Roni joined the Technology Department at the Diocese of Des Moines in 2004 as a Project Manager for a diocesan mandated conversion to standardized software. Roni coordinated the implementation of the new church management software at all 83 parishes within the Diocese as well as a financial software implementation (ledger/payables/payroll) at all parishes and schools. She also directed the implementation of the software at a Diocesan level.
Roni currently coordinates technology training and support for diocesan staff, manages technology related projects, and acts as the Help Desk first contact. She also leads training user group meetings and provides support on the standardized software tools in use at all parishes, schools and diocesan offices.
Prior to working at the Diocese, Roni was a licensed Life/Accident/Health insurance agent working in the Employee Benefits field for more than eight years. She graduated with a B.A. degree in English from The University of Iowa. She is married and has two very active children, a daughter age 8 and a son age 11.
Over the past 7 years, DISC has provided to me invaluable training opportunities, access to an outstanding peer network, and support in the very specialized area of technology within the Church. I would like to see these benefits of membership marketed more heavily to all Arch/Diocese with a goal of not only growing the current DISC membership, but to assist our fellow “I.T. People” working within the same ministry.
In 1999 Christine left the corporate world to assume the role of parish secretary for a rapidly growing parish in the Atlanta suburbs When the Archdiocese began the search for a new census management program, Christine was invited to become a member of the selection committee. In 2004 her knowledge of ParishSOFT coupled with her operational and technical training background led to being offered the position of Training Coordinator. As a member of the archdiocesan planning and implementation team Christine worked to develop a set of data standards, create standard operating procedures, and define policies for the church management system which was installed in 110 parishes. In early 2008 Christine relocated to the Diocese of St. Petersburg to continue her work as training coordinator. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer and member of the IT Team Christine works closely with diocesan and parish staff to deploy data standards and enhance technical skills through training.
As an interregnal part of the diocesan team Christine evaluates training needs and develops strategies to maintain optimum functionality at both the parish and diocesan level through customized education solutions aimed at maximizing the ROI for the IT endeavor. Christine has developed training several tools which are currently referenced in multiple dioceses across the country.
Christine, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, also teaches business development and Microsoft Office as an adjunct faculty member at St. Petersburg College. She is a member of the American Society of Training Developers and serves on several advisory boards.
Bill joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1999 and is now the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Information Technology. With his previous nine years of experience directing multimedia design and instructional technology initiatives in higher education, Bill began to lay the groundwork of stabilizing the operational components of the Archdiocese's telecommunications and information systems.
He and his team have been successful in changing the perception of information and technology from a purely operational focused entity to a strategic enabler. This is due to their ability to provide new perspectives and approaches to the use of technology by transforming data into timely and accurate information through strategic enterprise information systems that include human resource management, financial accounting, student information, parish management, campaign development, geographic information and personnel screening.
A product of Catholic education (grade school, high school and graduate school), Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Loyola University Maryland, Sellinger School of Business and Management.
Bill is the President of the Diocesan Information Systems Conference (DISC) and holds board positions with the United Way of Central Maryland and the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC). Bill is presently a diocesan advisor to ParishSOFT, LLC and has been an advisor to the Maryland CIO Roundtable, Apple’s PowerSchool IT Advisory Council, and the University of Notre Dame Task Force on the Financial Health of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools. In 2011, Bill was honored by SmartCEO Magazine as a top CIO innovator for the Baltimore region.
Bill has presented on a variety of topics including: child & youth protection; internet safety; the importance of enterprise strategic information; and non-profit strategic planning at a number of conferences including: the Diocesan Information System Conference (DISC), the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the National Lawson User Group Conference (CUE), the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals Assembly, and MacWorld.
Bill has published articles on the topics of process and system reengineering, student assessment and systems implementation, has taught information and technology related courses for the Loyola University Maryland and St. Mary’s Seminary & University. Bill has consulted with a variety of organizations including Catholic Dioceses, School Districts, educational institutions, religious organizations and health care.
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Kimberly Murphy is Director of Information Services for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, located in Northern Virginia. In this position, she manages information technology for the central administrative offices of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and the Arlington Catholic Herald. Kimberly joined the Diocese in September 2002 as the IT Project Manager and was promoted to Director in January 2004. Prior to joining the Diocese she worked as a Business Applications Consultant for a software development firm for approximately five years.
Since joining the Diocese almost nine years ago, Kimberly has established a comprehensive information technology program that includes infrastructure, desktop, software application and training components. The department has grown from three network/desktop technicians supporting a small Chancery staff to a team of ten that supports three organizations and approximately 300 employees. She instituted IT governance and standardization of infrastructure and software application to streamline the business solutions and provide savings to the Diocese. She has partnered with the directors and staff of the central administrative offices to implement Accounting, Payroll/HR, Tribunal and CRM systems. Kimberly understands the importance of keeping the Diocese’s data secure and developed an IT Security Policy and awareness training program which includes training for all new hires and consultants. Recently she has been focused on completing the final draft of the Business Continuity Plan, a collaborative effort with the Director of Risk Management, which complements the Disaster Recovery Plan developed several years ago.
Kimberly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marymount University. She recently completed the Carnegie Mellon University CIO Institute Program and is a candidate for the CMU MSIT program. Kimberly attended her first DISC Conference in 2003. She was appointed to fill a vacant DISC board seat from January to June, 2010. She and the staff from the Arlington Diocese will be hosting DISC 2012.
A native of Windham, Maine, Kimberly is the wife of Dan Murphy and the proud owner of two parrotlets, Pia Maria and Ovi Augustine. When she is not in the office, she enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking with her family and friends.
As a participant since 2003, I appreciate the collaboration of the DISC membership. I would like to use my previous professional experience in fundraising and member relations to increase the number of dioceses that are members of DISC and expand the number of membership benefits.
<p>Steve is no stranger to the IT world, having worked with multiple corporate clients managing ERP software implementations for the past 25 years. In 2008 the Archdiocese of Santa Fe initiated a new phase of information technology through the purchase and installation of ParishSOFT. Since funding was scarce in this mission archdiocese, Steve was brought in on a contract basis part-time Project Manager.
Over the course of several years, Steve managed the conversion of the aging Archdiocesan AS/400 database to the ParishSOFT Diocesan Development Manager, and then managed the conversion of 93 parishes to ParishSOFT.
In 2011 the Archdiocese received partial grant funding to hire Steve as the full-time IT Director. In this capacity he oversees all Archdiocesan Technology including the Chancery network and infrastructure, continues to implement upgrades to the ParishSOFT system, interface with parish staff, create significant Archdiocesan IT policies and SOPs, manage vendors and costs, and leverage multiple technologies to achieve Archdiocesan goals. He is also called upon to consult with Archdiocesan departments such as Development, Finance, Facilities Management, Communications, and the Archbishop’s Office.
Though Steve grew up in New Jersey, since 1999 he now calls the “Land of Enchantment” home and when not working, enjoys the great outdoors of New Mexico including downhill skiing and hiking, and participating in car shows and events in the area.
As a DISC board member I hope to bring the unique perspective of a southwestern mission archdiocese to the work of DISC. My extensive work with ParishSOFT would provide insights into both this product and the challenges of implementation in rural parishes.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area. I graduated from Lawrence University. I'm married with two children. I worked in the banking industry, then moved into computer consulting for small businesses. I have worked at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee since the end of 2000. I began as Network Administrator and then in 2005 became Director of Information Systems. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been a longtime member of DISC. I've been an active DISC member, attending the annual conferences since 2006.
I have managed the growth in IT and grappled with technology changes for our Archdiocese for almost a dozen years. I've also seen the changes that have taken place with the DISC organization over the last few years. I appreciate the benefits of DISC membership, our community, and efforts of the DISC board.
I would like to take a more active role in DISC. The upcoming expansion of the board is an opportunity for me to give back to the organization.
I was born and raised in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, and am married with 4 children that range in age from 15 to 24 years.
I am actively involved in the life of my home parish, St. Mary's Parish Tillsonburg. I have been a volunteer with COR over the past 20 years, been part of the folk choir, was a member of the Finance Committee and was interim Business Administrator. I am currently Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council and recently became a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1987, with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree, I held diverse positions within the technology industry.
I have IT experience in both the private and public sectors. I entered the computer industry as a software designer and developer for insurance systems, retail systems and inventory management systems.
I then moved into a leadership role delivering IT services in the healthcare sector. During my 10 years as an IT Manager and then Regional Manager of IT and Facilities, I saw much growth in healthcare, including a restructuring of healthcare services. A key outcome of the re-alignment was my development of an integrated IT services team that supported 7 main sites and 40 satellite locations across Southwestern Ontario.
I earned a Certificate in Leadership Excellence from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and continue to develop my leadership capacity, working towards CIO Certification at the Carnegie Melon CIO Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. I also have certification in ITIL computing best practice.
In March 2010, I left the healthcare sector and joined the Diocese of London as Director of Information Services. I attended my first DISC conference in Toronto in 2010. I am member of the DISC 2012 Speaker Committee.
Together with 4 team members, Information System Services, of the Diocese of London, delivers technology services to 110+ parishes within Southwestern Ontario.
The delivery of IT services is based on 3 key pillars: Develop a Shared Understanding, Co-create Strategies and build Trusting Relationships. With this approach, our team, together with those in our parishes, create solutions that are both practical and sustainable.
I am excited by what I have seen at the DISC 2010 and DISC 2011 conferences and by the work of the current DISC Board. There is a spirit of collaboration across the many Diocese of North America. I want to do my part to support and encourage the growth of this spirit, as a member of the DISC Board.
Dawn Wolf has been with the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls for sixteen years and has been the Director of Information Systems for the last twelve years. The technology office is a team of three and their responsibilities include the support and strategic management of the technology and telecommunication needs for the diocesan administration offices, various remote offices, over 150 parishes and more than 90 priests. Dawn led the initiative to standardize software in all of the dioceses’ parishes and schools and has led the implementation and training of that software for the last seven years. She also implemented regular user group meetings to further understanding and facilitate better usage of the software.
She regularly teaches classes on various technology topics across the diocese. When all training was cut from the diocesan budget, she and her department dubbed it “The Year of Training” and held monthly “Lunch and Learns” for the chancery staff and surrounding parishes. Her “Top Ten Programs Every Computer Needs” for general users and “Internet Safety Jeopardy” class geared for kids are especially popular.
Dawn is a 1989 graduate of South Dakota State University and has certifications in Network+, Security+, and Microsoft as well as Netware Administration. She has been married for the past 22 years and has been blessed with 2 children. Dawn and her husband Darwin are active in their parish in numerous capacities and the Sioux Falls Catholic School system which their children attend. When the logic of the technology field gets to be too much, she turns to making jewelry and creating multi-media presentations to satisfy her creative side.