devopsdays Chicago - Contact

If you’d like to contact us by email: chicago@devopsdays.org

Our local team

Jerry Cattell

Organizer

Jerry Cattell

Jerry Cattell is the Director of Technical Operations for Tempus and a co-organizer of the DevOps Chicago meetup group. In his free time, Jerry enjoys traveling, reading, and playing with new technologies.

  

Sasha Rosenbaum

Organizer

Sasha Rosenbaum
Red Hat

Sasha is a Sr. Manager on the Managed OpenShift Black Belt (MOBB) team at Red Hat, where she is helping enterprise customers successfully migrate to managed OpenShift on customers’ favorite public cloud. In her career, Sasha has worked in development, operations, consulting, and cloud architecture. Sasha is an organizer of DevOpsDays Chicago, a chair of DeliveryConf, and a published author.

    

Albert Cheung

Organizer

Albert Cheung

Albert Cheung works in support for a financial institution dealing with production issues and change management. In his free time, he likes to: sail, play pickleball, visit friends outside of Chicago and brew kombucha.

 

Brian Devlin

Organizer

Brian Devlin
Hyatt Hotels

Brian Devlin is (presumably) a human who enjoys activities of various natures. Brian is a father who lives in the suburbs. He enjoys board games and beverages, in no specific order. He may or may not have a shadow Twitter account. He tweets only during warm weather. Once, Brian vaulted over the Chicago River, but that could have been in his imagination. Brian invented DevOps, but not the DevOps you know.

 

Joshua Goldman

Organizer

Joshua Goldman

Josh Goldman is a Site Reliability Engineer at Packet Host Inc, a bare metal cloud provider. He’s learning to be a pythonista and a terraform guru. Previous endeavors include being a Site Reliability Engineer at SecureWorks as well as an SRE Manager, a mid sized Managed Security Service Provider. In his non work life he volunteers at PAWS Chicago as a Dog Handler and a Adoption Counselor.

  

Christian Herro

Organizer

Christian Herro
Morningstar

Christian Herro manages an SRE team at Morningstar. He co-founded the Madison WI devops meetup and devopsdays MSN. In his free time (pandemic permitting), he enjoys dancing, board games, live music, eating all of the foods, and spending far too much time thinking about Babylon 5.

   

Trevor Hess

Organizer

Trevor Hess
Chef Software, Inc

Trevor Hess is a Partner Solution Architect focusing on Microsoft at Chef Software, working with Microsoft to ensure that Chef is delighting customers and prospects on Windows and the many parts inside Azure! Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities. Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

 

Kevin Reedy

Organizer

Kevin Reedy
Chef Software, Inc

Kevin Reedy is an infrastructure developer from Chicago that currently works for Chef as a Customer Architect. In his free time, he enjoys brewing beer, snowboarding, DJing, and promising that he’ll update his blog more often.

    

Matt Stratton

Organizer

Matt Stratton
Pulumi

Matt Stratton is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi, founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences. Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL. He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.

    

Margaret Valtierra

Organizer

Margaret Valtierra
Morningstar

Margaret Valtierra is a Program Manager at Morningstar. She runs the AWS Chicago user group, AWS Community Day Midwest, and is a global core organizer for the AWS Community Days. When not at work she can usually be found at the dog park with her dog, Peanut.

   

Hari Vedam

Organizer

Hari Vedam
Discover

Hari Vedam is a cloud engineer. He is an avid technologist. His experience includes IT architecture, front-end development, and public + private cloud. When he is not playing with the cloud, his free time includes cooking, reading, and watching movies, especially Marvel.

   

Chris Read

Organizer

Chris Read
Aquatic

I help developers understand the environments they are developing for, and helps infrastructure people build better systems. Specialties are Unix (any flavour), scripting and networking. I’ve done time as a Developer and as a Sys Admin, but now I am both…

   

Brian Andersen

Organizer

Brian Andersen
NextCapital

Brian Andersen is a Senior DevOps Engineer at NextCapital. Prior to joining NextCapital, he made a living as production support for a large, multinational bank and an Atlassian consultant for a small local firm. In his free time he plays (possibly) an unhealthy amount of games, both of the video and board variety. He also has really enjoys visiting cities with zoos in them.

 

Jeff Smith

Organizer

Jeff Smith
Centro

Jeff Smith has been in the technology industry for over 20 years, oscillating between management and individual contributor. Jeff currently serves as the Director of Production Operations for Centro, an advertising software company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Before that he served as the Manager of Site Reliability Engineering at Grubhub. Jeff is passionate about DevOps transformations in organizations large and small, with a particular interest in the psychological aspects of problems in companies. He lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie and their two kids Ella and Xander. Jeff is currently writing a book Operational Anti-Patterns with DevOps Solutions with Manning publishing due out in Spring of 2020, but available now via their early access program. He is also the chapter president of Blacks in Technology where he strives to introduce the community to the different opportunities in the technology field.

  
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