Rewire, Reinvent, Simplify, Secure

January 28, 2020 | Los Angeles, CA


Helen Norris, Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Chapman University

Helen Norris is Vice President for information technology and CIO at Chapman University.  She previously held IT leadership roles at California State University, Sacramento and UC Berkeley. 

Helen is Chair of the board of the National Endowment for Financial Education.  She also serves on the board of EDUCAUSE and SCSIM, and Dell’s Higher Education Advisory Board.  She previously served as the Director of Sacramento Women in Technology International (

Originally from Ireland, Helen has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis. She is a certified Project Management Professional.

Alex Hall, Director, Information Technology Security
Apria Healthcare

Alex Hall is the Director-Information Security for Apria Healthcare. Previously he served as the CISO for ICU Medical, developing the security strategy and program for a rapidly growing medical device manufacturing corporation. Previously, Alex was the Enterprise Manager-Security Operations for St Joseph Health System, a $7 billion, 50,000 employee health provider in the western United States.  Alex earned a BS in Economics from the University of California, and an MBA from the Pepperdine University, President Key Executive (PKE) program. He also holds the CISM certification, and several I.T. certifications. Alex served over 20 years as a senior officer in the U.S. Army active and reserve focusing on asymmetric threat intelligence mitigation, primarily in special operations roles: Special Forces, Rangers, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations.

Ahmad Jubran, Chief Technology Officer

Ahmad Jubran is a senior technology engineer and executive with nearly two decades in developing and directing large scale healthcare technology projects.

His work has encompassed creating and launching patient social engagement platforms for major hospitals and health centers, developing one of the largest healthcare online medical education platforms in North America, and leading multiple health technology initiatives in Medicare/Medicaid including the health insurance exchange for the state of Massachusetts. He has overseen technology budgets exceeding millions of dollars with hundreds of internal and external team members across organizational departments.

He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at ConsejoSano, a venture-backed patient engagement and care navigation platform for underserved, multilingual and multicultural populations. Prior to ConsejoSano, Ahmad was a Senior Consultant in Product Development for InterSystems, a global technology company where he led the planning and development of new products within the corporation’s healthcare exchange group. He was also Director of Applications and Business Intelligence for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, leading the strategic planning and delivery of large-scale health IT initiatives. Additionally, he has held key leadership positions at Partners Healthcare, Network Health (now Tufts Health Plan) and Molecular (now isobar).

He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he did research in the areas of digital signal processing and robotics.

Pandora Ovanessian, Information Technology Senior Consultant, Operational Excellence
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting – CMTC

Pandora Ovanessian is a technology executive whose career includes consulting and CIO/CTO roles in startups, mid-size to multi-billion dollar global operations. She drives the information technology vision for companies and leverages customer relationships to provide products and services that increase value. She has been accountable for providing comprehensive solutions that drive productivity for key business and manufacturing processes.

Pandora has diversified manufacturing experience in medical device, pharmaceuticals, food processing, aerospace and apparel.

At California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), Pandora is a Technology Advisor. CMTC is a non-profit that serves California manufactures by providing consulting and manufacturing solutions. She is a trusted advisor dedicated to helping increase revenue, reduce costs and improve employee performance.

She has served as a highly strategic and tactical contributor delivering on innovation and high growth for companies: EasyDial, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific/One Lambda Inc., Golden State Foods, NASA JPL

Pandora has an MBA, Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, BA from University of California, Los Angeles. Project Management Certification, University of Redlands.

Stan Banash, Information Security Director
Pacific Dental Services

Stan Banash Jr. is the Director of Information Security Risk and Compliance at Pacific Dental Services (PDS) in Irvine California. Stan is responsible for quantifying and managing the security risk associated with PDS’s strategic direction and growth. Stan’s approach to Information Security Risk Management results in a strategically oriented and fiscally responsible Information Security Program.

Prior to joining PDS, Stan was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Information Security Director at Corinthian Colleges Inc. Stan became interested in Information Security as a consultant and CTO of Tallan Inc. during the early days of E-Commerce.

Stan has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. Stan holds Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and ITIL certifications.

Rob Ludeman, Director, Solutions Marketing
Pure Storage, Inc.

Rob Ludeman is the Director of Solutions Marketing for Business Applications at Pure Storage with a focus on helping customers simplify and accelerate their Microsoft, Oracle and SAP workloads.  Rob arrived at Pure in 2017 with over 20 years of experience at Oracle and Sun Microsystems in variety of Product Marketing, Sales Enablement and Product Management roles.  In his free time, he enjoys running, travel, watching his 12 year old son play sports, and following Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Alex Guglielmetti, Vice President of Enterprise Technology Project Portfolio Management
The Walt Disney Company

Alex Guglielmetti is an IT Strategist who has specialized in collaborating with C-level executives and entrepreneurs to leverage incremental innovation in technology to build next-gen products.

In 2005, he founded, a digital asset management firm that distributed digital content in Latin America for major film and music companies.

After running the company for over a decade, Alex moved with his family to California to pursue System Engineering and Information Security studies. He has worked for both DirectTV and Fox Networks, and is currently serving as VP Technology Project  Portfolio Management for The Walt Disney Co.

Catherine Bindewald, Chief Information Officer
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Cathy is the Chief Information Officer for the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She came to USC from Ohio State University, where she served as the Chief Information Officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Director of IT Strategic Planning and Communications, Interim Director of Learning Technologies and a Relationship Manager. She was also chair of the OSU President and Provost’s Council on Women. Before joining Ohio State, Cathy worked as an IT consultant for American Management Systems (now CGI), implementing major technology systems for state agencies in Ohio and South Carolina. She began her career in the State of South Carolina working in the area of children’s.

Cody Reagan, Cyber Security Executive

Cody Reagan is a Cyber Security Executive at Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Cody works with leading organizations in a range of industries from private equity to media and entertainment to deploy and operationalize cutting edge technologies. During Cody’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to 3000 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including: Fast Company Most Innovative Companies 2018, Forbes Cloud 100, and CNBC Disruptor 50. Cody holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles.

Mike Cassar, Director of Information Technology
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California

Mike Cassar is a visionary executive-level technology strategist with a career spanning over 25 years shaping the future of business technology. A graduate from USC’s Marshall Executive MBA program, a proven history of bringing forward-thinking approach leaders, focused on deriving value from technology through data-driven insights, technical integration, and monetization of infrastructure and platforms. He is committed to leading transformative initiatives that position IT as a tool for realizing organizational mission and vision. Additionally in his career as a professor in Information Security Management under USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, he takes on a role as a dedicated mentor and steward to his university with the intent in educating future generations of information technology leaders.

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