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TOCICO Board of Directors



ROCCO SURACE / Partner Bonadio Group

Rocco Surace, CPA, ABV, CVA, Jonah, is a Partner in Bonadio & Co. LLP, a Certified Public Accounting and Consultancy firm located in Northeastern United States. He works with numerous organizations, in various industries, directing their current accounting and tax requirements. Rocco devotes much of his time for the advancement of TOC in industry and education. He is notably involved in education and organizations to advance the CPA profession. Rocco received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Accounting from Niagara University. Also, he is an active member on several boards including: Niagara University Board of Advisors, Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its Manufacturing Council.

KATHY AUSTIN / Director of Operations,Continuous Improvement, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Kathy Austin co-authored Advanced Multi-Project Management in 2012 along with Gerry Kendall. In 1997, Kathy and Ted Hutchin co-authored Why It’s Not Luck. Kathy became a Jonah in 1989 and a Jonah’s Jonah in 1991. For the past 24 years, since leaving the US Air Force, she has worked large and small implementations, both commercial and military, in the US and internationally in Production, Project Management, Supply Chain, and Management Skills. Kathy is certified in all areas of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) Body of Knowledge (BOK) and has been a member of TOC-ICO since the first meeting in Atlanta. Additionally, she has developed and taught multiple basic, expert, and licensee courses across the entire TOC BOK. Kathy is past vice-chair of the APICS CM-SIG and co-authored/edited (with Jim Cox) the APICS TOC series. She is also an ISCEA Certified Critical Chain Project Manager. In the past, Kathy has held various positions with the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute (AGI) and has been Principal, APT Concepts.

CHRISTOPHER LENHARTZ / General Manager, Catena Strategies

Christoph Lenhartz, MBA, Jonah, TOCICO-certified, Certified Consultant (bdvb), CDDP, is a Board Member and Past Chairman of TOCICO.In over 20 years he has acquired a wide-ranging, international experience in industry, as a successful entrepreneur and also a leader of management consulting teams in high complexity TOC implementations. He has lead strategic, business transformation, supply chain management and IT projects and his expertise also includes post-merger integration of supply chain operations for major international groups.One of the leading TOC and management experts in Europe he is the General Manager of Catena Strategies, a leading consultancy in operational excellence consulting based on TOC principles.He has published articles on TOC and management topics in journals such as "Quality Progress” and has translated and written books on TOC and management topics in German. He is an appreciated speaker and teacher of TOC and related topics.Christoph holds an MBA from Clemson University (USA), he graduated from the University Essen (Germany) as a Diplom-Kaufmann and has pursued post-graduate studies at Washington State University (USA).


Humberto Baptista is CEO OF Vectis Solutions.Vectis Solutions, former member of Goldratt Group. Led from VV projects on Consumer Goods and Retail to manufacturing, projects and services, translation (TOC Insights, GWS in CCPM, S&Ts, etc.), taught TOC VV Application Experts and Project Leaders worldwide. Current interests: TOC Principles, Implementations by S&Ts, advanced TOC Finance, TOC Retail, TOC NPO (Government, Health and Education) and TOC4.

DR. RUSS JOHNSON / Associate Professor, Washington State University

Russ Johnson has been teaching and implementing Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six-Sigma/Quality Management tools and concepts at the university level for many years. During that time he also worked in conjunction with the Iowa Small Business Development Center and Colorado’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership to bring these concepts to more than 100 companies via student centered projects and direct consulting. He has many published articles and professional association presentations on supply chain management, project management, Quality systems/Six-Sigma, lean production and Rapid prototyping/rapid tooling. Dr. Johnson is certified in the TOC Operations (Drum-Buffer-Rope) and Supply Chain (Replenishment) Management and TOC Critical Chain Project Management applications by the TOCICO. Dr. Johnson is also an active member of several professional organizations including ASQ, APICS, SME, and TOCICO.


Amir Schragenheim, founder and CEO of Inherent Simplicity - a TOC software company which is part of the Goldratt Group, is active in the TOC community for over 15 years. Amir has been involved deeply in knowledge developments in TOC and is considered to be one of the world experts in Production, Distribution & Retail for TOC implementations and has been recognized as such by the late Dr. Eli Goldratt himself. Amir developed several computerized TOC educational and simulation tools along with Eli Schragenheim. Amir participated in analyzing the solution and developed the software for TOC implementations in the healthcare industry including A&E and Operation Theatres. Amir holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University Magna Cum Laude.

LISA LANG / President of the Science of Business

Lisa Lang is a renown Theory of Constraints (TOC) expert and is the foremost expert in the world for applying Theory of Constraints to marketing. She is regularly sought out for her expertise on developing market offers (mafia offers) that increase sales. She has been named a Manufacturing Trendsetter in the USA Today for her work helping highly custom job shops and machine shops to become more productive, more competitive and to bring manufacturing back to the U.S with Velocity Scheduling System. Dr. Lisa has also appeared in CNBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Yahoo Finance to name a few. Dr Lisa is the President of the Science of Business, a consulting firm specializing in helping companies to achieve bottom line results. She has served as the Global Marketing Director for Dr Eli Goldratt, father of Theory of Constraints and author of The Goal. Dr. Lisa Lang is the inventor of The Mafia Offer Boot Camp.

Dr Lisa has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and is one of the few TOCICO certified experts in Theory of Constraints worldwide. She was also on the TOCICO Board of Directors.

Before becoming a consultant, Lisa was in operations, strategic planning, purchasing, and R&D while working for Clorox, Anheuser-Busch and Coors Brewing.

In addition to consulting, Dr Lisa is a highly sought after Vistage/TEC speaker on "Maximizing Profitability”. Dr Lisa also provides professional keynote speeches and workshops for organizations like: TLMI, ASC, NTMA, NAPM and private events for corporations like: TESSCO, Bostik, GE, and Sandvik Coromant.

LISA SCHEINKOPF / Partner Goldratt Consulting and Global Director, The Goldratt School

Lisa Scheinkopf is a Partner with Goldratt Consulting and serves as the Global Director of The Goldratt School. Lisa has been at the forefront of TOC for more than 25 years, using her passion for breaking down barriers between people to transform the powerful breakthrough thinking of TOC into actions and results that benefit all stakeholders. Lisa has consulted to companies large and small around the world, teaching and coaching from the top floor to the shop floor, and developed new TOC based solutions that apply across a broad spectrum of industries.

After working with Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt to develop the TOC Thinking Processes, Lisa wrote the definitive TOC reference, Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use (St. Lucie Press, 1999). She is a contributing author to the TOC Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and her articles have been published in a variety of professional publications. Lisa’s passion and knowledge, combined with her unique ability to connect with people from the podium, have made her a popular public speaker on a wide range of TOC subjects.

Lisa’s current responsibilities include Goldratt Consulting’s business in India and The Goldratt School programs around the world.

Lisa earned her MBA at the Thunderbird School of International Management.

VICKY MABIN / Professor of Management at Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Vicky Mabin is a Professor of Management at Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, specializing in TOC and the decision sciences. Prior to joining VUW, she worked for NZ’s scientific and industrial research organisation, working as a consultant to business, government and industry on a wide range of strategic and operational problems.

Vicky holds BSc(Hons) and PhD degrees and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. She is certificated in the TOC Thinking Processes, Operations Management and Distribution Management, and an academic Jonah. She is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (UK) and has held numerous positions with ORSNZ including President, and NZPICS.

She has published widely in books and international journals, co-authored The World of the Theory of Constraints, and the lead chapter on the TOC Thinking Processes in the TOC Handbook, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010, and has given numerous academic and practitioner presentations and workshops. She is leading the team developing the TOC Research Database, has served on the examinations board for TOCICO, and as an editor for the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, and International Transactions in Operational Research, and for the TOCICO white paper series.