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2013 Montana Government IT Conference

Promoting Effective Government



Mike Logan

Cowboy Poet/Photographer Mike Logan’s lifelong interest in ranch life has spurred him to capture his observations on film and in verse.  Mike’s insight and love of Montana and the West have won him national acclaim.  He has been a featured poet and emcee at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and other gatherings throughout the United States and Canada.  He was a guest on John Denver’s “Montana Christmas Skies,” television special. 

Mike’s book and video Montana Is… was chosen to represent Montana in the Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration in May, 2000.  The Academy of Western Artists Awards presented Mike the Will Rogers Male Cowboy Poet of the Year award in 2006 at their awards ceremony at the Eiseman Center in Dallas (Richardson), Texas.

Mike has four books of wildlife and ranch photography and verse, three books of cowboy poetry and three CDs and audio tapes and two videos of his photography and verse.


Brett Boutin

Brett Boutin has 22 years of experience in the information technology field, working four years as a systems analyst for a Fortune 500 firm, and 18 years with the State of Montana.  He is currently serving as the Chief of the Procurement and Contract Management Bureau within the Information Technology Services Division. 

He is responsible for managing all enterprise and division IT procurement activities and IT contracts.   He has successfully led many large and complex procurement efforts, always with the goal to “obtain the best product or service at the best price”.  Brett has negotiated and managed numerous contracts and worked with hundreds of contractors and vendors, and strives to build positive relationships between them and the State.  He can be reached at bboutin@mt.gov.


About Kirk Holmes, President
Holmes and Associates, Inc.

During his 25 year career, Mr. Holmes has helped public sector and private sector client organizations save millions of dollars and improve service delivery.  His expertise includes the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and IT Service Management (ITSM), Baldrige National Quality Award criteria, business transformation, process reengineering, process improvement, strategic planning, and small group facilitation.  He has energized large, far-flung organizations in pursuit of major improvements in performance and cultural revitalization.  He has been a leader at the local, national and global levels of the IT industry, including the following roles:

Board of Directors of itSMF USA

Co-founder and President of the National Capital Area Local Interest Group (LIG), the largest local group in the USA

Member of itSMF USA Board of Directors since January 2007, overseeing USA Knowledge Management initiatives, the publications line of business, Business Development, and Treasurer

Representative for the USA to the itSMF-International Publications Executive Subcommittee which defines and endorses the publications of global best practice for IT Service Management. 

Advisory Board of ISO 15504, Enterprise SPICE, an initiative to blend CMM-I, ITIL, ISO 20000, ISO 9000, Baldrige and dozens of other assessment frameworks

Certified Examiner, Maryland Performance Excellence Program (based on Baldrige National Quality Award criteria)

Mr. Holmes was named 2007 itSMF USA Member of the Year.  As President of the National Capital Area Local Interest Group (LIG), he also was awarded the 2008 itSMF USA LIG of the Year.

Mr. Holmes holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.  He has achieved an ITIL Foundations Certificate, is in the process of ITIL Service Manager training, and has passed the examination portion of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


Lynne Pizzini, CISSP, CISM, CIPP

Lynne Pizzini is the Information Systems Security Officer for the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) of the Department of Administration, State of Montana. Lynne is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of operational and technical information systems security for ITSD.  Lynne’s responsibilities include evaluating security risks, developing security strategies to mitigate risk, monitoring compliance with information system security policy requirements, creating and managing an operational and technical security system development life cycle (SDLC), providing security related support to Enterprise Operations areas, and collaborating with the Enterprise Information Security Program manager.

Lynne has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry and served as the Cyber Protection Officer for the State of Montana for 8 years prior to her work at Blue Cross. 

Lynne enjoys the training and awareness aspect of security and likes to make dull subjects such as privacy and security fun and entertaining by incorporating magic into her presentations. 

Lynne will be presenting during Thursday’s Security session on the topic of Social networking.

Contact Lynne Pizzini at lpizzini@mt.gov

Phone 406-444-9127


Kurt Steinle, Vice President, Technical Sales

Kurt Steinle currently lead the Clarity Technical Sales Organization for North America.  As a member of the Clarity Portfolio Planning committee, Kurt has been a major contributor to the overall Clarity product direction over the last 10 years, helping to make Clarity the premier Project Portfolio Management offering on the market today. 

Kurt and his team have been responsible for many Clarity product innovations over the years, including the CA Governance Risk and Compliance offering, as well as the recent Grants Management solution. 

Kurt routinely meets with Clarity’s top customers, working with them on the product and the industry’s direction, customer needs and ways to improve execution for high performing organizations.  

Prior to CA, Kurt held executive positions at both Proamics and CDI, and was responsible for bringing one of the first commercially available project management solutions for professional services to the market in the late 80’s.  

Kurt has a BSME, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Pittsburgh.

Maris Cundith

Maris Cundith is the Software Compliance Specialist in the Information Technology Division of the Department of Administration, State of Montana.  Maris was hired less than a year ago to fill this newly created position with the State. 

She has several years of experience in contract and program management and administration in public, private and not-for profit organizations.  She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.  Maris is responsible for developing and managing a software asset management program for software license compliance for the State.

Darren Chiappinelli, Managing Director
Sabot Technologies

Mr. Chiappinelli has over 14 years of technology consulting experience with large public and commercial sector clients.

He is an expert in software engineering, enterprise architecture, project management and Independent Verification & Validation.

Mr. Chiappinelli is one of the founders of Sabot Technologies, a management consulting firm focused on solutions for IT executives.


Bob Reynolds, Novell
Technology Sales Specialist

Bob Reynolds is a Technology Sales Specialist working at Novell for 11 years. During his time at Novell he has worked as a Consultant implementing Novell solutions to customers across North America as well as his more recent role of Endpoint Management specialist. In this position, he helps explain, plan, and pilot security and management tools for both the physical and virtual enterprise desktop. Bob holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and lives in Castle Rock CO where he and his family enjoy many outdoor activities.



Brad Smith
Director, Computer Institute of the Rockies, Helena, MT

Brad Smith, RN, BS-PSY, MCNPS, CISSP, NSA-IAM became fascinated with computers in 1972 and hasn't burned out yet!  In 1996 his software "2theBedSide" an electronic medical record for rural physicians was a national Microsoft / HIMSS award winner. His current company, the Computer Institute of the Rockies was selected as the 2005 Microsoft Small Business Solution Partner of the Year for their innovative and cost effective security solution for a Helena small minority business.  As the only RN – CISSP in America and one of the few private practice rural informatics nurse specialists his help has been sought in shaping the HIPAA security requirements since its inception.

He is a frequent speaker at national security events, such as Defcon, CSI, Interop, HIMSS, and NETsec.  AKA “theNURSE” doing presentations on subjects ranging from social engineering, interview and interrogation to virus construction based on Biomimicy.  Besides speaking at conferences, he is on staff of BlackHat Conferences Inc and travels with them on their international circuit.  His current book “Next Generation SSH2 Implementation: Securing Data in Motion” is available on Amazon from Syngress publishing”

His high-energy style of presenting and the real-world experiences he shares during these sessions makes Brad an entertaining and educational speaker on security. 



Rennan Rieke, Program Lead
ITSD-Department of Administration
State of Montana

Rennan Rieke is a Program Lead for the State of Montana’s Information Technology Services Division of the Department of Administration. 

He coordinates the design and construction of eGovernment Services and other State websites.  Having worked in the internet industry for twelve years including stints at a major telecommunications firm and the Montana Department of Justice, his main interests are in making communication transparent and effortless through standards-based web design.





Mark Van Alstyne
IT Manager
Montana Office of the Secretary of State

Mark Van Alstyne has been in his second career of information technology for over 20 years as a programmer, hardware specialist, network administrator and IT manager. About half of Mark’s career has been in the State of Montana with the Dept. of Labor and Industry, Dept. of Justice, and most recently, the Secretary of State’s office for the past 3 years. The other half of his IT career has been in the daily newspaper, printing, direct marketing, and software development industries. Aside from a two-year stint as a Japanese housewife, Mark has enjoyed the constant challenge and diversity that comes with working with technology.




Walter Angus, ITIL, CSAM
CA - Clarity Division
Senior Principal Consultant

“Over 30 years of IT experience from mainframes, to client server technologies to the current web application environment.

Walter has worked in applications development, change management, project management, PMO management and overall IT management.  He is currently working in the area of IT Governance and Project Portfolio Management. “



Scott Morris, ESI International
Business Development Manager
Sacramento, CA

Scott Morris, Business Development Manager for ESI International, is a member of ESI's Global Client Services team and is responsible for developing and managing ESI's portfolio of state and local government clients in the western United States.  Based in Sacramento, his professional experience includes 16 years in the performance improvement industry where he has led large-scale training engagements with both public and private sector clients, designed to meet their critical organizational change objectives.

Mr. Morris joined ESI in March 2004 after 11 years of service with ExecuTrain Southwest, an information technology skill development organization based in Sacramento, California, where he served as Vice President of Sales and was responsible for relationships with both commercial and government sector clients.  His education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business.  He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the International Institute of Business Analysis.


Ken Wall, President, Geodata Services, Inc.
Missoula, MT

Ken Wall is president of Geodata Services, Inc., in Missoula Montana since 1993.  He has 21 years experience with GIS beginning as a GIS research specialist and consultant.  His professional experience includes hundreds of GIS projects in Montana and throughout the US, Canada and Australia.  Ken and Geodata Services has been a business partner with  ESRI and was awarded new partner of the year in 2000 and founding partner of the year for 2008 at the International ESRI Business Partner Conference.  Ken served as an instructor on more than 50 short courses and training sessions in GIS  and is an authorized GIS  instructor.  He is one of the leading experts in the world in CommunityViz and GIS as decision support software for community planning and visualization.



Dr. Kelly Slater Cline
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Carroll College

Originally from Homer, Alaska, Kelly Cline studied Mathematics and Physics at Eastern Oregon University, and then earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he conducted research into the formation of sunspots and other magnetic activity on the sun.  He joined the faculty of Carroll College in the fall of 2003, where he currently teaches mathematics, physics, and astronomy.  Dr. Cline has presented over 35 public lectures to the Helena community on topics of current research in astronomy and physics.


Jamie Robertson, Nick Shontz
University of Montana, IT Department
Presenters, Interactive Campus Map