2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In Attendee Biographies
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Vice President of Sales & Business Development
Systems Maintenance Services
Kathryn Alexander joined Systems Maintenance Services (SMS) in March 2016 as the Vice President of Sales & Business Development. Prior to SMS, Alexander held leadership positions in sales, marketing, sales operations, program management, and operations with respected IT industry leaders including Xerox, Northrop Grumman, Dell, Bell Atlantic Business Systems Services and IBM. She is known for creating a shared vision and corporate strategy that helps to retain employees, grow revenues and profits, and achieve high marks in customer satisfaction. Her personal blend of technical knowledge combined with solid sales, marketing and operations experience provides an immediate impact on corporate profits and productivity.
z SofTech Solution, LLC
Leticia Alexander is the founder of z Softech Solutions, LLC. Alexander brings 15+ years of experience in information technology. Previously she was a 15-year sales account executive, consultant and business analyst for IBM where she worked with Fortune 500 companies, large enterprise, small, medium and federal, state and local customers. She has managed complex deals and contracts valued in excess of 40 million dollars.
President & CEO
New Mexico Technology Council
Nyika Allen is the President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC). She is passionate about technology, startups, women's issues and the economic health of New Mexico. Along with her position at the NMTC, she is the ‘Tech Expert’ on Fox New Mexico, President of Nyika Media (www.nyika.tv), Co-Organizer of Girl Develop It ABQ, Vice Chair of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s Entrepreneurship Committee and a 2015 TEDxABQ main event speaker. She holds a BBA in international management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the UNM Honors Program. Allen graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic achievement honors and a special international designation. She has both worked, studied and traveled to over 19 different countries. She is currently a UNM Anderson Alumni Council board member, UNM Economic Development Forum member, an Ex-Officio Board Member for Albuquerque Economic Development, a Kirtland Airforce Base Honorary Commander, Chair of the Board for startup company Civnet and was recently recognized as an Albuquerque Business First's 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.
Director, National Industry Programs
Oracle Public Sector North America
Franco Amalfi is Director, National Industry Programs for Oracle Public Sector North America. In this capacity, he leads a team focused on constituent-focused digital engagement technology, tools and strategies. Amalfi and his team help guide government officials at every level – U.S. federal, U.S. state and local, and in Canada – to effectively use modern cloud based technologies to help agencies deliver on their mission. In addition to working with customers, Amalfi authors, publishes white papers and articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences.
Colorado Workforce Development Council
Wendy Brors serves as Assistant Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, focusing on bridging local businesses into Colorado’s talent development system, from sector partnerships to career pathways. Her work is centered on identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability, and achieve results. Previously, she served as the COO for the Colorado Technology Association, the Executive Director for the Colorado Technology Foundation, and Director of Business Operations for Sun Microsystems. Brors holds a Master's degree in economics from American University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She and her husband enjoy all manner of outdoor activities from skiing, hiking, and kayaking to running, bicycling, and motorcycling.
Dr. Mauris DeSilva
Founder & CEO
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics, a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with specialization in Biomedical Engineering, and completing a post-doctoral position in Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology, Dr. DeSilva has dedicated his life to improving the health and life of all humans. A bioengineering and nonmaterial expert, he was a principal investigator at the Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio, Texas (NAMRU-SA). At NAMRU-SA, Dr. DeSilva conducted research on infection and biofilm prevention, nanoparticles and nanomaterials, coatings for controlled drug delivery, drug and toxic substance testing on the nervous system, pain control, traumatic brain injury, tissue engineering, stem cells, and optoacoustics – he is always looking for new ways to innovate and currently holds four patent applications. Dr. DeSilva has extensive experience in government funding procedures, project management, and acquisition procedures for supporting translational biomedical engineering. His research abilities within emerging fields, combined with his vast understanding of government funding allows him the unique opportunity to change the course of health and life for humans forever.
Group Director, Export Compliance and Government Relations
Cadence Design Systems
Larry Disenhof has 35 years of experience in compliance with trade regulations that apply to high tech, most notably at Cadence, which is a leading provider of Electronic Design Automation technology and Semiconductor IP. Disenhof is past Chair of CompTIA's Export Committee, is on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Compliance Alliance, and is Chair of the EDA Consortium Export Committee. When not working, he is Logistics Chair of the Salem, NH American Cancer Society's Relay for Life; on the board for an organization formed to help the homeless and housing insecure in southern New Hampshire, and is the father of twins; one a cinematographer, the other a geologist working at a DOE technology lab.
UMBC Training Centers
Kent Malwitz is the President of UMBC Training Centers, the professional education and training arm of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Training Centers delivers training programs to the DoD, civilian federal agencies, businesses and the public in information technology, cybersecurity, project management, and leadership and innovation. UMBC Training Centers trains over 4,000 students per year and is a member of the CompTIA Academy Partner Program.
Vice President, Government Affairs and Statewide Activity
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
Heather Maxfield serves as the Vice President, Government Affairs and Statewide Economic Development. In this role, she is responsible for producing TAG's annual State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report. This report, which is supported by the Georgia Economic and Community Development Department (GDEcD), the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), provides an in-depth analysis of factors critical to the continued success and growth of the Atlanta technology community. Maxfield is also responsible for executive TAG's Business Launch Competition, Facilitating Leadership Council meetings, TAG Radio, the TAG Ambassadors program, developing White Papers and TAG's Society Showcase, as well as several TAG Societies including BPM, CRM, Entrepreneurs and Infrastructure Societies. Prior to joining TAG, Maxfield was a Community Outreach Director for Edison Learning - an education management company. Other experience includes nearly a decade of educating state and federal legislators on issues facing Georgia credit unions and educators, serving as an account coordinator for Duffey Communications, a public relations firm in Atlanta, interning for Rep. John J. LaFalce (D-NY) and working on the political campaign of Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA). She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from State University of New York at Brockport. She has also attended the University of Georgia.
ObjectFrontier, Inc. (OFS)
Since 2010, Rich Napoli has helped lead OFS through a dramatic growth period and has positioned OFS as a leading provider of software and digital product engineering services for F1000 companies. He has 35+ years of experience in the software industry running product development for five different software firms, including Voxware (NASDAQ: VOXW) and two others that he helped grow and then sell to Oracle and State Street. In recent years, Napoli served as CEO of Fusion Technologies, an offshore software services firm that he grew and sold to Alliance Consulting in 2006. He also served as CIO for a division of State Street where he led an IT staff of 250 people. In his earlier career, Napoli held positions as Vice President of Development at Manga Software, Vice President of IT at Citicorp, and as Manager of Application Software at Mobius Management Systems, Inc. He has won several awards for his work, including the 2014 SmartCEO Award from Voltage for Innovative Medium-Sized Technology Company CEO and the 2014 CEO of the Year Award for a privately held company from the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC). He also published the white paper, “The Death of Custom Software,” which highlights how CIOs can meet the need to design internal software like software products. Napoli also served as a board member of the NJTC for 9 years. He holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University. He is married with three grown children and 4 grandchildren. He is also an ordained deacon of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
President & CEO
Technology Association of Oregon
Skip Newberry is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Newberry served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, his projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund. Previously, he was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. Newberry is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TECNA, Technology Councils of North America, which is a global network of technology and entrepreneurship associations, and he serves on advisory boards for Wells Fargo and Worksystems, Inc. He is also a 2012 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. When he's not working on behalf of the region's tech industry, he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family.
Cx Testing Services
During his career, Dr. Timothy Oergel founded several successful businesses, including Leadership Logic Consulting, Phoenix, AZ (2005). The firm designs and facilitates executive leadership training programs for aspiring CEOs with a focus on the mission critical industry, and the Allied Testing and Commissioning Council, (2015) which identifies and educates the data center industry on disruptive technologies. Dr. Oergel has over 30 years of career experience and 16+ years in leadership, power systems technical sales and marketing. Dr. Oergel currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Cx Testing Services, working with the C-Suite team by supporting world-class clients with all of their testing and commissioning service needs. As COO, he is tasked with growing the organization's national footprint, and maintaining the collaborative relationship between Cx Testing and its clients. In June 2016, he opened up a new regional branch office in Salt Lake City, UT. He is evaluating options for more locations, as Cx Testing Services continues to grow and support clients in different regions across the United States, specifically in Texas, Virginia, the Carolinas, and in Illinois.
Dr. Oergel is also the Founder/CEO of AATC University, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Regents, and Chief Academic Officer of Educational Affairs and Services. In October 2016, he received a Doctorate of Mission Critical Operations (Emeritus) from the AATC Board of Regents. In August 2005, he received a Doctorate of Marketplace Ministry from Phoenix University of Theology, after transferring from University of Phoenix MBA Program. He also obtained his undergraduate degree from Wayland Baptist University in August 2000. Dr. Oergel promotes the global academic and educational innovation at the Advancing Achievers Technology & Cyber Security University, by combining Data Center, Mission Critical, Social Networking, and Evidence Based Instruction, to drive profitability and better student outcomes for Military Veterans and Information Technology Professionals, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Oergel is also a military veteran having an honorable discharge after serving in the US Air Force, US Army and National Guard for nearly 14 years.
Vice President, Government and Industry Relations
Michael O'Hanlon currently spearheads government relations and industry strategy, managing ongoing collaborations with legislators, policymakers and regulators. Previously O'Hanlon led Wayfair's business development and merger and acquisition strategy, where he developed key strategic partnerships with online marketplaces and media publications, and founded and led Wayfair's Media Solutions business. O'Hanlon also launched Wayfair's European business in UK and Germany, and led the company's buying team. Prior to Wayfair, O'Hanlon spent more than 11 years as an investment banker, and six years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He earned an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, and lives just south of Boston with his wife and four children.
Director, External Affairs
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
Joseph Santoro, Director of External Affairs, joined TAG in April 2014.In this position, he serves as the staff liaison for the TAG Government Technology and Smart Energy societies, monitors TAG's Political Action Campaign, coordinates town hall meetings with chapters, and promotes TAG's technology policy agenda. Santoro graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2014 with a degree in public policy. In 2013-2014, he worked for the Metro Atlanta Chamber as the Environmental Policy and Sustainability intern and at Invest Atlanta as the Business Development intern.
National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)
Kimberly A. Steele is the Associate Director for the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC). In December 2015, Steele was appointed by NTSC President, Tino Mantella to assist him in starting up this new national trade association. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, she is responsible for enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure to provide a platform for chief information security officers and technology security stakeholders to advocate on policies impacting the industry. Steele received her bachelor of arts with honors in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in the prestigious UGA’s Washington Semester program, where she worked in Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office. She also received her Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in public policy from the University of Georgia in 2015. Steele was a chosen participant to attend the Seoul Metropolitan Government 17th Seoul case study program in South Korea while completing her graduate program. While in Seoul, she studied the innovative ways Seoul implements urban policy and economic development initiatives. Steele has expanded her knowledge of public policy/affairs with her past work experience at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) while pursuing her education. She recently became a member of the inaugural 2016 Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Leadership program, which is a senior executive program that addresses cybersecurity policies and risk as well evaluate and respond to cybersecurity threats.
Founder & Vice President, Business Development
Richard Wadsworth is the founding executive of PatchAdvisor, Inc. He has participated in various aspects of growing the business over the past 13 years. His experience ranges from three years in NYC as an investment banker to various entrepreneurial and operational activities in technology, including over 15 years in the network security industry.
President & CEO
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
President & Chief Executive Officer Larry Williams is the new President and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia. Williams brings more than 25 years of experience in global branding, international trade and finance, public and industrial policy, and administration and management to TAG. As the former president and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic development partnership, Williams helped facilitate local, national and international business growth and expansion programs. Under Williams’ leadership The Beacon Council created and executed a new economic development framework to help the area grow and secure investments in today innovation economy. This is resulted in $687 million in new investment, 119 company relocations or expansions, and more than 4,500 new jobs. From 2011 to 2014 Williams helped shape the vision for Atlanta’s tech sector as vice president of technology development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He provided leadership and direction to the Chamber’s Mobility Task Force, positioning Atlanta as a global hub of mobile technology, and to the Technology Leadership Council.
Senior Director, Learning Solutions
Bill Wright is the Senior Director of the Learning Solutions organization in IT&S at HCA, responsible for delivering learning experiences which enhance the user experience and increase overall efficiency across the company’s 165 hospitals and 112 imaging centers. Under Wright’s leadership, a team of analysts, designers, publishers and educators develop and deliver moment of need learning across the enterprise, including clinicians, physicians, administrative and back office staff and leadership. Wright has been with HCA for over ten years and has served in senior leadership capacities for the IT Strategic Planning, Network Services and Shared Services organizations. Prior to HCA, he spent almost twenty years with a Fortune 50 automotive original equipment manufacturer in Detroit, MI, serving in a variety of information technology roles including Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Project Management Services, as well as the global Divisional Chief Information Officer for two large divisional business units. Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in computer information systems from Walsh College, a private college in Michigan and completed the Executive Information Management program at Syracuse University, ultimately completing the requirements for the Master of Science Degree in information management. He and his wife Donna have been married for 29 years. They have 3 children whose ages are 27, 25 and 22, respectively. They currently reside in College Grove, where they just moved after being in Franklin for their first 8 years in Tennessee.
Dawn Marie Yankeelov
Dawn Marie Yankeelov is president of U.S.-based ASPectx specializing in business strategy, competitive intelligence, marketing, and public relations for growth technology companies, and technology-driven corporations. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky. As a marketing and public relations practitioner for 29+ years, she has counseled many companies and organizations on their marketing needs and executed effective campaigns in targeted, select markets--using internet tools and traditional methodologies. Aspectx has added advocacy and public policy work in D.C. to its list of service areas in recent years. As executive director of the area tech council for Kentucky called TALK (Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky), Yankeelov has strong ties to federal agencies involved in the topic of cybersecurity planning and cyber education methodologies, include NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology), and its recently-developed NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Framework. Yankeelov has championed the adoption of federal cyber education curricula for K-12 for the state of Kentucky this year and the beginning of a rollout will occur in 2017 for state school districts. She is active in CompTIA, the largest U.S. IT trade association, as well TECNA (Tech Councils of America). She also contributed to the American Bar Association's Emerging Businesses Series for 2005 and 2010, handbooks for companies in growth sectors. In recent years, she has focused on competitive intelligence related to cybersecurity, mobile applications, and training. Her articles on tech topics have appeared over the years in various publications, including Louisville Business First, Tech Republic, MedCityNews, InformationToday, Electronic House, and The Lane Report.
President & CEO
Colorado Technology Association
Andrea J. Young is a dynamic technology executive and Colorado native with more than 20 years of experience driving innovation and growth for diverse industries within the Colorado tech economy, and now serves as the President & CEO of Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Prior to joining CTA, Young was the executive responsible for research and development, engineering, and information technology disciplines with BI Incorporated. In addition, Young was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Data Privacy Officer for Janus Capital Group. She has served on several nonprofit Boards, including as a Board Chair of Colorado Technology Association, Board President of New Foundations for Nonviolence Center, and Advisory Board Member of the Denver University Industry Advisory Board for School of Engineering and Computer Science. She holds a B.S. degree in business and information systems and an MBA from University of Denver.