DevOpsDays Seattle 2017 Speakers

Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich

@crayzeigh

Aaron Aldrich is the Director of Support Services and DevOps Evangelist at Cage Data and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup. Following a career that’s been user-facing and operationally focused has given him an empathetic view of technology’s role in our lives. His writing can occasionally be found on cagedata.com/blog if it’s greater than 140 characters or on twitter @crayzeigh if fewer.
David Blank-Edelman

David Blank-Edelman

@otterbook

David is the Technical Evangelist at Apcera and one of the co-founders of the now global set of SREcon conferences. He has over thirty years of experience in the systems administration/DevOps/SRE field in large multiplatform environments and is the author of the O’Reilly Otter book. David is honored to serve on the USENIX Board of Directors where he helps to organize and engineer conferences like LISA and SREcon. He prefers to pronounce Evangelist with a hard ‘g’.
Dawn Parzych

Dawn Parzych

@dparzych

Dawn Parzych is the Director of Product and Solution Marketing at Catchpoint. Dawn enjoys researching, writing and speaking about trends related to application performance, user perception and how they impact the digital experience. She has spent over 15 years working in the application performance space in a wide variety of roles at Instart Logic, F5 Networks and Gomez.
Gene Kim

Gene Kim

@realgenekim

Among other things, I’m the author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win and The Visible Ops Handbook, a researcher, and founder and former CTO of Tripwire. I am passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from “good to great”.
Glenn Sarti

Glenn Sarti

@GlennSarti

Windows Software and Infrastructure Developer - With a penchant for DevOps, Puppet, Neo4j or anything Windows related.
Greg Elin

Greg Elin

@GregElin

As one of the first Chief Data Officers in federal government, Greg Elin routinely encountered the manually-intensive nature of the FISMA compliance and NIST Risk Management Framework as the primary constraint on data innovation during his tenure at the Federal Communications Commission. Blown away by the magic of managing virtual environments with Vagrant, DevOps seemed a magical opportunity to improve compliance while actually making systems more secure. Mr. Elin is now CEO of GovReady PBC which The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate recently awarded a two-year contract to build an open source expert system for FISMA.
Jason Vernon

Jason Vernon

@jmvernon

I am a Manager of Software Development at T-Mobile responsible for our continuous integration and deployment efforts. Previous I have worked at REI and West Marine supporting their eCommerce initiatives.

As a development manager with over fifteen years of experience in the eCommerce and IT industry I have developed an extensive understanding of digital spaces. This experience has provided me the capability to effectively lead the strategic development and implementation of many world-class digital experiences.
Jason Yee

Jason Yee

@gitbisect

Jason is a technical writer and evangelist at Datadog, where he works to inspire developers and ops engineers with the power of metrics and monitoring. He’s also a co-organizer of DevOpsDays Portland. When he’s not speaking at conferences or helping organize them, he likes to spend time on planes “travel hacking” and hunting for interesting regional whiskies.
Jeffery Smith

Jeffery Smith

@DarkAndNerdy

Currently I serve as the Manager of Production Operations at Centro. I have a passion for team building and finding business value in all phases of Operations. I’ve been a raving DevOps fan for about 2.5 years now and enjoy bringing the DevOps gospel to the masses.
Jez Humble

Jez Humble

@jezhumble

Jez Humble is co-author of The DevOps Handbook, Lean Enterprise, and the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery. He has spent his career tinkering with code, infrastructure, and product development in companies of varying sizes across three continents, most recently working for the US Federal Government at 18F. He is currently researching how to build high performing teams at his startup, DevOps Research and Assessment LLC, and teaching at UC Berkeley.
Julia Wester

Julia Wester

@everydaykanban

Julia brings 17 years of experience working in and managing teams at Turner Broadcasting, F5 Networks and LeanKit. Julia is passionate about teaching others how to tame the chaos of everyday work by embracing transparency and continuous improvement, as well as explaining why management doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Julia joined LeanKit as an Improvement Coach in 2015 and is now the manager of LeanKit’s education team. Julia blogs at everydaykanban.com and tweets at @everydaykanban.
Nell Shamrell-Harrington

Nell Shamrell-Harrington

@nellshamrell

Nell Shamrell-Harrington is a Software Development Engineer at Chef, focusing on the Supermarket open source product. She also sits on the advisory board for the University of Washington Certificates in Ruby Programming and DevOps. She specializes in Chef, Ruby, Rails, Regular Expressions, and Test Driven Development and has traveled the world speaking on these topics. Prior to entering the world of software development, she studied and worked in the field of theatre.
Radhika Gummadi

Radhika Gummadi


I am a software development manager at T-Mobile and have been with the company for almost 10 years . I spent my first 5 years as a dev IC and as years progressed moved on to lead and management roles. Recently I led a team which created a robust, operational ready web service layer using agile methodologies and DevOps tools

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, playing badminton and spending quality time with my family.
Ram Jothikumar

Ram Jothikumar


Ram has been in the software industry for over 15 years, with a background in DevOps/Tools/Automation. At SignalFx, Ram leads the Infrastructure and Engineering Services team, which is responsible for building tools/frameworks that empower rapid deployment of quality code while maintaining a high level of site reliability. Before SignalFx, he led the NSX Scalability/Performance team at Nicira and VMware.
Sarah Shewell

Sarah Shewell

@sarah_shewell

Sarah Shewell is a leader with over 18 years of experience in software delivery. She made a recent career change to Change Manager and Agile Coach at Starbucks. This allows her to have deep focus on the process of team transformation. At Starbucks she is working with the Point of Sale area on their journey to a mature DevOps team. Prior to joining Starbucks she was a Senior Manager of Customer Mobile Applications at Nordstrom. She was a leader of engineering as they transitioned to a DevOps and Lean organization. Sarah was a frequent collaborator and facilitator with the Nordstrom People and Innovation Labs. She also spent 13 years in a variety of technology leadership roles at T-Mobile and Western Wireless experiencing the rapid growth of mobile telecommunications as an industry.

Sarah believes the key to deep career satisfaction is found when there is true end to end ownership and understanding of the product you are working with. It is with this in mind that drives her to help teams realize their full potential and live DevOps in practice.
Scott Nasello

Scott Nasello

@scottnasello

Scott Nasello is the Senior Manager of Platforms and Systems Engineering at Columbia Sportswear.
Soo Choi

Soo Choi

@soosiechoi

Soo Choi is currently a Senior Product Manager at Chef responsible for Cloud Service Provider Strategy and AWS Opsworks for Chef Automate. In a former life, Soo was one of the many folks that founded OpenStack. As a co-founder of Anso Labs, her team created the Nova Compute project at NASA which became OpenStack Compute. Anso Labs was acquired by Rackspace in 2011 and Soo was responsible for strategic direction and market execution of OpenStack Products, Product Engineering for OpenStackTraining from Austin to Folsom release.
Suzanne Nielsen

Suzanne Nielsen

@suzannenielsenT

Suzanne is a technology solutions manager in Retail Technology at Starbucks in a role where she leads multiple Agile DevOps style teams responsible for enhancing and supporting the Point of Sale (POS) system. The last two years she helped lead her teams through the adoption of Agile methodologies and most recently in beginning the DevOps transformation. Prior to November Suzanne managed the analyst team responsible for requirements, design, configuration and support of the current POS system which began rollout in 2009 and is deployed in over 10,000 stores in four countries, supporting multiple brands and unique concepts.

Suzanne joined Starbucks in 1998 working in Business Intelligence for her first 10 years in a variety of roles including developer, analyst, and project and program manager. Prior to Starbucks, she spent ten years at Boeing in a variety of technical and lead roles in accounting, financial, reporting and data warehousing systems.

Suzanne is a native Seattleite and has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington and a master’s in software engineering from Seattle University.
Suzie Prince

Suzie Prince

@pm_suzie

Suzie Prince is Head of Product at ThoughtWorks Products. She supports the creation of continuous integration and continuous delivery tools for awesome software engineering and DevOps teams. She likes pushing buttons to release software, feature toggles and user feedback. She also like burritos, tea and hiking.
Terrence Ryan

Terrence Ryan

@tpryan

Terry Ryan is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform team. He has 15 years of experience working with the web - both front end and back. Before working for technology shops like Google and Adobe he worked in roles that combined development with system administration at the Wharton School of Business.

He also wrote Driving Technical Change for Pragmatic Bookshelf, a book that arms technology professionals with the tools to convince reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and technology.