OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Chief Information Officer
Chuck Grindle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As CIO, he heads up the Commonwealth Office of Technology and is a member of the Governor's executive cabinet.
Dr. Grindle served
29 years in the U.S. Army in various capacities. During his active military service,
he was an Army Information Technology and Field Artillery officer. In addition to
holding key military positons in Information Technology at the Installation,
Agency and Theater level, Dr. Grindle has taught academic courses on
Contemporary Security Issues, Cyber Operations, theory of war and strategy,
strategy and policy, and United States National security policy.
Dr. Grindle graduated
from Washington and Jefferson College and was commissioned into the Field
Artillery. He completed his Masters in Information Science at the University of
Pittsburgh and served three assignments at the U.S. Army War College, including
Deputy Chief Information Officer. He was
deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and served as the Lead Information Technology
officer for the 3rd Army (FWD).
Upon his return he served as the Chief Information Officer for the
United States Military Academy.
Dr. Grindle earned
his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science and
holds a second Masters Degree from the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Grindle's
awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; (4) Meritorious
Service Medals; (2) Army Commendation Medals; (4) Army Achievement Medals,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Parachutist's Badge. He retired from
the Army in 2017.
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.
Greg McCall serves as
Special Assistant to the Commonwealth Chief Information Officer and brings over
30 years of IT experience to his role at the Commonwealth Office of Technology.
After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Greg began his career with
Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) in Atlanta. He quickly progressed through a number of technical and leadership
positions including Programmer, Systems Analyst, systems-software engineer,
Database Administrator, Project Manager and various leaderships posts. He considers a highlight of his time with Unisys to be a 2 ½ year stint
as On-site Lead for a banking application installation on the island of Bermuda.
After Unisys, Greg provided IT
consulting and services privately for several years before joining state
government. He is responsible for oversight
of COT’s annual budget, activity-based costing, charge-back schema, financial
reporting, and overall fiscal health. Greg and his wife Tammy reside in Lawrenceburg, which is also home to their
two daughters, son-in-law, a granddaughter and a grandson.
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.
Krishna Mohan Mupparaju serves as the Chief Data Officer
in Office of the CIO. Krishna has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky in
several critical roles including Executive Director of Office of Project
Management, Chief Enterprise Architect, IT Director, Senior Security Architect,
Data Warehouse and Database Architect, and Systems, Data Center and IT
Transformation expert for over 20 years. Prior to joining the state government,
Krishna worked in Healthcare, Health Insurance, and Transportation industries.
Krishna holds a master's degree in Electronics and Telecommunications, second
master's degree in Computer Security and Information Assurance, and several top
industry certifications including CISSP and CEA.
and his wife, Namrata, reside in Frankfort. Their son Pranay attends the Centre
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
Rob Guckenberger is the Executive Director of the Office of IT Architecture and Governance (OITAG).
comes to us after a career in the private sector, most notably with airSpring
Software, SoJo, HP, and Exstream Software, where he held positions
as CTO, programmer, and software engineer. During that time, he also
served as a developer and architect/lead on large enterprise C++ projects.
A graduate of Centre
College with a degree in physics and computer science, Rob resides in Lexington
with his wife and three children, two girls ages seven and five, and an
eighteen month old boy. While Rob’s favorite recreational activity is
he also enjoys hands on projects around the house and
over the last five years he has been teaching himself some basics of
OFFICE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Patrick QuirkExecutive Director
Executive Director, Patrick Quirk, leads the Office of Project Management (OPM) which is responsible for enterprise IT project management within the executive branch.
has served the Commonwealth in various project leadership roles across multiple
agencies, including CHFS and KDE. Outside of state government, he has served
organizations such as Lexmark, Fidelity, USPS, Ticketmaster and UK Healthcare
by leading enterprise-level programs and projects and developing PM best
practices and standards. Patrick has served the PMI Bluegrass Chapter in
multiple roles, including Chapter President, and has spoken to local, regional
and global audiences about project management at PMI and HIMSS events. Patrick
holds a degree in Management and Marketing from UK, is a certified ScrumMaster
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.
David Kincaid is the Deputy Executive Director of OITSD. During his tenure at COT, David has served as manager
of Network Engineering, Change Manager and most recently, Director of IT
Operations. Prior to joining COT, David served as vice-president of a IT
infrastructure installation and consulting firm, field engineer for a large
industrial and commercial electrical construction company and national
technical support engineer for a IT installation firm. David currently holds
the Bicsi RCDD certification along with many industry certifications.
Together, Mr. Woodruff and Mr. Kincaid, oversee the Office of IT Services and Delivery which is responsible for the day-to-day technical support and operation of executive branch IT resources.
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.