Presenter Biographies

Emily Brown: City of Bloomington, IN
Playing with the Big Dogs: How Smaller Cities can Participate in Larger Open Source Communities

Ms. Brown has worked for the City of Bloomington for five years as a Usability and Interface Specialist. She has a history of community and arts advocacy including positions on several community boards and is founder of a local music advocacy 501©(3) Bloomington Area Music. Emily works to combine entrepreneurship with community projects to create sustainable local culture.

Peter Carrero: Lead Senior Developer, City of Olathe, KS
Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (Part One)
Peter Carrero

Peter Carrero is the Lead Senior Developer for the City of Olathe. He is absolutely passionate about the ways technology can improve people's lives and has been developing with Drupal since 2006, for the web since 1995, and for desktops since 1985.

Doug Dossett: Web Application Developer Lead, City of Bellevue
Visualizing Data using Free Esri Tools

I’ve been doing .net web application development for about eight years, and web development in general for about 12. Recent interests have been in doing more with front end development with jQuery to improve user experience and functionality.

Steve Fisher: Washoe County Health District, Nevada
Conducting a Usability Test with Little or No Budget
Steve Fisher

While Steve was briefly introduced to HTML and making web pages while pursuing a Computer Science degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, it wasn’t until he started working at the Washoe County Health District in 2004 that he started working in depth with a web site and found out how deep the rabbit hole goes in the world of a webmaster. He’s done work with HTML, PHP, and some jQuery web programming. His current interests in web design include graphical design, Information Architecture, usability, and content writing. When he’s not at work maintaining the Health District’s web site, troubleshooting computer problems, or herding cats, he's taking photographs, meditating, blogging, listening to Celtic rock music, and being a general geek.

Jon Gunderson: University of Illinois
Design Patterns for using HTML5 and Accessible Rich Internet Accessibility (ARIA) to Create Highly Accessible Web Resources

Dr. Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. At Illinois he is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students, faculty and staff with disabilities at UIUC.

His continued research interests focus on how to improve the design information technologies for people with disabilities to achieve maximum performance and greater independence in their use of computer based technologies. He is working on number of projects related to the web and information technology accessibility that are part of the Illinois Center on Information Technology Accessibility (iCITA).

He is the past chair of the W3C User Agent Working Group and currently involved in making dynamic HTML more accessible as part of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group work on the Accessible Rich Internet Applications.

He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility.

He leads the development of the Firefox Accessibility Extension and the Illinois Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator Tool. These tools help verify the use of the iCITA HTML Accessibility Best Practices techniques to implement the requirements of the Section 508 and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

He led the development of the Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office to help authors create accessible HTML version of Microsoft Office documents and is now a commercial project from Virtual 508.

Adriel Hampton: NationBuilder

Adriel Hampton is chief organizer at NationBuilder and founder of Gov 2.0 Radio. At NationBuilder, he works with consultants and NationBuilder customers around the world to help drive success with the world's first Community Organizing System. In 2009, he became the first person to announce a run for Congress through Twitter. He is also manager of the popular Government 2.0 group on LinkedIn.

Adriel is a licensed California private investigator and worked for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for six years, where he developed the office’s social media practice. From 2009 to 2011, he organized CityCamp San Francisco and in 2011 he was named GovFresh's "Citizen of the Year."

Adriel began experimenting with new media as a design and editorial manager for the San Francisco Examiner, where he launched the paper’s first blog. He has spoken on Gov 2.0, social media for government, podcasting, the future of governance, innovation, and blogging at Webzine, the National Association of Government Web Managers National Conference, Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, Gov 2.0 Kuala Lumpur, and at pro bono “Citizen 2.0” and unconference events.

Adriel drafted open data legislation pending in the California legislature and is an advisor and board member with LegiNation, a startup that provides easy acces to 50-state state legislative data.

Steve Hennigs: Account Executive, Siteimprove
The Need for Web Governance in Local Government
Molly Holzschlag: Web Evangelist
Advancing the Web of Applications: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
Molly Holzschlag

Molly has written a lot of books and articles and stuff on Web standards, and talks a lot about them, too.

To learn more about Molly and her work, you can check out her blog at or interact with her on Twitter @mollydotcom.

James Hopper: Johnson County Community College
Responsive Design, Responsive Content

James Hopper, Chair of the Web and Digital Communications program at Johnson County Community College, where he is working on a Web Technologies Associate of Applied Science degree, focusing on mobile web technologies. He has taught at JCCC for 15 years where he introduces the web curious and others to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Adobe software, and other web technologies. On a personal note he is the father of four beautiful and talented daughters.

Jack Horner: Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Joomla 2.5: Not just Drupal's wimpy kid brother

When not hunting the thing what lurk in Lake Kepler, or bombarding the planet’s surface from his orbital battle platform, Jack Horner is the Web Architect for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska.

Bourke Hutchinson: Programmer/Developer, City of Olathe, KS

Bourke Hutchinson has over 12 years working in Local Government and has been a Developer for the City of Olathe, KS, the past 7 years. He works primarily on Open Source Technologies including, Drupal, Moodle, and Alfresco. He received his Master's Degree in Management of Information Systems from Friends University and his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The University of Kansas. When not busy geeking out at work, Bourke spends his free time with his wife and kids.

Burke Hutchinson: Programmer/Developer, City of Olathe, KS
Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (Part One)

Bourke Hutchinson has over 12 years working in Local Government and has been a Developer for the City of Olathe, KS, the past 7 years. He works primarily on Open Source Technologies including, Drupal, Moodle, and Alfresco. He received his Master's Degree in Management of Information Systems from Friends University and his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The University of Kansas. When not busy geeking out at work, Bourke spends his free time with his wife and kids.

Michael Jackson: Adobe Systems, Incorporated
Michael B. Jackson

As Director, Healthcare and Public Sector Strategy at Adobe Systems, Michael is responsible for solution development and marketing strategies for a portfolio of Digital Experience Solutions for health care organizations and government agencies worldwide.

In his role, Michael leverages an extensive background in government relations, marketing and health economics to identify and prioritize market development opportunities, and evangelize Customer Experience and user-centric architectures throughout the public sector and healthcare ecosystems.

Michael brings over 15 years’ experience from progressive roles in IT, biotech, and medical device industries, and a history of leveraging technology to help enterprises achieve measurable results.

Michael earned an MBA as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Baltimore.

He is also a veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he proudly served as a Petty Officer.

Clay Johnson
Closing Keynote

Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.

Media Appearances include: CNN TV — Expert on Open Government Data, NPR Weekend All Things Considered, NPR All Things Considered, Regular on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show (nationally syndicated), Kojo Naamdi Show (WAMU, Nationally Syndicated). Appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major newspapers.

Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.

His book, The Information Diet talks about how we ought to dive below the manufactured communications and seek out the truth from the source and having a professionally written bio doesn’t really align with those values. The best way to get to know Clay is to participate directly with him, or listening to what he has to say. Attend an event or online Google+ Hangout with Clay and get to know him. David Eaves’ introduction of him in this video is probably the most accurate he’s ever heard.

Johnson is also terribly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.

Colette Johnson: Minnesota Management and Budget
eDoc Accessibility

Colette Johnson is a web developer for the State of Minnesota. She is certified as a MySQL DBA and a proficient PHP programmer.

Colette is an expert in the use and manipulation of the Open Source CMS Joomla! Currently maintaining nine Joomla! websites with three additional in development. Showcased on the Joomla! development site is the Minnesota Management & Budget site which has been redeveloped and being released in BETA format on April 1. (

She leads state webmasters in website and document accessibility. She has extensive training related to screen readers (JAWS), WORD and PDF document creation. Colette developed and maintains several accessibility related websites outside of her position as a state employee.

Andrew Krzmarzick: GovLoop
What If You Let Citizens Build Your Website?

Andrew Krzmarzick, is the Director of Community Engagement for GovLoop, the leading online community connecting over 50,000 public sector professional across Federal, state and local government. He’s passionate about improving government and serving citizens more effectively via innovative approaches to technology, career development, generational diversity and flexible work environments. Andrew’s insights have been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Federal Computer Week, Government Executive, Federal News Radio and more. He also has a MA in Theology from The Catholic University of America and a BA in Philosophy from Iowa State University. He resides with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a marketing advisory board member for a local non-profit organization and an active member of his faith community.

Leslie Labrecque: Webmaster, City of Boulder, Colorado
Social Media Jam Session
Leslie Labrecque

Leslie Labrecque has been the Webmaster for the City of Boulder for the past nine years. In this position she oversees the architecture and standards of the city’s internet and intranet Web sites. She is responsible for supporting the Web content management systems as well as a user base of over 150 city-wide content contributors. Leslie has twelve years experience working on the Web and has held positions at the City of Boulder, Sun Microsystems and Valleylab Inc. Leslie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Administration and a Masters of Computer Information Technology in Database Application Development/eCommerce Engineering.

Kat Liendgens: Hannon Hill
Web Communication in the Public Sector

Kat Liendgens is the Chief Executive Officer at Hannon Hill Corporation, maker of the Content Management System, Cascade Server, and the Inbound Marketing Software, Spectate. Prior to joining Hannon Hill, Kat gained extensive experience in the government, non-profit, and education sectors. As Associate Dean of Information Technology, Kat managed the IT faculty at American Intercontinental University, where she successfully implemented new programs and spearheaded curriculum development.

While contracted to the Georgia Department of Corrections for over three years, she managed a team of business analysts for the agency’s Scribe application, a web-based system for offender management, human resources, and internal investigations.

Before working at Hannon Hill, Kat was the IT Manager at the Atlanta Regional Commission, where her department provided web application development, technical support, training, and network and database administration to all ARC employees. Her department was also in charge of maintaining a Content Management System.

Kat has earned several awards of distinction in her career, including CEC’s Top Ten Educator of the Year, chosen from the finalists at CEC’s 48 universities worldwide. She has presented on various topics at multiple technology events, including “Making a Case for IT”, “Women in Technology”, “Agile Development”, and “Social Media meets Sales”. Kat studied Modern Languages at the Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaeat Muenster in Germany and at Georgia State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Information Technology from AIU.

Jesse Manning: CivicPlus
Community Engagement in a Digital World

Jesse Manning is the Vice President of Business Development at CivicPlus, which serves nearly 1,000 municipal governments around the nation with content management and web application software and services. Jesse’s web-development insight stems from consulting with dozens of local governments in order to assess their online triumphs, trials and tribulations. Jesse has been a featured speaker on topics such as effective website design, Gov 2.0 and project management at multiple government web conferences.

Before joining CivicPlus, Jesse was the Chief of Editorial Operations at Infoition News Services, Inc., where he managed a team of more than 30 employees that worked directly with clients in the federal government, including White House offices, congressional committee staffs, Fortune 500 corporations and multiple government contractors. Prior to his role as Chief of Editorial Operations, Manning was a Senior Analyst who prepared and analyzed news summaries as well as assisted in the development of multiple new business opportunities.

Jesse originally joined CivicPlus as the Director of Product Strategy. Manning performed in-depth research and analysis on current and upcoming trends in e-government technology. Through this research, he developed and implemented product roadmap plans to continue the strategic evolution of CivicPlus web applications. Jesse’s current role as Vice President of Business Development allows him to work closely with the CivicPlus sales team on proposals, contracts, pricing and overseeing the strategic direction of the department. A graduate of Kansas State University, Jesse earned dual-degrees in political science and history.

Chris Matthews: City of Reno, Nevada
The Online 'Go' Bag: Tech tips for emergency communications

Chris Matthews has been in public sector web design for eight years, having worked the private sector in web design and communications for ten years prior to that. One of the original founders of NAGW, Chris has put away his director’s hat to concentrate more on working directly with other members through promotion of the organization and teaching.

Jason Morrison: Google
Serving your users through search

Jason joined Google’s Search Quality team in 2008 to fight spam, scams and other abuse. While most of his time is spent building tools to support the team, Jason also enjoys educating webmasters, developers and users about keeping spam off their sites and avoiding scams. Prior to joining Google, he worked at AT&T as a senior analyst.

Jason holds a master’s degree in information architecture and knowledge management from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. He has published research on information retrieval and enjoys his role making the web a better place. He likes the web so much, in fact, that he let the world vote on the name for his firstborn daughter.

Dan Mouyard: Forum One Communications
Designing for Accessibility
Dan Mouyard

Dan is an accomplished front-end web developer with over 10 years of experience. His main responsibility is translating the visions of information architects and web designers into reality through his masterful skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

He is passionate about creating sites that everyone can access. Dan often writes, blogs, and speaks on web accessibility issues.

Chad Ostroff
Responsive Web Design Fundamentals
Chad Ostroff

Chad Ostroff is a web developer based in Houston, Texas. He is the director of web development services for a full-service advertising agency by day and a freelancer by night. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Government Webmasters as the Gulf Region Director. He has worked for clients such as Waste Management, The City of Sugar Land, Insure The Cure, Love Advertising, and many others.

Jennifer Pahlka: Code for America
Opening Keynote: The Code for America Effect

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. Government Technologynamed her one of 2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is a frequent speaker at a wide range of events. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. Jennifer’s early career was spent in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and eight chickens.

Dan Perkins: Section 508 Coordinator for the CIO, General Services Administration
Section 508/Assistive Technology Overview and Accessibility Considerations
Dan Perkins and Radcliff

Dan Perkins currently holds the position of an Information Technology Specialist and serves as a Section 508 Coordinator for the CIO in the General Services Administration. Dan’s career began in 1989 with GSA where he was first hired as an Accounting Technician in the Accounts Receivables Branch for GSA’s Finance Department. Dan briefly worked as a Customer Service Representative in GSA’s National Customer Service Center and then accepted a position in 1996 as a Contract Specialist in a training program for the Federal Acquisition Service. Over the next twelve years, he fulfilled the necessary requirements to elevate to the level of a Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant and later achieved a Level 3 certification through the Federal Acquisition Institute.

Dan graduated from Kansas State University in 1989, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In May of 2009, Dan graduated with honors from Webster University with a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership.

Dan was recognized as an “Employee of the Year” in 2008, by the Careers and the Disabled Magazine for his professional and advocacy efforts on behalf of people with disabilities in the workplace. Dan leads a full life without sight due to Sarcoidosis, first diagnosed in 1981. Dan frequently advocates the merits of Section 508 compliance and has worked on several high profile projects since coming on board with CIO as a Section 508 Coordinator.

He was recognized in 2007 for his outstanding contributions as Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Executive Board's Disabled Federal Employees Council for 2007 with an "Award of Excellence."

He has been married to his wife Denise for 15 years and they have two children who are actively involved in youth sports. He and his guide dog Radcliff have been together for six years and he has enjoyed the added independence that his first guide dog brings to him.

Jason Perry: Fig Leaf Software
Responsive Web Design Fundamentals

Jason Michael Perry is the Director of Training for Fig Leaf Software. Jason focuses on training and consulting in many spaces including Drupal, Sencha Touch, Ext JS, Java, ASP.Net, and Objective-C.

Robin Hastings: Missouri River Regional Library
Tips for Solo Web Workers

Robin Hastings is the Information Technology Coordinator for the Missouri River Regional Library, an experienced presenter and the author of two books, several magazine articles and a Library Technology Report for ALA. She has been working with websites and in IT for over 15 years and has already made most of the big mistakes and she would like to help others avoid doing the same.

Joe Rotella: Delphia Consulting, LLC
What Do They Want? What Do They Really, Really Want?

Joe Rotella, SPHR, is "something of a one-man think tank, has been doing more innovative things with the internet than anyone I've met yet."—Bob Scott, Editor, Accounting Technology, April 16, 2009.

With over 20 years of web/application design and development experience, Joe is CTO of Delphia Consulting and leads their Usability/Web Design and Development Practice. His team is responsible for the design of several government sites including Chicago's tourism site ( and the Las Vegas city site ( and private sector sites, including Weiser LLP ( and GBQ (

Dee Sadler: Sprint
Create applications fast with jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap in Dreamweaver

Dee Sadler is an Adobe geek girl and designer who codes. She is an Adobe Certified Expert (in five programs) and Instructor and CTT+ Technical Trainer, Adobe Freelance Professional, and Adobe Community Professional for the Creative Suite. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including Adobe MAX in 2010, St. Louis Flash Camp, FATC, NCDevCon and many more. Dee is the conference organizer for D2W, a designer/developer/mobile workflow conference in May of 2012 in Kansas City, MO.

Dee also did a few videos for Total Training on Dreamweaver CS5 and Fireworks CS5, and writes articles like this: Design 101 for Developers. Blog at, website

Dee’s day job is at Sprint, creating User Interfaces, prototyping, CSS/HTML5, and just about anything geek related.

Nathan Smith: City of Lee's Summit
Show Me the Money!

Nathan Smith works as a systems analyst for the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. His current role in implementing the City’s new enterprise resource planning software has increased his appreciation of the importance and complexity of local govenment finances. Nathan has worked as the City of Lee’s Summit webmaster. While no longer involved in day-to-day upkeep of the city web site, he maintains an interest in web technology. His fond memories of presenting on jQuery at the 2010 NAGW conference meant he couldn’t pass up participating in NAGW 2012.

Tom Spengler: Granicus
Citizensourcing: Introducing the Next Generation of Civic Engagement

Tom co-founded Granicus, Inc. as Chairman and CEO in 1999. Under Tom’s direction, Granicus has risen to the top of the government cloud computing industry. The company has been consistently ranked among the fastest growing companies in the Silicon Valley and North America. Granicus’ award-winning software has also been recognized nationally for helping nearly 1,000 government agencies provide a more streamlined and open government. Tom is a frequent public speaker and a certified expert in legislative technologies with over 11 years of experience advising governments on the best ways to use technology to modernize their workflows.

Luke Stowe: City of Evanston, IL
HootSuite for Government
Luke Stowe

With over 10 years experience in local government, Luke Stowe has advised and trained clients on web development, social media, and online payments/fundraising. He has volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County and also serves on the Member Benefits Committee of the National Association of Government Webmasters. Luke enjoys the challenges of leveraging technology to make government more open, effective, and responsive. (He has also been admitted to Chicago’s @CodeAcademy)

AJ Van Beest: Bayfield County
SEO for local gov: Why and How

AJ has been ensnared in the Web since 9:38 p.m., October 2, 1993, when he clicked on the “Mosaic” icon on the screen of the lab computer his freshman year of college. “Hell, I can do that,” he muttered under his breath. In the following 19 years, AJ has proven time and again, that he is a digital crow, pecking at shiny things he finds in his online travels, and occasionally bringing them home to adorn his nest.

During that time, AJ has been an award-winning journalist as well as a web monkey for higher education, private enterprise and local government. He has regularly shed blood on the bleeding edge of technology, preferring to feel the early adopter’s pain than be lulled to sleep by mainstream complacency. On the other hand, AJ has a history of regular, vociferous defense of web standards, content governance and digital communication protocols suggesting a deep-seated respect for order while still loving the chaos of the hunt for the new “it.”

AJ’s current obsessions include SEO, WordPress, digital security, bushcraft, learning to play blues guitar, cheeseburgers (especially ones created from exclusively local ingredients), body-surfing, and the intersections of technology, primary education and “wonder at this freakin’ amazing world.” Also, AJ still regularly mutters “Hell, I can do that.”

As I’m sure you can tell, AJ also loves writing (and speaking) about himself in the third person and creating presenter bios of himself that are exactly 250 words long. He hates post-modern art and thinks hipsters need more to do.”

Dave Watts: Fig Leag Software
Developing Mobile Applications using Sencha Touch and PhoneGap

Dave founded Fig Leaf Software with Steve Drucker in 1992, and shares Steve’s vision of Fig Leaf Software as a world-class development and training company. As Chief Technology Officer, Dave Watts drives the technology vision and enhances Fig Leaf's competitive edge by developing the company's best practices, covering server configuration, performance tuning, application development, and application deployment. Dave also manages the Google Enterprise practice of Fig Leaf Software.

Brett Williamson: Johnson County
Absolute Beginners Guide to Drupal (Part One)

Brett Williamson has been a web developer for Johnson County, KS, the past 10 years. He works primarily on web content management systems including Drupal and SharePoint. He was a speaker at the Kansas City and Chicago NAGW conferences where he addressed the topics of website branding and SharePoint discovery. Brett is currently upgrading the Johnson County website to the Drupal 7 platform and incorporating responsive design along the way. Johnson County currently has 12 web sites using Drupal, five more under development, and requests from 12 additional departments for convergence to the latest Drupal platform. He received his Master’s degree in Information Systems from Friends University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. Brett would like to acknowledge Peter Carerro (City of Olathe, KS) and Eric Gruber (City of Lawrence, KS) for the guidance and support they so willing provide in his Drupal journey.

Paul Wolf: PublicStuff
The Mobilization of Government

Paul has been a sales, technology professional since graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Political Science and History. Well versed in the areas of technology and innovation, Paul worked for Grolier Publishing and was a key contributor to the first CD-ROM encyclopedia and online encyclopedic database. Since then he has managed sales teams for many technology companies, including KWI Infosystems and Workspeed, LLC. He is currently PublicStuff’s Regional Manager and works closely with municipalities to create custom solutions to fulfill their public works and communication needs.