Sales & eCommerce
Business & HR
Marketing & Outreach
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Devers began his career as an information professional working as a marketing
representative for IBM. He spent years as a CIO for major retailers and a CEO for smaller
technology firms operating both domestically and internationally. He also served on a
number of company and industry boards. Mr. Devers managed to develop a few technical
innovations during his career, e.g. debit card, supply chain management, and direct
Internet stock sales. He holds a Master’s degree in physics from the University of Notre
Former Board Chair and Current Secretary
Mr. Gillman has more than 25 years in technology, over seventeen of which are in
embedded systems. He is the co-owner of San Juan Software, a company focused on
wireless sensor and control networks, and he is active in the ZigBee Alliance. Tim has
been involved with InterConnection since 2003.
Mr. Sidhu is the Founder and President of in Tech Consulting, an I.T. consulting firm serving the Greater Seattle Area since 2013. He has over 15 years of experiencing in the Information Technology field. Raj is a passionate technologist that loves to leverage technology to make businesses more efficient. He has a BSc from Eastern Washington University. He has been a board member since 2018.
After 10 years working in the tech sector at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, start-up web development companies, and in the corporate sector, Ben Peters has spent the past 10 years working in international development and emergency response programs. His focus has been on economic development and youth empowerment programming in conflict and post-conflict zones. Recently returned to Seattle, he is focusing his efforts on non-profits addressing issues closer to home. Ben has a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MBA from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and is completing an MA in International Studies from University of Washington’s Jackson School.
Sajani Amarasiri currently serves as the S&OP lead for Microsoft Surface Refurbished Devices. She is also the founder and CEO of Colombo Cooperative which is one of the first coworking spaces in her native country Sri Lanka. Sajani’s passion for giving technology to under served communities is fueled by personal experiences and witnessing first hand the difference it makes to have access to technology in connecting the world and creating opportunity.
A marketing professional with ten years of experience in marketing and sales, Mr. Mortensen has managed sales and marketing teams to execute all B2B and B2C marketing programs. He has led and participated in several successful projects ranging from B2B acquisition, online store launches and content strategy implementation to web site design, email campaigns, and marketing automation. He is currently a Product Marketing Manager for Projectline Services. He holds an MA in International Communication from Macquarie University in Sydney, and an MA in Corporate Communication from Aarhus University in Denmark.
Dr. Venczel is the Director of the Global Health Security Project and Senior Technical Advisor at PATH. She also serves as a technical expert for working groups on polio eradication and Zika virus response. As the director of PATH’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) projects, Linda is responsible for the strategic direction of the program and provides general technical assistance as needed. Linda has a long history of leading public health initiatives and managing partnerships to combat epidemics and vaccine preventable diseases across the globe. Prior to joining PATH in 2014, she served as Senior Program Officer for seven years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focused on expanding programs in new vaccine introduction, designing operational research to improve coverage in hard to reach populations, and was the focal point for polio eradication. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and is a Rotarian. She received her PhD and MSPH from the University of North Carolina and is an epidemiologist and microbiologist. Linda joined the InterConnection.org board in August
Sumi Paranjape is the Director for Health and Science at Vulcan. In her role, Sumi combines her passions for global health, biomedical science and technology to tackle pressing problems in global health, medicine, and conservation. Sumi’s team works on pandemic surveillance and forecasting solutions for front-line health workers. Sumi spent her early career researching the mechanisms of atherosclerosis, cancer and dengue fever. She left the lab to accept a AAAS Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State/Cooperative Threat Reduction program. She subsequently joined the Department of Defense/DTRA where she served as a Regional Lead for Southeast Asia. Under her leadership, her teams launched innovative and enduring multi-million-dollar programs for health security in Pakistan, India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Sumi holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from UC San Diego, an MPH from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mr. Peterson is currently at Expedia in global product management, driving e-commerce customer engagement, loyalty and supplier programs.
Robert has over 20 years of product management, operations and marketing experience including Microsoft, Amazon where he developed and launched new products. His previous work in emerging markets around the globe created a passion for leveraging technology to unlock social and economic opportunity for underserved communities and organizations.
He holds an MBA from Seattle University. He has been a board member since 2018.
Former Chairman of the Board
Ms. Budlong is the principal/owner of Budlong Consulting which supports marketing and operations management in both corporate and start-up environments. Past employers and positions include United Telecommunications Group Indonesia / Malaysia as General manager of international projects including business development in Asian market entry and expansion for a company providing customer service outsourcing. Also, Hutchison Whampoa / Pacific Century Singapore as Vice president of operations for a start-up satellite service venture, responsible for pan-Asian project management, tech support, logistics and customer service. Locally, U S WEST Cellular of Bellevue as Marketing management for network services, regional marketing, customer communications and loyalty programs and Physio-Control Corporation of Redmond as Strategic planning, market research and product management for this medical device manufacturer.
Maryann has also worked with government and nonprofit economic development programs advising owners of small and medium-size enterprises (SME). Her business and public administration degrees (BABA, MPA) are from Seattle University.
Former Treasurer and Board Director
Mr. Smith currently serves as the President of Talking Rain Beverage. Previously he served as the CFO of Mobisante following his role as CFO of SonoSite, Inc., a public traded (NASDAQ) company and the world leader in point-of-care ultrasound until 2012 when he led the sale of the company to FujiFilm, Inc. Prior to SonoSite, Mr. Smith was the Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Medical Systems where he led strategic and M&A initiatives in critical care, cardiac care, new ventures and emerging markets. Prior to Philips, he was a Vice President of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, in New York and London. Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University, a master’s degree in international affairs (economic and political development) from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia
Former Board Director
Mr. Aldridge has over 20 years of experience in IT product development strategy and marketing, with 15 years specifically at Microsoft in senior marketing and product planning roles. As a Group Manager at Microsoft, he drove the strategy and programs for Base of the Pyramid technology incubation, including piloting and researching the impact of eLearning on the sustainability of rural Internet cafes (kiosks) in 300 Indian villages, examining the potential for SMS-based services on basic mobile phones, and developed pioneering research on understanding the needs of China’s 800M rural citizens. While at Microsoft he also founded the Design for Development Award as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup – challenging computer science students around the world to use user- centric design to create relevant technology for people who make less than $8 a day. Michael was invited to join the board of InterConnection in August of 2009. He is currently the Senior Manager of Digital Journey Imagineering at Microsoft and has a BA in Chinese and African History and Politics from Colorado College.