Steve Harpe brings more than 30 years of experience managing technology solutions globally for companies such as American Airlines, Sabre, HireRight, Capital One CGI and Gateway Mortgage Group. He has also worked on initiatives for the United States Navy and Marines requiring high level security clearances by the federal government. He serves on the 501 Technet Advisory Board and in several technology leadership groups such as the Oklahoma CIO's and the Tulsa CIO Forum organizations. These groups bring senior level technologists in Oklahoma together to collaborate on technology transformation and cyber security initiatives.
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The state comptroller directs the daily operations of OMES central accounting and reporting. Bajema was appointed state comptroller in April 2012. She previously served as the chief financial officer for the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board for two years after serving as director of finance for the previous decade. Bajema is a certified public accountant and a past president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.
State Purchasing Director
State Purchasing Director Sam DuRegger leads the procurement arm of the Central Purchasing division of OMES. He is responsible for the execution of state purchasing law and procurement processes while driving the state’s digital transformation and citizen experience enhancement. As the former director of product management for Sonic Corp., DuRegger led the procurement effort of multiple software solutions, which culminated in a new digital payment infrastructure. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree in theology from John Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Oklahoma's Price College of Business.
Interim Director, Public Affairs
Jake Lowrey has more than 20 years public information experience with state agencies. Prior to his government service, Lowrey served as a reporter and managing editor with the Oklahoma Business News Co.. As interim public affairs director, he serves as a media spokesman and liaison for OMES and oversees a team of communications professionals and web designers who provide both print and digital publications and information tools for all OMES divisions.
Director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance
The director of budget, policy and gaming compliance assists the director of OMES in developing policy on fiscal issues to ensure consistency with the governor’s platforms and goals. To that end, the director of budget and policy also monitors and provides input regarding legislation that affects the state budget and helps to manage the implementation of that legislation. Also, the director is responsible for ensuring gaming entities operate in accordance with the Tribal Gaming Compact and federal regulations, and participates in specific task forces with other state and federal agencies and represents the state in federal litigation. Manek is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and major in accounting. She has served in the budget division under three governors and six OMES directors.
Kathy Pendarvis has served as general counsel for OMES since 2012. She counsels agency leadership on state and federal laws, assesses legal risks, strategizes on major litigation and manages a team of lawyers working in a variety of practice specialties ranging from employment and health law to state procurement laws. Pendarvis is proficient in open meetings, open records and confidentiality laws; state laws governing agency and technology consolidation; state purchasing and bidding laws; finance law, and a hosts of other state and federal regulations.
Chief Information Officer
As the chief information officer, Bo Reese manages OMES Information Services. The CIO has jurisdictional responsibility related to information and telecommunications systems of all state agencies as provided under the Oklahoma Information Services Act. As Oklahoma’s CIO, Reese is overseeing the consolidation of all state agency information technology infrastructure and services to within OMES. Rather than having an IT department at each state agency, Oklahoma now has one IT department overseen by Reese in consultation with the agencies.
Capital Assets Management Administrator
Dan Ross was appointed administrator of the Capital Assets Management Division in November 2014. As administrator, Ross oversees six business departments and two administrative units that deliver services in facilities management, construction and properties, fleet management, risk management, property reutilization, printing-interagency mail, audit services and board and commission support.
Oklahoma Capitol Project Manager
Trait Thompson was named project manager of the State Capitol Restoration Project by the director of OMES in July 2014. Thompson oversees all aspects of the restoration and makes frequent appearances in online, print and broadcast media, as well as speaks with public and private groups about the importance of restoring the Oklahoma Capitol. He served for four years as legislative director and senior policy adviser to Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. In addition to his experience in state government, Thompson has worked in the business consulting, nonprofit and telecommunications fields.
Human Capital Management Administrator
Dana Webb is the administrator of human capital management for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. She directs the daily operations of HCM, administering the Merit System of Personnel Administration in both a service and regulatory capacity for the state. HCM includes the office of workforce planning and development, recruitment and retention, employee benefit management, applicant services and testing, classification and compensation and policy and legislative services. She works extensively with the Oklahoma Legislature and other public and private administrators concerning all aspects of OMES and state government.
Employees Group Insurance Division Administrator
Frank Wilson Jr. is the administrator of the OMES Employees Group Insurance Division. EGID administers, manages and provides group health, dental, life and disability insurance for current employees and retirees of state agencies, school districts and other government bodies in Oklahoma. Wilson is a frequent speaker to legislators and membership groups across Oklahoma on all aspects of employee group health insurance and the operations of EGID and its self-funded health care plan, HealthChoice, which serves about 1,000 employer and retiree groups of about 165,000 members.