Jonna Ward

Jonna Ward

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.

Geoff Perry

Chief Product Officer

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 Chief Product Officer, 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.

Patrick Devlin

Chief Revenue Officer
Patrick Devlin

Patrick’s leadership philosophy is best described as servant leadership, where the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. Patrick agrees with Richard Branson’s statement of “take care of your employees, and they’ll take care of your business.”

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Patrick’s first job out of college was providing hotline support for a DOS utility software company in 1989. He has worked in the software industry every day since. The lessons he learned then about being client and quality focused still feed his passion for being the best software and service provider his clients work with today. As Chief Revenue Officer, Patrick leads all aspects of sales and customer engagement with our clients and prospects. Patrick has 29 years of software engineering, product development, sales, marketing and general management experience. He has worked in the Learning and Performance industry with pioneers like Plateau Systems, Blackboard and Cornerstone OnDemand.

A lifelong learner with an Industrial Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, Patrick is passionate about the potential for technology to impact the way we teach, learn and work. He lives to sail in the BVI with his family and friends, and he would almost always rather be playing golf, or tennis, or foosball, or ping pong or darts or billiards or cornhole, or any other form of competition.

Nitu Saini

Vice President of Customer Success

Nitu believes gaining trust is key in maintaining any relationship and critical for customer success. She draws inspiration from the Damon Richards’ quote, “Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Her commitment to our clients’ success shines through.

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As Vice President of Customer Success, Nitu oversees professional services, customer care, and training. She has more than ten years of experience in information technology and client relationship management. Nitu joins Meridian from Deloitte, where she served as a project manager on the nation’s first integration effort between the Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs for a joint federal health care center in North Chicago. Prior to Deloitte, she held various roles supporting project management and delivery as well as help desk and operations maintenance. Nitu has a solid understanding of Meridian’s operations and works closely with clients to ensure alignment for overall customer success.

Nitu graduated from George Washington University with a MS in Information Systems Technology Management and holds a BS in Decision Sciences and Management of Information Systems from George Mason University. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with family and friends or travel to explore new destinations.

John Carmean

Chief Marketing Officer

A passionate innovator John’s approach to problem solving is summed up in a quote by Thomas A. Edison, “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

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As Chief Marketing Officer, John champions the Meridian brand internally and externally. He is passionate about modern learning and leveraging cross-vertical concepts and experiences to bring fresh new answers to the question, “What if…” He believes compelling marketing and service should seek to surprise and delight customers. John joined Meridian from Santa Fe College where he served as Director of Communications and Creative Services. Throughout his career, John has helped a diverse mix of startups and mature organizations realize their brand, culture, marketing and sales potentials. His career encompasses work with companies including MindSolve, SumTotal, Jenmar, Peerfit and others.

John earned a BS in Cinematography from Bob Jones University. In his free time, he enjoys performing in live theater, studying theme park design and writing and illustrating children’s books.

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