Home » About » Staff

Meet the IT-oLogy team.

Emard was instrumental in the formation of the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management and was named the executive director in January 2009. He is responsible for the strategic planning and tactical operations of the Consortium, including financial management and facility planning. He has been passionately working to bring academic, business, economic development and public relations entities together to address the need for more workers in the IT talent pipeline.

Emard joined BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in 2002 as the director of staff resource management for the information systems division. Under his direction, the BlueCross BlueShield information systems organization grew from 1,200 employees and contractors to more than 2,300 in seven years. His management techniques helped the IS division maintain a 93 percent retention rate at a time when other information technology companies were struggling to keep their best people.

Emard also was responsible for the Managing People Program, which includes best practices in talent acquisition, development, management and retention. He introduced the organizational, structure design (OSD) model as a valuable framework for the Institute for the Management of Information Technology offered by the Rushing Center at Furman University.

Before he joined BlueCross BlueShield, Emard spent 18 years as an information technology professional working for Amoco Corp. He followed the model IT career path, holding seven different types of IT positions before becoming an IT executive manager. Emard also worked on several major organizational redesign efforts and began integrating organization development theory into IT. His efforts during this time also included roles as executive lead recruiter for Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center, where he began developing innovative techniques for academic and industry collaboration.

Emard serves on several boards, including the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Information Technology Council, Midlands Education and Business Alliance, New Carolina's Insurance Technology and Services cluster and the Innovation in Insurance organization.

He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor's of science in computer science in 1981.

Jamesetta James

  • Jamesetta James
  • Promote IT Director
  • Jamesetta.james@it-ology.org
  • 803.354.5731
  • She comes to IT-oLogy with over 12 years of experience in the IT field where she has been employed in numerous support roles while volunteering and developing STEM hands-on workshops locally and nationally. Jamesetta also serve on various non-profit IT advisory and planning committees such as PMECS - Partners for Minority in Engineering and Computer Science at USC, Lexington Richland District 5 IT Camp Advisory Council, and BDPA - Black Data Processing Associates planning committee for local camps and national youth technology Conferences.

    Jamesetta earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology - Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University. She also received an Associate Degree in Applied Technology in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology for Dekalb Technical College in Decatur, GA.

    A native of South Carolina, she lives in Irmo with her husband, Anthony James. They have 2 daughters, Brittany, a Molecular Biology graduate from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University - FAMU and Monique, a Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate from the University of South Carolina and currently enrolled in USC Law School. They have one son, Michael who is a freshman at the University of South Carolina majoring in Electrical Engineering.


  • Kristine Hooker
  • Financial and Resource Director
  • Kristine.Hooker@it-ology.org
  • 803.354.5732
  • Kristine has over six years of experience in IT talent recruitment. She was part of the originial BlueCross, USC, and IBM team that began meeting in 2007 to design a program that would increase the number of talented individuals in the IT talent pool. That program has evolved into an entire organization, known today as IT-oLogy.


  • Cindy R. Kellett
  • Chief Development Officer
  • cindy.kellett@it-ology.org
  • 803.354.5738 Office
  • 803.730.1701 Cell
  • Cindy was one of the original members of the team that developed the concept of IT-ology from the vision of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and IBM executives. Cindy has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit development arena most recently as Senior Director of Development for the Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management College at the University of SC. She also spent seven years as a securities broker in Columbia, SC with Prudential/Wachovia.

    A native South Carolinian, she lives on Lake Murray with her husband, Chris Wren. Her only daughter, Bonnie Kellett is a first grade teacher at The Center of Knowledge in Blythewood.


  • Rachel Barnett
  • Marketing and Communications Director
  • Rachel.Barnett@it-ology.org
  • 803.354.5735
  • Rachel Barnett brings more than 25 years of experience in communications to IT-oLogy. She “cut her teeth” in the world of advertising and public relations at the full service agency, Chernoff/Silver (now Chernoff Newman.)  From her first position in 1986 as a young media buyer to senior account executive and special events manager 18 years later, her work experience has run the communications and marketing gamut.

    Previous positions have included marketing director at EdVenture Children’s Museum and Director of Marketing at the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina where she was on staff when IT-oLogy was first begun.  Her commitment and interest in IT-oLogy stems from the planning and implementation of the first Computer Camp held at USC in 2007.

    Barnett is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Mass Communications with a BA in Advertising/Public Relations.

  • Jordan Morris joins IT-oLogy  as the Social Media Manager and Office Coordinator. Jordan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in Studio Art, and she was previously Social Media and Public Relations assistant at the Columbia Museum of Art. 

  • Jon is the Program Delivery and Services Director at IT-oLogy, with a background in electro-mechanical engineering and a passion for 3D printing. Previously, Jon has owned and managed small businesses and co-launched Trimensional Robotics Research where his passion for 3D printing and teaching flourished.

    When not 3D Printing or tinkering, Jon creates and teaches workshops, summer camps, and other related events for IT-oLogy. Jon is an outdoor enthusiast and also enjoys creating new projects with his wife and two daughters.



  • Todd Lewis
  • Program Manager
  • Todd.Lewis@it-ology.org
  • 803.978.1559
  • Prior to serving as Executive Director, Todd served as Managing Partner of Palmetto Computer Labs, an open source consulting firm.  In addition, he started POSSCON, one of the premier and largest open source conferences on the east coast, as well as the Open IT Lab @ IT-oLogy, a center for open source awareness, education and R&D.

    When not working, Todd remains heavily involved in community service.  He currently serves on the boards of the Columbia Chamber Information Technology Council (ITC), the SC Humane Society, the American Red Cross Blood Services Division, and the Columbia Sertoma Club where he serves as VP and is a past President and Chairman.


  • Heather Bauer
  • Program Coordinator, Coursepower
  • Heather.Bauer@it-ology.org
  • 803.354.5736
  • Heather Bauer comes to IT-oLogy with a strong background in production, project and people management. Prior to IT-oLogy Bauer served as the Director of Operations at The Nickelodeon Theatre and as Associate Producer at Mad Monkey Inc. Bauer graduated of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of South Carolina with a Master of Media Arts. She proudly serves on the Columbia Design League and has served on The Congaree Vista Guild board and Harvest Hope Producers board. True to her Western Pennsylvania roots, she is a die-hard supporter of the trifecta – Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers and Pirates.

  • Pelham works with the Growing Resources for IT (GRIT) program which is grant funded through Midlands Technical College to provide technical training to unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others with backgrounds in IT. As the Relationship Manager and Job Readiness Coach, she works with both the GRIT participants to support them in their career search, and with local employers and IT-oLogy partners to match GRIT participants to technical jobs and on-the-job-training opportunities.

    Pelham, a Winnsboro native, has worked in nonprofit fundraising consulting and Higher Education and spent 5 years living and working abroad in Paris, France. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston.





Looking for a Career?

Post your resume and search local IT jobs with IT Gateway.