• Aaron Bertrand

    Technical PM at SentryOne

    Aaron Bertrand is a Technical Product Manager at SentryOne, with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. He is editor-in-chief of the performance-related blog, SQLPerformance.com, and serves as a community moderator for the Database Administrators Stack Exchange.

  • Adam McDonald

    Manager of Database Development, STR

    Adam McDonald is a Certified Hotel Industry Analyst with 15+ years of experience building tools to serve the data needs of the Hotel industry. He is an IT Architect who loves SQL development, data analytics, and efficient database solutions that development teams can build on. His passion is clean, quality code.

  • Adam Murray

    Software Engineer

    I'm Adam Murray, anthropologist turned software engineer over a decade ago. I enjoy working with people to create products that other people love and use. When I'm not typing code furiously, I'm a husband and dad with a lot of hobbies.

  • Adhithi Ravichandran

    Senior Software Engineer

    Adhithi Ravichandran is a Senior Software Engineer working for a Healthcare startup, Redivus Health, based in Kansas City. She is passionate about Software Engineering, Teaching, Healthcare and Music. She is currently working on building mobile apps for critical healthcare scenarios.

    Adhithi is a Pluralsight Author, Conference Speaker and also has worked as a Lecturer at the University of Kansas, teaching students IT Best Practices.

    Adhithi graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and has been in the tech industry for over 6 years. She has worked on several technologies over the years, and one of her recent favorite is React Native.

    Adhithi is also a professional Indian Classical Musician and has given several concerts across the country.

  • Aida Martinez

    Juice Analytics - Data Integration Developer

    Aida Martinez is a Senior Data Engineer and Software Developer with more than 10 years of experience creating data solutions and Web applications. She is currently a Data Integration Developer at Juice Analytics where she applies her data engineering skills to build fast and reliable data pipelines using Python, AWS and Apache Spark. Aida is a Computer Science major and holds a Master of Science in Analytics from Georgia State University, where she was a graduate research assistant of the Institute for Insight.
    In her free time, Aida can be found practicing yoga, traveling and learning new cloud and open source technologies.

  • Aimee Knight

    Software Engineer at Tuft and Needle

    Aimee Knight is a full-stack software engineer at Tuft and Needle and currently lives in Nashville TN. As a former professional figure skater, she has a tremendous amount of energy and grit. Outside of work, she's a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies, a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast and an international keynote speaker. Currently, she specializes in JS, React, and CSS, however, she's worked extensively in Angular, Node, and Ruby on Rails as well. Her past community involvement includes being a weekly panelist on the Angular Air podcast, a co-organizer for CharmCityJS, and mentor for Baltimore NodeSchool and Rails Bridge.

  • Alexander Slotte

    Lead Consultant, Excella

    Originally from Sweden, Alexander has 10+ years of professional software development experience, solving problems for a wide range of industries. He currently works as a Lead Consultant at Excella, and is the organizer of the .NET DC User group. He thoroughly enjoys speaking at conferences and local Meetups. He is passionate about .NET and cloud development and constantly attempts to push his knowledge on real time data streaming, data science and machine learning. When not coding, you'll find him out running or enjoying a good IPA! Say hi on Twitter @alexslotte!

  • Allison Pollard

    Helping people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities

    Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

  • Amanda Loftis

    UX Director at Fluree and Freelance Web Designer

    I am UX designer/researcher and freelance web designer with a passion for making beautiful things. In my free time, you can find me playing Dungeons and Dragons, trying to keep my plants alive, and designing beer labels for my dad's homebrews. 

  • Amber Vanderburg

    Organizational Dynamic Ninja

    At age 18, Amber Vanderburg founded non profit Tours of Tulsa that hosted more than 1,000 college students from 75 different countries in the first three years of operation. During this time, Amber earned her BA in Organizational Communications from Oral Roberts University and MA in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa. She was also a Tulsa 40 Under 40 businesswoman in HR in corporate America and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. As a student, Amber was involved as a Division I track and field athlete, OU-Tulsa Student Government Association President, SHRM Chapter President, and Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature Associate Justice.

    Post graduation, Amber traded the office for a muddy field and shiny heels for a pair of dirty cleats to become the only female, only American, only Christian, and only blonde Academy football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy/Paris Saint Germain Academy to coach the first generation of athletes in Bangalore, India on both an elite and grassroots level.

    Amber worked with an international team of coaches through PSG and Adidas Gameday to transform the organizational design and culture to cultivate a more high performing team. Initiatives and results included heightened retention of players and coaches through better engagement and performance, improved coaches education and curriculum design, implemented communication and knowledge management systems, and strategic recruitment and onboarding.

    Today, Amber continues to work as a consultant with Paradigm Shift in Leadership, HR, and OD. She is an international speaker that works tirelessly in improving organizational culture and team dynamics is a variety of industries including; healthcare, O&G, globalizing sport, and higher education. She is also the founder of international student-athlete consultancy group, Player Pathwayz which equips athletes with opportunities for success post-high school.

  • Andrew Malek

    Senior UI Developer / Designer

    Andrew is a UI developer and designer at NCR, focusing on POS (point-of-sale) solutions. He has two decades of development experience in languages such as JavaScript, Visual Basic, Python, and C, and will admit to having developed a content management solution with Delphi and Perl if backed into a corner.

  • Andrew McKnight

    Pivocity, President and Founder

    Andy McKnight has over 20 years’ experience in an Agile environment—from his 12 years as a United States Marines, to co-founding an enterprise performance management software company, and founding a Management Consultant firm leading Agile adoptions and transformations within Fortune 500 companies, and in multiple organizations and industries.

    Andy’s expertise centers on how managers, directors, and executives within all functions of an organization can adopt a lean-agile mindset, demonstrate servant leadership and apply a relentless focus on value delivery and improvement. His pragmatic approach to implementing an agile culture and framework that helps to achieve an organization’s goals—and provides them with a pathway to agile maturity—is Andy’s hallmark.

    Andy McKnight is the founder and president of Pivocity, LLC, creator of the Back2Agile Podcast and a SAFe (v4.5) Program Consultant, Certified Agile Leader (CAL I), ICAgile 'Agility in the Enterprise' (ICP-ENT), Professional Scrum Master, and Professional Scrum Product Owner. He has an MBA in Global Strategy from the University of Maryland.

    Andy has presented at the following conferences/meetups:
    Multiple presentations at DFWScrum (2014)
    Panel Member at Dallas Agile Leadership Network regarding Leadership in Agile Organizations (2015)
    Speaker at Dallas Agile Leadership Network (2015, 2016)
    Established, Hosted and Organized Dallas Leadership Fest since 2016.
    Seminar - Role of a Manager in an Agile World (2017)
    Agile Warrior Series Conference - How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams (2018)
    DistruptHR - How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams (2018)
    Mile High Agile Denver - How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams (2018)
    Keep Austin Agile - How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams (2018)
    AgileCamp Dallas - How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams (2018)
    Agile2018 - Failure in Portfolio Management - A Case Study (2018)

  • Andrew Smelser

    Eventbrite Quality Consultant

    Graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Communications in 2014, Andrew begin his career in customer-facing roles. Over the last 5 years, Andrew has shifted his focus to quality consulting for Agile teams, with a core mission to coach in customer-focused testing and quality best practices.

  • Angeleen Wilson

    Data Wrangling Dapp Dev nerd, Founder at SchooldApps and Georgia Blockchain Coalition & CryptoVeggies

    I am a mom, a data wrangling nerd, blockchain developer and company founder creating decentralized applications and distributed solutions for the children’s education space. I love blockchain and its potential.
    My professional background and current occupation includes Radio, Television, audience delivery liability reporting and data visual application development. In addition to my day job and blockchain business, I host the Women of Blockchain in Atlanta to help encourage women interested in blockchain to participate in this fascinating new industry. We have had great success. I also co-host a light-hearted podcast called CryptoRitas geared toward delivering emerging news and events on blockchain and associated emerging technologies.

    I have helped organize and am working with various state legislators, leaders, enterprise businesses and communities building the Georgia Blockchain Coalition.

  • Antone Christianson-Galina

    Growing as a Data Scientist

    I studied Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and used it as a foundation for Data Science. I work at Think Data Insights and Co-Chair the Davidson County Democratic Party Data Science Committee.

  • Arthur Doler

    Senior Software Developer at Aviture

    Arthur (or Art, take your pick) has been a software engineer for 14 years and has worked on things as exciting as analysis software for casinos and things as boring as banking websites. He is an advocate for talking openly about mental health and psychology in the technical world, and he spends a lot of time thinking about how we program and why we program, and about the tools, structures, cultures, and mental processes that help and hinder us from our ultimate goal of writing amazing things. His hair is brown and his thorax is a shiny blue color.

  • Aubrey Wade

    Agile Coach - ACSM

    Aubrey is a scrum master/agile professional in Memphis, TN who loves coaching product design sessions and studying relational techniques in the workplace. Currently, she is Agile Coach/Project Manager for AutoZone, corporate office, in the heart of downtown Memphis. Previously, she spent 8 years as a Scrum Master and Project Manager growing ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's IT division and enterprise Agile knowledge.

    Aubrey graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2002 with a degree in Psychology. She entered the technology field by becoming a SME in ERP systems in the manufacturing industry in the early 2000's, writing SQL queries for inventory management and mastering financial month-end reconciliations.

    Aubrey progressed her way, constantly learning as a Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Scrum master and eventually Agile Coach. She helped transform ALSAC’s ITS division into an Agile based technology shop in 2017 and continued to help coach other divisions in their enterprise. Today, Aubrey is an Agile Evangelist that teaches teams to understand the positive changes Agile adoption can bring and that it’s more than a technology work method.

    When she’s not scrumming, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is an over committed wife and mom/chauffeur to 3 daughters, two of which are in competitive high school band programs and the youngest one in gymnastics.

  • Becca Hiller

    Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and change agent who champions continual growth and value delivery through agility, authenticity, and courageous collaboration.

    Driven by courage, curiosity, and compassion, Becca Hiller knows valued people deliver value. As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach, Becca helps humans reach agility potential. Her agility shines through sharpened improv skills, a mighty pen, a hungry brain, a passion for teaching and coaching, and applying mud run lessons to clean up challenges.

    Becca Hiller is currently based in Nashville, TN.

  • Bilal Shahzad

    Architect, DevOps Consultant, Mentor, Teacher, Blogger, YouTuber

    Have more than 15+ Years of professional industry experience. Have multiple certifications, MCT since 2017, MVP since 2017, Obsessed with Practical Agile

  • Bj Burns

    Audio Geek of Complete Developer Podcast

    BJ Burns is a Full Stack .Net Developer, Certified SCRUM Developer, Certified SCRUM Master, Meetup Organizer, and 1/2 of the Complete Developer Podcast. BJ first became interested in computers with his first experience in fourth grade using DOS prompt to play Oregon Trail in the computer lab at my elementary school. He began programming in high school when he took a class on QBasic. For him coding was a hobby, something he did for fun until a few years ago when he left medicine and decided to pursue a career as a developer.

  • Bob Galen

    Principal Agile Coach, at RGCG

    Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is Director, Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading agile transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG.

    Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances.

    He’s published three agile focused books: The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2015, Scrum Product Ownership, in 2009 – 2’nd Edition in 2013, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer & blogger (at - www.rgalen.com ) and podcaster (at www.meta-cast.com )

    Bob may be reached directly at bob@rgalen.com or networking via http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen

  • Bobby Johnson

    Developer Evangelist @ Auth0

    Bobby is a full-stack developer, advocate, and evangelist at Auth0. He is a passionate engineer with an interest in learning and teaching new technologies, using open source software, and engaging the greater software development community. His experience ranges from building line-of-business applications for financial professionals with Russell Investments and Milliman to distributed social content apps with Cheezeburger and Steller.

  • Branden Schwartz

    Software Engineer at TVA

    Branden Schwartz is a developer whose experience with the Microsoft stack predates the .NET framework. He is active in the developer community as a member of his local chapter of PASS and one of the organizers of both the Chattanooga Area .NET User Group and the Scenic City Summit conference. Away from the keyboard, he is a proud godfather and foster parent, gamer and film enthusiast, husband and cat caretaker.

  • Brett Berliner

    Principal Consultant, Insight Digital Innovation

    A 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University, Brett was lucky enough to discover his passion for software development in high school, when a computer science course time allowed him to take a longer lunch. After graduating, he's been fortunate enough to work on some very cool projects in the .NET space in the marketing, insurance and consulting realms. At Insight Digital Innovation (formerly Cardinal Solutions), Brett focuses heavily on large scale application development using Microsoft Azure. He's passionate about testing strategies and building code that is reusable and maintainable. Brett lives in Columbus, OH with his wife and dog, and when he's not writing or learning about software, he finds time to play beer league hockey and listen to (mostly) good music.

  • Brian Dill

    DBA at RANDA Solutions, Inc.

    Brian's SQL experience goes back to version 6.5 in the late 1990s. He is currently a DBA for RANDA Solutions, Inc in Franklin, TN. He has recently dusted off his college statistics textbooks and taken a foray into data science with R. He is a photographer, a recent drone enthusiast, and in compliance with Nashville law, he can play the guitar.

  • Brian Gorman

    Code Surgeon at Far Reach, Principle at MajorGuidanceSolutions

    I am an experienced .Net developer, with an MCSA: Web App certification, working on re-certifying as MCSD [had it but it expired]. I have a masters of science degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science. I also have many years of experience instructing college courses online in SQL databases, C#/VB .Net programming, Java programming, and Microsoft Office. I have created many online technical training courses that can be found on various platforms like O'Reilly/InfiniteSkills, Udemy, and others. I also run MajorGuidanceSolutions, a training and consulting company ,while working fulltime as a .Net developer.

  • Brian Korzynski

    Senior Machine Learning Engineer

    Brian Korzynski is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at one of Detroit's best companies, United Shore. He has had an extensive career in Microsoft technologies working for a variety of companies both large and small. Working in many industries such as logistics, manufacturing, compliance, and finance has given him a wide variety of knowledge and skills that he wants to share with the world. Currently he is working on a variety of machine learning and artificial intelligence applications to aid in the mortgage process.

  • Cam Soper

    Sr. Content Developer, Microsoft

    While in high school, Cam was getting paid for writing code and playing jazz (but not necessarily at the same time!). After flirting with several career paths in college, he decided to stick with what he knew.

    Cam's development and IT career began in 1991 when a small town computer consultant took Cam, then 13 years old, as his apprentice. After graduating from Missouri State University in 1999, Cam worked as a trainer, adjunct professor, and freelance developer until he took a full-time developer job in the financial services industry in 2000.

    In 2012, Cam achieved his childhood dream of joining Microsoft as a travelling support engineer, where he helped companies and public institutions of all sizes deploy software for .NET and Azure. He is currently part of the Microsoft Developer Relations team, where he writes content about Azure and .NET on docs.microsoft.com, including reference applications and samples.

    Cam lives in Kansas City, Missouri, USA with his wife, three sons, two dogs, two cats, three guinea pigs, and two hermit crabs. His hobbies include video games, 3D printing, home automation, and creating music.

  • Cameron Presley

    Professional Problem Solver

    Cameron Presley is a software engineer and Microsoft MVP from Knoxville, Tennessee. Cameron is currently employed with SentryOne as a software engineer focused on improving the lives of Microsoft Data Professionals!

    When Cameron is not slinging code for his day job, he spends his time organizing @FunctionalKnox (functional programming user group) and Lambda Squared (functional programming conference), helping new developers grow their technical skills through Code.Connective() and work with developers to improve their career through The Software Mentor.

  • Carl Kinghorn

    SVP of Software Development at EFC Systems and President of NashDotNet

    Carl Kinghorn has been shipping enterprise software for the agricultural industry for the past 10 years. Most of that time has been spent developing on the Microsoft stack utilizing .Net languages, however, in the past few years he has had the opportunity to shift focus to be a teacher and leader for a wonderful group of developers. Carl is active in the Nashville development community, is an avid PC gamer, and enjoys photography.

  • Carlos Robles

    DBA Mastery - Principal consultant

    Carlos Robles is Microsoft Data Platform MVP also a very experienced multi platform DBA (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, SQL Azure) with over 10 years of experience in the database field. He has worked in database support as primary consultant and DBA manager for larger US based companies and around the work in the healthcare, insurance, retail, food and energy industries.

    He has a few certifications under his belt MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCTS, ITIL v3, Docker, Kubernetes and RedHat openshift.

    International speaker, author, blogger, Guatemala SQL community group leader, mentor. If you don’t find me talking about geek stuff on twitter, it is very likely that I will be online playing videos games with my wife and daughter (a gamer family) or sometimes just enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.

  • Cassandra Faris

    Tech Community Advocate

    Cassandra Faris is passionate about the human side of technology. She is the Innovation and Product Evangelist at AWH, a consulting company that creates hardware and software products to improve people’s lives. Her professional background includes recruiting, community outreach, employee engagement, and product ownership. She is an international speaker who specializes in teaching professional skills to technical audiences. She is President Emeritus of the DogFoodCon tech conference and a Per Scholas Advisory Board member. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership. When she's not busy with the community, she is avid tabletop gamer, runner, and soccer fan who travels as much as possible.

  • Chad Green

    Director of Software Development at ScholarRx

    Chad Green is a manager, software developer, architect, community leader, and most importantly a father and husband. Chad woks as the Director of Software Development for ScholarRx developing an affordable, lifelong digital-learning platform for medical students and physicians everywhere. Over his career, Chad has managed groups from 3 to 63 people and worked on projects in a wide range of markets including healthcare, military, government, workforce management, financial services, chemical research, and electronic commerce. Being a big believer in giving back and wanting to ensure that there are cool events for others, Chad founded and chairs the annual Code PaLOUsa conference, organizes the Louisville .NET Meetup user group and the Monthly Tech Leader Coffee and Discussion, and has helped with other groups like the Louisville Tech Ladies and events like Cincy Day of Agile.

  • Charles Cain

    Servant Leader, Certified Coach, Passionate Agilist

    Charles Cain is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, President of Charles Cain Consulting Group, a passionate Agilist with over 28 years of experience forming, leading and growing Agile teams, Agile leaders and individuals. In his personal and professional life, he has witnessed individuals, teams and organizations struggle with the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of today. With servant leadership, empathy, intuition, boldness, and a repertoire of various techniques, he serves as the guide for all on the journey they find themselves on.

  • Charles Husemann

    Agile coach

    Charles is a former developer who has transitioned in to an experienced Scrum Master/Agile Coach.  For over a decade he has been working on agile projects focused on creating high performing teams who deliver exceptional software.

  • Chris DeMars

    Front-End Developer at Tuft & Needle | Microsoft MVP | Google Developer Expert

    Chris DeMars is a front end developer first, UX architect always, from Detroit, Michigan. For his community contributions, he holds awards as a Microsoft MVP in developer technologies and Google Developer Expert in web technologies. He is also an organizer for Vuetroit and co-organizer for the Ann Arbor Accessibility Group. Chris loves coming up with solutions for enterprise applications, which include modular CSS architectures, performance, and advocating for web accessibility. When he is not working on making the web great and inclusive you can find him writing blog posts, recording episodes of his podcast, Tales From The Script, watching horror movies, or in the woods of northern Michigan.

  • Christina Wheeler

    Solution Architect & Trainer, MVP

    Christina Wheeler (MVP) is an Independent Consultant Solution Architect and a part-time Trainer specializing in Power BI, PowerApps, SharePoint and other O365 training. She is a highly respected SharePoint/O365 expert who focuses on development, administration, branding, and training. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Christina has knowledge in graphic design, Web development, and custom development who also specializes in Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence. She has worked for various companies throughout the world architecting and implementing SharePoint and O365 solutions for educational, commercial, and government organizations. As a trainer, Christina brings her real-world experience to the classroom.

    She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and workshops around the world. Her publications include contributions as the technical editor of "SharePoint 2007 Developer’s Guide to Business Data Catalog," co-author of the "SharePoint 2010 Field Guide," and co-author of “SharePoint 2013 Inside Out.” In addition to technology Christina has a passion for photography and when she is not traveling the world she enjoys spending time with her lovable dogs.

  • Christopher Richardson

    Scrum Master, NPR

    A native of Danville, VA, and a former firefighter, I've been practicing/coaching BPM/Lean methodologies for nine years and specifically the Agile methodology for four years. I've worked in Risk, Machine Learning and most recently in Podcasts platforms. I currently hold certifications as a CSM, CSPO, SAFe SASM, Lean Belt Practioner/Coach.

  • Conner Bush

    STR, Software Developer

    Conner is a full-stack software developer at STR. He has been in tech since high school and a developer for around 7 years, currently specializing in .NET and Angular. Conner enjoys learning design architecture, staying up to date with the latest tech, and empowering others in his field to live their best life.

    Outside of work, you’ll find Conner volunteering at his local church or with one of the homeless organizations in town. When not at church or hanging with his homeless friends, he’s probably scrambling to be on time to catch a Preds game or that sweet half-price deal at Dave & Buster’s. He does all of this with his awesome wife, Mysteree – who is totally out his league.

  • Craig Kerstiens

    Product manager at Microsoft

    I work on product for Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Previously I lead product at Citus Data, which is now part of Microsoft, and prior to that product for Heroku Postgres. I curate Postgres weekly and regularly blog about startups/tech.

  • Daniel Glenn

    Collaboration Practice Lead @ InfoWorks, Inc., Microsoft MVP

    Daniel is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP with 14 years' experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks, Daniel helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Office 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments.

    Daniel is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Microsoft Flow training for companies around the world. He's also passionate about giving back and building the Microsoft technical community. Daniel holds leadership roles in various local user groups, serves as an organizer for SharePoint Saturday Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular "365 Message Center Show" for REgarding 365 at MessageCenter.show. You can follow Daniel online at https://DanielGlenn.com and @DanielGlenn on Twitter.

  • David Buckingham

    KiZAN Technologies, Application Development Practice Lead

    David Buckingham is Practice Lead for the Custom Application Development team at KiZAN Technologies.  David has 20+ years of professional software development experience in a wide variety of industries including material handling, manufacturing, food processing, cloud hosting, and staffing.  He specializes in empowering teams through the proper use of sound software development practices, and continuously delivering value through collaboration.

    David and his family live in Louisville, KY.  He is an avid runner, enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, and is a fan of all University of Louisville athletic programs.

  • David Gentry

    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Bass Player, Groove Keeper

    David Gentry is a Scrum Master and Agile Coach. He has seven years of hands-on experience with Agile, Scrum, and Lean and has served in a variety of roles during his 25-year IT career including developer, data analyst, business analyst, quality assurance analyst, project manager, and Agile coach.

    He is actively involved in the community through his personal blog (agile.cool) and local user group, Agile Augusta. When he isn’t busy speaking or helping colleagues, clients, and companies to advance their agile journey, he can be found playing bass guitar and interpreting how groove applies to life and agility.

  • Dennis Stepp

    Quality Assurance Engineer

    I am a Product Owner at Lirio in Knoxville, TN. I'm also a game/web developer with Unibear Studio, and stage manager/web developer with the Earl Park Fall Festival Foundation. My interests include: process and workflow optimization, automation, JAMstack technologies, software architecture, object oriented languages, and game development. I also collect retro PC/console video games, dabble in gardening and woodworking. I have a passion for craft beer. I play recreational hockey to get my aggression out.

  • Diana Rodríguez

    Chief DevOps Architect @ Voicethread && Worldwide Community Organiser @ Vue Vixens

    Woman, Traveller, DevOps & Full Stack Developer. Musicienne, nerd, clown.

  • Douglas Starnes

    Machine Learning, Mobile Apps and AR Developer

    Douglas Starnes is a polyglot ninja and tech community influencer in the Memphis area making stuff that works on more than just the web. He specializes in the fields of mobile, IoT, data science and machine learning. Douglas is a co-director of the Memphis Python User Group and a board member of the Memphis .NET User Group. He is a frequent conference speaker who has delivered more than 30 featured presentations at more than 20 conferences over the past 7 years in a variety of citiies across the southeast United States. In addition, Douglas is an active participant in local user groups. He has also served as an organizer for PyTennessee, PyOhio and TechCampMemphis. Outside of being a geek Douglas is a trained composer, aspiring triathlete and avid Lego collector.

  • Dr. Anthony Montgomery

    Agile Scholar and Coach

    Dr. Montgomery is an agile and technology executive with 20+ years of experience across such roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial / Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Assistant Vice President, Senior Director, Director, Project Manager (agile and traditional), and Financial Systems Engineer. Anthony is a frequent speaker on Agile and Scrum in Europe and the U.S., including events such as Agile & Beyond, Global Scrum Gatherings, Project Management Institute (PMI) local chapters, and Scan Agile.

    Anthony holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a research emphasis on the socio-psychological nature of Scrum. He also holds Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM, CSP-PO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), SAFe 4.5 Program Consultant (SPC), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials.

    Anthony is an Alumnus of The University of Chicago, Graham School with Advanced Project Management studies, including certificates in both Project Management Strategy and Process Management & Improvement. In addition, Anthony holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    Anthony has presented at many conferences, including Scrum Gatherings, Agile Conferences, and Universities, with a list provided below of speaking engagements over the last several years.

    * Scrum Framework Effects on Software Team Cohesion, Collaboration, and Motivation: A Social Identity Approach Perspective; December 1, 2017, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
    * PMI® Global Conference 2017, Chicago, IL; Oct 29, 2017
    * Music City Agile, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; May 31, 2017
    * Weber State University, Ogden, UT; October 21, 2016;
    * Music City Agile, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN; August 17, 2016
    * Agile 2016, Atlanta, GA; July 27, 2016
    * PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN; May 12, 2016
    * Agilia 2016, Olomouc, Czech Republic; April 6, 2016
    * Utah State University, Logan, UT; March 11, 2016
    * Nashville Tech Council, Nashville, TN ; August 13, 2015
    * Nashville PMI Chapter, Nashville, TN; May 19, 2015
    * Agile & Beyond 2015, Detroit, MI; May 1, 2015
    * Scan Agile 2015, Helsinki, Finland ; March 11, 2015
    * Global Scrum Gathering, Berlin, Germany; September 22, 2014
    * Global Scrum Gathering, New Orleans, LA ; May 6, 2014
    * PMI Symposium, Nashville, TN ; April 10, 2014
    * Global Scrum Gathering, Paris, France ; September 24, 2013

  • Dustin Dorsey

    Managing Database Engineer, Lifepoint Health

    Dustin Dorsey is currently the Managing Database Engineer for LifePoint Health in which he leads a team responsible for managing and engineering solutions in database technologies for 90 hospitals. He has been working with and supporting SQL Server predominantly in healthcare since 2008 in an administration, architecture, development and BI capacity. He is passionate about finding ways to solve problems that plague the everyday SQL professional and loves sharing this with others. He can be found speaking at SQL community events, webinars, conferences, and blogging for various SQL blogs including DustinDorsey.com

  • Ed Charbeneau

    Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an international speaker, writer, online influencer, a Developer Advocate for Progress.

    Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an international speaker, writer, online influencer, a Developer Advocate for Progress, and expert on all things web development. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, brainstorming about future technology, and admiring great design.

    Ed has shared his insights, experiences, and advice around collaboration, knowledge management, social computing, and training at many industry events around the United States. Highly ethical and engaging with an uncanny business acumen, he is a creative community builder and outside the box thinker. Long term business relationships throughout the world within internal communications, employee engagement and marketing as well as IT. Focusing on Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Agency and Professional Services. He has defined, architected, implemented line of business solutions with a touch of style and UX best practices.

  • Emily Maxie

    VP of Marketing at Very

    As VP of Marketing, Emily Maxie leads Very’s marketing efforts and creates strategic plans that support the company’s mission to become a world-class development firm. She loves diving deep into technical topics to communicate complex ideas in an approachable way.

    Maxie regularly speaks at regional and national events on the topics of career advancement and gender parity, and is dedicated to finding creative solutions to move the needle, one woman at a time.

    Before joining Very, Maxie led the marketing team at Skuid, a software company, where she developed team-efficient strategies to carry marketing through successful Series A and B rounds. She also served as the head of marketing at SIGNiX, an e-signature technology provider.

  • Eric Hendrickson

    Chief Technology Officer, Provisions Group

    I have been writing software and designing and building systems my whole life - started at 9 years old and had my first job at 14. At this point, with over 20 years experience in software based systems design, implementation, over 20 software languages, nearly every integration pattern, and a deep knowledge of architectural approaches, I am excited to share my experience and the lessons I've learned along the way.

  • Eric Potter

    Technical Strategist

    Eric is the Technical Strategist for Aptera Software and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He works primarily in the .Net web platform but loves opportunities to try out other stacks. He has been developing high-quality custom software solutions since 2001. At Aptera, he has successfully delivered solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries. He loves to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In his spare time, he loves to tinker with Arduino projects. He fondly remembers what it was like to develop software for the Palm OS. He has an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children. He blogs at http://humbletoolsmith.com/ and you can follow him on twitter as @pottereric.

  • Evan Hensley

    Agile Leader, Premise Health

    Evan Hensley and Romana Ullah are both Agile Leaders on the Agile Transformation team at Premise Health, located in Brentwood, TN. Both Evan and Romana have a wealth of experience as Scrum Masters and Business Analysts, and have recently taken the pivotal steps to grow the agile mindset within a large, non-agile organization.

  • Evan Smith

    Software Developer, Life Coach, Business Coach

    Evan Smith co-founded a non-profit organization in 2011 and served as president, treasurer, and historian before leaving to pursue his software development career in 2013. He currently serves as a senior developer and leads a team of dedicated developers. Evan holds a business degree and is pursuing an information systems master’s degree. In his spare time, Evan enjoys serving others as a life and business coach, tinkering with technology at home, and spending time with his wife and daughter. The best way to contact Evan is by entering a user story in Azure DevOps.

  • Faye Thompson

    Agile Coach/Scrum Master, Insight Digital Innovation

    With more than twenty years of project delivery experience, Faye Thompson is a consultant coach and scrum master. With a focus on agile methodologies and continuous improvement, Faye has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising, automotive and aviation industries. Passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, she helps workgroups transform themselves into highly engaged and energized teams. Faye enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Central Ohio Agile Association and as President of the Women in STEMM Alumni Society of The Ohio State University. She spends her free time volunteering as an emergency medical responder and public affairs coordinator for the American Red Cross.

  • Francis Solomon

    Principal Software Engineer @ Cardlytics

    Francis is currently a Principal Software Engineer at Cardlytics, with over 20 years of experience in his field. He's worked on two continents and across 8 different industries, delivering software, advice, leadership and opinions to anyone who can bear to be in close proximity to him. He herds cats both metaphorically and literally.

  • Garth Henson

    The Walt Disney Company

    Garth is as a lead engineer at The Walt Disney Company, specializing in JavaScript applications, cloud architecture and mentoring/training. He lives near Raleigh, NC with his beautiful wife and five children.

  • Gregory Beamer

    Think Outside the Box!

    Greg is a consummate geek who likes to live on the bleeding edge of technology. He is currently employed in a Vice President role in Atlas Lift Tech, an entrepreneurial healthcare services company, where he is tasked with shifting the company from a resource intensive approach to a technical focus.

    Prior to moving to upper level management, Greg spent more than 10 years in architectural consulting, with offshoots in building distributed Agile development teams. His normal duties included architectural assessments, portfolio rationalization and pre-sale engineering. His areas of concentration include SOA, microservices, DevOps, integration, monitoring and Agile development practices.

    For the past six years, Greg has focused on the common problems plaguing IT departments, focusing on solutions. Greg's primary method is to examine problems from a variety of perspective, find the common patterns and then build frameworks that can work in a wide variety of organizations. He brings this same method to speaking, using analogies, abstractions and stories to simplify intermediate and advanced concepts for beginning audiences. Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and user groups across the country and generally takes a contrarian view of the silver bullets that plague the field.

    When Greg is not on the road, he is working from his home office, or spending time with his wife, four daughters and his derpy dog. When not working, he can often be found seeking out another new craft beer, playing pub trivia or seeking out a geek boardgame night.

  • Hasan Savran

    BI Architect

    Hasan Savran is a BI Architect at Progressive Insurance Company. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and the Vice President of North Ohio PASS Local Group. He is active member of the HTML5 and WebAssembly W3C groups. He likes to write about SQL, C#, and Front End development on his blog.

  • Hunter Loftis

    Engineering Manager at Heroku

    Hunter manages the Languages team at Heroku. Before that, he ran Heroku’s Node.js/JavaScript platform, engineered at startups, and ran the development arm of a consultancy. When he’s not building mobile games in C#, physics engines in JavaScript, or procedurally-generated graphics in Go, he can be found motorcycling around North Carolina.

  • Ian Hagerman

    Manager, Tableau Center of Excellence, Brookdale Senior Living

    Ian Hagerman is an analytics leader and versatile business intelligence practitioner with over 10 years of cross-functional operational and technology experience, which has led to a specialization in delivering value through analytic solutions, particularly with Tableau. He is a Tableau Desktop Certified Professional and a Tableau Server Qualified Associate. In his role at Brookdale, he is responsible for empowering the Tableau developer community at Brookdale to gain insight from their data using Tableau.

  • Isaac Levin

    Application Development Manager - Microsoft

    Isaac Levin is a Consultant in Microsoft Premier Services. He has over 8 years of experience working as a developer for the web, mostly in the Microsoft Ecosystem. When he isn't helping customers get the most of Microsoft Products, he contributes to Microsoft Documentation in the .NET and ASP.NET space as well as other open-source projects, and occasionally blogs about things that interest him. He likes to wind down from work with his wife Ariana and his 2 sons Isaac and Avery.

  • J.R. Simon

    VP of Private Wealth Program Management, AllianceBernstein

    J.R. has over 13 years of experience in the areas of customer engagement, critical business process management, instructional technology, analytics, and workforce development. Since 2006, he has held leadership roles and contributed to long-term success, IT process improvements, employee performance, and strategic analysis for diverse organizations.

  • Jameson McGhee

    "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

    I’m a Father of 2, a Software QA Engineer, a Co-Organizer of the #KnoxQA meetup group, and a fierce friend. I usually spend my days fathering, QA’ing, co-organizing, or friending fiercely, but when not doing that, I enjoy playing board/tabletop games and pool, building things, or learning something new.

  • Jamie Wright

    I am the one who knocks

    Jamie Wright is a maker of internet things with a love/hate relationship for Redbull™, standing desks, and paintball guns. He has a love only relationship with teaching, learning, and building bots. Jamie runs Tatsu, a software bot that helps teams save time by performing standup meetings over Slack.

  • Jared Faris

    Jared *the* Nerd

    Jared is a Microsoft MVP and the VP of Solutions at HMB (http://www.hmbnet.com), an IT services company based out of Columbus, OH. His focus is on building great development teams through training, mentoring, and prodigious amounts of caffeine. He’s spent years building web applications with cloud and mobile experience. Jared helps organize Stir Trek as well as a variety of other events in and around Columbus, OH. He is an international keynoter and frequent conference speaker. In fact, if he doesn't have some conference deadline he doesn't know what to do with himself. You can find out more about him at http://jaredthenerd.com or follow him @jaredthenerd.

  • Jeff Black

  • Jeff McKenzie

    Architect, Insight Digital Innovation (formerly Cardinal Solutions)

    Jeff McKenzie has worked in software development for nearly twenty years, in both freelance and full-time capacities, as a developer and team leader. He enjoys helping others solve problems through technology, whether it's the small business getting on the web for the first time, or a Fortune 500 company expanding its enterprise. Although he started his career using BASIC on an Atari 800, he took a big detour, getting Biology and English degrees before rediscovering programming, with a new thing called the World Wide Web. He is currently an Architect at Insight Digital Innovation (formerly Cardinal Solutions) in Columbus Ohio.

  • Jeffrey Strauss

    Technical Advisor • Community Leader • Problem Solver

    Jeff is a technical architect, an executive consultant, and an attorney. As a member of the Chief Digital Advisor team at World Wide Technology—and with his unique experiences that combine tech and the law—he maintains a passion for solving problems with inspired solutions, improving life and business through technology.

    A dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff travels internationally to speak on both technical and business-oriented topics. He is a Microsoft MVP and serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developer Conference.

  • Jennifer Forrest

    Scrum Master, Agile BA, Jira nerd, servant-leader PMP

    Bouncing from the mountains of Southwestern Virginia to icy Minnesota then finally to swampy DC, Jennifer Forrest now serves as one or more of the following depending on the day: Scrum Master, Business Analyst, Jira admin,  and Account Lead for Excella. 

  • Jeremy Clark

    Developer Betterer

    Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skill set with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for .NET, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. He loves speaking and has delivered over 300 technical presentations in the last 9 years in the United States and Europe. Jeremy lives in northern Washington with his lovely wife, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a banjo.

  • Jessica Katz

    Agile Philosopher, Leadership Coach

    Jessica is an agile trainer, mentor, and coach with Eventbrite. She works with individuals, teams, and organizations to help them dig deep into self-discovery and move forward in the Agile Mindset. Jessica sees a world where all work environments can be a safe space for employees to bring their full selves without judgment allowing purpose to drive decisions at all levels.

  • Jim Byers

    ScrumMaster - Wellpath

    Jim Byers is a ScrumMaster and active participant in the Nashville Tech and Agile Community. Coaching, Mentoring and Educating are some of his primary motivators. Building on a 20 year history of working with and helping to organize, develop, and motivate teams. He believes in utilizing a full toolbox of options. "If all you have is a hammer, then every problem is a nail". Let's come build our toolbox together.

  • Jimmy Bogard

    Chief Architect, Headspring

    Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2018. Jimmy is also the creator and maintainer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

  • Jocelyn Matthews

    Community Manager, Storj Labs

    Jocelyn Matthews is Community Manager at Storj Labs, a company focused on decentralized cloud object storage that is affordable, easy to use, private and secure. She is responsible for building and nurturing the technical community contributing to Storj Labs and the great blockchain and decentralization ecosystem. Her focus is to grow a vibrant ecosystem to which everyone brings their best selves – a place for developers to contribute to the project and build applications on top of the platform, as well a place for storage node operators to get assistance building supply for the network.
    Jocelyn is a former Rosberg-Geist Fellow at the Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley. Her ethnographic social research has received grant funding from the Sultan Grant for Arab Cultural Studies; UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Studies; HASTAC Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance Collaboratory; and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is a former lab member at CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) Banatao Institute. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Bay Area Black Designers group and Elpha. She cares very much about diversity, inclusion and equity, values she brought to bear both as a former faculty member of the California college system and while teaching underserved teens in Oakland.

  • Joe Ziadeh

    You are amazing. I can't wait to see the things you accomplish.

    Joe is an Agile nerd who speaks regularly at conferences, user groups, and universities around the country. Most recently he spoke at Agile 2018, Agile Orlando, St. Louis PMI, Lean Agile KC 2018, Agile 2017, Lean Agile KC 2017, KC PDD 2017, Agile Midwest 2018 & 2017, St. Louis Agile LINC, Agile 2016, Lean Agile KC 2016, Agile Midwest 2016, and St. Louis Agile Open Space 2016. He is a Certified Training from the BACK of the Room instructor, and was an Instructor of Agile Courses at Washington University in St. Louis.

    He is currently the Director of Organizational Agility in the Agile Transformation Office at Express Scripts, as well as a Training Badass for Balanced Agility.

  • Joel Lord

    Javascript Junkie

    Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe.
    He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart for a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry.
    As a developer advocate at Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them learn about best practices in devops.
    During his free time, he is usually found stargazing in a camping site somewhere or brewing a batch of beer in his garage.

  • Joel Tosi

    Just a dude trying to help out

    Just a dude trying to help out

  • John Cancila

    Scrum master at Insight Enterprises

    John Cancila is an experienced Scrum master at Insight, with a passion for improving team cohesion and focus. Combining his 8+ years of experience as a Scrum master and BSA, John has been able to help teams along their path toward better agility, and high performance. John has Scrum certifications that include PSMI, PSMII, PSPOI, and PAL1.

  • Jolene Jangles

    Ignite the Rebel Within

    Jolene Jangles speaks regularly at conferences and user groups around the country. Most recently she spoke at Agile 2018, Agile 2017, Lean Agile KC 2018, KC PDD 2017, Agile Midwest 2018, and St. Louis Agile LINC, PMI STL, Agile Orlando and Women in Agile STL. She is a Certified Training from the BACK of the Room instructor,IC Agile certified instructor and Certified Co-Active Professional Coach. Jolene is also the founder of Balanced Agility and an Leadership Coach specializing in transformative efforts and Business Agility. She has spent the past 20 years focused on helping others achieve more while delivering great products.

  • Jonathan Mills

    Technology Advisor

    Jonathan is a Pluralsight Author, Technology Advisor, and Business Leader. As a member of the Chief Digital Advisory team at World Wide Technology, Jonathan is able to leverage his unique experiences and skills to drive digital transformation for his clients.

    As a dedicated developer community leader, Jonathan serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developers Conference, Microsoft MVP, and is a regular speaker and keynote presenter at conferences around the globe.

  • Jonathan "J." Tower

    Partner & Principal Consultant, Trailhead Technology Partners

    Jonathan “J.” Tower is a Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, and business owner with over eighteen years of software industry experience. He loves solving problems and the creative aspects of software development, as well as sharing what he’s learned and helping building the technology community. His current technology interests include .NET Core, Mobile, and JavaScript development.

    J. lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and children, where he uses his passion for the tech community to help run a user group and several annual conferences.

  • Joseph Guadagno

    DIrector, Technology at Quicken Loans, Organizer of Desert Code Camp, Microsoft .NET MVP

    I have been in software development for about 20 years or so. I started out with a small book on QuickBASIC, then moved the Visual Basic for DOS, then Visual Basic for Windows, then Visual Basic .NET and eventually Visual C#. I am a Team Leader at Quicken Loans. I am a public speaker and present internationally on a lot of technology topics, a list of them are available at https://www.josephguadagno.net/presentations/. I have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP in .NET (since 2009) and a Friends of Red Gate program (from 2015 to 2018).

  • Joseph Jacob


    Joe Jacob is a Senior Agile Coach with Centene’s Agile Center for Excellence. He carries over 30 years of diverse experience in Information Technology across eight different industries. Joe has been coaching agile teams and company leadership for almost ten years. Joe partners with product development and business leadership to drive the creation of value through alignment of strategy and execution. His approach is focused on creating an environment based on trust, collaboration, and a relentless drive to improve.

  • Josh Carroll

    Husband, Father, Consultant. Wrangler of Clouds.

    My name is Josh Carroll and I am a Husband, Father, and Web Hacker.

    I am an independent consultant with over 15 years of experience and count myself incredibly blessed to be able to help build an amazing consulting practice. I have a beautiful wife, and 4 amazing little kids. We make our home nestled away in Knoxville, Tennessee among the amazing Smoky Mountains.

    I've been hacking on computers since I was about 8 years old. It's no wonder I love the web so much since my first "programming" experience was teaching myself HTML and pushing a website out to some academic server. All I can remember is how fascinated I was with being able to access my own site... ON THE INTERNET!!!

    I went on to do some real programming in high school, and eventually got to compete in a robotics competition my senior year. Becoming a programmer was all I wanted to do, and I went after it full speed ahead. I graduated from ETSU in 2005 and have been doing what I love ever since.

  • Josh O'Rourke

    Sr. Manager, Systems Development at Xtend Healthcare

    Josh O'Rourke, Scott Walters, and Kevin Kingsbury each have more than 15 years of software engineering experience working in a diverse collection of technologies from Scheme to C#. Currently they work together at Xtend Healthcare where they are focused on lowering costs and making healthcare more efficient through software engineering, robotics, machine learning, and analytics.

  • Josh Wood

    Principal Software Engineer and Team Lead at Insight

    For the past 15 years I've been very lucky to experience architecting, designing and implementing software in complex domains across web, mobile, and desktop platforms. Currently, I'm a cloud agnostic software engineer with a hankering for DevOps and anything that makes my techie life easier. I'm also a mentor and a teacher, currently instructing eager minds at Columbus State Community College.

  • Julie Wyman

    Agile Coach & Managing Consultant at Excella

    Julie Wyman is an Agile Coach with Excella Consulting. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with over eight years of experience in areas including Agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver, while leveraging Scrum, Kanban, and other Agile frameworks, to drive continuous improvement. She has coached development and business teams in commercial, federal, and non-profit environments, at places such as Thomson Reuters, Caterpillar, Appian, and DHS.

  • Kara Luton

    UX Engineer and Tech Ladies Organizer

    After growing up in the world of ballet Kara Luton pursued a career as a music publicist, but a life of pitching journalists and red carpets left her feeling unfulfilled and she landed in the tech field. Now she has a passion for introducing women just like herself to this industry and showing them that they can succeed. Outside of work, she enjoys playing with her golden retriever mix, going to concerts and seeing a ballet whenever she can.

  • Ken Rickard

    Agile Coach @ Insight - Digital Innovation

    Ken draws from his 20 years of development, training, and management experience to guide clients in delivering valuable outcomes. His past 10 years have been spent learning as a Scrum Developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Kanban Coach, Agile Coach, and while leading from the back as a “Manager” in an Agile world. Ken travels the country leading people, teams, and organizations in their improvement journeys. He has worked in the public sector, higher education, finance, entertainment, retail, manufacturing, beverage, CPG, and healthcare industries.

  • Kevin Bridges

    A "current" developer from another era (70's UMR alum)

    Kevin has been actively involved in software development for 40 years, of which the last half has been in consulting. His emphasis is in application-level software development, and is a full stack developer with expertise in Functional and Object Oriented Technologies, Distributed Management, Client/Server Computing, Web Development, GUI Development, and Engineering Applications.

    Kevin holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Missouri Rolla. He is very pragmatic, and production oriented, and enjoys working in all aspects of the software development life cycle.

  • Kevin Feasel

    Predictive Analytics Manager @ ChannelAdvisor

    Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (curatedsql.com) and a contributing author to Tribal SQL (www.tribalsql.com). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

  • Kevin Kingsbury

  • Kevin Kline

    Principal Program Manager

    Kevin Kline is a noted database expert and software industry veteran. A Microsoft Data Platform MVP since 2003 and noted community leader in the IT industry, Kevin is a founder and former president of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS.org), as well as the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry trade shows worldwide and has a monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine (DBTA.com). He tweets at @kekline and blogs regularly. Kevin is a Principal Program Manager at SentryOne, a leading vendor of database tools.

  • Kevin Miller

    Senior Developer @ T2 Systems

    Over the past 20 years, Kevin has been involved in a number of positions within Computing and Technology ranging from Desktop and Network Support, to Application Lifecycle Management, to Information Security and Development. He currently works for T2 Systems as Senior Developer and was awarded the Microsoft MVP in 2016. His interests include language design, large scale computing, information security, and almost anything DevOps related.

  • Kimberly Sarabia

    Front End Designer and Developer at Chromatic

    Kim makes web things for a living. She is currently a digital nomad and will never stop loving YA fantasy and science fiction novels.

  • Laura B. Janusek

    Chief Product Officer at Modern Teacher

    As a founding team member at Modern Teacher, Laura has held several roles. She's currently the Chief Product Officer, focusing on the design and development of the company's software solutions. In collaboration with the CEO, she defines Modern Teacher's current and upcoming product offerings and uses client feedback to oversee the development lifecycle, from ideation through live releases and enhancements. Laura leads the development and quality assurance teams, which have included both U.S.-based and nearshore developers. She has also managed Modern Teacher’s professional learning content creation team, including graphic and e-learning designers.

    Laura also acted as VP of Curriculum and VP of Client Experience with digedu, The Digital Education Company, leading a team of over 40 digital content creators and overseeing client relationships nationally. Prior to her work in EdTech, Laura was involved with a variety of educational organizations, teaching in both Special Education and English departments as well as nontraditional learning environments.

    Laura enjoys practicing yoga, playing violin, and listening to audiobooks. She is an active member of communities for women in technology, she has recently been recognized in a series on “Women on Top in Tech”, and she is passionate about education equity and technology’s ability to improve lives in the education space and beyond.

  • Laura Pinell

    Bridging the gap between design and development.

    Laura is a UX-UI Designer and Developer at the newly formed UXBridge based in Nashville, TN. She has contracted in some form since 2013 and know just how hard it is to land W2 and 1099 work. She hopes to use her Education & Extension background to help other designers and developers achieve their goals.

  • Lee Brandt

    Senior Developer Advocate, Okta

    After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript, and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual Studio and Development Technologies and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is also a decorated Gulf War veteran and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

  • Lynzi Cashman

    Agilist at Insight

    Lynzi is a Scrum Master (PSM II, PSK I, PAL I, PMI-ACP) with Insight’s Cincinnati office. She has a background working with consumer data, consumer packaged goods, retail companies, and IT implementations. Lynzi has worked in an Agile environment for the last several years and loves collaborating to provide top quality products that meet the customer’s needs.

  • Madhu Hanlin

    Data Engineer, Teacher, Speaker

    Madhu is a Plant and Soil Sciences major turned Technologist. She realized her passion for Electronics and Technology when she found herself spending more time fixing broken microscopes in a Nutrition Lab than analyzing plant pathology. She then began her journey as a Software Engineer and earned a master’s in computer engineering. Her master’s thesis focused on developing an approach to protect SCADA/ICS systems from cyber attacks. She analyzed data collected from honeypot systems and engineered a self-protecting autonomic security management framework for the protection of critical infrastructure. She is currently a Data Engineer focused on finding ways to improve operational efficiency, reduce customer churn and detect anomalies in API requests received from clients and vendors. When she is not developing software, she is exercising or teaching her dog to play dead.

  • Maggie Hill

    Centene, People Leader, servant of the human workforce

    Maggie is passionate about people. Maggie has enjoyed an adventurous career spanning 10 years in genetic research and an additional 13 years in IT. After years in IT as a Business Analyst, she began her coaching adventure as a Scrum Master for 2 teams. She has been coaching, teams, leaders of teams, and leadership teams in the subsequent 6 years since. Currently, Maggie is a People Leader with Centene managing 4 application development teams. Using this diversity of experience, she has cultivated passions for helping grow teams and organizations to deliver high quality, and robust solutions while promoting employee engagement and opportunities for professional growth through strategic alignment.
    Maggie has worked to bring awareness and appreciation of knowledge workers in the workforce today, and helping enterprises value their truly most precious commodity, the people.
    In the pursuit of continuous improvement, Maggie enjoys mentoring, training, and learning from those within her professional ecosystem.

  • Maria Khalusova

    Developer Advocate at JetBrains

    Maria has graduated from the Dept. of Mathematics and Mechanics of Saint Petersburg State University in 2007. She has worked at JetBrains for the last 12 years in various roles and presented at a number of software development conferences, e.g. JavaZone, Devoxx, AnacondaCON, etc. A few years ago she re-discovered her passion for math, data science, machine learning and deep learning. Being a self-educated machine learner, she understands the challenges faced by newcomers to the field, and wants to share her knowledge to help others overcome them. She also blogs, and runs PyData Montreal.

  • Mark Gershkovich

    eviCore Healthcare - Agile Center of Excellence [Servant] Leader

    Mark’s broken project management road led him straight to the Agile way of developing products. An extrovert sadly confined to a solitary grey cubical, he did his time in the trenches of waterfall development and QA silos. Liberation came a decade later as he was given a new role as the human bridge between the still-siloed realms of Business and IT. He found success helping humans to develop better products! Small victories led to new roles on the SDLC track: Project Manager, App Dev Manager, Director of Program Management. Challenged with orchestrating the delivery of projects with an increasing scope on fixed dates with fixed budgets, Mark’s teams achieved several miracles, but left him completely disheartened and out of steam. Agile product development injected new life and renewed passion as Mark fully embraced the Manifesto’s values and principles. Who isn’t transformed by the power of operating on empirical data and adjusting to reality based on frequent feedback within smaller time cycles? In recent years, Mark remains invigorated as a servant leader and champion helping a growing team of agilists build their Agile Center of Excellence as part of a tumultuous journey towards real business agility at eviCore Healthcare.

  • Mary Thorn

  • Mat Warger

    Senior Consultant with Keyhole Software

    Mat Warger is a senior software consultant with Keyhole Software in Kansas City. He enjoys learning new concepts and has leveraged this curiosity in positions ranging from startups to the enterprise over the past decade. He is a co-organizer of the JavaScript KC meetup group and organizer of GraphQL KC meetup group. He can be found chasing the latest and (sometimes) greatest in a wide range of languages and platforms, including React, GraphQL, and the cloud. Find him on twitter @mwarger.

  • Matt Davis

    Sr. Infrastructure Engineer, Verica

    Matt Davis has a passion for exploring the relationship between the artistic mind and operating distributed computer architectures, drawing years of musical training into his approaches for understanding and describing complex systems. He has been both Individual Contributor and Tech Manager in a wide variety of fields involving Operations and Site Reliability Engineering, and writes about topics ranging from step-by-step tutorials and the benefits of remote work to theories about music and technology. In addition to interests in infrastructure management and chaos engineering, Matt creates music with DIY synthesizers and spins all vinyl DJ sets.

  • Matt Garcia

    SmileDirectClub, Sr. Data Engineer

    Hi I’m Matthew! I’m a polyglot programmer (fancy way of saying I program a lot) that specializes in Big Data technologies and Python. I have built data systems for many companies, ranging from small startups to multinational conglomerates.

    I’m a born and raised Californian and currently live in Redondo Beach with my beautiful, talented, funny and exquisite life partner/ wife Shayla. In my spare time I like to play the saxophone, write code (I can’t get enough!), read, exercise, play chess, race RC cars, and surf.

  • Matt Gordon

    Architect at Insight Digital Innovation

    Matt is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has worked with SQL Server versions from 2000 up to and including SQL Server 2019. He is the leader of the Lexington, KY chapter of PASS, a frequent SQL Saturday and user group speaker, and speaker at PASS Summit 2017 and 2018. He's also been named an IDERA ACE and 2019 Friend of Redgate. His original data professional role was as a database developer, but that quickly evolved into query tuning work which further evolved into being a full-fledged DBA in the healthcare realm. He has supported critical systems utilizing SQL Server across multiple data centers and managed dozens of 24/7/365 SQL Server implementations. He currently utilizes those years of real world experience as a national Microsoft data platform consultant helping clients design deployment solutions that meet their ever-changing business needs.

  • Melissa "Bee" Bube

    Software Engineer

    Melissa "Bee" Bube received a BS in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles, most recently working as a software engineer at Inmar. Melissa is the head coach for a high school FIRST Robotics Competition team, the all-girls team "Girls on Fire". She also serves on the steering committee for Inmar's Empowering Women group.

  • Micah Silverman

    API H@x0r, Okta

    Micah Silverman is an API H@x0r for Okta. With 24 years of Java Experience (yup, that's from the beginning), he's authored numerous articles, co-authored a Java EE book and spoken at many conferences. He's a maker, who's built full size MAME arcade cabinets and repaired [old electronic games](http://afitnerd.com/2011/10/16/weekend-project-fix-dark-tower/). He brings his love of all things Java to a conference near you!

  • Michael Holloway

    Instructor, Nashville Software School

    Michael Holloway is a mathematician turned data enthusiast who attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. He served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Saint Augustine's University and currently is an instructor at Nashville Software School.

  • Michael Kreeger

    Ernst Young, Development Manager

    Agile developer at heart, going on 20 years experience in almost every role imaginable and still hungry to learn more.

  • Mike Clement

    Founding Software Craftsman at Greater Sum

    A husband, father of four, and currently the Founding Software Craftsman of Greater Sum, Mike Clement believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of technical excellence in the software development community, Mike is a founder and organizer of Software Craftsmanship Atlanta, a founding member of the Utah Software Craftsmanship group and a former organizer of the Agile Roots conference. He has worked at several companies including Pluralsight, Ancestry.com, Microsoft, and Caselle. Find out more about Mike on his blog (http://blog.softwareontheside.com/) and on Twitter at @mdclement.

  • Mike Cole

    Principal at Cole Consulting

    Mike Cole is a developer currently focusing on .NET working remotely from Cedar Falls, IA. He's been around the proverbial block in the IT profession and has a wide array of experience in many fields. He is incredibly lazy and is always looking for easier and more streamlined ways to solve everyday problems. His passions in life include his family, sarcastic memes, the outdoors, and always having the last word.

  • Mike Hartington

    Developer/Advocate for Ionic, all around swell guy

    Mike is a developer, Angular GDE, and Ionic Developer Advocate who's been working in the mobile landscape for most of his professional career. When he's not working Ionic itself, Mike works with community members and helps them succeed at mobile. In his spare time, he’s an aspiring woodworker, occasional musician, and craft beer lover.

  • Nathan Gonzalez

    I do things with stuff

    Nathan Gonzalez moved to Nashville without much of a plan 14 years ago. Through mostly luck he ended up in a entry level programming job at a small healthcare company where he was poured into by his colleagues. Ever since, Nathan has been on a mission to help grow and mentor developers in Nashville in the same way that was done for him all those years ago. Currently he's the Lead C# instructor for the NSS evening program, and the VP of Development for Ncontracts.

  • Nathan Loding

    Husband, father, developer, hacker ... nerd.

    I'm a nerd, I've always been a geek, dork, or nerd, and probably will always be. I love solving problems and technology is the best way to do that. I work professionally as an Application Development Consultant for OST, in Grand Rapids, MI. I am the co-founder and lead developer on CareCircle, a new patient-centered healthcare product from OST. On the side I'm a husband, father, roboticist, and outdoorsman (hiking, camping, canoeing/kayaking). I enjoy woodworking and build my own canoes and kayaks. I hate chores and cleaning up after myself.

  • Nisreen Anani

    SentryOne Scrum Master

    Nisreen is a Michigander that currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, working as a Scrum Master for SentryOne.

    Nisreen has experience working with teams of various disciplines in a variety of industries. She's worn many hats, from an Account Manager in Managed Services to a Delivery Lead at an IT consulting firm to a Delivery Manager at an ad agency.

  • Nuri Halperin

    Software Architect, Author

    Nuri Halperin is a software architect, speaker, and author. He helps companies develop scalable systems, websites, and business applications. He’s been turning projects into success stories for a variety clients for over 2 decades.

    Nuri is an author of several Pluralsight courses. He's also a Microsoft MVP, a MongoDB Master, and recipient of MongoDB's William Zola Award for Community Excellence.

  • Paul Gower

    CTO, Speaker, Kanban Practitioner

    Paul started his career as a software developer in 2001 developing client/server enterprise solutions. An innovative problem solver, Paul uses in-depth analysis, deep consultation and the latest software development practices to serve his clients. In 2014 Paul started his company Lunamark (http://lumamark.com), where he leverages his years of experience to help companies improve their software development team's efficiency using techniques such as clean coding practices, code reviews, pair programming, and Kanban. Paul is a certified Kanban Management Professional, Kanban Training for HugeIO, and is constantly learning new ways to improve flow efficiency.

  • Phil Japikse

    Developer, coach, author, teacher

    An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .NET since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil is co-author of best selling "C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework" (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as an Enterprise Consultant and Agile Coach for large to medium firms throughout the US. Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

  • Pj Hagerty

    Founder of DevRelate.io and Chief Community Officer

    Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate, PJ is the founder of DevRelate.IO. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

  • Pooja Rallabhandi

    Software Engineer - Ticketmaster

    Pooja Rallabhandi is a software-engineer at Ticketmaster specializing In web application and stream-based application development. Pooja is a big fan of Kafka and loves to provide optimized solutions for event driven applications using Kafka streams. She has completed her Masters in Software Engineering at Arizona State University. Pooja is passionate about connecting with women in technology and build stronger relationships that can help support learning and growth.

  • Randall Degges

    chief h4x0r

    Randall Degges leads Developer Advocacy at Okta, previously Stormpath, where he builds open source security libraries and helps make the internet a little safer. In a prior life, Randall was the CTO of OpenCNAM, the largest Caller ID API service.

    In his free time, Randall geeks out on web best practices, explores new technologies, and spends an inordinate amount of time writing Python, Node, and Go projects. As a fun fact, Randall runs ipify.org, one of the largest IP lookup APIs which serves over 30 billion requests per month.

  • Ray Gesualdo

    UI Engineer @ SalesLoft

    Ray Gesualdo is a full-stack JavaScript developer, speaker and mentor from Atlanta, GA. He started his career in the e-learning development industry before moving into software engineering with multiple Atlanta-based startups. Currently, he works with an amazing team of UI engineers at SalesLoft. Ray loves working with client- and server-side JavaScript; experimenting with serverless architectures and functional programming; and teaching and equipping others in technology.

  • Rheanne Walton

    annoying high schooler

    I am a current high school student at Free State High School in Lawrence, KS. I participate in FIRST Robotics Competition-- last year I was the CEO of my team, Team STEAM Robotics. (This year I will be the COO.) I also enjoy theater and music and participate in my school's drama program (secretary of the thespian club), band (mellophone squad leader by day, French Horn by night), and choir (soprano, chamber). I love speaking and am always happy to talk about FIRST and my robotics team!

  • Richard Taylor

    Husband, father, Microsoft MVP, Progress/Telerik Dev Expert, and software dev with a passion for .Net, and doing software right. It's all about Right'in Code

    Richard L. Taylor Jr. is a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. His experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. He currently serves as Director of Engineering at SentryOne.

    Richard is a believer of using the right tools for the job and has leveraged ASP.NET (Web API, MVC), SQL Server/MongoDB, Angular, Bootstrap, JavaScript/NodeJS, KendoUI, and Xamarin (just to name a few) to deliver solutions. He has a great deal of experience but likes to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software.

    Richard has a passion for the software development community. He serves as one of the organizers of the Modern Devs Charlotte meetup group and is the founding organizer of the Charlotte Xamarin Developers meetup group. Both groups try to create environments where developers of all skill levels can come together and learn about the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to create software. These groups also provide a venue to network with fellow developers in the community. In addition to serving the local software development community via meetup groups, Richard also speaks at regional, national, and international technology users groups and conferences. His speaking schedule can be found here: http://www.rightincode.com/page/speaking-schedule

    As a result of his technical community work, Richard has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the Visual Studio and Development Technologies category. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Richard has also received the Progress (Telerik) Developer Expert designation. DE’s are highly skilled, visible, and elite industry leaders who write, speak, help, and code using Progress (Telerik) products. There are 44 DE’s in 13 different countries who are ambassadors for Progress Products to the tech community.

    When not developing software, Richard is focused on spending time with his lovely wife Shondrecca (she gives the best hugs!!) and their five children (Richard III, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen).

  • Rob Hedgpeth

    Senior Developer Advocate at Couchbase

    Rob Hedgpeth has been slinging code since the early 2000's. Like many others, he started his journey by building pretty horrendous looking websites. Fortunately, for the world, he has since evolved and has branched out to a variety of projects across web, desktop, mobile, and IoT. During his time at Xamarin and Microsoft he contributed to the architecture and development of many mobile apps using native and cross-platform development platforms. Now as a developer advocate for Couchbase, Rob gets to combine his love for technology with his mission to fuel developers' curiosity and passion. In his free time you can find Rob failing to control his dogs, getting utterly dismantled at Overwatch, or trying to convince himself that he actually enjoys working out.

  • Rob Keefer

    Director of Data Science at Illumination Works

    Rob Keefer is the Director of Data Science at Illumination Works, a software development consultancy. His Masters Degree in Human Factors Engineering and PhD in Computer Science give him a great appreciation for interdisciplinary teams working to solve complex problems. When he is not building systems that make people awesome, Rob enjoys distance running and cycling.

  • Rob Richardson


    Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, Angular and React. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on his blog at https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

  • Robert Pieper

    Responsive Advisors - CEO

    Robb Pieper, Founder and CEO of Responsive advisors in Chicago, IL USA, has taught and coached thousands of people on agile frameworks and methodologies. He’s worked at all levels from the team to the C-Suite as a champion of modern management, nimble thinking, and the benefits of business agility.

    Robb’s developed a strong ability to communicate difficult-to-grasp ideas in his long career in software development and client facing roles. He’s a charismatic public speaker inspiring business leaders and knowledge workers with new ideas to improve. He specializes in executive and management training/coaching, but also passionate about building solid relationships and teams, keeping first things first, and mistake-proofing.

    Industry experience applying agility includes:
    ​Industrial Automation, Web development, Financial Services, Insurance, Print, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data warehousing, hardware/software products

  • Romana Ullah

    Agile Leader, Premise Health

    Passionate Agile champion and team coach. Experienced IT Business/Systems Analyst in data world. Enjoys creating conditions for individuals and teams to grow into the best versions of themselves. Avid reader and traveler.

  • Ron Dagdag

    Senior Software Engineer

    Ron Dagdag is a Senior Software Engineer with 20 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages. He currently support developers at Crestron Electronics with their IoT, Cloud and Voice AI Assistant development. On the side, Ron Dagdag is an active participant in the community as a Microsoft MVP, speaker, maker and blogger. Ron enjoys building projects with his 2 kids and he is passionate about Augmented Intelligence, studying the convergence of Augmented Reality, Machine Learning and Internet of Things.

  • Sam Basu

    Developer Advocate

    Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

  • Samir Behara

    Solution Architect at EBSCO Industries, Birmingham, AL

    Samir Behara is a Solution Architect with EBSCO Industries and builds software solutions using cutting edge technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over 12 years of IT experience working on large-scale enterprise applications involving complex business functions, web integration, and data management in various domains like Insurance, Manufacturing and Publishing.

    Samir is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national conferences and is the Co-Chapter Lead of the Steel City SQL Server UserGroup, Birmingham, AL. He is the author of www.dotnetvibes.com

  • Sandi Barr

    Senior Software Engineer at PRX

    Sandi's passion for software development has grown over the years as she has witnessed its potential for improving people's lives. Having seen that technology can be both a barrier to entry and a gateway to opportunity, she has worked in her local community to provide tech education to folks who may not otherwise have access. She's held NodeSchool and Django Girls workshops, is an organizer for NEJS Conference, and worked with organizations to create a sense of belonging for women in tech.

  • Santosh Hari

    Microsoft Azure MVP | Azure Consultant @ Nebbia | President @Onetug #OrlandoCC

    Santosh is a Microsoft Azure MVP and a public speaker who has spoken at tech events including codecamps and regional/international conferences. He is an Azure Consultant @ Nebbia Tech, where he leverages his broad Azure skillset with a DevOps focused approach to add more value to companies looking to migrate to the cloud or build cloud first applications. Santosh is deeply involved with the local community as leader of the Orlando .NET User Group and co-organizer of the Orlando Codecamp. Santosh was listed in TechBeacon's DevOps Top 100 for 2018

  • Scott Showalter

    Forming Dream Teams to Create Dream Products

    Scott Showalter is an Agile Coach at Ford. For over a decade, he's enabled teams to thrive at crafting experiences for digital and physical products in a diverse sphere of industries including automotive, security, banking, dining, public safety, transit, mobility and social spaces. Scott encourages us to forge connections with real users, understand their journey, empathize with their needs, and consider how they think and work, so we can accomplish their goals within the context of the problem space. Scott organizes several UX meetups across Ohio & Michigan, and speaks often at conferences, teaching people how to find and solve meaningful problems that people actually care about. Scott's dynamic presentation style delivers learning in many ways for many different types of learners, and he threads humor throughout his sessions to help drive every point home and make each one memorable.

  • Scott Walters

  • Seth Alexander

    Builder at Airship

    After a decade in hospitality I'm now building things. Mainly in JavaScript and React.

  • Simon Kingaby

    Data Mover (ETL, SQL), Code Monkey (C#), Innovator (Alexa)

    Simon Kingaby has been moving data for 20 plus years. In the last few years, he’s been moving data from DB2, Oracle and SQL Server to Azure SQL and Azure Data Warehouse. Much of that data has been moved with Azure Data Factory. As a Senior ETL Developer at Broadcast Music Inc, he architected a Rules Engine Sync application that uses DB2 QRep messaging and Azure ESB to move DB2 transactions to the cloud in near-real-time; and was a leader in the Music Data and Information team’s data movement effort as they moved data from DB2, Oracle and Netezza to the Cloud for both applications and analytics.

  • Sivamuthu Kumar

    Architect, Computer Enterprises Inc

    Working as Architect in Computer Enterprises focusing on Mobile, Web, Cloud & IoT Solutions.

  • Spencer Swindell

    Life Long Learner

    Spencer Swindell, a Nashville native, is a Senior Business Intelligence Architect with Think Data Insights, LLC. Think Data Insights a consulting group based out of Nashville, TN that works with companies to implement and maintain their Enterprise Data Platform. Since graduating from Tennessee Tech in 2011, he has built and delivered solutions for numerous organizations in the Nashville area utilizing SQL Server and the Microsoft BI Toolset.

  • Stacey Mulcahy

    Principal Program Manager - Microsoft Garage

    Stacey Mulcahy is the principal program manager of the Garage, an internal resource at Microsoft focusing on developing community and managing a maker garage. In a previous life, she was the lead developer working with a variety of technologies at Big Spaceship, a digital agency based out of Brooklyn, NY.
    A technical editor and instructor, Stacey enjoys sharing her love for her work in interactive development.
    She considers her lack of verbal filter and extreme candor just a small part of her charm.

  • Steve Brownlee


    Steve Brownlee is lead instructor and learner experience designer for Nashville Software School. After 25+ years building software, he's now helping others reboot their lives and enter the field.

  • Steven Voyles

    Chief Enablement Officer at The 334 Group - Your Partner for Modern Business Agility

    Steven Voyles is the Chief Enablement Officer at The 334 Group. Steven has been working with agile teams and organizations for over 15 years and is passionate about business agility and applying agile principles and practices to create holistic organizational solutions that reach more than just IT. Steven and The 334 Group help customers evolve their organizational DNA to compete in the modern business landscape by enabling them to sense change in the market and adapt rapidly as a matter of everyday business operations.

  • Sydney Johnson

    Agilist at Insight|PSM I, PSM II, PSPO

    Sydney has a wide range of experience as a Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach with Insight's Cincinnati office. Her passion is collaborating with clients and developers to create innovative solutions with a relentless commitment to delivering value. A prolific presenter, Sydney's excitement around Agile practices has led her to explore the benefits and value to be gained from Scrum and Kanban.

  • Tammy Gretz

    Tammy G Makes Shi(f)t Happen

    She has been influencing change through servant leadership, elbow grease, and hazelnut lattes for over 20 years. She is a massive maker and the majority of her education comes from the relentless pursuit of understanding team dynamics and reflection.

    Tammy has engaged engineering, non-profit, legal and IT  industries and most recently the mastermind altMBA program designed by thought leader guru Seth Godin.

    She thrives on crunching around in problems to expose the soft-spots and then creating a place for experiments to untie the knots.
    Let's go see if we can change the world.

  • Tammy Lawlor

    Agilist | Practice Manager - Transformation Services @ Insight DI

    Tammy Lawlor is an Agile Coach and Product Consultant at Insight Digital Innovation. She is passionate about coaching organizations, teams, and individuals in creating meaningful digital product solutions and loves the challenge of solving customer problems. Tammy is also a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master Professional. Outside of work, you can find her planning her next travel adventure, or deep in a book or conversation.

  • Taylor Desseyn

    Manager of Recruiting at Vaco

    Taylor graduated from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and immediately jumped into the world of recruiting. He started his career at Vaco in 2011 where he has recruited for clients such as Disney, Pacific Gas & Electric, Yahoo!, and Sony. After achieving top producer for 2013 out of a team of six, Taylor was recognized by Vaco and was brought to Raleigh to be instrumental in the building of the Technology division. During his time in Raleigh Taylor helped to scale the team from three to seven and focused on recruiting in all things technology, where he ultimately found his niche within development and TriNug (Raleigh .NET User Group). In June 2014 Taylor was asked to return to the Nashville office to help build out the technology team. Since his return, Taylor has been elected VP of the .NET User Group in Nashville for the last two years. He focuses 100% of his time within the development vertical in technology. As of 2017 Taylor is the Recruiting Manager of Vaco’s Nashville Technology division that is responsible for grossing $4.5 million a year in revenue and ranking in the top of over 30+ Vaco Technology offices. From his time at Vaco he has seen the team double in size from seven to seventeen and has spoken at multiple conferences ranging from Nashville's very own Music City Code, the Raleigh Code Conference, to Vaco’s National Engage the World Conference and continues to be heavily involved within both the local and national tech community.

  • Taylor Murphy

    GitLab - Manager, Data & Analytics

    Taylor is a data geek who loves increasing efficiency, transparency, and value with data. His background is in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but he learned he loves computers and data more while working as a Data Scientist. When not munging or analyzing data, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife, son, and dogs, reading, writing, playing ultimate frisbee, and learning about anything related to space.

  • Tim Warner

    Pluralsight author and Azure solutions architect

    Timothy Warner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management who is based in Nashville, TN. His professional specialties include Microsoft Azure, cross-platform PowerShell, and all things Windows Server-related. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim), LinkedIn or his website, techtrainertim.com.

  • 'Tine Zekis

    Software Engineer at Centro

    Christine ('Tine) Zekis is an educator-turned-developer working as a Software Engineer in Chicago. She champions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in tech, while delivering clean, well-tested code. She aspires to mentor and sponsor other career changers, especially those who are underrepresented in the industry. In her spare time...just kidding: 'Tine has a one-year-old daughter and no spare time.

  • Todd Merritt

    Senior Software Engineer

    Todd is a software engineer based out of Nashville, TN that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Over the past 17 years Todd has worked with companies that range in size from small startups to large scale fortune 500 companies. Todd has worked across many industries including healthcare, insurance, business services, lead generation, and internet marketing. Areas of expertise include web-based applications, database development, and the ability to translate business speak to geek.

  • tom walton

    Technology Leader

    tom is a business person in technology, having experience in operations, sales and finance, before finding his calling in software development. he has been leading technology teams and mentoring other technology leaders for over 10 years. tom loves to spent time with wife and two children, and with robots, and finds that FIRST Robotics is a great way to do both.

  • Tye Davis

    Technical Product Engineer

    Tye Davis is an evangelist and Technical Product Engineer at GitLab. Tye’s background is rooted in agile and devops transformation with over 10 years of experience. With roles as a Solution Architect, Product Marketing, and Product Management, he has worked closely with many Fortune 500 companies as they move towards becoming more agile and implementing DevOps best practices.

  • Wm. Hunter Tammaro

    Lead Consultant - Excella

    Hunter Tammaro is an Agilist with Excella Consulting. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF). He has seven years' experience in Agile projects and more than ten years in IT, working with multiple teams to create large, complex software systems. Hunter is especially interested in helping organizations scale their agile adoption using empirical, evolutionary techniques.

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