let us know how we may better serve your needs.

Current President

Sean P McCrary, CPIM  


Sean is currently the Planning and Scheduling Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Carlsbad manufacturing site (previously Life Technologies).  He is currently responsible for overseeing the supply planning process for one of the largest biotech manufacturing plants in this $17B+ company that has supply chain that consists of 3,000 made to stock finished goods that are constructed from 20,000 lower level SKU’s.  His team consists of strategic supply planners that focus on developing capacitated and feasible plans that are handed off to his tactical scheduling team that schedules the work to 15 min intervals considering shop floor constraints and scheduling efficiencies.  He has driven over $8M dollars in productivity out of the plant through development of key algorithms and tools that drive optimal build strategies for the reagent based manufacturing environment all while continually driving down inventory values and maintaining high service levels.

He earned his BA in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2003 from the University of San Diego.  From there he went on to work at the Scripps Research Institute under M.G. Finn as a research technician.  In 2005, he got a job at Invitrogen as a entry level employee on a small made to order manufacturing team.  He (as well as the company) has grown and changed titles a few times since then covering experiences in manufacturing supervision, project management, and technical leadership.  On top of the CPIM that he earned in 2013, he also is Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certified and holds a knowledge certificate from SME.

APICS has become a great partner in his career.  He has leveraged the excellent educational opportunities of the San Diego Chapter to elevate and standardize the knowledge base in his organization as well as drive higher performance from his supply chain which have driven down costs and increased employee performance and satisfaction.  He looks forward to his time on the board to draw people into this great chapter and help others understand the power of a standardized and optimized approach to supply chain management.

VP Education

Susan P Franks, CFPIM CSCP CLTD 


Sue Franks, CPIM, CSCP, APICS Master Instructor for CPIM, CSCP, and Instructor Training; APICS Associate Instructor for Lean Workshop, Principles of Operations Management, and the Global Sourcing Seminar.

Sue has over 25 years of management experience in Materials, Manufacturing, and Operations Management. She has an MBA in Production and Operations Management from San Diego State University; earned her CPIM in 1991 and CSCP in 2006.

She has experience in a variety of manufacturing environments from start-up to high volume, and has worked for companies such as Sherwood Medical, Medtronic, 3Com, and Hewlett Packard. She is currently owner and principal for HourGlass Consulting.

Sue has been an instructor for the San Diego Chapter since 2001, teaching all five of the CPIM Review Courses, a number of the modules for the Back to Basics series, and is on the staff for CSCP Review Courses and the Lean Enterprise series. She has served on the APICS Rewrite and Review Committees for Basics of Supply Chain Management, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Master Planning of Resources, and Execution and Control of Operations.

She has served on the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors since 2004 as Vice President – CPIM Workshops; President; and Past President. She is currently serving as Vice President Education for the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors.

VP Finance

Norman L Carmichael, CPIM CSCP  


VP Marketing & Programs

Rohit C Parangath, CPIM CSCP CLTD 


Rohit Parangath is the Head of ERP Processes at MilliporeSigma (formerly EMD Millipore Inc.), a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He joined the company in 2007 as a Production Planner and progressed through the ranks as Master Scheduler, Internal S&OP consultant, End-to-End Supply Chain Planning Consultant and Supply Chain Advancement Process Manager. Rohit has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions during his employ with MilliporeSigma. Other than his regular duties he also holds SAP Key User responsibilities for Production Planning, Business Warehouse, APO Supply Network Planning & Demand Planning, and SAP Information Steward.

Rohit grew up in Bangalore, a metropolitan city in southern India. He received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore in 2003. He came to the United States in 2004 to pursue higher education. He completed a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, focusing in Supply Chain Management, from Syracuse University, New York in 2006. It was during his program in Syracuse University that Rohit had his first encounter with APICS. As part of the students’ career development, the Supply Chain Management professors at Syracuse University encouraged students to join the local APICS Student Chapter and complete the first of the CPIM exams, Basics of Supply Chain Management.

Rohit received his CPIM certification in 2011, CSCP in 2012 and CLTD in 2016. He joined the APICS San Diego Chapter Board of Directors towards the end of 2012 as the VP of Administration.

APICS to him is a community of continual learning and Supply Chain innovation. His interest in joining APICS stemmed from trying to understand the intricacies of Supply Chain in diverse industries and contributing to the community.

Director at Large

Scott G Martin, CSCP  


Scott is President of Lyon Technologies Inc. a leader in the design and manufacture of animal medical care equipment, manufacturing in California since 1915. Scott has over 20 years of experience in Aerospace, Medical and Industrial Electronics. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the Canadian Military he also holds a designation in Quality Assurance Management from the University of Manitoba, and Advanced Management from the University of Nevada Reno as well as additional technical course work at UCLA and Georgia Tech and is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional.

Scott has held the positions of Managing Director, Vice President & General Manager, Director of Operations, Operations Manager, and Program Manager for multinationals at both the branch and corporate level in Canada and the United States with long term assignments in Europe and Asia.
Scott is a past President of the Northern Sierra chapter of APICS, past vice president of APICS chapters in the US and Canada as well as a Senior Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and American Society for Quality. He served as liaison for the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers Association and served on the Red River College curriculum advisory council for Industrial Electronics as well as an adjunct professor for the Colleges of Western Nevada and Truckee Meadows and currently sits on the School of Business – Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Board at Cal State San Marcos.

Director at Large

Gavin Swigart, CPIM CSCP CLTD 


Gavin Swigart is the founder and principal of GDS Consulting. He currently works with companies in life science, medical device, power generation, and aerospace industries in the San Diego area. Over the prior 5 years, he served as a Production Control Manager in the aerospace and medical device industry with responsibility for the order fulfillment process from quoting and purchase order acceptance to planning, scheduling, and shipping.

Gavin graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology through their distance learning program. Gavin also holds certifications in CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) through APICS. A strong believer in giving back to the supply chain community and keeping current with industry innovations, Gavin serves as a board member on the APICS San Diego Chapter and is a certified instructor in the APICS Instructor Development Program where he teaches CPIM and CSCP courses.

Director of Finance

Bernardo Paterniti,  


Bernardo graduated Summa Cum Laude in Finance and Marketing class of 2017 from San Diego State University. He also took business classes at Harvard Business School Extension.

He is currently working as a financial analyst at Village Management Services, a multi million dollar real estate company in Orange County.

Bernardo was first introduced to APICS during a supply chain student case competition hosted by the APICS Southwest district where he placed in the finals.

Bernardo was born and raised in Florence, Italy where he studied mainly classics such as poetry and history during his high school education. In 2012, he decided to come to the US and embark on a life journey.

Recently Bernardo has worked as a Research Assistant at SDSU were he helped write a research paper on management succession plans in large US companies. Also, while at SDSU he managed the technology sector of the SDSU investment portfolio, a 200k+ portfolio managed every semester by selected students.

In addition, during his studies he volunteered first as a mentor to help new international students adjust to their life in the USA, and then as an Intercultural Ambassador with the ISTEP program by educating local elementary school kids about his culture and background.

Bernardo is always seeking new opportunities and new avenues to become a successful professional in the business world.

Director of Education, CPIM

KIMBERLY KOHLER, CPIM CSCP  


Director of Education, CSCP

Ilene M Tat-Tong, CSCP  


Ilene Tat-Tong has over 15 years of experience in Operations, Supply Chain and Procurement for various industries including Medical Devices, High-Tech, Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology.  Her extensive experience includes procurement of  service providers and partners located around the world including Pakistan, Russia, India, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, England, and Germany.  She has held positions such as Supply Chain Director, Global Procurement Director,  Program Manager, Consumer Product Manager, and Supply Chain and Planning Manager.

She is currently a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager, (C.P.M.), and recently received her Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).  She has also completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certificate from UCSD.  She manages and teaches the APICS Back-to-Basics Seminars and CSCP.   Ms. Tat-Tong holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Communication from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.

Director of Education, Seminars

Jin Odero, CSCP  


Director of Programs

Amy Stein,