Board of Directors for 2019 - 2021

Marianna Kind - President

Marianna Kind is a Director of Data Architecture. She has been with NWCT for over five years.

Marianna’s hobbies include oil painting, world traveling, yoga, quantum physics, human design and learning ancient philosophies.

Her second Master’s Degree in Computer Science was based on the programming explanation and web client/server set of applications of ancient philosophy Feng Shui.

Having two advanced Toastmasters Awards and the three years of leadership as the Comcast HQ club President, allowed Marianna to be elected as an Aria Director of Toastmasters International District. In 2018, she received Distinguished Toastmasters Award (DTM), which is the highest Toastmasters International Club honor. After traveling to over 70 countries, Marianna plans to visit six more in 2019. She speaks three languages and is learning Spanish.

Gail Reganato - Immediate Past President

Gail Reganato is the immediate past president of NWCT. Prior to that she was member at large. Gail also served on the NWCT board from 2002 to 2010. Gail is also active in the Society for Information Management (SIM).

Gail is currently a Director within the Informatics division of Independence Blue Cross. Her expertise is in using data and technology to solve business problems. Her entire career has been in healthcare and she has held positions at hospitals, health insurers, consulting firms and population management companies.

Gail earned her Master's in Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University and her B.S. in Biology from Ursinus College. Gail keeps in shape through going to the gym, hiking and biking. She enjoys traveling abroad and going to the Jersey shore. Gail is an avid reader, leads a book group and is trying her hand at writing her own book.

Anne Modestowicz - Treasurer

Anne Modestowicz is honored to serve as NWCT Board Treasurer. She has enjoyed membership in this valued organization since 1999, with a few breaks. Her past times include: Trail walking, nature and architectural photography, and ATV trail riding. She has been a 35-year dance enthusiast! Favorite styles: salsa, modern, ballroom, and line. Anne is the proud mother of 2 daughters, and her 3 granddaughters are her greatest delight.

Anne currently serves as Board Secretary for her high school in Rosemont, where she has been a Board member since 1995, and Secretary, since 2010. She earned her B.S. from Neumann University, and has engaged in IT finance, and IT healthcare roles since 1993

Jill Bulkin-Nuddle - Secretary

Jill Bulkin-Nuddle, MBA is an Information Technology and Quality Management Professional with extensive expertise in system development and migrations, Quality Assurance, Project Management and Process Improvements.

Her healthcare experience spans a national commercial payer, regional blue plan, and healthcare vendors supporting Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid. She also has experience in the financial sector at the Federal Reserve Bank and a vendor automating credit unions/banks.

Her niche is enhancing quality and eliminating waste by streamlining processes and the strategic application of technology. Jill is serving her second term as the Secretary for NWCT and is in a similar role for another non-profit for over ten years. She enjoys traveling in the US and abroad as well as biking and beaching at the Jersey shore.

Sara Canfield - Technology

Sara is honored to be serving as technology co-chair for the 2017-2019 term. She has been a life long mainframe programmer.  She started her career as a consultant for Levi, Ray and Shoup.   She then moved to MetLife, taking various lead positions in Corporate, Life Insurance and Disability.    She is now transitioning from the large scale mainframe environment to full stack web development.

As a transplant from the Midwest, Sara loves exploring Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. When not honing her coding skills her favorite activity is power walking the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Linda McKeena - Programs

Linda is the Director of Technical Conferences for the College of Technologists at Comcast. She has 30 years of experience in Engineering and IT, which includes 10 years in consulting. Her background in technical writing, training, systems analysis, and project management contributed to many successful projects, such as transitioning IT teams to leading technology processes, deploying communication networks, and managing software projects for transaction processing and network monitoring.

In her free time, Linda is working on her doctorate degree in innovation and leadership, and is compiling data for her dissertation on the underrepresentation of women in technical leadership. When not working or studying, she enjoys hiking, theater, and film.

Melissa Miller - Marketing

Melissa Miller is the Director of Information Technology for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She has been providing strategic leadership in the use of technology to increase efficiencies, improve processes and support innovations for the last 5 years. She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Rowan University, an M.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Penn, Melissa spent 8 years leading technology teams at La Salle University in a variety of roles including Enterprise Systems and Application Development. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys camping with the family in their RV, listening to audio books, and solving Escape Rooms with friends.

Diane Ess - Membership

Diane Ess is joining the NWCT board as Membership Co-Chair for the 2019-2021 term. Diane has 20 years of experience in IT and the telecommunications industry. She started her career in development and testing. She currently works as a business analyst focusing on trouble management and process improvement. Diane holds a BA in Computer Science from Temple University, an MEng in Computer and Software Engineering and an MBA from Widener University. She is also a Certified Scrum Master. When she is not working she loves to read and take walks in nature.

Laurie Martorano - Arrangements

Laurie began her career as a software developer and brings over 25 years of combined technical and leadership experience in IT. Laurie has worked for industry leaders in NYC and Philadelphia, most recently for a growing organization's SaaS Healthcare Compliance solution. Currently a Project Manger, Laurie oversees implementations for Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Device clients supporting and aligning project milestones and deliverable's. In her free time Laurie is an avid reader, enjoys exploring Philadelphia, traveling, and making wire jewelry.

Jean Burns - Marketing

Jean is currently the CTO of Kicstand. She has a diverse background with experience spanning many areas of business such as IT, Marketing, HR and product management. Grounded with an educational background in Biomedical Engineering and International Business she has built her career on designing solutions to address critical business needs.

Helen Sanders - Member at Large

Helen J Sanders is serving the board as a Member at Large. Helen has  previously served as Board Vice President as well Social Responsibility Committee Chair, where she helped organize the speed networking “Check out Tech” events at Drexel and Temple Universities.

Helen is a mother of three amazing children, step mom to three more beautiful daughters, and is married to our Membership Chair, Joe Sanders. Helen also serves on  the board of the Temple University Alumni Association as a Director at Large, is the Online Learning Track Lead for the Pennsylvania Banner User’s Group (PABUG) and is very active in the Oracle ODTUG user group - for whom she hosts a local Meetup.

Helen has a master's degree in Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing her second master's degree in Business Analytics. Follow Helen on twitter at @HelenJSanders and check out her blog at When she's not busy studying, serving others through volunteerism, or working, Helen enjoys being with friends, family and her two dogs.

Lori Nissim - Members at Large

Lori Nissim is ecstatic to be serving her second term as Arrangements Co-Chair for NWCT. Lori works as a Senior Technical Recruiter for IntePros Consulting.

When she’s not finding people careers in IT, she sings, spends time with family and travels. In fact, she’s traveled to 16 US States and 13 Countries, and is planning to explore some new cities internationally in 2018.

Lori is also involved in IIBA and PMI, and feels attending networking events hosted by them and NWCT give her the ability to make excellent connections and better understand IT Industry trends.

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