Leadership Team

Suzanne Ricci

Network Director

Suzanne Ricci is the Chief Success Officer at Computer Coach Training Center. Since 2000, Suzanne has helped thousands of IT and business professionals, in Tampa Bay, achieve their career goals through customized training strategies. Starting off her career as a Web Designer, she possesses over 25 technical certifications and 20 years of IT and training experience. Suzanne is the Network Director for WITI Tampa Bay.

Marianne Kirkland

Co-Network Director

Moving across the globe as a shy 4th grader from Egypt to the United States, Marianne learned at very young age to be agile, to learn, to adapt, and to grow from all life's experiences. It was no doubt her strong family values that fostered her determination and strength to live, learn, and succeed in a whole new world.

Marianne's intelligence and determination were made obvious when as a 15-year-old a middle school student, she leapt straight into the role as a college freshman: being recognized by the state of Connecticut as the youngest student to enter college. As her life experience and education grew, she realized that she loved technology and leadership.

Following her passion for technology, Marianne earned an MIS degree at Central Connecticut State University, and then took her leadership skills and knowledge of technology to serve in a variety of roles within the world of Information Technology for the past 20 years. Having succeeded as a Developer, Programmer Analyst, Team Lead, Senior Product Owner and Corporate Vice President, she eventually landed at Tech Data, where she currently serves as an IT Manager. She is a results-driven servant leader, driven to boost revenues, while cutting company costs through innovative management techniques.

Jane Barr

Sponsorship/Alliance Chair

Jane Barr is the Author of WiseWoman Leadership, a Speaker and Executive Coach promoting the growth of women leaders in technology. Clients reach out to Jane for fresh thinking, an independent sounding board and decision support. For 30 years Jane lead system re-engineering projects with national retailers such as CVS, GAP and REI. She knows what it takes to deliver projects on time and on budget, to build strong teams and to generate business worth millions of dollars.

Barr's coaching certifications include: iPEC Energy Leadership, High Power Presentations, Relationship Savvy, Dale Carnegie Leadership and Communication, and Perfect Customers.

When not coaching, Jane enjoys time with friends, reading, yoga and the occasional white water rafting trip and sky diving adventure.

Ashley Putnam

Co-Sponsorship/Alliance Chair

Ashley Putnam serves as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Vsummits an industry leader in the Virtual Events, Conferences and Classrooms. Ashley has spent her career providing her customers with technology resources and inAshley Putnam serves as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Vsummits an industry leader in the Virtual Events, Conferences and Classrooms. novative solutions. Ashley has 20yrs consulting with customers on all aspects of their technology landscape. These practices include Cloud Migration, Cyber Security, Third Party Risk Management, Digital Application Performance Monitoring, Software Application and Mobile Development. Ashley is passionate about the Tampa Tech community and volunteers her time with various meet ups and organizations to help expand the local tech community. Ashley has been active in WITI since 2013 and has held a Board position since 2017.

Ashley is excited to remain on the Board of the 2020/2021 leadership team.

Lisa Vuolo

Community Relations Chair

Lisa Vuolo is a technology staffing and consulting professional. She has 20 + years' experience in the IT talent solutions and services space partnering with clients to execute their business strategy and scale effectively. Lisa excels in both building new relationships and maintaining existing relationships, connecting people within her network while providing exceptional customer service. With Corporate Brokers, she currently serves as a Business Development Executive, based in Tampa. Here, she helped initiate the first Tampa Women in Confidence event with over 100 attendees. Lisa is passionate about connecting people and ideas, learning professionally and personally as well as helping the people in her community become successful.

Kasandra Perez

Membership Chair

Kasandra Perez is a Career Success Strategist @ Computer Coach Training Center and is passionate about helping others achieve their career goals. She is a Certified Career Coach and has over 10 years experience helping IT and Business Professionals in Tampa Bay identify their definition of success and create a tangible plan to attain those goals. She is the Co-Founder of LinkedIn Local Tampa Bay and HireUP Florida.

Kareen Moreland

Co-Membership Chair

Kareen Moreland received her B.S. with a concentration in Marketing from the University of South Florida. She has over 20 years of marketing experience managing direct mail campaigns and assisting with lead generation programs. She was Co-Chair for one of her company’s Employee Resource Groups focusing on diversity. Kareen is also a member of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., where she was recently Co-Chair of the Physical and Mental Health committee.

Courtney Jackson

Events & Programming Chair

Courtney H. Jackson, MSISA, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CHFI is the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC, a woman, minority, veteran-owned small business. Courtney has more than 20 years of certified hands-on experience in Information Technology, encompassing both executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Through her work, she helps government agencies, tech startups, and commercial companies to protect the integrity of their business operations through specialized cybersecurity and risk management solutions.

Courtney completed her studies at Western Governor's University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and IT Management, as well as a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance.

Courtney also holds a number of professional industry certifications, including Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM); Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH); Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI); Certified Penetration Tester (CPT), GIAC ISO-27000 accreditation, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+.

Courtney got her start in Information Technology during her tenure in the U.S. Navy. After completing her military service, she took an entry-level position as an IT Help Desk Representative, impressively working her way up to a C-Suite CSO executive in a span of a career before exiting the Corporate space to pursue her entrepreneurial endeavors full-time. Courtney's unique journey has positioned her to mentor women in male-dominated industries by helping them shatter the glass ceiling that stands in the way of their career advancement to executive leadership roles. In addition to programs that she has created to support the professional development of women, she also serves as a mentor for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, an Advisor for the University of South Florida (USF) Cybersecurity Executive Program, a member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) and a fellow of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI). Previously, Courtney served as the Membership Director for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Central Maryland Chapter before relocating. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and children.

Emily Perkins

Co-Events and Programming Chair

Emily has been an IT professional since 2013 after graduating with her MBA from The University of Tampa. Currently she is an IT Program Manager for Nielsen Media Research focusing on Nielsen's Television Panels. Prior 2013, she was an IT HR and Staffing specialist with some of Tampa's well known staffing agencies including Kforce and Princeton Information. Emily is passionate in expanding her network with other women in technology. In addition to attending many WITI Tampa events over the years, she volunteers with Nielsen's STEM Saturday program. This is an event aimed at helping young women and girls discover careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Emily is excited to join the 2020 WITI Tampa Board to continue to advocate for women in technology.