Faculty and Staff

Jack T.  Ampuja

Jack T. Ampuja

Executive Director

Phone:
716.286.8150

A citizen of USA, Canada and Finland, Jack has over 30 years of supply chain management experience with five Fortune 500 firms. His career has included stints in consulting, manufacturing, and third party logistics; jobs have ranged from direct supervision of …

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Dr. Jim Kling

Dr. Jim Kling

Academic Director

Phone:
716.286.8174

Jim Kling established the Center in the year 2000 and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as professional development courses. His areas of expertise include inventory management and airline strategy. He was born in Rochester, N. Y. and received his Ph.D. from the University …

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Debora Alessi, C.P.M., MBA

Debora Alessi, C.P.M., MBA

Adjunct Professor

Debbie has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Niagara since 2008. Her focus is on Procurement and Supplier Management. She has been a member of the National Association of Purchasing Management- Buffalo (ISM) since 1985. She is currently the Director of Contracting with Premier Inc., a …

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Michael Diati

Michael Diati

Degree:
MBA

Michael has been teaching International Supply Chain Management at Niagara University since 2006. He is Vice President of Speed Global Services. He also provides consulting services for companies looking to delve …

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John Hogg, MBA, CPIM, APICS

John Hogg, MBA, CPIM, APICS

Adjunct Professor

John Hogg has over twenty eight years of experience in delivering Supply Chain Excellence and Process Transformation leveraging Lean Six Sigma Principles. John began his consulting career following a successful 20-year career at Rich Products, a $3 billion food company, where he held leadership …

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Anna McNab, Ph.D.

Anna McNab, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Phone:
716.286.8142

Dr. McNab joined the faculty in August 2009 after receiving her Ph.D. from Washington State University. Her dissertation research examined the use of color-coding and location ordering in customer support and emergency response systems designed to support faster information selection. She also …

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Victor Pimentel, Ph.D.

Victor Pimentel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management Operations

Phone:
716.286.8165

Dr. Pimentel joined the faculty in August 2016 after completing his Ph.D. from the Carson College of Business at the Washington State University in May 2016. His dissertation, titled "Revenue Management: Genetic Overbooking/Allocation Algorithms for the Hotel Industry" developed a new …

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Ann Rensel, Ph.D.

Ann Rensel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone:
716.286.8312

Dr. Rensel joined the faculty in August 2006 after teaching as an adjunct in the department of computer and information sciences at Niagara. She holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware and an MBA in MIS and OR/MS from SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Rensel completed her …

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Melissa  Heidt

Melissa Heidt

Administrative Assistant

Phone:
716.286.8170
Office Location:
Bisgrove Hall, Room 254A

Melissa Heidt is the administrative assistant to the faculty in the College of Business Administration and is active in supporting the professional development centers in the College of Business. In 2005 she was recognized for her dedication--highlighted by excellent customer service, …

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Gerry  Catalano

Gerry Catalano

Programs Coordinator

Phone:
716.286.8173

Gerry Catalano joined the center in 2001 and manages the critical logistics of managing publicity, setting up professional development programs and organizing the annual conference. Gerry has a background in transportation and third party logistics management, an industry he still follows …

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