The Board of Directors represent each region within the organization and are charged with organizing the annual meeting, forming special committees, and of greatest importance, promoting membership in the Association to their member regions. Board of Directors History
Contact the Board
- E-mail the NAGW Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing address: NAGW, Inc., 8120 Lehigh Avenue, Suite 100, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Director At Large
Leslie Labrecque has worked in technology and the web for over 20 years, having held the position of Senior Webmaster for the City of Boulder since 2002 and having worked at Sun Microsystems prior to that. At the start of her job at the city she began managing several static HTML websites. In 2006 she implemented the city’s first web content management system (CMS), Joomla!, which sparked her love for open source software. Following this effort, Leslie initiated the City’s social media presence in 2008 starting with Twitter and Facebook. Leslie holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a M.S. in Computer Information Technology from Regis University.
Director At Large
Jay earned a BS/MS from Iowa State. He came into web/technology by opportunity, not degrees. Freed from academia (despite contemplating a fifth year of grad school) he joined the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, breathing life into their new computer system in the pre-dawn of the web. Post-dawn, around about brunch, Jay [swiftly] created their first website at the end of his seven year tenure there. In 1997, the City of Ankeny hired Jay with the stated task of “creating a city network and website”. Unlike the original YMCA website, that first city site CAN be found on the WayBackMachine at the original URL ci.ankeny.ia.us, complete with animated gifs! At least the web has matured even if (ahem) some of us don’t act our age. Jay now manages the VoIP phone and computer systems for Ankeny including back-end servers and software to support the modern website CMS. He used to work with the Communications Office on the city's website to help develop the hard-to-do stuff but it is all theirs now.
NAGW entered Jay’s reality in 2004, shortly after its inception, and he’s been a member and attending conferences since 2006 in Reno. After years of volunteering at conferences, he accepted a board appointment as Director At-Large in 2013. Typical of American voters, you keep re-electing him as the incumbent. When not working or serving NAGW, he enjoys anything adventurous outdoors and spending time with his wife and identical twin boys.
East Region Director
Barbara began her career in television production as the ultimate hyphenate—producer/director/editor/host/voiceover artist/camera person—and parlayed those experiences into a successful career as webmaster for the City of Wilmington, Delaware where she became another hyphenate—website manager/graphic designer/photographer/videographer/social media manager. Wearing many hats is what we all do in this business. It can be frustrating at times—many times—but she doesn’t think she would have it any other way.
Lakes Region Director
Debbie has been a web developer for DuPage County since 2005. She has been working in technology since 1998, previously working as Web Specialist for the City of Wheaton and Web Manager at North Central College. In her spare time, Debbie likes to practice yoga, read and travel with her husband.
Northeast Region Director
Katya Wowk is Director of Communications for Montclair, New Jersey where she has been working since 2004. Katya is responsible for all areas of digital and print communications, which includes maintaining two websites and several microsites, writing press releases, designing print materials and crating artwork for marketing collateral. She also oversees the township’s local access television channel, Montclair TV34. In addition, Katya has worked in the private sector as webmaster for an international corporation and in higher education for St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ.
Katya has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Slavic studies from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Toronto (she was a linguist in another lifetime). Katya is also a past president of the Government Web Professionals of NJ.
South Region Director
Digital Communications Manager, City of Johns Creek, Georgia
Jennifer Chapman is the Digital Communications Manager for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia, where she has worked in various Communications Department roles for more than six years. In 2016, Jennifer successfully launched the City's new, responsive website, after more than 18 months of work. In between website redesign duties, Jennifer has also launched, and continues to manage the City's social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, and YouTube.
Mountain Region Director
Paulette Neal-Allen is a Systems Analyst for the City of Thornton, Colorado, with 18 years of experience working on web projects from the IT perspective. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Colorado Technical University. Paulette also has an MCSD in Microsoft .NET technologies.
In her spare time (ha ha!), Paulette likes to spend time with her husband playing silly trivia games, playing with her 10 grandkids, playing bass guitar in her church's praise band, and read.
Jason Huber CGCIO
Midwest Region Director
Jason built his first website in 1998 in the bad old days of dial-up internet. As a web developer, Jason has spent the last 16 years developing software and websites in open source for his company, Simply Works Consulting, and for the City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where today he serves as the Information Technology Manager. He was instrumental in promoting the convergence of technology and communications when St. Louis Park formed its Information Resources Department in 2006, and since that time his work has been recognized by the National Association of Government Web Professionals, 3CMA, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators and the University of Minnesota.
West Region Director
IT Specialist, City of Santa Clarita, CA
Frankie is a young and ambitious web design professional with a solid and natural customer service ability. At the age of eighteen, he started to explore the world of web design by researching and practicing on his own. After his first three years of working as a sole-proprietor he decided to apply for the web design Intern position for the City of Santa Clarita in June of 2014. In December of 2015, he had graduated college and proved himself as a valuable contributor to the City of Santa Clarita Web Team. He was hired as a full-time IT Specialist focusing on web design in the Application Development department where he continues to expand his experiences by educating himself, training others, and eagerly learning new skills such as web and database programming.