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.



Navid Khodayari
Director of Business Development, Idelji
(Los Angeles, CA)

Navid has spent his career in the Business Development field in 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 SIG, which advances both the marketing and education offerings for the HPE NonStop world.


Vice President

Marty Edelman
CTO, Creative System Software
(Marietta, GA)

Since retiring from The Home Depot, Marty Edelman has provided strategic guidance to organizations wishing to modernize their IT infrastructures. While at The Home Depot, he was the director of Payment Services. Marty has been involved with HPE (Tandem, Compaq, HPE and HPE) for more than 30 years as an employee, end user, and independent consultant. He founded a small consultancy firm that specialized in developing high-volume mission-critical solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Marty and his team helped to build the UPS Tracking System, the NYSE Consolidated Trade and Quote systems, and the SWIFT next-generation computing platform.



Trevor Jackson
Senior Director of Information Technology, Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – SOCAN
(Toronto, Canada)

Trevor has been a long term HPE customer, particularly in the HP-UX software and server space. He is also a HPE 3PAR Customer and has participated as a speaker at several HPE Discover events as well as several written, recorded and video taped interviews. Trevor has served as the secretary on the Connect WorldWide Board of Directors for the past two years.


Sue Robinson
Data Security Manager, Aspen Insurance
(London, UK)

Sue is a technology expert with over twenty years of experience working with infrastructure technologies. Over the last five years, Sue has been an HPE customer who manages an infrastructure team using HPE 3PAR, All Flash Cache Arrays, HP Dataprotector and OneView.

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Past President

Rob Lesan – Past President
Security Architect, XYPRO

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 HPE NonStop and other operating systems.  XYPRO was the 2014 HP AllianceOne Partner of the Year in the security category. 



HPE Liason

Susan Ashkenas
Synergy & Mission Critical HPE
(New York, NY)

Susan is the Director of Strategy, Planning and Operations for the Synergy and Mission Critical business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  She brings over 20 years of experience at HPE, HP, Compaq and Tandem to the Board, and she has held roles in strategy, finance and planning in the US and Singapore. Previously she served in operations and finance management positions at PaineWebber Inc. Susan holds a BA in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.



Kristina Elizondo
Connect Worldwide
(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.