Maureen brings over 30 years’ experience in strategic planning and large project implementation for IT as well as development, operations and project management expertise. She has a significant background with large telecommunications systems, utilities, Healthcare, Manufacturing, real estate investment and hardware service providers. Her specialty areas are Strategic Planning, Portfolio/Program Management, Change Management and software architecture and development, as well as IT organizational design and development and coaching/mentoring.
Ms. Vavra most recently worked with Hitachi Data Systems, joining them in 2000 as VP Web and Global Reporting Applications, and later had oversight for all Development Applications Projects, Support and Resource Management for HDS global ITS organization, as well as change management and communication. Prior to joining HDS, Maureen spent seven years with Delta Dental Plan of California as Vice President of their software subsidiary and later authored a Technology Plan for Delta, serving as their CTO in 1999. Maureen spent her early IT years in positions at Pacific Bell (now SBC/AT&T) working in customer records and billing. She was Executive Director of the organization which completed implementation of the first two phases of Pac Bell’s Strategic Billing initiative in 1992, renovating the billing product for 11 million business and residential customers.
Ms. Vavra is active in several IT professional organizations, and taught a post-graduate class called "Building a World Class IT Organization" at the HAAS Graduate School at UC Berkeley. She served 2 years as President of Campus IT Solutions, a non-profit association that works in association with SF State to further IT Careers and specialties in university and graduate education, and is a past president of the SV Society for Information Management [SIM]. Maureen has been a Senior Advisor for CISE, the Consortium of Information Systems Executives and a long time IEEE Member. She is also a co-author of the book CIO Wisdom.
Maureen graduated with a BA in Psychology from Occidental College in Pasadena, California, and the UC Berkeley Executive Program. She continues to take post graduate classes at both Berkeley and Stanford. She was an Advisory Board Member of the GLOW Foundation 2007-2011, and currently serves as technical and Program Management advisor for Pescadero Conservation Alliance. She has been a management coach and mentor for Women Unlimited, Inc., since 2000.
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