Advisory Board

CIS Program Advisory Board

The CIS Program has established a Program Advisory Board whose members are currently enjoying challenging careers in the IT field.

The charge of the board is to annually review the CIS curriculum to determine the relevance of its course offerings to current IT positions.

Because the board members are actively engaged in applying information technology, they are in a unique position to recommend courses in emerging technologies to fill corporate positions for which there are limited number of qualified applicants.

The input from these members has resulted in changes in the program curriculum and also the offering of CIS topics courses.

The board members are also an invaluable resource for identifying current employment opportunities for our graduates, often serving as organizational mentors for internship experiences and sharing professional experiences with individual classes on IT topics.

Advisory Board Members

Jason Judd

Program Director, Project Login

Jason Judd joined Educate Maine as the Project>Login Program Director after 12 years with Maine Central Institute (MCI) in Pittsfield. In his time at MCI, Jason served in a variety of roles including as an English Teacher, Academic Counselor, Director of Academic and Career Planning, Director of Studies, and Dean of Academics. He received his B.S. from the University of Maine at Farmington, his M.S. from the University of Southern Maine, and he will soon receive his Ed.D. from Northeastern University.

Jason is the Chairperson for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Board of Trustees. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and program/project development and is highly regarded by both Maine’s academic and business communities.

Kelly Rickert

Director of Workforce Development - Office of Information Technology

Kelly Samson-Rickert, is the Director of Workforce Development for the State of Maine, Office of Information Technology. Kelly, is a graduate of University of New England, James Madison University, and Shenandoah University. She holds an advanced degree in organizational leadership.

Prior to her career with the State, she held leadership positions with McDonald's Corporation, K-12 and Higher Education in human resources and workforce development. She is an adjunct professor for the education leadership doctoral program at the University of New England.

Kelly has been instrumental in creating the Office of Information Technology Intern/Mentorship Program. She partners with universities, colleges, and businesses to enhance community relations and highlight the exciting opportunities the State of Maine's Office of Information has to offer. She is eager to learn best practices and research leading trends to better the workplace. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to learn about the careers in computer science and information technology. "If we can inspire one student to attend college, one student to advance their skills to achieve a career path in technology, one student to achieve their goal, we have fostered the environment for our future citizens to lead for tomorrow."

Paul Fraser

Director of Information Technology

Paul Fraser is the Director of Information Technology for the City of Auburn, Maine. He holds an Associates Degree in Digital Electronics from a community college in Michigan and a BS in Applied Sciences from the University of Maine at Augusta.

He is currently a retired parent and casual student. He has always sought knowledge for it's own sake, and has skimmed around the edges of academia for the last 40 years. After a short stint as a traditional student, he began working in the IT field: first as a media technician in a Michigan high school, then as a service manager for an Apple Education retailer and then as a Senior Systems Analyst for the University of Michigan.

A minor navigational error led him to Maine, where he worked a brief while as a DBA for CMP and then through a succession of roles for the City of Auburn. The Auburn gig was just to have been for a couple of years to "establish a Maine credential" , but it sort of stuck. For 23 years...

DeeDee Reardon

Distance Education Web Design Specialist at USM Muskie School Public Service

DeeDee Reardon, an alumni of the UMA's Computer Information Systems post baccalaureate program, is currently employed as a Distance Education Web Design Specialist at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School Public Service.

DeeDee has 13 years of graphic and web design experience, working as part of an e-learning team developing projects for state and national partners. She is currently enrolled in the Masters in Adult and Higher Education Program at USM.

Barbara Bachman

Systems Analyst, Office of Information Technology

Barbara Bachman, an alumni of the UMA's Computer Information Systems bachelor's program and UMaine's Management Information Systems master's program, is currently employed as a Systems Analyst at the Office of Information Technology in Augusta.

Having experienced the role of student and adjunct instructor in the CIS program, Barbara has a unique perspective that will further the mission of the Program Advisory Board.

Brian D. Huntley


Brian Huntley is the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Information Security Advisor at CyberScout. Within this role, he is responsible for leading CyberScout’s NIST 800-53/FISMA-centered Information Security Program, around the company’s USA-CAN-IRL Cloud ASP- and Cloud UC-enabled business processes, and for maximizing external clients’ data security and business resiliency.

Brian’s 30+ years’ information/cybersecurity, privacy, and risk management leadership and senior staff experience around information systems planning, engineering, control, and operations within the financial services, electric utility, and public safety sectors includes international project experience with common carriers and electric utilities in eastern Europe and Canada, as well as similar cybersecurity leadership and program manager roles at TD Bank Group, Camden National Corporation, and MBNA America, and program management of Maine’s 2014 statewide risk analysis of grid protections required to mitigate impacts of solar flares on the resiliency of the state’s electric supply.

Richard Bryant

Senior Consultant, CGI

Rick Bryant is a senior consultant for CGI in Waterville Maine. Rick grew up in western Maine, earning a BA in Computer Information Systems from Thomas College in 1989. He has spent more than 20 years in the information technology industry. Richard Bryant has an extensive range of experience providing development, design, analysis, and management to multiple IT and Healthcare initiatives. He is seasoned in developing, coding, planning, modifying, managing, testing, implementing and leading business technology solutions.

Before joining CGI, Rick was the CIO of Ohio Employee Health Partnership (OEHP). OEHP manages worker compensation claims in the state of Ohio. Rick current lives in China Maine and enjoys snowmobiling and four wheeling as the Vice President of the China Four Season’s club.