Board Leadership in Chicago

The Chicago chapter of SIM is one of the largest chapters in the association with more than 200 members. SIM Chicago provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology and business fields and to join peers in giving back to the industry and community.

The Board of Directors is comprised of nominated business and technology leaders from the Chicago community, focused on sharing their time and talents in growing the association and value of membership.   Each brings decades of experience to enhance the community of leaders that SIM exemplifies.  

Board of Directors 2016 - 2017

Kevin Rooney
President

Alwin Brunner
President Elect

Scot Berkey
Chairman

Susan Malisch
Trustee

Mark Griesbaum
Trustee

Paul Corning
Treasurer

John Svelnis
Secretary

Tom Behnke
Co-VP, Philanthropy

Tim Waterloo
Co-VP, Philanthropy

Jerrold Martin
Co-VP, Marketing  

Don Schmidt
Co-VP, Marketing  

Dan Vonder Heide
Co-VP, Marketing  

Patrick Johnson
VP, Membership

Jane von Kirchbach
At-Large

 

Wayne Bulmahn
Co-VP, Programs

John Fisher
Co-VP, Programs

Rick Merrick
Co-VP, Programs

George Wang
Co-VP, Programs

Christine Atkins
At-Large

Ellen Barry
At-Large

Laszlo S. Gonc
At-Large

Curtis Spall
At-Large

Gail Holmberg
At-Large

Michael Kennaugh
At-Large

Ron Mathis
At-Large

Mark McGee
At-Large

Rob McGillen
Co-VP, Marketing  

Jane Prugh
At-Large

Bruce Schinelli
At-Large

Eric Yablonka
At-Large

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Kevin D. Rooney
Board Role:  President
Executive Partner, Gartner

Kevin D. Rooney is an Executive Partner at Gartner, focused on advising today’s technology and business executives on strategy and innovation to enable them to more effectively lead their organizations through change and challenge.

Prior to joining Gartner, Kevin has been an entrepreneur, CIO and Chief Strategy Officer. He co-founded Expert Interview, developing the first “Interview As A Service” leveraging the gig economy to enable companies to make better hires. Prior to Expert Interview, Kevin was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Officer for American Access Casualty Company (Access), a high-growth non-standard auto insurance company based in Oakbrook, IL focusing primarily on the Hispanic market in Illinois and the southwest.

Before beginning his career in the early 90's as a consultant with Arthur Andersen Business Systems Consulting, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Mr. Rooney also served as the Treasurer for the board of trustee for the Chicago Waldorf School (www.chicagowaldorf.org), and his interests include spending time devoted to his son and daughter, playing and coaching volleyball, and golf.

Alwin Brunner
Board Role:  President-Elect
Senior Vice President & CIO, Heidrick & Struggles

Alwin Brunner holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Heidrick & Struggles, world’s most established Leadership Company. Alwin leads the technology strategy and solutions to support Heidrick’s global business. In addition Alwin oversees Heidrick’s knowledge management function.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Alwin held several senior positions at the Adecco Group. Alwin Brunner was appointed Chief Information Officer for all Adecco business in North America in early 2004. Prior to this, Alwin held the Chief Technology Officer position for all of the Adecco Group and in this position and prior positions he was an operational leader. Most notably, Alwin lead the internal Adecco IT service companies, providing IT services to Adecco businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Prior to joining the Adecco Group, Alwin had several years of experience as an interim manager and as a consultant, managing several transformations and change projects for larger and public commercial organizations.

Alwin holds a business administration degree from the Polytechnical Faculty of Rotterdam. He is married, has two children and is a sailing enthusiast.

Scot Berkey
Board Role:  Chairman
Managing Director at FullPeak LLC

Scot is Managing Director at FullPeak LLC and is active in developing future IT leaders as a facilitator with the SIM Regional Leadership Forums.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in the technology sector in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to smaller high-growth corporations.  Prior to founding FullPeak LLC, Scot held executive roles in both buy and sell sides of the technology industry, and he has extensive experience in for-profit education, insurance brokerage, and in turnaround leadership situations in a variety of business segments.  His professional experience includes leadership roles as CIO, executive roles in global operations and application development, client services and contract negotiation, and applied business technology.

Susan Malisch
Board Role:  Trustee
CIO, Loyola University Chicago

Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and IT services that support student learning, research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service.

With over 20 years of implementation and operations experience in Information Technology (IT), Susan has provided technology leadership for a variety of strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions, IT governance and program management, and business strategy transformations. Prior to joining Loyola, Susan has held technology leadership positions at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, NSC Systems Group, Inc. and Southwestern Bell Communications.

Mark H. Griesbaum
Board Role:  Trustee / VP, Sponsorship
Managing Partner, Affinity4U

Mark Griesbaum is currently the Managing Partner, at Affinity4U. Formerly Senior Vice President of Business Operations at TCS Education System (TCS ES). Mark oversaw marketing, admissions operations, instructional design, student management, information technology, international services, and the learning management system for online-blended programs of TCS ES affiliates, which includes The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College, and The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. Mark joined TCS ES as President of TCS Online in 2010.

Prior to joining TCS Education System, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cardean Learning Group. Prior to Cardean, Mark was Chief Information Officer at Career Education Corporation.

Mark’s award-winning leadership was acknowledged by Computerworld Magazine, where he was recognized as one of Computerworld’s "Premier 100 IT Leaders 2006."

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Paul Corning
Board Role:  Treasurer
Co-Founder and CEO, Aptitive Corporation

Paul Corning is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aptitive Corporation, a Chicago-based IT consulting firm that specializes in data integration, business intelligence, data warehousing, and custom application development.

Mr. Corning has more than 30 years of experience helping organizations better leverage their technology investments, as a senior strategist and architect of complex systems and business integration projects. He has expertise in Business and IT Transformation, Data and Analytics, Outsourcing, Project Management and Management Consulting. Mr. Corning has led multiple startup organizations as a Founder, COO, and Managing Partner. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Augustana College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago

John Svelnis
Board Role:  Secretary
Business Relationship Director, US Foods

John Svelnis is currently a Business Relationship Director at US Foods. In this role, he owns the relationship between the National Sales organization ($12B in revenue) and IT for the firm. This responsibility includes ownership of multiple supporting systems, delivery of key projects, prioritization of incoming IT requests, cross-functional coordination, and broadly maximizing the return of IT investment on behalf of the National Sales team.

Previous to this, John held multiple leadership positions at US Foods including Director Strategy & Planning, owner of several $10M+ programs, and Program Manager of $30M transactional system conversion project. Additionally, John built and led an internal Management Consulting organization, owned all IT deployments to the 70 distribution centers and rolling stock (5500 trucks) and built out the firms first IT PMO from the ground up.

Prior to joining US Foods, John held various delivery roles at two consultancies, Bauhaus Technologies and The Revere Group.
John holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana, and Masters of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Tom Behnke
Board Role:  Co-VP, Philanthropy
Director IT, Kellogg Company

Tom Behnke is the Director IT, at Kellogg Company. Formerly served as the Associate Director Network for Kraft Foods Group, Inc., which was spun-off from Mondelez International in 2012, overseeing all aspects of the company’s information technology network and communications infrastructure including operations, strategic plans, and projects for more than one hundred facilities in North America.

Prior to this role, Behnke co-lead the infrastructure program to separate Kraft Foods Group from Mondelez International (previously known as Kraft Foods, Inc). He had responsibility for the programs building new datacenters, server infrastructure, end user computing, identity management, data and voice communications, and application virtualization for Kraft Foods Group over a thirteen month period.

Behnke joined Kraft Foods, Inc in 2006 and moved to Kraft Foods Group when it separated from Mondelez International in 2012. He has over sixteen years of experience in infrastructure services including infrastructure operations, outsourcing governance, strategic planning and program management. Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Tom spent nine years with Abbott Laboratories.

Behnke has a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Loyola University Chicago.

Tim Waterloo
Board Role:  Co-VP, Philanthropy
President, Oak Enterprises

Tim Waterloo is founder and President of Oak Enterprises, located in Glen Ellyn, IL. Founded in 1984, Oak Enterprises provides quality IT consultants and direct hire search services to Chicago’s major corporations who emphasize quality, value and strong relationships.

In addition to SIM, Tim is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and TechServe Alliance, the national voice of the IT consulting industry. Tim is a past President of the TechServe Alliance Board of Directors.

Tim earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jerrold Martin
Board Role:  Co-VP, Marketing & Media
Formerly Vice Chancellor/CIO, City Colleges of Chicago

Jerrold Martin formerly was Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer for City Colleges of Chicago. Martin is an experienced Information Technology Executive whose personal brand is ‘Raising the ROI in Technology’. He has a career leading Innovative IT Solutions, Operations, and Security.

Mr. Martin’s has had a Distinguished Career with Exelon Corporation, where he has progressively advanced and held positions which included: Vice President, IT Enterprise Solution; Vice President, IT Infrastructure, Operations and Security; VP of ComEd IT; VP of IT Utility Solutions, and Director of Client Services.

Prior to joining Exelon in 1998, Mr. Martin held multiple IT senior management positions at both Ameritech (SBC) and Accenture. Positions included Senior Marketing Manager Database & Applications, IT Customer Relations General Manager, and Manager Field Support.

Mr. Martin holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Eureka College; former President Reagan’s alma mater. Mr. Martin has been an adjunct professor of MBA programs at Roosevelt University.

Mr. Martin resides in Frankfort, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

Don Schmidt
Board Role:  Co-VP, Marketing & Media
VP-IT User Services, Briggs Healthcare

Don Schmidt currently serves as the Vice President of Information Technology for Briggs Healthcare in Waukegan, IL. Don is responsible for the oversight of IT including the functional and technical strategic alignment with the business, IT governance, resource management, security, disaster recovery, mergers and acquisitions, process improvements and all other operational aspects of IT.

Prior to joining Briggs Healthcare, Don lead IT teams in various leadership roles including applications development, Help Desk, ERP and WMS implementations in the distribution, manufacturing and supply chain industries.

Dan Vonder Heide
Board Role:  Co-VP, Marketing & Media
Director for IT Services, Loyola University Chicago

Dan is a director for Information Technology Services at Loyola University Chicago. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the University’s networks, server operations, and data center facilities, as well as client support. In addition, Dan provides leadership for the teams that govern budget services, and performance management, and has led a variety of strategic projects for the University. A member of the Loyola team for more than 30 years, he currently leads a department of approximately 30 IT professionals.

Dan holds a Bachelor of General and Integrated Studies with a focus on communications and management, and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, both from Loyola University Chicago. Dan is a graduate of the SIM RLF program. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Keller Graduate School of Management and Loyola University Chicago.

Patrick M. Johnson
Board Role:  VP, Membership
Managing Partner, GreatBear Associates, Inc.

Pat Johnson is Managing Partner of GreatBear Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in management advisory services in information technology strategy, policy, and operations. Mr. Johnson has over 25 years management experience, largely focused in rapid-growth, turnaround, and merger/consolidation environments. He has a proven record as a Program and Engagement Manager who develops and mentors highly motivated teams that achieve superior results. He has extensive experience aligning Information Technology investment with business strategy and vision, while emphasizing profit enhancement and cost containment.

Mr. Johnson's cross-disciplinary talents include engagement management, complex program management, management consulting, project risk identification and mitigation, IT management, eBusiness, outsourcing, operations analysis and improvement, business process modeling, and governance. He’s been invited to speak before various groups on technology risk assessment, technology strategy, operations improvement, business continuity planning, information systems security and control, and service oriented architecture. He is currently team-teaching a course on Business Modeling for Service Oriented Architecture.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes work with start-ups, private equity firms, both “traditional” and emerging industries, and large academic institutions.

Mr. Johnson is active with several professional associations and affiliations including those with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Society for Information Management (Chicago Chapter Board), Executive Technology Forum, Technology Executives Club, Technology Leaders Association, University of Minnesota Alumni Association (Chicago Leadership Team), Saint Thomas Academy Alumni Association, Loyola Academy Fathers’ Club, DePaul University CTI Executive Leadership Lab Exploratory Committee, Association for Computing Machinery, I.E.E.E. Computer Society, and American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Through SIM-Chicago he is also actively involved in exploring ways to facilitate inter/intra-agency data sharing in association with Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates (IDEA) in conjunction with the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts as well as its Carlson Graduate School of Management.

Wayne Bulmahn
Board Role:  Co-VP, Programs
CIO, Unite Here Health

Wayne Bulmahn is an IT business doctor. For over 25 years, he has helped heal and re-build IT organizations, transforming them from reactive firefighters to proactive teams that solve business problems, ensure customer success, and enable growth.

He is the Chief Information Officer at Unite Here Health, a $1B labor management trust fund focused on providing high-quality, affordable health care to participants. Wayne also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Illinois Technology Foundation, a premier organization focused on the successful transition of technology students from academia to the workplace

Previously, Wayne served as Director of Service Delivery and Strategy for Acxiom IT (now Ensono), a global infrastructure services company. There he oversaw customer success, solution strategy, and the effective delivery of over $54M in annual services for a Fortune 250 client. Before Acxiom, he served as Director of Technology for Sidley Austin, a $1.5B global legal advisor. He led a hands-on transformation of IT strategic planning, architecture, and service delivery to help enable global growth of over $700M. He also helped build and lead CIO advisory and solution strategy practices at Donnelley Enterprise Solutions, LANSystems, and Evernet.

Wayne has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University.

John Fisher
Board Role:  Co-VP, Programs
President, rethinking IT

John Fisher is President and Founder of rethinking IT, a firm that works with IT and Business Leaders who want to transform their organizations. Based on over 30 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems, John has developed a successful approach to helping organizations select the appropriate technology strategies and solutions to improve their business.

Previously, John served as Chief Value Officer of NET(net), Inc. an IT optimization firm that helps clients enhance the overall effectiveness of their key IT supplier relationships and achieves on average a 30% savings on IT spend through effective and focused negotiation techniques

John served as Chief Information Officer of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world's largest association management and professional services company. He joined SmithBucklin in 1996 as the company's first CIO, and directed the company's information technology (IT) resources as well as its technology investments. He led a number of critical technology initiatives, including the implementation of over 70 ERP systems, John also held senior IT management positions at CNA Insurance Companies, and Continental Bank.

John was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002, the Windy City Chapter of AITP selected John to receive their CIO of the Year award. He is one of the founding members and past president of the DePaul CTI Alumni Association and the CDM Leadership Council. In 2003 he received DePaul's Alumni Champion Award. John is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business. John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.

John holds an M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University, a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.

Rick Merrick
Board Role:  Co-VP, Programs
CIO, TCS Education System

Rick Merrick is the CIO for TCS Education System in Chicago, where his team supports 5 institutions with roughly 7000 students in 13 locations around the country. With a team of 40 IT professionals, he is responsible for strategic planning of IT initiatives as well as day to day operations, which includes everything from datacenter operations and data/ telecommunication to business applications and desktop support.

Previously, Rick worked as Director of IT for K12 inc and Director of Business Applications for Cardean Learning Group. Rick holds of Bachelors degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a recent graduate of the SIM RLF program.

George Wang PMP
Board Role:  Co-VP, Programs
Cluster CIO, State of Illinois

George Wang is a business technology leader, innovator and translator, having held senior roles in both technology and business areas. He implemented multiple technology "firsts" in wireless telecomm, insurance, financial services, healthcare and education. His 25 year journey through startup, mid-cap and Fortune 500 firms has given him a broad industry perspective of the common as well as unique business and people challenges in enabling technology transformation and innovation. During the second half of his career, George has been passionate about implementing change in the social good areas of education and healthcare, something that every human is entitled to regardless of socio-economic class.

George has held a blend of both corporate and higher education roles at Motorola University, DeVry, Resurrection Healthcare and Career Education. As a Cluster CIO for the State of Illinois, he will focus on our Students (K-12, Community Colleges and Universities) and financial assistance agencies. Prior to that, he was Technical Director, New Business Development at Stericycle, where he launched a new Healthcare IT startup investment fund SteriVentures LLC, identified new business service lines and led the technical M&A assessment of two major acquisitions out of the 300+ that Stericycle has completed.

George has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Engineering Management from National Technological University (the very first graduate-level accredited satellite distance learning institution in America). He is a Board Member of SIM Chicago, former PMI Chicago Executive Council Vice-Chair and former AITP Governance Co-Chair. He has also been a volunteer mentor for various healthcare startup accelerators including Chicago’s MATTER and HealthBox and is a strategic advisor for MondoPoint LLC which is part of the MATTER incubator.

Interesting Fact: George was one of four software engineers selected to implement America’s first digital (IS-54 TDMA) cellular phone for Motorola. The very first American digital cellular call was actually transmitted in Illinois in 1992 and 24 years later we have over 7 billion digital cellular handsets in use globally.

Christine Atkins
Board Role:  At-Large
Retired CIO and Principal, Atkins & Cameron Consulting LLC

Christine has the perspective that comes from 15 years as a Chief Information Officer capping a 40-year career in technology management. She has served as CIO with four corporations ranging from small ($12M revenue) to large and global (€30B). She has advised Google, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard Corporations.

In 2013, Ms. Atkins retired from Royal Ahold, a Netherlands-based grocery retailer. Currently, she is a principal at Atkins & Cameron Consulting LLC, specializing in IT strategy, and serves on the board of directors for Forsythe Technology Group. She is a facilitator for SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), a former national SIM board member and a 1995 Northeast RLF graduate.

Ellen Barry
Board Role:  At-Large
Director of IT, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Ellen Barry is currently the Acting Director of IT for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District managing a staff of 70 in the waste water treatment business. Previously, she led a small women owned IT consulting business, The EBarry Group, after spending over 10 years as CIO for the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority. The Authority owns and manages McCormick Place, Navy Pier and the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel. Along with overseeing the traditional responsibilities of IT, Ms. Barry has been successful in implemented revenue generating initiatives by insourcing the delivery of Internet and Technical Services to Exhibitors, Show Management and Meeting Planners for convention and meeting planning events; installing revenue generating wireless services throughout McCormick Place and Navy Pier which allow for over 8000 concurrent users within the facility; and implementing a gigabit circuit to “next generation networks” including Internet2 and other next generation networks.

Prior to MPEA, Ellen Barry was part of the Mayor’s effort to re-invent City Government in the area of technology. Ms. Barry held the position of 1st Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago. As 1st Deputy CIO, Ms. Barry was responsible for two major outsourcing initiatives, one for desktop support and one for data center operations. Previous to her role as 1st Deputy CIO, Ms. Barry worked with Chicago’s Police Department in numerous IT and Strategic Planning activities including efforts toward implementation of a major Criminal History Records Information System. Prior to coming to the City of Chicago, Ms. Barry worked as an internal consultant for various private sector organizations in strategic IT development, planning and project implementation. Ms. Barry holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MBA in Quantitative Methods and Computers from Loyola University.

Ellen Barry has been a life-long resident of the City of Chicago. Ms. Barry is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award presented by WITI (Women in Technology, International) Chicago Chapter Ms. Barry has the following affiliations:

- i.c.stars*, Board Member, Executive Committee Vice Chair, Event Committee Co-Chair
- SIM (Society for Information Management) Board Member, Chicago Chapter Chairman 2007, Chapter President 2006
- Executives’ Club of Chicago Member, Technology Club Member
- Association of IT Professionals (AITP) Member
- DePaul University, College of Computing and Digital Media Program, Advisory Council Member

Laszlo S. Gonc
Board Role:  At-Large
Partner - Security, IT Risk & Compliance Practice Lead, MVP Advisory Group, LLC

Laszlo is responsible for helping organizations, corporate and non-profit alike, navigate the digital frontier advising on cyber security, IT risk mitigation, compliance and building digital technology strategies that drive performance and business value. He has experience across a number of industries advising boards, developing security strategies, evaluating IT risk and spearheading critical projects for senior leadership.

A member of Infragard, ISSA and ISACA, he serves as Executive Vice President for the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Vice-Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Executive Council as well as the boards of Society for Information Management (SIM) and Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF). He is an invited guest speaker at conferences and universities providing thought leadership on the state of cyber security, mitigating technology risk, executing compliance requirements and implementing project management best practices.

Gail Holmberg
Board Role:  At-Large
Area Managing Partner, Fortium Partners LP

Gail Holmberg is a Partner at Fortium Partners LP, a firm comprised of highly experience C level technology leaders providing interim and fractions CIO and CTO and strategic technology services. Ms. Holmberg’s consulting experience spans a wide variety of industries. She has also served as a CIO, divisional CIO, shared services manager and systems development manager in consumer manufacturing, consumer retail, consumer services and B2B sales and distribution industries. She has a Master’s degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Illinois State University.

Michael Kennaugh
Board Role:  At-Large
CIO, Reinhart Foodservice

Michael Kennaugh currently CIO of Reinhart Foodservice. Formerly Vice President in the Information Technology Division for United Airlines responsible for the application portfolio for Airline Operations, Revenue and Shared Services applications and systems. His responsibilities include delivery of projects and solutions, production support and maintenance of all applications, line of business IT alignment and planning the strategic application architecture for all portfolio technology.

Prior to joining United, Mike has had a diverse 25 year career in the IT field across several industry sectors including finance, investment banking, manufacturing, consumer products, and logistics working for Fortune 500 corporations. He has had the opportunity to lead several transformational projects including multiple merger and acquisitions, implementing 2 enterprise-wide ERP systems, launching an online sales channel and deploying world-wide financial consolidation software. He currently lives with his wife and 2 children in the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest Illinois.

Ron Mathis
Board Role:  At-Large
Director of Information Technology, Juno Lighting Group

Ron Mathis is Director of Information Technology for Juno Lighting Group headquartered in Des Plaines, Il. Juno Lighting is a market leading manufacturer of commercial/ residential lighting products and is a member of the SquareD Electric family of companies. Ron is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology supporting the highly successful Juno business.

His 25+ years of experience spans the breadth of IT disciplines in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce. Ron holds a B.S. in mathematics and theoretical computer science from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the RLF program.

Mark McGee
Board Role:  At-Large
President, Halo Group

Mark McGee has spent over 25 years building technology companies that provide IT Staffing, IT Consulting, Executive Search, (BPO)- Business Process Outsourcing, Offshore Services and Training. He has an extensive track record of leading companies through stages of start-up, turnaround, multi-million dollar growth and Global M&A deals.

Mark McGee currently functions as the President of Halo Group, one of the fastest growing Global IT Staffing, Consulting and Executive Search companies. He previously was the President and CEO of Sonoma Consulting, which was acquired by Highlands Ventures the end of 2016 and became an equity partner and board member of the PE Company. Prior to that Mr. McGee was Chief Operations Officer for Innovation Group, a 300 million dollar UK based Business Process Outsourcing firm. He was responsible for running operations and full P&L for all six of the U.S. divisions, comprising 600 employees and had successfully completing a reorganization and turnaround plan which returned the company to profitability. In 1998 Mr. McGee founded BlueSuit Consulting, which was subsequently named the sixth fastest growing services company in the country by “Talent Economy Magazine” and was sold in 2004 to Harvey Nash a UK based company which brought McGee on as Managing Director in the U.S. over the next 5 years. Mr. McGee has worked very successfully in progressive Sales Leadership roles with other Software, Services, and Outsourcing companies CIBER, Affiliated Computer Services and CCC Information Services.

Mr. McGee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Minor in Economics, from Eastern Illinois University.

Rob McGillen
Board Role:  At-Large
Founder and CEO, Practically Digital

Mr. McGillen is a 24-year veteran of the information technology industry, with leadership experience across five continents in some of the most dynamic regions of the world.

As the Founder and CEO of Practically Digital, Mr. McGillen leads a technology consulting firm which specializes in digital strategy formation, innovative technology solutions, cognitive computing applications, and IT due diligence / merger support.

Prior to founding Practically Digital, Mr. McGillen held a series of technology leadership roles at Grant Thornton LLP, including 6 years as Global head of technology and CIO. As Global CIO, Mr. McGillen led the worldwide technology organization providing IT shared services and enterprise platforms to 40,000 employees in 130 countries, while supporting business transformation through mergers in over 50 countries.

Jane Prugh
Board Role:  At-Large
Managing Director, Corporate Strategic Resourcing

Jane brings high energy, enthusiasm, and over 20 years experience servicing Fortune 1000 companies. Her success is paved with measurable results and expertise in the areas of Complex IT Solutions,vProcess Re-engineering, Change Management, Project Management Training, and Leadership Training. Jane has been instrumental in identifying, staffing, and delivering critical initiatives domestically and globally. She has serviced many clients with household names across a variety of industries. Jane earned her B.S. in Education from Drake University.

Bruce Schinelli
Board Role:  At-Large
VP and CIO, TTX

Bruce Schinelli joined TTX as the Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer on September 26, 2006. The Information Technology (I.T.) Department delivers information and communication services and systems that support TTX and its business partners throughout the rail industry. Computer technology has long been essential to the company's operations, permitting TTX to track each car, determine responsibility for car hire payments, monitor the movement of cars to and from maintenance shops, record the maintenance history of each car and manage the multilevel fleet. The department works closely with other departments to deliver innovative Internet-based applications and services. I.T. supports an extensive private network connecting headquarters with repair shops, field maintenance operations, regional distribution centers and key business partners.

Prior to joining TTX, Mr. Schinelli had been Vice President of Rail Systems for Wachovia Corporation/First Union Rail where he was responsible for the strategic development of the computer systems for several of the businesses within Wachovia including their railroad fleet.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Mathematics and his Masters in Operations Research. Additionally, he has completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in the Operations Research Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1992 he left the Air Force and Joined the Association of American Railroads as Manager of Information Systems with the multi-level Reload Project. When TTX assumed responsibility for the Reload Project, Mr. Schinelli joined TTX as Manager of Operations Research in 1995 and remained in that role until he joined First Union in 1997 as Vice President, Rail Systems.

Curtis Spall
Board Role:  At-Large
Executive Director of IT, Aetna Health Care

Curtis Spall holds the position of Executive Director of IT for Aetna Health Care, one of the largest managed health care companies in the U.S. Curtis leads the IT Delivery Optimization & Vendor Management Group, responsible for IT Delivery Methods & Practices including Agile/Lean adoption, developing sourcing strategies, maximizing the value of supplier engagement and building IT talent through customized training programs.

Prior to joining Aetna, Curtis was the Sr. Director of IT Quality at HSBC, leading efforts to improve the productivity and delivery quality of a Global IT Organization. In that role, he was responsible for establishing optimized Portfolio Management, Service Management and QA processes and tools for the IT enterprise.

During his 10 year career at HSBC, Curtis was also responsible for the Corporate Applications Development and Support Group, leading efforts to consolidate HR and Finance systems as a result of HSBC’s acquisition of Household International. He also led efforts to develop an e-Commerce Channel for Retail Lending Products. Prior to that, Curtis spent over 13 years at GE Capital in a number of IT Leadership positions.

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Jane von Kirchbach
Board Role:  At-Large
Director of Enterprise Systems and Data, Hospira, a Pfizer Company

As Director of Enterprise Systems and Data at Hospira, a Pfizer company, Jane brings deep expertise in delivering business transformations enabled by information technology. Jane’s recent roles included leading an organization responsible for Hospira’s enterprise applications and data, including application support and maintenance, ERP, development, change management and testing, managing 250 member team and supporting 18,000 users globally. Jane is currently leading efforts to integrate Hospira and Pfizer enterprise information management systems, while delivering BI and analytics solutions to drive Hospira’s business performance. Jane is an RLF graduate and serves as a Vice Chair of the PMI Chicagoland Executive Council. Jane received her B.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and her MBA in Leadership and Change Management from DePaul University.

Eric Yablonka
Board Role:  At-Large
VP and CIO, University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences

Eric has served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences since 2001. His responsibilities at UCMC include all information technology functions and biomedical engineering. Eric has a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of $60M annually.

Eric is a member of the Senior Management Group and works with the UCMC Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization. He has leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus is to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access.

Eric was a former Director of TeraMedica. They were a Milwaukee based start up that markets software designed to connect and manage the clinical content infrastructure of a modern healthcare system. They were acquired by Fuji Medical in 2015.

Prior to UCMC, Eric was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT. At SRHS, he was responsible for the information technology, supply chain management, process re-engineering, benchmarking and decision support functions. Eric also worked at the JCAHO developing clinical outcome measurement systems, Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Director in their IS Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant Director in Information Services and William Beaumont Hospital as Manager of Information Services.

Eric has been an advocate for innovation in the healthcare industry. He speaks about these topics in industry and technology conferences and meetings. He has written articles for trade publications about technology innovation and adoption. Eric and his organization have also been featured in publications in recognition of their accomplishments.

Eric has been an early adopter of new medical and information technologies. He frequently works with his vendor partners and new entrants to market to understand how their offerings can be of value to his organization.

As a member of customer/technology advisory groups, Eric has guided new companies with their product offerings, market analysis and positioning and with their business planning. He has educated new company’s executive teams on how to navigate the healthcare market with a specialty in helping emerging companies work synergistically with more established healthcare companies. The eco-system he has deployed at UCMC can be considered best in class in this regard.

Eric is a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM). He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). He has chaired the fall forum planning committee, been chair of the CHIME Foundation (vendor group), Treasurer of CHIME and a member of the CHIME Board of Trustees. He served as Program Director for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, a program that trains the next generation of CIO’s.

Eric participated in the Chicago Public School Principal for a Day program and is a member of the Chicago Economic Club. He has served in leadership positions on the Boards of the Shoreline VNA CT and Gateway Community College Foundation in Connecticut. He was also the webmaster for the Madison Youth Football Association.

Eric earned his MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and his BS in Business Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.