ISAB Information Systems Advisory Board


The vision of the Information Systems (IS) Advisory Board is to become a resource of contemporary methods and trends in the information systems field. Strategic targets and milestones are created accordingly with initial objectives in the development of relevant structure, policy, and charter.

As a strategic board, it intends to provide continuous, forward-thinking input and guidance and act as a think tank. The board aims to ensure that the Information Systems Department remains continuously relevant and be of maximum value to the students and faculty.


The core mission of the IS Advisory Board is as follows:

  • Ensure continuous relevance through high impact industry intelligence by way of concepts, best practices and methodology, and with value for all who utilize it;
  • Promote innovation with a progressive agenda by testing ideas and concepts with real companies;
  • Provide new channels for students to access mentorships and internships in the IS field, as well as communicating the local information technology (IT) and IS job market.

Please send updates to: Board Contact

Emil , Richard

Richard Emil

Richard Emil serves as Vice President, Managed Services at Connection. Richard has a track record of success in building IT service organizations and go to market strategies to support large enterprise clients through small to medium business along with state/local/education clients. During his IT career he has been responsible for developing managed service portfolios, operational delivery standards, support practices, sales, project management, organizational design, and associated support methodologies. Specializations include infrastructure management, service desk, life cycle services as supported through the ITSM/ITIL framework.

Bhatt , Sunil

Sunil Bhatt

Sunil Bhatt has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Enterprise IT, Data Communications, Information Security and IT Infrastructure Solutions in various verticals such as Manufacturing, BFSI, Telco, Retail, and Government. During his career journey, Sunil was part of Core Management group in building ICT solutions and services, presenting it to the customers & investors and growing the business globally. His key strength is building innovative IT solutions using emerging technologies such as Cloud, IoT, AI and smart technologies.

Dankha , John

John Dankha

John Dankha works for The City of Long Beach as an Operations Center Officer. John has 30 years in the IT field, with a wide range of experience focusing on enterprise infrastructure and applications. He is currently managing the City’s two data centers and a cloud data center (IaaS). Managing the entirety of server farm, Mainframe, storage, back up infrastructure and application, DR/BC and 24X7 operations.

Phelps IV ,  Thomas

Thomas Phelps IV

Thomas Phelps IV is the CIO and VP of Corporate Strategy for Laserfiche, a global provider of intelligent process automation and enterprise content management software. He leads the Business Innovation and Technology organization, which includes Information Technology, Business Transformation Office, Product & Customer Support, and Governance, Risk & Compliance departments—along with data analytics, industry marketing, analyst relations and strategic alliances. Previously, Thomas was PwC’s national entertainment and media champion for cybersecurity.

Ury, Frank

Frank Ury

Frank Ury is an Orange County leader in Technology Operations, Sales and Business Development with a background in setting infrastructure and IT operations strategies and roadmaps. Having served for 12 years as a Councilmember and Mayor of the City of Mission Viejo, his technology career includes senior technology positions in many major companies, including DXC Technology, HP Enterprise Services, Intel Corporation and Black and Decker. he served on the Board for the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Big DataOpen Data Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments.