Learn more about each of the 2017 election candidates below.

Region 1: Midwest Region

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Jason Huber (incumbent)

Biography 

Information Technology Manager for the City of St. Louis Park. Over 17 years of extensive experience in public and private sector IT. A proven track record of leading technology programs, strategy development, business process management, governance, technology planning, execution, and implementing organizational change.

He was instrumental in promoting the convergence of technology and communications when St. Louis Park formed its Information Resources Department, 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. 

Why do you want to be on the NAGW Board?

I have worked to move the organization forward by serving on the board for the past three years. Writing the RFP and leading the selection process for our management company. I have served on the website committee and handled day to day operations, hardware, SSL certificate, and upgrades to the hardware and software.

As the new chair of Sponsorship Committee, I have worked to retain existing sponsors and bring a new variety sponsors to the conference. I enjoy working behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothing for NAGW.

Letters of Reference



Northeast Region mapRegion 3: Northeast Region

Katya Wowk (incumbent)

Biography

I was born in the US and am a citizen of this country and of New Zealand. I grew up in a relatively small town in New Jersey (East Hanover), attended Rutgers University for undergraduate studies and the University of Toronto for my graduate work. From Toronto I moved to New Zealand, living Wellington and Dunedin. I fell in love with the country -- the reason why I became a naturalized "Kiwi." 

I am married to Mike Wowk -- a truly fantastic person! I am fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, I studied German for eight years and am currently learning Spanish. I love my work and I thoroughly enjoy serving on the NAGW Board.

Why do you want to be on the NAGW Board?

I truly enjoy working with the NAGW board of directors heading up our marketing efforts, writing press releases, creating social media posts, working on graphic elements and doing what I can to promote the organization. This year I also headed the certification course committee, working with three terrific members (thank you MJ, Carolyn and AJ!), the executive board and with Dr. Alan Shark and Dale Bowen of PTI.

The last several years as the Northeast Region Director have been truly rewarding and I would love to continue offering my services to the organization.

Letters of Reference


Region 5: South Region

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Jennifer Chapman

Biography

I am the Digital Communications Manager for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia, where I have worked in various Communications Department roles for more than six years. In 2016, I successfully launched the City's new, responsive website, after more than 18 months of work. In between website redesign duties, I launched and now manage the City's social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, and YouTube. 

Currently, I serve as the President of the Johns Creek Arts Center Board of Directors and the Public Relations Director for the Rotary Club of Johns Creek - North Fulton. I am a 2012 graduate of Leadership Johns Creek and served more than three years as a Leadership Johns Creek board member. In my spare time, I enjoy reading biographies, running on the treadmill, traveling, and spending time with my husband and three-year-old son.

Why do you want to be on the NAGW Board?

I have found that professional organizations come in two varieties: those that successfully execute their mission of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and those that do not. NAGW, for me, has proven to be an invaluable resource for learning about new technologies, networking with web professionals across the country, and finding solutions to technical issues. The association is much more than a listserv and webinars, it’s a community of passionate and motivated government professionals and I want to be a bigger part of it.

Technology is changing faster than any one person can comprehend. New products are launched by new companies solving problems that some of us haven’t even realized we have yet. NAGW and the collaborative atmosphere it provides is the best way for web professionals to stay abreast of these changes, continue learning, and also leverage the experiences of others to save time and resources.

As a board member, I would make it my priority to continue the good work the Board has already executed while also helping to strengthen the resources within NAGW that have given me so much. Web professionals from across the country, working in both large and small municipalities, need to realize the power of NAGW to help individuals succeed in the same way that city planners rely upon the AIA. I feel that with my unique blend of both private and public sector experience, I can help spread the word and expand the tent to more cities and counties in the United States. With my deeper involvement in NAGW through having a seat on the board, I will be able to learn more about the organization and help tailor marketing and outreach efforts to recruit more members.

As government web professionals, we’re trying to figure out the best way to effectively communicate and engage with our communities. If elected to the board, I would be honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow members in reaching this goal.

Letters of Reference


Region 7: Mountain RegionMountain Region map

Paulette Neal-Allen (incumbent)

Biography

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, play with her grandkids, play bass guitar in the praise band at church, and read.

Why do you want to be on the NAGW Board?

I believe that we are providing valuable support and opportunities for government web professionals and I want to continue to give my best efforts to support our goals.

Letters of Reference


At Large OneAt Large

Leslie Labrecque (incumbent)

Biography

Leslie Labrecque has worked in technology and the web for over 17 years, having held the position of Webmaster for the City of Boulder since 2002. At that time, she began managing several websites using static HTML-based systems. 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 with Twitter and Facebook. She has since redesigned both the internal and external websites several times as well as implemented new web-based systems such as a new CMS and constituent relationship management (CRM) system. Leslie holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Masters of Science in Computer Information Technology from Regis University. She is a wife and mother of two and considers her children to be her greatest accomplishment. In her spare time, when she is not working for NAGW, she likes to play video games.

Why do you want to be on the NAGW Board?

I love the NAGW organization and it has been monumental in my career growth at the city. I want to give back to the organization that has given so much to me.

Letters of Reference