2013 Speaker Biographies

Deborah Behr

Chief Assistant Attorney General and Regulations Attorney, Alaska Department of Law

Deborah Behr is the Regulations Attorney for the State of Alaska. She has been in this position since 1991. She has primary approval authority for all state regulations under the Alaska Administrative Procedure Act. She prepares the Drafting Manual for Administrative Regulations. She is available for consultations on complex regulations questions. She testifies before the legislature on regulatory matters. She is considered an expert in regulation research and history.

Jayne Friedland Holland

Chief Security Officer & Associate General Counsel, NIC

Ms. Friedland Holland is chief security officer and associate general counsel and oversees NIC’s security management program. She is a frequent speaker on security trends, best practices is eGovernment security, and how to build an effective security management program.

Kenneth A. Hansen

Director, Division of Administrative Rules, State of Utah

Kenneth A. Hansen is the Director of Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules.  He was appointed as Director in 1993.  Throughout his years in public service, he has focused his efforts on public access to government information with an emphasis on accessibility of regulatory information.  In 1994, Utah became one of the first states in the nation to post administrative rules online and make them available free of charge.  That same year, Utah also began accepting electronic filings from rulewriting agencies.  Automation efforts culminated in 2001 and 2009 that gave the division greater flexibility to repackage regulatory information for electronic distribution.  In 2007, the Division implemented a method for authenticating electronic materials posted on its web site.

Ken is an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section.  In 2000, Ken completed a two-year term as ACR President.  From 2004 through spring 2009, Ken represented ACR as an official observer at the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Model State Administrative Procedure Act (MSAPA) drafting committee meetings.  In 2011, Ken served as the ACR summer conference program committee chair for the West Virginia conference even though budget restrictions precluded his attendance.  He currently serves as a member of the ACR Executive Committee for the Mountain West region.

From 2000 through 2009, Ken taught Administrative Law as an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at the University of Utah in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Ken has Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration degree, all from the University of Utah.

Suzanne Jorgensen

Director of Operations & Marketing, Oregon NIC

In her role as Director of Operations & Marketing, Ms. Jorgensen works with Oregon government agencies to identify opportunities to leverage the state’s E-Government Program to implement new online services for Oregonians.  Managing the design and project management teams to see these projects through completion, her focus is on delivering cutting edge, usable web services that meet the needs of citizens and businesses while streamlining operations and creating cost savings for agencies.

Ms. Jorgensen brings 8 years of experience as a marketing, communications and development professional to her current role.  She has worked with government agencies including county, state and Federal agencies, technology and life sciences companies, non-profits and services firms.

John Hyrum Martinez

State Records Administrator and Director of the State Records Center, New Mexico

John Hyrum Martinez was appointed by the Commission of Public Records to be State Records Administrator and the Director of the State Records Center and Archives in 2011.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in History with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University and his Master of Arts in U.S. History, with a focus on the American Southwest from the University of Texas at Austin.  He became a Certified Archivist in 2010.  Mr. Martinez has been with the State Records Center and Archives for 13 years during which time he has served as an Archivist, the Director of the Administrative Law Division, and the State Records Administrator. He is the immediate past president of ACR.

Scott Meriwether

Alaska Administrative Code Coordinator, Alaska Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Scott Meriwether is the Alaska Administrative Code Coordinator. He has been in this position since 2010. He coordinates the filing functions of regulations in the Alaska Office of the Lieutenant Governor. He works directly with the publisher in ensuring that the Alaska Administrative Code is printed timely and correctly. He handles the Alaska Online Public Notice System on which regulation notices are published. He interfaces with the Administrative Regulation Review Committee of the Alaska State Legislature to ensure that copies of new regulations are promptly distributed to the committee.

Aaron Morse

Consulting Engineer, Founder and Manager of Catapult Consulting, Anchorage Alaska

A former employee of Next Computer Inc. and twenty-year veteran of the software technologies that make up the iPhone, Aaron has been honored to have participated in a moment of history.

NeXT Computer, Inc. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeXT) was founded in 1986 by Steve Jobs. The web was invented on a NeXT computer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web). Aaron joined NeXT Computer in 1989 which he stayed through the acquisition by Apple Computer in 1996. Aaron contributed to the first generation of The Apple Store. In 1999, Aaron decided to leave Apple. He has since provided consulting engineering services in energy (BP), healthcare, finance, commerce, and to many startups. He also returned to Apple for about two years and provided server-side engineering to the iTunes team (for iPhoto and Aperture).

Aaron is a successful entrepreneur. Aaron began mobile/iOS development in 2008, prior to the launch of The App Store. He had apps on The App Store on the launch day. In 2009 Aaron was one of three founders that created Catapult Consulting, Alaska’s largest and most successful, exclusively mobile development company. Catapult has had many highly successful titles including achieving #1 on The App Store (Tap Defense). Catapult has grown at a rate of almost 100% year to year every year since its founding.

Over his career, Aaron has held both technical and non-technical positions in most facets of the software industry, including being CIO for a $3.5 billion dollar mortgage company for several years.

Aaron brings creativity and passion to everything he does.

Since this spring, Aaron is an employee of Intel where he is helping to define the future.

Douglas ‘Doug’ Robinson

Executive Director, NASCIO

Doug Robinson serves as Executive Director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Representing state CIOs and information technology executives, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs. Robinson is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including planning, policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances and committee oversight. He is a frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO issues, state CIOs, IT policy and emerging trends. He represents NASCIO on several national boards, committees and advisory groups. His career spans over 30 years in state government, higher education and public sector IT consulting.

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