meet our amazing CTG Advisory Board!
Michelle T. Kerr, President & Founder of Lightwell Inc.
As president of Lightwell Inc. – a leading Dublin, Ohio-based Information Technology firm that serves clients across the North America and Europe-Michelle leads the daily business operations in addition to developing and overseeing the company’s growth initiatives. Since founding Lightwell in 1998, she has been responsible for all aspects of the business at one time or another. Furthermore, leveraging over 20 years of IT consulting and management experience, she has assisted hundreds of Fortune 2000 organizations in developing and executing their global IT strategies.
Lightwell currently has more than 200 team members, with offices in Dublin, Ohio, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Fareham, England. Lightwell has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies for 8 years, including 2017. Lightwell is also consistently ranked in the Top 10 Central Ohio Women-Owned businesses. Before founding Lightwell, Michelle spent several years of her career working in global financial operations for Procter & Gamble. She holds a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Miami University.
Michelle is a member of the Womens’ Presidents Organization, Young Presidents’ Organization and supports multiple organizations that specifically focus on the advancement of females and female entrepreneurs, including Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), the Women’s Fund, and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Michelle has been recognized as one of the “Forty Under Forty” leaders to watch by Columbus Business First and a Smart Business Magazine 2017 Smart 50 honoree. In the past, Michelle has been honored with the CVS Caremark Good Samaritan Award for Community Service, as a WELD “Woman You Should Know,” and a NAWBO Visionary Award winner. She’s been honored by the Small Business Association with the Small Business Person of the Year Award in Washington D.C. for the five-state Great Lakes region.
Michelle believes that each of us has a social, cultural, ethical responsibility to the communities in with we live and work and is very active in her community.
Susan D. Rector, Partner Peterson Conners LLP in Columbus, Ohio
She is an active participant in the nonprofit community and with organizations of women business owners. She serves on the board of Rev1 Ventures, a venture development organization. Susan is engaged in the local angel investment community as a member of TechAngel Funds and a founding member of X Squared Angels where she serves on the Executive Committee and as Membership Chair. She serves on the boards of the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Zoo and The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Susan is a member of Women Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board and as Secretary/Treasurer of its national foundation. She serves on the boards of a national bank holding company and its bank.
She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for corporate and IP services, Chambers USA and YWCA as a Women of Achievement.
Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University, magna cum laude with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and her juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Tonya Tiggett, CEO and Chief Success Strategist Promoting University, LLC Speak Our Language, LLC
Tonya Tiggett was born to talk in both English and Spanish, and has built a career around helping others develop the fine art of business conversation too. With over 20 years experience in the learning and development field in public schools, higher education and for Fortune 500 company JP Morgan Chase (JPMC), Tonya founded and led programs in both English and Spanish for three lines of business at JPMC in Columbus and New York City, reaching thousands of colleagues and twice being named an ICON winner.
It was during her corporate tenure that Tonya realized the number one obstacle many professionals faced, including herself at times, was being able to confidently speak up in business settings and establish one’s value at work. This critical skill spurred Tonya to not only overcome that obstacle, but to also create a leadership and communication training company called Promoting University, LLC. Through Promoting U, she shares her passion for career empowerment, leadership skills and a proven communication approach for career advancement and growth for business professionals.
In the past five years Tonya has inspired over 5,000 professionals and 40+ organizations to increase employee confidence levels, spur participants to take ownership of their communications, and realize amazing career results through a variety of her professional development programs, resulting in Promoting University, LLC being a finalist in the Progressive Organization category for the 2015 Smart Women Award and was one of three NAWBO Visionary Finalists in 2011. Tonya also implemented and led one of the first leadership elective courses as an MBA Adjunct Faculty member at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Tonya proudly supports a number of leadership initiatives through her current board work with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Columbus, The Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, and former board work and current membership with the national non-profit W.E.L.D. She has also provided mentorship through the Latina Mentoring Academy, currently serves on a fundraising committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and volunteers with the Upper Arlington Mat Cubs Youth Wrestling program annually. When not in the classroom or volunteering, Tonya is an avid traveler and voracious reader, wine enthusiast, lover of movies, and participates in sports in her spare time.
Lisa G. Shuneson, CPA, PFS
Lisa Shuneson is a Managing Partner and the Audit and Assurance Services Partner for Whalen & Company, CPAs. Additionally, she leads the estate and trust planning areas. Lisa has extensive experience working with non-profits and businesses in providing practical advice on operations. During her 22 years in public accounting, Lisa has worked with a variety of clients in diverse industries. This experience along with her depth of knowledge in taxation provides our clients with business planning of great value.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Cedarville University. Lisa is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Worthington Estate Planning Council, the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Women’s Economic Leadership Development National Board and the International Women’s Business Forum.
Karen Sullivan, Managing Principal of Sullivan Solutions LLC
Karen Sullivan is a fourth generation entrepreneur with a life-long passion for persuasive visual and written communication.
The first stepping-stones were laid on Karen’s career path as a child working in her family’s business. Stocking merchandise and directly selling to customers in a retail environment gave her an early appreciation for the power of prominent visibility and persuasive information which she applied, at a very early age, to store layout and direct mail designed to drive sales.
As a teenager, Karen garnered numerous national and regional awards for advertising design, photography, and illustration for the high school newspaper. These successes led to large-scale fundraising event management including press releases and television interviews, as well an invitation to be the first student speaker at the Bowling Green State University Journalism Workshop.
Karen graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1989. While there, she completed 5 co-op quarters working in design, architecture and advertising and 1 quarter of international travel in Europe.
After college, Karen continued her education as she evolved from graphic designer to customer service coordinator to inventory systems administrator at Champion International Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. During this time, she also earned an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert Executive Education Program, which included international study in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Sullivan Solutions LLC was formally established in 1996 to handle Karen’s growing freelance project load. By mid-1997, Karen was ready to make the leap from corporate America to full-time self-employment pursuing the work that she loves: creating compelling visual and written content for a variety of clients and managing their overall marketing strategy.
By the end of 1999, one her clients persuaded Karen to accept a contract for full-time management of marketing. This began a decade-long relationship with Univenture, Inc. during which time Karen developed the branding strategy for the UniKeep™ product line and managed a creative team. This included strategic messaging and tactical international implementation through a company spin-off, on-going product development, retail marketing, custom sales, and promotional industry marketing. Her work at UniKeep earned her several awards, including IABC Bronze Quill Awards of Excellence and Graphic Design USA’s Inhouse Design Awards.
Today, Sullivan Solutions serves a variety of service, manufacturing and retail clients that all have one thing in common: they want strong messaging and strong results.
Karen is a member of AIGA, the professional organization for design, and the National Association for Women Business Owners. She has served as the VP of Communications for NAWBO Columbus from 2009 through 2012 and was voted 2011 Member of the Year. She also volunteers as marketing consultant for Ohio Ministries of the Church of God’s Camp Marengo.
Karen is happily married to Patrick Sullivan. They enjoy their motorcycling, snowboarding, and ballroom dancing. They have one son, Daniel, who has filled their lives with guitar music, snowboarding, lacrosse, concussion clinics, utter fear, and extreme joy.
Purba Majumder, CEO, Cybervation Inc.; Founder of CoolTechGirls
Purba Majumder is the president and founder of Cybervation, a Dublin based technology solutions company with a social mission. Cybervation is a growing technology company with offices in the U.S. and India that provides enterprise software solutions, custom software/mobile app development, consulting, project management, staffing and transcription services. The company is deeply committed to empowering girls and women towards STEM careers through community focused efforts and its non-profit organization, CoolTechGirls.
Purba is an accomplished Software Executive with over 22 years of experience in software development, consulting and program management. She worked in corporate America for over 15 years, most recently as a vice president at JPMorgan Chase and before that as a senior software professional with Sterling Commerce (now IBM). She eventually left her corporate role to work on her own business, Cybervation. In February of 2016, her company was honored with Proclamation by the City of Dublin in Honor of National Entrepreneurship Week. In the same year, Smart Business recognized the company as a Progressive Organization at the Smart Women Breakfast. Cybervation was also honored with the Smart 50 Award in 2016 and 2017. The company also received the BizTech Minority Business Award in 2017.
With a strong desire to educate young women and provide guidance for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, Purba founded the non-profit organization CoolTechGirls in 2013. CoolTechGirls is a joint initiative with the City of Dublin and the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center. In 2015, Purba and her company Cybervation were recognized with a Columbus Business First Corporate Caring Award in the education category for her work with CoolTechGirls. In 2016, Ohio Asian American Commerce Group honored Purba with the Philanthropic Leader Award for her work in the non-profit space.
Purba has been featured on Columbus CEO magazine in the Indian Connection edition in 2015. She was also featured on All Sides with Ann Fisher in 2015 and at the January 2016 Enterprising Women event championed by Cindy Monroe, Founder and President of Thirty-One Gifts which focused on STEM pursuits for girls. In 2014, Sunny 95 recognized her as one of its 20 Outstanding Women. Most recently in 2016, Business First recognized Purba with the Biztech Award for being an Outstanding Woman in Technology. In April of 2017, CoolTechGirls was featured on Business First After Five magazine.
A strong community supporter and passionate contributor to the field of education, Purba is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Wellington School in Upper Arlington and a past board member of the non-profit organization See Kids Dream. In addition, she a member of the National Board of Directors for Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).
Purba received her Master’s from the University of Toledo. She is the mother of two daughters and resides with her family in Dublin, Ohio.