UW TechConnect


Heidi Barta
Heidi Barta is the Organizational Development Manager for UW-IT. She is responsible for providing consultation and program development in order to continuously improve the UW Information Technology organization and help solve problems and reach organizational goals. Heidi is passionate about working to ensure organizational success through continuous process improvement and leadership and employee development. Heidi specializes in facilitation, organizational assessment, program development, coaching, problem solving, performance management, team building, and process improvement.

Scott Barker
Scott Barker is the Director of Information Technology for the UW Information School and Chair of the iSchool undergraduate Informatics program. In the past he has chaired the UW Computing Directors group and is currently the chair of the UW IT Service Management Board.

Rupert Berk
Rupert Berk is an Integration Architect in UW-IT, Computing Infrastructure. He has been designing and building Web APIs to improve application integration since 2000, both at the UW and elsewhere.

Dan Comden
Dan is the Manager of the Access Technology Center, where he provides consulting services on accessible computer technology and design of accessible web sites and applications.

Scott David
Scott David is the Executive Director of the Law, Technology & Arts Group in the UW School of Law. His practice focuses on intellectual property, technology counseling, and transations. He has been active in a wide range of activities, including the World Economic Forum (Davos), Identity Commons, American Bar Association Cyberspace Committee, Dorkbot technology/arts group, among others where he develops and applies knowledge of information law, identity, privacy, trust and liability frameworks, and legal structures for standards initiatives. He received his Master of Laws degree from NYU and his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center.

Nathan Dors
Nathan Dors is an Assistant Director in UW-IT where he helps integrate digital identities – mainly UW NetIDs – into the teaching, learning, and research functions of the university. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UW Computer Science & Engineering.

Rick Ells
Rick Ells is the Senior Webmaster for UW-IT Communications. Rick is a Web designer, graphics artist, instructor, and technical writer with over 30 years of experience at the UW. He keeps IT Connect fresh and vibrant and he leads the AccessibleWeb@U community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested individuals who discuss and share ideas on accessible web design. Rick is an avid photographer who especially enjoys outdoor photography.

Greg Frick
Greg is currently the SharePoint Service Option Lead at the UW. In this role Greg works closely with departments and groups across the UW campuses to help them derive benefits from the both the UW on premises SharePoint farm and SharePoint Online. Prior to joining the UW-IT Academic and Collaborative Applications Team, Greg was the SharePoint Architect for the School of Medicine Department of Radiology. In this role Greg deployed and developed the Radiology SharePoint based Intranet. Greg holds a number of Microsoft Certifications and was a full time instructor for Quickstart Intelligence in Bellevue Washington prior to joining the University of Washington. While at Quickstart, Greg delivered over 4,000 hours of SharePoint classes and co-developed their top selling SharePoint Power User curriculum.

Cara Giacomini
Cara Giacomini is a Research Manager in UW-IT, Learning Technologies. She investigates the technology and support needs of UW’s faculty, researchers, students, and staff, providing data to help the university make informed decisions in these areas.

Brad Greer
Brad Greer has been working in UW-IT for 20+ years — a history thats includes a variety of stuff including: x terminals, unix servers, managed desktops, system security, system architecture, IT strategy, project management, and service management.  Brad is currently the AVP for UW-IT Computing Infrastructure division,  one of the sponsors for UW-IT’s ITSM/ITIL Program , and the current service owner for over 20 of UW-IT’s infrastructure services.

Marcus Hirsch
Marcus Hirsch is a Technology Project Manager in UW-IT, Program Management Office. He is currently the project manager for the rollout of the Office 365 service to campus.

Laurie Hunt
Laurie Hunt is the Director of eProcurement for Finance and Facilities Procurement Services. Laurie has extensive experience leading Lean initiatives and is the Business Owner for eProcurement (Ariba). She relies on customer feedback and business needs to guide and design the usefulness of the procurement system, an approach that has resulted in myriad improvements and increased efficiencies.

Jeanne Marie Isola
Jeanne Marie Isola is the Director of Finance and Enterprise Business Services under UW-IT’s Information Management. She has worked with the University of Washington for over 11 years and is currently responsible for managing the UW’s financial systems and directing the Enterprise Document Management System project.  Prior to joining the UW, she worked with local and federal government sectors.  Her passion is quality improvement and business process redesign.

Greg Koester
Greg Koester is a Project Manager in UW-IT’s Program Management Office. He is experienced leading cross-functional project teams, and managing enterprise software application development and implementation projects. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Greg has been in Seattle and at the UW since the summer of 2000.

Nevena Lalic
Nevena Lalic is part of the Institutional Analysis division of the Office of Planning and Budgeting. She recently adopted the use of UW Tableau as a tool to enhance the availability and transparency of data at the university. She is the author of the set of UW Profiles dashboards currently available at uwprofiles.uw.edu.

Jenni Laughlin
Jenni Laughlin is the Project Leader for the Enterprise Document Management (EDMS) implementation.  Jenni has been at the University of Washington since August 2013, working to build the team and toolset required to roll out centralized document management capabilities to across the organization.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis directs Academic & Collaborative Applications (ACA) for University of Washington Information Technology. His team advances teaching, learning, and research by investigating computing trends, identifying user needs, crafting innovative applications, and integrating open source technologies, vendor solutions, and cloud services.

Ryan Markowski
Ryan Markowski is the implementation manager on the HR/Payroll Modernization project. In this role, he will work with the teams who are responsible for the design, configuration, and testing of the five functional areas within the HR/Payroll project scope. He transitioned to this role after leading the Business Process Redesign effort last year. Prior to his work on HR/Payroll Modernization, he helped the Medical Centers implement aspects of Epic, the hospital’s billing and patient management system, and upgrade several McKesson systems.

Mary Mulvihill
Mary Mulvihill is the Manager of UW-IT’s Service Management Office. Her passion for providing a positive UW customer experience has inspired her from her first day here 18 years ago. Her Master’s degree in Public Administration aligned with her values for the Higher Education mission and the related importance of fiscal responsibility. Mary’s background ranges from customer account management to service management, and from telecom and data networking to custom solutions development. She currently helps shape the ITSM program at UW. Her focus includes shepherding common processes and tools by enabling UW-IT to develop processes to understand what services UW faculty, staff and students need to accomplish their work, and to manage those services.

Ann Nagel
Ann is the Associate Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. Ann is a Certified Information Systems Auditor with experience in information technology auditing and business process consulting. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College and has worked for state government, higher education, an accounting firm and consulting company. She has worked at the UW since 2003.

Jim Phelps
Jim Phelps is the Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy with the IT Services and Strategic Sourcing Division of UW-IT. He heads theEnterprise Architecture (EA) Steering Group that is responsible for setting EA strategy for the UW, as well as for defining the architectural criteria by which IT projects, services, and acquisitions are evaluated. Jim works with UW’s business and IT stakeholders to align business strategies and technology projects with each other and UW strategic directions. Jim comes from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was Enterprise Architect / Senior IT Architect for the Division of Information Technology.

Paul Prestin
Paul Prestin is a Software Architect with the Office of Research. He is a business systems developer by day and an avid outdoorsman by weekend.  He is also an HTML/CSS/JavaScript expert building rich user interfaces pushing the boundaries of the browser.

James Renfro
James Renfro is a Senior Application Systems Engineer on the UW-IT Computing Infrastructure, Application Integration Services team.

Ben Robinson
Ben Robinson is the Chief Financial Officer of the UW School of Public Health.  He joined the school in 2011 to help the school transition to the new financial environment within UW.  He has experience in using data to improve enterprise financial management and decision support.  He has been a user of Tableau since 2007.

Heriberto Rodriguez
Heriberto Rodriguez is the Technology Manager for Procure to Pay under UW-IT’s Information Management Finance Program. Heriberto has been at the UW for 12 years and is our resident expert on the Ariba and purchasing systems. Heriberto has been at the forefront of aligning Lean initiatives with systems development to ensure the highest priority business needs are met.

Paul Schurr
Paul Schurr is an Integration Engineer on the UW-IT, Application Integration Services team.  He helps to integrate 3rd party, campus, and central IT software by providing developers with consistent APIs that they can use as building blocks to integrate their applications.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith is an Interactive Technologies Consultant with UW-IT Learning Technologies. Jason’s primary focus is to support and provide resources for digital video tools that best meet the educational objectives of the UW community.

Terrill Thompson
Terrill Thompson is a Technology Accessibility Specialist with the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology Center, also known as DO-IT. Terrill’s primary role is to promote IT accessibility by developing resources, delivering lectures and workshops, providing consultation to a wide variety of constituents, and conducting research. Terrill has twenty years’ experience in the IT accessibility field, has presented internationally at numerous conferences, consulted widely with local and state government, private industry, and K-12 and postsecondary education entities on IT accessibility issues.

Gwen Trentham
Gwen Trentham is the Integrations and Reports Lead for the HR/Payroll Modernization Project. She is a graduate of the UW Information School and has worked with the University of Washington for over five years.  Gwen brings a strong business analyst background to the UW and has a passion for Agile software development approaches. Prior to joining the HR/Payroll Modernization Project, she was the project manager for complex project automating Faculty effort and Cost Share (eFECS).  Under Gwen’s leadership, the eFECS project team has become at the forefront of implementing Agile approaches to software development.

Braden Vinroe
Branden is a Senior Security Advisor for the Office of the Chief Information Security Office. Braden has experience with risk and vulnerability assessments, incident response and forensic analysis, intrusion detection, and encryption. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA). He has worked at the UW since 2010.

Michael Visaya
Michael Visaya is the Director of Software, Data, and Reporting in UW Advancement. Prior to that he managed the Records Management team, and led projects to develop UW Advancement’s first online reporting tool and automated list segmenting systems.  He is a UW alum, with a BA in English and MSIM from the Information School.

Peter Wallis
Peter Wallis is an Instructional Technologist with UW-IT and a Graduate Student in Learning Sciences in the College of Education. He has experience with a broad variety of tools for teaching and learning, with a special knowledge of online textbook systems; digital badges; ePortfolios; and the Canvas LMS. His academic interests include linguistic and biological definitions of learning and how technology can help people to learn and create.

Ann Wunderlin
Ann is the Education and Communication Manager for the Enterprise Data & Analytics unit of UW-IT. The EDA group is responsible for loading and managing the Enterprise Data Warehouse and the reports and analytics developed using EDW data.  Ann joined the team 10 years ago and through her roles of business analyst, business intelligence engineer and now education and communication, has been part of its growth from fledgling unit to a core strategic asset for UW-IT and the University.

Jill Yetman
Jill Yetman is the Project and Product Manager for MyPlan, providing both functional and project oversight in UW IT Academic Services.  A strong advocate for user-centered design, she strives to balance delivery timelines with the quality of experience the software creates.  Her first computer was an Apple IIe.