Management Team

Management Team

Jim Triandiflou

Jim Triandiflou, Chief Executive Officer

Jim Triandiflou joined Relias Learning as CEO in 2012. He previously acted as President and CEO of ServiceCEO, a field service software company with more than 6,000 customers around the world. Prior to ServiceCEO, Jim was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Centive, a sales performance management software company that launched the industry’s first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) commission system in 2005. He also served as COO of Stryker Orthopedics’ largest independent distributor, Surgi-Care. Jim has a BS in Marketing from State University of New York College at Oswego and an MBA from the Arizona State University Carey School of Business, which included coursework at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

Jim is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of North Carolina, is an Advisory Board member of Band Together, a nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Navex Global, a Portland, OR based provider of ethics and compliance software. Jim was a “Wish Grantor” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and he had the privilege of granting 6 children’s wishes.

Jim trains for marathons between school events for his four children.

Mark Belles, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Belles joined Relias Learning in January 2016, as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as President and COO of Teaching Strategies, an early childhood education company delivering innovative programs that serve children from birth through grade 3.  Prior to that, Mark spent eight years at Blackboard, an education technology company dedicated to improving every aspect of the education experience for millions of learners and educators around the world. While at Blackboard, Mark held a variety of roles, including SVP K-12, GM Australia/New Zealand and China, and SVP Global Sales, Operations and Marketing. He has more than 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing, alliances and client care. He is passionate about ensuring quality educational opportunities and experiences for all learners.

Mark is the Chairman of the Board at Brainfood, in Washington D.C. Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization that uses food as a tool to promote active learning, self-reliance and healthy living to empower youth as resources in their own community. 
 
Mark holds a BA in Math and Economics from St. Olaf College, and studied at Cambridge and Lancaster Universities in the U.K.
 
Mark spends his free time with his wife and two children.
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Sandhya Gardner

Sandhya Gardner, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Sandhya Gardner serves as Chief Medical Officer of Relias Learning. She joined Relias in December 2016 with the acquisition of Advanced Practice Strategies (APS), a Boston-based healthcare education and technology company where she served as Chief Content Officer. APS has partnered with over 100 major US health systems to improve patient care and outcomes through the delivery of assessment-driven, adaptive learning solutions to physicians and nurses. Using a data-driven approach and innovative solutions designed to reduce variation in practice & improve the reliability of care, the company transformed the way that learning is leveraged in the healthcare space.

Prior to her role at APS, Sandhya was as a practicing physician, specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She worked in private practice in the greater Boston area for over 10 years, serving a diverse population of women of all ages, demographics, and needs. The relationships that she fostered with her patients and the impact that she was able to make on their health remains one of the greatest privileges of her life. Sandhya earned both a BS in Psychology and her M.D. from Brown University. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Massachusetts. She is a board-certified physician and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

Sandhya spends her free time with her husband and two children. They all share a passion for travel and sports.

Ben Johnson, Chief Product Officer

Ben Johnson serves as Chief Product Officer leading product management, engineering, content development, business integration, and the Relias Institute.  He joined Relias in March 2012 as VP of Engineering during the company’s formation by Vista Equity Partners. He previously served six years as CIO of Essential Learning, an education technology company that delivered innovative training solutions to behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities agencies.  Prior to that, Ben spent 10+ years in a variety of technology and management roles focused primarily on developing EMR and medication management systems.  He has more than 20 years of experience in web technologies, product development, and general management for software companies focused on the healthcare and human services markets.

Ben is passionate about using technology to promote lifelong learning that empowers individuals and improves society.  He volunteers with the Utah Education Network, Boy Scouts of America, and the Methodist church.  Ben graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley and holds MS and MBA degrees from Columbia University and the University of Utah.

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Tina Krebs, VP of People and Organizational Development

Senior executive with 20+ years of experience in strategy development, strategic planning, comprehensive operational transformation, discrete process improvement, organizational design, and financial analysis across a variety of industries, including energy E&P and utilities, defense and aerospace, technology, automotive, transportation and healthcare. Strong M&A and integration experience, strong leadership skills, as well as significant change management competency. Proven ability to get things done and done well as well as the ability to achieve and maintain change long term.

Alex Osadzinski, Chief Marketing Officer

Alex Osadzinski currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer, having joined Relias in January 2016 as Managing Director, Global Operations. Previously he was an active angel and VC investor in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, serving on several boards of local companies, including KnowledgeTree and WedPics, and volunteering with Triangle Startup Factory and NC IDEA to mentor and help budding entrepreneurs. His prior career included founder, executive and CEO roles at six startup companies, including Sun Microsystems, Be and Vitria Technology; a Group Executive Board role at Nagra Kudelski Group, a global digital security company; and seven years as a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm, investing in software and systems companies. 
 
Alex was a board member of Start Up East Palo Alto, a non-profit educating microbusiness entrepreneurs, and a founding  member of Environmental Entrepreneurs, now a national non-profit in the ecology space.
 
Alex was educated in the UK, with equivalency to a US Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Marketing.
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Bjoern Bauer

Bjoern Bauer, Chief Financial Officer

Bjoern Bauer serves as Chief Financial Officer for Relias Learning. His responsibilities include the accounting and finance organization, the legal team as well as the company’s Business improvement department. Previously he was the company’s Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Before joining Relias Learning in February of 2015, Bjoern held several senior management positions at the global media, services and education company Bertelsmann in the areas of finance, investments and strategy. Bjoern started his career in banking and in strategy consulting, where he worked for Arthur D. Little on projects primarily throughout Europe and in the Middle East.

Bjoern serves on the Board of Directors of Sport-Thieme GmbH, which is Europe’s largest distance-selling and e-commerce firm for sports equipment and sports accessories.

He completed a banking apprenticeship in Germany and earned his Master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

Sam Dewey, Chief Corporate Development Officer

Sam joined Relias Learning in September 2012. He served as the Director of Strategic Programs, Director of Finance, and Vice President of Client Care prior to becoming the Chief Corporate Development Officer. Over his tenure at Relias, Sam has conducted extensive work on business integrations, client retention, and company-wide growth initiatives. He is now directly responsible for Relias merger & acquisition activities. Before Relias, Sam supported fundraising efforts at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm, and served as the VP of Finance for CW Financial, a start-up consumer finance service company with approximately 300 employees and $30 million in annual sales. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the College of Charleston and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

When he’s not evaluating strategic acquisitions for Relias, Sam’s exploring different parts of the world. He has a heart for the underprivileged and supports several philanthropic organizations that he’s engaged with through his travels.

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Mike Mutka

Mike Mutka, Chief Strategy Officer

Mike Mutka is the Chief Strategy Officer at Relias Learning, responsible for building the company’s growth strategy and for all acquisition activity.  As part of the original management team, Mike helped launch Silverchair Learning Systems in 2005 and served as President of SLS until it became part of Relias Learning in 2012.  Previous to SLS, Mike held executive leadership positions at the Hill-Rom Company, Berchtold Corporation, and Briggs Healthcare with extensive experience in new product development, sales and marketing management, strategic planning, and Kaizen continuous improvement methodology. 
 
Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business.  
 
Mike previously has served as Board Chairman for the Mariposa School for Children with Autism, in Cary, NC and was Board Chair for the Coastal Carolina Alzheimer’s Association in Charleston, SC.  A 20+ year veteran of the post-acute market, Mike is passionate about society’s responsibility to ensure dignity and compassionate care for the elderly.

Deanna Roepke, Managing Director, Relias Learning (UK) Ltd

Deanna Roepke is Managing Director of Relias Learning (UK) Ltd and has been based in London since early 2016. Deanna brings over 20 years of experience engaging people with online learning tools. She most recently served as Vice President of Operations and Business Development at The Breakaway Group, a Xerox Company focused on research-based Healthcare IT adoption using online learning simulation. Previously, Deanna served as Vice President of Allscripts Education Center of Excellence. There she led the creation of the company’s first fully-blended learning Academy, building a complete portfolio of self-paced eLearning courses, virtual instructor-led training, and classroom training for Allscripts’ clients, partners, and employees.

Deanna Roepke