LEADERSHIP TEAM

Jonna Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Jonna, who has developed VIP and Meridian based on her passion for customer excellence, is known for these words, “I have a ‘one master’ philosophy, with the customer being the master.”

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Jonna Ward is the Founder and CEO of Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP), the parent company for Meridian Knowledge Solutions. Jonna founded VIP in 1996 by leveraging her unwavering commitment to client satisfaction and using her innate ability to balance insight and ideals with tactical action and results. Through Jonna’s strategic, operational, and financial leadership, she created and transformed VIP from a company operating out of her back bedroom to a global consulting firm offering management consulting and technology solutions spanning both the public sector and commercial markets for over 1,000 clients.

Her parallel leadership of Meridian has propelled the company into a formidable market competitor with more than 10 million global users, recognized as one of the learning management industry’s top-rated technologies, and used by some of the world’s largest, most successful enterprises spanning federal, state and local, and Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to founding VIP, Jonna was an executive with Accenture where she implemented mega-sized systems focused on increasing revenue, maximizing performance, and streamlining processes for some of the largest entities in the U.S. Jonna is well-known for her commitment to philanthropic involvement supporting a variety of organizations and for her active participation in government reform activities. She is often spotted in a variety of volunteer roles, from serving meals to local families in crisis to helping to mentor youth to become the next generation of business leaders.

Jeff Kristick

President

Viewing the world through the lens of a person who does not see obstacles but only challenges, one of Jeff’s favorite golf quotes is: “I never learned anything from a match that I won.” – Bobby Jones

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Jeff Kristick is the President of Meridian Knowledge Solutions. He oversees all business operations, including global sales, services, customer support, marketing, and product development. Jeff is a learning and human capital management industry veteran with more than 15 years of proven global enterprise software leadership. Jeff joins Meridian from Oracle, where he most recently served as vice president of the HCM Business Unit. At Oracle Jeff led a team responsible for global go-to-market initiatives, product marketing and sales support.

Prior to Oracle, Jeff held various executive and senior leadership positions at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company, where he was responsible for developing and executing on a high growth strategy for their learning and HCM solutions. Jeff joined SuccessFactors when they acquired Plateau Systems, a leader in learning and talent management, where he was the Senior Vice President of Marketing. Jeff began his software career at Siebel Systems and Tibco, where he played leadership roles in the deployment of numerous product development, go-to-market, and customer satisfaction initiatives. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Jeff is an avid golfer and tries to make his way to the local  golf course as much as he can… though most weekends you will find him on the local playground with his three children.

Geoff Perry

Vice President of Product and Operations

As a believer in results focused perseverance, Geoff could have easily taken these words out of Tom Landry’s mouth: “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”

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As Vice President of Product Development, Geoff manages the complete life cycle of product development and technology operations at Meridian. In his role, Geoff leads a team of highly-skilled developers to deliver new features and functionality for Meridian’s product suite. He also oversees hosting and IT operations. Geoff has demonstrated expertise in application architecture, design, development, IT infrastructure, and technology leadership with a focus in dynamic web-based application. Geoff brings his deep understanding of the software development industry to bear in developing technically sound solutions for Meridian’s private- and public-sector client base.

Prior to joining Meridian, Geoff held various positions within the technology and healthcare sectors with a focus on reporting, analytics, and performance. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from James Madison University. Geoff is a big family guy who also likes to swing a golf club from time to time, as long as it’s not during a Cowboys game.

Rebecca McClure

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Rebecca enjoys the unity and comradery of her team and strives to follow Theodore Roosevelt’s sage advice: “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” 

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With 25 years of experience, Rebecca McClure has proven to be an accomplished leader and has successfully managed wonderfully-smart teams in both software and the consumer goods industries. Rebecca has been in Executive Sales roles overseeing Sales, Marketing and Pre-Sales for nearly two decades. She has extensive industry experience in LMS and HCM with roles at Oracle, where she was Vice President of Human Capital Management Applications, as well as at Plateau and SumTotal where she built and led results-driven sales and marketing teams that generated multi-millions of dollars in revenue and developed strategic marketing and branding presence. In addition, Rebecca previously held positions at Newell Rubbermaid where she led and managed 11 countries and at Procter & Gamble in a number of executive leadership roles. She began her software career at IBM on the Enterprise Integration Management team.

 

Rebecca graduated from University of Florida with a BSBA and a double major in Management and Marketing with a Minor in Economics.  When she’s not at work, Rebecca loves to be outdoors farming in her tiny garden, running, kayaking, and biking with her husband.  She’s an avid sports fan with Orlando City soccer, Celtics, Pats, Red Sox and University of Florida Gators among her favorites.

 

Rebecca is never one to shy away from rolling up her sleeves to creatively help her customers achieve their goals and be successful.

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