2020 Speakers

Linda F. Avetta

Supervisor, Contract Management Section
PA Office of Administration, Health and Human Services Delivery Center

Linda’s public service career began with County Government and shifted to private industry where she worked in a computer technology consulting capacity with Datronics Inc. and Unisys for several years on Government contracts. After joining the Commonwealth of PA, Ms. Avetta served in the capacity of Computer Systems Analyst at DMVA and Imaging Management Administrator at PSERS and, in 1998, was selected by then Lt. Governor Mark Schweiker to serve as a member of the Electronic Document Management Center for Technology Excellence, creating the first Commonwealth Information technology policies. In 1999 Ms. Avetta transferred to the Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA) to lead information technology efforts for the Archives and Records Management programs and to properly manage commonwealth electronic records through the full life-cycle, including the acquisition and preservation of electronic archival records for the PSA. In addition to providing leadership for and oversight for digital preservation for the PSA, Linda served as project manager and system administrator for the Enterprise Records Management System for the Commonwealth of PA, provided guidance to government agencies on e-records and information management, assisted in the creation of e-records and e-archives related policy and procedure and served as the subject matter expert for EDMS/Imaging/ECM/Data Management. Ms. Avetta now heads the Contract Management Section in the Health and Human Services Delivery Center.

 

Ms. Avetta is a 2014 graduate of Harrisburg University’s Government Technology Institute’s Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program and is a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI).  Linda was actively involved with AIIM, ARMA, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Best Practices Exchange, and most recently served as a member of the Planning Committee for the 84th Annual SAA/CoSA Conference, “ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020: Creating Our Future”.

Hardik Bhatt

Leader, Digital Government, US State & Local Governments
AWS

Hardik has been moving seamlessly between public and private sectors. Currently he guides Amazon Web Services’ US State & Local Government customers through comprehensive Digital Transformation. He has been a CIO twice in his career, for State of Illinois, and for the City of Chicago. Between two CIO stints, he led global business development for Cisco’s Smart Cities business.
Since 2017, Hardik leads Digital Government business for Amazon Web Services (AWS), where Hardik is responsible for helping US state and local governments transform with the use of cloud, analytics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies.
Between 2015 and 2017, Hardik served as the Secretary of Innovation & Technology and Chief Digital Officer for the State of Illinois. In those 2 years, Hardik brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings and pioneered Illinois’ data analytics, smart state and blockchain initiatives.
Between 2010 and 2015, he led global business

Jason Brown, MBA

Director, Product Marketing
Actifio

Jason Brown is part of the product team at Actifio. Actifio delivers automated database cloning and modern data protection technologies. Jason has spent over 15 years in a variety of engineering, product management, and product marketing roles at companies focused on storage and data protection. He spends his time evangelizing the benefits of a modern data protection strategy, the incorporation of cloud as a data target, and how data automation can significantly improve dev and test workflows. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, playing / watching sports, and traveling.

Renu Chaudhry

Chief Strategy Officer
OST, Inc.

Renu Chaudhry is a Principal and Chief Strategy Officer of OST. As a strategist, servant leader, manager, and engineer, she focuses on driving positive business results for our clients.

Kevin Damghani

Chief Partner Experience Engineer
ITPartners+

Kevin Damghani founded his first IT company in 2007 and is the current owner of 5 award winning companies. With the help of his amazing team, he spends most of his time as the Chief Partner Experience Engineer at ITPartners+, where he has made ransomware education his key speaking topic. The recent rash of ransomware targeting small government agencies allowed him to utilize his network security background to educate the government sector on co-managed backup and disaster recovery with an emphasis on ransomware resiliency.

Tabitha Daugherty, M. Ed.

Vice President of Strategy
Assemble

Tabitha likes to talk and she really likes to laugh. As a former teacher turned strategy consultant, she learned the value of vulnerable and transparent dialogue to improve basic human interactions. Now focusing her career on brand strategy and corporate engagement, Tabitha has adopted a customer-centric approach to service delivery that leverages corporate empathy to help public sector agencies define a citizen journey that creates meaningful experiences. A 2019 honoree of the Central Penn Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, Tabitha’s animated and infectious personality deliver an exciting message that challenges us to define the citizen experience to achieve mission effectiveness.

Scott Davis

vCIO/CTO
TechWise Group

Scott R. Davis is an innovative senior technology professional with over twenty years in leading IT infrastructure and network security compliance for businesses of all sizes. Scott brings an in-depth knowledge of multi-year business planning, cybersecurity planning, technology documentation, workflow design, project management, and network design. This background and the knowledge of PCI-DSS, HIPAA, CCPA, and other state breach notification laws allows Scott the ability to quickly identify and develop a plan to bring organizations to compliance quickly.

Anand Desikan, MBA

Founder & Partner
Product10x

Passionate career technologist based in the Bay Area California w/20+ years of experience in delivering outcomes-driven solutions from concept to delivery to operations. Drove innovation across diverse industries such as Telecommunications, Mobility Solutions, Healthcare and Inflight entertainment. Proven expertise to deliver in cutting edge technologies such as cloud solutions, data platforms, AI/ML solutions. Spearheaded several global teams from bootstrap stage and scaled to > $100MM across Panasonic Avionics, GE Healthcare, Siemens, & Philips. Orchestrated several successful Digital Transformation journeys to optimize business processes, driving 100% or more cost efficiencies and adoption. Demonstrated thought leadership in the areas of lean startup methodologies to scale Product & SaaS solutions, resulting in consistent top-line revenues.
Anand holds an MBA (Strategy and International Business) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and earned his Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Madras, India.

Joe Gillis

National Business Development Manager
New Era Technology

Joe Gillis, a graduate of Loyola University, began his career with New Era Technology in 2010 as an Account Executive. After proving his skills in team-building, client interaction, and developing strategic relationships, he was promoted to Sales Manager in 2012. Today, Joe continues to lead the sales team and serves as a member of the senior management team. When Joe isn’t leading the sales team, he enjoys spending time with his young family and is an avid golfer. Prior to joining New Era, Joe worked for the PGA Tour within Tournament Operations.

Terrill Frantz

Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Terrill Frantz is an Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He oversees the development of Quantum Information Science (QIS) capabilities at the university, including the formation of the QIS master degree and the Summer quantum workshops for high-school students. Dr. Frantz holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science and an EdD in Organization Change from Pepperdine University. Moreover, he has recently completed some serious scientific mid-expansion via MIT’s xPRO quantum sciences program. He has decades of experience programming and managing in the classical computing environments at international financial service firms as JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley and has taught internationally in Europe and China.

Marek Hajn

Vice President
IT-CNS, Inc.

Cybersecurity is a hot topic these days and we all should be aware when being online. With the team of cybersecurity experts and developers IT-CNS, Inc. provides custom developed solutions for encrypted data transfers.
Marek Hajn is Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of IT-CNS, Inc. and the member of the Supervisory Board of the Czech Republic based CNS a.s.
Marek moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2014 with his family. He has been focused on business development of IT-CNS in the US and Canada.
Marek has BA in Bank Management and strong background in sales, marketing and project management as well as experience in cybersecurity and SMBs data workflow.
Rachel Henry has been a commonwealth employee since 1995 and working within IT since 1997. She was part of the first online presences for the commonwealth, creating a website for the Securities Commission in 1998.
Within her role as Web Administrator for the PA Department of Education (PDE), Rachel began working with accessibility focusing on online content for public websites. Along with her co-worker she was assigned as an Accessibility Auditor by the US Office of Civil Rights in 2006, dedicated to ensuring that all content, including documents, on PDE’s website are accessible. In this role, Rachel helped to audit thousands of web pages and documents, create a web accessibility plan, create a corrective action plan and provide training to employees.
Rachel continues to broaden her skills using accessibility scanning software, screen reading software and attending accessibility training throughout the year.

Shad Imam

Director of Solutions Engineering-Public Sector
MuleSoft

Shad A. Imam is the Director of Solutions Engineering for the MuleSoft Federal Region. He joined MuleSoft’s Federal practice after a successful 15-year career supporting Federal and State & Local government customers at Oracle. In his capacity as a MuleSoft Solutions Engineering Director, Shad has published multiple white papers and articles providing thought leadership in how government agencies and organizations can effectively leverage an API-first strategy to drive digital transformation efforts across their enterprises. He has also been a driving force behind MuleSoft’s newest cloud offering – the FedRAMP authorized MuleSoft Government Cloud – which provides a fully secure and fully FedRAMP-compliant Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for government customers. Shad resides in Virginia, about 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., and can be found hiking in the area parks with his family when not evangelizing API-based solutions for customers.

Mark Kandrysawtz, MBA

CEO
Benjamin & Bond

Mark Kandrysawtz is CEO, founder, partner and a principal consultant at Benjamin & Bond. He has a proven track record for creating and improving healthcare services and products through innovation. Specifically, he has expert level skills in human-centered design, user experience/user interface design, service design, process improvement, strategic planning and business development. Mark is responsible for the experience of working with Benjamin & Bond and the quality of work the firm executes on behalf of its clients. Prior to starting Benjamin & Bond, Mark served as CEO of an award winning strategy-led design firm and technology lab. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Suresh Madhuvarsui, Computer Science, MBA, Author, Blogger

Founder & Partner
Product10x

Suresh is a technology strategist, product builder based out of San Francisco Bay Area. He is a serial intrapreneur w/15+ years of experience driving end to end development of multiple innovative B2B SaaS and Mobile products scaled to $100M+ revenue in 5 years & won 2 acquisitions by Oracle & Software AG. Suresh built several emerging technology innovation and high performance teams involving Product Managers and Engineering teams across the world.
He is an expert advisor and strategist on products leveraging Cloud, IoT, Drones, Blockchain and Chatbots for enterprises. Suresh enjoys mentoring and advising early-stage founders & leadership teams building emerging technology start-ups. He has a Computer Science degree from India and MBA (Entrepreneurship and Marketing) from the University of California, Davis.

Christopher Martin

President
Atlas Marketing

Telling stories for companies who build things requires a knowledge of a variety of industries as well as a knack for cutting through. Atlas Marketing prides itself on a specific skill set based on knowledge and experience, similar skills that have led Chris Martin, president of Atlas Marketing, to build a growing marketing communications agency.
Starting the company in 2008 and working from his own dining room table, Martin has grown Atlas Marketing to include two offices with key leadership in vital areas. Built on the company philosophy of listen, engage, connect he is hard at work developing and managing the culture at Atlas to be collaborative, exciting and effective. Martin also encourages his team to experiment with new ideas and challenge the status quo, which ensures the Atlas culture will thrive.
Throughout his twenty-six-year career, Martin has sought clients who are in need of strategic marketing direction and communications counsel. He has won multiple awards and served on various regional community boards.  These experiences have led to exceptional strategy and results for clients.

Terrell Martin

Business One-Stop Shop Director
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Terrell, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He began his Commonwealth career in 2010 when he started in the Public Utility Commission. In 2011, he transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) where he has held management level positions in the Human Resources, Travel Management, Budget and Contracts, and Information Technology areas. From 2015-2020, he was an IT Project Manager in the Infrastructure and Economic Development Delivery Center where he managed several projects, including PennDOT’s Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) and Phase II of the Business One-Stop Shop Project at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). As of February 2020, Terrell is serving as the Director of the Business One-Stop Shop Office at DCED. The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop Office is equipped with knowledge, information, and resources for businesses both large and small. Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, his team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development – from planning and startup to operating and expanding.

Katie McCroskey, MBA

Director of Knowledge Mgmt. & Training
Thycotic

Katie McCroskey is a Privileged Access Management SME with 10+years’ experience educating organizations on PAM best practices. With an MBA from Cleveland State University, Katie specializes in converting complex security and technical topics into digestible information for organizations to make strategic decisions about privileged access security for real business impact. When not helping organizations assess risk and build solid defense in depth programs, Katie enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Timothy McKenna

Director of Experience Design
Pennsylvania Interactive LLC

Tim develops strategic solutions that increase service value and transforms organizations into customer-focused, brand-enlightened entities. Currently, Tim is the Director of Experience Design at Pennsylvania Interactive, a NIC Inc. company. His leadership shifted the direction of the organization to center on design thinking and user research that has empowered government and citizens through digital transformation.
Previously, Tim developed new ways to drive business, launch new products and elevate brands. His work has been recognized by top industry organizations including MarCom, HOW Magazine, AIGA, Davey Awards, American Society for Association Executives, Horizon, AIGA, and the Art Directors Club.
Tim is a dedicated leader who helps teams work better together. He speaks frequently about the intersection of design, business, and leadership. He has spoken at Sweden Ministry of Health, American Society of Association Executives, OFFSET Dublin, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

Curt Mills

Director of Service Delivery
Momentum, Inc.

Curt has been a consultant with Momentum for 6 years. He has more than twenty years of IT and functional experience in the areas of application software development, business analysis, project management, product deployment and client support. His passion is delivering solutions and providing an overall quality customer experience. Curt currently oversees Momentum’s Senior Advisors, Consultant teams, Employee Initiatives, and Service/Product Offering Development research and evaluation.

Nicole Overley, MA, PMP

Human Capital Manager
Deloitte

Nicole focuses on Human Capital within Deloitte’s Government & Public Services practice, supporting Deloitte’s clients to achieve their mission and vision through transformational change and unlocking the potential of exponential technologies, new workforce models, and ways of working within organizations.
Nicole managed the development of Deloitte’s Workforce Transformation methodology within Human Capital and has embedded with Deloitte’s global Innovation group to analyze how disruptive technologies can empower organizations to rethink their work. Nicole has worked with a broad range of Deloitte’s clients across industries in both the public and private sectors, including the nation’s largest integrated health care system, leading-edge state and local agencies and nonprofits, and multinational corporations in the hospitality & retail sectors.
Nicole is also a certified Business Chemistry® facilitator and has designed and delivered interactive leadership offsites, workshops, and trainings both within and beyond Deloitte.

Zachary Pelkey, B.S Computer Science, Curriculum Engineer

CTO
Akashic Technologies

Zachary Pelkey is the CTO of Akashic Technologies and has worked as a Curriculum Engineer for Trilogy Education services writing courses on decentralized finance for many of the top university boot-camps across the United States. Zachary is currently pursuing his master’s from Harrisburg University and is a full stack blockchain engineer with first-hand experience developing distributed ledger technology-based applications from the ground up. Zachary is widely active in several communities including the Cloud Native Foundation and the IEEE High Performance Computing community. With education as a cornerstone of Zachary’s career he has dedicated his life to teaching others about their right to privacy and security on the web.

Ken Richard

Product Director
Applied Educational System

Ken Richard has been developing software and curriculum for High School and Middle School Career & Technology Programs for over 20 years. Ken is interested in curriculum design, software design, user experience, and growing subscription companies.

Max Robinson, MBA

Senior Associate
Benjamin & Bond

Max leverages expertise in human-centered innovation in the healthcare and hospitality industries to lead complex projects and build meaningful experiences. Prior to joining Benjamin & Bond, he worked for UnitedHealth Group, where he led crowdsourcing innovation efforts and organizational change management to spread a culture of innovation. Max holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Joe Schilling

Manager Security Operations Center
Highmark Health

Joe is the SOC Manager at Highmark Health with over 27 years of experience in the IT industry transitioning his last 5 years in Cybersecurity. Managing Engineering, Threat, Data Protection and Incident Response teams.

Chris Sechler

Senior Sales Engineer
AppDynamics

Chris is a cloud and application engineer with 9 years of IT experience and expertise in application performance and end-user experience monitoring technologies. He has assisted hundreds of customers ranging from Fortune 500s to start-ups, as well as numerous SLED organizations with optimizing their enterprise architectures and platforms. During his tenure, Chris has worked directly with customers as well as led a professional services delivery teams – ensuring the appropriate technologies were successfully delivered in the most effective manner possible.
Currently, Chris is Senior Sales Engineer at AppDynamics (part of Cisco) and is solely focused on working with State, Local, and Education (SLED) organizations to streamline and introduce efficiencies into their application performance management practices. Chris loves working with new technologies and concepts. He is driven to be very process oriented and is always finding ways of adopting new strategies centered around perfecting those processes.

Clifford Shier

Managing Principal, Enterprise Solutions
Unisys

Over 25 years of Clifford Shier’s career have been in IT Leadership roles (CIO/CISO/CTO). Mr. Shier has extensive experience in collaborative partnering to deliver sustainable results for market leading Fortune and Critical Infrastructure companies as well as those in the Public Sector. He has led numerous business transformation and high growth initiatives resulting in significant measurable gains in performance, profitability and competitiveness.
As Trusted Advisor and IT/Business Strategist to Unisys clients, Mr. Shier brings expertise to deliver on the promise of sustainable Digital Transformation and Digital Records Management initiatives. His background within this domain includes initiatives for preservation of records and digitization of new media assets as Chief Information Officer for a top-tier Museum, the integrity of trade transaction records at a major Stock Exchange, and approaches to protect against unauthorized access of electronic health records for a multinational healthcare conglomerate.

Shamlan Siddiqi, MS

CTO
NTT DATA

Shamlan Siddiqi is the chief technology officer of NTT DATA’s public sector. In this role, Siddiqi defines and leads the group’s technology, advisory and innovation vision and strategy, supporting its efforts to improve agency outcomes through pragmatic innovations and focused services.
With more than 20 years of experience in IT services, Siddiqi most recently served as vice president in the digital and cloud services practice at NTT DATA, where he led a team of consulting, solutions and service delivery professionals. Siddiqi has also held the position of vice president of North America architecture and application development at NTT DATA. In this role, he established technology practices, including mobile, interactive web, user experience, architecture modernization and integration, that achieved double-digit revenue growth while solving customers’ business problems through innovative and repeatable business-driven, technology-enabled solutions.
Prior to NTT DATA, Siddiqi served as senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led enterprise architecture and management consulting initiatives for public sector clients, including the Food and Drug Administration. Siddiqi has also held various technical positions as a developer, engineer and architect with increasing responsibilities at companies including American Management Systems, CGI and RWD Technologies.
Siddiqi is a recipient of the CIO Certificate in Federal Executive Competencies awarded by the CIO University and the George Washington University. He also holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Indu Singh, PhD

Senior Scientist
OST, Inc.

Dr. Singh is a recognized author and expert on Smart Cities, having worked on notable projects in Singapore, Dubai and Amsterdam, to name a few. He is currently leading OST’s Smart City project for Stafford County in Virginia to develop a vision, strategy and implementation roadmap for the Smart Town Center project.

Jay Smith

Regional Account Director
AppDynamics

Jay is a tenured software sales executive having worked with Public Sector accounts for more than 20 years. Most all of those years have been specifically focused within the State & Local / Higher Education space. He has assisted numerous organizations, both large and small, to solve and improve many organizational, business critical initiatives – including infrastructure, security and application technologies.
Currently, Jay is working with SLED organizations within the Mid-Atlantic states, helping them to improve their Digital Image through the utilization of Application Performance and End-User monitoring solutions provided by AppDynamics.

Daniel Stewart

Senior Advisor – State and Local Government
Cisco Systems Inc

As a Senior Advisor for State and Local Government at Cisco, Daniel Stewart is dedicated to helping government entities find the tools to implement the use of available technology with clear returns on investments and increased economic development, citizen satisfaction, public safety and security.
Prior to joining Cisco, Stewart’s efforts as Chairman and Commissioner of the New York State Commission of Correction led to one of the widest growing video integration projects in the country. By the time of his retirement from government, most of NY States Prisons and New York State’s County Jail system were operating on video platform technology enhancements for inmate services.
Stewart served four governors as he led the regulatory oversight agency of the New York State Correction System including 67 state prison facilities, 57 county jail facilities, New York City Department of Correction (Riker’s Island), secure juvenile facilities and 536 police department lockups.
Prior to his state service, Stewart served three terms as City Councilor and then three terms as Mayor in the City of Plattsburgh, New York. He helped achieve the national ranking of #1 Small City in the United States by Site Selection Magazine for small city development opportunities. He was a team member in the re-use of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base upon its closure, widely recognized as the best re-use example of a military facility asset in the United States.
Stewart served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force as a member of the Strategic Air Command. He was awarded achievement medals for professional service and actions taken during an operational situation, good conduct, and outstanding unit ribbon while on active duty.
Stewart’s time in local and state government service gives him a keen knowledge and understanding of the many implications and challenges involved in the decision making process for deploying technology projects at the local and state government levels.

Ellen Strom

Chief Accessibility Officer
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Ellen Strom was named Chief Accessibility Officer for the commonwealth in January 2020.
In this role, Ellen is focused on ensuring that the state’s digital content is accessible to its citizens and employees alike. She works with state agencies to define best practices, design and implement strategies to educate and influence organizational culture, improve procurement processes and organize communities of practice.
Ellen has been in the digital customer experience field for more than 15 years. For the past seven years, she concentrated on designing and implementing a digital program to improve the web and mobile banking experiences for customers with disabilities. She is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Ellen earned a master’s degree in business administration from the American University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree in French and German from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She spent two of her undergraduate years in study abroad programs at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France and Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany.

Richard Swain, ISSP, CCSP, CRISC and CIPM, Open Group Certified IT Architect

Senior Security Architect
IBM

Richard Swain is a Senior Security Architect with over 30 years broad IT and leadership experience and 11 years in Information Security. He holds the industry certifications CISSP, CCSP, CRISC and CIPM and is a certified IT Architect. Richard is also a volunteer Director for the ISACA Sacramento chapter. Richard has been supporting IBM North America Clients since 2008 and has been the lead solution architect for many engagements across State Government.

Scott Sweren, PCI QSA, PCIP, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, GIAC GSEC & GSNA, PMP

AT&T Cybersecurity

Scott is a principal architect and a member of the AT&T Cybersecurity Advisory Team. He has broad experience in many aspects of information security. He has extensive expertise on the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard. Scott was among the first to become certified by the PCI council. Prior to joining AT&T, Scott was the CISO for the University of Delaware. Scott has also held management positions with Bank One, Hercules, The Vanguard Group, and General Electric.
Scott has over 30 years of practical hands-on and managerial experience in Information Technology, the last 20 focused exclusively on information security. Coupled with his combination of technical skills in programming, systems administration and information security operations gives him a unique perspective in information security.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Science from Elizabethtown College. He also holds multiple certifications in information security and project management. He volunteers his time as an ISACA boot camp instructor and has held positions with ISC2 and ISSA.

Amy Townson, PMP, SA, CSM, ITIL (v4)

Senior Advisor
Momentum, Inc.

Amy is a certified project manager with over 20 years of experience and expertise in the health and human services industry, transportation, state government sector, contract management, and project management techniques. She has successfully managed over fifty unique projects and multiple portfolios of projects. In addition, Amy has provided training for state and federal clients on a variety of topics. She has strong facilitation skills with the ability to tailor messages to fit the audience’s experience level and role. Amy is a skilled leader of in-person, virtual, and combination teams.

Philip Walter

CIO
Adams County

Seven years with Adams County, currently Chief Information Officer. My goal is to improve County public service delivery through relationship building, technological solutions, risk reduction, and appropriate portfolio management. I am most proud of the fact that Adams County and its leadership have recognized the value IT brings to the organization and works closely with us to ensure we have the support necessary to be successful. Without this support, the County would not be able to modernize and provide better service to our citizens.

Alec Wantoch, B.S Computer Science, Sr. Curriculum Engineer

CEO
Akashic Technologies

Alec is a computer scientist that specializes in full stack software engineering, cyber security, and blockchain technologies. He has worked to build and launch an IoT-based Hyperledger Fabric blockchain at MistIQ Technologies, as well as helped to build and secure a universal cryptocurrency wallet and BaaS API that supported over half a dozen blockchains. He has participated in several hackathons, including HACKtheMACHINE at MIT where he and his team managed to exploit maritime systems. Alec has also helped write Blockchain curriculum for nation-wide FinTech coding bootcamps that have been deployed to a rapidly growing list of top universities, such as Rice, Columbia, UNC Charlotte, Toronto, and an online global audience. Alec continues to build upon ground-breaking technologies and is a hacker at heart, who seeks to use technology to benefit humanity.

Ben Williams

BDMTRACKtech

Ben Williams is a former Army Special Operations leader. He is director of Technology deployments and business development at TRACKtech.

Michael Yeganeh

VP Solution Engineering
Salesforce

Mike Yeganeh is the Vice President of Solution Engineering for Salesforce Public Sector supporting US State and local government organizations. He has over 25 years of enterprise software solution consulting and management experience including CRM and ERP applications, Database, and Middleware technologies.
After 22 years at Oracle Corporation, Mike joined Salesforce in August 2013 to apply his CRM and Core technology experience to help Government customers architect solutions that realize the the time-to-value and lower cost of ownership benefits of moving to the Cloud and Salesforce’s SAAS and Application Platform as a Service offerings.
Mike’s experience has primarily been spent in the Public Sector with specific vertical focus areas including Public Health and Human Services, Public Housing, as well as 311, Regulatory Compliance, and other State and Local Government solutions.

Sam Yoo

Data Intelligence Specialist Financial Sector
ASG Technologies

Sam Yoo has over 25 years of experience working in the financial industry focused on enterprise-wide business process development, regulatory/compliance projects, and infrastructure and Operational improvements. Sam’s key accomplishments are Data Governance programs, Program Management and building technology operations focused on KYC/AML programs, Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review (CCAR), Basel related programs (Market Risk, Counterparty Credit Risk, Securitizations), and Business Intelligence Reporting. In Sam’s current role, he is focused on helping large financial institutions plan, develop, and implement Data Governance Programs.

Steven Young, PMP

Sr. Vice President
Mathtech, Inc.

Mr. Young has 25 years of experience providing operations, IT, and Project Management related professional services. He has helped large and small organizations with IT Strategy, System Development, Process Improvement, and Project Management. Mr. Young has significant experience with public sector clients as well as finance and manufacturing. He has worked with a variety of agencies to help them develop a vision for modernizing their operations and implement that vision through strategy, technology, process improvement, and project management. He has supported and led large scale projects for states such as NJ, PA, MD, MI, WA, WI across a variety of agencies. As part of these efforts, he has helped agencies plan their projects, develop large scale RFPs, and assisted with procurements and vendor management.
Mr. Young is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on project management and the modernization of public sector operations. He also spoke at the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 PA TechCons.
Mr. Young spent ten years with and was a practice leader for a Big 4 Consulting firm. He holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. He currently serves as Mathtech’s Sr. Vice President for State and Local Consulting operations and oversees modernization and transformation services to agencies across the country.