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Our Leaders

NYSTEC Management Team

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President & CEO

Kevin Owens

President & CEO

Kevin Owens serves as NYSTEC’s President and CEO. His consulting experience spans over 20 years, with a focus on transformational initiatives that have assisted organizations in positioning themselves for future success. Kevin’s forte is overseeing large-scale system implementations, where he has excelled in managing all phases of the technology project life cycle. As he served in various leadership roles in NYSTEC, Kevin also served clients such as the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the NYS Department of Labor (DOL). For many years, Kevin led NYSTEC-sponsored community involvement and charity events. A strong supporter of professional development, Kevin has served as a mentor to many people on NYSTEC’s management and leadership teams. Kevin holds a BBA from Siena College and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as recognized by the Project Management Institute.

Managing Director of Operations

Nick Alger

Managing Director of Operations

Nick Alger serves as NYSTEC’s chief information officer and managing director of operations. Overseeing the company’s facility strategy in the Capital Region, Central New York, and New York City, Nick is spearheading NYSTEC’s efforts to provide state of the art technology and dynamic workspace environments for our employees. An IT executive with more than 25 years of experience in systems engineering, project management, and operations management, Nick’s expertise ranges from designing communications systems with an emphasis on broadband, wireless and optical network technologies, to raising the company’s internal systems security posture. Nick holds an MS and a BS from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Culture and Engagement Manager

Maria Ayoob

Culture and Engagement Manager

Maria Ayoob is NYSTEC’s culture and engagement manager. She is an experienced project manager, researcher, and consultant in the healthcare field. Maria previously served as practice leader for the Population HealthData Insights practice, overseeing projects related to health information technologyenabled quality measurement and clinical data quality for the New York State Department of Health. Before joining NYSTEC in 2014 as a senior consultant, Maria worked for Health Research, Inc., providing support as a project facilitator for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Information Technology Transformation, where she managed projects to automate healthcare data exchange. She also holds a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. 

Director – Health & Human Services

Chip Barnes

Director – Health & Human Services

Chip Barnes serves as NYSTEC’s director of health and human services. In this role, he guides NYSTEC teams involved on the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, meaningful use, HIPAA transactions, Medicaid systems, and data warehouse technology projects. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a former Certified Public Accountant, Chip has more than 15 years’ experience in leading large business-process redesign and system integration projects for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). He has also been a key player in project management/quality assurance efforts for the New York Medicaid program, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and Medicaid advance planning document (APD) projects. Chip holds a BS in Accountancy from Bentley College.

Practice Leader - Medicaid System Innovation

Amit Bhaumik

Practice Leader - Medicaid System Innovation

Amit Bhaumik is NYSTEC’s Medicaid System Innovation practice leader. A skilled healthcare technology project and program manager, Amit has more than 20 years of experience with system development and testing, system implementation, database administration, web migrations, quality assurance, and requirements analysis. He served as the engagement lead for a major initiative for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in which he organized and streamlined all reconciliation efforts (enrollments, payments, encounters) to provide clear and consistent communication to 20+ health plans and multiple departments across NYSDOH. Amit holds a Master of City Planning degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bengal Engineering College, and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Clarkson University. He also holds several professional certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Business Development Manager

Girk Cakmak

Business Development Manager

Girk Cakmak serves as a business development manager for NYSTEC. He is an accomplished, goal-oriented professional with a wide range of experience, including business development, digital marketing, sales, and project management. With more than 18 years of experience in the government and healthcare sectors, Girk’s skill set includes developing and executing business development strategies, redesigning sales operations, and creating new digital marketing processes. He also has extensive experience with New York State contract vehicles.

President & CEO

Kevin Owens

President & CEO

Kevin Owens serves as NYSTEC’s President and CEO. His consulting experience spans over 20 years, with a focus on transformational initiatives that have assisted organizations in positioning themselves for future success. Kevin’s forte is overseeing large-scale system implementations, where he has excelled in managing all phases of the technology project life cycle. As he served in various leadership roles in NYSTEC, Kevin also served clients such as the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the NYS Department of Labor (DOL). For many years, Kevin led NYSTEC-sponsored community involvement and charity events. A strong supporter of professional development, Kevin has served as a mentor to many people on NYSTEC’s management and leadership teams. Kevin holds a BBA from Siena College and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as recognized by the Project Management Institute.

Managing Director of Operations

Nick Alger

Managing Director of Operations

Nick Alger serves as NYSTEC’s chief information officer and managing director of operations. Overseeing the company’s facility strategy in the Capital Region, Central New York, and New York City, Nick is spearheading NYSTEC’s efforts to provide state of the art technology and dynamic workspace environments for our employees. An IT executive with more than 25 years of experience in systems engineering, project management, and operations management, Nick’s expertise ranges from designing communications systems with an emphasis on broadband, wireless and optical network technologies, to raising the company’s internal systems security posture. Nick holds an MS and a BS from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Culture and Engagement Manager

Maria Ayoob

Culture and Engagement Manager

Maria Ayoob is NYSTEC’s culture and engagement manager. She is an experienced project manager, researcher, and consultant in the healthcare field. Maria previously served as practice leader for the Population HealthData Insights practice, overseeing projects related to health information technologyenabled quality measurement and clinical data quality for the New York State Department of Health. Before joining NYSTEC in 2014 as a senior consultant, Maria worked for Health Research, Inc., providing support as a project facilitator for the Department of Health’s Office of Health Information Technology Transformation, where she managed projects to automate healthcare data exchange. She also holds a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. 

Director – Health & Human Services

Chip Barnes

Director – Health & Human Services

Chip Barnes serves as NYSTEC’s director of health and human services. In this role, he guides NYSTEC teams involved on the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, meaningful use, HIPAA transactions, Medicaid systems, and data warehouse technology projects. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a former Certified Public Accountant, Chip has more than 15 years’ experience in leading large business-process redesign and system integration projects for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). He has also been a key player in project management/quality assurance efforts for the New York Medicaid program, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and Medicaid advance planning document (APD) projects. Chip holds a BS in Accountancy from Bentley College.

Practice Leader - Medicaid System Innovation

Amit Bhaumik

Practice Leader - Medicaid System Innovation

Amit Bhaumik is NYSTEC’s Medicaid System Innovation practice leader. A skilled healthcare technology project and program manager, Amit has more than 20 years of experience with system development and testing, system implementation, database administration, web migrations, quality assurance, and requirements analysis. He served as the engagement lead for a major initiative for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in which he organized and streamlined all reconciliation efforts (enrollments, payments, encounters) to provide clear and consistent communication to 20+ health plans and multiple departments across NYSDOH. Amit holds a Master of City Planning degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bengal Engineering College, and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Clarkson University. He also holds several professional certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Business Development Manager

Girk Cakmak

Business Development Manager

Girk Cakmak serves as a business development manager for NYSTEC. He is an accomplished, goal-oriented professional with a wide range of experience, including business development, digital marketing, sales, and project management. With more than 18 years of experience in the government and healthcare sectors, Girk’s skill set includes developing and executing business development strategies, redesigning sales operations, and creating new digital marketing processes. He also has extensive experience with New York State contract vehicles.

Business Development Manager

Michelle Chank

Business Development Manager

Michelle Chank serves as an account executive for NYSTEC’s clients. She has led complex business- and technology-driven projects and contract negotiations, cross-functional project delivery teams, and program management offices. Michelle has extensive experience in determining and framing an organization’s needs and in developing and implementing creative solutions to improve a client’s organizational and operational efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining NYSTEC, she was on staff at Columbia University in the City of New York and worked for International Business Machines (IBM) in a global consulting group. Michelle has served on the board of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) New York City chapter and actively volunteers with both the Upstate New York and New York City chapters of the PMI. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), she holds an MS and a BS in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Practice Leader - Health Management Technology

Patrick Correia

Practice Leader - Health Management Technology

Patrick Correia is NYSTEC’s practice leader for Health Management Technology. He has more than 11 years of experience in healthcare technology areas including program administration, provider support/stakeholder outreach, system design and oversight, and solution architecture. Patrick has led several initiatives for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), including developing and implementing the State’s Medicaid health information technology plan; providing system design and oversight for the NY Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program; and securing 90% Federal Financial Participation (FFP) for program administration for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY). Patrick holds a BS in Computer Science from UMass Amherst and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Practice Leader - Health Systems Transformation

Brad Duerr

Practice Leader - Health Systems Transformation

Brad Duerr is NYSTEC’s practice leader for Health Systems Transformation. In this role, he manages a portfolio of technology projects to modernize health information systems and business processes to achieve cost and operational efficiencies that drive improved health outcomes. His client work includes leading a healthcare transformation program for NYS and NYC public health agencies. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from SUNY College of Technology and a BA in Information Systems/Science from SUNY Oswego University. In addition, Brad is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a Certified Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), and is a certified Internal Audit Practitioner.

General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Officer

Glinnesa Gailliard

General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Officer

Glinnesa Gailliard serves as NYSTEC’s general counsel, ethics and compliance officer. She is an accomplished, experienced attorney with in-house, business law, and civil and administrative litigation experience. Glinnesa has a broad scope of expertise, and her strengths are in contract drafting and negotiation, compliance, fraud, data privacy, trademark and copyright, and criminal investigations.

Practice Leader - Healthcare Management Services

Sarah Goff

Practice Leader - Healthcare Management Services

Sarah Goff serves as NYSTEC’s Healthcare Management Services practice leader. A Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP), process standardization specialist, and regulatory compliance expert, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare technology. Her project work includes monitoring long-term care services and programs over the implementation of  the Uniform Assessment System (UAS-NY) for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Prior to joining NYSTEC, Sarah worked for Albany Medical Center. In her role there as a clinical systems manager, she oversaw and maintained system functionality for electronic health records, the pharmacy, and medication administration. She also worked directly for NYSDOH as a program and portfolio manager. Sarah holds an MBA in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.

Director – Services & Solutions

Richard Green

Director – Services & Solutions

Richard Green is NYSTEC’s director of services and solutions. With more than 20 years of experience as a project manager, business analyst, and specialist in quality assurance and request for proposal (RFP) development, Richard has led dozens of  New York State government procurement and security initiatives, and he had advised teams in their project work in the areas of security and privacy, technology acquisitions, technical architecture and communications systems, and innovation and entrepreneurship. He received his education in England, where he earned an MS in Computing. Richard has held the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 2003.

Practice Leader - Information Exchange & Data Insights

Jon Greenwalt

Practice Leader - Information Exchange & Data Insights

Jon Greenwalt is NYSTEC’s practice leader of Information Exchange & Data Insights. His work includes portfolio and project management, strategy development and alignment, resource and budget management, funding research and grant writing, quality assurance, business process and requirements analysis, developing detailed project plans and timelines, conducting feasibility and fit-gap analyses, and evaluating technical options for implementation. Jon has served numerous New York State agencies, including New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for the Aging (OAG), Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). He holds an MBA in Human Resource Information Systems from SUNY Albany, and a BA in Business Management from Siena College.

Practice Leader - Technology Acquisitions

Mark Greiner

Practice Leader - Technology Acquisitions

Mark Greiner is NYSTEC’s practice leader for Technology Acquisition. Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute, Mark has extensive experience in technology procurement, architecture, and networks. He has performed resource management, project planning, and monitoring on several high-profile IT projects in New York State and New York City, and he is highly skilled in managing independent validation and verification (IV&V) services. Mark’s activities have included documentation development such as technical requirements and requests for proposals (RFPs), and his technical experience has focused on network and data-center infrastructure and migrations, as well as wireless LAN, WAN, and MAN application implementations and build-outs. Mark holds a BA in Telecommunications from the SUNY Institute of Technology.

Director of Finance & Budget

Jasminka Husic

Director of Finance & Budget

Jasminka Husic serves as NYSTEC’s director of finance and budget. A certified public accountant, she has eight years of experience as a senior staff accountant and five years as a senior software engineer. Before her role as director, Jasminka served as NYSTEC’s comptroller. She is active in the Utica chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), an organization with 26,000+ NYS-based CPAs, lawyers, bankers, and other professionals from associated industries. Jasminka holds a master’s degree in accountancy from SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) and two bachelor’s degrees in business administration e-commerce, with a minor in computer science from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Director - Population Health

Shannon Kelley

Director - Population Health

Shannon Kelley is NYSTEC’s director of population health. With nearly 20 years of experience leading healthcare and healthcare-technology transformation initiatives, Shannon manages a portfolio of technology projects that aims to modernize health information systems and business processes to achieve cost efficiencies and improve health outcomes. Previously, Shannon worked as director of programs for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), responsible for advancing New York’s health information technology strategy. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the SUNY Albany, School of Public Health, and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Practice Leader - Planning & Design

Emily Light

Practice Leader - Planning & Design

Emily Light is NYSTEC’s Planning & Design practice leader. She is a public health professional with experience in the insurance, healthcare delivery, and healthcare consulting settings. Emily’s career has focused on building new functions, relationship management, planning, program management, process improvement, goal setting, and outcome achievement. She is experienced in leading teams, managing complex relationships, team building, conflict resolution, and facilitating change management techniques. Emily is active in her community and serves on the boards for the Capital Region Chamber Women’s Business Council, the Homeless & Traveler’s Aid Society (HATAS), and the Niskayuna Girls Softball League.

Practice Leader - Technical Architecture & Communications Systems

Bill McBride

Practice Leader - Technical Architecture & Communications Systems

Bill McBride is NYSTEC’s Technical Architecture & Communications Systems practice leader. With more than 20 years of network communications experience, Bill’s focus has been on providing oversight and managing IT projects specific to network infrastructure, server and application migration, data centers, telecommunications broadband, and public safety. Bill and his team have contributed to the successful planning, implementation, and best practices on major projects for New York City, such as CityNet and NYCWiN, as well as several IT initiatives for CUNY. He holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University.

Practice Leader - Strategy & Funding Solutions

Colleen Mooney

Practice Leader - Strategy & Funding Solutions

Colleen Mooney is NYSTEC’s practice leader for Strategy & Funding Solutions. Her team provides strategic planning and technical advising to clients in the areas of population health analytics, healthcare delivery transformation, and strategic planning. Previously, Colleen worked at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for more than 10 years, where she provided oversight and subject matter expertise related to federal and state regulations, health information exchange, technology and interoperability, contract management and procurement, grant writing, and vendor management. Colleen holds an MPH in Health Policy, Management and Behavior from SUNY Albany, School of Public Health, and a BA in English from the University of Rochester. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Practice Leader - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Courtney Olsen

Practice Leader - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Courtney Olsen is NYSTEC’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship practice leader. With more than 15 years of experience, she helped develop policy and budget initiatives for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP). Recognized as a compliance expert, Courtney has led and supported work with the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) and OHIP’s Division of Long-Term Care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Siena College and an MBA from Marist College. Courtney is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Director - Business Development

Mark Romano

Director - Business Development

Serving a duel role as director of business development and client advocate for existing contracted business for NYSTEC, Mark Romano is the lead on all new and extended business opportunities as well as the primary liaison between NYSTEC and its public sector-based government clients. With a focus on growth and an advanced understanding of public-sector industry knowledge, Mark has more than 20 years of experience interfacing with customers and top-echelon management. Mark holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. A US Air Force veteran, Mark as a civilian developed information security policies and procedures for a US Air Force command and control program for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

CFO, Director – Contracts, Risk Management & Diversity

Michele Salisbury

CFO, Director – Contracts, Risk Management & Diversity

Michele Salisbury is NYSTEC’s CFO and director of contracts, risk management, and diversity. Her many responsibilities include overseeing NYSTEC’s Central New York Region innovation and leadership initiatives and outreach to community clients such as the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY. Michele lends her volunteer efforts to various organizations, including the Cyber Research Institute, the Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (MV EDGE), the SUNY Poly Institute College of Business Management, and the New York State Forum. She served as treasurer for the Rome Area Red Cross and as vice chair for the Project Fibonacci STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Youth Conference in Rome. Michele, who holds an MBA from Syracuse University and a BS in Accounting from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is a licensed New York State Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Talent Recruitment Manager

Kathy Stockbridge

Talent Recruitment Manager

Kathy Stockbridge is a staffing and recruitment professional with more than 15 years of experience. She is responsible for managing NYSTEC’s recruitment process, driving diverse talent into the organization and contributing to the company’s long-term growth. Kathy is deeply involved in the full recruiting life cycle, from initial sourcing and screening through offer negotiations, placement, and onboarding. Previously, she was a branch manager at local staffing agency Staffworks, where she oversaw operations that focused on delivering temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct placement personnel to clients. Kathy, who holds an associate’s degree in Business Management, is a Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter (CSSR) and a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR) through AIRS.

Contracts Manager

Michael Tallman

Contracts Manager

Mike Tallman serves as NYSTEC’s contract manager. He has 15 years of professional experience, including 10 years performing contract administration for CONMED Corporation. Mike is a member of the National Contract Management Association – Leatherstocking Chapter. He holds a BS in Business Management from SUNY Institute of Technology and an associate’s degree in General Studies from Mohawk Valley Community College.

Practice Leader - Information Security

Rob Zeglen

Practice Leader - Information Security

Rob Zeglen, NYSTEC’s Information Security practice leader, has more than 20 years of experience in information security and associated technologies. His areas of specialty include developing and executing key risk-mitigating activities, risk assessments, and vulnerability testing projects. Rob has advised clients on HIPAA compliance and how to incorporate security controls across various program areas, and he assessed existing disaster recovery readiness at several locations throughout New York City. An accomplished speaker, Rob regularly presents at annual conferences such as the NYSAC Legislative Conference and the New York State Cyber Security Conference. He holds an undergraduate and MS degree in Computer Science and is a certified information security systems professional (CISSP) and HITRUST CSF practitioner.

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