Board of Directors

Tony Otten
Board Chair
Tony Otten joined the Orion Board of Directors in 2015. He was named Lead Independent Director in June 2017 and Board Chair in August 2022. Tony serves as Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Versar, Inc. from February 2010 until its sale in November 2017 and also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 2008 until 2017. Tony previously served as Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC from July 2009 to February 2010; Operating Partner of New Stream Asset Funding, LLC from 2007 to June 2009; Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC from 2004 to 2007 and Principal of Grisanti, Galef and Goldress, Inc. from 2001 to 2004. Previously, Tony held senior management positions with Cabot Corporation and Marriott Corporation.
Tony received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in Economics, has done graduate course work at the London School of Economics, and has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to Orion’s Board, he serves on several other Boards, including Sumaria Systems, LLC and Glenfarne Merger Corp (NASDQ: GGMCU).
    Mike Jenkins
    Chief Executive Officer

    Mike Jenkins joined Orion as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President in November 2021 and was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2022. Mike served as General Manager/Regional Business Director for Bostik Incorporated since 2013. In this role, Mike tripled the size of the business through organic growth and executing three strategic acquisitions/integrations. From 2011 to 2013, Mike was Regional Director Americas managing sales and marketing for Diversey, a private equity company that was sold to Sealed Air. Mike spent nine years at Kohler Co from 2001 to 2010 in a variety of senior positions including Vice President of Sales and Installation for Kohler’s Canac cabinetry company where he oversaw all aspects of sales and managed their turnkey installation business model. Mike also led Kohler’s retail business focused largely on national home centers. Before Kohler Co. Mike worked in various sales and marketing roles for Master Lock, ITW Paslode and Grainger from 1992 to 2001.

      Ellen Richstone
      Ellen Richstone joined the Board in 2017. She is a former CEO (private company Entrepreneurial Resources Group), and former CFO of both public and private companies ranging in size from microcap up to Fortune 500: Rohr Aerospace (Fortune 500), Brooks Automation, Sonus Networks, Augat Inc. and Honeywell Bull. In addition, Ms. Richstone was the Treasurer of Fortune 500 Company Data General.
      Ellen is currently a full-time board director and sits on the Board of three public companies in addition to Orion: Superior Industries (Industrial/Auto Parts); eMagin Inc. (Technology); and Cognition Therapeutics (Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences). Prior to her current Board service Ellen was on the Board of American Power Conversion until its sale (APC; an S&P 500 Company) as the financial expert. In 2013, Ellen was given the first annual Distinguished Director Award from the American College of Corporate Directors (formerly CDG), an organization of 1,900 public company directors nationwide and is a Board Leadership Fellow, the highest qualification given to Board Directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Finally, she is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in New England and chairs the Program Committee.
      From an operating perspective, in addition to finance, she has extensive experience in global business, M&A, and investor relations, in both growth and turnaround situations.
      Ellen received her BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California where she was Student Body President. She holds two graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (International Affairs and Masters of Law and Diplomacy) and completed the advanced professional certificate in finance at NYU’s Graduate School of Business Administration and attended the Executive Development program at Cornell University’s Business School. She earned her Professional Director Certification for Public Company Directors in 2010 from the American College of Corporate Directors and more recently achieved the Executive Masters-Platinum Level.
        Richard Shapiro

        Richard Shapiro joined the Board in 2023. Richard is the Founder/CIO of family office firm Ridge Run Partners, LLC. Previously, he twice served as Portfolio Manager at Millennium Management, a $58 billion hedge fund, from 2020-2021 and from 2007-2011. From 2011-2020, Richard was at Wexford Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund and private equity firm, becoming a Partner in 2014. While at Wexford, he served as Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Equities and was also a member of Wexford’s Hedge Fund Investment Committee. Prior to Wexford and Millennium, Mr. Shapiro was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager focused on equity investments at Amaranth Advisors. From 1997-1999 and 2001-2004, Mr. Shapiro gained investment experience while at Putnam Investments and LMCG Investments.

        Richard previously served on the Board of Directors of BBQ Holdings, where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance committee. BBQ Holdings was acquired by MTY Food Group (TSE: MTY).

        Richard holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Mr. Shapiro currently serves on the Board of Directors of public company, Elah Holdings (ticker: ELLH).

          Sally Washlow
          Sally Washlow joined the Board in 2022. Sally is the former COO/President of Cobra Electronics, which transformed to Cedar Electronics under private equity ownership where Sally was the CEO. Sally has served in various management capacities from supply chain and product marketing to sales. Currently she is a practice leader for LHH’s International Center for Executive Options, a boutique provider of executive consulting services. She also serves on other public company boards including Costar Technologies and Data IO along with a private company, Matot Industries. Sally is also on the Consumer Technology Associations’ Board of Industry Leaders and leads the Chicago Chapter of the Private Directors Association.
          Sally received a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from DePaul University.
            Heather Wishart-Smith

            Heather Wishart-Smith joined the board in 2023. Heather held a series of senior executive roles with Fortune 500 company Jacobs, including Senior Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities Mid-Atlantic region; and Federal Department of Defense market sector. Jacobs continuously ranks number one on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. She has extensive experience in global operations, innovation, M&A, and strategy.

            Heather’s Board and advisory experience includes private companies Group PMX and JS Global, venture capital fund Blockchain Founders Fund, and startup Ovenue. She was the national President and Board Chair of the Society of American Military Engineers for its centennial year and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

            Heather received her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, certified Project Management Professional, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (Building Design + Construction). Heather is a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and inducted member of the National Academy of Construction.