Our Speakers

Kelly Andrews Senior Developer Advocate, Nexmo

Kelly Andrews

Kelly J Andrews is a developer advocate for Nexmo and has been tinkering with computers for over 30 years, using BASIC for the first time at the age of 5.

It wasn't until building his first webpage in 1997, and trying out JavaScript for the first time that he found a true calling. Kelly now fights for JavaScript, testable code, and fast delivery.

In his free time you can find him singing karaoke, performing magic, or cheering for the Fighting Irish.

Ash Banaszek UX Associate, Union Pacific Railroad

Ash Banaszek

I am a senior UXer at Union Pacific in Omaha with over half a decade of experience in the UX field. I love melding psychology and technology; that's why I love the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience. Whether it be guest lecturing at universities, training co-workers, or speaking at tech conferences, I love to teach and try to keep my sessions as interesting as possible. At my sessions you will be asked thoughtful questions, come away with some useful information, and (perhaps) leave entertained.

Mark Bayley Penetration Tester, NIC inc

Mark Bayley

I'm a penetration tester, adjunct professor and security enthusiast. I also run the mentor program at SecKC to help others achieve their developmental and career goals within the security areas, and volunteer at a children's emergency placement foster shelter.

Jason Bock Practice Lead, Magenic

Jason Bock

Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has over 20 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages such as C#, .NET, and JavaScript. He is the author of ".NET Development Using the Compiler API", "Metaprogramming in .NET", and "Applied .NET Attributes". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp. Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

David Body President, Big Creek Software, LLC

David Body

David W. Body is a freelance software developer and data science consultant based in Des Moines, Iowa. He is available for consulting and contract work.

Jeff Scott Brown Partner, Grails and Micronaut Practice Lead , Object Computing, Inc.

Jeff Scott Brown

Jeff Scott Brown is a Partner at Object Computing, the home to numerous Open Source Software projects including Micronaut, Grails, and OpenDDS. He is one of the co-founders of the Grails and Micronaut projects and is the Grails and Micronaut Practice Lead at Object Computing. He has spent almost 25 years actively involved with OSS and has been doing JVM application development for as long as the JVM has existed. He has spent the last decade focused specifically on work related to the Grails framework, is a key contributor to the frameworks’ core development and most recently co-founded the Micronaut framework.

You can find Jeff on Twitter @jeffscottbrown (https://twitter.com/jeffscottbrown).

Matt Busche Consultant, Nationwide Insurance

Matt Busche

Husband, Dad, programmer, and speaker. Runner. Responsible and Responsive Design enthusiast. Wheel of Fortune expert. Graduate of Northern Iowa

Alain Chautard Angular Consultant, Angular Training

Alain Chautard

Alain is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies / Angular. His daily mission is to help development teams get started and become fluent with Angular.

He is the organizer of the Google Developer Group chapter in Sacramento, California, conference speaker, and published author of several video courses.

Mike Cole Principal, Cole Consulting, LLC

Mike Cole

Mike Cole is a freelance developer living in Cedar Falls, IA. He's been around the proverbial block in the IT profession and has a wide array of experience in many fields. He has several years experience with working remotely and is very familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of working out of your own home. He is incredibly lazy and is always looking for easier and more streamlined ways to solve everyday problems. His passions in life include his family, sarcastic memes, the outdoors, and always having the last word.

Kevin Cox Sr Web Developer, Tec Vector

Kevin Cox

I have been a Developer for 10 years, with backgrounds ranging through Visual Basic, C#, F# and multiple Frameworks. For the last several years, I have been working in MVC5 with C# in an Enterprise level. I also run a freelance company, and have covered supporting legacy apps all the way up to modern apps. I have really enjoyed working with MVC, and see a lot of benefits to users that have a lot of shared code, and want to utilize the benefits of simple communication between layers.

Elizabeth Davies Lead Developer, Gallup

Elizabeth Davies

An original UX enterprise developer, evolving over the past 2 decades alongside CSS and web standards. In present day, Elizabeth is a Senior Lead Developer and Accessibility Compliance Specialist at Gallup, in Omaha, Nebraska. Her passion is accessible, findable and useable websites and the pursuit of luring the unsuspecting IT professional into compliance.

Bill Dinger Solutions Architect, VMLY&R

Bill Dinger

Bill is a Solutions Architect with VML working on delivering digital solutions to our clients. Over the last 15 years Bill has worked in enterprise IT starting in the trenches on the help desk. After that, Bill spent almost a decade working in infrastructure support focusing in the Microsoft stack. Over the last 5 years Bill has been developing, architecting and leading teams of software developers with VML. During that time Bill has done everything from troubleshoot dial up connections in rural Nebraska to building the digital experiences for some of America's most well known brands.

When not working, Bill will probably be found on his bike exploring gravel roads in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Rhia Dixon Software Engineer, VeriShip

Rhia Dixon

Kansas City native, Rhia Dixon is a software engineer at a data-driven tech company where she creates backend software applications using C#/.NET, Python, AWS and a variety of other tech. While she has always been a STEM girl and holds a B.S. in Physics, her journey to the world of tech kicked off in the summer of 2017 during a full-stack web development bootcamp at the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus. Rhia has immersed herself in the KC tech community by volunteering -- both as a mentor, and as Diversity & Inclusion Director -- for Kansas City Women in Technology, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing women in technology together and encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in technology. When she’s not writing code or volunteering, Rhia is chasing her toddler, making jewelry and crafty things for www.afromotif.com, binge-watching Marvel and Harry Potter movies, or spending time making memories with family and friends.

Mike Driscoll Python Subject Matter Expert, Ag Leader Technology

Mike Driscoll

Mike Driscoll has been programming with the Python language for more than a decade. He has also been an active user and documenter of the wxPython GUI toolkit for almost as long as he's been using Python. When Mike isn't programming for work, he writes about Python on his blog. Mike is also a contributor to Real Python. He has worked with Packt Publishing and No Starch Press as a technical reviewer for their books. Finally, Mike is the author of several books on the Python programming language.

Brian Gorman Lead .Net Developer, Far Reach

Brian Gorman

I am an experienced .Net developer with MCSA: Web App Certification, MCSD: App Builder, and MCT certifications. I have a masters of science degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science. I also have many years of experience instructing college courses online in SQL databases, C#/VB .Net programming, Java programming, and Microsoft Office. I have created many online technical training courses that can be found on various platforms like O'Reilly/InfiniteSkills, Udemy, and others. I also run MajorGuidanceSolutions, a training and consulting company ,while working fulltime as a .Net developer.

Chad Green Data & Solutions Architect, ProgressiveHealth

Chad Green

Chad Green is a manager, software developer, architect, community leader, and most importantly a father and husband. Chad works as the Data & Solution Architect for ProgressiveHealth where he manages the application development team which is responsible for crafting software solutions for the various company affiliates located across the country, which provides health and wellness solutions in the healthcare and industrial service settings. Over the years, Chad has managed groups from 5 to 63 people and worked on projects in a wide range of markets including healthcare, military, government, workforce management, financial services, chemical research, and electronic commerce.

One of the ways Chad has kept up with technology and development practices is by attending user groups and software development events throughout the country. Being a big believer in giving back and wanting to ensure that there are cool events for other software development professionals, Chad founded and chairs the annual Code PaLOUsa conference, organizes the Louisville .NET Meetup user group and the Monthly Tech Leader Coffee and Discussion, and has helped with other groups like the Louisville Tech Ladies and events like Cincy Day of Agile. Chad also speaks at user groups and conferences about .NET development, DevOps, Serverless, and leadership.

Scott Grimes Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes is a Software Engineer with 19 years of experience on DoD Projects working in the Omaha area as a Software Engineer and Product Owner, and is an experienced Agile software developer. Scott is a Co-Organizer of the Agile for Defense group in Bellevue, NE, and an advocate for Agile practices. Scott works as the Chief Product Owner for the Global Adaptive Planning project at USSTRATCOM, and is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM and CSP-PO), as well as a PMI-Agile Certified Professional. Scott has a MS in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Mary Grygleski Developer Advocate, IBM

Mary Grygleski

Mary is currently a Java Developer Advocate for IBM Cognitive Applications Group, specializing in Reactive Java systems. She has been riding the software tech waves since 1989, starting with Unix and C, then set sail for Java, open source, and web in the new Millennium, and now venturing into reactive, mobile, and the DevOps space. In her previous incarnations, she worked for several technology product companies in the Route 128 Boston Technology Corridor as well the San Francisco Bay Area. She now resides in the Greater Chicago area, and is an Executive Board member and the Director of Meetings for the Chicago Java Users Group (CJUG). Mary continues to be amazed by how software innovations can dramatically transform our lives. She can't wait to see what the next tech wave will be like.

Robert Hedgpeth Senior Developer Advocate, Mobile & IoT, Couchbase, Inc.

Robert Hedgpeth

Rob Hedgpeth has been slinging code since the early 2000's. Like many others, he started his journey by building pretty horrendous looking websites. Fortunately, for the world, he has since evolved and has branched out to a variety of projects across web, desktop, mobile, and IoT. During his time at Xamarin and Microsoft he contributed to the architecture and development of many mobile apps using native and cross-platform development platforms. Now as a developer advocate for Couchbase, Rob gets to combine his love for technology with his mission to fuel developers' curiosity and passion. In his free time you can find Rob failing to control his dogs, getting utterly dismantled at Overwatch, or trying to convince himself that he actually enjoys working out.

Courtney Heitman Scrum Master & UX Developer, Gallup

Courtney  Heitman

Courtney's passion for the web all started with teaching her 11-year-old self how to write CSS on a dial-up internet connection on a farm in rural Iowa. Since then she has been in a myriad of positions including a Flash developer for several higher ed institutions, a Joomla developer, a brief stint as a server admin, a designer, a full stack developer, and a project manager. Currently, Courtney is a UX Developer, Scrum Master, and Accessibility Compliance Specialist for Gallup in Omaha, Nebraska. Her passion is making a web that is usable and accessible to all.

Evan Hennis Software Engineer

Evan Hennis

Evan is a Google Developer Expert in Machine learning. He has a computer science degree from Iowa State and a master's degree from Georgia Tech with a specialization in machine learning. He has been writing .NET code for the last 15 years.

Ken Hill IT Manager, UMB

Ken Hill

I am driven to learn tools and solve problems using those tools. I am a Mathematician at heart and a Software Engineer by trade. I have been a software developer for most of my life. I started programming when I was still in elementary school on an Apple II. I have worked on Timex/Sinclair, Apple, Commodore, IBM PC, IBM System/390, HP Tandem, systems. I have programmed in BASIC, Visual Basic, Fortran, Cobol, Mark IV, IBM Assembly, x86 Assembly, C#, JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby and more.

Billy Hollis

Billy Hollis

Billy Hollis is recognized as a trailblazer in user experience design (UX). He believes superior UX design contributes to an organization’s competitive position, bringing both tangible, measurable value and intangible value. He developed a process with formulas that quantify UX benefits, and his Next Version Systems’ team applies this process for every project.

Billy and his team go beyond traditional user experience design by having deep technical expertise. They can both ideate and create modern innovative user experiences, providing seamless development from initial exploration to finished product.

Billy quite literally wrote the book on .NET programming, writing the first chapter of the first book published on .NET. He is well-versed in the full Microsoft stack and other technology ecosystems—singularly positioning Next Version to help you make platform decisions, design and architect your new applications, and then deliver a software solution with high and lasting ROI.

Industry thought leader

Billy speaks frequently at major conferences, and is widely regarded as an influential voice on technology directions, best practices, effective architectures, and helping developers achieve their potential. He works with multiple teams at Microsoft to help them design and craft products, and has been recognized by Microsoft both in their prestigious, business oriented Regional Director program and their technical Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program.

Business leadership

Billy Hollis may very well be second-to-none in his ability to train development and design teams to reach their greatest potential.

Billy brings tremendous passion for helping teams become better at their jobs. Guiding dev teams to stay on the right path. Never limiting the scope of what you can achieve. He is not satisfied to train a team on the minutia of technology. He insists on challenging them to be better developers who create more valuable applications faster.

Devin Kelly-Collins Senior Software Engineer, Artisan Technology Group

Devin Kelly-Collins

Devin is a full-stack engineer with a passion for learning new approaches to problems. In working at Artisan he has been involved in wide variety of projects that used various technologies and frameworks. His favorite area to work in is the front-end but he hasn't been able to pick between Angular, React, or Elm as his favorite framework.

Billy Korando Developer Advocate, IBM

Billy Korando

Billy is a developer advocate with IBM and has over a decade of experience. Billy is passionate about finding ways to reduce mental capacity waste from tedious work; such as project initation, deployment, testing and validation, and so on through automation and good management practices. Outside of work Billy enjoy traveling, playing kickball, and having his heartbroken by cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Seth Larson Engineering Team Lead, Raven Industries

Seth Larson

A software engineer in the Ag industry with experience working on web applications/services, IoT, and embedded applications. Organizer of South Dakota Code Camp and Sioux Falls Developer's Group. Currently focused on keeping a team moving forward, modernizing and instrumenting a cloud products codebase spanning multiple languages and platforms.

David Lindner Director, Application Security, Contrast Security

David Lindner

David Lindner is the Director, Application Security at Contrast Security. David is an experienced Application Security Professional with over 18 years of experience in the computer security industry. During this time, David has worked within multiple disciplines in the security field, from application development, network architecture design and support, IT security and consulting, security training, and application security. Over the past 10+ years, David has specialized in all things related to mobile applications and securing them. David has supported many different clients including financial, government, automobile, healthcare, and retail. In his spare time, David hones his Mobile and IoT testing skills by participating in numerous bug bounties.

Joel Lord Developer Advocate, Red Hat

Joel Lord

Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things but most of all, he likes to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe. He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart for a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry. As a Developer Advocate at Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them make the web a better place. During his free time, he is usually found stargazing in a camping site somewhere.

James McKee Developer Security, Trimble

James McKee

James is a developer and security advocate whose biggest responsibility is leading developer security practices. He sets the standards and procedures for how the practice operates, and leads all client engagement efforts with regard to security. He also takes the lead in making sure that company staff (developers specifically) are properly trained and following best practices with regard to application security. In his current position he is responsible for the training and providing product guidence for developers across the world.

James also acts as a system and application architect, and oftentimes he evaluates application design as part of the security audits he performs. In a past life James was responsible for Architecting and developing solutions on multimillion implementation efforts. Key clients included the Eight Fortune 500 companies (Seven in the Fortune 100), as well as several well known non-profits and leaders in their industries. Vertices served included healthcare, transportation, financial services, retail, insurance, and energy.

Website: Punkcoder.com
Twitter: @punkcoder

Brian McKeiver Co-Owner, BizStream

Brian McKeiver

Brian McKeiver is Co-Owner & Solutions Architect at BizStream, a software development company in Allendale, MI. He has over 17 years of experience leading his agency of more than 30+ employees, about a hundred clients spread out across North America, and one heck of an interesting story of how it all started from a two-person team. In addition to his expertise in web development, integration, and digital marketing, Brian is active with the tech community via his blog at Mcbeev.com.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate costly duplication and repetitive processes so more important things can be done. He enjoys teaching others through his random blog posts and by speaking at conferences on topics ranging from DevOps to Xamarin. When not behind a computer screen he can be found sharing his love of SCUBA and all things underwater with new divers at the pool or through his underwater videos and photos.

Ashish Pandey

Ashish Pandey

Ashish Pandey, a systems application developer at Gallup and a graduate from Northwest Missouri State University, have gained experience for around 4+ years working on various technologies and.NET, I have always been fascinated towards the security of networks and practicing to be an expert in understanding and prohibiting the possible flaws while developing code in this fast-paced technological world. Apart from that, I keep interests in writing poems, painting, adventuring, volunteering, giving talks and I admire astrophysics as I see there are a lot of questions yet to be answered.

Rajneesh Ranjan United States, John Deere

Rajneesh Ranjan

I'm Senior Technology Architect at John Deere with specialization in RESTFul API/ Microservices and API Security and OAuth.

Avery Regier Operations Staff Engineer, Deere & Company

Avery Regier

Avery has been building and supporting large systems for two decades. His recent focus has been on finding themes for why systems fail, and building practical solutions.

Lee Robinson Senior Software Engineer, E-Commerce, Hy-Vee

Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson is a Senior Software Engineer at Hy-Vee, a $10 billion dollar grocery chain in the Midwest. His primary focus is developing Aisles Online, Hy-Vee's e-commerce grocery shopping platform, which serves millions of customers every year. Outside of his normal work as an engineer, he helps attract and recruit the best talent to support Hy-Vee's ambitious growth. Prior to Hy-Vee, Lee worked as an engineer at Workiva (NYSE:WK) - a cloud provider of connected data, reporting, and compliance solutions. Lee enjoys all things technology, music, and photography/videography.

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Scott Sauber Professional Software Consultant, Lean TECHniques

Scott Sauber

I'm a Professional Software Consultant at Lean TECHniques using ASP.NET Core, JavaScript, and forgetting how to vertically align stuff in CSS. I'm a consistently inconsistent blogger at scottsauber.com

Lindsey Schacherer Business Analyst, Corteva AgriScience

Christine Seeman Software Engineer, Flywheel

Christine Seeman

Christine is from Omaha, Nebraska where she works as a full stack Ruby on Rails engineer at Flywheel, WordPress hosting for creatives. She has 12 years experience as a Java software engineer with a focus on APIs, micro-services, and incorporating security through the whole SDLC and took the plunge into Ruby last year. In her spare time she is an avid long form reader, lover of all true-crime podcasts and is attempting to work through the primary Ashtanga yoga series.

Yair Segal CEO/ Chief architect, Peach Software Inc

Yair Segal

Yair Segal CEO/ Chief Architect Peach Software Inc. Kansas City, MO Yair has being coding since 2nd grade in Basic. For the past 10 years Yair has being developing web and mobile applications using C# and C++. As a passionate coder you can often find him coding at 4AM on weekends. He has a bachelor in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. In 2008 after moving into a manager position Yair started Peach Software Inc. to provide residual income (Motorcycle Money) and keep his coding skills up to date. Since 2010 he is the chief software architect and CEO of Peach Software Inc. In addition to his work, Yair is a regular contributor/sponsor to several local tech events and conferences. In his free time Yair likes to ride his motorcycle, play basketball, cross fit training, and obstacle mud runs. He can be reached at: ysegal@mypeachsoftware.com

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

Mitchel Sellers, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, Inc. an Ankeny, Iowa based software consulting organization. Mitchel enjoys sharing his experiences with others at local events and conferences. As a consultant and former educator, Mitchel tries to take a real-world approach to software development presentations. When not working with code you will find him flying around the US.

Ross Sickora Software Engineer, Principal Financial Group

Ross Sickora

I just like to learn stuff. I work with teams at Principal Financial Group to cultivate a more curious nature to the way we build our products. I enjoy sharing experiences rather than lessons.

I've spent the last 7 years of my career in software engineering, and I'm a huge people nerd. I love learning more about people, how they work best together, and helping them get the most from eachother.

Micah Silverman Senior Developer Advocate, Okta

Micah Silverman

Micah Silverman is a Senior Developer Advocate for Okta. With 24 years of Java Experience (yup, that's from the beginning), he's authored numerous articles, co-authored a Java EE book and spoken at many conferences. He's a maker, who's built full size MAME arcade cabinets and repaired old electronic games. He brings his love of all things Java and Developer Evangelism to a conference near you!

Bailey Steinfadt Owner and Lead Engineer, Stone Path Engineering LLC

Bailey Steinfadt

Longtime computer and electrical engineer in the ag industry that recently started her own consulting and contracting business. She can prototype, consult, or train on embedded systems and custom electronics.

Dennis Stepp Quality Assurance Engineer, Lirio, LLC.

Dennis Stepp

I am a Quality Assurance Engineer at Lirio in Knoxville, TN. I'm also a game/web developer with Unibear Studio, and stage manager/web developer with the Earl Park Fall Festival Foundation. My interests include: process and workflow optimization, automation, JAMstack technologies, software architecture, object oriented languages, and game development. I also collect retro PC/console video games, dabble in gardening and woodworking. I have a passion for craft beer. I play recreational hockey to get my aggression out.

Jeremy Suing Design Studio Project Manager, UNL - Raikes School

Jeremy Suing

Jeremy Suing is the Jeffrey S. Raikes School Senior Project Manager for Design Studio and a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Suing has been involved in management and development of enterprise software systems for more than 20 years, working in both large corporate and educational environments. He has been with the Raikes School since 2005 and has helped manage more than 200 projects with nearly 100 unique sponsoring entities. Mr. Suing has received the Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Developer designations from the ScrumAlliance. Prior to joining the Raikes School, Mr. Suing had 7 years of software engineering and project management experience working directly with ERP software solutions for Oracle USA, Inc. (formerly J.D. Edwards & Company and then PeopleSoft, Inc.). He has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Denver and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Nate Taylor Aviture

Nate Taylor

Armed with over 15 years of experience and a passion for his profession, Nate is no stranger to developing quality software applications. He applies his expertise in C++, Java, .Net and JavaScript, and his focus on test driven development (TDD) and clean code, to write revenue-generating applications. Nate has the expertise to work solo and the personality to work alongside a larger team. His work positively impacts a variety of industries, from small startups to Fortune 50 businesses. When he’s not working at Aviture, speaking at a conference, or creating courses on Pluralsight, you can find Nate training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spending time with his wife, kids and herds of cats, rabbits and other pets at home.

Joel Tosi Hands-On Coach, Dojo & Co

Joel Tosi

Just a dude trying to help out people and teams that are trying to learn and create interesting products. With experience in dev, architecture, management, and product - I try to help teams communicate more effectively and build their products in a maintainable way that allows room for product discovery.

Harley Waldstein Software Developer, Gallup

Harley Waldstein

Harley is a software developer at Gallup, a company that provides analytics and advice about everything that matters. He has been a developer for 5 years. During that time he has written miles of C# and SQL, built a self-driving boat, created several toy programming languages, and otherwise earned his geek credentials. While not at work he enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy, scraping web sites to do weird data science, and singing in choirs.

Mat Warger Senior Consultant, Keyhole Software

Mat Warger

Mat Warger is a senior consultant with Keyhole Software. He enjoys learning new concepts and has leveraged this curiosity in positions ranging from startups to the enterprise over the past decade. He can be found chasing the latest and (sometimes) greatest in a wide range of languages and platforms, including React, GraphQL, and the cloud. Find him on twitter @mwarger.

Diana Williams Director Agile Coaching, Project Brilliant

Diana Williams

Diana Williams is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with Project Brilliant. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, providing enterprise level Agile coaching. She is a passionate learner and teacher. Diana oversaw systems that had several billions of dollars’ flow through them. Her teams have recognized significant productivity gains, improved quality, and better predictability. She is empathic with her teams and stakeholders, helping them achieve things they did not realize were possible. She has received numerous praise from her clients and teams. When Diana is not coaching teams or leading projects, she is very family focused. She especially loves spending time with her grandchildren. As a mother and grandmother, she is an advocate for women working in technology.

Dave Woodward Co-Founder, Salte

Dave Woodward

I am a career technologist with a passion for learning as well as teaching and mentoring others. In my 22 years in the business, I have served in a variety of roles and worked with a wide range of technologies. In the past 12 years I have led Enterprise Architecture for two large organizations in the financial services sector. In both cases, I led very action-oriented teams that provided equal amounts of thought and execution leadership. In my most recent position, there were simultaneous pushes to move certain applications to the public cloud, embrace infrastructure as code, and fully-automate application deployments. As a result, I played a key role in establishing an initial IT Strategy for leveraging and governing the use of the public cloud, establishing a framework for infrastructure automation, and designing a CI/CD Reference Architecture to support the company's desire to embrace DevOps. In all three cases, my role was not simply to design, document, and socialize. Rather, I embraced a hands-on role and personally developed several reference implementations as a way to validate my designs and educate those who came behind me. Similarly, in another recent assignment where I served as Chief Architect, I led the evaluation, selection and onboarding of both an enterprise service bus and an API gateway platform; including implementing end to end security and seamless integration with the company's SSO infrastructure. My hands-on approach to each of these situations has enabled me to gain a lot of practical insight into what works well, what doesn't, and why. It has also given me some perspective on the tools and technologies that work well and how best to apply them to a given situation. Over the past 12 years I've spent a lot of time sharing these insights and perspectives internally through special training events and lunch and learns. Now, as I seek to become more entreprenurial, I am looking for opportunities to share them with the broader IT community here in central Iowa and beyond.

John Wright Senior Software Developer, Stack Overflow

John Wright

John M. Wright has been a professional software developer for about 18 years, gaining experience ranging from “shrink-wrapped” software to large, distributed networks using multiple platforms and technologies. His experience spans the entire software lifecycle and though he has experience in a management role, his passion lives in writing high-quality, clean code while providing leadership through technical direction and mentorship.

He enjoys sharing his experiences with automated testing, mocking frameworks, and static analysis tools, or guiding other developers through the darker crevices of the .NET framework, while also learning from his peers’ experiences -- helping everyone "level up" as a team. He has a pragmatic approach to and a heavy interest in continuous improvement of people, process, and product. He's currently applying that experience as a Senior Software Developer at Stack Overflow on the Internal Development team.