President - Rick Woodruff, Executive Director of Infrastructure Services - Kentucky
Rick Woodruff joined the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) in 2005 where he has held various leadership positions throughout his tenure. In his current role, Rick serves as the executive director of the Office of Infrastructure Services. Rick contributes to strategic planning and enterprise initiatives. He is responsible for overseeing infrastructure services relating to compute, storage, cloud, network, voice and large volume printing for the Kentucky Executive Branch of state government. Rick has accumulated more than two decades of IT leadership serving government and private sector environments. He is an advocate for openness/trust and continuous improvement of technology service delivery through enterprise models. “Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime – inspiring partnership to do better each and every day for the citizens of Kentucky.”
Rick has been an active member of NASTD since 2016. “Every state faces similar problems with advancements or roadblocks in technology – NASTD provides the means for states to have open conversation, testimony and dialogue that lead to better understanding, direction, strengthening core relationships and trust.”
Rick is happily married to his wife of 30 years. They have one adult daughter. In their spare time, Rick and his wife enjoy food odysseys, travelling to new destinations and serving others through Christian missions.
Vice President - Joe Homan, Site Support, IT Manager - Nebraska
As the site support IT manager for state of Nebraska's Office of the CIO for more than five years, Joe is responsible for the management of the consolidated site support team. The team consists of 65 staff across the state providing desktop support for more than 60 state agencies, county automation, district and supreme courts across the state supporting more than 17,000 computers and laptops. His team works with each agency to ensure their computer needs are being addressed and provides guidance on computer hardware standards.
Joe has worked for the state of Nebraska for more than 20 years. With the Department of Health and Human Services, he supervised the desktop support team for eight years. He managed the customer services area for Health and Human Services, overseeing the level one and two help desks, desktop support, 24-hour facility support and IT warehouse operations for more than ten years.
Joe is happily married to his wife of 36 years. They have two sons. Joe is an active member of HDI and is a certified support center manager. His interests include woodworking, construction and his involvement with the Camp Creek Threshers, an antique farm machinery club in Waverly, Nebraska.
Secretary/Treasurer - Andy Ogan, Tele Enterprise Architecture Manager - South Dakota
Andy Ogan manages the Telecommunications Enterprise Architecture team for the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications. This dynamic team researches, develops and sets the state’s technology direction for networking, voice services, video conferencing, public safety communications and endpoint technologies. Andy’s work over the past 20+ years included PC, software, networking, data center, broadband deployment, grant writing, ServiceNow, business intelligence and GIS mapping, eventually working into management.
Immediate Past President - Dawnna Pease, Director, Computing Infrastructure and Services - Maine
As director of computing infrastructure & services for the Maine Department of Administrative & Financial Services, Dawnna is responsible for a wide variety of services within the Office of Information Technology. This includes: infrastructure computing, administration office personnel, cloud hosting, directory services, enterprise storage and backup, SQL server, digital accessibility, IIS/SharePoint, application hosting, Office 365, document management/ITSM and power platform.
Dawnna has been with the state for 36 years and became active in the National Association of State Technology Directors in the fall of 2014.
A Maine native, Dawnna enjoys spending time with her family & friends (which is her world), her dog Bruschi, the ocean, exploring the outdoors and traveling.
Midwestern Region President - Mary McGinnis, Business Operations Support Services Director, Michigan
Mary McGinnis represents Michigan as the business operations support services director (BOSS), under the CTO. As the BOSS director, Mary leads the team responsible for business support of all CTO product and service areas, including IT asset management, budget and portfolio management, communications, control assessment and compliance, Michigan Master Computing Program and the MiPRINT program.
Mary brings 14 years of experience as a state of Michigan civil servant, with 10 of those years working in IT and in a leadership capacity. Mary formerly served as the CTO's chief of staff, as the right hand and trusted advisor to the CTO, supporting the strategic vision by building strong relationships across the organization to influence outcomes and maintain momentum.
Before joining the CTO team, Mary was the chief information security officer for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. She provided oversight in all areas of IT compliance under Department of Defense federal rules and regulations, ensuring adherence to NIST guidelines and complex state and local governing standards. Mary also contributed to the development and implementation of the DMVA strategic plan and helped drive executive decisions and organizational change throughout the department.
Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in communications from Oakland University. She also earned a Certified Information Security Manager certification in project management from Davenport University and business process management from Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.
Outside of work, Mary enjoys yoga, distance running and time with her family riding ATVs on Michigan sand dunes and trails.
Eastern Region President - Brian Andrews, Deputy Director Unified Communications, Pennsylvania
Over the last 20 years, Brian Andrews has worked for several commonwealth of Pennsylvania agencies in various technical, project management and leadership roles. Brian is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Master of Science in information management and a Certificate of Advanced Study in cybersecurity management. He also holds an ITIL Expert certification.
Today Brian leads the commonwealth Network, Telecommunications and Security Operations divisions. He has been an active state member of NASTD since 2019.
Western Region President - Amanda Jost, Telecommunications Director, South Dakota
Amanda Jost represents South Dakota BIT as the director of telecommunications, overseeing networking, voice services, video conferencing, endpoint technologies and the state’s public safety network. She has extensive experience in networking, project management, ITIL/ITSM and IT management. Amanda has been with the state of South Dakota for 25 years. She especially enjoys developing positive employee and customer relationships by delivering state-of-the-art and reliable technology.
She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.
Southern Region President - Andrew Westerfield, Mainframe and Database Manager, Mississippi
Andrew Westerfield joined the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) in November 2007, initially working as a first level help desk analyst. After several years working as a z/VM and z/Linux systems administrator, Andrew became the mainframe & database manager at ITS in July 2021. His team is responsible for providing technical and infrastructure support for the state’s large HR/financial ERP mainframe system.
His introduction to NASTD happened at the (now legendary) 2018 Annual Conference in Big Sky, Montana and he has been hooked ever since. At NASTD events, he enjoys collaborating, comparing notes, commiserating over obstacles and discovering new ways to tackle challenges. As a fervent believer in servant leadership, Andrew is especially excited to be serving as the NASTD Southern Region president.
Andrew is happily married to his wife of 14 years and is a total girl dad to their two young daughters. As a family, they enjoy spending as much time together as possible (kids grow up so fast) and traveling, especially to the beach. As a graduate of Mississippi State University, Andrew enjoys cheering on the Bulldogs, cowbell in hand (HAIL STATE!)