Presenters - Epee Education

Our Presenters

Philip Gonski, PE

Burns Engineering, Sr. Project Manager

Philip M Gonski, P.E has been active in both the volunteer and professional community in the Philadelphia Area. A graduate of the University of Illinois – Urbana, Philip started his career at Sargent & Lundy, LLC, designing power plants around the world. After rising to the rank of Senior Engineer, Philip served as a lead engineer in the design of the country’s largest biodiesel power plant on the island of Oahu, and later in the design of one of the largest combined cycle power plants in the world (3200MW) in Saudi Arabia. While working at S&L, Philip took courses in Energy and Power Engineering in the evenings and earned a Master’s Degree from University of Illinois-Chicago.

In 2015, Philip began working at Burns Engineering in downtown Philadelphia as a project manager for industrial and energy clients. Projects have ranged from electrical upgrades at railroad and transit facilities, combined heat and generation, solar and battery energy storage, as well as being a leading technical expert in the field of microgrids. Philip was also the project and program manager for a electrical capacity upgrade project for one of the highest rated defense projects in the country, in which he successfully managed the completion on time and on budget. In addition to the design and technical aspects, Philip performs economic analysis to clients that are exploring renewable energy sources.

Philip is very active in the professional engineering community. Previously, he was the Since being IEEE Philadelphia Chairman, the largest professional non-profit in the Philadelphia area. Currently, Philip is the IEEE Region Treasurer, responsible for the financial management of the organization throughout the East Coast. His volunteer efforts have ranged from volunteering at local science fairs and serving on local scholarship boards as well as writing the technical content for the IEEE website to foster youth interest in engineering.

In addition to his participation in professional organizations, Philip has authored multiple technical articles, including ‘Diagnosing Motor Bearing Currents’, published in the EC&M Magazine in August 2012, as well as “Arc Flash Hazards in the Water Industry”, published in Waterworld Magazine. His article “Rethinking the New York Prize” was published in IEEE Smart Grid, reflecting upon the lessons learned from New York’s drive for more renewable integration. Philip has presented numerous topics at technical conferences, including at International District Energy on “Using Renewables as Non Wires Alternatives” as well as Microgrid Economic Analysis.

Eleanor Small, PhD

Johnson & Johnson, Principal Scientist

Eleanor F. Small, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health in End-to-End Product Development and Life Cycle Management. She leads global cross-functional teams responsible for product design/development, scale up, launch, and life-cycle management of new and current products.  Dr. Small started her career at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health 7.5 years ago and worked with both Oral Care and Wound Care Product Development supporting J&J’s iconic Listerine®, Band-Aid® and Neosporin® brands.  She received her BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2006.  Dr. Small earned her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Drexel University in June, 2012. Eleanor, more often called Ellie, firmly believes education does not end at graduation.  She is passionate about STEM education, especially for young women.  During her graduate studies, Ellie received an NSF GK-12 fellowship to work with Philadelphia public high school teachers to enhance STEM curriculum.  After starting at J&J, she joined their Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) employee group.  Ellie has also served on the board of directors of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers' Delaware Valley Chapter since 2014, and she is currently the Chapter's President.  Her drive to support others extends beyond her field of engineering as well.  Since 2013, Ellie has served as the chapter council adviser to Princeton University’s chapter of her fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she supports her fellow Kappa alumnae by serving on the Philadelphia Alumnae Association Foundation.  She was the President of the organization from 2016-2019 and is currently the Membership Chair. In 2019, Dr. Small was awarded the 2019 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year for her contributions professionally, academically, and socially.  One of Ellie’s favorite secrets to success is building loyal and supporting partnerships. Her number one supporter and main partner is her college sweetheart and husband, David Small, who also happens to be a chemical engineer.
Teresa Whitney, Ph.D.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Workplace Design & Change Manager

Teresa Whitney, Ph.D., is an Environmental Social Psychologist who specializes in user-centric design research, socio-spatial intergroup relations, spatially facilitating collaboration, and conflict mediation. She has a track record of delivering large-scale complex change management programs on accelerated schedules to change-adverse clients while maintaining design standards. Dr. Whitney is focused on identifying user needs in order to inform design decisions and lead innovation, placing the user at the center of the design process. She is an expert in occupant experience surveys, interviews, focus groups, ethnographic participant observation, observational protocols, task analysis, process mapping, and workshop design.
Steven Jacobs

Global BioPharm Solutions, President

Steve is a successful trainer, business leader, consultant, executive coach and speaker. For the past 24 years he’s been heavily involved in clinical supply chain operations, IMPs, cGMPs, cGCPs, cGDPs, clinical development and quality (ICH Q8, Q9 & Q10) for pharmaceuticals, and biotech products.  He sits on the Board of Directors of the largest professional clinical supplies organization in the world, the Global Clinical Supplies Group. His expertise also includes success in innovation, global cultural dynamics, organizational development, and high performing teams.  In the past he has been a CEO and COO, as well as the president and Global Chief Operating Officer, of a multinational contract organization that served companies like Novartis, Eisai, Lilly and others in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector. Before that he was head of US clinical supply operations for Johnson & Johnson.   Steve was also a logistics and aviation officer, in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of Major and was a maintenance test pilot, and pilot in command, for both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. His undergraduate degree is in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and his MBA is from the University of Phoenix with a specialization in global management. Steve has traveled all over the world (4 Continents, 25 Countries, 42 States) and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, son, good friends, great tequila and a good cigar whenever he gets the chance.
Emilie Pelletier, PE

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Sr. Director of Process Engineering

Emilie has been in the Life Sciences Industry for over 14 years. Recently Emilie became the new Sr. Director of Process Engineering at Iovance Biotherapeutics.  Prior to that, Emilie was the USA Managing Partner for Laporte Consultants.  Her responsibilities include leading Laporte’s biopharmaceutical activities in the USA in addition to designing and implementing cGMP compliant biotech facilities and processes.  Her expertise includes designing R&D laboratories, process scale-up from lab to pilot and commercial scale.  She has been a trusted consultant to some of the biggest Pharmaceutical companies for the past 12 years in addition to helping start-up biotech companies establish their project management, manufacturing, validation and quality programs.

Emilie is a member of the ISPE Biotech Community of Practice.  Her efforts in this space include co-writing an internationally recognized article on bioprocessing and given presentations at bioprocessing conferences.

Prior to Laporte Consultants, she was a project engineer at Axcan Pharma from 2004 to 2007. She obtained a B.S in chemical engineering from the University of Montreal and is fluent in French and English.

Tom Bell

Vertex Labs, CEO / Co-Founder

Mr. Bell is a serial entrepreneur with more than 12 years of experience in building and leading technology startups.  He has founded and funded eight startups, all of which have built cutting edge technologies.  He is currently the Founder and CEO of Vertex Labs, a custom Artificial Intelligence solutions provider which specializes in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Automation.  Mr. Bell is an expert in building teams and strategies to solve complex and impactful problems.  His experience in business strategy, marketing, operations, and sales have lead to successful partnerships with industry and academic leaders. In addition to his role at Vertex, Tom serves as a board member and adviser to several Philadelphia-based companies as well as non-profit organizations such as Dream2Career and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Mr. Bell holds a BS in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from the Lebow School of Business at Drexel University.
Austin Hodge

Genesis Engineers, Director of Project Controls

Austin is an experienced engineering working in the pharmaceutical construction industry.  He is currently the Director of Project Controls at Genesis Engineers, an A/EPCM/V firm in the Philadelphia area.  With over 17 years’ experience, he is highly experienced in the planning and execution of many, high value and time sensitive projects throughout the project lifecycle, from project initiation to design, through to start-up, commissioning, and turnover.
Alan Levy

Epee Education, Founder / President

Alan Levy is the Founder and President of Epee Education.  Alan established Epee Education to bridge the gap between what we learn in school and everything we're never taught by asking professionals to share their real-world experience with students and young professionals.  After mentoring individual students and young professionals for many years, Alan wants Epee to bring real-world experience to as many people as possible. Prior to starting Epee, Alan had been a consultant within the Pharmaceutical industry for 20 years.  Most recently serving working for Mace North America, where he was the Global Sustainability Lead for an award-winning Sustainability program within a $500m international program-of-works for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  Prior to Mace, Alan was a Design Project Manager for Javan Engineering.  There he ran complex projects for companies like Merck, J&J, and BristolMyers-Squibb including all manner of lab renovations, site upgrades, and utility replacements. Alan also spent most of his career supporting the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).  There he held multiple positions on the Philadelphia-area Board of Directors culminating with his Presidency in 2015.  He also supports ISPE at the International level, and was awarded ISPE’s “2015 International Member of the Year” for his service.  Alan holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology and a Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova.  He also holds the distinction of being the “2013 Young Engineer of the Year” of Philadelphia.
Kevin Cuthill, CFP®, AAMS®

Edward Jones, Financial Planner

Kevin Cuthill is a Financial Advisor and Partner with Edward Jones. He holds the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation, the AAMS® (Accredited Asset Management Specialist) designation, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.  Kevin began his career in Army Intelligence as a Paratrooper and Russian Linguist.  Following completion of his service, Kevin spent many years in international business investment and development.  Since joining Edward Jones, Kevin has made it a top priority to understand what is important in individuals’ lives, developing personalized strategies to help clients work toward achieving their financial goals.

Megan Kelly

Mace Group, Director of Recruiting

Megan Kelly graduated from Seton Hal University with a double major in Communications and Business in 2012, just after launching a public relations firm focused on making PR tools accessible to small businesses.  After simultaneously running her small practice on the side, and completing a management training program with Target Corporation, Megan sold her business and found herself in the world of agency recruitment.  The fast-paced sales environment proved to be equal parts exciting, challenging and rewarding, but after several years of running a recruitment team, Megan began craving strategy again; and looked to find a role that would utilize all the skills she’d come to own.  Mace North America offered just that, and for the last few years, Megan has owned the people operations function for the construction consultancy.  She oversees recruitment, succession planning, retention strategy, and sits on the senior leadership team as a subject matter expert.  In her spare time, Megan enjoys writing and performing music, spending time with her friends and family, and helping young adults prepare to enter the job market.
Paul Falding

IPS, UK Head of Project Controls

Paul Falding is the Head of Project Controls for IPS in the UK.  Over the last 12 years, Paul has worked in the Pharmaceutical, Commercial, Industrial, and Residential business sectors.  This includes international work in the USA, the UK, and Russia.  Paul's experience lets him combine cost, schedule, risk, opportunities, and KPI reporting into a holistic view, so his clients can better control the performance of their programs.
Michael Asher, PMP, CPM

Senior Project Manager, CRB

Michael Asher is an experienced professional in the life sciences industry.  He brings 20 years of experience in engineering, operations, and project management as both client and consultant.  As a client, Michael held several roles within GSK.  As a consultant, he has been a project manager at architecture and engineering firms of various sizes.  This experience gave him a unique viewpoint that allowed him appreciate the needs, motivations, and challenges of project stakeholders on both sides of a project.  Because of this, a key goal on any of his projects is developing positive team dynamics.  He found it ensures high-quality, rewarding outcomes for all involved, and likes to share this insight with others. Michael lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two rescue cats.  He is also an avid runner, and since 2013 has never run fewer than 1,000 miles in a year!
Lisa Conway, LEED®AP ID+C

VP, Sustainability - Americas Interface

Our presenter Lisa Conway is VP of Sustainability for the Americas at Interface flooring.  She and her team are regionally responsible for bringing the company’s mission to life: "Climate Take Back".  They provide educational programming around embodied carbon in the building industry, so their clients better understand of the impact of carbon on human health.  To further her passion for creating a more sustainable world, Lisa co-founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN).  Here she continues to raise awareness of the direct connection between sustainability and health. Lisa Conway also sits on the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business.  In 2015, she was honored to be named into “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36”.
Fern Gookin, LEED AP

Director of Sustainability, Revolution Recovery

Fern Gookin, LEED AP, is the Director of Sustainability for Revolution Recovery. Her company recycles on average 1,500 tons/day of construction, manufacturing, commercial, and residential waste throughout the Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.  Fern is also the co-founder and Director of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency).  Her non-profit's mission is to challenge the perception of our waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art and industry. Fern dedication to Sustainability does not stop there, she is also a past President of the Philadelphia Green Building Council (now called Green Building United).  Fern has a BS in Architecture from the University of Maryland and an MS in Sustainable Design from Thomas Jefferson University.

Oluwaseun Adebayo-Omoju

Head of Business Development, Autusbridge Consulting

Oluwaseun Adebayo-Omoju is the Head of Business Development at Autusbridge Consulting in Lagos, Nigeria.  She started her career in 2007 working for a financial firm, as a mandatory year of service upon completing of her first degree.  Following completion of her service year, she moved into Retail and held administrative and sales positions, working for different firms over the years. Prior to accepting her current position with Autusbridge, she was running a retail clothing store for five years. Professionally, Oluwaseun most enjoys the space planning, facility management, and administrative management aspects of her career.  She is also passionate to mentor and impart knowledge to the next generation.  She holds a Masters Degree in Managerial Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University and a BSc. Degree in Marketing from Babcock University, Nigeria.  
Jonathan Cameron CFP®

Founder & Principal, CameronDowning, Inc.

Jonathan Cameron is a founder and principal of CameronDowning, a Registered Investment Advisory firm.  He has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry.  As a Board certified financial planner, he is passionate about providing independent financial advice that makes a difference in people’s lives.  His firm focuses on two core areas for the benefit of its clients -- financial planning (the road map) and investment management (the vehicle that gets you to the destination).

A Miami native, Jonathan is a Cuban-American and speaks Spanish as well as English.  Growing up in the Redland area of South Miami-Dade, he was surrounded by mango and avocado groves.  Some of his favorite activities include exploring the Everglades, hiking, and kayaking.

Jonathan has served in the following organizations:

  • President, Financial Planning Association of Miami, the trade group for CFP® professionals
  • Treasurer, BNI Success Link
  • Chair, FIU Honors College Community Advisory Board
  • Treasurer, FIU English Alumni Board
  • President and Founder, FIU Honors College Alumni
  • Member, Christian Chamber of Greater Miami
  • Member, Pinecrest Business Association.

In January 2014 Jonathan married his lovely wife, Lauren, and they have two beautiful little boys, Levi and Luke.

Nicholas Bucci CFP®

Financial Advisor, BLBB Advisors

Nick is a financial advisor with BLB&B Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor in Montgomeryville, PA. He specializes in helping high net worth family groups and non-profit institutions achieve their goals through investment management and financial planning. He has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Nick is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems. He earned a MBA from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Financial Services from Saint Joseph’s University, Nick also holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.

Outside of the office, Nick is an adjunct instructor at two local universities teaching graduate and undergraduate finance classes. He serves on the Board of the HealthSpark Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides safety net services to the local community.

He lives in Phoenixville, PA with his wife Jaime and their two young children.

Dr. Kevin Bukatman

Founder & President of College Planning Service America

Dr. Kevin L. Bukatman, Founder & President of College Planning Service America, has been a consultant for families of college-bound families since 2006. He has presented hundreds of seminars and workshops on a variety of admissions and financial aid topics at high schools and libraries across America. He is a featured presenter and judge for the Future Business Leaders of America and has helped thousands of families successfully navigate the complex college application and financial aid process.

Kevin holds a master’s degree and doctorate degree in special education from Boston College.  His patient and compassionate demeanor makes him a favorite with both parents and students, and his off-the-wall sense of humor makes this process much less stressful.

His daughter Allison graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2013 and has a successful career in fashion and media. So, he has first hand knowledge of the entire college labyrinth and how to make it work successfully for you.

Michael Browning

Owner, Allstate Insurance Agency

Michael Browning opened his Allstate Insurance Agency in Northeast Philadelphia on Nov. 1, 2018. A graduate of Drexel University, Browning most enjoyed working closely with families and home owners during his two decades in sales and home finance. The decision to become an entrepreneur by opening his own insurance agency took this to the next level. Insurance lets Browning and his team serve the members of his community at the times they truly need somebody to help them. Browning’s Allstate agency offers auto, property, life, annuities and financial services products, and these are the topics he will discuss on Epee Education. As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Browning has been continuously involved in community and development programs in the area, including the Free to Breathe Walk through the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, the Mayfair Business Improvement District, as well as coaching and supporting local sports teams for his children. Now that he has a small business in the area, he is excited to get further involved in his local community and provide support where he can. In this vein, Browning is excited to support Epee Education's mission to teach people the critical real-world topics we never learn in school. “I am looking forward to making a difference in a different sort of way; by serving customers and taking care of a family’s insurance needs,” Browning says. “I am completely humbled by the overwhelming response and support by my family, friends, neighbors and colleagues that have entrusted me to help protect them and their loved ones.” Michael can be reached at mbrowning@allstate.com
Ian Allard, BREEAM AP

Associate Director of Sustainability, Mace Group

Ian Allard is an Associate Director of Mace Group UK within their Responsible Business unit. Ian specializes in delivering carbon reduction strategies to a variety of clients including Siemen’s Mobility, National Grid, Isavia, and the Manchester Airport Group. As an Associate Director, Ian is responsible for creating, implementing, and monitoring best practice so that projects achieve challenging carbon reduction targets. His attention to detail and technical understanding allow him to effectively communicate with a variety of different stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes.

Immediately prior to joining Mace, Ian was the sole Sustainability Manager for The Royal Parks, developing and implementing energy reduction projects. Prior to this role, Ian spent 2.5 years working on projects across Europe for Canon Europe focused on product life cycle and design to reduce embodied carbon. Ian started his career with SGS, completing life cycle assessments of products and services using SimaPro. With over 13 years’ experience in sustainability management, Ian has been involved in projects that span several different sectors, including electronics, parks, retail and services; and infrastructure.

Ian is a qualified APMPQ and Prince 2 Practitioner demonstrating his ability to lead projects. Ian is also an ISO 14001 external auditor, showing his ability to manage threats and turn them into opportunities. Ian has vast experience managing numerous consultants and contractors across multiple sites and embodies the role as a key agent for change. His collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and pro-active attitude ensures advantageous results for his projects.

Ian Orme

Associate Director of Sustainability, Mace Group

Ian Orme, Associate Director of Sustainability, is an industry leader in building performance evaluation. He has worked in the construction and property industry for over 35 years providing consultancy on the energy and environmental performance of buildings. He ensures projects deliver successful operational outcomes for their clients and improve the performance of their built assets. In addition to consultancy, Ian was also integral in developing Mace's internal 2020 CO2 reduction strategy.

At Mace, Ian has advised Whitbread (both Premier Inn and Costa brands), government departments including the Office of the deputy Prime Minister, DCLG, DECC and BIS, Energy Saving Trust, BRE, ODA/CLM, Grosvenor, Peabody Trust, RB Kensington and Chelsea, Zero Carbon Hub and most major house builder/developers. Most recently he worked with DECC on the assessment of heat pump technology and the effectiveness of the implementation in the domestic sector.

Throughout his career, Ian has undertaken research and contributed to the industry’s understanding of the performance gap, the reasons for it and how adopting different approaches to verification will help to reduce its effect. During Ian’s time at BSRIA he wrote regularly about the challenges facing the industry in reducing the impacts of climate change, ‘big’ data and the adoption of smart technologies. Prior to BSRIA, Ian was responsible for Rickaby Thompson Associates Architects and Energy Consultant's (RTA) energy consultancy and environmental assessment services for 14 years. As a Director for over 10 years, he established a new business in building performance and evaluation while working extensively with property owners in the preparation of energy and environmental performance data to review stock performance and develop benchmarks and targets.

For many years, Ian was an authorized BREEAM Assessor to carry out Office, Industrial, Bespoke and International assessments. Some of his most notable BREEAM assessment projects include: London's Olympic Park and permanent venues, Salisbury Law Courts (BREEAM Bespoke Award in 2008), and The London Shard.

Michael Campbell

Owner & Founder, The SmarterVision

Michael Campbell has over 23 years of experience as a science educator and education consultant successful in designing and testing strategies that improve teaching and learning inside and outside of the traditional classroom. Additionally, Michael has been a successful mentor to youth and young adults in helping them design and validate their own unique approach to life while inspiring them to excellence in serving and enhancing life for others.

As a researcher trained in the Biological Sciences to design, test, titrate, and prove everything, Michael has identified that one of the most fulfilling approaches to life is to have a clearly defined, written, values-based purpose for living. His life and the lives of his clients attest to the power of purpose.

Michael is the author of Diabetes Annihilated ~Naturally (authored under the name of Dale Campbell) inspired by his own story of living with purpose to reverse his own diabetes. Strangely, the strength and determination for this is based on Michael’s success in overcoming his personal struggle for many years to build an identity that made sense to him. Analyzing and internalizing works by Steven Covey, Tony Robbins, Jeff Olson, Les Brown and several others regarding the power within, helped Michael find the answers that he needed to design his purpose. Michael further discovered several spectacular benefits -- through analysis and testing -- that by integrating values strategically, the human mind works automatically -- on our behalf -- to deliver our desired outcomes.

As a result of his research, Michael has also developed The SmarterVisionTM Life-optimization Experience that teaches how to successfully live by purpose and celebrate the experience every day. Michael’s purpose on this platform is to inspire young career professionals to leverage their academic education, career pursuits, developing relationships, along with special skills and interests to foster harmony, mental clarity, and a laser-like focus on their unique and deeply satisfying purpose for living.

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