IT Advisory Board Mission & Purpose
The mission of the IT Advisory Board is to provide advice, guidance and support for the continuing development of high quality programs in management information systems and computer science in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College.
The Board will assist in promoting the professional image of and good relations for the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science with the larger IT business community. More specifically, the Board shall assist the Department by:
- Providing advice and counsel to the Chair and faculty on all pertinent matters that affect the department, internal as well as external, to best relate the department and its programs to the changing needs of the IT business community.
- Supplementing the existing career counseling and placement services to increase the availability of job opportunities to undergraduate and graduate MIS/CS majors, including communication between IT business people and students to acquaint students with challenges and opportunities.
- Providing the faculty opportunities for meaningful IT business engagements, short-term employment in responsible positions and other relationships and programs with the IT business community, including providing research support for faculty members by assisting in gaining access to or by creating databases and, if appropriate, providing research grants.
- Sharing the special insight and expertise of IT business executives through classroom presentation or other meeting situations, executive-in-residence programs, executive-to-student counseling and faculty consultation.
- Assisting the Department in acquiring the resources necessary to continue its development as a leader in the education of MIS/CS majors by taking an active role in private fundraising activities.
2017-2018 Members Biographies
Chris Beasley serves as the Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer at Houston Healthcare where he oversees Information Technology, Information Security, and Biomedical Services. Chris received his BBA in MIS and MBA at Georgia College. He holds several industry certifications in IT leadership, project management, and technology. Chris is a member of several professional organizations including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the Project Management Institute. He is also a member of the Robins Regional Chamber and Velocity Healthcare Collaborative boards of directors.
Robert C. Betzel has been in IT as an engineer and project manager since college. Rob started Infinity Network Solutions January 1, 2000. His company provides IT outsourcing and project design and implementation to small businesses in Central Georgia. Rob also works on enterprise IT projects for local government and education clients. He holds a B.B.A. in MIS from Georgia College.
Chris Cannizzaro is an IT Applications Development Manager with over 21 years at UPS managing the full lifecycle development for many key applications on UPS.com. Areas managed include Web Content Management, Supply Chain Logistics applications, Mobile development, Social Media (Facebook) apps, UPS Online Tools (XML and Web services), Search on UPS.com, Management of Global Development and Agile Development Methodology. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Marist College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Randall Clark, CISA, CRISC, MMIS, ITAC, AINS, AIS, AIT, API has 13 years in IT at Georgia Farm Bureau. He has spent 6 years programming on the mainframe in COBOL, JCL, DYL280 and SQL. He then joined the Internal Audit department as the IT Auditor. He performs audits on the IT systems within the company as well as supports the audit staff with data extraction and analytics, system report/data validation, and software support. He holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from GC, MMIS from GC, Certified Information Systems Auditor Certification from ISACA, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control from ISACA, Information Technology Auditor Certification from MIS, and various Insurance related certifications and designations.
Jeff Delaney has over 20 years in Higher Education with the University System of Georgia (USG). He has held leadership roles at four member institutions and is now the Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Georgia Board of Regents. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, a Master in information systems management from Georgia College & State University, and a Doctorate in executive management in higher education from the University of Georgia. As deputy CIO, Jeff provides leadership to the managers and directors of several teams including: management of budget and financial transactions; client relationships with USG institutions; project management; information and web services; technology communications, conference and special event services; and governance and strategic planning.
Tom Glover is CEO of Cogentes, a Milledgeville based technology and business consulting firm that provides technology, marketing and business consulting and outsourcing services to small businesses, local governments, schools and non-profits worldwide. Cogentes currently supports customers in 32 countries with a large concentration of customers in Middle Georgia and Metro Atlanta. Prior to founding Cogentes in 2007, Tom worked for Ceridian Corporation in Atlanta, where he was a member of their enterprise architecture management team, providing technology governance and strategy for the $2B human resources and payroll firm. Tom has worked in various technology disciplines over the last 25 years including software development, solutions architecture, systems integration, network design and management, and helpdesk and support. This broad technology experience, combined with nearly 20 years of management and business experience provides a unique perspective that has enabled Tom to build a successful consulting practice helping his customers solve tough business problems. He holds a BS in CS from Southern Polytechnic State University.
Casey Humphries Alumni of Georgia College MIS program. Casey graduated in 2013.
Sheri Johnson has over 20 years in higher education working with Administrative Systems, including a stint as the Director of Administrative Computing at Georgia Military College. Her current position, systems consultant at Ellucian, has required experience in project management, process analysis & improvement, developing technical specifications and documentation and working hand in hand with upper management and end-users alike during system implementations. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Valdosta State University.
Bernard “Bernie” Lannan is the Chief Technology Officer of the Communications Directorate, 78th Air Base Wing, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He entered active duty military service with the Air Force in October 1976 as a Precision Measurement Equipment Specialist, entered the Air Force Reserves in 1978 to complete his education, reentered the Air Force again in 1981 after receiving his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Purdue University, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in Air Force Reserves in 2009. In 1986, he entered civil service as an electronics engineer in the Maintenance Directorate, Airborne Electronics and transferred to the Specialized Management Directorate. In 1991 he became the Information Resource Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region, Airway Facilities Division until 2001, when Mr. Lannan took a position as the IT Operations Director for a Atlanta based financial company, and then returned to Robins Air Force Base in 2004 as an active duty reserve officer and subsequently reinstated into civil service in 2005 as the Chief Technology Officer for the Information Technology Directorate.
Mike Madison is currently a Senior Project Manager for SAI Global and co-founder of Neetli, LLC. He has designed and implemented enterprise software applications for Fortune 500 customers spanning a variety of industries including financial services, insurance and telecommunications. He has served the College of Business as a member of its Advisory Board for the past seven years in addition to his position on the IT Advisory Board. Mike holds a B.B.A. in MIS, a M.B.A., and a MMIS from Georgia College.
Mike McCranie is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Serta Simmons Bedding, North America’s largest bedding manufacturer (the company behind the Serta® andSimmons® Beautyrest® brands) headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Previously, Mike was the Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Thomas & Betts, a $2B global industrial manufacturer of electrical, mechanical and utility products located in Memphis, TN. Mike is considered a turnaround CIO that focuses on delivering with excellence, cost control, and driving a culture of continuous improvement. He aims to reduce the IT “run” cost through streamlining operations and infrastructure, implementing proper portfolio and project management practices as well as enterprise architecture practices while adjusting the organization to reflect the new focus on the demand, business alignment, and planning side of IT. Mike holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Georgia College.
Mark Misinco is currently an application developer for TechOps Technology Solutions (TTS), a department of TechOps division of Delta Air Lines. TTS is responsible for developing and maintaining applications that are critical to the success of the maintenance operations of Delta Techops. He specializes in user experience and user interface design and will be assisting in brand and marketing strategy implementation. Prior to his position with Delta, Mark served as Director of Digital Communications at Georgia College, overseeing several special projects including the development and implementation of Frontpage as Georgia College's official source of internal communication as well as launching the new public website. Mark also works as a part-time faculty member for the Information Systems and Computer Science department, teaching online Introduction to Computer Science courses. Mark holds both a B.B.A. in MIS and a Masters in MIS from Georgia College.
Juan Nassiff is a technology professional with over 20 years of experience in custom application development and systems consulting. His knowledge of technology spans design, development and delivery of solutions as well as sales engineering, marketing and instruction. He currently serves as Director of Professional Services / Senior Consultant for The Proven Method in Atlanta, GA where he is responsible for account development, solution architecture and resourcing, software development, team mentoring and professional enrichment. Juan’s career has covered a multitude of clients in diverse industries including Entertainment, Government, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Medical, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail, and Travel. He has worked at various sized companies including large corporate entities such as The Home Depot, Microsoft and Electronic Data Systems (HP). Juan earned his BBA in Management Information Systems from The University of Texas at Austin. Juan Nassiff is the Director of Professional Services / Senior Consultant at The Proven Method.
Victor Rigole has over 38 years of experience in Information Technology with over 15 years working with Billing and Receivables. He currently serves as the manager of payment processing for GEICO responsible for managing and leading the development and support of interfaces between card vendors and check processors processing over 2 billion dollars in payments monthly. During his tenure, Victor led the implementation of a new credit card vendor gaining valuable knowledge and experience in every facet of the acquisition and implementation process. He is currently involved in the implementation of a new corporate billing system. Victor is passionate about providing the customer the ultimate payment processing experience and equally passionate about protecting customer information and fraud prevention. Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Middle Georgia State.
Ed Robbins is the IT Infrastructure and Information Security Director at all Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites. This organization is responsible for the day to day operations, strategic direction, and coordination with the Lockheed Martin enterprise and other business areas for desktop services, data centers, servers, networks, telecommunications, conference rooms, VTC’s, and information security. Ed also serves as the Marietta IT Point of Contact, consultant, and advocate for the Marietta Site VP and General Manager. Ed is an aerospace engineering graduate from the University of Cincinnati. He started with the company in 1982 as an engineering co-op student.
James Robertson is Chief Technology Officer - Enterprise Infrastructure Services at Time Warner, Inc. Based in Atlanta, James runs a team specializing in providing agile technology solutions for the company across both back office operations and broadcast arenas. He holds a National Higher Diploma in CS from DeMonfort University in England. He attended Georgia College through its international exchange program. His MSC degree is in Computer Science from the Alabama - Birmingham - Institute of Computer Sciences.
Gay Smith has more than 23 years of experience in purchasing, construction, marketing, real estate acquisition and development. She’s held positions that include: Chief Executive Officer, Contract Manager, Sourcing Agent, Sr. Contract Analyst, Sr. Buyer, Broker, Partner, Project Manager and Consultant. Her special concentration lies in Supply Chain, Utility Industry Operations Management, Financial Services, Contract and Real Property Law, as well as Residential and Commercial Planning. Smith has a strong background in banking and utility industries as she’s worked in Financial Services consulting with Accenture and Power Generation, Customer Service, Power Delivery, Investment Recovery and Corporate Supply Chain with both Georgia Power Company and Southern Company Services, Inc. She’s been responsible for inventory analysis, reporting, high profile service and maintenance negotiations as well as presentation and training for peers and executives. She has also owned and managed her own business since 2006 and has served many roles including management, residential development, golf course development, construction planning, and new project assistance. She was the on-site Broker for four years at Fox Lake in Blairsville, Georgia and helped open a DeNovo bank in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ed Stanley, is the Director of Technology Support Services at Georgia College. Ed is an alumni from GC obtaining both an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in MMIS. Ed has almost 20 years experience in IT including 15 years in healthcare IT. Prior to taking his current position at GC, Ed spent 11 years as the Director of Information Systems at two for profit, acute care hospitals outside of Athens, GA. While working with the hospitals, Ed over saw many high profile IT projects as well as day to day IT operations. In 2012, Ed provided IT expertise for the construction of and eventually the coordination of moving an entire hospital into a new building. All hospital operations including IT operations had to be moved into the new building while maintaining service for patients.
Ian Stewart is a Software Engineer in Test at Pindrop Security. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia College in 2012. Since graduating, he has worked primarily on the testing side of software development, automating tools and processes in order to find bugs and validate functionality. If he has to do something manually twice, he writes a script so that he doesn't have to do it a third time.
Sigismund Tetteh is a current resident of Warner Robins, GA. but originally from Tema, Ghana. He has over 19 years in the IT field and 13 years in HealthCare IT. Siggy was the General Manager of Data Access Computer Services and then a Systems Analyst at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, now Navicent Health. Until two years ago, he was the IT Manager for Corporate Systems with staff of 14, supporting over 35 plus applications. He is currently the Director of Rural Health IT at Navicent Health. He has a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Macon State College and a MBA from Georgia College.
Kenneth Trussell is the VP of Engineering and Technology for Thiele Kaolin Company, a world-leader in the production of kaolin clay, headquartered in Sandersville, GA. He has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and information technology. He oversees the Engineering, Construction, Information Services and Automation Systems departments. Prior to joining Thiele in 1988 as a controls engineer, Kenny was a Research Engineer for Georgia Tech Research Institute and then an Assistant Professor at Georgia College in the Business Information Systems department. He currently teaches evening Computer Science courses in assembly language and computer architecture as an adjunct at Georgia College. He holds a BEE and MSEE from Georgia Tech.
Darnell Vickers is a current resident of Dunwoody, GA. He graduated from Georgia College with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems in 1999. He has been employed with North American Class 1 Railroad Norfolk Southern since 2000 and works as a systems consultant for the Network & Service Management department. He is responsible for the development of new systems and the management of existing systems that aid in Norfolk Southern’s traffic management. He also manages several of Norfolk Southern’s online e-commerce applications, and is an active participant in North American railroad industry initiatives that include shared systems development with other members of the American Association of Railroads (AAR).
Heather Walker is the Director of IT Transformation and Enterprise Information Management for Navicent Health and alum for MIS and MMIS programs. Serving in various roles, she has been employed in Healthcare IT for the past 17 years. Heather's IT career began with Oconee Regional Medical Center as a Systems Operator and progressed to PC Technician, Technical Analyst, Technical Supervisor, Technical Manager, and IT Director. She is currently employed as the IT Director for Navicent Health Baldwin in Milledgeville, GA. Heather also served as an adjunct Business Office Technology instructor at Central Georgia Technical College from 2002 - 2004. In 2008, she was selected by her peers to receive ORMC's Stellar Service Award. In 2015, Heather was appointed to serve as Oconee Regional Health Systems’ HIPAA Security Officer and received a Lean Six Sigma Certification in Healthcare. Graduating Summa Cum Laude and chosen by the American Association of University Women as the top female graduate, she received an A.S. in Business Administration from Georgia Military College in 1999. In 2001, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Heather received a BBA in Computer Based Information Systems from Georgia College & State University where she also served as Vice President for the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Heather was selected as outstanding major in Information Systems from GC&SU in 2001. Heather is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gama Sigma, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor societies.
Rhonda Wood is the Branch Chief for U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Macon. Rhonda has been actively involved with the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business for years. She has served as the chair of both the College of Business Advisory Board and Georgia College Alumni Association. She holds a B.B.A. in MIS and a Masters in MIS from Georgia College.
Jody Yearwood is the Vice President for Information Technology & Enrollment Management, Executive Director GMC Online Campus. Jody earned a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Georgia College in 2005. He is currently a student in the Master of Management in Information Systems program at Georgia College.
Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
301 Atkinson Hall | Campus Box 12
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-5721
Fax: (478) 445-5249