SVTC Board Elections
ANNUAL ELECTION OF SVTC's BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The SVTC's Board of Directors has two groups for governance purposes, called classes. Each year on June 30th, the term of one of the classes ends and a new group of people is elected for a new 2-year term in that class.
In 2013 the term for our Class I of Directors ends and the membership will elect a new class. The SVTC manages the nomination and election process via its Governance and Organization Committee.
SVTC members are highly encouraged to participate in this process.
The election of the class I of the SVTC Board of Directors is being conducted in May of this year, and again we are conducting the election electronically. All members will vote in this election. The voting process is as follows:
- The SVTC Organization & Governance Committee received suggestions for Class I Directors by March 15, 2013.
- On March 27, 2013 the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors evaluated and voted on a slate of candidates that will stand for election in May 2013.
- We will identify our members who are eligible to vote as of May 1st. (If you are not a member but would like to be, and would like to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to become one by then).
- The list of candidates and their biographies is being posted on our website and announced in our newsletter, so that our voters can cast informed ballots.
- We will send each member of the SVTC an email containing a link for voting (please note that each email and link is individually generated and can only be used once), using a company called SurveyMonkey. Look for this email to arrive in your inbox around May 4, 2013. Each link will be active until May 21, 2013.
- Each member, whether individual or corporate, receives one vote per membership.
- On May 23rd we will have our annual meeting and any SVTC member who did not vote electronically can then vote in person.
We will post the bios for the class I candidates in April 2013 in preparation for the May election.
Candidate Details for Class I Slate of Directors
Term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015
Johnnie works with business owners and their teams to obtain greater results. These results are achieved by providing an outside perspective, adding knowledge, building great teams, implementing systems, measuring results, and being a sounding board for their ideas. He offers a range of mentoring programs, various leadership, sales, and marketing workshops, and strategic planning sessions. His key to success is to create an environment of teamwork, productivity, quality, and pride.
Prior, he had 20+ years experience as a corporate officer for contracting and technology companies with revenue responsibility of $3 - $40M. His management scope has included field forces of up to 750 employees, a national sales and marketing organization, and support staffs of professionals, technicians, and academics. He has evaluated hundreds of businesses and participated in many different mergers and acquisitions. He frequently helps management teams transition to new leadership.
Johnnie and his wife of 38 years are Valley natives and live in Augusta County. They have two great daughters and a bunch of pets. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with further education at Penn State, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also on the board of the Augusta Home Builders Association. He serves on the board of several businesses and numerous civic, professional, and church organizations. He has assisted the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Virginia General Assembly, and other regulatory bodies with legislative and other issues.
Dr. Rathnam Chaguturu *
SRI – Shenandoah Valley
Dr. Rathnam Chaguturu is the Senior Director and Deputy Site Head-Center for Advanced Drug Research at SRI International, Harrisonburg, VA. He also serves as the chief liaison between SRI and JMU, and mentors summer interns from VA academic institutions. He is an enthusiastic and results-oriented senior level director/biochemist, enjoys working with professionals at all levels in basic and translational research, in an environment that includes collaborators and clients in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academia, and government sectors. Rathnam has a unique blend of project management experience encompassing the full drug discovery cycle, intellectual property assessment, and strategic planning.
He joined Rutgers University in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, and later moved to Dow Chemical Company-Central Research Laboratories as a Project Leader. Rathnam joined Sierra Sciences as Director of Drug Discovery in 2006 after a 22-year outstanding career at FMC Corporation where he led discovery research efforts. As a representative of FMC, he was one of the founding members of the Society for Biomolecular Sciences. Dr. Chaguturu has authored over 50 research publications including reviews and book chapters, and holds 11 US patents. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Combinatorial Chemistry and High Throughput Screening, published by Bentham. He is the Founding President, International Chemical Biology Society. He is currently editing 'Collaborative Drug Discovery Partnerships" to be published by Wiley.
DIGICO Shoot I Post I Design
Joey Groah is president and partner at DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design, a full service video and motion design production firm located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with local, regional, national and international clients. Joey writes, directs, and produces at DIGICO.
A 1999 graduate from James Madison University in Media Arts & Design and English, after college Joey worked in broadcast TV including production, news direction, and managing creative services.
Joey founded DIGICO in 2003 to produce documentaries, TV programming, and long-form marketing videos. In 2004, he went full time with DIGICO, broadening the scope of production to include thirty-second commercial advertising and marketing. The company has evolved to also offer branding and motion design services, and producing original documentaries and TV programming.
In addition to serving on the SVTC Board, Joey also serves on the School of Media Arts and Design Advisory Council, and volunteers on the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Promotions Committee.
Chip Harvill is the VP of Marketing at Cadence, Inc. located in Staunton, Virginia.
Chip was born and raised in Staunton, and now lives with his wife, Karmen, in Harrisonburg. He has two grown sons and two spoiled dogs. He graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He also received management certification from the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville.
Chip has worked at Cadence for the last 27 years. He began work there in 1986 as one of the first employees when the company was called Specialty Blades. Following successful efforts in many evolving roles within the company, Chip’s most recent contributions have been focused in sales, marketing and business development, with an emphasis in relationship building and new product development for major surgical device and diagnostics clients.
The business, now known as Cadence, Inc., began in 1985 as Specialty Blades to address the needs of industries, original surgical manufacturers, and medical design engineers who required high performance, razor-sharp custom-made cutting blades. The company has grown to become a premier manufacturing company with over 330 employees and additional facilities in Cranston, Rhode Island and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
J. Michael Lam
Premier Technical Service
J. Michael Lam has over 35 years experience in Information Technology Knowledge and Data Center Management. While at Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University, Mike majored in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Mike is a certified Systems Engineer with both Hewlett Packard Corporation and Strategic Memory Solutions.
Mike currently serves a Vice President for Premier Technical Services Corporation located in Luray Virginia. As Vice President he manages the contracts, recruiting and engineering divisions of Premier. Premier main customers are the Department of Defense, DHS, EPA, US Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force. Mike has served as lead design engineer for Wells Fargo Mortgages, Thomas Industries, BYU, City of San Francisco, Sprint, Boeing, EMC, and Micros Corporations for hardware implementation, data center upgrades and disaster recovery solutions. Mike retired from James Madison University in 2007 with over 33 years of Data Center Management, Design, and Leadership of the 13 full time engineers within his team.
Dr. Anne Marchant *
Anne Marchant, PhD. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Shenandoah University. Anne directs faculty development activities, supports faculty in their teaching and advising, and oversees institutional assessment. She was a NITLE Innovator’s Studio Scholar in 2012. She formerly worked on the Smithsonian-Mason collaboration as Associate Director for the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Studies and has an active interest in promoting wildlife conservation. Prior to that she was Professor of Applied Information Technology at George Mason-a program she helped establish as Assistant Dean—specializing in information security and forensics. She has taught Computer Science at both George Mason and at UC Berkeley, where she earned her doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Dr. Mike Mitri
College of Business, James Madison University
Mike Mitri is a professor of computer information systems at James Madison University, and is currently the interim department head for the CIS and Business Analytics department in JMU’s college of business. He has taught at JMU since 2001 after nine years teaching at Eastern Michigan University. His teaching specialties are computer programming, web application development, database design, mobile app development, and business intelligence. Mike also does freelance software development on the side, and has built systems for a few local companies in the valley. He won SVTC’s Innovative Technology Application award in 2009, and was assigned to serve a one-year term for the SVTC board last year. Mike recently gave a presentation on secure programming practices at an SVTC luncheon.
Mike Murphy *
Blue Ridge Community College
Mike Murphy currently serves as the CIO / Director of Institutional Computing Services at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Virginia. Prior to coming to BRCC, he was the Director of Technology for Floyd County Public Schools for eight years. His experience before entering the education sector involved information technology consulting work for several various industries ranging from small businesses to large government contracts. Along with numerous IT certifications, he received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Systems Technology from Lord Fairfax Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech. He is currently a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech in Instructional Design and Technology with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2013. Mike resides in Rockingham County with his wife Christy, three year old son, and another child expected in June.
James Madison University, Research & Public Service
Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr. currently serves as the Director of Research and Innovation at James Madison University. In this capacity, he leads the research and economic development efforts of the University. He oversees the operations of sponsored programs, technology transfer, select research centers, and economic development activities, including the strategic relationship with SRI Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Newbold graduated in 1999 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Higher Education from James Madison University in 2001.
A Valley native, Ron Perry has a broad background in research, engineering, development and technology, including robotics, media production, technology education, telecommunications, and entrepreneurship. Having started two CAD/CAM and graphics companies, he developed and taught the Advanced Technology program for the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School (SVGS), including a very successful electric vehicle racing program. In 1995 he started Ntelos’ Internet services business unit, followed in 2002 by the launching of grep Innovation LLC to provide technology strategy, web and software development, information security and forensics, UNIX wrangling and photography services. Along with grep’s client work he currently concentrates on a variety of technology startups. An SVTC co-founder and past vice-chair, Ron is an advisor for Blue Ridge Community College, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, SVGS and a volunteer for the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
Gregory T. St. Ours *
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
Greg is a partner at the law firm of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. His law practice includes, among other areas, commercial litigation and transactions, contracts and license agreements, corporate organization, finance, employment, intellectual property and antitrust and trade regulation. Greg is licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Greg is licensed as a Class A Contractor in Virginia. Greg is a Trustee and Secretary of the American Shakespeare Center, Immediate Past President of the Augusta Home Builders Association and Board member of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) and Law Degree from the University of Virginia.
James Madison University, College of Education
I have served on the SVTC board of directors for 7 years. I retired from the Army after 26 years of active duty - my final assignment was running the ROTC program at JMU. Since 2007, I have served as the Director of External Relations for the JMU College of Education, the Executive Director for Virginia – DC FIRST LEGO League, and the Principal Investigator for the Virginia Initiative for Robotics in STEM Education. I was elected to the Harrisonburg City School Board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. I became the Interim Director of the College of Education – Education Support Center and the Director of 4-VA @ JMU in 2011. I am a past president of the board of the Harrisonburg Children's Museum and serve on numerous University-level committees at JMU. I am a graduate of the University of Idaho (BS in Political Science), Northeastern University (Masters in Public Administration) and have completed significant coursework towards a Master’s degree in Computer Science at JMU.
The mission of the SVTC and my position in JMU's College of Education are very closely related. The promotion of technology, technology companies, and technology in education are all integral parts of my interests and my day-to-day activities in the Valley.
* Candidate is new to the Board