Board of Directors
mike walsh, president
Mike Walsh is currently President and CEO of NYSTEC. As President, CEO, and member of the Board, Mike promotes a culture consistent with continuous improvement that is achieved through an ongoing process of defining goals, developing strategies, implementing systems, and measuring performance results, with emphasis on operational efficiency, effectiveness, and stewardship of resources. Prior to joining NYSTEC, Mike started Albany's Peat Marwick Consulting office, served as partner-in-charge of the KPMG’s State and Local Government Consulting Practice for the New York and New England regions, and was the founder of BearingPoint. He is active in serving our community through roles such as founding IgniteU, sitting on the advisory board for RPI’s M.S. in Technology, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship, and serving as the President and Board Chair for DAMA-NYCR.
Pat Schaffer, Vice President of finance
Pat Schaffer is the owner and president of Total Quality Associates, Inc. (TQA). TQA is an Albany, New York based corporation that specializes in providing government and private sector consulting services in the areas of project management, quality assurance, requirements analysis, business process modeling, relational and dimensional data modeling, data validation, and training. TQA’s core competencies include the subject areas of healthcare and most specifically, Medicaid, and the technological areas of data warehousing and master data management. TQA staff qualifications include professionals that are certified project managers and database administrators, that have years of experience in both the Medicaid subject matter and data warehousing technology.
TODD HARBOUR, vice president of programming
Todd Harbour is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for New York State, where he orchestrates work to design and implement a data management regime for the Empire State. Todd’s work includes developing a data governance strategy, framework, and roadmap, defining a unified information architecture, realizing master data, coordinating data sharing, and establish a state-wide data analytics community of practice.
Prior to this role, Todd was a senior federal government official based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, where he led work to establish data strategies, business frameworks, and data management platforms, which helped provide a reliable basis for answering questions from Congress and organizational leaders. Previously, Todd served as senior vice president at FGM Inc., a software and systems engineering corporation in Northern Virginia.
Todd is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), Scrum Master (CSM), and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Project Management Institute and National Defense University, respectively. Todd is also a certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP) with the Data Management Association (DAMA). Todd currently holds 4 graduate degrees in information systems, project management, business administration, and government information leadership.
Billy Obenauer, vice president of membership
Billy Obenauer serves as the managing director for DAMA-NYCR. He is also a digital learning consultant at NYSTEC, a not-for-profit consulting organization that serves as a trusted IT Advisor to state and local governments in New York. In this position, he works with partners in both the public and private sector to organize events that foster education, research, and entrepreneurial leadership within government. As a part of these duties, Billy is a member of the New York State Forum where he serves as co-chair of the Business Innovation and Emerging Technologies Work Group.
Additionally, Billy is currently a PhD student in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY where he studies organizational behavior. His research focuses on the contextual nuances that influence diversity and inclusion issues within organizations. Billy has had papers accepted for presentation at the annual conferences of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Southern Management Association, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Eastern Academy of Management, and the Midwest Academy of Management.
GWEN COATS, vice president of communications