Listee Features — Information Technology

ELLEN M. GASTON

Renowned as an information technology and risk management expert, Ellen M. Gaston used her childhood experiences to shape her career. She initially became interested in technology because of the start of the space program when she was young, and she became interested in law enforcement after her brother was hit by a drunk driver who got off scot-free. The FBI was one of the only places that combined the two and offered women more than a secretarial job, so she made that her target. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in 1972, Dr. Gaston successfully landed a job as a computer programmer with the FBI. She quickly advanced within the institution, first to lead computer programmer and

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CARON MCCRACKEN

Backed by decades of professional excellence, Caron McCracken has earned her reputation as an expert management and information technology consultant. She started her career as a teacher at high schools and junior high schools around Michigan between 1973 and 1975, upon which she took on the roles of instructor at Mott Community College and planning and research specialist at the Flint Fire Department. Ms. McCracken proceeded to become the campus coordinator and programmer for Systems & Computer Technology Corp., now known as SunGard Data Systems, Inc., in 1981. She realized then that she had found her niche, and advanced rapidly through the company, serving as the academy specialist of computing systems from 1982 to 1983, the manager of academy computing systems

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