John (JT) Nicholas
JT Nicholas is a senior Business Management major and Global Supply Chain Management minor from Pittsburgh, PA, JT joined JMU ASCM as a way to expand his knowledge in supply chain management, meet new people in his minor, and work on a project that helps people. In addition to leading the ASCM chapter, he serves as the President of the Acacia Fraternity and is a member of the JMU club golf team. He has professional interests in supply chain management, management consulting, and public sector consulting and will be starting at Grant Thornton in the summer of 2022.
Position: Vice President of Risk Management
David Pizzano is a senior Management major with dual concentrations in Business Analysis and Consulting as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Global Supply Chain Mgt. As Vp of Risk Mgt, David is involved in inventory control, regulatory procedure, and Lean initiatives. Outside ASCM, he also serves as Family Relations Chair (previously as VP of Risk Mgt) for Alpha Sigma Phi and as a student lawyer on JMU Student Defenders. His professional interests include supply chain and management consulting in defense and government contracting.
Position: Vice President of Social Media & Public Relations
Talia Pavese is a senior Marketing major from New Jersey with minors in Computer Information Systems and Global Supply Chain Management. As our VP of Social Media and PR, Talia helps promote our mission, communicate with members about events, and maintain relationships with external partners. When asked what she loves about ASCM Talia said, “the opportunity to be able to give back while getting hands-on supply chain experience”. Aside from being an active member in ASCM, she is involved in American Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Mu. Her professional interests include medical/ pharmaceutical sales, consulting, and foreign aid.
Position: Program Director
Mason Ghodsi is a senior Management major with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As our Program Director, Mason helps lead in the development and facilitation of major events involving ASCM. He also assists in communicating logistical information and key goals of ASCM to new and prospective members. Mason also serves as the Operations Chair for MadiTHON and as a founder of the Diversity Committee for Kappa Alpha Order. His interests include consulting, tech sales, project management, and supply chain management.
Position: Vice President of Operations
Jeff Copeland is a senior Kinesiology major from Vienna, Virginia, with an athletic training minor. He joined the ASCM chapter in the spring of 2020 as a means to bolster the philanthropic efforts of the Acacia Fraternity and broaden his extracurricular experience. As Vice President, he supports the club through logistical and organizational processes and hands-on activities for the movement of supplies. What Jeff admires most about the club is their willingness to form and pursue common goals for the purpose of helping other people. After the spring, he plans to pursue a career in public health and cardiology.
William Ritchie is the CSX Professor of Management at James Madison University, where he teaches Strategic Supply Chain Management and Strategic Management. He is the JMU Faculty Advisor for the Africa Medical Relief Project. He earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management (Research Methods concentration) and his MBA (International Management concentration), from Florida State University. His research focuses on quality standards, strategic performance measurement, spatial analytics, and nonprofit organization performance. He has published more than 40 manuscripts on these topics in premier scholarly journals such as Strategic Management Journal, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Transportation Research, Management International Review, Journal of Healthcare Management, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership. His hobbies include sprint triathlons, sailing, restoring a classic car, and snow skiing.
Dr. Tilahun Goshu is Mihret Medical Supply’s Treasurer and one of their board of directors. He has over 27 years of healthcare, business, and community leadership experience. He is a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, poet, and an influential writer. He was a refugee from Kenya. In 2007, the U.S. government resettled him in Charlottesville, VA, through the help of the International Rescue Committee. He received his doctorate in nursing practice, a post master’s certification in adult-gerontology acute care NP, and a master’s degree in public health nursing leadership from the University of Virginia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Liberty University. He is a proud member of the University of Virginia Health System and is in the process of joining the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond.
Mark serves as Mihret Medical Supply’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. He has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech. His family includes two adopted sons from Ethiopia. Dr. Smith has served 30+ years as a career veterinarian in multiple roles and businesses, and has recently taught and assisted in development work in Africa. He has served in the past as a charter member of three other nonprofit humanitarian groups, helping them become established as ongoing entities today.
Dr. Mert Tokman holds a Ph.D. degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Business. He is currently the Kenneth R. Bartee endowed professor in the marketing department at James Madison University (JMU). At JMU, he teaches Marketing and International Logistics at the undergraduate level and International Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Master’s level. Dr. Tokman’s research focuses on the intersection between marketing and supply chain management – for instance, he has explored how logistics performance of suppliers affects consumers’ brand perceptions at the retail level. His work has been published in internationally esteemed journals such as Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and Journal of Marketing Channels.