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Meet the Advisory Board of the UW Master’s in Information Technology Management

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The 100% online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Information Technology Management is supported by an advisory board of IT leaders and industry professionals. Board members serve as advisors, ambassadors, and referral agents to the UW IT Management master’s degree program.

The advisory board meets bi-annually and members provide constructive feedback regarding changes in the IT industry and how those changes affect program graduates. These meetings ensure the IT Management curriculum stays relevant to evolving IT trends and demands.

UW IT Management Advisory Board Members


Erin Allen | Sargento Foods Inc.

Erin Allen is the Director of IT Strategy and Architecture at Wisconsin-based Sargento Foods Inc. Her team is responsible for technology innovation and working with business leaders in roadmap development that uses technology to accomplish business objectives.

Erin has more than 20 years in software development, IT practices, and digital strategy leadership. She has worked in several industries including technology, consumer product goods, automotive, and financial services and many Wisconsin companies like Harley-Davidson, Baird, and Miller Brewing Company (now known as Molson Coors Beverage Company).

“I’m excited to be part of the UW IT Management Advisory Board in helping expand others’ opportunities through education,” Erin said. “As a lifelong learner, I love learning a new skill and experiencing the latest in technology. Helping someone else grow their capabilities or find a new passion is even more rewarding.”


Robert Cordova | Milwaukee Bucks

Robert Cordova serves as Chief Technology & Strategy Officer for the Milwaukee Bucks. He is responsible for all technology infrastructure, business analytics, and information systems enabling the Milwaukee Bucks and its ancillary businesses. 

Robert is an innovative technology leader with more than 30 years of IT enterprise experience. Prior to his current role, Robert was the Principal Architect at AT&T where he was responsible for aligning the business goals of AT&T’s enterprise customers with AT&T solutions.


Scott Noles | Citizens Bank

Scott Noles is the Assistant Vice President—Information Security Officer at Citizens Bank. He and his team work to manage information security risks and IT operations. Scott has worked in various industries ranging from education, medical, construction, the U.S. military, and banking.

“As I look at the UW Information Technology Management program, I am excited to see the strong integration between the business and information technology,” Scott said. “Utilizing IT as a key strategic partner within a business is critical for effective communication and risk management. I look forward to serving on the UW IT Management Advisory Board and to provide support of this educational process.”


Laura Schmidt | Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition

Laura Schmidt serves as the Chief Talent Development Officer for the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition. She is responsible for talent pipeline strategies in K-20 education, as well as Re/Upskilling to support the Coalition’s goal to double the tech talent in the greater Milwaukee region.

Previously, she served as the Director of Corporate Engagement at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the Strategic Advisor to the Superintendent for the School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin, and as a Manager in Field Technology Systems at Northwestern Mutual.

“The Coalition is committed to doubling the tech talent in the greater Milwaukee region,” Laura said. “We absolutely cannot do this without a strong collaboration with our higher education partners. Providing opportunities for those in the workforce to upskill into new roles makes room for those who are just starting their careers.”


Mike Warner | Oshkosh Corporation

Mike Warner is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Oshkosh Corporation based in Wisconsin. Mike and his team—the Global Information Security Office—work with executive management across the corporation to reduce information security risks. His team’s role is to be a trusted advisor to the business and its people by identifying/capturing cyber risk, explaining it in business terms, presenting alternatives and ensuring risks are mitigated, avoided, or accepted. 

Prior to joining Oshkosh Corporation, Mike held various leadership and engineering positions with Fortune 1000 companies, and he was an officer in the United States Navy, serving during the Persian Gulf War.


David Webster | Uline

David Webster is the IT Director of Supply Chain Systems at Uline in Pleasant Prairie, WI. David “grew up” as a developer and architect developing web applications in Java, .Net, and SharePoint in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. In addition to his role on the UW IT Management Advisory Board, David has served in various board capacities for primary and post-secondary educational institutions. When he isn’t at work, he can often be found on the golf course, working on DIY projects around the house, or relaxing with his wife and four children.

“I am really excited about being part of the UW IT Management program,” David said. “The need for knowledgeable and capable IT leaders will continue to grow as the IT function continues to emerge as a strategic part of modern organizations.


Joel Williquette | Independent Community Bankers of America

Joel Williquette is the Senior Vice President of Operational Risk Policy at Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). Joel is a founding member of the UW IT Management Advisory Board and is an adjunct faculty member in the online program. While he is currently not serving on the advisory board, he is still actively engaged with the program and its students.




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