Chief Operating Officer – Saginaw Operations – Nexteer Automotive
Jill Dralle was appointed as Nexteer’s Chief Operating Officer of Saginaw Operations, North America Division in May 2019. In this role, Jill is responsible to manage the P&L (profit and loss) for three business units, including six manufacturing plants and 3500+ employees. Her responsibilities include overseeing daily business activities, improving overall business functions, managing budgets, developing strategic plans and communicating business goals.
Jill began her career at GM/Delphi/Nexteer in 1994 as a Plant Industrial Engineer and has held a variety of assignments throughout her career including Industrial Engineering Manager, Value Stream Manager, Lean Change Agent, Plant Operations Manager, Plant Manufacturing Manager, and Operational Excellence Director for North America before taking her current role.
Jill is a results-driven leader who enjoys seeing her team and the business grow. She is dedicated to creating another 100 years of a thriving Nexteer. She is a founding member and Executive Chair of the Nexteer Women’s Club, is an Investment in Excellence Certified Facilitator, a member of InForum, as well as a current Board Member for the Saginaw Community Foundation.
Jill graduated with honors from Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Region SVSU, a resident of Essexville and current Saginaw Community Foundation Board Member she takes great pride in the expansion and development of the GLB Region and Nexteer’s role as an employer of choice.
Jill and her husband Dan, reside in Essexville and between them are parents to five children, ranging in age from 15 to 39. Jill enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors and time at their cabin, and considers herself a proud Dog Mom of three labradoodles. Jill considers among her passions seeing and guiding positive change for the better in all aspects of life. She believes her strongest role as a leader is to support all employees and emphasizes her belief in the role of servant leader.
President of Case Systems and BOSTONTec
Kelly Wehner, President, has been with Case Systems in Midland since September of 1997. Prior to her tenure at Case Systems, she worked for a beverage company and a machine builder that supplied the Automotive Industry, both located in the Great Lakes Bay region. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing. Accounting/Finance, Supply Chain, Information Technology, Continuous Improvement, and Operations have been her focus. In her current role as President of Case Systems and BOSTONtec since 2014, Kelly’s responsibilities include; leading a team of exceptional individuals in the development and execution of the corporate vision, mission and strategic plan, financial performance, business development for growth, and day-to-day oversight of the organization.
Kelly’s community and industry involvement include; Nouvel Catholic Central Parent Council, Central Michigan Manufacturing Association (CMMA) Board Member, CMMA Executive Roundtable Co-Chair, Material Handling Industry Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (MHI EASE) group member, Midland Business Alliance Entrepreneurship & Innovation Committee, Michigan Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Policy Committee, and MiSTEM Oversight Committee member.
Kelly has been a contributor to publications including Michigan Family Business Fall 2019 and MHI Solutions Q2 2016. In addition, Kelly was recently selected to be a part of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce #Lead Like a Woman Interview Series – October 10, 2019.
Kelly received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.
Kelly and her husband Joe live in Saginaw. They have two sons; Andrew and his wife Jocelyn, and Alex. They enjoy following University of Michigan and Detroit sports teams, travel, wine and beer tasting, and a good movie.
Teresa (Terri) Datz-Siegel is a Manufacturing Fellow at Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC). She joined HSC in 1985 after earning a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. During her career, she has worked across all the chemical processing areas on site including new technology pilot plant operations, various chemical process leadership roles during the expansion years of 1996 – 2010, and chemical plant Process Safety. She is recognized as a site expert in Process Safety, risk assessment, incident investigation and general plant operability. She is currently a member of the Hemlock Leadership Team and facilitates the on-site Women’s Technical Network to develop female technical professionals for future leadership roles at HSC.