Pat Snow is the chief technology officer and director of telecommunications for the state of South Dakota. He is responsible for the strategic vision and tactical planning of technical solutions for the state. As director of the state’s Telecommunications Division, Pat is responsible for all data, voice, video and radio tower communications, as well as operational security and endpoint computer support.
Pat has worked for the state of South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications since 1996. During that time, he has served as the main architectural influence for data center infrastructure, endpoint services and managed programs providing services to all executive branches of government, all public K-12 school districts and the state’s public higher educational institutions.
In his spare time, Pat is an avid outdoorsmen, enjoying fishing, hunting and hiking. He can also be frequently seen with a musical instrument in hand, all while proudly wearing the colors of his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Vice President - John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer - Texas
John Hoffman serves as the chief technology officer for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). He is responsible for providing comprehensive strategic planning for the agency. John oversees DIR's IT leadership in planning and policy, accessibility, and enterprise solution services.
John brings more than 25 years of experience in wired and wireless telecommunications, having held positions in network operations and integration, field operations, program management, sales and real estate. Most recently John was director of DIR's Communications Technology Services where he had management responsibility of the statewide telecommunications network and contracts including the capitol complex telephone system. During this assignment John focused on providing thought leadership, technical support, competitive environments and enabling innovative solutions to state agencies and other DIR customers.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Secretary/Treasuer - Brad Steele, Director of Unified Communications - Massachusetts
Brad Steele is the senior director of unified communications for the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) at the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since joining state government in 2009, Brad has worked to meet the EOTSS plan of providing secure and quality digital information, services and tools to constituents and service providers when and where they need them. He is responsible for the ongoing planning and operation of communications systems for Massachusetts. Brad has concentrated on ensuring that the services offered by EOTSS for network, telecommunications and messaging provide for a consistent and efficient experience across the executive branch, as well as participating entities.
In addition, Brad serves on the procurement team for three of the commonwealth’s major statewide contracts. He has managed to well position the commonwealth for future technologies and ongoing consolidation.
Brad is a proud father of two boys, Andrew and Dillon. He and his wife Rosemary love to travel and tackle home improvement projects together. An Air Force veteran and an avid sports fan (partial to all teams Boston), Brad has a special love for the New England Patriots for whom he supervises in-game electronic signage. In his spare time, Brad enjoys singing and playing the guitar.
Immediate Past President - Greg Gicale -Network Assistant Administrator - Ohio
Greg Gicale is the network assistant administrator for the state of Ohio, Department of Administration/Office of Information Technology. He is responsible for the statewide network architecture, planning and engineering design groups. His groups provide the planning and implementation for Ohio’s information technology (IT) network services including network connectivity, domain name services and domain name management.
Greg has more than 30 years of IT networks leadership roles in public, military and private sectors. He has directed staffs engaged in IT network operations, maintenance, planning, financial and contracting services. He has directed IT network technologies including data over analog and digital transmission lines, mobility, line of sight radio, high frequency radio, and troposphere radio, satellite systems. He has also directed voice technologies including analog/data switch implementations, analog/digital Centrex services and voice over IP (VoIP) services. Greg has been responsible for network budgets and network charge back rates for 20 years. He has also managed contracted services including network provider services and IT cloud services.
Midwestern Region President - Thomas Schaeffer, Minnesota