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 Altschaefl
    Director

    Mike Altschaefl has served as a Director since October 2009 and was CEO from May 2017 until November 2022. He served as Board Chair from August 2016 until August 2022. Prior to his appointment as Orion’s CEO, Mike served as the President of E-S Plastic Products LLC, a custom manufacturer of plastic injection parts, since November 2013. In connection with his appointment as CEO, he transitioned to the role of Chairman of E-S Plastic Products LLC. Previously, Mike served as the Vice President - Strategy and Business Development of Shiloh Industries, Inc., a public company and leading independent manufacturer of advanced metal product solutions for high volume applications in the North American automotive, heavy truck, trailer and consumer markets from January 2013 until October 2013. He was an owner and Chief Executive Officer of Albany-Chicago Company LLC, a custom die cast and machined components company when Shiloh Industries purchased the company in December 2012. Mike is a certified public accountant. Prior to acquiring Albany-Chicago Company LLC in 2008, he worked for 27 years with two international independent registered public accounting firms, including 16 years as a partner.

     

      Ellen Richstone
      Director
      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
        Director

        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
          Director
          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.