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.
Rob Lesan – President
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.
Michael Scroggins – Vice President
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.
Trevor Jackson – Secretary
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.
Henk Pomper – Past-President
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.
(Los Angeles, CA)
Navid has spent his career in Business Development field of the HPE NonStop space. Throughout his tenure Navid has witnessed many changes to not only the technology of the platform but also the business landscape of the Mission Critical Server market. Navid currently serves as Director of Business Development of Idelji and travels the world for all things NonStop. He is the chair of the Southern California NonStop User Group as well as the founder of NonStop Under 40, which advance both the marketing and education offerings for the HPE NonStop world.
Andrew Bergholz - HPE Liasion
(Palo Alto, CA)
Andrew is the Senior Director of Development of HPE NonStop and is responsible for defining the NonStop vision and developing core technologies. He provides overall leadership and direction for strategy, architecture, development, quality assurance, and program management for the NonStop Business Unit. Andrew has served in many different capacities in HPE NonStop for almost 20 years, including architect for Entry Class Versatile I/O (VIO) and senior management roles responsible for Program Management, Customer Engagement, and Software Development. Andrew holds an M.B.A from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Kristina Elizondo – CEO
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.