Features Region: Midwest

Paul Gerndt – City of Wyoming  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Paul Gerndt, the director of information technology for the City of Wyoming, Michigan, is a beacon of innovation and strategic leadership within the city’s technological landscape. With a wealth of experience and a visionary approach, Gerndt has spearheaded numerous projects and initiatives to ensure the IT department’s continuity and success for years.  Recognizing the evolving […]

Eric Tenfelde – City of Chicago

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The IT director of a major American city plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning and advancement of technology systems and services within the city’s infrastructure. This demanding position requires a deep understanding of various technologies, including software and hardware systems, cybersecurity measures, network infrastructure and data management. Luckily for the City of […]

Donnita Weeks – City of Bowling Green, KY 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Donnita Weeks, the director of information technology at the City of Bowling Green, KY, rose to the challenge and was an important figure in safeguarding the city’s technological landscape, particularly during the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that struck the region in late 2021. Her unwavering commitment to preparedness, safety and accessibility has ensured the […]

Tarunjeet Mann – Lockton 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The stakes were high when Tarunjeet “TJ” Mann oversaw online security at Children’s Mercy Kansas City from 2017 to 2022. The stakes might even be higher since he took on a similar role across town at Lockton.  Lockton is the world’s largest independent insurance brokerage, active in over 125 countries. There’s more for hackers to […]

Alina Walters – City of Lakewood 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The chief information officer for a large city oversees the technology infrastructure and digital strategy that drives the city’s operations and services. With a deep understanding of a bustling metropolis’s unique challenges, the CIO works closely with various departments to leverage technology solutions that enhance efficiency, boost cybersecurity, and improve the overall community experience.   Alina […]

Kader Sakkaria – StudentUplift 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For many young people, college—especially their first year—can be as stressful as it is exhilarating. They’re often immersed in a perfect storm of living away from home, adjusting to different eating and sleeping habits, establishing new relationships and under pressure to perform academically while avoiding the pitfalls of their newfound independence.   The American College Health […]

Roshy Francis – GE Healthcare 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Picture this: a person is out for a routine morning stroll when they suddenly collapse from a heart attack. They are rushed to the nearest hospital and are admitted to the intensive care unit. As the person’s condition worsened, it became apparent that multiple care teams would be needed to save their life.   This person’s […]

Evan OBranovic – Traverse City Area Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In today’s fast-paced world, technology plays a crucial role in education, providing students with the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age. Evan OBranovic, the executive director of technology for Traverse City Area Public Schools, understands the importance of standardizing technology across the district and ensuring equal access for all students. […]

Mike Cappetta – Northwest Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike Cappetta had been chief technology officer for Northwest Bank for about 18 months when he was offered the opportunity to become chief data officer in December 2022. For almost 35 years, Cappetta managed technology, projects and strategy in the banking and finance industries at giants including Price Waterhouse, U.S. Bank and Citibank. So, he […]

Craig McBeath – City of Bloomington

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Craig McBeath earned a promotion to director of information technology for the City of Bloomington, Illinois, just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And his first task was keeping the city’s services up and running as the whole country was shutting down. Located in central Illinois, roughly two hours southwest of Chicago, Bloomington is home to […]

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