devopsdays Minneapolis - Contact

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Our local team

Samantha Grumdahl

Organizer

Samantha Grumdahl
Target

Many years ago, Samantha took a break from the science laboratory to check out the field of networking and never returned. Her volunteer efforts are focused on increasing interest in the STEM fields, especially among women and minorities.

 

Nate Anderson

Organizer

Nate Anderson
SPS Commerce

Nate is currently an Engineering Manager at SPS Commerce. Nate is passionate about helping teams build, monitor and deploy highly reliable and scalable systems in the cloud. When not at work, you can usually find him outside exploring Minnesota by bike or visiting a new brewery. He also enjoys space, photography and anything sci-fi.

 

Joe Laha

Organizer

Joe Laha

Joe Laha works in event technology, which is a fancy way of saying he’s a professional flipchart jockey. He lives in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood with his partner Bridget Kromhout, their cats Nimoy & Ripley, too many guitars, and way too much cycling-themed art. Aside from cycling, Joe enjoys cooking, heavy metal guitar, and arguing about sci-fi TV of the 1990s.

 

Jenn Czeck

Organizer

Jenn Czeck
OpenTrons Pandemic Response Lab

Jenn is a developer and accessibility advocate who is passionate about mentoring, learning, accessibility, and GIFs. She has been coding and making websites since the mid 1990s. She can easily be spotted at conferences by her bright lipstick, dangly earrings, and various code dresses and t-shirts.

 

Heidi Waterhouse

Organizer

Heidi Waterhouse

Heidi is an advocate for progressive delivery, organizational transformation, technical communication, and marketing you hate slightly less. She is a nerd about industrial psychology and patterns of progress. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she’s sure there is a pocket for the mic.

 

Donnie Berkholz

Organizer

Donnie Berkholz
Platify Insights

Founder & Chief Analyst, Platify Insights. Previously, Donnie was SVP of Product at Percona, VP of Products at Docker, an executive in residence at Scale Venture Partners, and VP of IT Service Delivery at CWT leading the DevOps transformation. Data-driven, business-focused tech strategist & leader with a deep background in open source & research. Advised startups to Fortune 50 enterprises. Led >250 developers, among 15+ years of software experience. Cited for expertise in Wired, The Register, CIO.com & The New Stack.

 

Bridget Kromhout

Organizer

Bridget Kromhout
Microsoft

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Product Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).

 

Andy Fleener

Organizer

Andy Fleener
Total Expert

Andy Fleener is a technologist with over a decade of experience developing and operating highly available SAAS software for the web. He’s a Humanist, a Systems Thinker, a self proclaimed Safety Nerd, and a Contributor to the O’Reilly Chaos Engineering Book. He is the Director of Platform Technology at Total Expert where he’s focused on building and stewarding their developer experience and cloud infrastructure platform.

 

Jeffrey Sica

Organizer

Jeffrey Sica
CNCF

Jeffrey is Head of Projects at the CNCF, with a focus on improving community and project automation. Before that, he worked at Red Hat and the University of Michigan focusing on Cloud Native technologies and CICD patterns. Jeffrey has been a contributor to upstream Kubernetes, helping in SIG-Contribex, SIG-Release, and SIG-UI. He passionately advocates for open source development and recognizing and alleviating burnout.

 

Bob Killen

Organizer

Bob Killen
Google

Bob is a Program Manager at the Google Open Source Programs Office with a focus on Cloud Native computing. He serves the Kubernetes project as a Steering Committee member and is a recently retired chair of the Contributor Experience Special Interest Group. Bob comes from an academic background, spending 15 years at the University of Michigan with a later focus on computational research. As a Cloud Native Computing Foundation Ambassador, Bob has worked towards improving High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, and other research initiatives by integrating them with Cloud Native practices and tooling. He is passionate about Academic Outreach, and is an outspoken advocate of Open Source, Open Science and pets of the furry 4 legged variety.

 
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