Luminary Leaders


 
 

Shawn Adamson, Comcast Business Vice President

Shawn Adamson is the Vice President of Comcast Business for Comcast's Mile High Region. Comcast Business provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management. Shawn is responsible for delivering Comcast's innovative commercial solutions throughout Colorado and New Mexico. She has nearly 20 years of management experience in telecom and technology. Prior to Comcast, she served as Regional Vice President for XO Communications. Shawn has been honored and recognized for many awards including one of Utah Business Magazine's 30 Women to Watch, Trustee of the Year from Utah's Technology Industry and Technology Trailblazer from the Women Tech Awards.

 
   

Eleanor Allen, ARCADIS Global Director of Water

Ms. Allen is responsible for the global water business for ARCADIS. ARCADIS is a leading global organization providing consulting, design, engineering, management, and operations services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. They enhance mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance between the built and natural environments. With 22,000 employees and more than €2.4 billion in revenues, ARCADIS has an extensive global network supported by strong local market positions. As the #1 International Design Firm in Water (ENR 2013), ARCADIS provides value for clients in water supply and treatment, water management, water for industry, and conveyance.

Ms. Allen has over 20 years of experience working in the water industry and she has lived and worked all over the world, with a particular emphasis in Latin America. She is a Professional Engineer and experienced in Program Management as well as planning, design, and construction of water/wastewater infrastructure projects and programs for municipal and industrial clients. 

 

Ingrid Alongi, Quick Left Chief People Officer

Ingrid, a Boulder native, began her career in web development while in graduate school in San Diego in the late 1990s. Throughout her career, she gained experience building and running engineering teams as well as working with and managing clients. As soon as she had the chance, she moved back to Boulder in 2007 to work in the budding startup scene, which soon led to the re-creation of Quick Left and she is now the Chief People Officer. When not at work, she likes being outdoors on her bike or in the forest nordic skiing. She is an accomplished track cyclist with 4 national Master's titles. She also speaks on issues about start ups and women in technology.

   

Betty Arkel, Holland & Hart Partner

Ms. Arkell is a partner at Holland & Hart with over 35 years of experience as a corporate and securities lawyer. Her clients include established and emerging growth companies as well as venture capital and other private equity funds. She specializes in venture capital and private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, acquisition finance, corporate restructurings, and general corporate counseling. She also has experience in the formation of private and public venture capital funds.
Ms. Arkell's prior employment experience includes almost ten years in the Venture Capital/Leveraged Buyout Group of Kirkland & Ellis, where she was a partner. Ms. Arkell was counsel to the Venture Capital Association of Colorado at the time of its formation.


 

Jana Axline, Axline Solutions Chief Project Officer

Jana Axline, PMP, has a Bachelors of Science in International Business and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance. It was during her Masters program Jana discovered her passion for leadership and project management. She has worked in many different industries, allowing her to see leadership in various forms. At Target, Jana became a student of employee engagement, seeking to understand what keeps employees happy and what could be done to reduce employee turnover. She became an IT enterprise program manager at Cigna where she headed up multi-million dollar programs. Now, Jana is the Chief Project Officer at Axline Solutions; an organization that helps companies implement their great ideas. Jana is the author of “Becoming You”, a guide to building your personal strategy. Jana travels internationally speaking on employee engagement, strategic planning and other leadership topics.


 

Eileen Baines, Senior Technology Executive

As a Senior Technology Executive with 20 years of experience delivering innovative technology solutions to solve challenging business problems, Eileen is hard-wired to take Fortune 500 companies from “good to great” by leading complex, large-scale global business solutions and leveraging technology to automate, modernize, and simplify business processes.

Eileen is a driven and improvement-focused leader with the skills, experience and a successful track record of leading large-scale technology transformation programs. Her ability to develop a strategic action plan and execute that plan from concept to completion enabled her to transform and deliver a flawless system conversion to support a multi-billion dollar asset conversion and a multi-million dollar revenue stream.

Eileen identifies and capitalizes on opportunities to solve problems and make significant process improvements to industry leaders. She is highly-regarded for her impressive success rate in change management and transformation initiatives at companies including Western Union, Janus Capital Group, JPMorgan and Accenture. 


   

Christine Binnicker, City and County of Denver Deputy Chief Information Officer

Christine (Chris) is the Deputy CIO for Technology Services at the City and County of Denver.  She is directly responsible for an application portfolio of over 300 Enterprise and Business applications, Enterprise Architecture, and Project and Portfolio Management.  At any one time, Technology Services typically has over $30 million of projects in flight.  Chris has indirect responsibility for managing the day to day operations of the entire department, 300 employees strong.

Chris started her career in the private sector working in the Accounting field and quickly transitioned into Information Technology.  She was instrumental in the creation of an in-house IT department for Paper Warehouse, Inc. on a national level and went on to be the IS Director for a sporting goods retailer in Colorado.  After a brief stint as an IT instructor for Cambridge College, she started with the City and County of Denver in 2000.  She worked on the original implementation of PeopleSoft and has taken on many roles and projects within Technology Services since.  One highlight was Denver’s 311 initiative that went live in 2006, in which she served as the City’s project manager for the constituent relationship management software implementation and there have been many more highlights since.

Chris attended college at the University of Notre Dame and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an Accounting minor.  She loves digging razor clams on the beaches of the Northwest, golfing, puzzles, and is an avid supporter of Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels.


   

Rose Blackburn, QuantumPM Chief Executive Officer

Rose Blackburn is CEO and one of the founding partners of QuantumPM, Inc., an Englewood-based technology company. QuantumPM provides consulting services and cloud solutions for customers throughout North America. The company began with a focus on building solutions to help customers manage their portfolio of projects and have since expanded to incorporate business intelligence and dashboards for operations and projects across any customer line of business.

Rose’s background is in project portfolio management, telecommunications and information systems development. Her career has included leadership assignments within the United States and Europe. She holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and has earned a Masters in Technology Management from the University of Denver. She also received a Masters certificate in program management from the University of Denver. 


   

Kim Brown, ARCADIS Vice President of Information Technology

As Vice President Information Technology at ARCADIS U.S., Kim Brown is responsible for all ARCADIS U.S. business enablement, support services, communication & training, business applications, engineering applications, and program management office.  She is an experienced and accomplished business leader with outstanding achievements in the management and operations of IT systems that delivered cost savings, increased profitability, on-time project management and improved customer satisfaction.  Since joining ARCADIS U.S. in March 2012, Kim has been overseeing project efforts underway for ERP and Payroll systems. as well as a number of Engineering applications.   She successfully rolled out several new services in HR Systems, Pipeline Management, Business Intelligence, Contract Lifecycle Management, and Proposal Response Generation.  Kim is responsible for the day to day operations of North America IT and is part of the effort to build a global IT organization and define global service offerings to her customers.  She was also in the role of acting CIO of EMEUK while the company searched for a permanent replacement.

Kim  was Vice President of IT at IHS, Inc., where she was responsible for global internal business applications, project management, compliance, mergers and acquisitions for technology, web site center of excellence, and business intelligence. She founded and led the Women in Leadership organization at IHS. Kim has also been Director of IT at Bill Barrett Corporation and Oracle, and HR Manager at Informix Software. 

Kim currently chairs the Women in Technology program for the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and is a member of the Women’s Network steering committee for ARCADIS North America. 


   

Aimee Cohen, Author of Woman Up!

Aimee Cohen is a Keynote Speaker, Career Expert, and Bestselling Author of WOMAN UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success.

For more than 20 years, and a nearly 100% success rate, Aimee empowers women to pull on those “big-girl panties” and take control of their careers.

She owns Cohen Career Consulting, writes for the Denver Business Journal, facilitates a leadership program for executive women, has appeared on Denver’s Channels 4, 7, and 9 News, Fox News NY, and HuffPostLive, numerous national radio shows, has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Glamour and the Denver Post, and is an Outstanding Women in Business Award nominee. 


   

Monica Coughlin, Colorado Office of Information Technology Chief Strategy Officer

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Monica Coughlin is responsible for the development and execution of OIT’s overall organizational strategy ensuring alignment with the Governor’s Office and agencies’ goals. She is also focused on attracting, growing and retaining IT jobs and businesses in Colorado and supporting the Secretary of Technology in promoting Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers. In addition, her efforts are also focused on defining the overall broadband strategy for the State of Colorado and promoting coordination and collaboration activities across the state.

Monica brings more than 15 years experience in the IT industry with proven strategy development, business operations and program/project management expertise. Prior to joining OIT, she was the Chief of Staff for Oracle’s Global IT Service Operations, the organization responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide.  In this role, Monica was responsible for driving strategic goal alignment, organizational readiness, employee enablement and communications throughout the organization of 600+ employees.  She also worked several years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. holding a variety of business, people and project management roles within IT Operations and Services. 

Monica has a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Regis University in Denver. She also completed the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50 for Colorado Leadership Program. Monica is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal's 2013 Forty Under 40 awards and the 2015 StateScoop 50 Award for Golden Gov State Executive of the Year and was also a finalist in the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Woman in Tech of the Year award in 2013.

Monica is a member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation Board of Directors and is a previous member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Associate Board where she has volunteered with their Sports Buddies Program for more than 10 years.

 
   

Ritee Dieken, WellDyneRx QA Director

Ritee has been in QA Management for over 10 years and has quality assurance experience of over 18 years.  Ritee started her career in Quality Assurance in preparation of the Y2K boom and has not lost her passion for quality since. She currently leads WellDyneRx’s Software Quality Assurance team.  She has experience designing, implementing and coaching test life cycle processes. Her testing experience includes the DOD, financial, insurance, and telecom industries.  Ritee has held multiple roles while in QA that include automated testing, manual testing, load and performance testing, process set up and improvement and management. Outside of her career, Ritee spends her time caring for her five daughters, working with animal rescues, and is a licensed foster parent. 

 
   

Rachel Donaldson, Zayo VP, People. Culture. Brand

Rachael Donaldson currently serves as Vice President of the People.Culture.Brand team at Zayo Group. In this role, she is responsible for cultivating talent and building a culture that inspires collaboration, diversity, innovation and creativity. She oversees the global management of Zayo’s advertising, brand, events and sponsorships, marketing business intelligence, media, public relations and community outreach.

Rachael draws on her extensive experience in consumer strategy, creative research and technology innovation to evolve the landscape of Zayo’s global brand. Throughout her career, she has helped guide some of the world’s leading brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Alibaba.com, The North Face, Luxottica and more. Prior to joining Zayo, she served as Vice President and Head of New Business at Made Movement in Boulder, CO.

Rachael earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado Denver. She is currently a faculty member of Boulder Digital Works and sits on the Colorado Ad Club Board of Directors.

 
 

Caitlyn Fagan, Zenman Chief Executive Officer

Caitlyn has spent nearly a decade in the Digital Marketing Industry and has a variety of professional experience in marketing and media operations, process improvement, interactive marketing and project management. Caitlyn started her career as a Social Media Marketing Manager for a small agency in Littleton, Colorado where she was able to showcase her passion for helping to grow small businesses by creating and telling their stories on a variety of social networking platforms. She joined Zenman in 2012 and has held multiple roles there, including Project Manager, Director of Operation and most recently, Chief Executive Officer.  

As CEO, Caitlyn is responsible for making sure Zenman's vision is realized and carried out every single day by creating an environment that fosters the company's core principals. She works to ensure that the focus is always on excellence and relationship-based business operations, in an effort to produce award-winning and innovative work for each client. 

 
   

Amy Fowler Stadler, Lewis Fowler Founder/Managing Partner

Amy co-founded Lewis Fowler in 2002. Today, our clients benefit from her 25-plus years in the business and technology industry and her love of strategy, technology solutions, IT performance measurement and program recovery. In her words, "I intimately care about every aspect of these connections—from problem solving and supporting our customers' career growth to overseeing our delivery.” Amy earned her B.S. in Computer Science from Illinois State University and has advanced studies in technology management. Prior to launching Lewis Fowler, she directed Qwest's $100M E-Commerce Program Management Office and consulted with $3 billion Perot Systems (now Dell), helping develop their PMO practice, rebrand the firm, and implement PMOs for Fortune 500 companies. Beyond work, she invests her time in her family, fitness and service as a board member/supporter of several philanthropic organizations.
 

   

Hilary Fox, ADVODA Communications President & Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Fox brings nearly 20 years of executive, technical, and operations experience to the ADVODA senior leadership team. Hilary developed the operational management tools for the ADVODA agent channel that have become the fundamental basis for ADVODA’s operational modality, and as COO she is now responsible for all day-to-day operations.

Prior to her 13 years with ADVODA, Hilary held roles in sales and business development for Pentastar Communications and planning for the Lower Colorado River Authority. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and has nearly 1,000 individual recommendations on LinkedIn - a testament to her diverse capabilities and positive impact on those around her.

 
   

Chandy Ghosh, Intrado Inc. Executive Vice President, Technology

As the Executive Vice President of Technology at Intrado, Chandy is responsible for the technical operations of the company’s Public Safety Solutions and the Information Technology department.  Ms. Ghosh and her teams deliver technology for the 9-1-1 solutions footprint in the U.S., in support of the Wireline, Mobility and Government Solutions divisions. She leads the Enterprise Architecture, PMO, Information Security, Network Engineering, Applications, Infrastructure & Compliance teams, as well as the Service Desk and Network Operations Center.  Her teams are located across northern America in Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Montreal.

Prior to joining Intrado, Ms. Ghosh served in several leadership positions including VP of Customer Digital Strategy at CenturyLink; Global Head of Product Delivery at GWS/Johnson Controls; and CIO at CQG.  She has been a Principal Consultant at KPMG-BearingPoint, Hawaiian Telco, Ball Corp, Corporate Express, Jeppesen-Boeing, and others. She was also responsible for leading IT Architecture, Network Reliability and Network Dispatch systems at Qwest.

Ms. Ghosh is frequently invited to speak at industry events such as the Colorado Technology Association Women’s in Technology, 2014; Women-in-Leadership Forum; IBM Pulse; Oracle Leaders Circle; Accenture Women Leaders. She is especially passionate about mentoring women and minorities and serving as a role model for the next generation of technology leaders.

Ms. Ghosh earned a Masters of Science degree in Physics, Chemistry and Math from Jadavpur University, and MBA, Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.  She is a recipient of the Gold Medal for Academics, India. She belongs to Phi Beta Gamma, Women’s Vision Foundation and CXO organization, Wise Women.

 

 
 

Sherri Hammons, IQNavigator CTO

Sherri Hammons is one of the most accomplished women in Colorado’s technology field, highlighted by her recent role leading Colorado’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), her earlier roles as a senior executive at PaySimple and Abacus, and her current role as CTO of IQNavigator. She has been a true innovator and a respected leader in each phase of her career. Hammons’ reputation as an effective technology officer originated with her work at Abacus and then as CTO of Colorado-based PaySimple. This led to the opportunity to be CTO for the entire State of Colorado when she joined the Hickenlooper administration to lead the Office of Information Technology. Hammons tackled this new role with the same sharp strategic vision, commitment to innovation and effective leadership that made her so successful in prior roles. She led a number of major, awarded initiatives for the state, and is widely respected for the work she did to position the state for technology competitiveness. Hammons recently returned to the private sector, joining IQNavigator as CTO. IQNavigator develops enterprise software to manage contingent workers such as contractors, freelancers and temps.

 
   

Amanda Heintze, EKS&H Manager in Risk Advisory

Amanda Heintze is manager in EKS&H’s risk advisory service area. With 11 years of internal control and concentrated process evaluation experience, she specializes in internal control documentation, assessment, and auditing, and SOC audits in a variety of industries including third-party administrators, SaaS, IaaS, application service providers, financial/banking, data center, managed services, and trust administrators. She has certifications in CIA, CISA, CRISC, and PCI-QSA, and serves as a member of the Board of Governors, Institute of Internal Auditors – Denver Chapter. Amanda earned a BS Accounting, Concentration in Internal Audit from Louisiana State University.

   

Lisa Jasper, Thought Ensemble Co-Founder and Author

Lisa Jasper is an entrepreneur, business owner and consultant who is passionate about helping companies solve hard technology problems. She co-founded Thought Ensemble in 2008 to help companies compete more effectively using technology strategy. As technology has become a strategic imperative for every business, the work that Thought Ensemble does has evolved significantly and elevated in criticality. Their "Ensemble" approach is a unique way of working within their company and with their clients to develop and accelerate strategies that stick.

In 2011, Lisa co-authored a book titled Reboot: Competing with Technology Strategy, in which she and Jim Smelley discuss how the landscape has changed for technology organizations over the years, and offer a practical approach for strategic planning.

Lisa’s technology and management consulting experience spans twenty years of working with C-level executives across industries including insurance, utilities, telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, non-profit, manufacturing, retail, information services and software. Her specialty over the last decade has primarily been focused on organization design and development, specifically focused on large technology (IT and/or software engineering) organizations.

Lisa is passionate about working with people and organizations who are not only excited about how technology can change businesses and industries, but who also want to take the future head on.

 
   

Marina Johnson, HSS Inc. CIO

Marina Johnson is the CIO at HSS Inc., one of the nation’s leading outsourcing firms for aviation, government, healthcare security and medical equipment management. HSS has over 3,400 employees serving hundreds of customers in more than 15 states.

As CIO, Johnson is responsible for researching, evaluating, selecting, and implementing cost-effective technology strategies that make the company and its employees more productive and competitive. She and her team support all HSS information systems and IT infrastructure in the headquarters and remote offices, including telecommunications, networks, collaboration and communication systems, and the Security Operations Center, which provides 24/7 dispatch and monitoring services to customers in multiple states.

Johnson joined HSS in 2001 as IT Director, starting the company’s first centralized IT Department and standardizing its technology across HSS divisions and locations. She was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2005.

Because HSS provides outsourcing services to its customers, Johnson believes in using that business model for many IT functions. As a result, in 2002, HSS was among the first companies to go to the “cloud” for its critical data applications. In 2007, Johnson directed the transfer of all technology to the new HSS corporate headquarters in Denver with only 10 minutes of downtime during the overnight move. In 2011, HSS beta tested, and adopted, Microsoft Office 365. Recent projects overseen by Johnson and her team include launching a business intelligence system and updating the HSS corporate office network infrastructure.

She is a member of, among others, the Board of Society for Information Management, Colorado Chapter, the Industry Advisory Council at Regis University (School of Computer & Information Sciences), the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado IT Symposium Advisory Committee and the Governing Body, Colorado CIO Executive Summit Advisory Board. Johnson was one of three finalists for the prestigious Colorado Technology Association Apex Award-CIO of the Year for 2014.

Johnson earned a five-year degree in System Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Information Technology. She believes that a key part of every CIO’s job is to listen to and work closely with company leadership.

 
 

Allison Kent-Smith, smith & beta Founder

Allison Kent-Smith is an expert in technology/digital-talent development, organizational strategy and industry education.  In her current role as the founder of "smith&beta", a digital-education and talent development company focused on the advertising and marketing industries, she designs integrated sustainable digital-centric programming for employees and executives. Clients include MasterCard, MEC, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, McCann Worldgroup, kbs+, Y&R and a few other forward-thinking brands and agencies.

Prior to launching smith & beta, she held the position of Director of Digital Development at Goodby Silverstein & Partners where she launched and designed a digital education program for employees and clients. This "school within the agency" called GSP ED focused on digital programming that includes UX, strategy, mobile, social media, production, and development.

Allison also held the position of Director of Interactive Development at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder. At CP+B she partnered with agency leadership and the University of Colorado to launch an industry-focused school - Boulder Digital Works. At BDW she was responsible for industry partnerships and education.

Allison and her team provide invaluable education and training services to employees who need to get smarter about digital and technology. 

 

 

Dana Kirchmar, Gogo Business Aviation Director, Sales Engineering

Dana Kirchmar is currently the Director of Sales Engineering at Gogo Business Aviation and has been in this role for 7 years. She has worked in the Aerospace Industry for 28 years in both the space and aviation sides of the business. She has worked for companies as large as Lockheed Martin, working on a classified satellite program and the Space Shuttle, to the startup Aviation Technology Group, working on a from-scratch aircraft design and first flight. Dana enjoys all-things Colorado – skiing, hiking, biking, etc. – and is an avid reader and “fiber artist”. Dana resides in Parker with her 3 Scottish Terrier “children.”

   

Lori Kirkland, Universal Mind VP of Experience Transformation

Lori Kirkland serves as the VP of Experience Transformation at Universal Mind, a Digital Transformation Agency. In her role, Lori evangelizes strategy, innovation, and customer research to clients and educates them on the best options available. Lori's neuroscience background combined with 18 years in software allows her to offer strategic solutions to complex experience problems.  As a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), she provides strategy that helps companies transform their digital landscape to create a unified customer experience  (CX) across all platforms.

With a strong focus on the humans involved, Lori helps companies create a vision and provides the strategic roadmap to get there.  She is an author and speaker promoting leading trends in CX, as well as an avid contributor to the CX community.

Prior to joining UM, Lori ran her own strategic CX/UX agency, NeuroDesign. She brings her skills of business development and strategic management of top tier clients such as Boeing, Boston Scientific, US Bank, T.Rowe Price, and Level (3) to deliver strategic solutions that implement good CX in any organization.

 
   

Christine Kopec-Testolini, Avante Leadership Group Founder and President

As the founder and president of Avante Leadership Group, Christine Kopec-Testolini is passionate about soft-skills development for all technical professionals. Her mission is to teach technically-minded people how to master the art and science of effective communication, connection, and evolving leadership in the workplace. She is the co-author of several soft-skill training programs and is a sought-after facilitator and presenter.

Christine brings to Avante an extensive background in business development, sales, strategic consulting and corporate marketing. She has worked in numerous industries including publishing, renewable energy, natural products and computer solutions. As a top-producing advertising sales representative for high-tech magazines including PC World, Byte Magazine, Computer Reseller News, and Windows Magazine, she negotiated substantial advertising and sponsorship contracts with Microsoft, Intel, and a variety of computer software and hardware manufacturers.

As a presenter, Christine shares her unique perspective on the value of soft-skills with various associations and organizations. Her technical audiences have included the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), Project Management Institute (PMI), New Mexico State University, and the Department of Defense.
Christine is a former board member for the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) - Rocky Mountain Chapter, and Colorado MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement), a non-profit organization which enables under-represented and economically-disadvantaged students throughout Colorado to pursue STEM careers. She is a Lifetime Charter Member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation and holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration from Drake University.

   

Kristen Larson Kelly, Application Experts, LLC Director of Internal Operations

Kristen Larson Kelly holds a BA in International Business from Webster University in Leiden, the Netherlands.   With her interest in international business, Kristen pursued her MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management.   She was the HR and Finance Manager for S&H Products, Inc.  for 6 years.  S&H is a manufacturing company in Arvada, CO that manufactures equipment for wild-land firefighting efforts.    She and her husband started App-X in 2006.  App-X is the leading provider of flexible, web-based software solutions for Alternative Asset Fund Managers, Institutional Investors and Impact Investors   She is incredibly proud of the company’s growth over the years.   Her favorite part of the company is the amazing culture that the whole team has built and continues to foster as the company grows.  

Outside of work, she enjoys her 3 children and their many activities.  She is also on the Board of Directors at Stargate Charter School in Thornton, Colorado.    She is very proud to be a part of the school.  The school is now expanding to become a K-12 school, and is focused on differentiated learning for intellectually gifted students. 

 
   

Ceneé LaTulippe, Reed Group Director of Enterprise Program Management

Reed Group is a leading innovator in absence management offering enterprise software, outsourced solutions and clinical content.  As the Director of Enterprise Program Management, Ceneé is responsible for the enterprise collection of projects and the operations of the PMO.  Her responsibilities as a senior leader, coordinator, and facilitator include prioritizing projects, vendor management, performance evaluation, and helping to drive overall direction and strategy for the company. 

Ceneé is a diverse leader with experience managing a portfolio collection of programs and projects across various industries including leave management, financial services, investment and insurance product development, business intelligence, and enterprise risk management.  Her experience includes real estate development, office-expansion/growth planning, and acquisitions.  She is an expert in using and applying Agile software development life cycle (SDLC), program management and launching project management offices (PMOs).

Prior to 2012, Ceneé was  an integral member of a management team for more than eight years, growing an insurance services start-up business from 200 to 1,300 employees. Simultaneously, she supported the transition from a private company through acquisitions by Perot Systems (Fortune 300) and eventually Dell (Fortune 41).  Throughout Ceneé’s tenure, she successfully managed system conversions, created new administration teams, owned and maintained international business relationships, lead offshore migration efforts, managed new clients, and led hundreds of IT and business projects.

 
   

Emily Lawrence,  Craftsy Vice President of Content & Education
Craftsy provides education and tools to help you bring your creativity to Life.  In 2014 and 2015, Craftsy was named one of Forbes Most Promising Companies in America, and was recently recognized in The Denver Post as one of the top places to work in Colorado.  Emily Lawrence joined the Craftsy founders in 2010, and built the team and workflows behind the rich educational approach, and she streamlined video production processes that distinguish Craftsy’s paid digital offering. Doubling production for four consecutive years, they've produced, developed and filmed over 800 video-based courses in collaboration with instructors from all over the globe. Prior to her work with Craftsy, Emily taught at The Ohio State University, Dickinson College and Kenyon College. She holds a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from The Ohio State University.


   

Shari Leigh, Antero Executive Vice President

Shari has been a leader in the IT services for the past 30 years.  Formerly named as the Top Small Business Person in Colorado, CEO of Colorado’s Top Small Business, a TrendSetter, Woman to Watch and Who’s Who of Business Leaders.  Shari’s career has taken her from aerospace engineer to being CEO of a 3-time INC. 500 company.

Shari’s career began when women engineers in aerospace were a rarity.  Working in support of the first Space Shuttle launches for Rockwell International, she served on a small team responsible for the external Shuttle tiles.  She was named as a VIP at the first Shuttle landing and later at a Shuttle launch.  Her career advanced from engineer into the business side of aerospace first serving as a space technology Licensing Coordinator and later as a New Business Strategist for Martin Marietta’s C-level team. Shari was the first woman in Business Development at Martin Marietta.  In the mid-1980’s, Shari co-founded a successful database consulting services and training company called Miaco Corporation.  This company grew from a 2 person organization to a company with 5000 annual clients worldwide.  Miaco was merged with a complimentary IT company and this entity was later sold to Computer Associates.  Most recently, Shari came out of retirement to help launch a new company: Antero – The CRM Experts.  Antero provides consulting services for customer relationship management and related software such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and others.

Shari graduated from Wellesley College in cooperation with M.I.T. and Harvard in nutritional biochemistry.  For fun, Shari rides her horses, is a Colorado Master Gardener and is a mountain girl.

 
   

Kelly Leger, Merkle Vice President of Digital Data Solutions

As Vice President of Digital Data Solutions, Kelly Leger leads Merkle’s overall strategy for it's digital data roadmap and data on-boarding efforts.  Kelly brings extensive experience in data solutions, analytics, strategic partnerships and sales to Merkle. Prior to joining Merkle, Ms. Leger was a Vice President at V12 Group where she quadrupled revenue for it's digital solutions group in just over three years. She also led the company’s efforts to bring offline data into the online advertising ecosystem. Prior to that, she was Director of Data Partnerships and Business Development at Datalogix.

Kelly maintains sales and leadership experience in audience targeting, data segmentation, online media sales, strategic partnerships, Set Top Box segmentation; Data for Analytical Use, Programmatic Marketing, Demand Side Platforms, Trading Desks, Traditional Publishers (online and offline). 

 
   

Judy McCarthy, National Jewish Chief Technology Director

Judy McCarthy is Chief Technology Director for National Jewish Health. Mrs. McCarthy is responsible for the overall design, implementation, operations and support activities for the comprehensive computing infrastructure of the organization. She leads a development team in the development and support of a patient portal and is responsible for the technology strategy and security, actively seeking ways to leverage the integration of business processes with emerging technologies to streamline operations.

Mrs. McCarthy has over 30 years of HIT (Health Information Technology) experience focusing in technology, applications and IT leadership.  She has been an active board member of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS, is currently a member of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee, was chair of the HIMSS EIS (Enterprise Information System) committee and is a member of CHIME.  She holds a Masters degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver, Colorado and a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

 
   

Janet McIllece, Aspenware Senior Vice President of Consulting Services

Janet has nearly 20 years of expertise in consulting, business analytics, and process design throughout a wide range of industries. She provides counsel to clients who are using technologies in a variety of ways to engage their customers and bring their employees together.  Her focus is primarily promoting a healthy lifecycle with the mix of people, process, and technology through strategic business process modeling, information architecture, user training, and corporate and process level data analysis. 

Janet is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).  She received her B.S. in Systems Engineering, and an M.S. in Reliability & Quality Engineering at the University of Arizona.

 
   

Catharine Merigold, Vista Ventures General Partner

Catharine Merigold has been a professional investor in technology in Colorado since 1992, first with Centennial Ventures, then founding Vista Ventures in 2000.  She has been an entrepreneur (founding CEO of Centennial Security), an intra-preneur (VP Sales and Marketing at US West Wireless), a turn-around CEO (CEO of University Technology Corp), and started her career as a telecommunications engineer.  She has served on more than 15 boards.  Through all, her passion is about helping to create possibility – in people’s lives, in businesses, in non-profits, and in communities. 

Catharine received her BS in Electrical Engineering with final honors (top 10%) from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from Stanford University. She has lived abroad three times.  Catharine is an international speaker on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and women in finance and technology.  She has been consistently recognized for the value she brings to the business and entrepreneurial communities, including being awarded the 2006 Outstanding Woman in Business Award for Banking and Finance in Denver, and the 2006 Esprit Entrepreneur Robert Planchard Award. 

 
   

Marti Moore, Charter Communications, Inc. Vice President of Technology Services

As Vice President of the Technology Services, Marti Moore leads the organization responsible for delivery of large, cross-functional initiatives at Charter.  In this role, she manages a team of Program Managers responsible for leading program delivery across the various teams at Charter.  She also leads Software Development for web applications.  Her teams are responsible for ensuring quality delivery into production, including integrated testing and release management. Prior to this position, Marti held the role of Vice President, Web Technologies and Customer Experience, in which she directed Charter’s corporate web and mobile strategy. 

Marti has held various management positions in the Media and Telecommunications industries.  Prior to joining Charter, she was Vice President of Technology at Media News Group where she was responsible for developing web infrastructure and content management systems for the newspaper industry.  Prior to that position, she held various leadership roles at Level3 Communications and Verizon.  Marti began her career in the U. S. Air Force, developing software for satellite tracking systems in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs.

Since 2003, Marti has served on various committees and boards for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Rocky Mountain Chapter. Her contributions include three years as Co-Director of the WICT Mentoring Program, and two years as Co-Director of the WICT Tech It Out program. She has also served on various committees for the Women’s Vision Foundation of Denver.

Marti holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Drake University, IA, and an M.S. in Space Operations from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  She resides in Golden, CO with her husband and family. 

 
   

Lauren Mosenthal, Glassbreakers Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Lauren is the Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Glassbreakers, a peer mentorship community for professional women based in San Francisco.  Lauren was previously a Creative Developer at AKQA in San Francisco and a Creative Technologist at Made Movement in Boulder. Lauren has worked on a variety of brands including Audi, Jordan, Activision, Udis, Dunkin’ Donuts and a number of technology startups. She attended graduate school at BDW of University of Colorado, Boulder, where she learned development and user experience design. During a software engineering apprenticeship at Mode Set while attending BDW, Lauren fell in love with coding and never looked back. When Lauren isn’t creating software, she runs the blog 'Inspiring People in Creative Spaces' and is an avid half marathon runner and yogi.

 
   

Sumana (Suma) Nallapati, State of Colorado Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer

Suma is an accomplished technology leader with experience in establishing and executing value-driven global IT service strategy and delivery.  Her extensive experience includes leading technology-driven innovation for business transformation, healthcare infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a “people” leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally distributed workforce through mentoring, coaching and inspiration.

Appointed in June 2014 as Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Suma is committed to positioning the Governor’s Office of Information Technology as a leader in IT innovation for state government.  A champion of collaboration, breaking silos and achieving excellence, she is passionate about innovating everyday solutions for customers.
Prior to this role, Suma led Service Delivery Operations as A
VP, Technical Services at Catholic Health Initiatives for a complex multi-state rapidly growing healthcare IT footprint, leading distributed teams including Data Center, Network Operations, Service Desk, and End-User Computing.  She was also Teletech’s Global Director of Enterprise Applications, where she worked to deploy complex ERP, self-service business applications and related systems in a best practices framework across 19 countries and helped transform the organization to a true service provider model. 

Suma co-founded a successful IT consulting firm that translates proven CRM, ERP, e-business and Business Intelligence technologies business solutions for clients across the nation.  Her “think like an owner” attitude allows her to align a company's vision, mission, value, and culture to their daily activities.

She earned a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from the Andhra University India and holds certificates in Professional Management and Project Management. She has made Colorado her home for the past 17 years, along with her husband Srinivas and two children. She is actively involved with several charities around health and education.

 
   

Eveline Oehrlich, Forrester Vice President and Research Director

Eveline serves Infrastructure & Operations Professionals covering Business Technology & Information Technology Operations and Service Delivery.  Her current research focuses on the implementation of best practices around people, processes and technology to advance BT & IT Operations teams into the age of the customer. Her coverage includes Service Management from a holistic or partial perspective, including topics such as Service Portfolio Management, Technology Business Management and many other aspects of BT and IT.

Eveline delivers strategic guidance to Forrester's vendor and end-user clients. She helps enterprises manage their networks and systems, define key projects that focus on IT Service Management, and bridge IT to the lines of business. Eveline has more than 25 years of experience working with IT organizations in the definition and development of the Service Delivery processes and the implementation of Service Management as a practice inside enterprise organizations.

Eveline came to Forrester from Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, she was the Director of Competitive Intelligence and worked across many functional areas such as Marketing, Pre-Sales and R&D in the HP Software organization. Prior to her work with HP Software, she worked as an IT consultant inside HP's IT organization.

A native of Germany, Eveline has a master's degree in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University.

 
 

Kerry O’Grady, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge

During her 21 years in the United States Secret Service, Kerry O’Grady has served as a criminal investigator, polygraph examiner, protective detail agent, and leader. She has investigated threats to our Nation’s financial infrastructure and to our continuity of Government.  She has served three different presidential administrations and was promoted to Shift Leader while assigned to the Presidential Protective Division, during which time she coordinated the inner perimeter of the President’s security team. 

Locally, she has supervised the security plan for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and the Presidential Debate in 2012.  Acting as Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Field Office District, which encompasses Colorado,

Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, she is responsible for the Secret Service’s investigative and protective missions in a geographic territory that covers 1/9th of the United States.  As a part of that role, she has oversight of the Secret Service Colorado Electronic Crimes Task Force, which brings together resources from Federal, State and Local law enforcement, as well as the private sector and academia, to combat the cyber threat to the Nation’s financial and critical infrastructure.

Kerry’s ongoing, and quite possibly most challenging, protective mission of late consists of ensuring that her canine running companion does not eliminate the geese and squirrel populations from Washington Park on their regular morning runs.

 
   

Nancy Phillips, ViaWest Co-Founder and CEO

As co-founder and CEO, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in maintaining ViaWest's market leadership position by deploying high-performing operational teams that deliver exceptional results for customers. With Shaw Communications’ recent acquisition of ViaWest, Phillips is now focused on building a best-in-class organization across North America.  Her commitment to service delivery and operational excellence sets the standard at ViaWest. With more than 25 years of management experience in technology, Phillips has had an remarkable impact on the industry. Prior to ViaWest, Phillips was the Vice President of Operations for RMI.net, where she was integral to the company's regional leadership position and growth. Prior to helping RMI.net back to profitability, Phillips consulted for numerous successful telecommunications companies, including France Telecom, MCI and Qwest. She began her career with Teleconferencing Systems Canada as Vice President of Sales and Operations.

In addition to being recognized by ViaWest for her outstanding contributions, Phillips has won recognition for excellence throughout the industry, receiving: Colorado Technology Association's "Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award" Denver Business Journal's "Outstanding Woman in Business" in the high-tech category, Denver Business Journal "Outstanding Women in Business Jean Yancey Award” - Recognition by the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Currently, Phillips holds board positions for the Colorado Technology Association, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Startup Colorado. In these roles, Nancy develops and promotes initiatives to develop a vibrant technology community. Phillips holds an Honors Bachelor of Economics from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

 
   

Annette Quintana, Istonish Chief Executive Officer

Istonish Holding Company is a privately held, family-owned Information Technology Services company headquartered in Denver.  Istonish helps organizations leverage value from their technology investments, in turn, creating value for their businesses and customers.

Since 1990, Annette’s leadership and vision have driven the evolution of new and compelling offerings for Istonish, as well as numerous contributions to the community. Annette has been an engaged community leader for over 15 years and has been involved in initiatives ranging from health care and education reform to tourism while being Chair of the Visit Denver board.

Annette's credibility as a business and community leader has been confirmed through professional recognitions and personal awards. Many of these acknowledge her commitment to building an innovative, successful and positive company for employees, along with her leadership in the community.

A Colorado native, Annette was raised in Colorado Springs and attended Colorado State University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. She has worked and lived in the Denver Metro area since graduating college in 1983. Annette is married and has two daughters ages 19 and 21.

 
   

Molly Rauzi, Gagen MacDonald CIO

Molly Rauzi has over 20 years of experience leading large, complex organizational initiatives. As a consultant and former Chief Information Officer, she provides expert counsel to our clients who are undergoing rapid change.

With her deep knowledge and experience in technology, Molly is energized by helping organizations create powerful, secure infrastructures to increase productivity, manage big data and drive collaboration. Her experience and insights have helped numerous organizations ready their workforces for the many changes new technologies bring.

Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Molly was the Managing Director leading the Business Advisory Services Practice in the Denver office of Grant Thornton LLP. She worked closely with many Fortune 500 and midmarket companies to develop innovative technology strategies to increase performance. Through her work, she has helped high-growth companies in transition identify their goals, implement high value systems and technologies and grow responsibly.

In 2007, Molly was appointed by then Mayor John Hickenlooper (now the Governor of Colorado) to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver. While serving under Mayor Hickenlooper, Molly developed several innovative programs to engage employees and improve citizen relationships and interactions. She developed the City and County’s technology strategy and oversaw many of its initiatives, including establishing a governance process to support a $25 million technology project portfolio; replacing the City’s sales and use tax system; modernizing the technology for the combined communications center; and providing the technology support for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Before working with the City and County of Denver, Molly served as the Director of Technology for Denver International Airport. Molly was an integral part of the management team who supported the airport through the crisis of September 11, 2001. On that day and for months afterward, Molly worked under pressure tirelessly to ensure communications internally and externally were not interrupted. An incident of this nature had incredible implications for communications and communications systems including the flight information display systems. Molly quickly coordinated her team to maintain these critical systems in the face of grave uncertainty. In the following months, Molly implemented an airport IT strategy that was a significant factor in ensuring DIA’s long-term economic viability.

 
   

Dani Renaud, Cherwell Inc. Technical Product Manager

Dani is a Technical Product Manager with over 8 years of professional web design experience.  She is well versed in web design, logo and brand creation, and mobile app design. She has recently been focused on mobile design and development, and maintains a strong background in Drupal.  Dani is certified in both Pragmatic Marketing and ITIL Foundations.​

 
   

Roberta Robinette, AT&T Colorado President

Roberta Robinette, appointed President of AT&T Colorado in March 2014, has more than 20 years of government affairs and telecommunications industry experience in developing and executing government strategies for large corporations, small businesses, and not-profit organizations. Roberta leads AT&T’s legislative and community affairs in Colorado and supports new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Representing AT&T’s interests statewide, she collaborates with community leaders, policy makers, and local and regional business professionals to connect people with technology everywhere they live and work. As a Colorado state lobbyist for RKR Consulting from 2001 to 2014, Roberta spearheaded client legislative campaigns across health care, tax, business, telecommunications, fire safety, higher education, K-12 public education, criminal justice and environmental domains. She was instrumental in creating and maintaining a statewide interoperability radio system. She successfully drove the passage of major public pension reform, which is now modeled across the country. Roberta is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.

 

 
 

Alex Roddy, Prologis Global Head of Marketing

Alex Roddy is the global head of marketing for Prologis, the world’s leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate. She is a collaborative, creative, high energy executive who is deeply committed to ensuring that workplace cultures change to become more open and inclusive so that the halls of power better reflect the diversity of our communities. Alex is a charismatic, high-energy, senior executive accomplished at building, leading, and inspiring teams to deliver and succeed. She is a customer-driven, creative strategist with a passion for implementation with unique capacity for quickly and effectively absorbing large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data, and turning information into actionable insights. Alex has been recognized by Worth magazine as "Schwab's most media-savvy executive.”

 
 

Kristin Russell, Deloitte Digital Director

Kristin D. Russell is a Director with Deloitte Digital and is focused on bringing innovative, digital solutions to the public sector market. She is a dynamic executive with more than fifteen years’ experience in leading large operations, services, and information technology (IT) organizations. Since joining the firm in June, 2014, Kristin has been traveling the country, and the world, building eminence and bringing solutions to organizations in both the private and public sector.

Formerly, Kristin was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in February 2011 to serve as the state's Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. As the Chief Information Officer, she was responsible for the overall information systems statewide and increasing the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology. As Secretary of Technology, Kristin led the state’s IT economic development strategy focused on attracting new technology companies and tech workers to the state. She also served as the Chairwoman for the Colorado Innovation Network Board of Advisors.

Kristin has a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Colorado Executive Development in Residence program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Kristin serves on the boards of CTA – Colorado's Technology Association, IT Economic Development Advisory Council, and the Department of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Denver University. As a result of her community and professional leadership, she received the 2014 Golden Gov award and was named State Executive of the Year by State Scoop magazine. She was also recognized as a Top 10 Breakaway Leader by Global CIO Executive Summit, one of Computerworld's 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders, and one of the top 100 Most Social CIO’s across the nation. Due to her accomplishments, Kristin has received several awards including Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Denver Business Journal CIO of the Year Award, and in 2015, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

 
   

Allison Sabia, The Americas Components Group Arrow Electronics Vice President

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, having 2014 sales of $22.8 billion. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries.  A Fortune 140 company with 17,000 employees worldwide, Arrow brings technology solutions to a breadth of markets, including Telecommunications, Information Systems, Transportation, Medical, Industrial and Consumer Electronics.

Allison has been with Arrow since 1996 in a series of ascending positions. In her current role, she drives electronic component sales in North America and serves as a top-level liaison between customers and suppliers for Arrow’s largest business unit.

Allison holds an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University.  She relocated to Colorado from Long Island, NY with her family after Arrow moved its headquarters here in late 2011. In her spare time, Allison sits on the board of the DTC Chamber of Commerce and enjoys hiking with her husband and two children.

 
   

Jennifer Schulte, Forsythe Technology, Inc. Senior Vice President of Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Forsythe Technology, Jenny Schulte leads the full spectrum of human resources strategies and programs for this leading provider of IT integration, solutions consulting, and hosting services.  Schulte and her team are committed to enabling Forsythe's long-term success while maintaining it's reputation as an employer of choice.

Jenny has over 25 years of experience in the global professional services sector.  Prior to joining Forsythe in November 2013, she was the Human Capital Officer of Navigant Consulting, a publicly traded specialty consulting firm based in Chicago.  For more than a decade she worked across the globe for A.T Kearney, Inc., a leading management consulting firm, where she was ultimately promoted to lead the entire Human Resources function across 30+ countries. Before getting into HR, Jenny worked in Investment Banking.

A graduate of Boston College, Jenny is also an active supporter of a variety of charitable organizations including Lumity, an enabler of STEM-education and career readiness for Chicago Public School students; Rush University Medical Center; and Concern Worldwide, an international philanthropic organization based in Ireland.

 

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Tina Smith, Centurylink

Tina Smith, Director of Business Marketing at CenturyLink, has over 24 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the telecommunications industry. Smith is widely considered an innovator and leader, and has excelled in her career because she knows how to drive results within organizations.

Joining Qwest (now CenturyLink) in 1998, Smith built a successful career in sales leading to her position as Area Vice President, Enterprise and Business Sales. In 2012, with a desire to leverage her knowledge of sales and an instinct for “what works in the market”, she took on a new role as Director of Business Marketing.

In this marketing leadership role, Tina has led her team in creating premium tools, campaigns, collateral and messages that sales uses to win. Smith has been the architect of many innovative new programs to bridge the gaps between marketing, sales and new revenue. The results from her marketing team are impressive and continue to drive significant growth and marketshare for CenturyLink Business.

During her tenure at Qwest/CenturyLink, Smith has been named a Circle of Excellence or President’s Club Winner eight times. She started her career in 1991 as a successful Sales Professional at Sprint Communications, being named to the President’s Club four times.

Tina’s passion is spending time with her 10 year old daughter and husband traveling and enjoying the outdoors.


   

Kelly Shuster, iTriage Software Engineer and Director of Women Who Code Denver

As a Software Engineer at iTriage in Denver, Kelly Shuster is currently performing Android development and leading the accessibility directive on Android, iOS and Web.  Prior to mobile development, she worked as an Embedded Firmware Engineer flipping bits for the Read Channel Optimization team at Western Digital.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  During her undergraduate studies she held the office of President for Eta Kappa Nu, Rho Chapter, the Electrical Engineering honor society. Kelly is currently the Director of Women Who Code Denver, and she enjoys guiding and mentoring women who are new to the technology industry. She also leads the Women in Technology initiative at iTriage, working to recruit and retain more women in technical roles.

Kelly enjoys sharing her technical knowledge by speaking anywhere she can, from local tech meet-ups to international conferences, most recently at DroidCon Berlin. When not programming, Kelly can be found snowboarding or hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

 

 

Margie Sims, ViaWest Division Vice President of Sales, Central Region

As Vice President Sales, Central Division of ViaWest, Sims is responsible for overall development, strategy and customer satisfaction in the Colorado, Minnesota and Texas Markets. She has been with the ViaWest since its inception in 1999, holding various sales and sales management positions until her promotion to Vice President of Sales, Central Division in 2015. For the past five years, Sims Co-Chaired the Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level @ A Mile High event and is the Co-Chair and Marketing Chair for SIM Women.

Sims holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her nine and twelve year old boys.

   

Libby Szabo, Jefferson County Commissioner

Commissioner Szabo was appointed to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners in January of 2015 where she serves as Chair Pro Tem.  Previously she served two terms in the Colorado State House of Representative where she was the House Assistant Minority Leader. Libby and her husband of 32 years, Denes, are Colorado natives. They have deep roots in Jefferson County, where Libby grew up and they have raised four children.

The Szabos own a family business that has been in operation for more than 40 years. As a business owner and working mother, Libby knows what it takes to stretch a tight budget and to make ends meet, both at work and at home. Libby’s desire to affect tax policy and the state’s regulatory environment inspired her to run for the Colorado Legislature in 2008.  She was first elected to public office in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014, to serve as the state representative for House District 27.

Commissioner Szabo’s vision is that all people would have an opportunity to live their American dream. Libby believes that local government has a role in providing that opportunity by implementing efficient government spending habits while taking care of the issues that face the citizen of Jefferson County like safe roads for travel, a sound business environment where businesses can thrive and flourish, and accountability that the citizens can trust.

 
   

Mary Tappe, HomeAdvisor Sr. Director, QA & Test

Mary Tappe is an IT Leader who specializes in Quality Assurance and Testing with an emphasis on strategic process improvement. She ensure the products have the right amount of quality across multiple platforms in large and small infrastructures. Mary is outgoing, energetic, and believes in unwavering integrity. She has proven success in bridging the gap between technology and business with the ability to break down complex strategies and inspire internal and external parties to align themselves appropriately.  She builds, mentors, and motivates high performance teams, and brings her teams to success. Mary enjoys taking chaos and making order out of it.  Mary has the unique ability to do a deep dive into the details while at the same time she has the innate ability to focus on the people and help them grow and thrive in the correct positions.  Her enthusiasm is contagious, leadership qualities are strategic, honest, and pragmatic, and she infuses fun along the way.

 
 

Lizelle van Vuuren, Women Who Startup Founder and Entrepreneur

Born and raised in South Africa, Lizelle van Vuuren has lived in Colorado since 1997 and calls herself a semi-Native.  Lizelle is a ten year veteran of design, strategy, marketing, business growth and innovation for tech companies, startups, organizations and entrepreneurs.  She's a startup entrepreneur, innovator and full-stack marketer who loves to launch ideas and grow companies and frequently organizes events to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to be bold, be the change and make a difference in the world.  Lizelle is a true leader in the Denver startup community and devotes her spare time to empower women entrepreneurs as well as advise startups and new tech founders on how best to launch and grow.  She's also the Founder of Women Who Startup who is working hard on; Changing the face of entrepreneurship.  At Effectively, Lizelle is building a platform for growth for early stage startups by connecting them with growth marketers.

Lizelle studied Performance Arts and Psychology at The University of Colorado Boulder.  She completed her BA with Honors from The Art Institute of Colorado and completed her MBA with Honors with a specialization in Marketing from Capella University.  Lizelle believes she really started to learn and grow the day she started her first company in 2009.

 

 

Amy Wiley, Webroot Vice President of Threat Research and Customer Support

Amy has worked at Webroot since August of 2004 (with an 18-month break in 2008-2009).  As VP of Threat Research and Customer Support, Amy Wiley is a member of the world’s best group of Support Engineers, Customer Retention Agents, Technical Operations Analysts and Threat Research Experts. One of many that serves as the voice of the customer to Development, QA, Product Management, Sales and Marketing to ensure that problems are resolved and Malware is prevented from executing.  The Webroot group consists of nearly one hundred individuals from four countries and three regions who work around the clock every single day to guarantee that customer’s questions are answered, and to ensure that Webroot is providing the best experience and protection in the industry.

Amy maintains over 15 years of experience working for Software Development companies in different capacities.  Prior to Webroot, she worked as a Technical Account Manager and a Staff Software Engineer at Rally Software and IBM Rational. 

Amy is a Certified Scrum Master, Product Owner, Soccer Mom and Basketball Manager.  When not in the office, she can be found on a soccer field cheering on her 15-year-old daughter or in the stands of the basketball court applauding her 13-year-old son, and husband of 17 years – Coach Mike.

 
   

Nicole Winowiecki, SeedPaths Director of Employment

Nicole is currently the Director of Employment at SeedPaths, a software development boot camp.  With an extensive background in employment services, teaching, and collaborating with government agencies her role is to support graduates as they transition into the workforce.  She provides direct instruction to program participants around interview, resume, and job hunting strategies that are focused around the tech industry specifically.  Additionally, Nicole works with local tech companies to identify employment opportunities for graduates and leverages available government grants to build internships for entry-level developers. 

 
   

Andrea Young, BI Incorporated CIO and Vice President of Development

Ms. Young has more than 20 years of experience in information technology systems. Presently, Ms. Young is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Development at BI Incorporated, a leading provider of location monitoring technology and treatment services for community corrections agencies located in Boulder, CO.  Her responsibilities include overseeing BI’s information technology systems and software development team, a key role in BI achieving its enterprise-wide strategic goals.   Prior to BI, Ms. Young was Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Janus Capital Group.  She managed an annual operating budget of more than $75 million and a staff of more than 200. In addition, Ms. Young has worked for ConferTech – now Polycom, Inc., a manufacturer of audio conference bridge systems and services; McGraw-Hill, Inc., a leading institution in the financial services and education and business information markets; and Kroh Brothers Real Estate.   Ms. Young also serves as Board of Director for New Foundations for Nonviolence Center (NFNC), a Colorado-based Not-for-Profit Corporation dedicated to empowering people within the criminal justice system in Colorado to make positive life changes for the betterment of themselves, their families, and the community at large Ms. Young is respected for her organizational and management skills. Her ability to strategically plan and organize projects at the department and enterprise levels has saved valuable resources, improving production efficiency and customer relationships. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and information systems from the University of Phoenix in Denver, and she has completed work toward a Master of Science degree in technology management from the University of Denver. On the personal side, Ms. Young is a third-generation native to Denver, Colorado. She enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, skiing, golfing and travel.