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

Sygi Berman
Human Capital Acquisition Manager – IT
The Sherwin Williams Company

Ken Liang
Director – IT, Cloud Infrastructure Services
Eaton Corporation

Charles Dull
Associate Dean
Cuyahoga Community College

John Flynn
Director of Talent Acquisition

Katherine Golden
Chief Information Officer

Marcia Jones
Manager, Career Services, Experiential Education and Student Success
Lorain County Community College

Joe LaMantia
Managing Director
e-Ventus Corporation

Nicole Ponstingle McCaffrey
Chief Operating Officer, Partner, AI Translator
Pandata LLC

Alicia Stone
IT Director, SVP

Nigamanth Sridhar
Program Director at National Science Foundation (NSF) and Professor at Cleveland State University

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

Rachelle Hippler
Associate Professor, Computer Science, Software Engineering
Baldwin Wallace University

Chansu Yu
Cleveland State University

Kelly Zelesnik
Dean, Engineering, Business and Information Technologies Division and the Nord Advanced Technologies Center
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

Doug Wegner
Executive in Residence
GCP Tech

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

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