These leaders serve as current executives in residence (EIRs) in the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend:
- Janel Bonsell, C.P.A., C.F.E., C.F.F., Principal, Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C.
- Steven D. Bugajski, Chief Information Officer, U. S. Steel
- Chris Elwell, C.P.A., Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company, LLP
- Keith C. Farrell, C.P.A., M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer, RHenergytrans
- Melissa Gustafson, Vice President, Sales & Product Strategy & Program Management, Erie Insurance
- Jeff Hollenbeck, Director of Operations, Barnhart Transportation and Affiliates
- Kim Kaercher, Corporate Marketing Officer, Sales & Marketing, Erie Insurance
- Matthew MacBeth, Founder, The Billion Dollar BHAG Movement
- Eugene Natali, CEO and Founder, Troutwood
- Jeremy O'Mard, Managing Consultant, Managed Services and Cloud Solutions, IBM Global Business Services
Janel Bonsell, C.P.A., C.F.E., C.F.F.
Principal and Director of Human Resources
Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C.
Janel M. Bonsell joined Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C. in 1995 as the firm's first professional hire. On January 1, 2009, Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C. promoted her to firm principal. Janel is the client service executive for a number of the firm's for-profit, owner-operated businesses. Her professional concentration is in attest services. In addition to her client service responsibilities, Janel is the director of human resources. She oversees campus relations, recruiting, career development, and performance evaluation programs.
Janel earned her B.S. degree in accounting from Gannon University, became a Certified Public Accountant in 1996, and a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2005. She also earned the credential of Certified in Financial Forensics. Janel has spent the majority of her career in the area of accounting and auditing and has participated in significant consulting projects.
Janel is a strong advocate for women-owned businesses and is a past panel member and program coordinator of the Athena Powerlink program, which supports women in business. Currently, Janel serves on the governing body of the Athena Powerlink program. In addition, she is a member of the Erie Women's Fund of the Erie Community Foundation and The Rotary Club of Erie.
Janel returns to the executive-in-residence program for the upcoming 2023–24 academic year, working closely with the Accounting program.
Steven D. Bugajski
Chief Information Officer
U. S. Steel
Steven D. Bugajski, a native of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, joined U. S. Steel in October 2008 as general manager of infrastructure, a division within the corporation's information technology department. From 2009 to 2019, he progressed through increasingly responsible roles within IT, including global leadership of business processes, project management and administration, transaction processing (accounts payable, payroll, and invoice resolution control), and enterprise applications, as well as the corporation's ERP deployment program.
Steve was appointed chief information officer in July 2019. In this role, he has responsibility for the oversight and leadership of U. S. Steel's global IT operation, including delivery of the corporation's overall digital strategy and cybersecurity.
Before joining U. S. Steel, Steve spent much of his IT career in the health care field, holding senior IT leadership positions, including CIO, at large hospital health systems and health care insurance companies. He currently holds leadership roles in several professional organizations, including IT and business advisory boards for Penn State and the United Way of Allegheny County. Steve is also an active member of the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group and the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Steve earned his bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Penn State Behrend and his M.B.A. from Waynesburg University.
Steve is in his fourth year as an executive in residence at the Black School of Business, where he works closely with the Management Information Systems program.
Christopher A. Elwell, C.P.A.
Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company, LLP
Christopher A. Elwell joined Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company (MRS) in 2007, where he specializes in tax consulting, compliance, and preparation of tax returns. Chris also provides audit, accounting, and financial reporting services for small and mid-sized privately held owner-operated businesses and not-for-profits. He made partner in the firm in January 2015. Prior to joining MRS, Chris earned valuable accounting and management experience in various leadership positions through his 15 years in private industry.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Psychology from Allegheny College in 1992.
As a community volunteer, Chris is president of the Millcreek Education Foundation, serves on many local organizations' operating committees, and is an avid miniature golf participant. He has been married to his wife, Greta, since 1994. They reside in Millcreek and have two wonderful children.
Chris returns to the executive-in-residence program for the 2023–24 academic year, where he will work closely with the Accounting program.
Keith C. Farrell, C.P.A., M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer, RHenergytrans, an affiliate of EmKey Energy
Keith joined EmKey in 2011 as the company’s chief accounting officer and was promoted to chief financial officer on January 1, 2022. Since 2011, he has overseen the accounting, finance, and tax functions of EmKey Energy and affiliated entities engaged in energy upstream, midstream, and real estate. As part of his role, he has also managed the HR and IT divisions of the company.
Prior to EmKey, he worked five years in public accounting and ten years of progressive roles in manufacturing.
As part of the EmKey executive team, he has been the chief financial architect of the development and construction of multiple $100M+ enterprise-value businesses. Within these ventures, his primary responsibilities are developing financial models and forecasts to justify economics, constructing optimal capital structure, raising debt and equity capital, and facilitating communication and reporting amongst all investors involved with the projects.
Keith holds a master of business administration, in addition to his bachelor of science degrees in Accounting and a minor in Management Information Systems, from Penn State Behrend. He serves or has served as an adjunct professor of accounting at Penn State University and Mercyhurst University, where he has published research in the areas of corporate tax shelters and cost containment. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Keith is passionate about his activities and research into capital and energy markets and acting as a leader and mentor for other business professionals and his community.
Keith resides in Erie, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He joins the Executive in Residence program for the 2023–24 academic year, working closely with the Accounting program.
Vice President, Sales & Product Strategy & Program Management
Melissa began her career with Erie Insurance in 2000 within the Product Development department. Since then, she has held many positions with increasing responsibility within the project and program management field. Her current role spans the Sales & Product division to support all strategy and program management activity. This includes projects in the Personal, Commercial, Life, Enterprise Data, Sales & Marketing, and Underwriting divisions. A key focus in her role is managing the cost, scope, and timeline for these critical projects and ensuring alignment to the company's enterprise strategy.
In addition to her career, Melissa is immensely proud of her family, husband Craig, daughter Kaylyn, and son Evan. She enjoys traveling to tropical locations with them and relaxing by the waterside.
Melissa joined the EIR program during the 2022–23 academic year and will work closely with the Project and Supply Chain Management program.
Director of Operations
Barnhart Transportation and Affiliates
Jeff is a leading provider of transportation and logistics services. With almost 20 years of experience, Jeff is a veteran leader with a track record of successfully managing and optimizing transportation and supply chain operations. Jeff is known for his ability to develop and implement effective strategies that improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction.
As director of operations, Jeff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's operations, including safety, dispatch, brokerage, warehouse, and asset management for Barnhart's Erie, Pennsylvania, and Charleston, South Carolina, terminals. He has also overseen numerous plant relocations throughout the United States. Jeff has extensive experience in software implementation at the enterprise level. He managed the conversions to a new transportation management system in 2017 and a fleet management software in 2019. In 2021, Jeff was instrumental in opening a new transportation terminal hub in Charleston.
Jeff is a lead-by-example leader and holds his CDL A license and TWIC, TSA, FEMA, and DOD credentials, so he can help out his team where needed.
Jeff is passionate about his responsibilities as a leader and acts as a mentor in the workplace. Through these relationships, he is able to effectively motivate and manage his team to succeed and reach their professional goals. He also serves as a board member for the company's non-profit Barnhart Gives, which provides funding and advocacy for children managing health-related challenges.
Jeff is a 2010 graduate of the Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Training program. Heavy Duty Trucking magazine recognized him as an emerging leader for his contributions to the trucking industry in 2021.
Jeff is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and children. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys traveling, hunting, and volunteering in his community.
Jeff joined the Executive in Residence program in the 2022–23 academic year and works closely with the Project and Supply Chain Management program.
Corporate Marketing Officer/Sales & Marketing
Kim, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, joined Erie Insurance Group in 2002 as a Communications Consultant. In 2010, Kim was promoted to project manager for the Personal Lines Division, which lead to various leadership roles within the project and program management discipline. In 2018, Kim returned to her passion, overseeing marketing as the corporate marketing officer for Erie Insurance.
As corporate marketing officer, Kim is responsible for B2B and B2C marketing spanning digital and traditional marketing, consumer and channel partner communications, and product and service marketing. Kim has extensive experience identifying business opportunities and implementing innovative solutions that drive revenue, increase customer retention, and improve efficiency.
Continuing education continues to be a focus for Kim. Since graduating from Penn State Behrend in 1999 with a bachelor of science in Marketing and a minor in Communications, Kim earned her master of business administration from the University of Phoenix and holds several designations, including the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting designation (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor designation (CIC), the Project Management Professional (PMP), and is PROSCI Change Management certified. Kim currently serves as board president for the Penn State Behrend Alumni Board and is a member of the Penn State Behrend Marketing Advisory Board.
In her free time, Kim enjoys traveling with her family and cheering on her daughters at soccer and basketball games, track meets, and cheerleading competitions. She joins the Executive in Residence program for the 2023–24 academic year, working with the Marketing program.
The Billion Dollar BHAG Movement
Matt MacBeth is an entrepreneur, innovator, and disruptor. At the age of seven, Matt applied to the LEGO Corporation for an R&D position; while he is still awaiting their response, he has since graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Matt has created several intrapreneurial positions for himself throughout his career, in addition to founding, co-founding, and exiting several start-up ventures.
Matt and his teams have led many technological innovations, created new consumer product categories, and innovated new business models. Matt has also written a series of entrepreneurship workbooks to help others do the same.
Matt and his wife of more than 27 years, Mary Beth MacBeth, enjoy the outdoors, traveling the world, and mentoring anyone needing financial or entrepreneurial services. In his second year as an executive in residence, he will be working with the school's Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (IBE) program alongside the department chair. He also leads the Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship Certificate program.
CEO and Founder
Gene Natali is the CEO and founder of Troutwood, a fintech company focusing on financial empowerment. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Allegheny College and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a board member of the CFA Society Pittsburgh, and a part-time lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2012, Gene co-authored an award-winning investment guide titled The Missing Semester. The guide, which provides practical financial advice to high school and college students, has been implemented in classrooms across the country. In addition, he regularly speaks in high school and college classrooms, has presented and been a keynote speaker at both investment and education conferences, and has assisted and helped design teacher and trustee training.
Gene, his wife, and four children live in Pittsburgh.
In his second year as an executive in residence for the Black School of Business, Gene works closely with the Finance program.
Managed Services and Cloud Solutions, IBM Global Business Services
Jeremy O'Mard will serve as a second executive in residence for the Management Information Systems program alongside Steven D. Bugajski, Chief Information Officer with U. S. Steel. This is his second year with the program.
He has worked with commercial, state, and federal government agencies, serving in both technical and operational roles. In 2013 Jeremy graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Operations and Supply Chain Management. During his collegiate and professional careers, Jeremy has held many leadership positions in both professional and social organizations. Most recently, he serves as the president of the D.C. Chapter of the Penn State African American Alumni Organization (AAAO DC) and treasurer of the Behrend Black Leadership Alumni Coalition (BBLAC).
Jeremy is also the acting commander of the Maryland Defense Force's (MDDF) 256th Cyber Defense Unit (CDU), where he is responsible for leading, coordinating, and conducting integrated and synchronized defensive cyber operations. The MDDF is a volunteer uniformed state military agency and one of the four components of the Maryland Military Department. Formally established by the Maryland legislature in 1917, the unit's heritage and traditions trace back to the 17th century. O'Mard has gained considerable knowledge in information security and IT operations, along with systems administration, leadership, and project planning, during his time in the Defense Force.