Kathleen Borgula joined SME in 2000 and currently serves as the vice president of Human Resources. In this role, Borgula is responsible for leadership coaching, staffing, employee relations, compensation, benefits and payroll, as well as statutory and legal compliance for all SME employees and businesses across three locations. Prior to joining SME, Borgula was a technical recruiter at Acro Service Corporation. Borgula earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Michigan State University, as well as a master’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration from Walsh College.
Erica Ciupak joined SME in August 2013 as the vice president of Information Technology, with additional responsibility for the Customer Service division. Ciupak has been in strategic technology roles in many industries, including higher education, engineering services, healthcare and manufacturing. She is also involved in many community and industry organizations, including the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, Detroit Yacht Club and Pewabic Pottery. Ciupak has a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University.
Debbie Clark joined SME in 1978 and currently is the manager of Governance. In this role, she works directly with the SME Officers and Board of Directors. In addition to the Board activities, Clark is the staff lead for the Past Presidents Committee, Officer Nominating Committee, Director and Member Council Nominating Committee, Awards and Recognition Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. As a longtime SME employee, Clark has held various roles with experience in all areas of SME — membership, events, certification and communications.
Julie Duff joined SME in January 2013 and currently serves as the vice president of Finance. In this role, she is responsible for all of SME’s finance and accounting across the organization. This includes finance support for all of SME’s businesses including SME events, Advanced Manufacturing Media, membership, Tooling U-SME and the SME Education Foundation. Prior to joining SME, Duff served as a finance and accounting executive for various companies including the director of Financial Services for Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund, as well as controller of various private and public companies. Duff is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
SME Education Foundation
Brian Glowiak joined SME in March 2015 as vice president of the SME Education Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for overall day-to-day leadership and strategic direction of the Foundation. Glowiak has extensive charitable and foundation experience. Prior to joining SME, he was the vice president of the FCA Foundation (formerly The Chrysler Foundation), where he was responsible for the implementation of charitable contributions and sponsorships and managed the company’s relationships with regional, national and international nonprofit organizations. Additionally, he served as director of Civic Relations and Community Engagement within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles office of External Affairs. Glowiak also held roles as director of state government relations and staff counsel at FCA. Glowiak has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors including the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Forgotten Harvest, Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, Sterling Heights Community Foundation, Detroit Executive Service Corps and the Traffic Safety Association of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Oakland University and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School). He is also a longstanding member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Events, Industry Strategy
Debbie Holton joined SME in 1990 and currently serves as the vice president of events and industry strategy. In her role she leads the team responsible for 20 manufacturing tradeshows and conferences, including industry leaders like FABTECH, RAPID and EASTEC. SME events connect manufacturers with leading technologies and applications and advance business relationships. Holton collaborates with major manufacturers, suppliers and industry organizations to identify key manufacturing challenges and convene the vast SME network of members and technical experts to develop potential solutions. From 2012 to 2013, Holton served as acting deputy director of technology transition for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (now America Makes). Holton has served on the executive committee for America Makes and is a member of the National Defense Industries Association and SAE. SME Member Since 2005
Jeannine Kunz joined SME in August 2000 and currently serves as the vice president of Tooling U-SME and vice president, director of training and development. In her role, she leads the areas of SME that are dedicated to the ongoing education of the current and future manufacturing workforce. Kunz also has oversight of SME’s Marketing Department. When she joined SME in 2000, Kunz supported research and new product development, before taking on the workforce leadership position. She led SME's acquisition of Tooling U (now Tooling U-SME) in 2010. Tooling U-SME is the leading provider of learning and development solutions for the manufacturing community. Prior to joining SME, Kunz worked for CSL International where she conducted feasibility studies for the building of arenas and stadiums. She is on the Industry Advisory Committee for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University, serves on the executive committee for America Makes and is a member of ASTD. Kunz earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing with a concentration in economics from Eastern Michigan University and has served on EMU's Alumni Board. SME Member Since 2008
Advanced Manufacturing Media
Dave O’Neil joined SME in December 2014 as vice president of Media. In this role, he is responsible for managing and developing AMM’s print and digital media products. Prior to joining SME, O’Neil was group publisher of the Life & Health Insurance Group for Summit Professional Networks. There, he successfully launched several new electronic and lead generation products. O’Neil also served as chief executive officer of CK Media LLC from 2006 through 2009. As the CEO of CK Media, he successfully built one of the leading multiplatform businesses in the enthusiast media sector. From 1998 to 2006, O’Neil was the vice president/group publisher of the Primedia Crafts Division. During his term at Primedia, O’Neil built and managed the fastest growing division within the company delivering double-digit revenue and profitability growth. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois.
Beth Oates joined SME in February 2014 as the senior director of Communications. In this role, she is responsible for all public relations, social media, membership communications and brand management across the organization. Prior to joining SME, Oates held several communications and community relations-related leadership roles, with a primary focus on financial services. Previously, Oates was vice president of Communications at loanDepot where she was responsible for building out that department and overseeing internal and external communications, as well as social media and creative services. She also served as director of public relations and community relations at Ally Financial, leading the proactive PR activities, as well as the charitable giving, volunteerism and financial literacy program across the organization. Additionally, Oates has agency and healthcare experience and began her career in newspapers with a focus on business and news reporting. Oates has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.
Canadian Operations and SME Studios
Steve Prahalis joined SME in October 2003 and
currently serves as the vice president of SME Studios and Canadian Operations.
Previously, he was the director of Business Development and Innovation. In his
current role, Prahalis is responsible for the growth,
strategic direction and financial performance of SME’s Canadian business. SME
Studios is a program that produces one-of-a-kind customer initiatives and special
projects for SME. Upon joining SME, Prahalis was responsible for the
introduction of several key strategic initiatives, including the creation and
launch of imX — the Interactive Manufacturing Experience. Before joining
SME, he was president of Reed Exhibitions Canada, a leading producer of trade
shows and events serving a variety of markets coast to coast.
Prahalis also served in various positions at Key3Media, including director
of strategic alliances, general manager of Canadian events and vice president
of the International division. He is a member of the International Association
of Expositions and Events and has served as chair on its Executive Task
Force. Prahalis earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Concordia
Christopher Wojcik joined SME as vice president of Membership in January 2016. In this role, he is responsible for SME’s Membership operations, as well as strategic direction, planning, implementation and measurement of membership programs, with a focus on supporting member needs and establishing a strong value proposition for current and future members throughout their journey with SME. Prior to joining SME, Wojcik served in executive membership and development roles at the American Society of Interior Designers and the American Medical Student Association as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in public law and government from Eastern Michigan University, and is pursuing a master’s degree in management from the University of Maryland University College.