With a keen eye on supporting Edge’s strategic objectives, our Leadership Team consists of seasoned postsecondary professionals, creative thinkers and future-focused individuals.

Their collective experience across the education, government, corporate and technology industry verticals makes them uniquely qualified to guide members amid the constant change and innovation that accompanies a world driven by transformative technology. The team is committed to delivering persistent value to our members with a full range of clearly defined digital ecosystem solutions – solutions that help members thrive and grow.

DR. FOROUGH GHAHRAMANI

Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs

What makes scientific discovery great is involvement from people like Dr. Forough Ghahramani! As Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs for Edge, she works tirelessly with the research community in the state, region, and nation to deliver the resources and programs of EdgeDiscovery. As principal architect for EdgeDiscovery, Forough ensures a broad platform of support for innovation, acceleration, and engagement among researchers and other stakeholders in the scientific discovery domain. Forough’s over 25-year diversified career experience in higher education management includes previously serving as dean and department chair, program development and accreditation manager. Prior to joining academia, she held senior level engineering and management positions at Hewlett Packard and consulted to Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, information technology, and financial services sectors. Forough is a transformational leader with experience in entrepreneurship, project management, technical sales, partnerships and strategic alliances, software engineering, bioinformatics, and organization-wide data strategy and information technology planning Forough holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University, MS in Computer Science from Villanova University, and BS in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include, “bioinformatics, the challenges and opportunities associated with the convergence of biotechnology and information technology”, “models for fostering diversity and inclusion in the university innovation ecosystem”. As a trailblazing woman in STEM innovator and entrepreneur, Forough is consulted on the state, national, and international levels in various capacities including STEM workforce development strategies and entrepreneurship programs for women. She has done extensive work with government, academic institutions, and professional associations to evaluate the policies and programs that shape vibrant innovation ecosystems. Forough has served in leadership roles in educational and non-profit boards, and professional associations, such as AWIS, SWE, and IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE).

AMY HILLMAN

Human Resources Manager and Office Administrative Director

One will always find a friendly and knowledgeable professional when engaging with Amy. She joined Edge in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and has successfully advanced her career since that time, demonstrating a tireless effort in service to Edge and its members. As our Human Resources Manager, she originates and leads Edge’s Human Resources best practices and objectives to ensure an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce. Amy also provides administrative support to the organization’s management team and its employees as the Office Administrative Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Phoenix, was most recently inducted into Delta Mu Delta’s International Honor Society in Business.

CAITLIN KAPLAN

Associate Vice President Accounting & Controller

In her role as Controller at Edge, Caitlin is responsible for overseeing the accounting operations, including financial reports, audits and accounting records. With a sharp eye for detail, she  ensures that all of Edge’s reported results adhere to strict compliance measures and accounting principles.  Her most recent experiences include a six-year term  at New Jersey’s Institute of Technology where she held the position of  Account Manager which was preceded by a six-year tenure as an Auditor in KPMG’s non-profit sector.  Caitlin received her B.A. in Accounting from Muhlenberg College.

ADAM SCARZAFAVA

Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications

As an experienced marketing professional and communications strategist Adam’s passion is connecting people with technology solutions, products, and services. After spending the past eight years with a premiere technology solutions provider in executive digital marketing and communications roles, Adam joined Edge in 2018 to help current and new members learn about and take full advantage of digital media, cloud, networking, security, and professional service solutions. Adam’s experience and track record as a top college athlete makes him no stranger to competition in today’s digital world. Graduating magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and then began his career at the Global Options Group in New York City. Besides technology, on any given day Adam can be found coaching little league baseball or snowboarding.

JIM STANKIEWICZ

Associate Vice President and Principal Network Architect

Jim Stankiewicz leads the technical management team with a future-forward approach that embraces a long-term vision of an integrated K-20 portal for the NJ educational community. With responsibility for the Edge network infrastructure, Jim guides his team through complex engineering project activities that drive customer performance, utilization, problem resolution and the overall effectiveness of the Edge network. Jim’s 25+-years of experience in communications and network development are key drivers for Edge’s commitment to adaptive and defined technology solutions. Jim holds certification in CCIP (Certified CISCO Internet Professional) and CCSP (Certified CISCO Security Professional).

BRUCE TYRRELL

Associate Vice President Programs & Services

Since the infancy of Edge, Bruce Tyrrell’s roots with Higher Education, State Government, K-12, local and county government IT environments has served as a foundation for defined solutions and transformative engagement experience for all Edge members. With a keen emphasis on realizing the strategic goals of the consortium, his member-focused approach continues to drive maximum benefit for all Edge constituents. Bruce holds an ITIL V3 certification – one of the most widely adopted approaches for IT service management in the world, providing a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning and supporting IT services.