An experienced technology leader, Carolyn Parnell was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Minnesota. Among her leadership roles as State CIO, she is the commissioner of MN.IT Services.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Carolyn was the Chief Operating Officer for Information Technology Services for the Minnesota System of Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the nation.
Carolyn brings a wealth of IT management experience to the State, having also held leadership positions at Minnesota Public Radio/America Public Media, Fidelity National Information Systems and the University of Minnesota. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Liberal Arts for the Human Services at the University of Minnesota-Morris and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Ed Valencia, Chief Technology Officer, oversees technology development for the agency and the enterprise. This program area combines development of architecture, technical standards and oversight, and responsibilities for application development and management.
Ed served first as Technology Director and later as CIO for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). His achievements include the modernization of mission-critical applications such as the Unemployment Insurance system and Minnesota Job Bank, and the integration of all Workforce Investment Board case management systems and implementation of cutting-edge applications such as a customer relationship management (CRM) system. His experience in business planning and leadership, IT management, and procurement enterprise contribute to his success as the CTO for the State of Minnesota.
Christopher Buse is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, Chris is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government.
Chris served as the Manager of Information Technology Audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, Chris planned and oversaw information technology audit work done on large government computer systems. He also provided state-of-the-art technology tools and training for audit professionals. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Chris is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. He also sits on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) International Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee, and has held numerous Board of Director positions in the Minnesota Chapter. Chris was awarded the 2008 Security Professional of the Year by the Information Systems Security Association's Minnesota Chapter.
Cathy de Moll is responsible for internal and external organizational planning, department communications and the marketing strategy for IT services.
Cathy brings over 30 years of marketing and communications experience in the private sector to MN.IT Services. Her positions have included president and founder of a marketing and special events firm, TBT International, Inc., president of OnlineClass Inc., and director of Public Relations for Minnesota Public Radio. Cathy has worked for the State of Minnesota since 2001, first as Director of Education Initiatives for the Office of Technology, then as Communications Manager for the Drive to Excellence, before joining MN.IT Services.
Jesse Oman is the MN.IT Assistant Commissioner for Projects & Initiatives. In his role, Jesse leads a team that handles the centralized project management office as well as application development.
Jesse brings more than 14 years of IT leadership experience to the State of Minnesota. Prior to his position with MN.IT Services, he served as the vice president overseeing application development and the Project Management Office (PMO) for BioScrip, a home healthcare solutions company. Jesse also worked as a vice president for Deutsche Asset Management where he managed sales technology, internet and reporting projects for the North American region. Jesse earned his Masters in Science Information Systems with an emphasis in Software Engineering from DePaul University in 2005. He is also a graduate of Knox College with degrees in biochemistry and psychology. He is a certified PMI project manager.
As Human Resources Director for MN.IT Services, Chad directs and manages a division that supports 2,100 employees in 22 agency-based offices and more than 90 physical locations around the State of Minnesota.
Chad began working for the State in 1994 as a Finance Specialist in the Minnesota House of Representatives processing payroll and business expenses for legislators and staff. Three years later he moved to the Assistant Director position with the Legislative Coordinating Commission where he managed the payroll and HR functions, assisted in the development and maintenance of the Legislative Plan for Employee Policies and Benefits and led other HR-related activities during his nine-year tenure. In 2006, he moved into the State Compensation Manager position where he provided leadership and management of the State of Minnesota's classification and compensation program, participated in the negotiations of the state’s employment contracts, and revised and maintained the compensation plans for unrepresented staff.
Chad holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Tu leads MN.IT’s management of financial accounts and obligations, including budgets, billing and asset management, and Administrative Services.
Tu joined MN.IT after 20 years of leadership in the finance and development areas at Minnesota Public Radio. While there, he drove planning and forecasting efforts for the organization on local and national levels. A champion of the rolling forecast and other revenue models such as cost-allocation modeling, Tu has also worked on special projects, including business development and acquisitions. Prior to joining MPR, Tu worked with the Internal Revenue Service. He is a former member of the Institute of Business Forecasting and served on the board of the Vietnamese Broadcasting Association of Minnesota.