Jun 4, 2015

"I look forward to the Maryland Digital Government Summit every year. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on technology trends and to network with other jurisdictions and private industry specialists. Sometimes there’s just no substitute for personal interaction, and the Summit is an ideal place to do it."


- Sonny Segal, Chief Information Officer, Montgomery County


DuWayne_Aikins_headshotDuWayne E. Aikins

Senior Strategist Cyber Security, AT&T

DuWayne Aikins joined the AT&T Advanced Enterprise Solutions organization (now part of the AT&T Growth Platforms organization) to serve as the Cyber Security Sales Overlay representative to the US Federal/Government market. DuWayne served as AT&T Director of Information Assurance Programs within the National Information Systems organization and had dual responsibilities providing oversight to a number of programs for some of our Government customers as well as the Senior Program Manager for the Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS). He was responsible for helping to set strategy for our Cyber Security business line, partnering with the Chief Security Office for developing Managed Security Services for the Government market, and being the team lead for Trusted Internet Connection (TIC).

DuWayne has been with AT&T for eight years, serving in Business Development and Program Management and Sales Overlay. In October 2008, DuWayne accepted the role as Senior Program Manager for the Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS) and was promoted to a Director position in 2010 to help develop business opportunities in support of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. As Senior Program Manager for MTIPS, DuWayne’s focus was to create a partnership with the AT&T Chief Security Organization to design, create, and deploy a TIC compliant infrastructure that includes multiple TIC Portals and Watch Operations Centers throughout the continental U.S.


Sherry_Amos_headshotSherry Amos

Managing Director, Industry Strategy – Education and Government, Workday

Sherry Amos brings over 20 years experience to her role leading industry strategy for the Education and Government industries for Workday.  She is responsible for working with customers, partners, and industry trend influencers to bring high-value, next-generation, cloud solutions to market.  Prior to joining Workday, she led industry strategy teams for SAP for all Regulated Industries, including state and local government, education, federal government, utilities and healthcare.   Sherry has also previously held executive positions with Oracle and Peoplesoft in strategy, product management, and marketing roles.


Steve_Charles_headshotSteve Charles

Co-Founder, immixGroup

For the past two decades Mr. Charles has helped hundreds of technology manufacturers succeed in the government marketplace. His breadth and depth of expertise on every dimension of the government technology ecosystem provide technology manufacturers with a strategy and clear focus for the greatest success. Mr. Charles is adept at mapping technology product lifecycles and revenue models with appropriate channel and contract vehicle strategies in light of current procurement law, regulations and policy. He is actively involved in government-industry associations including TechAmerica, ACT-IAC, Coalition for Government Procurement, and the National Contract Management Association. He meets regularly with leaders in government and industry to increase understanding and positive action.

Prior to founding immixGroup, Mr. Charles served as vice president of contract management with Selbre & Associates. He received a B.A. in Communications & Business, Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and has completed extensive coursework in government procurement at American University, George Washington University, University of Virginia, and the National Contract Management Association.


Lauren_Farese_headshotLauren M. Farese

Senior Director, State and Local Government – Eastern Region, Oracle Public Sector

Lauren Farese has been at Oracle for the last 17 years bringing Oracle technology to public sector customers. At Oracle, she leads the Sales Consulting Technology Team for State and Local Government for the Eastern US and Canada. Over the past 30 years, she has been involved in the planning, development, and implementation of technology solutions to both government and the commercial sector – specializing in database management systems for on-line transaction processing, data warehousing, big data and cloud.
Before coming to Oracle, Lauren was a senior consultant and solution architect at Digital Equipment Corporation and Hewlett-Packard.  Lauren is currently part of the NASCIO Enterprise Architecture committee and has provided input on a number of NASCIO briefs.


Janet Grard

President and General Manager, NIC Maryland

Janet Grard is the President and General Manager of the Maryland subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC Inc.  NIC is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online applications, and secure payment processing solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Janet is responsible for managing the delivery of eGovernment products and services through a self-funded master contract with the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  Through this self-funded eGovernment solution, NIC Maryland has dramatically expanded the eGovernment service offerings in the state of Maryland and has successfully delivered more than 50 eGovernment products and services since August 2011. Prior to her work in Maryland, Janet was NIC’s General Manager in Arkansas and successfully directed the implementation of hundreds of eGovernment enterprise applications.  She held previous positions with the Maine State Legislature and the Maine Secretary of State’s office.


Rodney_Hite_headshotRodney Hite

Product Manager, Big Data Solutions, ViON Corporation

Rodney is responsible for ViON's Big Data solutions focus. This includes systems upon which to store and analyze Big Data. He is responsible for providing requirements in system and software development that will provide operational users with functional capabilities that will increase effectiveness and efficiency. Rodney's background includes twenty plus years as a US Army Special Forces operator with duties including tactical level information discovery and analysis in such areas as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  Rodney provided key architectural requirements for the development of the Army’s Big Data Intelligence system (DCGS Standard Cloud) for the Information Intelligence Warfare Division (I2WD) located at Fort Monmouth, NJ in support of the Department of Defense All-Source Intelligence Analysts.  Most recently, Rodney held a position at Data Tactics as Manager, Operations and Integration for the Army Intelligence Big Data effort. Rodney has held positions ranging from Tactical Operations to Corporate Vice President.


Dan_Hoffman_headshotDan Hoffman

Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County Government

Dan Hoffman was named to the position of Chief Innovation Officer in October 2012. He is responsible for creating and maintaining strategies and programs that generate innovative ideas in Montgomery County. The programs he oversees seek to improve service delivery effectiveness and efficiency and facilitate economic development in the County.
Prior to joining Montgomery County, Mr. Hoffman served as a senior project manager in the Business Process Improvement and Application Development division at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. While there he worked on a broad range of projects including process and technology projects related to new reactor construction and information management. Prior to his time with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission he was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he played key roles on technology and business process projects with clients such as Inter-American Development Bank and the US Treasury Department.
Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Human Resources and Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University.


Joanne_Hovis_headshotJoanne Hovis

Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Joanne Hovis directs all of CTC Technology & Energy’s business consulting, strategic planning, market assessment, and management consulting work. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, she is a recognized authority on the broadband market and community broadband topics—and on the evolving role of government in the provision of communications services to the public. She advises public and not-for profit clients regarding strategic and business considerations for building community broadband networks, and provides guidance on funding opportunities including E-rate and other federal programs. In one area of particular interest, Joanne helps communities to develop innovative public-private partnerships that enable creative risk-sharing as between public and private sectors, with greater net benefits to both. Joanne serves as a Director of the Benton Foundation and OneCommunity and is co-founder and CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice—the public/private coalition dedicated to enabling local government participation in next generation broadband and Internet development.


Anthony_Huey_headshotAnthony Huey

Owner, Reputation Management Associates


Anthony Huey has 20 years of experience in editorial management, media relations, marketing communications and business strategy. His career roots started in magazine journalism and evolved into an executive speech coach, crisis management specialist and media relations consultant.

Anthony owns Reputation Management Associates, one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. He has presented more than 1,400 presentations in his career and has had articles published in magazines and newsletters across the nation.

He has assisted various Fortune 500 companies, including Nike, Victoria’s Secret, Eli Lilly, Ashland Inc., and hundreds of other companies and organizations across North America.


Chuck_Kiessling_headshotChuck Kiessling

Solutions Architect, Data Center Optimization, Data Networks

Chuck Kiessling joined Data Networks in early 2015 as the Solutions Architect responsible for designing and consulting on the company’s Data Center Optimization solutions, including data center infrastructure, virtualization, and data protection. He has over 17 years of experience at all levels in the IT industry and has worked with customers in markets ranging from Public Sector to Finance and Healthcare. Previous to Data networks, Chuck spent 7 in years in a Technical Pre-sales role where he focused on architecting and designing diverse solutions ranging from automation to deployment for small to mid-sized businesses. He was also responsible for managing technical partnerships and research and development for new products and solutions. Prior to this, Chuck excelled as a Data Center Solutions Architect and System Center Consultant for Microsoft Corporation. He holds multiple certifications and accreditations from Dell, Microsoft, VMware and others, including MCTS, MCSA, MCSE, VTSP, NetApp Storage and Fortinet Configuration Engineer.


Sam_Knutson_headshotSam Knutson

Director, Product Management, Compuware

Sam Knutson is the Director of Product Management for Compuware.  Sam is a long time member of the mainframe community. Prior to taking his previous position as VP of Product Management for Mainframe Performance Solutions at CA Technologies, Sam led the mainframe team at GEICO where he was also a Compuware customer. He also worked as a senior developer at Landmark Systems. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for SHARE, the world's first and longest-running user computer group.


Matt Lawson

Principal Architect, State and Local Government and Education (SLED), NetApp

For over 15 years, Matt has been an information technology professional, primarily in support of higher education. He joined the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 2003 and served as their director for enterprise infrastructure. During his tenure with the VCCS, Matt served as Vice President for Information Technology at Thomas Nelson Community College, one of the VCCS member institutions. Matt holds a Masters of Information Systems Management and Bachelors in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Currently, Matt is a principal architect for NetApp U.S. Public Sector focusing on SLED customers. His areas of focus include virtualization, disaster recovery technologies, enterprise storage, and green data centers.


Victoria_Lewis_headshotVictoria Lewis

dataMontgomery Project Manager, Department of Technology Services, Montgomery County Government

Victoria Lewis joined Montgomery County, MD in 2005 and is responsible for dataMontgomery, Montgomery County's open data program. Ms. Lewis has over 16 years of experience in Information Technology project management, including project leadership in both the private and public sectors. She oversees the execution and operation of a multi-year, countywide Open Data Implementation Plan. Victoria also managed the financial transparency suite development partnership with open data vendor Socrata, which has already resulted in financial data standards and guided websites used by over 20 governments nationwide. Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and maintains her PMP certification.


Jim_Meskimen_HeadshotJim Meskimen

Master Impressionist and Communication Coach


A professional actor for over thirty years, Jim Ross Meskimen appeared in the films Apollo 13, The Grinch, Frost/Nixon, The Punisher, There Will Be Blood, and many others. Some of Meskimen’s TV credits include recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Whose Line is it, Anyway?, Lie to Me and Rules of Engagement. In 2011, the Australian Today Show dubbed Meskimen, “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.” His viral Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices has over a million views and subsequent viral videos have cemented him as a major YouTube talent. He can be seen currently in Impress Me, an original half-hour comedy that originated as a successful web series. Meskimen lives in Los Angeles with his actress wife, Tamara. Their daughter Taylor is also a performer. His mother is beloved actress Marion Ross, who played Mrs. C in the long-running ABC comedy Happy Days


Marlon_Miller_headshotMarlon Miller

Director, Workflow Automation Solutions, Public Sector, Xerox Large Enterprise Operations

Marlon Miller is Director, Public Sector Workflow and Business Process Automation Solutions for Large Enterprise Operations – US. He is responsible for the delivery of workflow automation solutions to Xerox Public Sector customers. Xerox provides solutions to improve document intensive businesses processes leveraging professional consulting and technologies such as document scanning, intelligent capture, enterprise content management, workflow automation software and integration with ERP and custom systems. Xerox Public Sector workflow solutions reduce process complexity, improve responsiveness to constituents and lower overall processing costs for our Public Sector customers.
Marlon has supported the U.S. Public Sector business at Xerox for the last 10 years in a variety of different business areas. Most recently he has been the Director of Public Sector Marketing covering Primary Education, Higher Education, State/Local Government and the Federal government. Marlon has used his broad experience in technology, workflow, content management solutions, security, contracts and sales to help drive the growth of the Public Sector business for Xerox. He has helped develop multiple partners and vertical solutions for Xerox’ public sector business. He has extensive experience in the application of security technology to meet the unique data and network protections required in government environments.
Marlon’s previous experience at Xerox included roles in software development, product testing, professional consulting services, customer support, direct sales and partner development.
Marlon joined Xerox in 1984 from a Systems Integrator to help develop new products for the electronic publishing industry. Marlon is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with post-graduate computer science work completed at UCLA.


Brian_OMalley_headshotBrian O’Malley

President & Chief Executive Officer, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

Brian advocates for improving transportation throughout the Baltimore – Washington region with a non-profit, the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. He came to transportation policy by way of caring how communities and regions work and realizing the powerful shaping force transportation systems have on equity, the economy, quality of life and the environment. He was previously Concurrency Manager for Carroll County Maryland and an industrial corridor planner in Chicago. Brian was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and raised in Bellevue, Washington. Since 2010 Brian has been a resident of Washington, DC and regularly rides the MARC commuter rail or teleworks.

Brian O’Malley began his career in urban planning in Chicago with a non-profit industrial economic development organization called NORBIC. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, a watchdog organization focused on winning capital infrastructure improvements for Chicago neighborhoods. In 2003 Brian relocated to Maryland and joined the Planning Department of Carroll County. He served for two years as a Comprehensive Planner working on local comprehensive plan updates, a hazard mitigation plan for the County, and acting as a liaison planner to the towns of Hampstead and Manchester. In 2006 Brian was promoted to Concurrency Manager, overseeing Carroll County’s adequate public facilities program. In 2008 Brian joined the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance as the Director of Transportation Policy and Programs and has served as its President and CEO since 2014. Brian is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from Duke University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brian was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and raised in Bellevue, Washington. Since 2010 Brian has been a resident of Washington, DC.


Cliff_Thomas_headshotClifford J. Thomas

Managing Director, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco Systems

Cliff Thomas is a Managing Director leading business development, route-to-market efforts and sales in the Americas for the Cisco Smart+ Connected Communities (S+CC) initiative - focusing on intelligent urbanization.

His global team is responsible for developing business strategies that create new routes to market through joint ventures, new revenue-share models, public-private partnerships and business acceleration for Cisco clients, for governments, and for an ecosystem of partners. The approach leverages Cisco S+CC solutions, which include Real Estate, Education, Physical Safety & Security, Health & Wellness, Transportation, Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Sports & Entertainment, Utilities and Government.

Cliff Thomas has 25+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including management consulting and a successful venture in technology services. With 16 years at Cisco in various sales, business development and global leadership roles, he brings both breadth and depth to his integral role on the S+CC team - a team focused on entering and scaling new market opportunities.

Cliff graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minor in Economics. He also completed additional engineering thesis work on Pneumatic Wave Energy Conversion at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a focus on sustainability. Cliff lives in New York with his family.