LEADERSHIP & STAFF
John LaFreniere, President
John LaFreniere is the CIO of Verge Information Technology, LLC, currently on assignment at Tenet Healthcare, Dallas, TX as the Chief IT Architect. With VergeIT John works as a leader within the company and with large clients to deliver IT transformation, technology, innovation and cost savings across all aspects of IT. Previously he was the Global Vice President of Architecture for the Hertz Corporation in Estero, FL. Along with traditional IT architectural responsibilities, John was the technology transformation executive with Hertz; focused on positioning Hertz for the future through cloud and data initiatives, and application transformation. A sought after speaker in technology forums, John has also served in multiple board and advisory positions through the years and brings these experiences and his personal enthusiasm for technology to the SWFRTP. Throughout his 30-year career, John has held IT leadership positions for Ally Financial, Vanguard Car Rental, GMAC, Cisco, AT&T and variety of technology service companies. He has a broad spectrum of experience in architecture, data management, application delivery, business integration and application migration, and infrastructure design.
Linda Lyding, Vice President
Linda Lyding is an accomplished IT Executive, most recently as IBM Global Vice President of Network Services. Previously Linda was Global Vice President, Mobility Services and held multiple Director and Technical leadership roles in IBM's Global Technology Services, over a successful 38 year career. She has been responsible for setting technical and business direction for developing new offerings and a portfolio of expanded capabilities specifically designed to address the challenges the C-Suite faces with technology transformation. This includes Enterprise Data Center Services for Hybrid Cloud, Network Services and the Digital Workplace, delivering an innovative and differentiated portfolio of capabilities to IBM's customers around the globe.
She is highly skilled in the delivery of IT managed services for clients, negotiations, risk management and agile methodologies for bringing services to the market for all client segments and industries. Along with financial responsibility for growing market share and achieving revenue and profit objectives as well as driving success with direct and alternate sales channels, she is adept at establishing and cultivating Analyst, Alliance and Partner relationships worldwide.
Linda's technical and business experience combined with her passion for Women in Technology and STEM programs makes SWFRTP the perfect benevolent organization to align with, focused on growing and retaining Southwest Florida's future technical and business leaders.
Kevin Barnhill, Treasurer
Kevin studied Computer Science and Statistics at University of Central Florida and earned an MBA with a Finance concentration from Florida Gulf Coast University. Kevin has consulted on software development best practices to the many fortune 1000 organizations including: GE, IBM, Chrysler, Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Western Digital, Countrywide, NASD, U.S. Coast Guard, First Citizens National Bank, Bank of the Sierra, Coulter, Sprint-PCS, Phillips Van Heusen, CBIS, Bauch & Lomb, Harris, City of Anahiem and Consolidated Edison Power. He started the Orlando SQL Windows, Naples Dot.NET Developer's Groups, and the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership. When he’s not compressing time on major projects, he’s developing algorithmic equity trading systems, pushing Microsoft .NET to limits so advanced they seem to be magic, building analog and digital electronic devices, reading, cycling, hiking or sailing. Skills: Agile, Lean, C++, C#, F#, R, SAS, SQL, Unity 3D, Arduino, Netduino and Raspberry Pi.
Tracey Lanham, Secretary
Tracey Lanham is the Program Chair of the Computer Information Technology programs in the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Information Technology, and is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. program. In addition to her career in adult education, she is fully engaged in the community to further the initiative to get more girls and women interested and engaged in technology fields of study in support of their pursuit of technology careers. Functioning as the coordinator for the Aspirations in Computing Award for the SWFL Region, she works closely with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to provide opportunities and encouragement to young women in high school that excel in technology and leadership within their community. Moreover, to facilitate the engagement and retention of girls in technology, Tracey also oversees AspireIT camps that utilize a near peer teaching experience to teach middle school girls app and game development in the summer. By providing a vast array of technology focused activities and learning experiences, she hopes to increase the representation and retention of women and minorities in technology careers to provide a more diverse workforce in our global economy.
Board of Directors
Alex has spent his entire professional career focused on providing a world-class customer experience through product design and execution and/or amazing customer focused teams. With the founding of The Two39 Group LLC, Alex hopes to continue that work by building a physical and virtual ecosystem that will empower and support organizations to reach their full potential. In addition to providing the space and community, The Two39 Group plan to add value through consultative services, training, and investments with a particular focus on early-stage technology startups and SMBs.
During his many years in software, Alex has filled many roles, often at one time. While passionate about Customer Success and providing a top-tier experience for customers throughout their lifecycle, Alex has also provided leadership in other key areas such as Sales, Marketing, Product Management, and Dev Ops. Alex has led multiple software organizations through exponential growth and acquisition, enjoying all of the challenges and opportunities that come along with those activities.
When not behind a monitor or working on connecting the SWFL technology ecosystem, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and 11-year-old daughter, attending car shows, and might even squeeze in some time to go skydiving.
Warren Baucom is Director of Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Activities with the Economic Development Office of Lee County. In this role, Warren facilitates programs and connections to build out the full spectrum of economic opportunity in Southwest Florida. Warren joined the Economic Development Office in 2004 working in business retention and expansion outreach. In his role with the EDO, he also provides support to the Horizon Council and the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. Warren is a founding member of the SWFL Regional Technology Partnership, serving as a board member for over 10 years. He served as Awards Committee Chair and Hackathon Chair during his time on the Board. He is a former President of the SWFL Small Business Resource Network, whose mission was to connect small business owners with key professional service providers and local government resources in the area. Prior to joining the Economic Development Office, Warren held a variety of management roles within the hospitality industry and served in the United States Air Force as an intelligence analyst stationed in Okinawa, Japan and at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. He is a graduate of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Warren also volunteers with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and the IMAG History and Science Center.
Stephen Craig is currently a Senior Project Manager for Chico’s FAS Marketing Services and Operations Department. The primary objective of this position is to lead the cross-brand Project Management team to centralize, define and standardize processes and deliver marketing campaigns and initiatives on time and on budget. He has demonstrated the talents of developing and inspiring diverse production teams consisting of artistic and technical personnel within the Video Game and Animation industries. Previous employers were n-Space Inc. and Walt Disney Feature Animation. Video Game credits: “Marvel Ultimate Alliance II – Wii”, “Tron Evolution – Battle Grids – Wii” and the company's first iPhone game “Golf Cart Ranger”. Animation Credits: Mulan, Tarzan, Dinosaurs, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Curious George. Former Programs chairperson establishing and managing all SWFRTP monthly events. Stephen is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and minored in TV & Film Production. Stephen is also an accomplished cyclist, runner and triathlete and has raised over $20,000 for charities by participating in cycling, running and triathlon events. Previously for SWFRTP, he is a past winner of the Partnership Award and was the Events/Programs committee chair from 2012 – 2016.
Peg Elmore is the Business Services Director for CareerSource Southwest Florida. Although Peg has been in the workforce development industry since 1995, her previous employment has included work in the private companies within the travel industry and the oil and gas exploration industry. Her unique background with a start-up company as well as a Fortune 100 Company has proven valuable in understanding the needs of the business community. Peg works closely with business and community organizations in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Peg is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Southwest Florida board member and represents SHRM on the Horizon Council, Lee County’s public-private board which advises the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. Peg also serves on numerous committees and advisory boards related to education and workforce development. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Lee and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Wendi Fowler, Director of Marketing and Communications at ITVantage
Wendi Fowler is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader for more than 23 years in the local technology field as past CEO and owner of The Client Server, Inc., which was recently acquired by ITVantage. She is known for her professionalism and dedicated community service, as well as her highest level of leadership by empowering others to achieve their goals. Wendi is the 2017 SWFRTP Woman of the Year in Technology, and most recently nominated for 2019 APEX Award. Wendi holds a Degree in Marketing and Business Management, plus various community honors and industry certifications. She is a board member and officer of several corporate and non-profit organizations.
Nancy has worked in the manufacturing industry for 30 years. She is a third generation owner of Shaw Development LLC.
Throughout her career, Nancy held a variety of positions each with increasing responsibility. She is currently the Director of Continual Improvement where she supports the Company through on-going process improvements across three business units, Development, Aerox and Dixon, under the Shaw Development LLC umbrella. Previously she held leadership positions in Sales and Customer Service, Production Planning, Purchasing, Manufacturing and IT. Before taking her current role, she led the IT team as the Director of Business Systems, including leadership across the company in all facets of hardware and software improvements and implementations providing a foundation of 24/7 support for all business units inclusive of shared resources within.
Nancy has deep experience in ERP implementations and is a 6 Sigma Black Belt. She uses these tools to continually evaluate Business Processes to refine the inputs for better outputs in all areas of technology that the company utilizes. She is active with the local NCWIT scholarship program and has been evaluating applications since 2014. She is a Trustee at Seacrest Country Day School and serves as both the Vice Chair of the Trustees and the Mission and Programs Chair. She also served as a member of the Seacrest Parent Association Board and on the Academic Advisory Committee. She has served as the Family Life and Education Board Chair at Faith Lutheran Church as well as the secretary of the church council.
Nancy is the proud wife of Michael O’Hara, a Chief Technologist, and two wonderful children currently participating in higher education programs, Sam and Abby. Nancy’s passion for her family business is embraced by the loving support of her family and desire to keep learning and challenging herself. She has a BA in Modern Languages from Villanova University.
Dr. Rob Totterdale
Dr. Rob Totterdale is an associate professor of Computer Information Systems at FGCU. He has more than 30 years of business, information technology, and management expertise as a senior partner with Accenture, a global consulting and technology services firm. As a partner, he led a number of Fortune 500 organizations in managing complex business process change and systems transformation projects to drive cost savings, operational synergies, and improved profitability. His industry experience includes healthcare, manufacturing/distribution, energy, and high technology.
A Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and a former licensed CPA, he has published in national and international journals and is a contributor to a book on the study of Information Systems. Research interests include: health informatics, technology adoption, social media, globalization and cybersecurity. Dr. Totterdale served on Advisory Boards at West Virginia University and Carnegie Mellon, and is currently a Director at Moorings Park and the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP). In addition, he serves on the SUS Advisory Council for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity and FGCU’s Institutional Review Board. Dr. Totterdale teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in security, project management, systems analysis and design, and IT strategy.
Randy Mitchelson, Co-Founder & Board Advisor
Randy Mitchelson, APR, is an award winning entrepreneur, writer and community leader. After holding leadership positions at KeyBank, Marketplace Bank and Bank of America, Randy founded National Web Leads and started an internet marketing and public relations career that has evolved into becoming vice president of sales and marketing at iPartnerMedia, Inc. (iPM), a digital marketing agency and Google Partner based in Bonita Springs, Florida. iPM has earned multiple awards and has generated millions of dollars of incremental revenue for clients using paid and organic search campaigns. Randy’s expertise has been featured in Search Engine Journal, RackSpace, Adobe’s CMO.com, Media Leaders, CMSWire, Entrepreneur.com and Website Magazine. He has co-founded five non-profits including the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership. Randy is a Golden Image Award recipient from the Florida Public Relations Association where he is also President-Elect of the Southwest Florida chapter. He also serves on the board of directors with the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Randy earned a Bachelor of Science and MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Nicole Kampmann is a Manager of Project Management in the IT department at Hertz. She’s been with the partnership since December of 2016 and enjoys being a part of the technology community in Southwest Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Francisco State University and is currently obtaining her MBA from the University of Florida. Go Gators!
Tina LaFreniere is the CEO of Related Faces, a SW FL area tech start-up. She is on the Board of Directors for West Coast Region of FIRST® Robotics and serves as their Volunteer Coordinator. Tina has over a decade of service with FIRST™ Robotics where she has been a coach and mentor, and currently serves as a Judge, Head Judge and Head Judge Advisor at the FIRST® Lego® League, FIRST® Lego® League Jr. and/or FIRST® Robotics Competition levels. For her service in building the Seacrest Country Day School robotics program, the school named her Volunteer of the Year in 2017. She is a former mortgage company Vice President, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Houston. Tina has been a member of the SWFRTP for two years and serves the group as an Executive Administrator to the Board of Directors.