Computing Advisory Board

The Computing Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of computing professionals from leading technology businesses in the greater Jacksonville area. Its vision is to assist the School of Computing in defining and attaining its goals and strategic plans and in providing guidance to maintain high caliber undergraduate and graduate educational programs. The CAB provides many resources for the School of Computing such vital insight on new trends in the industry as well as funding and networking for students.


Link to CAB By-laws


2014-2016 Board Members:


Mark Bishop is a technology leader that is passionate about delivering outstanding results in new product development, custom software application development and enterprise program management.  His leadership experience over 20 years has ranged from small technology startups to larger companies in ecommerce, ebusiness and digital video solutions. Mark is committed to fostering a collaborative team environment, encouraging a learning culture and continuously improving toward the most effective development processes.  Mark received a bachelor degree with honors in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida.

  Mark Bishop
   Darren Bounds



Darren Bounds is a long time Internet entrepreneur and currently co-founder and CTO of social sports start-up SportsYapper. Bounds has a history of innovative business ventures having previously founded Jacksonville-based social recruiting startup Path.To and earlier company Cliqset, a social web aggregator, recognized by ReadWriteWeb as one of the top Internet technology achievements of 2008. Bounds is also a well-known web standards advocate and is co-author to popular Internet standards such as OAuth (RFC 5849) and ActivityStreams.




As Chief Executive Office of Analytics Partners, Lisa Davis has over 15 years of industry experience. Her experience is specializing in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Analytics capabilities with a large implementation, integration and deployment of business intelligence software over various platforms. In the last 10 years she has served as a member of numerous internal consulting groups with Fortune 100 companies in the healthcare and financial industries. Most recently, Lisa was named as one of the 75 most influential people in healthcare in North Florida. She is very involved in community service in the Jacksonville area. While she serves on the Computing Advisory Board, she also sits on the board of the UNF Library Dean’s Council where she is an active participant committed to the mission, service and advocacy of UNF’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library.

 Lisa Davis
   David Dickson



David Dickson, PMP, VP Enterprise Solutions for Allstate Benefits, has 20+ years experience with various technologies in the financial services space. At Allstate, David leads the Open Systems application development team, servicing all of Allstate Benefits’ clients facing applications for AB’s external and internal facing customers. Prior to Allstate, David spent several years consulting for IBM Global Services and Prudential Life. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of North Florida. In his free time, David enjoys coaching soccer, spending time with his family of four and reading Christian literature.




Paul Elliott is a veteran Rubyist, developer, consultant, and refugee from the world of Java enterprise development. You may know him from past talks at RubyKaigi and jQuery Conf, or from his brief stint on the hit 80's children's TV show "Romper Room". He frequently hosts the Ruby5 podcast and is the maintainer of Fabrication, an open-source Ruby gem for object generation. He is passionate about code, consulting, and motorcycles.

 Paul Elliot
   Trent Gavazzi



Trent Gavazzi is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Availity, managing all aspects of the company’s technology, health plan operations, and platform solutions. Gavazzi joined Availity in 2009 after serving as the CEO of QuickWaters Software, a startup software company providing risk management software products for C-level executives in investment banking and trading organizations. His 19 years of experience ranges from small, agile software startups, to mature corporations. Gavazzi began his career on Wall Street at Nomura Securities. He was a Wall Street and Technology Gold Book Profiles in Excellence recipient in 2005 and 2006. Gavazzi is a graduate of Buffalo State University where he received his degree in Computer Information Systems. He and his family reside in Jacksonville, Florida.




Kevin Gouin, SVP, Enterprise Technology Services and Real Estate, began his career with FIS in 1989.  In his current role, Gouin manages FIS Corporate Systems development, Technology Project Management office, the Office of the CIO as well as Enterprise Security projects. Gouin previously supported FIS’ technology center management to include operations, technology services and network management. Prior to that, he worked in the mortgage industry at CPI (LPS). He has 25+ years in IT services management. Gouin holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of North Florida.

 Kevin Gouin
   Melissa Hong


Melissa Hong, PMP, President and founder of Visual Solutions Inc. (VSI), has served various industries, such as, health, technology, insurance, and government industries with project management, technical and non-technical staff augmentation, custom application development, infrastructure, and training services. Melissa worked for IBM, FPL, and CSX prior to starting her own firm. She has received numerous awards, including, but not limited to: Small Business Center Leader of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, and Woman Firm of the Year from First Coast Business Alliance. Her company was recently selected as one of the top Diversity Business Award winners. Melissa is active in leadership roles for regional non-profit and professional organizations, such as the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Chair, Dean Leadership Council Board at the University of North Florida, and Northeast Chapter of Project Management Institute. She is a UF graduate, and resides in Jacksonville with her husband and sons.



Ben McDonald is the Director of R&D for RF-SMART, a Jacksonville based software logistics company.  He studied software development at Georgia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Ben previously worked at Hashrocket, a leading Ruby on Rails consulting firm, where he was instrumental in growing the company from 5 to 35 employees and from $0 to $6 million in revenue over a period of 2 years.  Ben also launched a social media tool called HashAlbum which aggregated photos posted to Twitter by Hashtag.  He lives in Jacksonville with his wife Sherry and their 3 kids, Noah, Jude and Lily.

 Ben McDonald
   David Reichard


David Reichard is the President and CEO of Alluvion Staffing and has held the position since the company was founded in 2000. Under Mr. Reichard’s leadership, Alluvion was named the 11th fastest growing private company in North Florida for 2013. Prior to joining Alluvion, Mr. Reichard spent 5 years as a Project Management Consultant with companies including Prudential and AT&T. Mr. Reichard’s professional career started with AT&T Universal Card (UCS) in 1990. During his 5 year tenure, UCS became the first service organization to win the Malcolm Baldrige Quality award. Mr. Reichard spent most of his 5 years at UCS leading the UI design and implementation of CRM systems that were nationally recognized by the Smithsonian Institute. Mr. Reichard earned his bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.



As Executive Vice President of Harris Computer Systems, Jim Simak is focused on commercial software offerings and vertical software solutions for local governments and municipal utilities. Jim brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial software development, management and service delivery. He has worked for several startups as well as several Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Computer Science Corporations, General Dynamics and Lockheed. Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and continued graduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his MBA from Jacksonville University

 Jim Simak