Board of Advisors

NCTA’s Board of Advisors is an avenue for higher level engagement and visibility throughout the year for our Members. Advisors serve as a resource by providing advice and feedback; growing the organization through community outreach; and promoting NCTA as the primary voice for North Carolina's tech sector. The caliber of participants is high, and there is strong mutual benefit. Participants have ranged from those who have interest in eventual service on our governing Board of Directors, to those who seek a more visible level of engagement with NCTA leadership, to those who value the relationships that are developed here.

Who is eligible?  Each NCTA Member organization may have (1) representative on the Board of Advisors. See roster below.

What are the benefits?  Complimentary registration to certain annual signature events; exclusive invitation to select VIP receptions and briefings; printed and/or virtual visibility at events and on the website; inclusion in exclusive NCTA leadership input opportunities (national and state sector surveys/reports/etc.); and added opportunities to connect with business leaders in the state's Technology Community.  The ROI on participation is realized quickly.

What is the investment?  $600 annually, billed at the time of your organization’s NCTA Membership renewal (we’ll pro-rate the amount for those joining now so that future billing will be aligned with your organization’s regular membership renewal month).  

What is the time commitment?: Service on the Board of Advisors is calendar friendly!  There are no meetings, per se.  We convene about once a quarter (most often in conjunction with existing events/activities on our calendar) and communicate virtually with a monthly executive newsbrief and through an exclusive LinkedIn group.  We also give Advisors first dibs on special offers that come NCTA’s way (private suite at a sporting event, seats at the NCTA table at business awards events, etc.).

How do I join NCTA Board of Advisors?  Contact Alison Gordon, Director of Membership Development, at 919.856.0393 or Email Alison.

Current Members of the Board of Advisors

Khari Baker

A10 Networks
Mark Rubin,
Sr. Regional Sales Manager

ACF Technologies
Jan Opalka, Managing Director

Laurie Leigh, Director of Sales

Mark Burgess, VP Solutions Management - Ambulatory 

Ally Financial
Peter Maio, CIO Corporate Technology

Alston + Bird
Christopher Gegg, Partner, IP Group

APEX Analytix
Walt Kristick, CIO & SVP Central Operations

Tom Jacobik, Operations Manager

Jeff Stark, Director, Professional Services - East

David Boeberitz, Self Service Systems Leader/Lead Link

Association of International CPAs
Greg Lamm, VP, IT

AT&T North Carolina
Dan Sisson, Sales Center VP

AvidXChange, Inc.
Mike Praeger, Co-Founder & CEO

Noreen Allen, CMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC
Casey Parks, Manager of Divisional Business Strategy & Operations

BB&T Insurance Services
Kelly Upchurch, Vice 

B/E Aerospace
Ben Holder, Corporate Director Enterprise Applications

Harmandeep Singh, VP, Strategy & Innovation

Bridgera LLC
Ron Pascuzzi, SVP Sales & Marketing

CA Technologies
Jonathan Harrell, Solution Account Manager

CDI Southeast
Matt Long, Practice Lead - Converged Infrastructure

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard, Director of IT

Bobby Suggs, Field Sales Director

Charter Communications
John Moore, Manager - Public Sector Sales

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Ciber Global, LLC
Darryl Locklear
, Account Manager


City of Durham - Office of the CIO
Kerry Goode, CIO

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Paris Fogle, Innovation & Mobile Strategy Manager
Information Systems & Services

Darren Anderson, Regional Sales Manager

Craven Community College
Annette Walker, Lead Instructor - CTI

Credit Suisse

Gary Storr, Director, Client Engagement

Dais X
Neal Davis, CEO

Dassault Systèmes
Tom Schorr, Director, Technology Partnerships

DataStaff, Inc.
Rob Crabill, SVP of Operations

DB Global Technology
Bill Mitchell, Head of Delivery

Dell Technologies
Brent Taylor, Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain

Deloitte Services
J.R. Shearin, Managing Partner

Digital Intelligence Systems Corp (DISYS)
Rowena Heath, Sr. Account Executive

Dimension Data
Grant Sainsbury, VP, Solutions

Duke Energy
Chris Heck, CIO

Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Meredith Conder, Director of Business Development, Executive Education

Spencer Snedecor
, Regional Manager

DynPro, Inc.
Charlie Rogers, SVP

Eagle Creek Software Services
Kevin Burkhart, Executive VP 

East Carolina University
Zach Loch, IT Director

ECPI University - Raleigh Campus
Bill Armour, Campus President 

EDM Americas
Arun Singh, COO

Elllis & Winters LLP
Alex Pearce, Attorney

Elon University
Tony Rose, Senior Business Analyst

Empowered Benefits
Rob Norris, Co-Founder

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain, Vice President

Extended Stay America
Nancy Templeton, Director, Enterprise Applications

Keith Werner
, Carolinas Public Sector Leader

Tom Maloney, Associate IT Director

Fidelity Investments
Christopher Melia, VP Software Engineering Management

First Citizens Bank

Forsyth Technical Community College - Office of Planning and Information Service
Deanne Wesley, Dept. Chair, Davis iTEC Center

Forsythe Techology
Jim Olevano, Solution Architect 

Freudenberg IT
Katie Thacker, Business Development Manager

Genworth Financial
George Reichert, CIO

Gilbarco Veeder-Root
Claudio Edelman, VP, Engineering

Global Knowledge
Marie Maguire, Marketing Communications Manager

Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nicole Robinson, Sales Coordinator

Greene Resources
Jason deFreitas, Director of Recruiting Solutions

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes, Director of IT

Hall Booth Smith P.C.
Richard Sheinis, Partner

HCL America Inc.
Matt Preschern, CMO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Julie Kroehler, Carolinas District Manager

Tina Cochrane, Director

Hornets Sports & Entertainment 
Ronnie Bryant, Director, Information Technology Services

Hutchison PLLC
Dan Fuchs, Attorney

Mac Devine, VP & CTO Networking & Innovation Services

Greg Boone,
Software Engineering Manager

Geoff Alexander, President

IES Commercial
Gilbert Romo, VP of Sales

INC Research, LLC
Jonathan Shough, CIO

Rob Seate, SVP & Chief Cyber Risk Strategist 

Melissa Wittner, VP, Software Engineering

Intellectual Capitol
Barry Newkirk, Managing Partner

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman, CTO, VP Technology Solutions & Services

iT People Corporation
Sai Nidamarty, Co-founder & CEO

Thomas Gentry
, Account Executive

Beth Hendricks, CTO

Jive Software
Rich Blank, Director of Technical Sales

JJ Wade & Associates
Kevin Flowers, Advisor, Innovation Risk

Jones Lang LaSalle
Ryan Lawrence, VP

Ben Wiant, Business Development Manager

Koolbridge Solar, Inc.
Phil Johnston, JD, Vice Chairman
*Founding Chairman of NCTA

LabCorp - Laboratory Corporation of America
Mark Wright, SVP Customer Facing Products

LaVallee & Associates
Mike Lavallee, Managing Partner

Jerry Fralick, Chief Security Officer


Lightower Fiber Networks
Jeff Fisherauer
, Enterprise Account Manager

LPL Financial

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan, President

MapAnything, Inc.
Dan Hines, SVP - Sales

MCNC Networking Services
Todd Broucksou, Sr. Director, Community Support

Kim Donica, VP GTO

Milner, Inc.
Lin Cashwell
, Regional VP

Mitchell Martin
Helene Dooley, Account Manager

Bob Dieterle, COO

National Business Training
Jon Kudlick, VP of Business Development

NC Department of Information Technology
Ray Johnson, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Vendor Relations

NC State Jenkins Graduate School of Management
Dan McGurrin, Director, Executive Education

Net Friends, Inc.
John Synder, President 

North Highland

Marc Montoro, General Manager

Olympus Infotech, LLC
Srinivasan Vanamali
, Principal

One Diversified, LLC
Dan Lumsden, Regional Director

Brent Moore, Market Director

OnTarget Group
Steven Dmiszewicki, CEO

Optricity Corporation
Sheila Benny, Executive VP

Lindsay Fernandez, Sr. Director (Interim CIO)

Tom Beaulieu, Regional Director, Public Sector

Pfeiffer University
Dr. Kenneth Russell, VP Digital Transformation/CIO

Melissa Bishop-Murphy, Sr. Director

Pillar Technology
Dan Putnam, Craftsmanship Vanguard 

Pitney Bowes Digital Commerce
Chris Spencer, State Government Client Executive

Poyner Spruill LLP
Eric Stevens, Partner

Public Consulting Group, Inc.
Rick Purcell, Associate Manager

Jason Lemons, Director of Sales & Marketing

Prem Ranganath, Sr. Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance (IDEA)

Hal Hawisher, COO

Cathelene Thomas, Chief of Staff

Rebyc Security
Keith Haskett, President & CEO

Red Hat
Melanie Chernoff, Government & Community Affairs, Sr. Manager

Craig Scates, Regional Director

Retail Business Solutions LLC
Subodh Mishra, VP IT Solution Delivery

Ricoh Managed Services

Kevin Duerr
, President

Robert Half Technology
Anthony Fernandez, Branch Manager, Technical Staffing Services

Ronco Communications
Kerri Pyne, Director of Sales

RTI International 
Neale D'Rozario, CIO

Rural Sourcing
Monty Hamilton, CEO

Andrew Pearson, CMO

Sarah Levitt, LLC
Sarah Levitt, President 

Secure Designs, Inc.
Ron Culler, CTO & Executive VP

Pryor Davis, VP of Sales

Shaw University
Hooshang Foroudastan, CIO

Signature Consultants
John Suther, Local IT Branch Manager

Skookum Inc.
Bryan Delaney, Co-Founder & VP

Skyline Exhibits & Events/The Holt Group
Rob Wheeler, Business Development Manager

Small Footprint
Seth Carpien, VP of Sales

Smith Anderson
Alicia Gilleskie, Partner

Joyce Weiland, President

Spirit Communications

Square 1 Bank
Tony Brill
, VP Software Development

Stearns Financial Services Group
Dennis Stearns, President

StorageCraft Technologies
Carl Bjerke, Territory Account Manager

Syntelli Solutions
Mohana Bhrugubanda, Director of Business Development

Syzygy Solutions, LLC
Miles Romello, Principal Partner

Sean Ahlum, Director of Business Development

Telit Wireless Solutions
Mike Ueland, President, Telit Americas

The Select Group
Doug Wise, Regional VP

Samantha Wojenski, Regional VP

Sasha Birger, CIO

Trillium Health Resources
Mike Lewis, CIO

Truliant Federal Credit Union

UNC Wilmington - Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Diane Durance,

Vaco Technology
Sid Mitchener, Partner

Veracity Solutions
Brett Kunkle, Director of Business Development

VeriStor Systems
Mike Arnold, District Sales Manager

Vidant Health
Tammy Wilkins, Employment & Recruitment Coordinator

Visible Value
Chandra Storrusten, Managing Director

Scott Feinstein, Sr. Director Government & Education Sales

Wake Tech Community College - Office of the CIO
Ryan Schwiebert, CIO

Waste Industries USA, Inc.
Hubert Barkley, Director IT Services

Rob Simora, CTO

Wells Fargo
Erica Frazier, VP - Sr. Business Systems Consultant

Wireless Research Center of NC
Gerry Hayes, President

Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Zach Bishop, Attorney

Xerox Corporation
Mike Spinelli, Sr. Client Manager, Public Sector

XS, Inc.
Sam Phillips, IT Manager

Zencos Consulting LLC
Ben Zenick, COO