Board of Directors

IPMA is governed by a 12-person Board of Directors. The Board holds a monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month and holds an annual planning meeting. The current chair and members of the Board are listed below.

Name / Office Agency Phone
Scott West, Chair
(Term expires Dec. 2022)
WA Department of Ecology (360) 515-8593
Heidi GeathersVice-Chair
(Term expires Dec. 2023)
WA Department of Revenue (360) 534-1615
Matt Modarelli, Secretary/Treasurer
(Term expires Dec. 2023)
WA Department of Transportation (360) 705-7601
Bryce Carlen
(Term expires Dec. 2023)
WA Department of Revenue (360) 647-7706
Mary Craig
(Term expires Dec. 2024)
WA Department of Services for the Blind (360) 725-3830
Cristie Fredrickson
(Term expires Dec. 2024)
Office of Financial Management (360) 790-9602
Chris Lamb
(Term expires Dec. 2022)
Office of Financial Management (360) 407-2672
Jennifer McNamara
(Term expires Dec. 2022)
WA Department of Health (360) 236-4423
Susie Olsen
(Term expires Dec. 2022)
WA Department of Agriculture (360) 902-2077
Mark Quimby

(Term expires Dec. 2024) 

Washington Technology Solutions (360) 252-9900
Vel Rajagopal
(Term expires Dec. 2024)
WA Department of Commerce (360) 742-7288

 


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Scott West

IPMA Chair

Board Member (2019 - )
Department of Ecology

Chief Information Officer
(360) 515-8593
Scott.West@ecy.wa.gov

Bio coming soon.



 

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Heidi Geathers, Vice Chair

IPMA Vice Chair
Board Member (2018 - )
Department of Revenue
Sr. Assistant Director, Administrative Services
Phone:  360-534-1615
Heidi.Geathers@dor.wa.gov

Heidi Geathers is an experienced IT leader with over 25 years in the technology field. She has been a part of the technology evolution, applying many principles she has learned over the years to technology initiatives today. Currently, Heidi is an executive leader within the Department of Revenue. She provides strategic leadership and oversight to the Information Services, Business and Financial Services, Human Resources, and Information Governance programs within the agency.

Heidi has leveraged her skills in both the private and public sectors to make a valued difference. She notes that the fundamental structures and cultures of business may be different, the need for technology to successfully execute the organizations mission and vision is the same. Heidi worked for two decades in the Banking world and began her public sector career as the CIO at the Liquor and Cannabis Board. During her tenure, she led the technology team in implementing solutions for the legalization of marijuana. She transitioned into the Deputy Director role at Watech for three years, offering services to state government agency’s that included on premise and cloud solutions, brokered services, security governance, and application development. Her current role encompasses all of the administrative services of the organization to continue to provide customer centric support, enhance partnerships with business operations, and grow the organizational strategies to effectively achieve the mission and vision of the Department of Revenue.



 

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Bryce Carlen 

IPMA Board Member (2016 - )
Department of Revenue
Chief Information Officer
Phone: 360-596-3792
BryceC@dor.wa.gov

Bryce Carlen is the Chief Information Officer for the Washington State  Department of Revenue and is responsible for enterprise information technology and computing systems that support DOR's tax collection activities.  Before joining DOR in 2021, he was the CIO for the Washington State Insurance Commissioner from 2018-2021 and the CIO for the Department of Commerce from 2015-2018. Bryce holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a JD from Seattle University.



Mary Craig

Mary Craig

Board Member (2019 - )
WA Department of Services for the Blind
Chief Information Officer
(360) 725-3830
Mary.Craig@dsb.wa.gov

Mary has more than 20 years’ experience supporting state agencies. She started providing computer and network support to a variety of state agencies in the 90’s. During this time she managed network projects for the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) where she became interested in hardware/software accessibility. Mary continued to assist DSB with Assistive Technology projects – supporting both staff and client technology configurations and joined the agency in 1999.

Mary believes in continually expanding her technical knowledge and skills. She holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Data Entry, the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification, the Western Washington University Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation Program Emerging Leaders Certification, and the University of Washington’s Project Management Certification.

Mary is a passionate advocate of accessibility for all computer users – helping those with visual, hearing, and physical impairments maintain employment. Mary is extremely excited to provide the IPMA with the “Small Agency” perspective towards Information Technology subjects. One of her favorite quotes: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

Cristie Fredrickson

Cristie Fredrickson

Board Member (2022-)
Office of Financial Management
One Washington, Executive Sponsor
Phone: (360) 790-9602
Cristie.Fredrickson@ofm.wa.gov

Cristie Fredrickson has dedicated 25 years to a career of public service, serving Washingtonians in roles with increasing responsibility and leadership. Her professional experience began helping families remove barriers to achieve self-sufficiency. She transitioned to policy and training when welfare-to-work policies were being formed; which relied up information technology to be effectively implemented and managed. She has served as an IT Business Analyst, IT Project Manager, IT Business Architect. Since 2013, she has held several key leadership positions engaged in strategic planning and focusing on process improvement to build and maintain mature and effective teams.

She joined the Department of Ecology as their Chief Information Officer in 2018 where she works with a team of more than 100 skilled IT professionals to support the mission and strategic goals of the agency.

Cristie began her new role with the Office of Financial Management as the One Washington, Executive Director in February 2022.

Cristie has broad experience across IT disciplines. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, obtained her Project Management Certification from the University of Washington, and is PROSCI certified in Organizational Change Management




 

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Chris Lamb 

Board Member (2018 - )
Office of Financial Management
CIO, Information Technology Services Division (ITSD)
(360) 407-2672
chris.lamb@ofm.wa.gov

Chris has served 14 years in CIO/IT Director roles with the State of Washington for the Department of Retirement Services, the Department of Social & Health Services and in his current role for the Office of Financial Management.  Chris’ career has spanned 31 years; all but one of which has been in the public sector. Chris is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He is also a graduate of the University of Washington Executive Management Program and holds Prosci certification in Change Management as well as Project Management certification, also from the University of Washington.

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Matthew Modarelli

Board Member (2017 - )
Washington State Department of Transportation
Chief Information Officer
(360) 705-7601
modarm@wsdot.wa.gov

Matt Modarelli is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Director of the Information Technology Division for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The mission of the women and men of WSDOT’s information technology enterprise is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective technology solutions that enable transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality for people and businesses. As CIO, Matt oversees and directs innovative and reliable telecommunications and cloud-based IT initiatives for nearly 7,000 employees operating and maintaining over 3,200 bridge structures, the largest ferry system in the nation, and multimodal transportation systems that provide more than 220 million passenger trips a year.

Prior to joining the WSDOT team, Matt was the CIO of the Washington Military Department and also served as the nation’s first state-level Cyber Security Manager for Emergency Management. He led enterprise technology initiatives for Emergency Management, the Washington Army and Air National Guard, the Washington Youth Academy, numerous headquarters support units, and training and maintenance facilities throughout the state. He also served as the state’s policy leader and strategist for preparing government and industry partners for significant cyber incidents impacting communities and critical infrastructure and he oversaw quality assurance for the state’s 911 systems. Prior to that, Matt served with the U.S. Air Force as an information systems officer and security leader (retired).

Matt is a member of the Governing Body for Seattle-Area CIOs, the board of directors for Washington State's Information Professionals Management Association, and serves on multiple regional IT executive committees, boards, and working groups. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and holds Master’s Degrees in Operational Art and Design and Management Information Systems (MIS), is a Certified Information Systems Analyst, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).




 

Jennifer McNamara

Jennifer McNamara

Board Member (2020 - )
Washington State Department of Health
Chief Information Officer
(360) 236-4423

Jennifer McNamara is the Chief Information Officer for the Washington State Department of Health. She leads a staff of 180 professionals who provide reliable and secure IT services and solutions in support of public health.

Jennifer received her Project Management and Executive Management certificates at the University of Washington and is a certified Project Management Professional. Jennifer is a Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative fellow, skilled in crisis management and meta-leadership. She is also an Aspen Institute Justice and Society fellow, completing the Excellence in State Public Health Law Program in 2014.

Jennifer plays a key role in the Department of Health emergency preparedness and response, is trained in the National Incident Management System, and is an experienced Incident Commander and Liaison Officer.

Jennifer is a 38 year veteran of state government, formerly providing project and organizational leadership in the Washington State Department of Information Services and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Vel Rajagopal

Vel Rajagopal

Board Member (2020 - )
Washington State Department of Commerce
Chief Information Officer
(360) 742-7288

Vel Rajagopal is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce. He is responsible for aligning Information Technology to Business needs and managing the enterprise technology for Commerce. Some of his key focus areas are – maturing Commerce’s IT portfolio to maximize the business value for technology investments, build teams for now-into-the-future, and analytics to help Commerce be successful with Economic Growth in the State of Washington. Prior to his current role, he worked as a Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Department of licensing from 2015 through mid-2019, and as an Acting CIO for the latter part of 2019. He started as a Consultant with the State of Washington in the year 2000, and has worked in various capacities as a State employee since 2002. He holds a Masters in Computing Systems from the University of Washington, and an Engineering Degree from India.




 

Mark Quimby

Mark Quimby

Board Member (2021 - )
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)
Deputy Director of Technology & Operations
(360) 252-9900

Mark Quimby is the Deputy Director of Technology & Operations for Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) where he leads the strategic development and implementation of integrated voice, video and data communication services. Since 2014, he has held several leadership positions with WaTech including Assistant Director for Network Services, Enterprise Data Network Manager and Disaster Recovery Architect for the agency.

Governor Inslee appointed Mark Quimby to acting State CIO and Director for WaTech in March 2021 when James Weaver, who served as director since 2018, resigned. Mark led the agency through July 2021, driving the agency forward with a focus on continuous improvement.

Prior to his work at WaTech, Quimby worked at Washington State Department of Corrections for 15 years, where he managed the agency’s technology and infrastructure.

Quimby earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and business management from The Evergreen State College and holds four Associates degrees in Database Management, Computer Programming, Network Administration and Information Systems Technology.

Susie Olsen

Susie Olsen

Board Member (2022-)
Department of Agriculture
Chief Information Officer
Phone: (360) 902-2077
Susie.Olsen@agr.wa.gov

Susie Olsen (formerly Fry) is the Chief Information Officer at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in an IT organization; 10 of those years in the public sector with both Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Washington State Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining the public sector, Susie spent two years with Alaska Airlines and nearly 15 years with the Frank Russell Company. Her experience in both the private and public sectors brings a unique perspective to her current role.  Susie “grew up” in IT through the Service Desk starting out as a junior Help Desk Analyst which has provided a wide breadth of experience and valuable insight especially in her most recent role as CIO. Susie is also a proud alumnus of the IPMA LeaderPath Program (2018 Cohort).




 

Board Committees

The members of the Board committees are presented below.

Board and Volunteer Recruitment

Matt Modarelli (Chair), Chris Lamb and Jennifer McNamara.

Communications and Outreach

Vel Rajagopal (Chair), Heidi Geathers, Bryce Carlen, Mary Craig and Mark Quimby.

Executive Seminar

Bryce Carlen (Chair), Heidi Geathers, Chris Lamb, Mary Craig, Vel Rajagopal, and Mark Quimby.

Finance

Matt Modarelli (Chair), Jennifer McNamara and Mark Quimby.

Forum

Scott West (Chair), Bryce Carlen, Jennifer McNamara, Susie Olsen, and Cristie Frederickson.

LeaderPath for IT Managers

Chris Lamb (Chair), Scott West, Susie Olsen and Cristie Fredrickson.

Professional Development

Mary Craig (Chair), Scott West, Vel Rajagopal, Susie Olsen, and Cristie Fredrickson.

Board Staff

Chief Financial Officer: Barry Diseth (Officers, Finance, Communications)

Chief Operating Officer: Gary "Mace" Maciejewski (Officers, Communications, Forum, Executive Seminar, LeaderPath)

Professional Development Event Coordinator: Gary Duffield (Officers, Professional Development, LeaderPath)