Management Team


Deanna Roepke, Vice President of Strategic Programs

Deanna Roepke is Vice President of Strategic Programs for Relias Learning. 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. 

Alex Osadzinski, Managing Director of Global Operations

Alex Osadzinski is Managing Director, Global Operations at Relias Learning. Previously he was an active angel and VC investor in the Raleigh Triangle area, serving on several boards of local companies, including KnowledgeTree and WedPics. 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; seven years as a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm, and investing in software and systems companies.



Jim Triandiflou, Chief Executive Officer

Jim Triandiflou joined Relias Learning in July 2012. He previously served as President and CEO of ServiceCEO, a field service software company with more than 6,000 customers around the world. Prior to that role, 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 was also COO of the medical device distribution company Surgi-Care. Jim holds 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. He speaks frequently on SaaS, sales effectiveness, and the value of sales management.

Mike Mutka, Chief Strategy Officer

Mike Mutka is the Chief Strategy Officer at Relias Learning. Prior to this position, he was President of Silverchair Learning Systems, LLC, which is now part of Relias Learning. Mike also served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2005-2009. During that time, he built the sales and marketing organization from just two people to a team of 20+ professionals with an impressive track record of growth. Prior to Silverchair Learning, Mike worked for the Hill-Rom Company, Berchtold Corporation, and Briggs Healthcare, all leaders in their markets, and gained extensive experience in new product development, sales and marketing management, strategic planning, and Kaizen continuous improvement methodology. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business.




Bjoern Bauer, Chief Financial Officer

Bjoern Bauer serves as Chief Financial Officer for Relias Learning. Previously he was the company’s Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Before joining Relias Learning, Bjoern held several senior management positions at Bertelsmann in the areas of finance 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. He earned his Master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

Mark Belles, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Belles comes to Relias with more than 20 years of experience growing and scaling operations at multiple online businesses, including his time at Blackboard, the leading provider of education products to millions of learners and educators across the world.  During his seven years at Blackboard, Belles played a leadership role in tripling overall company revenue from $200 million to $630 million, including his most recent position as a Senior Vice President of K-12, responsible for managing all aspects of sales, marketing client care and implementation.  In addition to Blackboard, Belles spent eight years at IBM and has led sales, marketing and client care at multiple companies including his most recent role as President and COO of Teaching Strategies, LLC. 




Ben Johnson, Chief Product Officer

Ben Johnson is Vice President of Products for Relias Learning. Previously, he was the Vice President of Engineering for Essential Learning. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in web application development and database design. He began his career in 1995 as a freelance web designer and soon after became a software engineer for a San Diego startup. In 1998, he joined PMR Corporation as the project manager in charge of InfoScriber, a web-based medication management system. He continued to lead the development of InfoScriber for Netsmart Technologies, Inc., before joining Essential Learning in 2006. Ben holds an AB from UC Berkeley, an MS from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Utah.

Gary Reinersman, Chief Information Officer

Gary Reinersman is the Chief Information Officer for Relias Learning. He has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software development, hosting and IT -- a majority of that in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments. Gary drives the development, hosting and scalability of the Relias learning management system, as well as the support and security aspects of all platforms and excels at team development, quality and process improvement. He has held technical leadership positions with IBM, Railinc and Deutsche Bank in business areas such as supply chain management, finance and security prior to joining Relias Learning in 2013. Gary holds a bachelor's degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati.



Eric Masters, Vice President of Marketing

Eric Masters is the Vice President of Marketing for Relias Learning. He joined Relias Learning with over 15 years of experience driving top-line business growth and overall brand awareness. Previously the Vice President of Marketing for CareAnyware, a company in the homecare EMR market, Eric has extensive experience as a B2B marketer for healthcare and also spent 10 years in various marketing and leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company, one of the preeminent marketing organizations in the world.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drexel University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jodi Budnick, Vice President of People and Organisational Development

Jodi has 18 years of talent management experience including training, organization development, employee relations, performance management and recruitment. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies.  She received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Marist College and an MS in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Jodi most recently came from Ogilvy & Mather, where she had been a Senior Partner since April 2010.  At Ogilvy Chicago, Jodi led the Talent Management function for all business units including digital, advertising, public relations, direct and media. Jodi holds her Senior Professional certification in Human Resources.



Michael Hemlepp, Vice President of Strategic Projects

Michael Hemlepp joined Relias Learning as the Vice President of Strategic Projects. Prior to Relias, Michael founded Redilearning with the vision of growing it into the leading digital education organization it is today for providers of senior care to transform their business. Redilearning is now part of Relias Learning.  

Michael has more than 15 years of experience in senior care. Prior to Redilearning, Michael co-owned AllianceCare, a healthcare organization specializing in the delivery of integrated medical services, including rehabilitation, home health, and physician services to over 200 senior living communities and 24 markets. AllianceCare and its 500 full-time employees became part of Mobile Medical Industries in December 2004. After AllianceCare, Michael was a partner and co-founder of an advisory company specializing in helping healthcare companies grow, by strengthening financial operations, driving business development and securing capital placement. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and serves on the Business Advisory Group for the American College of Health Care Administrators. 

Sam Dewey, Vice President of Client Care

Sam joined Relias Learning in September 2012.  He served as the Director of Strategic Programs and Director of Finance prior to becoming the Vice President of Client Care.  Over his tenure at Relias Learning, he has conducted extensive work on customer satisfaction and retention, and now is directly responsible for these key tenets of the business, overseeing the Support and Professional Service departments.  Before Relias Learning, Sam served as a 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.