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The Advisory Board has been established to guide the HU Professional Development team’s vision of empowering the “Workforce of the Future.”

In addition to HU’s Government Technology Institute (GTI) Sponsors who will continue to serve as expert advisors for public sector programs – this new advisory board will collaborate with HU to provide their keen insight and business experience, assisting us to meet the professional development demands of the corporate community.

The IT Advisory Board’s key functions include:

Assisting

with curriculum development
and content selection

Identifying

new leading-edge methods
for learning

Providing

perspective unique to the
business community

Board Members

Brian Rusignuolo

BRIAN RUSIGNUOLO

Brian provides technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of company-wide initiatives that support and further improve Select Medical’s exceptional patient and employee experience. He works closely with leadership to optimize the use of information technology to achieve strategic goals.

brandon wesdock

BRENDAN WESDOCK

Brendan is a proven business leader with a track record of driving strategy, product, and operational initiatives to success at GeoDecisions. For the last 25 years he’s led innovative and progressive geospatial software development in the Defense, Logistics, Telecommunications and Commercial Software Development industries.

brian zirbel

BRIAN A. ZIRBEL

Brian develops and maintains logistics and financial information systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) and is the Navy’s premier business IT provider. Brian is the senior civilian in the diverse workforce of more than 850 military, civilian, and contractor personnel.

Cletis Earle

CLETIS EARLE

Cletis provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology (IT) initiatives across Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Greg Klopp

Greg Klopp

Greg is responsible for leading all the information technology (IT) services for the organization’s convention center, spa and resort properties, amusement park, concert venues, restaurants, and professional sports team.

John Paul Livingston

John Paul Livingston

John Paul oversees Mid Penn Bank’s Information Technology and Information Security Programs. He is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership in IT that support the company’s growth.

Mark Krebs

MARK KREBS

Mark is responsible for the implementation of Highmark Health’s enterprise technology strategy, as well as driving the growth among Highmark Health’s key technology products, platforms, and services. In this role, Mark oversees the evolution and execution of the technology transformational strategy.

Mike Watts

Mike Watts

Mike provides the executive leadership and sets the strategic vision for the information technology (IT) department at Penn National Insurance.  He is ultimately responsible for the highest visibility IT initiatives that empower the internal business and subsequently create a positive experience for the organization’s external customers.

Scott Gaydos

SCOTT GAYDOS

Scott is responsible for the strategic direction of Optum’s Commercial IT Services portfolio and its ongoing management for profitability. Scott leads the product management function in the exploration, development, cultivation, and execution of new IT Services products driving digital value for our customers.

Stephen Aux

STEPHEN AUX

Stephen is responsible for building custom solutions that increase productivity using business intelligence, productivity tools, and cloud-based systems. Stephen specializes in driving technology transformations and building consensus across the lines of business, coaching high performance teams and enabling cultural change in alignment with overall strategic objectives.

Suzanne Engels

Suzanne Engels

Suzanne has over 25 years in the health care insurance industry.  She has served as both an executive leader and a senior level individual contributor applying her extensive breadth of both public and private business acumen. Her professional technology background includes widespread involvement in all phases of IT Program and Project management.

Tim Schoener

TIMOTHY E. SCHOENER

Tim has served in the role of Chief Information Officer for UPMC Pinnacle since February 2020. Prior to that, Mr.Schoener was CIO for UPMC Susquehanna for the previous 9 years. Tim has worked in healthcare information technology for over 25 years.

Board Member Bios

BRIAN RUSIGNUOLO Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer | Select Medical

Brian RusignuoloBrian provides technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of company-wide initiatives that support and further improve Select Medical’s exceptional patient and employee experience. He works closely with leadership to optimize the use of information technology to achieve strategic goals.

Brian joined Select Medical in January 2001 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s Information Services team. He has been instrumental in fostering the culture of Select Medical within the team. The team has focused on application, security and technology strategies to prepare for an integrated healthcare ecosystem.

Brian is a graduate of Gettysburg College and received his MBA from Penn State University.

BRENDAN WESDOCK President | GeoDecisions; Senior Vice President | Gannet Fleming

brandon wesdockBrendan is a proven business leader with a track record of driving strategy, product, and operational initiatives to success at GeoDecisions. For the last 25 years he’s led innovative and progressive geospatial software development in the Defense, Logistics, Telecommunications and Commercial Software Development industries. In his role as GeoDecisions President and as a Gannett Fleming Senior.

Vice President and Global Business Line Director, he leads our customers and employees to achieve the success they envision.

Prior to joining GeoDecisions in 1999, Brendan was a senior technical lead for L. Robert Kimball and Associates’ Telecommunications and Technology Division, where he developed innovative applications to support the next generation of E-911 services. He also worked for Rand McNally and Company in the New Media Division as team member of the CODiE™ award-winning, first generation, commercial address routing and mapping products TripMaker®, StreetFinder®, and the New Millennium World Atlas®. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from The Pennsylvania State University, and he is a Microsoft® Certified Professional, a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, and a member of URISA, PaMAGIC, VAMLIS, and the NDTA.

BRIAN A. ZIRBEL Executive Director | Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center

Brian assumed duties as the executive director of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) in Mechanicsburg, Pa., June 2017. NAVSUP BSC develops and maintains logistics and financial information systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) and is the Navy’s premier business IT provider. Brian is the senior civilian in the diverse workforce of more than 850 military, civilian, and contractor personnel, who can quickly respond to the changing needs of DoD, while producing advanced digital solutions to increase organizational readiness.

Brian served on active duty 1985-2000 as a Navy Supply Corps officer.  From 2000-2004, Brian was a director in the Enterprise Architecture Practice for The META Group and led numerous consulting engagements for public and private organizations to include U.S. Department of the Interior, the states of  Calif. and Ohio, and several insurance companies across the country.

In 2004, Brian returned to the Department of the Navy and served as NAVSUP chief engineer and shortly after, assumed an additional role as director, Technical Solutions department. In 2013, Brian established a new position as director, Data and Analytics department for NAVSUP BSC, and later was appointed as the director, Navy Enterprise Resource Planning Services department.

Brian has been awarded various personal awards including the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

CLETIS EARLE Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer | Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine

Cletis EarleCletis provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology (IT) initiatives across Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Prior to his 2019 arrival in Hershey, Earle was senior vice president and chief information officer for Kaleida Health/Great Lakes Health of Western New York. There, he provided leadership for the IT team, overseeing strategic and tactical planning, plus development and coordination of the IT platform.

Earle previously served as vice president and chief information officer at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Cornwall, N.Y. He began his IT health career as a support manager at Brooklyn Queens Health Care Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y., eventually taking on roles as director of technology and vice president, chief information and privacy officer within the organization.

Earle is a member and former chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a master’s degree in information systems from Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

GREG KLOPP Vice President, Information Technology | Hershey Entertainment and Resorts

Greg is responsible for leading all the information technology (IT) services for the organization’s convention center, spa and resort properties, amusement park, concert venues, restaurants, and professional sports team.

In his role, Greg created the IT security team responsible for cyber risks throughout the company.  Additionally, his team develops the business continuity plans, as well as the IT governance and compliance frameworks needed to support the company.  As an executive working within a corporation that continues to evolve, he is also accountable to develop the goals and build the culture needed to support the strategic technology direction of HE&R in order to provide a frictionless visitor journey – so that their guests can get to the fun faster.

John Paul Livingston First Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Security Officer | Mid Penn Bank

John Paul oversees Mid Penn Bank’s Information Technology and Information Security Programs. He is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership in IT that support the company’s growth and has built and refined a best-in-class, stable, and resilient infrastructure that can be scaled up on demand. This scalability has proven itself through Mid Penn‘s successful and aggressive M&A activity and its more than 5 years of double-digit organic growth. John Paul also fosters an environment where both bank and customer information are regarded as the “crown jewels“; the Bank’s unwavering commitment to Information Security and Privacy relies on the systems, programs and teams he has developed. He has over 18 years of financial sector experience in enterprise IT and Information Security.

MARK KREBS Vice President of Innovation & Strategy Execution, and Chief Technology Officer | Highmark Health

Mark KrebsMark is responsible for the implementation of Highmark Health’s enterprise technology strategy, as well as driving the growth among Highmark Health’s key technology products, platforms, and services. In this role, Mark oversees the evolution and execution of the technology transformational strategy, including key components such as cloud adoption, technology innovation and acquisition program, platform and technology services roadmaps, enterprise architecture and solutions.

Mark has held numerous leadership roles within the Highmark Health enterprise including Vice President, Product Development, VP Product Maintenance Support, and Chief Enterprise Architect. Mark has more than 30+ years of information technology experience.

Mike Watts Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer | Penn National Insurance

Mike provides the executive leadership and sets the strategic vision for the information technology (IT) department at Penn National Insurance. He is ultimately responsible for the highest visibility IT initiatives that empower the internal business and subsequently create a positive experience for the organization’s external customers. Prior to his appointment as the CIO, Mike was the VP of Information Technology, with oversight responsibilities for application support, infrastructure, enterprise architecture and enterprise data warehouse. Additionally he has held multiple business and IT leadership roles within Penn National Insurance since joining the company in 1996. Mike is a graduate of Penn State University and holds an MBA from Shippensburg University – and also has numerous designations from The Institutes. He is also a graduate of the Harrisburg University IT Leaders (IT Executive) program.

SCOTT GAYDOS Vice President of Product | Optum

Scott GaydosScott is responsible for the strategic direction of Optum’s Commercial IT Services portfolio and its ongoing management for profitability. Scott leads the product management function in the exploration, development, cultivation, and execution of new IT Services products driving digital value for our customers. He and his team coordinate the relationship between product development, sales, and operations/delivery for a portfolio of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Security Services, IT Professional Services, Application Services, and Market Services.

Prior to joining Optum, Scott was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Highmark Health, helping to guide the overall technology strategy for the enterprise. While at Highmark Health, Scott spearheaded the transformation of the IT Services portfolio into an as-a-Service catalog consumable by the enterprise.

Prior to Highmark Health, Scott was CTO, US Public Sector for Hewlett Packard Enterprise helping federal, state, and local government agencies envision and execute their own technology strategies. Scott’s experience extends beyond large enterprises into smaller organizations as well, where he helped launch and evolve multiple start-ups into sustainable businesses.

STEPHEN AUX Senior Vice President for Information Technology Services | Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Stephen AuxStephen is responsible for building custom solutions that increase productivity using business intelligence, productivity tools, and cloud-based systems. Stephen specializes in driving technology transformations and building consensus across the lines of business, coaching high performance teams and enabling cultural change in alignment with overall strategic objectives.

Prior to joining Members 1st in 2017, Stephen was the Chief Information Officer of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. With more than 20 years in the high-tech industry, he has also served in various IT leadership positions within both the private and public sector. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Shippensburg University.

Suzanne Engels Vice President IT Delivery and Technical Business Support | Capital Blue Cross

Suzanne joined Capital Blue Cross in March of 2017 and has over 25 years in the health care insurance industry. She has served as both an executive leader and a senior level individual contributor applying her extensive breadth of both public and private business acumen. Her professional technology background includes widespread involvement in all phases of IT Program and Project management – including scope definition and planning, project budgeting, resource allocation, progress monitoring, change and risk management, contingency planning, and team building. Her proven track record of strategic thinking and effective communication have positioned her well to motivate and manage teams to successfully deliver enterprise level project undertakings within a variety of environments. Engels was the recipient of the 2019 Women in Technology Impact Award- Healthcare by the Technology Council of Central PA. She is a hospice volunteer and serves as the Volunteer Co-Production Event Lead for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central PA.

TIMOTHY E. SCHOENER Chief Information Officer | UPMC Pinnacle

Tim SchoenerTim has served in the role of Chief Information Officer for UPMC Pinnacle since February 2020. Prior to that, Mr.Schoener was CIO for UPMC Susquehanna for the previous 9 years. Tim has worked in healthcare information technology for over 25 years. He is a CHCIO (Certified Healthcare CIO), HIMSS Fellow and CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems) certified.

Tim received his B.S degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University before earning his M.B.A. from Liberty University. Tim also serves as a board director for a regional bank.

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