Spring 2013 ITS Tech Conference Speaker Profiles
Jeffrey Apa is the Manager of Server Operations and Data Centers for Loyola University Chicago. In this role he manages all aspects of server infrastructure for the University, which includes Loyola's email system. Prior to coming to Loyola, Jeffrey was the Manager of Systems Engineering for Kaplan Professional. Jeffrey is a graduate of University of Illinois Chicago with a BA in History. Jeffrey has been at Loyola since 2008.
Jack Corliss is a Senior Analyst within Information Technology Services here at Loyola. In this role he has been working in academic computing at Loyola for past 35 years and have worked with faculty, graduate students and staff in their use of research tools, including statistical programs (SPSS, SAS), and online survey generation tools (Opinio, Snap Survey)to conduct academic research and program evaluation. Jack has worked with developing and managing university teacher-evaluation initiatives for past 30 years. Presently, Jack serves on the university institutional research board for protection of human research participants. Jack received his M.Ed. from Loyola University Chicago, in research methodology in 1999, his B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, majoring in theology and minor in computer science in 1984, and received certificate in law enforcement from Kent State University Police Academy in 1972-1973. Jack has been at Loyola 1976.
Adam Ferguson serves as the Vice President of the Infrastructure Solutions practice at SWC Technology Partners. In this capacity, he and his team of engineers are responsible for creating and delivering solutions involving network design and deployment, storage, security, and hardware and software procurement. Adam’s unique combination of skills on both the sales and delivery sides of the business has contributed significantly to SWC’s past success. In his current position, he leverages these skills to lead the business development, solution creation and delivery and financial management of the Infrastructure Solutions practice. Adam Ferguson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eureka College.
Lauree Garvin is a Senior Educational Technologist within Information Technology Services here at Loyola. She works with the Instructional Technology and Research Support group assisting faculty, students and staff in their use of research tools, including statistical programs (SPSS, Stata, HLM and Lisrel), online survey generation tools (Opinio, Snap Survey) and qualitative data analysis (NVivo), to conduct academic research and program evaluation. She also provides technical support for the University's learning management system. Prior to coming to Loyola Lauree worked in a variety of capacities (researcher, data manager, program evaluator, and project manager) for grant-supported projects at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, the Donors’ Forum of Chicago, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Lauree has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MA in Sociology. Lauree has been at Loyola since 2001.
Stacey Hughes is the Director of Advancement Information Services within the Advancement Office of the University as well as the Development Office for the Medical Center. She manages a team located at both WTC and at the Maywood campuses who is responsible for all gift processing and receipting for all donations incoming to the University and Medical Center, Alumni records management, Online Alumni Community data management, data integrity and reporting from the Ellucian Advance database. Stacey oversees strategies and implementations as it relates to the Alumni and Advancement data and functional needs between our database and other incoming and outgoing data sources. Stacey started at Loyola in October 2006 and has worked in the non-profit Advancement and Development profession for 23 years.
Nick Liberatore is the Digital Media Specialist within the Digital Media Services group. In this role he helps to coordinate the management and maintenance of the several multimedia lab locations around Loyola and primarily provides support to the Digital Media Lab at the Lakeshore Campus. The Digital Media Labs provide a robust equipment loan system, short course training and presentations, poster printing and a wide array of specialized digital media application support. Prior to this position, Nick was an undergraduate student at Loyola and as a student worker, Nick provided support in ResNet. He has a personal interest in audio engineering and sound design and is a Loyola Alum with a BA and MA in Computer Science. Nick has been at Loyola since 2001.
J. Curtis Main loves his work in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development, where he started in August of 2011. Curtis began his career at Loyola pursuing a Master of Arts in Women's Studies and Gender Studies in January 2010, and fell in love with Loyola's social justice efforts, great faculty and staff, and passionate approach to transformative education. Since 13 years old, with a used Mac SE30 given by his Aunt Heather , Curtis has enjoyed learning computers and applications on his own. He is known as the tech person. Curtis is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science and hopes to obtain his PhD in Higher Education, both at Loyola. Curtis believes digital technologies have great potential for empowering higher education professionals, and wants to share this with others.
Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and delivering IT services that support student learning, faculty research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service. Prior to joining Loyola, Susan has served in leadership roles at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, and ATT. In 2010 Susan was recognized by The Executives Club of Chicago as the “CIO of the Year” for outstanding achievement in information technology management. In addition to her current responsibilities, Susan remains active in several professional and community service organizations, and serves as president for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM). She holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Susan has been at Loyola since 2005.
Jack McLean is Assistant Vice President of Student Development at Loyola University Chicago and serves as adjust faculty in its Higher Education Graduate Program. He previously worked as the Director of Student Leadership Development at Loyola, Director of Service Learning at the University of San Francisco and the Assistant Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. He started his career in student affairs as Director of Campus Activities at Gonzaga University.
Prior to his work in student affairs, he was in the private practice of law in Montana and served a three-year term on the Montana Human Rights Commission. Jack received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, his Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, his Licentiate in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, and his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Carroll College, Helena, Montana.
Enrique Olmo is a member of the Database Management & Business Intelligence team; his current role is as a Data Architect Analyst. In this role, he is responsible for administering WebFocus and developing business intelligence solutions including data constructs, dashboards, and reports. He joined the Loyola’s BI team in 2011. Prior to Loyola, Enrique was a Business Analyst and WebFocus Developer at Levy Home Entertainment. Enrique is a graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Jim Pardonek is the University’s Information Security Officer. In this role, he is responsible for safeguarding data held by the University. Jim and his staff observe and monitor the security of websites, applications, computers and databases. He is also responsible for the establishment and maintenance of University-wide security policies and protocols that require user identification and passwords and to protect Loyola’s networks from hackers. Prior to coming to Loyola, Jim was the Assistant Director for Information Security and Assurance at Purdue University Calumet. Jim is a graduate of Purdue University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Ethical Hacker. Jim has been at Loyola since early 2012.
Alma Pitchford is a Digital Media Specialist within the Digital Media Services group. In this role she manages and maintains the Water Tower Campus Digital Media Lab, setting high standards and ensuring an efficient setup that enhances the faculty, staff and student experiences. Her enthusiasm for customer service and attention to detail leaves all clients satisfied and confident in their loan and the DMS services. Alma is always interested in creating learning experiences for anyone she comes across. Prior to joining the DMS team, Alma worked at Oakton Community College as a Learning Specialist for Media-Based Academic Support. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University with BAs in Film & Digital Media and Linguistics and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology. Alma has been at Loyola since 2011.
Charlotte Pullen is the Manager of Database Management & Business Intelligence. In this role, she is responsible for developing, administering, designing and implementing the University’s strategic direction for Database and Business Intelligence (BI) technology. Her role includes establishing policies and procedures related to data security, access and integrity; and the implementation of the University’s Enterprise Data Warehouse and BI/reporting initiative. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in Organization Development from Loyola University’s School of Business. Charlotte has been at Loyola since 1996.
Brian Slavinskas is the Assistant Controller and Director of Disbursement Services here at Loyola. In this role, Brian is responsible for the oversight of the Accounts Payable, Payroll Services and Procurement Card Administration functions for the University. This responsibility includes oversight of the proper stewardship and operations of the combined disbursement functions while developing and maintaining appropriate policies, procedures and internal controls to ensure accurate and timely disbursement, reporting and analysis. In his time with Loyola, Brian has been involved in the development and implementation of various University systems including Lawson Software, Kronos Time and Attendance, Document Imaging and Enterprise Content Management. Brian received a degree in Accounting from Loyola University. Brian has been with the University since 1991.
Reginald K. Warner II is the Enterprise ERP Security Administrator within Information Technology Services here at Loyola. In this role Reggie is responsible for designing and maintaining the security groups, roles and access within our student system. He is also responsible for coordinating the efforts of the University Data Stewards and ensuring the security of Loyolas protected and sensitive data. During his time at Loyola he has earned two security certifications from the world recognized SANS Institute; the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and the GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED) certification. Reggie has been at Loyola 2009.
April Whitworth is the Assistant for the Department of Campus and Community and Planning, managing the division's business, operations, special events, and personnel, aiming to engage the surrounding neighborhoods with the Loyola community. April holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She also is a seasoned fitness professional, having earned her certificate from the National Personal Training Institute in personal training, as well as a Level 1 coaching certification from United States Association of Triathlon (USAT). April has been at Loyola since 2011.
Ashley Walcott is an Application Systems Analyst on the Web Development and Content Management team here at Loyola. In this role, she works with users across the university to help them determine their needs for web-based systems, and works with web developers and other technical team members to ensure these systems are built accurately and effectively. She also assists her fellow team members with programming and other fun tasks as needed. Prior to Loyola, Ashley worked at AT&T as a software developer. She has a master's degree in information technology from Loyola, and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Kalamazoo College. Ashley has been at Loyola since 2009.