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Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of business, technology, and public leaders dedicated to the development of North Carolina’s tech sector.  Advisors serve as a resource by providing guidance and feedback, assist with growing the membership and promoting NC TECH through their networks. 

Advisors range from those who have interest in eventual service on NC TECH’s governing Board of Directors, to those that appreciate the benefit of discounted event registrations, to those who seek a more visible level of engagement and more exclusive relationship building opportunities.

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Contact if you have questions about, or are ready to join, the NC TECH Board of Advisors.

members of the board of advisors

AAE Speakers Bureau
Jennifer Best - Vice President of Marketing

Emily Larkin - Chief Information Security Officer

Ed Fody - Director

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

Nick Gatz - Manager, Government Relations

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

Aligned Technology Group
John Zemonek - Managing Director

Alliance of Professionals + Consultants
Troy Roberts - CEO

Ally Financial
Dan Lemont - Executive Director - Tech Strategy + Office of the CIO

American Greenz Inc.
Bob Holden - Recycling Specialist

APCO Worldwide
Travis Bullard - Senior Director

AT&T North Carolina
Brian Smith - Account Executive

Atlantic Packaging
Ken Thompson - Software Development Manager

Attain Partners
Philip Agee - President & Chief Operating Officer

AvidXchange, Inc.
Mike Praeger - Co-Founder + CEO

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

David Doolittle - Vice President of Global Communications

Bobbie Shrivastav - Co-Founder + CEO

Bizcom Global
Mark Wiener - President

BJIT Corp.
S. Iqbal Ahamed, PhD - Technical Advisor

Blue Acorn iCi
Mark Kelley - VP of Digital Engagement

Blue Cross NC
Jo Abernathy - CIO

Daniel Williams - CEO

Blue Matrix
Chris Mock - Vice President of Account Management

Brighthouse Financial
Perry Pao - VP, Head of IT Operations + Infrastructure

Ashley Berenson - Vice President, Product

Paul Curlee - Enterprise Field Saled Director

Asaf Gendler - Director of Product Management

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Centri Business Consulting
Ryan Starkes - Partner

Cherry Bekaert
Megan Hutchinson - Partner

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Liz McCormick - Regional Sales Manager

City of Raleigh - Department of IT
Beth Stagner - Director, Enterprise Applications + Data

Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Marty McDermott - COO

CNP Technologies
Faye Postma - Director of Marketing

Coastal Credit Union
TJ Wyman - Chief Digital Services Officer

Coca-Cola Consolidated
Darrell Thompson - Sr. Vice President, CIO

Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

Confianz Global Inc
Anoop Menon - President & CEO

Corebridge Financial
David Ditillo - EVP Chief Information Officer

Corning Optical Communications
Angela Haneklau - VP of Sales

Credit Karma
Ashleigh Anderson - Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Credit Suisse
Alison Kiing - Director

Cross Impact Coaching
Betsy Kauffman - Founder + CEO

Don Shin - Founder + CEO

Dan Lumsden - VP of Integration

Ram Jeyaraman - CTO

DataStaff, Inc
Mark Prakke - Sr. VP of State + Local Government Solutions

Davis Moore
Matthew Cooke - Partner

Dean Dorton
Jason Miller - Business Consulting Director

Dell Technologies
Sean Hayes - Director of Product Operations

Sam Gibbs - Specialist Executive

Deutsche Bank
Priyesh Patel - Director, Global Head of Post Trade Product & Production Engineering

DH Griffin
Patrick Love - Director of IT

Digital Realty
Steve Eanes - Senior Account Manager

Vern McDonald - Managing Director 

Shannon Draegen - COO


DoubleBlaze Consulting
Ron Boling - Partner

Dualboot Partners
Michelle Coviello - VP of Client Development

Duke Executive Education - Fuqua School of Business
Anita Stockmans - Director, Executive Education

Duke Tech Solutions
Sudheer Dharanikota - Managing Director

ECPI University - Raleigh Campus
Natalie Ocean - Business Development Manager

Elevance Health
Amish Patel - CTO, Technology Platform + Cloud Enablement

Elon University - Office of the CIO
Pat Donohue - Assistant CIO + Director of Campus Technology Support

Embassy of Canada
Zachary Zimmerman - Trade Commissioner - FDI Promotion

George Reichert - CIO

Antwine Jackson - President

Envestnet | Yodlee
Jillian Munro - Group Head, Data + Analytics Technology

Hugo Canedo - Account Executive, Carolinas

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

Kevin Lareau - Sr. Enterprise Account Executive

Justin Hanke - Senior Manager, Technology Consulting

Fayetteville Cumberland County EDC
Robert Van Geons - President + CEO

Fayetteville Public Works Commission
Mark Lawler - CIO

Fayetteville State University - Office of the CIO
Dr. Hector Molina - CIO

Fidelity Investments
Sterling Ingui - Product Area Leader - Next Gen Retirement

Fifth Third Bank
Preston Bergen - Triangle Market President

Fike + Co.
Anessa Fike - CEO

First Bank (FBNC)
Terrence A. Thomas - EVP & Chief Information Officer

First Citizens
Jerome Savage - IT Systems Integrator


Pat Watkins - Sales Director

Fortuna BMC
Diana Potts - Chief Operating Officer

Future Farm AgriTech
Lisa York - Owner, Operator

Garrison Consulting Group
Lynne Garrison - President

Gilead Sciences
Marc Berson - SVP + CIO

Sabina Schneider - Chief Solutions Officer

GNC Holdings, LLC
Julia Ward - Digital Architect

Christopher Chesnutt - ABP, Google Data Center

Dan Govindasamy - Partner-Client Delivery

Green for Life Environmental Inc. 
Hubert Barkley - Vice President, Information and Technology

Greene Resources, Inc.
Jason DeFreitas - VP + General Manager

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes - Director of IT

HCL America Inc.
Rahul Singh - Senior Director + Head of Operations, Global Delivery Centers, Americas

Hornets Sports + Entertainment
Ronnie Bryant - SVP + CIO

Jenna Lazenby - Business Development Manager

Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

ICAP - Intellectual Capitol
Barry Newkirk - Managing Partner

IEM Inc.
Theodore Lemcke - CTO

IES Communications
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

Impact Fulfillment Services
Patrick Darke - CIO

Individual - Oita Coleman
Oita Coleman

Infosys Limited
Deverre Lierman - AVP, Delivery Head

Inmar Intelligence
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

INTech Foundation
Jerika Jones - Executive Director

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Invest Hong Kong
Dimitris Horiatis - Senior Manager, Innovation + Technology

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

Melissa Wittner - President

Jackrabbit Technologies
Darin Soll - COO

Ryan Lawrence - Executive Vice President

Becky Scott - Sr. Manager, Technology Community

Erkang Zheng - CEO


Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

Caitlin Walsh - Director

KTL Solutions
Stephen Reid - VP Sales + Marketing

Bola Oyegunwa - CIO, Labcorp Drug Development

Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Lisa Marie Ferrell - NA Events & Communications Director

Lobby CRE
Anne Hollander - CEO


Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President

Marsh McLennan Agency
Ned Archer - Business Insurance Consultant

MAXX Potential
John Spauls - Principal Technologist

McGuireWoods Consulting
Tommy Sevier - SVP for State Government Relations

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Shayesteh Sims - VP, End User Technology

Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

Todd Marks - CEO

MiSource Staffing

Momentum Telecom
Ahmed Diallo - Major Account Executive

MVA Public Affairs
Bradford Sneeden - Director of Public Affairs

NC Community College System
Patrick Fleming - Sr. VP + CIO

NC Department of Health + Human Services
Charles Carter - Assistant Secretary for Technology Services

NC Department of Information Technology
Glenn Poplawski - Deputy State CIO/Chief Solutions Officer

New College Institute
Kenneth E. Russell, PhD - Chief Information + Innovation Officer

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Joe Dickinson - Member

North Carolina Independent Colleges + Universities
Vicki Humphreys - Director of Information Technology

Elizabeth Arroyave Rojas - Marketing Director

Erica Emerson - CEO + Founder

Sean Larkin - CEO

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Michael Thompson - Enterprise Account Executive

Pacific Western Bank
Tony Brill - VP, Application Development

Parker Hannifin
Michael Lubak - Director, Business + Information Technology

Julie Keane - Chief Academic Officer

PassionIT Group, Inc.
Scott Rose - Managing Partner

PC Matic
Eric Moore - Territory Account Executive

Peter Millar
Bob Bowling – VP, Technology

Pfizer, Inc.
Melissa Bishop-Murphy - Senior Director

PharmHand Consulting
Zack Miller - CEO

Pinnacle Financial Partners
Greg Winkler - Commercial Banking Manager

Pitt Community College
Ernest Simmons - AVP Information Technology and Services

Mark Mormann - MDR Solutions Executive

Wayne Hippo - Owner/Managing Partner

Lennie Austin - Partner

Pyramid Consulting
Montae Monroe - Market Sales Account Manager

Jeff Maze - Founder / CEO

Racepoint Global
Stephanie Styons - Senior Vice President

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology 

Red Canary
Brennan Manion - Regional Director of Sales

Red Hat, Inc.

REEDS Jewelers
Arthur Phidd - Chief Information Officer

Kay Krafft - CEO

Amanda Miller - Associate Director for the National Consortium for Data Science

Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) of North Carolina
Kevin Patterson - Director of IT

Resolvit, LLC
Craig Scates - Partner

Retail Business Services LLC
Marty Wolfe - CTO

Revtech Labs
Sara Garces - Managing Partner


RightDirection Technology Solutions
Joey Hutchins - President + CEO

RoleModel Software
Doug Meeker - Director of Business Development

RTI International
Bernice Bond - VP + CISO

Jennifer Rendon - Account Executive

Brady Terrents - Senior IT Manager

Pryor Davis - N.C. V.P.

Segra Communications
Rose Chambers - CIO

Seneca Resources
Harold Zeishner - Managing Director of NC

Silver Tree Consulting + Services
Lauren Holt - CFO

Todd Christy - General Manager

Smart CellCo
Carroll Spencer II - President

Smith Anderson
Lori Fuller - Attorney

Joyce Weiland - President

Spectrum Enterprise
John Moore - Regional Sales Manager, Government + Education


Colin Kiser - Director of Business Development

Spreedly Inc.
Christopher Hudel - CISO

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

StoneLaurel Consulting
George Williams - Chief Integration Officer

Successive Technologies
Mark Bavisotto - Founder

Summit Leadership Partners
Nancy McNelis - VP Strategic Partnerships

Sumo Logic
Zachary Willow - Key Account Executive

Syneos Health
Stephen Rayada, EVP Enterprise Shared Services Technologies 

Jeremy Holland - RVP Enterprise Solutions

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Syngenta Crop Protection
Christopher Langley - Global Head of IT, Seeds R&D

System Soft Technologies
Tony Clark - Regional Vice President

Tech Elevator
Cody Charland - Market Lead

Nolan Smith - CEO

Steve Canterbury - Director of Finance

Tharseo IT
Naji Jawabreh - VP, Sales and Strategic Initiatives

The Diversity Movement
Kurt Merriweather - Head of Products

The Hardy Financial Group
Andrea C. Hardy - Financial Planner

Ronnie Duncan - CEO

Town of Cary
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin - CIO

Town of Morrisville
Steve Rao - Council Member

Sammie Ammons - Business Development Manager

Trend Micro
Lou Karwoski - Regional Account Manager, NC

Triangle Esports Academy
Caleb Smith - CEO

TriNet HR
Heather Shaffer - Director of Sales

Jaye Anna Hill - Vice President, Cyber Security Manager

UNC Charlotte - College of Computing and Informatics
Ahmed Helmy - Associate Dean for Research

UNC Health
Rachel Foppiano - HCS Exec. Director: IT - System Relations

UNC Kenan Flagler
Sandra Chandler - Associate Director, Employer Engagement + Recruiting

UNC Pembroke
Katina Blue - Associate VC of Information Resources/CIO

Vaco, LLC
Kara Heine - Business Development, Technology

Lisa Hammond - CHRO

Verily Life Sciences
Stephanie Wey - Chief of Staff

Jim Olevano - Principal Architect

Visible Value
Chandra Storrusten - CEO

Henry Veloza - Sr. Client Executive NC

Wade Associates
Kevin Flowers - AAI, Advisor, Innovation Risk Division

Wake Tech Community College
Ryan Schwiebert - VP/CIO of Information Services

Walk West
Abha Bowers - CEO

WGU North Carolina
Ben Coulter - Chancellor

Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Gerry Hayes - President + CEO

WorkSmart IT
Jim Rappl - Director of Business Development

Les Roach - VP of Sales


$600 annually, billed at the time of your organization's NC TECH membership renewal (we'll pro-rate the amount for those joining outside of the annual dues cycle so that future billing will be aligned).

Each NC TECH member organization may have one (1) representative on the Board of Advisors.

Time Commitment

Service on the Board of Advisors is calendar friendly!  There are no meetings, per se.  We convene about once a quarter, most often in conjunction with existing events and meetings on our calendar, and communicate virtually with newsletters/special message and through an exclusive LinkedIn group.  We also give advisors first dibs on special offers that come our way (private suite at a sporting event, seats at the NC TECH table at business awards events, etc.).

For more information about serving on the Board of Advisors and/or to sign up to serve, contact

Board of Advisor benefits overview video


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