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IT Advisory Board

IT Advisory Board Members 2014 - 2015

2014-2015 IT Advisory Board

Member Biographies

William Avenel, FACHE has over 40 years in HealthCare IT - 24 of which were spent at Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans. He held CIO positions at University Hospital in Augusta and Cape Fear Valley in Fayetteville, NC. He has teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels in Information Technology, Hospital Administration/Policy and Economics. William is currently the CIO of Central Georgia Health System. He holds a MBA in Management & Economics from the University of New Orleans.

Ricardo A. Bartra is a SVP, Chief Information Officer for DHL Global Forwarding Americas. Prior to this role, Ricardo served as the Chief Architect and Global Head for IT strategy for the Consumer Business at GlaxoSmithKline based out of Philadelphia. The Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine named Ricardo one of the “Most Influential Hispanics in Technology” in 2011. He was also named to the 2008 & 2009 HITEC 100 "The Most Influential Hispanics in Information Technology”. Ricardo sits on the Executive Board of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council).

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 BBA in MIS from Georgia College.

Chris Brock is responsible for supporting TeleNet’s network and hardware infrastructure, including LAN/WAN devices, server systems, and end-user components. Leading the implementation, management and maintenance of our mission critical systems, Chris helps to ensure that our fast-paced and client-centric environment operates at maximum efficiency. Prior to accepting a position with TeleNet in 2008, Chris worked at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, where he provided end user software and hardware support for over 400 employees. His resume includes over 10 years of experience in the technology field. Chris is an alumnus of Georgia College and State University where he studied management information systems.

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 Webservices), 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.

James Carlisle has more than 10 years of work experience with technical and leadership oriented experience. He currently serves as Director of Enterprise Applications for Georgia College. Previous positions held include Interim CIO, Interim Assistant CIO and Director of Technology Support Services at Georgia College. In this role, James manages the team that supports the Banner student information system and other enterprise systems developed in house at Georgia College. James sustains the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee structure. James is responsible for general management of assigned IT projects following general industry standard processes, such as those in the PMBOK Guide, with emphasis on the University's current use of Ellucian Banner enterprise information systems. He performs project management duties such as preparing project plans, establishing and coordinating project teams, estimating resource requirements, managing the project planning and implementation process, communicating with project teams, steering committees and management. James supports an IT Division Process Management Program consistent with best practice models of IT continuous process improvement. James also has over 10 years of experience teaching technology related classes at the High School, Technical College and University level. His previous experience was in industry working for an Internet solutions provider that provided outsourced solutions such as ISP services and hosting services.

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 our 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 BBA in 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.

Donald Crume is a IT Manager of Infrastructure and Operations at Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He is a native of the middle Georgia area and currently resides in Tallahassee, FL. His background spans consulting and management in a number of technical capacities with focuses in application performance testing, quality assurance, software development and portfolio management. He attributes successes by taking an end-user centric approach to understanding business needs and opportunities for improvement. His philosophy is based-on advocating the management of processes (horizontally across departments) over the management of functions (vertical silos). He holds a BBA in Information Systems from Georgia College.

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.

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. Mike holds a BBA in MIS and a MBA from Georgia College and is currently enrolled in Georgia College's MMIS program. 

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.

Rebecca Riley is currently a Senior Business Systems Analyst for Acuity Brands. She specializes in designing user interfaces and user experiences, implementing the latest HTML/CSS techniques, and managing WordPress blogs. She is also the co-founder of a successful technology services company and actively works on client websites, writes content for several blogs, and designs and tests custom web services. She is an alumnus of Georgia College and State University, earning both her Bachelor and Master degrees in MIS.

Shannon Riley is an Application Developer at Acuity Brands Lighting. She graduated from Georgia College in 2011 with a MMIS. Since graduating, she’s been working as an application developer at a large manufacturing company. She develops websites and WinForms and designs user interfaces. Outside of her full-time position, she creates and maintains websites and graphics for clients.

James Robertson is Chief Technology Architect and VP Broadcast Transport Services at Turner Broadcasting System, 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 their international exchange program. His MSC degree is in Computer Science from the Alabama - Birmingham - Institute of Computer Sciences.

Joshua Spillers is a Senior Software Developer in Emory University’s Research and Woodruff Health Sciences IT Department, a custom software development branch of the Library and IT Services office. Prior to this position, Joshua worked as a Software Engineer for leading financial services software company, ACI Worldwide. He holds a BS in Computer Science 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 & State University with a B.B.A. in CBIS 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).

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. She has served as the chair of both the College of Business Advisory Board and Georgia College Alumni Association. She holds a BBA in MIS and a Masters in MIS from Georgia College.

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