Agile + DevOps East 2022 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

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VP of Cloud and DevTestSecOps
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Cloud and DevTestSecOps at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. Before joining Epam, Adam served as the VP of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group where Adam was responsible introducing and leading the...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

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Sr. Solutions Architect

Jason Branham has held various roles in the world of DevOps, starting his journey in the industry over 14 years ago as a Developer and Test Automation Engineer. Today, his passion is to empower Dev/Test teams to embrace automation with an emphasis on cross-discipline collaboration. Jason aims to break the...Read more

Industrial Logic

Charlotte Chang is a Technology Product Strategist with nearly 20 years of experience. She enjoys working with executives, managers, and teams to create Systems of Compassion that provide a sustainable, humane, inclusive experience for all contributors throughout product development. Recently, her experience has focused on launching new products, marketing...Read more

Senior IT Manager
CUNA Mutual Group

Jim Collins is a certified SAFe Scaled Agilist, Professional Scrum Master, and Project Management Professional. A Navy veteran, Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the defense, gaming (lottery), and financial industries. Jim has spent the last 20 years in various management roles in IT, the last few...Read more

Agile Coach, Chief Scrum Master
TAB Bank

Peri is a passionate agile coach and evangelist who has been fighting in the trenches as a servant-leader to many wonderful teams and individuals who sometimes struggle and sometimes thrive in this crazy, competitive world. He has been engaged in a small handful of crazy cool agile/digital transformations, trudging through...Read more

Test Engineering Manager

Tom Cornelius has built a 20-year career in software, with stops at companies such as Microsoft, Tableau, and now Outreach, where he leads the Test Organization. From early on, Tom was drawn to the joys of software testing, building expertise in the field. He enjoys growing teams and teaching quality...Read more

Distinguished Engineer
Cisco Systems

Jason is a Distinguished Engineer in Cisco's DevNet organization which is focused on developer relations, network programmability evangelism and enablement. His roles are to develop strategies for Developer Relations, Network Programmability, Automation and Orchestration, and provide tactical consulting involving product development and customer adoption. His career has involved collaborating on...Read more

Senior Manager
Hitachi Vantara

Venkat Edagottu is a Senior Manager at Hitachi Vantara. He has 20+ years working in the IT industry across various domains that include - Banking, Healthcare, Insurance, Automobile and Finance with globally distributed teams. He is passionate about aligning the goals of the team with the company vision. This has...Read more

Péter Földházi
Lead Software Test Automation Engineer
EPAM Systems

Peter Földházi has been working at EPAM since 2012 and moved to the USA in 2019 where he is working as a Test Automation Consultant. He has experience in mobile, web and desktop testing in all levels of test automation in the financial, gaming, fitness and other domains. Processes, architecture, code...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

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
Director- Quality Engineering

Parminder has more than 18 years of experience leading large digital transformations for Financial and State & Local agencies. He has led the Quality Engineering's Cloud Transformations practice, helping our clients migrate and mitigate risk with cloud transformations. He also has a clear understanding of test governance and is a...Read more

Director- Quality Engineering

Carlos is an IT industry veteran with over two decades of experience in the areas of Quality Engineering. Automation, DevOps, RPA, and Performance Testing and Modeling. Having lived in different countries around the world, he has navigated complex technology, people, and business challenges where he has been able to help...Read more

Director of Agile Consulting

John Halberstadt is LitheSpeed’s Director of Agile Consulting, as well as an Enterprise Agile Consultant, Coach and Trainer, leveraging more than two decades of executive leadership experience as a CIO, CTO, and Vice President of Technology, transforming enterprises’ ability to deliver value through agile and lean approaches. John has led...Read more

Manager, Agile Transformation
QualityWorks Consulting Group

Sheyinka Harry is an Agile Coach and the Manager of Agile Transformation at QualityWorks Consulting Group. Over the last five years, she has worked with product development teams across the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean to help streamline and optimize their software delivery process and build products that their...Read more

Sr. Director of Development

Nathan Jakubiak is Sr. Director of Development at Parasoft. He and his teams develop product capabilities in the areas of API testing (SOAtest), service virtualization (Virtualize), test environment management (CTP), UI testing (Selenic), and static analysis and unit testing (Jtest and C++test). He has been with Parasoft since 2000 and holds...Read more

NG Fellow, Lean-Agile
Northrop Grumman

Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation as an NG Fellow for Lean-Agile. She has led the adoption of Lean-Agile across the enterprise and has supported over 100 internal projects and government programs on the Lean-Agile journey. She received a Doctorate of Management and Technology at the University of...Read more

VP of Product-Service Systems
EPAM Systems

Tariq King is the Vice President of Product-Service Systems at EPAM, where he manages a portfolio that lies at the intersection of software products and services, and supports the business through technology consulting. Tariq has over 15 years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as...Read more

Director, Engineering Technologists
Northrop Grumman

Ken Kubo is Director of the Engineering Technologists group at Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems, Strategic Force Programs and is also an active member of Northrop Grumman's Enterprise Lean-Agile Center of Excellence. He has over 30 years of service with Northrop Grumman, with experience in software development,...Read more

Developer Advocate
Google Cloud

Amanda Lewis is a developer advocate with Google Cloud, focused on DORA, DevOps, Developer Productivity, and SRE. Amanda has spent her career building connections across leadership, developers, product managers, project management, and operators through working on teams that developed e-commerce platforms, content management systems, observability tools, and supported developers. These...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

Senior Cloud Automation Architect
Novo Nordisk

Michael Lund started his agile journey in Quality Assurance working with software testing and automation. Since then, he has worked as a software developer and DevOps Engineer in the HealthCare Industry. Michael is now a Senior Cloud Automation Architect and his expertise is to listen to the needs of his...Read more

Marketing Data Science Lead

JL Marechaux is a Marketing Data Science Lead at Google where he helps North American companies leverage artificial intelligence for their digital transformation. In his current role, JL specializes in advanced analytics and machine learning applied to digital marketing use cases. His professional background is in software engineering, agile practices...Read more

Dan Neumann
Sr Agile Coach

Dan Neumann is an Agile Coach at AgileThought and co-owner of The Branch coworking space. In his role as Agile Coach, Dan advises companies on ways to capture value by emphasizing people, interactions, customer collaboration, and responding to change. He has trained and consulted with both national and global companies....Read more

Software Test and Automation Specialist
Solvera (A part of Accenture)

Oluwatomisin (Tomi) is a seasoned software test and automation specialist with over 5 years of experience in software testing. I have a background in Mathematics and later bagged a master of information technology. I enjoy learning more about new technologies as much as I love to teach others and share...Read more

Scrum Master Competency Lead
CUNA Mutual Group

Amanda Palovcsik is a Certified Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master II, and certified Scaled Agilist. With more than 17 years of project management experience in the broadcast, medical, and financial industries, including an overlap of 7 years on Scrum and SAFe implementations in parallel to waterfall, Amanda has a diverse...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Peerless Partners

Cindy's passion is helping companies solve complex challenges at the confluence of operational effectiveness, change management, and organizational transformation. Cindy specializes in digital transformation, organizational agility (both big and small A), and increasing employee engagement. Cindy helps companies solve complex, unstructured problems, co-creates solutions, and works side...Read more

Principal Coach & Founder
Agile Play Consulting LLC

Dana Pylayeva is a DevOps culture coach, ICF Credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach(CEC), trainer, international speaker, author of several books and business 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...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

Mark Schettenhelm
Senior Product Manager

Mark Schettenhelm has over 35 years of industry experience with most of that being with Compuware, now BMC, currently serving as a Senior Product Manager. His specialties are in Source Control Management, Testing, and Application Portfolio Analysis. Frequently speaking on Agile Development and DevOps on the mainframe and also writes...Read more


Mike Sowers has over forty years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed IT teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their agile software development, testing, and DevOps delivery approaches. Mike is an industry...Read more


Tom Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

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

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

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

Technical Community Specialist

Having spent nearly a decade as an Automation Developer writing test cases and delivering automated results for clients, I recently moved into the community side of DevOps. My automations have mainly been in C# and other backend languages, but I know just enough Javascript to be dangerous. When I’m not...Read more

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Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Zach Westall is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager with LinearB. Before accepting the mission of helping engineering teams improve, Zach was at F5/NGINX. serving as the bard for their visibility, management, automation, and container stories.
When he's not at work you can usually find him on the slopes, on a...Read more

Robert Woods
Principal Consultant
Scrum Inc

Robert Woods is an agile community leader, requested industry speaker, published author, and mentor with a proven history of facilitating enterprise transformation while helping create and provide catered training and coaching for organizations consisting of culturally, generationally, and geographically diverse backgrounds. He's the creator of the CLEAR (Collaborative-Lean-Evolving-Adaptive-Reportable) principles for...Read more

Narasima Yalamala
Sr. Lead Software Engineer
Capital One

Narasimha Yalamala is an experienced Sr. Lead  Software Engineer at Capital One responsible for architecting and developing full stack applications using micro services architecture patterns and a cloud architect responsible for designing resilient, fault tolerant and highly available systems in the cloud with fully automated infrastructure on AWS using automated...Read more

Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Robin Yeman has expertise spanning over twenty-five years in software engineering with focus on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile building large complex solutions across multiple domains from submarines to satellites. She advocates for continuous learning with multiple certifications including SAFe Fellow, SPCT, CEC, PMP, PMI-ACP, and CSEP. She is a Systems...Read more