OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Chief Information Officer
Ruth Day is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As CIO, she heads up the Commonwealth Office of Technology and is a member of the Governor's executive cabinet.
Day, a certified public accountant, brings
private-sector experience to the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). Prior
to her appointment, she served as the vice president for administrative
services at Landstar System Inc., a transportation services company
specializing in logistics.
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Jim Barnhart, assists the organization with IT consolidation, governance and customer relations.
Since beginning his career at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as a Scientific Technical Assistant, Jim Barnhart has worn many hats. His repertoire includes General Manager, Systems Construction Manager, Systems Manager, Director, Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director. Jim’s extensive IT background and administrative qualities helps lead the Commonwealth Office of Technology to perform in a more effective and efficient manner.
Chief Compliance Officer
Karen Chrisman serves as
the Chief Compliance Officer for Commonwealth Office of Technology. Karen
joined government service eight years ago, initially as the staff attorney and
privacy officer for the Kentucky Health Information Exchange and then as senior
advisor and privacy officer for the Kentucky Department of Medicaid
Services. Prior to her state government service, Karen practiced law for
25 years at various locations in the Commonwealth. Karen graduated with a
BA and a MA from Eastern Kentucky University, and a JD from the University of
Kentucky College of Law.
Karen and her
husband reside in Frankfort. Their daughter attends Purdue University and their
son attends the University of Kentucky.
Stephanie R. Williams serves as the Contracting Officer to the Commonwealth
Chief Information Officer and has over 18 years of experience in contracting
and procurement. She served as the
Purchasing Coordinator for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division
of Environmental and Emergency Management.
She then joined the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Finance and Administration
Cabinet, Office of Procurement Services, as a buyer and was promoted to lead as
the Assistant Director of the newly established Division of Technology Services
Procurement. She also served as a
paralegal prior to her governmental experience.
She has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the
University of Kentucky, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies
from Sullivan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of
Louisville. She also has a dual
nationwide public procurement certification (Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified
Professional Public Buyer (CPPB).
Stephanie is married to Fred Williams (retired Major of the
Kentucky State Police and currently serves
as the Director of Criminal Justice Studies at Spalding University). They have two daughters, Anna and Alayna, and
their dog Bleu. They reside in Lawrenceburg
but are originally from Louisville.
OFFICE OF IT ARCHITECTURE & GOVERNANCE
The Office of IT Architecture & Governance’s (OIAG) Executive
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. Kari Welch
OFFICE OF IT SERVICES & DELIVERY
The Office of IT Services and Delivery's (OITSD) Executive Director, Rick Woodruff, has more than 20
years of IT experience in government and the private sector (EPA, Ford Motor
Company). He holds several technical certifications (ITIL, MS MSCE, Cisco
CCNA) and his prior positions range from the technical disciplines to
managerial experience at all levels. Rick grew up on the east coast as a
self-described “Navy brat” before studying at Georgetown College & Sullivan
University. He joined COT in 2005 and lives in Frankfort with his
wife. His passions include his wife and daughter (a sophomore at Murray
State) and his Christian faith. He also enjoys golf, hiking and camping.
CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICE
David J. Carter
Chief Information Security Officer
David J. Carter, Chief Information Security Officer, has served the
Commonwealth of Kentucky in several roles since he joined State Government in
1989. Initially, David was employed as a Child Support Enforcement Specialist
with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHR at the time), while
attending classes at Cumberland College and Kentucky State University in
pre-engineering programs. In 1997 he decided to pursue a new career path
in information technology, joining a Frankfort based firm that supported 700
clients located across the United States including many Fortune 1000
companies. After 10 years in the private sector developing skills and
knowledge across a wide range of technologies, David returned to State
Government in 2007 as the Team Lead in the COT Security Office prior to being
promoted to Branch Manager. In 2013 David was appointed as the Deputy
Information Security Officer for COT.
David enjoys spending time
with friends, family, and most importantly his daughter Madison and his
girlfriend Jaci. Always on a quest to learn about new technologies, he
enjoys many diverse hobbies such as 3D printing, electronics design and
prototyping, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Also enjoying the simpler and
less technological things in life, David can occasionally be found by a lake
catching the size of fish that any real fisherman would simply call bait, but
enjoying it just the same.
The Chief Information Security Office is responsible for IT security functions.