IJIS Institute Welcomes Maria Cardiellos as Program Manager for the New Jersey Information Sharing Environment Project

IJIS Institute Welcomes Maria Cardiellos as Program Manager for the New Jersey Information Sharing Environment Project

Staff changes prepare the IJIS Institute for advanced technical projects

Ashburn, Va., July, 10, 2013. The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—is pleased to announce Maria Cardiellos as the IJIS Institute’s Program Manager for the New Jersey Information Sharing Environment (ISE), as well as the promotions of two long-term current employees. The NJ ISE is a project that involves a team of organizations—the IJIS Institute, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), and Rutgers University Police Institute—assembled to implement a statewide information sharing environment as the hub for shared network, data, and application services.

Ms. Cardiellos is joining the IJIS Institute after several years with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) where she served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Advisor of the Program Management Office (PMO) and worked with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and the IJIS Institute teams. She possesses 30 years of experience in both national and international public safety and justice program development, implementation, and evaluation. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety under which the New Jersey Division of State Police falls. In addition to her government background, Maria has worked in the private sector technology arena, as well as in the non-profit sector where she worked for the Washington D.C.-based Police Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be part of the IJIS Institute team. My entire career has been spent in justice and public safety and I look forward to continuing that engagement by contributing to the information sharing mission at the IJIS Institute,” said Maria Cardiellos.

Steve Ambrosini, executive director of the IJIS Institute, said, “We are very excited to welcome Maria to our team. Not only does she bring a wealth of justice and public safety knowledge but she will be a great asset to our team because of her previous and extensive background in federal, state, and local government, and in the private sector technology arena.” Ambrosini also recognized the promotions of Scott Serich, PhD, eJD, and Donald Gabbin, M.P.A., of the IJIS Institute staff.

Scott Serich, PhD, eJD, has been promoted to Lead Technical Architect. Scott joined the IJIS Institute as a Project Manager in 2005, and has successfully managed multiple Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) grants and contracts. In this capacity, Scott has performed across a range of roles from Project Manager to Technical Architect of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Exchange (PMIX). Scott is a recipient of the 2008 eC3 Excellence Award and was also honored by the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs (ASPMP) for his work in advancing the national sharing of prescription drug monitoring information. Most recently, Scott has taken the technical lead of the IJIS Institute’s Springboard Program, as well as two of the Institute’s most advanced technology projects: the NJ ISE and the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) Interoperability projects.

Don Gabbin, M.P.A, has been promoted to Sr. Project Manager. Don joined the IJIS Institute in 2006 as a marketing specialist but quickly climbed the ranks. Don most recently was the program manager for the Gang Intelligence Information Sharing project and is assuming management of the PDMP project. He is also supporting the Procurement Task Force, the Statewide Automated Victim Information & Notification (SAVIN) implementation, and is assisting with the IJIS Institute training and technical assistance transition.

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About the IJIS InstituteThe IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technical assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to nearly 200 member and affiliate companies across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/; follow us on Twitter @ijisinstitute; read the IJIS Factor Blog; or, join us on LinkedIn at Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing.


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