Agile + DevOps USA 2024 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

Conference Speakers

Justin Beall
Staff Software Engineer

Justin Beall, a dynamic Staff Engineer at Artium and founder of Dev3l Solutions, embodies agile innovation. With a Computer Science degree from The University of Akron and extensive experience from the Ohio Army National Guard to leading roles in tech ventures, Justin excels in delivering transformative software solutions across diverse...Read more

Charlotte Chang
Head of Product and Technology
WillCo Tech

As a strategic thought leader with over 20 yrs experience, Charlotte Chang is dedicated to human-centric business outcomes. Known for her impactful keynotes such as "Creating Systems of Compassion" and "Humanizing Work," she specializes in crafting technology-driven customer experiences (CX) that deliver value across customers, employees, and organizations. Charlotte's career...Read more

Sannette Coetzee
Chief Executive Officer
Acolar Inc

Sannette Coetzee is a transformative agile leader with over two decades of experience, including pivotal roles at Visa and PayPal. At Visa, as Head of the Agility Center of Excellence, she led the integration of agile practices across the organization, fostering global agility. Her innovative work at PayPal involved architecting...Read more

David Dang
VP of DevSecOps and Automation
Zenergy Technologies

David Dang, VP of Automated Solutions for Zenergy Technologies, has been a leading figure in the software automation industry for over twenty years. At Zenergy, David coaches companies in DevOps and Automation to help them develop better software faster. As a former developer, DevOps and automation were natural fits for...Read more

Maryna Didkovska
Director, Quality Engineering
EPAM Systems

Maryna Didkovska serves as the Quality Engineering Director at EPAM Systems. In her roles spanning Test Manager, Delivery Manager, and Software Automation Engineer, she has adeptly led teams, establishing scalable testing procedures for extensive projects involving over 600 participants. Her expertise extends to crafting testing ecosystems at the enterprise scale,...Read more

Ambica Dixit
Engineering Manager

Ambica Dixit is an Engineering Manager at the Bank of New Zealand and is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in AI (Cybersecurity in NZ banking using image classification models) at Victoria University of Wellington. Outside of her work and studies, Ambica enjoys immersing herself in real-life stories through reading and watching...Read more

Aaron Evans
QA Architect
One Shore

Aaron Evans has been testing software for over 20 years. During which time he has made a lot of stupid mistakes, which is the only way he knows how to learn. He is a test architect and QA consultant at One Shore, the company he started when he gave up...Read more

Sindhu Gandavarapu
QA Department Lead

Sindhu Gandavarapu's experience comes from nearly 20 years working in various multinational companies in Singapore & US within the Financial & Health field. Sindu has experience working in QA, Agile, Automation, Leadership, Project Management, Web services, and Database Testing. She is a hands-on manager with proven ability to direct and...Read more

Patrick Gladney
Research Computer Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers

Patrick Gladney is a Research Computer Engineer in the Scientific Software Branch of the Information Technology Laboratory at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and has since dedicated his career to advancing software testing...Read more

Gene Gotimer
DevOps Engineer
Praeses, LLC

Gene Gotimer is a DevSecOps Engineer with Praeses, LLC, helping to build products for the US Air Force and other government clients. He loves playing with new tools, focusing on agile processes, making development more secure, and automating everything. Gene considers himself a developer but usually focuses on DevSecOps practices...Read more

Dion Johnson
Cloud Engineer/Data Engineer

Dion Johnson has spent much of his 25+ years in IT as a contractor working on mission critical efforts in various roles within the software development lifecycle. Former President and CEO of the Automated Testing Institute he currently functions as a Data Engineer and Cloud Engineer with a Security+ certification...Read more

Chris Knobbe
Director, Delivery Services
Edward Jones

Chris Knobbe is a mother, avid gardener, voracious reader, and a servant leader. She currently works at Edward Jones. She started there in 2021 as an Agile Coach. Today, she serves as a Director of Delivery Services in the Firm Planning, Strategy, and Execution Division. Over the course of her...Read more

Rahul Kumar
Quality Architect
EPAM Systems

As a seasoned Quality Architect with profound interest and expertise in leveraging Gen AI and Machine Learning for software testing, Rahul Kumar has been at the forefront of driving innovation in Quality Assurance for over 15 years. He has successfully steered numerous projects, integrating AI and ML into testing pipelines...Read more

Phil LaFrance

Phil LaFrance is a software engineer very experienced in working in super fast-paced and agile environments where ambiguity is common and the need to be constantly learning is a requirement. Some of his favorite challenges are tackling difficult tasks that require learning and thought to solve. Prior to joining Coveros,...Read more

Desiree Lorell
Deputy Division Chief Process Integration
United States Space Force

Desiree Lorell serves as Deputy Division Chief for Process Integration under the Chief Technology and Innovation Office, U.S. Space Force, Headquarters. Currently, Ms. Lorell leads USSF enterprise programs, fostering digital transformation and developing creative solutions. She represents USSF innovation at conferences, collaborates with project leads, and acts as a liaison...Read more

Director of Software Engineering
Capital One

Bharat Nagpal is a Director and Senior Technologist at Capital One. During his tenure at the company, Bharat has led multiple technology transformation initiatives, from Cloud Migration to Financial Products Re-platforming. Currently, Bharat is leading the modernization of a credit card platform. Bharat is well known for creating high performing...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Director of Engineering
DocuSign INC

With an unwavering passion for technology, Mala Punyani stands as a dedicated leader with a proven track record spanning over seventeen years. Her expertise lies in cultivating teams that excel in Cloud,DevOps/SRE/Automation, SecOps, and SaaS/PaaS domains, all within the realm of expansive production landscapes. Notably, She has contributed her skills...Read more

Shuchi Rastogi
Senior Quality Engineer
Express Scripts

Shuchi Rastogi has 14 years of software testing expertise, specializing in functional, web, mobile automation, API, and accessibility testing across healthcare and pharmacy sectors. Proficient in building automation frameworks using Selenium, Appium, and Rest Assured, she excels in end-to-end testing for web, mobile, and APIs, bolstered by Agile methodologies. Beyond...Read more

Derrick Roach
Application Security Consultant

Training Class

Derrick Roach is a member of the Application Security Team at Coveros and an accomplished information security professional with experience implementing security programs as well as securing enterprise assets. Previously serving in an IT analyst capacity, he swiftly observed the necessity to integrate security into all critical systems and processes,...Read more

Principle Consultant
AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing,...Read more

Kendra Schmid
Delivery Transformation Lead Consultant
WillowTree, a Telus Intl Company

Kendra Schmid is an Delivery Transformation Lead Consultant for WillowTree partnering with clients across all industries to build enterprise- and consumer-critical digital products. Kendra specializes in helping organizations transform how they build products, interact with customers, and foster great work environments; all while continuing to deliver on time. Kendra has...Read more

Om Sharma
Senior Cloud Architect
Capital One

Om Sharma is a Lead Software Engineer and Solution Architect at Capital One. Om is focused on designing and architecting APIs, data streams, and event based stream processing solutions. Om has led the design of secure and resilient applications that will interact with core systems to innovate faster and unleash...Read more

Monalisha Singh
Advanced Software Engineer
NetApp, Inc.

Monalisha Singh, a Software Engineer at NetApp Inc., is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge Observability solutions for new hyper scalar products. Collaborating closely with various departments and partner organizations, she designs innovative solutions tailored for cloud-native products. With an extensive background ranging from virtual machines in the cloud to...Read more


Mike Sowers has over forty years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed IT teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their agile software development, testing, and DevOps delivery approaches. Mike is an industry...Read more


Tom Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Cholette Voehl
Senior Principal Agile Program Manager
Discover Financial Services

Cholette Voehl is a Senior Principal Agile Program Manager at Discover Financial Services. She's a highly accomplished technology professional with 20+ years of experience in the industry featuring a strong background in project/program management, Scrum, Agile methodologies, and software implementation. Cholette has consistently utilized metrics to drive informed decisions and...Read more

Jennifer Wilhelmi
Director of Portfolio Management
S&P Global

Jennifer Wilhelmi is a Dynamic Agile Portfolio Manager with over 10 years of project and portfolio management experience. Ms. Wilhelmi is skilled in aligning strategic goals with cross-functional teams to deliver value in highly regulated environments. Expertise in prioritizing initiatives based on business value and risk assessment. Proficient in Agile...Read more