Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom, M.S.

Chief Information Officer, University of Illinois at Chicago

Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC), where she provides leadership in setting IT policy, guiding the future direction of campus IT, as well as overseeing the ACCC’s budget and services.

Mrs. Herrera Lindstrom has achieved many goals throughout her career, including reorganizing ACCC to better align its services, gain efficiencies, and improve customer service.  She has introduced business process improvement, project management methodology, and change management.  During the last year, she worked with the IT Governance Council (ITGC) and the Provost Office to fund UIC’s first High Performance Computing Cluster.  Currently, she is working with the ITGC on UIC’s first IT Strategic Plan, and implementing ITIL.

Mrs. Herrera Lindstrom is an active leader at UIC and is a member of the Campus IT Governance Council and its committees of Research, Education, Infrastructure and Administration; the University IT Leadership Team; the University Technology Management Team; and the Provost Management Team at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She also provides campus-wide strategic direction in all areas of emergency preparedness, continuity /risk management, and disaster recovery, which includes oversight for all critical academic, business, and research processes supported by technology.  More so, she serves on the Kuali Foundation board for the Kuali Ready product, providing the vision, energy and leadership in developing and improving business continuity planning for higher education.

Mrs. Herrera Lindstrom has given talks, presentations and welcome keynotes throughout her 28 years in IT. In addition to numerous seminars, workshops and presentations to UIC faculty, staff and students, most recently she gave the welcome keynote at the 2013 UIC IT Pro Forum conference, the 2013 Blackboard Meeting in Chicago, the 2013 US Ignite meeting and a presentation on Student Engagement at the 2013 UIC TechTeach Conference and 2013 UIC IT Pro Forum.

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom received a Bachelor’s of Science in Math and Computer Science, and Economics.  She also holds a Masters in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, both earned at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Kim Charles, Director of News and Emergency Web Communications, has been a webmaster at UIC for 14 years managing sites such as,, and Her department is partnering with ACCC to manage the multisite network and manages on WordPress on a VM.

Jeffrey Gawel, MPA, PMP, is the Director of Information Technology at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and has 15+ years of operational and project management experience in government as well as non-profit organizations.  He also serves as Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Public Administration program for the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, where he teaches IT-related courses, including project management.

Mathew Jones is currently working as the IEM Endpoint Management service manager for the University of Illinois. Previously worked as the Director IT for WILL, a division of the college of Media at UIUC. With over 15 years of IT experience, from user support to server maintenance including the University of Illinois and the US Army there is a wide variety of experience which has led me to this position.

Kelly Lakas has been a Project Manager in IT for 13 years, with experience at Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. Over her career, she’s watched too many people suffer from “death by PowerPoint,” and she’s committed to stopping it!  At her last position, Kelly helped reshape the way the whole company did presentations, helping end the tyranny of the evil presentation.

Tulio Llosa serves as the Director of IT Operations for the University of Illinois at Springfield providing direct operational coordination and support for the development, promotion, and delivery of technology services including systems and services, infrastructure and networks, and computing facilities. Mr. Llosa, who is a graduate of Purdue University and earned his masters at the University of Illinois Springfield, hails originally from Lima, Peru. He has a passion for exploring and promoting ways that technology can improve teaching and learning.

Rebecca McNaught joined the University in 2003 after working as a developer for a large communications software company. Originally working to configure the user security components as part of the University’s ERP implementation and later, providing technical support and coordination for University of Illinois enterprise-wide systems. Her primary focus includes managing enterprise and high profile applications as well as business process design improvement. Becky has a BS in Business Administration and a MBA both from the University of Illinois. Outside of the office, Becky enjoys watching her kids’ various sporting events and spending time with her family.

Stephan Seyfert believes each of us has unlimited potential we can tap into to achieve extraordinary results, but we lock it up and settle for mediocrity and need help breaking free again. He is a change artist who helps executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs of a certain disposition to develop their keys to success: self-awareness, leadership, and communication. A founding partner and certified coach, teacher, and speaker with The John Maxwell Team, Stephan has also been mentored by Les Brown, Nick Vujicic, and others. He hosts the annual Leadercast and L2 simulcast events in Champaign, where he also works at the University of Illinois and resides with his wife and daughter.

Shellie Treat is the Assistant Director Network Services at UIS and supervises the System Services team, with includes AD, Exchange, VMWare, SAN, etc.