NALIT 2015 Legislative Summit Agenda and Handouts


The 2015 Legislative Summit, the largest legislative gathering in the nation, was held in Seattle Aug. 3-6. The Summit is the meeting where legislative staff and legislators come together to work on ways to strengthen the institution, share experiences and gather new ideas, and create solutions to the challenges facing legislatures.

On this page, you'll find all sessions of the National Association of Legislative Information Technology, and handouts and presentations when available.

For resources from other Summit sessions, visit the 2015 Legislative Summit resources website

Sunday, Aug. 2
Time Sessions

6:30-8:30 p.m.


NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner

Join legislative IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome, but space is limited, so advance reservations are required. Contact Pam Greenberg, NCSL Liaison to NALIT, for more details or to RSVP.


Monday, Aug. 3

2-2:45 p.m.


Distance Is Not a Barrier: Remote Public Testimony

This year, two states began pilot projects to give citizens from across their states the opportunity to testify remotely at committee hearings. Hear how the projects were planned and implemented and how they were received by citizens and lawmakers. 

Moderator: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Elizabeth Burger, Principal Analyst/Team Leader, General Assembly, Colorado
Brad Hendrickson, Senior Staff Coordinator, Senate, Washington
Susan Howson, Director, Senate Committee Services, Washington

Speaker biographies


Session Resources:

3-5 p.m.


Data Visualization

(Joint with the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices)
A picture is worth a thousand words. Hear from two states experimenting with data visualization tools that help bring data to life for legislators and the public.

Moderator: Troy Adkins, Network Manager, House, Virginia

Steven Allred, Deputy Director, 
Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah

Michael Mann, Applications Consultant, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Washington
Ivan Djambov, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah
Tom Jensen, Administrator, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Washington


Speaker biographies


Session Resources:

Tuesday, Aug. 4

7:30-8:30 a.m.


NALIT Business Meeting and Breakfast

NALIT members will elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards during breakfast.
Presiding: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky; NALIT Chair


9:30-1:30 pm

Tour: Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Devices Briefing


Wednesday, Aug. 5

3:30-4:45 p.m.


Data Breaches: Not If, But When

State websites increasingly are the targets of cyber threats, making it important to have a plan in place to deal with a security breach. Learn how legislatures can create a plan and take steps to mitigate damages in case of a breach. 
Moderator: David Coles, Network Administrator & Engineering Manager, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Vinay Dattu, Director, Office of Legislative Information Systems, Tennessee
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO, Kentucky


Speaker biographies


Session Resource:


Thursday, Aug. 6

2-3 p.m.


Technology: It's Not Magic
(Co-sponsored by the American Society of Legislative Clerks & Secretaries, the Legal Services Staff Section, and the Research and Committee Staff Section.)

Consumer electronic devices and technologies are widespread, affordable and very user friendly, raising expectations that all types of information systems should be easy to develop and make user friendly. Learn what questions to ask of IT staff and customers when looking for new solutions, how to bridge technical and non-technical communication gaps, and how to balance competing demands for IT services. 
Moderator: Kevin Kumpf, Programmer/Analyst, Legislative Research Council, South Dakota

Ronda Tentarelli, Applications Support Group manager, Legislative Service Center, Washington 

Susan Kannarr, Chief Clerk, House of Representatives, Kansas

Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Kansas Legislature


Speaker biographies


Session Resources:


3:15-4:15 p.m.


The Good, the Bad, the Cloud

Cloud computing, in which hardware, software and information resides on a remote machine, can offer many benefits and cost efficiencies. However, it also comes with challenges. Learn from the experiences of legislatures that are taking different approaches to going to the cloud. 
Moderator: Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia
Rustynne Dalton, Manager, Customer Support Group, Legislative Service Center, Washington

Glenn Harris, Division Manager, Information Technology, Legislative Services Office, Idaho

Session Resources:


4:30-5 p.m.


NALIT Executive Committee Meeting

Discuss association services, meetings and outreach efforts. All NALIT members (legislative information technology professionals) are welcome to attend.
Facilitator: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky; NALIT Chair



Speaker Biographies

Distance Is Not a Barrier: Remote Public Testimony

Data Visualization

Data Breaches: Not If, But When

Technology: It's Not Magic

The Good, the Bad, the Cloud


 Distance Is Not A Barrier: Remote Public Testimony


Elizabeth Burger

Elizabeth Burger is the Committee Manager and a Policy and Research Team Leader for the Colorado Legislative Council, the non-partisan research and information technology staff for the Colorado General Assembly.   Elizabeth has worked in various roles at Legislative Council since 2003.  As the Committee Manager, she manages the nonpartisan research and committee staff for 19 standing committees and numerous interim committees of the Colorado Legislature.  As a Team Leader within the Policy and Research Section, she oversees research related to health, human services, business, insurance, agriculture, transportation, motor vehicles, and natural resources. She also provides policy and technical support to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.  Prior to her employment with Legislative Council, Elizabeth was a Legislative Assistant with the Office of Legislative Legal Services, the nonpartisan legal staff for the Colorado Legislature. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. 


Brad Hendrickson

Brad Hendrickson is Senior Staff Coordinator for the Washington State Senate. A graduate in political science from Western Washington University, Brad completed an internship with the Washington State Senate during the 1982 session and later served as Legislative Liaison for WWU students in 1983. After working the 1985 session as an aide to a state representative, he went to work fulltime for the Senate in January of 1986.  Brad has held a number of positions with the Senate, including Deputy Staff Director, Information Systems Coordinator and Accounting & Human Resources Coordinator. Brad served eighteen years as Deputy Secretary of the Senate and is now a Sr. Staff Coordinator and Co-Manager of the Senate’s Remote Testimony Pilot Project.


Susan Howson

Susan Howson is Senior Staff Director, Senate Committee Services for the Washington State Senate. She began her career with the Washington State Legislature in 1997, where she spent 16 years providing nonpartisan staff support to the House Appropriations, Finance, and Capital Budget Committees as a Fiscal Analyst and as a Staff Coordinator. In September 2014, Susan became Director of Senate Committee Services (SCS). SCS provides professional nonpartisan research, fiscal and policy analysis, and administrative support services to each member of the Washington State Senate and its committees. She has an MBA and a BA in Business Management from Washington State University.


Joel Redding

Joel Redding has been employed with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) since 1995. Joel served as a programmer/analyst before becoming webmaster in 2005. In 2009 Joel became the Deputy Chief Information Officer and still serves as webmaster. Before coming to the LRC, Joel was employed by Humana, Inc. Joel has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kentucky State University.


Data Visualization


Troy Adkins

Troy Adkins manages and administers the network infrastructure for the Virginia House of Delegates, where he has been the network manager since 2005. Prior to joining the House of Delegates, Troy served as network engineer for J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He began his 27-year networking/computer career as a programmer for two years before focusing on networking. He holds an AAS degree (Associates in Applied Science) in data processing. Troy served as Chair of NALIT in 2013-14.


Steven Allred
Steven Allred is the Deputy Director of Utah's Legislative Fiscal Analyst’s Office. Together with the Director he helps lead a staff of non-partisan financial analysts and economists who forecast state revenue, recommend budgets, estimate the cost of proposed legislation, and staff the Legislature’s appropriations committees. Steven has enjoyed twenty two years of public service. Before moving to Utah, he lived in the Denver, Colorado area where he worked as a financial management specialist for the Defense Information Systems Agency. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Shelly, have three children, the oldest of whom will begin his senior year of high school later this month.

Ivan Djambov
Ivan Djambov has been working for the Utah Legislature since 2000, spending the first four years with the Office of the Legislative Auditor General and the rest with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst.  He is currently a product manager, responsible for the publication of two interactive budget tools: the Compendium of Budget Information (COBI) and the Appropriations Summary.  He is also the senior fiscal analyst to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee, with responsibilities to provide budget analyses, presentations, and recommendations, as well as to produce appropriations bills and to calculate the costs of proposed legislation.

Tom Jensen
Tom Jensen is Administrator for the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee in Washington. From the creation of the LEAP Committee in 1977, Tom served as one of the original staff to the committee until 1985.  He has over 15 years’ experience working as a private contractor developing financial systems for a number of state agencies and for private companies like Vulcan Inc. and the Washington Roundtable.  He worked for the Washington State Association of Counties for four years developing systems and maintaining the association’s computer network.  He worked for the House of Representatives for six years supporting the fiscal committees of the Office of Program research.  Tom currently leads the committee staff as LEAP Administrator, a position he took in mid-2006.

Michael Mann
Michael Mann serves as Managing Consultant for the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee in Washington. Michael’s tenure at LEAP began in May of 1986.  He develops databases, creates reporting tools, and contributes to the development, enhancement, maintenance, and testing of budget development tools.   He works closely with legislative fiscal staff to support their efforts to perform research and data analysis.  He collaborates with analysts to maintain and enhance budget development models, including models for K-12 funding, and for state employee salaries and benefits.  He participates as part of the LEAP team that maintains the website, an effort to promote government transparency and improve government accountability. 


Data Breaches: Not If, But When

David Coles
David Coles is the Network Administration and Engineering Manager for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC). He has over 22 years of experience in systems design and information technology and is responsible for all of the Kentucky Legislature’s servers, network, security, IT purchasing, and administration. David has a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.


Vinay Dattu

Vinay Dattu is the Director of Legislative Information Systems for the Tennessee Legislature. He is responsible for managing and providing strategic direction and leadership in defining, establishing, supporting and operating the overall information systems infrastructure and services provided to the Tennessee Legislature. Prior to joining the legislature, Vinay served as the Director of Enterprise Architecture for the Tennessee executive branch. He held a number of positions as an ERP/MRP implementation consultant, project and program manager, financial analyst and business process manager for various companies. Vinay is also Vice Chair of the State of Tennessee Information Systems Council. He holds an MBA in Finance, Strategy and Operations from Penn State University.


Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson serves as executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Representing state CIOs and information technology executives, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and an advocate for information technology at all levels of government. Doug is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic planning, policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight. Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO issues, state CIOs, IT policy, trends and state government issues. In addition, he represents NASCIO on several national boards, committees and advisory groups. Among his recognitions, Doug was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration in 2012. Doug was named to Government Technology magazine’s 2006 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public sector information technology. His career spans over 35 years in state government, higher education and public sector IT consulting. Prior to joining NASCIO in 2004, he served as an executive director in the Kentucky Governor's Office for Technology. His previous leadership positions in state government include executive director of the Kentucky Information Resources Commission and executive director of the Kentucky Office of Geographic Information. Doug holds a B.A. from Maryville College in Tennessee and an M.P.A. with a concentration in science, technology and public policy from the University of Tennessee.


 Technology: It's Not Magic


Susan Wiegers Kannarr

Susan was appointed Chief Clerk of the Kansas House of Representatives in December 2008 after serving as the Deputy Chief Clerk since September 2007.  In addition to her responsibilities in Kansas, Susan is an active member of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. Prior to her work in the Chief Clerk’s office, Susan worked in the Legislative Research Department for a total of eight years as a Fiscal Analyst (1994-1998) and then a Senior Fiscal Analyst (2003-2007).  She spent two years working for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services directing the implementation of HealthWave, the Kansas State Children’s Health Insurance Program, from 1998 to 2000.  Between 2000 and 2003, Susan worked as a Policy Analyst for the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka. Susan graduated with a B.A. from the University of Kansas and earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. 


Terri Clark

Terri Clark is the Director of Technical Services for the Kansas Legislature. In this capacity she manages the legislature’s technical infrastructure consisting of data centers, telecommunications network, servers, and pc’s. She also manages the technical support Service Desk and serves as the Legislative Security Officer. Terri represents the legislature on the statewide Information Technology Advisory Board and Information Technology Security Council. She has been with the legislature since 1997. Prior to joining the legislature, Terri worked as a stockbroker and financial planner with American Express Financial Services, specializing in small business financial planning.

Kevin C. Kumpf

Kevin C. Kumpf, a Programmer Analyst with the South Dakota Legislative Research Council, has been with the legislature since September 2013. As their sole programmer, Kevin develops and maintains a variety of in-house applications including Lawmaker, SD LRC's bill drafting and tracking software. Kevin has a B.S. in Information Technology (Emphasis: Network Management & Microsoft) from National American University. He received his Masters of Liberal Studies (Emphasis: Informatics) from Fort Hays State University. Prior to joining the Legislative Research Council, Kevin worked for Riddle's Group as a Web Developer and Systems Programmer and National American University as an Application Developer II. Kevin is currently serving as a Director on the NALIT Executive Committee.


Ronda Tentarelli
Ronda has been working with legislatures since 1979. She has been a Senator’s legislative aide in Louisiana; a business analyst, branch manager, and project manager for a consultant; and a business analyst, project manager, training coordinator, and customer support manager for the Washington State Legislature. Since 2001 she has been the applications manager for the Washington State Legislature. 


The Good, the Bad, the Cloud

Rustynne Dalton

Rustynne has been working at the Washington State Legislature since 1997. During that time, she has been a trainer and training coordinator, a technical writer, a business analyst, and a project manager. Currently, she is the customer support manager for the Washington State Legislature. 


Glenn Harris

Glenn Harris has been working for the Idaho Legislative Services Office since 1990. He was initially employed as an application programmer and data base administrator. He later became the network administrator when the IBM 9370 mini-computer was sold and a Novell Network was installed. His current title is IT Manager. Glenn has two adult sons and a granddaughter. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Tulane University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University.


Linda Wettstone
Linda Wettstone began her career with the Virginia Senate in 1996. She earned an MIS degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Before joining the Senate staff, Linda worked as a programmer, network administrator, program manager and regional manager for a computer consulting firm for 10 years. Linda currently provides computer support and training to the session legislative staff, manages workshops for legislative assistants, develops and maintains websites and leads and serves on various committees to improve information systems for the Virginia Legislature.