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SIM San Diego is an association of the IT community at large, including senior IT executives, prominent academicians, and other IT thought leaders, who share and enhance their industry knowledge for the benefits of its members and their organizations, who build industry brand awareness and contribute to the growth of the IT community to attract and retain top talent in San Diego.

To be recognized as an exemplary Information Technology organization that enriches the personal and professional growth of its members and affiliates, and enhances the brand of, and contributions to, its IT community.


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"The Leadership Workshop was the first SIM event I attended as a new member and I really enjoyed it. The networking time at the beginning of the event gave me the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to other members and reconnect with previous colleagues. The workshop itself was an engaging mix of learning and active participation. The interesting part is how Mark used Aikido examples to reinforce strategies of how to successfully respond to change in the workplace. It was both informative and entertaining – a unique spin to delivering a leadership workshop."

Amy Benton

Director, IT


"I have been a member of SIM San Diego for less than 8 Months. In that short time,  I have made invaluable contacts in IT and Cyber Security. Recently, through collaboration with another organization that SIM made possible, we set a course to keep our information better protected at home or overseas. We have just scratched the surface of possibilities that come with being part of SIM San Diego. I looked forward to our future endeavors."

Eric Dixon

Regional CIO


"I have been an active participant and supporter of the San Diego SIM chapter for many years in various capacities. I have consistently found this forum to be a very valuable and productive use of time, not only to keep current pace with the latest IT trends and not only to continue to network with a core set of IT peers around the region, but most importantly to create a connected San Diego IT community to address common issues and challenges that impact and effect all of the IT leaders in the region independent of industry, business model and company size. The San Diego IT community is fairly small in terms of market capitalization supported, but it is very active and relevant in terms of thought leadership and willingness to share ideas. It has been a thoroughly rewarding experience to date and I’m sure will continue to thrive guided by the consistent and passionate leadership of the founding members."

Martin Gluck




"I joined SIM as a founding member of the San Diego Chapter.  Traditionally I was primarily involved in professional organizations specific to my industry. SIM facilitates sharing of information across industries which is both refreshing and enlightening.  Educational forums provide opportunities to learn from future thinking individuals as well as provide practical information to assist in solving today’s issues.  I also appreciate the opportunity to interact with organizations of different size and complexity.  I encourage those who want to broaden and enhance their knowledge to join SIM.” 

Mary Kay Payne


Arch Health Partners


"I have found SIM to be an invaluable organization. It has been a source of personal and professional development opportunities, and through SIM I have built relationships with several interesting and experienced IT leaders in the San Diego region and beyond. Several of these busy professionals have provided career assistance and advice to my students. As an educator, I appreciate SIM's interest in nurturing the next generation of CIO's and IT thought leaders. The San Diego chapter has done a fantastic job of inviting university students to participate in networking and growth opportunities and their generous scholarships have encouraged students to stay focused on careers in IT leadership. All of us have many valuable organizations vying for our time, but I am committed to participation in SIM because of its strength as a learning community that connects IT leaders  locally and globally."

Maria Zack, PhD

Professor and Chair

Mathematical, Information and Computer Science

Point Loma Nazarene University



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San Diego Board of Directors




Karen Gibson

Chief Information Officer

Co-Founder, Membership Chair


Barb Munro

Co-founder and Partner

The Carrera Agency

Co-Founder, President Emeritus, Marketing Chair

Yasmin Shah

Founder & CEO

Seenager, Inc.


Mary Kay Payne

Chief Information Officer
Arch Health Partners 



Bill Lukefahr
Former CIO
Prometheus Labs



Colin Black
Chief Information Officer

Program Chair

Steve Phillpott

Chief Information Officer
Western Digital Corporation



Academic Liaison

Bob Cohen
Managing Partner
Tridea Partners, LLC

President Emeritus

Abe Lietz
Chief Information Officer
Jenny Craig & Curves

Board Advisor

Frank Lacagnina
Chief Information Officer

Board Advisor

Jeanette Sanchez
Chief Information Officer
AMN Healthcare

Board Advisor

Micahel Zill
Chief Information Officer



San Diego Board of Directors - Emeritus


Bill Lukefahr
Former CIO
Prometheus Labs



Jeanette Sanchez
Chief Information Officer
AMN Healthcare


Abe Lietz
Chief Information Officer
Jenny Craig & Curves



Micahel Zill
Chief Information Officer



Paul S. Peabody

Paul Peabody

Chief Information Officer

Bronson Healthcare Group





Membership Organizations

The following organizations are represented in SIM San Diego:




ACADIA Pharmaceuticals

Amazon Web Services
American Council on Exercise
American Specialty Health
AMN Healthcare
Arch Health
ARS National Services, Inc.
Becton, Dickinson and Company
California State University San Marcos
ConAm Management Group

Curves | Jenny Craig
CUSO Financial Services
Cymer, Inc.
Dexcom, Inc.
DJO Global
Exagen Diagnostics, Inc.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
GenomeDx Biosciences, Inc.
GetWellNetwork/Skylight Healthcare
H.G. Fenton
Human Longevity, Inc.
Ignyta, Inc.
Jack in the Box
KPMG Advisory
KP OnCall, LLC
Lytx, Inc.
Millennium Health
Mitchell International 
Mitek Systems
North County Health Services

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Organova Holdings, Inc.
Otonomy Inc.
Perceptyx, Inc.
Philips Volcano
Point Loma Credit Union
Point Loma Nazarene University
Prometheus Laboratories Inc.
Rady Children's Hospital
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego County Credit Union
San Diego Futures Foundation 
San Diego Housing Commission
San Diego State University 
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
SeaSpine Orthopedics
Seenager, Inc.
Sempra Us Gas & Power
Sequenom, Inc.
Sharp Community Medical Group
Sharp Healthcare 
Sony Playstation; Sony Computer Entertainment America
Stone Brewing Co.
The Arc of San Diego
The Carrera Agency
The Ken Blanchard Companies
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Tridea Partners
United States Marine Corps
University of California, San Diego
University of San Diego
Verenium Corporation
Veteran's Medical Research Foundation
Vital Therapies, Inc.
Welk Resort Group
West Development, LLC
Western Digital Corporation



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