2014 Midyear Speakers


Alan Webber is a Research Director at IDC where he covers digital government innovation and transformation. Webber is a public sector professional with more than 20 years of analyst, management, and technology experience working with government vendors and government clients. Webber advises clients around the globe on issues pertaining to digital government, eGovernment, technology-based innovation and transformation, and technology adoption/disruption as well as digital risk and privacy.

During his career Webber has been a Partner and analyst at the Altimeter Group covering digital risk, a Principal Analyst covering public sector at Forrester Research, and has led various strategic planning, performance management, eGovernment, and Web initiatives for the US government at the Department of the Interior and the National Science Foundation. He has also implemented enterprise-wide ERP and business systems and managed the accounting department for a Fortune 500 subsidiary.

Webber has been quoted in numerous business and technology publications including B2B Magazine, Business Week, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Congressional Quarterly, CIO Magazine, CIO Today, Government Technology, and French CIO Magazine among others.



Vice President for Research 
American Association of University Women

Catherine Hill is the Vice President for Research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and an author of reports including Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013); Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation (2012); and Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (2010). Before coming to AAUW, Dr. Hill was a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia where she taught economic development. She has a bachelor and master’s degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in policy development from Rutgers University.



Technology Program Manager 
Kentucky Office of Administrative and Technology Services

Chris Clark has served more than 25 years in IT Leadership positions in the public sector, and currently serves as Program Manager for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Exchange project.

From 1991 until 1996, Clark served nearly six years in the Governor’s Office for Policy and Management. During this time Clark focused on strategic planning and budgeting for information technology capital projects in the Commonwealth. During this time, Clark also served in a dual role for the Commonwealth as the Chairman of the Kentucky Information Resources Management Commission.

From 1996 until 1998, Clark served as the first Information Systems Administrator for Jefferson County Government. During this time Clark helped Jefferson County develop and implement a Three-Year Information Technology Strategic Plan.

From 1998 until 2001, Clark served as Chief Information Officer for the Finance and Administration Cabinet. During this time, Clark managed the effort to replace the Commonwealth’s enterprise financial, procurement, and budgeting systems.



Sr. Manager, State & Local Industry Analysis 

Chris Dixon, senior manager, State and Local Industry Analysis, conducts targeted research aimed at shedding light on the state and local IT markets, and ways for vendors to capitalize on procurement opportunities. In addition to investigating, evaluating, and tracking existing state and local trends, Dixon provides strategic research, analysis, market forecasting, and opportunity analysis.

Previously, Dixon held several positions at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) where he was instrumental in establishing and supporting the organization's in-house issues research and policy development processes. As senior issues coordinator, he oversaw NASCIO's health IT, broadband, and cybersecurity agendas, as well as built relationships with city and county CIOs and their professional organizations. During his tenure at NASCIO, Dixon's responsibilities also included supporting policy and issues committees covering information/enterprise architecture, digital government, telecommunications, and economic development. He conceived and implemented the association's Compendium of Digital Government in the States publication as well as the comprehensive member survey from which it is compiled.

Prior to NASCIO, Dixon managed the community assessment and grant-making processes for a local, non-profit health and human services funding organization. He has also worked in campaign politics at the state and local levels in the South and Midwest regions.

Dixon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morningside College.



TBM Council

Chris Pick is the President and Secretary for the TBM Council. In this role, he facilitates day-to-day activities and pushes forward the Council’s agenda to help CIOs transform IT operations via TBM methodologies and best practices.

In addition to his officer position on the TBM Council, Pick is the Chief Marketing Officer at Apptio, holding responsibility for all corporate marketing initiatives including demand generation, online operations, inside sales, communications, and analyst relations. He is an accomplished sales and marketing executive with 17 years of experience in building global marketing organizations, creating new market categories, and executing differentiated go-to-market strategies.

Prior to Apptio, Pick was an operating partner in Austin Ventures' CEO-in-residence program where he focused on identifying new growth strategies and defining disruptive business models. Pick joined Austin Ventures from NetIQ where he was Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Products. At NetIQ, he led the acquisition team in overhauling the company's corporate strategy and product portfolio, which drove substantial margin improvement and created innovative revenue streams that captured new markets.



Department of Better Technology

Clay Johnson has spent the last decade working on making government more responsive and accessible to ordinary people. He is currently the CEO of the Department of Better Technology, a company that builds technology that helps government open itself up to the communities that it serves. Prior to that he was a Presidential Innovation Fellow in the Obama Administration, working to help improve access for small internet businesses to government contracts.

Johnson was one of four founders of Blue State Digital, the technology company that spun out of Governor Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, and went on to build the politically transformative website, BarackObama.com in 2008. He was also the Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, the organization that pioneered the use of technology to open government data.

Johnson is also the author of the national bestselling book "The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption," which explores the parallels between industrialized agriculture and industrialized media. He's been a commentator on NPR, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, and his editorials have appeared the LA Times and the New York Times. He lives with his wife and son in Atlanta, Georgia.



Deputy Commissioner/CIO 
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

With nearly 30 years of IT experience, Dave Burhop has served as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for the past eight years. Burhop oversees the IT staff at DMV and the management and advancement of technology that serves as the foundation to providing the best possible service to the public. His recent work in identity management has made Virginia DMV a leader in authentication and identity credentialing services.





Director of Business Process Management 
State of Maine, Office of Information Technology

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.



Senior Fellow 
Center for Digital Government

Dugan Petty – Senior Fellow for the Center for Digital Government and the Governing Institute. He was Former CIO for the State of Oregon serving from 2006 to 2012 when he retired from state service. His collaborative leadership led to a new e-government delivery system, open government applications, strengthening security and improved IT governance. 

He also served as Oregon’s Risk Manager and Chief Procurement Official leading a cross boundary taskforce in the modernization of Oregon’s procurement statutes and a strategic sourcing initiative called Smart Buy that improved contract outcomes and reduced spending. 

Before coming to Oregon, he served in Alaska State Government as Director of General Services and as Chief Procurement Officer. 

Petty is a past president of both NASCIO and NASPO and a founding member and past Chair of the Western States Contracting Alliance. 

NASCIO recognized Petty’s leadership and contributions in 2013 with its Meritorious Service Award. Government Technology named Petty one of its Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2011. He received the Julio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award in public purchasing in 2004.



General Manager 
State of Michigan, DTMB

James McFarlane is a General Manager for the State of Michigan, Department of Technology Management and Budget. As General Manager, McFarlane is responsible for setting the strategic direction and ensuring the timely delivery of the state’s information technology (IT) services and projects for the Michigan Departments of State, Insurance & Financial Services, and Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. McFarlane also manages the IT Investment Fund portfolio. This innovative program is an annual $47 million appropriated by the Legislature to address legacy technology and innovation opportunities.

McFarlane brings a distinctive mix of public and private sector service to his role as General Manager. As the former Chief Information Officer of Washtenaw County, he championed enterprise service delivery to the County as well as several local units of government. He also transformed enterprise project management planning, budgeting and delivery. During McFarlane’s tenure with Washtenaw County, twice they received CIO Magazine’s “CIO 100 Award,” as one of the top 100 public/private IT programs. Also during McFarlane’s tenure, six times the county was named among the nation’s top 10 digital counties.



James H. Sills, III is the Cabinet Secretary and Chief Information Officer for the State of Delaware. Sills has over 28 years of experience in a unique combination of executive officer leadership within large-scale banking operations, community banks, and government organizations. Sills is responsible for providing technology services to over 30,000 end users, and strategic direction and technology management for the Executive Branch. His achievements include: Implementing IT and data center consolidations, cloud computing, SaaS solutions, device management/BYOD, a new ERP system, cyber security initiatives, and other technologies.



Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he directs and oversees all Information Technology policymaking, planning, architecture, strategy, and standardization throughout the state. He provides central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology, and provides risk assessment on disaster and business recovery, and cyber security.

Smith has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, and he has held senior IT leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Sun Life Financial, and Unum Corporation. Smith has significant in workforce development, both in creating High School Tech Nights in Maine, and working with universities to increase the number of CIS students.




John Wandelt is a Georgia Tech Research Institute Research Fellow and Division Chief for the Information Exchange and Architecture Division (IEAD). For the past two decades, Wandelt has played a leadership role in many national secure information sharing initiatives and was a key participant in the establishment of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and DoD Military Operations (MilOps) Domain, the Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) initiative, and establishment of the National Identity Exchange Federation (NIEF). Wandelt is currently the principle investigator for the NSTIC pilot project for Scaling Interoperable Trust through a Trustmark Marketplace.



Director of Workforce Development 
State of Maine

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.



Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer 

As Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Kristin D. Russell is leading the state’s technology economic development efforts and promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for new and relocating technology companies as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of government through the use of shared information and technology. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, she was the Vice President of Global IT Service Operations at Oracle where she was responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. Preceding her affiliation with Oracle, Kristin held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. including serving as Vice President of IT Operations. Russell chairs the Colorado Innovation Network Board of Advisors and serves on several boards. She is the recipient of sundry awards including Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2013, Denver Business Journal’s 2013 Public/Non-Profit CIO of the Year, Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award by Global CIO Executive Summit, and was named one of Computerworld's 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders.



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. 

Cockrill holds a double BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound, in addition to non-degree graduate work at UCLA and the University of Otago, New Zealand.



Deputy Director, NSTIC 

Mike Garcia serves as the Deputy Director to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. The NSTIC is President Obama’s strategy to develop an identity ecosystem in which individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation. Garcia focuses on cyber economics and assisting with pilots and the private sector-led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group. Garcia has been with NIST since 2011 and was previously with the Department of Homeland Security, where he co-directed development of the NSTIC with the White House National Security Staff. He received a 2010 Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week and has also worked as a market research manager and software engineer.



Michael Hughes is a Senior Vice President with NTT DATA, a global business and technology consultancy. Hughes is responsible for the Advisory Services group within NTT DATA’s Business Performance Services unit. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy, growth and development of the IT Strategy, Process Optimization, Organizational Change Management and PMO offerings.

Hughes has over 22 years of consulting experience with emphasis in the areas of IT strategy, business/IT alignment, organizational change management and process optimization. Prior to joining NTT DATA, Hughes was a consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in Chicago, Illinois and in the field of Litigation Consulting. His career began as an instructor at Northern Illinois University in the areas of Organization Behavior and Communication.



Commissioner & CIO 
Department of Information Technology State of New Hampshire

Peter Hastings currently serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology with the State of New Hampshire. Hastings has over 22 years of proven experience in IT rightsizing and vision. He has a strong background in managing and directing strategic planning through the innovative use of technology. 

In addition, Hastings is the Chairman of the State of NH Cyber Security Committee. The committee is charged with developing government and private sector partnerships including businesses, information technology, emergency management and law enforcement.



Ron Baldwin has spent 30 years managing, designing, and building information technology solutions in the government and private sectors. He is a professional project manager who has overseen multi-million dollar budgets and has experience working with the legislative and executive branches of state government and with federal programs.

Prior to his appointment by Governor Steve Bullock to serve as the State CIO, Baldwin was the Chief Information Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, a $2 billion government agency with 3,100 employees. Baldwin was responsible for overseeing the contracting, management, implementation, and operations of information systems and infrastructure that directly support programs promoting the health and welfare of Montana citizens. This included an IT project portfolio of $100 million.



Executive Director 

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 Vice Chair of 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.



As Chief Information Officer for the State of Illinois, Vinck directs the State’s information technology policies, enterprise-wide IT governance, and supervises the CIOs of executive branch agencies. He is overseeing multiple enterprise-wide technology initiatives, including an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation. Previously, Vinck served as Governor Pat Quinn’s Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs. In addition, Vinck oversaw the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he initiated the modernization of the agency’s Offender Tracking System. He holds a B.A., M.A., and J.D., all from the University of Notre Dame, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.



Acting Director, Homeland Security & Counterterrorism 
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Stephanie Sanok Kostro is acting director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, DC-based think tank. Kostro focuses primarily on a range of “seam” issues affecting homeland security, defense, foreign affairs, and development. Her research interests include homeland security (to include customs/border control, immigration, natural disaster preparedness and response, and homegrown terrorism), defense policy and strategy, transitions of post-conflict responsibilities, and U.S. military activities to partner with foreign nations and other organizations. Kostro has testified before Congress and published extensively on homeland security, counterterrorism efforts, the Middle East, and South Asia. Her analysis has appeared regularly in on-line and print articles, and she has been featured on CNN, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, and numerous other television and radio programs.

Prior to joining CSIS, Kostro served at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where she developed policy options for the U.S. government’s efforts to support a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq. She collaborated closely with military and civilian colleagues to revise the Joint Campaign Plan—an interagency strategy to strengthen U.S. relations with Iraq and identify strategic risks and transition issues related to the U.S. military withdrawal. From 2005 to 2008, Kostro was a senior professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, where she led a team on overarching defense policy topics, such as military strategy, detention operations, export controls and technology security, troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Pentagon’s role in foreign assistance and civil aspects of overseas operations. At the Pentagon from 1998 to 2005, she worked in the secretary of defense’s counterproliferation, European, and NATO policy offices and, as a Presidential Management Fellow, completed rotations in the secretary of defense’s policy, comptroller, and personnel/readiness offices, in the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, and at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo and the U.S. mission to NATO.



Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the United States. He started in the photography business 40 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. His assignments have taken him to all 50 United States and 30 foreign countries. His work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including ten from Communication Arts. Along the way he has photographed two books, Maryland, and The View From Sterling Bluff and had editorial work published in over 100 publications.



Todd Kimbriel serves as 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, 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. The Digital Government division includes Texas.gov, the award-winning statewide web portal that offers more than 1,000 services to the citizens of Texas, including registration renewals, professional licensing renewals, and emergency portal services. He also oversees the Enterprise Solution Services group, which deliver agency and state wide technical solutions that enable DIR to accomplish its various missions.



The Adjutant General 
NH National Guard

Major General William N. Reddel III has been the Adjutant General of New Hampshire since May, 2009. He serves as the military Chief of Staff to the Governor. As Adjutant General, he oversees all aspects of the Adjutant General’s Department, which includes Army and Air National Guard and the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery.

Additionally, General Reddel serves at the state and national levels on several critical committees.In his role as the Chair of the GIS, IT and Cyber Committee to the Adjutants General Association, he is guiding the adoption and integration of Cyber Security practices and Cyber-Security related Critical Infrastructure Protection missions throughout National Guard operations in all fifty states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

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