Our team is focused on solving our clients’ problems. WTC has world-class professionals whose career experiences have created a reservoir of knowledge regarding financial performance, operational improvements, and organizational effectiveness related to information technology, networking, and telecommunications. Our experiences reflect a substantial, practical array of planning, operational, and industry exposures.
Founder and President
Phillip Beidelman established WTC in 1983 and has more than 40 years of networking and telecommunication experience. He is active in EDUCAUSE, ACUTA, and NACUBO and has served on the Board of Directors of ACUTA and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants. Prior to establishing WTC, Mr. Beidelman was director of telecommunication consulting for the international consulting firm of Coopers and Lybrand. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from California State University, Los Angeles.
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Charlotte Beidelman is responsible for the day to day financial and operational management of WTC. Additionally, she has the functional role of application programmer and is responsible for the development and preparation of the firm’s complex system sizing software tools. Ms. Beidelman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been with the firm since our founding in 1983.
Director of Marketing
Ron Rutherford has more than 30 years experience in the communications and services industry. He has served in a number of executive positions with Siemens, Harris Corporation, Tel Plus Communications, National Data Corporation, InteCom, and NPI. He has significant experience in product line management, customer service and support, strategic planning, and consultant liaison programs. Mr. Rutherford successfully ran sales and service organizations with revenues of $240 million and $22 million respectively.
Mr. Rutherford has been involved in two successful turnarounds and mergers in the networking and gigabit Ethernet markets. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations/journalism from San Jose State University.
Ginny Schroeder brings more than 20 years of experience to her role working with clients in the development of strategic technology plans, creation of rate and funding alternatives, facilitating executive level involvement, and leading IT rationalization efforts.
Ms. Schroeder has consulted with and managed significant IT, networking, and telecommunication engagements for leading institutions including the Cleveland Clinic; the University of California at San Francisco; the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Michigan Hospital and Health Clinics, University of Virginia and Health System; University of Washington; UW Medicine; Vanderbilt University and Medical Center; Florida State University; Fresno State University; George Mason University; Colorado College; Union College; University of Tulsa; and New York University.
Prior to joining WTC, Ms. Schroeder was with CMS Communications as general manager. Ms. Schroeder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University.
Ann Marie Lancaster has more than 30 years of experience involving the design, implementation, and management of information technology systems. Her management experience includes computing and network facilities in both a computing intensive academic department and a campus wide technology environment.
Dr. Lancaster has consulted with and managed significant IT engagements for leading institutions including Stanford University; University of Arizona, Tucson; University of Michigan; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Northwestern; USC; Virginia Commonwealth University; University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center; University of Washington; Rockefeller University; Colorado College; UC Santa Cruz; and Brown University.
Prior to joining WTC, Dr. Lancaster served three years as chief information officer and 12 years as chair of the Computer Science Department at Bowling Green State University, an academic institution with more than 17,000 students. In both positions, she had responsibility for extensive computing and network facilities, and as CIO she managed an operating budget of approximately $15 million with staffing responsibility for more than 90 employees. Dr. Lancaster holds a Ph.D in computer science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from San Diego State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Mount St. Mary’s College.
Dean Oyama has been with WTC for more than 20 years. His consulting experience with major universities and academic medical centers focuses on financial and rate structure assessment and development, capital and life cycle financial model development, technology infrastructure budgets, and vendor evaluations.
Mr. Oyama is widely recognized as being one of the most experienced people in the industry in the development of complex financial models and for his extensive work with rate and funding strategies. His significant experiences include Stanford University; MIT; Columbia, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Johns Hopkins Health Systems; the Oregon Health and Science System; University of Arizona; University of New Hampshire; Florida State University; University of Oklahoma; University of Nebraska; University of Washington; and UW Medicine.
Mr. Oyama earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from California State University, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in systems administration.
Albert Slater has more than 24 years of experience specializing in technology infrastructure design, acquisition an implementation. His experience includes development of fixed mobile wireless strategies and roadmaps. He is director of consulting operations for WTC and his background includes installation management, program management, and hands on experience with the installation of voice, data, fiber optic, voicemail, and network systems.
He is recognized as having the broadest experience of practical design of technology physical infrastructure having reviewed and financially modeled more than 12,000 telecommunication rooms. Mr. Slater has consulted with and managed significant technology infrastructure engagements for UCLA; University of Michigan; UC Davis and UC Davis Medical Center; UC Santa Cruz; the Cleveland Clinic; LA County + USC Medical Center; MIT; Stanford University; University of Arizona; University of Alaska; University of Tulsa; Contra Costa Community College District; and Fresno State University.
Prior to joining the WTC staff, Mr. Slater was installation manager for Expanets, Inc. and the cabling infrastructure manager for RDI Service Group. He is a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCCD) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Scott Foy has more than 17 years of telecommunications industry experience. He is an expert in analysis, design, presentation, and implementation of complex technology solutions, as well as in establishing strong client relationships at both executive and technical levels.
Mr. Foy assisted with the telecommunications implementation for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Tasks included hospital-wide network service testing and documentation, management of fax services implementation, and management of RedSky E911 service implementation. He also assisted with an IT Security Assessment for the County of Santa Barbara. The assessment included identification of security vulnerabilities and analysis of appropriate staffing levels to support the operational goals of the IT security organization. He also is assisting with the telecommunications strategic plan engagement for the University of Michigan where he is responsible for quality assurance, engagement continuity, analysis of results, and communication of results with senior campus leadership.
Prior to joining WTC, Scott Foy served 15 years with the Sprint Corporation as a Sales Engineer supporting the Business Services Group. In this role, he had responsibility for designing and managing the implementation of global wide area network and voice communications solutions and infrastructure for enterprise clients. His experience included projects across a diverse client set including multi-national corporations, organizations in the banking and finance and media and entertainment industries, as well as universities and public sector organizations.
Mr. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science Degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
Hideko Mills has more than 28 years of experience in network technology industries. Her management experience includes high-performance computing and network facilities in both a computing-intensive academic department and a campus-wide technology environment. She provides strategic and technical expertise for improving service quality and productivity. Since joining WTC, Ms. Mills actively participated in the IT assessment at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she participated in focus groups assessing gaps in services and providing recommendations. Ms. Mills was responsible for documenting and developing new IT operational business processes for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSMC). She also provided implementation oversight of the new VoIP telephone system for the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.
Prior to joining WTC, Ms. Mills served at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Manager of IT Research Infrastructure and as Assistant Director of the Campus Network Services group. In both positions, she worked closely with researchers, faculty, and staff managing high-profile technology projects. She also served as Acting Director of Special Projects at California State University, Los Angeles where she identified opportunities for improved organizational efficiencies, and operational savings.
Ms. Mills holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.
Technical and Administrative Support Staff
Ciony Bunda Paja is responsible in assisting WTC staff in all aspects of our practice. Her emphasis is in technology software applications in day to day business operations. She has more than 20 years administrative experience Ms. Bunda Paja holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce (BSC). She has diplomas in Computerized Business Systems (CBS) and Computer Data Entry. Ms. Bunda Paja has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles and the US House of Representatives for community services.