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Dan spent 12 years in the military as a mechanic on fighter jets, like the F-16, before transitioning to a career in technology as a Software Engineer, then a DevOps Engineer, a Software Development Manager, and now a Chief Architect. He’s leading the technical and cultural transformation for the RSA Archer, a non-profit focused on consumer protection in the insurance industry. Dan is also an organizer of the DevOps KC Meetup and the DevOpsDays KC conference.
CJ, his wife, two dogs and a cat, have lived in Kansas City, Missouri for four years. When he is not traveling the world with his wife, he works as a DevOps Engineer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In addition to his work on software automation and infrastructure as code, he is considered an advocate for developing the DevOps culture throughout the Bank. He is also actively involved in the Kansas City eSports scene as a co-owner of Good Game Kansas City.
Ryan McNair is currently the Technical Product Owner for SMRxT Inc, a Medication Adherence company focused on software and IoT devices to monitor when patients do and don’t take their medicine. Previously, Ryan held multiple engineering and leadership positions at Cerner Corp, a provider of Electronic Health Record software and services to hospitals. Ryan is focused on successful technology implementations across the healthcare sector and sees DevOps as a powerful tool in the business value stream for all SaaS products. Outside the office, you’ll find Ryan tearing up the local mountain bike trails and making sawdust in his basement workshop.
Systems Architect and Security guy, but involved in many aspects of Technology for clients of all sizes. DevOps has changed the world for how solutions are implemented both internally and delivered to clients globally. Looking forward to what’s next, other than self-driving cars. DevOpsDays is a great forum for sharing what’s working, and talking about that thing that everyone wants most - innovation.
Dustin is an outgoing individual who believes that work and fun can be one in the same. After spending many years of his career in infrastructure silos, he was drawn to DevOps culture and emphasis on learning and solving problems together. Dustin spends his free time with his wife chasing their two small children, playing indoor soccer, or wondering when technology will completely free him from housework.
Chris started her career as a high school history teacher. After transitioning to software training (where she was never required to call anyone’s parents!) she found her career path in technology. Currently managing a team of Business Analysts and Software Quality Engineers at the NAIC, she is passionate about ensuring that functional teams are just as much a part of the DevOps journey as the technical teams. Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time with her family and planning their next travel adventures.
Kayla is a technology polymath and server whisperer who has spent her career focusing on making things better for all players involved in producing and consuming technology. She is a firm believer in security as a process and practice makes perfect. Kayla, her partner, and their five kids live on a small farm surrounded by forest and hiking trails. In her free time she can be found ignoring all things tech in favor of spending time in nature with her family and dogs.
DaShaun Carter is a Platform Architect for Pivotal. Before working at Pivotal, DaShaun worked for several startups, marketing/advertising agencies, an information security company and Garmin. DaShaun likes to do CrossFit and enjoys marathons, triathlons and the other endurance events in between. DaShaun and his wife were both professional cheerleaders, and they continue to work on the perfect cheer with their 4 children.
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