Speaker Presentations
 

Annual Conference Speaker Presentations
 
 
 

OPEN ROADS OPEN MINDS:
AN EXPLORATION OF CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

Steve Uzzell
Professional Photographer & Speaker

 

 

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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.

 

STATE OF NEW MEXICO EPMO - THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE RE-ENGINEERING - STORIES FROM THE (UN)REAL WORLD OF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTATIONS

Mike Baca

Director, New Mexico Enterprise Project Management, NM Department of IT

 

Darshana Kanabar 

Deputy Director, New Mexico Enterprise Project Management, NM Department of IT

 

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Mike Baca is the Director of NM’s Department of Information Technology’s Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) and has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry.  For the past ten years, Mike has worked directly under NM’s State CIO’s focusing on legislative policy, technology budgeting, and developing the State’s project management capabilities.  Significant milestones include the passage of legislation consolidating technology in NM under the Department of Information Technology, NM’s Sunshine laws, and long history of successful business case and technology appropriations.  Before joining the state CIO, Mike contributed technology solutions to the world of health policy including NM’s implementation and compliance with HIPAA and the Y2K phenomena.  He has worked under five state CIO’s and three governors.  Mike consults regularly but has recently been called in to provide oversight and guidance on a new custom development endeavor called “Grandchild 1.0”

 

Darshana Kanabar is the Deputy Director of our State’s Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) and has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry.  In her eight years with the State of New Mexico, she has provided oversight of a portfolio of IT initiatives over $250mil. She has been instrumental in the oversight of multi-million dollar projects  including the State’s integrated eligibility system (ASPEN) and the State’s complete Business Process Reengineering and system replacement within our MVD, among others.   She was part of the core team and led the development and implementation of the State’s first EPMO, implementing new structures of adaptive project governance that has NM’s project success rate exceeding national averages, and  she has led a grass roots initiative of cross jurisdictional collaboration in project management.  Prior to joining the technology department, she was a lead project manager for the NM Dept. of Health.  Darshana is a certified PMP, a Six Sigma Blackbelt, earned her MBA from NM Highlands University and has a Bachelors in Business Administration.

 

Mike and Darshana represent the dynamics of IT Project Implementations in State Government. Darshana’s strengths in project management, quality, and process improvement, together with Mike’s background and skills in government dynamic and construct, have enabled their EPMO to reach new heights for the state of NM. They are consistently called on to facilitate and ensure successful outcomes across the project life-cycle including project business cases and  funding requests, contract negotiations, project implementations, organizational change and business process management, and transition to operations. The EPMO is praised as a model for project oversight.

 

MUNICIPAL STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING INTERNET ACCESS TO COMMUNITY ANCHORS, BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS

Christopher Mitchell

Photo credit: Glenn Ricart 

Director, Community Broadband Networks
Institute for Local Self-Reliance


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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and Internet access. Within his capacity at ILSR, he also serves as the policy director for Next Century Cities, a national collaboration of mayors and CIO’s seeking universal access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet connections. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Coalition for Local Internet Choice.                                                            

DEFENDING AGAINST ADVANCED THREATS

Jason Taylor

Solutions Architect, FireEye

  

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Jason is a Solution Architect with FireEye, a leading advanced cyber defense company.  In this role, Jason assists state, local government and education customers design and implement next generation, adaptive security capabilities through a unique combination of technology, intelligence and expertise partnership.  Jason has spent over 18 years in various IT network and security consulting and leadership roles, including Intel Security (formerly McAfee) and Enterasys Networks, with most of that time spent directly supporting public sector organizations.  Jason also previously cofounded and served as CTO of Single Digits, Inc. a leading global provider of wireless high speed internet access and secure public wireless solutions.  He attended The University of New Hampshire and holds CISSP, SANS, and various other industry certifications.

TECHNOLOGY OUTLOOK

Drew Moore

Executive Director, Dell Rugged Mobility

 

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Drew is currently Executive Director and General Manager for Dell’s Rugged Mobility Product line. Drew has cradle to grave responsibility for the development, marketing, service and customer experience of these products designed to thrive in the harshest of work environments. In his twenty years at Dell, Drew has held significant leadership roles in almost every portion of Dell’s end user computing product lines. Prior to joining Dell, Drew was a design engineer with Design Continuum in Boston where he designed products ranging from sports equipment to an innovative platform for brain surgery. Drew holds more than fifteen issued US patents for his design efforts at Dell and Design Continuum. Drew holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his free time, Drew enjoys family, golf and trains MMA.

 ​STEERING THE COURSE:
HOW TO CAPTURE REQUIREMENTS VS. BUSINESS PROCESSES
 

Laura Gonzales

Chief Information Officer, Los Alamos County


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Laura was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She attended Southern Methodist University and obtained Bachelors’ degrees in Business Administration and English. During college she received scholarships to study in Spain and at Oxford University in England as well as performing volunteer work with Amigos de las Americas in Ecuador. She began her career working in an investment consulting company as a licensed investment representative and quickly determined that she loved technology. She attended Webster University and received a Masters in Computer Resource and Information Management and subsequently began a career spanning the last 18 years in public sector Information Technology. She is on the Board of Directors for REDI Net, a project to bring a fiber backbone to Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Taos counties. She is on the curriculum committee for the Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science for Northern New Mexico College, has worked with UNMLA on their Information Technology curriculum and on a grant for their Information Technology program. Laura believes in striving to improve your own skills and in pursuit of that belief has become a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Government Chief Information Officer. She is currently President of the PMI Otowi Bridge Chapter and CIO of Los Alamos County.  

PERSPECTIVES ON CYBER SECURITY, CYBER-WARFARE, AND INFORMATION SHARING STRATEGIES & TACTICS

Joshua Schmookler

Network Administrator, County of Passaic

  

Micah Hassinger

IT Director, Bergen County Department of Law & Public Safety

 

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Micah Hassinger is the Director of Information Technology for the Bergen County, NJ Department of Public Safety. Mr. Hassinger is responsible for the day to day technical aspects of the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center.Joshua Schmookler is the principal Network Administrator for Passaic County. Joshua Schmookler is responsible for all IT infrastructure and security operations in Passaic County. Serving in this capacity since 2005 and 2007, Mr. Hassinger and Mr. Schmookler have witnessed drastic change in the Cyber Security front. They has seen Cyber Security needs grow from, being aware what was on a floppy disk before inserting it into a machine, to being aware what users are being affected by phishing attempts, and needing to have their finger on the pulse of security threats, as they are released into the wild. They has been involved with the UASI Cyber Security initiative, attempting to ensure that all members of the UASI region are able to maintain the highest alert level and continue their day to day operations, without end users, or general public safety, being affected. 
 

LEADING ENTERPRISE CHANGE THROUGH IT

Nick Roethel

CIO, Metropolitan Transportation Commission


As the Director of Technology Services for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in Oakland, California, Nick is responsible for the executive level strategy, application and day to day management of technology solutions. He is a nineteen year veteran of IT, and a tireless evangelist of process oriented technical strategy. Prior to his appointment at MTC, Nick served as the Director of IT and member of the executive management team for a major Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb. In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, comedy improv, Krav Maga and general outdoor activity. Positions Held: Director, Technology Services, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, California IT Director, City of New Berlin, Wisconsin Board of Directors and Technology Committee Chair, Addiction Resource Council of Waukesha County IT Infrastructure Manager, City of Waukesha, Wisconsin Technology Coordinator, Brookfield East High School, Brookfield, Wisconsin District Audio Visual Coordinator, Elmbrook School District, Brookfield, Wisconsin

 

Awards

CIO100 Winner: City of New Berlin  Digital Cities Award, Top 10 technologically advanced city in the United States Winner of the John Bauer Award for Municipal Excellence (Employee of the Year)  

 

Training and Certifications  

Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University Masters work in Business Management

Certificate in Network Security from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control)

Information Systems Audit and Control Association 2011 CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) Information Systems Audit and Control Association 2009

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Version 3 certified

2007 Extensive Leadership Training in leadership, organizational development, team-building, succession and strategic planning


 CITIES OF THE FUTURE:

THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTENT DELIVERY

Michael A. Solitro

Founder and CEO, Sertex Broadband Solutions


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Michael has 30 years of fiber optic network deployment in both metropolitan and long haul applications in the United States and Latin America. His company is actively involved municipal fiber projects throughout the Northeast and is currently working with Connecticut communities as part of the Gigabit State project initiative to bring high speed, low cost Internet to all resident and businesses in Connecticut.


MANAGING TECHNOLOGY RISKS - MANAGEMENT'S RESPONSIBILITIES

Marc Pfeiffer

Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center


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Marc Pfeiffer is the Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center. After leaving direct state and local government service after 38 years, continues to support local government officials and the public through graduate and professional education and training of local officials, policy research, consulting, support of local government professional organizations, and public service. He currently has a particular focus on property tax issues, the impact of technology, government records and open data, and training state and local government public managers. He served the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services in various capacities for 25 years, including as Deputy Director from 1998 until 2012, and occasionally as Acting Director. He also initiated the reboot of the New Jersey GMIS Chapter in 2002, and was awarded the Hershel Strickland Award for his efforts in 2007. Previously he served as a municipal administrator for 10 years in several New Jersey municipalities. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in Public Administration in the Master of Public Administration program at Kean University for 18 years. He holds an MPA with a major in labor relations from New York University and a B.S. in Urban Affairs from American University. 

 

BREAKFAST PRESENTATION

Randy Stone

Principal Consultant, Dell SecureWorks Incident Response Team


Randy Stone, a Principal Consultant on the Dell SecureWorks Incident Response team, trains organizations to prepare for computer incidents and provides on-site assistance to investigate and manage incidents that have already occurred.  Randy has worked intrusions and malware engagements worldwide for large, international companies, including APT engagements in the US, South Korea and the Middle East.  In his prior 23-year career in law enforcement, he spent 12 years conducting computer forensic examinations for hundreds of cases, including those involving a serial killer, child exploitation, cyber stalking and financial crimes.  Randy has testified in federal and state courts as a fact and expert witness, and has received awards from the FBI and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association for his computer forensic investigations.

 

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP

Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr.
Senior Research Fellow & Adjunct Professor,

University of Texas at Austin
Former Director
Johnson Space Center


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A retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant general, Howell had served as director of the Johnson Space Center since April 2002. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. As Johnson Space Center director, Howell received numerous awards, including the 2003 Gold Knight of Management Award from the National Management Association, NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award (2003), and NASA's Distinguished Service Medal (2005). Last year, the UT Austin Graduate School presented him with its Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award. 


Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr., who served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until October 2005, joined the LBJ School faculty in December 2005. 
CLOUD 401: NAVIGATING ADVANCED TOPICS IN CLOUD COMPUTING

Elander Lewis

Cloud Client Executive, CDWG


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Elander is a seasoned business professional with 20 year’s experience working in technology. After getting started in the industry by selling IT staff augmentation and project based work, he went on to have stints at Oracle NetApp and IBM.  Elander has had the good fortune of working in Channel sells which helped him understand the value of leveraging partnerships.  He spent the last few years at Oracle as they acquired a number of cloud based companies and established their own cloud practice. He is now responsible for CDW’s Cloud Solutions portfolio in SLG as a Cloud Client Executive.

HOW IBM WATSON & PURPLE FORGE ARE REVOLUTIONIZING

CITIZEN SELF-SERVICE

John Craig

Co-Founder, Purple Forge

 

John Craig is the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of Purple Forge. Mr. Craig is an award winning market expert in the application mobile technologies for collaboration and communication for event organizers, associations, politicians, governments and interactive marketing firms.  He was also the recipient of the 2013 Forty under 40 Award from the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. He was most recently the Product Line Manager of Enterprise Mobile Communications at CounterPath Corporation, where he was responsible for key customer relationships, business case and product requirements for CounterPath's enterprise mobility product line.  Mr. Craig has over 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with the last 14 years in the development, marketing and sales of mobile applications.  Mr. Craig holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a member and sponsor of the Government IT Associations MISA and GMIS.   

TALKIN' BOUT MY GENERATION: GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE SHOULD BE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH, NOT YOUR BIGGEST HEADACHE

Libby Spears

Speaker, Educator, Rule Breaker, Bravo CC


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My first paid gig came as a seven year old when my parents took my family on a trip to California.  We attended an in-studio taping of a game show and the comedian, sent out to warm up the audience, offered up the chance for someone in the audience to come up and tell a joke.  My hand shot up!  "Pick me!" And he did!  I don't remember the joke but I do remember the moment he reached into his pocket and out came a ten dollar bill.  I got paid!  I had found my calling.

Like a lot of kids with a precocious streak a mile wide, I struggled in school and was an near constant challenge to my teachers.  Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in my principal's office.  In high school, I joined the speech and debate team at Coronado High School and found that place in the world where I belonged.  I attended Texas Tech University and finished my degree in communication studies.  I loved college and being a student so I moved to Denton, TX where I earned a master's degree in communication studies.  I taught college for ten years and after an unexpected consulting contract fell in my lap I took a chance and started my own consulting adventure, Bravo cc.

Today I work with professionals across a number of industries and professions teaching them to be game changers in the marketplace by taking their communication skills seriously!  I start by asking the question "What's Your Plan Be?" to get to the heart of who they want to be as a professional.  I am convinced when we take the time to answer this fundamental question we are more likely to find our own success.  My Plan Be? Be an educator, Be a liberator, Be an entertainer.  

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 GOVERNMENT'S MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ASSET: DATA

Chris Van Wagoner

Chief Strategy Officer, Commvault


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Chris Van Wagoner serves as Chief Strategy Officer. He teams with Commvault’s senior management to identify, evaluate, and execute on business and product growth opportunities across all technology, business, and market segments. Chris also drives the investigation, analysis and recommendation of core corporate strategies and tactics, including evaluating competitive threats and has played a major role in several significant Commvault milestones. He spearheaded the 2001 launch of our backup and recovery product and the transformation of the company from a leading data protection software provider to a broader unified data management company. Most recently, Chris helped shape the evolution of Commvault into a recognized innovator within the Virtualization, Cloud and Managed Services categories, as well as crafting the 5-year vision for making data more strategic and actionable. Chris joined Commvault in 1996 after serving in senior marketing roles for companies in the consumer high tech, HBA and consumer packaged goods.

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