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Our local team
Dan spent 12 years in the military as a mechanic on fighter jets, like the F-16, before transitioning to a career in technology as a Software Engineer, then a DevOps Engineer, a Software Development Manager, and now a Chief Architect. He’s leading the technical and cultural transformation for the NAIC, a non-profit focused on consumer protection in the insurance industry. Dan is also an organizer of the DevOps KC Meetup and the DevOpsDays KC conference.
CJ, his wife, two dogs and a cat, have lived in Kansas City, Missouri for four years. When he is not traveling the world with his wife, he works as a DevOps Engineer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In addition to his work on software automation and infrastructure as code, he is considered an advocate for developing the DevOps culture throughout the Bank. He is also actively involved in the Kansas City eSports scene as a co-owner of Good Game Kansas City.
Ryan McNair is currently the Technical Product Owner for SMRxT Inc, a Medication Adherence company focused on software and IoT devices to monitor when patients do and don’t take their medicine. Previously, Ryan held multiple engineering and leadership positions at Cerner Corp, a provider of Electronic Health Record software and services to hospitals. Ryan is focused on successful technology implementations across the healthcare sector and sees DevOps as a powerful tool in the business value stream for all SaaS products. Outside the office, you’ll find Ryan tearing up the local mountain bike trails and making sawdust in his basement workshop.
Systems Architect and Security guy, but involved in many aspects of Technology for clients of all sizes. DevOps has changed the world for how solutions are implemented both internally and delivered to clients globally. Looking forward to what’s next, other than self-driving cars. DevOpsDays is a great forum for sharing what’s working, and talking about that thing that everyone wants most - innovation.
Dustin is an outgoing individual who believes that work and fun can be one in the same. After spending many years of his career in infrastructure silos, he was drawn to the DevOps culture and its emphasis on learning and solving problems together. Dustin spends his free time with his wife chasing their two small children, playing indoor soccer, or wondering when technology will completely free him from housework.
Jeff has worked as a Linux Systems Administrator for the last 12 years. His current focus is cloud application platforms as well as the expansion of his technical knowledge in development languages and CI/CD. Beyond work, he is an avid baseball fan, and spends his free time as a musician and photographer.
The core devopsdays organizer group
Bridget Kromhout (lead), Kris Buytaert, Jennifer Davis, Bernd Erk, Rafael Gomes, Matthew Jones, Dan Maher, Ken Mugrage, 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