Sep 9 - 10, 2014

"Michigan’s comeback is in full swing and IT is playing a huge part, so don’t miss this year’s Michigan Digital Government Summit. We are celebrating the twelfth year of Michigan’s premier IT event for public sector professionals. State government is now making ongoing strategic investments in IT to the tune of nearly $50 million annually, so it’s more important than ever that we collaborate and network to ensure we are all working together to guarantee success. Don’t miss this chance to think strategically and help set the direction for better government."

- David Behen, Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan


David Behen headshotDavid Behen

Director, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, State of Michigan

David Behen holds dual roles as director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and as Michigan’s chief information officer. In these capacities, he is responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring timely delivery of state services. As director of DTMB, Behen leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications, facility management, financial, procurement, fleet and retirement services, among others. As state CIO, he directs development of IT resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan’s citizens. Behen holds a seat on Governor Rick Snyder’s Cabinet, advising the governor on technology investments and implementing innovative IT programs.

In 2014, ComputerWorld recognized Behen as one of its 100 Premier IT Leaders. In 2013, he received the Merit Network Award for innovation in networking and information technology, and Government Technology magazine named Behen and the governor to its top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers. In 2012, he was chosen as the first winner of Crain’s Detroit Business CIO Awards in the government category.

Before joining the State of Michigan, Behen cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation. He previously worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County.


Phil Bertolini HeadshotPhil Bertolini

Deputy County Executive/Chief Information Officer, Oakland County

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appointed Phil Bertolini as Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County in January 2005. Bertolini is a vocal advocate for cloud and enterprise solutions in government, cross-boundary resource sharing, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. He has overseen the development of unique government technology programs such as the G2G Cloud Solutions Initiative and the G2G Marketplace. Bertolini was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as CIO of the Year for 2013 and honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012. In 2007 he was honored as a “Top 25, Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology, along with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Bertolini has promoted his philosophy of “Build it once, pay for it once, and everybody benefits” to many government agencies, including those within the U.S. and others as far off as Australia and Dubai.


Donna Childs headshotDonna Childs

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prisere LLC

As the former senior executive of the world’s largest reinsurance company, Donna dealt with major disasters around the world on a daily basis. This experience was critical to her family, her home and her business when Lower Manhattan was declared a federal disaster area on 9/11. Donna’s business is one of the companies illustrating effective preparedness profiled in the “Ready for Business” campaign of the Department of Homeland Security. Donna shares her insights into business continuity planning in Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the Best: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Businesses (Wiley, second edition paperback, 2009). Donna is the founder and CEO of Prisere LLC and consults for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. She has worked on business emergency planning for state governments, such as California and Rhode Island and Fortune 500 companies. Major news media, from the Wall Street Journal to CNBC, have featured Donna's work on business continuity planning. The Hurricane Recovery Director of the American Red Cross recognized her volunteer work in helping businesses in the Gulf Coast states recover from Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike. In 2007, the National Association of Women Business Owners named Donna its "Woman Business Owner of the Year".

Rod Davenport headshotRod Davenport

Chief Technology Officer, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, State of Michigan

Rod Davenport joined the Department of Technology, Management and Budget in June 2012 as its new chief technology officer. In his role, he will lead efforts to form and implement the strategic direction for Michigan’s information technology efforts. Mr. Davenport has more than 20 years of IT experience working in a variety of industries, including publishing, automotive, health care and energy. Most recently, he worked as enterprise technology strategist with DTE Energy, where he focused on innovation and emerging technologies. He also played a lead role in implementing a Department of Energy research grant to conduct an analysis of Smart Grid communication protocols. Mr. Davenport holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Lawrence Technological University.


Stephen Durney headshotStephen Durney

Director, Evangelist Product Group, Networking Worldwide DSE Team, Avaya

Stephen Durney is the Director, Evangelist Product Group responsible for delivery and early adoption of the Avaya Aura® architecture and strategic Avaya product set.  These products include Collaboration Environment and snap-ins, Avaya Communicator, Avaya Messaging Service, IP Office Contact Center and Avaya Contact Center Select, Avaya Control Manager, Social Media Analyst, and ANAV reporting.  Previously Mr. Durney was responsible for Contact Center product management, SIP solutions and the introduction of the groundbreaking Avaya Aura® Session Manager.

Mr. Durney graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S.E.E. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1985 and received an M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California in 1986.  He joined Bell Laboratories at AT&T in Denver, Colorado in 1985 as a Member of Technical Staff.  As an individual contributor at AT&T, among other accomplishments Steve did system and firmware design for the System 85 PBX, was a chief architect for the DEFINITY Generic 2 PBX, architected the development for the DACS VI digital cross connect system, led the research and implementation effort for the first voice over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) realization at AT&T, etc.  In 1997 Mr. Durney was presented as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Lucent Technologies

Steve married Amy Pratt in 1983 and is the proud father of 5 sons and (finally) a daughter born in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan.  Besides being an Eagle Scout and fluent in Japanese, Mr. Durney enjoys racquetball, running, fishing, and woodworking.


James Ferguson HeadshotJames Ferguson

Practice Principal, US Public Sector Analytics & Data Management, Enterprise Services, HP

Jim Ferguson is currently a Practice Principal with HP Enterprise Services US Public Sector Analytics and Data Management Team.  His responsibilities focus primarily on identifying scenarios in the State and Local Government market that can leverage the full-range of data management and analytics capabilities available from HP and working with clients to develop and implement solutions to their data and analytics challenges.

Jim’s career spans over 30 years – starting with a 20 year career in the military where he served in a variety of tactical and staff positions, including being the first Chief Knowledge Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.  Since his retirement, Jim has been involved in Public Sector IT, including positions with Microsoft, Autonomy, and now HP Enterprise Services.


Nicole_Johnson_headshotNicole Johnson

Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

As a Cisco Senior Systems Engineer, Nicole has spent over a decade changing the way we work, live, play, and learn with technology. She prides herself on her attention to technology innovation, an educational focus, and a dedication to the local technology community. Her professional experience ranges from Security Consulting to Technical Marketing for Learning and Development with a focus on Public Sector. Most of her time has been spent consulting State, Local Government, and Higher Education on technology solutions. She is also formally trained in various programming languages like java, SQL,, PHP, and COBOL. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Davenport University and Lansing Community College in various networking and security programs including the Cisco Networking Academy.  Nicole is a leader in the community with her work with many non-profit organizations and served as founder of the Michigan Technology Network ( She is also an associate editor for for stories on Women in technology and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education initiatives. She holds a Masters degree in Information Technology from the University of North Texas as well as several Cisco certifications.


Ed Koehler headshotEd Koehler

Director, Distinguished Engineer, Networking Worldwide, Avaya

Ed Koehler has been in the communications and networking industry for 25+ years. Ten of those years he spent as a Senior Technology Architect for R&D within the CTO division of Nortel. His area specialties are, IPv6, Multicast, Digital Identity and Network Security as well as Voice and Video Communications. He has several established patents in these areas. Ed joined with Avaya in August of 2010 as a Senior Data Solutions Architect specializing in Virtualized Data Centers and associated technologies including compute and storage.   Currently, he is serving this role at the Global geography level. He was named  Director & Distinguished Engineer at Avaya in October of 2012.  He is an IEEE & IETF member and was instrumental in the development of some of the core technology used in IEEE 802.1aq “Shortest Path Bridging”.


Elizabeth Parkinson headshotElizabeth Parkinson

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships, Detroit Lions

Elizabeth Parkinson joined the Lions senior management staff in 2012 as senior vice president of marketing and partnerships. She is responsible for the Detroit Lions brand and fan experience. Oversight includes marketing, promotions, partnerships, game-day experience, community relations and digital media. She also works closely with broadcasting, guest services and youth football. Previously, Elizabeth worked with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and was part of the creative team that developed the Pure Michigan campaign. Prior to this she was Managing Director Marketing and Public Relations for Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based company creation and growth in the greater Ann Arbor region through continual proactive support of entrepreneurs, businesses, university tech transfer offices, and networking organizations. Elizabeth attended Alma College, where she was recently honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award.


Ravi Rajagopal headshotRavi Rajagopal

Vice President & Senior Advisor, Application Delivery, CA Technologies

Ravi Rajagopal is a seasoned technology executive with 24 years of experience in the areas of sales, pre-sales, delivery, operations, and financial management. He has led and managed worldwide organizations that deliver innovative and practical technical business solutions with P&L and financial quotas of $100M plus. Ravi joined CA in 2006, and prior to CA, he held several senior management positions at AT&T. At CA as VP, Flagship Accounts, he managed multiple clients – large global corporations and governments. More recently as Senior Advisor, Service Providers Solutions, he led and jointly launched multiple managed services solutions with Indian SIs. His technical areas of expertise include Cloud, Mobility, Application & Infrastructure Management, and Service Virtualization. He is a former adjunct faculty at NYU, taught courses on Cloud, Strategy and Innovation, and frequently speaks at conferences and tradeshows.


Cynthia Storer HeadshotCynthia Storer

Former CIA Senior Analyst

Cindy Storer, as a Senior Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, was among the very few who first identified and warned about Al-Qaeda in the mid-1990s. Both before and after 9/11, Cindy researched, wrote, and briefed about Afghanistan, Islamic Extremism, Al-Qaeda and various other aspects of the “War on Terror” to senior policymakers. Her inventive model for understanding terrorism was featured as one of the Best Ideas of 2006 by the New York Times Magazine. Since leaving the CIA in 2007, Cindy has been a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, provided analysis training and education to US federal, state, and local agencies, and teaches intelligence and terrorism courses at Coastal Carolina University. She is also currently consulting with the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. In 2013, Cindy was featured in the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden.


Dennis_Stotts_headshotDennis Stotts

Distinguished Engineer and Public Sector Mobile Technology Leader, Global Business Services, IBM

Dennis Stotts is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in Global Business Services (GBS) Public Sector CTO's office where he is the technology leader for Enterprise Mobility Services across GBS Public Sector. Also, performing in the role of CTO for IBM's Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Department of State portfolios, Mr. Stotts provides innovation and technical leadership in the areas of architecture, application development, API Management, cloud computing, mobility and data center operations for large, complex programs.

Mr. Stotts has successfully implemented customer solutions that resulted in improved data access, information sharing, and process integration across front office and back office systems. Mr. Stotts specializes in developing enterprise modernization roadmaps to transform legacy environments, implementing shared services to realize systems consolidation and positioning government organizations to successfully move forward with the adoption of emerging technologies in mobility and cloud computing.