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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 DocuPhase, where she currently serves as the Software Development Manager. She is a results-driven servant leader, driven to boost revenues, while cutting company costs through innovative management techniques.

When not managing her Team, Marianne finds other opportunities to plan, organize, manage (e.g., organizing weddings, parties, company events) bringing her to start her own event planning company in 2013 - My Dream Planners LLC.

Summer of 2020, Marianne accepted the offer to serve as the Co-Director of WITI Tampa Bay Network. Marianne is excited about this new opportunity with WITI and can't wait to serve the Tampa Bay area.

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 Sr. Client Account Executive for SMCI. Ashley has spent her career providing her customers with technology resources and innovative 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 an 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 and providing exceptional customer service. With Eliassen Group, she currently serves as an Account 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 women become successful.

Sandra Morrison
Marketing and PR Chair

A talented and dedicated public relations professional, Sandra Morrison, has more than 14 years of experience helping organizations communicate more effectively. She has developed strategic communications plans, garnered extensive media coverage, produced marketing materials, coordinated special events, and hosted other communications activities. She has been invited to speak to industry leaders and peers on various topics, including the business benefits of social networking, crisis preparedness, and strategic management of communications activities.

Her background in education, health care, beauty, manufacturing, transportation, cultural institutions, and hospitality brings a well-rounded perspective to her work with previous organizations. Her insight into the media comes from her experience as a journalist for Telemundo, NBC affiliates, and Baynews 9.

In addition to her expertise in PR strategies, Morrison has experience in emergency preparedness and crisis communications response. As a previous public information officer at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), she was on the emergency operations team for two high-profile situations that focused national media attention on the agency.

In October and November 2017, Seminole Heights serial killer is accused of ambushing and killing four people in the Seminole Heights neighborhood during a terrorizing two-month period, and Hurricane Irma impacting the Tampa Bay area in September 2017, resulting in 300,000 homes without power. While at the Florida Aquarium, she garnered international, national, and regional media attention after becoming the first organization in history to induce spawning of Atlantic Coral through lab-induced techniques.

A native of Queens New York, Morrison has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Journalism/Sociology from Hofstra University and an associate degree in Journalism/marketing from Kingsborough Community College.

She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She and her husband live in Tampa. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at various organizations throughout Tampa Bay, running, Orangetheory classes, and traveling with her family.

Holly Mullinax
Co-Marketing and PR Chair

Holly Mullinax is an award-winning art director, illustrator, and designer and serves as the Art Director for The Symphony Agency, a digital marketing agency located in St. Petersburg, Florida. With over 15 years of experience in design and art direction, Holly merges her technical savvy and artistic talents to create cohesive identities, interfaces, and collateral that both communicate brand messaging and align with business goals. Holly is a lifelong artist and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina.

Jeanne Schuman
Administrative Chair

Jeanne is known as a resourceful IT leader and Project Manager, inspired by leading, developing, and training teams to excel in end to end IT and business improvements. Focused on driving IT initiatives focused on customer experience, contact centers, merchandising, and multi- platform innovations to deliver revenue generation and cost savings. This includes the strategic planning, budgeting and resource allocation to make the project successful for her business and IT partners. Jeanne is bringing her passion for process and organization to the WITI Tampa Chapter to support continued growth of women in technology as administrator.

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.