It could be straightforward to explain Jeffrey Wann’s skilled historical past as binary, between the pillars of pastoring and data know-how — binary like laptop methods’ knowledge code language of zeroes and ones — however Wann’s profession has not been by the numbers.
“I rolled up my sleeves and began programming,” Wann mentioned of when he as pastor satisfied his church to spend $13,000 to buy a Macintosh XL laptop, when that was a cutting-edge product.
Wann has been on the job a bit greater than a month as Missouri authorities’s chief data officer, main the Workplace of Administration’s Data Know-how Companies Division — which has nearly 1,000 IT employees who “help the IT methods and companies utilized by 14 government departments and three statewide elected officers of their each day operations,” in keeping with an OA information launch.
When he obtained to coding on Apple’s Macintosh XL, he in the end wrote applications for different church buildings, then for denominational makes use of, then companies — he ended up being bi-vocational, Wann mentioned.
That led him to modify to a full-time programming profession in 1992, when he joined a St. Louis firm. That led to turning into a improvement coordinator, then consulting work after which being a technical editor for product instruction manuals — the latter being “nearly like getting a grasp’s diploma each quarter.”
He later led seminars and product roll-outs for Microsoft Corp. and in the end grew to become chief know-how officer for the Federal Reserve in St. Louis.
His profession took him to the IRS, then into insurance coverage.
He was beforehand the vice chairman of knowledge know-how at Illinois Mutual Insurance coverage, and he additionally doubled as chief data officer and chief data safety officer, in keeping with the OA.
When it comes to his training, Wann had transferred from the pre-medicine program at Ohio College to graduate in 1979 from Central Bible Faculty in Springfield.
Like Central Bible Faculty’s standing in historical past — closed for years after being consolidated with Evangel College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary — the Macintosh XL is a relic of 1980s know-how, a far cry from the up to date server farm within the Harry S. Truman Constructing.
On the time when Wann was pastor of an Assemblies of God church, although, he observed a variety of time was being spent on manually sustaining data on ledger sheets, and he thought a pc might assist.
He was not new to know-how then. His father held 33 patents, and Wann mentioned of himself that “I’ve all the time been extremely curious from a know-how standpoint,” having achieved some programming in highschool and school.
Being a pastor didn’t run in his household — “that was all on me.” He’s nonetheless an ordained minister and energetic in church.
He and spouse Kathleen, who’ve been married 41 years, have eight kids — one boy and 7 ladies, 4 being biologically their very own and 4 of the ladies being sisters who had been adopted collectively.
Born in Bonne Terre, Wann lives in Taos and enjoys trout fishing.
At age 63, being the OA’s ITSD chief is Wann’s first state authorities job. He began Jan. 16.
He’s nonetheless studying his means round, actually, within the maze of hallways and cubicle-walled corners of the Truman Constructing, however he considers it an awesome honor and privilege to serve his house state. He mentioned his favourite a part of the job is the individuals he works with — “they arrive to work eager to do job,” he mentioned.
It’s his job to get them the assets they want and to work on creating one- and three-year plans for the division’s future.
“The way forward for IT surrounds knowledge,” he mentioned — making authorities companies extra environment friendly and simpler for individuals to shortly entry, use and share data.
He wish to develop “sensible methods” that assist residents get their easily-answered questions addressed, leaving tougher questions for human employees.
Together with his youngest baby in fifth grade, Wann mentioned he plans to stay round for some time but in his profession.