NPower Establishes Regional Advisory Board for San Francisco Area IT Training and Job Placement Program for Veterans and Veteran Spouses


Published: April 27, 2017

“The decision to establish a regional advisory board is rooted in our deep belief that success for our students is dependent upon a strong network of committed partners,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer of NPower. “We will rely on our local regional advisory board members to support our program in many ways, including sharing expertise and advocating for NPower within the corporate and government communities and identifying and cultivating funding and engagement opportunities for our programs.” 

“Our preliminary goal in establishing a regional advisory board is two-fold,” said Dann Bergman, Regional Director of NPower CA, “First, our board will identify the skills needed today and in the future for a successful career in technology so that NPower can offer curricula that gets our students job-ready. Second, our board members will help us grow NPower’s CA reach and funding.” A number of members have engaged with NPower for several years as volunteer mentors and employers of paid internships for graduates. 

Regional board members are senior leaders in related fields aligned with NPower’s vision who understand how technology training can change the trajectory of a veteran’s career and benefit their families. Representatives have strong regional networks from diverse industries and backgrounds including: corporate, government, education, nonprofit and technology workforce development fields. Recruitment for the board is ongoing. Current members have begun to prioritize issues, topics and challenges affecting the development and sustainability of the regional program as well as provide strategic focus and leadership. 

NPower CA offers the NPower core IT training program in San Mateo and advanced training programs in Alameda. Training is followed by paid internship placements and job placement assistance. Both programs are offered to veterans and veteran spouses free of charge. 

NPower California Regional Advisory Board Members:

  • Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry. Bob Concannon is a Senior Client Partner within the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry International and a member of the Firm’s CIO/ IT Officers Practice. 
  • Jim Connor, Executive Producer/CEO with First Focus Learning Systems, the producer of the Game Changers show. He serves as a board member of Liftopia, Tabtor, KMVT Silicon Valley Media, the Angel Capital Association and Startup Learning.
  • Alicia Johnson, Managing Director with Accenture Operations. Accenture is a leading global professional services company that provides a range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.
  • Troy Johnson, Managing Director of Western Region Information Technology Services with Deloitte. Deloitte is one of the Big Four accounting firms and the largest professional services firm in the world by revenue and number of employees. Deloitte provides Audit, Tax, Consulting and Advisory services.
  • Corey Marshall, Director with Splunk4Good. Splunk, provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone.
  • Sean Miner, Executive Creative Director & Head of User Experience with QuinStreet. QuinStreet is the leader in digital performance marketing products and technologies.
  • Sean Perry, Chief Information Officer with Robert Half. Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, providing skilled professionals in the fields of finance, technology, and more. Sean Perry is responsible for global technology delivery.
  • Kris Stadelman, Director with NOVA Workforce Board. NOVA is an award-winning, top-ranked workforce board with a tradition of high performance, innovation and nimble customized responses to the labor market in the Silicon Valley.
  • Sylvie Veilleux, VP Information Technologies & Enterprise Information Security with Mozilla. Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.