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Our team

The Tambellini Group consists of a diverse team of people who are passionate about helping other people achieve business and personal success.  Members of the Tambellini Group bring unparalleled knowledge and experience that helps clients get results as many are former administrators, educators, marketplace executives, and industry experts.  Each member has many years of career achievements along with excellent client relationships.  The company is headquartered in Irvington, Virginia.

Vicki Tambellini
President and CEO

Vicki Tambellini has more than 30 years of experience and is an award-winning software company executive, author, blogger, consultant, guest-speaker, and entrepreneur. Ms. Tambellini has received numerous awards and honors from companies including PeopleSoft, Oracle, and NCR. She has been a guest speaker at SACUBO, the Oracle HEUG, E!Learning Summit Events, Smart Woman’s Network, Richmond Venture Forum, and numerous private venues.

Ms. Tambellini received a BS from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business. She received the Platinum Learning! Professional Certification Award from the Elearning! Institute in recognition of her contributions to the field of learning and her unselfish willingness to share her knowledge and expertise with peers.

Vicki Tambellini founded The Tambellini Group in 2001.

Mary Beth Cahill
ice President of Research

As head of research for The Tambellini Group, Mary Beth Cahill focuses on higher education technology trends and software strategies. Ms. Cahill has led numerous research efforts, specifically in the area of vendor ERP and Student Information System (SIS) software solutions, data and learning analytics, CRM, learning management, and social networking. Ms. Cahill is also the co-author of several published industry reports that provide senior executives with objective market insights and executive support for critical decision-making in higher education and education technology.

Ms. Cahill is the principal analyst and researcher for multiple ERP and SIS evaluation and review projects for institutions of all types and sizes across North America. She is the co-author of The Tambellini Group’s “Upgrade or Replace” and “Vendor Review” series of reports.

Before joining The Tambellini Group, Ms. Cahill was a Senior Technologist for Oracle. Prior positions include Oracle Technical Sales Support at Dataline, Inc., Database Technical Consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation, Senior Printing Systems Analyst for Xerox, and Marketing Support Analyst at Burroughs Corporation.

Ms. Cahill earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Richmond.


Mary McDaniel
Chief Marketing Officer

Mary McDaniel’s career has focused in the technology industry, leading organizations to exceed client expectations and deliver unparalleled results. She has a proven track record of creating awareness, demand, and preference for innovative technology. Ms. McDaniel has been active in developing thought leadership pertaining to higher education trends, challenges, and opportunities.

As Chief Marketing Officer of The Tambellini Group, Ms. McDaniel is responsible for corporate branding, marketing, and messaging. She oversees PR and media outreach, website content, and social media messaging.

Prior to joining The Tambellini Group, Ms. McDaniel served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Campus Management, where she was responsible for building a world-class team of marketing professionals to develop strategic messaging, positioning, and outreach. Previous positions include Director of Product Marketing at Oracle, Vice President of Marketing for a number of software technology market leaders, Director of Marketing and Communications for Systems & Computer Technology, and State & Local Government Specialist at Mississippi State University.

Ms. McDaniel earned a BS from Mississippi College and an MBA from Mississippi State University.


Lauren Hart Piper
Vice President Product Management

Lauren Hart Piper brings to The Tambellini group more than 20 years of experience in customer support, professional services, product management, sales, and marketing of education technology solutions. She has driven the development, launch, and ongoing success of innovative education technology products for companies such as Information Associates, Dun and Bradstreet, Systems and Computer Technology, and Enterprise Hive. Ms. Hart Piper has worked with executive management teams at organizations such as Schoolwires and PBS affiliate WHYY to provide research and analysis to help develop and execute corporate strategic plans and marketing campaigns.

Ms. Hart Piper is responsible for the strategy, design, product management, and marketing of products and services offered by The Tambellini Group.

Ms. Hart Piper has a BS from Roberts Wesleyan College and has studied Competitive Intelligence & Knowledge Management at Drexel University.


Jacqueline Cherie
Director of Marketing & Vendor Relations

Jacqueline Cherie has a background in technology business management, project management, sales, research, publishing, consulting, and professional instruction. She joined The Tambellini Group in November 2016 after seven years with a market and technology research and consulting firm, where she managed projects in marketing, research, and sales involving stakeholders from all over the world.

As co-owner of a technology sales and service company, Ms. Cherie served as Marketing and Administrative Manager for 16 years. She has more than 14 years of experience in consulting and publishing and has been a repeat guest on instructional television. Her instructional projects have been published in more than 30 books by 10 major publishers.

Ms. Cherie holds a BS from Brigham Young University.


Candace Eidson
Research Director

As the Research Director for The Tambellini Group, Candace Eidson conducts the depth and breadth of the company’s research coverage, using meticulous research methodologies, practices, and standards to make recommendations for The Tambellini Group’s clients.

Ms. Eidson has worked in the higher education marketplace for more than 18 years. She manages multiple consulting projects with vendors and higher education institutions across a variety of sectors and departments in higher education.

Ms. Eidson has a deep understanding of IT vendors and solutions, as well as user strategies in analytics and data management. Her knowledge of data warehouse, data storage, data governance, and data visualization makes her an invaluable member of our team, helping to ensure the completeness and accuracy of our research.

Ms. Eidson studied Business Administration at James Madison University.


Marie Benesh
Senior Market Analyst

Marie Benesh brings to The Tambellini Group broad experience in program and project management in both public and private sectors. She has led successful projects in ERP implementation in higher education and corporate environments; has led efforts in IT Management Effectiveness and Process Design and Implementation; and has facilitated Information Technology Strategy, Planning, and Standards.

Prior to joining TTG, Ms. Benesh served in a variety of management and advisory roles in which she oversaw the implementation of IT products at Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology, Keuka College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Missouri System, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Ohio State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, and Cornell University.

Ms. Benesh has authored publications on management and leadership, and she has made numerous presentations and has conducted workshops on these topics.

She earned a BA from SUNY College at Potsdam, NY.


Executive Advisory Analysts

Bret Ingerman
Vice President for Information Technology
Tallahassee Community College

Serving as the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Ingerman is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for technology at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). Mr. Ingerman is currently the executive sponsor for TCC’s implementation of the Workday Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, the largest technological undertaking in TCC’s history, and the College’s partnership with Workday to design a new Student Information System (SIS).

Prior to joining TCC, Mr. Ingerman has served as the Vice President for Computing and Information Services at Vassar College, Chief Technology Officer at Skidmore College, and in a number of technology positions at Lewis & Clark College and Syracuse University.

Active nationally in the field of educational technology, Mr. Ingerman has held leadership positions with EDUCAUSE and has served as Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) and as Secretary of the Board of NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program).


Michael Mathews
Associate Vice President of Technology and Innovation
Oral Roberts University

Mike Mathews has served Oral Roberts University as CIO and AVP for Technology and Innovation. Mr. Mathews has successfully led a 2-year initiative to transform “Information Technology” toward “Innovation and Technology.” This transformation has allowed ORU to enjoy global attention through digitizing the entire campus experience. ORU has become the leader in wearable technology for students, robotic teleportation technology for global connections, and a campus wide deployment of augmented and virtually reality. The capstone of the two-year initiative was the design and deployment of a Global Learning Center to reach students around the world from their main campus in Tulsa, Ok.

Prior to joining ORU, Mr. Mathews invested eleven years as a CIO, Business Development Officer, and VP of Academic Technology for Ellucian. Mr. Mathews has also invested his career in numerous industries including legal, manufacturing, and high-tech where he has learned seven ERP/SIS systems.

Mr. Mathews has been invited to the White House on two occasions for innovations in education. He is also the recipient of the 2012 White House Department of Education Innovation Award, 2013 Campus Technology Innovation Award for Student Systems, the 2015 Texas Star Award, and the 2016 EDUVENTURES Innovation Award. Mr. Mathews has been featured in numerous education periodicals, journals, and magazines for his innovation and commitment to students.

Mr. Mathews earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Ganesan (Ravi) Ravishanker
Chief Information Officer
Wellesley College

Ravi Ravishanker leads Wellesley’s Library & Technology Services department. Mr. Ravishanker is currently overseeing the college’s transition to Workday and has managed several other major technology transitions and key digitization projects in the library. Previously, Mr. Ravishanker was the Vice President and CIO at Pace University in New York, where he was responsible for transforming the IT department into a highly service-oriented organization that also began serious engagement in academic support.

Prior to his tenure at Pace University, Mr. Ravishanker served at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, as Director of Technology Support Services and, later, as Associate Vice President. He managed several major technology implementations and authored a number of software applications.

Mr. Ravishanker received his MSc in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He completed his PhD in computational chemistry from Hunter College and received an MA in Computer Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.


Roberta Roth
Director of IT Policy, Strategic Planning and Communication
Nevada System of Higher Education

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Roberta Roth’s role is to provide leadership and coordination in the development, implementation, and measurement of system-wide strategic planning, policies, and communication for Information Technology. The Nevada System of Higher Education is comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute. NSHE serves more than 110,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.

Ms. Roth assists in outreach and specific activities and programs that focus on aligning IT strategy, centralized and shared services, investment decisions, and processes with NSHE business needs and requirements. She is also responsible for IT project communication and other planning roles for Nevada’s iNtegrate Project.

Ms. Roth joined NSHE in 2001 and has served in a variety of IT leadership roles. Prior to that she was with IBM for 24 years as a systems engineer, consultant, senior client representative, and territory partner manager. Ms. Roth earned a BA from the University of Nevada, Reno.