Regional Leadership Board

RITE facilitates regional collaboration first and foremost at the industry-level through its Regional Leadership Board. The Board currently includes leading CIOs, HR IT and other technology leaders from: regional companies; IT faculty and staff and from RITE higher education member institutions; and representatives from industry associations and workforce and economic development organizations.

The Regional Leadership Board serves as:

  • The foundation for thought leadership, employer engagement, strategic labor market intelligence in IT workforce domain, and demand-driven workforce pilots and talent development programs.
  • The accountable body for measuring and reporting IT talent development system improvements and outcomes through a new Regional Performance Dashboard.
  • A collective voice for policy and new regional initiatives.
  • A formal channel for new industry-sponsored investment.

2019-2021 RITE Regional Leadership Board


Sam Babic
SVP, Chief Innovation Officer

Jeff Brancato
Executive Director, Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium / Principal, Brancato Solutions LLC
Cuyahoga Community College

Charles Dull
Associate Dean for the IT Center of Excellence
Cuyahoga Community College

John Flynn
Director of Sales

Rachelle Hippler
Coordinator, Software Engineering Director, UX Research Lab Associate Professor
Baldwin-Wallace University

Marcia Jones
Manager, Career Services
Lorain County Community College

Joe LaMantia
Managing Director
e-Ventus Corporation

Michael McGill
Chief Information Officer
Medical Service Company

Nicole Ponstingle
COO, Al Translator
Pandata LLC

Dale Schroeder
Principal, HR-IT Global Learning

Nigamanth Sridhar
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Cleveland State University

Alicia M. Stone
Senior Vice President, Business Technology Executive, Salesforce / nCino Center of Excellence

Jodi Tims
Professor of the Practice, Director of Computer Science CA
Northeastern University, Khoury College of Computer Science

Amy Widlits
IT Director – Enterprise Data Office Client Services, Sherwin-Williams

Chansu Yu
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Cleveland State University

Kelly Zelesnik
Dean, Engineering Technologies
Lorain County Community College


Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium (NEOCC)

Jeff Brancato
Executive Director

Tim Spiker
Director, Information Security
Case Western Reserve University

SIM Cleveland

Michael McGill
Vice President, Information Technology and Business Integration
Medical Service Company


Courtney DeOreo
Executive Director, RITE / Sr. Director, Tech Talent, GCP
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Craig Platt
Managing Director of IT Sector Partnership
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Shana Marbury
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Talent
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Tom Miller
Director, Tech Talent Programs
Greater Cleveland Partnership

In addition to the Executive Committee and requisite committees, the RITE Regional Leadership Board is linked to three  specific engagement structures that leverage industry leadership and provide a formal framework for collaboration across a regional ecosystem of organizations. These include:

  • RITE’s HR IT Roundtable
  • RITE’s Regional Program Committee
  • Regional Higher Education Consortium

Katherine Golden
Chair, Regional Leadership Board
Chief Technology Officer, OEC

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