The job: CIO at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
Company size: 33,000 first responders serving 4 million citizens in 120 counties
Salary: $64,000 (a pay cut, but I work in my home state and have job security).
How did you get that job, anyway?: My mother worked for the Kentucky governor's office and sent me a job description: a project manager with criminal justice experience. No one is ever looking for that combination. But the job description looked like my resumé. I started as project manager and was promoted.
Education: I have an undergraduate and a graduate degree in criminal justice.
Career: Instead of going to law school, I wound up at Maryland National Bank in Baltimore as a project manager. Then I was a technology VP at Bank of America.
Came back home: When my daughter was born
Next step: For now, I'm staying put.
This was first published in November 2006