PMI Bluegrass 2018 Professional Development Day Speakers
Charles E. Grindle, Ph.D.
Charles (“Chuck”) Grindle, retired U.S. Army Colonel, is the chief information officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) of Kentucky. Dr. Grindle is an Information Scientist who specializes in information security, policy and strategy. In addition to holding key military positions in information technology, he has taught academic courses on a variety of subjects including security issues and cyber operations.
During more than 29 years of active military service, he was an Army Information Technology and Field Artillery officer. His experience in peace and war included a broad mix of assignments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of the armed forces as well as several assignments in professional military education.
Dr. Grindle graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and was commissioned into the Field Artillery. Dr. Grindle earned his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science and holds a second Master’s Degree from the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Grindle's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; (4) Meritorious Service Medals; (2) Army Commendation Medals; (4) Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Parachutist's Badge.
Dr. Grindle and his wife, Allison, have two children.
Mr. Claypool is the President of TAC4 Solutions, which instills organizational health by mentoring our clients into cohesive team behavior. Alan guides executive leadership and project teams into learning deep-dive behaviors that dramatically transform corporate cultures and personal choices.
Alan is also the founder of TACKLE with TAC4, a political forum that eliminates political positioning so that we tackle the issues, not each other™. Alan holds a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois (1994) and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Furman University (1989). Alan is a former board member of the Kentuckiana Project Management Institute.
Malcolm Ratchford is the 4th Executive Director of Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties. Malcolm has been with the Community Action network since 1996, having previously served the organization as the Senior Manager for Neighborhood and Community Services and as Head Start Director.
Malcolm earned his Bachelor's Degree in History Pre-Law from Talladega College and holds a Master's Degree in Family Studies, Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky. He has dedicated his career to advocating for equity and access to opportunity for all people through his work with structural racism, addressing the achievement gap, convicted felons rights and employment, inner-city youth, urban and rural poverty, immigration reform, and a variety of other conditions that serve as systemic barriers within our communities.
His vision for Community Action Council includes making intentional investments in individuals and communities while advocating for the elimination of structural barriers that block access to opportunity for America's most vulnerable.
Mr. Turner is a Founder and CEO of CRM Companies, a commercial real estate development and facilities management company that manages more than 3.5 million square feet throughout the United States. The company is the largest P3 developer in the Commonwealth and it owns and operates a variety of properties, including hotels, restaurants, and its facilities management group, and employs more than 1200 people.
Mr. Turner is also a highly successful Lexington-based businessman and entrepreneur whose business ventures include hotel, office, industrial properties, and restaurants including Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and MOD Super Fast Pizza.
Currently Craig Turner serves as the Chair for the EKU Board of Regents and chairs several other boards, including the Lexington Center Corporation (Rupp Arena, Lexington) where he is also the Chairman of the Board.
Turner and his wife Madonna, both EKU alumni, are among EKU’s most generous financial supporters.
Robbie S. Perkins, CPM
Jill Anderson, PMP
Robbie Perkins is the IT Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Personnel Cabinet where he oversees technology in the Personnel Cabinet. Robbie brings more than 25 years of experience in IT, accounting, and human resources with the last 14 of those years in service at the KY Personnel Cabinet. Robbie has led the multi-year implementations of the Personnel Cabinet’s 3 enterprise HR systems with an end user impact of more than 500,000 users and is now leading a Unified Talent Management Suite project to transform talent management in state government and ensure the Commonwealth’s goal as employer of choice.
Robbie is a member of the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group and serves as President of the KY Chapter International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Robbie attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in accounting and received his Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification from KY Governmental Services Center and resides in Frankfort.
Jill Anderson is a Director and ERP Competency Lead with ISG, a leading global technology research and advisory firm. Jill has more than 20 years of experience and is currently working with Robbie Perkins at the KY Personnel Cabinet as an executive level project manager and ERP/HCM quality assurance consultant. Jill has extensive experience in the planning, selection, design, development, implementation, enhancement, and support of Enterprise Relation Planning solutions, Human Capital Management (HCM) and other HR and payroll-related systems and solutions. Her expertise includes HR, payroll, benefits, ACA reporting, compliance, financial systems integration, and labor distribution, as well as system upgrades and infrastructure migrations.
Stefany Robinson-Thorpe is a Paralegal, Educator, Trainer, Speaker and “Accidental Project Manager”. Stefany is a proponent of life-long learning. She has taught audiences that fall within the full spectrum of the life and development cycle, from infants to senior adults.
Stefany has served as adjunct faculty for Wilmington University (New Castle, DE) teaching Electronic Discovery and Evidence for both the Legal Studies and the Computer and Network Security departments. She co-developed and facilitated the Litigation Support Professional certification program for Delaware County Technical and Community College (Stanton, DE).
Her adult education specialties include technical education, legal technology, digital forensics, and leadership training for corporations, government and nonprofit agencies. A few of her Training and/or Presentation topics include Let’s Go Green-Designing Paperless Offices, 4 Women By Women Series – On my way to Fabulous and I am Enough – Army of ONE. Stefany has a BS in Education and Training Development from Granite State College.
Lenae McKee Price
Ms. Lenae is an award-winning training leader, relationship and communication guru and an expert agent of collaboration.
Lenae excels at relationship and communications training, and story development. She specializes in employee professional development and stakeholder engagement. In her role leading Cork Cares, Lenae helps non-profit organizations develop their stories and their executive team’s ability to deliver them with maximum impact.
With a proven track record from Tennessee to New York, she’s earned her agencies double- and triple-digit percentage increases in earned and contributed revenue, individual and corporate engagement, volunteerism and overall program participation. She thrills in finding ways to engage individuals – from employee to investor – in any kind of company, making them feel like they’ve always belonged.
Lenae earned her Degree from University of Tennessee.