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MSIS Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Information Systems Program is comprised of experts in the field, and we engage them actively in the curriculum development process.  If you are an information systems leader interested in developing the talents of the next generation of IS leaders, please contact Program Director Amber Turner, [email protected], 206-616-0290.

Alok TyagiAlok Tyagi
Managing Director

Alok is a technology executive in Seattle area focused on enabling digital transformation of enterprise IT. In his journey with Accenture, Alok has played global roles across geographies and has helped build global network of technology capabilities. He is passionate about technology trends, modern engineering practices and how they can help organizations reach their full potential. It his 25 years of experience Alok has consulted many fortune 500 companies and has delivered many successful transformation programs.

Alok is also technology lead in Accenture’s Pacific North West council. He is an alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in India and has also done Master’s in Business Administration.


Scott BaxterScott Baxter
General Manager

Scott is a general manager in the Commerce and Ecosystems organization focused on attracting customers and partners to Microsoft’s commercial cloud business. His current team works closely with the worldwide field seller community to simplify presales negotiations and agreements with small, medium, and enterprise customers.

Scott specializes in delivering commerce solutions across the entire quote-to-cash process. In his previous roles at Microsoft, he managed engineering investment portfolios for Microsoft’s Commercial Licensing and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) businesses. These portfolios enabled $42B and $20B, respectively, in annual revenue for the company.

Scott graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics/Mathematics.


Mark HornMark Horn
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mark Horn is a Principal within Deloitte Consulting’s Finance & Enterprise Performance practice. Mark has over 23 years’ experience consulting to Fortune 100 Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) companies. He specializes in helping senior leaders structure their organizations, strategies and technologies to maximize financial performance. Mark leads the Finance activities within the Telecom sector and co-leads the efforts assisting companies in compliance with the new revenue recognition standard — ASC 606/IFRS15.

Mark has also helped companies undergo significant transformation by redesigning Order-to-Cash processes, developing FP&A operating models and creating advanced dashboarding and visualization to accelerate decision making.

Mark holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Morehouse College.


Charu JainCharu Jain
Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation
Alaska Air Group

As Alaska Air Group CIO, Charu brings to the role a proven track record of setting and executing technology vision and delivering results. Recognized for her business and technology acumen, Charu leads a department of more than 400 information technology professionals where she builds positive, and genuine relationships with employees and external stakeholders.

In her previous roles at United Airlines, and working across industries at IBM and PWC, Charu has successfully delivered integrated, scalable technology solutions that enable fast-growth expansion, dramatic business efficiencies, and lasting improvements in market competitiveness, service delivery, and customer satisfaction.

Charu represents Alaska’s information technology interests by serving on the Foster School of Business MSIS Advisory Board.

Selected as Computerworld’s 2009 Premier 100 IT Leader, Charu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in International Management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.


Kim KamlaKim Kamla
Portfolio Director for Enterprise Applications

Kim has had a 20 year career in IT in a variety of roles ranging from leading IT operations and application software development, to IT strategy guidance and program delivery. In her current role at Avanade, she works closely with internal business partners including Sales, HR, Finance, Legal and Business Operations to enable, streamline, and transform business processes by leveraging technology.

Kim is a 2013 graduate of the University of Washington’s MSIS program and holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington.


Don LewisDon Lewis
Strategic Intersect, Inc. (SII)
Don Lewis is President of Strategic Intersect, Inc. (SII), a strategic advisory firm that provides CIO-level expertise and leadership services to organizations. Prior to Strategic Intersect, Don was the Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, and de facto CIO for Group Health Cooperative (GHC), a $4B integrated payer and provider organization in Washington State, where he oversaw the technology infrastructure, middleware, enterprise applications, and digital services functions. Prior to joining GHC, Don provided consulting services through Strategic Intersect, Inc. Don’s focus is on aligning IT with business goals by addressing the people and process challenges that accompany times of significant change in organizations. An executive with experience in turnaround situations and rapid-growth organizations, Don brings 25+ years of healthcare IT experience to the table. Prior to SII, Don was Chief Information Officer at several organizations, including a large multispecialty, multi-site physician group and a 260-bed hospital. In addition, Don worked for three years for a healthcare IT outsourcing company managing an outsourcing account. Don has served on a number of Executive or Advisory Boards for non-profit organizations. Don has experience managing operational business areas in addition to IT, including Health Information Management (HIM) and call centers—a business leader as opposed to a “technology guy.” An accomplished public speaker, Don has presented on many topics in numerous forums during his career, including at the HIMSS AsiaPac conference in Singapore in 2014.


Lily-LeyLily Ley
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Lily Ley is Vice President and CIO for PACCAR ITD. In this role, Lily is responsible to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. She directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. She focuses on minimizing cost and maximizing results, in addition she will find new ways to help customers and the organization profit from how data can provide value added services.

Lily has been with PACCAR for 28 years. She has held the positions of IT Director Kenmex and IT Director Kenworth Division. She transferred to ITD in February, 2010 since then increasing responsibilities. She is on the MSIS Board of Advisors at University of Washington.

Lily has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an MBA from CETYS University.

Expertise: Software development, project management, process oriented, strategic planning and operations


Mark MattisMark Mattis
Vice President

Mark leads the IT functions at Costco for all things related to Pharmacy, Hearing, Optical, Jewelry and other groups. Each of his teams is tasked to focus on modernization, innovation, and forward-looking steps to support this $116B international multi-channel retailer. He has also led the PMO, Strategy & Planning, Infrastructure Support, and Enterprise Architecture functions at Costco.

Prior to this current role, Mark spent nearly a decade as an information security expert, both as the head of global Information Security & Compliance at Costco and as a management consultant serving large multinational corporations. He was a frequent speaker at the regional and national levels on information access, federal cybersecurity policy, and privacy topics. Mark has also served on the board at the University of Washington Information School.

Going back even farther, he was a philosophy instructor at an all-boys prep school where he taught the primary text classics in preparation of getting students ready for top-tier universities.


Ed MobleyEd Mobley
Sr. Manager – Global Delivery Services
Ernst & Young

Ed currently leads the cross-sector software testing practice at EY with clients in the life sciences, utilities and consumer goods sectors. His primary focus is SAP, but he has broad experience with various software packages and IT infrastructure.

Prior to his current role, Ed directed the build out of Ernst & Young’s global teaming and offshoring capabilities with India and elsewhere. His position leverages a diverse background that includes IT compliance, IT management, and IT infrastructure build outs in the broadcast and telecom sectors. Other responsibilities included oversight of service delivery quality as well as cultural, communications, and soft skills training designed to improve the integration of onshore and offshore teams.


Nikhil SarnotNikhil Sarnot
Managing Director
Accenture Security

Nikhil is a Security Managing Director, based in Seattle, with over 17 years of management consulting experience working with clients across US, Europe, Africa and India. He is part of Accenture’s Products Operating Group (Consumer Products), serving clients in Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel, Life Sciences, Automobile and Industrial sectors. At Accenture, he has dual leadership roles – leads the North America – Strategy & Risk practice, leads the West Security practice, for Consumer Products. Nikhil has extensive experience advising CXOs of several Fortune 500 clients across the business and IT advisory service spectrum and has worked with mid-large size companies in both an advisory and audit capacity, assisting them in understanding, assessing and mitigating the risks in their business and IT organizations. He focuses on helping clients build security & privacy programs from the ground up, understanding maturity of programs, establishing strategic direction, developing target operating model & governance framework. He has worked across several industries and brings deep insights into cyber risks and regulations relevant to his clients.

He is an engineer by academic background and is an alumni of University of Southern California.


Uddanwadiker-VishwajeetVishwajeet (Vishwa) Uddanwadiker
Vice President, Confident Travel Initiative – Probabilistic Analytics
The Boeing Company

Vishwa Uddanwadiker is the Vice President, IT Business Partners for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) and he is responsible for all aspects of IT for BCA. His focus is on driving customer advocacy, strategy alignment, value delivery and technology leadership. Prior to this, he was the IT Director for Manufacturing & Quality Systems for Boeing driving factory automation and shopfloor systems modernization across both Commercial and Defense businesses within Boeing. Earlier, as director of IT International for Boeing IT, Vishwa was responsible for implementing the IT International strategy and ensuring operational excellence at all international Boeing sites and programs. In his pre-Boeing life Vishwa has worked for companies like Honeywell and Cambridge Technology Partners in a variety of cross functional roles. Vishwa holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad, India.