Mentors

Women in Technology–Mentors

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2019 CUGC Women in Technology Mentors


Esther Barthel

Esther Barthel

Solutions Architect, cognition IT; Citrix Technology Professional (CTP)
CUGC Women in Technology Team Leader

With a MS in Computer Science, Esther is a passionate technology professional, and especially loves to design new VDI infrastructures based on the Citrix product portfolio, and automate the implementation and administration tasks with PowerShell scripts. Esther is also a CTP and very active in the CUGC community as a forum moderator and a member of the Content Working Group.

Jane Cassell

Jane Cassell

Architect, HPE; Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA)

Jane has over 25 years of IT experience, and is a Senior End User Computing, Mobile & Virtualization Specialist/Architect. She was also recently featured as the CUGC November Member of the Month.

Jo Harder

Jo Harder

Cloud Architect & Industry Analyst, Finastra; Tampa CUGC Leader; Citrix Technology Professional (CTP)

Jo has been involved with virtualization for 17 years. She was a Senior Architect at Citrix for 11 years and has subsequently held consulting, architecture, and product management roles. As a CTP and active community member, she focuses on XenApp/XenDesktop user experience topics, including peripherals, HDX/ICA, monitoring, and applications.

Cathleen Leik

Cathleen Leik

Senior Systems Engineer, Tad Rogers Consulting

Cathy has been working in IT since the late 80s, starting with the American Heart Association in Phoenix, Arizona. She got involved with Citrix in 1996 when the pharmaceutical company she worked for implemented it for remote access, and fell in love with WinFrame! She currently works for a small IT consulting firm in West Michigan that utilizes VMWare and Microsoft products in addition to Citrix.

Theresa Miller

Theresa Miller

Founder 24x7 IT Connection, LLC; Citrix Technology Professional (CTP)

The Founder of 24x7 IT Connection, with over 20 years of hands-on technical experience specializing in virtualization, messaging and collaboration. In addition to earning a MBA, Theresa is industry-recognized as a Citrix CTP, VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft MVP. She feels truly honoured to be part of this mentoring program and is looking forward to working with her mentees!

Rene Reighard

Rene Reighard

Owner, Ponytail Technology

Rene started out in the program as a CUGC Women In Technology mentee, under the mentorship of Jo Harder, and has now stepped up as a mentor. She's currently a Senior Systems Architect/Engineer with a wide range of skill sets focusing on virtualization technologies--including Citrix XenApp/ XenDesktop, Provisioning Server, NetScaler, Microsoft Active Directory, VMware, networking and infrastructure design.

Sarah Vogt

Sarah Vogt

Citrix Infrastructure Engineer, Greenberg Traurig; CUGC Steering Committee; Orlando CUGC Leader

Sarah began with Citrix WinFrame 1.7 for basic remote access, which led to consolidating Greenberg Traurig's massive law library CD towers and is now used for everything from remote access, to application consolidation, to centralized virtual desktops both for dedicated road warriors as well as pools for billing tasks. She also works with Netscaler for two factor authentication as the firm is accessible 24/7/365. Sarah joined the CUGC Steering Committee in 2017 and is a proud leader of the Orlando CUGC. 

Jeannine Watanabe

Jeannine Watanabe

Director of IT, Cox Communications

Jeannine brings over 20 years of IT experience to the program, and has served in the role of Director of IT since 2006.

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