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2018 Summit Panelists: Creating Career Pathways

Allison Grealis – President, Women in Manufacturing

Allison Grealis is founder and president of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the manufacturing sector. She is also the vice president of association services of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a full-service trade association representing the metalforming industry.  

Since joining PMA in 2001, Grealis has held a variety of positions that included district, committee and division management; affinity partner relations; sponsorship sales; new product and service development; and member services.  

Grealis earned her bachelor of arts in english with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and a masters in public administration from the University of Akron.

 

Antonio Ortiz – President, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Antonio Ortiz is the first lay president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, the first school opened by Jesuits under the Cristo Rey model.  Founded in 1996, the Cristo Rey Network pioneered
the Corporate Work Study Program (
CWSP) model for inner city education that has since grown to a national network of 34 schools serving low-income communities nationwide.  

Mr. Ortiz joined Cristo Rey in 2000, as the director of corporate and foundation relations before becoming associate principal and then president in June 2012. 

Mr. Ortiz earned a bachelor of business administration degree and a master of education degree through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Tony lives in Oak Park, IL with his wife, Brenda, and their four children.

 

Krissy DeAlejandro – Executive Director, tnAchieves

Krissy DeAlejandro is the executive director of tnAchieves, a scholarship and mentoring program that supports students as they transition from high school through post-secondary.  Launched in 2008, tnAchieves currently serves as the partnering organization for Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise. As the leader of the largest college access and success nonprofit in the country, Krissy is deeply committed to increasing the number of Tennessee students with a degree. 

Prior to her work with tnAchieves, Krissy served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Knox County Mayor where she focused on workforce development and higher education initiatives.  

Raised in a small town in rural Tennessee, Krissy is the first in her family to attend college.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: University of the South and pursued her master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Tennessee. Krissy and her husband, Jeffrey, have three children.  

 


Mario Kratsch – 
Vice President, German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) Midwest

Mario joined GACC Midwest in October 2014 to build and lead the Skills Initiative, an effort to promote apprenticeships in the US.  Before coming to GACC Midwest, Mario was a training consultant for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry East Thuringia for industrial and technical professions, and later became head of the international business division, responsible for international projects on Know-How Transfer in the Balkans as well as in Central Asia.  Mario was elected Vice President of GACC Midwest by the board of GACC Midwest in September 2017.

Mario also manages the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) Apprenticeship Program, developed in accordance with the German standard, making it accessible to interested companies throughout the Midwest of the USA. He is oversees the certification of training programs and qualifications, as well as consulting services for companies wishing to introduce vocational training according to German standards in the USA.

 

Mark Feinour – Executive Director of the Support Services group at Bank of America.

Mark serves as the executive director of the Support Services group within Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Bank of America.  Support Services employs over 300 associates with intellectual challenges, providing data entry, digital printing, wide format printing, and kitting/assembly functions to support bank businesses with cost-effective and quality service. Mr. Feinour began his career at Bank of America in 1992, and moved to the Support Services division in 1999.   Within Support Services, Mark developed, created, and managed the Inventory Management department. In 2005, Mark was named the business support executive for the group, responsible for managing all aspects of the division including developing innovative ways for associates to achieve their potential and promoting the group internally as a valued resource for services.   Mr. Feinour holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Goldey Beacom College and is chairman of the Delaware Business Leadership Network. He is married with two children, enjoys golf and spending time with his family.