Steven Harpe was appointed Oklahoma’s chief operating officer in July 2021 by Gov. Kevin Stitt. In addition to his role as state COO, Harpe is the executive director of OMES and serves as the deputy cabinet secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration. He stepped into the role of executive director in January 2020 and skillfully led OMES to improve service levels for agencies across all platforms.
For over 30 years, Harpe led technology solutions in companies such as American Airlines, Capital One, Sabre, HireRight and CGI with great success. He also worked on initiatives for the U.S. Navy and Marines. Now, he brings a “Get Stuff Done” culture to state government that helps 189 agencies, affiliates and municipalities accomplish their daily missions on behalf of Oklahoma citizens.
Harpe’s recent accomplishments highlight his ability to create innovation and transparency. He led major transformation projects for the state, such as the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery project, to upgrade technology and invest in a secondary data center. At OMES, he established Resiliency as our state cybersecurity strategy – to weather attacks, learn from them and come back stronger. Recently, he conducted a statewide human capital management calibration and drove a culture of accountability through Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat analysis to improve Oklahoma state services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Harpe worked with the Oklahoma State Health Department to secure PPE and other desperately needed supplies. He also offered various resources to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission as they provided services during the 2020 unemployment crisis.
In his free time, Harpe enjoys playing the drums. He is also an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. He looks forward to serving his state and cultivating meaningful change in the years ahead, with a vision of hope and preservation.
With over 25 years of service in multiple divisions of OMES, most recently as the agency's chief of staff, Dana Webb now oversees all administrative responsibilities for several OMES divisions as the agency's deputy director. In this role, Webb led the efforts in 2020 to consolidate several OMES divisions into a primary location at the Will Rogers Building while also helping establish a telework option, an achievement estimated to yield $400,000 in real estate savings alone per fiscal year.
In November 2020, the process to overhaul the state’s human resource and data management tools began under the executive sponsorship of Webb. The coronavirus pandemic exposed the inefficiencies and challenges with the state’s HR tools, especially when it came to managing a remote workforce. Under Webb’s leadership and financial negotiation of the contract, the two-year project modernized the state’s HR systems, providing better service to state employees and pushing efficiency in every state agency.
Webb earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Central State University in Edmond. In her free time, she enjoys spoiling her grandchildren, cooking and spending time with her family, and is a member of Choctaw Road Baptist Church.
Director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance
Brandy Manek has served under four governors and six directors during her 20-year tenure with the State of Oklahoma. As director of OMES Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance, she leads a team with diverse duties, including the creation of the annual Executive Budget Book and the Gaming Compliance Annual Report. The division oversees the budget process for revenues and expenditures for the entirety of the state, from initial planning to execution. Manek’s team also oversees the provisions of gaming contracts between the state and the tribes.
Implementation of the Transparent Oklahoma Performance website is among the most recent major accomplishments of the OMES budget team. This website serves as a transparent and continual resource on state government performance at a level never seen before. Under Manek’s guidance, the Budget division works tirelessly assisting state entities, including the governor’s office, to establish their budgets every year.
Manek graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Fun facts are her favorite drink is a chai latte and she loves to go snow skiing. She also values creativity and new ideas.
Chief Information Officer
Jerry Moore was appointed Oklahoma’s chief information officer in January 2020 and brings with him over 20 years’ experience managing IT budgets and service delivery for several Oklahoma-based companies. Over the past two years, Moore was instrumental as OMES Information Services moved 30,000+ staff to work from home securely; migrated 2,661 terabytes of data, 2,800 servers and 10,000+ databases; and updated the state’s PeopleSoft financials system from version 5 to version 41.
In his role as CIO, Moore is dedicated to improving supplier relationships and implementing state technology standards. His most recent accomplishments positioned Oklahoma as a national leader in the areas of disaster recovery planning and telework.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he continued his education at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Austin, Texas. In his free time, Moore enjoys the outdoors, hiking, nature and landscaping his home. He also loves playing golf.
With 32 years of service to the State of Oklahoma, Kathy Pendarvis, J.D., has served as OMES general counsel since the agency’s inception in 2012. Most recently, Pendarvis’ leadership led to several efficiencies across OMES and the state, including the implementation of the first state agency federal purchasing guidelines for agencies to follow. Pendarvis also makes a point to continually train her lawyers to practice law in the public sector, particularly in areas that support OMES.
Prior to her OMES service, Pendarvis served as the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Insurance Board general counsel.
In her free time, Pendarvis is an outdoors person who loves to swim, snow ski and hike. She also enjoys outdoor dining and live music. Attending a concert at Red Rocks is on her bucket list! If you ever need a conversation starter, just ask about Austin, Texas.