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Matt Stratton is a Customer Architect at Chef, where he demonstrates how Chef’s automation platform provides speed and flexibility to clients’ infrastructure. He is devoted to concepts like Continuous Delivery and Infrastructure as Code, and his license plate actually says “DevOps”. He lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife Andrea, and his three kids, Henry, Joey, and Sophia, and their cat, Fancy. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who, Firefly, and Game of Thrones. And whiskey. Matt is also the creator and co-host of the Arrested DevOps podcast.
Margaret Valtierra is the Senior Marketing Specialist at Cohesive Networks. She is responsible for growing Cohesive’s awareness through digital and written content creation, public relations, and community events. She organizes and leads the Chicago AWS user group. Previously, Margaret was VP of Operations at GreenPoint Partners, a sustainability consulting company for commercial real estate. At GreenPoint, Margaret managed the LEED building certification process for over 5 million square feet of commercial space and earned her LEED GA and LEED AP accreditations. Margaret has a BSM from Tulane University and is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.
Joel is a Senior DevOps Engineer working at Gogo; providing a best-in-class cloud infrastructure and developing infrastructure/deployment tooling. Primarily works with Python, the cloud is his immutable data center, and loves tinkering with all things tech. In his spare time, Joel is also a GDG Organizer and loves exploring his home city Chicago from time to time.