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Ben Berry – CEO and Chief Digital Officer, AirShip Technologies Group, Inc.; Executive Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, Bonneville Power Administration
Ben is a strategic aerospace manufacturer and has led technology for large-scale organizations with diverse missions. He is the aviation entrepreneurial CEO and chief digital officer for AirShip Technologies Group’s unmanned aerial systems. He has held various senior leadership technology positions, serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company – Los Angeles. He is a member of the board of directors at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. He is the previous chief technology officer both for the city of Portland and Providence Health System. He has held executive and management positions in sectors such as state and local government, health care, telecommunications, aerospace/defense and transportation. Ben received his MBA from UCLA and a BS in life science from the University of Portland. He brings more than 40 years of experience to the BIS Advisory Council.
Brad Denney – Regional Director of IM, Pacific Northwest / Society of Information Management (SIM) Education Chair
Brad has more than 19 years of experience in the consulting and accounting industry. In his role at RGP, he is part of the IM Leadership team, responsible for growing the Information Management practice in the PNW, managing the Global NIKE account, and the development of new business across all RGP service lines locally. Prior to RGP, he held several management level roles while at Arthur Andersen, Hitachi Consulting and a local start-up consulting firm. His area of expertise focuses on IT assessment/strategy, software selections, technology implementations, and business process optimization. Brad has his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification along with a Masters of Accounting and Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business, both from the University of Kansas. Brad is actively involved with numerous local charities/organizations, while also holding a board position with the Portland SIM Chapter as the Education Director.
Gayle Fitzpatrick – Vice President, New Relic
Gayle contributes over 30 years of experience to the BIS Advisory Council. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Oregon State, and later pursued a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UC Davis. After graduating, Gayle spent most of her career with Oracle Corporatiion.
Tim Jakubowski – Managing Director, KPMG
Tim is a Managing Director in KPMG's Advisory practice in Portland. He has more than 13 years of experience in the areas of IT process analysis and design, IT strategy, IT project management, IT audit, controls and compliance, and information security. He has served various industries internationally and his technical expertise includes a wide range of applications and platforms. Tim also serves as the lead IT audit specialist for a number of publicly traded corporations based in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Oregon State University College of Business with options in Management of Information Systems and International Business.
Karissa Johnson – Software Engineer, SureID (Junior Council member)
Karissa Johnson studied Fine Arts - Visual Arts, Finance & Accounting at Oregon State University before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems in 2013. Immediately after graduating she started an internship at Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, where she was hired as a full-stack IT application developer. After three years with Daimler Trucks North America, she decided she needed to expand her skill set and seek out new challenges, which precipitated her move to Hillsboro-based SureID, where she currently works as a software engineer.
Pradeep Kumar – Practice Leader, Kaiser Permanente; President, Society for Information Management (SIM) Portland Chapter
Pradeep Kumar is an accomplished IT leader and strategist with more than 20 years’ experience leading large data center, telecom and IT infrastructure projects for organizations such as U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Bancorp and Schnitzer Steel Industries. He currently works as a practice leader at Kaiser Permanente’s Infrastructure Management Group (IMG). He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Portland.
Pradeep is the president of the Portland Chapter of the Society of Information Management. He served as its education director from 2009 to 2015 and is the architect of its successful STEM outreach program. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and also serves as the chair of the Oregon IEEE Communication Society. On the weekends he coaches his daughter’s robotics team.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Maust – Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP (2016-18 Council Chair)
Betsy has been with Deloitte & Touche for more than 20 years and currently leads Deloitte & Touche’s Advisory practice in Oregon. She has many years of experience in external financial audit and advisory and enterprise risk services. Betsy’s experience includes financial and fraud risk assessment, business process and IT general control design and testing, AICPA SSAE16 SOC1 internal control examinations, Sarbanes Oxley risk and control testing, and internal audit. Betsy is a former board director for the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association’s Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, and a member of the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team; a reading coach at Sunset Primary School; and a former board member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
Aaron Petrous – Performance Analyst, eROI (Junior Council member)
Aaron received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Systems from Oregon State University in 2013. Over the past four years he has worked in finance, eCommerce and consulting for companies such as IBM, Taco Bell, Aramark, KEEN Footwear, and Hi-Tec Sports. He specializes in database administration, business system integrations, reporting, data, and analytics. He enjoys using data to power meaningful and mutually valuable relationships for clients and their customers.
Stuart Peschka – Sr. Software Manager, NWEA
Stuart is a 25-year veteran of the software industry with over 15 years of experience in building development organizations. At NWEA, he serves as part of the technology management team dedicated to producing client-facing products used by students in schools world-wide. His previous experience covers a rich field from startups to Fortune 500 companies and has included work across a wide variety of sectors from utilities to health care to retail apparel. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University and is in progress towards completing a Master’s of Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Thi Phan – Commercial Systems Solutions Group, IT Director Tektronix, Test & Measurement Segment
We hear in the news that the IT field is in short supply of qualified programmers. But just as critical, the new IT challenges will depend on professionals who understand technology and can make the value connection to business. I believe that the OSU/BIS program prepares students to take on such challenges as future technology/business leaders. Your acquired technology skills will be an immediate help to companies, preparing you to contribute as programmers and information analysts. These are likely to be your initial jobs and assignments. But keep in mind – and in focus – the schooling in other areas such as operations and project management; and the experiences to build and strengthen communications and leadership skills will serve you well and help you pave a successful IT career.
Kim Sather – Director of Customer Experience IS, Samaritan Health Services
Kim contributes more than 20 years of field experience to the BIS Advisory Council. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in business. She immediately went into systems consulting and became an expert in SAP implementations. After her role as a consultant, Kim had a 19-year career with Hewlett-Packard. She worked on technical projects within marketing, R&D, supply chain and IT. She worked her way from analyst to project manager and eventually to section manager. In April 2014, Kim moved to Samaritan Health Services as the IS director of customer experience. Kim oversees the IT operations functions for SHS, which include the service desk, data centers, network, web, field support and the management of more than 400 applications.
Erik Pearson – Director of Product Services, Huron Consulting Group
Over the last decade, Erik has worked with Huron Consulting Group, a leading national healthcare consulting firm, to develop and implement large-scale enterprise solutions in hospital and healthcare environments. As a director, Erik is responsible for the successful sales and deployment of Huron-based solutions across the country along with the responsibilities of managing and developing a team of more than 50 technologists. Recently, Erik has served as the technical director for the largest healthcare consulting engagement in U.S. history. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science from the Oregon State University College of Business with options in Management of Information Systems and International Business.
Doug Stearns – Sr. Director, IT Solutions Delivery, The Standard Insurance Company
Doug has more than 28 years of experience in the field covering application development and infrastructure engineering and operations in several industries. Over the past 16 years he has been in management positions building high-performing technical teams. Recently, Doug has returned to the applications development space and is focused on transforming the way his teams deliver service to his business units. Doug attended Pacific Lutheran University completing a bachelors in Business Administration with a Management Information Systems concentration.