2014 Annual Speakers

Douglas Averill

As Maine's Director of Business Process Management, Doug Averill is responsible for delivering agile, process focused, applications using industry leading iBPMS platforms. He manages the governance and reuse of application rule sets as well as enterprise BPM application development using scrum project management methodology. Doug leads efforts to describe the value and transformative power of BPM in creating operational efficiencies, being more responsive to legislative changes, and improving constituent experience.

Prior, Averill served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  He has served in the US Peace Corps and worked in technology, communication, and financial management for Fortune 50s and small companies.

Paul Baltzell

Paul Baltzell has over 18 years experience working in various areas of IT consulting and management.  After serving in the US Navy, Baltzell began his career with EDS as a systems engineer later moving on to work with various consulting firms.  In 2005, Baltzell led the State of Indiana IT consolidation efforts.  This effort achieved a 14 million dollar yearly savings for the State through shared systems.  For his cost savings efforts, Baltzell was awarded a Governor's Meritorious Service Award.  In 2013 Baltzell was appointed CIO for the state of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence.  

Mike Burgett

Mike Burgett is the President, Managing Partner, and Founder of CIO Partners, Inc., a technology services company specializing in Executive Search, IT Staffing and Recruitment Strategies for Fortune 1000 organizations. Burgett founded CIO Partners in 2001 with the belief that building deeper relationships with clients and truly understanding their technology, vision and culture would result in a more effective recruiting process. This unique value-based approach became the foundation of the company's industry leading CIO RightHireTM process, used to match the top 5% of technology professionals with the right organizations.

With over twenty years of experience in the technology sector, Burgett has developed networks of CIOs/CTOs across the country through CxO Professional Networks. This active membership is comprised of 1100+ technology leaders in both industry based and regional networking groups. Having served as a former CIO for a $1B company and as a technology consultant for EDS, Burgett brings a wealth of hands-on experience to his global clients and to his local community. Clients and colleagues cite his ability to build solid, sound relationships and process-oriented approach as his hallmark qualities of success.

Recognizing that an organization is built upon the qualities that each individual brings to the workplace, corporate stewardship is a foundational value that is encouraged and promoted at CIO Partners. Burgett actively volunteers for Camp Hope and serves on the Advisory Board of Mentors4Hope, which provides mentorship, training and programs for at-risk Atlanta teens. He is also an active member of the Atlanta chapter of Convene, a faith-based organization of Christian CEOs.

Joe Coberly

Joe Coberly is an IT strategist with GTA. He leads the formation of an innovation program for Georgia agencies and was instrumental in establishing Georgia's IT Strategy Cycle – a sequence of events engaging state and local government. Joe is responsible for Georgia's strategic planning process for IT and is produces GTA's annual strategic plan. In June, Coberly was elected to the board of directors of the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. He is in his tenth year with GTA.

Before joining the state, Joe was a strategy consultant focused on selecting appropriate technology for achieving business objectives

Michael Cockrill

Michael Cockrill is the Washington State Chief Information Officer (CIO), appointed by Governor Jay Inslee on January 23, 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing the state's strategic vision for information technology (IT), evaluating state agencies' IT spending and major technology projects, and establishing IT policies and standards across state government.

Cockrill brings to the state more than 20 years of operational experience building both software and software companies in the private sector including PhotoRocket, Atlas Accelerator, Mixxer, and Qpass. He is also a nine-year veteran of Microsoft, where he led Product Management on MSN's original e-commerce efforts and the client strategy for Microsoft Merchant Server and Commerce Server, as well as design and development of the Microsoft Wallet and the Commerce division's overall payment strategy.

Barbara Cohn

Barbara L. Cohn was appointed to the position of New York State Chief Data Officer in September 2012. An expert in public policy, Cohn has more than 20 years of public sector experience, having served in senior executive and management roles in both state and local government. Cohn has an extensive background in advancing the utilization of data as a strategic asset, cultivating collaboration among IT and business within and across organizations, and maximizing the understanding of data to derive insight and value. Cohn oversees New York State's Open Data Initiative which is creating opportunities to discover, explore, access, analyze, and re-use data in ways not previously available to spark innovation, promote research, and increase transparency and citizen engagement. Prior to serving as NYS Chief Data Officer, Cohn worked for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. During her tenure, she advanced implementation of HHS Connect, an intergovernmental data sharing initiative that used advanced technologies to facilitate data exchange to optimize client outcomes. Cohn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and received her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Michael Daniel

Michael Daniel is a Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. In this position, Daniel leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy, and he oversees agencies’ implementation of those policies. Daniel also ensures that the federal government is effectively partnering with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, other branches and levels of government, and other nations.

Prior to coming to the National Security Staff, Daniel served for 17 years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). From September 2001 to June 2012, he served as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch, National Security Division, in a career Senior Executive Service position. This branch oversees the Intelligence Community (IC) and other classified Department of Defense programs. In this position, Daniel played a key role in shaping intelligence budgets, improving the management of the IC, and resolving major IC policy issues. The branch also oversaw a variety of cross-cutting issues, including cybersecurity, counterterrorism spending, and information sharing and safeguarding.

Rodney Davenport

Rod Davenport joined the Department of Technology, Management and Budget in June 2012 as its new chief technology officer. In his role, he will lead efforts to form and implement the strategic direction for Michigan's information technology efforts. Davenport has more than 20 years of IT experience working in a variety of industries, including publishing, automotive, health care and energy. Most recently, he worked as enterprise technology strategist with DTE Energy, where he focused on innovation and emerging technologies. He also played a lead role in implementing a Department of Energy research grant to conduct an analysis of Smart Grid communication protocols. Davenport holds a bachelor's degree in information technology from Lawrence Technological University.

Stu Davis

Stu Davis currently serves as the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Stu has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise shared services, and spatial technologies. Prior to his appointment as State CIO, Davis served as the State Chief Operating Officer and deputy director of the Infrastructure Services Division within DAS/OIT.

As the State Chief Information Officer, Davis leads, oversees and directs state agency activities related to information technology development and use. As Assistant Director of DAS, Davis oversees the Office of Information Technology (OIT) which delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions as well as manages IT procurement, policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.

Davis serves as Chair of the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) Steering Committee that supports voice and data communications for statewide public safety and emergency management. He also chairs the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) Council that provides geographic information systems (GIS) coordination across the state between all levels of government and chairs the Emergency Services IP Network (ESINet) Steering Committee that focuses on Ohio's Next Generation 911 solution.

Brenda Decker

Brenda Decker was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska by Governor Dave Heineman on February 4, 2005.  Prior to this appointment, Decker held various IT positions within Nebraska state government for several years.

Decker is a member and/or chair of numerous commissions and councils in Nebraska State Government.  She holds membership in numerous professional organizations and has a national certification as a Professional Manager from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.  As a member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, she currently serves as the 2012-2013 President of the organization, as well as having served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and the Security and Privacy Committee, and an Executive Board member. 

Tony Encinias

Tony Encinias was appointed Deputy Secretary for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Corbett on December 29, 2012.  Prior to his appointment, Encinias served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Encinias is a retired United States Naval Officer, with over 20 years' experience in Information Technology management with the Department of Defense (DoD) and state government.  During Encinias' distinguished military career he served as the Relational Supply Application Program manager for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and as the Deputy Director for Innovation in the eBusiness Operations Office for the Department of the Navy, Chief Information Officer.  In his final military assignment he served dual roles as the SAS 70 Program Director with the Defense Information Systems Agency and as the Executive Officer of the Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Mechanicsburg.

Encinias was honored with Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders and State Scoop's State Executive of the Year awards for 2014. 

Chris Estes

Chris Estes was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as North Carolina’s State Chief Information Officer in January of 2013. As a member of the Governor’s executive team, he provides oversight of information technology projects and manages IT operations for state agencies. Chris and his leadership team are executing the state’s strategy to improve IT governance, increase government efficiency, and modernize North Carolina’s technology infrastructure.

Chris led a collaborative effort by state IT leaders to establish the Innovation Center in Raleigh, a lab where state employees, students and industry work together in a “try before you buy” approach to testing information technology systems. As an advocate for STEM education, he also works with our K–12 schools and universities to encourage students to pursue careers in technology.

Chris has over twenty-five years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing and financial services industries for leading brands PwC, IBM, BearingPoint, EMC, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a Principal in the Strategy, Technology, and Innovation practice.

Graeme Finley

Graeme Finley is a Managing Director within Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector practice.  Finley has over twenty years' experience providing consulting services to public- and private-sector organizations in the US and in Europe. He has experience in IT strategy, business case analysis, acquisition support, enterprise architecture, and custom and packaged software development and integration. Finley's clients have included Federal government agencies in the US and Canada, State government agencies across the US, and utilities and financial services organizations in the US and UK.

Jim Fowler

Chief Information Officer James (Jim) Fowler joined the Commonwealth Office of Technology June, 2013 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of COT, overseeing more than 650 employees.  Fowler is focused on the agency's most comprehensive executive branch IT infrastructure consolidation effort in history and the opening of the commonwealth's alternate data center.  Fowler serves alongside cabinet secretaries as a member of the governor's Executive Cabinet.

Prior to joining COT,  Fowler served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications for the City of New York.  Fowler previously held CIO positions with the Chicago Transit Authority and the New York City Transit Authority. Private sector positions included York International Corporation and Navistar International Truck and Engine Corporation.

David Gragan

David Gragan is the Senior Procurement Executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent agency of the Federal Reserve. Gragan previously served in the cabinet of the mayor of Washington, D.C. as the Chief Procurement Officer for the city. He began his procurement career in 1993 as Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Indiana, and subsequently served as the procurement director for the State of Texas. Gragan then consulted with state and local governments on procurement reform and best practices, working for Accenture, Oracle and CGI. He has received the distinguished service awards of both the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). He has been named a life member of NASPO and also served as the president of NASPO, and is currently the Chairman of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. Before his public procurement career, he was a signals intelligence officer in the Marine Corps. Gragan is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and the University of Southern California.

Russ Guarna

Russ Guarna is the Vice President over the State and Local Government Division for TechAmerica Powered by CompTIA, an industry trade association representing over 2200 small, medium and large information technology member firms.  Russ after almost 30 years of service recently retired from the State of California Department of Technology where he was the Deputy Director of the Department's Statewide Technology Procurement Division leading a team of procurement specialists in the acquisition of large scale IT integrated solutions and the next generation of telecommunication and public safety communications contracts. He has also served as the Deputy Director of the California Technology Agency's Program and Policy Management areas, providing oversight of the state's multi-billion dollar IT Project Portfolio.  Prior to joining the Department of Technology, Russ served as a Purchasing Manager for the Department of General Services Procurement Division where he managed the master contracts, strategic sourcing, technology procurement and small business programs. Guarna also contributed as the Procurement Team Lead on Governor Schwarzenegger's California Performance Review which proposed a restructuring to state government and reforms to the California procurement system.

David Gustafson

David Gustafson is the appointed State of Nevada Chief Information Officer where he is responsible for enterprise IT operations of the government including: the management of the State data centers, server and mainframe computing environments, wide area networking, public safety communication and IT systems, and support for the State ERP system.  He is also responsible for providing over 21,000 hours annually of database administration and programming support for more than 18,000 users. He received a BSBA degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has been a Nevada resident for over 19 years.

He has held numerous IT leadership roles over his career and is a certified project manager with the Project Management Institute. Prior to joining the State government, he worked in leadership positions at prominent private sector organizations.

Dale Hartman

Dale Hartman has been managing the Information & Technology (IT) Division for King County Elections since 2011.  Prior to moving to Elections, Hartman was the Enterprise Services Manager for the King County Information Technology Department within King County.  Hartman has more than 25 years of technology, field services, customer services, and policy/program management experience.  He has held various levels of responsibility in public, private, and governmental agencies during his career. Hartman has delivered a track record of improved efficiencies and enhanced system performance, as well as excellence in customer satisfaction and relationship building, while managing partnerships with other agencies, businesses, vendors, and customers. 

Hartman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (with emphasis on Project Management) from City University of Seattle and is certified as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.  He served on the Valley Medical Center – President's Advisory Council for the reorganization of the Valley Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center merger.

Mark Headd

Mark Headd is the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, serving as one of the first municipal Chief Data Officers in the United States, and was also Director of Government Relations at Code for America.  He currently works with civic technologists and open data advocates as a Developer Evangelist for Accela, Inc. A coder and civic hacking veteran, he has worked as both a hands-on technologist and as a high-level policy advisor.  Self taught in programming, he holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration teaching a course in electronic government.

Trish Holliday

Trish Holliday serves as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) on the executive team for the Department of Human Resources. She provides state appointing authorities with executive coaching in workforce planning and development. Holliday drives the overall curriculum focus and development of the statewide leadership programs: LEAD Tennessee, Tennessee Government Executive Institute, Tennessee Government Management Institute, Tennessee Government Leadership Council, and the HR Master Series. She specializes in leadership creating and sustaining partnerships and workforce development within all levels of an organization. Holliday is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education from Lipscomb University.

Rebecca Hunter

Rebecca Hunter serves as a member of Governor Bill Haslam's cabinet as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.  Prior to this appointment, she spent six years as the Director of Human Resources for Hamilton County Government in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and held management positions in governmental finance for over 25 years.  Rebecca is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

She and her team have been leading statewide civil service reform in Tennessee, which is moving the state from a system based on seniority to one that is based on performance. Key components of that reform include transformation of the application process, job specifications, reduction in force process, employee appeal process and performance management system. As a result, all employees have a S.M.A.R.T. performance plan that is aligned with their agency's goals, including all Cabinet members, whose performance plans are aligned with Governor Haslam's key priorities for the State.
Vince Kellen

Vince Kellen, PhD is the Senior Vice Provost for Analytics & Technologies at the University of Kentucky, one of the top public research institutions and academic medical centers in the U.S. Dr. Kellen brings a rare combination of business, academic and IT architecture experience to his role, with a focus on transformational leadership within IT. Dr. Kellen is a Senior Consultant and Business Technology Council member with the leading IT industry think-tank, Cutter Consortium, where he writes on business and IT strategy. Dr. Kellen also speaks nationally and internationally on IT strategy topics.

Since 1998, he has served as a faculty member and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on IT and strategy, enterprise architecture and information systems. In his role, Dr. Kellen leads a staff of 275 supporting 28,000 students, 18 colleges and 13,000 employees and manages the planning of and support for IT strategic planning, enterprise software, high performance computing, learning spaces, classroom technology, learning management systems, business intelligence, student information systems, data center operations, network infrastructure, distance learning and information technology support.

Dr. Kellen serves on advisory boards to top IT companies including Dell, AT&T, Apple and Blackboard and co-hosts with IT futurist Thornton May, a regional Kentucky CIO forum called The CIO Practicum. Dr. Kellen is a recipient of the coveted CIO Magazine Top 100 award in 2007, a 2012 Dell Transformational CIO, author of four books on database technology and author of more than 200 articles and presentations on IT and business strategy topics.

Todd Kimbriel

Todd Kimbriel, Chief Operations Officer of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), came to public service in 2008 after serving over 25 years in the private sector. He is a lifelong information technology professional, having spent time in all aspects of technology including planning, design, operations, and management. His industry experience outside of public service includes telecommunications, aviation, retail, and import/export. At DIR, Mr. Kimbriel oversees the Technology Sourcing Operations group, the Communications Telephony Services group, the Program Portfolio Management Office, the Information Technology Services group, and the Digital Government group.

Dick Mink

Dick Mink was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear in early 2011 to head up the highly developmental pilot project that is now the Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System (CEMCS). Kentucky expects to invest $15,000,000 over the next 6 years to expand the CEMCS with an expected ROI of 14%.

Mink has received numerous awards including: 2013, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), International Project of the Year 2013, National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA), Fels Institute of Public Leadership National Case Study 2012, National Association of State Facility Administrators, Innovation Award

Mink served as the Assistant Director of the state's largest mechanical maintenance and operations division for seven years.  

Mink spent 20 years in the utility industry as a water/sewer district commissioner and electric utility production manager.

Mink is the 2014/15, Vice President of the National Association of State Facility Administrators (NASFA).

Kim Nelson

Kimberly Nelson joined Microsoft in 2006 and now serves as Executive Director of the US Public Sector's State and Local Government Solutions team. She leads a team covering Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services and eGovernment and is responsible for working with government leaders to establish for more efficient and cost-effective mobile and cloud services. Her role also includes serving as the US CityNext Lead and working in collaboration with Microsoft's vast partner ecosystem to develop repeatable mobile and cloud solutions to accelerate innovation at a city scale.

Prior to Microsoft, Nelson spent 26 years in the public sector – 22 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and four as the first US Senate Confirmed Presidential appointee to serve as Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer, at the US Environmental Protection Agency.

During her state career, Nelson worked in a number of staff positions in the Senate of Pennsylvania, the PublicUtility Commission, and the Departments of Aging and Environmental Protection under three different governors. She was the first to hold the position of Chief Information Officer and then later served as Executive Deputy Secretary, the second highest position in the Department of Environmental Protection before beginning her federal service.

Bill Oates

In January 2014, Bill Oates was named the Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In that role, he is responsible for establishing the Commonwealth’s IT strategy, setting IT technology standards and approving secretariat/department IT plans.

Prior to his appointment as the CCIO, Oates served as the first Cabinet level CIO for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Under Bill’s leadership, the City of Boston transformed the way the city used technology to better engage with constituents.  Appointed to that position in 2006 by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Oates spearheaded the City’s technology initiatives and was responsible for the delivery of IT services in support of the various city functions

In 2011, Oates was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Public Sector Innovators” by Government Technology Magazine and named the New England CIO Innovation Award winner by Mass High Tech.

Rebecca Otto

Rebecca Otto was elected statewide as Minnesota's eighteenth state auditor in 2006. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2010. State Auditor Otto is the immediate past president of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA).  She chairs the Human Resources Committee for NSAA and serves on the Executive Committee and various other committees for NASACT. In 2014, Auditor Otto was named one of 15 of the most influential professional government auditors by the American Center for Government Auditing. Otto serves on the State Board of Investment, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Board, and the Rural Finance Authority Board.

Brian Pagliano

Bryan Pagliano is a Research Director on the government team covering shared services, mobile computing, digital government, and cloud computing. Pagliano has more than 14 years of diversified IT experience in government and nongovernmental organizations. In his previous position as Special Advisor to the CTO at the U.S. Department of State, he provided market analysis and crafted strategic and tactical plans in this role, leading a number of special projects, including redesigning the mobile computing technical architecture, advising on a major shared-service initiative and serving as the department's contributor to the Federal CIO's Digital Government Strategy. Prior to joining the Department of State, he served as the IT Director on a presidential primary campaign.

Tony Parham

Antonio M. Parham (“Tony”) is an experienced executive, with a track record of successfully leading high profile, global initiatives. 

As Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Tony advises the Governor, Secretary for Administration and Finance, Commonwealth Chief Information Officer (CCIO), executive branch leaders and other stakeholders on identifying, funding and managing execution of high impact business change projects.  As the first chief innovation officer for the Commonwealth, the GIO is accountable for improving internal government efficiencies and for the improved experience of outside stakeholders such as residents, businesses and local governments. Key GIO accomplishments are described at http://bit.ly/GIOreport2013

Carolyn Parnell

Carolyn Parnell, the State of Minnesota's CIO, is an accomplished technology leader with a wealth of public- and private-sector experience.  Appointed in 2011 by Governor Dayton, Parnell is the commissioner of MN.IT Services, the state agency that provides effective information technology to Minnesota's government.

Prior to joining the Governor's Cabinet, Parnell was COO for IT Services at MnSCU, the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the nation. A member of the Blandin Foundation's Broadband Initiative Strategy Board, Parnell holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Scott D. Pattison

Scott D. Pattison has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in Washington, D.C. since 2001.

Prior to coming to NASBO, Pattison served for four years as Virginia's state budget director and also headed the Regulatory and Economic Analysis section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget.  He previously served in a variety of capacities in the office of the Virginia Attorney General, including as Counsel on finance issues.

Pattison has served on numerous boards and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond and recently served on the board of Old Dominion University.  He is a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and is currently Chair of the academic group the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).

Pattison began his career as an attorney with the federal government serving in several positions at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C. including as an Attorney-Advisor.

Ed Powers

Ed Powers is the National Market Offering leader for Deloitte's Cyber Risk Services practice, which helps clients to be secure, vigilant, and resilient in the face of an ever increasing array of cyber threats and vulnerabilities. He specializes in helping global organizations develop and improve their IT risk management and information security programs, including program organization, governance and regulatory compliance. Since 2005 he has focused on the impact of federal regulation on financial institutions and has helped many of the world's leading banks, payments companies and diversified financial institutions prepare for and manage oversight of their programs by federal regulatory agencies.

Powers is chairman of Deloitte's Advisory Investment Oversight Committee and serves on the Executive Committees for Advisory Services, Financial Services and Banking & Securities, as well as the Committee for Strategic Business Acquisitions.

He has authored several articles and has appeared regularly in the media on the topics of risk management, regulation, information security and cyber crime.

He is formerly a faculty member in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he taught undergraduate and MBA courses in IT Management and Information Security. His specialties include banking & securities, federal regulation, enterprise risk management, operational risk management, IT risk management, information security and cyber crime.

Kelly Samson Rickert

Kelly Samson Rickert, Ed.D, SPHR is the Director of Workforce Development for the State of Maine, Office of Information Technology (OIT).  In this role, she oversees and develops the strategic planning for the workforce needs in this fast-changing technology field. She handles the oversight of recruitment, retention, and succession planning; as well as performance management, training and professional development, and workforce matters for the OIT.

Prior work experience includes working for a Fortune 500 company, a private school grades 5-post graduate, and in higher education.  In her last former role, Rickert was the human resource and benefits manager for a university. She has extensive work as a facilitator and presenter in the subject matters relating to human resource leadership, strategic planning and human relations, with an emphasis on workforce planning.  She is continuing her research focus on the five generations in the workplace, and the emotional aspect of retirement planning. 

Karen Robinson

Karen W. Robinson serves as the Executive Director for the Texas Department of Information Resources. As Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas, she has statewide authority over information and communications technology planning, procurement, and service delivery. She leads an agency that manages information technology (IT) for more than 4,400 publicly funded entities and operates the state's IT Security, Communications Technology Services, Cooperative Contracts, Data Center Services, and award-winning Texas.gov—the Official Website for the State of Texas.

Robinson brings more than 35 years of government and private sector experience to the post. Her expertise is in creating and building high-performing teams and getting the job done. Before joining DIR, Robinson served as the Director of Administration and Technology to Governor Rick Perry. She also served as Technical Advisor to former Texas Governor George W. Bush as well as to the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Texas State Senate. She coordinated the state's technology needs during crisis relief efforts and was instrumental in launching the state's official business web portal.

Robinson serves as chair of the Texas CIO Academy, chair of the Texas Digital Government Summit, and co-chair of the NASCIO Effective Communication Working Group.  She is a member of Computerworld's 2012 class of Premier 100 IT Leaders, spotlighting leaders from technology and business for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.  She was also recognized as the 2012 Public Sector IT Executive of the Year by InnoTech and by the National Association of Professional Women as the 2012-2013 Woman of the Year for excellence and dedication within her profession.

Carlos Ramos

Carlos Ramos was appointed Secretary of Technology and State ClO in 2011 by
Governor Jerry Brown. He is a member of the Governor's Cabinet and CIO for the State of California. Prior to his appointment, Ramos headed up his own consulting practice. He served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller's Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government.

Throughout his career, Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key
technology initiatives. He has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration -
with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of California's largest technology projects. He
concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services
and was the Agency's senior technology executive. He was the principal technology
advisor to the Secretary of HHS and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio.
Previously, he served as Director of the State's Data Center - one of the largest public
sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200

government agency customers.
Erik Ross

Erik Ross is Chief Digital Officer at the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services. In this capacity, he leads all statewide digital (online, mobile and social media) initiatives in keeping with North Carolina’s commitment to making government services more accessible. He also leads North Carolina’s Innovation Center, where state agencies are collaborating in a “try before you buy” approach to investing in technology solutions. 

Ross has held a number of executive roles at startups and Fortune 500 companies. At Bank of America, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Research & Development Executive. He also held the role of Executive-in-Residence at the MIT Media Lab. Erik earned a Business Administration degree from Bloomsburg University with a minor in Philosophy and an MBA from Penn State University.  He has 25 issued patents and over 100 pending.

Alan R. Shark

Alan R. Shark is the Executive Director and CEO of Public Technology Institute (PTI). Created by and for city and county governments, PTI is a national, non-profit organization that focuses on technology issues that impact local government and thought-leaders in the public sector.

Dr. Shark is a sought-after speaker, offering presentations for larger audiences that address mobile and e-government, technology trends in government, as well as thought-leadership professional development issues for IT executives and public managers.

Dr. Shark's career has spanned over 30 years as a highly recognized leader in both the nonprofit management and technology fields, with an emphasis on technology applications for business and government. He is an associate professor of practice at Rutgers University where he teaches a masters level course on technology and public administration, and also serves as the Director for The Center for Technology Leadership.

He is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 National Technology Champion Award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The award is in recognition for his outstanding contributions promoting government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice.

Emily Shaw

Emily Shaw is the National Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation and oversees its state and local policy work. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University. She most recently served as an assistant professor of political science at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. In the past she has worked for a range of civil and human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her recent writing and speaking has focused on issues of voting policy, municipal tax policy, and campaign finance, and as a result she is a regular and enthusiastic user of open government data.

Art Smith

Art Smith is a human resources and compensation professional and executive director of the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, an organization of more than 1,400 human resources, training, recruiting, compensation and benefits professionals practicing in business, government and education.

With more than 30 years of progressive human resources, compensation and organizational development experience in the design and implementation of people initiatives, Art has served in a broad spectrum of regional, national and multi-national companies and industry sectors.  These include healthcare, financial services, banking, transportation, insurance, manufacturing, consumer products and the not-for-profit sector.

In addition to holding professional certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Art has professional credentials in training, employment law, strategic planning, leadership coaching, project management and is a qualified Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) practitioner.

Kirk T. Steudle

Kirk T. Steudle is the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and has served in that position since 2006.  He is engaged in all aspects of transportation in the State of Michigan.  Mr. Steudle is the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee, on which he has been a member since 2004.  He chairs the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB.  He was the 2011-12 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of the AASHTO Executive Committee.  He is the 2014 incoming Chair for the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA).  He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Additionally, he also serves on the Board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and is Chair of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). He is also a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan. 

David Taylor

David Taylor is Vice President of State, Local & Provincial Solutions for Software AG where he serves as market strategist and subject matter expert for these government practices.  He brings over 30 years of experience in Florida State Government to Software AG and was the longest serving State CIO in Florida's history.  He also serves on the board of Directors of the IJIS Institute.

Prior to joining Software AG, Taylor was Chief Information Officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Before that, he was the Chief Information Officer of the State of Florida and Executive Director for the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology. He reported to the Governor and Cabinet members for the State of Florida.  Taylor also was the CIO for the Florida Department of Health for over 5 years.

In 2010, Taylor received Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders award for his enterprise IT vision for the Florida government. Taylor holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a BA in Psychology from University of Lowell.

Srini Subramanian

Srini Subramanian is a Principal from Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Risk Advisory practice and leads Deloitte’s risk advisory services for the state government sector. He has over 27 years of Information technology experience and over 15 years of cyber risk services experience.  He has delivered a number of engagements in the information security strategy, Governance, Identity and Access Management, technology transformation, shared services, and information security innovation areas.

In addition to leading a number security projects, Subramanian provides advisory and quality assurance role for various state agency security projects at Pennsylvania, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, South Carolina and California. Subramanian has also earned multiple Deloitte distinctions, including recognition as a “Deloitte Eminence Fellow,” a “Deloitte CIO Fellow,” and an “Industry Sector Luminary.”  As a CIO Fellow Subramanian works as part of the CIO Fellows community to broaden our relationships with our client CIOs. Subramanian works as part of the Deloitte Eminence Fellows community to produce or oversee the development of the high-quality eminence and thought leadership material that Deloitte presents to the external market.
Chris White

Chris White is Senior Vice President of Internet of Everything (IoE) Go-to-Market Strategy, Solutions and Sales  for Cisco.  This major growth initiative focuses on the next wave of connectivity that links people, process, data and things over an intelligent network with an estimated $19T economic impact by 2020.

White is also General Manager for Cisco's Sports and Entertainment Solutions Group (SESG), where he leads the development and delivery of fan experience enhancing, revenue generating solutions for premier sporting and entertainment venues worldwide including Real Madrid, Manchester City, Dallas Cowboys, Sydney Cricket Ground and more.

He has been with Cisco for nearly 20 years, and was Vice President of Global Sales for Emerging Technologies (Cisco's internal start-up unit), before moving into his current role. Prior to that he was the leader of Worldwide Sales for Linksys Consumer, and Chief of Staff of the Cisco Globalization Center based in Bangalore, India, and the U.S. Western Area, where he earned Cisco's Top Sales VP/GM award.

Prior to joining Cisco, White held various executive positions in both in the USA and Europe.

Bob Woolley's

Bob Woolley is the Chief Technical Architect for the State of Utah's Department of Technology Services. He focuses on e-government and technical architecture for the State, with special emphasis on technical architecture implementation, planning, and analysis; Web design; cloud implementation, and development of online government services including the State's Utah.gov portal. The State of Utah has been widely recognized in these areas with numerous national awards.

He has extensive experience with development and implementation of enterprise infrastructure and technology services, and emerging technology. He has worked in the public sector as a university professor, and systems analyst, and in the corporate world as a company president. He has a Master's degree from Utah State University. He was named as one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2013, and has specialized in applying new and emerging technology solutions to government.

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