Meet Our Team

As a part of the top Supply Chain education program in the country, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) strives to provide students with exceptional learning experiences and development opportunities beyond the classroom environment. This is accomplished through exposure to leading industry practices and business professionals, as well as an additional forum for student/faculty interaction. We appreciate your interest in SCMA and encourage you to get involved with any/all of our events! We are always looking for innovative ideas for our events, so please share your creativity with us if there is something you would like to see SCMA pursue!

Courtney Palkowski

President

palkows4@msu.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Palkowski and I could not be more honored to be the President of SCMA this year. I am a senior supply chain management major from Dexter, Michigan and this is my second year on the SCMA Executive board. My involvement in SCMA began as a general
member, then a Logistics Chair for the 2020 SCMA Career Fair, following as Career Fair Director for the 2021 SCMA Career Fair, and now I have the honor of being President.

This summer I am interning with A&R Logistics as a Market/Supply Chain intern where I am learning all about the logistics side of supply chain, including transportation, international trade, warehousing, intermodal, drayage and transloading, and how the chemical and plastic resin supply chains operate.

The summer of 2020 I interned with the State of Michigan Central Procurement Services working to help with the impact of COVID-19 on the state budget. I was tasked to conduct industry research and provide recommendations for reducing costs within key commodity and technological contracts as well as future contract negotiations. The internship allowed me to explore and gain knowledge into procurement within the public sector and at the state level.

Along with professional experience, I have a love of research and I have helped conduct research for two centers within the Broad College of Business. This summer I began as a student researcher for the Center for Railway Research and Education and am currently aiding in an academic research paper on the enablers and inhibitors of intermodal transport. I also worked for the International Business Center (IBC-CIBER) within the Michigan Export Growth Program as an international market research analyst for two years and then led the program during my third year. Outside of conducting research, I also help update globalEDGE, Michigan State’s very own international business website and have published international business blogs on the site as well.

Along with my position on the SCMA Executive board, I am the Michigan State University representative on the Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence (WISE) Connections Advisory Board a 2021 AWESOME Excellence in Education Scholarship recipient. I am very proud to represent the women in supply chain students at Michigan State and am excited to be working towards creating more opportunities and support for all of our students.

SCMA has provided me with countless opportunities as a young business professional, student, and leader. I am very thankful for being able to give back to this amazing organization, our members, and the supply chain management students at Michigan State University through my role as president. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or just need someone to chat with, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. I look forward to meeting you! GO GREEN!”

Katherine Fehrle

Vice President

Email: fehrleka@msu.edu

Hello! I am a Senior at MSU studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I have been able to Study Abroad in Costa Rica, learn deeply through the Honors College, and am a member of the Residential Business Community. I am also involved in other organizations on campus. I am a Peer Coach for the Russell Palmer Career Management Center and the Vice President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council. This is my second year on SCMA’s Executive Board and I am beyond excited to help work on the amazing things we do in this club. In my Vice President role I coordinate General Membership Meetings and Pre-Career Fair Mixers.

This summer I worked virtually at Medtronic, a Medical Device Company working on Direct Commodity Analytics. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the Procurement side of Supply Chain Management. SCMA has been a crucial part of my life at MSU because it has connected me to so many people who have become mentors and friends as well has helped me to decide on what major to pursue. I have gained an extensive network from my involvement as the SCMA photography chair and Director of Public Relations, going to GMM’s, SCMA Career Fair, and the fall trip. SCMA has helped me to look at the vast roles within Supply Chain Management and increase my knowledge of the field. Feel free to reach out to me at any time!

I can’t wait to see you all this school year!

Vanesa Selimagic

Chief Financial Officer

Email: selimag1@msu.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Vanesa Selimagic and I’m this year's CFO. I am a junior working towards a major in Supply Chain Management and minor in Environmental and Sustainability. This will be my second year on the executive board and I could not be more excited!

SCMA has provided me with so many opportunities and my passion for it continues growing. I am so grateful I was able to get involved so early, the amazing people and opportunities it has provided me with really helped me navigate my freshman year. I was able to make friends, memories, and gain learning experiences that I will never forget. I will work diligently to make sure you all are presented with the same resources I was from SCMA!

Jacob Levack

Treasurer

Email: levackja@msu.edu

Hello all! I'm Jacob Levack and I'm a junior in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management. I'm serving for my first year on the E-Board as the Treasurer, which is an exciting role to have regarding the contributions and duties with the organization. Some of the things I do in my role may include handling transactions related to SCMA, helping to organize our yearly budgets, assisting other E-Board members with planning events, and tracking our finances throughout the year.

In early 2020, I worked as a Purchasing Intern at Fastenal Company, a leading supplier in construction parts and fasteners. For the summer of 2021, I interned with Great Lakes Packing Co., a fresh cherry packer in Kewadin, MI, where I worked as a Logistics Assistant. There are not too many places better then Northern Michigan during the summer months. I'm very thankful to have interned for both of those companies and if you're interested in either company, do not hesitate to come talk to me about my experience.

For the 2019 to 2020, I was one of the most involved members in SCMA and I can say that most of the Supply Chain Management knowledge I have thus far has been a result of my involvement and participation with the organization. We've gone on some fantastic trips and heard from some great companies in the past and I know that is something that won't change.

For this coming year, I am extremely excited to get back to in-person classes and events (as I assume many of you are as well). Our GMMs are always the highlight of the week for me because it's such a great opportunity to engage with other SCM students and professionals. The trips that we go on have been planned out so well in the past and our upcoming trips will be nothing short of the same. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone once the school year kicks off! Don't hesitate to come chat with me or any of the other E-Board members about anything SCM or not. Cheers!

Peter Estefan

Director of Operations

Email: estefanp@msu.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Peter Estefan, and I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Supply Chain Management. I am so excited to be serving as the SCMA Director of Operations this year. Some of the focuses of my position are coordinating fun and valuable corporate trips for involved members to grow their network and see supply chain in the workplace. This will be my first year on E-Board, and I couldn’t be more excited! This summer of 2021, I am interning at Rockwell Automation through their Milwaukee, WI headquarters, focusing on their industry tech products on one of their sourcing teams.

SCMA allowed me last year to affirm my focus and passion for supply chain even in the virtual format due to the pandemic. Being able to meet like-minded individuals who are driven to learn more about supply chain, but also have fun doing so, has allowed me to find focus on my future career and make great friends and experiences in the process. With that being said, I am even more excited for the in-person events this year where we will be able to learn more about supply chain and take part in valuable networking. I highly recommend joining SCMA for great, second to none professional, educational, and social experiences. If you have any questions on MSU, SCMA, Supply Chain, classes, or anything else, please reach out; I’d love to speak with you! Go Green!

Nevil Thomas

Career Fair Director

Email: thom1802@msu.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Nevil Thomas and I am a Junior studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Information Technology. I serve as the Career Fair Director along with my colleague Adam Tucek. My responsibilities in this role are to plan and coordinate the annual SCMA career fair in 2022.
During this summer and the summer of last year, I interned at Abbott Laboratories in various capacities as an Operations intern. In my first internship, I learned various demand planning tasks and responsibilities which had allowed me to create a manual so various people in the department would be able to utilize it for greater efficiency. Additionally, during my first internship, I had worked on inventory management so we could optimize our inventory to only keep the most valuable inventory on hand. This first internship in the middle of COVID-19 played a large impact in how I view supply chain today. This summer, I work on optimizing how we manage past data to have a sustainable archiving process throughout our manufacturing facilities.
My time throughout SCMA these past two years have been extremely valuable since it has provided me opportunities that I would not have been able to access. My involvement has allowed me to obtain my first internship and network with many companies to learn more about industry-changing philosophies. I encourage everyone to come and join a meeting if Supply Chain interests you.
If you have any questions or would just like to chat, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to answer any questions and get to know you. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Adam Tucek

Career Fair Director

Email: tucekada@msu.edu

Hey guys! My name is Adam Tucek, and I am a Junior this year working as one of the career fair directors. I am working towards a major in finance, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. After graduating from Michigan State, I hope to get into law school, where I would move on to study corporate law.

The SCMA career fair is one of the most important events we host during the semester, so it is incredibly important that my partner and I create the most enjoyable experience for students and recruiters. We have some great career fairs to follow up on, so the pressure is on!

My involvement with SCMA has introduced me to some incredibly hard-working and amazing people. Every event and gathering that SCMA hosts are sure to enhance your knowledge of the supply chain. I also created some outstanding bonds with people that I am sure I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life. As an international student, SCMA has provided me with a home in a larger community. Michigan State can be overwhelming sometimes, so it is important to find groups inside the community that you fit in.

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions regarding the career fair or anything else for that matter. I want to meet as many new people as possible, and I’m sure we could have some interesting conversations.

Max Kolkema

Director of Internal Relations

kolkemam@msu.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Max and I am the Director of Internal Relations for the 2021-2022 school year. I'm a Senior majoring in Supply Chain Management with a minor in IT. If you have any questions about membership please feel free to reach out!

My passion for supply chain management stems from the realization that I could use a systems design approach to create a meaningful impact. As a certified buyer at Plato's Closet, my position involved analyzing the inventory turnover rates of men's apparel based on styles, brands, and prices to decide monthly purchasing decisions. My success in this role encouraged me to become a founding member in Piece-wear Garments; a sustainable streetwear startup. As Piece-wear's Head of Procurement and Sourcing, I plan purchases of material for our made-to-order manufacturing and access the cost-benefits of different suppliers. My first internship was as a Purchasing intern at Ford where utilized my IT background to construct a VBA Excelwork book to automate late supplier onboard agreements. This Summer I'll be working at General Mills to Source propane for indirect purchasing.

While all of these roles have refined my skills in analysis, project planning, and communication, I am continuously looking to improve. I look forward to getting to know all of you through our GMM and events! (GO GREEN!!)

Trevor Massey

Director of External Relations

Email: masseyt3@msu.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Trevor Massey and I am a senior in Eli Broad studying Supply Chain Management. Going into my junior year, I changed majors from Marketing to Supply Chain Management and have not looked back since. I am extremely excited to join the SCMA Executive Board this year as your Director of External Relations. I will be responsible for planning community-engaged events and case competitions to allow our members to actively engage with their community through value-added experiences.

This past summer I interned with Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies company, who is a leader in the manufacturing and design of military and commercial airplane engines. I worked in the Global Supply Chain Department and focused on strategic sourcing within the raw materials commodity. I had the experience to work first-hand with the negotiation and execution of many long-term contracts with suppliers. This allowed me to learn a lot about supplier relations, spending analysis, and the competitive bidding process at a high level. It was very exciting to have the chance to work in a department that has a major impact on the bottom line of the company’s financials. I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me whether with Pratt & Whitney or another company.

The 2020/21 school year was my first year involved with SCMA, and although it was a very different year in all aspects, I was so thankful to be in an organization that persevered through the hardships to provide its members with the best experience possible. This organization is open-minded, driven, and full of amazing individuals which is what has made it successful in many ways. This year, I hope to continue the strong tradition of SCMA and provide you with many fun events for you to make an impact outside of the classroom, while preparing you for the future. My best advice for anybody considering SCMA is to simply show up and let us show you what we can do for you. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to reach out to me anytime and I would be happy to talk. I am so excited for this year and can’t wait to see everybody in person!

Ashley Yearwood

Director of Public Relations

Email: yearwoo5@msu.edu

Hi, my name is Ashley Yearwood and I am a junior in the Honors College studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Information Technology. As the Director of Public Relations for the 2021-2022 academic year, I could not be more excited to represent this amazing group of individuals.

Currently, I am working at Martinrea International, Inc. in Auburn Hills, MI as a Supply Chain Co-Op/Intern. This experience has taught me a lot about the field and how to interact with others to create meaningful relationships. I have learned that the Supply Chain industry is full of opportunity and diversity, and I look forward to what is to come not only at Martinrea, but in the industry as a whole.

Additionally, I am working with the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State as a Marketing Intern managing their social media accounts and marketing activities. This role is directly related to my position on the Executive Board, as I can learn from both roles to improve my communications with the public.

Throughout the school year, my primary role will be to plan social events, keep members informed through the weekly newsletter, showcase club spirit by creating an apparel catalog, and communicate through various social media platforms. My role as Marketing Chair in SCMA last year has prepared me to take on the challenge of Director of Public Relations- I can’t wait! SCMA is a fantastic organization to grow professionally, academically, and personally; I would encourage anyone interested in Supply Chain Management to join SCMA. If you have any public relations inquires or questions, please contact me at yearwoo5@msu.edu. Looking forward to a great year!

Kelly Lynch

Director of Corporate & Student Relations

Email: lynchk10@broad.msu.edu

Kelly M. Lynch is the director of the Corporate and Student Relations Office (CSRO) with the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Lynch’s primary responsibility is to connect undergraduate students and employers. The CSRO partners with approximately 200 employers to help them enhance their message and visibility to students, faculty and staff. Kelly works with students to better prepare themselves for job opportunities that include co-ops, internships and full-time positions. Prior to coming to MSU in 2018, he spent over 28 years at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility and authority. Mr. Lynch’s last position at FCA was as the director of purchasing and supplier quality operations and integration, where he was responsible for integrating the global processes and systems used by FCA for the procurement of parts, capital expenditures and services. He retired from FCA in August 2017. Mr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from MSU in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in materials and logistics management from MSU in 1986.