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WITI Orange County Network MENTOR BIOS

May 18, 2017

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Andrew Bereczky has been the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the

Automobile Club of Southern CA since February 2016. In this role he's responsible for creating a culture of enablement and leverage, while managing the organizations information security risk posture.

Prior to the Auto Club, Andrew provided strategic consulting services to a multitude of national companies and served as the SVP & CIO of Zenith Education Group. In this role he was responsible for all technology operations, enablement, and innovation across more than 88,000 students and 100 campus locations. He came to the college with a rich background driving technology enablement and change within industries such as Health Care, Human Capital, Financial Services, and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

During his most recent tenure as a CIO in the BPO space, he supported and drove the technology team to achieve corporate recognition by Gartner (Global Magic Quadrant listing), win the Information Week Top 500 Technology Innovator award in years 2011 & 2012 (for Global Analytics & CRM), along with IDC Marketspace Major Player recognition in 2013. He's complimented these achievements by publishing several articles regarding Shifting Customer Dynamics & Hosted Contact Center Solutions.

Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and earned his MBA from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, CA. Always working to give back to the business community, Andrew compliments his roles by providing nationwide leadership consulting to progressive VP, CIO, CTO, and CISO executives.


Charles Podesta, CIO for University of California Irvine Health. He has over thirty (30)

years experience in Information Technology for Healthcare, the last eighteen years as a Chief Information Office. Podesta has worked for Academic Medical Centers, Health Systems and Community Hospitals. Previous to this engagement Podesta was SVP & CIO of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, a large academic medical center and health system in Burlington, VT.

Other positions included SVP & CIO at Caritas Christi Health Care, now Steward Health in eastern MA, CIO at Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, MA, Director of IS and Interim CIO for Baystate Health Systems in Springfield, MA. And prior to that, leadership positions at St Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; UMASS/Memorial, Worcester, MA and Magee-Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Over the years Podesta has made numerous presentations at national conferences and is quoted widely in healthcare publications on a variety of IT topics.


Dan Vogt started his career of 25+ years in Information Technology from a Marketing

and Market Research background. First working at an Advertising Agency then Nielsen Media Research (the TV Ratings Company), and later Best Buy Corporate, Dan quickly saw the rise of importance in technology in business and made a career of utilizing smart decision making using accurate information. Entering the technology workforce as a Business Analyst, Dan moved in and out of technology roles and operational management positions until moving into senior executive leadership roles. Dan has found a home at Palace Entertainment, as the CIO and CSO in the theme park, water park, animal park, family entertainment centers, and hotel industry. He is known for turning around challenged Information Technology departments.

As an Executive Director of Best Buy, Dan was responsible for integrating new acquisitions into the Best Buy portfolio of businesses. Integrating several businesses a year while increasing sales, 22%, and lower costs, 26%, on average, for the acquired businesses by increasing Marketing footprints, lowering prices through automated purchasing systems, and by lower corporate overhead through scaling parent enterprise systems.

In addition to working in technology, Dan is also a small business owner, an active fund raiser for several local charities, and a Finance committee member of the Pacific Club.

Education: Master of Computer Science Master of Business Administration Bachelor of Science, Market Research Telecommunications Engineer Certification

Webster University Webster University Florida Atlantic University University of CA, Irvine


Geraldine Ramezani is the Chief Technology Officer at First American Title, a

leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries located in Santa Ana, Ca. Geraldine is currently responsible for leading, planning, design and implementation of First American's enterprise-wide technology infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include long range direction of First American's technology strategy.

Prior to joining First American, Geraldine served as CTO for Toyota Financial Services, a leading provider of automotive financial services with managed assets in excess of $120 billion located in Torrance, Ca.

A seasoned technology executive with 30+ years' experience, Ms. Ramezani held senior positions at Auto Club Southern California, ACS/Xerox, Ingram Micro and Sanwa Bank of California, leading global outsourcing, business transformation and technology modernization initiatives.

Geraldine serves on the AWT (Advancing Women in Technology) and SCSIM (Southern California Society Information Management) non-profit boards. Geraldine is a marathoner completing seven full marathons and countless half marathons.

Ms. Ramezani earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and subsequent Master's degree in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. Geraldine also attended University of Southern California Business School and received certification in the Executive Management program.


H. Lynn Ryan is CIO, Exec. Consultant & Owner of ExecitCIO with engagements as

interim CIO and Executive IT Consulting. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors of SCSIM and is a Board Advisor to WITI OC.

Prior to her current role, she was Executive Vice President and CIO of loanDepot. Prior to loanDepot, Lynn was Senior Vice President and CIO of CIT Group Inc. She held CIO positions with NovaStar Financial Inc., Ameriquest Capital Corp. (Ameriquest and Argent Mortgage) and Sanwa Bank. Before these CIO roles, she held senior management IT positions leading large-scale electronic banking divisions in retail, wholesale, commercial and international banking for Bank of America and Security Pacific National Bank.

Ryan has held Executive IT Leadership positions in Financial Services for over 20 years. Her expertise in Information Technology spans application development, global strategic sourcing in dual shore models, large-scale infrastructure management in centralized and decentralized complex technology environments, operations, and IT services. Ryan has significant expertise as an IT Executive and as a member of Corporate Executive Management delivering technology solutions for a broad range of businesses.

Ryan has been a speaker and panel moderator in financial services, banking, IT, and professional association conferences addressing a variety of IT and business topics. She served as a mentor in the CIO Pathways Program and on advisory boards of professional associations and a technology publication. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has participated in executive IT and business programs at Harvard University, the University of Colorado, and California State University.

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