Board of Directors
The Creating IT Futures Foundation 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.
– GED Testing Service Guy Fruda
– Deloitte Services Dan Liutikas
– CompTIA Brian Laffey
– CompTIA Angela Allen
– IBM Paul Cronin
– Atrion Networking Corp. Charles Eaton
– Creating IT Futures Foundation Rebekah Harvey, Ph.D.
– Hewlett-Packard John Malonson
– Raytheon Darci Niszczak
– Samsung Electronics America, Inc Todd Thibodeaux
– CompTIA Tracey Welson-Rossman
– Chariot Solutions & TechGirlz
James Afdahl, Board Chair
Vice President and CFO, GED Testing Service
Mr. Afdahl is responsible for managing all accounting, treasury and tax-related operations at GED Testing Service, the administrator of the only high school equivalency test aligned with state and national standards. Previously, he served as vice president and CFO at NCS Pearson Inc.; controller at National Computer Systems; and audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a graduate of Luther College.
Guy Fruda, Board Vice Chair
Director, 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.
Dan Liutikas, Board Secretary
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, CompTIA
Mr. Liutikas directs CompTIA’s legal and regulatory affairs department, which protects the association’s legal and intellectual property interests, ensures regulatory compliance, and oversees governance. He also advocates on matters of public policy affecting the IT industry. He serves on the boards at CompTIA and the Chicago Technology Academy, a Chicago charter school. A certified public accountant, Mr. Liutikas holds juris doctor and MBA degrees. Brian Laffey, Board Treasurer
Chief 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.
Angela Allen Paul Cronin
Vice President of Global Sales Technical Enablement, IBM
Ms. Allen has worked for IBM for 30 years, and in 2011 was promoted to vice president of IBM’s Global Sales Technical Enablement organization, based in Washington, D.C. She is a leader and teacher who designs solution methods and training programs that teach IBM’s technical sellers to identify and solve customers’ IT problems. She also started the University Delivery Services program where IBM partners with universities to hire students to work part-time on various projects until they graduate. She is active at her alma mater, East Carolina University (ECU), where she is a member of the Board of Visitors and has served on the board of directors for the Women’s Roundtable and the ECU Foundation. She is a charter member of ECU’s College of Engineering and Technology Advancement Council and a member of the Department of Computer Science Advisory Council. Originally from rural eastern North Carolina, Ms. Allen understands the value of a quality education. ECU afforded her several opportunities for which she is grateful, like an internship at the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., where she first learned about computer programming. She received her master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.
Senior Vice President, Atrion Networking Corp.
Mr. Cronin develops strategic relationships and markets that enable Atrion’s IT Services business to be among the elite in its industry. He also is CEO and president for 1nService Corporation, a consortium of North and Central American technology solution providers. He serves as an adjunct professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, teaching IT call center management and help desk concepts. Charles Eaton
CEO, Creating IT Futures Foundation
Mr. Eaton joined the Foundation 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. Rebekah Harvey, Ph.D.
Vice President, Global Learning Solutions Development, Hewlett-Packard
Dr. Harvey is responsible for development and management of HP’s portfolio of over 10,000 courses and learning assets including HP Press study guides, ExpertOne certifications, technical, sales, and service training programs. She holds a doctorate in education with a specialization in training and performance improvement. She earned her master’s degree from Boise State University and her bachelor’s degree from The College of Idaho.
John Malonson Darci Niszczak
Senior 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.
Senior Manager, Channel Marketing
Enterprise Business Division, Samsung Electronics America, Inc
As Senior Manager, Channel Marketing for the Enterprise Business Division of Samsung Electronics America, Ms. Niszczak is responsible for development and execution of strategic marketing programs across indirect channels for a comprehensive IT portfolio including printers, monitors, virtualized desktops, commercial displays, mobile PCs, memory and tablets. Most recently, she played an integral role in the development of STEP, Samsung’s new global channel program and partner portal initiative. Aligning global strategy with local market demands, she led the successful launch of the STEP program in the United States concurrently with partner portal development and the transition of thousands of channel partners.
President 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.
Chief 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.