Manoj A. Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University and the President of TWB. Manoj brings to TWB his global experience as a supervising Information Systems (IS) professor and advocate of social change. His research interests are emerging technologies, data science, and social computing. His recent research targets the development and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in areas of public health and education. In 2018 he was selected as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, UK, where he will work over summer.
Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. She holds a current CPA licence in both Pennsylvania and Utah. She began her career with KPMG in Salt Lake City, and currently works for small accounting firm in Thorndale, Pennsylvania. In the past Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the Coatesville Area Public Library. Jen brings her passion for community service and her accounting skills to TWB, guiding the teams tax, accounting and auditing needs.
Debra is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practiced first as a nurse then as an emergency medicine doctor for 34 years in the USA. As a 25-year member and Senior Editor of the Wilderness Medical Society she has worked in austere environments, respecting and understanding the challenges her colleagues face in low-resource countries. She is a founding member, the medical advisor and the secretary/treasurer of TWB. Using her experience in emergency and wilderness medicine she guides the team in medical dialogue, outreach and marketing.
Yan brings her intellectual curiosity for data and emergent information technologies, and her passion for designing and building things to TWB. She has oriented her career in the direction that integrates research, teaching, and practice in the realm of information science. Her research focuses on data and knowledge management areas such as data mining, data warehousing, and semantic technologies with an emphasis on exploring the synergies between information systems and data analytics. Her other research stream focuses on developing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions for under-served population in low-resource areas and improving social inclusion in healthcare. Prior to joining CGU, she was a data scientist in industry with hands-on experience in advanced analytics, machine learning, and big data platforms.
Professor Lorne Olfman is the Director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), Claremont, California. In addition to his supervision of graduate students he brings to TWB his research experience in how software can be learned and used in organizations, the impact of computer-based systems on knowledge management and education, and the design and adoption of systems used for group work. As an active member of the Information Systems community, Lorne has co-authored 161 refereed articles including 61 in journals, 28 as book chapters, and 75 as conference papers. He is a Senior Editor of the AIS Transactions on Human Computer Interaction.
Julia is originally from Louisiana, USA and as such brings that southern hospitality to any scenario. She is passionate about operational and administrative systemization allowing small / medium sized teams to build workflow processes that maximize reporting and financial efficiency. She brings to TWB her specialty in non-profit management as a leader in the social impact sector.