meet the team

Elire’s leadership team leverages an average of 25+ years of product and process expertise in their respective fields to be your Trusted Advisors. We understand your pain points, having overcome many of them as implementers, managers, analysts, and users. We get your priorities and needs as C and D suite executives. Meet the experts developing the methodologies, processes, and solutions our 250+ clients can attribute to IT transformation success.  


Grant Bernardy

Grant Bernardy


Mr. Bernardy serves as an Elire Co-CEO overseeing the Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations departments. Grant has 20+ years of Oracle and PeopleSoft experience and is recognized as a thought leader for IT transformation in the industry.

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Michael Merrill


Mr. Merrill serves as an Elire Co-CEO overseeing Delivery Services and Talent Management including Human Resources, Recruiting, and Learning Development. Michael has 25+ years of ERP deliver experience and is recognized as a project and program management leader empowering teams to drive project success.

Center of excellence Leads

Chris Costakes

Partner, Cloud Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Costakes serves as Elire’s Cloud Center of Excellence Lead, overseeing Elire’s Cloud ERP, Cloud HCM, and Cloud Transformation Practice Areas. Chris has 20+ Years of PeopleSoft and Oracle Cloud Experience, excelling in transforming organization’s IT footprint by migrating from on-premise applications to Oracle Cloud.


Jeff Hilliard

Partner, On-Premise Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Hilliard serves as Elire’s On Premise Center of Excellence lead, overseeing PeopleSoft and EBS upgrades, implementations, and optimization initiatives. Mr. Hilliard has 20+ Years of Oracle and PeopleSoft application expertise, specializing in maximizing the value of PeopleSoft and modernizing the application for Elire’s clients as their organizations grow. 

Ed Apuy

Ed Apuy

Partner, EPM & Analytics Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Apuy has an accounting background with over 25 years of experience implementing and advising on Hyperion/Oracle EPM. Ed has industry experience across a wide variety of verticals: technology, telecommunications, banking, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, utilities.​

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Carlos Conde

Partner, Treasury Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Conde serves as Elire’s Treasury Center of Excellence Lead overseeing Elire’s SaaS Treasury, ERP Treasury, and Treasury Advisory Services Practices. Mr. Conde has 25+ years of diverse Treasury Implementation and Advisory Services expertise and is recognized as a Trusted Advisor and Thought leader in the Treasury Space. 

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Richard Merrill

Partner, Advisory Services Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Merrill serve’s as Elire’s Management Advisory Services Center of Excellence Lead and Head of Service Delivery. Richard’s 20+ Years of Advisory Services and Project Management expertise have developed Elire’s Success Delivered Methodologies and templates to deliver proven, best practice tools for project success.

Brian Peterson

Partner, Managed Services Center of Excellence Lead

Mr. Peterson serves as Elire’s Managed Services Center of Excellence Lead, delivering continued application support and infrastructure services for Elire’s valued Clients. Brian has 20+ years of ERP Technical expertise his team utilizes to streamline application support and extend the application value for on-premise and cloud applications.

Practice Leads

Scott Costello

Scott Costello

Partner, Close and Consolidations Practice Lead

Mr. Costello is a CPA with over 25 years of experience implementing and advising on Hyperion/Oracle EPM.  He started with Hyperion in 1999 and implemented first versions of Planning and Oracle Cloud EPM.  Scott has helped hundreds of clients with their reporting, closing and budgeting needs.​

Alex Canizales

Alex Canizales

Partner, Planning and Budgeting Practice Lead

Mr. Canizales has over 20 years of experience helping companies define and transform their financial close process, improving their planning, budgeting and forecasting cycles and extending and enabling their internal and external reporting. Alex has extensive business process leadership experience and has been both a project manager and a design architect on Hyperion and Oracle Cloud EPM projects. ​

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Alvaro Sanson

Partner, PeopleSoft Treasury Practice Lead

Mr. Sanson serves as Elire’s PeopleSoft Treasury Practice Lead, leading PeopleSoft Treasury Implementations and Optimizations for Elire’s valued clients. Alvaro has 25+ years of Treasury expertise and is recognized as a Trusted Advisor for Treasury in the Healthcare and Education sectors.

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Landon Hartvigsen

Partner, Director of Strategic Alliances and Sales Operations

Mr. Hartvigsen focuses on networking with current and potential partners to determine how to best utilize those relationships and whether new partners align with Elire’s overall business strategy.  

He also oversees contracts management and Inside Sales management and growth. 

Associate Partners


John Stahl

Associate Partner, Cloud HCM Practice Lead

Mr. Stahl serves as Elire’s Cloud HCM Practice Lead. He has over 25 years of Oracle HCM consulting experience (Peoplesoft and Oracle Cloud) supporting operations, IT, project management, contingency planning, and HR processes. He is a strategic thinker, empowering clients with innovative ideas to initiate change and deliver results for their IT Transformation initiatives.

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Jason McCabe

Associate Partner, Cloud ERP Practice Lead

Mr. McCabe is the Oracle Cloud ERP Practice lead for Elire and is responsible for managing all clients using Oracle Cloud ERP Applications. Jason and his team deliver ERP solutions for clients looking to strategically align business strategy and organizational objectives through cloud-based application implementations.

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Jayjay Gutierrez

Associate Partner, ARCs and EDM Focus Area Lead

Mr. Gutierrez has 15 years experience in designing, developing, and supporting Hyperion/Oracle EPM solutions.  His experience extends not only into the development of the EPM software but also the transformation of the many business processes that drive the technology.  Jayjay’s recent focus has been on leading successful Oracle Cloud EPM engagements. ​


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Michael Surma

Director of Human Resources

Mr. Surma serves as Elire’s Director of Human Resources, overseeing Elire’s human resource initiatives. As a business-focused leader, Mr. Surma values partnering with other executives to plan and deliver high-quality solutions and services to employees at all levels.


Tavia Lundquist

Director of Finance and Operations

Ms. Lundquist serves as Elire’s Director of Finance and Operations, increasing enterprise value through strategic financial management, cost reductions, internal controls, and efficiency enhancements. As a dedicated financial executive with progressive experience in the field, she is a trusted financial advisor who builds strong working relationships with Elire clients and contributors.


Edmund Glasenapp

Director of Project Management Operations

Mr. Glasenapp serves as Elire’s Director of PMO with over 9 years of experience in project management, treasury management systems, business process design, data analysis, and system configuration. He has helped standardize and enhance clients’ treasury management by upgrading their treasury operations into cloud-based TMS solutions.

Jordyn Fugere-Burmeister

Jordyn Fugere-Burmeister

Director of Marketing

Ms. Fugere-Burmeister serves as Elire’s Director of Marketing, overseeing Elire’s Brand Strategy, RFPs, and Conferences. As a strategic Marketing leader, Ms. Fugere-Burmeister brings 8 years of experience in the Oracle Sector, with her team print and digital content developing to support all phases of the Oracle and Elire customer journey.

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Chris Maske

Director of Sales - West

Mr. Maske serves as Elire’s Director of Sales – West, including Tribes and Labs Industries. Mr. Maske brings 18 years of Sales strategy and leadership, including 11 years of Oracle Applications sales expertise. As a dynamic Sales Leader, Chris focuses on building relationships with Elire’s Valued Clients and mentoring the next generation of Elire’s sales team.

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Michael Friend

Director of Sales - East

Mr. Friend serves as Elire’s Director of Sales, overseeing Elire’s Client Relationships Pillar and all Sales and Marketing activities. Mr. Friend brings 10 years of sales experience in Financial, Legal, and Software services and over five years of management experience and relationships from his tenure at Oracle America Inc.