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Mgmt Advisory Council

We are fortunate to have a very distinguished panel of executives, our Management Advisory Council (MAC), to guide the direction of our chapter.

They provide insight into the topics we should present on, the soft skills they recommend we assist the professionals in our group on as well as valuable mentoring to our Board of Directors as well as our member community.

Our MAC Panel consists of:

Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat

Lee is the Chief Information Officer of the dynamic and rapidly growing open source software and services firm Red Hat. He is a leader of successful strategy and integration, technology deployment, operations, information delivery, consulting and support, and software development teams. He is skilled in information systems management, technology solutions, business strategy, and systems design and implementation. Lee has extensive experience in banking, financial markets, and the information technology industry. Lee Congdon LinkedIn

Samir Kothari, Senior Director IT, Office of the CIO, Red Hat

With Red Hat since 1999, Samir and has served in several leadership roles including Director of Information Technology. Samir has a strong understanding of the technology and business worlds as well as the capability to effectively lead complex IT projects.  He has vast experience managing IT Corporate System teams with a focus on Accounting, Treasury, Human Resources, Payroll, Operations, Sales, Consulting, and Training organizations and systems.

Chuck Musciano, former CIO, Martin Marietta Materials

Chuck is an experienced senior IT executive with 27 years experience, including six years as CIO of the American Kennel Club and two years as virtual CIO for various clients throughout the United States. Accomplished author and invited speaker to national and international audiences.
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Maurice Hagar, Maurice Hagar & Associates

Former CIO at Health Decisions and PogoHealth, Mr. Hagar currently runs Maurice Hagar & Associates, providing technology and project management consulting and training. He has built his career by delivering business results the Agile way, providing project management and technology consulting and training. His specialties include Agile, Leadership, Governance, Project Management, Change Management and Risk Management. Maurice is program chair for the Society for Information Management RTP and a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the CIO Forum.
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Sam Bayer, President, b2b2dot0

Sam is currently the CEO of b2b2dot0, an eCommerce software company. Sam is an entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience in the development and commercialization of application software and services. Throughout the 1990’s, Sam held a variety of management positions at IBM, AGFA, Amdahl, Sapiens and Haht Commerce. Over the last several years, Sam was President of Datacraft Solutions, a Supply Chain service provider and General Manager of Memex, Inc a provider of Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence management systems to the Law Enforcement markets. Dr. Bayer is a recognized authority, published author and frequent speaker on Agile Development, with a particular focus on customer and requirements management. He serves as an Adjunct Faculty member of Capella University’s Graduate School of Management specializing in eBusiness, Strategic Marketing and IT Project Management. Sam Bayer LinkedIn

Charles Dail, Group Vice President Central Bank Operations, First Citizens Bank

Charles has worn many hats in his 35+ years in bank technology and operations including Chief Information Officer. His most recent responsibility is the manager of Central Bank Operations for First Citizens Bank. Additionally, he has been responsible for the establishment of an enterprise payments strategy. These roles include management of all bank operations covering 18 states and 21 banks. Charles holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also is attending graduate school at at Campbell University Divinity School. Charles Dail LinkedIn

Mark Paxton, Consultant

Mark is an independent consultant working with the Texas Department of Transportation. He has been the CIO at the NC Department of Transportation, TV Guide, The Body Shop, and Crown Books. Mark Paxton LinkedIn

Bruce Anderson, CIO, TIAA-CREF

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Mark Dronzek, former CIO, Family Health International

Mr. Dronzek has more than twenty years of experience spanning leadership positions in pharmaceuticals, start-ups, state and federal government and overall technology management. His roles during the past ten years have had a global focus, including multi-language IVRS for clinical trials, ERP development and implementations, business processes and infrastructure deployment. In his current role he delivers global information technology services to offices in nearly forty countries and which support field work in an additional thirty nations. Prior to his current role, Dronzek was a regional CIO for Global Shared Services, founder of several start-ups, and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He has a BA in English from Wake Forest University, is a member of CIO Executive Council and is currently testing for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. John McCarley LinkedIn

Deborah Ross, NC House of Representatives

Deborah Ross is the Representative in the House for the 38th District in the NC Legislature. She is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Duke University School of Law and a Consultant to the Duke University Kenan Ethics Institute. She serves on seven House committees: Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform (Chair); Finance (Vice Chair); Judiciary I (Vice-Chair); Ethics; Insurance; Pensions and Retirement; and, Rules. She serves on special legislative committees on Child Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, Dorothea Dix, Rail Service, and, State Personnel. She also serves on the Advisory Committee on Permissible Political Conduct by Judges. Her previous experience includes being Executive/Legal Director American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and being in private practice with Hunton & Williams. She has a BA in Industrial Relations from Brown University and a JD from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her recent honors include 2005 Women of Wake Award and the 2005 Toll Fellow Council of State Governments.</>

David R. Rowley, (Retired) CIO, Rex Healthcare

Dave has retired from the post of Vice President, Information Technology/Chief Information Officer for Rex Healthcare which he held since 1995. He earned his M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a concentration in Marketing Management. He received a B.S. from University of Maryland with a concentration in Information Systems. Dave has over thirty years experience in all areas of Information Technology Management. His strengths include planning and creating strategic and operational business systems; leading technical personnel in support of corporate, divisional and departmental objectives; developing and maintaining customer relations; handling contract negotiations; building, focusing and nurturing technical staff, pursuing and integrating technology in a cost effective manner to enhance business development and maintain competitive edge in the marketplace; participating in merger and acquisition initiatives. His professional associations include ASM, SIM, AITP Advisory Board, HIMSS, NCHIMSS, CHIME, the IBM Healthcare Advisory Board, and NCHICA CIO and Board.

Ed Stiver, Senior Manager, IT Duke Clinical Research Institute

Nasrin Azari, President, Mobile Reach

Nasrin Azari is the President of Mobile Reach, a leading provider of enterprise mobility software solutions to many corporate, educational, state/local, and federal organizations, as well as the United States Military. Ms. Azari leads the Mobile Reach team in improving the effectiveness and productivity of their customers through the implementation of integrated mobile applications on a variety of Smartphones, tablets, PDAs, and other handheld wireless devices. Nasrin holds an MBA and an MS in Computer Science (Mobile Computing), both from Duke University, and is often called upon in consulting and speaking engagements to share her expertise in mobilizing enterprise applications.

Gerald Fralick, CIO, State of North Carolina

Gerald (Jerry) Fralick was named Chief Information Officer by Governor Bev Perdue in September 2009.

Jerry retired from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Justice Programs. During his 13 years of service at the Justice Department, Jerry held senior executive IT management positions in the Antitrust Division, the FBI and the Justice Management Division.

While at DOJ, Jerry served as the first Chairperson for Office of Management and Budget’s Grants Executive Board, which oversaw all grant making activities for the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

Jerry also was instrumental in developing the Antitrust Caseload and Evaluation System (ACES) for the Antitrust Division, was in charge of payroll and administrative systems for the FBI and was awarded the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for his work on the Interpol Case Tracking System at the Justice Management Division. He also played a key management role in creating the DOJ-wide ITSS Services Contract, a contract procurement vehicle still in use today.

Jerry also served at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as Director of the Office of Information Services and Deputy CIO at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). His work at HHS focused on the administration of grants management systems, preparing him for his work of managing Office of Justice Programs’ grants system.

First as a consultant and then as a federal employee, Jerry led the effort at HHS to consolidate 36 independent grants systems at ACF into a single application. The resulting GATES system became the primary grants system within HHS for processing all non-research grants. In 2005, the GATES team that Jerry led won the distinguished President’s Management Award from the Office of Personnel and Management and the Office of Management and Budget. The GATES system today is one of three federal grant systems approved by OMB and is the largest grant system in the federal government.

During his tenure at HHS, Jerry also served as the agency’s Grant Systems Coordinator and as its representative to OMB’s Grants Management Line of Business. He was one of 15 of the 63,000 HHS employees to receive the Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Jerry earned a Master’s Degree from American University, with a double major in computer science and in Information Technology management. Jerry also holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from LeMoyne College.

Jerry is a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army Artillery. He owned a private IT consulting business that provided marketing support services to IT companies during his brief retirement from the federal government.

Tracy Doaks, CIO, NC Dept of Revenue

Tracy S. Doaks is the Assistant Secretary of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Tracy is a strong business-focused leader with broad-based achievements in business transformation with a primary focus on processes using technology as an enabler. As a leader at DOR, Tracy’s specialties include business and IT strategy alignment, IT risk strategy and execution, and complex systems implementations.

During Tracy’s tenure with DOR, her commitment and focus have been and continues to be toward improving the services for the citizens of North Carolina. During her twelve years at DOR, Tracy has been responsible for the first data warehouse at the Department, which has generated revenues of more than $240 million in additional revenue over the last two years. She also implemented the first client server system with Accenture at DOR, the first e-Services web application, the first Java enabled integrated tax system, and many other “firsts” with the Department. Her corporate experience also includes Clinical Informatics Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Programmer Analyst at Accenture, as well as several key roles at DOR from Programmer Analyst to Deputy CIO. As CIO, her most recent role has been as the chief implementer for the $96 million TIMS Project, which has exceeded projected benefits considerably in the first year.

Tracy is an NC State University graduate with a BS in Engineering, a CIO certification from UNC School of Government, and a PMP. In addition to her corporate roles, she is the Vice Chair of the CIO Council, a Management Advisory Board member for the Association of IT Professionals, and a member of the CIO Forum Advisory Board and the Digital Summit Advisory Board.

Raju Gadiraju, IT Director, Oxford University Press USA

Raju Gadiraju joined Oxford University Press USA in Nov 2011 and currently works as an IT Director primarily responsible for providing strategic guidance, leadership, and technology services to the Global Academic Business’ publishing program in US. Prior to that Raju was part of the executive team as CIO/VP at Diversified Information Technologies/Active Data Services since Oct 2003. During his seven years there, Raju implemented a variety of strategic technology initiatives and brought in new team members with complementary skill sets to strengthen the company’s capability in delivering competitive business solutions. Prior to joining DIT/ADS, Raju worked as IT Manager for the Supply Chain Management business unit at MSX International (a leading global provider of outsourced business solutions for the automotive industry). During his nine years at MSXI, Raju was a key member of various enterprise application development initiatives and led large technical teams successfully.

Raju areas of expertise include technology strategy and execution, IT alignment, strategic sourcing and relationship management, business/IT risk management, driving business value through innovation and continuous improvement, prudent use of IT investments, and customer service. Raju has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University and participated in leadership development program at Institute for CIO Excellence, University of South Carolina.

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Lee Clark-Sellers, Innovation Officer, Ply Gem Industries

In the role of Innovation Officer, Ms. Clark-Sellers will be leading the effort to to help take innovation from merely a concept or catch phrase to a resourceful approach to how Ply Gem does business overall and transitions to a culture that’s rooted in innovation. This role will be heavily externally focused as Ply Gem strengthens its strategic partnerships.

Prior to Ply Gem, Ms. Clark-Sellers was Program Executive for Executive Education, based in North Carolina State's Poole College of Management. Ms. Clark-Sellers established and facilitated the Innovation Management Executive Series: Managing Disruptive Innovation. She also consulted with companies in Pharma and Advanced Chemicals to establish innovation programs. During this timeframe, she also lead a start-up VOIP startup which resulted in a successful exit.

Ms Clark-Sellers also spent over 20 years with Nortel Networks, involved in all aspects of research and development, from product development to IP commercialization. As an innovative engineering leader, Ms. Clark-Sellers led the CTO’s 2010 Vancouver/London Olympic Innovation program, established software labs and partnerships in Asia and Eastern Europe while based in Mumbai India, and developed a software development platform implemented throughout Nortel.

Ms. Clark-Sellers is Founder and Chair of “Innovation in RTP,” and also serves on the Industrial Board of Directors at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. She is also an Industrial Fellow with the Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), based in North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management, as well as on the Advisory Board of NCSU Executive Education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in the Management of Technology, both from NC State University.

Theresa Payton, President and CEO, Fortalice, LLC

Ms. Payton is a well-known and highly respected national authority on cybersecurity, e-crime and fraud mitigation, and technology implementation with over 20 years of advanced business and security technology expertise and leadership at the highest levels of both government and in the financial services industry.

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