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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. 




Rosa Lara was named Deputy Chief Information Officer in March 2015.

Rosa has over 15 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. 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 overseeing IT policy, governance, strategic planning, project management and the commonwealth's broadband program. She also served as Director of the Bureau of Application Development, which was responsible for close to 300 applications and as Deputy Chief Information Officer for Health and Human Service agencies.

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. She and her husband, Francisco, have two sons.  




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.




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).


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Patti Chapman was named Director of IT Procurement in 2011. 

In this role, she serves as the principal advisor and manager for information technology procurement in the commonwealth and has oversight for enterprise IT contract administration and procurement services to agencies, as well as contract compliance. 

Patti has over 27 years of experience in procurement administration and most recently with an emphasis on information technology procurement.  She has a strong focus on customer service and has background in the areas of business process improvement, project management, system integration and budgeting.

Prior to her current position, Patti managed a team responsible for implementing and maintaining the commonwealth’s enterprise resource planning system used for purchasing, as well as positions within the Department of General Services. Patti has an associate degree in accounting, is a graduate of the commonwealth’s Leadership Development Institute and ITIL v3 Foundation Certified.




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.




Eric Webb was appointed Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) in April 2015.

Eric joined JNET in 2004 as the county deployment coordinator responsible for the coordination of services between JNET and all 67 counties in PA. In 2011, he was promoted to Communications Manager where he coordinated semi-annual conferences, annual reports, marketing and training documentation. In 2014, Eric was appointed as the JNET Business Manager where he managed JNET’s operating budget and service portfolio.

Eric’s passion for improving criminal justice operations is rooted in his time as an adult probation and parole officer in York County. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Sociology and Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania. Eric has also earned an ITIL foundation certification and is working towards his Intermediate lifecycle certification. He is married with two children.