MIS Advisory Board

For over 35 years, the MIS Advisory Board has been the primary point of contact between industry and the Department of MIS. It helps ensure that the MIS curriculum meets the needs of employers, supports cutting-edge research, provides speakers for classes, funds scholarships for outstanding MIS students, and more. It is an invaluable resource for the MIS program at the Terry College of Business.

Members bring a diverse spectrum of expertise to the board, which provides a broad perspective on new initiatives. For example, current membership includes CIOs, partners in consulting firms, recent graduates, and current student representatives. Companies that heavily recruit UGA MIS students are often corporate members. People who have a strong affinity with Georgia’s MIS program hold individual memberships.

The Fall Board Meeting will be held in Atlanta in October 22, 2021.

Corporate Members

Membership Information

There are three levels of board membership (e.g., individual, corporate RED level, and corporate BLACK level).The individual membership is targeted to those who want to maintain a personal relationship with the department, maybe via guest speaking opportunities and/or attendance to our spring advisory board meeting in Athens. The RED level will be of interest to organizations that want to maintain a close relationship with the MIS program. As to the BLACK membership, it is for those corporations that want to foster even greater collaboration with our department.

Become an advisory board member

Scholarships

Scholarships, in the amount of $500, are often generously offered to our best students by our Advisory Board members. These scholarships are typically offered during our spring Advisory Board meeting, during its social event; both students and Advisory Board scholarship sponsors are then recognized.

Sponsor a Scholarship

Below are the individuals and companies that provided scholarships in 2019.

  • Aflac
  • Bill Rajczk
  • Brambles
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Hugh Watson
  • Hugh Watson Endowment
  • ISACA
  • Jay Ferro
  • Johnson Lambert
  • KPMG
  • Mark Bryson
  • Mark Mahoney
  • Patrick Gresham
  • Protiviti
  • PwC
  • State Farm
  • Steve Follin
  • Terry Chase
  • Verizon Foundation

Board Members

  • Callie Abernathy, Truist
  • Adam Ames, PwC
  • Michael Anton, Kedelski Security
  • Chris Aramburu, Fastpath
  • Mukesh Arora, Isaca
  • Jason Barrett, Perficient
  • Rob Bearden, Docker
  • Greg Bell, KPMG
  • Dustin Bennett, The Home Depot
  • Tyler Bennett, Aflac
  • Drew Bingham, Pariveda Solutions
  • John Cahill, Protiviti
  • Kevin Campbell, PwC
  • Andrea Castresana, Deloitte
  • Matt Clark, Grant Thornton
  • Dennis Cobb, SRNS
  • Marline Santiago-Cook, Brambles
  • Brian Cossaboom, IBM
  • Brett Croker, PwC
  • Kim Curley, NTT DATA Services
  • Benjamin Daniel, Home Depot
  • Sandeep Davalbhakta, State Farm
  • Chris Draper, ETS
  • Eric Drobny, CGI
  • Roger Dunkin, Riskonnect
  • Mark Eclavea, Wells Fargo
  • Kaylee Ewing, Dixon, Hughes and Goodman
  • Chaz Fails, Deloitte
  • Jaime Davenport, Salesforce
  • Jay Ferro, ERT
  • Jim Flannery, Four Athens
  • Steve Follin
  • Mark German, KPMG
  • Jawvid Ghaffari, Grant Thornton
  • Jennifer Gilmer, Deloitte
  • Rob Goldberg, Deloitte
  • Regina Guinn, Datum Software
  • Tiffany Greenway, Chick-fil-A
  • Micah Gremillion, EY
  • Patrick Gresham, Chick-fil-A
  • Jonathan Hanak, EY
  • Jan Hayslip, Cloudera
  • John Holm, CGI
  • William B. Hull, PwC
  • Patrick Janda, Grant Thornton
  • Russ Johnson, Cox Enterprises
  • Chris Konecny, KPMG
  • Jason Lannen, TurnKey Compliance
  • Garrett Leffelman, Aprio LLP
  • Peter Lester, PwC
  • Temisan Leonis, EY
  • Mark Mahoney, Jackrabbit Technologies
  • Chris Manning, Protiviti
  • Megan Mansfield, Johnson Lambert
  • John Marzullo, UPS
  • Darryl D. McDonald
  • Matt McGivern, Protiviti
  • David Merry, IBM
  • Phillip Miles, CGI
  • Jeff Miller, EY
  • Kim Mobley, Johnson Lambert
  • Doug Mohme, Deloitte
  • Justin Orcutt, NCC Group
  • Hal Pate, The Halpate Project
  • HaQuasha Pendarvis, Aflac
  • Rachel Phipps, Chick-fil-A
  • Raymond Phillips, Daugherty Business Solutions
  • Jon Powell, Moore Colson
  • Bill Rajczak, Mitre Corporation
  • Colin Rice
  • Eric Rivard, Cerulium Corporation
  • Chris Sanders, Charles Schwab 
  • Christie Sauermann, The Home Depot
  • Uso Sayers, Johnson Lambert
  • Tim Seigler, BDO
  • Will Shuman, Protiviti
  • Kevin Solchenberger, BCS
  • Daniel Spartlen, SunTrust
  • Andrea Spoeke, Chick-fil-A
  • Lauren Stone, Credera
  • Edward Sun, Deloitte
  • Ed Thomas, Deloitte
  • Bob Trotter, Gartner
  • Gina Vacsulka, PwC
  • Brian Valeyko, NCR
  • William VanCuren, NCR
  • Johnny Walston, Aflac
  • Sarah Williams, Protiviti
  • Tyler Williamson, KPMG
  • Brenden Worth, PwC
  • Barney Young, NTT DATA Services

Advisory Board Student Representatives

Board Requirements

As student representatives on the board, we:

  • Work directly with Hugh Watson, our board’s director, assisting him in a variety of Board-related tasks. Student Board members will have one or more projects that they are responsible for.
  • Have a direct impact on the MIS program, interacting with senior Terry faculty and having the opportunity to share your unique perspective and voice peer concerns
  • Reap the benefits of developing both IT and business skills as you help advance the Board, generating new memberships, shaping strategy, and managing communications.
  • Receive a one-year personal membership to the board after you graduate. This will allow you to continue networking with industry professionals and gain access to industry thought leaders

Board Responsibilities

These are some of the responsibilities that you could be involved in. Not all activities are performed every semester — a few projects at a time will be emphasized on the basis of personal interest and aptitude.

  • Assist with the MIS Advisory Board meetings
    • Pre-meeting: agenda setting and dissemination (standard information emails), RSVP confirmation, name tags, and event coordination
    • During meeting: take notes, take pictures, and act as a host, greeting guests and assisting the event coordinator while representing the MIS program
    • Post-meeting: compile and organize notes into an easy to read document, post pictures on website and debrief to discuss possible changes
  • Facilitate valuable discussions between students and faculty regarding what students are looking for from MIS classes and what they need to know to bridge the gap between the classroom and the boardroom
  • Develop ideas to help forward the mission of the UGA-MIS Industry Advisory Board (e.g., additional advantages to being a corporate member, ways to get appropriate students to the attention of corporate members, ways to get more companies interested in our students, ways to get more students into MIS)
  • Develop proposals for faculty to enhance the MIS program, based on suggestions raised in board meetings from both the business community and faculty
  • Conduct formal surveys highlighting fellow student’s feedback on certain concepts and/or implementation of new programs

Student Representatives

Skylar Aledia

Skylar Aledia
BBA, 2022

MIS Student Representative

Gary Barnes
BBA, 2021

Spencer Borrego

Spencer Borrego
BBA, 2023

Andi Brock

Andi Brock
BBA, 2022

MIS Student Representative

Sophia Dhanani
BBA, 2021

MIS Student Representative

Khadijah Dosunmu
BBA, 2021

MIS Student Representative

Rachel Gaston
BBA, 2022

Peter Hess

Peter Hess
BBA, 2022

May Hu

May Hu
BBA, 2022

MIS Student Representative

Esther Kim
BBA, 2021

MIS Student Representative

Garett Klone
BBA, 2021

Krista McNamara

Krista McNamara
BBA, 2022

MIS Student Representative

Ryan Muehlberger
BBA, 2021

MIS Student Representative

Luc Nguyen
BBA, 2021

Rohan Patel

Rohan Patel
BBA, 2023

MIS Student Representative

Vivek Rama
BBA, 2022

MIS Student Representative

Zach Reynolds
BBA, 2021

Meeting Minutes

Feedback

Your opinion matters to us. If there's anything the Advisory Board can improve on, let us know and we'll be in touch.