Leadership

The NWRDC Management Team combine many years of data center experience and success. The Management Team, led by Mr. Tim Brown, has successfully transitioned the data center from a strict mainframe computing utility to a multi IT services organizations. Our staff members all possess a wealth of experience in building successful organizations and teams, and proven data center leadership with respect to product, service and customer support innovations.
 
Tim Brown - Executive Director 
Tim was appointed Executive Director of NWRDC on April 9, 2008. He brings over 20 years of IT experience to the organization, with a focus on strategic planning, budgeting, building and leading support and development teams in academic settings. Prior to this position, he served as Associate Vice President of the Information Technology Division at Middle Tennessee State University since 2005. Tim’s experience also highlights key management positions with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, serving as the Director of IT Infrastructure Services from 2001 to 2005, and Associate Director for Computer Services from 1993 to 2001. Tim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, and his Masters of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor. 
 
Mikal Haney - Associate Director
Mikal has 36 years of experience in diverse technical and management consulting engagements encompassing: data center design, software installation, performance metrics, capacity measurement and production implementation and support. He is responsible for the data center's facilities and operational support. Prior to joining NWRDC, in 2003 Mikal worked with the State of Florida and a myriad of public and private corporations throughout North America as an employee of IBM and other large scale systems providers. He began his IT career while in the United States Marine Corps and received his computer science education at West Texas State University.
 
Dianna Norwood - Associate Director
Prior to joining the NWRDC team in 2013, Dianna served as Marketing and Public Relations Director for Florida State University's Division of Finance and Administration, which included the university's business services operations.  Dianna currently manages the administrative services in support of the data center and its customers.  Her 30-year career at FSU started as the Student Affairs Coordinator responsible for the overall direction of the computer systems focused on increasing the efficiency of computer applications used campus wide by administrators and students.  She later served as Director of the Card Application Technology Center and the FSUCard Center where she coordinated smart card application development for FSU, the higher education industry, business partners, financial institutions and trade associations.  Dianna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communication and Marketing from FSU.  
 
Matt Stolk - Chief Technology Officer
With more than 11 years of hands-on technical and managerial experience in enterprise IT architecture, Matt is responsible for the data center's open systems support group.  While serving as NWRDC's Windows/Linux Team Manager, Matt led the transition for the Department of Education to full managed services as part of Data Center Consolidation.  He has previously held a number of positions at the Florida Department of Corrections, both as a consultant and full staff member working his way from IT support, team lead, server administrator to team manager prior to joining NWRDC.  Matt was named NWRDC's Chief Technology Officer in November, 2016.
 
Sharon Pearson, CPA, CGFM - Chief Financial Officer
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the higher education accounting community, as an Assistant Controller, Grants Specialist and Coordinator of Accounting. She serves NWRDC as Chief Business Officer on assignment from her role as an Assistant Director for the University Business Administrators program with Florida State University. Sharon holds her Masters from Florida State University and earned her Bachelor's degree at Nova Southeastern.