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Our Local Team
Gokul Sridharan is a Master’s Degree holder in IT, an entrepreneur by nature and a successful presales management professional at CA Technologies. He has worked there for the past 3 years and successfully managing a business of $10m+ from a technical sales standpoint. Prior to joining CA and pursuing his master’s degree, Gokul started off his career at Accenture as a software developer.
During that time frame, he also started his own restaurant venture called ‘The Snack Shack’ in India. He loves DevOps concepts and likes to be a part of local meetups. He is also part of the organizing committee in DevOpsDays Dallas, and on in his spare time likes to work on new and innovative ideas.
Jack Teoh started his DevOps journey by actively volunteering for DevOpsDays Austin since 2015 and participates in multiple user group in the DevOps space. He also started volunteering for DevOpsDays Dallas when it was just starting in 2016, then become one of the core local organizer. He enjoys helping out both at DevOpsDays Austin and DevOpsDays Dallas, because he gets to meet and interact with people who are liked minded sharing a common interest which is DevOps.
Jessica is a DevOps Engineer. She has a deep interest in the DevOps culture and she keeps continuously learning. Her dream is to travel all over the world. She is currently part of the DevOps team at Istation where she delivers applications that support educators, empower kids and change lives.
Jim Baldwin has over 20 years in the IT field holding various positions from Systems Administration and Infrastructure Engineering to DevOps and Cloud Computing. After attending DevOpsDays in Austin in 2015 and becoming DevOps awakened, Jim has spent his time honing his DevOps and Agile skills. He is an advocate for Agile and Lean technologies and certified in SAFe and ITIL practices.
Jim is currently a Consultant at Slalom Consulting.
John-Paul Herold is an engineering leader focused on continuous learning and building great teams that leverage cloud technology to deliver high-value solutions. Currently his teams are focused on cloud architecture resilency, container orchestration, observability, cost optimization, performance engineering, and developer experience tooling. John-Paul started as a Java developer, transitioned to “DevOps” engineer when he realized he could manage servers as cattle [not pets], then cloud engineer which brought him to Southwest Airlines where he later moved into leadership.
His path with DevOpsDays started in 2015 when he attended both Dallas and Austin, and has continued every year since. He volunteered for DevOpsDays DFW the first time in 2019, was an organizer for DevOpsDays Texas 2021, and returns as an organizer for this year’s DFW event.
John-Paul is based in Dallas and has a CSE degree from Southern Methodist University. In his off time he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, running a homelab, reading tech books, and working on projects in his garage.
Lee is an experienced technologist with a passion for solving problems. Whether technical, logistical, organizational - in every endeavor, Lee brings with him a high-level of integrity and an effective leadership style. His experience spans multiple disciplines including Employee Engagement, Distribution, IT Solutions Architecture, Virtual and Physical IT Infrastructure, and Cyber-security.
Lee is a volunteer for DevOpsDays DFW as a result of his passionate interest in DevOps (and DevSecOps) and the associated community of talented professionals.
Lee works with Ancilla LLC - As a Consultant and Project Director. Ancilla LLC provides consulting services for Cloud, CyberSecurity, Application Security and Organizational Excellence. Providing Organizations with Proven, Documented & Published Outcomes.
Lee also volunteers his time acting as Prayer Team Chair for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast - a local faith-based nonprofit.
Mark loves DevOps and the cloud and has spent the last 2 years with Capital One going all in on DevOps and the Cloud. Mark leads DevOps for Capital One Auto Finance and is the Cloud Lead for public cloud accounts in Plano. Previously Mark has spent 14 years at Southwest Airlines in various software development and leadership roles.
20+ years advising large corporations and fast growth startups in IT architecture and security.
Mark Saum currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer of DirectStream, LLC. DirectStream was founded by supercomputing pioneer Seymour Cray and provides a breakthrough supercomputing system and a secure cloud platform. DirectStream’s goal is to provide the fastest, most secure computing platform on the planet. In this role, Mr. Saum has overall responsibility for the company’s corporate, hardware and cloud platform security.
Mr. Saum joined DirectStream from ModoPayments, where he was a co-founder and served as the CIO and CISO. While at ModoPayments, he was co-inventor of US Patent US20120101887, A System and Method for Managing Merchant-Customer Interactions. He remains as an investor and advisor to ModoPayments.
Mr. Saum has provided IT consulting through Fidelis Consulting Corporation since 1997. His customers have included IBM, AT&T, General Motors, Sun Microsystems, JPMorganChase, Lucent Technologies, the Intelligence Community, US Cellular, GameStop, and Verizon Wireless.
Mr. Saum is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and holds a B. B. A. in Business Analysis/Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Megan was our Sponsor Liaison for DevOpsDays DFW 2017, and Volunteer for subsequent years. She is joining the tech community with more than 15 years experience in supply chain operations and marketing in the fashion and consumer goods industries. Megan has a particular interest in DevOps concepts and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge at DevOpsDays DFW.
Mike who is a DevOps Enthusiast and Technical Evangelist works as an independent Consultant with customers in the United States and throughout Latin America. Mike enjoys sharing his views as it relates to the cultural movement of DevOps and technologies that contribute to the continuous improvement. He enjoys it so much, that he became one of the integral local organizers of DevOpsDays Dallas, DevOps Live Meetup, and active Global Core Organizer of devopsday.org.
As a recognized leader in the DevOps space with exemplary recommendations in the LinkedIn community groups, Mike’s passion in this field shines as he mentors others and enjoys tackling challenges. Mike’s vast experience in helping Enterprise customers for 23+ years at Microsoft in various capacity serves as a base as he continues to evolve in this DevOps journey.
Roger is a 20+ year International IT Leader experienced with Software delivery for systems delivering multi billion dollar impacts to their Enterprises. Roger currently leads Verizon’s Engineering Practice Transformation Centers - DOJOs - Across the United States, where teams enter to learn new Agile Practices, DevOps Automantions and Cloud Technologies which speed time to value realization, drive efficiency and improve quality.
Focus Areas for Roger include: DevOps, Agile Development, Continuous Delivery, Lean Development, Software architecture and design, Pricing theory, Product Lifecycle Management, Onshore, Near Shore and Offshore project development (US, LATAM, EMEA, APAC) and Pricing Analytics.
Roger holds his Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University and is a continuous learner. A Practitioner of constraint management and evangelist for DevOps measurement, speaking at OS Con 2018 and GLUCON 2018 on DevOps Measurement and Enter-Sourcing with Hygieia. That which is measured, improves!.
Russell currently serves as Manager of DevOps Engineering where his team encourages Dev Team autonomy for code and infrastructure pipelines. He has over 30 years of IT experience in a variety of technologies and industries. Starting as a Web Application Developer, then moving into IT Leadership Russell was introduced to DevOps in 2015 while managing platform and systems that supported the Verizon Global Website (www.verizon.com). He quickly adopted an agile / cloud-first methodology to improve feature speed and quality to the business.
Since 2008 Russell has led inclusive and empowered multi-cultural teams responsible for software development and delivery, production support, Operations, and DevOps.
Scott Purgerson, was previously a Sr. Sales Executive with Automation Anywhere located in Dallas, Texas. Although born in San Jose, CA, he takes great pride in claiming he’s a Texan, as he’s resided there 97% of his life. Scott has over 16 years of professional experience, comprised of sales and management. He’s very passionate about helping and partnering with others in their digital transformation journey. Scott joined as an organizer for Dallas DevOps Days in 2019. In his downtime, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their corgi, Winnie, as well being in the woods, hunting.
Travis is the Site Reliability Engineering Manager at SailPoint and has previously led cloud engineering teams at Blackbaud, Accenture and Trimble Transportation. He earned his MBA at Texas State University and an undergrad in Computer Science from UT Austin. Travis is based in Dallas and enjoys volunteering with Boy Scouts and taking his 3 sons on outdoor adventures.
Travis started his journey with DevOps at DevOpsDays Austin in 2015 and has volunteered at DevOpsDays events in Austin, Denver and DFW. He loves meeting new people and hearing their DevOps journey stories at conferences. He is excited to join the DevOpsDays DFW Organizers to help make a great event for 2022.
Local Emeritus Organizers
Ben Johnson, Annie Hedgpeth, Michael Hedgepeth, Carlos Nuñez. Mark Saum