Oct 21, 2014

The Nebraska Digital Government Summit provides a forum to foster discussion and dialogue on the use of information technology as a strategic tool for managers, executives and policy makers.   Each year the advisory board for this event puts together a program that offers solutions to agency challenges through the use of IT.  I invite you to spend the day with your peers collaborating and hearing about new trends and emerging technologies.  It will be well worth your time.

- Brenda L. Decker, Chief Information Officer, State of Nebraska


Greg Carstens headshotGreg Carstens

Continuity of Operations & Disaster Recovery Business Analyst/Coordinator, Office of the CIO, State of Nebraska

Greg Carstens is a Continuity of Operations and Disaster Recovery Business Analyst/Coordinator for the State of Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer.  Greg holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and is a 14 year Veteran of the US Army and Army Reserves where he served as a Communications Specialist in both garrison and while deployed with the Big Red One or 1st Infantry Division during the Gulf War.  

Greg’s time before joining the State of Nebraska was in the commercial technology sector in systems integration in both commercial construction and industrial technology.  Much of this time was spent assisting companies with becoming more resilient and more efficient in utility consumption by integrating IT networks and building systems.

Since joining the State of Nebraska, Greg has achieved recognition from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute for and is officially recognized by FEMA as a Continuity of Operations Excellence Series – Level 1 Professional Continuity Practitioner.  Greg is also a member of Disaster Recovery Institute International and holds an Associate Business Continuity Professional Certification. 

David Young headshotDavid Young

Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, Public Works, City of Lincoln

David Young is a manager with the Public Works department for the City of Lincoln. He received his M.S. in Telecommunications Administration from Oklahoma State University while employed as an Outside Plant Engineer with the City of Tulsa. During his ten-year career as a manager there, Mr. Young established the Tulsa Conduit and Fiber system, a 550-mile fiber network and conduit system supporting over 3000 customers.  In 2012, Mr. Young was hired as a consultant to design the Lincoln Technology Improvement System for the City of Lincoln.  Mr. Young has since accepted a full-time position with the City as the Public Works Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager.  He can be contacted at


Brent Hoffman headshotBrent Hoffman

President, Nebraska Interactive, LLC

Brent Hoffman advises government leaders and agency officials on how to use forward-thinking technologies to create government interactions that empower businesses and citizens.  Brent is the President of Nebraska Interactive, LLC part of eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies and is responsible for operating and maintaining Nebraska’s electronic government services through the State’s official web site  


Steven Jennings headshotSteven W. Jennings

Executive Director, Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent

As Executive Director of Strategic Industries at Alcatel-Lucent, Steve is a thought leader for development of next generation communications systems. In his role, he meets with and presents to elected officials, industry leaders and communications organizations in North America for the advancement and integration of communication systems for citizen support.   

Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent in January 2010, Steve was the Chief Information Officer for Harris County, Texas, the third largest county in the United States.  He was responsible for the technical vision, strategy and management of the County’s multiple technology platforms to enhance the delivery of public services to the citizens of Texas.  In this regard, Steve was instrumental in the design, development, implementation and management of one of the largest multi-jurisdictional Public Safety communication systems in the nation, as well as implementing the Integrated Justice Information Management System (JIMS), the convergence of all the data-video-voice to a single fiber optic utility, in addition to other countless technical applications improving county operations and enhancing citizen services.

Through his innovated accomplishments and devotion to the implementation of technology solutions for the enhancement of government service and improved quality of life to citizens, Steve has been recognized as one of the eight 2009 Public officials of the Year by Governing Magazine, Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, recipient of The National Association of Counties, J.W. Stephens’ Life Time Technical Achievement Award and appointed as a  Senior Fellow at the Center for Digital Government.


Todd Sander headshotTodd Sander

Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Todd Sander is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government where he is responsible for driving the strategic direction and development of the Center's programs and for providing thought leadership and hands-on expertise in expanding the Center’s services to both government and industry.  Sander has worked extensively with federal, state and local government for over 20 years to improve public service though the use of information technology. He has served as Chief Information Officer/Assistant City Manager for the City of Tucson, Deputy CIO for the State of Washington and worked as a consultant in support of the Department of Defense, national intelligence communities and multi-state law enforcement agencies. He has received several national honors including the 2003 National Public Technologist of the Year.


Joe Shields headshotJoe Shields

President, IP Pathways, LLC

Joe Shields has spent the last 18 years in the computer industry specializing in management, storage, networking and applications integration. Currently he is the President and co-found of IP Pathways, Leading the Data Center Revolution®, a systems integrations and computer equipment sales company. As president and co-founder, Joe has established strong partnerships with the leading manufacturers in the industry to combine systems design and professional services expertise to deliver best-in-class technology to suit business needs and budget.
Joe’s work has been instrumental in providing IP Pathways with an excellence in engineering, design and support for their customers. In addition, he has assisted the organization by providing his expertise of systems architecture with deep specialties in high availability systems, data storage and protection, and disaster recovery planning. Joe continues to be an active systems architect, teacher and customer advocate as President at IP Pathways.
IP Pathways’ most recent accomplishment was receiving a #16 ranking on the CRN Fast Growth 100 list which recognizes the fastest growing solution providers in North America and is based on two years’ growth of net sales from calendar year 2008 to calendar year 2010. In addition to this prestigious award, IP Pathways’ was also selected as the best virtualization practice company of the top 100 VAR’s.


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, was a Lecturer at Coastal Carolina University, and now teaches for Johns Hopkins' Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Intelligence program.  She is also currently consulting with the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, and affiliated with Kronos Advisory LLC, publisher of Downrange. In 2013, Cindy was featured in the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden.


Sarah Tracy headshotSarah Tracy

ITS Engineer, Department of Roads, State of Nebraska

Sarah Tracy is the Nebraska Department of Road’s ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Engineer. She is a professional engineer as well as a professional traffic operations engineer. Sarah has worked in the transportation field’s private and public sectors for the past 17 years. Sarah graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.


Chris Wlaschin headshotChristopher A. Wlaschin

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), University of Nebraska

Chris assumed his current position as the CISO on September 3rd 2013. Working with the CIO, NU Security Council, Central Administration legal team and Campus security offices and technical teams he will communicate and enforce IT security compliance based on appropriate federal, state and University mandates, and lead in the development of IT security policy, procedures and security risk assessments for the University.