SDLC Partners Focuses on National Healthcare Industry and Hires Director National Healthcare Business Development, LuAnn Gohn


SDLC Partners

SDLC Partners

SDLC Partners L.P. is pleased to announce that LuAnn Gohn joined the organization on February 10, 2014 as the Director of National Healthcare Business Development. LuAnn will be responsible for refinement of the firm’s healthcare sales strategy, business development and client relationship management with national healthcare clients.

SDLC’s three principal partners—Chris Simchick, Scott Barnyak, and Christy Maruca—are excited about her decision to join the leadership team and support the firm’s overall growth strategy. “As SDLC continues to grow and expand outside of the Pittsburgh market, we identified the need for additional investment and support. LuAnn’s deep healthcare experience will help take SDLC to the next level and will enable the sales team to execute on our strategic and aggressive plan for growth.” stated Scott Barnyak, Principal Partner.

With over 25 years in the healthcare IT services field, LuAnn has extensive experience in the areas of operations, sales, solution development, marketing, partnerships and alliances. Prior to joining SDLC, LuAnn served as Vice President of Sales for Xerox’ Healthcare Services, specializing in IT outsourcing, application hosting and technical solutions to the healthcare markets including provider, payers, long-term care and Pharma. She was responsible for sales and business development growth of Provider ITO services nationwide.

LuAnn’s prior industry experience and vast network will help pave the way for continued success in the evolution of the firm.

About SDLC Partners
SDLC Partners, L.P., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, opened its doors in 2004 as an alternative to large consulting organizations. The firm’s 350 employees take a practical and collaborative approach to deliver process improvement, analytics, and technology solutions to Fortune 1000 and mid-market customers by effectively working with business and I.T. units to serve as the “execution partner of choice”.
For more information about SDLC Partners, visit or contact Scott Barnyak at 412-373-1950 or

Features of the New Career Connector

Screen-Shot-2014-02-27-at-3.37.16-PMLast week we reported to you that the Pittsburgh Technology Council is re-launching our new and improved Career Connector job board.  This week we wanted to alert you to a few of the new features that will be in store for the new site and share some screen shots with you.

Below is a list of the features of the new Career Connector.  Some of them have been available in our current site but many of them are new and improved since the Internet has changed so drastically since 2009 when we launched the current version of the site.  The most important and exciting feature of the new site is that we are fully mobile and ready for browsing and applying for jobs on any handheld device or tablet.  The site is built to know what type of device you are using and adjust your view accordingly.

Here is a list of features of the new site:

·      The new Career Connector is now a mobile-ready site as well as full website, which will allow job seekers to apply to your jobs via their smart phone or tablet

·      New full service customer service center that will be ready to answer any technical issues you might have with the Career Connector


·      Your user name and password from the current site will be preserved and transferred

·      Unlimited users from your company can still post jobs

·      Integration with all major social media sites to give your jobs more exposure

·      Continued exposure through job aggregators like Simply Hired and will ensure a high number of people view your job

·      Automatic notification of expiring jobs

·      Enhanced Job details page

·      Enhanced and improved job posting form

·      New employer dashboard for quick and easy job posting management

·      Online application delivery via email or your own applicant tracking system

·      Greatly improved resume search and resume database of job seekers

·      Enhanced and improved Resume search agents

·      Optional Featured Job buy-up option to get more exposure for each posting and your company

·      New Job management reports from your employer dashboard

·      Bulk post options – post a large amount of jobs simply by uploading a spreadsheet

STEM Education & Careers in Pittsburgh

It was reported recently in tech news in Pittsburgh that the Carnegie Science Center is set to host its Engineer the Future event. The event will enable engineering students to find out more about their field from professional engineers. Scientists and engineers representing The Society of Women Engineers, the Institute for Complex Engineer Systems at Carnegie Mellon, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers are slated to attend the event. This top news in technology for Pittsburgh showcases how the scientific community is coming together to support efforts to encourage local students in their pursuit of STEM education.

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is a White House initiative that is looking to increase the number of students entering these fields in the United States. The need for a STEM focus is fueled in part by the fact that only 16% of high school students in the U.S. are deemed proficient in mathematics. This rate places the country at risk of losing its edge in technological and scientific research and innovation, with the country rankings in mathematics and science 25th and 17th respectively among industrialized nations.

“Engineer the Future” Celebrating Over Two Decades of Success

The Carnegie Science Center’s Engineer the Future program has provided information about the various scientific fields to Pittsburgh-area students for over 20 years. The goal of the program is to promote interaction between students and those individuals who make a living in science and engineering. This interaction seeks to increase an understanding of science, and create interest among those students less likely to pursue additional educational opportunities in science. Engineers from both the local area as well as from across the country attend the event to speak with students and give them a better picture of the field.

The program’s director, Linda Ortenzo, credits the initiative with helping students, parents and members of the public see firsthand what it is that engineers do and how their work impacts many aspects of our lives. About 50 presenter tables and booths will be set up during the event, scheduled for February 14-15, 2014, to provide information, demonstrations and a hands-on experience for students and attendees to learn more about science.

Technology has become a major industry for Pittsburgh, especially with the encouragement of programs like Engineer the Future. For more technology news and events in Pittsburgh, keep checking in with Techburgher.

PTC Announces Re-Launch of Career Connector

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is proud and excited to announce the redesign and re-launch of our Career Connector Job Board!  More than 400 of our member companies use the site every year to find qualified technology talent and more than 25,000 job seekers visit the site each month to look for new jobs.  We take the value of this site very seriously, and through this refresh and redesign, we intend to improve our members’ experience and satisfaction.

We listened to your concerns. The current version of the Career Connector launched in 2009 and was way overdue for a refresh.  With the new Career Connector site, we know that great days are ahead for you to find new talent with this service.  Our goal is to have the new Career Connector online by February 28th!  Over the next couple of weeks, we will send out a few emails to update you on the forthcoming changes and improvements.

If you have any immediate questions, please contact Justin Driscoll at

2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Call for Proposals

ASSET STEM Education

ASSET STEM Education

Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2014

ASSET STEM Education, in partnership with Norwin School District, Pittsburgh Technology Council and Philadelphia Education Fund, is pleased to announce the 2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Connecting Classroom to Career, which will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 9, 2014.

This year’s conference theme, “Connecting Classroom to Career,” is intended to provide Pennsylvania education, business and policy-making constituents with an opportunity to collaborate and reflect on the future of STEM education and workforce development. The goal is to develop a balanced and comprehensive program that provides participants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative techniques to improve STEM education across the full spectrum from pre-K to career.

With this goal in mind, we seek proposals for breakout sessions and an interactive forum. We encourage proposals that demonstrate innovative partnerships and collaborations between schools, non-profit education organizations and businesses. Proposals that promote commercial endeavors (such as the sale of services or products) will not be considered.


Proposals are sought for two types of formats as outlined below:

1. Breakout Session—The purpose of the breakout sessions is to emphasize quality teaching and learning in order to broaden the perspective of attendees. The focus of these presentations should be on research for the improvement of practice and/or to examine recent and substantive developments in education research (for example, a cross-sector partnership between schools and businesses focusing on effective and sustainable STEM education practices).

There will be four breakout session periods, and each session will be one hour. All educators (in-school, out of school time, informal settings) and businesses are invited to submit. Please note a session may be repeated multiple times throughout the day.


2. Interactive Forum—The purpose of the interactive forum is to demonstrate or showcase innovative and creative STEM teaching and learning strategies and activities. Special consideration will be given to proposals that connect the education and business sectors for networking regarding the development of 21st-century skills.

The forum will be open throughout the day simultaneous to the four breakout session periods.


Please note all presenters are responsible for transporting materials to/from the parking garage to meeting rooms. Special assistance is available and must be requested two weeks prior to the conference date.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria include the following:

  • The presenter is skilled and knowledgeable about the session or forum topic and prepared to deliver.
  • The topic is important and addresses relevant critical needs for STEM education in Pennsylvania.
  • The learning objectives are clearly stated.
  • The planned activities support achievement of the learning objectives.
  • The learning activities can be reasonably accomplished within the proposed time frame.
  • The planned activities are appropriate for the intended participants.
  • There is appropriate time allocated for both presentation of information and active participant involvement.

General Information

Questions may be directed to Jessica Meyers or John Radzilowicz at 412-481-7320. The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Connecting Classroom to Career is February 14, 2014. The Committee will select proposals and notify prospective presenters byFebruary 28, 2014.

There is no cost for selected presenters to participate in the conference.

Use of Presentation Materials and Media Release

Following the conference, presentation materials (such as PowerPoint) from each accepted session will be posted on the ASSET website. By participating as a presenter, you agree to provide ASSET with a digital copy of your presentation or a version that we can post for your session’s proceedings. Additionally, video and photographs will be taken throughout the day. If you are not willing to be photographed or videotaped, please indicate as such in your proposal.