The School of Computing and Information Systems Advisory Board (CISAB) is composed of the School Director and at least 12 leading Computer Science and Information Systems experts in western Michigan. The Board meets twice each year and advises the school on curriculum development and continuing education. It also serves as an important contact between the school and the computing community.


  • Obtain advice on all matters pertaining to the Computer Science and Information Systems curriculum (goals, curriculum development, and modifications to content of current courses).
  • Keep current with the area company requirements for entry-level computing positions (both technical and non-technical skill requirements).
  • Communicate a clearer understanding of our CIS majors and minors.
  • Promote more job oportunities for our CS and IS graduates
  • Promote more internship opportunities for our CS and IS majors
  • Obtain advice on continuing education offerings. Explore the potential need for onsite company training.
  • Obtain guest lecturers and adjunct faculty from area companies.
  • Foster an understanding of the strengths and areas of specialization of the CIS faculty, who could serve as resources to companies.
  • Identify company personnel and their areas of expertise who could serve as resources to the School of Computing and Information Systems.
  • Identify areas of mutual interest in order to develop collaborative programs, such as joint research projects and faculty/industry exchanges.

Advisory Board Members

Jeff Kurburski
IT Vice President
Herman Miller, Inc.

Herman Miller

Jim Loznak
Engineering & Operations VP
The Iserv Company


Jim Slubowski
CIO & VP of Enterprise Operations
Priority Health

Priority Health

Gary Teskey
Director, Embedded Systems Software
GE Aviation Systems


Patrick O’Hare
SVP & Chief Information Officer
Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health

Robert Krestakos
Steelcase, Inc.


Dave Rodgers
Meijer, Inc.


Carl Erickson
President and Co-founder
Atomic Object LLC

Atomic Object

Jeff Reinke
Director Information Technology
National Heritage Academies

National Heritage Academies


Kevin Toren
Gordon Food Service

Gordon Food Service

Jeffrey Peterson
Vice President & CIO


Keith Brophy
Vice President of Enterprise Systems
RCM Tchnologies

RCM Technologies


Jason Coppens
IT Manager
Service Express, Inc.

RCM Technologies

Jim Schumacher
Senior VP
Information Systems and Technology
Auto-Owners Insurance

Auto-Owners Insurance