SIM Portland September Meeting - "The State of IT in the State”

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About the event

Please join us for the SIM Portland September 2018 meeting when a panel of experts from the Office of the State CIO will review what is happening in IT in the State of Oregon, and what new opportunities and challenges are being worked on, and how can public and private IT organizations lead and partner to implement these goals.

Key topics that will be explored include,

  • Review of current State of Oregon IT planning and initiatives, including,
  • State of Oregon Cybersecurity initiative including Cybersecurity Advisory Council and awareness
  • Statewide Broadband initiative and addressing the Digital Divide with OregonFIBER
  • What does this all mean to IT leadership? How can we partner and collaborate? What should we be planning for?


The Distinguished Panelists

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 Melody Riley Ralphs is the Chief Technology Officer within Oregon’s State Chief Information Office. She is focused on helping the State of Oregon align technology with the strategic business direction--leading strategy, architecture and planning. Melody has over 20 years public sector experience, most of that within the State of Oregon in the Information Technology arena. Her experience includes: IT Operations, Project Management, Enterprise Architecture, IT Service Management, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Process & Policy Development, Program Development, Management systems, and Technology Training Management. Over the last year, Melody has been working with several different agencies in engagements involving project management, enterprise architecture and modernization planning. Melody holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Computer Science from Western Oregon University.


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Dave McMorries attended Oregon State University on a Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduating in 1988 with a BA in Political Science.  He met and married Holly, while at OSU.  Dave (Holly calls him David!) served nearly 29 years in the Marine Corps, serving in locations around the world.  Dave joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Cyber Advisor, supporting large Department of Defense clients to address their most pressing mission and risk needs.  Now the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Oregon, Dave is excited to make a difference for Oregonians.

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Jordan Masanga (Panel Chair) is in his 15th year at Oregon PERS, Jordan Masanga is leading the agency in a digital transformation journey that will usher in new business capabilities and technology.  As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Masanga leads a 77-person IT organization that manages and administers Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System that consists of over 350,000 members and 1,000 employers.  Oregon PERS has four major retirement plans, and a portfolio at nearly $80B.  Prior to Oregon PERS, Mr. Masanga help start-up company in music industry and was VP of Engineering at ADC Telecomm Broadband Division where he led an engineering organization consisting of 5 domestic and international offices.  In total, Mr. Masanga has 29 years’ experience in software engineering and information technology. 


When & Where
Sep 12
12th September 2018
05:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Portland, OR
2018-09-12 05:30 PM 2018-09-12 08:15 PM America/New_York SIM Portland September Meeting - "The State of IT in the State” 1225 Southwest 6th Avenue Portland, OR, United States 97204

University Club of Portland

The University Club is located in the heart of downtown Portland at the intersection of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Street on the northwest corner.

Online registration is available until 12am 9/12/2018 at

SIM Portland Member $35,
SIM Portland Non-Member $120,
SIM Portland Student $25.


5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Meeting Start
7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
8:15 PM Close

About SIM

The Society of Information Management (SIM), Portland Chapter, is a professional organization of senior IT practitioners; CIOs to IT managers. The monthly SIM-Portland event is a NO SALES ZONE. IT vendors/service providers may contact for sponsorship opportunities.