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Leadership Team

Ann Shook
Network Director

Ann has been a board member of the Sacramento Network of Women in IT International for the past 4 years and currently serves as the Network Director for the 120 member WITI Sacramento network. Ann is a Director at EMC and has more than 20 years of experience in sales and business development doing business with State and Local Government customers nationally. Since coming from a career in Public Finance in 2006, Ann has held a number of roles at EMC where she has worked with EMC sales leaders, management, industry partners and government customers to drive a better understanding of how to do business with state and local government. Ann has served as Chair of TechAmerica's California Procurement Reform Committee and currently represents EMC with a number of industry associations including ITAPs, Comptia/TechAmerica and NASCIO's Corporate Leadership Council. Aside from her corporate and industry association work, Ann is active in the local community with a focus on STEM education and career development for young women. She has also served as a board member of Not Just Animals, a program designed to highlight the value animals can bring to improve youth literacy.

Kerri Batista
Network Coordinator

Paula Davy
Marketing Director

As a Business Development Manager at AgreeYa Solutions, Paula Davy is responsible for new business development and existing business expansion for the IT Staffing Division. Paula has over 15 years of experience in sales and recruiting and has deep understanding of the IT industry. Her team building and management skills as well as negotiation expertise have proved to be valuable for the companies she worked at as well as for her client base. With a passion for customer service, Paula's motto is "seek first to serve others and the business will follow". As a result, she has garnered success and a solid reputation in business-to-business account development and technical recruiting. Paula holds a Marketing Degree and is also Owner/Manager of 2 vacation rentals in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Aishwarya Bhat
Program Director

Aishwarya Bhat, a validation engineer at Intel, has ∼17 years of industry experience in silicon and software validation and quality assurance. She has held various roles in organization and program management. She is recognized for building strong teams and delivering high quality products. She currently is a Technical Product Development Lead in Intel's Custom Foundry Group delivering leading technology products to customers. Aishwarya is very passionate about science and technology. In the recent past, she has held the role of Treasurer for the Society of Women Engineers, SFS section. She is currently a Girl Scout leader in the Placer Gold Service Unit and encourages young girls to direct their career and interests towards STEM. Through these programs and others she mentors the next generation of girls to grow as confident individuals. She also currently serves as the Program Director for WITI Sacramento and works very hard in connecting girls and women to mentors in the technology industry and helps them grow as future leaders. She loves to spend time with her family and learns the Indian Classical Dance, Kathak in her spare time with her two daughters. She is always looking to grow herself and expand her network; you can reach out to her on LinkedIn and Twitter (@ValidationCzar) where she is an avid user.

Rebecca Morales
Membership Director

Rebecca Morales currently serves as the Membership Director for the 120 member WITI Sacramento network. Rebecca is the Business Development Manager for MarkLogic Corporation and has more than 15 years of experience in technology sales and business development - 5 years doing business with State and Local Government in California. Aside from her corporate and industry association work, Rebecca is active in the local community. She serves as a Board Member of Foster Youth Education Fund, a non-profit organization created to generate and disburse education grants to emancipating foster youth. Rebecca has endless enthusiasm for building the WITI Sacramento network and attracting new members to our organization.

Kim Valenzano
Membership Committee Member

Kim Valenzano brings over 20 years of business experience primarily in recruiting/HR, building and maintaining client relationships and business development within the public and private sectors. She is currently the Strategic Accounts Manager for Propoint Technology, a CA certified small business focusing on Project Management, Business Planning and Operations and Full Systems Development Lifecycle. She recently held the position of Professional Services Manager for Allied Network Solutions, a Certified DVBE and IT reseller focused on hardware/software products and services. Prior to that she was an Executive Recruiter and managed the full recruitment process for senior level positions within various State and Local agencies and within healthcare in the commercial space. She also serves as a founding Board member and Director of Administration for a local non-profit youth soccer club serving over 600 players and their families. In that role she provides direction and oversight for all administrative efforts including financial, volunteer coordination and vendor relations.

Michelle Peregrine
Member at Large - Mentoring

Michelle is a Senior Manager with Deloitte's State Government Human Capital Practice, and part of Deloitte's Sacramento leadership team. She has worked in state and local government for over 17 years, both directly for local government, and subsequently serving Deloitte's state and local clients in California. Michelle helps clients achieve significant business transformation, typically driven by technology modernization initiatives. She helps to guide and support clients through business transformation by applying organizational change management principals and disciplines, aligning leaders and sponsors, strategic and effective stakeholder communications, and stakeholder training.

Mentoring, guiding and championing women on their career path is a passion for Michelle. She is a former leader of Deloitte's Women's Initiative in Sacramento, and founded Deloitte's Sacramento Parenting Network, both of which provide opportunities to mentor and coach others as they grow in their careers.

Evelyn Milani
Member at Large - STEM

Evelyn Milani, CEO of Avanti Recruitment Solutions has twenty-five years experience in the recruitment industry specializing in I.T. and Health I.T. direct placements. Evelyn is an expert at conducting Behavioral Interviews to understand a candidates' motivations and work preferences based on their past work experiences. She is an active Sacramento community leader participating in initiatives with the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) where she is a member of the MedStart Advisory Board. Evelyn has a passion for workforce development in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and visualizes a vibrant Sacramento where innovative companies thrive here as a result of a robust workforce. Evelyn is working to help make that happen by aligning students and career opportunities in STEM.

Bear Williams
Membership Co-Chair

Bear Williams serves on the Network Membership Committee for the WITI Sacramento Network with Janet Haley. She works as the Director of US Sales & Contracts for Taborda Solutions in sales, and received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State. A strong advocate for commitment, innovation, integrity, and fun in the workplace, she involves herself in personal and professional growth through a variety of membership-based organizations. In addition to WITI, she has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Midtown-Sacramento since 2008. Bear has served on a variety of boards, including the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services Chapter of the Sacramento State University Alumni Association; the Oak Park Rotary House board; and a variety of positions at the club and district level of Rotary International, focusing on international mentor and exchange programs, literacy at the national and community level, and other youth leadership programs.