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Dr. Ronis is Chair, Department of Management and Communications, Professor of Management, at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.  She is also President, The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank specializing in strategic studies and public policy.  Dr. Ronis is a systems scientist with a B.S. in physics, mathematics, and education an M.S. and Ph.D. in Large Formal Social System Behavior received from The Ohio State University. She teaches the capstone course of the MBA program, Strategic Management at Walsh College and also teaches in the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership Program there.  Dr. Ronis has participated in many activities at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ronis is the former chair of the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) in Washington, D.C., which was tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947. As a Distinguished Fellow at PNSR, Dr. Ronis was responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the President of the United States will conduct “grand strategy” on behalf of the nation.  On 30 July, 2010, she chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, that presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlines why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  She was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and studied these issues in Singapore in August and October 2011. Dr. Ronis facilitated a workshop entitled Energy as Grand Strategy on 7-8 May 2012 at the National Defense University co-sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy. On 8-9 November 2011, Dr. Ronis chaired a symposium at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future, in Washington, D.C.  A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis will be published in 2012. On 24-25 August 2010, Dr. Ronis chaired the conference: Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security at the National Defense University that explored a “grand strategy” for a healthy U.S. economy. A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis was published December 2011.She has taught “grand strategy” to the management faculty at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn.  Dr. Ronis has worked for the Pentagon helping to develop a vision for the Defense Reform Task Force and in developing an operational definition of the “Revolution in Business Affairs.”  She is the founder of the Institute for Business and Community Services at the University of Detroit, which was created to help the U.S. automobile industry become globally competitive. She was an executive at Michigan Bell and assisted in the divestiture of the Bell System in 1984. Her company, the University Group Inc., has worked with General Motors since 1988 and with Ford since 1985. She was involved in the creation of the United States Consortium for Automotive Research and the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. Earlier in her career, Ronis worked at AT&T, Ohio State University and the Energy Research and Development Administration (now the Department of Energy). She began her career working at North American Rockwell in Columbus, Ohio.
Larry Rzepka has been part of the non-profit sector for more than 30 years specializing in resource development, strategic planning, external relations and nonprofit governance. He has held executive leadership positions with the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation, Gerber Memorial Health Services, and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. He has also held management roles with the National Science Teachers Association, Bethlehem University Foundation and the Ameson Education & Cultural Exchange Foundation. In addition, he has served in a variety of resource development positions with Madonna University, Cleary College, the University of Michigan (Dearborn Campus) & the National Association of College Admission Counselors among others. Mr. Rzepka is a Vietnam-Era Veteran having served in the USAF as a Law Enforcement/Security Specialist in 1973-1977. He was selected as a member of the Military Airlift Command’s “MAC Elite Guard” while at Scott AFB and volunteered for special assignment and duty at Kunsan AFB, Korea. He currently maintains his support for the United States Military community by serving as the volunteer Acting National Treasurer, Acting National Quartermaster and Social Media Relations Officer for the PLAV - Polish Legion of American Veterans USA. Rzepka is also a life member of the American Legion, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America.