Cheryl Vedoe

Drawing on her experience in both technology and education businesses, Cheryl leads the company’s efforts to help schools make learning more accessible, relevant, and effective for today’s students. As a software engineer, marketer, and senior manager for computer companies including Digital Equipment, Apollo Computer, and Sun Microsystems, Cheryl worked on technology products that had significant impact across industries. It was at Apple, as the head of the K-12 education division, that she first had the opportunity to be involved with technology in education. That experience sparked in Cheryl a passion to help educators integrate technology to create new solutions to the challenges that confront schools today.

Cheryl joined the founding team and served as CEO of Tenth Planet, a leading developer of multimedia content for elementary math and literacy instruction. Then, after an exciting period as CEO of Post Communications, an early innovator in email marketing, she returned to Apple, where, as vice president of education products and marketing, she headed marketing efforts for K-12 and higher education and also served as president of PowerSchool, a leader in web-based K-12 student information systems.

Cheryl joined Apex Learning as president and CEO in September 2002. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Wheaton College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She serves as a trustee of Wheaton College and on the board of the Technology Alliance.


Jeremy Jaech

Jeremy Jaech is a technology and software entrepreneur. Currently he serves as CEO of SNUPI Technologies, which uses technology developed at the University of Washington and Georgia Tech to deliver sensors and web services for home hazards, conditions, and threats.

Previously, he co-founded Aldus, which invented desktop publishing through its PageMaker software, and was eventually acquired by Adobe. He then led the team that founded Visio, another game-changing software company that brought engineering drawing to the masses; Visio was eventually acquired by Microsoft. He led the founding team at Trumba, and most recently served as CEO of Verdiem, a company in the enterprise PC energy management space.

Jaech currently serves on the boards of Mindjet Corporation and Trumba Corporation; and UW’s College of Engineering Visiting Committee. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Technology Alliance Board. In 2009, Jaech was named one of the top 25 Innovators & Entrepreneurs by Seattle Business Magazine and in 2006, won the UW’s College of Engineering Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Jaech earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1977 and a Master of Science in Computer Science in 1980 from the University of Washington. Originally from Richland, Washington, he lives in Seattle.


Tom Alberg

Tom A. Alberg is a leader in financing and advising emerging technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. He is a founder and Managing Director of Madrona Investment Group created in 1995 to make private equity investments and the $250 million Madrona Venture Fund created in 1999 to invest in and support emerging companies developing innovative services and products in software, Internet and telecommunications.

He previously served as President of LIN Broadcasting Corporation and Executive Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. He is a board member of Advanced Digital Information Corporation,, and several private technology companies. Mr. Alberg served as Chair of the Technology Alliance from 2004-2006. He is co-chairperson of the Raven Foundation, a member of the boards of Classic KING-FM, Discovery Institute, and the Seattle Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of TechNet.

Earlier in his career, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee and a Partner of the law firm of Perkins Coie, where he represented major industrial and emerging technology companies in corporate and securities matters. Prior to joining Perkins Coie he was a lawyer with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. He graduated from Harvard College in 1962, cum laude, and from Columbia Law School in 1965, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.


Rob Arnold

Rob Arnold is the former President and CEO of Geospiza, Inc., a leader in cloud computing solutions for genetic analysis. Geospiza was successfully sold to Perkin Elmer in 2011.

Prior to Geospiza, Rob founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Crossport Systems, a leader in Internet security providing complete security solutions for broadband. Earlier, Rob led the successful sale of Crossport to Lineo/Metrowerks, a division of Motorola. Before founding Crossport, Rob co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of ST Labs, Inc., which was sold in 1999 to Data Dimensions, Inc. (DDI).


Randy Hassler

After graduating from Colorado State University with an M.S. in Microbiology, Hassler began his career in 1983 as a bench scientist at Synergen, working his way up to become director of the process development group in 1994. With nearly 30 years of biopharmaceutical experience including managing multiple research and product development divisions in his 12 years at Amgen, Hassler has been an instrumental leader at Seattle BioMed.

Hassler's extensive clinical experience has been invaluable in starting up the Institute's Malaria Clinical Trials Center. He oversees the key functions of finance, facilities, information technology, human resources and sponsored research, all of which are vital to the success of Seattle BioMed's science.

Hassler previously served as Vice President, Operations & Quality for Amgen’s Washington State facilities and, later, the company-wide role of Vice President, Facilities Operations, Site Administration until his retirement from Amgen in 2007. He holds several patents and published papers in the area of process development.


Ed Lazowska

Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He also serves as the Founding Director of the University of Washington eScience Institute, and as the Founding Chair of the Computing Community Consortium. Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1977, when he joined the University of Washington faculty.

Lazowska’s research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive science. Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He chaired UW Computer Science & Engineering from 1993 to 2001 and the Computing Research Association Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001.

Lazowska is a member of the Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board, and serves as a board member or technical advisor to a number of high-tech companies and venture firms. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Washington Technology Industry Association, Technology Alliance, and Washington State Academy of Sciences. A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Lazowska is a recipient of the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award, the ACM President’s Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, and the ACM Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the computing community. He received the University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award for his K-12 outreach activities, and in 2007, he received the UW Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award. Twenty-two Ph.D. and 23 Masters students have completed their degrees working with him.


Sean MacLeod

With more than 20 years of experience as a business manager and engineer, Sean MacLeod is a respected thought leader in innovative product development practices and an expert in systems engineering, product strategy, new product development and venture starts.

As President of Stratos Product Development, MacLeod manages company financial performance, establishes new client relationships and works with companies of all sizes to set new product to market strategies. MacLeod maintains corporate business relationships with a wide variety of clients from small unknown venture-funded start-ups to large multi-national organizations including Abbott Laboratories, Agilent Technologies, Datascope, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, Intel, Welch Allyn, Tektronix, Cardinal Healthcare and Medtronic.

MacLeod lectures frequently at trade and business events and for educational institutions, including the Business and Engineering programs at the University of Washington, the University of Oregon and the Rochester Institute of Technology. After holding positions in engineering, business development and marketing, MacLeod was appointed president of Stratos in 2004. He holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining Stratos in 1994, he was a consultant in the aerospace industry and an engineer with United Technologies.


Chris Rice

Chris is an entrepreneur, angel investor and corporate board member. He is currently a Managing Director at Andersen Tax, a national tax consultancy firm, and leads their national Commercial Practice. From 2002 to 2004, Chris was a partner with KPMG. There, he served as the tax industry leader for the software industry. Prior to KPMG, Chris was a partner at Arthur Andersen for 14 years, where he was the global leader of Andersen’s Technology Industry Team.

Chris’ practice at KPMG and Arthur Andersen focused on federal and international tax related to technology and wireless industry companies. Chris’ experience includes working with companies across the entire spectrum, from startup to some of the largest companies in the world in their respective industries, including Microsoft, AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile. He has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a JD from Indiana University School of Law.


Marty Smith

Marty Smith is a co-founder of MetaJure, Inc., which focuses on enhancing quality and reducing the cost of commodity legal services for Fortune 500 corporations. Previously, Marty practiced for 25 years with the law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis, retiring in December of 2006. While at Preston, Marty founded the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Marty's practice emphasized information technology, software and computer law, and international commercial transactions. He advised a variety of companies and organizations including Microsoft (for 25 years), Amazon, Valve, Corbis, WRQ, NASDAQ, Medifor, Teledesic, the Business Software Alliance and Aldus (prior to its merger with Adobe) in all aspects of technology licensing and protection, joint development agreements, structuring multimedia and online service deals, and creating and operating technology-focused joint ventures. He is included in The Best Lawyers in America, International Who's Who of E-Commerce Lawyers and Washington Law & Politics 2002-2009 Super Lawyers, and received the 2007 Sharon Nelson Leadership Award from the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology at the University of Washington.

Marty currently sits on the board of the Washington State K-20 Network and is a former board member of Attenex Corporation, a software company he co-founded that was acquired by FTI Consulting in 2008. Marty is a past chair of the Shidler Center advisory board and a past board member and secretary of the Washington Technology Industry Association. Marty chaired Governor Locke's Digital Education Task Force and served as chair of the Washington Digital Learning Commons, the nonprofit education organization created as a result of the task force's recommendations.

Marty received his bachelor's degree from Whitman College in 1978 and his law degree from the University of Washington in 1981. He served as Chair of the Technology Alliance from 2006 to 2009.


Susannah Malarkey

  • Executive Director, technology alliance

Susannah Malarkey is the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance (TA), a statewide organization of leaders from technology businesses and research institutions dedicated to Washington's long-term economic success. She has been the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance since its inception in 1996, and oversees all TA projects and programs.

Prior to assuming her current position, Malarkey was the Director of Public Policy Programs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce for five years. She also served as the Executive Director of Business Volunteers for the Arts from 1987-1995, and spent the five years previous to that working in community outreach and public relations for KCTS, Seattle’s public television station. She has an M.S. in Public Affairs and B.S. in Community Services, both with high honors, from the University of Oregon.

Malarkey currently serves on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association and Humanities Washington.