IT Modernization and Transformation Forum
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IT Modernization and Transformation Forum

September 1st, 2021 9:00am EST   ON24

As innovative digital technologies such as the Cloud, artificial intelligence and others grow in importance, federal organizations must evolve their information technology (IT) systems to be robust, agile and reliable. As such, the Department of Energy (DOE) is enacting significant initiatives aimed at modernizing and transforming its IT infrastructure.

During GovConWire’s IT Modernization and Transformation Forum, influential federal and industry officials will meet to discuss  cybersecurity systems, data modernization goals and IT transformation strategies. 

Featuring Ann Dunkin, chief information officer of the Department of Energy, as keynote speaker. Dunkin will discuss her IT modernization strategy, goals, plans and priorities for the DOE. Join our event to learn more about the DOE’s IT modernization and digital transformation efforts and how commercial industry can help.

  • Jonathan Alboum
    Jonathan Alboum -
    Federal CTO and Principal Digital Strategist, ServiceNow

    Jonathan Alboum is the Federal CTO and Principal Digital Strategist for the Federal Government at ServiceNow. In this role, Jonathan works with federal agencies to deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity. Before joining ServiceNow, Jonathan was the Public Sector CTO for Veritas Technologies. Previously, Jonathan held a variety of senior executive positions in the federal government. His Federal government tenure includes serving as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he led the development of USDA’s IT Modernization strategy, including Cloud computing, network modernization, and enhanced information security protections for a $3 billion annual technology spend. In addition, he served as a leader in USDA’s Acquisition community, supporting the oversight, assessment, and strategic planning of an acquisition portfolio of more than 70,000 awards, worth $6 billion annually. Jonathan also worked at GSA as the Associate CIO for Enterprise Governance and Planning and led the creation of GSA's consolidated IT organization. He began his federal career at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), where he served as Deputy CIO and CIO. Before government, Jonathan worked as a management consultant for both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ventera Corporation. Jonathan earned a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Jonathan lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and three children. He enjoys practicing yoga, watching the Yankees, listening to Bruce Springsteen.

  • Luis Coronado
    Luis Coronado -
    Executive Director, Information Technology Services Office [ITSO], U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    Luis Coronado Jr. serves as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Operations (ITOPS) Directorate within the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). As Executive Director, Mr. Coronado is responsible for providing secure, reliable, and redundant Information Technology support to the Department and to the Management Directorate, which includes approximately 12,000 personnel located in offices across the country with more than 30 major sites across the National Capital Region. He manages a staff of more than 150 federal employees and several hundred contractors with a budget exceeding $400 million per year. Mr. Coronado previously served as OCIO’s Acting Executive Director for ITOPS. His prior experience included serving as OCIO Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Acting CISO, where he enhanced, updated, and improved the Department's cybersecurity defense. He oversaw the Enterprise Security Operations Center and Security Engineering, ensured compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act implementation of the Supply Chain Risk Management Program, and supervised facilitation of the DHS High Value Asset Program and other congressional mandates. Mr. Coronado came to DHS from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where he served as the Chief Security Architect/Deputy CISO for the Cybersecurity Directorate in the Office of Information Technology. He was primarily responsible for advancing CBP’s cybersecurity architecture as part of the modernization and migration of workloads to the cloud. His tasks included developing the cloud security technical target baseline and providing strategic direction on information system security. He worked with CBP, DHS, and other federal agencies and industry partners on policy implementation and interfaces as they relate to CBP information security policies, issues, and products. Before joining CBP, Mr. Coronado worked at the Defense Security Service, where he managed the alternate data center operations and the standup of the Systems Engineering Branch. Prior to joining civil service, he was a senior systems engineer providing professional services for the implementation of complex and innovative automated information systems. Mr. Coronado served eight years in the U.S. Air Force, where he focused on the Security Forces and Cyber Systems Operation fields. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information and computer science/network security from Park University, a master’s degree in cyber and information security from Capitol Technology University, and numerous industry-recognized technology certifications.

  • Ann Dunkin
    Ann Dunkin -
    CIO, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    Ann Dunkin was most recently the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer focused on state and local government at Dell Technologies. Prior to that, she was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the County of Santa Clara. Dunkin served in the Obama Administration as CIO of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, she was the Chief Technology Officer for the Palo Alto Unified School District, after a long career at Hewlett Packard in a variety of leadership roles focused on Engineering, Research & Development, IT, Manufacturing Engineering, Software Quality and Operations. Dunkin is a published author, most recently of the book Industrial Digital Transformation, and a speaker on the topics of government technology modernization, digital transformation and organizational development. Dunkin was named one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016, one of DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology for 2015 and 2016, and to StateScoop's Top 50 Women in Technology list for 2017. In 2018, she was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Dunkin holds an M.S. and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Washington.

  • Nathan Jones
    Nathan Jones -
    VP, Federal- Public Sector, Red Hat

    As VP of Federal Sales for the Public Sector Business Unit, Nathan is responsible for leading a team dedicated to the development of business within the US Federal Government. Nathan joined Red Hat in 2003, shortly after the release of its key offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and was tasked to grow the Federal Government Business Unit's revenue from beyond an early $2 Million mark. Today under Nathan's leadership and vision, the business unit is one of the highest grossing verticals within Red Hat, contributing to the corporation’s record $3 Billion in annual revenue. Red Hat is the leading provider of enterprise open source software from operating system and virtualization to middleware and storage. As a steward in open source in Government, Jones brings a vast amount of open source industry experience and knowledge on the technologies and partners relevant to the US Government marketplace. Before joining Red Hat, Nathan held sales and marketing roles at both Mercury Interactive Corporation (now part of HP) and EMC Corporation. Nathan actively participates in Federal industry associations; specifically serving as a recent President and Executive Advisory Council Chair of AFCEA DC. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Maryland at College Park. Originally from Rhode Island; Jones now resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two young children.

  • Valerie Noble
    Valerie Noble -
    Application and Information Manager for the Nuclear Deterrence Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Valerie has been serving Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 1987, spending most of her career supporting LLNL’s nuclear deterrence mission. She is currently responsible for establishing vision and direction for the selection, deployment, and use of all mission-specific information management systems, applications supporting mission operations, and their associated database services. This includes both Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) as well as custom software solutions. She also serves as the liaison between the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), LLNL, and other NNSA-managed sites that comprise the Nuclear Security Enterprise to ensure software solutions meet NNSA-driven expectations and requirements.

  • Deborah Stephens
    Deborah Stephens -
    Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Deborah Stephens is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she is the principal advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is responsible for managing day-to-day OCIO operations, and has significant oversight on IT stabilization and modernization efforts. Ms. Stephens guides continual improvements in IT delivery at the USPTO for maximum value to all stakeholders. Ms. Stephens has served the USPTO for over 25 years in multiple leadership roles. Prior to joining the Office of the CIO (OCIO), she was the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Patent Information Management (OPIM) and provided strategic direction and administration on matters related to the improvement and enhancement of electronic end-to-end processing of patent applications. While in this role, Ms. Stephens worked collaboratively with the CIO and other executive stakeholders across the agency to increase and improve the automated tools and informational resources that facilitate patent examination, the technical processing of patent applications, and automation training for Patents employees. Ms. Stephens received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from The George Washington University.

  • Robert Vojtik
    Robert Vojtik -
    Executive Director, IT Operations, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

    Mr. Robert (Bob) Vojtik became the Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Operations for the Office of Information Technology in December 2019, serving in the acting capacity since February 2019. In this role, Vojtik is responsible for providing, operating, maintaining, and supporting secure IT and communications to all TSA employees around the globe, and planning, developing, and implementing enterprise capabilities to ensure successful support of IT services to meet TSA’s counterterrorism mission. Prior to assuming this role, Vojtik joined TSA and served as the Director of End User Services in TSA/IT from December 2013, where he was responsible for IT and communications support to all TSA employees around the globe, overseeing telecommunications services, help desk and on-site support, IT and communication device distribution, and software management. Before joining TSA, Vojtik served 25 years in the Marine Corps in the Signals Intelligence, Data Systems, and Command and Control (C2) career fields. Upon retirement, he was the Chief of the Operations / Joint C2 Support Division for the Joint Staff Support Center, Defense Information Systems Agency. In this role, he led the team that provided 24x7 worldwide maintenance and Tiers I & II support of Joint command and control systems, supporting 30,000 users at over 600 locations. Vojtik graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Computer Science.

  • 9:00am - 9:05am EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:05am - 9:40am EST

    Keynote Address- Ann Dunkin, CIO, U.S. DOE

  • 9:40am - 10:40am EST

    Panel Discussion-Digital Transformation and Cyber Resiliency: How is it imperative to start with a secure foundation to successfully transform?

  • 10:40am - 10:45am EST

    Closing Remarks

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