Advisory Board

Avinash Bachwani, MD

Avinash Bachwani, MD, is the VP and Chief Physician Executive and Chief Medical Information Officer for Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, NY.

A seasoned physician executive with 15 years of clinical and six years of executive experience, Dr. Bachwani joined Ellis in 2006 as a physician in the emergency department. As an informatician, he leads efforts to apply information and information technology to deliver healthcare services across the organization and in the community.

Dr. Bachwani completed his residency at Ellis' Family Medicine Residency Program in 2005 (former St. Clare’s Hospital). He was board certified in Clinical Informatics in 2013 with the first batch of physicians across the country. He earned his Ph.D. in Information Science from the University at Albany with a primary specialization in Health Informatics and secondary specialization in Decision and Policy Sciences.

He was named a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association in 2021.


Alexis Bhagat

Alexis Bhagat is a writer and cultural producer based in Albany, NY. He is currently the Executive Director of the Friends & Foundation of the Albany Public Library.

He joined the Library in 2016 after serving in a variety of artistic and literary consultant capacities both in the Albany, NY and New York, NY regions. He has contributed to numerous exhibitions, readings, performances and publications as both a curator and organizer over the past 25 years.

Mr. Bhagat holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. He is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from UAlbany.


Alan Bersin

Alan Bersin is Principal of BorderWorks Advisors LLC, an organization specializing in cross-border trade, travel and security.

He formerly served as the CBP Commissioner for Covington & Burling LLP, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy, Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region, and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mr. Bersin was also Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego and served as California’s Secretary of Education, as well as a member of the California State Board of Education. Prior to this service, he served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California for nearly five years and as the Attorney General’s Southwest Border Representative.

Mr. Bersin received his A.B. in Government from Harvard University. He attended Balliol College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his J.D. from the Yale Law School. Mr. Bersin was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws (Honorary) by the University of San Diego, by California Western School of Law and by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Adam Bouloukos

Adam Bouloukos is the UNDP Resident Representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bouloukos was the Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Uganda. He served as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia (2017-2018) and Director of UNISDR in Switzerland (2015-2016) during the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the first leg of the sustainable development agenda. He has held numerous positions with UNOPS since 2002 and prior to his overseas work, he was an instructor of criminology in the US.

Dr. Bouloukos holds a Doctorate and Master’s in Criminal Justice from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bucknell University. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Management form the Edinburgh Business School, UK.


Steve Derrick

Steve Derrick is the Director of Organizational Development for Vicarious Visions/Blizzard Entertainment.

In this position, Mr. Derrick is focused on supporting Blizzard Entertainment's talent base with professional training and development programs.

Mr. Derrick worked in film and advertising, creating storyboards and illustrations before taking a position in at Vicarious Visions as a Texture Artist in 1999. As a video game developer over the past 22 years, he has held many positions, including Lead Artist, Art Group Manager, Chief of Staff.

He holds a degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah, a degree in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Phoenix.

Mr. Derrick also serves as the community liaison and has established strong relationships with regional and national education institutions such as the Chamber of Commerce, school business advisory councils, BOCES, the NY Game hub, and organizations that help build a STEM ecosystem in the Capital Region, as well as with higher education institutions.


Michael Eisenberg

Michael Eisenberg serves as Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus Information School at the University of Washington and was the founding serving from 1998 to 2006.

Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Dr. Eisenberg’s work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. He is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. A prolific author (nine books and dozens of articles and papers), he has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use.

Dr. Eisenberg holds both a BA and an MLS from the University at Albany, a CAS in Information Science and a Ph.D. in Information Transfer, both from Syracuse University.


Jagdish Gangolly

Jagdish Gangolly served in a variety of faculty roles at the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels at the University at Albany from 1979 – 2011.  Most notably he served as the Vincent O’Leary Associate Professor Emeritus of Informatics and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Information Science at UAlbany.

During his years as a professor, he was also involved in curriculum development and led the creation of the academic concentration in Accounting Information Systems within the MS Accounting Program, as well as the MBA subprogram in Information Assurance and the graduate program in Forensic Accounting, as well as overseeing the accreditation of the University’s curriculum in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency.

An accomplished researcher and author, Dr. Gangolly holds a degree in Statistics from the University of Bombay, India; a post-graduate degree in Operations Research from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India; a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India; and a Ph.D. in Accounting & Quantitative Methods from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.


Robert Greenberg

Robert Greenberg is the Founder and CEO of G&H International Services Inc., based in Washington, DC.

He has been working with the federal government to develop and implement programs to support first responders for more than three decades. He has devoted his career to developing and implementing strategies and programs, conducting enterprise and technology assessments, developing technical solutions and building partnerships and working with decision makers at all levels of government to enhance community resilience.

Mr. Greenberg has served as an advisor to many federal government organizations and several law enforcement agencies including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the National Institute of Justice, National Public Safety Telecommunications Consortium (NPSTC), and the Coalition for Improved Public Safety Communications (CIPSC).

Mr. Greenberg holds a degree in Political Science/History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Reg Harnish

Reg Harnish is CEO of OrbitalFire Cybersecurity.

A nationally recognized cybersecurity veteran, investor and advisor, Mr. Harnish oversees OrbitalFire’s vision, strategy and growth for simplifying automating and solving security challenges for small businesses.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Harnish has served in a variety of capacities as the Founder and former CEO of GreyCastle Security, the CEO of Slingshot Cyberventures, an Executive Vice President at the Center for Internet Security, and the CTO of Autotask.

A fellow in the National Cybersecurity Institute, a member of the Forbes Technology Council and a board advisor to numerous cybersecurity start-ups, Mr. Harnish has been in the field for nearly two decades. He is a nationally recognized speaker, accomplished author and his expertise has been featured in media outlets such as Time, Forbes, The Washington Post, CBS Nightly News and CIO Magazine.


Jennie K. Meeker

Jennie K. Meeker is Head of Regulatory Business Operations for Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) at IFF.

Ms. Meeker is a seasoned regulatory affairs, policy, and operations professional with multi-industry experience spanning food & beverage, animal health & husbandry, and pharmaceutical applications. In her current role, she leads a team that develops and maintains performance and productivity infrastructure.

Prior to its merger with IFF, Ms. Meeker served as RBO Leader at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences and was responsible for the global food enzymes and animal nutrition regulatory program within DuPont’s Industrial Biosciences.  Before joining DuPont, she held director positions in North America for several multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Virbac, Novartis Animal Health Canada, AstraZeneca, Schering Plough Animal Health, and Novartis Animal Health US.

Ms. Meeker holds a BS in Animal Science from Colorado State University, a Master of Science in Animal Science from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Rick Parimi

Rick Parimi, is Founder and CEO of Alexis Networks. His organization uses an AI Service platform to help companies find and eliminate data fraud.

He also currently serves as President of Arushi Ventures in New Jersey and Director of Business Transformation for Managed Healthcare Associates. Prior to this, he was Director of Business Transformation at ICIMS and served in roles with IBM, Mount Sinai Health System, and Cognizant Group.

Mr. Parimi holds a BS from Amravati University, India; an MS in Computer Science from the University at Albany; an MBA from New York University; and a Fellowship from Harvard School of Public Health. He served a Fellowship with Harvard School of Public Health and is currently an advisory board member and adjunct professor at Rutgers University.


Jonathan Rochelle

Jonathan Rochelle is the VP of Instructors at LinkedIn.

An entrepreneur and technology product manager, he is currently the VP of Instructors at LinkedIn.

Most recently Mr. Rochelle consulted in the field and worked with Zapier, a workflow automation company. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as Director of Product Management at Google where he launched the Google Apps for Education product team, as well as Google Classroom, Google Expeditions, Google Forms & Quizzes, and Jamboard.

Prior to joining Google in 2005, Mr. Rochelle co-founded and sold two technology start-ups - ITK Solutions, a technology consulting firm, and 2Web Technologies, a software product company. He also spent 15 years as a software engineer and engineering team manager, primarily at JP Morgan & Co., across a broad set of financial service businesses.

Mr. Rochelle earned his BS in Computer Science from the University at Albany.


Abebe Rorissa

Abebe Rorissa is a professor and the Director of the iSchool at the University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining UT, he was Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany. Between 1988 and 2005, he worked in four countries as a lecturer and practitioner.

He was named president of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in 2021.

Dr. Rorissa’s research interests focus on organization and retrieval of information; adoption, use and impact of information and communication technologies; and human information behavior.

He holds a PhD in Information Science and a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies – Post Master’s) in Digital Image Management from the University of North Texas, and an MS in Information Science and a BS in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.


Jeffrey Stern

Jeffrey D. Stern currently serves as superintendent, Emergency Management Institute at FEMA.

Previously he led the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, where he was responsible for disaster and homeland security preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts across the Commonwealth.

For more than three decades Dr. Stern served in local, state, and federal government positions, in the private sector, and in academia, including presidential appointments as a White House Fellow at the Department of the Interior and the White House Homeland Security Council, and as Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the advisory board to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Dr. Stern received a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary, an MPA from the American University School of Public Affairs, and a PhD from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Leaders Program, is a Certified Emergency Manager, a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.


Tina M. Tarquinio

Tina Tarquinio is Director, IBMZ Platform Product Management. Under her leadership, the team has introduced new offerings leveraging the strengths of the multi-billion-dollar annual business platform, addressing new client demands and markets, and fueling innovation for the world’s most critical systems.

In her time at IBM, she has held both technical and leadership roles, across multiple offerings and disciplines. A certified Product Manager and IT specialist, she has authored industry publications around high-performance computing, and received patents for her work.

An IBM Corporate Service Corps Alumni, she participated in a highly selective program performing pro-bono consultancy work in Krakow, Poland in 2017. She is an active volunteer in local schools, and loves encouraging students at all levels to study sciences, including her role as an advisory board member for two colleges focused on STEM degrees.

Ms. Tarquinio graduated from the University at Albany with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, and in 2020 completed a specialty program at Wharton Business School.


Mozelle W. Thomson

Mozelle Thomson is CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting providing innovative legal, policy and business advice to innovative companies like Facebook, Samsung, Disney and many startups.

Mr. Thompson’s distinguished public and private sector experience has made him an international leader and trusted adviser to presidents, heads of state, governments and corporations. Mr. Thompson was a Team Leader of the Obama/Biden Transition and served as a Commissioner on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Prior to the FTC, Thompson worked for Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Policy. Before going to Washington, Thompson worked for Governor Mario Cuomo, serving as Acting Executive Director, Secretary and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency, (HFA), the State of New York Mortgage Agency, (SONYMA), New York Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency, (MCFFA), and their sister agencies.

Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School and received his MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.


Monique Wade

Monique Wade currently serves as a Talent Acquisition Associate at PwC.

Prior to this post, she was a Consulting Solutions Associate at PwC in their Cloud & Digital Practice.

She is a graduate of the University at Albany ’21 with a BS in Informatics and concentration in Data Analytics and a minor in Leadership.