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Our local team
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.