School of Business & Technology Advisory Board

Collaboration for Success: Business and Technology Leaders + Capella University

The Advisory Board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Business and Technology. Composed of leaders and influencers within a wide expanse of industries and functional areas, the board provides insights into the skills, competencies and hands-on learning experiences employees must have to successfully meet the ongoing challenges of a dynamic employment market.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Business Advisory Board is to allow members to provide insights, input, and feedback on the skills that employers demand of business management and information technology learners.

The Advisory Board will help ensure that Capella University provides:

  • Academic offerings that are designed with relevant and meaningful curricular and non-curricular learning opportunities
  • High quality, relevant educational programing that is challenging, engaging, supportive, transformative, and diverse
  • Learners with the skills and experiences necessary to lead and contribute to their organizations and communities

Capella faculty working with the advisory board

The advisory board provides industry and practice-relevant insight to Capella University leaders and faculty to enact on the mission of the school to meet the needs found within business and technology. Capella leaders and faculty collaborate with board members to ensure curricula effectively build the competencies needed in today’s complex business environment.

In addition, the interactions between the board and Capella leadership and faculty ensure Capella’s programs are professionally relevant and provide the flexibility needed for learners to succeed in their educational programs, and have a positive impact on business outcomes.

Board Members

Elisa Bannon-Jones, MS

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Frontier Communications

Elisa Bannon-Jones is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Frontier Communications. She is responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. The human resource group includes compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, performance and development, labor relations, and general human resources.

Prior to joining Frontier Communications in 2016, Bannon-Jones served in human resources, sales and operations leadership roles at The Budget Group, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Brightstar Corp.

Bannon-Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership and a Master of Science in Higher Education, specializing in Adult Education, from Capella University. She has certifications from the Kellogg Strategic Human Resources program, Cornell Women in Executive Leadership, and a Master of Human Capital Strategist Designation in Organizational Effectiveness from the Human Capital Institute.

She is a member of the Consero Talent Management Advisory Board and the Capella University School of Business and Technology Advisory Board.

Mignona Cote'

Senior Practice Leader
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The current global head of security, risk, and compliance proserve at Amazon Web Services, Mignona Cote’ has served in chief information security officer roles and has a demonstrated history across insurance, healthcare, and large financial institutions. She is skilled in cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, vulnerability management, internal audit, IT strategy, and leadership.

Offering over 25 years of securing and improving technical operations for companies like AIG, Aetna, Bank of America, PepsiCo, and Verizon Communications, she has led the development and execution of security solutions that improve international and global networks. Her background encompasses payments within health savings and bank card services, securing transactions, and preventing fraud. 

She is a strong technology professional with an MBA focused in business and accounting from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and undergraduate degrees in both computer information systems and Spanish.

Roderick Jefferson

CEO
Roderick Jefferson & Associates, LLC

Roderick Jefferson currently serves as CEO of Roderick Jefferson & Associates, a community of sales enablement experts focused on helping clients navigate through complexity and define clear paths to success. The firm employs trusted solutions to decrease time to revenue and increase sales productivity. 

Before launching his own firm, Jefferson served as vice president of Global Enablement at Marketo, Inc., one of the largest marketing automation software companies in the United States, where he was responsible for setting the readiness framework and strategy to support the enablement plan across all corporate learning & development, professional services, customer support, and partner sales roles across all skills/knowledge disciplines.

Prior to joining Marketo, Jefferson spent 20 years building leadership experience within enablement organizations such as Oracle Marketing Cloud, Salesforce.com, 3PAR/HP, Business Objects, NetApp, PayPal, Siebel Systems and AT&T. This background includes experience in creating specialist sales productivity organizations responsible for the successful delivery of integrated cross-sell/up-sell methodologies, enablement, and sales execution programs.

Jefferson earned an associate’s degree from Merced College and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Menlo College (Atherton, CA).

Beth Karlsson

Head of Business Human Resources
Pinterest

Beth Karlsson currently serves as the head of business human resources for Pinterest. In this role, Karlsson is responsible for the HR, recruiting and OD teams focused on the revenue management divisions for Pinterest, including sales, marketing, advertising, ad product and ad engineering, PR, finance, legal and the G&A functions. Accountable for the design and build of a growth-oriented talent strategy within a fast-paced, rapidly scaling, privately held organization.

Prior to joining Pinterest, Karlsson served in leadership roles for more than 13 years at Apple Inc., leading HR teams for Apple Retail representing more than 4,000 employees as well as building Apple Retail’s first performance management system enabling Retail’s tremendous growth.

In her last three years with Apple, she held a seat on the HR executive team with the responsibility of leading talent management supporting efforts to 150,000 employees globally.

Karlsson earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Dayton and holds a professional in human resources certification in human resources from the HR Certification Institute.

Dan McDermott, MBA

Director, Information Technology
Starkey Hearing Technologies

Dan McDermott is a director in the Information Technology group at Starkey Hearing Technologies. A business and information systems leader with over 25 years of experience in information technology, he has extensive experience with strategy development and execution.

Prior to joining Starkey Hearing Technologies, McDermott was with Regis Corporation where he was responsible for retail technology for over 6,500 locations in the US and UK and provided direction to approximately 3,000 additional franchise locations. Prior to Regis, McDermott was with US Bank where he developed and ran the bank’s business architecture practice. He has held senior roles in both the IT and business organizations of several leading financial services, consulting and retail organizations including work for Microsoft corporate, Allianz Life, Best Buy and Accenture.

McDermott earned a bachelor of science in business management & computer science from Saint John’s University (Minnesota) and master’s of business administration with a specialization in finance from the University of Oklahoma Price School of Business.

Kim Miller, MBA, FACHE

Kim Miller serves as the president of the western region for Baptist Health in Arkansas. Baptist Health is the largest nonprofit health system in the state of Arkansas. Kim began her career as a registered nurse and then completed a dual bachelor’s degree in health care administration and business at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, followed by a master’s in business administration at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience as a healthcare CEO, working previously for two of the largest faith-based national health care companies, as well as two independent systems prior to joining Baptist Health. Kim is certified as a fellow in healthcare administration with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple times as one of the Becker’s Hospital Review CEOs to know.

Kim has always believed in giving back through a donation of time, talent, and treasure, and has served on the Beaver Dam Economic Development Board, Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation Board, as chair of the Moraine Park Foundation Board, as past chair of the Vizient Upper Midwest Regional Board, past vice chair of the Captis Business Development Committee of Vizient upper Midwest, and past president of the Rotary Club. She continues to serve on the Health Systems 100 Advisory Board and the Journal of Healthcare Management editorial board. Kim has spoken numerous times nationally at conferences regarding healthcare and population health.

William C. Prate, MBA

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Tennant Company

William Prate leads Tennant Company’s finance and investor relations teams, providing leadership and financial support to the Tennant organization. With experience in small and large organizations, Prate has a passion for the role finance plays as a strategic thought partner and investing in talent to drive business results.

Prior to his time at Tennant, Prate was at Summit Orthopedics standing up their FP&A functionality at the local Twin Cities Orthopedic group. Prate was also at Target Corporation for nearly a decade where he held various finance roles including direct support for IT, Healthcare and Treasury. During his time at Target Corporation, he also co-founded Target’s Finance and Accounting Development Program, designed to recruit and develop top talent in order to invest in Target’s long-term success.

Prate earned a bachelor of science in finance and economics from Winona State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Terri Radcliff

Senior Vice President, Talent & Knowledge Management
YMCA of the USA

Terri Radcliff, Senior Vice President, Talent and Knowledge Management YMCA of the USA, is responsible for implementing strategies to attract, engage, develop, inspire, and retain diverse, cause-driven staff and volunteer leaders for the Y.

She joined Y-USA in October 2007 and has led the development and implementation of a talent management system that supports staff and volunteers at all levels, connecting them to the Y by helping them build Cause-Driven Leadership® competencies related to programs, member engagement, and leadership development. The system includes a credentialing process that allows Y leaders to earn certification at progressive levels of leadership. It also incorporates targeted strategies to develop and retain multicultural staff, ensuring that Y leaders reflect the communities they serve. In 2014, Terri added knowledge management to her portfolio, strengthening the connection between knowledge and learning in the Y.

Before joining Y-USA, Terri worked for Sears Holdings as vice president of organizational effectiveness and training. She previously held leadership positions in training and organizational development at Universal Access, Whittman-Hart/marchFIRST, and McCord Travel Management.

Terri earned a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University and a bachelor’s degree in training and development from DePaul University.

When not focused on Y work, Terri loves spending time with her husband and their family of rescue dogs, travel, reading, and movies. 

Brendon Schrader, MBA, MEd

Founder & CEO
Antenna

Brendon Schrader is the founder and CEO of Antenna, a Minneapolis-based marketing consulting company. Schrader’s insights on independent consulting and the changing nature of work, as well as Antenna’s unique business model have been highlighted in publications such as Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post.

Prior to founding Antenna, Schrader served in various roles with 3M, the University of Minnesota, Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Schrader earned an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, an MEd from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, and a degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has also studied leadership, strategy, and innovation at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Roy Skillicorn, MBA

Senior Director, HR
Cisco

Roy Skillicorn currently serves as the senior director of People and Communities for Cisco. In this role, Skillicorn is responsible for ensuring Cisco’s services professionals have the skills and context needed to deliver extraordinary outcomes for their customers. Skillicorn focuses on helping individuals perform at their best, and studies and speaks on how individual strengths, great teams, and team-leader rituals impact performance.

Previously, Skillicorn spent 15 years as a Services General Manager, where he built, launched, and led global businesses for Cisco.

Skillicorn earned a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from DeVry University and master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Sheila S. Stern, EdD, MSP/I-O

With almost 20 years of operational and human performance improvement experience, Sheila Stern is passionate about developing people. In her most recent position as vice president for Ascension Care Excellence Clinical Professional Development, she was responsible for optimizing workforce strategies and developing care providers to meet the needs of the organization’s national healthcare ministry across 141 sites of care and more than 160,000 clinicians and associates.

Her responsibilities included cultivating thought leadership in the design and delivery of executive clinical development, implementing the learning, technology, and communication strategies for clinical professional development programs, and fostering collaboration to build trustful relationships with healthcare teams to enable comprehensive clinical professional development and change management solutions.

As a U.S. Air Force First Sergeant and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm war veteran, Sheila holds a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Commendation for Valor. In addition, she serves as a board member for the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) for Missouri and Capella University School of Business and Technology, and mentors for the American Corporate Partners military veteran program. 

Sheila often serves as a guest lecturer and speaker for various workforce development professional organizations as well as university graduate school programs focused on health care careers, workforce development and planning, military veteran recruitment, and military preparation for civilian careers. 

Sheila holds a Doctor of Education – Performance Improvement Leadership degree as well as an industrial/organizational psychology master’s degree.  For joyful fun, Sheila spends time traveling with her husband Adam and two daughters: Autrianna and Presley.

Adrian Stevens

Vice President, Talent Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

As vice president of talent management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Adrian is responsible for evolving HPE’s talent architecture into a cohesive and effective ecosystem that supports both team member and business growth. Core areas of responsibility encompass succession planning, strategic skills, assessment, onboarding, role transitions, and careers.

Since the launch of HPE in 2015, Adrian has facilitated the development of HPE’s leadership model, digital learning transformation, and people strategy.

Prior to the launch of HPE, Adrian led the Hewlett Packard (HP) Learning & Development separation management office, contributing to one of the largest and fastest corporate separations to-date and the successful stand up of learning ecosystems for both HPE and HP.

Before pursuing a passion for people and a move to join HP Learning & Development, Adrian led business and go-to-market teams covering sales, marketing, and business operations within HP’s Enterprise, SMB, and Consumer organizations. 

Beyond HPE, Adrian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s systems initiative focused on the future of education, gender, and work as well as the WEF IT Consortium. 

While residing in San Francisco’s bay area, Adrian has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, contributing to his belief in the strength of cultural diversity across global organizations like HPE.

John F. Thompson, MBA

Chairman, President and CEO
ShoptoCook, LLC

John Thompson currently serves as President, CEO and Chairman of ShoptoCook, LLC, the grocery industry's only digital marketing platform connecting in-store, web, and mobile into a seamless interactive experience. In this role, Thompson oversees all aspects of the company’s vision and strategic development.

Prior to ShoptoCook, Thompson was Vice President of Strategy and Retail Network Development for Insignia Systems, an in-store media and advertising company, where he managed the access to and growth of more than 20,000 retail locations. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Strategy of Inmar, Inc. where he led the strategy, development and acquisition to support Inmar’s entry into the retail digital marketing industry. Other experience includes leadership roles with Unicous Marketing, Valassis Communications where he was President and General Manager of Valassis of Canada.

Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology and a master’s of business administration from West Virginia University.

Linda Vytlacil, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
Marketing Science Institute

Dr. Linda Vytlacil is the chief executive officer of the Marketing Science Institute, a nonprofit research organization, bridging the gap between academic marketing theory and business practice. She most recently served as vice president of Retail Data Science at Walmart Labs for Walmart Stores, Inc., where she led teams engineering intelligent systems that automate decisions across customer, pricing, marketing, store operations, and supply chain functions. Before joining Walmart, Linda held leadership roles in marketing science, customer strategy consulting, and public policy economics.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University, a Master of Arts in financial economics from Marquette University, and a PhD in organization and management from Capella University.

She serves on the board of directors for INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma and the Boston-based Marketing Science Institute. She also serves the academic community as an advisory board member for the School of Business and Technology at Capella University and for the master's programs at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. She actively mentors Women in STEM globally.

Capella School of Business and Technology Leadership

Cheryl Boncuore, PhD

Associate Dean, School of Business and Technology
Capella University

Dr. Cheryl Boncuore is the associate dean of the School of Business and Technology at Capella University. In her current position, she enjoys working with faculty to ensure that available technology is used in innovative ways to have the greatest impact on learner success. Her focus on curricular alignment with institutional goals ensures that learners become great leaders that will have a positive and lasting impact on the world around them.

Dr. Boncuore's areas of expertise include technology, assessment, curriculum design, and creating online communities of practice. She has held leadership roles, serving as Dean of Faculty and Degree Programs; academic director of Distance Learning; and director of Instructional Design and Online Learning.

Dr. Boncuore has earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Professional Studies with an emphasis on academic technology; a Master of Arts in Training and Development with an emphasis on adult learning theories and technology; and a B.S. in Journalism. 

Jennifer Dixson Hoff, MS

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Strategy
Strategic Education, Inc.

Jennifer Hoff is the senior vice president of portfolio strategy for Strategic Education, Inc., where she leads a team focused on program development, new market growth, and expansion of academic-employer partnerships, driving return on investment for both students pursuing an advanced education and the companies that employ them. Previously, Jennifer served as general manager of Capella University’s College of Nursing, Health and Behavioral Sciences, where she provided executive direction over the implementation and growth of academic programs spanning numerous professional disciplines. Jennifer’s background also includes executive leadership roles with several key players in the retail industry.

She speaks nationally regarding her insights and research in the area of workforce development, she is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation’s advisory council – the preeminent foundation for nursing education initiatives – and she is an active member and mentor for the Women’s Health Leadership Trust.

Active in numerous philanthropic efforts, Jennifer chairs the board of Bloom Early Learning, which focuses on closing the access and disparity gap in learning for underprivileged children. She also chairs the scholarship committee for the Boyd/Midwest Family Foundation.

The recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including The Women’s Health Leadership Trust Partnership award in 2019 for her work in the Twin Cities’ healthcare community, Jennifer was named one of the 50 honorees for the Women in Business award by the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ) in 2017, and in 2019, she was invited by the publisher to be a member of the MSPBJ 100 Women to Know, an exclusive group of leaders in executive roles across all industries in the Twin Cities.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Financial Management and a Master of Science in Leadership.

Constance St. Germain, EdD, JD

Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
Capella University

Constance St. Germain, Ed.D., J.D. joined Capella University in 2017 as its Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 2019 she was appointed as Provost where she is responsible for leading the University in achieving superior outcomes and impact. In her position, St. Germain provides leadership, in collaboration with other university stakeholders, on all aspects related to accreditation, faculty affairs, institutional policy, curriculum & programs, academic success and assessment.

Prior to joining Capella, she was the Executive Dean for the College of Humanities & Sciences at University of Phoenix, where she had strategic, operational and P&L responsibility for faculty, students and ground campuses across the country and online. While there, St. Germain positioned the college as an incubator for continued growth and development to transform students into socially aware, critically thinking global citizens.

In addition to her academic career, St. Germain is a U.S. Army veteran, where she served as a major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While on active duty, she held assignments as an attorney at military posts including the 82D Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg, NC.

St. Germain has authored numerous articles, presented at national conferences and served as an expert in the media on a wide range of issues facing both the workforce and higher education related to leadership, gender equality, mental health, food security, student outcomes, humanities study, and the law.

She received her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University; her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Baltimore School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from George Mason University. She is admitted to practice as an attorney in Vermont, Virginia and Maryland, as well as several federal courts. St. Germain’s research focus is on women and leadership.

Todd C. Wilson, PhD

Dean, School of Business and Technology
Capella University

Todd joined Capella University in 2019 as the new dean of the School of Business and Technology. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring that the school delivers education to adult learners that engages them and helps them achieve their career goals.

Dr. Wilson has vast leadership experience in medical technology and medical device organizations, where his focus was on driving results, speed to execution, and creating and developing high performing teams.  In addition to his business acumen, Dr. Wilson has experience in teaching and developing curriculum within higher education institutions. He earned a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology, holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and bachelors’ degrees in human biology and exercise science. 

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The School of Business and Technology at Capella University offers online doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to graduate and undergraduate certificates, all designed to help advance professionals seeking to advance their careers in the fields of business and information technology.

Our mission is to educate adult learners using highly relevant curriculum and exceptional instruction to deliver competency-based learning, offering the potential for immediate impact on learners’ jobs while laying the foundation for addressing challenges throughout their professional careers.

The School of Business and Technology is committed to the continual integration of relevant theory with effective practice. Through the development of business, research, and information technology knowledge, our learners are uniquely equipped to be exceptional problem-solvers who make a positive impact in their organizations and society.

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