The 2019 Speakers

Forum Welcome Presented by

Tammy Westergard, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records Administrator

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Named Nevada’s Deputy State Librarian in 2016 and State Librarian in October 2019, Tammy Westergard is focused on the library as an “onramp” for working-age citizens to reframe or gain marketable skills. She’s helped arrange opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing – with ability to earn industry recognized credentials – at the library. She says focus on strategic partnerships through shared and complementary workforce development policy has been key to success and sustainability. In 2016, Library Journal named Tammy as an Agent of Change Mover and Shaker. Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. See: Westergard, T. (2016). The Library Movement as the Real Mentor and How Stories Recognizing Good Work Influence Us. OLA Quarterly, 21(3), 23-29.

This year’s speakers will be covering a wide range of topics.

Is Government Ready for Blockchain? presented by David Axtell 

More than just cryptocurrency, blockchain as a transformative technology has the potential to disrupt current workflows; providing exciting digital solutions to the analog world.  How might this technology transform Nevada government?  What are the challenges accompanying this disruption?  What steps should be taken to prepare for this emerging technology?  These are just a few of the questions addressed in this presentation through a technological and social lens.


David Axtell has over 25 years of experience in information technology and product development as both a highly successful consultant as well as a sought-after advisor by those at all stages of maturity. His areas of expertise include technology architectures, program and contract management, negotiation and risk mitigation across systems and product lifecycles, with companies including Microsoft, Ericsson, Cisco, Comcast, Fox Digital, Thomson, Linksys, Sun Microsystems, Disney, Americast, SGI, Time-Warner, Scientific Atlanta and DirecTV. Responsible for a diverse range of programs with budgets up to $1B.

David ‘s depth of experience comes from developing architectures, systems and products as well as sustaining engineering after deployment based on experience programming software applications and embedded systems as well as integrating products and solutions.

David is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with PMI.  David currently works for the Department of Administration in the Office of the Chief Information Officer as the Chief Enterprise IT Architect

Technology requires a Bug’s Eye View ~ Information Assurance presented by Professor Dave Riske

Changes in technology means having a multi-faceted view on how the different aspects of the tech landscape impacts information assets.  Digitizing analog/legacy assets, AI determined metadata, storage options, issues of privacy and transparency, what does all this mean for RIM/IG professionals? Change.

Dave Riske

Dave Riske is an instructor of computing and networking technologies at Western Nevada College where he has led the various information technology programs for the last 23 years. He has worked on several National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) grant projects in both Las Vegas and Boston which has had him teaching technology and pedagogy across the country. Recently he was named North America Academic Innovator of the Year by EC-Council Academia for Cyber Security Education initiatives.

Preparing for the New Privacy Laws of Nevada and California presented by John Vassiliades of Gordon & Rees Law Firm

This presentation will provide an overview of Nevada’s new online privacy law effective October 1, 2019 and California’s New Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that is set to become effective January 1, 2020, including the steps to be undertaken to achieve compliance.


John Vassiliades (pronounced “vass-slee-odd-us”) is a partner in the Phoenix office of the law firm of Gordon & Rees. John concentrates his practice on intellectual property, data privacy and cyber security, technology transactions and general corporate business matters for both publicly traded and privately held companies. John also serves as a business consultant and legal advisor for high-tech emerging companies that are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy.

Leveraging Electronic Forms and Workflow to Bring About a True Digital Transformation presented by Kevin Albrecht of Hyland 

Digital Transformation can mean so many things to so many people. Learn how to leverage electronic forms and workflow to address the thousands of different lines of business your government agency deals with every day. Whether it be people-centric programs, tracking your government equipment, or conducting inspections and investigations, technology can help you get the paper and inefficiencies out of your process so you can focus on your agency’s true mission.

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Kevin Albrecht is a Government Industry Specialist Industry at Hyland Software. With nearly 20 years of experience working with businesses, constituents, and government agencies, Kevin serves as a subject matter expert in identifying customer challenges and finding unique and innovative solutions to meet their pain points.

Priding himself as a “government to English and English to government” translator, Kevin strives to break down the complexity of the tens of thousands of different government lines of business and work with customers and partners to identify their specific needs and foster a “trusted advisor” relationship.

Kevin began his career as a case manager at a local Kansas City nonprofit where he helped the mostly low income population navigate their way through state, local, and federal programs. In 2003, he then joined the staff of Congressman Dennis Moore in the Third District of Congress as a Constituent Services Aide and ultimately as the District Director where he managed the Congressman’s district offices, staff and the Congressman’s messaging and district planning.

With a move to the private sector, Kevin joined Hyland in 2010 as Government Solution Manager where he worked across departments to help software developers, marketing, sales, and partners to understand government pain points and product functionality, solutions, and messaging that are required to sell in the government space.

Kevin is married and has 3 amazing children that take forever to put their shoes on before school.

Legal Issues with Electronic Records Storage and Destruction Under the ADA HIPAA presented by David Watts


  1. Review of Confidentiality Under the ADA and HIPAA
  2. Electronic Record Storage Requirements Under The ADA and HIPAA
  3. Penalties for Violations And What To Do When A Violation Is Found
  4. Special Problems With Electronic Records
    • Sending Records Electronically
    • Tracking Records – PHI, Email, Billing Records
    • Destroying Records
    • Keeping Records on the Cloud

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Mr. Watts-Vial is a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Civil Division of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office where he has worked for 22 years. The majority of his practice involves representing and providing advice and guidance to Washoe County elected officials, department heads, boards and commissions on legal matters of all kinds including Nevada’s public records law and open meeting law, records retention and destruction, contracts, labor law, civil rights, and other areas of law. He has appeared and argued at all levels of state courts including the Nevada Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Nevada Legislature and state regulatory boards and agencies.

The program will review the policy reasons behind the privacy rules in the ADA and HIPAA, the record-keeping requirements of those laws, the legal and other consequences of a violation, what to do when you self-discover a violation, and the special problems electronic records create for employers.

Vital Document Recovery – Before and After a Disaster Presented by Brian Foote, WRT, AMRT, HCC, MBA

Documents are among any organization’s most valuable and irreplaceable assets, but they often become a hidden or under-appreciated risk during a large or small disaster. Effective recovery begins before a disaster ever strikes. Leveraging lessons learned from real-world events including Hurricane Sandy, the 2014 deep freezes on the east coast, and the University of Kansas library fire, this presentation will demonstrate the importance of pre-planning and following document management protocols before and during a disaster. Key concepts will be covered to help avoid potential security breaches and unnecessarily expensive restoration efforts, as well as maintaining inventories, accessibility, and security of records throughout the recovery process.


Brian Foote has been involved with the disaster recovery industry for over 30 years. He is a Nevada native and received degrees in History and Art from UNR. Brian is on the national accounts and document restoration teams of BELFOR Property Restoration. He was directly involved in major recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, the 2014 winter deep freezes on the east coast, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, and the California firestorms of 2017. Brian gives presentations and training on topics from disaster recovery and document restoration to risk management ethics for various groups across the country.