Session Information



Keynote Presentation: Driving Technology Innovation
10:00 – 11:15 am, Ballroom

Andy McCool

All organizations strive to produce high-quality innovative products and services for their customers in a rapid, cost-effective way.  However, many organizations are not achieving that goal for a variety of reasons, one of which is they are not effectively DRIVING innovation in their organizations.  Many times they are saddled with an older legacy systems architecture and technical debt that consumes their resources. Other times they believe they have more pressing business in front of them and can’t afford to retool or rethink things –  the “we can’t stop for gas, we are already late!” argument. Over the last 30 years, Andy have been in many technical organizations as a team member, a manager and then an executive.  All of these organizations wanted to innovate and rapidly deliver.  Not surprisingly, some did and some didn’t.  Andy has seen firsthand the good, the bad and the ugly – what has worked and what hasn’t. In this presentation, attendees will take a deep dive into: what does it take to create an innovative organization? How can you adopt and utilize new technology to advance your mission? What does it take to create a team that creates industry disruption versus reacts to it?  

Andy McCool is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of experience, and a passion for driving business transformations through the use of technology. He brings a wealth of technical and executive expertise in Cloud, IP Networks, Enterprise Systems, Hosting, Data Centers, Service Delivery and Operations. Currently, Andy is the Executive Vice President of Cyber Security Analytics at a large cybersecurity firm. He is also the Founder and President of McCool Technology Partners, an IT consultancy he founded that helps businesses understand, adopt and use technology to automate and transform. Prior to founding McCool Technology Partners, Andy held numerous key executive positions at AT&T. As Vice President of Cloud Realization, he delivered an industry first cloud platform that automatically and seamlessly integrated enterprise VPNS. He was Vice President, Managed Services Development and developed Hosting Technology and Services enabling a 300% growth in the business and a nearly doubling of Data Centers. He also developed AT&T’s Content Delivery Network, Natural Language Contact Management Solutions and Managed Security Services. As Vice President, Enterprise Billing, Sales, Contracting Systems Andy realized significant cost savings and delivered improved customer transaction times that greatly improved the customer order experience. Andy also led the AT&T IP Network Engineering team through technology upgrades and a network expansion that saw a great improvement in reliability (10x), significant growth (2.5x), and an industry first OC192 backbone. Additionally, Andy was the VP of Platforms and OSS at Sungard Availability Services where he architected and developed a new systems stack to automate customer and operational processes. Andy holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Rennsalear Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Boston College.

Homeland Security Perspectives for Building Cyber Security Capacity, Capability, & Resilience
8:30 – 9:30 am, Lecture Suite

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Women in Technology
8:30 – 9:30 am, Salon 1

Susan A. Arpa, CGCIO
IT Director, Cape May County Municipal Utility Authority

Bernadette Kucharczuk, CGCIO
CIO, City of Jersey City

Sandra Paul
Director of IT, Township of Union Public Schools

It has been recognized that most people in IT are males. How can we diversify this field? How do we not only encourage our female students to choose IT fields for careers but also provide them opportunities to become leaders in the IT field? Once they get to the table, how can women best succeed? In this presentation, the presenters will be sharing their personal journeys as women in technology and discussing the unique challenges and opportunities that face women in this field.

Susan is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer, having 37 years total experience as an IT Professional, with 29 of those years dedicated to public service with the Cape May County MUA. Like many “old-schoolers”, Susan started out as a traditional programmer after college, often times being the “only female in the room”. She quickly moved on to systems, communications, and data management. After wearing too many hats for way too long, Susan began hiring extremely competent people to work with her several years ago and turned in her tool belt, handing off the technical expertise and duties to others. She now focuses her energies on strategic project planning, developing comprehensive application and cybersecurity training programs, making policy and managing enforcement, and  instituting ways for the various departments to work smarter and more efficiently.  

Bernadette is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer currently serving the City of Jersey City as Director of Information Technology.  She is a long-time Rotarian, an Adjunct Professor for the Masters of Public Administration Program at Saint Peter’s University, and the Chapter President of NJ GMIS, an association of Government IT Leaders. She previously served as IT director in Atlantic City and in East Orange, New Jersey as well as Sutter County, California. Prior to her role managing local government technology departments, she served as Deputy County Administrator in Sutter County and Assistant Director of Public Works in Tehama County, California.  Before her career in local government, she served as a decorated officer and navigator aboard KC-135 airplanes in the United States Air Force. Bernadette holds a BS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle University. 

Sandra is a Director of IT with twenty 20 years of experience in the field. Prior to assuming her Director of IT role, Sandra served as a Computer Science/Business Education teacher for 5 years in USVI and NJ. She has also served as a keynote speaker, presenter, conference organizer and ed-tech advocate, and has earned many awards for the work done in education technology over the years.

Social Media Best Practices: An Interactive Session
8:30 – 9:30 am, Salon 2

Walt Hansen, CGCIO

Justin Heyman, CGCIO
CIO, Township of Franklin

Depending on who you ask, social media can be either a magnificent communication tool or a management nightmare. Whichever school of thought you subscribe to, one thing is certain: social media is forever a part of the communication landscape. How public organizations and their elected officials, employees and stakeholders utilize social media often raises more questions than it does answers. Policy, archiving, OPRA requests, managing followers and comments, employee posts, elected officials’ accounts – how do we manage this while providing the information and platforms our stakeholders have grown to expect? Join us for this interactive session to discuss the link between our IT world and social media management. 

For the past 27 years, Walt served as President of ATON Computing, an IT consulting company that provides comprehensive IT consulting services to the public sector. Walt has experience in the areas of computer networking, disaster recovery, cyber security and training. Walt holds a BS in Accounting from Kean College, has completed Post-graduate Information Technology programs at NYU, and holds his Certified Government Chief Information Officer from UNC.

Justin Heyman is the Director of Information Technology for the Township of Franklin in Somerset, NJ. Justin has served as a public official for over 15 years with the Township. He has his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The College of NJ and is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer from the University of North Carolina. Justin currently serves as Past President of GMIS International. Justin has a personal and professional interest in information security and IT Trends affecting municipalities. Justin has spoken at various events regarding topics from website design and process to information security and strategic planning.

Smart Cities & IOT
8:30 – 9:30 am, Salon 3

Thomas Motyka
Sr. Executive Director, New Jersey Innovation Institute

This session will focus on the public sector Smart City agenda and building innovation capacity throughout your organization. Technology continues to allow public entities to provide an increasingly large amount of efficient and enhanced services to constituents, allowing for stakeholder engagement in the process. It is equally important to evaluate feasibility, cost, resources and longevity of said services. This session seeks to help attendees navigate this process for the benefit of their constituents.
Through his role as the Senior Executive Director of the NJ Innovation Institute, Thomas applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Prior to his role with NJII, Motyka formerly served as director of sales for IBM’s Global Technology Services Business Unit. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience focused on sales, business development and product management with IBM and Lucent Technologies. During his career, Motyka has worked with numerous clients in multiple industries with a focus on the communications sector where he has helped clients such as AT&T, Verizon, Cablevision, Keyspan, Genuity and Houston Lighting & Power.

A Vision for a Paperless Government
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Lecture Suite

Jack Flood
Vice President, Spatial Data Logic

More and more towns are striving to ditch paper and convert to a fully digital environment.  The challenges of change management, re thinking forms and processes, storage, scanning and regulatory issues  often keep this vision from becoming a reality. We will discuss some of the challenges and solutions that many of our clients have communicated in this discussion.

John (Jack) Flood is the Vice President and a co-founder of Spatial Data Logic (SDL).  A lifetime New Jerseyan, Jack has over 20 years of experience in project management and consulting in the areas of Government (specifically on municipalities and counties in New Jersey), Utilities, Geographical Information Systems & ESRI Technologies, Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Software. Jack graduated from Villanova University with a BA in business.”

Cloud Managed Networks Made Easy with Cisco Meraki & CDI
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Salon 1

Matthew Schaner
Product Sales Specialist, CDI

Cisco Meraki has changed the way we think about networking. Meraki’s Cloud Managed Networks is one of the industry’s fastest growing product lines – offering Video Surveillance Cameras, Wireless Access Points, Switches, Security Appliances, Application Performance Monitoring, and Endpoint Device Management. No more back end server equipment or complicated software. Meraki provides a single pane of glass experience for your entire network – including automated topology diagrams, detailed information about client activity, and full command and control over your environment – from any device, anywhere, anytime. In this interactive session, Meraki and CDI will be showcasing our customer’s favorite features from each product line, including our New Security Cameras and Wifi6 Access Points.

Matthew Schaner, Product Sales Specialist, Cisco Meraki, is a proven performer with excellent leadership ability, strong communication / public speaking skills, and comprehensive knowledge of networking and cutting-edge technologies. With expertise in education and government development, public sector procurement, solution and architectural selling – he has been described as a dynamic, engaging presenter and a trusted advisor. Matthew is currently a product sales specialist, covering the Meraki product line in New Jersey and is a graduate of Lehigh University.


Start Secure, Stay Secure
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Salon 2

David Beidelman
Senior Solutions Architect, SHI

Join this track to learn about the latest best practices to secure your data and IP, wherever it sits.

David is a Senior Security and Risk Management professional. He is highly experienced in finding and engineering technical solutions for security
vulnerabilities. He also has vast experience in vulnerability assessments,
encryption solutions, data loss prevention, incident handling and digital forensics. His management experience enables him to easily bridge the gap between technical and management teams. Other specialties David has include: CISSP, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA and GCIA certifications.

How to Get Time Back from Your IT Infrastructure
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Salon 3

Steve Small
VP of Global Field Technical Services, Tintri by DDN

Join us in discovering how you can manage your virtual infrastructure with less time and resources, while delivering a more predictable user experience that is monitored and data driven. Tintri controls each application automatically, so you don’t have to. With the following features. 

  • See inside every Virtual Machine
  • Guarantee Performance for every application. 
  • Speed up development and test cycles. 
  • Recover data in seconds at the VM level. 
  • Automate how you manage and deliver IT services. 
  • And predict what you will need 18 months from now. 

Responsible for the global field technical team, focused on helping customers benefit from the efficiencies that Tintri’s solutions bring to their Virtual Infrastructures. Steve bring 30 years of industry experience to Tintri.  In the past, he has held senior worldwide management positions at NetApp, Commvault, Lucent and Data General.  

Smart Public Safety & Security
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Salon 4

George Sode
Executive Vice President, Johnston Communications

Municipalities across the nation are taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of their communities. Johnston Communications has effectively partnered with IT & Business leaders in the assessment, establishment, deployment, and maintenance of a holistic safety and security plan. A comprehensive solution and technology plan built on a strong network delivers the foundation for all plan components.  Come learn what innovative & cost effective solutions are being deployed by municipalities like yours.  Learn how Johnston has been able to effectively partner with customers to deliver end to end solutions.  Hear what is new in the area of video surveillance, access control emergency notification and unified communications.

George R. Sode is the Executive Vice President of Johnston Communications. He is responsible for sales, business development, customer relations, Large Account Management and Sales leadership role.  In 1999 Johnston was awarded its first of many NJ State Contracts, and George was tasked with growing the business into the GEM ( Government Education Municipal ) Market.  Rising to the challenge, Johnston has grown its customer base in this vertical to become one of the States Leaders. Today with over 1000 State, local, county government, K-12 and higher education customers Johnston continues to excel as one of the premier sales, service and customer relations firms in the State of NJ.

Why Hyperconvergence for the Public Sector?
1:30 – 1:55 pm, Salon 1

Dominic Devore
Regional Sales Associate, Scale Computing

Join Scale Computing to learn how organizations are doing more IT with less infrastructure and less complexity using hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). The hyperconverged experts will discuss why virtualization doesn’t need to be complex, inefficient, or costly when you adopt a modern, innovative architecture. The simplicity, scalability, and high availability of a turn-key infrastructure doesn’t just lower costs, it frees up your own IT experts to work on new projects they haven’t had time for in the past.

Dominic Devore is the Regional Sales Associate in the North East region for Scale Computing. Dominic is responsible for business development, sales, customer service and channel management for New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. He holds a degree from Indiana State University in Accounting and Business

Secure SD-WAN and Cloud
1:30 – 1:55 pm, Salon 2

Adam Eckhard
Manager Sales Engineering, Fortinet

Fortinet – Secure SD-WAN and Cloud Overview Distributed environments/branch locations transitioning to a digital business model are having a significant impact on network WAN. The adoption of cloud services and increasingly mobile work force are accelerating advancements in WAN technologies. With enterprises directly accessing the internet, it’s becoming critical to deploy next-generation security strategies along with enabling multi-path WAN to improve application performance. Fortinet is the only NGFW vendor to provide native SD-WAN along with integrated advanced threat protection. Fortinet, has received the “Recommended” rating for the first ever test conducted by NSS Labs for Software-Defined Wide Area Networking. Fortinet delivered excellent quality of experience for voice and video, high VPN throughput and best price/performance. FortiGate SD-WAN replaces separate WAN routers, WAN optimization, and security devices with a single solution that is application-aware, offers automatic WAN path control and multi-broadband support. It improves application performance, reduces WAN Operating expenses and minimizes management complexity.

Adam Eckhard is a Manager of Systems Engineering with Fortinet responsible for accounts in the North East. He has provided strategic solutions and in depth technical knowledge in order to design, implement and secure enterprise environments across all market segments. Adam joined Fortinet in 2004 and has 20 years of IT experience.

Helping Public Service Staff Do More, FASTER with Technology
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 1

Julia Notar-Francesco
Partnership Executive, SeeClickFix

Delivering public services is hard. There are so many moving parts from receiving and routing requests, to keeping residents in the loop, to creating work orders, to tracking performance, to integrating with existing systems, to collecting the data needed for better decision making. Simply put, sticky notes and one-off emails won’t cut it anymore. This presentation offers a framework of how to enable public service staff with technology. We’ll also explore real-world examples to see how other municipalities have succeeded. Staff wants to work with you – to do more, faster – they just need you to lead the way.

Julia Notar-Francesco is a Partnership Executive at SeeClickFix and loves helping public service staff do more, faster. She has spent the majority of her career in civic tech, gaining experiences in areas such as workflow management, resident communications, and citizen engagement. While helping local governments is her primary job function by day, Julia also enjoys her French Bulldog, Roman, and kickboxing.

Transitioning from Traditional Endpoint Management to Unified Endpoint Management
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 2

Mike Shellenberger
End User Compute Architect & Team Lead, Candoris

Digital Transformation and the challenges of 2019 require us to manage multiple type of devices, platforms, operating systems, and applications across both organization-owned and bring-your-own device computing models. Traditional endpoint management solutions are designed to best support specific operating system platforms; however, maintaining separate siloed management tools for each type of platform/OS isn’t efficient, nor effective – increasing both cost and complexity.  How can we manage Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, iOS/Android endpoints under one platform and deliver the end-user a true digital workspace solution regardless of platform? This is all achievable with the right tools, approach, planning and expertise. In this session we’ll discuss where end-user computing is headed and review highlights of VMware’s solution for digital workspace/UEM, Workspace ONE.

Mike Shellenberger has enjoyed a life-long interest in electronics and computers.  After graduating with a Computer Systems Specialist degree, he took on roles as a Network Administrator in the private sector and as a Systems Administrator in the public sector.  Since joining the Candoris team in 2013 as a Microsoft Field Engineer, Mike has held multiple roles and now serves as a Team Lead and Architect for the End User Compute Team.  In this role, he helps customers design, implement, and learn enterprise software and cloud solutions. His MCSA/MCSE certifications and associated technical expertise have also helped Candoris achieve a Silver-level partnership with Microsoft.

Solving Your Records Management Problems Forever (100% State Compliant!)
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 3

Arthur Staerk
Director, AccuScan

NJ DORES is the State agency in charge of all government records. Recently NJ DORES amended the rules regarding how long paper records must be kept and made it possible to go digital. In this presentation Art Staerk will explain how the changes will save your entity storage space, retrieval time and money while being 100% State compliant.

Arthur Staerk is Director of AccuScan, a company that specializes in all forms of scanning, digital archiving and document management. Started in 1996 AccuScan specializes in serving the scanning and document management needs of the municipal and educational communities. Art is a member of Association for Information & Image Management (AIIM) and is sought out by professional organizations whose member institutions are seeking answers and best practices for Enterprise Content Management. He is certified in capture, retrieval and ECM. AccuScan is a NJ DORES Inspected Vendor. AccuScan has successfully Registered hundreds of New Jersey Government Entities with NJ DORES to ensure compliance with State requirements for record retention and disposition. He holds certificates from Digitech Inc. for training and operation of Image Silo (cloud based) and Paper Vision (premise based) document management software programs. Mr. Staerk has a BS from Temple University and a Master Degree from the University of Arizona. Contact information for Art 609-410-4540 Cell 609-386-6795 Office.

How YOU Can leverage Threat Intelligence to Identify & Combat Targeted Attacks to YOUR network. (Case in Point: DNS tampering per the DHS Emergency Directive 19-01)
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 3

Justin Pennock
Cloud Security Sales Specialist, Cisco

Your security is only as good as the intelligence informing it. But traditional threat intelligence is reactive, basing security on information gathered only after an attack is successfully carried out. With threats increasing in sophistication and speed, you need intelligence that can learn from internet activity patterns, automatically identify attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat, and block those threats before they have the chance to attack your organization. This presentation will discuss the evolving threat landscape that applies to state and local governments as they consider and/or shift to cloud-based infrastructures and direct-to-internet architectures. We will look at how security solutions and intelligence must adapt to this by changing the enforcement points and providing ubiquitous control and visibility. In addition, we will review the January Emergency Directive 19-01 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In January they were tracking a series of incidents involving Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure tampering. We will discuss one of the ways to tell if your agency/organization has been targeted.

Justin has worked with a number of Customers on improving their security posture and accomplishing their security objectives with different solutions ranging from endpoint security to DNS security. He’s had the opportunity to work with incredible teams and great technologies. Exposure to these teams/technologies has allowed him to experience a multitude of strategic initiatives and take part in security design/implementation in almost every sized company/vertical. He currently is a Cybersecurity Sales Specialist with a Cloud Security focus at Cisco.

Pivot3 Presentation
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 4

Pivot3 builds simple, intelligent and automated hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support any workload, any datacenter initiative and any IT environment, whether on-premise, edge or cloud. Powered by the industry’s only Intelligence Engine, Pivot3 eliminates resource contention, automates data and workload mobility, prioritizes resources to your most important workloads and lets you consolidate them on a single platform with confidence. Pivot3 also helps municipalities be safer through smarter infrastructure. Pivot3 allows for the consolidation of video management, IoT data collection, video and data analytics and storage, access control and other related Safe and Smart City applications onto a single, simple-to-deploy, easy-to-manage hyperconverged infrastructure.

The Cyber Risk Paradox
2:00 – 2:25 pm, Salon 4

Jeff Schwartz, CISSP
VP, North American Engineering, Check Point Software

Technology’s primary purpose is to enhance the human experience: optimizing performance, increasing efficiency, solving problems more quickly. At the same time, “winter is coming”, the next cyber-pearl harbor is on the horizon. These conflicting hard trends demonstrate a clear and present challenge for organizations. Inching us closer to instability, we have some that have accepted “breach fatigue” while at the same time there is pressure for greater regulation (GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act). If we accept the idea that regulatory compliance is the lowest common denominator for true security control, how can organizations truly reduce risk while enhancing the human experience?

Jeff Schwartz, CISSP, is Vice President of North America Engineering at Check Point, where he manages all aspects of technical operations and resources for the company in the region. Jeff manages a team of over 200 engineers across multi-disciplinary fields and is responsible for all security engineering resources across a $1 billion business. Over his 20-year career in cybersecurity, Jeff has consulted, designed and overseen the implementation of the largest network security deployments within every major vertical throughout both the Fortune 500 and major government agencies.

Open Data vs. Privacy
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Lecture Suite

Brian Platt
Business Administrator, City of Jersey City

Randy Solomon
Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

In the age of vast information availability and growing privacy concerns, the opportunities provided by open data are met with equal privacy, availability and retention considerations. As stakeholder demand for open government and information increases, many public entities strive for open government but are not sure how to navigate its challenges. In this session, the Business Administrator of a city focused on open data initiatives and a nonprofit executive who champions the concept will share their experiences, best practices and lessons learned with attendees.

Brian Platt is the Business Administrator for Jersey City, NJ.  The position is similar to the role of Chief Operating Officer but for a city government. He was previously the Chief Innovation Officer for Jersey City, NJ and helped create the Jersey City Office of Innovation in 2015 (thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies). The office focuses on addressing Jersey City’s most complex challenges utilizing a data driven, collaborative, community based approach to problem solving.  Major projects include initiatives seeking to better support small businesses and mitigating local flooding and pollution of waterways through better storm water management. Brian previously worked for McKinsey & Company and as a kindergarten teacher with Teach For America. Brian completed his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University. Brian was recently included on the “Traeger List” as one of the top 100 local government leaders in the United States in 2017 and 2018, as well as the INSIDER NJ 2018 list of top 100 millennials in New Jersey government and politics.

Randall Solomon has 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the non-profit sector. He is one of the principals that founded and directs the Sustainable Jersey Certification program. Prior to his current position he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon’s experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. Randy holds a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University. 

Current Topics with Criminal Justice Information
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Salon 1

Captain Denman Powers
IT Bureau Chief, NJ State Police

This session will update attendees on current status and potential changes to the usage of cloud storage by PDs for Criminal Justice Information (CJI) and non-CJI material, preferred backup practices and best practices for security audits.

Captain Denman Powers has served the New Jersey State Police for over 18 years. His experience with cyber security, data protection and cyber crime investigation lends a wealth of knowledge to the public sector community in the state.

Best Practices for Municipal Websites
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Salon 2

Jeff Grosser
Health Officer, Municipality of Princeton

Bob McQueen
Systems Analyst – Special Projects, Municipality of Princeton

How many hits does your website get per day?  Is it time to get a fresh, new user-friendly website?  Today, with the proliferation of mobile devices, visiting websites is even easier to do, not to mention how it opens a whole new issue of how a site is viewed on a mobile device. So no matter the purpose of your site, assuming its public and you have a goal of getting others to visit it, it’s critical to have a well-designed, fully functional website that provides a positive user experience and accomplishes your goals. Content Matters. What information are your visitors looking for?  This session will be presented by a town that has recently undertaken this process, and what they learned along the way.  What worked and what didn’t work.

Jeff Grosser is the Assistant Administrator and New Jersey licensed Health Officer for the Municipality of Princeton. After spending nearly a decade working exclusively in public health for a county health agency and municipal department, Jeff has expanded his professional attention to the field of public administration. During his tenure in Princeton, Jeff has spearheaded the successful achievement of national public health national accreditation for the Princeton Health Department and the overhaul of the municipal website. He provides daily oversight of Health Department, Information Technology and Access Princeton. Prior to his work in local and county government, Jeff served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and as Assistant Coach for the Johns Hopkins University men’s soccer team. Jeff utilizes his coaching experience to push government services into a friendly competitive atmosphere and by using performance management and quality improvement to improve customer service. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Bob began working for the Municipality of Princeton in 1998 and has worked in different capacities, starting as a 911 Operator, then taking over as Chief Information Officer, and most recently Systems Analyst – Special Projects. He oversaw the consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township in 2013 into one town known as Princeton.  Bob serves on the NJ GMIS Tec Foundation as President, and participate on the NJ GMIS Board.  He is also President Elect for GMIS International, where he has served as treasurer, Conference Chair, and now President Elect. Bob earned his Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) designation through the University of North Carolina School of Government in 2009.   

Re-imagining the Librarian In the Digital Age
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Salon 3

Erica Bess
Assistant Director, Princeton Public Library

Kim Dorman
Community Outreach Coordinator, Princeton Public Library

Learn how today’s public libraries are helping people to explore high-quality information, build literacy skills, enjoy a variety of cultural experiences, discover new technologies, and participate in civic discussions in order to promote a more engaged and connected community.

Erica Bess is Assistant Director at Princeton Public Library, where she oversees public services, collection management, staff development, and special projects. Prior to joining PPL in 2011, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She received a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2007.

Kim Dorman is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Princeton Public Library, Associate Festival Director of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and is certified as a Consumer Health Information Specialist through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


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