Tracy Mitrano, Ph.D., J.D.


Tracy Mitrano is principal of Mitrano & Associates LLC, a consulting firm.

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The former Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University, Dr. Mitrano has been a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and universities on the subjects of “virtual global universities;” international inter-institutional courses; on-line education; digital literacy and undergraduate Internet competencies; social networking; electronic surveillance; policy development, organizational development and leadership programming; accessibility; information management; privacy, security, compliance and risk management.

Dr. Mitrano has held board positions on EDUCAUSE, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts Education, New York State Board of Education Task Force on Distance Education, Tompkins County Library Board of Trustees and its Broadband Committee of the Legislature. She also was the director of the EDUCAUSE’s Hawkins Leadership Roundtable, Executive Leadership Program, and Annual Institute (2003-2005); and faculty on the Online Consortium Institute for Emerging Leaders in On-Line Education, EDUCAUSE’s Seminars on Academic Computing, Executive Leadership Institute, and Frye Leadership Institute.

Dr. Mitrano has English and History Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Rochester, Masters and Doctorate in American History from Binghamton University and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. Before retiring from Cornell, Dr. Mitrano taught culture, law and politics of the Internet in the Computer Information Science Department at Cornell University; American Legal History at Syracuse University; and American Social History at the University of Buffalo. In 2005, she taught Internet Law at the MiNe Program, Universite Cattolica in Piacenza, Italy and has spoken at International Conference on Piracy and Counterfeiting sponsored by the U.S. Italy Embassy at the Consulate in Florence. In 2014, she was a keynote speaker at the American University of Beirut. She is currently working on a book for Cornell University Press on the culture, law and politics of the Internet in higher education.

Currently, Dr. Mitrano holds a faculty position in Ithaca College’s Executive Master’s Program and is a Visiting Professor of Communications and Law at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Since 2012, Dr. Mitrano has been the author of the Inside Higher Ed blog, “Law, Policy and IT?” She remains the Director of the Internet, Culture, Policies and Law Program at Cornell University and co-organizer, with Daniel Solove, of the Higher Education Privacy Conference. Clients include Internet2, the New York Public Library, SafeGov, University of Massachusetts System, UMass Amherst, and the University of Delaware.

Advisory Team

Julie Buehler

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Julie Buehler provides confidential advisement to select executives with a focus on Not-for-Profits, Higher Education and Academic Medical Centers. Her areas of expertise span strategic planning, revenue generation, corporate relationship building, information technology, finance, compliance, organization development, leadership and mentoring.
Julie recently served as the Vice Chancellor for UMass Amherst Information Services and Strategy and Chief Information Officer. She led the completion of the first campus-wide Information Technology Strategic Plan. She broadly engaged the campus community and made the plan transparent to the public. She developed marketing materials and created needed funding plans. She brought in new technology equipment and services gifts, including the top three technology gifts in excess of $3M, 1.5M and $500K. She led the completion of a $12M data center facility build on time, budget and scope and significantly improved technology service delivery while decreasing system downtime. She often led virtual teams. In addition to System and Campus leadership roles, she led an IT organization of over 225 staff and budget of $36M. She regularly worked with Governing Boards and Associations. She has a strong reputation as a strategist, change agent and collaborator.

Buehler also served as the Deputy CIO for the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY where she advanced the University’s mission through information technology strategy, policy, and programs. Julie served as the Co-Chair of the Budgets and Planning Working Group for the  Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation. She orchestrated the development of financial models in support of a three-way multi-million supercomputing research initiative between the University, IBM and New York State.

Throughout her career, Julie has held a variety of not-for-profit leadership roles. She is an experienced administrator who is accomplished in managing multi-million dollar budgets, supervising broad areas of responsibility across geographic boundaries and fostering internal and external collaborations through in-person and virtual relationships.

Julie is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. She is an alumna of the American Council on Education Fellowship, an intensive executive program focused on leadership and innovative practices in education.  Julie is often sought out as a mentor and is enthusiastic about supporting the professional development of others while upholding values.



Paul Ciminelli

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Legal Counsel: Organizational planning and leadership development, communications, senior management advisory services, interagency & multinational policy development and implementation.

Paul V. Ciminelli brings more than three decades of business, government and legal experience to Mitrano & Associates LLC. During his professional career, he has been responsible for the start-up of successful businesses in the Western New York Region including manufacturing, family entertainment, real estate development and consulting. Mr. Ciminelli is an accomplished attorney with extensive litigation and business law experience. A firm bearing his and his brothers name focuses on serving business and individual clients in the Greater Rochester area. They assist small business owners at every stage of business, from start-up, through managing growth, merger, acquisitions, succession planning and sale. He has worked extensively on business rescue and restructuring.

Paul Ciminelli served in the United States Army for thirty years achieving the rank of Colonel in 2005 and retiring in 2011. In those thirty years, Colonel Ciminelli served in positions of increased command and staff responsibility from Platoon Leader to Battalion Commander. He has served overseas more than a dozen times including four combat tours. He is an expert on multi-national, interagency, and joint operations. In these areas of expertise he has written numerous papers and publications including: Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan-An Interagency Assessment and The Department of Defense Role in Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Operations.

Mr. Ciminelli is serving or has served on numerous professional organization and not-for-profit boards throughout the region and nation. Today, Mr. Ciminelli focuses most of his volunteer efforts on Veterans’ issues affecting the more than fifty thousand Veterans in his community. In 2010, he was appointed by the County Executive to serve as Chairman of the Monroe County Veterans Advisory Board. In 2011, Paul Ciminelli was awarded the inaugural Veterans Business Champion Award by the Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council. In 2013 he received the Excellence in Law-Unsung Legal Heroes Award for his pro-bono work for Veterans in Western New York

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers University. Additionally, Mr. Ciminelli has completed numerous courses in national security policy, senior leader crisis management, multinational operational planning to name a few. He has served on the faculty of the NATO School, adjunct faculty of the United States Army Command & General Staff College, adjunct professor at Monroe Community College and as a recurring guest lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College.


Paula E.F. Younger


Business Development: Resource development, government contracts management, regulatory compliance, policy, and development & implementation.

Paula E.F. Younger is an executive-level administrator with 20 years of leadership and management experience in both the public and private sectors, including extensive work with federal, state, and local governments, community-based organizations (CBOs), and research entities across 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Island territories. Key areas of her expertise include program development and sustainability, performance planning and monitoring, training and professional development, municipal government operations, regulatory compliance/quality assurance, policy formation and implementation, diversity and inclusion relevance and planning, and technical assistance (TA) management systems design and coordination. Younger is a results-oriented professional with high ethical standards, a reputation for getting things done, and the ability to implement decisions expeditiously. She possesses a truly entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to identify and seize opportunities and position an organization for growth. She is comfortable working with individuals at all levels of an organization, and is known for building consensus and for influencing and cultivating meaningful relationships.


David W. Koehler


Administrative Computing, Systems Analyst, Project Leader.

David Koehler has held positions in administrative computing in Higher Education for over thirty years. He has worked as a Systems Analyst, Project Leader, and Assistant Director before moving to a Director position at Cornell University in 1989. His breadth of experience increased by being the Director of Information Systems at Stanford University and Princeton University. At Princeton University, he also had responsibility for the Data Center and Networking. He returned to Cornell University in 2002 as the Director of Information Systems with responsibility for over one hundred IT professionals.

This experience has allowed him to acquire skills in leadership and management, strategic planning, budget development, project management, portfolio management, ERP implementations, organizational transformation, and technology assessment. He has been trained in Quality Improvement, Facilitation, and Leadership Fundamentals.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. He has been actively involved in national higher education organizations including being a founder and five years as chair of the Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG) Board of Directors, as chair of the CAUSE national conference, and as a member of the EduCause Advisory Group on Administrative Information Systems and Services (AGAISS). He helped to form the Kuali Foundation for the development of Community Source applications in Higher Education. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Kuali Financial System and Kuali Coeus Research Administration System. He believes in the benefits of collaboration within the Higher Education community.


David J. Sherry


Information Security and Privacy.

As CISO at Brown, David Sherry has institutional responsibilities to provide proactive security expertise and guidance, engineer robust security architecture, champion identity policy, and enhance the culture of security awareness. As the university spokesman for both information security and privacy, Sherry also plays a key role in the records management program, enterprise risk management and assessment, regulatory compliance, and copyright law. Prior to moving to the higher education arena he spent several years in financial services, with responsibilities for enterprise security governance and regulatory compliance, access controls and operations, identity management, and the security awareness program.

A graduate of Providence College, with an MBA from Northeastern University, and holder of the certifications of CISSP and CISM, Sherry is a frequent conference speaker on emerging security topics and best practices, as well as a guest-lecturer throughout the academic year at several New England institutions.


Gayle R. Barton


Information technology leadership, organizational assessment and planning, construction and renovation.

Gayle R. Barton is an experienced information technology professional with proven expertise in higher education leadership. She has been a visionary and transformational leader as CIO at Amherst College, CITO at Swarthmore College, and Director of Instructional Technology at Williams College. In addition, she held positions at Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University, and was an adjunct instructor at two community colleges. She has extensive experience aligning organizational goals with institutional priorities, building teams, empowering individuals and groups, providing high-quality service across the institution, as well as with large construction and renovation projects. Her early technical experience was in programming, systems analysis, database design, web development and project management.


Benjamin Cole



Ben Cole is a product leader with a track record of developing software with a global social impact. He currently serves as a product manager for Kickstarter, where he is responsible for all of the company’s consumer-facing functionality. Before Kickstarter, Ben spent time launching new products at Google and analyzing data at Facebook. He received a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in information science from Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude.



Fritz Vandover

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Fritz Vandover has been a higher education technology professional since the early 2000s, having held positions in instructional technology development and digital humanities project management at Washington University in St. Louis, web project and creative personnel management for higher education clients at The Lawlor Group, and in instructional technology at Macalester College. Fritz has expertise and experience in IT organizational assessment, faculty development, technology application design, technology procurement, technology implementation, and in facilitating user adoption. He has advised boards of trustees, provosts, and IT leaders about how to structure their academic technology teams to best serve their faculty clients and institutional missions.

Fritz is a graduate of DePauw University, received a Master’s Degree in American History from Washington University in St. Louis, and received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. This unique academic background, along with Fritz’s many years developing and supporting the use of technologies that facilitate learning and scholarship, gives him the unique ability to build relationships and converse with a broad range of stakeholders in higher education: faculty with regard to their pedagogy and scholarship, administrators with regard to strategic institutional initiatives in and beyond the technological sphere, and with technical staff about the dynamics and possibilities for technology in teaching, scholarship, and institutional operations. Fritz is active in the academic technology profession, serving on the steering committee for the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) and programming committees for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the National Information Services Instruction Support Group, and Moodle Moot conferences. Finally, Fritz recently received a Fulbright Specialist grant to travel abroad and provide consultation and support for institutions that want to grow their online educational initiatives.

Advisory Panel

Mitrano & Associates Advisory Panel consists of subject matter experts who kindly have offered their availability to review and direct the team and, in matters that fall under their expertise: advise, refer and problem-solve.

Daniel Solove

Steve McDonald

Susan Blair

Susan Perry

Eva Lorenz

Jack Suess