Nancy Gillis
Green Electronics Council

Nancy Gillis is the CEO of the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a mission-driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world of only sustainable ICT. GEC manages EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for ICT and other electronic products. Nancy came to GEC from Ernst & Young (EY), where she served as the global lead for resilient and responsible supply chains. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Federal Supply Chain Office at the General Services Administration, the public procurement agency for the U.S. government, where she was responsible for the inclusion of sustainability in approximately $45B of procurements. Nancy received her graduate degree in information technology from Georgetown University.

Doug Harder

Doug joined FirstNet in June 2014. He is leading the FirstNet Authority’s efforts in pre-planned event/incident planning, broadband in exercises support and after action reviews following events and incidents. Prior to joining FirstNet, Doug spent ten years on the DHS/OEC Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program. Doug brings significant experience engaging with the states and territories to determine their requirements and develop plans to accomplish those needs.

James Globe

Center for Internet Security

James Globe, CISSP, is the vice president of operations at the Center for Internet Security in New York. Globe has more than 20 years in technology leadership including extensive experience working in high level engineering jobs for top tier banking and defense contracting organizations including Bank of America, SAIC, BAE Systems and L3 Technologies.

Globe’s accomplishments include being a charter member of several highly-regarded security working groups, including USAF ASG 645th Security Working Group, L3 OSS Security Working Group, and L3 Application Security Review Board that focus on mission systems compliancy, regulation, secure open source software and software development source code. He earned a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from Georgia State University. Globe also holds a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in telecommunications and security engineering.

John Hoffman
State of Texas

John Hoffman serves as the chief technology officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). He is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning for the agency. John oversees DIR's IT leadership in planning and policy, accessibility and enterprise solution services.

John brings more than 25 years of experience in wired and wireless telecommunications having held positions in network operations and integration, field operations, program management, sales and real estate. Most recently John was director of DIR's communications technology services where he had management responsibility of the statewide telecommunications network and contracts including the capitol complex telephone system. During this assignment John focused on providing thought leadership, technical support, competitive environments and enabling innovative solutions to state agencies and other DIR customers.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Jones Loflin

Loflin.jpgJones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to help individuals and organizations struggling with too much to do. His books include: “Juggling Elephants”, “Always Growing”, “Getting to It” and “Getting the Blue Ribbon”.

Robyn Mace
State of Tennessee

Robyn Mace is the enterprise data privacy officer at strategic technology solutions of the state of Tennessee. She is entrusted with developing a culture of privacy, conducting privacy threshold and impact assessments, supporting privacy and breach incident reporting, training employees and advising departments and agencies on privacy-forward practices.

Previously, Robyn served as Metro Nashville’s first chief data officer, performance data coordinator for the city of Memphis and as the first civilian planning director for the Jersey City Policy Department. She has decades of experience providing training and technical assistance to state and local government officials.

Robyn earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a doctorate from Rutgers University.

Dewand Neely
State of Indiana

Having served as Indiana’s chief information officer since October 2015, Dewand Neely was re-appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in January 2017 to continue serving in the same capacity. Dewand first joined Indiana state government in 2003. Shortly after, he was asked to be one of the initial employees to join the newly created Indiana Office of Technology to help assist with the statewide IT consolidation efforts. He has spent the last decade with the Office of Technology and has held several other managerial roles in the office.

Neely received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Technology and his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Doug Robinson
National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Doug Robinson serves as executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. He is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic plan and policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues research and committee oversight.

Denise Ryan

Ryan.jpgDenise Ryan helps light the fires of enthusiasm, so people can do great things. She is an author, has an MBA and is a certified speaking professional, a designation of excellence held by less than 10% of professional speakers. Denise recently made Meetings & Conventions magazine’s list of meeting planners’ favorite speakers alongside Condoleezza Rice, Anderson Cooper and Bill Clinton.

Leslie Scott
National Association of State Personnel Executives

Leslie Scott is the executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), a role she has held since 1999. As executive director she is responsible for overall management of the association and representing NASPE at national events and forums.

Prior to joining NASPE, Scott served in various roles for other national state government associations including the National Association for Government Training and Development, the National Association of State Procurement Officials and the National Association of State Chief Administrators.

Matt Singleton
State of Oklahoma

Matt Singleton is the new chief information security officer for the state of Oklahoma. He is charged with statewide IT operations, modernization of IT services and enhancement of IT client experience. His most recent initiative, the unification of 110 IT organizations across the state, realized over $833M in cost-savings and was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal best-seller, “One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams” by Chris Fussell.

Before joining the state, Matt spent 15 years at the University of Oklahoma in various leadership roles. His final position was director of external relations and strategic ventures. He helped create partnerships with industry, state agencies and universities; develop strategic ventures, commercial activities and outreach programs; and diversify and manage the university’s technology supply chain.

Matt has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s certificate in IT service management and numerous industry certifications.

Megan Smyth
National Association of State Procurement Officials

Megan Smyth is the director of research & innovation for the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). She has been with NASPO for three years and has focused throughout her tenure on partnering with NASCIO and others to bring CPOs and CIOs together to overcome the challenges faced when procuring technology. She has a B.A. in philosophy from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Before coming to NASPO, Megan spent eight years as a litigator in insurance law, employment law and malpractice defense. 

Pat Snow

State of South Dakota

Pat Snow is the chief technology officer and director of telecommunications for the state of South Dakota. He is responsible for the strategic vision and tactical planning of technical solutions for the state. As director of the state’s telecommunications division, Pat is responsible for all data, voice, video and radio tower communications, as well as operational security and endpoint computer support.

Pat has worked for the South Dakota’s Bureau of Information and Telecommunications since 1996. During that time, he has served as the main architectural influence for data center infrastructure, endpoint services and managed programs providing services to all executive branches of government, all public K-12 school districts and the state’s public higher educational institutions. 

Brad Steele

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Brad Steele is the senior director of unified communications for the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) at the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since joining state government in 2009 Brad has worked to meet the EOTSS plan of providing secure and quality digital information, services and tools to constituents and service providers when and where they need them. He is responsible for the ongoing planning and operation of communications systems for Massachusetts. Brad has concentrated on ensuring that the services offered by EOTSS for network, telecommunications and messaging provide for a consistent and efficient experience across the executive branch, as well as participating entities.

In addition, Brad serves on the procurement team for three of the commonwealth’s major statewide contracts. He has managed to well position the commonwealth for future technologies and ongoing consolidation. 

Meredith Ward
National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Meredith Ward has served as senior policy analyst for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers since 2013. Meredith has more than 17 years of experience in state, local, federal and international professional associations. Prior to her current position, Meredith worked in government and media affairs in Washington, D.C., and acquired more than 10 years of experience building relationships with members of Congress, their staff and members of the media. Meredith has worked extensively on issues related to social media, criminal justice, cybersecurity and state technology. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with an emphasis on government, from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Tom Yeatts

Tom Yeatts is the ServiceNow chief technology officer for state & local government and education. He is passionate about how technology can help streamline government and educational service delivery and enjoys working collaboratively to deliver practical solutions that save organizations both time and money, while increasing productivity and providing for a delightful customer experience.

Prior to ServiceNow, Tom was deputy CIO for Howard County, Maryland, where he led initiatives to automate workflows, digitize processes and elevate the level of citizen experience in his county.

Gabe Zichermann

Zichermann.jpgGabe Zichermann is the world’s foremost expert and speaker about gamification, user engagement and behavioral design. He is the co-founder of the behavior change software startup, Onward. He is also the author of “The Gamification Revolution”, “Gamification by Design” and “Game-Based Marketing”.