Deputy Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
John MacMillan was appointed as deputy secretary for information technology and chief information officer for the commonwealth in March 2015.
John brings more than three decades of IT industry expertise to the CIO’s office. During his career, John has developed experience in areas including application development, system integration, data center operations and facility management, as well as knowledge of statewide programs including public health, education, transportation, rehabilitation/corrections, youth services, tax collection and enterprise ERP.
John graduated in Computer Technology / Computing Science from Algonquin College. He has held a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 1998, and earned his Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) from the Stanford Center for Professional Development in 2009. John is ITIL Foundations certified. He and his wife have two sons.
Chief Innovation Architect
Syed Suhail Ahmad (Suhail) was named Chief Innovation Architect in November 2017.
In his role, he is responsible for establishing and setting an innovation strategy for the commonwealth’s application portfolio to modernize legacy applications and ensure solutions are established in the most cost-effective and strategic manner.
Suhail brings more than 25 years of experience in IT and business management consulting in private and public sector. During his career, Suhail has developed experience in strategic planning, business and enterprise architecture, digital transformation, customer experience design, solution architecture, system integration, and IT management.
Suhail earned a masters degree in computer science and application from India in 1991. He and his wife have three sons.
Directory, Office of Strategy and Management
Rosa Lara was named Director of the Office of Strategy & Management in July 2017.
Rosa has over 19 years of experience in the information technology field, including oversight of very visible and highly complex initiatives. Notably, she earned a Governor's Award for Excellence in 2009 for her role in leading the implementation of the IT solution used by the commonwealth to oversee $6.7 billion in ARRA funding from the federal government and earned an Innovation Award in 2012 for implementation of a MobilePA Challenge program. She has experience in the areas of business process reengineering, large scale implementation efforts, financial management, procurement and managing for results.
Rosa has held numerous positions within OIT, most recently serving as the Deputy CIO for the commonwealth overseeing OIT’s planning & budgeting process and HR functions, including special projects such as the Enterprise Grants Management initiative. Rosa was lead the commonwealth’s IT transformation initiative which implemented a new shared services operating model for IT services focused on improving service delivery while reducing cost.
Rosa earned a bachelor's in Public Administration from The College of NJ, a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship Affairs and a Masters of Information Resource Management from Syracuse University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jim Weaver was named Chief Technology Officer in August 2015.
Jim has over 28 years of experience in the IT industry, having served in varying management and technical positions, most notably as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the commonwealth’s Departments of Human Services, Aging and Insurance. During his tenure, he had responsibility for planning, directing and evaluating the IT operations of the three agencies, which included mainframe and distributed systems platforms, data base design and application/software development, telecommunications, IT security and business intelligence.
Jim has proven expertise with successful large scale modernization efforts with an enterprise approach to technology and information security management – many of these efforts have been nationally recognized by NASCIO (2008, 2013, and 2014) and Computerworld Honors (2010 and 2013).
Jim is also an active member of the PA Army National Guard with over 30 years’ experience in personnel information management systems.
Chief Information Security Officer
Erik Avakian was named Chief Information Security Officer for the commonwealth in 2010.
Erik joined the commonwealth in 2005 and became Deputy CISO in 2007. He has over 17 years experience in securing enterprise-level environments and is an expert in reducing risk and mapping security to the business. He has extensive experience in security governance, risk management, compliance and incident response and remediation. As CISO. Erik is responsible for establishing enterprise security strategy, standards, controls, and security policies and lead the Enterprise Information Security Office, which defends against cyber attacks, reduces the commonwealth's vulnerability to cyber attacks, and minimize the damage and recovery time from attacks if and when they occur.
Erik holds numerous industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) and ITIL v3. He is an active member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Security and Privacy Committee, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center PaCIC).
Director of Applications Management Services
Margaret Hively was named Director of Enterprise Solutions in March 2015.
In this role, Margaret is responsible for applications support for OA and consolidated agencies, as well as support for enterprise development tools and commercial products used by all agencies.
Margaret has over 30 years of experience in the IT field, including over 27 years with the Departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). During that time, she held various positions including assistant IT director and acting CIO for DCNR. Margaret then joined OA to manage enterprise systems and applications for the consolidated agencies. Her years of service have provided her with experience in IT governance, applications development, web administration, desktop support management, GIS, IT procurement, budgeting, and strategic and project planning.
Margaret is a graduate of Mansfield University with a B.S. in Information Processing, a graduate of the commonwealth’s Leadership Development Institute and ITIL v3 Foundation and Design Certified.
Chief Information Officer, Conservation and Environment Delivery Center
Sean E. Crager was named the Chief Information Officer for the Conservation and Environment Delivery Center in July 2017.
Sean oversees the development and execution of the delivery center’s information technology strategic plan. Sean has specialized in leading modernization efforts for the organizations he serves and has developed nationally recognized software that has been adopted and implemented by numerous states and universities.
Prior to this role, Sean served as the CIO of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, CIO of Franklin County, PA, Assistant CIO of the PA Liquor Control Board, Director of Enterprise Strategic Technology Services of the PA Office of Administration, and CIO of the PA Department of Agriculture.
Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Geoenvironmental Studies at Shippensburg University with a certificate in Geospatial Technologies and earned his Master Certificate in Information Systems and Technology Project Management from Villanova University. Sean is ITIL Foundations certified and earned his Certified Government Chief Information Officer qualification from Harrisburg University. Sean is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served honorably as an operations specialist attached to Tactical Air Control Squadron Eleven in San Diego, CA.
Chief Information Officer, Employment, Banking and Revenue Delivery Center
Dave Naisby was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for the Employment, Banking, and Revenue Delivery Center on July 1, 2017.
Dave has over 17 years of experience in the information technology field, having served in varying executive positions, most notably as the Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and as the Executive Director of the Commonwealth’s Justice Network (JNET).
Dave has a strong background in service delivery, IT governance, and system integration. He has held the responsibilities for evaluating, planning, and directing IT operations, legacy and distributed systems platforms, application/software development, telecommunications, and IT security in large scale environments.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and is a 2014 Graduate of Harrisburg University’s Certified Government Chief Information Officer program.
Chief Information Officer, Health and Human Services Delivery Center
Sandy Patterson is the Chief Information Officer for the Health and Human Services Delivery Center serving the Departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Military and Veteran Affairs. In this capacity, her organization IT systems associated with programs for the elderly, public health, veteran homes, the PA National Guard, child support, and child welfare, as well as eligibility for benefit programs including food stamps, medical assistance, low income heating assistance, cash assistance, childhood and early development programs, and home and community based programs for the elderly and intellectually challenged citizens.
Sandy has over 32 years of experience in Information Technology. Since joining the commonwealth in 2005, she has performed oversight of the Medicaid Management Information System in the Office of Medical Assistance program, gaining national recognition for the implementation of the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository utilized in 13 states. As the CIO for the Departments of Human Services, Aging and Insurance, she was responsible for all IT systems and services supporting the three agencies.
Sandy is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration. She has certificates in Project Management from the Pennsylvania State University, Certified Government Chief Information Officer program at Harrisburg University, and ITILv3 foundation. She is also a graduate of the Commonwealth Leadership Development Institute.
Chief Information Officer, Public Safety Delivery Center
Dustin Rhoads was named Public Safety’s Chief Information Officer June 2017.
Prior to his current role, Dustin served as the CIO of the Department of Corrections. As CIO, Dustin directed the strategy, management and development of the department, ensuring that organizational objectives surpassed the business and technology needs of the commonwealth's Corrections agency. As the CIO, he was involved in driving the analysis and re-engineering of the existing business processes along with identifying new technologies and services.
Prior to his CIO roles, Dustin was named Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) in November 2013. JNET is an integrated portal that provides a common online environment where authorized users access public safety and criminal justice information from various contributing municipal, county, state, and federal agencies. He previously served as Business Manager at JNET, a position he held since 2007.
Prior to joining JNET, Dustin worked as a Community Justice Planning Specialist for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. In this role, Dustin played a primary part in identifying key stakeholders throughout all 67 counties, assessing practices of local justice systems, and providing recommendations for policy as well as innovative methods and programming to improve justice systems and services.
Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University.
Chief Information Officer, General Government Delivery Center
Julie Snyder was appointed Chief Information Officer of the General Government Delivery Center in July 2017.
In this role, Snyder is responsible for managing technology operations and strategy solutions for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Office of Administration, Department of General Services, Office of General Counsel, Office of Budget, Office of Inspector General, Department of Education, Human Relations Commission and the Historical Museum Commission.
Previously, she established the Office of Data and Digital Technology, improving citizen engagement, government transparency, the state’s open data portal, data governance policies, data science, as well as managed the Commonwealth’s enterprise digital solutions contract. Snyder has also served in the role as the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Environmental Protection.
Prior to joining public service, Snyder successfully led major projects and initiatives for such companies as TYCO, PHICO and IBM before becoming an IT consultant. She has 29 years of IT experience, earned her undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Shippensburg University, and is CGCIO and ITIL certified.
Chief Information Officer, Economic Development Delivery Center
Phil Tomassini was named Infrastructure and Economic Development Delivery Center Chief Information Officer in July 2017.
Phil has over 30 years of commonwealth experience, most recently as the Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where he served as CIO since June 2011. Prior to his PennDOT position, Phil was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Office of Administration, working with the commonwealth’s public safety and environmental agencies in developing IT strategic plans and providing enterprise IT direction. Phil was also Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET), which provides public safety and criminal justice information to municipal, county, state and federal agencies via a secure integrated portal.
Phil lives in Gettysburg, and he and his wife Paula have four daughters.