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IT Advisory Board

IT Advisory Board Members 2013 - 2014

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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.

Cindy Bush worked at Georgia College for 9 years starting in 1996. During this time, she was an officer for University Staff Council, an Advisor for Phi Mu Sorority, a recipient of the Georgia College Foundation Outstanding Community Service Award, and also served several years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Cindy is currently the Information Systems Manager for the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners. She earned her BBA degree from Georgia College.

Crystal Cammon is currently a Program Manager for the Department of Defense in Fort Meade, Maryland. Crystal is a native of Rome, Georgia and currently resides in Edgewood, Maryland. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Masters in MIS from Georgia College.

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 Project Manager for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. 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 works as the Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB.

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.

Mike McCranie is the Director of Information Technology for the K-C Professional division of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. K-C Professional is a $3.3 billion business whose mission is to lead the world in essentials for a healthier, safer and more productive workplace. Mike is a highly accomplished information technology professional; skilled at aligning technology initiatives with strategic business plans and building trusted relationships with business executives by obtaining an intimate knowledge of the business, its people, and its industry. He holds a BBA in MIS from Georgia College.

James Robertson is Vice President for Technology Infrastructure & Broadcast Transmissions 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 Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Thiele Kaolin Company in Sandersville. Kenny has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in EE 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).

Alan Whitehouse is the Chief Information Officer to Oconee Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in Milledgeville, GA. He leads a staff of systems analysts, network technicians and facility plant operations personnel that implement and/or maintain systems in support of a two hospital health system with 162 beds and five clinics. Prior to joining ORMC, he was the Director of Applications, employed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA. Alan is a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) and holds a Master of Science in Information Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. During his 22 years as a United States Marine Officer, he focused on supply and logistics support as well information systems management.

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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