Virtual meeting sponsored by Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College with support from the Association for Computing Machinery as part of this year's celebration of Women in Computing. This year's theme is Embrace Change & Achieve Success!
Meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams. Follow the link to register now!
Alisia is the Executive Director of the Microsoft Future of Work Initiative, a partnership between Microsoft and the city of Louisville to make Louisville a hub for innovative technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. She is also the architect of the award-winning Butterfly Project, a public/private internship that incorporates social justice with data science. The Butterfly Project, on behalf of the city of Louisville, is now a finalist in the Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge, having been selected as one of 50 finalists out of over 650 submissions from cities around the world.
Alisia is also completing her PhD at the University of Louisville in Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. Her research centers around intersectionality and authentic leadership as it applies to increasing equity and inclusion in computer/data science. Additionally, she is the founder of a non-profit that uses research-based practices to introduce technology as a medium for community empowerment.
I have always had an interest in technology and originally had planned to be in a career related to my bachelor’s Degree. Upon graduation, I joined the Franklin Police Department. After a few years of working patrol, a position opened in the Franklin Police Departments Investigations Unit. I was assigned to general investigations, and specialized in crimes involving technology, sexual offenses, and crimes against children. As crimes involving technology became more common, I saw the need for more formal education in the IT field. I attended Bowling Green Technical College (now Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College - SKYCTC), a part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. I earned an Associates of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology, specializing in Network Technologies. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be on the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. They are given advanced training at the National Computer Forensic Institute in Hover, Alabama. My work with the ECTC was one of the highlights of my career. I was promoted to Captain, Assistant Chief of Police, a few years before my retirement. That ended my days of investigations. Looking back at my career, I know the most import thing I did was help victims, particularly children, get the justice they deserved. After retirement, I became an adjunct instructor with SKYCTC teaching networking and security related classes. This led into a full-time instructor position with SKYCTC, also becoming the Program Coordinator. These experiences solidified my love and appreciation for SKYCTC as a fantastic place to learn, work, and connect. While I still volunteer frequently at SKYCTC, I have now transitioned into being the Chief Technology Officer for Millstone Labs and the Security and Compliance Officer for ISTT (Innovative Solutions Through Technology). Art also owns his own company, McFadden.IT where he provides customized training for businesses.
The CEO of HyperSocial and a serial entrepreneur who finds his joy in helping others, chatting about LinkedIn tips and tricks, and nerding out on Star Wars. When he's not working, Braden loves hiking, soccer, traveling, going on adventures, and more! Together, Braden, his girlfriend, and his dog, Roscoe, travel the U.S. in their camper van while building a B2B empire that changes the way digital marketing is done for companies big and small.
Casey Wilhelm is a Professor in Business Administration at North Idaho College. He is the co-author of Connect Master MIS and Connect Master Investigating Technology. Connect Master MIS and Connect Master Investigating Technology are used to teach students about the ever-changing world of technology and has been used by over 100,000 students. He has conducted extensive research in Instructional Technology and Design, specifically on the learning styles and traits of Millennial and Gen Z learners. Professor Wilhelm has spoken at numerous national and international events on a variety of technology related topics.
If I am not working with my awesome team getting mortgages closed while building long lasting relationships with clients and partners, I am probably at home playing with my three awesome dogs, in the theater watching a movie ( Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi all the way) , playing with the newest tech gadget I am obsessing over, or "nose deep" in a great audio book (probably about being a better version of myself or an epic adventure story).
My personality thrives when solving problems or exploring, so I solve loan problems to fund my explorations - it's a good life.
I've been in the mortgage business for over 20 years and am honored to be one of the few that truly loves what I do. I love the puzzle, challenge, and personal connections this business offers and am always ready for the next goal to crush!
In addition to teaching Information Security courses at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro Kentucky, Cheryl has been sworn with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department for the last 10 years. She is the department's digital forensic examiner. Not only has she performed forensic examinations for the Sheriff's Department, she has performed examinations for other local agencies, the Kentucky State Police, and the local FBI agents. She is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in IT with a concentration in Digital Forensics. In addition, she has been selected as the 2021 Reserve Deputy of the Year by the National Sheriff's Association for her contributions to local law enforcement.
Mr. Bales has taught and developed curriculum for mechanical design, CAD, automation, and engineering technology for over 20 years. Mr. Bales holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
As a program coordinator, full-time faculty member, and academic researcher, he has developed and taught numerous engineering and technology courses and created several new degree and certificate programs at the college. Mr. Bales has been actively involved in grants as a co-principal investigator, researcher, and developer for the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and the US Department of Labor since 1994. He also holds numerous professional certifications in the fields of information technology and networking, manufacturing and robotics, and computer-aided design.
Cindy’s extensive experience as a Human Resources and Organizational Development leader includes the fast-moving consumer goods industry, banking, manufacturing and health care. She has domestic multi-state and international experience focused on shaping the HR agenda that supports key organizational goals. She has experience collaborating with manufacturing facilities as well as corporate locations.
She has an MBA from Western Kentucky University and is an adjunct faculty member in the Management Department
Cindy’s primary focus is recruiting hard-to-fill positions--especially IT, workplace investigations, HR compliance, and M&A’s. Cindy’s passion is helping people and organizations to reach their fullest potential. She particularly likes to connect top talent to Premier Companies. Cindy is on several boards of local non-profits and professional organizations. She wants to see communities embrace the Adaptive Leadership concept for a healthy change.
Cindy Tucker is a retired Professor of Computer and Information Technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC). The ACM CCECC serves and supports community and technical college educators in all aspects of computing education with a focus on developing ACM curricular guidelines for two-year colleges. Ms. Tucker is past member of the ACM-W Executive Committee.
Corinne Hoisington is a full-time professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, with more than 25 years of teaching experience. Corinne travels over 200,000 miles a year delivering keynote addresses to college and university professors and K-12 educators in over 70 cities worldwide for customers such as the Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Canada Camp 21 International Events, Cengage Learning, ByteSpeed, Capital One International Bank, Executive LIVE in London and Johannesburg, and the international South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas. Professor Hoisington is the recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in Computer Programming. Corinne has authored over 30 textbooks with Cengage Learning/National Geographic on topics such as Outlook 365, Office 365, Microsoft Windows, Android Boot Camp Java, Technology Now, and Visual Basic.
When I was 24 years old... I moved in with a family member as their primary caregiver, because they were diagnosed with Cancer. When they passed away, I was motivated by this experience to change my career path. I wanted to educate more people on how important it is to make sure they have a financial cushion, incase of any unexpected medical emergencies or tragedies. This experience also taught me how important it is to make new connections everyday, because you never know where life will lead you! I have learned how to utilize LinkedIn for so many different uses and seen how wonderful this platform can be if treated with the correct mentality.
David L. Dechow is a globally recognized expert in the integration of machine vision, robotics, and industrial automation technologies. He is the Principal Vision Systems Architect for Integro Technologies Corp., where he performs application evaluation and design of complex automated imaging solutions for inspection, metrology, and robotic guidance. Prior to his position at Integro, he was Staff Engineer for Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision at FANUC, and earlier was the founder, owner, and principal engineer for two successful systems integration firms. His career in machine vision and integration spans more than thirty-five years.
Mr. Dechow is a recipient of the AIA’s Automated Imaging Achievement Award honoring industry leaders for outstanding career contributions in industrial and/or scientific imaging. He is a member of the Association for Advancing Automation Imaging Technology Strategy Board, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers Robotics Technology Advisory Panel, is contributing editor for Vision Systems Design magazine, and technical advisory board member with Saccade Vision Ltd.
As a key educator within the industry, Mr. Dechow has participated in the training of hundreds of engineers as an instructor with the A3 Certified Vision Professional program. He also is well known for his frequent informative technical articles, papers, webinars, and conference sessions and classes covering a wide range of technical topics involving machine vision and enabling technologies in industrial automation.
As a Regional Affiliate Manager for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, Eva supports volunteer affiliate teams' efforts to recognize young women and their educators. She has been an IT professional in higher education for over 25 years, empowering young women in local community after-school programs and mentoring female professionals entering the IT workforce. Eva enjoys sharing her IT career journey with other women to encourage them to contribute their unique talents. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and has a strong love for the Ohio State Buckeyes, her husband (John) and two grown daughters.
Frank M. Sorokach is leadership and management expert with both practical and academic experience. His general focus is on organizational improvement through the development of systems and personnel. He has more than twenty years of applied management experience in varied disciplines and has been a faculty member at Penn State University since 2012. He has taught in both resident instruction at the Scranton Campus and online at the World Campus on topics that include economics, technology, project management, business strategy, risk management, and marketing.
Frank is specifically focused on the application of new concepts and systems to improve efficiency. This includes the integration of not only technology, but also new management theory. He applies this in both the business environment as a consultant and in the educational environment as an educator. He has also been a digital faculty consultant for McGraw-Hill Education since 2017.
Dr. Huanjing Wang received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2005. After that she joined Western Kentucky University. She is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Wang teach both undergraduate and graduate CS courses. Her research interests include data mining, machine learning, software engineering, software metrics, and software quality engineering. She had published many peer-reviewed conference and journal papers.
Mr. Momenthy is on the co-founding team of AI Visualize, a NSF (National Science Foundation) funded Cloud Visualization Platform and parent company to Lifevoxel AI, a zero-latency medical imaging platform. He is also the co-founder of Virga, an early stage investment firm focused on privacy first blockchain ventures and the digital healthcare space.
In addition, Mr. Momenthy currently oversees Product Development & Growth for Ospitek Inc., a San Diego based IoT care coordination platform for the outpatient surgery market.
Active advisory roles include Machine Learning Cybersecurity start up Scanta Inc. (Winner of the 2018 Silicon Valley SharkTank Showcase) and C-Lan Wireless Technology, where Mr. Momenthy is also the former Chief Marketing Officer. C-Lan is a plug and play encrypted wireless transport network delivering solutions for IoT verticals including Healthcare and Military.
John Sands has over 30 years of experience in education and workforce research in the areas of data communications, manufacturing technologies, information technology, information security management and cybersecurity. He currently serves as the department chair and professor of information technology at Moraine Valley Community College. John also serves as the Principal Investigator/Executive Director of the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), an NSF/ATE National Support Center. John’s team has studied the technology workforce needs both in the local Chicago metropolitan region and nationally as the Principal Investigator of CSSIA. He holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University and several industry certifications.
As a department chair, full time faculty member, and academic researcher, he has developed and taught numerous online technology courses using an integrated virtual teaching and learning environment. Dr. Sands has served as the executive director of one of the most successful Cisco System - Networking Academy Training Centers in the country. John also possesses a very strong background in developing and implementing online curriculum for both students and faculty and has been the recipient of several awards in the area of innovation and teaching. Professor Sands also has received several academic awards including the Master Teacher of the Year, Innovator of the Year and the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award - Best Dual Credit Program.
Joshua serves as the Senior Economic & Workforce Development Manager for Louisville Forward, and in this role is tasked with coordinating business attraction and retention in Jefferson County. Joshua works closely with current Louisville businesses and those considering moving to Louisville to identify and develop workforce and talent solutions. Previously, Joshua served in several roles at the University of Louisville, including Assistant Director of Career Engagement and Senior Admissions Counselor, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education & Human Development. Joshua holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, a MED in Counselor Education from Clemson University, and a PHD in Counseling & Personnel Services from the University of Louisville.
I am the Engineering Recruiting Manager for ProLink Staffing. I handle all of our recruitment for engineers nationwide. My educational background is in IT with my B.S. being in Computer Information Systems and my Masters being in Data Analytics.
Dr. Kristine Christensen is a professor of Management Information Systems at Moraine Valley Community College, where she has taught and developed curriculum in website development, user interface design principles, programming, networking, robotics, and engineering technology for the past twenty years. She has a passion for teaching a diverse group of learners and enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping people develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities so that they can reach their potential and be successful in their future lives and careers. She encourages underserved student populations to enter the information technology and cybersecurity fields, and she provides support and mentorship to them as a way to help bring more diversity and equity to the IT and cyber workforce.
Dr. Christensen also serves as Moraine Valley's Director of Faculty Development and is responsible for designing, developing, and evaluating professional development programs for faculty and staff. She has been actively involved in research and curriculum development for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a double major in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology from Valparaiso University, a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Consulting from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems with a focus in Computer Programming and Electronic Commerce from Governors State University, a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from St. Francis University, a graduate certificate in Online Communications and Web Design from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. In addition to her academic credentials, she has earned numerous professional certifications in information technology and networking, manufacturing and robotics, programming, and web development.
Dr. Mark Ciampa is Professor of Information Systems at Western Kentucky University and was an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College. Mark has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. He has published over 25 journal articles and is the author of 30 technology textbooks, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals 7e, CompTIA CySA+ Guide to Cybersecurity Analyst 1e, and Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security In Your World 5ed. He holds a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University and has certifications in security and healthcare.
I (she/her) was raised in Tewksbury, a town about 20 miles from Boston, MA. I live in Kentucky and enjoy the beauty of the arts and parks of greater Cincinnati.
I earned my PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University in 2004. My research interests include recruitment and retention of STEM majors as well as empirical software engineering.
I enjoy teaching programming classes and meeting students when they are first starting their studies here at NKU, and also enjoy teaching graduate classes that critically examine evidence-based practices in software engineering. I worked in industry for almost 20 years and enjoy sharing my successes, and failures, with students as a motivation for learning and thinking critically.
Margaret Hostetler is a first-generation college graduate of Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College. She graduated with an AAS in Computer Information Technology and is continuing to earn her bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity at WGU. A native of Missouri, she is passionate about current and emerging technology. She is an IT Technician at ISTT. Her hobbies include volleyball, sewing, and board or card games. She lives on 165 acres with her husband, 40,000 chickens, 1 dog, and 2 beloved Siamese cats.
Michele Kors, Business Coach for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, South Central KY. Michele has a diverse background working in the Financial Industry for the past 27 years; specifically working with small businesses in the Commercial Banking industry, prior to coming to the SBDC. Michele specializes in small business consulting, writing business plans, preparing financial forecasts, COVID -19 relief assistance, and SBA loan packaging. Kors holds many professional certification and studies from Business, Legal/Compliance, Commercial Banking and Business Management School at the University of Wisconsin. Away from work, Michele enjoys volunteering in the community, playing golf, gardening, cooking and spending time with her daughters.
Dr. Randy Nordell is a Professor of Business Technology at American River College in Sacramento, California. He has been an educator for over 30 years and has taught at the high school, community college, and university levels. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus, a single subject teaching credential from Fresno State University, a master's degree in Education from Fresno Pacific University, and a doctorate in Education from Argosy University. Randy is the lead author of the Microsoft Office 365: In Practice, Microsoft Office 2016: In Practice, and Microsoft Office 2013: In Practice series of texts. He is also the author of 101 Tips for Online Course Success and Microsoft Outlook 2010. Randy speaks regularly at conferences on the integration of technology into the curriculum. When not teaching and writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, skiing, swimming, backpacking, and enjoying the California weather and terrain.
Roberta Darnez Pope, MSHI, RHIT, a Health Information Management (HIM) Instructor in the Public Health Department at Western Kentucky University (WKU). She is a graduate of Volunteer State Community College, Trevecca Nazarene University and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Applied Health Sciences. Her health information management career began at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At WKU, Pope served on the College of Health and Human Services-Public Health Research Team. She has been an active member with AHIMA since 1996 and currently serves on the AHIMA Foundation of Research Network (AFRN). Her experience includes positions in academia and health information management. She assisted with the 2019 Refugee Health Summit which was hosted by the WKU Public Health Department. Her practice and research efforts include health information and informatics, population health, health disparities, and HIM education. You can find Pope surrounding herself around family and friends for fun times.
Robin Amonett, PHR, SHRM-CP, will be presenting for the 2021 Women in Computing celebration.
Rosa Richards is a Success Coach at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) for the Experiential Learning Center (which provides students with hands-on opportunities to develop work-essential skills to promote an educated and more qualified workforce). Rosa has a Master of Arts degree focused in Organizational Leadership that she received from Western Kentucky University. She is a Higher Education professional and has been working in the Student Affairs industry for roughly nine years, eight of which have been at OCTC. She is skilled in financial aid, leadership, student success, career services and soft skill development.
Sarah Hayter is a former Computer and Information Technology (CIT) student of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) who was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In Fall 2019, after being out of school for 10 years, Hayter returned to her education as a non-traditional, adult student at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. In Spring 2021, she graduated from Hazard Community and Technical College with an AAS in CIT: Information Security and Network Administration Tracks. Sarah is currently in pursuit of a dual-major consisting of a BA in IS: Peace and Conflict Resolution and a BA in Korean for Professionals at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Furthermore, she aims to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity, though she has not settled on a program yet. Sarah intends to use these degrees and the knowledge obtained to join the fight against childhood multidimensional poverty and social inequality. Hayter aspires to work for UNICEF or another similar organization or NGO after she obtains her education. She has a drive and a passion for helping children that is inspired by the love she holds for her own little girl, Kylie (10).
Shannon H. Houser, Ph.D., MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a Professor in the Health Services Administration Department and Graduate Program in Health Informatics; an Associate Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in China and participated in designing the curriculum and teaching courses in the Masters in Hospital Management. She has been actively serving in leadership roles in health information and informatics professions at both national and international levels. She is the Chair for the AHIMA Foundation of Research Network (AFRN) and is a recipient of AHIMA's Triumph Award for Research Award in 2007. Dr. Houser received her Doctoral and master's degrees in Health Behavior/Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, and Bachelor of Sciences in Health Information Management from UAB. She served as a committee member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee to Review Data Systems for Monitoring HIV/AIDS Care, and an advisor and consultant to the Global Health Projects monitoring and evaluation for Project HOPE. She is a well-published author, researcher, and participates in research studies involved in health information and informatics, healthcare management, and public health.
Prior to her retirement in 2018, Dr. Smith had served for over 15 years as the Manager of Audiovisual Services at WKU where she oversaw video conferencing technologies and audio/visual installations for the university. She holds a Master's degree in Communication and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Smith currently is a part-time faculty member in the Leadership Studies area at WKU.
Combining her education and work experience, her research interests have focused on improving meeting management and communications in video conferencing environments. She has presented her work at various national and international conferences. Dr. Smith served two terms as the elected Staff Regent on WKU's Board of Regents and her 3-year term on the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors ended in July 2021.
Dr. Tony Kirchner has over 30 years of experience in the IT Industry. He has worked in many compacities including computer consultant, hardware repair, software developer, helpdesk consultant, network engineer, and recently retired as the Director of Educational Technology for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Western Kentucky University.
Tonya is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. As an executive for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for two decades, she served a primary role in the organization’s multiple national honors. She established Matthews Consulting in 2018 and is a published author.
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