John is recognized as an industry leader and mentor in
John W. Barker
Immediate Past President
John is recognized as an industry leader and mentor in the development and application of structured, disciplined, and appropriately targeted change management strategies, processes, and techniques. John is responsible for developing and implementing the corporate-wide Change Management methodology that is currently used worldwide by the largest publicly-held EPC and project management firm in the world.
He is an executive leader with extensive expertise in change management, process improvement, management consulting, work process improvement, organizational development, cost reduction, revenue enhancement, program budgeting, staffing, leadership, training, client relationship development, and client relationship management in a broad range of industries.
ACMP Chicagoland Leadership Responsibilities: The Chapter President is the principal executive Officer of the Chapter and provides overall leadership in the management of Chapter operations and achievement of strategic objectives and goals. The President directs the activities of the other Board Directors in accordance with the Chapter Mission and By‐laws.
President, Strategic Organizational Transformation Expert and Performance Innovator – founder
Jeff Chan is founder and president of Chan Management Consulting (www.chanconsulting.com) – a management consulting firm that works with businesses and organizations to improve organizational and team performance. Jeff specializes in large complex change initiatives by bringing a unique and structured approach to guiding organizations through change that drives sustainable business results. Jeff has worked in the field of organizational improvement and change management for over 20 years. Jeff is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Wisconsin’s Business School Executive Education Program where he teaches Change Management and Organizational Effectiveness. Jeff began volunteering with ACMP Midwest by leading a team to start the first ACMP Midwest Change Connect – one of the top Change Management conferences in the Midwest in 2015.
ACMP Midwest Board Responsibilities: Jeff serves as the Chapter President and provides overall leadership in the management of Chapter operations and achievement of strategic objectives and goals. The President directs the activities of the other Board Directors in accordance with the Chapter Mission and By‐laws.
Strategic change leader, speaker, consultant and coach
Steve is an expert in Strategic Change Leadership and speaks, consults and coaches in this field. His research has discovered that most transformation projects falter between strategy and execution as organizations don’t typically adequately prepare for executing change. As a result, projects in which Steve is engaged consistently deliver greater value. Prior to his consulting career, Steve held numerous leadership roles in a large, mid-western company listed for multiple consecutive years in Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies.
ACMP Midwest Leadership Responsibilities: As the Chapter Vice‐President Steve attends to the duties of the President in his absence. He works with the president regarding overall chapter strategy; provides strategy, leadership and coordination for professional development and social events; and represents the board to outside organizations in coordination with the president and the director of community relations.
Director of Technology Recognized as Thought Leader and Founder of
Director of Technology
Terry Stropky has a passion for Change Management. From the start of her career she realized that the people were the most important part of the job. Her broad skillset and affinity towards driving continuous improvement lead to the discipline of change management. It provided a toolbox and approach to assist in all the change disruptions. She continues to draw upon these tools and has found it one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. Terry founded the Roche CM Community of Practice that spans all areas of Roche and includes over 400 members. This platform allows employees to share best practices, trainings, tools and techniques and promotes an atmosphere of enterprise change management. Terry has been working in this field for 10 years, is certified by Prosci and achieved her CCMP certification in 2016. Terry attended the Change Management conference in 2 009 and participated in the world café that recommended ACMP be created. When Terry became a member of ACMP, she immediately began volunteering on the Midwest Membership Committee. Terry has lived in Indianapolis for 20 years and grew up in Chicago so is familiar with the culture of both areas. Terry led the team to bring a Change Up to Indianapolis and has started to increase the membership and engagement in the Indiana area.
Treasurer, Change Leadership, COE and Communities of Practice
As the Organizational Change Capability Building Lead for Zurich North America Michelle Yanahan is responsible for growing the understanding and execution of enterprise change management and change leadership capabilities across the organization as well as maturation of skills within the Zurich operational transformation team through training and skill build, coaching and facilitation of the Zurich North America Change Special Interest Group and optimization of the Zurich change framework. In 2015, Michelle added coaching managers and leaders on their role in driving change to have a positive impact on sustainability. Michelle has over 15 years’ project work experience in various leadership roles including business architect, project manager, change lead and Project Management Office capability lead. Michelle is CCMP and Prosci certified change practitioner and has been a featured author, trainer and workshop speaker (ACMP) in project execution and change management. Michelle received her master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University.
ACMP Chicagoland Leadership Responsibilities: The main responsibility of the Treasurer is to direct the Chapter’s fiscal policy to ensure the integrity of financial management for the Chapter. The Treasurer leads budget development, oversees custody of Chapter funds and assets, acts as Controller, and assures the financial stability and sustainability of the Chapter. This role also provides leadership in the area of Sponsor acquisition and development of sponsorship/partner Professional Development to meet the needs of the Chapter.
Brian Kedzior’s passion for creative leadership and employee engagement has
Brian Kedzior’s passion for creative leadership and employee engagement has always been at the forefront of his 10-year career in Change Management. Currently the Head of U.S. Change Management for BMO Harris Bank, Brian has spent the last five years helping build BMO’s change function from the ground up. While navigating an ever-shifting organizational landscape including a merger and the effects of new post-recession legislation on the banking industry, BMO’s Change Management Team has grown into an Enterprise-level group with more than two-dozen employees split between the U.S. and Canada, a formalized organizational change methodology, and an automated tool to track the change pipeline and saturation points for employee groups throughout the bank.
ACMP Midwest Leadership Responsibilities:
Board of Director – Marketing and Communications – This role provides leadership in the area of Chapter Marketing and Communications in accordance with the needs and goals of the Chapter and in fulfillment of its mission. The main responsibility of the Director of Marketing and Communications is to direct and manage internal and external communications.
Alison is a highly motivated, effective team player and leader with a passion for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business Practices. Alison is a passionate change practitioner, gourmet cook, and involved in various volunteer organizations. Alison is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University. She will complete her degree, present her thesis – Purpose in Business – and graduate in December 2015. Alison is currently pursuing a position in corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.
As Co-Chairperson of the first annual 2015 Midwest Change Connect conference, Alison led the core team and the board of directors in planning and executing a tremendously successful event. Her daily guidance, oversight, and tireless efforts served to produce the outstanding learning and networking event we all enjoyed this year and set the bar for all future conferences. Alison generously dedicated her expertise, energy, and passion to our chapter in this extraordinary manner and is truly deserving of this first ever ACMP Midwest Chapter Volunteer of the Year award.
ACMP Midwest Leadership Responsibilities: Midwest Change Connect Conference Manager and Board of Directors – Director of Events
ACMP Chicagoland Leadership Responsibilities: Manage Chapter administration and operations under
ACMP Chicagoland Leadership Responsibilities:
Manage Chapter administration and operations under the guidance of the President
Exercise stewardship for all official Chapter records (By‐laws, policies, motions, plans, correspondence, attendance, etc.); ensures the Board acts in a timely manner for notices or activities required by governance documents, e.g. notices to members, required reviews of By‐laws, summary reports to ACMP Global, etc.)
Manage member requests for information in accordance with the By‐laws and local privacy requirements
Gwen is a skilled strategic communications and change management consultant to C-suite executives, business leaders and cross-functional project teams. A Prosci-certified change management professional, she draws upon an extensive background in enterprise transformation, communications and public relations to guide organizations and their stakeholders on the journey to innovation and growth. Gwen helps clients frame the right context for change in light of business goals, and connects the people side of change to desired results and outcomes of projects. Her client roster includes a diverse cross-section of local (Midwest), national and international organizations.
A member of ACMP Midwest since January of 2016, she was elected to the board in January of 2017. Gwen has served on the Midwest Connect planning committee and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year (2016) for her contributions to the chapter’s annual conference. The honor includes the opportunity to represent ACMP Midwest at ACMP Global 2017 in New Orleans. In her role as Director of Community Outreach, Gwen focuses on raising the business community’s awareness and understanding of the value of the practice of change management and on building strategic alliances that enable a mutual exchange of thought leadership across sectors and fields. Gwen is also active in her local community and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Chicago Southwest Community Center in Palos Park.
ACMP Midwest Leadership Responsibilities:
Establish alliances with other organizations with the objective of leveraging the service offerings of the chapter and the organizations with which the chapter establishes alliances to the mutual benefit of all.
Passionate Change Management Professional, who loves to learn and support
Director of Professional Development
Michelle has been a Change Management practitioner for 20 years – working for Ernst & Young, IBM Global Consulting Services, The Revere Group, NTT Data and (most recently) The CARA Group. She is passionate about Change Management and the role that it plays in enabling and sustaining business transformation within small to large companies. Recognizing that Change Management consists both of the science and the art, Michelle loves to network with and learn from fellow practitioners. She believes strongly in having a community of Change Management professionals, where we can share lessons learned, best practices, trends and leading edge practices. This will enable all of us to continue to build integrity for Change Management in an ever-changing, fast paced, global business market place.
As Director of Professional Development for the ACMP Midwest Chapter, Michelle is responsible for the continuing education and success of our ACMP members. She is very much interested in the opinions and views of our ACMP members in regards to the challenges that they are facing, lessons learned that they have experienced, new trends that they are seeing, etc. In effect, please feel free to reach out to her with professional development questions, concerns, topics, etc.
ACMP Chicagoland Leadership Responsibilities:
Lead and manage the Chapter Programs portfolio
Manage, train, delegate, and share information with portfolio committee volunteers to ensure a quality volunteer experience, smooth portfolio operation, and succession planning
Establish, publish, and maintain a 12 month rolling calendar of events covering key program streams, e.g. locally driven programs, programs tied to ACMP Global initiatives, third party based programs, etc.) guided by the annual survey outcomes
Co‐ordinate the search for speakers/presenters and oversee selections with due regard for fairness and balance and the objective to address membership needs and interests; manage speaker commitments prior to events;