Who We Are
Our community knows that a professionally-managed business can raise the quality of life for business owners, employees, their families, communities, and the entire nation.
“To me, there’s no higher calling than taking your capital and putting it at risk to create jobs. What greater thing could you do for mankind?”
Clay Mathile, Aileron Founder
If you believe what our community believes, you came to the right spot.
Community and comradery
Being a “we” organization
Progress over perfection
A Collaborative Community
Aileron is a community of people that have been where you are, felt what you’re feeling, and asked similar questions you’re wrestling with today. Yet, we don’t assume to know exactly how you’re feeling or what you’re thinking. Instead, we listen, ask clarifying questions, and suspend judgement. There’s a reason you have certain thoughts, emotions, and actions. Our community helps you clarify those reasons and tackle them.
Our team is committed to helping you reach your goals.
- Erika AlessandriniFacilitator and Leadership CoachErika AlessandriniFacilitator and Leadership Coach
Erika lights up when she sees people step into the next best version of themselves. She’s energized by all things business, random acts of kindness, and people who pay it forward. Equally candid and compassionate with a strong, genuine curiosity, Erika has been referred to as a “modern day renaissance woman” because of her pioneering spirit and eclectic interests.
Erika joined the Aileron community in 2019 to surround herself with like-minded leaders who share a passion for calling people, businesses, and organizations to be the best versions of themselves. Prior to Aileron, Erika spent 23 years in the automotive aftermarket and participated in four post-acquisition integrations at the executive level. Through those experiences, Erika learned why most leaders fall short, give up, or burn out. She went on to start her own coaching business in 2015.
You can find Erika in her home with her husband and kids, entertaining family and friends, and finding any excuse to gather a group for a shared meal. Carrying on her mother’s tradition, there is always a seat at her family’s table.
- Lindsey BahrDirector of Finance & AdministrationLindsey BahrDirector of Finance & Administration
Lindsey joined Aileron in 2018, ready to use her skills and passion to support Aileron’s mission of helping private businesses all over the country thrive through professional management. Raised by small business owners, Lindsey is no stranger to the special joy, pain, and reward of running your own business. And it’s this unique perspective and understanding that made her so eager and equipped to join the Aileron team.
As Director of Finance & Administration, Lindsey is responsible for accounting and finance functions while also managing tax and regulatory compliance. She’s well-equipped to do so, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance, an MBA with accounting concentration, and a CPA license.
When out of the office, she enjoys attending sporting events with her husband and daughter, especially University of Dayton basketball games. She also loves spending time with family and friends and exploring her community through local events and restaurants.
- Marjorie Blanchard, Ph.D.Board of TrusteesMarjorie Blanchard, Ph.D.Board of Trustees
Dr. Blanchard has earned a reputation worldwide as a compelling motivational speaker, an accomplished management consultant and trainer, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur. She was the co-recipient with her husband, Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Cornell University.
Coauthor of The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance, and Leading at a Higher Level, Dr. Blanchard is well-versed in a variety of topics and often speaks on leadership, balance, managing change, aging parents, and life planning. As cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, she works diligently with Ken, developing the company into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in the world. Dr. Blanchard served as president of the company from 1987–1997, leading its rapid growth and success.
Marjorie now heads the firm’s unique Office of the Future—a think tank charged with shaping the future of both the training industry and the company.
Dr. Blanchard received her bachelor and master degrees from Cornell University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- Bryan BueltelBusiness AdvisorBryan BueltelBusiness Advisor
Bryan believes that small businesses are the foundation of our economy and have a high impact on people’s lives and the local community. He’s excited about his work with Aileron because he loves building businesses and helping people grow.
Bryan joined the Aileron community as a client in 2009, and finds joy in giving back and continuing to learn now as a business advisor.
Bryan is entrepreneurial, strategic, and team oriented. He feels energized when the team wins, whether it’s a new opportunity, successful launch, or going live with a project that the team worked hard on.
Prior to Aileron, Bryan worked at Deloitte Consulting, where he helped health care companies work on strategy, information technology solutions, and improving operations. After Deloitte, he joined Columbia Engineered Rubber, where he became a partner in the business and over time, purchased half of the company. His brother and business partner acquired the other half, and together they sold the company in 2014.
You can find Bryan spending time with his wife, Robyn, and their two sons, Jake and Carter. They stay busy with school activities and sports. Bryan enjoys exercise, playing cards, racquet sports, and managing investments in stock and real estate.
- Tony CollinsBusiness Advisor and FacilitatorTony CollinsBusiness Advisor and Facilitator
Over the last 25 years, Tony has started, turned-around or helped grow over five different small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries.
At the age of 26, Tony founded a non-regulated energy service subsidiary of DPL, Inc. that he quickly led to profitably during its first year of operations. Having led on one subsidiary to profitability, Tony was tapped by DPL Inc.’s CEO to lead the turnaround of a technology subsidiary where he executed a new strategy that resulted in a 200% increase in sales and the subsidiary’s first profit. Tony left DPL Inc. after a 15-year career to help grow an early and pioneering internet start-up.
Prior to startingTurningPoint Strategy over 10 years ago, Tony was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Product Development for Cadence Network, a web-based cost management company that attracted $14 Million in venture funding. Tony was the architect behind the strategy that shifted Cadence Network into high-growth attracting such marquee clients as The Limited, Footlocker, Blockbuster Video, and AT&T Wireless. Forbes Magazine selected Cadence as Best of The Web B2B due in a large part to Tony’s strategy innovation and leadership.
At TurningPoint Strategy, Tony is an expert in growth strategy development, planning, execution and strategic marketing. Tony has authored a series of small business strategy workshops and presentations that he has delivered throughout the U.S. He also authors a blog called Big Strategy for Small Business. Tony is often called upon by business leaders for advice and input how and where to strategically grow their business.
Tony received his BS in Marketing from WSU, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton. Tony serves or has served on several non-profit and for-profit boards in his community.
Tony is an avid runner, competitive tennis player and chef wannabe that lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Janet and his daughters Lindsey and Maddie.
- Lois ElrichFacilitator and Leadership CoachLois ElrichFacilitator and Leadership Coach
Lois came to Aileron hoping to learn to run her business, Solid Blend, the right way. Captivated by Aileron’s focus on corporate culture and leadership development, Lois is now a facilitator and leadership coach for Aileron’s Becoming a More Conscious Leader program.
As a leadership coach, Lois helps clients overcome obstacles that get in the way of growth. Lois has a knack for asking the right questions to get to the heart of issues. Around the office, she’s known for being a thoughtful listener and approaching each day with energy and kindness. She has a heart for people and is happiest spending time with her husband Ken, three sons and their wives, and grandkids. Passionate about personal growth, Lois also enjoys reading and spending time at the gym.
Lois believes that every member of the team has a vital contribution in completing strategic initiatives. At Aileron, Lois lives out her passion to develop teams and professional culture centered around mutual values. You can connect with Lois on LinkedIn or by email.
- Joni FeddersPresident, Facilitator and Leadership CoachJoni FeddersPresident, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership and professional management bring. She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things.
After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning. The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest growing companies in the region. After selling this business, she and her husband just couldn’t stop and bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling.
In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time.
Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio). She obtained her MBA from Xavier University. As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull. Family time is a crucial priority for Joni and they enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle (don’t ask Joni to cook – she can’t), family events and vacations.
- Wes GipeBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership CoachWes GipeBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
Wes Gipe works with business owners and their teams as a trusted facilitator, business advisor and coach. Known for his enthusiasm and high-energy approach, Wes’s willingness to boldly approach tough issues and go the extra mile have gained him loyal clients who look to him for help with strategic planning, leadership and culture development, and conflict resolution.
Wes started his journey as an Aileron client in 2008. After applying Aileron’s Professional Management principles to build a self-managing company, he now spends much of his time helping other organizations—big and small—build a strategy that endures. Through this work, he has logged over 9,000 coaching hours with more than 500 individuals throughout North America and Europe. His work has been featured in Forbes as well as other national media outlets. Wes resides in Miami County, OH with his wife and three rambunctious boys.
- Sarah HallumSenior AccountantSarah HallumSenior Accountant
As Aileron’s Senior Accountant, Sarah Hallum, CPA, CMA, evolves our accounting systems and processes, manages our budgets and forecasts, and prepares financial reporting. She has an extensive background in accounting, and has worked in both in-house and outsourced capacities to ensure financial compliance at small and large businesses alike.
Sarah is an organization guru who gets joy from turning disorganized processes into streamlined systems. She’s a creative problem solver who thrives when finding solutions to challenging accounting issues. And she’s a positive team player with a contagious smile and persevering optimism.
When she’s not knee-deep in spreadsheets, Sarah is at home baking sweet treats with her husband and two children, spending time outdoors, or listening to a personal development audiobook.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“Normally it’s frowned upon for accountants to be creative, but I’ve always been driven to find new and better ways to do things. I’m always striving to fight limiting beliefs and stereotypes that hinder the impact I can make—which is part of the reason I was so drawn to Aileron’s progressive culture.”
What are the values that drive you?
“I value perspective and always aim to see all sides of a situation. I value structure and processes, but tend to push against unnecessary boundaries that prevent progress. And I value transparency—I would be the world’s worst professional poker player.
“The Aileron team reminds me every day that teamwork and collaboration really do change the world. We come together, leave behind any ego or pretense, and strive to empower leaders to improve their businesses, which changes communities, and in turn the entire nation. I love that I leave work feeling like I did that every day.”
- Lito HernandezMaintenance SpecialistLito HernandezMaintenance Specialist
Have you ever been here when it snowed and you went out to your car and it was cleaned off? As our resident Maintenance Specialist, Joselito (Lito) Hernandez is responsible for the maintenance indoors and outdoors. And he always goes that extra mile for staff and clients. He manages vendors and contractors in providing service to the campus, in addition to assisting the Facility Manager in managing the daily operations of the campus.
But that’s not all and you may want to reconsider if you have any sinister plans for Aileron. Lito retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. He was an infantryman and held key leadership positions from Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant to Platoon Commander. He has led combat ready Marines in the state of Bahrain and his platoon was part of the security force of Naval Support Activity Bahrain, which is headquarters of the Fifth Fleet. His platoon was responsible for protecting 3,500 American lives and property on a daily basis. A squad of his Marines played a vital role in the security, safety and recovery of the USS Cole in Yemen after it was attacked. Lito has extensive training and experience in physical security, force protection, tactical response, counter-espionage and anti-terrorism methods and responses. Now you know why when anything happens on campus we all run behind him.
Lito has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Science from Sinclair Community College, a certification in “Building Operators Course (B.O.C.): Level I” and is a Certified Pool / Spa Operator. He is devoted to his 4 gorgeous children and 1 grandson.
- Megan HershbergerAssistant Brand ManagerMegan HershbergerAssistant Brand Manager
Megan has always been passionate about connecting with individuals and finding solutions to their needs. Her natural curiosity and desire to help others brought her to Aileron as an Assistant Brand Manager. She is thrilled to be a part of a team that is dedicated to continuous improvement and the success of our community members.
As part of the Research and Development team, Megan is responsible for managing project plans, supporting our products and services, and conducting research. She is most excited to collaborate with her coworkers as Aileron continues to evolve alongside our community.
Megan is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, with minors in Marketing and Business. She is a proud Bobcat and loves any excuse to talk about Athens! On a typical Saturday you can find her walking with her dog, tackling a home project, grilling outside with her husband, or planning her next adventure with friends!
- Chuck HugginsChief Operating Officer, Facilitator and Leadership CoachChuck HugginsChief Operating Officer, Facilitator and Leadership CoachAs Aileron’s Chief Operating Officer, Chuck’s passion for helping business owners is palpable. He loves finding ways to help Business Owners drive professional management throughout their entire organization. He strives to make it a real, practical living system that not only helps the business owner but their employees as well. Chuck and his team are always improving our processes. From helping clients create a board of advisors to offering one on one Business Advisor support and coaching – they are constantly looking at ways to improve the process to help you professionally manage your company.Stop by Chuck’s office and tell him how professional management has improved your life – he’ll sit and listen to you all day. Then he’ll give all the credit to his team. And, if you’re not careful, he may encourage you to tell others your story and help another business owner because he’s also in charge of our Contributors – those awesome folks who share their time, talents and treasures with Aileron.Since selling his HVAC business, Chuck has focused on Aileron’s mission of unleashing the potential of private businesses. One way he’s done this is by spending hundreds of hours learning to become a Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Now Chuck enjoys coaching others to unleash their own personal potential as well.If he’s not in his office, then he’s probably fishing, so check the pond. If he’s not there, then he’s with his wife and kids either running a marathon, or attending one of their many sporting events.
- Tami JonesFacility ManagerTami JonesFacility Manager
As the Facility Manager, Tami’s primary focus is to maintain the campus to the highest standard possible. Tami manages the maintenance, improvements, safety, security, catering, and daily operations of the physical space and site of Aileron to ensure the campus provides an enjoyable experience for all. She is the champion of the campus recycling program and of every living creature that walks, struts, flies, slithers or trots on the property. A lot of Tami’s work is performed behind the scenes so you may not see her, but be assured the pristine appearance of the campus is a direct result of her efforts.
If Tami is not zip lining with her husband Jody and their two sons, then they are out motorcycling, four wheeling, sledding, swimming, canoeing, walking their adorable pit bull Laya or playing with their two grandchildren. If it’s outside, she’s all about it.
Tami comes to us from KTH Parts Industries where she worked in an automotive manufacturing environment. Prior to KTH, she spent 20 years at W.B. Marvin Manufacturing honing her keen mechanical mind.
- Todd KelchnerBoard of TrusteesTodd KelchnerBoard of Trustees
Todd Kelchner retired in 2017 as the CEO of Kelchner Incorporated, headquartered in Springboro, Ohio. Kelchner is an industry leader in heavy and civil construction and, under Todd’s leadership, has grown to be one of the top 20 excavation firms in the country.
Todd started full time with Kelchner after college in 1976 as an estimator, advancing to President in 1982 and CEO in 2006. Since taking control of Kelchner, and with the help of Aileron, Todd grew the organization from $500,000 in annual sales to over $110,000,000 as of 2015. He proactively entered the Eastern Ohio oil and gas market in 2011, establishing Kelchner as an oil and gas industry leader. Todd accomplished this while also continuing to grow Kelchner’s traditional site preparation services.
Todd sold the Excavation business in 2015 to a worldwide public company from Aberdeen, Scotland called Wood Group. Todd has previously served on the boards of Skilled Trades, Inc., the Eagles Forum, Wolf Creek Company, The Ohio Public Works Commission as chair and the Associated Builders and Contractors where he also served as chair.
Todd currently serves on the boards of Aileron, the Duncan Oil Company, Mosby Building Arts, and Turner Property management. He is also active in two non-profits in downtown Dayton as Board Chair of the Life Enrichment Center and board member for The Gospel Mission.
- Jack LohbeckBusiness AdvisorJack LohbeckBusiness AdvisorJack Lohbeck began serving on an advisory board for an Aileron client in 2002. Since that time, he has served on four additional boards in that capacity. In 2011, Jack began facilitating several of Aileron’s programs including Becoming an Effective Board Member as well as Interpreting Your Financial Results. In 2014, he expanded his involvement by becoming a Business Advisor assisting business owners and presidents intent on implementing professional management within their organizations.Since 2005, in his role as a senior business consultant for Battelle Rippe Kingston LLP, a firm based in Dayton, Ohio, Jack has been assisting companies and organizations engage in corporate planning, with a focus on prioritizing issues and strategies. He also provides expert guidance on financial and operational matters; drawing on 27 years of corporate experience with both privately held and publicly traded companies. Jack has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the eastern region of Utility Services Inc. USI is a wholly owned subsidiary of MDU Resources Inc., a diversified energy company. Prior to this position, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Wagner Group of Companies in Dayton Ohio. Wagner Smith was a privately held company founded in Dayton in 1917. The Wagner Group of Companies engaged in electrical and mechanical construction as well as equipment manufacturing and leasing. During the 1990’s, revenue from operations grew from $18 million to over $100 million in 2000. On July 2nd of that year, MDU Resources, a publicly traded company, acquired Wagner-Smith and related Companies.Jack is active in the community as past president of The Rotary Club of Dayton, board member of Rebuilding Together Dayton, and a board member of The Miami Valley Hospital as well as Premier Health. He has been an instructor in accounting at Sinclair Community College and has also served as an adjunct professor at the University Of Dayton School Of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
- Nicole LoySenior Client Engagement CoordinatorNicole LoySenior Client Engagement Coordinator
As Aileron’s Senior Client Engagement Coordinator, Nicole Loy champions the client experience and uses creativity, collaboration, and a systems approach to improve how we interact with and support our community members. Nicole has a passion for helping communities and businesses thrive; previous to Aileron, she served as Executive Director of Troy Main Street, an organization providing economic support to help revitalize the city’s small business core.
Nicole is a natural team player; no matter her role, she’s driven to bring a group together to leverage the power of multiple perspectives. She’s humble and hardworking, and is unafraid to say she doesn’t know the answer to a question but quick to offer help in finding one. And she’s optimistic; Nicole believes having a positive attitude is the difference between average and high-performing teams.
Nicole lives in Piqua, Ohio where she owns a fitness studio that focuses on incorporating fun into the fitness experience. When she’s not at the office or teaching a workout class, you can find her exploring the outdoors while hiking or biking.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“I’m always working to improve my ability to foresee the needs of others rather than waiting for them to ask for help. I like to be able to take the onus on myself to say, “It looks like you could use some support with this. Can I help?”
What are the values that drive you?
“I value creating a sense of belonging and community. It’s important to me that people feel welcome in my presence, no matter where we are.”
“I love that we empower people to strive both professionally and personally. When we’re helping businesses succeed, our work is also impacting their families and personal lives. That’s not something you get to do at every job.”
- Nicole DalichauDirector of Research & DevelopmentNicole DalichauDirector of Research & Development
Nicole was blessed to start working at Aileron as an intern while finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Leadership at University of Dayton. Since then, she attended the Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations, became certified in Compression Planning and as an Internal Strategic Planning Process Owner.
Nicole’s fellow Aileron team members call her the “likeable geek”. Why? She loves to learn. As the Director of Research and Development, this unbridled curiosity helps her uncover new approaches and philosophies that push Aileron forward. Outside of the office, Nicole’s passion for learning pushes her to read books, listen to podcasts, and digest all the helpful insights she can. From a “non-geeky” perspective, she enjoys a good run, yoga, fitness classes, ballroom dancing (particularly cha-cha or waltz), watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, trying new places to eat in the Dayton area, and checking items off her dream list.
Working at Aileron frees Nicole to live her personal mission each day: to create places and context for people to do their best thinking.
- Clay MathileFounder and Chairman, Board of TrusteesClay MathileFounder and Chairman, Board of Trustees
Clay’s success story began in 1970 when he became the seventh employee of The Iams Company. By 1982 the owner, animal nutritionist, Paul Iams was ready to retire. He convinced Clay, and his wife, Mary, to raise enough capital to buy his company. As new owners, the Mathiles faced a myriad of small business challenges, but thanks to dedicated employees, loyal customers, and Clay’s innovative leadership, Iams became a world leader in dog and cat nutrition in less than a decade. In 1999, the Mathile family sold Iams to international conglomerate Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion. Today, Clay attributes his commitment to professional management principles as a key reason for the phenomenal growth of Iams.
Dedicated to inspiring others to be lifelong learners, Clay is the author of two books: Run Your Business, Don’t Let it Run You, and his autobiography, Dream No Little Dreams. Clay remains active in several business ventures. To manage and grow the family’s wealth, Clay and Mary established CYMI Holdings, a Family Office based in Dayton. Clay maintains that his most-important roles are as husband, father of five, and grandfather of 15. Life as a family man has led to yet another dream and vision for the future: “A Family United Forever.”
- Mike MathileBoard of TrusteesMike MathileBoard of Trustees
Mike Mathile is a family business executive and private investor with experience in strategic positioning and family asset management. As Chairman of CYMI Holdings, Mike provides strategic leadership and management acumen to the Mathile Family’s business entities.
Mike holds Board of Director positions and advisory board seats in a number of portfolio companies including: CSAFE Global and MyScript.
Prior to the positions listed above, Mike was the President and Chief Executive Officer at CSafe Global, formerly known as AcuTemp Thermal Systems, a Dayton-based, world-leader in energy efficient cold chain technology solutions. He is also Chairman of MyScript, the world’s most advanced technology for handwriting recognition and digital ink management.
Mike holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University.
He currently serves on various for and non-profit boards, as well as the Advisory Council for the Institute for Church Life-Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his business career, Mike played professional baseball with the Montreal Expo and Cincinnati Reds.
Mike and his wife reside in the Dayton Region and have four children.
- Timothy MathileBoard of TrusteesTimothy MathileBoard of Trustees
Tim serves as Co-Chair and President of the Mathile Family Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to these positions, he has started or assisted in the start-up of multiple ventures and now holds equity positions in a number of other entities.
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1987 and an MBA from Xavier University in 1991, Tim and his wife, Peg, purchased Franklin Brazing & Metal Treating, which provides brazing and annealing services to the automotive, appliance, lawn and garden, and power-generation industries. In 2008, he founded Coblynau Partners, a private equity company whose mission is to assist business owners in pursuing their dreams. He has retired from both of these endeavors.
Tim is the Chair of the Mathile Family’s Governance Committee. He has been active on both for-profit and non-profit boards. He actively serves as a Trustee on the board of Aileron, The Mathile Family Foundation, Summit Country Day School and the Franciscan Media Advisory Board. Previously, he has been a Trustee/Director for the Mathile Family Office, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cincinnati Zoo Foundation, Cincinnati Art Museum, Summit Country Day School, Life Success Seminars, St. Anne’s Convent Development Board, and ONU Engineering Advisory Board. He is also an alumni of Leadership Cincinnati – Class XXV.
Tim has been married to Peg Mathile for over 25 years and is the proud father of two incredible daughters. He enjoys traveling with his family, attending his daughters’ activities, and learning about anything new. His lifetime ambition is to do the most with the blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon him.
- Rachel MarkleyClient Engagement TeamRachel MarkleyClient Engagement Team
As a member of Aileron’s Client Engagement Team, Rachel taps into Aileron’s mission of enriching people’s lives by improving the client experience, both digitally and on campus. She brings to her role a background in strategic communications and small business marketing.
Rachel is naturally curious; she loves to ask questions that expose self-limiting beliefs to explore what’s possible. She’s a big-picture thinker, and enjoys connecting seemingly disparate systems and people to understand the interconnectedness of processes and organizations. And she’s a continuous learner, always on the hunt for the next-best version of a project, a product, and herself.
Rachel lives with her high school sweetheart and husband, and their French bulldog, Alfie. On the weekends, you can find them working on a project around the house or zooming around Ohio on their Harley Davidson motorcycle.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“I’m always trying to hone my natural instinct to be curious and kind rather than make a judgement. I try to ask questions to understand other perspectives and use listening as a curiority tool, not just asking the question but really listening to the response.”
What are the values that drive you?
“In a class here, I learned the balance between independence and interdependence. I value being independent but also value being on a team and having a place to belong. I also have very high value for responsibility and achievement – I love to feel that I accomplished something and accomplished it well.”
“It’s so energizing to see firsthand how the things we’re teaching actually enrich people’s lives. Whether it’s our team or our community members, we live our vision of improving lives every day.”
- Krista PowellBrand Manager and Leadership CoachKrista PowellBrand Manager and Leadership Coach
As the daughter and granddaughter of entrepreneurs, Krista is no stranger to the challenges small business owners face. Given her background, she is passionate about professional management and believes it has the power to raise the quality of life for business owners, their families, their organizations, and whole communities.
In fact, Krista believes in private businesses so strongly, that she recently co-founded a marketing and design company with her husband.
In her role as Brand Manager, Krista is responsible for the oversight, development, marketing, and continual improvement of Aileron brands, products and services. Krista’s natural curiosity leads her to be constantly learning. As a result, Krista has her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, an MBA, and she’s a Certified Professional Coach. Krista’s highest calling, sparked by being a former Girl Scout and a Delta Zeta alumnae, is to leave the world better than she found it, by making a difference in the lives of those she touches.
Outside of Aileron, you can find Krista with her husband, Jon, and children, Jackson and Mackenzie. She loves spending time with family and friends, trying new things, traveling, being outside, decorating, and reading.
- Kristen RhoadsPeople Engagement ManagerKristen RhoadsPeople Engagement Manager
Kristen has always found her purpose in helping others discover the meaning behind what they do. Open-minded and creative, she joined Aileron to focus on people—and as the daughter of a small business owner, she has a soft spot for the community that Aileron serves.
Described by her coworkers as goofy, easygoing, and empathetic, Kristen can find common ground with everyone. As Aileron’s People Engagement Manager, Kristen devotes her days to developing relationships with Aileron’s many contributors—passionately seeking to understand their perspective, show them their value, and learn from their motivation. Kristen’s heart for people is also evident as she invests in her local Cincinnati community with friends, family, and her husband, Jason. She also loves hiking and traveling, especially to the west coast where her favorite destinations are Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Yosemite, and anywhere in Montana.
At Aileron, Kristen is enabled to pursue her passion for leadership development by focusing on the person behind the business. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or by email.
- Larry RiceFacility SpecialistLarry RiceFacility Specialist
It’s a privilege to work at Aileron as a Facility Specialist who is responsible for supporting day-to-day campus operations and sponsored events. I ensure the needs of staff and external clients are met through supporting the client’s needs and helping them to reach their goals.
- Jennifer RohrenMarketing CoordinatorJennifer RohrenMarketing Coordinator
Entrepreneurship runs deep in Jennifer’s family: three generations deep to be exact. As a result, she is naturally passionate and curious about fueling free enterprise. Working at Aileron feels like an extension of her life in and out of the office as she helps push forward the mission to unleash the potential of private businesses through professional management.
As the Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer enjoys spreading the word and getting the message out that Aileron can make a difference in the lives of small business owners and their respective employees. On any given day, you can find Jennifer helping her team study, plan, execute, and evaluate the marketing strategies that put Aileron in the best position possible.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing, with minors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Jennifer is happily married to the lucky Craig Rohren and keeps busy spoiling her young daughters whenever possible.
- Tony SchroederBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership CoachTony SchroederBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
As a Business Advisor, Facilitator, and Leadership Coach, Tony executes Aileron’s mission of improving the quality of life in America by teaching business leaders the advantages of incorporating clarity and simplicity into their businesses and lives. An entrepreneur himself, Tony gets is fulfilled by empowering people to practice professional management as a personal and business growth tool.
Tony loves simplicity and believes the most effective things happen when people have clarity and understanding. He’s an avid and enthusiastic planner; Tony believes having a plan prepares people for focused execution and allows people to make adjustments along the way. (He also maintains that planning a vacation is almost as enjoyable as going on one.) And he’s a storyteller and humor advocate; Tony believes people learn best when they’re having a good time, sharing personal experiences, and creating connections over shared stories.
When he’s not helping business leaders reach their goals, you can find Tony woodworking, spending time with his kids and grandkids, or biking around the world; he and his wife have biked for 30 days from Zürich, Switzerland to Budapest, Hungary.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“Spirituality – understanding why I exist, what my purpose is, and how I can live it. Answering the question: what am I here for?”
What are the values that drive you?
“Spirituality, personal growth, and relationships. Spirituality is about living my purpose in life. Personal growth is about continually growing and learning, and taking advantage of opportunities. Relationships is about nurturing relationships with my wife, my family, and other people.”
“It provides me an opportunity to live my values and purpose. I get personal growth here, I get to develop a lot of relationships, and I get to give back. That’s what I like about Aileron.”
- Stacy SheldonMarketing ManagerStacy SheldonMarketing Manager
Stacy finds joy in new insights that connect the dots between what’s possible, what’s desired, and how we can get there. Driven by “what’s next,” she enjoys connecting big-picture vision with details to make sense of complex situations. Those strengths, along with her contagious positive attitude, serve her well as Aileron’s Marketing Manager.
Stacy joined the Aileron community in 2006 when she participated in the Course for Managers and came back in 2014 for the Course for Presidents®. She continued her professional management journey with support from Aileron services like peer groups, business advising, and leadership coaching. In 2019, she joined Aileron as a team member. Prior, Stacy was co-founder and managing partner of a software company, Pomiet, and its innovation startup, Healthii.
You can find Stacy spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter and their two rescue dogs. If they’re not outside, you can find them in the barn giving treats and attention to their many animals.
- Phillip StollerBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership CoachPhillip StollerBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
Phillip Stoller is a business advisor, executive coach, entrepreneur, and innovator. Phillip is a professionally certified leadership coach, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. However, he has learned the most through his own entrepreneurial journey. Along the way, he founded Perma-Column and grew the company to an international force within the post-frame industry. In 2014 he had the opportunity to sell the company which is now owned by industry leader Morton Buildings. Since then, he has provided consultation to businesses through Accendo Consulting and has found an even deeper level of meaning and purpose in the work he has done atAileron advising and coaching leaders from over 150 businesses.
During his professional journey, experience has taught Phillip the importance of the “human-element” of business. He has found the impact of successfully navigating cultural and relational challenges to be as important in driving business results as some of the more technical work he has helped businesses work through.
As an avid reader that is passionate about learning, he is always working to find the latest research from Universities and Fortune 500 Companies. He takes great joy in adapting those findings into practical solutions capable of driving businesses of any size to greater success. His insights and empathetic approach to leadership have supported leaders in businesses in the US, Canada, and Europe in industries including Hospitality, Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Professional Trades, and Finance.
When Phillip isn’t working one-on-one with business leaders, he enjoys sharing his ideas on his website.
- Anne ThompsonBusiness Advisor and FacilitatorAnne ThompsonBusiness Advisor and Facilitator
As a Business Advisor at Aileron, Anne Thompson helps business leaders use a systems view to live their vision and purpose, and make the world around them better. Anne’s background is in organizational, leadership, and team development; previously she worked internally for companies of various sizes and competencies, and as a consultant advising her own client base.
Anne is endlessly curious; she uses the power of question to help people make sense of situations and uncover insights. She’s passionate about partnership, and driven to empower her clients to turn their hopes and dreams into realities. She has deep expertise in emotional and social intelligence, and sees the integration of the head and the heart as critical to developing the self, and in turn developing others.
In her free time, you can find Anne, her husband, and their son jet setting around the world to experience different cultures and cuisines, or enjoying a beer and OSU football game while stateside.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“I’m always striving to operate from a mindset of being ‘good enough.’ It’s counter-culture to feel that what I do doesn’t equate to the value I have as a person. To get there, I’m continually connecting to the intention of my heart and my desire to serve. That helps to minimize the ‘I’m not good enough’ narrative.”
What are the values that drive you?
“I’m driven by mastery and serving clients through evidence-based, practiced strategies. I thrive on collaboration and work to build reciprocal, respectful relationships. And I practice empathy. I embrace people where they’re at while also challenging them to stretch just a bit further outside of their comfort zone to help them see greater possibilities.”
“At Aileron, we consistently put into practice with each other what we offer to our clients. Aileron is its own learning lab for all the concepts we’re asking our business leaders to embrace. I love that about this organization.”
- Michaela Van ArsdaleClient Engagement TeamMichaela Van ArsdaleClient Engagement Team
Michaela believes that helping others to succeed is the greatest job you can ever have. With a true passion for the non-profit world and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University, it was no surprise that she found her way to Aileron.
As part of the Client Engagement Team, Michaela collaborates with different departments to anticipate and exceed the needs and expectations of Aileron’s community of members. Whether it’s preparing for a professional workshop or giving a tour of Aileron’s campus, Michaela goes above and beyond to represent Aileron’s mission while providing an exemplary experience to every individual and organization.
When she’s not at Aileron, you can find Michaela volunteering for her local church’s children ministry and playing mom to her three rescue puppies. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, Michaela loves to travel with her husband Brian to explore new places, activities, and anything involving food!
- Wendy VloedmanBusiness AdvisorWendy VloedmanBusiness AdvisorWendy Vloedman began working with Aileron in 2008 as a facilitator for the President’s Roundtable, which has evolved into the Course for President’s Peer Group. She continues to work with the Aileron team to build and develop the organization’s internal Human Resources systems and practices and to add great talent to the staff. She currently facilitates the Course for President’s Peer Group and the Course for Managers, and she serves on a number of boards for privately held companies in addition to providing Executive Coaching for individual clients.She began her 23-year career with The Iams Company as a Territory Sales Representative in 1984 when the company’s staff numbered just over 100, while sales were less than $50 million annually. During her tenure with Iams and later, with Procter & Gamble when The Iams Company was acquired, Wendy moved through roles of sales management, sales training, training & development leadership, and human resources. She served as the Director of Iams University, a prototype of sorts for what would eventually become Aileron, and in 2000 she became the Human Resources leader for P&G Pet Care, a $1.7 billion subsidiary of Procter and Gamble. In that role, Wendy played an active role on the leadership team and spearheaded the integration of the organization’s practices, policies, and culture after The Iams Company was acquired in 1999.Wendy brings to privately held business owners her passion and expertise for people development, organizational strategy and change, culture, and performance management. Her deep roots and hands-on, practical experience in the fundamentals of professional management give her a unique perspective in assisting presidents and owners who are committed to establishing stronger professional management processes in their own companies.Wendy achieved her BS degree from Western Illinois University and is a certified P&G Executive Coach. For fun, she likes to cook, ride her horse, read, and create fabric art.
- Sara WiggershausClient Services ManagerSara WiggershausClient Services Manager
Growing up as the daughter of a small business owner, Sara has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and business development. From her time working in the corporate sector as well as having experience in small business ownership, she brings a unique skill set with her to Aileron. Sara has a desire to help others learn and implement professional management within their organization so that their business, employees and customers can reach their full potential.
This passion carries over into her work as Client Services Manager for Aileron. In this role, Sara is responsible for leading a team in the delivery of our products and services with special attention to the current and future needs of Aileron’s clients. Her goal is always to create a memorable experience for those who Aileron serves.
A Cincinnati native, Sara is a graduate of Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Entrepreneurship. When not at Aileron she can be found cheering on her 3 active girls at their sporting events. On the rare weekend her family is not involved in sports you will probably find Sara, her husband Adam and their girls making memories at the lake.