devopsdays Kansas City - Contact

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Our local team

Aaron Blythe

Organizer

Aaron Blythe
Google Cloud

Father, husband, hacker, software architect, genuinely interested in understanding things and making them better.

    

Erin Crise

Organizer

Erin Crise
TekSystems

Graphic designer and self taught coder who developed a love for software testing. Erin’s a creative professional with a passion for software quality and a champion for inclusion.

   

Jeremy Meiss

Organizer

Jeremy Meiss
DevEx Startup

Jeremy is an experienced Developer Experience and Community leader with almost 30 years in Tech. He’s is active in the DevRel and DevOps communities, and is a co-creator of DevOpsPartyGames.com. A lover of all things coffee, community, open source, and tech, he is a husband and father, and is also house-broken, and (generally) plays well with others.

     

Kayla Harmon

Organizer

Kayla Harmon
Unaffiliated

Kayla Harmon is an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience wrangling servers and herding cats in the KC Metro. She is a polymath intent on absorbing information on myriad subjects. She is just as likely to have deep knowledge of all things IT as she is all things esoteric. She spends her free time building and playing on Minecraft servers, gardening, studying yoga and Ayurveda, and hanging out with various animals.

 

Jeff Stephens

Organizer

Jeff Stephens
C2FO

Jeff has worked as a Linux Systems Administrator for the last 13 years. His current focus is cloud application platforms. Beyond work, he is an avid baseball fan, and spends his free time as a musician and photographer.

   

Ben Dechrai

Organizer

Ben Dechrai
Sonar

Ben Dechrai is a technologist with a strong focus on security and privacy. At 11 years old he wrote software to stop his parents from breaking the family PC, and now he works as a developer advocate at Sonar, helping developers avoid breaking the internet through better security and coding practices. He enjoys helping others find the joy of problem-solving and experimentation.

   

Heather Downing

Organizer

Heather Downing
Quorralyne Development

Software dev & speaker. Developer Advocate & Microsoft MVP. #dotNET/APIs/identity/drones. Technical, curious and traveling often from KC, Missouri. @kc_dc crew

   

DaShaun Carter

Organizer

DaShaun Carter
VMWare

DaShaun is a husband, father of four, youth coach, struggling triathlete, Raspberry Pi enthusiast, former professional cheerleader, and Spring Developer Advocate at VMware Tanzu. Deliberately practicing to build, run, and manage, better software, faster.

      

Eric Lee

Organizer

Eric Lee
AWS

Eric Lee is a Solutions Architect at AWS. His focus is in data pipelines, analytics, and reinforcement learning through AWS DeepRacer. He’s also on the board of Mental Health Hackers where he shares his experience going through IT Burnout to over 40 conferences and companies that span multiple IT verticals. When not working, you’ll find him ridding 4-wheeler’s with his kids, drinking bourbon, or at a dirt track watching sprint cars.

   

CJ Obermaier

Organizer

CJ Obermaier
Hashicorp

CJ has been involved in DevOpsDays KC since the first conference in 2016. He enjoys coaching high school soccer and spending time with his wife and dog.

 

Ben Clayton

Organizer

Ben Clayton
C2FO

Ben is a passionate cloud and virtualization expert, and driven by a deep desire to collaborate with like-minded individuals to create innovative solutions that challenge the status quo and pave the way for a brighter future. Ben’s has expertise in IT management and a strong commitment to driving positive change; he is passionate about joining forces with other change-makers and future leaders to shape the future, together.

   

Jenny Tarwater

Organizer

Jenny Tarwater
Blueshift Innovation

Jenny Tarwater is an Enterprise Coach working with large organizations to achieve their business outcomes, generally using agile values, principles, and practices. Her default stance is to put people and culture first and be curious about how they impact the overall system and practices. Jenny is an international speaker, serial conference organizer, and community advocate.

    
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