Innovate, Inspire, Protect, Perform

November 1, 2022 | Pacific Northwest 

Facilitators Include:

Sayee VaitheesvaranChief Information Officer
Washington State Gambling Commission

Sayee Vaitheesvaran brings 25 years of technology and leadership experience in both private and government. He is the CIO and Director of Technology in Washington State Gambling commission.

Sayee has a Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science and a MBA from University of Washington, Foster School of Business. He is also a certified project management professional. (PMP)

Among other past employers, he worked for Employment Security Department, Department of Transportation (WA State Agencies) and in Bellevue (Startup Company), Univar, Walmart.
Sayee has played multiple roles as a Programmer, Project Manager, Product manager, Director, Consultant and now as the CIO.

Hans Schumacher, Vice President, Enterprise Architecture & Capability Product Management
Premera Blue Cross

Hans Schumacher is the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Capability Product Management for Premera Blue Cross. In his role, Hans is responsible for translating from enterprise strategy to business and technology change across people, process and tools that span markets, products, channels and capabilities. He has a passion for systems thinking, business models, enterprise operating models, and improving the healthcare experience and outcomes at a lower cost.

Hans joined Premera in 2019 from The Boeing Company. Over a 17 year career Hans held a variety of leadership roles in digital transformation, digital products and airline customer support including program and project management, portfolio management, strategy, business and technical architecture, product management, user experience and IT consulting.

Hans received a master’s degree in software design and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University.


Dennis Tomlin, Chief Information Security Officer
Multnomah County

Dennis Tomlin is the Chief Information Security Officer for Multnomah County, where he is responsible for leading the county’s cybersecurity efforts. He manages a team of 6 security professionals that ensures endpoint and perimeter protection, incident response, forensics, identity management, and regulatory compliance (HIPAA, CJIS, PCI-DCS).

He is responsible for establishing policies and providing leadership and consulting for in-house county security initiatives. The county protects employee and residents data and privacy by employing a security model based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework along with CIS controls which consist of cyber intelligence, defense-in-depth, and incident response.

In addition to public speaking and participating in panel discussions, Mr.Tomlin serves the sector and his community as an appointee by Governor Kate Brown to be a voting member of the Oregon Cyber Advisory Council. Mr. Tomin serves on various Advisory Boards.

Mr. Tomlin attended Portland State University where he majored in Elementary Education. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 1978 to 1981.

Brianna Leddy, Director of Analysis

Based in San Francisco, Brianna is Director of Analysis at Darktrace. She joined the analyst team in 2016 and has since advised a wide range of enterprise customers on advanced threat hunting and leveraging Self-Learning AI for detection and response. Brianna works closely with the Darktrace SOC team to proactively alert customers to emerging threats and investigate unusual behavior in enterprise environments. Brianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Sasi PillayVice President and Chief Information Officer
Washington State University

Dr. Sasi Pillay serves as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Washington State University (WSU). In this role, he oversees the computing infrastructure of foundational technologies and research computing, telecommunications, local area and wide area networking, and IT Security. He has led the development of roadmaps for Academic and Research Computing, Administrative and Business Computing, and Foundational Technologies; improved the service delivery of the IT organization by instituting change management, architectural review, and project management; and improved IT Security across all WSU campuses, including deploying a Security Operations Center and a Network Operations Center.

Sasi has supported NWACC activities by assisting in the Leadership program, sharing ideas through presentations, and helping launch and continue to support the NWACC/ORBIS joint task force on Accessibility.

Previously he served as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Wisconsin System, comprising 26 campuses. Earlier he served as the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology (IT) at National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). Sasi is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a Meritorious Executive in the U.S. federal government. Recently, he was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame.

Sasi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also has a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Krupa Srivatsan, Director of Product Marketing

Krupa is Director of Product Marketing at Infoblox. She has nearly 20 years of experience in technology in various roles including software development, product management, and product marketing. Currently, she is responsible for messaging, positioning, and bringing to market Infoblox’s security solutions that ease security operations and provide DNS-based security. She has an MBA from the University of California, Haas School of Business, and a Computer Science Engineering degree.


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