MISSIONTo be the premier higher education solutions partner for Workday.
Taking the ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. A change in state to something of greater value. This is what we want to achieve for our customers.
ALCHEMY CORE VALUES
Our team is more powerful than our individuals. We share common goals. We rely on and trust one another. We value equality and diversity. “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
All decisions we make have our customers in mind. We aspire to establish long-lasting partnerships with our customers. Successful outcomes are more important to us than time and dollars.
We believe in challenging the status quo. We live for finding new ways to do tired tasks, for taking a fresh look at a paralyzed process. We are imaginative and disruptive in well-behaved ways.
We get the job done. We are relentless in the pursuit of success as defined by our customers. We embrace a tough challenge, and we never give up.
We are genuine toward each other, our customers, and our mission and values. We will always tell you the truth. And when we make mistakes, we will own and fix them.
With decades of experience in business software, higher education technology, team building, and leadership, our founders know what it takes to cultivate a fun, values-based, people-centric company.
As CEO, Mike oversees company strategy, sales, marketing, and alliances. His entrepreneurial spirit, leadership instincts, and enthusiasm bring an exciting and motivating energy to Alchemy.
Mike has a deep understanding of the higher education industry, having launched and built the Education & Government divisions at both PeopleSoft and Workday. His years of working with campuses of all sizes helps him understand the unique challenges and needs of higher education institutions.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from Colgate University. He is newly married to wife Kristine and has two active kids and a dog. He enjoys sporting events of all kinds.
Bill brings a profound dedication to leadership, team building, customer success, and integrity to Alchemy in his role as president.
Bill spent 28 years in the U.S. Navy and is passionate about learning and making technology accessible to organizations and individuals. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, preserving Alchemy’s people-first culture, and guiding the success of Alchemy customers. Bill’s deep commitment to building enduring professional relationships is reflected in his advocacy of Alchemy core values, talent development, and teamwork.
Bill received a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from East Carolina University. He is the proud dad of two teenage sons and an outdoor enthusiast. He relaxes and thinks best when he is running, reading, or exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Chief Financial Officer
Whether challenged by managing a company through rapid growth or the frenzied schedules of two active teenagers, Wendy thrives on a fast pace, improving processes, and positive outcomes.
Throughout the past 18 years, Wendy has held CFO positions for various technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. For Alchemy, she sees an opportunity to build scalable business operations systems to support whirlwind growth–with a team and company culture that is prepared and eager for that challenge. Her background in corporate finance, planning, investor relations, and SEC reporting rounds out the Alchemy leadership team with a keen focus on operational excellence.
Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University East Bay and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. She is a Board member of the National Charity League’s Diablo Valley Chapter. And she’s an enthusiastic driver for and champion of soccer, tennis, dance, and other outdoor family activities with her husband Michael.
Vice President, Human Resources
When people are motivated and passionate about what they do, and when employees are happily engaged in a vibrant and rewarding company culture, Heather is satisfied.
Heather’s career includes HR leadership roles at enterprise software leaders PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Workday. She has been responsible for building and driving the development and execution of all HR functions including global HR strategies, recruiting, employee engagement, performance and talent management, and manager effectiveness programs. Her approachability and intuitive understanding of people dynamics inspire a sense of sincerity, trust, and professionalism in her leadership.
Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from St Mary’s College of California. When she’s not thinking about teammates and culture, she’s usually found camping and enjoying nature with her husband Chad, son, and dog.
Vice President, Sales and Customer Success
As Vice President of Sales and Customer Success, Derek starts every day thinking about how customer campuses can achieve a higher level of productivity and success with their Workday deployments.
In over 25 years of professional services and enterprise software experience, Derek has held leadership roles at Workday, Taleo, and PeopleSoft. He started his career at Accenture after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri. He brings a calm disposition and informed perspectives to any deployment, and he is passionate about building and managing highly effective and collaborative teams.
In his free time, Derek enjoys watching his two kids in their sporting events with his wife Betsy. The family also loves traveling near and far.
Vice President, Professional Services
Challenge Eric to improve the time-to-value of a business process or technology, and he promptly starts trying to figure out how and what to streamline and automate.
Eric has held leadership roles at Workday, Kaiser Permanente, and PeopleSoft in his 28 years in professional services, product development, and information technology. He began his career at Chevron after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. He focuses on three key areas in any role he takes on: People, Process, and Tools. His teammates appreciate his sense of humor, analytical perspectives, and customer-focused interests.
Eric enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures with his wife Kim and their two teenagers. He is currently pursuing a Certified Financial Planner certificate from the University California at Berkley extension program.
Vice President, Talent Development
Carole is Alchemy’s knowledge rock. Her thoughtful training programs give Alchemists a solid foundation for their consulting, service, or operations careers. Her earnest interest in tapping the learning potential in people (“instead of what they don’t know”) benefits all Alchemists, partners, and customers.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Carole’s career focused on operations and program management for nearly three decades. While she considers herself fortunate to have experienced many different roles in her career, she’s happiest when teaching. “Everyone has the capacity to learn,” she says. “They just need the opportunity.”
Carole’s 100-year-old home, gardens, and rescue dog Princess consume almost all of her free time. She has flipped roles–from trainer to learner–and has taken classes in wine and the culinary arts, and she enjoys “just being a better cook” for friends and family.
Senior Director, Strategy & Execution
Kelly operates best when she’s wearing multiple hats. This ability to be flexible and balance priorities comes into play every day in Alchemy’s fast moving and aggressive growth startup culture.
Kelly joined Alchemy to define and develop the Production Services practice. Within a year, she was promoted to her current role, where Alchemy can take greater advantage of her leadership, project management, and “get-it-done” skills. She brings 20+ years of technology project management, product management, sales, and operations to Alchemy, where she finds motivation in the opportunity to directly influence the development of her teammates and the growth of the organization.
Kelly kicked off her career in technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton. Life has since brought her to Southern California, where she enjoys playing beach volleyball with her husband and trying to keep up with her two boys.
Vice President, Product
Passion for the product. This has been MJ’s mantra and motivation throughout his 25+ years in enterprise software. He believes that when teams have a profound connection to why they do what they do or produce, good things ensue.
MJ has held leadership roles at Workday, Provade, and PeopleSoft in development, product management, and strategy. A rebel at heart, he tends toward asking questions and pushing boundaries—always with a positive, enthusiastic, and optimistic viewpoint—in the pursuit of innovation.
He started his career at Chevron after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Anthropology from Washington State University, where two of his three children carry on the family tradition today. (Go Cougs!) Outside of work, he’s an avid trail runner and mountain biker as it helps him burn off his love for food.