Meet the Executive Management Team

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

COT Deputy Commissioner Jim BarnhartChuck Grindle
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.
 

 
COT Deputy Commissioner Jim BarnhartJim Barnhart
Deputy Chief
Information Officer
 


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
Special Assistant

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
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 Karen Chrisman
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 Mupparaju
Chief Data
Officer

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.
 
Krishna and his wife, Namrata, reside in Frankfort. Their son Pranay attends the Centre College.





 Stephanie Williams
Contracting Officer
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

COT Deputy Commissioner Jim BarnhartRob Guckenberger
Executive Director
Rob Guckenberger is the Executive Director of the Office of IT Architecture and Governance (OITAG).

Rob 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 sporting clays, 
he also enjoys hands on projects around the house and over the last five years he has  been teaching himself some basics of woodworking.

 

  

 

 

OFFICE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Executive Director Roy Terry Patrick Quirk
Executive Director
Executive Director, Patrick Quirk, leads the Office of Project Management (OPM) which is responsible for enterprise IT project management within the executive branch. 
Patrick 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 and PMP.
 

 

 


 

 

    OFFICE OF IT SERVICES & DELIVERY

    Deputy Executive Director Rick Woodruff Rick Woodruff
    Executive Director

    Deputy Executive Director Rick Woodruff

    David Kincaid
    Deputy Executive
     Director

    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

    Chief Information Security Officer Katrina LeMay 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.

 

 

 

 

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