Renee Heinbuch, Chair
Washington County IT Director
Renee Heinbuch is the IT Director at Washington County who has significant private sector technology experience with 3M, Land O’Lakes, and US Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN.
Her experience is a results-driven technology leader with the ability to see the big picture which includes successes with significant technology initiatives at U.S. Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, and collaborations with Senior Business Leaders to significantly improve project and service delivery to meet the needs of the organization. Currently, with Washington County, she is focused on delivering data transformation, improved portfolio management and adopting an agile approach to enhance our businesses capabilities for better citizen engagement. Focusing on these elements has greatly enhanced the business relationships and delivery to our Washington County business partners. She has a demonstrated track record for creating a strategic technology vision to achieve business goals by leading a team of committed technology leaders and resources.
Jeff Peichel, Vice Chair
Scott County CIO
Jeff Peichel is the CIO at Scott County who brings over 2 decades of private sector experience from Seagate, Emerson and Thompson Reuters.
Jeff has led multiple technical teams across various disciplines including ERP, Software Infrastructure, Sales and Marketing applications, and Logistics. Having worked across business units to unite and deliver Enterprise wide solutions, Jeff’s broad experience in leadership roles has enabled him to collaborate up and down the user landscape to build adoption, consensus and communication.
As CIO of Scott County Jeff is responsible for delivering technical solutions to diverse business units, ensuring the data and systems are secure and protected, as well as providing overall technical guidance for the County.
Ryan Findell, Secretary
Pine County IT Manager
Ryan Findell is the IT Manger for Pine County. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Communications. He believes in empowering people through technology. Helping people become more confident in today’s ever changing technological landscape. He has been with Pine County since 2012 and has been the IT Manager for 5 years.
Terry Ocaña, Treasurer
Chippewa County IT Director
Terry has more than 25 years of experience, with more than half in the private sector. His work includes automating financial systems for the United States Air Force Pacific Air Command, contract network administrative work, owning a small business specializing in custom inventory control software development and Y2K conversions, managing the technology department for a tri-state grain exporting company, and county government. His family opted for a life-style change in 2010, moving away from the Portland, OR area to west-central Minnesota. He worked as the IT Director in Big Stone County for over eight years and recently became the IT Director for Chippewa County, MN.
As a business-minded technologist, Terry recognizes that technology and business have a synergistic relationship. One without the other does not have functional value. Terry prides himself on developing trusted working relationships within an organization to provide the most complete solutions for a functional and productive workplace. Equally as important, he has developed strong relationships with external organizational leaders at all levels of county, state, and agency levels. These collaborative relationships improve his ability to provide exceptional solutions to end-users.
Leah Patton, Executive Director
Leah is a proud fifth generation Minnesotan with a background in public policy and strategic messaging. After spending four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a staffer working with legislators and local governments, she recently completed her Master’s Degree at Trinity College Dublin. As Executive Director for our association, she is so pleased to provide professional opportunities and training for our members, and to advocate for our policy priorities at the Capitol.