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2017 Seattle SIM Chapter Officers



Paul Farrall
(Skytap, Inc.)

(206) 269-3873

Paul Farrall is currently Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISCO) at Skytap, Inc. in Seattle where is responsible for global IT Operations of Skytap's Cloud Infrastructure products and Skytap corporate IT services.  Prior to Skytap, Paul was VP of Operations at Big Fish Games in Seattle where he had responsibility for IT infrastructure, web operations, cloud game streaming operations, corporate IT services, and information security.  He has been a member of the Seattle IT community for seventeen years with a primary focus on web operations and IT infrastructure.  Paul has been a member of SIM since 2011 and previously served as Seattle SIM VP of Programs.

Past President
Lowell Millard
(206) 979-4424

Lowell Millard is currently Vice President of operations at Trinity Glass International and is a twenty-five year member of the Seattle Information Technology community, holding senior leadership roles with ReliableParts, Electronic Arts, WatchGuard Technologies, Applied Precision and several other local companies.  In these roles he has directed IT planning and operations for enterprise business applications, software development, and infrastructure operations.  Lowell has been a member of SIM since 2000, is an alumnus of SIM’s RLF program (2001), and previously held Seattle Chapter Board positions for Membership and Programs.


VP - Golf Tournament
Michael Flaherty

(253) 432-1321


Michael is a technology executive with over 20 years of IT Management experience with Crowley Maritime, TrueBlue, CLP Resources, HydroChem Industrial Services, QuadPOINT Technologies, and Dow Chemical.  His experience is complemented by an Executive MBA and Accounting degree.  He has an established record as a leader and business partner who collaborates with senior management to use technology to transform and simplify business processes while delivering measurable benefit.

VP - Marketing
Eric Schudiske

(Gallatin Public Affairs)

Eric Schudiske manages media and public relations for the Seattle office of Gallatin Public Affairs. Previously he spent five years leading public relations and social media for global tech and gaming company geocaching. Eric spent the first decade of this career as a reporter and anchor in television news, including reporting live on-air at  KING and KOMO in Seattle, WHP in Harrisburg and WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin.





                VP - Membership
John Nelson

(206) 356-8038

John is currently the Director of Business Development with BroadPoint group in Seattle where he helps Seattle area clients in the areas of IT staffing and project work.  Prior to joining BroadPoint group John founded Seattle App Lab which focused on iOS and Android mobile application development.  Before starting Seattle App Lab he worked for SurveySwipe forging strategic partnerships for an enterprise mobile application focused on the market research industry.  Prior to SurveySwipe he was the Director of Online Marketing and Business Development for Pioneer Newspapers where he drove the online strategy for a group of 8 daily newspapers.  He has been a member of the Seattle tech community for ten years primarily in Business Development and Online Marketing roles.  John has been a member of SIM since 2014 and is looking forward to serving the community through helping increase membership.


VP - Outreach

Beth Galliher-Ponce

(562) 544-9007

Beth has been an information technology executive for over 15 years for companies such as Behr Paint and Milgard Windows, where she has been responsible for delivering enhanced company results through the strategic implementation of technology, organization and process transformation. She provides leadership to the IT community as a long-standing member and board member of multiple chapters of SIM, and as advisor and speaker at various organizations and industry events. Beth holds a B. S., Information Systems from University of Redlands in California. 



Barend Brink
(425) 301-1139

Barend Brink is originally from Cape Town, South Africa.  Barend earned a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Stellenbosch in 1994 and in 2001 completed an MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School; shortly after that he was recruited by Microsoft for a position in Redmond WA.  Barend has been with Microsoft for the past eleven years and is currently the Group Operations Manager for Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group.  Barend is a graduate of the 2012 Regional Leadership Forum (Northwest region).

VP - Admin

David Haam


David Haam is the Vice President, Information Technology for Magnitude Software.  David brings over 20 years of experience as a leader and technologist, and has led teams in companies across a variety of industries while bringing a solution-oriented approach to business needs. His leadership has been honed by his many years of consulting to numerous companies. He has been in key leadership positions during times of significant transition, and has helped run and build IT infrastructures for multinational and internet-facing companies. David has led the IT organization at Magnitude Software (formerly Noetix) since 2008. Prior to joining Magnitude Software, David has been in IT leadership roles at Getty Images, Three-Five Systems, Starbucks, and David holds a BSEE from the University of Washington.


VP - Treasurer
Steve White (Sonos, Inc.)

(719) 291-6533

Steve White is the Senior Director, Security for Sonos, Inc. Steve oversees the overall security strategy and programs for the company. He is responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy that covers the full cybersecurity lifecycle and guiding the implementation of that strategy across the various corporate and product development teams. He is building out dynamic security capabilities to help the company respond to the constantly changing threat landscape while maintaining laser-sharp focus on improving customer and employee experience. Prior to joining Sonos, Steve was the Director, Security & Compliance for CenturyLink Cloud where he had end-to-end responsibility for real-time security and all compliance efforts for the #3 IaaS cloud provider. Steve has also held leadership positions at Amazon, Microsoft, Young Life and others. Steve holds an M.S. degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon and is a Suma Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He also holds an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Steve has held a number of industry certifications over the course of his career and currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.


VP - Programs

Sean Chighizola 

Sean Chighizola has more than 13 years of experience as a proven technology ecommerce leader with extensive knowledge in enterprise-scale design, operations and development. Sean leads the global Project Management Office, Engineering and IT Operations teams, which work to continuously improve the Big Fish Games site and provide solutions solving business needs. He is also responsible for website availability, performance, security, game operations and back-office corporate services.  Providing value through execution of rapid development cycles and scalable systems is Sean’s principal mission at Big Fish Games.

Sean is actively engaged in the technology community presenting at conferences, webinars and is a member of CIO Executive Council, VP of the Program Committee for Seattle SIM Chapter and Gaming Global Customer Advisory Board for Akamai.



VP- Sponsorships
Haresh Sangani

Haresh is the founder and CEO at Hitech Advisors. Hitech Advisors works with leading organizations such as, Nintendo, Costco, Zillow, Intellectual Ventures, and Stryve. Prior to Hitech, Haresh was the founding CEO at Faira, the fastest growing home listing platform in the Seattle area. Earlier in his career, Haresh held leadership and engineering positions at Amazon, AT&T, Kronos, and a multitude of startups.


Haresh volunteers on the board of the Children’s Music Foundation and at Armman USA. Haresh lives with his family in the Seattle area and enjoys trails and ski-runs of the Cascade Mountains and beyond.


A University of Washington Husky four times over, with a BS in Physics, a BS in electrical engineering, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MS in computer science. 


Past Presidents Council

Tony Berger
Steve Brilling, Seattle University
Frank Coker, Information Systems Management, Inc.
Susan Goss, AT&T Wireless
Sally Hass
John Howland, How Solutions, Inc.
Jon Hulen, retired
Paul Kraabel, Kraabel and Company

Lowell Millard, Rock Bridge Executive Advisory
Larry Miller
Paula Paravecchio, Microsoft
Ingvar Petursson, Nintendo
Chuck Porter, CIO at Seattle University
Jim Ratchford
Dick Shay, retired from PEMCO Insurance
Jim Stark
Price Taylor, Concur Technologies


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