The Office of IT Architecture & Governance’s (OIAG) Executive Director, Kari Welch, has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky in several IT roles since joining State Government in 2005. Kari started in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, moved on to the Kentucky Department of Education, then the Personnel Cabinet before joining COT in 2012 as a System Consultant serving as a system administrator for Exchange, SharePoint and numerous other enterprise applications. Kari has since worked in COT as an Information Systems Manager and Division Director before being appointed to the Executive Director role. Kari has over 20 years of IT experience which includes the private sector and public school system and has performed multiple duties including desktop support, server administration, network operations, application administration, webmaster, data analysis, and IT project leadership. She is a graduate of the Louisville Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Engineering Technology. Kari greatly enjoys assisting agencies in application solutions, modernization, data sharing, integration, and achieving cost savings, as well as finding new and creative ways to solve business and IT problems. Kari resides in Frankfort with her husband and two children. When she’s not at work or spending time with family, she enjoys photography, DIY home-improvement projects, and volunteering for numerous local organizations such as the YMCA, Cinderella’s Closest of Central KY, and Distinguished Young Women of Frankfort.