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Anderson Appointed to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Mindy Anderson, of Palo Alto, Calif., has been appointed to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors.

Anderson, who is currently vice president of marketing and product management at BlackRidge Technology, in Palo Alto, Calif., is one of the newest appointees to the board of directors. She was nominated by The Ferris Foundation’s Committee of Directors and, on Feb. 20, approved by Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Mindy to the board of directors for The Ferris Foundation,” said Carla Miller, Ferris’ associate vice president for special/leadership gifts and executive director of The Ferris Foundation. “Having attended Ferris, Mindy has a knowledge of the university and its mission. We believe that her knowledge of Ferris, combined with her diverse professional experiences will make her a welcome addition to the board as we move forward in support of the mission of The Ferris Foundation.”

Anderson has more than 20 years of experience developing successful products and go-to market strategies in the high-technology arena. She is a recognized spokesperson for financial analysts, media and the investor community. Anderson has played a lead role in strengthening customer and partner relationships in order to strengthen market presence for each company she represents.

Prior to BlackRidge, Anderson worked for Virsto Software in Sunnyvale, Calif., a company that was later acquired by VMWare. She was director of product management and product marketing. Anderson also served as client business manager for Redhat, Inc., as chief of staff to the chief technology officer of the StorageWorks division of Hewlett-Packard and VERITAS Software.

Anderson worked with IBM's high-availability product line at locations in Austin, Texas and Boston, Mass. She also serves on several advisory boards, including: The Town Kitchen, a food training for youth; Total Accountability, a consumer service credibility engine; and Zmanda, an open-source back up. Additionally, Anderson volunteers at the Palo Alto International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Anderson attended Ferris and went on to earn a certificate in marketing from the University of California at Berkley in 1998.

Since 1991, The Ferris Foundation has been responsible for receiving, investing and distributing all gifts, which provide a source of perpetual support for the university. The purpose of The Ferris Foundation is to advance the university’s mission and goals by generating and managing private support for the university.