SIPA Team

           
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Jack Arrowsmith, Executive Director, SIPA 
Jack was appointed as Executive Director by the board of directors in February 2015. Jack brings great knowledge and understanding of SIPA’s services and vendors.  He has been involved with SIPA since it’s inception. In July 2004, Governor Bill Owens appointed Arrowsmith to the SIPA Board of Directors. Arrowsmith held the position of chairman of the board since 2012 with the primary focus to represent local government in Colorado. Jack graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Secondary education and a minor in business. Jack's professional career started as a classroom teacher at Englewood High School. Since leaving Education in 1980, he has held a number of management positions including travel, insurance and publishing industries. In 2006, Jack was elected to the office of Clerk and Recorder for Douglas County.  Prior to the election, he served as the Public Trustee to Douglas County for an appointment of four years.
 
Bill Hobbs, Director of Special Projects, SIPA 
Bill Hobbs received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Emory University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado. After two years in private legal practice, Bill began a career in Colorado state government, beginning with 16 years as a legislative attorney for the Colorado General Assembly, where he also worked for two years as a budget analyst for the Joint Budget Committee. Bill also served as state elections director for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and as a legal editor for a legal publishing company. In 1999, Bill was appointed as the deputy secretary of state for the Colorado Secretary of State, a position that he held for about 13 years. During much of his time as deputy secretary of state, Bill served on the SIPA board of directors as the designee of the secretary of state. In January of 2013, Bill joined the SIPA team. Bill's role at SIPA includes developing business policies and procedures, monitoring compliance with policies, coordinating the implementation of recommendations of financial and performance audits, assisting with procurement, contract negotiation, and contract management, and carrying out other special projects as assigned by the executive director.
 
Catherine Kunst, Chief Operating Officer, SIPA
Catherine Kunst joined the SIPA team in July of 2013, where she serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Catherine’s responsibilities include the daily operation of SIPA, its projects, financial and budgetary controls, vendor partnerships, audit processes, and assisting the executive director in other aspects including, but not limited to, customer services, business development, financial analysis and new service development. Catherine is a PMP certified scientist and conducted research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis for more than a decade before going to business school. Catherine received her BS from Case Western Reserve University, her PhD from Emory University and her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Before joining the SIPA team, Catherine diverse experiences included running a basic biomedical research institute, an academic entrepreneurship center, and a research and development authority. 
 
Mike Whatley, Chief Technology Officer, SIPA
Mike Whatley joined SIPA as the Chief Technology Officer, a new position in August, 2015. Mike’s responsibilities include implementing a technology strategy that supports SIPA’s mission of improving digital solutions with cost savings results. Additional responsibilities will include serving as a technology liaison with various stakeholders and contract oversight and negotiation with the vendor community.  Mike has a 20 year career in Colorado State Government serving in Senior Executive roles at the Office on Information Technology as well as the Chief Information Officer both at the Department of Regulatory Agencies and Department of Natural Resources. Before Mike’s state career, he worked in a variety of research, legal and federal contract support functions implementing technology solutions for Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey and the State of Wyoming. Mike has both B.S and M.S degrees from Texas A & M University.
 
Beth Justice, Sales & Marketing Manager, SIPA
Beth Justice joined SIPA in June 2015 as the Sales and Marketing Manager, responsible for creating awareness, marketing and selling e-government services to eligible government organizations.  Her goal is to provide SIPA customers user-friendly and cost-effective products and services to enhance local and state communities.  With a background in marketing, communications, business development and global sales, Beth was vital in creating rapid growth and awareness for the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver. She also played an integral role in launching a Bard Center student startup, Nokero, whose mission is to help provide light to the 1.4 billion people around the world with no access to electricity.  Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in business administration.
 
Dianne Edwards, Office Manager & Bookkeeper, SIPA
Dianne Edwards is an alumna of U.C.L.A. with a degree in english and she studied business and accounting at U.S.C.  She has worked in international transportation at APL Limited within the finance, customer service, office administration and human resource departments.  As controller for one of the largest marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles she worked with budgets, contracting, accounts payable and accounts receivable.  As office manager for APL’s U.S. customer service office she had the oversight of facilities and purchasing functions.  Recently, she worked extensively in collections for U.S. government receivables incurred during the war in Afghanistan.  She joined the SIPA team in July of 2015.  At SIPA, Dianne is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, assisting with customer service, administrative duties and creating board meeting minutes and agendas.  
 
Gabby Mor, Marketing Assistant, SIPA
Gabby Mor received her bachelors of business administration in marketing and economics from the University of North Florida. She joined the SIPA team in September 2015 as the Marketing Assistant in support of the Sales and Marketing Manager. Gabby's responsibilities include assisting in the development of project briefs, status reports and marketing materials. She is also accountable for coordinating customer outreach, organizing tradeshows and events and managing SIPA's social media accounts. Gabby's prior experience includes working as an IT coordinator and marketing consultant.
 
Kim Bagnani, Marketing Intern, SIPA
Kim Bagnani earned her bachelor’s degree of business administration in general management from Sacramento State University in California.  She joined SIPA in April 2017 in support of the sales and marketing team.  Kim’s responsibilities include conducting customer feedback panels and customer outreach.  Kim’s prior roles include working as an executive assistant, sales assistant and office manager.