Our Speakers

Nathan Adams Software Developer, United Fire Group

Nathan Adams

Nate has worked professionally in the IT industry for nearly 20 years developing software and mentoring and leading teams in a wide range of environments from small companies with dozens of employees to large global enterprises with over 20,000 employees. Nate brings this range of experiences with him to NewBoCo.

As a software developer, Nate has written code and developed architecture for all aspects of systems from the UI through the middleware and to the back-end. Nate has also given many talks for user groups in the midwest on a broad range of technology topics.

As an agile enthusiast and coach, Nate has developed and coached agile teams using a broad array of methodologies. Nate has taught the Intro to Agile course at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business as well as an agile certificate through Kirkwood Community College.

Nate is especially passionate about helping teams continuously improve how they write software; both for themselves as well as their users. To this end, acts as an advocate for developers; trying to make their work less stressful by pushing for a sustainable development pace and enabling development methodologies that emphasize quality.

Kathy Andersen ScrumMaster, Hudl

Kathy Andersen

Kathy is a Scrum Master at Hudl. There, she has the honor of serving the talented teams on the business side of the Hudl's efforts to market, sell, support, and report on the company's products and services. Kathy took an uncommon route to the software world. She went from running a microfinance nonprofit to working at a startup incubator, and there she took the dive into product/software development.
On one of her early projects, she ramped up on the scrum framework and agile concepts more broadly. That's how she fell in love with the idea that there really are ways to setup individuals to do their best work and to setup teams to be greater than the sum of their parts. Today you'll find her speaking at conferences and participating in the agile and product development communities in Lincoln, Omaha, and beyond

Ash Banaszek UX Associate, Union Pacific Railroad

Ash Banaszek

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

Adam Barney Staff Software Engineer, Quicken Loans

Adam Barney

Adam is a nerd. That kept me humble and nearly friendless (sniff) through school, but he wears it as a badge of honor now. After buying a Commodore 64 with money from his paper route in the 4th grade, he’s never stopped learning about computers and how to make these stupid machines do cool things. When he's not slinging code for his 9-to-5 job, he's slinging code for himself to keep current on things, playing with electronics and IoT, 3D printing, and watching far too much TV.

Mark Bayley Director of Information Security , Baptist Health System

Mark Bayley

I'm the current Director of Information Security Baptist Health System, with a background in penetration testing and incident response. I also help with the mentor program at SecKC (@dispareo) to help others achieve their developmental and career goals within the security areas, and volunteer at a children's emergency placement foster shelter.

Mike Benkovich

Mike Benkovich

A software architect, Azure expert, and former Microsoft evangelist, Mike Benkovich dedicates huge amounts of his time to helping his fellow developers and burgeoning programmers learn about new technologies and platforms. Mike’s website www.benkotips.com equips developers with tips and resources to help them get to grips with technologies including cloud, data and devices, and he produces online courses covering areas like Azure development, data architecture strategies and serverless computing. Follow Mike on Twitter @BenkoTips

Jim Benson CEO, Modus Cooperandi

Jim Benson

A pioneer in applying Lean and Kanban to knowledge work, Jim is the creator of Personal Kanban, co-creator of Lean Coffee, and co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, winner of the Shingo Research and Publication Award. He is the CEO of Modus Cooperandi, and co-founder of Modus Institute. For the past two decades Jim has worked at uncovering ways for individuals and groups to communicate, collaborate, and find clarity in unpredictable and amorphous environments.

Jason Bock Developer Advocate, Rocket Mortgage

Jason Bock

Jason Bock is a Developer Advocate for Rocket Mortgage and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has over 25 years of experience working on a number of business applications using a diverse set of frameworks and languages. He is the author of ".NET Development Using the Compiler API", "Metaprogramming in .NET", and "Applied .NET Attributes". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp. Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

David Body President, Big Creek Software, LLC

David Body

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

Drew Brown CIO, Union Bank and Trust

Drew Brown

Drew Brown is the Chief Information Officer of Union Bank and Trust, Forbes #2 rated bank in America. Drew oversees all technology including digital strategy and transformation, information security, data analytics, and cloud migration. In his three years as CIO of Union Bank he has lead the creation and launch of a new retail mobile app that is the #1 rated bank app in all of UBT’s markets, overseen the development of UBT’s PPP loan automation technology (built in a week - processed the second highest number of loans on the PPP program’s opening weekend), transformed the bank’s mortgage origination experience, built out a data warehousing and analytics team, implemented the bank’s backbone API layer, and is currently implementing a cross-system integrated identity layer and gold customer record architecture. Drew’s team has accomplished all this while driving millions of dollars of spend out of the bank’s IT budget. Prior to his time at UBT Drew was a consultant specializing in strategy and restructuring of publicly traded IT organizations, and also spent two years running a data science consulting practice.

Steven Carlson Cloud Security Architect, FNBO

Steven Carlson

Hello, I’m Steven. I’m a Cloud Security Architect at FNBO. Beyond my former XC Teams, running and education will always be my true passions. Over the last few years God has moved me from south central Nebraska to a little house in Lincoln, Ne. I love coffee and biking to different events in the city. I enjoy traveling, even if it means getting my hands dirty on my parent's farm.

Mollie Cox Director of Product Design, DMSi

Mollie Cox

hello. i am a product designer happily creating experiences for over 15 years. i want to live in a world where collaboration is never an after thought, products and functionality are always created with a user-centered design, and great design is considered a moral imperative.

Ben Dekarske Chief Technology Officer, Buildertrend

Ben Dekarske

Starting his career as a programmer, Ben has experience leading, architecting and creating software for the airline, commercial products, printing, e-commerce and construction industries with teams of many sizes over the past 20+ years. Currently the CTO of Buildertrend, an Omaha-based company with a SaaS product as their flagship offering, leading a team of over 150 technologists spanning architecture, development, quality assurance, infrastructure and corporate IT.

Originally from Wisconsin, Ben currently lives in the Omaha area with his partner Adrienne and 3 children.

Aaron Deming Applications Development Manager, Buildertrend

Aaron Deming

At Buildertrend I have served as a developer, team lead, trainer, and manager. As a team lead, I helped acclimate new developers to my team, managed many projects at once, and acted as the technical owner of the areas of the application that my team owned.

As a trainer and manager I get to onboard all new developers and coach them for several months, until they are ready to graduate from the training team, to one of our feature teams. I also help facilitate and conduct continuing education and knowledge shares for a 50+ person development team.

Bill Dinger Managing Director of Technology, VMLY&R

Bill Dinger

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

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

Mike Douglas Director of Delivery Engineering, Lunavi

Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas is Director of Delivery Engineering at Lunavi specializing in architecting secure cloud native and hybrid modern applications. He works with organizations to continuously improve their application security and compliance controls, speed of delivery, and quality through DevOps practices. He is an active community member in leading the Omaha DevOps meetup and organizing events in Omaha like Global DevOps Bootcamp. He also speaks regularly at a number of regional and national events such as HDC, Infotec, VS Live, and Nebraska Code(). He is a Microsoft MVP in Developer Technologies with a focus in Azure DevOps and enjoys sharing his experiences in DevOps, Automated Testing, and Security at www.lunavi.com and on Twitter at @mikedouglasdev.

Doug Durham CEO, Don't Panic Labs

Doug Durham

Doug Durham is Co-Founder and CEO of Don’t Panic Labs, a firm that helps companies innovate through the design and development of software technologies. He is also the co-founder of Nebraska Global, Don’t Panic Lab’s parent company, known as a pioneer in the startup landscape in Nebraska. Doug has more than three decades of software engineering and development experience in aerospace and defense, healthcare, manufacturing, eCommerce, consumer web applications, and Internet network services. He is passionate about the process of solving problems through software, and the application of sound engineering principles and patterns to these efforts. His diverse skills, education, and various leadership roles have shaped his career. Doug served as a civil engineer in the Air National Guard for 21 years, which deployed him to many strange and wonderful places around the world before he retired at the rank of Major in 2006. Doug is a proud Husker and has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where all three of his children pursued STEM degrees. He has taught at the UNL Raikes School of Computer Science and serves on a College of Engineering advisory board. He also has a master’s degree in finance and management. Doug often speaks at industry conferences on the topic of software engineering. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Doug has recently released his first book, co-authored with Chad Michel, titled "Lean Software Systems Engineering for Developers."

Danielle Egr CTO / Managing Director, Nelnet Business Services

Danielle Egr

I believe education can change the world in a postive way. This includes formal education, but also ongoing learning through various channels and experiences. My passion for learning aligns with Nelnet's vision to make dreams possible. Even though my role as CTO is focused on product delivery, security, and IT support for our NBS solutions, I get to promote education through my work!

I am married and have five children. My oldest is 21 and my youngest two are 15. I love reading, podcasts, and the outdoors. I am also a runner - not because I'm fast, but because it's my de-stresser.

Adam Erickson Sr. Architect, DMSi

Adam Erickson

Adam is 20-year veteran of the software industry, working up and down the stack in Fortune 500 companies, and less fortunate 3-person startups. As a Software Architect neé Fullstack Developer, he mainly draws flow charts that--for better or worse (probably better)--other people end up turning into working code. He loves to ruminate and pontificate on the intersection of design, development, process, and psychology.

Benjamin Ferguson Senior Programmer/Analyst, Duncan Aviation

Benjamin Ferguson

Professionally, I am a senior programmer/analyst with Duncan Aviation and have been developing software ever since graduating from SCC - Milford in 2002. Most recently, we have been developing on a new tech stack including angular 2+ and node, both using typescript in VS Code.

Personally, I am a husband and father of 5. I'm also a youth minister, worship leader, football coach, and a mentor.

Brian Gorman Senior Training Architect, Opsgility

Brian Gorman

Brian is an experienced speaker, author, trainer, and .Net developer with MCSA: Web App Certification, MCSD: App Builder, AZ-900/104/204/220/400, DP-900/300, and MCT (3rd Year) certifications. Brian has a masters of science degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science. Additionally, Brian has over ten years of experience instructing college courses online in SQL databases, C#/VB .Net programming, Java programming, and Microsoft Office. Brian has created many online technical training courses that can be found on various platforms like Udemy, and MajorGuidanceSolutions. Brian also recently had his first APress book "Practical Entity Framework" published. Brian is currently employed as a full-time Cloud Training Architect with Opsgility.

Chad Green Director of IT Architecture, Glennis SOlutions

Chad Green

Chad Green is a manager, software development, architect, community leader, Microsoft MVP, and most importantly a father and husband. Over his career spanning three decades, Chad has managed groups from 3 to 63 people, worked on projects in a wide range of markets including education, healthcare, military, government, workforce management, financial services, chemical research, and electronic commerce. Being a big believer in giving back and wanting to ensure that there are cool events for others, Chad founded and chairs the annual Code PaLOUsa conference, organizers the Louisville .NET Meetup user group and the Monthly Tech Leader Coffee and Discussion, and has helped other groups like the Louisville Tech Ladies and events like Cincy Deliver.

Kevin Griffin Swift Kick

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin is an author, teacher, mentor, and consultant focusing in software development. As an independent consultant, Kevin specializes in helping businesses push their technology stacks into the 21st century. He is an 11-time Microsoft MVP with a passion for all things Microsoft Azure and .NET. You can often find Kevin speaking at conferences and user groups across the country or blogging at https://consultwithgriff.com.

Shawn Hellwege Senior Front End Developer, University of Nebraska

Shawn Hellwege

I work at the University of Nebraska Admissions office overseeing the front end development of several of our sites relating to Admission. I work with the designers to turn their designs into a website and make changes and maintenance as needed.

While most of my background is in software development I do have a passion for UX and UI and look for opportunities to grow. I have had previous employment at the University where I was the web admin and worked closely developing the best possible experience for the client and delegated responsibilities to a team.

As far as education I got my Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems (eCommerce emphasis) and in 2017 I got my Masters in Instructional Technology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. I am obtaining a second masters degree in Integrated Media Communications with a minor in Marketing as well as a certificate in PR and Social Media. I do have a passion for how people learn through computers (especially games) and this really forms how I view UX and how a really great UX system is one so unobtrusive you don't even notice it at all.

Outside of work I have wife and 3 wonderful children. While I have really enjoyed my web freelance opportunities over the 15 years, having a family has heavily curtailed that; but totally worth it.

Nick Hershberger IT Manager, Ameritas

Nick Hershberger

I’m a manager, agile coach, and team leader with a passion for building effective teams. For over 18 years, I’ve been helping software development teams deliver large-scale, world-class solutions to customers.

Timothy Ingledue Enterprise Application Developer, Orion Tech

Timothy Ingledue

Timothy Ingledue is an enterprise application developer specializing in the Microsoft technology stack.

Devin Kelly-Collins Senior Software Engineer, Artisan Technology Group

Devin Kelly-Collins

Technology enthusiast who actually enjoys keeping up with all of the new Javascript frameworks coming out. Started working with AngularJS at Artisan Technology Group almost 6 years ago. Many new frameworks later, I'm helping to mentor new associates as Artisan grows. Outside of work, I assist with organizing AngularKC and attend as many meetups as possible. When I have some downtime I try to play some sort of Nintendo game, but I often up back at my keyboard working on one of the numerous side projects that will never be quite finished. At the end of the day, I like to code.

Billy Korando Java Developer Advocate, Oracle

Billy Korando

Billy is a Java Developer Advocate with the Java Platform Group at Oracle. With over a decade of experience in Java, Billy brings a passion for helping developers find ways to reduce tedious work; such as project initiation, deployment, testing and validation, through automation and adopting the latest features and tools in the Java ecosystem. Outside of work Billy enjoys traveling, playing kickball, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs. Billy also co-organizes the Kansas City Java users group.

Aaron Ladage Architect, DEG

Aaron Ladage

Aaron Ladage is an Architect at DEG . He's spoken about front-end development at a number of prominent tech conferences, including SXSW Interactive and Future of Web Design NYC. He's also the creator of inputtypes.com, a popular form-testing utility. Outside of work and freelance, Aaron is a cliché Kansas City BBQ snob with a questionably large Lego collection.

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Andrew Lethcoe Software Developer, Fiserv

Andrew Lethcoe

I'm a Tech Lead at Fiserv, who is mostly focused on accelerating development with automation.

James McKee Global Developer Security Program Manager, Trimble

James McKee

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

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

In his free time James is involved with running BSidesBoulder and DC720 (Local DEFCON Group).

Website: Punkcoder.com
Twitter: @punkcoder

Chad Michel Software Architect, Don't Panic Labs

Chad Michel

Chad Michel has over 20 years of software development and engineering experience. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2000 and with a master’s in computer science in 2003.

Following graduation, Chad worked for companies in Lincoln where he helped build a practice management application for lawyers, developed key features for an eCommerce application, and helped wrangle a CDN system into a stable platform.

In 2010, he joined Nebraska Global to serve as Software Architect for two of their companies, Beehive Industries and Don’t Panic Labs.

Chad is currently the Lead Software Architect for Don’t Panic Labs. This role provides him many opportunities to help clients solve problems through innovative software solutions.

Chad is a life-long Nebraskan. He grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Lincoln with his wife, son, and daughter.

Indu Muthunarayanan United States, Mutual of Omaha

Indu Muthunarayanan

I come from a small town in Southern part of India – Madurai. I did my schooling and undergraduation in a city called Chennai. I then moved to Bangalore, considered the IT capital of India, to start my career as a full stack Java Engineer.I graduated with a Masters in Software Engineering and gradually moved in to Architecture and problem solving by selling IT services across the world.We moved as family to the USA in 2002 and prior to forming roots in Omaha, NE, I had worked in NY and Ohio.Throughout my professional career, I enjoyed travelling to many countries and loved getting to know different cultures and languages.I joined Mutual of Omaha in Jan 2017 as a Project Manager and recently took up a promotion as Director of IT, leading the Talent initiative where we are commited to cross/upskilling our IS Talent and meet our modernization ambitions.

Karthik Nallajalla Software Developer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Karthik Nallajalla

Karthik Nallajalla began his career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska as a Software Developer in 2010. Throughout the years, he has specialized in developing the Enterprise Applications using Microsoft products and technologies primarily using .Net. Before joining Blue Cross, Karthik was a SharePoint consultant for 3 years working in a technical IT development role, primarily developing SharePoint and .NET-related projects. He also holds a Masters's degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of South Alabama.

Cheryl Nelson Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School

Cheryl Nelson

Ms. Nelson has over 20 years of experience directing and managing teams for large technology companies in a variety of industries. Over the course of her career, she has managed global teams and was on the forefront of creating leadership strategies to foster cohesive virtual software development teams. She has 10 years of experience telecommuting and was telecommuting long before it was common. Prior to this, she also held positions in infrastructure engineering and data center operations.

Today, Ms. Nelson is a Program Lead with the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and a Lecturer for Leadership curriculum. She mentors capstone student teams as they develop products for sponsoring organizations. She is passionate about leadership and thoroughly enjoys collaborating with students as they learn how to create solutions to their product development capstone projects.

Duane Newman Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies, LLC

Duane Newman

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

Rob Nickolaus Director of IT, Arbor Day Foundation

Rob Nickolaus

I am the Director of IT for Arbor Day Foundation. Previously, I've been a software developer, electrical engineer, IT manager, Scrum Master, and business owner with 25 years of experience. I have led teams of 5-15 at most companies I've been involved with. Often times we are either rebuilding our team or tackling more and more projects.

I've loved bridging the technical and business world in both small business and larger organizations. My favorite part of what I do is helping people solve problems that bring about true business value. Have a problem? I'll bring my coaching hat!

In my off time, I enjoy traveling with my family, reading and pretending to be a runner.

Jim O`Neil Senior Architect, Insight

Jim O`Neil

Jim is a Senior Architect at Insight's Digital Innovation division where he focuses on designing and building cloud-native applcations on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. He has designed and implemented IoT solutions for a variety on industries including healthcare, food services, and aquaculture. Jim has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past four years and has presented and organized code camps and workshops throughout the Boston and New England for over a decade. Jim's geekery has most recently expanded into genealogy and DNA where he's recently discovered his birth family and helped a few others in their quests as well.

Naren Parimi CTO, KPI Ninja INC

Naren Parimi

Senior Technology Executive (CTO/CIO) with broad experience in consumer application development (both web and desktop), Data Science (ML, AI, NLP), Analytics (ETL, Profiling, Visualize), DevOps implementation, back-office information systems, network/web operations, information security, and project management.

George Parker CTO, Strength Coach Pro

George Parker

I am the CTO and Co-founder of Strength Coach Pro. I am full stack developer with over 15 years experience. I started with .net 2.0 and have survived the migration all the way to .net core 3.0

Kirk Payne Senior Programmer/Analyst, Duncan Aviation

Kirk Payne

When I first started in computers at the start of my career, I worked with setting up computers and servers. From an early age, I loved programming computers to do interesting or useful things. In my computer and server duties, I always found reasons to program tasks to make the job easier and more efficient. I decided to get a degree in programming. After getting that degree, I was asked to apply for a job at Duncan Aviation as a programmer. Ever since then, I have done what I loved and have learned so much from my co-workers and mentors. I have been programming for over 20 years now and have seen the birth of Object Oriented principles. I have seen the good and the bad of these principles and strive to help others with what I have learned. I am currently a Senior Programmer/Analyst at Duncan Aviation.

Lauren Phipps

Lauren Phipps

Lauren Phipps is a software engineer at Mutual of Omaha. After completing an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska Omaha, she opted to supplement her technical skills in functional programming, front-end development, and cloud technologies with a Master’s in Critical and Creative Thinking.

As an officer and board member of Mystery Code Society, one of her primary goals is to make tech an equitable industry and to provide quality tech education to diverse audiences. She also established and led a chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery - Women (ACM-W) at the university. For this work, she was recognized by AnitaB.org as a national scholarship recipient to the Grace Hopper Conference.

When she’s not at her laptop, Phipps also enjoys exploring different cities and watching Netflix shows with her husband.

Whitley Red Scrum Master, Werner Enterprises

Whitley Red

I graduated college with Bachelors in Psychology with no real career plans during the Great Recession, and quickly learned that wasn't going to cut it. I saw friends and family in the IT world, an envied their passion and stability, so I went right back to school for software development. The passion was contagious! I started from the bottom as a helpdesk intern, working my way up to full time help desk, and then a developer once I graduated. Where I was, I was working in what I called 'the wild west' of IT project management, and burned out of that style relatively soon.

Enter a new developing gig and my intro to Agile. I was amazed at how this way of working basically read my mind of all the issues and gripes I had with the previous working style and solved them! Recognizing the benefits of a truly agile self-organizing team, it didn't take long before I wanted to transition to the Scrum Master role to do whatever I could to help make our agile team successful. I believe I had found my niche and the perfect marriage of my two wildly different, but turned out complimentary, interests in Psychology and Software Development.

I have since been a Scrum Master on back office teams, middle office teams, and front end teams. I've Scrummed for one team at a time, up to three at a time. I've been in the marketing industry, finnancial industry, and logistics industry. In each company and team I've been passionate about continuous improvement, team dynamics, and helping my teams deliver the best software around!

Rob Richardson @rob_rich

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, Vue and React. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on https://robrich.org/presentations and follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

Guy Royse Developer Advocate, Redis Labs

Guy Royse

Guy works for Redis Labs as a Developer Advocate. Combining his decades of experience in writing software with a passion for sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and helps others build great software.

Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Users Group, an organizer for the Columbus Functional Programers, and has even helped teach programming at a prison in central Ohio.

In his personal life, Guy is a hard-boiled geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. In his spare time, he volunteers for his local Cub Scout Pack, goes camping, and studies history and linguistics.

Guy lives in Ohio with his wife, his three teenage sons, and an entire wall of games.

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

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

Micah Silverman Lead Developer Advocate, Split

Micah Silverman

Micah Silverman is a Lead Developer Advocate for Split. With 26 years of Java Experience (yup, that's from the beginning), he's authored numerous articles, co-authored a Java EE book and spoken at many conferences. He's a maker, who's built full size MAME arcade cabinets and repaired old electronic games. He brings his love of all things Java and Developer Evangelism to a conference near you!

Brent Stewart Co-Founder, Alien Arc Technologies

Brent Stewart

As a professional software developer with over two decades of experience, I have seen many development trends come and go and learned that there is not a shortcut to being a great developer. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned and try to mentor others whenever I can. I am a co-organizer of the Kansas City .NET User Group and love speaking at conferences.

I am a creator at heart and have started multiple businesses over the years in a variety of industries. My latest venture is Alien Arc Technologies which allows me to take my ideas and give them form. I love quality in all things and I always try to provide the best quality in everything I do. If it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

Jeremy Suing Design Studio Program Lead, UNL - Raikes School

Jeremy Suing

Jeremy Suing is the Jeffrey S. Raikes School Senior Program Lead for Design Studio and a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Suing has been involved in management and development of enterprise software systems for more than 20 years, working in both large corporate and educational environments. He has been with the Raikes School since 2005 and has helped manage more than 250 projects with nearly 100 unique sponsoring entities. Mr. Suing has received the Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, and Certified Scrum Developer designations from the ScrumAlliance. Prior to joining the Raikes School, Mr. Suing had 7 years of software engineering and project management experience working directly with ERP software solutions for Oracle USA, Inc. (formerly J.D. Edwards & Company and then PeopleSoft, Inc.). He has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Denver and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jona Van Deun President, Nebraska Tech Collaborative

Jona Van Deun

With an extensive background in politics and public affairs, Jona Van Deun was formerly Vice President of Small Business Coalitions and Engagement for the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. before returning to her native Nebraska as president of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC).

Beginning her career as a Staff Assistant to former President George H.W. Bush in the Office of Presidential Scheduling, Jona served as Deputy Director for Cabinet Affairs to Governor Arne H. Carlson (MN). She then returned to D.C. as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, working on social welfare policy. Jona also served as Director of Site Operations for both the 2000 (Philadelphia, PA) and the 2004 (New York, NY) Republican National Conventions. Serving on the White House Transition Team, she went on to be the Advance and Scheduling Director for Mrs. Lynne V. Cheney.

Throughout her 25-year career, Jona has provided strategic expertise to several trade associations and Fortune 500 companies, including 3M Company, DCI Group, the Pillsbury Company, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association (PCI). Jona also served as Director of Coalitions for Koch Companies Public Sector. As a graduate and member of the Board of Trustees of the College of St. Benedict (MN), one of the few remaining liberal arts women’s colleges in the U.S., Jona focuses her charitable and volunteer activities toward programs that attract and develop women for leadership positions in government and business.

Ken Versaw IT Manager, Nelnet

Ken Versaw

I am an Asp.Net Insider and IT Manager with over 18 years of software development experience. I am also active in the regional software development community, organizing a monthly software development meetup (Lincoln.Code) and 3 annual software development conferences (Nebraska.Code, Prairie.Code, and Indy.Code).

Mat Warger Senior Consultant, Keyhole Software

Mat Warger

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

Keil Wilson Agile Coach, Nelnet

Keil Wilson

Back in 1997, my first application development project was an unmitigated disaster. The sponsor of my internship (the VP of Sales) didn’t like the contract developer his boss had hired to build and maintain their Customer-Vendor system in Lotus Notes. He wanted me to rebuild it using MS Access and promised it would be easy. You can see the problem already, right? Lowly intern caught in the internal politics of a VP and his boss. I was a pawn and I had the VP of Sales defining my requirements, estimates and schedule. I was doomed from the start. Thankfully, at the last minute, the company president hired a VP of IT that covered my back and started teaching me how to manage IT projects.

Since then I have been a student of application development and IT project management. I started using Agile Software Development in 2001 to improve the consistency and accuracy of app dev projects I was leading. When I started my slow transition away from application development in 2007, I began to focus solely on how to make IT projects more successful through the application of varied project management and business analysis approaches.

Today, I work as an an agile coach for a mid-sized financial services company, where I continue to promote agile philosophy and IT project management processes for the teams I work with. I'm also a long-time coordinator with the agileLNK Meetup (formerly known as the Lincoln Agile Community).