President - Duane Schell, Chief Technology Officer - North Dakota
As chief technology officer, Duane is responsible for the long term vision and strategic direction for technology across North Dakota’s state government and educational system. This includes architecture, management and operations of the state’s technology infrastructure and end user compute as well as providing world-class service management in a manner that enables, empowers and inspires stakeholders and citizens. He has been part of the organization since 2001 with his most previous role being the director for the network services division.
A North Dakota native, Duane enjoys many of the outdoor activities the state has to offer. He is also actively involved in the community youth football program and spends as much of his free time as possible with his two children. He holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Mary.
Vice President - Dawnna Pease, Director, Computing Infrastructure and Services - Maine
As director of computing infrastructure & services, Dawnna is responsible for a wide variety of services within the Office of Maine Information Technology. This includes administration office personnel, infrastructure & hosting, cloud (Azure/AWS/Google), directory services, Microsoft 365, VMware, Citrix/remote desktop services, SQL server, Microsoft Windows server, power platform administration, Microsoft dynamics, document management, secure file services, IIS, Microsoft endpoint configuration manager, Microsoft system center operations manager, SharePoint, backup, storage and other COTS products. She has been with the state for 35 years.
In her spare time, Dawnna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, the ocean, sea glass, the family camp and traveling.
Secretary/Treasurer, Southern Region President - Rick Woodruff, Executive Director of Infrastructure Services - Kentucky
Rick Woodruff joined The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) in 2005. He has held various leadership positions throughout his tenure with COT before his current assignment in 2015 as the executive director of infrastructure services. Rick contributes to strategic planning and enterprise initiatives. He is responsible for infrastructure computing and communication services for the Kentucky executive branch of state government. Rick has accumulated more than two decades of IT leadership experience in government and private sector environments. He is an advocate for openness/trust and continuous improvement of technology service delivery through enterprise models.
Rick is happily married to his wife of 28 years. They have one adult daughter. In their spare time, Rick and his wife enjoy serving others through church mission opportunities and traveling the globe in a restored 1976 Airstream.
Immediate Past President - Vicki Wallis, Strategic Project Manager - Iowa
Vicki Wallis brings 25 years of industry experience, with eight years working in the private sector. Starting in network planning for a company that is now a part of Verizon, working with strategic customers and then to managing a P&L business unit for a company that is now a part of CenturyLink before joining the state of Iowa, Iowa Communications Network (ICN).
Vicki has been involved with many major projects for the ICN, most notably the state of Iowa BTOP grant providing the roles of program manager, contract negotiator, engineer and planner. She has most recently been involved in moving to a voice managed service and the transition from various systems to ServiceNow. Vicki continues to represent ICN and small agencies on the IT Policy Committee, establishing standards for state agencies in various areas of IT, and is ICN's LEAN initiative representative.
Vicki has a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Missouri Science & Technology University, as well as a J.D. from the University of Tulsa. She is a life member of the United States Junior Chamber International Senate, after having served on the local, state and national levels of JCI USA.
Midwestern Region President - David Roach, Michigan
David Roach is the general manager for operations with the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) for the state of Michigan. Dave came to DTMB in 2001 when Michigan consolidated all information technology areas within state government. Starting out with Agency Services, he supported the Michigan State Police and Military and Veterans Affairs. He has held different roles throughout the past 20 years culminating with the appointment as general manager of operations in June 2019.
Prior to coming to DTMB, Dave was a member of the Michigan Army National Guard retiring as a master sergeant with 22 years of service. The final ten years, Dave held the position as telecom manager for the Army National Guard.
Outside of work, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and two granddaughters.
Eastern Region President - Jason Hebbe, Pennsylvania
Jason Hebbe was named the chief technology officer for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in June 2021.
Jason participates in the development and execution of the commonwealth’s information technology strategic plan. He has nearly three decades of information technology expertise across multiple industries, including banking, insurance, manufacturing, logistics and state government. During his career, Jason has held multiple IT leadership positions, focusing efforts on IT operations, architecture, design and implementation of solutions that meet business needs and bring value and efficiency to the customers and organizations served.
Jason has completed studies in leadership, finance, project management and has held multiple technology certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, EMC and the Linux Professional Institute. He is also a graduate of the Government Technology Institute’s Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIOTM) Program and is ITIL Foundations Certified.
Outside of work, he is actively involved in his church and volunteering to serve others. He has a wife, two children and two stepchildren.
Western Region President - Ryan Kramer, North Dakota
Ryan Kramer is the enterprise infrastructure architect with North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT). With 16 years of experience with the state, Ryan and the team he leads is ultimately responsible for the design and architecture of not just STAGEnet, a statewide network that supports over 252,000 daily users throughout North Dakota, but all other infrastructure components including storage, compute and security.
Ryan has worked with NDIT since 2005, first a systems analyst then an associate systems architect, enterprise network architect and finally accepting his current role as enterprise infrastructure architect lead in 2021. Ryan is also deeply involved in security architecture and has presented at several security related conferences.
Additionally, Ryan has extensive experience in unmanned aerial systems, and has the pleasure to represent NDIT on the Governor's UAS cabinet committee. North Dakota is a leader in unmanned vehicle research and Ryan's architecture is the backbone for the beyond visual line-of-site network that is being deployed in the state.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending quality time on the lake with friends and family, tending to a large fleet of drones and designing and operating a fully robotic astronomy observatory.