Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Julia Anderson | Chief Information Officer
Julia is a Chief Information Officer (CIO) who leverages technology to increase revenue and sustainability for iconic global brands like Smithfield, Pepsi, Heinz, and Kraft. She pairs strategy and implementation to streamline core businesses and propel innovation and profitability. Julia has a long history of efficient ERP and SAP deployment and has won multiple awards for her leadership, including for her work championing diverse teams and culture.
Julia joined SIM in 2000 after completing Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) in Boston MA. Julia has been a member of the Advanced Practices Council (APC) since 2006.
Academic Community Affairs
Mary Sumner | Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Mary Sumner is Professor of Computer Management and Information Systems and Associate Dean, School of Business, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of New York University. She has been responsible for building the undergraduate and graduate programs in CMIS and has taught for 28 years in the areas of management of information technology, information systems design, project management, software systems design, and enterprise systems design. Dr. Sumner served as chief information officer for academic affairs and was responsible for organizing and managing information services to support the quality and effectiveness of academic programs at the university. She organizes business/university partnerships and executive programs in leadership, project management, and health informatics. She has taught ERP systems design at the Norwegian School of Logistics over the past five years, and teaches executive MBA courses in Hong Kong and Singapore.
She has written seven textbooks, including college texts in Management Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Planning, and has published over forty research papers on enterprise resource planning, IT workforce issues, project management, and health informatics. Her research has appeared in Database, the Journal of Systems Management, Information and Management, the Journal of Computer Information Systems, Information Resource Management Journal, the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and the Journal of Information Technology.
Dr. Sumner has served as Conference Chair, ACM SIGCPR, 1993 (Washington, D.C.) and Conference Co-Chair, ACM SIGMIS CPR, 2007 (St. Louis, MO) and now serves as Conference Co-Chair, ICIS 2010 (St. Louis, MO). She oversees the Technology and Commerce Roundtable, a CIO forum and the Project Management Advisory Team. Her education includes a B.A. Syracuse, M.A., University of Chicago, M.A., Columbia University, and Doctorate, Rutgers University. Her certifications include Oracle Master’s and AMIA Health Informatics.
Advanced Practices Council
Madeline Weiss | Weiss Associates
Madeline is President of Weiss Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategy and change, particularly related to information management and technology. Utilizing her experience of over 30 years in management, organization strategy and change, and information technology, she consults for business, government, universities, and professional organizations. She is Program Director of SIM's Advanced Practices Council and has been an officer of SIM. Madeline has been an RLF facilitator since 1994. She develops and conducts internal leadership programs for organizations as well.
National Program Co-Chair
Michael Gabriel | Fortium Partners, LP
Michael Gabriel is a senior level technology advisor and partner with Fortium Partners, LP. He was previously Executive Vice President & CIO for Home Box Office for 14 years, and a founding executive leader of the media and entertainment industry transforming HBO GO Initiative. Prior to HBO, he was Vice President & CIO for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Vice President of IT for the EMI-Capitol Music Group NA, and Director of IT for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and then Director of Financial Systems at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). He is an inventor on 6 media and entertainment industry patents.
National Program Co-Chair
John Hood | ConocoPhilips
John manages an ERP transformation program for ConocoPhillips. John has over 20 years of IT management experience including eleven years as CIO for a large oilfield services company. He also managed the divisional IT organization for a major oil and gas company for 5 years and more recently, enterprise programs and projects at ConocoPhillips for 8 years. John is a member of the ConocoPhillips' IT Leadership Team. He is an active member of Houston's SIM Chapter, a 19-year member of SIM's Advanced Practices Council, former Council President for the Buffalo Trail Council (BSA), and former Chairman of the Midland, Texas Chamber of Commerce. John and his wife, Cynthia live in Houston, and they have 3 children.
Chapter Development Director
Tom McCurley | The Chefs' Warehouse
Tom McCurley is the Chief Information Officer at The Chefs’ Warehouse, a distributor of the finest ingredients to chefs at restaurants, caterers, country clubs, cruise ships, casinos, etc. He is focused on digital transformation, the IT implications of an aggressive M&A strategy and an evolving warehouse technology plan. Prior to Chefs’, Tom was CIO of CraneCo in Stamford CT, Group VP of IT at Terex Corporation in Westport CT and VP of IT for the Black & Decker HHI Group in Lake Forest CA.
Tom joined SIM in Southern California in 2004, completed the Regional Leadership Forum in 2005, then joined the Fairfield Westchester chapter in 2007. He joined the SIM FW board in 2012 and led Programs and Strategy before being named chapter President and most recently Chairman. Tom earned his BS in Computer Science and MBA in International Business from Loyola University in Baltimore. He and his wife Lisa live in Fairfield CT with their five children.
National Membership Co-Chair
Patricia Randall | Kforce Professional Staffing
Patricia Randall has worked in the IT Staffing industry for 22 years. She is currently an Account Director for Kforce Professional Staffing, formerly Romac International. Kforce is a 42-year old national staffing company that specializes in IT and Financial contract and permanent placements, with revenues of $1Billion. Prior employers include Analysts International and Brandon Systems Corporation. Pat has a Bachelors degree from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and also attended a PhD program at Brown University in RI.
Pat has been a member of the Boston chapter of SIM for seven years, serving as Membership Chair for four years, Vice President for one year, and President of the chapter for two years. She has served SIM as VP for Marketing from 2006-2009.
National Membership Co-Chair
Gene Janiszewski | Paradigm Group
- Gene Janiszewski founded the Paradigm group – Professional and Executive Technology Search Firm in November of 2003 after a 27-year track record in information Systems. Prior to starting the Paradigm group, Mr. Janiszewski held positions as IT Partner/CIO with Sirius Solutions, Senior Director of Technical Services with Sysco Foods, IT Director of Vericenter, and SAP Worldwide Director, Director/CIO/Vice President of Information systems with Radisys/Texas Micro, IT Director of Fulbright and Jaworski Law firm
- SIM HOUSTON Board member - VP of Membership of SIM Houston 10+ Years
- Co-Director of Membership of SIM National Management Council – 5+ years
- SIM HOUSTON - Golf Co-Chair - 7 years
- Past- President of the SIM (Society of Information Managers 2013-2014) Houston Chapter.
- Advisory Committee member of U of H, HBU and Fort Bend, Genesys Works Group
- Genesys Works Board member- Development Committee - 5 Years
- Active Member of the Executive Association of Houston
- Membership Co-Chair of the Business Resource Group (BRG)
- Past President of the AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) Houston Chapter and Region 3 AITP Director of Conferences and currently 6 years Student Chapter Liaison.
- Coordinator, facilitator and speaker for the Senior Manager’s Central Group Job Ministry for 8 years.
Technology Task Force Co-Chair
Jim Martin is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Shepley Bulfinch, a 140 year old national architecture practice with offices in Boston, Hartford, Houston and Phoenix with a focus on institutional healthcare and education design. In an environment of rapidly evolving demands and technology platforms, Jim draws on over 25 years of Information Technology experience to lead the development of strategies for technology tools that support and advance design, delivery, and collaboration.
Outreach and STEM Initiatives
Nancy Schimizzi | Fair Oaks Strategies
Nanci is a Senior Technology Executive with over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, most recently Vice President of Technology at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). She joined the organization in February 1994 and held various positions focusing on strategy, relationship management, program management, communication and software development.
Outreach and STEM Initiatives
Janis O'Bryan | Hudson Advisors
Janis O’Bryan joined Hudson Advisors in February 1997 as IT Director and was then promoted to global SVP/CIO of Information Technology in 2000. She had global responsibility for all technology for Hudson Advisors and Lone Star Funds. In addition to the responsibility of managing business technology for this dynamic private equity and asset management company, Janis and her global team provided technology and information security consultant services to mitigate risk in the companies mergers and acquisitions activities as well as ongoing operational guidance.
In August 2013, she accepted the role at Hudson Advisors as the global SVP/Chief Administrative Officer. This position provided the opportunity to globalize other areas of the business and to focus on our most valuable assets, our human capital. Janis left Hudson Advisors in October 2015 to focus on family and plans to reengage in technology strategic initiatives in the near future.
Janis has 35 years of experience in all aspects of business strategy, technology, and global operations in multiple industries, such as oil and gas, retail, marketing and finance with 25 years at a senior management level.
She's previously served as the President/Chairman for the global non-profit Society of Information Management (SIM) DFW chapter and is an advisory council member for several other CIO organizations.
Chapter President's Forum Advisory Chair
Sanjay Khatnani | J2 Solutions
Sanjay Khatnani is a managing partner and founder of J2 Solutions, a successful technology and business consulting firm based in the greater Philadelphia area, where he provides strategic direction to the company, forms and manages partnerships, works with clients to deploy technology solutions that drive organizational growth and manages recruiting operations. Sanjay brings a unique combination of attributes to this role, with more than a decade of IT consulting experience, an in-depth knowledge of the sales and marketing function and a natural ability to develop and nurture relationships.
Under his leadership, J2 saw a 554% growth over a three-year period. The company was named one of the fastest growing companies on the 2015, 2014 Inc. 5000 list and also ranked on the 2015, 2014 Philadelphia 100 list. Khatnani has been quoted in CIO Magazine and technology business book, “Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social and Cloud-based World,” by Gregory Smith.
Prior to forming J2 in 2002, Sanjay ran the pre-sales organization for Niku Corporation’s northeast division. There, he led a team of six in the development and support of client opportunities, and provided subject matter expertise in all aspects of technical pre-sales activities.
In 1998, as a manager with Connaissance Consulting, he was tasked with developing the consulting organization strategy and build-out to support the most efficient use of the staff. As a direct result of his efforts, he increased the consulting delivery utilization rate from 60% to over 90%—driving bottom line growth for the company.
His earlier career experience includes positions with Deloitte Consulting in sales and marketing, IT consulting and human resources.
Sanjay sits on the advisory council of Tech Impact, a community-based organization that empowers non-profits to use technology. He is a regular speaker for the organization’s ITWorks, an award-winning IT training program for young adults, and is a board member of Philadelphia Society of Information Management (SIM) chapter.
SIM National Marketing & Sponsorship Chair
Saby Waraich | Clackamas Community College
A Senior Information Technology Leader with 20+ years of business and information technology experience in software development, project management, change management, and process improvement. Saby has assisted multiple diverse clients in their business transformation through project successes, bolstering communications across various departments, and assisted customers in creating effective solutions to complex problems. An international speaker, trainer and coach on leadership and technology, his speech engagements are energetic, lively and engaging. An enthusiastic speaker leader with an uncanny ability to engage and inspire his team and audience. Saby is currently working as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Clackamas Community College and is on the board of SIM Portland Chapter. He is also an Angel Investor with focus on start-ups in Technology and Retail.
SIM Foundation Chair
Eric Gorham I REJIS
Mr. Gorham has served as CIO for REJIS since 1998. He joined REJIS in June of 1983 and has been a member of the REJIS team for more than 35 years. Mr. Gorham is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing support of IT systems and solutions in critical government areas, such as law enforcement, courts, corrections, disaster recovery, Data Center operations, network services, security, help desk and citizen services.
He participates on several committees that oversee the operations of REJIS, which help guide the future direction of the organization. Mr. Gorham is a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and served as the Chapter’s President in 2007. He currently serves as Chair for the SIM National Foundation as a member of the SIM St. Louis - President’s Advisory Council, and was the SIM National Chair from 2014 - 2015.
Mr. Gorham is a graduate of the SIM Midwest Regional Leadership Forum and in 2006 was selected as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. Mr. Gorham supports local community organizations as a member of BackStoppers, The MASTERS, and as a Board Member for the St. Louis Community College Foundation.
Education: • Executive MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma (Honor Society for National Schools of Business) - Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, 2013 • CIO Pocket MBA, Boston University School of Management, Boston Massachusetts, 2009 • Bachelor of Science, Organizational Administration - Cum Laude - St. Louis University • Associate in Applied Science Data Processing - St. Louis Community College at Meramec • Certificate for Computer Programming and Operations Control Data Institute
Strategic Partner Program
Judy Arteche-Carr | Arteche Global Group
Judy Arteche-Carr is currently a strategic advisor and management consultant to a select group of global companies She has extensive experience in the areas of technology consulting and financial management globally. She has worked with management teams in transformation strategies- aligning IT to the Business and global strategic programs in various financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan (JPMChase) and Salomon Brothers (Citigroup) as well as worked in technology services companies such as EDS and Unisys with responsibility for relationship management, business development, solutions and delivery. Specialties: Management Consulting, Global Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing, Global Program/Project Management.
John Manzanares | CoolSys
is Managing Director of Hurley & Associates with over 25 years of experience in IT and business strategic / operational planning. He focuses on aligning business goals with technology services. He has consulted to C-level executives of leading Fortune 500 companies in the areas of business transformation, process improvement, project management, organizational change management, business and IT integration, business analysis, cost benefit analysis and training.
Before establishing Hurley & Associates, John held senior level positions with Blackwell Global Consulting, CertaLogic, Huron Consulting, Capgemini, Navigant Consulting and CSC. John has been a speaker at major industry conferences focusing on project management, strategic planning, marketing, customer satisfaction and business modeling. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago in Finance and Accounting and a BA from Northwestern University.
He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has also served on the Audit Committee for Pinal County, Arizona and was a Professor of Business in Computer Information Systems at Central Arizona College.
John serves on the SIM National Management Council as the Chapter Governance Director. He also serves on the SIM National Chapter Advisory Council. John is a member of SIM Arizona Chapter and served on their Board as President, Past President, Vice President and Secretary. He is currently a SIM Arizona Board Adviser. John is also a 2008 graduate of the SIM Midwest RLF program.
Members in Transition
Stephen Webster | MRE Consulting
Stephen Webster joined MRE Consulting in 2013 as MRE’s Chief Technology Officer. As the leader of MRE’s Information Technology Management practice area, he is responsible for helping MRE and its clients develop and implement sound technology strategies. Stephen is a recognized expert at designing and implementing technology solutions and services for Global Fortune 250 companies. He has provided expert commentary on topics ranging from data security to cloud computing, and has been featured on Bauer Business Focus, NPR and CBS Radio. Stephen has been responsible for strategy development, strategic outsourcing, and has run worldwide support, infrastructure and data center operations.
Prior to Joining MRE, Stephen was the CEO and Founder of StratITsphere, a next generation data center and managed-services company, which was recognized in 2012 by the Houston Business Journal as #2 fastest growing technology company in Houston. As CEO of StratITsphere, he drove innovative award-winning solutions and achieved investor targets focused on growth of cloud, colocation, consulting and outsourcing services. Previously, he was the top technology executive at BG Group, a multinational oil and gas company recently acquired by Royal Dutch Shell, where he served as VP and CTO for global infrastructure strategy and delivery.
Earlier, Stephen held positions with Accenture and Calpine Corporation in leadership roles in solution architecture, enterprise architecture, infrastructure services, and operations management. Stephen has received numerous recognitions from the IT community including listing on the MSPmentor250’s “Top People in Managed Services” in 2014 and CRN’s “Next-Gen 250 List of Groundbreaking Technology Companies” for his work at StratITsphere in 2011 and 2012. Stephen holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
SIM Author's Group Chair
Tony Gerth | G. Brint Ryan College of Business
Dr. Tony Gerth is a Clinical Professor with the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas teaching information systems management courses. He is also Principal of ABG Executive Advisors, LLC an IT leadership coaching and education firm. Previously he taught at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business where he was awarded the MSIS Outstanding Faculty award 9 times in eleven years.
He had over 25 years of experience in technology consulting prior to his academic career. He was a partner in three global consulting practices for Deloitte, EDS and Infosys Consulting. His global experience consists of serving clients in twenty countries and being posted in London.
Dr. Gerth has a doctorate (D.B.A.) from Cranfield University (U.K.). His research centers on CIO leadership, particularly how CIOs make successful transitions and avoid derailment. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on CIO transitions and IT leadership.
He has been a frequent speaker regarding CIO leadership and soft skills for technology professionals for organizations such as SIM, ISACA, IIA, APICS, Pink Elephant, Value Summit and Gartner. He is a member of SIM, currently serving as leader of SIM Authors special interest group, and Association of Information Systems (AIS). His research has been published in Communications of AIS, Proceedings of AMCIS, MIS Quarterly Executive, Business Horizons, and the Journal of Information Systems Management. He is author of “A Student Guide to IT Strategy Case Analysis” and “Taking the Reins as CIO: A Blueprint for Leadership Transitions”. He previously served as the publisher of MIS Quarterly Executive.
Kristen Lamoreaux I Lamoreaux Search
Kristen Lamoreaux, President & CEO of Lamoreaux Search, LLC, is a cultivator of talent that derives joy from helping others achieve their potential. Her integrity, candor, and focus on moving things forward ensure you will always get the hard truth from her mentoring heart. A woman of energy and action, Kristen is a self-proclaimed “Inclusionist” who dedicates her efforts, both personally and professionally, toward helping people and organizations reap the benefits from a diverse leadership team.
Kristen has garnered industry recognition from her visibility as a contributor for CIO magazine and her frequent appearances as a keynote speaker at national industry conferences. Her thought leadership includes women’s leadership, technology talent, STEM Outreach, and networking through philanthropy.
Kristen is also the founder of SIM Women - a North American networking organization for over 1500 female CIOs and their direct reports. She conducts monthly webinars, regional meetings, and emcees a national conference annually where she hosts tech non-profits focused on diversity and inclusion.
SIM Regional Leadership Forum
Mark Griesbaum I affinITy4U
Mark Griesbaum is the Managing Partner of affinITy4U, LLC since November, 2014. affinITy4U, LLC is focused in the following key areas: IT Strategy/Vision Development, Operational Integration, Top Line Revenue Growth, and Executive Leadership Development. Key Clients served by Affinity4U, LLC. are the following: Burwood Group, Dominican University, Ensono, Littelfuse, Rehrig Pacific Company, True Value, Web-Smart – USA, SIM-National and i.c.stars.
Mark is involved in various non-profit organizations across Chicago including the Society for Information Management (Trustee), Illinois Technology Foundation (Board Member), 1871 Chicago Innovation, I.C. Stars (Vice Chair of the Board), and the Higher Education CIO Special Interest Group (Co-Founder).
SIM National Chapter Advisory Council Co-Chair
Gennadiy (Gene) Barskiy| Fisk Alloy, Inc
Mr. Barskiy is currently Head of Information Technology and Security for Fisk Alloy, specialty wire manufacturing company known for advanced technologies in alloys and plating, and its specialty engineered wires for critical applications in Medical Devices, Aerospace, Defense and Automobile Manufacturing industries. Previously, Mr. Barskiy was Director, Global Applications and M&A IT Integration Lead at International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (NYSE: IFF), where he was responsible for Global Application Delivery and Support of Enterprise IT Services, and M&A integration. Under his direction, the IT organization focused on delivering better level of services and improving operational efficiencies that support top line growth and bottom line results for the company. During his tenure with IFF, increasing levels of responsibility allowed Mr. Barskiy to learn many aspects of IFF’s global business and to gain rich experience operating within a global environment. Mr. Barskiy managed global teams with employees in USA, Singapore, Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and India. Gene joined SIM in 2012 after completing Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) training program. Mr. Barskiy serves on the Board of Directors of SIM NJ and SIM NJ Foundation since 2014. Mr. Barskiy was elected as President to lead SIM NJ Board of Directors for 2017-2018 term.
SIM National Chapter Advisory Council Co-Chair
Dan Diachenko| | PeopleProductive
A firm believer that great people invest in good companies and great companies invest back in great people, Dan is driven by facilitating organizations to create a culture where everybody wins. Dan is responsible for leading PeopleProductive's Global Business Relations. He has spent the past decade bringing people who aspire to do great things, together. His international experience, from budding start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, has enabled him to positively influence organizations to benefit from hot new technology solutions, while transforming workplace cultures. Taking part in the Social Software Start-up movement, Dan was one of the original Argentina-based, founding team members of Avature in 2004, a recruiting tech start-up led by the co-founder of HotJobs.com. His early adoption of online social networking and creative business-relationship building, ignited his strong organizational ties and guided international teams to optimize their product delivery and profits. Further expanding his IT Solutions experience, he dove deeper into Software Development, a transition that led him back to the US to launch Operations in the Northeast for two reputable LATAM software engineering companies. Dan’s niche for connecting people has endless reach. His professional community of outstanding individuals, encompasses amazing organizations such as SIM Boston, HRLF, MassTLC, Mobile Tea meetup, Microsoft communities, and many more IT arenas. Dan received his BA in International Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his bilingual MBA at La Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Leadership Development Chair
Bill Waas | Sage Sustainable Electronics
Mr. Waas is on the Board of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Society for Information Management. He is also the Executive Director - GoodTogether a philanthropic program at Sage Sustainable Electronics. He previously was the Chairman & CEO of the Illinois Technology Foundation. ITF was a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing mentoring to college age students in the transition from academia to industry. He started his career at Grumman Data Systems Corporation and held various management positions in strategic planning, finance and service management. Mr. Waas was Senior Vice President of Service and Support at Vanstar Corporation, a $2.5 billion dollar system integrator. At Vanstar, Mr. Waas headed the $250 million service organization. Mr. Waas was Vice President of Value Added Services at Dell Computer Corporation. He was responsible for a $750 million dollar division of Dell, responsible for the sale and delivery of software, peripherals and system integration services.
He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, Harvard University Extension School and Roosevelt Universary. At Northwestern, he also serves as a member of the MSIS Admissions Committee.
He is member of the board for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Tampa Bay Chapter. He also serves as a volunteer business mentor with SCORE. Mr. Waas was a co-founder of the Service Section of CompTIA and was a member of the Board and Chairman of the association from 1995-1997.
He is an active member on the SPC Advisory Council Task Forces and the CCIT Advisory Council.
Mr. Waas holds a BBA in accounting and an MBA in finance from Hofstra University. He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
More on Mr. Waas can be found on his LinkedIn Profile
Angelo Morello | Pfizer's Global Business Services
Angelo Morello is Director, Digital and Technology (Digital) for Pfizer’s Global Business Services organization. His responsibilities include Digital partnership and delivery of technology solutions for Financial Services related to procure to pay, financial reporting and cash management global processes.
Most recently Angelo was Director for Global Security and Global Workplaces Solutions, leading a team delivering anti-counterfeiting, anti-fraud and physical security solutions at a global scale. He also led the development of the digital blueprint for Pfizer’s new headquarter scheduled to come online in 2022 within The Spiral - Hudson Yard’s latest architectural achievement in New York City.
Angelo has served as Digital Director of Research, Finance, Connecticut Site Operations and Digital Chief of Staff for Development and Medical organizations.
Prior to joining Pfizer in 1999, Angelo held management roles at Deloitte focused on technical and strategy consulting.
Angelo is currently co-chair of the Governance committee within the Society for Information Management’s (SIM’s) National organization. He is also a Board member within the Central Connecticut SIM Chapter.
Angelo is the recipient of SIM (Central Connecticut) CIO of the year award, Pfizer’s Upjohn performance award and Pfizer’s Covid task force award.
Angelo earned his Master of Business Science with a concentration in Finance and Management from Quinnipiac University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hofstra University.
Angelo is married and a proud father of seven children. He enjoys coaching in the local park and rec soccer program, hiking and cooking with the family.