Board - Creating IT Futures

Board of Directors


Creating IT Futures relies on our valued partnerships with industry, nonprofits, government and education. Our Board brings great expertise to our efforts to create better on-ramps for IT careers.

Chair Guy Fruda of Deloitte Services
Vice Chair Tracey Welson-Rossman of Chariot Solutions & TechGirlz
Secretary Colleen Crino of Creating IT Futures
Treasurer Brian Laffey of CompTIA
CEO Charles Eaton of Creating IT Futures
Director & CompTIA Board Liaison Scott Barlow of Sophos, Inc.
Director Paul Cronin of Cronin Corp.
Director Vicki Greene of GED Testing Service
Director John Malonson of Raytheon
Director Sonia Ng of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director Franklin Reed of TEKsystems    
Director Todd Thibodeaux of CompTIA

Guy Fruda, Board Chair
GuyFrudaDirector, East Region Technology, Deloitte Services, New York, NY

Guy Fruda is an IT Director within Deloitte’s internal Information Technology Services organization and has 20+ years of IT operations and technology consulting experience. He is currently the Regional Technology Director for the East Region (approximately 35,000 practitioners and 160 staff) and a member of the East Region Executive Committee. In this role, he is directly responsible for all IT Support and Services for the East Region of the US Firm. During his tenure at Deloitte he led Deloitte Consulting’s Tri-State IT organization on the strategic / tactical vision for end-user support and has been involved with many large scale technology transformation/integration programs. Projects in the end-user computing space include Windows 7/8/10 deployment, desktop image deployment strategy for new hires / end of lease / break-fix, and leading Deloitte’s Mobile Device Program regionally. Guy is also considered an expert in disaster recovery / business continuity and is responsible for the recovery of Deloitte’s Tri-State offices after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. 

Tracey Welson-Rossman, Board Vice Chair
Tracey W-R150x150Chief Marketing Officer, Chariot Solutions, and Founder, TechGirlz
As founding member and chief marketing officer at Chariot Solutions, a leading Philadelphia area enterprise application and mobile development consulting firm, and the founder of TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring teenage girls to consider careers in technology, Ms. Welson-Rossman understands what makes the IT community tick and what resonates with them. Her primary responsibilities include business development, lead generation and channel management. She is responsible for defining and maintaining Chariot’s marketing plan, and for executing a wide array of marketing and promotional activities. She also leads the firm’s sales efforts. Continuing to be active in the local IT community, she is the founder and a trustee for TechGirlz.org, dedicated to helping middle school girls embrace the power of technology. She is also a founding board member of Philly Startup Leaders.

Colleen Crino, Board Secretary
Colleen-CrinoChief Development Officer, Creating IT Futures

Ms. Crino leads the planning and implementation of strategies to develop revenue streams that support the continued growth of Creating IT Futures. She has a roust background in designing fundraising, marketing and loyalty strategy in both the non-profit and corporate world. Leading cross-functional teams at the American Red Cross, she built national fundraising campaigns and donor funding opportunities, and supported the national field fundraising organization. Prior to that, in a series of leadership roles at American Express, she led loyalty and business development initiatives through corporate partnership, development of new technology platforms and strategic program marketing. Ms. Crino received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her master’s degree from New York University Stern School of Business. 

Brian Laffey, Board Treasurer
BrianLaffeyChief Financial Officer, CompTIA

Mr. Laffey is responsible for monitoring, controlling and reporting on CompTIA’s financial results and investment portfolio. He also manages CompTIA's Operations Department. Previously, he worked for the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, as associate vice president for finance and as controller. He has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, and a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. He is a certified public accountant in the State of Illinois.

Charles Eaton
CharlesEatonCEO, Creating IT Futures

Mr. Eaton joined Creating IT Futures in June 2010, bringing 17 years of non-profit management experience. Most recently, he led fundraising, business development and marketing for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Previously, he was vice president of member relations for the Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the largest tradeshow in North America, the International Consumer Electronics Show. He graduated from Duke University.

Scott Barlow, CompTIA Board Liaison
ScottBarlowVice President of Global MSP, Sophos, Inc.

Scott Barlow is Vice President, Global MSP, at Sophos, a leader in network and endpoint security products, services and technologies. He oversees all MSP strategy, business direction and sales worldwide, with an emphasis on building revenue, marketing programs and relationships with partners. He has extensive channel sales achievements and strong technical expertise in hosted services (SaaS) markets, including email and web security, encryption, archiving, and state and federal compliance regulations, such as FINRA, HIPPA and more. Prior to Sophos, Barlow was vice president of global sales and marketing at Reflexion Networks, Inc., which Sophos acquired in 2015. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degree, Geophysics, from Boston College. 

Paul Cronin
PaulCroninFounder, Cronin Corp.

With 30+ years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Mr. Cronin is an industry speaker and leadership facilitator. He also provides pro bono consulting to enable organizations and leaders to reach their hidden potential. He serves as an adjunct professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, teaching IT call center management and help desk concepts.

Vicki Greene
Vice President of Operations Management, GED Testing Service

Vicki Greene leads the marketing, technology, operations, sales and public relations teams for GED Testing Service. Ms. Greene is driven by creating opportunities for adult learners – opportunities that lead to better paying jobs, new careers, further education, and brighter futures. She and her team at GED Testing Service work collaboratively with educators, administrators, legislators, and employers across the U.S. to transform the GED program into a lifelong learning opportunity. Prior to joining GED Testing Service, Ms. Greene was vice president of operations at Deluxe Corporation, where she was responsible for creating and delivering end-to-end consulting services to financial institutions. Ms. Greene serves on an advisory council for Junior Achievement and has been part of the Creating IT Futures Minneapolis business advisory council since 2015.

John Malonson
john malonson150x150Senior IT Program Engagement Lead, Raytheon
With 12+ years of Fortune 500 program and project portfolio management experience, Mr. Malonson is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently the senior IT program engagement lead for one of the nation's largest Department of Defense contractors, Raytheon. He is responsible for IT execution for programs and projects in excess of $150 million and is a strong leader, organizer and motivator of 1000+ people. During his seven years at Raytheon, he has transitioned from web application developer to project manager to portfolio manager to program engagement lead (strategic planner), all while serving as an IT adviser to business unit strategy and global export teams. Since 2009, he is also the Los Angeles chapter president for Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). He serves as the lead curriculum developer and computer science instructor for a middle school and high school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program with sites in Pasadena, Inglewood and Carson.

Sonia Ng
Director, Leadership & Professional Skill Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
 As a member of the Leadership & Professional Development team within Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Talent Enablement organization, Sonia Ng leads the design and delivery of HPE’s global programs for executive, core leadership and high potential development, as well as professional skills and business/functions training. During her career, she has been involved in all aspects of the learning profession from strategic planning, performance consulting, design and development, to delivery. At HPE, Ms. Ng led the launch of their industry award-winning flagship management program and directed the subsequent build-out of their enterprise-wide leadership curriculum, which spans all levels from individuals considering a role in leadership to senior executives. Prior to joining HPE, Sonia held learning and organization development roles within several technology and retail companies, including VMware, T-Mobile, Target Corp. and AT&T Wireless. Ms. Ng has a Masters in Human Resources & Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

Franklin Reed
Director of Inclusion and Diversity, TEKsystems
Franklin Reed is responsible for the execution of the I&D strategy (workforce, workplace and marketplace) across the TEKsystems enterprise. Along with driving internal programs, he works closely with clients to explore opportunities to align with their diversity hiring, compliance and supplier diversity goals. TEKsystems efforts have enable them to outperform industry averages for placement of diverse tech talent across 6000 clients. Mr. Reed has been with TEKsystems for 17+ years and understands the critical role diverse and engaged teams play in achieving high impact technology initiatives.

Todd Thibodeaux , Director
Todd-ThibodeauxPresident and CEO, CompTIA

Mr. Thibodeaux leads strategic, development and growth efforts at CompTIA. Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations. He earned his master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.

Mission

We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.

Contact

Creating IT Futures
c/o CompTIA
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300
Email: info@creatingitfutures.org