Board of Directors

Connect is governed by an international volunteer Board of Directors that are elected by the membership, and are responsible for establishing policy and setting the strategic vision and goals of the organization.

 

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Rob Lesan – President
(Prague)

As an HP customer for more than 20 years in multiple industries on multiple HPE platforms in multiple roles, Rob Lesan brings a truly unique view to the customer relationship with the Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  From providing input on systems design, to presenting customer presentations at user group meetings and leading a local user group chapter, Rob is a true customer and platform advocate.  Rob is the Director of Professional Services for XYPRO. XYPRO specializes in security and compliance software and services for HP NonStop and other operating systems.  XYPRO was the 2014 HP AllianceOne Partner of the Year in the security category. 


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Michael Scroggins – Vice President
(Olympia, WA)

Mike is responsible for planning and coordinating central IT infrastructure, applications, and support, as well as information security. He is responsible for leading the college system’s enterprise technology strategy, developing policy, and managing overall IT operations and customer service. Mike currently leads the college system ctcLink Project, which is the largest higher education project of its kind in the U.S. The goal of the ctcLink Project is the implementation of Oracle/PeopleSoft ERP software applications including Campus Solutions, Finance, and Human Capital Management pillars at all 34 colleges.  Michael is the president-elect of Connect.


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Jamil Rashdi – wasl Asset Management Group
(Dubai)

Wasl – which means “connection” in Arabic - is one of the largest real estate management companies in Dubai.  They manage a large portfolio of real estate assets from residential and commercial properties, to industrial plots of land, and from leisure and entertainment (golf courses) to hotels and over 30,000 apartments.  Jamil is the Senior Infrastructure Manager.  Wasl uses HPE technology throughout their organization including: HPE Blade and rack ISA servers, Moonshot, MSA and 3PAR storage, and HPE software solutions including Helion.  He is excited to meet other IT users and leaders from around the globe.


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Trevor Jackson – SOCAN
(Canada)

SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers.  Trevor is the Senior Director of Information Technology.  He has been an HPE technology customer for over twenty years.  SOCAN uses HPE technology throughout their organization including 3PAR Storage.  He also oversees Information Security Initiatives as well Business Continuity and Digital Strategies.  He is excited to meet and collaborate with other IT professionals to help gain new insights on the challenges we all face in our fast paced world. 


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Henk Pomper – Past-President
(Amsterdam/Austin)

Is the former owner and CEO of Plusine ICT, a specialist in consolidating and virtualizing datacenter solutions for servers and storage. Plusine ICT was the 2014 HP Business Critical Systems Partner of the Year.  Henk sold Plusine to Axians in June of 2015, and began his new endeavor as Director of the Board at HAL24K. HAL24K was founded in 2014 in San Francisco and Amsterdam, and creates innovative solutions in the field of IT and IoT by leveraging machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence. Henk is also a member of the Connect chapter in the Netherlands. Henk’s term as Connect President ended December 2015 and he now serves as past president of the board of directors.


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Janice Zdankus – HPE Liaison
(Palo Alto, CA)

Janice Zdankus is vice president of Quality for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Zdankus and her team define, create, and share information experiences to ensure successful customer interactions with HPE’s products and support.

Zdankus was previously vice president, Enterprise Solutions Enablement, where she and her team led the planning, design, integration and release of HPE Converged Infrastructure solutions focused on remote support. Zdankus also served as vice president of worldwide software support in Technology Services, where she was responsible for the software services portfolio and profitable revenue growth. Zdankus’ career experience in HPE’s Commercial and Enterprise businesses spans multiple functional areas and includes senior director of systems software engineering, strategic planning, product marketing, and engineering for software management products, and customer support, quality and warranty for HPE Servers.

Representative of her passion to increase the interest and representation of youth and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, she serves as the HPE liaison to the board of directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Zdankus sponsors HPE’s employee resource group for women’s leadership in the Bay Area and is active in sponsoring diversity and inclusion projects in the industry and community.

Zdankus earned B.S. degrees in computer science and in industrial management from Purdue University, and an MBA degree from Santa Clara University in California.


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Kristina Elizondo – CEO
(Austin, TX)

Kristina Elizondo is the Chief Executive Officer of Connect Worldwide. Connect Worldwide is a technology user group primarily focused on Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HPE Partner products and services. Kristina was previously the global IT director for Silicon Laboratories and Motorola Semiconductor.  Kristina’s extensive experience in leading global IT teams and operations in both large and small companies gives her a unique skill set consisting of IT acumen, operational experience, international perspective, and a sense of community.  She serves on the board of directors for various nonprofit organizations.

Kristina earned a B.S. degree in Communications, and BBA degrees in Marketing and Management Information Services from the University of Texas at Austin.