Team Bios

Advising, training, and assisting users on a day-to-day basis.

Meet the LOGIS Team

Our entire member support staff is based right here in Minnesota, with extensive knowledge in the applications and systems you are employing in your organization.

Mike Garris - Executive Director

Mike Garris has been employed in the Information Technology field for 41 years, holding directorate and management positions for the last 38 years. The industries represented in his work experience include local government, higher education and the private sector. Mike’s administrative expertise includes the management of local and remote data centers and cloud service based computing facilities. His technical expertise includes mainframe, server and PC network environments as well as application, database, data communications/networks, programming and systems analysis. Mike’s undergraduate degree is in Computer Science. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University.

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Daryl Sulander - Finance Manager

Daryl Sulander has served the Local Government Information Systems Association as the Finance Manager since February 2007. Daryl’s role includes overseeing the JD Edwards financial, payroll, and human resources application as well as managing the organization’s finances. Since graduating from St Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he has been employed in the finance / accounting field for over 35 years, holding various management positions for the last 30 years. Daryl has received multiple awards in excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA).

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Kevin Pikkaraine - Manager of Network Services and Operations

Kevin Pikkaraine has been employed in the Information Technology field for 27 years, holding management and supervisory positions for the last 18 years. Kevin has performed roles from network and system management, consulting, systems design, and implementations for industries ranging from local governments to large private sector corporations. Kevin’s technical expertise includes managing large wide- and local-area networks, mini systems, network servers, and PC environments. His duties included application design and development, database design, LAN and WAN network design and implementation, IP Telephony design and implementation, systems analysis and the management of data processing facilities.

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Kurt Augustin - Public Safety Systems Manager

Kurt has been the Public Safety Systems Manager since November of 2016. Kurt oversees all aspects of public safety applications including Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management and Police/Fire Mobiles for the 30+ members. Kurt has 25 years Information Technology experience supporting federal, state, and local government services and most recently was at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) as an IT Director supporting state-wide criminal justice information services. Kurt has a B.S. in Math from South Dakota State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University.

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Ray Jozwiak - Manager of Application Support and Technology

Ray Jozwiak has held various positions at LOGIS since 1988. He is a graduate of Programming and Systems Institute, a former Certified Netware Engineer, and has 44 years of Information Technology experience. Ray’s industry background includes manufacturing, banking, oil & gas, technology services, and local government, specializing in application and database architectures, development, and support.

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Dave Schleicher - Financial Workforce Supervisor

Dave Schleicher has been employed in the Information Technology field for 20 years, in his current position as JDE Applications supervisor for the last 10 years. Prior to his current position he was a Business Analyst at LOGIS. Dave has performed roles in Information Technology including application design, analysis, development, training, and support. Prior to LOGIS, Dave worked in Accounting for 8 years, for private and public sector organizations.

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Jack Israel - Infrastructure Lead and Network Architect

Jack Israel has been employed at LOGIS since 2007, holding the current supervisory position since 2012. His responsibilities include the designing LOGIS and members’ fiber optic plants and network LAN and WAN architecture along with supervising the Network Services’ Infrastructure group and managing the IP Telephony Services offering for the LOGIS membership. Jack has a BS degree in Computer Sciences.

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Ben Verbick - GIS Coordinator

Ben Verbick has been the GIS Coordinator at LOGIS since 1987. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Geography and Computer Science. Ben is also active in the regional and state-wide GIS community being awarded the MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership award in 2007. He has served the GIS community and represented our association interests in the following capacities: Active member of the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and as Board Chair in 2012-2013. Founding member of the Hennepin County GIS User Group. Current member of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee representing metro area municipal government special interests. Active member of MetroGIS technical and advisory committees.

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Pam Kummer - Utility Billing Application Support Supervisor

Pam Kummer has been employed in the Information Technology field for 18 years and with LOGIS since 2007. She is responsible for managing the day to day functions of Utility Billing, work plan management and supervising the Utility Billing support team. Pam’s role includes application design requests, report development, software integration and implementation project management, hardware and software acquisition and staff and user training. Prior to LOGIS, Pam worked in the Accounting and Insurance Industry for 15 years.

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Why LOGIS?

LOGIS invests in best of breed application software from national vendors such as Oracle, JD Edwards and TriTech. Costs for technology solutions and applications are shared among members. Our member support staff is based right here in Minnesota.