It will be simple to explain Jeffrey Wann’s skilled historical past as binary, between the pillars of pastoring and knowledge expertise — binary like pc 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 stated of when he as pastor satisfied his church to spend $13,000 to buy a Macintosh XL pc, when that was a cutting-edge product.
Wann has been on the job a bit of greater than a month as Missouri authorities’s chief info officer, main the Workplace of Administration’s Data Expertise Providers Division — which has virtually 1,000 IT staff who “assist the IT methods and providers utilized by 14 govt departments and three statewide elected officers of their each day operations,” in response to an OA information launch.
When he bought to coding on Apple’s Macintosh XL, he finally wrote packages for different church buildings, then for denominational makes use of, then companies — he ended up being bi-vocational, Wann stated.
That led him to change 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 “virtually like getting a grasp’s diploma each quarter.”
He later led seminars and product roll-outs for Microsoft Corp. and finally grew to become chief expertise officer for the Federal Reserve in St. Louis.
His profession took him to the IRS, then into insurance coverage.
He was beforehand the vp of data expertise at Illinois Mutual Insurance coverage, and he additionally doubled as chief info officer and chief info safety officer, in response to the OA.
By way of his schooling, 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 expertise, 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 seen numerous time was being spent on manually sustaining data on ledger sheets, and he thought a pc might assist.
He was not new to expertise then. His father held 33 patents, and Wann stated of himself that “I’ve at all times been extremely curious from a expertise standpoint,” having completed 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 lively in church.
He and spouse Kathleen, who’ve been married 41 years, have eight youngsters — one boy and 7 women, 4 being biologically their very own and 4 of the women 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 a fantastic honor and privilege to serve his dwelling state. He stated his favourite a part of the job is the individuals he works with — “they arrive to work desirous to do job,” he stated.
It’s his job to get them the assets they want and to work on growing one- and three-year plans for the division’s future.
“The way forward for IT surrounds knowledge,” he stated — making authorities providers extra environment friendly and simpler for individuals to rapidly entry, use and share info.
He want to develop “good 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 stated he plans to stay round for some time but in his profession.