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Mimi Shalash

Network Director

Mimi Shalash is an experienced data software & technical product account executive currently working at Quest Software. Her roles have encompassed data analytics, disaster recovery, performance monitoring and cloud optimization. Mimi also serves on the leadership team for WIA (Women in Analytics) and DAMA (the Central Ohio Chapter of the Data Management Association). Among her many leadership engagements, you can find her championing on behalf of underrepresented groups in STEM while also presenting businesses with impact data on the importance of driving social change in the Columbus technology community.

Sarah Campbell

Network Director

Sarah S Campbell is IT Product Owner for Hybrid Cloud Technology at Magellan Health. She is responsible for leading small projects to enhance the internal IT end user experience. She loves the varied responsibilities of her role and is learning and growing more every day.

Previously, Sarah worked at Nationwide Insurance, moving her way up from executive admin to portfolio coordinator. She then spent a year at Safelite Autoglass building up the pmo and portfolio space and dabbled in vendor management. Sarah appreciates every opportunity she's been given to prove herself able to gain new skills in a hands-on environment.

Sarah holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Kent State University - both in Art Education.

Sarah loves giving back to the community with various organizations and has mentored a refugee student for 7+ years and counting!

Outside of work Sarah creates art, spends time with friends and explores the outdoors - with or without her puppy-baby, Dexter.

Tracy Johnson

Partnerships & Alliances

Tracy Johnson is currently working for Check Point Software selling enterprise cyber security. She has been selling technology for 19 years for integrators and solution specialists. Holding a bachelors in business through OSU, she is currently on the board for Columbus chapter of ISC2. As a collector of art, her appreciation is centered around music, travel and incredible people. If she isn’t working or volunteering for the local cyber security chapters, you will surely find her adventuring out in nature hiking or rock climbing.

Andrea Andrews-Isreal

Shared Team Responsibilities

Andrea Andrews-Isreal (Andi) is a Director of Commercial Technology at Fuse for Cardinal Health. Andi has served in technology leadership positions in Financial Services, Property & Casualty Insurance and Retail. She has worn many hats during her career inclusive of analysis, software development and delivery, project management and transformational planning. With a strong foundation in data warehousing and business intelligence, Andi has also developed and led web-based technologies, mobile applications, imaging & workflow, associate productivity tools and customer relationship management platforms. The last 8 years of her career have focused around leading technology associates through change and building high performing teams to deliver on Data & Analytics, Digital Transformation, Strategic Planning and Customer Relationship Modernization.

Erika Pryor

Marketing

Dr. Erika M. Pryor is a creative technologist with an intrinsic ability to connect with diverse creatives, technical experts, and everyday users translating user insights into technology products that delight, storytelling that propels brands, and experiences that engage. Dr. Pryor has utilized her broad industry knowledge and deep marketing expertise to advance education and education publishing, economic development and job creation and job placement and the startup community. Dr. Pryor is dedicated to helping create greater engagement in technology and the startup community  for women and people of color. Alongside supporting Events with WITI, Dr. Pryor volunteers with Startup Week Columbus mentors girls interested in tech, and publishes across the web about the intersection of work, diversity and inclusion.

Rhonda Talford Knight, PhD

Shared Team Responsibilities

Rhonda is the founder and CEO of The Knight Consulting Group, LLC, a 100% woman-owned MBE & EDGE certified business, with a focus on all aspects of driving and understanding the importance and hard impact of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and workforce. As a consultant and a small business owner, she believes in building relationships, understanding who her clients are and learning about their specific needs in order to provide them with the best service. Rhonda and her team are passionate about people and they are committed to supporting inclusion in the workplace, which helps drive retention, engagement, and supports recruitment. She has developed two models, R.O.A.D. to Retention​™​ and the P.A.U.S.E. Strategy​™​ to support this work.

Rhonda has over 20 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work and is considered an expert in the field. She works with companies small and large, public and private to build and implement strategies to support diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces and the communities they serve. Coupled with understanding the client, Rhonda uses data, metrics and leading best practices to develop strategies that support "the people" needs of an organization and to drive positive outcomes.

Lujain Alazam

Marketing

Lujain Alazam is a VP within JPMorgan Chase. Lujain joined JMPC in 2012 as a teller, eventually she took several mobility opportunities, including:

- technical Business Analyst II
- Application Support Analyst
- Software Engineer
- DevOps and Configuration lead.
- Strategic Analytics & Risk Architecture

Her journey with JPMC has been similar to an elevator ride: the first floor is her starting point as a teller and her current position is the floors above. She is always open to meet new people, embrace new ideas, and take in as many new opportunities as she can. Similar to what you would come across on an elevator ride.

In addition to her current role at JPMC, she is one of the Multicultural Festival - Columbus Lead, Take IT Forward, Women On The Move former leader and Fast Forward Women On The Move Champion. Embracing her role as a woman in technology is important to her, as she wants to support and empower others in their future accomplishments because this is a critical part of her identity.

Lujain is an alumni of the "Transformational Leadership program" which taught her a lot of techniques that she can apply to her daily activities. the program sharpened her ability to envision leadership from a different perspective and it helps her to maximize her ability to influence, support , and uplift others to achieve their goals.

Lujain strongly believes that in our new digital landscape, balancing both technology and business stakeholders is more important than ever, and she is working hard to gain more knowledge around our business acumen to become more successful.

Lujain is the third daughter out of five sisters. Being the daughter of a married couple with different backgrounds, cultures and languages has helped her naturally appreciate different ethnicities. Lujain is very passionate about meeting people with different backgrounds/cultures, and she is doing her best to bring diversity and inclusion everywhere she lands.

Lujain is a graduate of the University of technology, Baghdad, Iraq. With a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering. She enjoys spending time with her family and likes interior design, reading, traveling and she is a great chef.

Kauser Kabealo

STEM Programming

Kauser Kabealo is the CEO of Development Consultants Incorporated (DCI) and an ardent proponent of women in STEM. DCI is a managed cloud service provider specializing in cloud security, design, architecture, migration, operations, and agile service management. As the CEO of DCI, Kauser provides the strategic direction and vision for DCI while managing the corporation's continuous improvement, operations, and contract compliance. As an early adopter of cloud technologies, DCI helps Federal agencies and commercial customers assess, strategize, and securely migrate their mission critical workloads to the cloud. As a mother, she home-schooled her two daughters, both of whom were accepted to The Ohio State University as engineering students at the age of fifteen. To incentivize other young women to pursue a career STEM, DCI established Enabling Engineering Equality (E3), the first STEM scholarship in the Marysville School District. DCI also established afceastem.org, a collaboration among government, military, and industry professionals that aims to foster a life-long passion for STEM. Afceastem.org held their first robotics camp in 2019 at the US Air Force Museum. Kauser holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology, India and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Jerry Valentine

Shared Team Responsibilities

Jerry Valentine is a social entrepreneur from Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is the Founder and current CEO of Renter Mentor, a social enterprise tech company that helps connect people to affordable housing. The company serves as a platform that provides a secure, centralized, and automated way to list, manage, and find affordable housing = while assisting landlords and tenants through housing processes and providing them access to supportive services. Jerry brings extensive affordable housing knowledge and experience to the company from his former employment with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

An active community member and volunteer, Jerry has served on many community boards and commissions. Currently, he serves on the boards of directors of the Central Community House, William H. Thomas Art Gallery, and the Get Out Network; OhioX's Diversity, Equity and inclusion and Public Policy Committee member. He has also been able to successfully compete in community hackathons and startup accelerator programs such as Give Back Hack Columbus and SEA Change where he jumped started his latest business venture, Renter Mentor.

He has been honored and recognized by Ohio University by receiving a Man of Black Excellence Alumni of the Year Award; ComSpark of Central Ohio as a part of the inaugural class of 30 under 30 Power Tech Player honorees; and most recently by PACT as a Near East Side Leadership Academy graduate.

Jerry is dedicated to continuing making community impact through servant leadership and advocacy for affordable housing and digital equity & inclusion.