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.
Leadership Development Institute
June Drewry | National Director, RLF
June Drewry was the Global Chief Information Officer for Chubb & Son until her retirement in 2009. She currently is a Co-Director of the Society for Information Management’s Leadership Development Institute, the Southeast facilitator for SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), an Executive Coach with Treeline Consulting, and an Executive Advisor with The Advisory Council.
Ms. Drewry has extensive international experience in the insurance and financial services industry at the senior management level, as a corporate CIO, business unit CIO and as president of a third party administration subsidiary.
June served two terms as president of SIM International and has earned several awards throughout her career for innovative business use of technology and leadership in information technology.
Keri Pearlson | KP Partners
Dr. Keri E. Pearlson is an expert in the area of managing and using information. She has worked with CIOs and executives from some of the largest corporations in the world. She has expertise in helping executives create IT strategies, and in designing and delivering executive leadership programs. She specializes in helping IT executives prepare to participate in the strategy formulation processes with their executive peers. She’s a skilled relationship manager, an accomplished meeting facilitator, an entertaining public speaker, an often-sought-after information resource, a published author and a proven leader. She has a doctorate in Information Systems from the Harvard Business School and a Masters and Bachelors from Stanford University. She’s the CIO of Shalom Austin, a $10M non-profit, and the President of KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm. Visit her LinkedIn page at www.linkedin.com/in/kpearlson.
Mark Hoekstra | Trimble Navigation
Mark currently heads up the Software Engineering division for VirtualSite Solutions (VSS), a position he has held since June 2012. VSS is a joint venture between Caterpillar and Trimble Navigation. VSS' flagship product, VisionLink, is the leading big-data / business intelligence solution for the construction industry. It is based in Westminster, Colorado with development centers in Chennai, India and Christ Church, New Zealand. He joined VirtualSite solutions in June 2012 after a 17 year career as Director of Information Systems at Eagan, MN based Skyline Exhibits, a leading manufacturer of portable and modular trade show exhibits.
Mark has been a member of SIM since 2004 when he joined the Minnesota chapter. He joined the Minnesota Board of Directors in 2008 serving as Marketing Director, and was elected President in 2010 and 2011 where he helped grow the chapter from 40 to 60 members. He also served SIM's National Management council as Information Technology Director in 2010-2012. Since moving to Colorado in 2012 he has been a proud member of the Colorado chapter, serving on the program committee for the 2014 SIMposium event held in Denver.
Andrew Jackson | BravoTECH
In 1996, Andrew Jackson co-founded Bravo Technical Resources, Inc. (BravoTECH), a business technology professional services and IT staff augmentation firm. BravoTECH now services the entire United States from its headquarters in Dallas, TX. Andrew received a BSBA in 1980 from Illinois State University and currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife, Patty, and their two children.
Aside from SIM, some of Andrew's business and community involvement includes SMU Cox School of Business (Associate Board), CEO Netweavers (Chair, Technology SIG), Technology Executive Networking Group (sponsor), Executive Healthcare Network, Texas Association of Business, Metroplex Technology Business Council (Technology Committee), Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council (Technology Advisory Committee), North Texas Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation, NEXT Philanthropic Society (founding member), The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (Vice Chairman, Dallas Chapter), American Electronics Association and Association of Internet Professionals.
Membership & Chapter Development
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.
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/CIO/Vice President of Information systems with Radisys/Texas Micro. - ManagingPartner and Founder of the Paradigm Group, Inc. in 2003 – One of Houston’s leading Professional and Executive Search firms focusing on finding qualified technology resources for Texas (Houston) companies.
- Current President of the SIM (Society of Information Managers – CIO Group ) Houston Chapter.
- 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.
- Former Co-Chair of the Houston Technology Center’s Tech Champs Group – working with many technology entrepreneurial companies, citywide technical organizations and business leaders to promote technology in the city of Houston.
- Former Board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum
- Former Members of the Greater Houston Partnership EDC committee
- Coordinator, facilitator and speaker for the Senior Manager’s Central Group Job Ministry for the past 7 years.
Active and leadership roles in the local Knights of Columbus organization.
Daniel Gorecki | Intercept Pharmaceuticals
Daniel Gorecki is Sr. Dir, Head of Information Security who works for Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in delivering a global risk based security program. Dan believes Intercept focus on unmet needs in progressive non-viral liver disease is enabling people to live a healthier tomorrow. Over the past five years, Dan used speed and agility to help securely build from the ground up the Information Technology foundation in the cloud to enable Intercept to launch our first product in 2016 and commercial expansion thereafter Internationally in the CIO role. Since then, Dan has taken on the CISO role within Intercept to provide a dedicated lens to continue to mature the security program.
Dan is a CISSP, has completed SIM's Regional Leadership Forum for IT Executives and holds a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Stony Brook University.
Dan has served on the board of directors for the New York Metro chapter of SIM since 2016 as VP of Technology and has been part of the SIM Management Council as Co-Chair of Technology since 2015.
Sandi Phillips | DIRECTV, Inc.
Sandi is Director of IT Production Data Management at DIRECTV, based in the Los Angeles area. She leads a team of Systems Analysts who ensure accuracy in the billing system and product catalog, and who deliver business solutions to Sales & Marketing, Customer Care and Risk Management. She has over 25 years of experience in data management and analytics, business solutions design and delivery, and process automation.
Sandi is also founding member and VP of Finance for DIRECTV’s Women’s Leadership Exchange, an employee resource group celebrating their 8th year. In her spare time she leads a networking group for various charitable organizations and community activism.
Sandi has served on the board of directors of the Southern California SIM chapter for the past two years and is a founding member of the Pacific Southwest RLF steering committee. Sandi is a graduate of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) from Northwest 2009, and has made it a mission to bring RLF to Southern California.
SIM Connect Live
Deborah DeCorrevont | Salt River Project
Deborah is a highly engaged and collaborative IT professional with over 25 years of leadership experience. Her diverse skill set includes IT strategic planning,IT business relationship management, business capability roadmap development, cross-functional team leadership, application development, IT governance, vendor contract negotiations, information security, disaster recovery planning, data/database management and business intelligence architecture. Prior to joining SRP, Deborah held the position of Senior Director of Enterprise Data Management at Choice Hotels International, involving strong collaboration with all business areas to provide strategic solutions for their diverse information needs.
Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in MIS from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the SRP Women’s Interest Network and is board president for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Arizona Chapter.
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 currently is 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.
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.
Jeff Skulsky is the Vice President, Information Systems and Technologies for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a fully integrated Biotech company. Prior to this, Mr. Skulsky was a Vice President of IT for another well-known Biotech manufacturer as well as a Director, Global IS/IT where he reported to the CFO of a Medical Device Manufacturer.
Mr. Skulsky is an accomplished Senior IT Executive with over 20 years of combined success in management consulting and industry with large and mid-sized, global organizations. The majority of his experience spans the life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device), Consumer Electronics/Package Goods and Apparel industries.
He specializes in IT organization optimization, systems strategy and delivering business solutions that enable growth while optimizing costs and comply with both FDA and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
Jeff has been a member of SIM NJ for a number of years, and has held numerous Executive Committee positions, including 2011/12 President. One of Jeff’s passions is around networking, where he strives to help those around him. This led to his establishing a local Member-In-Transition program within the NJ chapter that has extended to a national level.
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.
Fawn Medesha | It's 3D Now!
Fawn has over 28 years of leadership experience in real estate, technology and operations at high growth startup and large federated organizations. She is currently Founder and CEO of It’s 3D Now! a 3D printing company. Previously she served at the State of Arizona Department of Revenue where she led strategic planning, governance, the program management office, application development, data warehouse, risk management and Information Security.She also served as CIO of IMH, a financial services company and VP of IS at DMB Associates a real estate developer. Fawn is PMP certified and has a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting from ASU. She also served as president of the Wildest Club in Town a non-profit auxiliary to the Phoenix Zoo.
Fawn joined SIM Arizona in 2008 and serves as an advisory to the Board of Directors and is a member of the STEM committee. She was president of the chapter in 2012, secretary for three years, and VP of programs. Fawn has been involved at the SIM National level for three years on the nominating committee and two years on the SIMposium committee.
Core Offerings/National Programs
Jeff Cole | AT&T
Jeff Cole is currently Assistant Vice President, Entertainment Group Delivery Program Management Office, AT&T. He oversees the strategic direction and administration of multiple technical organizations, which include technical applications and systems, operations, infrastructure and related activities supporting multiple lines of business, across geographic regions.
Jeff has 30 years of IT experience with Fortune 500 companies, is a leader in managing application development, e-commerce, security, project management, and major Program Sponsorship efforts. He further is a proven leader in Agile, lean delivery, and organizing strategy for complex and transformational efforts. He has held leadership roles at DIRECTV / AT&T, Compaq / HP, and Lockheed Martin.
Jeff spent 3 years on active duty and 27 years in the Reserves, retiring from the Marine Corps as a Colonel in 2012.Jeff is also Vice President, Business Development, for the AT&T Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) and is a weekly volunteer at the Bob Hope USO, LAX, also serving on the USO Families of the Fallen Team, and as the LAX USO IT Administrator.
Jeff is a 2012 graduate of the SE RLF program, a participant in the 2016 Executive RLF program, and lead creating a framework for establishing new special interest groups within the SIM Core Offerings.Jeff has a B.A. Criminal Justice (1981) from UNCW, and a B.S. Computer Science (1995) from UCF. Activities that Jeff enjoys are outdoor happenings including softball, off-road vehicle riding, water sports including skiing and wakeboarding, and snowboarding.
Jeff, his wife, Kathy, and three of their four daughters live in Torrance, CA, the fourth lives in Texas, and they have a home in Treasure Island, Florida.
James Bowen | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
James recently joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as Senior Vice President of Global IT Services, heading up their digital transformation. Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he served as CTO, CIO, and then Chief Operating Officer during his tenure with Measured Progress, Vice President, Enterprise Operations for BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sr. Director of Operations for CVS.
James has 30 years of experience in business strategy, technology, and leading global operations across multiple industries, such as education, retail, technology, and professional services.
James is very active in Boston SIM and served as Chapter President in 2017. Prior to that, he served as Chapter Vice President, Board Secretary, and co-chaired the Sponsorship/Partnership Committee for a number of years.