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.

The Board is expanding in 2020 in accordance with RITE’s strategic plan: Shaping the Future of the IT Workforce.

2019-2021 RITE Regional Leadership Board Members

Sam Babic
VP, Chief Software Architect

Sygi Berman
Talent Acquisition Manager, IT
The Sherwin Williams Company

Bill Blausey
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

John Flynn
Director of Talent Acquisition

Sean Gallagher
Chief Information Officer
NASA Glenn Research Center

Katherine Golden
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

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

Joe LaMantia, CFPIM, CIRM, CPA
Managing Director
e-Ventus Corporation

Corey Lenhart
Director of IS Operations
The J.M.Smucker Company

Thomas J. Lucas
At Large

Shana Marbury
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Education and Workforce
Greater Cleveland Partnership and OHTec

Nicole Ponstingle
Chief Operating Officer, Partner
Pandata LLC

Michael Slama
SVP – Business Technology Executive

Nigamanth Sridhar
Dean of Graduate Studies
Cleveland State University

Jodi Tims
Director of Computer Science Programs
San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Professor of the Practice
Northeastern University

R. David Rahn
Assistant Dean, IT Center of Excellence
Cuyahoga Community College

Andrew Watkins, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor and Chair of
Computer Science
Baldwin Wallace University

Charles Watson
Associate Chief Information Officer
Cleveland Clinic

Doug Wenger
Executive in Residence

Kelly Zelesnik
Dean, Engineering, Business and Information Technologies
Lorain County Community College

In addition to the Executive Committee and requisite committees, the RITE Regional Leadership Board is linked to four 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 ProCorps
  • RITE’s Regional Program Committee
  • Regional Educators Consortium
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