In October 2022, Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed John Suter as the state's chief operating officer and interim executive director of OMES. Additionally, he was appointed as Oklahoma’s cabinet secretary of operations and government efficiency in April 2023.
Prior to Suter’s appointment, he served as the COO and interim CEO of Sandridge energy for four years. Suter has a proven track record of executing extensive cost-cutting measures and efficiency improvements through continual rightsizing of personnel and necessary simplification of corporate infrastructure.
In addition to his four years of CEO and COO experience, Suter has 31 years of experience in management throughout his career. This includes serving a senior leadership role focused on all aspects of profitability, productivity and efficiency with Sandridge Energy, and his role as vice president of operations for American Energy.
Suter is an engaged member of the Oklahoma City community and enjoys participating in various charitable organizations. He serves as the chairman of the board of Jesus House, a non-profit focused on addiction recovery and feeding the homeless in Oklahoma City.
Deputy Director and Chief Transformation Officer
In early 2023, Jerry Moore was appointed deputy director of OMES. Prior to this, he served as Oklahoma's chief information officer for OMES. Moore brings over 20 years of experience managing IT service delivery in oil and gas, education and telecommunications sectors.
An expert in the design, delivery and management of high-performance, cost-effective, rapid-growth technology solutions with budget responsibilities in excess of $178 million annually, Moore is skilled in all aspects of service design with a proven track record of award-winning results. He is a recognized leader and innovator by CIO magazine (CIO 100 Award, CIO Ones to Watch Award) with a demonstrated ability to restructure and realign IT to best fit an organization's strategic objectives.
As state CIO, Moore led OMES Information Services, the division that manages the statewide network, the state's main data center and recovery site encompassing 3,500+ servers, and 1,000+ applications delivering citizen services. Moore and his team have played a vital role in implementing a state-of-the-art treasury platform, citizen-facing web presence, modern financial and human capital management systems and agency citizen services for the State of Oklahoma.
In his downtime, Jerry enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, golfing and exploring the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.
State Chief Financial Officer
In October 2022, Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed John Laws to serve as the secretary of budget and statewide chief financial officer.
Laws has over 20 years of executive experience in the leadership and management of corporate finance, business development, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning activities. Most recently, Laws served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Enable Midstream, LP. In this role, Laws served as a member of Enable Midstream’s executive leadership team and provided leadership to the areas of corporate finance, corporate risk, treasury, accounting and tax and investor relations.
Laws held other leadership positions at Enable Midstream and its predecessor entities where he led the teams focused on capital markets, economic evaluation of new projects, system optimization, capacity planning and commodity management. Laws was employed with OGE Energy Corporation where he served as director of Corporate Development.
Laws earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
He enjoys supporting the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sooners and spending time with his family.
Chief Information Officer
Joe McIntosh joined OMES in April 2020 as the senior director of Application and Data Services. In July 2023 he was appointed Oklahoma's chief information officer. As CIO for the state he is responsible for the state's consolidated IT systems which serve 188 agencies, boards and commissions; 32,000+ employee customers; and citizen-facing services for all of Oklahoma.
He brings more than 20 years of experience delivering business value and solving complex challenges through the innovative use of technology to OMES. McIntosh is passionate about using data and creative marketing to drive innovation and change while creating a get-stuff-done (GSD) culture and empowering teams to succeed.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
After five years of dedicated service to the State of Oklahoma, Felicia Clark was named OMES chief financial officer on May 16, 2022. She has held various financial roles within OMES and has worked diligently to better the agency. Before joining OMES, she worked at a small tax firm in Fargo, Okla.
Clark earned her MBA from Cameron University and has been a CPA since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys running, hunting and spending time with her family.