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.

Chris Miller - Executive Director

Chris Miller joined the LOGIS team in September, 2019. Prior to this position, Chris spent over 28 years in local government finance along with 4 years in the private sector. Most recently, he spent 17 years as the City of Roseville Finance Director which included a diverse set of responsibilities including the oversight of a 20-person IT function that provided technology support and related services to 46 other governmental agencies. Chris has served in a leadership role for the past 22 years and brings extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational management & business continuity, and fiscal oversight.

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Kevin Pikkaraine - Director of Network Services

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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Tonya Kusmirek - Finance/HR Director

Tonya Kusmirek has joined our team with more than 24 years of experience in the finance field in both governmental and corporate organizations. Most recently, the past 11 years were spent serving as the Chief Financial Officer/ County Auditor. She has experience in financial reporting, budgeting, debt service, investments and strategic planning. Tonya has also served on the national Debt Committee for the Government Finance Officer Association and participates in both the Minnesota and Wisconsin chapters.

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Chris Olson - Director of Public Safety Applications

Chris Olson has been in public safety for over 27 years, serving in a variety of roles in law enforcement. He held numerous supervisory positions throughout his career which included almost 9 years as police chief and safety services manager of a northern suburb of the Twin Cities. Chris also had the opportunity to chair a committee which oversaw the implementation and integration of a public safety data system for a north-metro county. Chris enjoys the cooperative nature of public safety agencies and realizes the importance of helping our customers serve the citizens of our communities.

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Tom Blaeser - Director of Application Development and Support

Tom Blaeser has joined our team with more than 20 years of strategic and innovative leadership and management experience leading high performing technology and operations teams for some of Minnesota’s largest corporations. Tom has spent the last 14 years leading Application Development, Payment Technology, Fintech, Business Intelligence, Infrastructure/Applications Monitoring and Technical Support teams.

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Dave Schleicher - Application Supervisor - ERP

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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Mark Mayfield - Network Architect Supervisor

Mark Mayfield has been employed in public sector information technology for over 20 years, including 12 years’ prior experience with municipal shared services and 10 years IT supervisory experience. Throughout his career he has focused on networking and its intersection with the process of creating highly available network and server environments. Joining LOGIS in 2018, Mark has the privilege of leading the infrastructure group, a highly skilled team of individuals which maintain the networks interconnecting LOGIS and its members across the state, provide staffing augmentation to members, and provide subject matter expertise on a wide range of network systems.

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Ben Verbick - GIS Supervisor

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 - Application Supervisor - Utility Billing

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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Patty Hartwig - Client Services Group Supervisor

Patty Hartwig has over 27 years of Minnesota local government experience, including 19 years as an IT Director and 8 years in Public Safety. Joining LOGIS in 2018, Patty brings leadership and a wide-range of knowledge and experience in local government technology and operations to the LOGIS team leading the Client Services Group. Areas of responsibility include supervision, security, budgeting, procurement, project planning, quality assurance, and LOGIS member relations. Patty understands the value of partnerships with LOGIS members and the LOGIS mission to facilitate leading-edge, effective and adaptable technology solutions though the sharing of ideas, risks and resources.

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Jude Giron - Service Group Supervisor

Jude Giron has been in the Information Technologies field for the past 15 years and with LOGIS since 2006. Jude’s experience is quite extensive--from supporting server operating systems to network infrastructure consisting of switches, routers, and firewalls. Jude supervises the daily activities of the Service Group that consist of Network Administrators that are supporting LOGIS and members’ network environments. Jude also has extensive experience in Cisco IP Telephony Systems and is currently managing and enhancing CISCO IP Telephony Service, which include the voice and video systems for LOGIS and our membership.

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Dave Pikal - Systems Group Supervisor

Dave Pikal has been employed in the information technology field for 15 years. He is responsible for the day to day functions of the systems group while also performing server and systems design, project management, implementation, and advanced troubleshooting of the LOGIS application systems and SANs. Prior to LOGIS, Dave spent 9 years in the military, received his Minnesota Emergency Management certification and for 5 years worked as a technology manager for one of the largest 911 call center in Minnesota, managing and maintaining the four mission critical networks for the center.

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Justin Roggenkamp - Fiber Optic Services Supervisor

Justin joined LOGIS in 2018 to lead a newly formed Fiber Optic Services Group. This group was formed in 2018 to manage the fiber optic infrastructure for LOGIS and their members. Justin has over 18 years’ experience in fiber optic management working for network providers such as Zayo and Access Communication. Justin’s experience working with governmental organizations, school districts, and private corporations to install and manage outside and inside fiber optic infrastructure has made him a valuable addition to lead this newly formed Network Services group.

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Matt O'Brien - Application Development Supervisor - Public Safety

Matt O'Brien has been working in Public Safety IT since 2002, with a broad background in hardware/software support, server management, database administration, and Geographic Information Systems. After 2 years in IT at the University of Minnesota Police Department, Matt joined the Public Safety team at LOGIS in 2004. Initially hired to manage the GIS database maintenance for the Motorola/Printrak CAD and RMS systems, his role was soon expanded to include custom development for various system integrations and reporting functions. Over the years, Matt and his team have either overseen or directly developed a number of public safety data integrations to CAD, RMS, eCitations, Court, Corrections, Fire/EMS, and various vendor products.

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John Nichols - Application Supervisor - Public Safety

John Nichols has over a decade of Minnesota local government experience, including nine years in a variety of roles within the public safety environment. Prior to LOGIS, he has held positions including manager of a county-wide records management system and CAD administrator. John has the honor of leading the public safety applications group, which is comprised of a seven highly proficient individuals with over 100 years of experience in the public safety environment.

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Rachel Romansky - Application Supervisor - Property and Recreation

Rachel Romansky has over 15 years of customer service experience and leadership from within both the public and private sectors. Rachel joined LOGIS in 2017 as part of the Property and Recreation Applications Support team. Prior to LOGIS, Rachel held positions in network administration, technical support, application development and support, and business analysis. Rachel is privileged to lead the Property and Recreation Applications Support team, who support both internally developed solutions for permitting, special assessments, and property data software, as well as third party recreation software. Rachel's team offers analysis, service, training, and software support for over 30 member organizations.

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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.