Meet the ctcLink project team!

ctcLink leadership is in the process of posting positions, interviewing and hiring for the full ctcLink Core Team that will work with the selected vendor’s team and individual college teams/subject matter experts as we implement ctcLink over the next several years.

As new team members join us, we’ll introduce them here on the blog. To get things started, while many of you already know many of us, we wanted to introduce the team we have in place so far so you can put names (and emails, blog posts, phone calls) to faces.

From Left: Barbara Martin, Project Director; Jackie Mellom, Project Administrator; Tara Keen, Process/Functional Manager; Bob Adams, SBCTC Project Management Office; Reuth Kao, Organizational Change Project Lead; Janelle Runyon, Communications Lead

Barbara Martin has held leadership roles at three different community colleges within our system. Before that, she was involved in a systems implementation similar to ctcLink at a K-12 district in Alaska. As ctcLink project director, Barbara is responsible for overall project direction, daily implementation activities, leading the project team and facilitating interaction with the selected vendor. Special talent: multi-tasking and being in two (sometimes three) places at once.

Jackie Mellom is responsible for all the administrative tasks required to manage the ctcLink project, including tracking budget reports, issues/risk reports, schedules, resource assignments, and much more. While new to higher education, she recently worked as project administrator for a three-year, global ERP project that spanned three countries and Europe. She lives in Marysville and adores her daily commute to Bellevue.

Tara Keen will be managing a team of functional project leads for each module area (HR/Payroll, Student, Finance, Financial Aid, Reporting/Analytics) and will oversee all aspects of a successful conversion to new software and business process redesign (no pressure). Prior to ctcLink, she was a consultant with SBCTC Bellevue (CIS) since 1998, then product manager for the Financial Aid System before moving to project management for enterprise-wide projects. Tara has first-hand knowledge of our legacy system from her years at Bellevue College and SBCTC and has been busy learning about current ERP capabilities to ensure a smooth transition. She authored much of the ctcLink RFP Exhibits and might be able to recite the RFP and vendor proposals in her sleep.

Bob Adams is the director of the SBCTC project management office in Bellevue and is providing significant support to the ctcLink team. He has played several roles in the IT and consulting world, such as VP and product development for leading higher education companies, CIO roles in both private and government sectors and project manager for system integration companies, such as McDonnell Douglas and Best Consulting. He was also the SBCTC project director for the Lift and Shift Project. In addition to this critical and vast knowledge, Bob has other skills beneficial to the ctcLink team: making lists, assigning responsibilities, setting deadlines and meeting them. Basically, keeping ducks in a row (which comes in handy during hunting season).

Reuth Kao is responsible for implementing the overall Organizational Change Management Plan for the ctcLink project, which includes clear communication, timely training, and activities/tools to help guide people through the changes to come with ctcLink. Prior to ctcLink, Reuth was at TCC for more than 10 years in various student activities/services roles. While leading change is a huge responsibility with many moving parts, Reuth is ever the optimist and points out that every ctcLink milestone deserves a celebration. Can you say “party?”

Janelle Runyon is the communications lead for ctcLink (and co-change/party planner with Reuth). I’ll switch to the first-person now, since part of my job is ctcLink blogger. I’m responsible for communicating all aspects of the ctcLink project to internal and external audiences, and implementing communications strategies and activities that work. Prior to ctcLink, I was the communications director at SBCTC and served as college relations director at LCC for eight years. Personal goal: Having people say, “I’m so sick of hearing about ctcLink!”

About ctclinknews

ctcLink is a single, centralized system of online tools for student services and administrative functions for all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. In the next several years, ctcLink will be implemented on every campus, providing online tools for everything from admissions to graduation. The first three ("FirstLink") colleges came online in August 2015. A wave of 8 more colleges (cleverly named "Wave 1") will switch over to the new ctcLink system in August 2016, followed by Wave 2 in 2017 and Wave 3 in 2018.
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