Agile + DevOps East 2021 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

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Derek Ashmore
Application Transformation Principal
Asperitas Consulting

Derek Ashmore is the Application Transformation Practice Lead at Asperitas Consulting. He helps companies leverage AWS and Azure cloud platforms to gain a competitive advantage with a focus on DevSecOps, infrastructure code, cloud computing, containerization, making applications cloud-native, and migrating applications to the cloud. Derek routinely speaks at technical conferences...Read more

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC


Arlen Bankston was at the vanguard of the agile movement, beginning to practice within two years of the Agile Manifesto’s writing. He was among the first to explicitly blend lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development practices. Arlen was one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers,...Read more

Yishai Beeri

Concurrent Sessions

Yishai Beeri likes to solve problems, and that's why he was so fascinated with programming when he first encountered Logo back in the 80s, where the possibilities seemed endless.He has made it a focus of his career to solve complex programming problems, both as a consultant and entrepreneur. In 2014...Read more

Melissa Benua
Director of Engineering

Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in-between. She's created and run high availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now for mParticle's enormous data platform. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled...Read more

Cindy Blake
Senior Security Evangelist

Cindy Blake is the Senior Security Evangelist at GitLab, a leader in the DevOps market with an innovative single application approach for the entire software development lifecycle. Cindy Blake collaborates around best practices for integrated DevSecOps application security solutions with major enterprises. In 2019, she introduced her book, “The CISOs Guide to Securing...Read more

Blaine Carter
Developer Advocate for Open Source

Blaine Carter is the Oracle developer advocate for open source. He applies his exploratory eye and tinkering inclinations to the intersection of open source and Oracle Database. He helps database developers improve their workflow using open source tools and promotes the use of open source inside and outside of Oracle....Read more

QA Engineer

Trisha Chetani is a software tester, automation enthusiast. She has been helping the teams to follow testing processes and support, that enable teams to deliver high-quality software in DevOps Environment. Trisha is always enthusiastic to attend conferences, meet-ups for professional development, as well as, being an active community member. Trisha...Read more

Stuart Clark
Network Automation Developer Evangelist
Cisco Systems

Stuart Clark is a Network Automation Developer for Cisco Devnet. He has worked for Cisco for over eight years designing, building and troubleshooting Cisco’s Security Cloud network with a strong focus on BGP, peering and coffee. Prior to joining Cisco DevNet, he worked in a variety of roles ranging from...Read more

Software Engineer

Lauren Clayberg is a Software Engineer specializing in machine learning at mabl, where she leads development on new features such as test ID case tracking and the new url clustering feature. She has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in machine learning from MIT, where...Read more

Agile Coach

Derk-Jan de Grood works as agile transition coach for Squerist. He has worked for organizations like ING Bank, RTL, DPD, Nationale Nederlanden and Greenchoice and supported them in their Agile Transformation. He wrote several successful books and frequently publishes articles and columns for the major magazines. In 2014 he won...Read more

Lee Eason
Director of Digital Branch Experience
Edward Jones

“Do you know much about computers?” After a moment of consideration, desperate for a job, Lee Eason replied, “I can do anything you need with computers.” As a just graduated History Education major, he knew almost nothing about computers. But what he lacked in experience he made up for with...Read more

Technical Manager

Bob Foster is a Technical Manager with over 20 years experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery (including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code). He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software teams...Read more

Nicolas Fränkel
Developer Advocate

20 years of experience in IT, Nicolas Fränkel has been in consulting for 18 years for many different customers, in a wide range of contexts (such as telecoms, banking, insurances, large retail and public sector) in different roles (developer, team lead, software architect, solutions architect). Recent Developer Advocate. Usually working...Read more

Emily Freeman
DevOps for Dummies

Emily Freeman is a technologist and a storyteller who helps engineering teams improve their velocity. She believes the biggest challenges facing developers aren't technical but human. Her mission in life is to transform technology organizations by creating company cultures in which diverse, collaborative teams can thrive. Emily is the author...Read more

Bob Galen
Principal Agile Coach
Zenergy Technologies
Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & 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 of Agile Practices at Zenergy Technologies, a leading business agility transformation company. He...Read more
Steven Granese
Vice President, Transform Practice

Steven Granese has been building innovative teams and solutions for his entire nineteen-year career in the technology industry. His expertise lies in transforming organizations to deliver their desired business outcomes by adopting an agile way of working. He holds multiple agile certifications (CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP) and is an avid speaker...Read more

CEO & Founder

Brittany Greenfield founded Wabbi to enable security to become a normal part of today’s development operation. As CEO, she has led the organization to be a pioneer in the field of Secure DevOps, recognized by CIOReview as one of the Most Promising DevOps Solutions. A Duke Undergrad and MIT Sloan...Read more

Managing Consultant

Brian Hicks is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster® and has experience implementing agile processes, leading...Read more

Enterprise Lean-Agile Lead

Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation near Baltimore, Maryland. As an NG Fellow, she leads Northrop Grumman’s Lean-Agile Transformation and Center of Excellence. Her initial experience with Agile-related practices began nearly 20 years ago with product development for a commercial company focused on financial and enterprise management systems....Read more

DevOps Chief Evangelist, Author

Eran Kinsbruner is the author of the 2016 Amazon bestseller, “The Digital Quality Handbook”, “Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals”, and “Accelerating Software Quality – ML and AI in the Age of DevOps”, which was named the “Best New Software Testing Book” by Book Authority. He is Chief Evangelist and Senior...Read more

Delta CX

Debbie Levitt, CXO of Delta CX, has been a CX and UX strategist, designer, and trainer since the 1990s. As a “serial contractor” who lived in the Bay Area for most of this decade, Debbie has influenced interfaces at Sony, Wells Fargo, Constant Contact,, Etsy, and a variety of...Read more

Director of Engineering

Janna Loeffler has more than fifteen years of software quality experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Working in a variety of software engineering roles, including development, testing, quality assurance, and DevOps, has provided her with a holistic view of software...Read more

Hope Lynch
Technology Strategy Director

One of Hope Lynch's favorite areas of focus is Transformation, whether it is Agile, Business, or Digital. Each of these overlaps on the Venn diagram of Transformation and each touches all aspects of businesses today. At CloudBees, Hope works as a Technology Strategy Director in Product Marketing, growing the Market...Read more

Abraham Marin-Perez
Software Developer
Equal Experts

Abraham Marín-Pérez is a Java programmer, consultant, author, and public speaker with more than ten years of experience in a variety of industries. Originally from Valencia, Spain, Abraham has built most of his career in London, UK, working with entities like JP Morgan or the United Kingdom’s Home Office, frequently...Read more

Rich Mills
DevOps Architect

Richard Mills has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering with a concentration on pragmatic software process and tools. Rich has a specific focus in Agile development methods and is passionate about DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery. As the Solution Architect for DevOps at Coveros, Rich is...Read more

Gautham Pallapa
Global CTO

Dr. Gautham Pallapa is an Executive Advisor for VMware. He works as a trusted advisor with Global 2000 enterprise customers in transforming their strategy, processes, technologies, culture, and people to achieve their objectives and business outcomes. His mantra is "Transform with Empathy" and has successfully led several business transformations and...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a consulting company that helps organizations accelerate delivery using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in agile and DevOps engineering while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

James Porter
Business Transformation Consultant

Jim has over 35 years in the IT industry, ranging from junior programmer, to Systems Architect and Engineer, to Agile and Business Transformation Consultant. He has been active in the Agile space for over 15 years, as a coach, consultant, trainer, and practitioner, and has seen the struggles of transforming...Read more

Lead QA
QualityWorks Consulting Group

Julia is the Head of Training and Development at QualityWorks. She is a big advocate for work life balance, rest and spending time with your loved ones. She enjoys helping companies enhance the quality of their software through improved test coverage, faster time to market, increased process efficiency and optimized...Read more

Principal Coach & Founder
Agile Play Consulting LLC

Dana Pylayeva is a DevOps culture coach, trainer, international speaker, author of several books and games.. Her games (“Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate”, “Fear in the Workplace” and others) are all based on stories from the trenches. She draws inspiration from 20+ years of hands-on experience in IT,...Read more

Jona Qorri
Jona Qorri, CSM, is a member of the Agile Solution Delivery Team at Coveros and an accomplished software and test automation engineer with experience working in large agile programs. She has worked with a variety of Test Automation and DevOps technologies to automate containerized CI/CD pipelines for both commercial and...Read more
DevOps Advocate
Splunk, Inc.

Chris Riley (@hoardinginfo) is obsessed with bringing modern technologies to those who need to solve real-world problems, going from unicorn to reality. As a bad-coder-turned-technology-advocate, Chris understands the challenges and needs of modern engineers, as well as how technology fits into the broader business goals of companies in...Read more

Adam Sandman

Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology,...Read more

Dionny Santiago
Director of Engineering

Dionny Santiago is a Director of Engineering at, where he leads the development of the core AI-driven testing platform. Dionny's goal is to advance the current state of the art in software testing through the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Dionny holds a M.S. degree and...Read more

Adam Satterfield
Sr. Director of Engineering Enablement
Global Payments

Adam Satterfield, Sr. Director of Engineering Enablement at Global Payments, has been in the software testing industry for 20 years where many of those have been devoted to the use of Katalon products. Adam has a wide background in industries such as cloud, SaaS, telecom, mobile, healthcare, and finance. Adam...Read more

Alberto Silveira
Head of Engineering

Alberto Silveira is a thought leader, successful executive, and technology enthusiast, who is passionate about building high-performance teams that can deliver value to organizations. From his youngest years disassembling and rebuilding broken computer hardware, to his early professional life spent coding and automating almost everything, his life path has made...Read more

Jason St-Cyr
Manager, Technical Evangelists

Jason St-Cyr is a Technical Evangelist with 20 years of experience in the software development field using a variety of technologies. His primary focuses are in DevRel, DevOps, Sitecore, solution architecture, and product marketing. Having spent his career delivering digital solutions with a focus on quality assurance, deployment processes, and...Read more

Ariel Partners

Craeg Strong is the CTO of Ariel Partners, a small IT consulting company based in Times Square. He is currently teaching public Kanban classes and coaching teams to adopt and mature Agile/Kanban practices in the NYC area. He has 25 years of experience in information technology, starting at Project Athena...Read more

Matthew Taylor is an accomplished full-stack Developer and DevSecOps engineer with experience working in large agile programs for both commercial and federal clients. His broad range of skills includes designing, implementing, and maintaining DevSecOps (CI/CD) pipelines including containerization technologies like Kubernetes, Data Science, Machine Learning, security testing, and test automation....Read more

Mary Thorn
Vice President of IT Strategy and Transformation
S&P Global Market Intelligence

During her more than 20 years of experience with financial, health care, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is the President of TechWell and an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals. She currently serves as the Program Chair for EPIC Experience, STAREAST, and STARWEST. She plays a...Read more

Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Robin Yeman is the CTO of Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation. She collaborates closely with the Catalyst Campus ecosystem to match the latest technologies and processes to mission needs. Her expertise spans over twenty-five years of experience in systems engineering, software development, and IT with the focus on Agile...Read more