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SVTC Board Elections

The SVTC's Board of Directors is divided into two groups, called classes, for governance purposes. Each year, the term of one of the classes expires. To prepare, the council holds elections in the spring of each year so that a new class of directors is elected and can be appointed by the board of directors before the end of the term on June 30th. 

Our election in the spring of 2016 will concern the class II of directors, and the council's membership will elect a new class. The SVTC manages the nomination and election process via its Governance and Organization Committee. The election is conducted in May 2016 and again we are using technology. All members, who were members in good standing on May 1, 2016, are invited to vote.

A summary of what our process was/is:

  • The SVTC Organization & Governance Committee received suggestions for a new class II of directors until April 2016.
  • In April 2016, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors evaluated and voted on a slate of candidates that will stand for election in May 2016.
  • 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 posted below (and also announced in our newsletter) so that members can cast informed ballots.
  • Each member of the SVTC will be sent an email containing a link for voting (please note that each email and link is individually generated and can only be used once). Look for this email to arrive in your inbox on May 9, 2016.  Each link will be active until May 19, 2016.
  • Each member, whether individual or corporate, receives one vote per membership.
  • On May 24, 2016 we will have our annual meeting (combined with a luncheon, open to all) and any SVTC member who did not vote electronically can then vote in person. (RSVP for the May 24 Annual Meeting/May luncheon to get a pre-printed nametag)

FYI Listing of the full board of directors, and executive committee, 2016-17

Candidate details for Class II Slate of Directors
Term:   July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018


Dr. Kim Blosser
Lord Fairfax Community College

Biography:   Kim Blosser currently serves as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia.  In this position, Kim oversees the academic and student services units of the college, as well as instructional programs at the Luray-Page County Center. In addition to her responsibilities at LFCC, Kim serves as a member of the Student Services subcommittee of the VCCS-wide Academic and Student Affairs Committee, as co-chair of the LFCC SACSCOC reaccreditation team, and is a board member on the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to working at LFCC, she was a Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, served as the Chief Information Officer, and was professor of information technology at Blue Ridge Community College.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from Eastern Mennonite University, and a second Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.  She also completed a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Nova Southeastern University.



Karen Bowman
Rockingham Group

Biography:   JMU brought Karen Bowman to the Valley, and she has made it her home.  After an initial career in education, Karen began a career at Rockingham Group where she has worked on leveraging technology to improve business processes throughout her years there.  In 2015, she became the Administrative Manager with a variety of responsibilities that include project management.  With a focus on project management, she is excited to contribute to delivering streamlined technology solutions to the employees, agents, and policyholders of Rockingham Group.  She wishes she had more time to visit grandchildren, loves living in the country, and enjoys history and travel.


Sarah E. Cheverton                                           
JMU Center for Instructional Technology

Biography:    Sarah E. Cheverton is the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology and Associate Dean of Educational Technologies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The mission of the Center is to lead, support and advocate for the meaningful integration of appropriate technologies into the academic experience at JMU. The CIT staff includes instructional technologists, workshop facilitators, media specialists, software developers and system engineers who provide a broad array of services to the University.

Much of their work involves building relationships, systems and processes that support faculty and students as they adapt to the many changes that technologies introduce in their lives. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Lynchburg College in 1982 and a Master of Arts in Psychology/Industrial and Organizational Behavior from James Madison University in 1995.



C. Robert Cone  **                                       
Massanutten Technical Center

Biography:   Robert has lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 2005 with his wife, Kristy, and four children.  He graduated from Ferrum College, Magna Cum Laude, in 1992 and holds certifications of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Networking Academy Instructor along with several other technical certifications.

His 20+ year career in IT began in Charleston, South Carolina where he worked for the City of Charleston.  He moved into healthcare IT support for HCA Healthcare, the Carolina Health Group and Med3000 and held titles such as Director of Information Technology and Manager of Information Technology Security.  He currently serves as the Network Administrator at Massanutten Technical Center, a career and technical school, teaching technology to high school and adult students and assisting the staff with technical support.  He has led numerous projects at MTC to keep the network operating efficiently as the center continues to grow and focus on the importance of career and technical certifications.  This is where his true passion for technology and learning can shine, every day helping individuals learn about and implementing technology. 


Mike Goertzen
Serco, Inc.

Biography:   Mike Goertzen currently serves as Program Manager for the Harrisonburg based Initial Classification and Reclassification (ICR) contract held by Serco North America, which processes patents for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The ICR program is housed entirely in Harrisonburg, VA and is comprised of Scientists and Engineers who analyze and classify newly submitted patent applications such that the USPTO can improve efficiency and effectiveness within their core mission of high quality patent examination. The program includes comprehensive IT solutions, information security, training, knowledge management, quality assurance, and operations by leveraging a program staff that is 97% bachelor’s degree and higher. Mike holds significant responsibilities within a variety of additional task areas including customer relations, contracts, financial management, process improvement, configuration control, human resources, and general governance support for this unique and highly successful program. He has been with Serco since the infancy of the contract in 2006.

Prior to moving to the Valley in 2006, Mike worked as a secondary classroom teacher in Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Computer Applications. He received the Excellence in Education Award for Goshen, IN and was named Teacher of the Year in 2002. He was more recently named a PM Fellow as well as receiving the Program Management Leadership Award from Serco in 2015, which recognizes one exceptional PM within Serco each year. Mike earned his MBA from James Madison University in 2013 and his Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from Bethel College (KS) in 1992. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has also conducted graduate coursework at University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, and Pittsburg State University. Mike resides in Harrisonburg with his wife, Elizabeth, and loves the Valley and all it has to offer. 


Dan Martin
PBMares, LLP

Biography:   Dan is a partner at PBMares, LLP a regional accounting and consulting firm.   His previous firm PBGH, LLP merged with Witt Mares, LLP in 2013 to form one of the larger firms in the state of Virginia.   PBMares has offices in Harrisonburg, Fredericksburg, Warrenton, Fairfax, Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News and Norfolk.

Dan has served as the SVTC Treasurer for the last six years.  Having graduated from Bridgewater College in 1980 and joining PBMares soon thereafter, Dan has deep local roots.  Dan works with a wide range of clients from small businesses, higher education institutions, professional service firms, and individuals.    Dan has been heavily involved with the technology implementation at PBMares over the years.  Dan is active at Mt. Olive Brethren Church, acting as its Treasurer.   He lives in the Lakewood subdivision east of Harrisonburg (which was his Grandparent’s dairy farm long ago) with his family.    He has five children and four grandchildren.


Kurt Plowman                                                                                 
City of Staunton, IT Department

Biography:    Kurt has been a member of the SVTC Board since 2002, serving as Vice-Chairman and Chairman over the years.  He grew up in Harrisonburg, graduated from Virginia Tech and worked in Richmond for ten years before returning back to the Valley as the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Staunton in 1998.  During his year as Chairman, he restructured and simplified the membership levels, increased event programming and increased overall membership numbers.  He would like to continue to serve on the SVTC Board and help to strengthen the organization’s position in the community as the leader in technology associations.  In addition to SVTC, he serves on the Board of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, serves as a Trustee of the Wildlife Center of Virginia Foundation and is a sworn Reserve Officer with the Staunton Police Department.


Tom Richardson
Drawbridge Technologies, LLC

Biography:    Dr. Tom Richardson earned his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (Network Security) from Iowa State University and has worked in the Systems Engineering and Network Security fields for over 30 years, and is currently  a researcher at the University of Virginia, developing Systems Aware and Cyber Physical technologies for UVa and UVA clients.

Prior to returning to the Shenandoah Valley in 2011, he had worked in almost every phase of commercial industry and also supported government agencies as a contractor (for SAIC and at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab- JHU/APL). Assignments included design, production, testing, and field support of commercial products for small startups and large commercial manufacturers, as well as research and support to the Intelligence Community at the NSA and the DIA.

During the engineering phase of his career, Dr. Richardson was a senior systems engineer for Rockwell Collins Avionics and worked on 4 new Chinese aircraft programs- travelling to mainland China 13 times for production and flight test support.

Tom has a long time association with Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley, having grown up in Roanoke and his grandparents were long time Harrisonburg residents; his mother, grandmother, and aunt attended what would later become JMU. He now lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Dana.


Dick Shimp
Comsonics, Inc.

Biography: Dick’s working life in a nutshell: farm hand, auto mechanic short-order cook, U. S. Air Force, private sector aerospace, cable television, the last of which spanned 45+ years (so far). Harrisonburg based Warren L. Braun, Consulting Engineers and ComSonics, Inc. provided diverse experience opportunity including designs for acoustical engineering, cable telecommunications analog and digital delivery signal processing and analysis instrumentation for which a number of U. S. and International Patents were granted. Dick chaired subcommittees in both the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and remains active in SCTE subcommittee efforts as an Emeritus member, is a Lifetime Member of the IEEE, and a member of the Cable TV Pioneers. As ComSonics’ Chief of New Technology Dick coordinates intellectual property efforts, reviews design concepts and architectures, and keeps up with the ever-changing cable telecommunications industry technology.


Robert Stolle
Center for Innovative Technology

Biography:  Bob Stolle is Senior Vice President of Operations at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) where he is responsible for the development and execution of programs designed to grow the innovation and entrepreneur portions of Virginia’s economy. Bob came to CIT after three years as Executive Vice President and COO of Richmond-based Core Consulting and ten years as Executive Director of the Greater Richmond Technology Council. Prior to that he served in several key positions for the Commonwealth of Virginia during the administration of Governor George Allen, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade where he was responsible for 15 state agencies and promoting economic and community development in the Commonwealth. Bob’s private sector experience includes service as engineering director and executive management for the global leader in military and space simulation and training systems. He was appointed to the Commission on Information Technology and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission where he chaired the Intellectual Property Committee. He is Vice Chairman of VirginiaFIRST which provides robotics programs and competitions for students at all levels of K-12. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Bob served on active duty and in the Reserves as a Navy pilot and retired with the rank of Commander.


Thomas Voss  **
SRI International

Biography:    Thomas Voss is a Vice President of Biosciences, and the Site Head for SRI International’s Shenandoah Valley Research Facility in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Tom was born in suburban Chicago, Illinois, and now lives in Staunton with his wife, Beth and three of their five children. They also have two grown children. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Tom has 25 years of experience the performance of research, design construction, and programming of high containment laboratories for discovery and development of vaccines, and therapeutics for emerging viral pathogens including Ebola virus, hantavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, avian influenza (bird flu) virus, dengue virus, and Zika virus. He has developed and managed research programs in high containment work environments at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Southern Research Institute, and the Tulane School of Medicine prior to coming to SRI International’s Shenandoah Valley (SRI-SV) facility. Programs at SRI-SV include those focused on cancer, proteomics, drug discovery, and viral infectious diseases, complimenting programs at SRI International’s Silicon Valley headquarters.


Dr. Heather Watson
JMU Department of Engineering 

Biography:    Dr. Watson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. She is also a 2014-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Watson has a PhD from New Mexico State University, a MS from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS from University of Detroit all in mechanical engineering. Her research areas are in thermal sciences, energy systems, and engineering education. Before joining the faculty in the Department of Engineering, she was a faculty member at Elizabethtown College and at Clemson University. Dr. Watson also worked for several years in the aerospace and energy industries before joining academia: at Energetics Inc. in Columbia MD, she analyzed advanced energy-conservation technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy; at Orbital Sciences (formerly Fairchild Space) in Greenbelt MD, she used her expertise to support projects at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and was part of the project team that developed payload systems and components for the Hubble Space Telescope 1st Servicing Mission; and as a Senior Engineer at ITT Aerospace in Fort Wayne IN, she worked on the development of meteorological imaging satellite systems for NOAA and NASA.


*Candidate is new to the Board