Michael D. Abbiatti is Vice President for Educational Technologies, WICHE, and Executive Director, WCET. Prior to joining WICHE, Michael was Director of the Southern Regional Education Board Educational Technology Cooperative, and Associate Commissioner for Information and Learning Technologies for the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Michael is an active proponent of innovation in technology-enhanced teaching and learning, as well as the policy environment empowering the efforts. His recent focus has been the policy and operational environment supporting linking truly high speed broadband via leveraging ?The Internet of Things? with a dynamic set of core missions including municipal networks, an aggressive research agenda, a comprehensive academic agenda base in provision of quality content, standards for design, delivery and competency-based outcomes, support for current and future telemedicine/telehealth activities, and a far-reaching emergency preparedness agenda. Abbiatti was the leader of the team responsible for creating/coordinating the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), and has served on the Board of Directors of Quality Matters, the National LambdaRail (NLR) initiative, and the Internet2 National SEGP Advisory Board. He is a firm believer in leadership though example, team building, and empowerment of team members to achieve lasting success. Abbiatti is an active proponent of cooperative endeavors and scaling successful ideas across the K-20 community and beyond. An experienced and successful technocrat, Abbiatti has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best when it comes to leveraging cyberspace as a teaching/learning, and assessment tool. The key to student success is not the technology, but rather what one does with the technology.
A retired military officer, Abbiatti served a tour of duty as commander of a medical unit during Operation Desert Storm. In addition, he created and led a ?virtual laboratory? development team with the mission of designing electronically delivered training to military medical personnel on a global scale. Abbiatti worked with the Army as a senior officer responsible for a number of implementation and operational aspects of the Louisiana segment of the national GuardNet XXI network in relationship with higher education. He was the author of the e-SGR Initiative in Louisiana designed to allow students deployed in support of the Global War on Terror to continue their academic programs electronically without regard to physical location.
Most importantly, he and his wife Nancy have five grandsons, five granddaughters, two fearless dacshunds, and are avid RVers! They have recently relocated to Estes Park, Colorado.
Tony (Antonio) Alfonso is the Director of Computing and Communications at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In this role, Tony is the chief information officer leading the central IT team responsible for networking, telecommunications, administrative technology, application support, academic technology and electronic maintenance and engineering. Formally trained in software engineering and leadership, Tony has applied those skills in developing custom enterprise-wide software systems and implementing off-the-shelf ERP?s. He has worked at Evergreen since 2002, when he was hired to implement Banner Finance. Tony has held several positions in higher education over the last 17 years, including Associate Director of Administrative Computing, Sr. Systems Analyst/Programmer, Accounting Manager, Business Analyst and Associate Controller/Bursar (at Florida Gulf Coast University).
Prior to higher ed, he was a financial analyst with the City of Miami Beach, FL for almost 10 years. Buried within this resume, Tony was also Vice President of a successful family business (Florida Burglar Alarms, Inc.), designing, implementing and maintaining residential and commercial electronic alarm and surveillance systems.
Tony earned his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS) from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (in Finance) from the University of Miami. His current research interests include organizational leadership, project management and software development, operations and quality assurance (DevOps). Tony likes to volunteer at several non-profit organizations, including the Latino Youth Summit, sits on several State of Washington IT advisory committees, and was the 2014 chair of the Washington Higher Education Technology Consortium (WHETC). In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and son and doing do-it-yourself (a.k.a. tinkering) projects around the homestead.
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.
Jackie Barretta is the CIO at Willamette University. Previously, she served as the Interim CIO at Portland Community College, Interim CIO at College of Marin and CIO of Con-way Inc. She has over 30 years of senior and executive leadership, primarily in Fortune 500 companies and Higher Education.
Jackie is a prolific author on boosting innovation in organizations. She has had articles published in Fast Company, InformationWeek and CIO magazine, and a book, Primal Teams, published by the American Management Association. Jackie has served on advisory boards of some of the largest IT service providers, including Hewlett Packard and Teradata.
Jackie holds an MA in Organizational Communication from Marylhurst University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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.
Adam oversees the Information Technology department at Lewis & Clark College, and serves as the liaison between IT and the college administrative staff. Buchwald, a Whitman College graduate and former IT officer at Pacific University, has worked in several capacities at MassArt, including as director of information technology, acting associate vice president for technology and chief information officer, and deputy chief information officer. Prior to joining MassArt, Buchwald worked in IT positions at Simmons College and Roscommon Associates, both in Boston, as well as at Pacific, where he served from 1997 to 2000.
Buchwald’s other professional activities include membership on the board of directors of the conservation group Greater Boston Trout Unlimited, which he has also served as IT consultant since 2006. In addition, he attended the 2010 summer leadership institute of EDUCAUSE, an organization that works to advance the higher education sector through intelligent use of technology.
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.
Brad has worked extensively on higher education technology collaboration efforts both at SOU and at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. In Oregon, he is active in collaboration efforts with the other public universities, the NWACC Network and Information Security program, and the information technology operations for the new Oregon Public University Shared Services Enterprise.
Brad has worked in higher education information technology for 18 years. Before coming to Southern Oregon, he oversaw departmental operations, telecommunications, networking, system administration, and information systems at Augsburg. 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 Information 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 a Masters of Library & Information Science at University of Washington.
In addition to the NWACC board, Marianne has previously served as the Treasurer of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, as a member of the EDUCAUSE Connect program committee, and 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 B.S. 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 28 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 EMS Events and Calendar system, and OCHIN Epic Electronic Health Record system in university health clinics located in Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Portland. He is serving as Chair of the University HIPAA taskforce responsible for developing a common set of policies and procedures across all clinical environments.
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 integration 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 held the position of Registrar for six years in which he contributed to an innovative enrollment services team and learned first-hand the significant impact of technology. Prior to this position, he had a variety of responsibilities as Associate Dean of Students, focused 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 Seminary and a bachelors degree from Seattle Pacific University. He has served on several professional and non-profit boards.
Tim serves as the Executive Director of Institutional Technology at George Fox University. His somewhat roundabout path towards IT started with undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology coupled with 10 years as an outdoor and experiential educator. Whether on a river, in the backcountry or in a classroom with a group of MBA students, he learned that many of the key decisions in life boil down to the two questions, "Where are we now?" and "Where do we need to be?"
Tim landed in administration at George Fox in 2005 and has worked in both the Student Life Office and IT. He quickly found that business processes and education are subject to the same to questions he'd come back to as an educator - "What are we doing now?" and "What should we be doing?" This perspective means that Tim is excited about improving services, processes and learning for end-users across the university. Others have caught onto this excitement as well; along with co-worker Brian McLaughlin, Tim was the co-recipient of the 2012 NWACC Hugi Exemplary Practice Award for their work on the iGFU mobile portal. He has also put his background as an educator to use as an active presenter and contributor with the Higher Education Users Group.
These varied experiences have given him a broad platform from which to lead IT at George Fox. He is constantly on the lookout for ways that technology can contribute to the educational mission of George Fox.
In June of 2013, Chato Hazelbaker was appointed the Chief Communication Officer at Clark College, where he is responsible for public relations, marketing communication, and legislative affairs. In 2014 the Information Technology Services division came under his leadership and he became the Chief Information and Communication Officer. Most recently he served as the Director of Communications at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota. Before that, he served as the Director of Marketing at Montana State University-Billings and News Bureau Manager at Dickinson State University. Hazelbaker has also served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions including Warner Pacific College and Bethel University, where he taught courses in Organizational Leadership, including Leadership and Technology.
Over his career, Hazelbaker has been heavily involved in the web and application development. At Eddie Bauer Inc., he was part of a team that developed the first online payroll forecasting tool used by over 500 retail stores and developed the first intranet used in the company. Hazelbaker earned his doctorate in Organizational Development in 2014 from the University of St. Thomas (MN).
Kirk Kelly - Chair of the Board
Kirk Kelly serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Portland State University (PSU). There, he oversees a comprehensive IT department with campus-wide responsibilities covering data systems, networking, classroom AV, event support, the technology helpdesk, academic & research computing, enterprise software, and phone systems.
During almost 30 years in Higher Education IT, Kirk has worked at institutions performing roles in academic computing, instructional technology, systems and networking, and as CIO at two institutions over the past 10 years. He is a frequent presenter at Educause events, served as faculty for the 2015 Educause Connect New IT Managers Program, currently serves as faculty for the 2016 Educause Leadership Program, and is a member of the Educause IT Issues Panel. In addition to his Educause activities, Kirk is active in the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, where he currently serves as faculty for the Leadership Development Program. Kirk also speaks about various technology topics at conferences, participates in professional organizations, and is a member of profit and non-profit boards.
Darin King is the Chief Information Officer at the North Dakota University System (NDUS), a position he has held since July of 2016. Before becoming CIO, Darin was the Deputy CIO and was responsible for the daily operational leadership of the enterprise systems and services delivered to the eleven institutions of the NDUS. He has directed many system-wide initiatives since joining the NDUS in 2013, including the consolidation of campus email systems, numerous information security projects, and the migration to a single learning management system.
Darin began his career in educational technology as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher in Minot and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1995, he was hired as the first Network Services Coordinator for the Grand Forks Public Schools (ND) and led the effort to bring Internet access into the classrooms of the district. Darin became the GFPS district Technology Director in 1997 and led the district through a rapid expansion of educational technology resources and systems. In 2012, he became the Director of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council and provided leadership for all North Dakota K12 educational technology, including EduTech and the ND Center for Distance Education.
Darin is a graduate of Valley City State University (ND) and the University of North Dakota. He is a Valley City native and a 20+ year resident of Grand Forks. His wife Deb is the Program Director of the Radiologic Technology program at Northland College in East Grand Forks, MN. His son Sam coaches football at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, his daughter-in-law Chelsea is a middle school teacher, and his daughter McKenna is a Registered Dietician.
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.
Chuck Lanham assumed the role of Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at Western Washington University in July 2017. Overseeing IT for the University, Chuck ensures the delivery of secure, reliable, user-centered technology services of broad scope and purpose, develops and implements technology-related policies and procedures, and works with University administration in the strategic planning, prioritization, and resourcing of technology initiatives.
Prior to joining Western, Chuck served in various positions at two other NWACC institutions. He served as the Associate Chief Information Officer at Portland State University for four years, overseeing academic and research computing and IT customer services. Before PSU, Chuck spent 17 years at the University of Idaho as the Senior Director of Enterprise Computing Support.
Chuck has an MBA from the University of Idaho and an undergraduate degree in Financial Management and Technology from Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD.
John Lehman serves as NWACC's Strategic Investment Advisor. He is emeritus professor in management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, guest professor at Tongji University College of Economics and Management (Shanghai, China) and Courtesy professor in the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon. He was formerly Director of International Programs and professor of information systems and international business at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he was also an affiliate professor of far Eastern philosophy. His previous 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 a steering committee member of 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.
For more than 20 years, John has served in a variety of leadership roles in NWACC, including Board Member At-Large, Executive Committee member, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice President.
Aaron Powell is the Vice President for University of Washington Information Technology and CIO, responsible for strategic oversight, planning and direction of the University’s information technology infrastructure, resources and services. In this role, Aaron works with the President, Provost, Executive Vice President, and appropriate University governance committees to determine information technology strategies, policies, priorities and resource allocations throughout the institution.
In his previous position as Associate Vice President for Information Management, Aaron was responsible for leading the strategy, development, implementation and coordination of the UW’s core administrative systems and Enterprise Information Management efforts. Working closely with UW senior leaders, he provided leadership and direction for the University’s administrative systems modernization program, including supporting the HR/Payroll Modernization initiative and preparing for future efforts. He also oversaw the continued build-out of the Enterprise Data Warehouse, expansion of data access and enhancements to the UW’s data analytics capabilities.
Aaron came to the University of Washington in March 2014, with more than 20 years of leadership and management experience and a strong statewide reputation. His most recent experience was with The Evergreen State College, where he served as the Director of Computing and Communications for eight years. In that role, Aaron provided strategic direction, planning and management of information technology for Evergreen, as well as leading the college’s central information technology department. Aaron was a highly respected leader at Evergreen, known for his strategic and collaborative approach and his ability to build strong partnerships across the institution and within the state.
Prior to Evergreen, Aaron was Chief of Information Systems for the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Information Technology division, and held several other leadership and management positions within DSHS. He holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College.
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.
Martin Ringle - President
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.
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.
Borre Ulrichsen has served as the Chief Information Officer at Gonzaga University since August 2016. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for IT Services at California State University, East Bay. From 2002 to 2011, he was the Director of Information Systems Projects at San Francisco State University. Previous to that he held various IT leadership roles in the private sector. Borre completed his MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He also earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Chris Van Liew is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Seattle University. A Pacific Northwest native, Chris graduated from Oregon State University, and previously served as the Chief Information Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company after more than two decades of varied technology roles for the company. Chris has a passion for growing people and building teams to deliver uncompromising results. At Seattle University, Chris is responsible for technology strategy, project delivery, cybersecurity and many other technical services, and is a member of the President's Cabinet.
Beyond his IT responsibilities, Chris currently serves on board committees for MultiCare Health System. When not at work, you can find Chris spending time with his wife, Deborah, and their four children, or working on his home and property.
Garret Yoshimi - Vice Chair of the Board
As the University of Hawai'i's Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VPIT/CIO), Garret Yoshimi is responsible for UH systemwide information technology systems and services. Garret provides executive leadership in collaboratively setting forth the overall vision, goals, strategies and plans for the effective and appropriate use of information technologies to advance the UH System.
Garret joined UH in January 2015. Prior to serving as UH VPIT/CIO, he was vice president and chief operating officer for eWorld Enterprise Solutions. He has more than 35 years of experience in information technology in both the public and private sectors in Hawai'i. He has served as the first CIO for the Hawai'i Judiciary, senior technology executive for the East-West Center and CIO for DTRIC Insurance.
Garret also previously served as telecommunications manager before being promoted to director of technology infrastructure for the University of Hawai'i. He actively represented the University of Hawai'i in state and national venues as a member of EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and the Association for College and University Technology Advancement, which awarded him the Bill D. Morris award for individual leadership.
A native of Honolulu, Garret earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in telecommunications and information resource management from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.