Akemi Micallef, TEKSystems
Akemi Micallef has 20 years of experience in the IT industry with over 15 years in software testing and quality assurance. She spent the last 8 years in various leadership positions in professional services environments with responsibilities ranging from solution design, team building and management, customer relationship management, expertise development, process improvements, and delivery support. In her current role as the manager of Testing Center of Excellence for TEKsystems' Montreal Solution Center, she has grown QA delivery capacity and capability by providing a vision, plans, communication, measurements, and support. Akemi holds CSTE and APMG Change Management Practitioner certifications.
Allyson Rippon, UBS
Allyson Rippon is an Executive Global IT Manager with 27 years' experience leading transformational strategies in Quality Assurance, Service Delivery and Production support. She is best known for building large QA organizations from ground-up in both the Financial and Medical Industries. Allyson is also a certified professional trainer through AMA & ASTD, a founding member of QA and Change Management Wall Street forums and is the recipient of 15 top achievement awards for Innovation by a woman in IT. She is currently the Head of QA as well as the Employee Council and Graduate Training Program sponsor for the Wealth Management Americas division of UBS.
Angela Dugan, Polaris Solutions
Angela Dugan has been working on software development teams, filling a variety of roles including architect, developer, and tester since 1999. Angela also spent five of those years as an ALM evangelist for Microsoft, where she was able to work closely with hundreds of businesses across the US to improve their approach to ALM and software delivery. Always passionate about process and quality, she is now the ALM Practice Manager for Polaris Solutions and runs the Chicago Application Lifecycle Management user group. She holds a certification in Team Foundation Server (TFS) Administration and is a Certified Scrum master.
Ashish Kuthiala, Electric Cloud
Ashish Kuthiala is the head of Global Product Marketing at Electric Cloud. He brings over 20 years of experience in software development and marketing. Prior to Electric Cloud, Ashish served as Senior Director of Global Product Marketing at AccelOps, an IT management software company. Previously, he served at Hewlett-Packard, most recently as Director of Global Product Marketing for HP Software's Network Management Center where he developed and lead a team for two of the company's top enterprise software portfolios, Network Automation and Network Management. Ashish holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a master’s of science degree from the University of South Carolina.
Ashwini Sukhwani, Wipro
Ayan Dave, Quick Solutions, Inc.
Ayan Dave is a Senior Consultant with eight years of experience building and delivering high quality applications using languages and components in the JVM ecosystem. He is passionate about software development and enjoys exploring open source projects. He is enthusiastic about agile and Extreme Programming and frequently advocates for them. Most recently, Ayan is the “Architectus Oryzus” for a small project team with big ideas and subscribes to the idea that running code is the system of truth. Ayan has a master’s degree in Computer Engineering and holds PMP, PSM, and OCMJEA certifications. He speaks on various technical topics at local user groups and community events.
Barbara Merwin, Patterson Group
Barbara Merwin has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, working with both large international organizations and small not-for-profits. She began her career as a business analyst and has continued to apply those skills in a wide variety of situations. Barbara is the drafting author of the Quality Assurance Institute’s Certified Business Analyst Common Body of Knowledge. Barbara speaks and teaches internationally on a wide variety of topics. She was one of the founders of the Quality Assurance Association of Maryland and was the Conference Chair for the 2005 and 2006 Quality Assurance Institute’s International Software Quality Assurance Conference.
Basivi Junna, Xyon Products and Services LLC
Basivi Junna is a strategic consultant for software QA and testing. With 15 years of IT experience and over seven years of QA and Test Management experience, he is a proven technology leader for test automation. Basivi is very technical and hands on, instrumental in driving technical solutions for testing complex systems. He has established standards, best practices and processes for all phases and types of testing, and has enforced governance around their compliance. He has an In-depth knowledge of SDLC methodologies, software testing, test automation, and test management as well as deep experience in test process assessment and improvement, test auditing, and test metrics.
Beverly Edwards, Allstate Insurance Company
Beverly Edwards has spent her entire 26 year career with Allstate Insurance Company. She started as a programmer and worked her way into upper management within the technology organization. She has experience leading teams in annuity and life product development, operations support, and compliance. She has also led a PMO. Beverly is currently leading a centralized QC organization. Her team consists of both in-sourced and outsourced workers. Over the past 2 years, she has worked with top tier sourcing partners to improve a Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE) and provide software testing services. Beverly holds FLMI, AAPA, ACS, and PMP certifications.
Bob Crews, Checkpoint Technologies
Bob Crews, President of Checkpoint Technologies, is a consultant and trainer with over 22 years of IT experience including full life-cycle development involving development, requirements management, and software testing. He has consulted and trained for over 200 different organizations in areas such as effectively using automated testing solutions, test planning, risk analysis, implementing automated frameworks, and developing practices which ensure the maximum return-on-investment with automated solutions. Bob has presented at numerous conferences and user groups throughout the world including QAI, EuroStar (Copenhagen), HP Software Universe, and LatinStar (Mexico City). Bob was named as one of the top five speakers at the QAI Annual Software Testing Conference in 2004.
Bryan Sebring, notjusttesting.com
Bryan Sebring is a Quality Assurance Professional with a passion for providing users with quality products and a strong commitment to the associates with whom he works. After spending 10 years of his career in retail and call center management, Bryan transitioned into IT starting as a self-taught web developer and continuing on to his founding of the IT Quality Assurance Teams for both First Union National Bank eChannels and, more recently, the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bryan’s diverse background has given him a unique customer-driven perspective that allows him to look beyond the typical QA work scope to identify additional areas in which higher quality can be attained.
Christin Wiedemann, PhD, PQA
After finishing her PhD in Physics at Stockholm University, Christin Wiedemann started working as a software developer for the Swedish consulting company HiQ. Christin soon discovered that software testing was more interesting and challenging than development and joined the Swedish test company AddQ Consulting. There, she worked as a tester, test lead and trainer, giving courses on agile testing, test design and exploratory testing throughout Europe. Christin developed a course on exploratory testing, and is a co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM. Christin currently lives in Vancouver, where she joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) Ltd. and where she continues to use her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to develop her own skills and those of others.
Clareice Chaney, MITRE Corporation
Clareice Chaney has over 30 years of experience in commercial and government contracting with an emphasis in information technology contracting and specific expertise in performance-based contracting techniques. She holds Master’s Degree PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager through the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). She has presented at the National Contract Management Association World Congress.
Clyneice Chaney, Quality Squared
Clyneice Chaney brings over 20 years of testing, quality assurance, and process improvement experience. Clyneice holds certifications from the American Society for Quality as a Certified Quality Manager, QAI Global Institute's Certified Quality Analyst, and Project Management Institute's Professional Project Manager. She has participated as an examiner for state quality awards for Georgia and Virginia. She is currently an instructor for the International Institute for Software Testing and has presented technical papers at the Software Engineering Institute: SEPG Conference, American Society for Quality: Quality Manager's conference, Quality Assurance Institute International Testing Conference, International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Software Test and Performance Testing Conferences.
Daniel Miessler, HP Software
Daniel Miessler is Principal Security Architect with HP Software based out of San Francisco, California. He specializes in application security with specific focus in web and mobile application assessments, helping enterprise customers build effective application security programs, and speaking with executives about how to best leverage technologies and processes to reduce real-world risk. In his spare time he enjoys reading and writing obsessively, programming, optimizing web servers, and playing competitive table tennis.
David Dang, Zenergy Technologies
David Dang is a HP Certified Instructor for QuickTest Professional, WinRunner, and Quality Center. As a recognized automation expert, David has provided automation strategy and implementation plans for numerous clients to maximize ROI and minimize script maintenance. David has been a featured speaker on test automation and related topics at local and national QA and testing conferences including Quality Assurance Institute (QAI), StarEast, STP Con, and PSQT. David received his BS in Management Information Systems and BA in Psychology from the University of Buffalo.
David Herron, David Consulting Group
David Herron brings over 35 years of experience in functional measurement and software process improvement. An authority on software development, he is regularly sought after by Fortune 1000 companies where he provides guidance on the use of metrics to monitor the impact of IT on the business, and on the governance of offshore development initiatives. One of the original founders of the David Consulting Group, he is now engaged with DCG as a Business Development Manager and VP of Knowledge Solution Services. He is an acknowledged authority in the areas of performance measurement, process improvement, and organizational change management. David is also a noted author and lecturer and has co-authored several books on topics relating to IT performance measurement.
Debra S. Kosty, AVP, The Horace Mann Companies
Debra joined The Horace Mann Companies as IT Assistant Vice President, Marketing/Corporate Business Solutions in early 2011. In this role, she leads a $9 million IT strategy and operations organization comprised of 40 resources and four directors. Debra Manages IT & business relationships, develops business/IT strategy, facilitates solution discovery and developments, manages risks associated with project delivery, and maintains service levels. She works directly with the Marketing, Sales, HR, Finance and Legal Divisions as a “trusted advisor” to develop processes and solutions to assist with the delivery of products and services. Prior to joining Horace Mann, Debra served as a Senior Manager at Allstate Insurance Company and was promoted from Application Developer to a variety of technology leadership roles in Property and Casualty, Claims, Marketing and Project Management Organization Offices. She also has experience in the IT consulting industry and vendor management. Debra is a graduate of Roosevelt University. She is a member of the Society of Information Management and the Menttium100 Female Executive Mentoring Program.
Deepika Mamnani, Hexaware Technologies
Deepika Mamnani leads the solutions and presales arm of the Quality Assurance and Testing Services group at Hexaware Technologies Inc. Deepika’s core competency is strategic consulting which includes conducting test assessments for testing processes across software development life cycles such as Scrum, XP, and V, defining transition models and governance structures for testing organizations and formulating organization roadmaps. In this capacity, she has played advisory roles for several organizations to set up testing Centers of Excellence both in-house and outsourced. Deepika is a CSTE, CSQA Certified, and is a Certified Scrum Master.
Elizabeth Glaser, PhD, The Boeing Company
Elizabeth Glaser, Ph.D., is a Process Specialist with The Boeing Company, focusing on improving organizational and individual effectiveness. She has served in various capacities, including software and systems engineer, and program manager. Elizabeth has over 14 years of experience providing direction to increase effectiveness in people practices and processes and incorporating effective change management techniques to successfully and economically increase organizational capability. Elizabeth is an experienced trainer who incorporates experiential activities to make the concepts come alive to demonstrate and reinforce concepts for participants inside and outside of Boeing. Elizabeth has a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology as well as MS degrees in Computer Science and Organizational Development.
Eran Kinsbruner, Perfecto Mobile
Eran Kinsbruner is director of product marketing at Perfecto Mobile, the leading cloud-based mobile application testing and automation company. Formerly CTO for mobile testing and Texas Instruments and project manager at Matrix, Eran has been in testing since 1999 with experience that includes managing teams at Qulicke & Soffa, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, and NeuStar. The co-inventor of a test exclusion automated mechanism for mobile J2ME testing at Sun Microsystems, Eran has extensive experience in the mobile testing world. You can find Eran on Twitter @ek121268, LinkedIn, and his professional mobile testing blog at ek121268.wordpress.com. Eran also writes regularly for the Perfecto Mobile blog.
Eric Landes, AgileThought
Eric Landes has been involved with the IT industry for close to 20 years. As a Solution Architect for AgileThought, Eric helps coach and implement agile solutions in primarily Microsoft environments. He has been using agile methods for the past 6 years in a team lead/ project manager capacity. His expertise includes working with teams dispersed around the world. Eric has presented on Kanban, automated acceptance tests, and other agile topics at a variety of agile conferences and user group meetings. Eric has a CSM and is a Microsoft MVP.
Fiona Charles, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles teaches testers and other IT people project skills “beyond process”— skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of it through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated, designed, implemented and taught pragmatic and humane practices to deliver software worth having. Fiona’s articles appear frequently, and she conducts experiential workshops at international conferences and in-house for clients. She is co-founder and host of the Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, an annual peer conference for test practitioners. She edited The Gift of Time, a collection of essays celebrating Jerry Weinberg’s work, and the “Women of Influence” special issue of STP Magazine in which she was also featured.
Gregg Donner, Compuware Corporation
Gregg Donner is a Program Director and Business Intelligence Strategist for Compuware Corporation. He has over 25 years of experience developing enterprise-wide strategies that help organizations improve their business performance by implementing effective information management and analytic solutions. He has managed global technology and business solutions teams, consulting engagements, and vendor services for Fortune 100 companies both domestically and internationally. Gregg’s background includes leading multimillion-dollar global initiatives delivering information management solutions in the banking, private wealth management, capital markets, pharma, higher education, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.
Gretchen Henrich, LexisNexis
Gretchen Henrich is a Senior Software Quality Engineer with LexisNexis® in Miamisburg, Ohio. She is currently working in the Software Quality Engineering department. Gretchen is the test subject matter expert for multiple products. Her prior experience includes over 25 years testing multiple and varying software applications on various hardware platforms. She has developed and taught a software test overview class and has made several presentations at past QAI Software Testing Conferences. Gretchen is a Certified Software Quality Engineer, Certified Software Test Engineer, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Jacksonville University.
Huw Price, Grid-Tools Ltd
With an almost 30 year career as an innovator and Lead Technical Architect for several United States and European companies, Huw Price has considerable experience in bringing leading products to market, including Grid-Tools’ Datamaker™ and Intelligent Virtual Services for SOA. He has become an industry thought leader, speaking at conferences around the world with publications in a variety of periodicals. Huw is also an advisor to King’s College in London and Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Voted IT Director of the Year 2010 by the QA Guild, Huw has balanced pragmatism with innovation to re-cast the way organizations think about test data management.
James Campbell, Tulkita Technologies, Inc.
James Campbell is the President and CEO of Tulkita Technologies Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in IT optimization and quality. Prior to co-founding Tulkita, James held senior leadership positions at Accenture Inc. and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board where he was responsible for leading a 15,000 person global test practice and overseeing IT strategy and sourcing, respectively. With over 15 years of experience, James has worked with over 220 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, where he learned first-hand the common sources of inefficiencies and how to fix them; building practical solutions specifically focused on improving effectiveness, yielding both ‘quick hits’ as well as long-term success.
Jeremy Scott, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Jeremy is a leader within Deloitte’s Global Testing Practice. He has 18 years of technology experience with 12 years focused on managing the testing efforts for large-scale system integrations. He has also led efforts for the setup and management of testing competency centers and Centers of Excellence, testing assessments, strategies, the implementation of risk-based testing approaches and other roles throughout the SDLC. He is a recognized thought leader and has been a featured speaker at CIO forums and industry conferences.
Jim Holmes, Telerik
Jim Holmes is the Test Studio Evangelist at Telerik. He has over 25 years in the IT field in positions including PC technician, WAN manager, customer relations manager, developer, and, yes, tester. Jim has held jobs in the DOD, the software consulting domain, and commercial software product sectors. He’s been a long-time advocate of test automation and has delivered software on a wide range of platforms. He co-authored the book Windows Developer Power Tools and blogs frequently at http://FrazzledDad.com. Jim is also the President of the Board of Directors for the CodeMash conference held in the middle of winter at an indoor waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.
Jim Mondi, Cognizant
With 25-years of management consulting experience in IT Process and Quality Transformation, Jim leads Cognizant’s Global Process and Quality Consulting practice, focused on high-end process and quality transformation value propositions for new and existing customers. Prior to joining Cognizant, Jim was Vice President of Quality at Transunion, responsible for quality at the enterprise level, driving the implementation of a $150 million IT transformation program. Prior to that, Jim was a practice lead, senior executive at Bearing Point and Diamond Management Consultants, leading strategic process and quality initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. Jim holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Illinois and a M.B.A. from University of Chicago.
Jim York, FoxHedge, Ltd.
For more than 25 years, Jim York has led, trained, and coached individuals, teams, and organizations in the implementation of Lean and agile ideas. His coaching and workshops blend his practical experience in Scrum, Lean software development, Extreme Programming, product management, and traditional project management. Jim shares his passion for teaching as a frequent presenter at conferences, users groups, public and onsite workshops, and as a business process coach. In 2007, he cofounded FoxHedge Ltd with his wife, Melissa York. Together, they help organizations build leaders who will take their teams from good to great.
Joseph Ours, Cohesion
Joseph Ours draws on 15 years of experience providing executive-level leadership while managing high profile initiatives with a demonstrated ability to lead people toward successful delivery. Throughout his diverse career, he has built a solid reputation as a thought leader who exhibits a results-driven business approach and exceptional ability to achieve success. He is a strong leader in business processes with a proven history of providing project and portfolio management of large technology initiatives. Joseph brings both a strategic and tactical thought process to solving IT related issues. He holds bachelor's degrees in electronic engineering technology and technical management in addition to a Master’s of Business Administration.
Joyce Sattovia, The Boeing Company
Joyce Sattovia is a Process Specialist in Information Technology at The Boeing Company. She supports deployment and use of standard processes, quality assurance, measurement, and process improvement activities. With a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Joyce has over 30 years of experience that include software engineering, project management, software quality assurance, organizational development, and process improvement. Joyce is an experienced trainer both inside and outside of Boeing. Her effectiveness in training lies in her usage of experiential learning techniques to demonstrate the concepts and involve the participants. She is accomplished at making ideas come alive for her audience.
Karen Johns, Mosaic, Inc.
Karen Johns is a Director with Mosaic, Inc. She is the product manager and chief developer for Mosaic’s methodology products and was instrumental in integrating Mosaic’s object-driven test automation process with their field-proven testing methodology. With over 30 years of experience, Karen has expertise in information systems quality assurance with an emphasis on software testing, test automation, software process improvement, measurement, project management, and training. Karen has planned and implemented structured testing processes and has developed and presented customized testing and project management methodology training across numerous projects and industries. She has presented at QAI and Better Software conferences and at local CSPIN and CQAA presentations.
Karen Johnson, Software Test Management, Inc.
Karen N. Johnson is an independent software test consultant based in Chicago, Illinois. She views software testing as an intellectual challenge and believes in the context-driven school of testing. Karen teaches and consults on a variety of topics in software testing. She frequently speaks at software testing conferences. She has been published in Better Software and Software Test and Performance magazines and on InformIT.com and StickyMinds.com. She is also the co-founder of WREST, the Workshop on Regulated Software Testing (http://www.wrestworkshop.com/Home.html). For the past two years, Karen has served as an executive board member for the Association for Software Testing (AST).
Keith Klain, Barclays
Keith Klain is the head of Barclays Global Test Center that provides functional and non-functional software testing services to the investment banking and wealth management businesses. With more than fifteen years of experience in software testing, Keith has built and managed global test teams for financial services firms in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia Pacific and has also worked as a software quality management practice director for an international technology consultancy. Keith is a frequent speaker at testing and technology conferences.
Kevin Flynn, Olenick & Associates
Kevin Flynn is the Vice President of the Business Development practice at Olenick & Associates. He is responsible for business development and supporting the delivery of software testing consulting services for many Olenick projects. His responsibilities include software testing sales, pre-production testing and production operations, engagement management, project and product implementation support, and consultant management. Kevin was a Director at Whittman-Hart/marchFIRST/ divine. Kevin began his career as a consultant at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.
Khalid Kark, Forrester Research, Inc.
Khalid Kark serves CIOs, leading the team responsible for delivering research and advisory services to IT leaders. He provides strategic guidance and advice to clients in the areas of organization design, emerging technologies, and governance, risk and compliance (GRC). His research focuses on helping clients mature from an IT-centric role in their organizations to a business-embedded one. Khalid has extensive experience working with the government, healthcare, and financial services sectors. He has been widely quoted in the press, including such media outlets as MSNBC, The Boston Globe, CIO Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Khalid is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.
Kim Schunke, CIO, Rogers Enterprises Inc.
Kim is an experienced IT leader with the Rogers and Hollands Jewelry chain. Kim leads the core teams responsible for Development, Infrastructure, and System support for over 80 retail store locations. In addition to the IT department’s day to day operations, Kim is also responsible for aligning IT strategy with the over-all strategy of the business. She calls on her vast IT experience to ensure that the company is using the best, most efficient technology while maintaining strict control over compliance. Kim is also a part of the team that is responsible for rebranding the company. In this role she ensures that the company’s technology is prepared to meet the needs of tomorrow’s consumer. Prior to joining the Rogers and Hollands Jewelry chain, Kim was in the IT consulting industry where she worked on a variety of supply chain, manufacturing, and warehousing projects. Kim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and a member of the National Retail Federation.
Kiruba Vijayaraghavan, Infosys
Kiruba Vijayaraghavan has more than 13 years of IT testing experience across industry verticals and technology. He specializes in Assessment and implementation of Test Centre of Excellence, and program management of testing for large implementations. He has shaped Functional, Automation and Performance Testing, Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence Testing projects for Fortune 500 clients. He has defined the process and technology implementation of Test Management, Configuration Management and Project Management tools. He is a Certified Software Quality Analyst.
Lee Barnes, Utopia Solutions
Lee Barnes has over 18 years of experience in the software quality assurance and testing field. He has successfully implemented test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. He is a recognized thought leader in his field and speaks regularly on related topics. As Founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions, Lee is responsible for the firm's delivery of software quality solutions which include mobile quality, performance management, and test automation.
Linda Westfall, The Westfall Team
Linda Westfall is the President of The Westfall Team, which provides software engineering, software quality engineering, and software project management training and consulting services. Linda has more than 35 years of experience in real time software engineering, quality, and metrics. She has worked as a software engineer, systems analyst, process engineer, and manager. Linda is a past chair of the ASQ Software Division and has served as the Division’s Program Chair and Certification Chair and on the ASQ National Certification Board. Linda is the author of The Certified Software Quality Engineer Handbook. She is an ASQ fellow and has a PE in Software Engineering.
Megan Sumrell, Mosaic ATM
Megan Sumrell is the Quality Architect for Mosaic ATM. In this role, she is establishing new quality practices for the organization including, but not limited to, project management, project planning and tracking, and testing. She is a Certified Scrum Practitioner with over 17 years of software testing experience. She has worked as a developer, quality engineer, Director of QA, QA Architect, Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach and Consultant. She has built QA organizations at several software companies including CommerceOne and ChannelAdvisor. She also served as the Director of Transformation Services at Valtech.
Michael Beaudin, MPS Partners
Mike Beaudin is the Vice President of the Application Lifecycle Management practice at MPS Partners. He has over 20 years of experience implementing and managing corporate Content Management Systems and Collaboration Systems. Mike has held the positions of CTO and CIO in enterprise organizations and startups. The responsibilities of these positions required the assurance of high availability of systems and high quality deployments through structured processes. Mike has spent years working with organizations to help improve quality within their operations.
Michael Ivy, Olenick & Associates
Michael Ivy is a Lead Senior Consultant within the Performance Testing practice at Olenick & Associates. He is responsible for performance testing development and delivery of testing consulting services. Michael has over 10 years of performance test experience working both as a consultant and full time employee within many different business verticals including insurance, financials, and telecom. He holds an HP LoadRunner AIS certification and a master’s degree in information systems from DePaul University.
With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Michael Portwood’s passion is advancing the business of software development. His focus is on the innovation, management, methodologies, and technologies that enable business value creation. Michael has brought practical development and quality innovations to companies from startups to the Fortune® 50. He has led, architected, and developed diverse systems including Web 2.0 category and brand management micro-segmentation decision support services supporting web and mobile devices, patented prescription compliance services, patented rapid software application development tools, and developed real-time embedded systems and associated automated test equipment.
Mike Ennis, Accenture
Mike Ennis is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Technology practice specializing in planning and executing testing efforts. Mike has a deep technology and testing background and has led numerous test teams both on and off-shore. Additionally, Mike has conducted test assessments, created process improvement initiatives, created test strategies, test plans and has led execution efforts at various clients such as IBM, BMC Software, and Intuit. He has over 20 years of experience and is a Certified Software Testing Engineer, Certified Software Quality Analyst, a Certified Foundation Level Tester as well a respected speaker, mentor and coach. Mike also drives Accenture’s Global Testing and Certification Program.
Mike Lawler, BCBS Association
Michael Lawler has been involved in information technology management since 1984 and in the service industry for over 30 years with responsibilities at the national, regional, and local levels. He has been focused in the area of software quality since 1997. Throughout his career, Michael developed and mentored responsive teams who work creatively to solve internal and client-related challenges. He is an effective communicator who works toward solutions in a creative manner that delivers multiple benefits to a variety of industries and organizations. Michael has also managed relationships and partnerships with several international vendors on behalf of clients and corporate entities.
Mike Lyles, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Mike Lyles is a QA Manager. He is a 1993 graduate of Appalachian State University with 19 years of IT experience. Mike has worked in various roles over the years including technical support, programmer, Program Management Office, Solutions Development Manager, testing, and QA. His current role includes test management responsibilities for a major company domain covering store systems, supply chain, merchandising, and marketing.
Mikki Williams, Mikki Williams Unltd.
An inspirational humorist and business motivator, Mikki William’s many successful careers have given her a wealth of information and experience in sales and marketing, teamwork, communication and presentation skills, customer service, creativity, change management, humor in the workplace, wellness, and motivation. She has co-authored a book on customer service, compiled a book of her favorite quotations called Mikki Mouth: Quotations I Wish I'd Said and Some I Did Say! and produced DVDs, CDs, and videos. Her inspirational life story has been optioned for a book and TV movie. An Enthusiologist™ who went from dance choreographer, through nine successful careers, to word choreographer, she mixes entertainment and humor with business savvy and knowledge to share insight and inspiration for life changing impact. In addition to Mikki Williams Unltd., her speaking, training, consulting firm and Coaching, etc…, her coaching enterprise, as well as her Speakers Schools, she is the Group Chair of two executive peer advisory boards in Chicago, and is affiliated with Vistage International, the world's largest executive membership organization. She was recently named one of the best speakers in the country by Meetings and Conventions Magazine along with Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, Lou Holtz, Zig Ziglar, Mike Ditka, and Jay Leno. From the corporate world to the ever changing world we live in, she is a breath of fresh air; outrageous, fun, stimulating, informative and most of all, real!
Nancy Kastl, TAP Group
Nancy Kastl is an accomplished professional with over twenty-five years experience as a consultant, director, facilitator, and instructor in software quality and testing. As an entrepreneur and consultant, she brings her expertise to management teams in strategic planning, measurement, quality management, software testing, process re-engineering, program management offices, and project management. As the director of the TAP Group’s quality practice, she provides leadership for the On-shore Testing Studio in Chicago with a mission to retool and provide jobs for unemployed Americans, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Nancy is a former VP of Quality Assurance at Harris Bank and is the founder and President of the Chicago Quality Assurance Association. Nancy is a frequent conference speaker and is currently the QUEST conference chairperson. She has served on the Purdue University's IT Advisory Committee and the QAI Global Institute’s Certification Board.
Patricia A. Eglin, David Consulting Group
Patricia A. Eglin has been working in process improvement for 12 years. She is a seasoned process improvement engineer having worked as a CMMI practitioner and coach, and currently holding the position of process improvement/measurement specialist, Certified Introduction to CMMI Instructor and Six Sigma Green Belt. Pat is responsible for the development, implementation, and training of processes related to quality management initiatives, governance, and improvement opportunities. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the implementation of measurement programs and has delivered training on the objectives and ingredients of a successful measurement program and has assisted various organizations to identify the correct measures to meet their organization’s business objectives.
Paul Shovlin, Checkpoint Technologies
Paul Shovlin has been a software quality consultant for 17 years. He is HP Certified in Quality Center and is also an HP Certified Instructor. Paul co-authored the HP Quality Center 9.2 Certification exam with a colleague from Checkpoint Technologies. He has extensive client software quality engagement and team management experience. Paul has been an employee of Checkpoint Technologies for 8 years and currently manages an independent testing team at his primary client, the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Peggy Schretter, Trustmark Insurance Company
Peggy Schretter has over 30 years of corporate experience in management roles. She has extensive discipline knowledge in quality engineering practices focused on quality assurance and implementing Testing Centers of Excellence. These many different test experiences have given her a keen understanding of, not only the impact quality has on the company’s overall business objectives, but the company’s brand within the marketplace. Peggy is an executive level manager focused on delivering high-quality and value realized test solutions with measurable returns on the testing investments. She has been recognized for developing high performance teams that support successful long-term client and customer relationships through consistent delivery of value.
Peter Shih, uTest
Peter Shih manages uTest’s vast community of moer than 60,000 professional testers in 190 countries. He has spoken and presented on such topics as SoLoMo, In-the-Wild Testing and Mobile Usability at many conferences including Quest, CTIA’s MobileCon and MoDev’s April, 2012 conference. Peter’s professional background is in software product management and engineering, where he has worked closely with QA teams and performed the fun task of testing during the critical release phases Peter holds an MBA from Boston University’s School of Management and a bachelor’s of science in engineering from Tufts University.
Peter Varhol, Seapine Software
Peter Varhol is a technology manager and writer with extensive knowledge and experience in computer software and management of computer products. As a technology product manager, he has led the market-driven development strategy of several tools for professional developers. As a technology writer, editor, and manager, Peter has investigated and written hundreds of articles on advances in the Internet and web, software development, embedded systems, operating systems, networking, and other technical software and hardware. As a college professor and industry speaker, he has explained and demonstrated fundamentals and advanced techniques in computing and information systems. Peter is currently software quality evangelist for Seapine Software.
Philip Lew, PhD, XBOSoft
After working in a variety of management and technical positions in product development and product management, Philip Lew currently leads XBOSoft’s direction and strategy as their CEO. His PhD research in software quality and usability resulted in several IEEE and ACM journal publications. He is also a frequent conference speaker on the topics of web application usability, user experience, and quality evaluation. In the past 20 years, Phil has helped hundreds of organizations assess the quality of their software, examine software quality processes, and set forth measurement plans. His current post-doctorate research areas are focused on user experience measurement frameworks and software learnability.
Pradeep Chennavajhula, QAI Global Institute
Pradeep Chennavajhula is Vice President of the QAI Global Institute. His current focus is to enable IT organizations with workforce development – strategy and execution in the software testing domain. He leads the design and delivery of products and services for professional development of testers across all levels. Pradeep is well known in the IT conference network in India, particularly those focusing on software testing. His technical interests include software testing, estimation, and project management; his business interests are in talent management, economics, and strategy.
Raf Los, HP
Rafal Los, Senior Security Strategist at Hewlett-Packard, brings a pragmatic approach to enterprise security. Combining over a decade of technical, consulting and management skills in Information Security, he uses experience to build bridges between technology and people, effectively "hacking the boardroom". As a sought-after writer and speaker he currently focuses on the various strategic aspects of enterprise security and emerging technologies to empower business to be agile. He is an advocate for focus on sound security fundamentals and is a contributor to open standards and organizations - volunteering his time to groups such as OWASP and the Cloud Security Alliance. His blog, Following the White Rabbit, is his unique perspective on the various aspects of enterprise security, emerging technologies, and current events and can be found at http://hp.com/go/white-rabbit. Prior to joining HP, Los defined what became the software security program and served as a regional security lead at a Global Fortune 100 contributing to the global organization's security and risk-management strategy internally and externally. Rafal prides himself on being able to add a 'tint of corporate realism' to information security.
Richard Bechtold, PhD, Abridge Technology
Dr. Richard Bechtold has over 30 years of systems and software full lifecycle experience. During this time he has held a variety of positions from software engineering, to line, middle, and executive management Currently, Richard is the President of Abridge Technology, a Virginia-based company he founded in 1996. Abridge Technology provides consulting, training, support services, and appraisals in the areas of project and process improvement, and organizational change. Richard has assisted government and industry with implementing standards and multi-model frameworks since 1992. Abridge Technology is an SEI/CMU Partner and Richard is a Certified Appraiser and Instructor for various CMMI models.
Richard Lay, Infosys
Richard is an information technology leader with senior-level expertise in quality assurance, testing, software process improvement, vendor management, application development, package implementation and architecture in highly matrixed and collaborative environments. Vision and leadership have led him to consistent successes in using the IT role to align with business partners and foster future growth. Richard is known for his ability to consistently deliver high risk, high visibility projects on time and under budget with a high level of quality.
Rohit Pereira, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Rohit is a leader within Deloitte’s Health Care Technology Practice and most recently led the development of Deloitte’s ICD-10 testing methodology. He has over 12 years of experience in health care technology with significant experience leading mandate related strategy, integration and testing initiatives for Provider and Health Plan clients. Rohit has significant experience with technology strategy and leading all phases of the SDLC for large and complex business transformations. He has also provided leadership in the strategy, design and implementation of requirements, and testing Centers of Excellence (COE) models across clients in multiple industries. His system integration experience includes implementing electronic medical records (EMR) for provider organizations, core administrative system replacements, call center implementations and reform related business transformation projects. Most recently, he played a leadership role in the establishment of a healthcare focused systems analysis and testing delivery center of excellence (CoE) in India.
Shaun Bradshaw, Zenergy Technologies
Shaun Bradshaw has spent the last 14 years working with a variety of clients to improve their QA and test processes by advising, teaching, and mentoring them on the use of effective testing and test management techniques. He is the co-author, editor, and trainer of a suite of methodologies covering testing, test management, and test metrics. Shaun is a popular speaker at many of the major industry conferences and is well-known for his presentations on test metrics, the S-Curve and the Zero Bug Bounce. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science.
Shivakumar Balasubramaniyan, Cognizant
Shiva Balasubramaniyan is a career quality professional with diverse experience in global delivery and consulting for software testing and quality assurance. A thought leader experienced in transforming software testing to quality engineering for his customers, Shiva is well known for his industry insights. He has in depth IT outsourcing experience particularly in testing services and has led clients across technologies and industries to drive leadership, change management, and innovation. Shiva is a well-known speaker in many industry forums and has published several thought papers around test strategy, risk based testing, and distributed agile testing. He is currently the practice leader for Travel & Hospitality Testing for Cognizant.
Sripriya Kalyanasundaram, Cognizant
Sripriya (Priya), heads the strategy, marketing, and operations for Cognizant Testing Services. She is also responsible for business development for emerging markets. With over 15 years of experience in IT and management consulting for Fortune 100 clients across the globe, Priya’s specialties include quality management, outsourcing, new business development, SDLC, software project management, business analysis, quality assurance, vendor management, PMP, six sigma, PMO, and management consulting. Pursued as a thought leader in the field of software testing, Priya is a regular presenter at prestigious conferences such as Software Quality Engineering (SQE), QAI - Florida and Toronto, SQS - UK and Australia, Swiss Testing Day, Laboratory of Quality Software, The Netherlands. She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Stephanie Chace, Meridian Technologies
Stephanie Chace has worked in the software and technology industry for 25 years and has accumulated a wide range of experience in hardware manufacturing, software development, quality assurance, research, and data modeling. She has worked in many different roles, including hands on software, hardware, and infrastructure development with over eight years focused on people, process, and program management. Her experience spans a number of industry sectors including defense and finance, and companies from small to very large in size. For the past 14 years, Stephanie’s focus has been on developing and leading teams responsible for test automation, automation infrastructure, and quality best practice.
Terry Wiegmann, Quick Solutions, Inc.
Terry Wiegmann is a longtime software quality engineering practitioner. She is involved in both commercial and back office software development using both plan-driven and agile approaches. She is one of the few people ever to be both an IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional and an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer. She is also a Professional Scrum Product Owner, Advanced Gold Toastmaster and Ambassador for the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Terry presents and teaches frequently throughout the Midwest on quality, analysis and agile topics. As Director and People Service Line Lead with Quick Solutions, she is passionate about helping analysts and teams celebrate learning and work with agility, efficiency, and joy.
Thien-An Nguyen, Aetna
Currently serving as the QA Automation Team Lead, Thien-An Nguyen has 10 years of first-hand experience with automation in the testing industry. He has used many of the tools available from the days of Rational Robot through QuickTest Professional and most recently mobile automation tools such as Perfecto and the IVR tool Hammer CallMaster. Thien-An has a significant amount of experience and knowledge in the automation domain within both the traditional waterfall and more recent agile methodologies.
Tim Bower, Original Software
Tim Bower is a Solutions Architect for Original Software, Inc. With a career spanning 27 years in the Information Technology industry, Tim served in the British Royal Air Force and then began his IT career as a junior developer in a software house. Following this, his career has been immersed in work as a developer, tester, and business systems analyst. More recently, Tim’s passion has been with software quality and the testing industry as a whole, bringing Original Software’s products to market in the role of Solutions Architect. Tim is a respected industry specialist speaking at technical and business seminars, and presenting at a variety of industry events.
Timothy D. Walter, CIO, RMG Networks
Tim Walter is the Chief Information Officer of RMG Networks’ Mall Media Division. He leads the core team responsible for continued development, implementation, and operations. Tim works to align the company’s informational infrastructure with its data-based client approach and is also responsible for expansion and commercialization strategies for his division’s intellectual property and patent portfolio. Prior to RMG Networks, Tim served as Chief Information Officer for CrossCom National and as Director of Web Programming and Infrastructure for Uline Shipping Supplies, where he was instrumental in managing and scaling the technology responsible for the company’s explosive growth. During his career, Tim has held a number of key leadership positions in companies including Ameritech, Arthur Anderson, ServiceMaster, and Zurich American Insurance. His experience includes consumer and business websites, global Internet infrastructure, IT security, data center operations, and enterprise business applications. A recipient of the CIO magazine 2010 Award for Innovation, Tim holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Software Engineering and Project Management from DePaul University.
Todd Kuczaj, Accenture
Todd Kuczaj is a Senior Manager within Accenture's Global Testing Practice. He has been with the company for over 11 years, almost exclusively in testing/quality roles. Recently, he was the overall program lead for a new 300-person centralized testing capability at a large US financial services firm. In addition to this role, Todd conducts test assessments and provides strategic insights for various other Accenture clients. He holds a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Vic Soder, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Vic Soder is a Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Systems Integration service line, with over 20 years of experience in Deloitte’s Technology practices. He leads Deloitte’s national Application Performance Center of Expertise, specializing in application performance, system sizing, and capacity planning advisory services. Vic has provided performance and capacity planning services to a wide variety of large clients in multiple industries. He previously worked in positions with Boole & Babbage and the Institute for Software Engineering, and holds a B.S. degree in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University.
Vinkesh Mehta, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Vinkesh Mehta is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte’s Technology Practice. He has 26 years of software industry experience building robust and high performance software systems from OS to end-user applications. He currently works on a large public sector project where he has redesigned batch, online, and web services to achieve 10x or higher performance. His current focus is performance analysis, optimization, testing, monitoring and capacity planning. As a member of the OASIS consortium, Vinkesh has contributed toward the development of several SOA standards. He has published papers and has patent in the area of business process management and SOA. Vinkesh has a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Bombay.
Yolonda Kennedy, WellPoint, Inc.
Yolonda Kennedy is a result driven manager with over 14 years of experience in quality assurance, project management, QA process methodology development, and the full software development lifecycle. She has proven ability to drive organizational change to maximize processes and deliver quality systems. She currently serves as a Test Architect for WellPoint, Inc. Prior to WellPoint, Yolonda worked for PepsiCo where she was a key player in developing the Enterprise Test Center of Excellence. Yolonda holds an MBA in Information Technology and a number of testing and quality certifications. Yolonda is a frequent speaker at QA and testing conferences.