The University of Oregon Applied Information Management (AIM) Advisory Board is a proactive organization dedicated to helping the AIM Program achieve its mission and be a top choice master’s program for applied information management education among students and employers. AIM welcomes the active involvement of diverse leaders in our community representing the business, government, and higher education sectors as members of the AIM Advisory Board. Board members are committed to ensuring the continuing relevance, growth, and excellence of the program.
Gregory Allen is a professor of organizational leadership at George Fox University. He received the 2011 faculty award for excellence in teaching. He is the director of both the Healthcare Administration and Technology Management undergraduate programs for the Department of Professional Studies. Allen’s current research interest focuses on the intersection of leadership, teamwork, strategy, and technology integration. He has published and presented research to professional and academic organizations on leveraging intellectual capital across an organization’s value chain. Allen is an entrepreneur at heart and currently owns a consulting company focusing on leadership and teamwork. He enjoys mentoring and continues that relationship with several former students.
Bridget Barnes is vice president and chief information officer at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Barnes has worked at OHSU since 1999 and has played key roles in implementing and managing their business, student, research, and clinical information systems during that time. Her team of technical professionals is responsible for supporting all missions of OHSU (academic, clinical, research and outreach functions), as well as the multiple business entities that support OHSU. She has published and presented to professional organizations on application implementation and selection strategies, governance and leadership.
Barnes serves on various national and regional information system boards and enjoys mentoring IT professionals for leadership positions.
Richard Carroll is a retired vice president of applications development for XPO Logistics, a $15 billion transportation and logistics company with businesses in less-than-truckload motor carriage, truckload carriage, air freight, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and trailer manufacturing.
An executive with almost 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Carroll began his career in manufacturing for Freightliner Corporation and Bingham-Willamette Company, deploying cost accounting, order management and MRP/ERP systems. He has also held senior positions with FirstPoint Utility Solutions / Si3 and Impell Pacific with responsibilities for consulting, commercial software delivery and consulting services. He worked for Portland General Electric in multiple roles, including IT manager at the Trojan Nuclear Plant and subsequently as the application development leader over transmission, distribution, financial, HR and trading systems.
Carroll joined Menlo Worldwide Logistics (within the parent company CNF) in December 2000 as IT director. Prior to joining Menlo, Carroll spent two years as an independent consultant.
His role expanded during his years in the CNF and Con-way, Inc. brand of companies to include application development oversight for less-than-truckload, information security, architecture, and IT risk and compliance.
Carroll holds bachelor of science degrees in computer science and general science, and an MBA, from the University of Oregon. He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife Louise.
Scott Fenton recently left Wind River Systems (an Intel company) to start his own IT consulting practice, Scott Fenton Consulting (www.sfentonconsulting.com). His new practice focuses on cloud technology including the evaluation, acquisition, and implementation of cloud-based systems for clients. He also offers services for strategic planning, sales and marketing optimization, as well as an interim CIO.
Fenton has over 25 years of experience in IT, with expertise in strategic planning and ensuring companies obtain the maximum return from their IT investment. He previously held executive level positions at Intel, Wind River Systems, Peregrine Systems, HP, Fujitsu, and Tektronix. Fenton holds a master’s degree in applied information management from the University of Oregon.
Fenton has earned national recognition and awards for technology innovation from CIO Magazine, Oracle, and InformationWeek.
Brad Graver, vice president of SecureWorld, brings over 20 years of sales, sales management, and marketing expertise to the board. He excels in helping organizations and their partners grow. Graver’s executive responsibilities have included driving training initiatives, coaching sales teams, implementing sales metrics and business development, and overall operations. As vice president of SecureWorld, he leads a team that provides more content and facilitates more professional connections than any other team in the cyber-security industry. Their model relies on collaboration with top security thought leaders, which enables them to provide globally relevant education, training, and networking for cyber-security professionals on a regional level.
Previously, Graver taught high school and coached high school athletics in San Diego. He graduated from Whittier College with a degree in political science and economics. He believes education is the best way to invest in oneself and in that spirit he is currently enrolled in the Oregon Executive MBA program. He and his wife and two sons love living in the Northwest and everything it has to offer.
John Jay Kenagy is senior vice president and chief information officer at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, since March 2012. He is responsible for IS strategy and management for the organization and participates as a member of the executive leadership team. Legacy Health is a not-for-profit health system in Portland, Oregon, comprised of six hospitals and numerous other health services. He also serves as the chief administrative officer for Legacy’s system office. Prior to joining Legacy, Kenagy was VP/CIO at Providence Health & Services and CIO at Oregon Health & Science University. He remains on the faculty of OHSU, teaching in the Department of Medical Informatics. Kenagy earned his PhD from Capella University’s School of Business and Technology focusing his doctoral research on ambulatory computerized provider order entry success. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University and a Master of Health Administration degree at University of Southern California. He is a Fellow in the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS).
David M. O’Brien is senior vice president of information technology at Standard Insurance Company.
He is responsible for developing and leading the company’s information technology strategy, information security program, and enterprise Lean Center of Excellence. His responsibilities include business systems development and maintenance, program and project management, enterprise architecture and infrastructure, information risk management, business process consulting, and business continuity. O’Brien joined The Standard in May of 2004 as vice president of information technology and in November, 2006 was promoted to senior vice president.
Before joining The Standard, O’Brien served as chief information officer for FEI Company. Prior to that, he worked for Credence Systems Corporation, where he held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities including senior vice president and chief information officer, senior vice president of marketing and senior vice president of engineering.
O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University with an AB in physics and holds a master’s in applied physics from Stanford University. He currently serves as president of the board for the Portland Opera Association.
Helen Phan is chief of staff and business operations manager at Cloud Service Provider Group at Intel.
Futuristic, focused, and strategic are strengths Helen Phan demonstrates in a diverse career that spans marketing and communications, systems implementation, and business operations. In her current position in the Cloud Service Provider Group at Intel, she is responsible for leadership communications, staff meetings, operations and consistent messaging for customers, field sales, cross-functional groups, and employees.
Previously Phan was the manager of an employee communications team that developed internal communications content for more than 30,000 employees including strategic communications plans, social media strategies, videos, articles, and blogs. She is passionate about teaching and serves as an Intel University instructor for New Employee Orientation and Micro Inequities.
Phan holds a MS in applied information management and a BS in journalism from the University of Oregon. She is married, has two teenage daughters, enjoys tennis and skiing, and pursues her love for lifelong learning by listening to management and leadership audio books.
Fred Pond is vice president and chief information officer for Columbia Sportswear Company, the Oregon based designer, developer, distributer, and retailer of apparel and footwear for the outdoor and active consumer. Pond is responsible for global information services (GIS) and technology for the entire company with revenues of about $2.3 billion, 6,000 employees, and operations and product sales in more than 100 countries across the globe.
Pond joined Columbia Sportswear in April 2010 to provide a new direction for the GIS organization and to lead the company through a multiyear transformation of all its systems and technology including implementing SAP and its Apparel and Footwear Solution (AFS), and major upgrades and integration to SAP for the following: product data management system (Dassault System PLM/PDM), warehouse management system (Manhattan Associates WMi), enterprise data warehouse system (TeraData), demand planning/supply planning system (Logility).
Before Columbia, Pond worked from 2006 to 2010 as chief information officer of North Pacific Group (NPG), a $1.3 billion Portland based distributor of lumber, building materials, and food products. At NPG he led a successful and complete rebuilding of the company’s technology organization and infrastructure.
He worked from 1997 to 2005 as director of information systems and technology for the Schnitzer Group of Companies, a Portland, Oregon based group of six independent but related companies made up of Schnitzer Steel Industries (recycled metals and steel manufacturing), Schnitzer Investment Corp., Schnitzer Northwest (real estate development and management), Lasco Shipping & Liberty Maritime (ocean shipping and freighter owner and operators), and Island Equipment Company (gas products manufacturing and distribution). These diverse businesses comprised approximately $1.2 billion in annual revenues and $1.8 billion in assets. He and his staff completely rebuilt the majority of all technology infrastructure, hardware, networking, and application software and systems throughout these six businesses.
Pond worked from 1990 to 1997 in various roles including director of information systems and technology for Stevedoring Services of America (SSA). SSA is one of the largest shipping terminal operating and cargo logistics companies in the US and also has significant operations in ports in a dozen international countries. In his role at SSA, he was responsible for significant improvements in technology infrastructure and development of complex custom cargo management and cargo logistics systems that gave SSA major competitive advantages and to this day continue to differentiate their business from their competitors.
Prior to his 25 years of IT management in industry, Pond worked as a consultant with the Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen & Co. and then Andersen Consulting for more than seven years. His roles there included progressive responsibilities from staff accountant and consultant to consulting manager with responsibility for multiple clients and engagements, mostly in the manufacturing and distribution industry sectors.
A native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Pond graduated cum laude from the University of Idaho in 1983 with a BS in business, with a major in accounting and a minor in computer science. He is a former CPA. He has participated in advisory boards including Society for Information Management (SIM); the CIO Forum of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO); Quest JD Edwards Global User Group; and the College of Business at the University of Portland.
Pond was honored as one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2003. This annual award recognizes 100 industry IT leaders who have made significant changes and contributions to their companies.
Amy Sample Ward is chief executive officer of Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Sample Ward is dedicated to educating and supporting organizations in using technology to create meaningful community engagement and make lasting change. Whether by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Sample Ward hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector’s transition into a movement-based force for positive change.
In addition to serving as NTEN’s CEO, she is a speaker, author, and trainer who has worked with groups and spoken at events around the world. She has coauthored two books on social change and technology and has contributed to various other publications on these topics.
Ryan Schlunz, chief information and innovation officer at Stoel Rives LLP, is responsible for driving innovation in the firm’s client service delivery and business operations. A pioneer of law firm innovation, Ryan coordinates with practice group, departmental, and local office leadership to align innovation activities with core business strategies.
Schlunz has nearly 20 years of law firm management experience and a reputation for building high-performance teams that deliver innovative solutions to meet complex business challenges. In his role, he leads dedicated teams charged with technology operations, process improvement, legal project management, staffing and pricing alternatives, and knowledge/information management.
Schlunz is a proven thought leader in the areas of innovation, strategic planning, building high-performing teams, technology and information lifecycle management, business process design, and complex systems integration. Under his leadership, his teams have undertaken significant innovations in cloud computing, virtual server technology, business process automation and mobility.
Sherry Swackhamer is the director of the Department of County Assets and chief information officer for Multnomah County, Oregon. She was raised in a ranching community in rural southeast Oklahoma. After college, she worked in the oil and gas industry, spent over nine years in management consulting with Deloitte and Touche, over nine years in government contracting, and arrived at Multnomah County in 2003.
At Multnomah County she led a variety of information technology (IT) teams, has been the CIO for over six years, and in her current director role has responsibility for additional non-IT teams: Facilities and Property Management, Fleet Services, Records, Distribution Services, and Administrative Services. She manages departmental resources of over 320 full time employees. Swackhamer is on the governing bodies of a number of IT-related events including the CIO Executive Summit (Seattle), the Oregon Digital Government Summit, the Portland CIO Forum, and the iUrban Teen Tech Summit. She is also a member of the Portland CIO Alliance. In 2011, she was voted InnoTech Public Sector IT Executive of the Year. In 2012 she was awarded the Multnomah County Chair's Excellence Award. In 2015 she was awarded the first iUrban Teen Inclusionist Award.
Sherry is married (to a retired CIO!) and has an adult daughter. With the departure of her daughter to college, the family sold their horse, Codee. With no horse, no daughter, and a retired husband, Sherry continues to re-create her empty-nester life. She enjoys biking, hiking, reading, weekend adventures, and buying art.
Ananthan Thandri is vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of Mentor Graphics. In his role, he oversees global IT, license and install of Mentor products, enterprise security, emulation hardware support, and customer enablement.
Since joining the company in 2007, Thandri’s mission has been to transform Mentor’s IT organization to an innovative, proactive technology, and customer focused organization. His forward-looking, customer service-based approach is complemented by an overall IT spend reduction totaling millions of dollars.
Under Thandri’s leadership Mentor consolidated several datacenters around the world into two state-of-the-art, energy efficient datacenters in Oregon and in Shannon, Ireland. This initiative focused on providing highly available, scalable engineering resources to support Mentor’s global engineering workforce, while increasing efficiencies and reducing overall costs.
Thandri changed the organization to be a global function, which helped create a global perspective in IT solutions. Under Thandri’s leadership IT became an objective-driven organization, with every IT employee’s objective directly connected to the overall organization’s objective while making IT a metrics driven organization. By empowering IT leaders and employees, Thandri gave them opportunities to come up with innovative ideas to solve business problems.
He has also created ahead of the curve strategies to help employees maximize their work day. These include deploying big data analytics with state of the art reporting tools, enterprise social networking and customer collaboration tools, and developing mobile applications.
Thandri was instrumental in building the Customer Enablement team whose main objective is to help Mentor customers connect securely with Mentor Engineers around the world to work on joint projects, complete remote debug and provide value added services. Along with this, as Mentor’s Emulation business grew significantly over the last several years, the need arose for more manpower and expertise around the globe to support Mentor’s customers. Under Thandri’s leadership, IT designed and implemented a scalable Emulation hardware support practice. This model is instrumental in providing quick support turnaround times for Mentor customers worldwide.
Prior to Mentor, Thandri served as vice president of information technology for Oracle Corporation. Through his leadership, Oracle’s IT organization supported software development needs for more than 10,000 software engineers working in the Server Technologies Division. Prior to Oracle, Thandri spent 11 years with Cadence Design Systems, ultimately serving as vice president of information technology. Various additional career technical leadership positions prepared him for these roles.
Thandri stays active in his local Portland, Oregon, community through his participation in various technology events and summits. Thandri serves in customer advisory board for various technology companies in the IT field. He also participates on several CIO panels.
His educational credits include a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California.
Randy Turney, security engineering manager, leads a team of security sales engineers at Symantec. He has been in security software for the bulk of his 16 years at Symantec. As a 1999 graduate of the University of Oregon, Turney moved to technology as his chosen field. In 2011, with the addition of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) to his resume, he became keenly focused on information security, architecture, operations and design. The combination of industry experience and his CISSP has allowed him to become a panelist for UO Career Center events, guest lecturer at UO CIS classes, and an unofficial liaison between Symantec and UO. In addition to serving on the AIM Advisory Board, Turney volunteers as the board secretary for a nonprofit that funds a variety of local arts and environmental groups and initiatives. He lives with his wife, two dogs, three-legged cat and four chickens just south of the UO campus. You may also find him mountain biking, fly fishing or hiking around Oregon.
Sharon Wagner is professor of business at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where she has served as chair of the business department since 2010. Her prior experience includes leadership roles in academic, management consulting, and corporate settings. At the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, and Middle Tennessee State University she worked as a faculty member, program director, and associate dean, and was honored for excellence in teaching and research. From 2007–2010, Wagner built and led an enterprise workforce analytics practice for biotechnology firm Genentech, and she has provided strategic business consulting to a variety of industries for over 25 years.
Wagner earned her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Tennessee, and her BA in psychology and English at Michigan State University.