Board of Directors

Welcome to your APICS San Diego Chapter Board of Directors page. This team represents your Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 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

Homero Escandon, CSCP CLTD 


Homero has over 22 years’ experience in Logistics, Distribution, and Supply Chain roles across multiple industries. He is currently Director of Commercial Operations for Biotix, Inc. – a world class manufacturer of laboratory consumables and liquid handling solutions. He has previously held the positions of Director of Logistics; Sr. Manager, Warehouse & Logistics; Manager, Logistics & Inventory; Logistics Manager; and Logistics Engineering Manager. His private sector work has been for companies such as Northrop Grumman, LISI Aerospace, and United Technologies Corporation. Homero spent 11 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, including two deployments to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During his time in the military, Homero held roles such as Distribution Operations Manager, Logistics Systems Manager, Recruiter, Supply Chief, Supply Supervisor, and Supply Clerk.

Homero holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration. His certifications include CSCP, CLTD, Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), Certified Professional in Distribution & Warehousing (CPDW), and Certified DISC Practitioner.

Homero began teaching with APICS in August 2018. He currently teaches CSCP, CLTD, Lean Enterprise Workshop, Back to Basics, Logistics Basics, and Train the Trainer. He joined the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors in October 2018.

 

Past President

Earl Totty, Jr., CPIM CSCP  


VP Education

Kimberly Kohler, CPIM CSCP  


Kim has over 15 years of experience in the supply chain field.  She has held positions in manufacturing, project management, production planning, and procurement.  She is currently working for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Carlsbad.  Kim has also been a tour guide in Spain, China, and Germany. 

Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.  It wasn’t until recently that Kim found her passion for supply chain.  Kim received her CPIM certification in 2015 and CSCP in 2016.

Kim began teaching CPIM courses with APICS in 2016 and has recently joined the Board of Directors as Director of CPIM.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others interested in supply chain and operations.  She looks forward to meeting you at an upcoming APICS event.

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.

VP Membership

Norman L Carmichael, CPIM CSCP  


Norman has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations.  He has held roles ranging from procurement and supply chain management to multiple executive roles in operation management at technology firms in San Diego.  From 2011 to 2016, he held leadership roles at multiple consulting organizations (IBM, CSC and Columbus) heading up teams focused on delivering ERP solutions to manufacturing organizations.  He is currently the Vice President of Operations at TrellisWare Technologies.

He has a BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix.  Norman has volunteered his time to the local APICS chapter since 2005 and is the current President of the APICS San Diego Chapter.  He also previously served on the APICS Board of Directors from 2012-2013. 

Director at Large

Susan P Franks, CPIM-F CSCP-F 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.

Director of Education, CPIM

Kimberly Kohler, CPIM CSCP  


Kim has over 15 years of experience in the supply chain field.  She has held positions in manufacturing, project management, production planning, and procurement.  She is currently working for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Carlsbad.  Kim has also been a tour guide in Spain, China, and Germany. 

Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.  It wasn’t until recently that Kim found her passion for supply chain.  Kim received her CPIM certification in 2015 and CSCP in 2016.

Kim began teaching CPIM courses with APICS in 2016 and has recently joined the Board of Directors as Director of CPIM.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others interested in supply chain and operations.  She looks forward to meeting you at an upcoming APICS event.

Director of Education, CSCP

Earl Totty, Jr., CPIM CSCP  


Director of Education, Seminars

Jin Odero, CSCP CLTD 


Jin Odero has over 20 years’ experience in Procurement, Supply Chain and Project Management in various manufacturing environments with responsibilities in materials and production planning, direct and in-direct procurement, category management, project management, product development and marketing, logistics and distribution. Currently, she is working at Dexcom, Inc. in San Diego.

Jin has been an APICS member since 2012 and an associate APICS instructor since 2015. She joined the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors in 2016 and has been the Director of Seminars since then.

She received her MBA from Auburn University, and APICS certification of CSCP and CLTD in 2013 and 2019 respectively.

Director of Programs

Rogelio Huerta,  


Director of Education, CLTD

Homero Escandon, CSCP CLTD 


Homero has over 22 years’ experience in Logistics, Distribution, and Supply Chain roles across multiple industries. He is currently Director of Commercial Operations for Biotix, Inc. – a world class manufacturer of laboratory consumables and liquid handling solutions. He has previously held the positions of Director of Logistics; Sr. Manager, Warehouse & Logistics; Manager, Logistics & Inventory; Logistics Manager; and Logistics Engineering Manager. His private sector work has been for companies such as Northrop Grumman, LISI Aerospace, and United Technologies Corporation. Homero spent 11 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, including two deployments to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During his time in the military, Homero held roles such as Distribution Operations Manager, Logistics Systems Manager, Recruiter, Supply Chief, Supply Supervisor, and Supply Clerk.

Homero holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration. His certifications include CSCP, CLTD, Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), Certified Professional in Distribution & Warehousing (CPDW), and Certified DISC Practitioner.

Homero began teaching with APICS in August 2018. He currently teaches CSCP, CLTD, Lean Enterprise Workshop, Back to Basics, Logistics Basics, and Train the Trainer. He joined the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors in October 2018.