Executive Staff
Advancing the organization's vision and the future of computing in the world.
Melissa Russell
Executive Director
Melissa Russell joined the Computer Society in June 2018. She leads the executive team and manages the board of governors and volunteer groups, continuing the progress of the Society’s membership, international conferences, publications, standards, and training programs. For the past 17 years, Melissa worked for the Optical Society (OSA), where she held several different positions during her tenure. She most recently served as OSA’s Chief Meetings and Industry Officer, where she oversaw nearly 70 annual events, two large tradeshows, and a portfolio of industry programs and activities supporting a corporate membership of nearly 300 companies and 1,000 corporate customers. Melissa received a BA in journalism with a specialization in advertising from The Ohio State University.
Anne Marie Kelly
Associate Executive Director,
Director of Governance
Anne Marie Kelly joined the IEEE Computer Society in 1988, and has previously served as its Director of Conferences, Director of Volunteer Services, and Acting Executive Director. During her career in nonprofit association management, she has held positions at the Director Marketing Association and National Conference of State History Preservation Officers. Kelly received an AB in American Studies with distinction from Georgetown University and holds an MBA from George Washington University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). Kelly received the Computer Society’s Harry Hayman Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in 1999 and 2001.
Eric Berkowitz
Director of Membership
Eric Berkowitz joined the IEEE Computer Society as the membership development director in November 2013. He oversees the membership department, which focuses on member recruitment, retention, and chapter development. Berkowitz has devoted his entire professional career to nonprofit development. With almost 20 years of membership marketing experience, he has helped several nonprofits develop strategies and tactics to grow membership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University.
Michelle Tubb
Director of Marketing and Sales
Michelle Tubb joined the Computer Society in December 2018. She leads the sales and marketing team, which is responsible for promoting the Society’s conferences, publications, standards, education, and governance activities, as well as launching new conference exhibit and sponsorship programs. For 12 years, Michelle worked with the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), where she successfully launched a new international trade show, as well as oversaw all educational, membership, and marketing activities. Michelle is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and earned a BA in communications with an emphasis in public affairs from the University of La Verne.
Sumit Kacker
Director IT And Strategic Bus. Services
Sumit Kacker joined the Computer Society in June 2016. He leads the information technology and services (IT&S) team, which is responsible for architecture, application development, production-support, help-desk, infrastructure, and dev-ops. The Computer Society IT&S supports various strategic and operational activities for conferences, publications, standards, education, and governance activities. For 14 years, Sumit worked with Farmers Insurance Group where he gained progressive experience building, integrating, and simplifying complex business systems. He earned his degree in engineering from IIT Roorkee, India, and his MBA from University of Phoenix.
Silvia Ceballos
Director of CS Conference Operations
Silvia Ceballos joined the Computer Society in April 2005. She leads the conferences team, which handles contracts, planning, budgeting, compliance and offers proceedings and registration services for over 200 sponsored conferences. Together these conferences have over 65k attendees per year, touching on every topic and technical community under the Computer Society’s purview. Silvia began her career with the Computer Society as a conference publishing editor and has held multiple positions within the conference area, providing her with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the overall IEEE conference ecosystem. She earned her degree in English and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.
Robin Baldwin
Director of Periodicals & Special Projects
Robin Baldwin joined the Computer Society in June 1995. She leads the periodicals team with a portfolio of more than 45 peer-reviewed magazines and journals and manages the Los Alamitos, California, office facilities and operations. Robin is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). She earned a BS in business administration and management from California State University, Long Beach, and an MA in mass communications from California State University, Fullerton. Baldwin received the Computer Society’s Harry Hayman Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in 2016. She is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, CalSAE, and ASAE.