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Our local team
A lifelong technology enthusiast, and starting her professional journey in the field of IT, Michelle came to discover her love for programming after studying Python and Django. Her desire to keep learning and to meet like-minded tech geeks has led her to be very active in the Minneapolis tech scene. When she’s not programming and going to meetups, Michelle enjoys volunteering for rescue organizations and animal sanctuaries.
Andy has been in Technology Operations leadership with SPS Commerce for the past 12 years. SPS grows very aggressively creating an environment of persistent growth challenges. Andy spends many mental cycles collaborating to solve effective patterns for monitoring and operating complex changing systems.
Andy Fleener is a Humanist, and a New View Safety Nerd who believes software is as much about the people building and running it as it is the people using it. He is a Platform Operations Manager at SportsEngine where he’s been doing a mix of development and operations since 2011. Andy enjoys music, football, sushi, oxford commas, and laughing at all the things millennials are ruining.
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.
Leading DevOps Transformation. VP, IT Service Delivery at Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Data-driven, business-focused tech strategist & leader with a deep background in open source & research. Advised startups to Fortune 50 enterprises. Led >250 developers, among 15+ years of software experience. Cited for expertise in Wired, The Register, CIO.com & The New Stack.
Heather Mickman is VP Enterprise Services + Platforms at Optum. Throughout her career, she has built APIs to unlock enterprise data, created awesome platforms, led Ops organizations, and built supply chain software for Fortune 50 companies. Heather has a passion for technology, building high performing teams, driving a culture of innovation, and having fun along the way.
Joe Laha works in event technology, which is a fancy way of saying he’s a professional flipchart jockey. He lives in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood with his partner Bridget Kromhout, their cats Iria & Nimoy, and way too much cycling-themed art. Aside from cycling, Joe enjoys homebrew, heavy metal guitar, and arguing about sci-fi TV of the 1990s.
The core devopsdays organizer group
Bridget Kromhout (lead), Kris Buytaert, Jennifer Davis, Bernd Erk, Matthew Jones, Dan Maher, Mike Rosado, Andrew Clay Shafer, Matt Stratton (web team lead), John Willis
Patrick Debois (founder), Damon Edwards, Anthony Goddard, Lindsay Holmwood, Gildas Le Nadan, Stephen Nelson-Smith, Julian Simpson, Christian Trabold, John Vincent, James Wickett