Our Speakers

Jeanine Brosch United States, Eli Lilly and Company

Jeanine Brosch

Jeanine Brosch Executive Director Digital Product Management, Digital Health Eli Lilly and Company

Jeanine is responsible for leading the Digital Health Product Management function within Information & Digital Solutions at Eli Lilly and Company. She oversees the team focused on scoping and shaping Lilly’s suite of digital companion products to support medications and the patients they server experience better adherence and improved health outcomes. This includes driving innovation to create direct connections with patients in areas such as chronic pain, migraine, diabetes, oncology and Alzheimer’s. Jeanine also has extensive experience connecting and supporting digital customer support programs.

Within her 20+ years in Medical Device and Healthcare IT experience, Jeanine has held several managerial and leadership roles in R&D, Manufacturing and Marketing functions across numerous companies from small start-up’s to large corporate environments. Products supported have included blood glucose monitors, insulin infusion pumps, EHR integrations and numerous digital applications with Medical Device functionality. Her specialty lies in understanding and breaking down complex systems in a way that enables focus and delivery of what’s most important.

Jeanine earned her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, Lafayette IN and is a champion and long standing advocate of Women in STEM. In her spare time, Jeanine enjoys reading, Lego and puzzles in addition to spending time with her partner and their 3 children.

Jason Butz Solution Architect & Practice Lead, DMI

Jason Butz

Jason is a Solution Architect and Practice Lead for DMI's App Dev & Data practice, where he is an AWS, JavaScript, and Node.js subject matter expert. Jason is also an AWS Community Builder and AWS Certification SME. Jason developed a passion for the web at a young age and has been learning and building his skills for over two decades. He has developed applications for small startups, mid-sized public and private companies, and multiple Fortune 500 companies in various industries.

Alain Chautard Angular Consultant, Angular Training

Alain Chautard

Alain is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies, Angular, and Google Maps. His daily mission is to help development teams get started and become fluent with Angular. He has taught Angular and web technologies on all six continents!

A world-traveler and photographer, Alain is based in Sacramento, California. He an international conference speaker and a published author of several video courses.

Mark Collins Eli Lilly

Mark Collins

Bio coming soon...

Mark's Sessions

Joey Davis Tech Lead Engineer / Consulting Engineer, JD North America / JD Finish Line

Joey Davis

Be so full of kindness that you never run out. That's my motto. I like to lead with kindness because I think when we lead with it, kindness becomes an option for someone else. It's an opportunity to do the work that matters and goes along with providing decision-makers like each of us with the information they need to make informed decisions in our ever-changing world.

People often ask, “what makes you passionate about your work?” For some, it’s simply a love for technology or the excitement of the latest trend. For me, it's the people. I have always been driven by people, communication, and the ability to actualize change for people through technology. My experience ranges across the IT landscape with experience in data integration, engineering, programming, and system/process architecture.

On my team, I make an intentional effort to set the tone, ensure an environment that is accessible to all individuals, and provide the support to help each person take that next step, whatever that happens to be. Enabling feedback through a coaching and mentoring mindset is key to meeting people where they are and supporting them. I am committed to continually learning and grateful to have the opportunity to learn something from everyone.

Let's all work together to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a daily practice.

Brian Demers Developer Advocate, Gradle

Brian Demers

Brian Demers is a Java Champion, Developer Advocate at Gradle, and a PMC member for the Apache Shiro project. He spends much of his day contributing to OSS projects in the form of writing code, tutorials, blogs, and answering questions. Along with typical software development, Brian also has a passion for fast builds and automation.

Away from the keyboard, Brian is a beekeeper and can likely be found playing board games. You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/briandemers.

Michael Eaton Principal Consultant, Improving

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton is a proven technical leader and developer with almost three decades of experience focused almost exclusively on building solutions for the Microsoft ecosystem. He is currently a Principal Consultant at Improving, helping clients solve problems and build amazing software. He is a blogger and writes about leadership and technology.

Dave Fancher Lead Software Engineer, Vibenomics

Dave Fancher

Dave Fancher is a Lead Software Engineer at Vibenomics, A Mood Media Company in Fishers, Indiana, where he leads API development to deliver a reliable in-store digital advertising experience to customers across the United States. With a career spanning more than two decades, He has a passion for technology and has built software across a variety of industries and technologies.

Dave has spent much of his career working primarily with Microsoft technologies, .NET and SQL Server, in particular. His recent work has been heavily focused on Node.js and MongoDB. Along the way, Dave stumbled upon functional programming, first through LINQ, then F#. Functional programming changed the way he develops software and although he seldom works in purely functional environments these days, the lessons and techniques continue remain a distinguishing characteristic of how he thinks about and builds solutions for his customers.

Not content with merely developing software, Dave enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge through user groups, conferences, and more formal training. He is a former Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, author of The Book of F# (No Starch Press), and author of Functional Programming with C# and Building F# Type Providers on Pluralsight, and has spoken a numerous events across the United States and Europe.

Jon Fazzaro Senior Consultant, Industrial Logic

Jon Fazzaro

Jon is a Full-Stack Nerd Coach, and has been in software development for over twenty years. His professional mission is to help people unlearn the hidden habits of the 20th century, so they can succeed in the work of the 21st.

He holds a few certifications, but prefers books. The Coaching Habit, When Will it be Done, and Test-Driven Development by Example are a few that keep coming in handy.

These days, Jon is consulting and shipping better software sooner with Industrial Logic. Whatever you do, don’t follow @jonfazzaro on Twitter.

Edward Finkler US, Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Edward Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, boasts an impressive 25-year career in the tech industry, with a focus on web technologies and open source community work. As a senior software engineer and technology advisor, he played a key role in maintaining the web and security archive at CERIAS, Purdue University. Over the past decade, Ed has passionately advocated for mental health in the tech industry, using his background and expertise to create a lasting impact on those affected.

In his tireless efforts to support mental health, Ed founded Open Sourcing Mental Illness, an organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and advocating for technology workers affected by mental illness. As a prominent speaker on this topic, he has raised awareness and provided valuable resources to the tech community. Beyond his mental health advocacy, Ed is an accomplished electronic music producer and visual artist, showcasing his creative talents. He has also co-hosted 100 episodes of the Development Hell podcast, further solidifying his respected presence within the industry.

Samuel Gomez Technical Lead, Geneca

Samuel Gomez

I've worked in software development for 13 years (mostly Microsoft technologies) and love the problem solving aspect of the work. In recent years have become very passionate about AI and machine learning technologies and how they can be applied to different aspects of our lives. When not coding I enjoy spending time with my family, soccer (watching, playing and coaching), playing videogames and watching movies.

Matthew Groves DevRel Engineer, Couchbase

Matthew Groves

Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, or PHP: he'll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works for Couchbase, helping developers in any way he can. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET, Pro Microservices in .NET, a Pluralsight author, and a Microsoft MVP.

Natalie Guthrie Manager of Web Development, Herff Jones

Natalie Guthrie

I have two degrees from Purdue University and a Masters from George Washington University. I have been in the software industry for 20 years. I started my career as a software developer. I now manage a team of software developers at Herff Jones.

Herff Jones makes yearbooks, class rings, caps & gowns, and other education achievement products.

I manage support of the software that lets schools design their yearbooks. We serve thousands of schools across the US and Canada.

I have always enjoyed solving tricky problems and software development and support certainly gives me plenty of opportunity to do that! I value communication and connection and I enjoy bringing people together to collaboratively achieve great solutions.

Shlomo Heigh Senior Software Engineer, CyberArk

Shlomo Heigh

Shlomo is a senior software engineer at CyberArk. He's a maintainer of the Conjur open source project, a DevSecOps secrets manager that aims to solve the problem of secret leakage in production applications and workloads running on-prem or in the cloud. He's also a member of the CNCF's TAG Security and a contributor to multiple OWASP projects, as well as the leader of the Cincinnati OWASP Chapter.

In his spare time he hangs out with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, tinkers with 3D printing, and engages in gardening and woodworking projects.

Robert Herbig Lead Software Engineer, SEP

Robert Herbig

Robert Herbig is passionate about leading teams that can deliver products that users love.

He is a Lead Software Engineer at SEP, a software product design and development company. In his 10+ years in the software industry, he has worked on products ranging in size from small apps to enterprise systems; embedded, desktop, web, and mobile platforms; and in a variety of markets and domains including aerospace, medical, agriculture, construction, and secure communication.

As an AI Practice Lead at SEP, he strives to educate clients and peers about what AI can do, identify complex problems AI can address in whole or in part, and incorporate AI into software products that make a difference for their users.

He currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wonderful wife, three rambunctious sons, and three dogs.

Valerie Hurwitz Manager of Software Development, Accutech Systems Corporation

Valerie Hurwitz

Valerie grew up in the frozen north of Minnesota as the daughter of a software engineer and fondly remembers "take your daughter to work day" at the software testing lab. She draws from a diverse background with degrees in neuroscience, music, and computer science, as well as ten years working for colleges and universities for ten years in undergraduate admissions, student orientation and retention, financial aid, and fundraising.

A systematic thinker, Valerie builds autonomous and self-organizing teams and works across functional areas to align stakeholders and solve complex problems. She encourages software developers to be leaders that are making sense of the world around them, creating new ways of working together, and creating a compelling vision of the team’s future.

Sam Nasr Sr. Software Engineer, NIS Technologies

Sam Nasr

Sam Nasr has been a software developer since 1995, focusing mostly on Microsoft technologies. He’s a Sr. Software Engineer with NIS Technologies where he consults and teaches clients about the latest .Net technologies. Sam has achieved multiple certifications from Microsoft (MCSA, MCAD, MCTS, MCT), and is the leader of the Cleveland C#/VB.Net User Group since 2003. In addition, he’s the leader of the .Net Study Group, Azure Cleveland User Group, an author for Visual Studio Magazine, and a 6x Microsoft MVP. When not coding, Sam loves spending time with his family and friends or volunteering at his local church.

Jacqui Peterschmidt Senior Software Engineer, Vendr

Jacqui Peterschmidt

Jacqui is a senior software engineer at Vendr, Inc. She's driven by making complex things simple and keeping simple things simple. Although she works primarily on the backend in Typescript today, she's also dangerous on the frontend. Outside of work, she tries to avoid technology by showing horses, sewing clothing, and spinning yarn.

Eric Potter Director of Technical Education, Sweetwater

Eric Potter

Eric is the Director of Technical Education for Sweetwater and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He works primarily in the .Net web platform but loves opportunities to try out other stacks. He has been developing high-quality custom software solutions since 2001. He has successfully delivered solutions for clients in a wide variety of industries. He loves to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In his spare time, he loves to tinker with Arduino projects. He fondly remembers what it was like to develop software for the Palm OS. He has an amazing wife and 5 wonderful children. He blogs at http://humbletoolsmith.com/ and you can follow him on twitter as @pottereric.

Andy Pryor Sr. Engineering Director, Hudl

Andy Pryor

I lead the Platform and Competitive Engineering teams at Hudl.

Hudl's Platform Team accelerates product development by building reliable extensible software platforms on the cloud at scale. On the web we make deploys easy, so they can happen daily. We build the Terraform modules to do everything our product squads need to do on our micro services stack. On mobile we make iOS and Android feature parity easy with React Native. Our Uniform design system provides ready to use React components that means building world class highly accessible web front ends is easy as ever.

The Competitive Engineering team focuses on building Hudl's products for our North America markets. The core Hudl experience, connecting video and data together so coaches and athletes can get better and win more.

Victor Pudelski V.P. of Development, Zubisoft, LLC

Victor Pudelski

Victor works as a V.P. of Development for Zubisoft, LLC. While his current focus is on web applications and building reusable systems, he has years of experience in integration and development of many types of applications. He is constantly learning new languages, frameworks and different libraries as well as different application deployment strategies to meet a variety of challenges. Through all this he enjoys sharing those experiences and learning new ones through the community interaction and conference presentations.

In his personal life, Victor is a high school softball coach, enjoys a good table-top role-playing game and dabbles in game programming from time to time. He also enjoys board games and card games.

Victor lives in Ohio with his wife and two children.

Gokul Radhakrishnan Senior VP, Software Product Engineering and Information Officer, Eli Lilly

Gokul Radhakrishnan

I am a technology enthusiast that thrive on the challenge of building intricate and expansive systems. In the past decade @Apple, I was lucky enough to have had the chance to design and build such platforms that produced significant outcomes and impacted millions of individuals worldwide on a daily basis. Now here at Eli Lilly, I am excited to see how technology can transform and accelerate Life Science. The outcomes here, directly improves quality of life!

Read More on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gokulrad/

David Ragsdale Tech Lead, Aptiv

David Ragsdale

Tech Lead/Architect/Software Engineer. I always focus on the user first. While working with enterprise systems and regulated industries, I have found that all too often the procedures overshadow the users. I take a distinct effort to make software as extensible, configurable, and testable as possible so that future users' needs can be addressed without excessive cost. Whether as an architect, tech lead, or engineer, I will fully construct solutions all the way from the business process to the interface to the backend to the documentation. Currently, I am a Tech Lead for Aptiv Connected Services, helping automotive manufacturers build safer vehicles.

Baruch Sadogursky Lead Developer Advocacte, Gradle, Inc

Baruch Sadogursky

Baruch Sadogursky (@jbaruch) did Java before it had generics, DevOps before there was Docker, and DevRel before it had a name. He started DevRel at JFrog when it was ten people and took it all the way to a successful $6B IPO by helping engineers solve problems. Now Baruch keeps helping engineers solve problems but also helps companies help engineers solve problems. He is a co-author of the “Liquid Software” and “DevOps Tools for Java Developers” books, serves on multiple conference program committees, and regularly speaks at numerous most prestigious industry conferences, including Kubecon, JavaOne (RIP), Devoxx, QCon, DevRelCon, DevOpsDays (all over), DevOops (not a typo) and others. After a tenure of eleven years in JFrog DevRel, Baruch is the Principal Developer Productivity Engineering Advocate at Gradle

Mitchel Sellers CEO, IowaComputerGurus, Inc.

Mitchel Sellers

Mitchel Sellers, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, is the CEO of IowaComputerGurus, Inc. an Ankeny, Iowa based software consulting organization. Mitchel enjoys sharing his experiences with others at local events and conferences. As a consultant and former educator, Mitchel tries to take a real-world approach to software development presentations. When not working with code you will find him flying around the US.

Chris Shinkle Director of Innovation, SEP

Chris Shinkle

Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007.

As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas helping SEP engineers and clients delivery better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural members of Indiana's Techpoint Tech 25.

Paul Steele Senior Software Engineer, SEP

Paul Steele

Paul Steele is a software engineer based out of the Indianapolis area.

He has six years of experience working in various roles: from developing new features in products, reducing cloud spend of critical infrastructure, to leading a team creating medical software on mobile devices. From those different roles come different perspectives that shape how he approaches problems.

In his free time he tinkers with home automation, and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Jordan Thayer AI Practice Lead, SEP

Jordan Thayer

I'm excited to teach you about artificial intelligence and to help you use it to tackle some of the problems you face today.

At SEP I'm working to establish our artificial intelligence practice. My responsibilities include educating clients and peers about what AI can do, identifying complex problems AI can address in whole or in part, and incorporating AI into software products that make a difference for their users.

Prior to joining SEP, I've held roles as a research scientist for a startup, the Charles-Stark Draper Laboratory, and an R&D consultancy. In each of these positions, I've done essentially the same thing: find and deliver feasible solutions to technically challenging problems that arise in a wide variety of domains and industries.

I completed my PhD in artificial intelligence at the University of New Hampshire in 2012. My research focused on using approximation and machine learning to solve problems known to be computationally intractable, such as automated planning and scheduling problems.

Andrew Torr

Andrew Torr

Software developer, software development teacher, general coding/tech enthusiast

Andrew's Sessions

Joel Tosi Co-Founder, Hands-On Coach, Dojo & Co

Joel Tosi

Just a dude trying to help out people and teams that are trying to learn and create interesting products. With experience in dev, architecture, management, and product - I try to help teams communicate more effectively and build their products in a maintainable way that allows room for product discovery.

Jonathan "J." Tower Partner & Principal Consultant, Trailhead Technology Partners

Jonathan "J." Tower

Jonathan, or J as he's known to friends, is a husband, a father, and the owner of Trailhead Technology Partners, a custom software consulting company with employees all around the world. He is also a Microsoft MVP in .NET and frequently speaks at software meetups and conferences. He doesn't mind too much because he loves sharing what he’s learned, and it also gives him an excuse to visit any nearby National Parks, a passion of his, proven by the fact that he's currently made it to 52 of the 63 parks.

J also has a passion for building community and has served on several non-profit boards over the years as a result. Currently, J sits on the SoftwareGR board, a non-profit trade organization dedicated to building the software industry in West Michigan. He also runs Beer City Code, a software conference, and has served as president on that board for over a decade. J loves hiking, reading, photography, and trying to see all the best picture nominees before the Oscars.

Tiffany Trusty Director, Product Management, Tech@Lilly, Eli Lilly

Tiffany Trusty

I’m Tiffany Trusty, your typical #NerdyGirl. When I’m not using my Nerd Superpowers for the betterment of my community, I’m standing up to represent diversity in STEM. I started my career in public safety, where I discovered my passion for the customer. It was an honor to serve firefighters and police officers with my products for over 15 years. Now, I serve the patient as my customer. As a Product Manager for a pharma company, my job is finding the right digital product to help the patient manage their conditions and live a better life. When I’m not focused on my customers, I’m focused on supporting the females around me. Being a girl / woman in STEM can be lonely, and I have a lot of karma to pay back to those who paved the way for me. I work with both local and national organizations to make certain those girls with STEM aspirations KEEP GOING and those women in STEM careers feel seen, heard, and supported.

Tiffany Trusty was recruited to Eli Lilly in 2017 to lend her 20 years of software product development expertise to their forthcoming Digital Health organization. At Lilly, she has grown her expertise to include Software as a Medical Device (SaMD), specifically patient facing mobile applications. Tiffany began her career at Motorola where she learned the software development lifecycle (SDLC) craft. Experiencing everything from estimation and architecture to coding and testing, Tiffany left Motorola as a Senior Architect with expertise in Design for Testability and Cybersecurity. Tiffany earned her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (the 2nd woman to graduate from the previously all-male, #1 in its class institution). After a decade in the industry, she returned to Rose-Hulman to obtain her master's degree in Engineering Management. Tiffany is a proud wife to a fellow engineer and entrepreneur and a proud mother to a confident and caring little girl. She enjoys wine and golf (but not at the same time).

Andra Winters Automation Strategist Operation Technologist Apprentice, Eli Lilly

Jamie Wright I am the one who knocks, Brilliant Fantastic

Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright is a maker of internet things with a love/hate relationship for Redbull™, standing desks, and paintball guns. He has a love only relationship with teaching, learning, and building bots. Jamie runs Brilliant Fantastic as an independent software developer that helps companies drive their businesses forward through valuable software.