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Regional Leadership Forum Facilitators

This distinguished group of facilitators has more than 200 years of IT leadership, experience, knowledge and education to help ­tomorrow’s IT leaders understand and enhance their leadership style. From its inception, these leaders have helped develop, guide, and expand RLF and its highly regarded curriculum. In each region, one or more of the following contacts facilitate the sessions and guide the participant discussions.

Christine Atkins  | Facilitator  |  |  630-235-8809

Chris has the perspective that comes from 15 years as a Chief Information Officer topping a 40-year career in technology management.  She has served as CIO with four corporations ranging from small ($12M revenue) to large and global (€30B).  She has found the fundamentals of success to be largely the same across the several industries in which she worked; petroleum, engineering, software, financial, insurance and retail.

During her career Chris has been a wife, mother and Scout leader.  She has advised Google, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard Corporations. Chris retired from Royal Ahold, a Netherlands-based grocery retailer, in 2013 and is a principal at Atkins & Cameron Consulting LLC, specializing in IT strategy.  She is a SIM Chicago Chapter board member, a former national SIM board member and a 1995 Northeast RLF graduate. She holds eight U.S patents in electronic rights management.


 Scot Berkey  |  Facilitator  | | 847.769.9659


Scot is Managing Director at FullPeak, LLC, and is a 2002 RLF graduate. He has held multiple CIO positions and leadership roles in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to smaller high-growth corporations in both the buy and sell sides of the technology sector. Scot has extensive experience in for-profit education and in turnaround leadership situations in a variety of business segments, and his professional experience includes executive roles in global operations and application development, client services and contract negotiation, and applied business technology. Scot received his B.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago.



Bart Bolton  |   Facilitator  | | 508.529.3532

With more than 35 years experience in IT management, Bart’s ­experience includes leading and managing multiple IT departments, consulting, educating, marketing and selling to the IT function. He has been facilitating the RLF since 1994 and the Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) since 2001. He has worked with clients in their leadership development programs. He spent 17 years at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Manager of Consulting Services, MIS Marketing Manager and Manager of Field Information Systems. Prior to Digital, Bart was a Corporate Director of IS for an automotive parts manufacturer, a senior consultant with Touche Ross and a marketing representative for IBM. He is the trustee and past chairman of SIM’s Boston Chapter. 


Karen Calvert  |   Facilitator  |

Karen Calvert recently retired from Mary Kay where she was Vice President within the Information Services and Technology division.  She was responsible for setting direction for infrastructure and technology activities, globally, including enterprise architecture; collaboration and HR technologies; business intelligence solutions; global data center operations; data, network and infrastructure services; information security and IT asset management and financial services.  In addition to these responsibilities Karen also Co-Lead Mary Kay’s Culture Committee, was a Wellness Ambassador for the company’s Wellness Program and a Leadership Mentor in their Mentee-Mentor Program.


Karen is currently looking forward to the next chapter of her life where she plans on continuing her passion for coaching/mentoring business leaders and volunteering for worthy non-profit organizations.


Karen began her career as a Research Scientist after graduating from Hartwick College with a B.A. degree in Chemistry.  She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Burton, and has 2 grown children.  During the years raising their children, Karen volunteered as an EMT, coached youth soccer and was President of a youth soccer league.




June Drewry  |  RLF Director and Facilitator  | 


June Drewry was the Global Chief Information Officer for Chubb & Son until her retirement in 2009.  She currently is a Co-Director of the Society for Information Management’s Leadership Development Institute, the Southeast facilitator for SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF), an Executive Coach with Treeline Consulting, and an Executive Advisor with The Advisory Council. 

Ms. Drewry has extensive international experience in the insurance and financial services industry at the senior management level, as a corporate CIO, business unit CIO and as president of a third party administration subsidiary.

June served two terms as president of SIM International and has earned several awards throughout her career for innovative business use of technology and leadership in information technology. 

Cliff Higbee  | RLF Director and Facilitator  | | 801.240.3358

Cliff Higbee is the Director of the Management Information Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He received his B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Utah. He is a past Intermountain Chapter president, has served on the SIM Executive Board in several Vice President positions, and chaired the 1994 Annual Interchange Conference. Cliff has been a guest lecturer at Weber State University and The Salt Lake Community College. He holds an elected position on the Salt Lake City School Board and serves on the Advisory Boards for Weber State University and Utah Valley Community College.



Ricky John
  | Facilitator  | | 910.813.8897


Ricky John recently returned from the Middle East/Asia, in particular Iraq and Afghanistan, where He served Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) in an ever-changing, high-powered environment, providing training and education to American, Iraqi and Afghan personal as part of KBR’s support of the global war on terrorism. With a dynamic presentation style and clear understanding of corporate objectives, He trained thousands in group and individual sessions.


Prior to Ricky’s work overseas, He served as a facilitator for SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) for several years.


Currently, Ricky started an innovative healthy vending company called healty2organic in an effort to improve healthy food options in the workplace. He continues to have the pleasure of speaking nationally on a wide range of topics to include Principle Based Leadership in a Multicultural Environment, Ethical Behavior as a Guiding Principle, Zero Accident Workplaces, Active Listening and Making a Lasting Difference in the Lives of others.


Ricky is an active scuba diver, photographer and archeologist. He is the Father of five and Grandfather of two. 

Steven John  | Facilitator  | | 651.261.9502


Steven John is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AmeriPride Services, a leading textile services and supply company in North America.  As a part of AmeriPride’s executive leadership team, Steven is responsible for the overall leadership of the Information Systems Team, enhancing the customer experience and accelerating the company’s growth strategy through digital innovation and technology.
John most recently served as CIO of Workday Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise applications for human resource management, payroll and finance, where he worked closely with IT leaders and their teams to realize the full benefits of cloud computing. He was an integral part of Workday’s senior leadership team and played a key role in the company achieving and maintaining the highest IT standards and processes.
John was previously the CIO at H. B. Fuller Company and Agriliance and also held leadership positions with the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource Network Services and Transora. For ten years, he has also served as a facilitator for SIM’s Leadership Forum and he is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. He is also a mentor in the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways program and a contributing writer to CIO magazine.
John was selected as a ‘Premier 100 IT Leader’ by Computerworld Magazine in 2006 and was presented the CIO Executive Council’s Leadership Award in 2008. Under his leadership, H.B. Fuller was ranked among the ‘Top 500’ leaders in business technology by Information Week in 2009 and he was also recognized by Information Week in 2010 as an industry innovator for his work implementing cloud solutions. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and completed graduate work at Temple University.



 Molly Mahoney  |  Facilitator  | 407-595-4956

Molly Mahoney is responsible for transforming Attorneys’ Title Fund Services’ corporate culture to be "Easy to Work With” across all divisions.  She is also responsible for all corporate level communications, reporting to the CEO.  She is a 2004 RLF graduate and apprentice facilitator for SE RLF.  She serves as President of the SIM Central Florida Chapter and on the Ten Thousand Villages board, a fair trade retailer in Winter Park, FL.







Cheryl Morgan
  |  Facilitator  |  |  860-277-9162

Cheryl has over 24 years’ experience as a leader in both IT and Business. In IT she has led development, testing and various support functions; in the business and operations area, she has led PMOs, testing, shared services and multiple support areas, as well as strategic planning and execution  functions.She is currently a VP at Travelers in Business Insurance. In addition, she has led the creation and direction of several leadership and technical development programs in IT at both CIGNA and Travelers and was instrumental in expanding the use of RLF at CIGNA by establishing an internal program. 





Mike Rochelle  | Facilitator  | | 214.621.6285

Mike is a results oriented IT leader with demonstrated ability to meet or exceed business goals. He has 20 years of increasing sales, marketing and IT operations, business process renewal and full client lifecycle experience. 

Mike received a B.A. from Ambassador University and an M.B.A. from Azusa Pacific University. He is a graduate of The Society for Information Management's Regional Leadership Forum, founded and has facilitated the Dallas/Fort Worth RLF for 13 years. He is an active member of SIM’s Enterprise Architecture group, and has served on the Dallas SIM Chapter board. Mike currently serves on the board of the Highland Village Parks Foundation and is Cub Master for Pack 1163 and Charter Representative for Troop 99.

Mike is an active outdoorsman, mountain biker, and soccer and ballet dad. Mike resides in Highland Village, TX, with his wife, Arlene and sons, Michael Alexander and Paul Anthony and daughter Erika Marie.


Bob Rouse
  | Facilitator  |  314.935.4791

Bob is a founder of the St. Louis SIM Chapter and a Past President of SIM. For 15 years he has facilitated RLFs in the Midwest, Northeast, New York and the Chubb Internal Forum. He has served as a RLF Director for six years. Bob is Professor Emeritus, Computer Science at Washington University; he held many leadership positions at WU, including IT Strategy Director for the School of Medicine, automation lead for the Development Office, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Center for Intelligent Computing Systems. He is President of Red Eagle Advisors, a focused advisory practice for firms seeking leading edge business innovation for people+technology.


Kevin Ryan  |  RLF Director and Facilitator  |  | 860.306.4497

Kevin Ryan is currently a Facilitator and Director with the Society for Information Management’s (SIM) Regional Leadership Forum (RLF). He is a 2000 Graduate of RLF and has been involved with SIM at the Chapter and National level since then.

Kevin has extensive executive experience in business and technology at the Senior Management level. He has owned his own eCommerce business, was a Vice President at two Fortune 500 healthcare insurers, and has considerable leadership experience in civic and community roles.

As president of his own eCommerce company from 2007 - 2012, his firm received awards for sales and customer service, developed an eCommerce arrangement with Amazon expanding the relationship from simple re-selling to hosting, inventory management, order-fulfillment, and credit card processing via a full cloud computing environment. He successfully sold this business in 2012 and continues to work in IT consulting and leadership development 

Ed Trainor
  |  Facilitator  | | 410.507.9744

Ed Trainor has served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in diverse industries over the past 25 years – i.e., airline, utility, entertainment and railroad. In the mid-1980s he served as CIO for Flying Tigers, the world's largest bulk cargo airline before they were acquired by Federal Express, after which he served as CIO for Southern California Gas Co, one of the nations largest transporters and distributors of natural gas. He next spent over 12 years leading Paramount Pictures’ information systems functions through numerous mergers, acquisitions and business transformation efforts and where he also helped initiate and develop Paramount’s anti-piracy efforts. In early 2007 he accepted the position of CIO for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (aka Amtrak) where he led an enterprise-wide business process transformation effort before retiring in mid-2011. He is a past national President of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and is the co-author of two textbooks on information strategy.  Ed now works as an educator and consultant as well as a facilitator for SIM's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF.)



Mark Snyder
  |  Facilitator  |  |  (214) 762-0908

Mark Snyder is a 35 year veteran of the Technology industry.  

During that time he has served as Senior Vice President of BRBA, a 150 person niche international technology firm, interim Head of IT for a multi-million member not-for profit organization, and in various Senior Leadership roles with Oracle, James Martin, Keane, Cognizant, MCI, Exxon and others.  In that capacity he has worked and led organizations in North and South America, the United Kingdom, India and the Pacific Rim.  He is currently the IT Director for Quality Assurance for PeopleAnswers, a privately held SaaS provider in the Human Resources market and a member of the Board of Directors of one of the largest legal filing services in Texas.  He has also held a variety of Board and Leadership positions with other companies and not-for-profit organizations. 


Mark holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from the University of Texas – Arlington.  He is a 2002 graduate of SW RLF and has been co-facilitator of the SW RLF for 10 years.  He is an active SIM member, having served on the DFW Chapter Board of Directors, SIM International Officer Nominating Committee, National Conference Host Committee, National Values and Principles Committee, and the DFW Chapter Marketing Committee.  He also does pro-bono leadership development, organizational development and fund-raising work for a variety of not-for-profit organizations in the North Texas area.


Corky Valenti | Facilitator | | 630.728.0262

Corky has more than 30 years of consulting and leadership experience in strategic communications, marketing and technical communications, and training design and development for technology firms and IT departments of other businesses. He is currently a Vice President with a major financial organization and previously was Assistant Vice President, IT Communications for the Chubb Corporation, responsible for leading IT strategic internal and external communications and providing consulting and support for the Global CIO and IT senior leadership team and ensuring communications best practices within the IT department.  Prior to Chubb, he held similar positions with Aon, Acxiom Corporation, Platinum Technologies, Andersen Consulting, and several software companies. Corky holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Factors from Rice University.

Corky has been involved with RLF since 2004, first helping to market the program at Aon and Chubb, then graduating from the program in 2007. He completed the Hartford LDR program in 2009.  He continued to support the RLF program within Chubb and worked with the facilitators on various curriculum and marketing projects and served as a substitute facilitator. He received the Friend of RLF Award at SIMposium in 2012.



Madeline Weiss  |  Facilitator  |  | 301.229.8062

Madeline is President of Weiss Associates, Inc., a consulting firm ­specializing in strategy and change, particularly related to ­information management and technology. Utilizing her experience of over 30 years in management, organization strategy and change, and information technology, she consults for business, government, universities, and professional organizations. She is Program Director of SIM's Advanced Practices Council and has been an officer of SIM. Madeline has been an RLF facilitator since 1994.  She develops and conducts internal leadership programs for organizations as well.





Phil Zwieg
  |  RLF Director and Facilitator  |  414.840.4477

Phil currently functions as a Director and Facilitator for the Regional Leadership Forum sponsored by the Society for Information Management (SIM).  He formerly served as Vice President - Information Systems at Northwestern Mutual and head of the Information Systems organization at We Energies.  Phil received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Marquette University.  He taught for over 21 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Business at Marquette University.  Phil is past-President of the Board of Directors of Lad Lake, Inc. and has been a member of the Society for Information Management for over 30 years, serving in board roles at both the national and local levels.  In 2009, he was named IT Leader of the Year by SIM International.



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