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Leadership Team

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 a Lead IT Business Operations Specialist 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.

Bernadette Dunn
Membership

Bernadette Dunn has been driving digital transformation projects since 2001 as a thought leader in cloud solutions specializing in Microsoft platforms. She has recently combined her background in technology and communications to develop new technology as it relates to somatic intelligence. She coaches and trains employees to notice their resistance to change in connection to change management projects within organizations.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Communications and Rhetorical Theory. She also holds certifications as a Microsoft Licensing and Solutions Specialist, Deep Coaching Institute Executive Coach, Meditation Teacher, Next Level Trainings Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, and Rheki Level 1 Practitioner.

Bernadette launched Bernadette Coaching, LLC in 2019 to focus full-time on coaching and training after consulting for 18 years in IT for several VARs. She has been a resident of Columbus, OH, since 2004 and spends a balance of time with family, friends, and her dog, Robbie Puggles. She has a passion for coaching veterans and volunteers with organizations that create awareness to anti-human trafficking, single mom resources, and empowering women and veterans.

Craig Chavis
Partnerships & Alliances

Craig M. Chavis Jr. is a business coach that helps people live life on their terms via entrepreneurship. He is a serial entrepreneur, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and received his BSBA from Samford University and MBA from the University of Tampa. Craig is also a super foodie, world traveler, and lifelong learner. Soon to be published, as a first-time author, Craig's debut book entitled Burdens of a Dream: 33 Actionable Nuggets of Wisdom for the Creative Entrepreneur will be released to the public in early-mid 2020. He currently resides in Columbus, OH.

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 & Programming

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.

Nidhi Allipuram
Shared Team Responsibilities & Programming

Nidhi Allipuram is the DevOps Platform Leader at Nationwide and empowers associates to implement DevOps tools and practices. Prior to her current role, Nidhi provided strategic and operational leadership to the NF IT CIO, Application Owner role managing customer facing applications and Commission and compensation Systems. Prior to that, she was a Technical Lead and has 12 years of hands on programming experience. Nidhi holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Gulbarga University and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Franklin University. She also serves as a Board of Directors for the InspirAsian - Nationwide Associate Resource Group.

Nidhi is interested in empowering women from different ethnicities to commit to their dreams and support girls through STEM programs. Nidhi has been passionate about WITI since her first meeting and is very excited about working with the WITI Columbus Team.

Erika Pryor
Events & 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 & Programming

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.

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.