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 the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and serves as the deputy secretary of digital transformation and administration. In his role as director of OMES, he leads a $1.5 billion-dollar agency that provides central services (budget and finance, technology, health insurance, central purchasing, human capital management, real estate/facilities/ and fleet management) to other state entities.
For over 30 years, Harpe led companies such as American Airlines, Capital One and Gateway First Bank to great success. 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 Oklahoma’s disaster recovery project to upgrade technology and invest in a secondary data center. At OMES, Harpe established “Resiliency” as our state cybersecurity strategy – to weather attacks, learn from them and come back stronger. One of his largest victories was the relationships he built with other agencies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Harpe worked with the State Department of Health 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. Steven Harpe’s vision is one of hope and perseverance. He looks forward to serving his state and cultivating meaningful change in the years ahead.
With over 25 years of service in multiple areas of OMES, most recently as OMES Chief of Staff, Dana Webb now has administrative responsibilities over all OMES divisions. Deputy Director 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.
Lynne Bajema, a certified public accountant and past president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, has served as state comptroller since April 2012. Bajema and her OMES Central Accounting and Reporting team have played a vital role during the pandemic in ensuring that Oklahoma state agencies, cities and counties have received essential coronavirus relief payments.
Her team’s shared services operation saves state agencies over $6 million annually, and has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting every year Bajema has served as their leader.
Director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance
Brandy Manek has served under three governors and six directors in her tenure at OMES. As director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance, she leads a team with diverse duties, including creation of the annual Executive Budget Book and the Gaming Compliance Annual Report.
Chief Information Officer
State Chief Information Officer Jerry Moore was appointed in January 2020, having previously served as the OMES director of IT Applications Services and bringing with him years of experience from IT positions held at companies such as Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips and the Tulsa Technology Center. In his role as CIO, Moore is driving efficiencies and innovative technology enhancements for the entire state. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Moore’s team has filled gaps for several state agencies to ensure technology services remain reliable and consistent.
Under Moore’s leadership, the OMES Information Services team resolved over 331,000 service requests in FY 2020, with a successful first call resolution rate of almost 90%. Moore’s team was instrumental in transitioning state employees to a telework environment at warp speed, as necessitated by the pandemic, not only quickly establishing VPN connections for thousands of state employees, but also developing multiple systems and platforms for agencies such as OESC and OSDH to support their services to Oklahoma citizens.
Kathy Pendarvis has served as OMES general counsel since the agency’s inception in 2012. Under Pendarvis’ leadership as general counsel, and in collaboration with legislative partners, OMES was able to successfully modernize the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act during the 2020 legislative session, creating drastic purchasing efficiencies for our agency partners.
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed CFO in 2018, Lia Tepker-McHughes is responsible for managing the financial operations of the agency and providing strategy for cost containment and operational efficiencies. Tepker-McHughes’ OMES finance team has played an integral role in implementing a new workflow in the Accounts Payable module on PeopleSoft Financials, enabling greater efficiencies in daily operations and streamlining invoice processing for the state.