Signature Events

Technology Woman of the Year


Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

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Apr 24
Technology Woman of the Year Award Breakfast

Sept 9
GREAT Awards


Primary Contact: Lisa Doerner, Executive Director Digital Rochester

Digital Rochester Board Members:

Laura Segave


IT Leaders Special Interest Group

Laura Segave is Health IT Director for Innovative Solutions. She has held business and information technology leadership positions in corporate, healthcare, higher education, and not-for-profit environments. Laura serves as an adjunct faculty member at Roberts Wesleyan College in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration program. She is involved in various community board and leadership roles. Laura has an MBA and Master of Science degree from RIT and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Laura is currently President and Executive Committee Member with Digital Rochester and is committed to serving the Rochester technology community through Digital Rochester events which enable us to Learn, Connect, and Succeed together. Laura previously led the IT Leaders Special Interest Group.


Brian Carroll


Brian is an accomplished sales professional with a thorough knowledge of the Staffing Industry, Payroll and Human Resources. Over the past 8 years, his expertise as a workforce consultant has impacted the growth of many local and national firms, including several fortune 500 firms. Brian holds a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Cortland.

Brian is currently President-Elect and Executive Committee Member with Digital Rochester. As President-Elect, Brian works with the current President to define DR’s strategy and deliver our mission.

Karen Benjamin


Karen Benjamin is the co-founder of Worldleaders working with CEO’s and Sales Leaders in technology companies assisting them to improve sales performance through an integrated approach that includes sales process implementation, sales training, and sales recruiting. Prior to owning Worldleaders, Karen served in executive management, sales and recruiting positions within a global IT services firm. She has her M.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College and her B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Karen is currently a Past President and Executive Committee Member with Digital Rochester. As Past-President Karen serves in an advisory capacity to the President, Executive Director and Executive Leadership committee.

Lisa Doerner

Executive Director

Lisa has served as Digital Rochester’s Director of Operations since 2004. Prior to Digital Rochester, Lisa’s career included extensive experience in business operations, marketing communications, product marketing, solutions marketing, product launch and program management.

Lisa is the Executive Director and and Executive Committee Member with Digital Rochester. Lisa’s role includes working closely with all Board members to meet DR’s Mission and Vision. Lisa is responsible for the operations management of Digital Rochester and serves as the key focal point for Board members, volunteers, committees and community organizations.

Tom Agnello

Director of Finance

Tom is an accomplished sales executive with a successful track record of marketing, promoting, selling and growing business for professional services, software and hardware based organizations. A member of the former eBusiness Association, he joined the DR Board when the two organizations combined in 2010. Tom was a founding Board member of the eBA back in 1998.

As Director of Finance for Digital Rochester, Tom helps to manage the Finance Department that is the financial backbone of the organization and provides financial viability, accessibility and support to all of the Community and Operational Programs, to successfully execute their business plans.

David Hou

Director of Membership Development

David is an attorney with the law firm Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP. David practices in the area of commercial litigation with a particular focus on representing clients in the areas of intellectual property – copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and confidential information. David received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Boston University. David serves as a legal advisor to Digital Rochester and also manages DR’s individual membership community.

Crista Deniz

Director of IT

Crista is Project Coordinator for General Code, LLC. She is a certified project manager (PMP) and has ten years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector in Rochester. She has also worked for 5+ years at a top consulting firm as a business and technology consultant helping fortune 500 clients select, improve, upgrade and test their technology systems.

As Director of IT for Digital Rochester Crista is responsible for implementing the technologies that enable and support the growth of Digital Rochester. The current focus is streamlining technology to enable Digital Rochester to enhance value for our members and sponsors as a leader in the technology community in Rochester.

Nicole Mahoney

Marketing Committee Chair

Nicole Mahoney is President of Break the Ice Media, a marketing communications firm focused on helping small- to mid-sized businesses grow through effective marketing programs. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business management and has owned several well-known small businesses in the Rochester area and has worked with dozens more. She holds a MA in Communication from SUNY Brockport and a BA in Business Administration from RIT.

Nicole and her committee handle all aspects of marketing and communications for DR including brand management, writing and executing a weekly eNewsletter, public relations, website content and managing all social media channels.

Jessica Nava

Dir. of Corporate Member Relations and CEO SIG

Jessica is the Carrier Sales Manager for Finger Lakes Technologies Group. She has spent 14+ years in technology sales working with voice and data communications vendors in the northeast. She is a graduate of Drexel University, with a BS in Marketing & Business Administration.

Jessica sits on the Victor Chamber Board and was an AWC Board Member as the VP of Public Relations. As Director of Corporate Member Relations for DR, Jessica is the primary focal point for delivering value to our Corporate Members. By establishing a close relationship with our membership and understanding their business objectives, Jessica is able to ensure Corporate Members are taking advantage of all the benefits offered by DR.

Bob Kot

Entrepreneurial Special Interest Group

Bob joined High Tech Rochester in June 2011 as managing Director of New Ventures, a position responsibile for leading HTR’s efforts that accelerating the growth of local startup companies. He brings 35 years of experience, many as a CEO, president, GM and VP for sales and marketing as a result of working with venture capital-backed companies that provided technology-based products and integrated systems

At DR, Bob leads the Entrepreneurial SIG that provides education, thought leadership and networking to Rochester’s entrepreneurial community. These events target those with an interest or role in entrepreneurship, innovation, starting a business and/or managing a start-up business.

Sue Rodeman

Women in Technology Special Interest Group

Sue is VP of Product Marketing for Skillsoft (formerly Element K). She has 15+ years of experience working with customers and cross functionally to deliver innovative products and services. Sue has a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Dayton.

Sue leads the Women in Technology S.I.G. for Digital Rochester which focuses on providing professional growth to women in all technology fields through educational and career oriented topics as well as sponsoring the Annual Technology Woman of the Year Award.

Peter Platt

Digital Marketing Special Interest Group (Strategic)

Peter is the president of PSquared Digital, a digital marketing firm that helps business generate real business value from their digital marketing efforts. Peter is a 25-year veteran from the ad agency industry and has been involved in Internet marketing since the early 1990s. He was part of the team that built the original web site in 1993, bought his first banner ad in 1996 (for Kodak film)! and was one of the first 100 people certified in the Google AdWords program in 2004. Peter’s experience brings together a unique combination of business development, account management, technology and strategic planning skills.

Peter provides an active voice to the internet marketing community, blogging and writing for iMedia, presenting at an array of conferences (including MediaPost & iMedia) as well as providing specific sessions on mobile, social, search and other forms of internet marketing.

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