Cerius Insights

Executive Management Team

Pamela Wasley - CEOPamela Wasley
CEO
Pamela Wasley is CEO and Co-Owner of Cerius Interim Executive Solutions. She is an expert at helping companies develop higher shareholder value through the strategic development of rapid growth and profitability opportunities with industry experience ranging from technology, medical device, textiles and business services. Her skills include strategic partnerships, customer acquisition and retention programs, sales and marketing team development and international distribution. Over the years, she has assisted companies in setting up worldwide distribution of their products and building large profitable service divisions or organizations. Pamela holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Auburn. She serves on several private company boards and was the former Chairman of the Board for Orange County Head Start, a $30M non-profit organization. She has authored several computer textbooks for SeniorNet and is currently an instructor.

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Kristen McAlisterKristen McAlister
President/COO
Kristen McAlister is President/COO and Co-Owner of Cerius Interim Executive Solutions. She has extensive experience in leading major acquisitions, sales and operations initiatives with small and large privately-held companies to publicly-held international companies. Kristen has spent the last ten years facilitating companies on how to market, sell, present and execute their goals with clients and adding value through operations, sales, marketing and entrepreneur coaching.

Ms. McAlister's background in system design and process improvement includes certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt through Villanova University and has studied System Dynamics at MIT. Her experience and education in systems and process management allows for quick and effective insight to the operational challenges facing companies in today's market.

She received her undergraduate in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and completed her MBA at The Paul Merage School of University of California, Irvine. She has been involved with The Forum for Corporate Directors and has completed the requirements for ISS Certification. Ms. McAlister's background with community involvement includes: Marketing Co-Chair for the Dean's Leadership Circle at The Paul Merage School, High Adventure Teens leader with the Girl Scouts of America and the Board of Directors with Orange County Head Start, Inc.

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Kathryn GrayKathryn Gray
Board Advisor
Kathryn Gray is Chief People Officer for Cerius Interim Executive Solutions. She has over 25 years experience in operations, organizational and executive development, and human resources. She has held previous VP level positions, two in Fortune 500 companies, and served as internal consultant to a venture capital firm. Kathryn has implemented her proprietary programs and processes within billion-dollar, multi-national firms such as Levi Strauss, Wells Fargo, CB Richard Ellis and Ikea to small, entrepreneurial start-ups.

Kathryn's collective career experiences have placed her in a variety of industries, including distribution, manufacturing, construction and real estate, banking, professional services, health care, biomedical technology, non-profit and higher education. Her consequent business views provide unique perspective and enable her to combine practical business profitability requirements with genuine business needs in order to maximize an organization's "human assets" to their fullest potential.

Kathryn is involved in many professional and philanthropic organizations regionally and nationally. Kathryn received degrees from the University of Heidelberg and University of Maryland and attended law school at Boston University. She is a frequent topical Leadership, Organizational Development, Personal Development speaker to a wide range of regional and national organizations. She is presently authoring her first book, "Bedtime Stories for CEO's" with her second book, "Lived the Life You've Earned" on the drawing board.

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Matt SauerMatt Sauer
Chief People Officer
Matt is a Senior Human Resources Executive who has extensive years of experience with two Global Fortune 100 Companies. He spent his last five years in corporate life as the Human Resource Officer for Ingram Micro Inc., in Santa Ana California.

Matt currently provides Human Capital Consulting to small to mid-sized companies. He assists the CEO in the establishment of the Human Resource's strategic goals to support the company's long term strategic plan. He is a trusted advisor to the senior executive team, bringing his years of problem solving experience to the CEO. A significant portion of Matt's work is in the area of Succession Planning. The assessment of the current management team, and their development into the company's future leaders. Matt is a respected advisor, coach and mentor to the executive team.

Matt is currently on a long term assignment as a Human Resource Interim Executive for Cerius Interim Executive Solutions. Cerius is a leader in delivering interim executive management solutions with the innovation and speed that small to medium size businesses need to tackle their business opportunities or to mitigate risk. Cerius leverages the skills and experience of its deep pool of interim Executives, who bring the broadest array of industry and functional experience, to deliver best-in-class leadership on-demand to their customers.

Matt is also the current President of the Board for Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation, Inc. Hope U. was founded in 1979 as an institution to offer "arts-infused" curricula for adults with developmental disabilities having high degrees of talent and motivation in the fine arts. The school's slogan is to "train the talent and diminish the disability".

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Maria HillmanMaria Hillman
Vice President, Client Solutions
Maria co-owned a manufacturer's representative company in the home improvement industry for over 20 years. Representing companies from mid-market to fortune 500 in size. Focusing on sales, service and marketing in the home improvement industry. She was a pioneer with regards to service in the home improvement industry since 1986. The company has since been sold to the second largest Sales, service and marketing company in the United States.

She has an extensive background in real estate. As well as owning income and commercial property for 25 years she has sold, leased and managed property. She has held an active real estate license for over 30 years.

She attended Cal Poly Pomona and studied business finance. Maria is currently on the board of the "Womens Cancer Research Foundation" in Newport Beach. As well as member of the Orange County board of realtors.

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Mike ManionKimberley Person
Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic
Kimberley brings several years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience to the Mid-Atlantic area, most recently completing the sale of her company which she founded and ran for 10 years.

Her passion is helping other entrepreneurs and CEO’s achieve their potential via assisting with business development domestically and internationally, and providing resource direction with her work at Cerius. 

She received her undergraduate in Marketing, Economics and Journalism from the University of Arizona.  She is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UMD Robert H. Smith School of Business, working with student entrepreneurs; chairs the Entrepreneurial Roundtable for the Washington Network Group, and is actively involved in several community organizations.

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Kami AmesCharles Besondy
Charles Besondy is the Chief Marketing Officer for Cerius Interim Executive Solutions. He is recognized as a change agent who transforms the Marketing function in B2B companies so it consistently contributes to revenue growth. Besondy focuses on aligning Marketing and Sales to a single revenue action plan, aligning the skills of the marketing team to the requirements of the business, and aligning the company to the right marketing strategy.

Besondy is a senior-level, hands-on marketing leader with 12 years consulting and interim management experience, who in that time helped scores of companies in a strategic marketing, product marketing, planning, or training capacity. This is underpinned by 25 years in marketing leadership roles primarily within small and mid-market technology businesses in Seattle and Austin.

Mr. Besondy is the co-author of the book, Leadership On Demand: How Smart CEO’s Tap Interim Management to Drive Revenue, a leading text on the topic of interim management. He is a frequent business speaker and workshop facilitator.

Mr. Besondy is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism and a passion for Marketing.

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