Elise is a software engineer level 2 for the development department of BIT. Elise’s day-to-day responsibilities include the primary support of several DOT applications. She originally created BIT’s Application Portfolio Management system which is used to track information about BIT’s 800+ custom applications. Elise was one of the first BIT developers to incorporate responsive web pages. This allows the displayed website to auto-resize depending on the viewing device (desktop, tablet, phone, etc.).
Gary Goeden has been with the State of South Dakota for 30 years. He is the Point of Contact for Department of Human Services, Department of Social Services, and the Office of the Governor. He keeps current on the agencies’ key processes, critical applications, and active projects. The state agencies he assists and the BIT PMO team value his expertise and professionalism.
Bryan Dockter has been with the state for 30 years. When he arrived at the state, Bryan worked in BOA delivering materials and mail. His diligence and attention to detail and delivery schedules brought him quickly to the attention of the computer room management who offered him a position. It wasn’t long before Bryan was a Third Shift Supervisor in the Computer Room, a position he would hold for more than ten years until moving to the position of Production Control Supervisor on the day shift. After a few years on the day shift, Bryan was invited to move into the mainframe security world as a RACF (for those of you whose geek roots don’t reach as far back as the mainframe, RACF is the Resource Access Control Facility for the mainframe) and door security administrator. Bryan remains in that position today, performing an important set of security and access functions for our clients and his co-workers.
Roger Reed has also been with the State of South Dakota for 30 years! He was first hired as one of the first PC employees in the state working on PC programming. Eventually, Roger landed in the Standards group which he says has proved to be quite a challenge. Today Roger is a Network Security Engineer. Rogers’s duties at BIT include helping out with daily cell phone issues and work requests. He also keeps the Incident Response Document up-to-date and is a valued member working to rewrite the BIT policy documents. Thank you, Gary, Brian and Roger, on your 30 years of dedication and commitment to the State of South Dakota! Keep up the great work!
In honor of these individuals’ outstanding performance and dedication to the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, state government and the citizens of South Dakota, we gladly recognize them for their high standards of excellence in their duties.
Kristina, Ki, Carrie and Nic, we thank you for all you do to improve state technology services – you all make a difference!
|Ki Weingart, Data Center (top left); Nick Penning, Telecommunications (top right);
Carrie Tschetter, Administration (bottom left); Kristina Cottingham, Development (bottom right)
Kristina Cottingham – Development
Kristina is a Software Engineer II for the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications Development Team 2. She has 16 months of service with the State of South Dakota in this field. Kristina graduated from Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
She has been completing her Master’s Degree online and will be graduating with it this May. Kristina has been assigned the project lead on several technology upgrade projects. She successfully completed the AG40 Campfire Database system for the Department of Agriculture WildLand Fire Division and received praise from the clients on her work. Kristina has also been working on the PS16 Video Request system for the Department of Public Safety that will streamline the processing of Highway Patrol videos.
In addition, Kristina is working on multiple systems within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources FoxPro conversion project. She has excellent organizational skills and always likes to have a full plate of tasks to stay busy. Kristina possesses excellent communication and people skills to go along with her outstanding technical skills. She collaborates and interacts well with co-workers in team environments to insure the success of projects. She also has the unique ability of understanding and meeting client needs when interacting with them while efficiently meeting the objectives and goals of BIT.
Ki Weingart – Data Center
Ki is a technology engineer for BIT and has worked for the State of South Dakota helping to satisfy our clients’ needs for 36 years! He came to Pierre in 1978 to work for a private firm. Eventually Ki started working with Alan Peterson and Jim Dickson as the first DBA’s for BIT back when it was called: Central Data Processing.
Ki has worked on a lot of projects during his career. He’s supported every mainframe disaster recovery drill, countless client application walkthroughs and implementations, trouble-shooting events, and countless late night calls from Operators calling him to fix Abends after hours. His current duties include ADABAS, Natural, Trim, Auditre, and backup support for WebMethods, EntireX and Natural Engineer.
Over his years with the state Ki has been a positive, helpful team player always willing to assist anyone with a need he can support.
Carrie Tschetter – Administration
Carrie has been recognized for her high standards of excellence in project management and customer advocacy.
Carrie is a member of the Project Management Office. She is the Point of Contact for four state government agencies: Department of Revenue, Department of Military, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Public Utilities Commission. Carrie is able to provide her top notch customer service to state agencies due to her previous experience as a client of BIT. She came to BIT about a year ago from the Department of Revenue (DOR) bringing with her twenty years of service to the State of South Dakota.
Since joining BIT, Carrie has actively participated in several activities to learn about the services BIT provides our client agencies. As a Point of Contact, Carrie has taken an active role in project meetings for her assigned state agencies. The DVA is in the process of building a new VA home in Hot Springs. To address DVA I/T concerns, Carrie participated in two trips to visit the new VA Home with BIT LAN Services and Network Technology staff. Through working on the VA home project, she found that the State Engineers’ Office was not including the recommended I/T clauses in their contracts. She has also assumed a more active project leader role for several DOR projects. During a recent cyber security tabletop exercise with DOR, Carrie was instrumental with assisting in the planning and successful execution of the joint project.
Carrie can translate the technology jargon for agency clients. She also has become an asset to the PMO team by contributing her past experience and her current research on specific topics. She has added a dimension to BIT workgroup discussions by providing her input based upon an agency client’s viewpoint. When the PMO team needed assistance to manage a few projects, Carrie volunteered to manage the BIT SDPB Audio Webcasting project, serve as the PMO representative on the Classic .asp rewrite work group, and participate in an incident notification review.
Nic Penning – Telecommunications
Nic is a Technology Engineer and a valued member of BIT’s security team. He spends a majority of his time analyzing information security threats which aids in hardening the defense of the State of South Dakota’s network infrastructure.
“What I find most interesting about information security is malware and everything in its related nature. I find it fun reversing binaries and trying to figure what the malicious applications do.”
Nic is originally from Hulett, Wyoming just 10 miles from the Devils Tower National monument. He grew up building and fixing computers starting at the age of 10 for his father’s company, Double Star Computing. After high school he attended Gillette College in Wyoming and received his associates in Computer Information Systems, while competing on the collegiate cross country and track team. Nic continued his education at Dakota State University with the opportunity to not only obtain a fun Computer and Network Security Degree, but also competed in the full marathon at the national collegiate level. His second year at Dakota State yielded many accomplishments such as the Cyber Corp Scholarship for Service opportunity and a summer internship working for BIT.
“After my first ever day in Pierre, I knew right away that this was a great place to live. The first thing I did once I arrived was went for a 10 mile run by the river, and I knew that if the people here were as nice as the run I had, then this was going to be a great summer, in which it ultimately was.”
Nic completed his education at Dakota State University graduating with a Master’s Degree in Information Assurance with a Specialization in Cyber Security.
Some of Nic’s recent accomplishments include statewide Nessus vulnerability scanning; this is part of a larger project to map out the security vulnerabilities statewide and put together a more comprehensive plan to reduce the attack surface. He also worked on the IDS upgrade, including hardware and system software upgrade. This allows the state to support 10Gbps throughput at the IDS level. It brings additional capabilities like the ability to check files for malware on the wire. Finally, Nic has had a part in the installation of a security sandbox to reverse malicious code, engineering a solution to shut down automatically executing office files, and volunteering to present to the point of contacts regarding security.
Again, congratulations and thank you all for your efforts and for all the years of dedication of service to the State—BIT looks forward to many more!
A group of BIT employees took a step toward a healthier lifestyle with the Biggest Loser 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge. This round of BIT’s Biggest Loser challenge was scored on total percentage of weight lost and consisted of 13 BIT employees:
- Andy Ogan
- Apryl Conley
- Bobbi Huck
- Brandy McBride
- Brian Oakland
- Dan Maxfield
- Denny Nincehelser
- Dino Brooks
- Ellen Ludemann
- JC Conley
- Jeff Pierce
- Lindsay Beckwith (DSS)
- Ryan Ogan
- Todd Hansen (BHR)
- Twyla Millin
For many, the challenge included increasing their exercise, creating healthier eating habits and surrounding themselves with others working toward the same goal. Weight loss can be difficult, and each day we are faced with real-life temptation that we have to overcome. BIT is extremely proud of these individuals who took on the challenge—congratulations to each and every one of you!
BIT’s Biggest Loser was…(drumroll, please)… DINO BROOKS! Dino lost a total of 16.36% of his weight and gained $200 in his pocket! Below are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers as well as their percentage lost and money earned.
2nd Place: Ryan Ogan, -10.38%, +$80
3rd Place: Denny Nincehelser, -10.37%, +$40
4th Place: Jeff Pierce, -5.96%, +$20
Congratulations to you all and best of luck continuing on with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle!
*A special thanks goes out to Brandy McBride for organizing and running the competition for BIT!*
BIT recognizes staff in honor of their outstanding performance and dedication to our agency, state government and the citizens of South Dakota. Below is a list of those BIT employees that were recognized for longevity in the month of January. Congratul…
Ryan Ogan has joined the BIT Project Management Office! As a project manager, Ryan will be responsible for overseeing and directing projects to ensure they are carried out and completed effectively using advanced project management methods.
Born and raised in Pierre, he and his wife, Nicole, moved back after graduating from Black Hills State University—eleven years later they are still here, now with the addition of two sons. Ryan has worked in I/T for over 15 years in many capacities from desktop support, server/systems administration, networking/network security to project management. He recently left the SD Board of Regents to join the BIT team after working there for over 10 years. Because of its ever changing tendencies, there is rarely a dull moment in the field of I/T which is why Ryan enjoys it so much.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, riding motorcycles and trying to keep tabs on professional football. He has been a diehard Washington Redskins fan for many years.
All of BIT looks forward to working beside you and getting to know you better. Welcome to the team, Ryan!
In 2010, Kari Stulken was among fifteen other executive staff selected to participate in the State of South Dakota’s Leadership Development Program Cohort #6. Throughout each leadership program cohort, participants complete five graduate level courses to earn the South Dakota Government Leadership certificate through the University of South Dakota. After earning her leadership certificate in 2011, Kari chose to continue on the path for a master’s degree. This goal required an additional seven graduate level courses, lots of studying in the evenings, and several term papers. The courses she took on her own were offered online through USD’s graduate school. Others from BIT that have completed the program in the past include Tony Rae and Deanne Booth.
Kari obtained the Executive Master in Public Administration degree this month during the University of South Dakota’s winter commencement exercises. Kari greatly appreciates all the support and encouragement her coworkers, family, and friends provided her during her journey to accomplish her goal.
Kari is the manager of the Project Management Office in Pierre. Her main duties include supervising the diverse staff assigned to the PMO team as well as managing select technology projects.
Capital University Center has recently begun offering hybrid courses in Pierre for both the Executive Master in Public Administration and Master in Science Administrative Studies degrees. Please contact the CUC at 773-2160 for more information.