AWARDS & RECOGNITION | NASCIO Meritorious Service Award
2003 Recipient: Aldona Valicenti, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Since its inception over thirty years ago, NASCIO has focused on enhancing government services through the effective use of IT and the energetic advocacy of progressive IT policy. NASCIO's achievements have largely been the product of the energy, focus and dedicated service of its members. This dedication has in turn served as a catalyst to redefine the role of technology at the federal, state and local level.
To spotlight outstanding service, NASCIO has created the Meritorious Service Award to honor leadership in state government and the advancement of NASCIO's mission.
The NASCIO Meritorious Service Award criteria include three areas of outstanding service according to NASCIO's 2003 strategic plan. They include: World Class Service, National Voice and Vitality of the Organization. Aldona has been a strong leader in each of these areas to the benefit of NASCIO.
About the Recipient:
Paul E. Patton appointed Ms. Valicenti in December of 1997 as the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a member of his Executive Cabinet. During her tenure she has established the CIO position through legislation and has undertaken a transformation of how information technology services are delivered in state government. The Governor's EMPOWER Kentucky initiative identified information technology as a key enabler. Ms. Valicenti was instrumental in forming the Governor's Office for Technology, which brought several separate agencies into a cohesive organizational structure. The Executive Order for this reorganization was ratified by the 2000 General Assembly.
Ms. Valicenti began her career with the Dow Corning Corporation. In 1976 she joined the Amoco Corporation and for the next 21 years held positions of increasing responsibility including Manager - System Development and Support, Divisional CIO for the Amoco Chemical Company, and Manager - Customer Solutions, Information Technology Shared Services, an internal supplier of information technology services to the global Amoco Corporation. In this position she was responsible for contracting for all information technology services for the Amoco Corporation.
"Kentucky was one of the first states to hire a CIO at the Executive Cabinet level and we couldn't have picked a better one. Aldona is truly worthy of this prestigious award and I congratulate her. Over the past 5 years, Aldona Valicenti has helped us reengineer and rethink technology in the Commonwealth, providing innovative leadership and direction. In 1995, we set a goal to achieve economic opportunity and a standard of living above the national average in 20 years. Today, we're well on our way toward achieving that goal and Aldona has played a key role in using technology to help strengthen efficiency and improve government operations."
The Honorable Paul E. Patton, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky
"I represent a rural area which is far from the state capitol. In an effort to give our area a boost in economic development and keep us up-to-date on information technology and in an effort to keep rural areas from falling behind in this all important element of the 21st Century, I hosted a seminar in my district on information technology. Ms. Valicenti gladly made the long trip from the Capitol to serve even the rural and distant areas of this state."
“Her work to bring Kentucky up to a very high level as an electronically available government for the people has been a tremendous service to Kentuckians now and in the future. Because of Ms. Valicenti's extra effort, Kentucky is now on the leading edge of e-government."
Honorable Tanya Pullin, State Representative, Commonwealth of Kentucky