Chapter Board

Bruce Leidal 

Bruce Leidal
President,
Western NY SIM Chapter

Chief Information Officer,
Carestream 

bruce.leidal@carestream.com

Bruce Leidal is the Chief Information Officer at Carestream; a $2.5 billion worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions with over 8,000 employees.

Leidal leads Carestream’s global Information Technology (IT) organization focused on improving the company’s overall efficiency and effectiveness through the implementation of common processes and systems resulting in “The Carestream Way”.  He and his team also work closely with the key business leaders to design and implement new go-to-market solutions utilizing the integration of Carestream products with IT capabilities.

Previously, Leidal held executive positions at Hayes Lemmerz International, Systems Thinking, General Motors, and Federal-Mogul Corporation. He was a principle management consult at AT Kearney and gained his managerial and technical expertise while at EDS and Texas Instruments.

Leidal received a B.S. in Information Systems from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan,and has several certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).


 

 

Dave DeLaus
Vice President, Programs Co-Chair,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer,
Wegmans 

dave.delaus@wegmans.com

Wegmans Food Markets is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  Dave has served as Senior Vice President and CIO since July 2012.  He is responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution of all information systems supporting the company.  Prior to his role as CIO he was Vice President of IT Development. 

In his 30 year career with Wegmans, Dave has held numerous leadership roles including Division Manager-New Jersey, Director of Continuous Improvement, and Group Manager Produce.  He also spent several years in store operations. 

Dave is a 1986 graduate of St. John Fisher College where he earned a BS in Economics.  He also serves as vice-chair of the FMI Technology Leadership Board. 


 

 

Kim VanGelder
Programs Co-Chair,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President
Eastman Kodak 

kim.vangelder@kodak.com

Kim VanGelder joined Kodak in 1984. In 2004, she was appointed Chief Information Officer. The Board of Directors elected her a corporate vice president in 2004 and senior vice president in 2014. She reports to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke.

VanGelder’s early responsibilities included leading the Corporate group responsible for defining Kodak’s global IT architecture and standards. In 1996, she was appointed Director of the Global ERP Competency Center, where she built the organization responsible for supporting Kodak’s worldwide SAP implementation. In 2000, she was appointed Director of Information Technology for Kodak’s Research & Development organization, where she was responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of IT for worldwide R&D. In addition to her role as CIO, in 2007 she was asked to lead a set of initiatives focused on the transformation of key business processes across the company. In 2011, she assumed the additional role of Director of Worldwide Customer Operations, responsible for driving a more customer-centric, streamlined, and information-enabled go-to-market operating model.

VanGelder holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Financial Institutions, Inc.


 


Lisa Bobo
Marketing & Communications Co-Chair,
Western NY SIM Chapter

Former-Chief Information Officer,
City of Rochester 

lbobo@rochester.rr.com

Lisa Bobo is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the government technology space.  She currently applies her skills as a Senior Advisory Consultant, assisting the public and private sector with understanding and navigating the government landscape.  Prior to her current position, Lisa served as the CIO for the City of Rochester.  She was responsible for leading the city’s process and technology strategy, as well as overseeing the Information Technology (IT) operations for over 3000 City employees.  Lisa’s expertise includes organizational enterprise planning, alignment of strategy to technology initiatives, priority assessment, governance planning, vendor relationships, and overall focus on collaboration.

Lisa passion is finding synergy among groups to share ideas, and work towards common goals.  She is energized by the ability to connect people, ideas, and resources to provide for a stronger business advantage.

She serves on the boards for the Foodlink Organization, Western NY Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM), and the NYS Local Government Records Archive Committee.  Lisa has served as the Vice-President of the Metropolitan Information Exchange, a national government organization, and initiated the NYS City CIO group.  She was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Nien-Ling Wacker Visionary Award and was a finalist for the Rochester Great Awards.  In 2019, Lisa received the Key to the City of Rochester for distinguished service.


 

 

Chris Berson
Marketing & Communications Co-Chair,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Vice President, Chief Information Officer
DePaul Group

cberson@depaul.org

Chris Berson is Chief Information Officer for the DePaul Group, a progressive, private not-for-profit organization founded in 1958, committed to providing the highest quality services to individuals living under challenging circumstances, where he is responsible for driving the evolution and execution of the DePaul's technology strategy.

Prior to joining DePaul, Chris operated as a consultant in the international banking and financial arena before leading the Information Systems group for a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust having a total market cap of $7.6 billion, and operating in 9 states.  Overall, Chris has worked in information technology across several industries for more than 30 years.

Chris’s undergraduate studies were in Applied Physics, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K.  He also obtained an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, and is a certified Project Management Professional.


 

 

John F. Milazzo, Jr.
Membership Chair,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Chief Information Officer,
Kodak Alaris, Inc.

john.milazzo@kodakalaris.com

John is the Chief Information Officer for Kodak Alaris, Inc.

Formed in 2013, Kodak Alaris is an independent, global technology company on a mission to unlock the power of images and information for businesses and consumers.  Kodak Alaris consists of four business units:

• Kodak Moments
• Alaris
• PPF
• AI Foundry

John joined Kodak Alaris, Inc. in September of 2013, when the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) completed its acquisition of these businesses from the Eastman Kodak Company.  

Prior to joining Kodak Alaris, Inc, John spend over 30 years with the Eastman Kodak Company in a variety of leadership positions in their World Wide Information Systems organization.  He was responsible for leading application and infrastructure development groups as well as outsourcing teams.  John also worked in both the Purchasing and Mergers and Acquisitions organizations.  

John holds a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science as well as an MBA.  He is also an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College in Rochester New York, where he has taught a variety of computer science courses since 1988.


 


Thomas DeGrave
Finance Chair / Treasurer,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Vice President, Information Technology
Enalas, LLC 

tom.degrave@enalasconsulting.com

Tom DeGrave is Vice President, Information Technology for Enalas Consulting, a Rochester Top 100 Company (2018/2019) providing expertise in online marketplaces, warehouse & global logistics and product design & development.  Tom was formerly Director, Global Application Services at Carestream; a $2.5 billion worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions with over 8,000 employees.

Tom's prior experience at Carestream included managing a global application portfolio including design, development, implementation, maintenance and support.. Before that, Tom held positions at VWR International LLC and General Electric Corporation. 

Tom is a graduate of GE’s Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP). His undergraduate studies were in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Penn State.


 

Carol Schmitt
Board Secretary,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

IT Relationship Manager (Retired),
City of Rochester 

carol.schmitt@cityofrochester.gov

Carol Schmitt is an IT Relationship Manager with the City of Rochester, supporting six City departments responsible for providing public facing services and operations.

Carol helps to define and manage the development and deployment of strategic automation improvement initiatives within defined business segments of the City.  In that role, she provides guidance to decision makers, clarifies principles for desirable behavior in the use of IT and  monitors business objectives and changes to uncover the need for process or technology changes.  Carol works with City departments to analyze their overall needs, helping them plan for the future and find solutions which can be used City-wide.

Spanning her 30 year career, Carol has held also held leadership positions with the City of Rochester in the areas of Geographic Information Systems, Web development, SQL Server Database Administration, Technical Infrastructure and leading applications development for mainframe computing systems.

Carol received a B.A. in Computer Science from SUNY Oswego.

 
 

 

Brad James
Director At-Large,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Senior Vice President,
Chief Technology Officer,
Tompkins Financial Corporation 

bjames@tompkinsfinancial.com

Brad James has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Tompkins Financial Corporation since November 2012. Tompkins Financial is the financial services holding company for The Bank of Castile, Mahopac Bank, Tompkins Trust Company, VIST Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies and Tompkins Financial Advisors operating in Western, Central and the Hudson Valley New York and Northeast Pennsylvania with $6.7 Billion in assets and 1,200 employees.

Brad is responsible for managing the Information Systems and Technology division for Tompkins Financial, which includes planning and achieving Tompkins Financial Corporation’s goals with an emphasis on Information systems strategy, use of technology, service, quality, and efficiency resulting in sustainable excellence.

Previously, he held numerous leadership positions over his 20 years with the company; most recently Vice President of Information Technology Services where he was responsible for Telecommunications and Electronic Customer Delivery Channels.

Brad earned his B.A.S degree in Computer Engineering from The Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and is an active community participant with local Youth Sports programs and the Relay for Life.

 
 

Steve_Brooks.jpgSteven Brooks
Director At-Large,
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Former-Chief Information Officer,
ITT 

stephen.brooks@itt.com

Steve Brooks joined ITT in August 2014 as Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, IT for the Industrial Process Value Center.
 
Working with the Industrial Process team to support and enable business strategies, Steve led the development of strategic plans and directed information applications and technology deployment on a global basis.
 
Steve joined ITT after 17 years at Textron, serving as a Director of Information Technology for both Kautex and Textron Aviation. He has held a variety of positions such as ERP Project Director and Project Manager throughout his career.
 
Steve holds an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Dartmouth College. He is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.



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Darlene Ernstberger
Candidate:  Programs Co-Chair
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Chief Information Officer,
Alaris Division, Kodak Alaris, Inc.

darlene.ernstberger@kodakalaris.com

Darlene Ernstberger is the Chief Information Officer for the Alaris division of Kodak Alaris, Inc.  Kodak Alaris is a global technology company comprised of four businesses – Alaris, Kodak Moments, PPF, AI Foundry.  The Alaris division is a leading provider of information capture solutions that simplify business processes with smart, connected scanning solutions powered by decades of image science expertise. 

Darlene joined Kodak Alaris, Inc. in September of 2013 where she held the positions of IT Director, Global Applications as well as IT Director for Global Infrastructure and Contract Management.  Prior to Kodak Alaris, Darlene held numerous technical and leadership positions at Eastman Kodak Company.

Darlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business.  She is a graduate of SIM’s RLF program and completed the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways Leadership Development Program.  In 2018 she was awarded 2018 Ones to Watch by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. 


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Drew Saur
Candidate:  Programs Co-Chair
Western NY SIM Chapter 

Chief Information Officer,
Palmer Family of Companies

dsaur@palmerfoods.com

Drew D. Saur is a specialist in technology commercialization and systems engineering, with over 30 years of experience managing technology, creating corporate technology infrastructure, evaluating technical trends, and developing and marketing technology products and services.

Currently, Drew is the Chief Information Officer for The Palmer Family of Companies, which includes G&C Foods in Syracuse, NY; Palmer Food Services in Rochester, NY; and Palmer’s Direct To You Market in Rochester, NY.

Drew has spent the majority of his career as a senior technology leader, building high-functioning technology teams with a humanistic approach for Software Engineering and IT initiatives. His leadership focus is on creating and strengthening the relationships between engineers and their customers by concentrating on aspects of empathy and trust. He is a regular guest lecturer at regional colleges, including the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he speaks to software engineering seniors and graduate students about this topic. He currently serves on the RIT Software Engineering Industry Advisory Board.

Drew also serves as President for the Honeoye Falls-Town of Mendon Historical Society, as well as President of the Mendon Foundation, a not-for-profit land trust that preserves open spaces in the Town of Mendon, and which is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Lehigh Valley Trail throughout Monroe County under contract with the Monroe County Parks Department.