Winners of Public CIO's California CIO Academy Awards announced in Sacramento, Calif.
Photo: California CIO Teri Takai, who awarded the Califonia CIO Academy Awards on Feb. 23/Photo by Gerry McIntyre
Winners of this year's California CIO Academy Awards, a program hosted by Public CIO magazine, were announced Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Sacramento, Calif. The awards ceremony served as the climax of the California CIO Academy, a two-day forum for government IT leaders to share experiences and learn about trends.
California CIO Teri Takai distributed two "Outstanding Technology Leader" awards. The first went to Joe Panora, agency information officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Panora won the award for his efforts to overhaul his agency's IT infrastructure.
The second honor went to Richard Gillihan, chief of IT operations and consulting for the California Department of Finance. Takai praised Gillihan's financial guidance of the state's forthcoming IT consolidation.
Takai also handed out more than two dozen "Outstanding IT Manager" awards, which went to lower-level IT employees. All shared the stage at once and shook hands with Takai before the two main awards were announced. Many of the awardees brought their families who filled the room with raucous celebration.
Lisa Senitte - Board of Equalization
Gerry Lobo - Department of Consumer Affairs
Devin Holmes - Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Elbert Lawrence - Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Susan Davis-James - Department of Finance
Deborah Ray-Sims - Department of Food and Agriculture
Jeff Venegas - Department of Food and Agriculture
Sandy Adams - Department of General Services
Darlene Nunes - Department of Insurance
Stephanie Bobolis - Department of Managed Health Care
Deedee Hayes - Department of Motor Vehicles
Theresa Giles - Department of Personnel Administration
Keith Wright - Department of Social Services
Paul Allen - Department of Transportation
Michael Hom - Department of Water Resources
Tony Morshed - Department of Water Resources
Bob Bradshaw - Employment Development Department
Trisha Roman - Employment Development Department
Mike Sakamoto - Employment Development Department
Edward Ross - California Highway Patrol
Sgt. Maj. Marc Glenn - California National Guard
Col. Don Turos - California National Guard
Megan Johnson - Office of Technology Services
Amy Tong - California Public Employees Retirement System
Frank DeYoung - California Public Employees Retirement System
Lynda Hammitt - Franchise Tax Board
Beverly Taylor - State Controller's Office