Advisory Board

Jack W. Brooks

Jack W. Brooks is currently CHRO at Windstream.  Jack was formerly Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for Axway, Inc. Jack is a strategic global business transformation and HR leader who builds integrated global HR teams comprised of HR business partners, learning and organizational development functions, compensation experts, and talent acquisition teams. 

Ron Cheeley

Ron Cheeley is President of The Cheeley Consulting Group. In his current position, Mr. Cheeley provides high level human capital consulting services to both public and private companies. He was formerly a senior HR executive at Schering Plough, Pharmacia Corp. and The Coca-Cola Company, where he was global head of compensation.

Bruce R. Culver

Bruce Culver is a serial entrepreneur, investor, executive and scientist (Varian, Hach, Bausch & Lomb/ARL). He has invested in 20 start-ups and several publicly traded companies, including Axon (AAXN) (formerly Taser), On Assignment (ASGN) and Professional Staff plc (PSTF,) privatized in 2002.

Delta Emerson

Ms. Emerson spent 13 years at Ryan LLC, a corporate tax advisory firm, initially as CHRO and ultimately as President of Global Shared Services and as a member of the Board of Managers. She is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience, who is recognized as an expert in corporate culture and employee engagement. named her to their U.S. 2016 “Top Ten Company Culture Thought Leaders” list, in 2015, she was named as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Dallas Business Journal, and she is a frequent speaker on matters related to culture and employee engagement.

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John Fikany

Most recently Fikany was the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for Rock Holdings/Quicken Loans. Quicken Loans is the largest employer in downtown Detroit, and the largest Online Mortgage company in the nation. He was responsible for Community and Employer Branding efforts designed to attract the best talent, businesses and partnerships to the Quicken Loans family of companies and the city of Detroit.

He was also responsible for the Quicken Loans Intern Program and orchestrating the initiatives for 1,800 national interns. He developed and led the new University Relations Organizations and Strategic Partner Relationship Organization for the Quicken Loans and their family of companies. He was a proud Partner on the Bedrock Real Estate Team, transforming Detroit and creating a vibrant technology town.

Prior to his 2 years with Quicken Loans, Fikany served in multiple assignments in his 13 years at Microsoft, including Vice President of Microsoft’s Central Region Enterprise Business consisting of 18 States and $3.5 billion in revenue. Prior to that, he was responsible for the $6.2 billion U.S. Commercial Industry practice, driving industry strategy, sales, services, partner and marketing execution for 19 verticals. As a company partner, he served on the North America Leadership Team.

Prior to Microsoft, Fikany was a Vice President at Oracle Corporation for 8 years and served on the U.S. Leadership Team, responsible for sales, strategy, marketing, partners, consulting, education, and support services.

As a native Detroiter, Fikany is committed to the revitalization of his hometown. He is passionately engaged in many charity and community organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Board Member, Focus: HOPE, Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, and the Parade Company. He is a recipient of the Global Citizenship Award and a proud graduate of Central Michigan University, where he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology and delivered the 2015 commencement address. John resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife Marcy and their two children.

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John Garcia

Executive and Entrepreneur in multiple start-ups, small and midmarket companies, and Fortune 500 businesses across energy, tech, life science, food & beverage, and transportation/logistics industries. Extensive experience in IP licensing, corporate strategy, marketing, private equity, M&A, technology R&D, manufacturing, sales, operations, and board leadership.

Currently leads Solyco as managing director and several companies as a strategy executive through management consulting engagements and others as a board member, investor, managing partner, and/or shareholder.

Community contributor and leader through invitation and acceptance of Gen Next Global Membership, appointment as a Charter School Board Member by the State of Michigan, Advisory Board Member for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University, selected as L.B.P. Elite 40 under 40, Big Brother in BBBS for over 10 years, Leadership Detroit Graduate, among others.

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Irene S. Helsinger

Irene S. Helsinger is a Managing Director of Newport Board Group, where she provides advisory services to companies with growth, human capital strategy or management challenges. Formerly, she was executive VP and COO of the Texas Heart Institute and senior VP/CHRO of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System.

Greg Hopkins

Greg oversees all client-facing initiatives, focusing on acquisition, retention and lifetime value. An industry veteran, Greg brings over 25 years of business and sales leadership experience and has overseen go-to-market strategies for multi-billion dollar companies.

With a successful record in leading sales programs on a global scale, Greg brings a keen sense of strategic planning, revenue growth and client relationship management to Alorica. His combination of industry expertise, leadership development and understanding of client requirements helps drive the company’s success and enhances its position as a leader in the BPO industry.

Previously, Greg has served as EVP, Sales and Marketing at TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a leading global BPO company. His responsibilities included the management of all sales and marketing initiatives and activities. Greg was instrumental in increasing revenue from $800 million to $1.4 billion and maintaining a client base of Fortune 100 companies while also obtaining new logo wins within the Fortune 500. He also served as EVP of Sales at Stream Global Services, Inc., where he was responsible for global sales functions and assisted in growing revenue by 15 percent per year. Greg has also held senior level management positions at TeaLeaf Technology, Inc., and had a 20-year career with AT&T Technologies, Inc.

Greg earned an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of San Francisco, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration from Whittier College.

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Rolf E. Kleiner

Rolf E. Kleiner was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Kelly Services, Inc., a leader in providing workforce solutions.  Founded H L Yoh Scientific and Kelly Scientific.  Currently, he is CEO of Renatus Partners and President of InVitro International.

Richard J. Lueders

A seasoned human resources executive and consultant with 25+ years global experience in all aspects of compensation, benefits and human resources systems. Extensive interaction at the Compensation Committee and senior executive levels. Significant experience in incentive plan design for executives, middle management and individual contributors. Executive coach and mentor.

Company Highlights (15+ years)

DTE Energy Company
Director, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS

The Hershey Company
Sr. Director, Global Compensation

United Technologies Inc
Director, Compensation & Benefits

PepsiCo, Inc
Compensation & Benefits Manager

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Michael D. Rochelle

Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Rochelle is co-founder (with his wife of over forty years), President and CEO of MDR Strategies, LLC, an executive coaching and management consulting firm located in northern Virginia.

Immediately upon retirement from the United States Army in 2009, General Rochelle founded MDR Strategies, LLC and operates a thriving executive coaching, leader development and training concern and consults internationally on a broad range of leader development and management matters.

General Rochelle culminated his distinguished career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, G-1, Headquarters, United States Army. In this position, he served as the U.S Army's Chief Human Resources Officer, General Rochelle was responsible for all Human Resources policy and Human Resource management for the 1.1 million person United States Army. Prior to his service as Army G-1, Lieutenant General, Rochelle's service included numerous world-wide command and staff billets, including Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Commanding General, U.S. Army's Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, SC; Commanding General U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY, and Director, U.S. Army Installation Management Agency, Alexandria, Virginia General Rochelle serves on the Board of Governers of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Globili, LLC, an information technology company based in Cincinnati, OH and the Capital Area Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

He recently completed a term on the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia: a Gubernatorial appointment.

Michael Rochelle and MDR Strategies, LLC's coaching clients include:

  • John Deere, Inc.
  • George Mason University Leader Development Programs
  • The Pac-12 Athletic Conference
  • Frontier Communications, Inc.
  • Leadership Arlington; Arlington, VA
  • Stand Beside Them (Wounded Warriors in Transition)
  • The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Michael D. Rochelle, Professional Certified Coach, ICF


Master of Arts in Public Administration, Shippensburg State University

The Miro Group and One21Five Certificate of Completion, Leadership Development Program (LDP), Center for Creative Leadership

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • George Mason University Coaching Fellow
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
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Walter Smith

As Senior Vice President for Lee Hecht Harrison's International Center for Executive Options, Walt is responsible for assisting LHH colleagues globally in the delivery of a boutique career transition consulting process. ICEO exists within LHH's Global Career Transition business and provides individualized and unique transition services to the most senior level executives.