Cristin Chao, Vice President, CCMP™
Cristin is currently an Advisor of Change Management at OhioHeath and has worked on change management projects for a variety of organizations including The Wendy’s Company, Nationwide, the United States Air Force and the Defense Financial and Accounting Service (DFAS). She enjoys learning new and innovative ways of solving problems and is happiest when she’s helping to solve big problems that often come about with change. Cristin also serves on ACMP Global's Qualified Education Provider (QEP) Committee and is a facilitator for the online global community, ACMP Connect.
Leontine Synor, Treasurer
Leontine is a senior consultant with more than 10 years’ experience as a OCM practitioner in local and state government, pharmaceuticals, and automotive manufacturing. Leontine believes that change can happen successfully when there is time allotted, transparency and then Change can be both professionally and personally beneficial. She is most passioned about engagement with the people impacted by the change. In addition to OCM Leontine has served as President, VP, and Finance committee chair for the East Cleveland Public Library, VP and committee member for the LMM 2100 men’s shelter and in Volunteers for Cleveland. She is also Prosci® certified.
TIna Neer, Marketing & Communications Director
The J.M. Smucker Company (Retired)
Tina is a skilled communications expert with over three decades of experience across a variety of disciplines, evolving into a concentrated focus on influencing and driving organization change through strategic communications. To round out her practical experience, she completed the New Change Equation Executive Education Program course at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in 2018 and received her Prosci Certification in 2020. She's passionate about helping to drive awareness of all that ACMP Ohio offers to both current and future partners, members and fellow change practitioners and enabling meaningful dialogue across the chapter’s communication platforms.
Kenitha Buehler, Membership Director
City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities
In Kenitha’s current role as the IT Manager PMO at the City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities, she is a solutions driven IT Manager of organizational projects, change leader and expert at strategic vision implementation. She built the IT PMO, ultimately resulting in improving project success rates, increased operational efficiencies and substantial cost savings. Working in government for 23 years has motivated her to utilize her skillsets for the purpose of civil service, volunteerism and leadership while implementing diversity and inclusion. She is passionate about the training and development of the next generation of leaders, promoting change management and project management as a career path and utilizing her spare time to teach youth in underserved and underrepresented communities life skills and IT courses. She’s earned an MBA, along with PMP and Prosci certifications.
The ACMP Ohio Board of Directors is elected by the paid members of ACMP who have designated Ohio as their Primary Chapter with the global organization. Elections are held for half of the board positions each year in September, for a two-year term beginning October 1.
Ron Kibbe, Secretary
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ron brings 20+ years of IT experience with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to the field of change management. Specific focus in OCM started when he was asked to lead a change management initiative for Wexner Medical Center in March 2019. Shortly after, he joined ACMP, pursued his Prosci Change Management certification and began volunteering with ACMP Global on both the Content Advisory Board and the annual conference Speaker Committee. Ron is in his second term in office as the Secretary of ACMP Ohio. Though still relatively new to organizational change management, he has been involved in several previous people-centric change efforts including OSUWMC new leader orientation and a university-wide cultural transformation effort.
Stephanie R. Bell, Membership Director
Stephanie is a strategic, collaborative, and versatile change manager with a combination of 15+ years of project, change management, and leadership experience. Stephanie’s change management style of “coach” allows her to use her strengths of encouragement, positivity, and support to help champion organizations through a wide variety of transformations. Stephanie started with ACMP as a volunteer and is now a board member focused on cultivating new ways of sparking volunteer interest among all diversity groups, keeping volunteers engaged, and helping prepare the next round of ACMP Ohio Board members. Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in Criminology (Sociology), a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with advanced studies in change management, is Prosci certified, and above all, a proud ACMP Ohio Chapter member.
Lori LaBeau Sponsorship Director
Lori LaBeau is Director of Organizational Change within Global Technology at ADM. Lori’s career started in project and portfolio management, but her passion and drive is in helping organizations navigate transformational change. Lori’s certifications include - Organizational Change with both PROSCI and Change Guides, PMP with Project Management Institute, and is working on her goal to get her CCMP.
Lori has succeeded in many diverse industries, including Banking, Medical Device, Human Nutrition, Agricultural, Automotive, and CPG. She has taken her natural ability to “connect the dots” of strategy to tactical actions. She focuses her time working with executives and leaders to ensure changes are sponsored, supported, and successful.
James Gerhard, President, CCMP™
James Gerhard is a Change Enablement Leader on Allstate's Corporate Business Transformation Team. He is a continuously improving business leader and problem solver, who collaborates, influences and takes timely action to provide creative, valuable and practical solutions that delight customers, engage associates and grow businesses. From building organizational change strategy through executing upon adoption plans, his passion for including the hearts and minds of people is top priority. Working with many of the largest companies in most of the largest cities in the country has prepared him to continue sharing his passion through the industry. He looks forward to collaborating with those sharing this passion through the ACMP.
Advancing the Field of Change Management in Ohio (and beyond)
Dion Charles, Program Director
Dion Charles is a Director of Change Management supporting Rightpoint's change management capability growth while providing thought leadership and change expertise on client engagements. He brings 15 years of consulting expertise partnering with clients to clarify business challenges and effectively deliver outcomes that result in organizational engagement and adoption of transformational solutions.Dion’s client engagements span a range of industries including food service, higher education, state and local government, retail, energy, finance, manufacturing and professional services. His professional designations include Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, Certified ScrumMaster, Prosci Certified Practitioner and (former) Prosci Certified Advanced Instructor.