Leadership Team

Michael Dietrich
State Chief Information Officer

Michael Dietrich is the State Chief Information Officer (CIO). Michael comes to us from the private sector, where he enjoyed a successful career leading Development and Engineering organizations creating leading-edge products and infrastructure solutions. Most recently Michael was at Ericsson, Microsoft, and its subsidiary LinkedIn.

The State CIO at the Director's Office level helps elevate the critical responsibilities and functions of technology in the delivery of government services. The State CIO is a key leader in IT strategy for the State of Nevada.

Michael reports directly to Deonne Contine, and his direct reports include: David Haws, Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS) Administrator; Bob Denhardt, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO); Alisanne Maffei, Chief, Research, Planning and Grant Management; and Michele Lynn, Management Analyst 3.

While not a native of Nevada, Michael has lived in the state most of his life. Since moving here over 30 years ago it is the place he calls home. When he is not immersed in the digital world, Michael enjoys cycling, motorcycling, sailing, and creating art and music.

David Haws
Enterprise I.T. Services (EITS) Administrator

David Haws served in the role of EITS Interim Administrator starting February 6, 2018 and was appointed permanent Administrator April 6, 2018. As Administrator, David will manage Application Development, Client Services, Technical Operations, and Technology Investment Requests.

Throughout the 25-year-span of David’s IT career, he has always been passionate about helping organizations achieve excellent business results through the use of new and emerging information technology. As the EITS Administrator, David will manage day-to-day operations of EITS to include all of the Agency and Enterprise IT services, and will actively improve their capabilities and processes to create better outcomes and customer service.

David reports directly to State Chief Information Officer Michael Dietrich. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Technology from Boise State University.

Hugo Schlesener, CPM
Deputy Administrator
Hugo started as Deputy Administrator for EITS on December 17, 2018. Prior to his current role, Hugo was working in the Office of Information Security providing oversight for disaster recovery and business continuity. He previously worked for EITS Enterprise Server Support, and as an IT Manager at the Department of Cultural Affairs. Hugo brings 26 years of IT experience both in public and private sectors. As the EITS Deputy Administrator, Hugo will direct day-to-day EITS operations with a focus to actively improve capabilities and processes, while also enhancing customer service.

Hugo reports directly to David Haws, EITS Administrator. His direct reports include: Chief IT Manager/Agency IT Services; Chief IT Manager/Communications; and the Chief IT Manager/Computing. Hugo holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Bob Dehnhardt, CISSP
Chief Information Security Officer

Bob has over 30 years of professional experience in IT, working in the private sector, and at the Federal and State levels of the public sector. He began in desktop support, and subsequently added server, network and telephony support to his toolset. Since 2002, his focus has been in Information Security. Prior to taking the CISO role in May 2017, he was ISO for the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services for four years, and Manager/Director of Information Security in the private sector for 10 years. Bob oversees the Office of Information Security, chairs the State Information Security Committee, and is a member of the Nevada Homeland Security Cyber Security Committee.
Ken Adams
Chief IT Manager, Communications

Ken is the Communications Operations Manager for Enterprise Telecommunications, Microwave Network Transport and SilverNet Wide Area Network Services. Ken spent ten years in the Heath Care IT sector specializing in enterprise network communications. He Joined the State’s Department of Data Processing (now EITS) in the 1990's with a focus to implement a statewide TCP/IP communications infrastructure to support voice, video and data. He has experience in communications infrastructure planning, construction, implementation and operations. Ken is a Level II Certified Network Analyst and holds a FCC Extra Class amateur radio license. Ken also volunteers and sits as a board member of a regional high power rocketry club that specializes in launching aerospace engineering payload projects for university students from around the world.