Council Member Bio-Sketches
Ted Allen, a chief operating officer with more than 25 years of business experience in the software, technology, distribution and services industries, joined George Fox University as the school’s executive vice president for finance and business operations, CFO, in July 2011. Ted has served as principal at TE Allen Management Services in Wilsonville, partnering with entrepreneurial to midsize and larger companies to establish or provide improvements in business operations, systems, finance and organization structure. Before that, he served as vice president of operations and finance at a software company, Accero, Inc.. Ted also held leadership positions with the Elite Care Corporation (chief executive officer), Business Objects (vice president of global services), Hollywood Entertainment (vice president of business systems), Pacific Stationery (chief operating officer) and Building Champions (chief operating officer). He has served as an operations executive in organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Ted earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University in 1981 and earned his CPA license in 1984.
John Balling, Vice President for Integrated Technology Services, joined Willamette University in September 1999. He is responsible for technology planning, network services, academic computing and instructional design, user services, administrative computing, media services, and telecommunications. Prior to coming to Willamette, John served in a similar position for 10 years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Other information technology positions he has held include terms as head of academic computing at Bowdoin College and as director of the information resource center at the Smithsonian Institution where he implemented the Institutions first user services program. John has also served as a research psychologist for the Smithsonian Institution and the Harvard Institute for International Development. In his first real job, he was a member of the faculty in psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
John earned his bachelors degree in psychology from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. It was in graduate school that he became involved with computing when he constructed his own equipment and developed software for capturing and analyzing human infants physiological responses to auditory stimuli. With respect to information technology, John has led the planning and implementation of the computing infrastructure at several of the Smithsonians sites, assisted with the development of medical information systems in several Latin American countries, and has planned and implemented major infrastructure upgrades at both Dickinson and Willamette.
John joined the NWACC Council in June 2001 as the member representative from Willamette.
Bridget Barnes - Chair of the Board
Bridget Barnes, MBA, MSEM, is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Bridget has worked in OHSU's Information Technology Department since 1999 and has had a key role in implementing and managing their business, student, research, and clinical information systems during that time. Bridget's team of technical professionals is responsible for supporting all missions of OHSU (academic, clinical, research and outreach functions), as well as the multiple business entities that support OHSU. She has published and presented to professional organizations on application implementation and selection strategies.
Bridget has served on national and regional information system Boards including the Oracle Higher Education User Group (HEUG), the NorthWest Oracle User Group (NWOUG), the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC), Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Oregon Health Network and Oregon's Health Information Technology Oversight Committee.
Lois Brooks - Vice-chair of the Board
Lois Brooks, Oregon State University's Vice Provost for Information Services, leads IT for the University. She provides vision, leadership, and advocacy for the effective application of information technologies to the instructional, research and service missions of the university, and in partnership with executive and academic leadership, develops and executes IT strategy for Oregon State University.
Brooks joined OSU in 2010 after working at Stanford University for many years, serving most recently as Director of Academic Computing. During her tenure at Stanford she co-founded the Sakai Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors and later as Executive Director. She has served on governance committees for EDUCAUSE and InCommon. Brooks holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from the University of San Francisco.
Brad Christ is the Chief Information Officer for Southern Oregon University. Information Technology at SOU provides telecommunications, media services, information services, networking services, and user services for two campuses in Ashland and Medford.
He has worked extensively on higher education technology collaboration efforts in both Minnesota and Oregon. In Minnesota, these efforts included partnering with other private colleges to join Internet2 with sponsorship from the University of Minnesota and forming a buying consortium with other private colleges and a K-12 education technology collaborative to aggregate bandwidth and fiber transport purchasing. In Oregon, he is working to deepen collaborative efforts and create new shared initiatives within the Oregon University System.
Brad has worked in higher education information technology for 16 years and came to Southern Oregon from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he oversaw departmental operations, telecommunications, networking, system administration, and information systems. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Brad joined the NWACC Council in 2011.
Marianne Colgrove is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer and the Director of Web Support Services at Reed College. She oversees campus technology deployment, CIS financial management, college web systems, web application development, and digital media services. She frequently collaborates with the library on projects involving undergraduate teaching and learning and access to digital materials. Marianne joined Reed as the Associate Director of Computing & Information Services in 1989. Prior to her current position she managed Reed's 5-year Technology Plan to integrate computing into all aspects of the academic environment. Marianne has a B.A in Psychology from Reed College and is currently working toward her masters of Library & Information Science at University of Washington.
Marianne is currently the Treasurer of the Consortium of Liberal Art Colleges and a member of the EDUCAUSE West-Southwest program committee, and previously served as chair of the Educause Nominating Committee. Marianne joined the NWACC Member Council in 2002.
Dan Ewart joined the University of Idaho as the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of ITS in February 2012. In this role he leads a team of professionals serving the technology needs of the main Moscow campus, centers across the state and of students around the world. Prior to joining UI, Dan served as the Director of Information Services at the University of Wyoming and as Director of Information Technology at Dubai Aerospace Engineering University in Dubai, UAE. Before supporting higher education computing, Dan worked as a technology leader in the private sector for companies such as Interlink Group and Accenture.
Dan earned his BS in MIS (1993) and his MPA (2010) from the University of Wyoming. He is highly engaged in community activities including non-profit board membership and youth sports.
Jim Fleming was appointed Chief Information Officer at Pacific University in March 2011. Jim has 26 years of experience in higher education administration. Since his arrival at Pacific, University Information Services has led a successful transition to Moodle from its former LMS, implemented Ellucian CRM (resulting in increased enrollment), and implemented Epic Electronic Health Record system in five clinics, representing three health discipline programs located in Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Portland.
Prior to joining Pacific University, Jim served as the Director for Administrative Computing at George Fox University with responsibility for networking, telephony, systems, and institutional research. While at George Fox, he successfully led two ERP implementations, both of which were completed on time and within budget and scope. As the project manager, Jim focused on developing interoperability between systems to extend technology services and advance the mission of the university. Jim developed highly successful teams inside and outside of his department to select and promote the effective use of technology.
In addition to IT administration, Jim has held the position of Registrar for six years, where he contributed to an innovative enrollment services team and learned first-hand the significant impact of technology. He had a variety of responsibilities as Associate Dean of Students, focusing on developing student leaders and establishing a leadership minor at the university. He has also served at Trine University in Indiana and Oklahoma Weslyan University.
Jim is a certified project manager (PMP) with a M.A. in Counseling from George Fox University and a bachelors degree from Seattle Pacific University. He has served on several professional and non-profit boards.
Chris Gill was appointed as Gonzaga University's Chief Information Officer in March, 2007. He has been a member of the Gonzaga University information technology team for more than 20 years. Beginning in 1990 as a video producer for the University's distance education program, he has held a variety of positions in Media Services and Information Technology Services, including Video Producer/Director, Video Operations Manager, Director of Desktop Support Services, and Director of IT Project Management and Planning.
As an IT manager for more than 13 years at the University, Chris has overseen desktop computer support, the operation of the University's web site and its course management system (Blackboard), and the University's first information technology project management system. In collaboration with the University information technology team, he has managed a range of major technology-related projects including installation of the campus-wide residence hall data network, implementation of Blackboard as the enterprise course management system, installation of the campus's first enterprise web content management system, the complete replacement of the campus wired data network, and the implementation of a campus-wide wireless network.
Chris is active professionally in EDUCAUSE and is a 2005 graduate of the EDUCAUSE Frye Leadership Institute. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference on Information Technology Management (AJCU-CITM). He currently serves as Treasurer for the AJCU-CITM. He holds a Bachelors degree from Gonzaga University and a Masters Degree in Technology Management from Washington State University.
Karl Kowalski was appointed Chief Information Technology Officer for the University of Alaska System in November 2011. He previously served as Executive Director of User Services for the Statewide Office of Information Technology since 2007. He came to the University with 20 years’ experience in public education and technology integration in Rural Alaskan schools. Karl is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, holding degrees in Education and Biology. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in 1999. As a certified teacher and principal, he served as Director of Technology and Information Services for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District for 15 years.
Karl also served as adjunct professor for Chukchi College, designing and implementing technology courses for K-12 educators, and as consultant to the State of Alaska Department of Education, reviewing statewide technology plans. He teamed with state and local agencies and the Governor’s office to design and help pass the Alaska Waiver of the Federal E-Rate Program. He was appointed member of the Alaska Information Infrastructure Policy Task Force, State of Alaska UNITY project and is a founding member of the Alaska Distance Learning Partnership. Karl currently serves on the State of Alaska Broadband Taskforce.
In his role as CITO, Karl is responsible for strategic planning, security and IT policy for the University of Alaska system, statewide network infrastructure and ERP, videoconferencing and campus integration for a 17 campus system.
Outside of work, Karl and his wife, Sandy, enjoy spending time in the outdoors. They have four children and two grandchildren. Soccer, skiing, camping, gardening and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer keeps them more than busy.
David Lassner is the founding Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Hawaii, Hawaii's statewide public higher education system, comprised of 10 campuses and 7 education centers serving more than 58,000 students on 6 islands. David is also a member of the University's Graduate Faculty and has taught both online and in-person in Computer Science, Communications, Business, and Education.
David has played an active leadership role in a variety of local, national and international ICT organizations. He chaired Hawaii's Broadband Task Force and served on the Boards of Hawaii's High Technology Development Corporation and the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority, Hawaii's PBS affiliate. He has served on or chaired the Boards of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, Internet2, WCET and Educause.
David is Principal Investigator for the Maui High Performance Computing Center, co-PI for the Pacific Disaster Center, and has served as PI for several additional NSF and DoD projects in networking, cyberinfrastructure and educational technology. David holds AB and MS degrees from the University of Illinois in economics and computer science respectively, and a Ph.D in communication & information sciences from the University of Hawaii.
John Lawson is the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Western Washington University. His responsibilities run the usual CIO gamut of network services, academic computing and instructional design, user services, administrative computing, media services, and telecommunications.
Prior to joining WWU in August 2006, John served as Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Tulane University. Preceding Tulane, John served as CIO at Pepperdine University. Earlier in his career, John held academic and administrative positions at the University of Oregon, Lewis-Clark State College, and Towson University.
At Tulane, John managed the implementation and upgrade of ERP systems, completed an institutional wide wireless network, renewed collaborative labs and technology, and reorganized the academic and user support groups into one organization. John served as Tulane's representative and vice-chair of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) to bring high speed networking, high performance computing, and grid architecture to Louisiana's research institutions. He was CIO for Tulane during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He considers himself an expert at evacuating with higher education executives from hurricanes.
In addition to holding the senior administrator position of CIO at three institutions, he also held faculty appointments in computer science at Lewis-Clark State College and Towson University. At the University of Oregon he held adjunct faculty and research appointments in education and computer science.
John holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon (1985), where his research focused on the determinants of success in the introduction to computer science course utilizing a variety programming languages. He also holds a bachelor's (geography, 1982) and two master's (geography, 1983 and computer science, 1983) degrees from the University of Oregon. John is active in professional organizations, serving on a number of state, NWACC, and EDUCAUSE committees. He is married with three grown children and enjoys family time camping in northern Idaho each summer.
John Lehman is Director of International Programs and professor of information systems and international business at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is also an affiliate professor of far Eastern philosophy. His former positions have included Executive Director for Information Technology for the University of Alaska Statewide System, Technical Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Arctic Region Supercomputer Center, and acting Dean of the School of Management. He is also the University of Alaska representative (and head of the international collaboration subcommittee) for the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium.
John's academic background (all at the University of Michigan) includes a BA, MA, and ABD in Chinese studies, MBA in Accounting, and PhD in Information Systems. His research focus is on computerization of classical Chinese texts.
John served on the NWACC Board and Executive Committee from 1995 to 1998. In 1996 he was elected NWACC Secretary/Treasurer and continues to serve as an ex officio member of the Council. He chairs the Finance Committee and Investment Sub-Committee and has served on the Fee Task Force.
Mollie McGill is the deputy director for programs and membership for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), a national membership-based organization that works to accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, and advance excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. She oversees membership services and a variety of programs that aim to inform the e-learning community of promising practices and effective policies on such topics as academic integrity, student authentication, student retention, adjunct faculty policies, etc.
For the WICHE Policy unit, she recently conducted a study of state transfer web portals. She spent nearly 20 years working for WICHE in the early part of her career and, among other accomplishments, was instrumental in founding WCET in 1989. Mollie directed learning innovations and technology initiatives for the University of Colorado System, working with faculty and IT leaders from the four CU campuses. She also served in leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. She received her education degree from Emporia State University.
William Morse joined University of Puget Sound as Chief Information Officer on February 1, 2010. He came to UPS from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.
In his four years at Oglethorpe, William modernized and managed the university's technology infrastructure, resulting in improved service and considerable savings, introduced automated tools to improve desktop computer maintenance, replaced the switch-based telecom system with Voice-Over-Internet Protocol, and turned a challenging enterprise resource planning system implementation into a functional asset. He achieved ambitious goals with relatively few resources, while focusing on implementing the best systems to serve the needs of faculty, students, and staff.
Prior to this, William was Chief Information Officer at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Earlier roles included interim director of information services at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory, and director of information technology services at the School of Law at Emory. William earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science and a Juris Doctorate degree in law with honors from Emory University.
William is active in his profession and has written or contributed to numerous articles on information technology in higher education. While at Emory he helped develop a groundbreaking bio-informatics program and has taught in that program since its inception
As Chief Information Officer for University of Portland, Curt leads the information services division in support of an integrated, open, collaborative environment. This vision is pursued by creating a technological environment that supports the access, analysis, and management of information benefiting the University.
Before joining the University of Portland in 2013, Curt served most recently as Oregon State University’s (OSU) Open Source Lab director. Prior to that he was OSU’s CIO as well as the Oregon University System CIO, and Oregon’s first state Chief Information Officer. Before coming to Oregon he was CIO for Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and Snohomish County PUD, supporting the theory that he has a CIO gene.
Aaron Powell was appointed Director of Computing and Communication at The Evergreen State College in January 2006. His responsibilities include academic and administrative computing, network services and telecommunications for the Evergreen campus.
Prior to his position at Evergreen, Aaron served as Chief of Information Technology for Washington's child support program. As the IT Chief, Aaron was responsible for management of software development, mainframe/server databases, network services, and desktop support for 1500 users distributed statewide at over 40 service centers. His team also provided project management and extensive user training in support of major upgrade projects. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of integrated performance measurement systems and in the design and implementation of significant automation within the financial management systems.
Aaron earned his undergraduate and Masters from The Evergreen State College and joined the NWACC Council as Evergreen's representative in January 2006.
As Chief Information Officer for Eastern Washington University, Gary Pratt holds the following responsibilities: Lead university information technology support functions: computing, telecommunications, distance learning, technology-based faculty and staff training and development; academic technology; local and wide area networks; administrative applications; database and application development; technology hardware and software recommendation, purchase, installation, support, and troubleshooting; audio/visual support; technology-based course development and offerings.
Prior to joining EWU in 2007, Gary was the Associate Provost for Information Technology/CIO at Northern Kentucky University (1999-2006). In the course of his career, Gary has achieved the following accomplishments: developed, implemented, and led significant reorganization of IT support divisions; implemented ERP systems, digital telecommunications systems, high-bandwidth networks, and Web site redesigns; and led multiple statewide initiatives, including annual state-wide education technology conferences for 5 years (first ever in Kentucky), state-wide negotiation for Learning Management System for all public and private education (Kentucky), chaired state-wide E-learning group (Kentucky), and developed and chaired inaugural Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science, Mathematical Engineering; Master of Arts, Computer Information Systems; and Doctorate, Management and Organizational Leadership. He is a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow. Gary joined the NWACC Member Council in 2007.
Carmen is Assistant Vice President for Information Technology (ITS) at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, WA, where he has been since September of 2003. Prior to CWU, Carmen was the CTO and Director of Information Technology at Lewis-Clark State College for 2 years, where he also served as an adjunct faculty for Information Systems Management curriculum. From 1996 to 2001, Carmen was the Director of Computer Services and Technology at the Immunex Corporation in Seattle, and for fourteen years prior to that he held various engineering and IT management positions at the Naval Engineering Center in Keyport, WA. Since arriving at CWU, Carmen has overseen numerous advancements in technology at the University, and the consolidation of the Web Development Office and the Enterprise Information Systems Department with the ITS Department.
Carmen received his BS in Electronics Engineering from South Dakota State University in 1981, his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Engineering Technology in 1988 from City University and a Certificate in Public Administration from Indiana University/Purdue University in 1995. Carmen joined the NWACC Council in June 2004.
Leslie Riester is Associate Vice President for Technology Solution Services (TSS) at Portland Community College. TSS provides technology planning, consulting and project management services, telecommunications and network services, web development and support, user support services, server administration, classroom and lab support, help desk and training, and media services, which includes videoconferencing, video production/distribution, and distance learning operations. Leslie was Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology at PCC from 1998-2004 prior to assuming her current position in January 2004 when she began consolidation of instructional technology and information technology services into Technology Solution Services.
Leslie earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado, her M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan, and is A.B.D. in information studies at University of Michigan. She taught journalism at Northern Arizona University and information technology courses at University of Michigan, and was Dean of Learning Resources at Arizona Western College before arriving in Portland. She served on the Editorial Committee for CAUSE (pre-EDUCAUSE days), and remains active in EDUCAUSE. She is a member of ACM and a former member of SIG-CHI and ALA. Leslie has been a member of the NWACC Council since June 2004.
Matt Riley is the Chief Information Officer for the University of Montana. Matt leads the central IT organization for the UM, providing IT-related services, communications services, instructional technology resources and research-related technology support. Working with university and state leaders, Matt provides vision, strategic direction and IT advocacy at the UM in Missoula, as well as throughout the UM network in Montana.
Matt began at the UM in 2013 after six years at Stanford University. At Stanford, Matt led IT in the Dean’s Office for the School of Humanities and Sciences. Matt helped bring IT strategy and an innovative services approach to Stanford’s largest school. He also worked to bridge gaps between distributed IT units at Stanford and central organizations. Previous to Stanford, Matt spent 16 years at the University of Redlands in Southern California. At Redlands, Matt worked closely with the CIO to manage and lead all aspects of the IT operation for the institution. Major projects at Redlands included designing and leading the implementation of the campus network, technical responsibility for a major ERP conversion, leading a phone switch replacement from traditional to VoIP and efforts leading to the unification of administrative and academic computing.
Matt has been active in Educause for more than 15 years, and has recently been involved with leadership programs at Stanford and MORAssociates. Matt holds MBA and BS in Business degrees, both from the University of Redlands.
Marty Ringle is the Chief Information Officer at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to coming to Reed in 1989, he chaired the computer science department at Vassar College. He holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the T.J. Watson School of Engineering. Marty is a trustee of Marylhurst University (Portland) and has served on boards, advisory groups, or steering committees for EDUCAUSE, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), the Research and Education Network Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), the Cornell Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL), the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Apple Inc., SCT Corporation, Addison-Wesley, Inc., the Fielding Graduate Institute, and many other organizations. During the past thirty-five years he has consulted on technology issues for more than one hundred and fifty colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.
Marty was elected to the NWACC Board in 1990. He became Vice President of NWACC in 1994, Chair of the Board in 1996, and President in 1999. He serves ex officio on all NWACC committees.
Phil Sheehan is the Director of Computing Services at Clark College. Mr. Sheehan oversees academic and administrative computing, and telecommunications at Clark. Prior to assuming his administrative post, Phil taught for seventeen years at Clark College in electronics, telecommunications, and computing. Mr. Sheehan serves on the IT Commission for the Community and Technical College system in Washington State. Phil is also a member of the Microsoft Higher education Advisory Group. Phil earned a BA degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from Marylhurst University. For relaxation, Phil enjoys flying and hiking. Phil joined the NWACC Council in 2001.
Dan is the Chief Information Officer at Whitman College. Prior to joining Whitman, Dan held positions as CTO at Lewis & Clark College, CTO for Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, the Director of Information Technology for the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Ohio, and Manager of Academic Computing at Augsburg College in Minnesota.
Dan holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Augsburg College and completed graduate work (ABD) towards a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. Dan has made presentations at a variety of conferences including EDUCAUSE and the Society for College and University Planning.
From 2001 to 2005, Dan served on the National Datatel Users Group Board of Directors. Dan has served in various capacities within EDUCAUSE, including the Administrative Award Committee, regional conference program committee and the SAC program committee.
Dan has been active in NWACC since joining the council in 2001 and served as the Vice Chair of the Board from 2005 to 2006 and Chair of the Board from 2006 to 2008.
Dave Tindall is the Assistant Vice President for Technology Services at Seattle Pacific University, a position he has held since 1981. He serves as the chief information officer with oversight of administrative computing, central computing services and networks, telecommunications, microcomputing, user services and classroom/multimedia support. During his tenure at SPU he has been an adjunct faculty member in Computer Science and Business and Economics; has overseen the creation of a robust campus network; upgraded the campus administrative software systems to SCT Banner for most administrative functions; created a centralized HelpDesk and User Services division; brought numerous services online via the web (registration, computer account management, classified ads, directory services, library databases, event calendaring, financial transactions and reporting, etc..); and implemented microcomputer hardware and software standards across employee desktops, academic labs and classrooms.
Dave has a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics (SPU, 1975) and Master's degree in Information Systems (SPU, 1989). He has served on many regional and national committees and boards in the areas of information technology and business administration.
Dave has been the NWACC member representative from Seattle Pacific University since 1991. He served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2008 to 2010 and will serve as Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2012.
Kelli Trosvig served in various leadership posts at the University of Washington (UW). She spent eight years as the Director for Health Sciences Administration, and seven years with the School of Medicine. Past work includes opening a new research campus for UW Medicine in downtown Seattle and expanding the UW School of Medicine’s teaching programs across the state to Spokane. Kelli received both her B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Health Administration at the University of Washington.
Kelli, in her role as Vice President and CIO, is responsible for strategic oversight, planning and direction of the University’s information technology infrastructure, as well as resources and services. Under Kelli’s leadership, UW-IT launched key strategic initiatives to meet the growing technology needs of UW students, faculty and staff, while positioning the University for the future.
Kelli represents the UW regionally and nationally, serving as 2011-12 chair of the Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium, as a member of the Research University CIO Conclave, as well as on higher education advisory boards for Microsoft, Amazon, and AT&T. She is also on the steering committee of Gig.U, a national coalition of more than 30 research universities working to provide ultra-high-speed networking to local communities.
Irv Wiswall is Interim Chief Technology Officer at Linfield College, a position he assumed in July 2001 as part of a college-wide consolidation of information technology services. Prior to that he was Director of College Computing at Linfield for 9 years, Director of Academic Computing at the University of North Carolina-Asheville for 4 years, Manager of User Support at Cornell University for 2 years, and provided technical and statistical support for the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research for 2 years. He has a BS (1980) and a MS (1982) in Development Sociology, both from Cornell University. Prior to that he had a career providing social services to adolescents where he learned skills that he still draws on when communicating with systems programmers.
Irv has been the NWACC member representative from Linfield since 1992.
Melissa Woo serves as the Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at the University of Oregon.
She previously worked for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) providing general leadership and oversight for the central IT department responsible for campus enterprise and infrastructure services. Prior to UWM, she worked for the central IT organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, overseeing systems and operations.
Melissa is a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, currently serves on the EDUCAUSE 2012 Conference Program Committee, chairs the EDUCAUSE Advisory Group on Enterprise Information Systems and Services (AEGISS), and served on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Advisory Committee, including a year as committee chair. She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.