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 Corporation.
Callie Gates, CPA, CISA - Director, Information Systems Global Operations, Tektronix Inc.
Tektronix is a global Test & Measurement company with operations throughout the world and a long tradition as an ‘Oracle shop.’ Ms. Gates’ team is responsible for Global Information Systems Operations including Engineering, Order Management, Manufacturing, Finance and HR. Ms. Gates has been involved with Oracle applications for 15+ years, during which time she has successfully completed many Oracle product installations, rollouts, upgrades, acquisition integrations and divestitures. Before joining Tektronix, Ms. Gates provided consulting services to a wide variety of companies during 15 years with Deloitte and Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Gates serves on the Northwest Oracle Users Group (NWOUG) Board of Directors, bringing continuing education and professional networking opportunities to the local Oracle community! Ms. Gates has two amazing children, both attending OSU with whom she enjoys travel, music, nature hikes, golf and fun festival food experiences.
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 Manager/Principle Engineer, Kaiser Permanente
Pradeep Kumar is an accomplished IT leader and strategist with 25+ years of experience for diverse organizations, such as U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Bancorp, and Schnitzer Steel Industries. He currently works for Kaiser Permanente’s Infrastructure Management Group as Practice Manager and Principle Engineer.
Among his many volunteer activities, Pradeep Kumar is the President Emeritus for the Portland Chapter of the Society for Information Management(SIM) where he was instrumental in driving a successful STEM outreach program focusing on middle school kids. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and currently serves as the chair of the Oregon IEEE Communication Society. He also serves on the Business Information Systems(BIS) Advisory Council for the school of business at Oregon State University as well as on the Engineering Advisory Council(UPEAC) for the school of engineering at the University of Portland.
Pradeep holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering(BSEE) and a MBA from the University of Portland and originally hails from Malaysia
Elizabeth (Betsy) Maust – Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
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.
Kim Sather – Assistant Vice President, IS Operations, 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 (2018-19 Council Chair)
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.
Frank Sampson - Retired, Vice President and Technical Manager, Kipe Technology Resources
Frank Sampson is a retired information technology professional residing in Lake Oswego, Oregon. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from Washington State University in 1984, he began his career in IT with Chevron Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Initially working as a programmer/analyst developing mainframe applications, Frank had the opportunity, during his almost 30 year career, to see and participate in the evolution of business computing from mainframe systems to network-based applications on PCs, the web and finally to today’s modern devices that sometimes make the technology in Star Trek seem quaint. During the last 10 years of his career, Frank served as Vice President and Technical Manager for Kipe Technology resources, a Beaverton-based IT staffing company led by his wife and OSU alumna Carol Sampson. Frank’s broad experience includes work with a variety of large business and government organizations and involves a diverse set of roles ranging from application development and software architecture to business systems analysis.
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.