Council Member Profiles

Tony Alfonso

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.

Andrea Ballinger

Andrea S. Ballinger serves as the Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for Oregon State University. In her capacity she is responsible for the discovery and implementation of innovations to advance learning, improve the campus experience, and increase administrative efficiency to enable the University’s missions in research, education, and engagement. Andrea has been in higher education for over 20 years, serving in many senior capacities including CTO, CIO, COO and briefly as a CEO. During her tenure in higher ed, Andrea has been a key driver for IT operations, transformations, and strategies building high performing teams and bringing complex projects to fruition. In her last role, Andrea served as LSU’s Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, providing leadership, vision, and direction to the university’s investment, deployment, and strategic use of information technology resources across the multi-campuses. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Information Officer for the University of Illinois Alumni Association with a very brief role as CEO during a leadership transition. In that capacity she gained a great deal of advancement skills. Andrea also held several senior-level titles for both Illinois State University (CTO, AVP for Administrative Technologies) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (AVP for Decision Support and other Decision Support titles) where she led the modernization of their IT ecosystems including implementing ERPs, CRMs and business intelligence environments. Prior to joining higher education, Andrea spent ten years in the banking and finance industry where she was last a Vice President of Operations at a large Midwest bank working in several mergers and acquisitions. Andrea has a passion for reimagining the student experience, building strong IT teams, using analytics and reaching operational excellence. Andrea has an undergraduate degree and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bridget Barnes

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 Group 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

Jackie Barretta has been VP and CIO at Willamette University since 2016. She has led the strategy and execution of initiatives to implement best of breed applications to support all administrative services, re-implement the student information system with substantially enhanced functionality, provide industry standard cybersecurity protections, and significantly upgrade technology infrastructure. She actively collaborates with faculty to develop strategies to increase the adoption of academic technology in the curriculum.

Jackie has over 30 years of senior and executive leadership, primarily in Fortune 500 companies and Higher Education. Previously, she served as the CIO of Con-way Inc., Interim CIO at Portland Community College, and Interim CIO at College of Marin.

Jackie has served on national advisory boards for Hewlett Packard, Teradata, and CXO Media's CIO Executive Council. She also serves on the board of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium.

Tom Battaglia

Tom Battaglia, Chief Information Officer at Southern Oregon University, has 17 plus years as an I.T. leader and lead technologist in higher education, government, and the private sector. Tom came to SOU from the Oregon Department of Revenue, where he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer overseeing 75 employees. Tom gained higher education experience as the University of Montana’s Assistant Chief Information Officer for six years. Prior to that, while at the City of Boulder, Colorado, Tom served in a number of I.T. leadership roles, including Applications Manager, Client Services Manager, Software Development Manager, and Systems Architect. 

Tom was drawn to his I.T. career while working on a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, researching catalysis and ion-exchange with the hope of discovering an approach to lower the energy required to dissociate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Tom found that he enjoyed the computer modeling and computing aspects of the field more than the chemistry itself, and he pivoted to a career in the tech industry. Tom is originally from Denver, Colorado. He is a fly fisherman, drummer, guitarist, and recording engineer.

John Boucher

John Boucher was appointed as the University of Alaska’s Interim Chief Information Technology Officer in October 2020. Prior to his appointment at the University of Alaska, he served as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Alaska’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). OIT was  responsible for delivering enterprise IT services to the State’s fifteen Executive Branch agencies. As the State of Alaska’s CIO, he oversaw telecommunications, enterprise level application services, networking services, data centers, platform services, security services as well as the Alaska Land Mobile Radio system (ALMR)- a public safety radio communication network.

Before appointment as the State of Alaska’s CIO, Boucher had a nearly 40-year long career serving the State of Alaska as an administrator and economist. He served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Administration (DOA), where he oversaw activities of the Office of Information Technology, Division of Finance, Division of Retirement and Benefits, Risk Management and the Office of Administrative Hearings. Prior to that he worked as a Policy Analyst and Economist at the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

John received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. In his leisure time he has an affinity for baseball and softball. Most recently he served 10 years as a high school fastpitch softball coach for Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, helping build the program for the brand new school into a 3-time state champion from 2016-2018. He and his wife Heidi have deep roots in Fairbanks, and are excited to return to Fairbanks and contribute to the UA system’s success.

Adam Buchwald

Adam Buchwald oversees the Information Technology department at Lewis & Clark College, and serves as the liaison between IT and the college administrative staff.  Adam, 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, Adam 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.

Adam'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

Brad Christ is the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Eastern Washington University. Prior to his appointment at EWU in 2018, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Southern Oregon University, overseeing telecommunications, media services, information services, networking services, and user services for two campuses in Ashland and Medford. Before coming to Southern Oregon, he oversaw departmental operations, telecommunications, networking, system administration, and information systems at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Brad has worked extensively on higher education technology collaboration efforts throughout his career. 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, his collaboration efforts included working with the other state public universities during the breakup of the Oregon University System and coordinating the annual Ellucian Northwest Symposium.

Brad has worked in higher education information technology for 20 years. 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(then representing Southern Oregon), and serves on the Board of Directors. He continues to assist with the NWACC Cybersecurity program.

Marianne Colgrove

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.

Jeremy Cucco

Jeremy is the Associate Vice President for Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at the University of Puget Sound. He has been with the university since 2015 and was promoted to the role of Chief Information Officer in 2016. Jeremy holds an undergraduate degree in Network Security from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a graduate certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Business Strategy and Innovation.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Puget Sound, Jeremy spent fifteen years in the Pentagon working for both the US Marine Corps and US Army. As the Information Systems Technical Lead for the United States Marine Corps, he was responsible for developing and building the Marine Corps cloud computing environment, Service Oriented Architecture-based tactical and enterprise environments, and developing mobile communications systems built on satellite and terrestrial-based communications platforms. Additionally, Jeremy worked for many years in the US Army's human and signal intelligence community developing standards and technologies around the use of biometrics for identification and authentication.

Jeremy is active in community-based non-profit organizations and has served as Executive Director on two orchestra boards of directors. Jeremy's wife, Olivia, is the budget manager for the Federal Aviation Administration's western operations and his son, Will, is a nationally-ranked competitive cyclist.

Ardys Curtis

Ardys Curtis is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Systems at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Ardys has held several leadership roles since joining PLU as an employee in 1994, including Administrative Associate, Systems Training Specialist, and Program Director.

Her current role as CIO encompasses oversight of Information and Technology Services which includes administrative systems, telecommunications, user support, and systems management. She also leads PLU’s Data Administration Team, is a member of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Team, acts as an Associate to the Faculty and is a member of the Trans Task Force. Ardys, her husband and two daughters are all PLU alumni and she is proud to say that her youngest daughter also works for PLU.

Dan Ewart

Dan serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Idaho. In this role he leads a team of over 100 professionals serving the technology needs of the main Moscow campus, centers across the state, and 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 regional, state and community activities including non-profit board membership and youth sports.

Brandon Gatke

Brandon Gatke is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for Pacific University. Prior to joining higher education Brandon has led Information Technology teams for both large scale and small operations, with industry experience in Healthcare, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Ecommerce Software. Brandon is passionate about delivering value by developing people and leveraging technology in innovative and sustainable ways.

He has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, an MS in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon, and BS in Speech Communications from Portland State University.

Tim Goodfellow

Tim Goodfellow is the Chief Information Officer at George Fox University, a role he started in 2013. His work in IT leadership is driven by his desire to shape the future of higher education for educators and students alike. Tim sees this happening through work that brings people and technology together to make higher education more accessible and affordable while maintaining a respect for the long history and traditions of the academy.

Tim has worked at George Fox University since 2005 in several capacities including teaching, Student Life and Institutional Technology. Prior to work at George Fox Tim worked as an experiential educator and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology.

When he's not in the office Tim likes to head outdoors to garden or to explore the rivers, mountains and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest.

Kirk Kelly

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, web and mobile, and phone systems.

During 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 13 years. He is a frequent presenter at Educause events, served as faculty for the 2015 Educause Connect New IT Managers Program, was a member of the IT Issues Panel 2015-2016, currently serves as faculty for the 2015-2019 Educause Leadership Program, and as the Leadership Program Faculty Director 2017-2019. In addition to his Educause activities, Kirk is active in the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium where he currently serves as Chair of the Board. Kirk also speaks about various technology topics at conferences, participates in professional organizations, and is a member of non-profit boards.

Darin King

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.

Ryan Knutson

Dr. Ryan Knutson serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Montana State University (MSU). As CIO, he oversees IT security, telecommunications, local area and wide area networking, user services, infrastructure, and research computing.

Ryan began his career as a server administrator for South Dakota State University, then he became web and systems manager for Southwest Minnesota State University. He returned to South Dakota State University in 2010 as the Manager of Information Security, which was followed closely by an appointment as Assistant Vice President. Ryan then worked as Chief Information Officer for the Sioux Falls School District before coming to Montana State University.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master's degree in Information Systems, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education.

Chuck Lanham

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

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.

Jessie Minton

Jessie Minton assumed the role of Chief Information Officer at the University of Oregon in 2017, where she is responsible for the IT strategy and services in support of the university's teaching, research, and service mission. As the Vice Provost for Information Services, Jessie also oversees the university's central IT department, which provides a broad range of technology services to UO students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Jessie was the director of business operations and technical support services in the central IT organization at Oregon Health & Science University. Jessie has served in leadership roles for 17 years, first in the private sector, with Yahoo! and Change Healthcare (formerly WebMD Business Services), then in higher education.

Jessie is an NWACC Leadership Program Fellow (2015). She completed her master's degree in management and organizational leadership at Warner Pacific University, and her bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in business administration at the University of Oregon.

Michael Northover

Michael has 35 years experience in IT and has held C-level positions for over 10 years in both the private and public sectors. He spent over 20 years with Merrill Lynch on Wall Street including two years as a global IT strategist. He has also worked in Mortgage Servicing, Publishing and Healthcare sectors.

Michael has been CIO at Portland Community College since 2016. PCC is the largest higher education institution in Oregon and has one of the largest networks in the Pacific Northwest, supporting 4 campuses, 6 centers and over 80,000 students. Michael's focus over the past two years has been organizational alignment, IT strategy, driving portfolio management and enterprise architecture capability, and implementing a comprehensive cyber-security defense in depth strategy for the college. His current focus is ERP strategy, document management and workflow, the future of instructional technology, and data/analytics strategy to support the college's YESS ("Yes to Equitable Student Success") program.

Michael has an MBA/MIS (Management Information Systems) and is a certified Enterprise Architect. In addition to NWACC, he is a member of SIM, TAO, AEA, ISACA, and REN-ISAC. In 2019, he received his Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification and is now CIO/CISO at PCC.

Michael lives with his wife in the Portland area. He has had a lifelong commitment to playing guitar badly.

Sasi Pillay

Dr. Sasi Pillay serves as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Washington State University (WSU). In this role he oversees the computing infrastructure of foundational technologies and research computing, telecommunications, local area and wide area networking, and IT Security. He has led the development of roadmaps for Academic and Research Computing, Administrative and Business Computing, and Foundational Technologies; improved the service delivery of the IT organization by instituting change management, architectural review and project management; and improved IT Security across all WSU campuses, including deploying a Security Operations Center and a Network Operations Center.

As WSU shifted to remote instruction, the issue of digital divide was even more exasperated. To address this, Sasi quickly put together a loaner lap top program for students. To aid in increasing internet access, he also put together a loaner Hotspot program and helped deploy wi-fi access to not only WSU students, but also to students of other institutions as well access for community members via parking lots at no cost.

Sasi has supported NWACC activities by assisting in the Leadership program, sharing ideas through presentations and helped launch and continue to support the NWACC/ORBIS joint task force on Accessibility.

Previously he served as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Wisconsin System, comprising 26 campuses. Earlier he served as the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology (IT) at National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). Sasi is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a Meritorious Executive in the U.S. federal government.

Sasi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also has a Master's degree in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Aaron Powell

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.

Russ Poulin

Russ Poulin leads WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, advocates for effective practice and policy for technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET’s members represent institutions, state agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations from all fifty states and a few from Canada. As WICHE Vice President, he advises on policy and projects for the regional higher education compact. Russ has represented the distance education community in federal negotiated rulemaking processes. Russ received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie. 

Marty Ringle - President

Marty Ringle is President of the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium and Emeritus Chief Information Officer of Reed College (1989-2020). During the past thirty-five years, Marty has consulted on technology-related issues for more than two hundred colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Marty has chaired a number of boards including EDUCAUSE, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), and REN-ISAC and has served on advisory groups for Apple, SCT, Addison-Wesley, the Fielding Graduate Institute, NITLE, and many other organizations. He was a member of the CyberSecurity committee of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board and was co-leader of the EDCAUSE CIO Constituent Group from 2016 through 2019. 

Marty has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Binghamton University, jointly sponsored by the T.J. Watson School of Engineering, and has held faculty positions in philosophy and computer science. He led the development of the first bachelor's program in cognitive science while serving as chair of Vassar College's computer science department.  


Zachary Rossmiller

Zach Rossmiller is the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Montana (UM). Zach provides vision and strategic leadership for UM’s computing and information technology enterprise and drives innovative solutions to support academics and research. These efforts have earned Zach several prestigious awards, including UM’s Sustainability Award for improving energy savings and operational efficiencies, and recognition from the academic community for implementing innovative measures that provide students greater access to campus IT resources. Zach has received several National Science Foundation grant awards aimed at improving UM’s research cyber-infrastructure. This resulted in UM’s first high-performance compute cluster and high-speed Science-DMZ. With experience in planning, implementing and supporting existing and next-generation enterprise solutions, Zach is dedicated to providing forward-thinking ideas that unify, empower, and establish IT leadership in higher education.

Prior to assuming the CIO role in 2020, Zach served as UM’s Executive Director of Cyber-Infrastructure and was responsible for campus wide systems administration, research computing, data centers, network infrastructure, telecommunications, and classroom technology. 

Zach is an active member of the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium, the Northern Tier Network Consortium, Pacific NorthWest GigaPop, Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium, and serves on the board of directors for the Health Information Exchange of Montana. In addition, Zach has served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana board of directors.

Zach received an MBA, a B.S. in Management Information Systems, and an AAS in Computer Networking from the University of Montana. Along with earning degrees, Zach has taught UM courses on operating systems, enterprise security, desktop security, and business systems analysis design.

Micah Schaafsma

Micah Schaafsma is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, leading the Computer and Information Systems department at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA. He serves as the liaison between central IT and executive leadership, providing vision, direction, and strategy for integrating technology and business intelligence into all areas of campus operations. Since joining SPU in 2004, he has held a number of roles, including Director of Software Systems, Director of Enterprise Systems, and Deputy CIO. Micah also serves as a member of the institution's University Advisory Council and the Core Support Operations Team.

In his time at SPU, Micah has focused on improving operational efficiency and transparency, and on pivoting IT from being a service provider into a strategic business partner aligned with institutional goals. Along the way, he has streamlined the IT department's operations, implemented DevOps/agile methodologies to improve efficiency, drastically reduced service outages, tripled IT project success rates, and improved outcomes through data-driven decision making.

Micah holds an Executive MBA from University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, and a BA in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.

Dan Terrio

Dan Terrio 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.

Ginny Tomlinson - Vice Chair of the Board

Virginia (Ginny) Tomlinson is Associate Vice President / Chief Information Officer at Central Washington University. Prior to joining CWU in January 2020, Ginny served as the Chief Technology Officer of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, where she was responsible for the strategic leadership and management of all aspects of information technology at the College. Ginny has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years. Previously she served as the CIO at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia and as Director of Information Technology Services at Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Ginny earned her Master of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Borre Ulrichsen

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

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 and on the board committees for MultiCare Health System. Chris has a passion for growing people and building teams to deliver uncompromising results. At Seattle University, Chris is responsible for delivering modern technology enablement to our many university stakeholders in support of our institutional mission. When not at SU, Chris and his wife, Deborah, support the busy lives of their four children, and tend to their ten acres south of Seattle.

Sam Williams

Sam Williams, MSEd (he, him, his) joined Linfield University in June of 2020 as Chief Information Office. Sam’s team is responsible for managing the technology infrastructure at Linfield’s McMinnville and Portland campuses. Sam has 22 years of technology experience in nonprofit and higher education. The last 18 years have been with Salish Kootenai College (Director of Administrative Technology), University of Portland (Director of Academic Technology Services and Innovation), and recently as the CIO for Linfield. He has set many goals for his career. One of the goals, outside of technology, is to align himself with organizations that have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Sam wants to be part of a community where his team can live authentic lives. Sam is a member of the LGBT community, First Gen, and a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Northwest Montana. Sam carries on the tradition of Native American beadwork, which compliments his love for photography and the digital arts.

Garret Yoshimi - 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.