Leadership Team

With an average of more than 25 years of experience in a wide array of industries and disciplines, EXTEND’s leadership designs and delivers a broad range of proven support services that scale and shift with our clients as they grow.

Katie M. Allen Vice President, Marketing

Katie M. Allen, Vice President, Marketing

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KATIE ALLEN, Vice President of Marketing at EXTEND Resources, has 19 years of marketing and communications leadership experience across a broad range of disciplines including branding, content marketing, public relations, events and exhibits, and corporate communications. She has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare information technology and services, business process outsourcing, banking, and hospitality.

Katie is a results-oriented leader who develops marketing and communication strategies that enable hi-tech and service oriented companies to meet their organizational objectives. Her expertise in designing, planning and managing targeted, integrated, lead generation campaigns helps fuel sales pipelines and enhance growth. Katie also has a proven track record in developing and executing in-depth communication plans that inform and engage employees, clients, and prospects — in a wide variety of complex situations.

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Education

Northern Illinois University with a focus on business management and marketing

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Dan A. Berner Senior Client Manager

Dan A. Berner, Senior Client Manager

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Dan A. Berner, Senior Client Manager, brings more than twenty years of experience to EXTEND Resources as a leader in growth management and strategic business development. Dan is a dynamic and energetic business leader with an extensive track record in successfully building and leading sales organizations, achieving results, and expanding revenue growth. With a proven track record reflecting his ingenuity, Dan has developed innovative strategies for creating and driving process improvements and profitability across multiple industries and at Fortune 500 companies.

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Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, Brooklyn College

MBA, Strategic Management and Finance, Pace University

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Sarah J. Brûlé Senior Client Manager

Sarah J. Brûlé, Senior Client Manager

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SARAH BRÛLÉ, Senior Client Manager at EXTEND Resources, has a passion for cultivating client engagements and for developing comprehensive,  unique business solutions to achieve client objectives. She brings more than fourteen years of leadership and management experience across a wide array of industries, in both the private and public sector.

Before joining EXTEND Resources, Sarah served as Senior Director of Business Development at a litigation and eDiscovery consulting firm, providing services to Fortune 50 and Am Law 100 law firms. She was responsible for strategically managing  revenue  generation  endeavors  and  leading  a  business development team to enhance and refine customer relationships and satisfaction. Her experience in legal services, including time spent addressing the attorney recruitment and staffing needs of large-scale e-discovery projects, helped to develop her exceptional, client-first attitude.

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Education

Sarah attended Dickinson College, PA, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Political Science and Economics.

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Meredith O. Bruorton Vice President, Administration

Meredith O. Bruorton, Vice President, Administration

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MEREDITH O. BRUORTON,Vice President of Administration at EXTEND Resources, has more than 27 years of operating and management experience working in a variety of corporate settings.  Her approach to these responsibilities is always focused on efficiency, consistency, and accuracy.  In addition to leading all administrative activities and maintaining the books and records of the firm, Meredith is occasionally tasked with handling special projects for the firm’s clients.  Her organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task are key elements that make her role in any organization a valuable one.

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Education

BA, Humanities, 1976, Houghton College

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Antonella Commiato Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Security Officer

Antonella Commiato, Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Security Officer

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ANTONELLA COMMIATO, CTO and Chief Information Security Officer at EXTEND Resources, has 23 years of IT and information security leadership experience across a range of industries that include legal, environmental, transportation and logistics, and professional services.

Antonella is a take charge leader who excels at aligning IT and information security strategy with enterprise goals. She has a proven track record in guiding critical program and application development and delivery, optimizing processes, managing budgets, building high-performance teams, and implementing strong and effective procedures for change management and communication. With her technological expertise and guidance, companies can support their complex business initiatives, grow their businesses, and implement efficient internal operations.

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Education

BA, Computer Science and Mathematics, 1990, University of Central Missouri

Antonella is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Scrum Master.

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Barbara Adams Cwynar Senior Client Manager – Information Security

Barbara Adams Cwynar, Senior Client Manager – Information Security

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A true client advocate, Barbara demonstrates a passion for helping organizations construct a foundation for higher quality, enhanced risk management, and improved performance from the inception of an engagement to the completion. Drawing on more than two decades of business development and client services experience in the information security arena, Barbara quickly understands an organization’s data security and processing goals, risks, and needs, and brings together the best team and strategy to achieve optimal results.

Barbara has a remarkable depth of knowledge of international standards and frameworks such ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, IATF 16949, AS9100, ISO 20000, and ISO 22000. This knowledge, coupled with Barbara’s commitment to providing exceptional service, has led to her many successful client engagements delivering comprehensive solutions to help organizations make better decisions, reduce costs, and boost performance.

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Education

Barbara attended The Bradford Business School with a focus in Business Management and holds an ASID from the Education Management Corporation.

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Howard S. Hoffmann Chief Executive Officer

Howard S. Hoffmann, Chief Executive Officer

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HOWARD S. HOFFMANN,, Chief Executive Officer of EXTEND Resources, is a senior executive with 40 years of financial, operational and general management experience in a wide range of industries.

During his 10 years in the financial services industry and 26 years as a turnaround professional, Howard gained extensive experience in financial and operational restructurings and acquisition integration, creditor and government negotiations, litigation management (single plaintiff, class action and government), tax law, leasing, trade financing, cash management and control, inventory management, accounting, production, distribution, IT, product and brand management, the development and implementation of growth strategies and the fostering of high performing cultures, both domestically and internationally.

His industry experience includes healthcare, transportation, logistics, business process outsourcing,  computer hardware and software products and services, wireless communications, network infrastructure products and services, financial services, retail, consumer products (snack foods and personal-care products), fresh and processed meats, apparel, wholesale beverages and steel.

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Education

MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1977

BA, Mathematics and Economics, 1975, University of California at Santa Barbara

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Ken H. Smiley Senior Solutions Analyst

Ken H. Smiley, Senior Solutions Analyst

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As Senior Solutions Analyst for EXTEND Resources, Ken Smiley heads the product implementation team that works with EXTEND clients to identify and deliver solutions to the ever-increasing challenges related to information management, processing, governance, review, and analysis. Ken focuses on delivering enhanced productivity, improved control, and bottom-line cost savings to enable clients to achieve their goals successfully.

As a technologist and licensed attorney, Ken brings a versatile skill set to the EXTEND team and an unwavering commitment to ensuring the high-quality delivery of the company’s solution-based offerings in matters such as large-scale discovery requests, compliance reviews, and contract and claims review and management. In addition to his considerable knowledge of e-discovery, the application of case law, and legal implications of complex system integrations, he has extensive experience with business and technical systems development and AI-driven technology, and has a Microsoft Certified Solutions Engineer & Internet certification.

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Education

Undergraduate in Pre-Law Political Science with minors in Industrial Design and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas

Graduate Law Degree from University of Kansas School of Law

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Audrey Weinstein Vice President & General Counsel

Audrey Weinstein, Vice President & General Counsel

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Audrey M. Weinstein

AUDREY M. WEINSTEIN, Vice President & General Counsel, brings more than thirty years of experience to EXTEND Resources as a corporate, transactional and health care attorney. Audrey provides expertise in advising companies and their legal, compliance, and operational departments on their most important management issues. Audrey has also been instrumental in all aspects of the contracting process, including contract negotiation and management, regulatory and licensing matters, development and implementation of quality management, utilization management and compliance programs, third-party and internal audit processes, and corporate governance activities. In addition to Audrey’s success with in-house legal operations improvement and organizational design, she led strategic initiatives in legal/compliance department post-merger integration, process efficiency, and department benchmarking.

Audrey’s expertise in corporate, transactional, regulatory, health care and privacy and security matters, and in identifying potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk, enables her to evaluate a client’s specific needs, assist in the development of comprehensive action plans for resolution, and undertake matter-specific projects to effectively achieve client objectives.

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Education

JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, 1984
BA, State University of New York, Albany, 1980

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Michael C. Yeager Chief Financial Officer

Michael C. Yeager, Chief Financial Officer

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MICHAEL C. YEAGER, Chief Financial Officer at EXTEND Resources, is a hands-on executive with 20 years of experience serving clients in a variety of senior management and consulting roles.  His expertise covers a wide range of industries including healthcare, retail, textiles, consumer products, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics.

He has considerable experience in both event and liquidity driven crisis situations and the analysis and development of the financial planning and reporting cycle.  Michael is highly skilled in the assessment of contract profitability, development of new business profitability models, working capital management, cash flow control, forecasting and improvement as well as business and product acquisitions and divestitures.  He has an exceptional ability to quickly identify key operational drivers, develop alternatives for performance improvement and lead the change implementation process.  Additionally, Michael has held interim management positions for both public and privately held companies.

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Education

MBA, Rutgers University, 1991

BBA, Economics, Temple University, 1985

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