Meet the Interop ITX Track Chairs and Review Board

Interop Track Chairs are subject-matter experts that help us plan the content for each track. With their extensive knowledge of and experience in their subjects, they know what Interop attendees need to learn in order to stay ahead of the curve in IT. 

Cloud Track Chair: Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users. View Ben Kepes' articles on InformationWeek here.

 Cloud Review Board 

James Bowling, Senior Technical Solutions Architect, Global Services Engineering Team, VMware
Joe Emison, CIO/CTO, dmg information
Swarna Podila, Senior Director of Community, Cloud Foundry Foundation

Data & Analytics Track Chair: Karen Lopez

Karen is a senior project manager with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards based on the department's culture, experience, and focus. She is an international speaker on modern development and design processes, specializing in engaging, often irreverent presentations on data and career-related topics. She blogs at

Data & Analytics Review Board

Pierre DeBois, Founder and Chief Analytics Officer, Zimana
 Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, All Analytics 

DevOps: Jayne Groll

Jayne Groll is CEO of the DevOps Institute (DOI). Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across a wide range of industries. Jayne carries many IT credentials including ITIL Expert™, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Agile Service Manager, DevOps Foundation and is a Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE)™. Jayne is very active in the DevOps, ITSM, Agile and DevOps communities and is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide. She is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual events. Hear more in this video with Jayne.

DevOps Review Board

• Rob Hirschfeld, Founder/CEO, RackN
 Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk 

Government Track Chair: Jonathan Feldman

Jonathan Feldman is Chief Information Officer for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, where his penchant for business disruption have helped him to create positive change in government. During Jonathan’s leadership, the City has been recognized nationally and internationally for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through digital practices, cloud computing, and innovations with civic technology. Jonathan was named a top CIO to follow by the Huffington Post three years in a row, and has been honored with a Frost & Sullivan CIO Impact Award. He’s an expert on cloud computing, digital transformation, effective civic engagement, and high performance leadership. He is a co-author of Code For America’s book, Beyond Transparency, enjoys coaching new and mid-career IT leaders, and tweets about work life and digital technology at @_jfeldman.

Government Review Board

Paul Dillmuth, IT Manager, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Ed Ruiz, Senior Director of Information Technology, Association of Schools & Programs Public Health

Infrastructure Track Chair: Keith Townsend

Keith Townsend is an Enterprise Architect and founder of with over 18 years of experience. Keith has several years of experience with a "Big 4" as a management consultant in which he helped set the infrastructure technology strategy for several Fortune 500 companies. He has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from DePaul University and currently works for a large BioPharma just north of Chicago.

Infrastructure Review Board

• Dan Conde, Independent IT Analyst
Carl Shimbo, Manager - Healthcare Technology Consulting, PwC
Marcia Savage, Executive Editor, Network Computing

Leadership & Professional Development Track Chair: Katy Tynan

Katy Tynan is the bestselling author of practical guides to career transitions, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving. In a world where 70% of employees are disengaged, Katy helps organizations ditch out of date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture. Over her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage. Katy is currently Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting, a leading talent strategy consulting firm based in Southborough, Massachusetts. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success. Get career-building advice from Katy here.

Leadership & Professional Development Review Board

Jamie Atchison, Director of Application Development, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health
Kathryn Brett Goldman, Director, KBG Consulting Solutions
Shannon Fuller, Data Governance Director, Carolinas HealthCare System
Kong Yang, Head Geek, SolarWinds


Security Track Chair: Sara Peters

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure. View Sara’s security archive at Dark Reading.

Security Review Board

Andrew Froehlich, President and Lead Network Engineer, West Gate Networks
Juliet Okafor, Chairwoman and Strategic Advisory Board Member, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals