School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration Advisory Board

Collaboration for Success: Business, Technology and Health Care Administration + Capella University

The Advisory Board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration. 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 SoBTH Advisory Board is to allow members to provide insights, input, and feedback on the skills that employers demand of business management, information technology and health care administration 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

Chief People Officer
Pep Boys

Elisa Bannon-Jones is Chief People Officer for Pep Boys. She leads the overall human resources strategy, overseeing compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, and performance and development. 

Prior to joining Pep Boys, Bannon-Jones served as EVP and CHRO for Frontier Communications. Her background also includes leadership roles in human resources, sales and operations 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, Technology and Health Care Administration 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

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,, 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

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

President, Western Region
Baptist Health

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, MS

Terri J Radcliff Consulting

Terri Radcliff is a leadership and organizational development professional with deep experience in organizational culture, workforce planning and succession planning as well as leadership and career development. Advancing culture, strategy and practice, Terri has been responsible for leadership development at both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Working in a broad cross-section of environments and staff structures Terri has provided strategic leadership, operational planning and impact measurement to leadership teams and the organizations they serve. Terri is recognized as a subject matter expert in learning experience design and facilitation. In all areas related to leadership and organizational development, Terri works passionately to develop effective people strategies that put practices in place to enable organizations to embrace a talent mindset and realize its benefits.

Terri has held leadership positions in talent management at Sears Holdings, Universal Access, Whittman-Hart/marchFIRST, and for the last 13 years as the SVP of Talent & Knowledge Management for YMCA of the USA.  She has an MS in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University and holds numerous certifications in leadership behavior assessments.  In her leisure time, Terri enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with her husband and their evolving family of rescue dogs.   

Brendon Schrader, MBA, MEd

Founder & CEO

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

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

VP, Human Resources Learning & Talent Development
Zotec Partners, LLC

Dr. Sheila S. Stern currently serves as the Vice President, Human Resources Learning & Talent Development for Zotec Partners, LLC. With almost 20 years of operational and human performance improvement experience, Sheila is passionate about developing people. Her experience includes optimizing workforce strategies, cultivating thought leadership, implementing learning, technology and communication strategies, and fostering collaboration among teams to achieve the vision and needs of the organizations in which she has served.

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.

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.

Barbara Butts Williams, PhD

Executive Dean, Social Responsibility and Community Development, Dean Emerita, School of Business and Technology
Strategic Education, Inc. / Capella University

Dr. Barbara Butts Williams of Minneapolis is an extraordinary business, academic and community leader. She began her career over 45 years ago.  Barbara’s executive leadership, consulting and P&L responsibilities include: corporate strategy, business development and operations, product development, talent management and culture, digital learning and technologies, marketing, sales, organizational change and design, external relations, and corporate responsibility and community engagement. Her work experience spans the public, private, consulting and higher education sectors. 

Currently Barbara serves as Executive Dean, Social Responsibility and Community Engagement and Dean Emerita, School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration at Capella University where she leads the organization’s social responsibility and community impact strategy.  Previously, she served as Dean, School of Business and Technology and Dean, School of Education with leadership responsibility for external relations, academic programs, academic staff, learner success outcomes and P&L. Barbara worked closely with employer partners, community leaders, external accreditation agencies, regulatory authorities in multiple states throughout the U.S.  She has been a key leader at Capella University since July 2002. 

Outside of Capella, Barbara is President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic consulting to small- and medium-sized organizations. She serves on a number of non-profit and private boards, including Allina Health Systems, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda), Minnesota’s Sports Facilities Authority, the MN Chapter of the National Association Corporate Directors (NACD), the Minnesota Vikings’ Women Advisory Board, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Women Leadership Council.

Capella School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration Leadership

Cheryl Boncuore, PhD

Associate Dean, School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration
Capella University

Dr. Cheryl Boncuore is the associate dean of the School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration 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. 

Constance St. Germain, EdD, JD

Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Capella University

Constance St. Germain, Ed.D., J.D. joined Capella University in 2017 as its Chief Academic Officer and Senior 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, Technology and Health Care Administration
Capella University

Todd joined Capella University in 2019 as the new dean of the School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration. 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. 

Learn More about the School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration Programs

The School of Business, Technology and Health Care Administration 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, Technology and Health Care Administration 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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