Margaret Mayer Board Chair Discover Financial Services
BioMargaret Mayer leads the technology strategy and implementation for customer single sign-on migration and future capabilities for the enterprise. Margaret Mayer is accountable also for the enterprise online application framework and online quality engineering practices. Previously led team responsible for Capital One’s marketing website.
Greg Samuels Vice Chair Solvaria
BioGreg Samuels has spent his 25 years in the IT industry focused on solving business issues using information technology. Now the CEO of Solvaria, he has been a Programmer, Infrastructure Manager, Consultant, Chief Information Officer, and Mentor for many companies across Virginia. A lifelong learner, Greg utilizes his past experiences and current trends in technology to guide companies in making sound technology investments in people, process, and hardware. Greg was the leader of the Richmond Technology Council CIO Forum, and is a current leader in the Virginia Council of CEOs. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
Harold Fitrer Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Communities in Schools
BioDr. Harold Fitrer joined CIS of Richmond on July 1, 2008 as the Executive Director. Dr. Fitrer has over 30 years of experience working with Richmond Public Schools spanning a career in human resources and supervisory roles including the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Support Services. Dr. Fitrer holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision and serves as adjunct faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. Dr. Fitrer was most recently awarded the VEAOP State Administrator of the Year, 2005.
Jeff Nelson Secretary Strategic Staffing Solutions
BioJeff Nelson is Vice President of Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), a private international IT services firm. Since 2006, Jeff has also served as the General Director of S3 International with headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania; S3I builds shared service centers in Eastern Europe for global companies. In 2015, Jeff became the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previously, Jeff was Executive Director of The U.S.- Baltic Foundation (www.usbaltic.org) in Washington, DC, a private educational and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening ties between the U.S. and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Vida Williams Programs Committee Chair The Axis Partners
BioVida Williams has twenty years of progressive experience in leading technology projects of various scale in a variety technical environments, but specializing in Enterprise Strategy and IT Programs. Experienced in guiding all phases of IT production from design to development to test to implementation. Production planning, team scheduling, budget review and implementation, communication and organization. Her work has evolved over the last 8 years to include full-scale strategic enterprise planning enabling companies to leverage systemic technology to improve process efficiency and thus, the overall effectiveness.
Jennifer Frayser Development Committee Chair Solvaria
BioJennifer Frayser is an experienced B2B marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and managed services industries. In her role as the Vice President of Marketing at Solvaria, she leads the company’s marketing strategy, branding, communications and social presences, while also working closely with the sales and service delivery teams to support business development. Prior to joining Solvaria in 2014, Jennifer most recently worked as an account supervisor at a communications firm that provided strategy to nationally-recognized brands to deliver tangible business results. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and currently resides in Richmond with her husband and daughter.
Chris Jones Governance Committee Chair Sands Anderson, P.C.
Bio Chris Jones is experienced with a variety of matters, from commercial transportation and premises liability, to more complex problems involving products liability, privacy, and data security. Chris Jones has worked pro bono as general counsel to CodeVA since 2017 General Counsel. He has helped to craft memoranda of understanding and other agreements concerning non-profit operations and offered legal guidance to members of the executive board. He received a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College in 2000 and a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee School of Law. During law school, Chris worked in a third-year externship with Justice G. Steven Agee in the Supreme Court of Virginia, and also served as the Senior Case Editor of Washington and Lee’s Environmental Law Digest. He has given numerous continuing legal education presentations for the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the National Business Institute, and the Richmond Bar Association.
Alan Seibert Salem City Schools
BioAlan Seibert serves as Superintendent of Salem City Schools. He is Past President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and a leader in the SOL Innovation Committee. Dr. Seibert has been a catalyst for innovation in curriculum, instruction, assessment and use of meaningful data in his school division; and is a strong advocate for similar statewide reforms. He is also admired for his strength of character and dedication to serving others.
Amber Tillman Google
BioCurrently serving as the Head of Data Center Economic and Community Development, Eastern US for Google, Amber has 10+ years in the technology and energy sectors where she has specialized in Public Affairs and Government Relations. She has extensive experience in community engagement, program development, and corporate social responsibility, and since 2018 has partnered with CodeVA through her work in public affairs at Google (and previously Meta) to advance STEM education in Virginia. Amber is the founder of the Jesse Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on funding forward-thinking projects at the intersection of science, technology, healthcare, and veterans’ wellbeing. A Richmond native, she holds a B.S. in Business from James Madison University and resides in Richmond with her family, where she also serves on the board of rvatech/.
Andreas Addison Richmond City Councilman
BioA civic innovator and channeler of big ideas about how technology moves communities forward and improves lives and outlooks, Andreas has brought some really big ideas to the City of Richmond in his six years with RichmondWorks, the city’s performance management department. It’s all about how the city can serve the citizen, for Andreas, who views that age-old question through the new lens of technology and data analysis. In 2013, Andreas convinced city leaders to enter the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge. Through his efforts, Richmond was selected as one among 32 worldwide cities to participate and to receive consultation services from IBM’s world class consultants.
Anthony Johnson Delve Risk
BioAnthony Johnson is a Managing Partner at Delve Risk, where he leads a practice focused on driving technology and risk management transformation on behalf of their clients. He brings extensive technical and executive leadership experience to the practice while also serving as a technology advisor to a number of software solution providers. Anthony is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and of Regis University where he received a BS in Computer Information Systems. Throughout his career, Anthony has led some of the largest Cybersecurity programs in the world as the Chief Information Security Officer, dealing with highly complex multi-national regulatory requirements and ever evolving sophisticated threats. Prior to joining Delve Risk he served as the Global CISO and Managing Director for multiple Fortune 100 companies, including Fannie Mae ($120bn) and the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB) at J.P. Morgan Chase & Company ($35bn). His other passions include advancing the discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and creating channels for disadvantaged youth to enter the technology field. He lives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with his wife and daughter.
Ciara Pervall Chesapeake Public Schools
BioCiara Pervall is the first board member to serve as representation for all active classroom teachers. She began her teaching career as a career switcher in 2015. She has been a substitute teacher for Portsmouth Public Schools, a Career & Technical Education teacher for Norfolk Public Schools, and is currently the Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Chesapeake Public Schools. She received a B.S. in Business Management from Norfolk State University and is currently enrolled in the graduate program for teacher leadership at James Madison University.
Ciara is also the President of the Computer Science Teachers Association of Tidewater Virginia. Within her teaching tenure, she has also worked for notable companies such as CodeVA, William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education, and has taught robotics for a district-wide Cybersecurity camp in partnership with Old Dominion University. Her most gratifying hobby is engaging in community service activities where she can serve and interact with diverse individuals.
Hilah Barbot Amazon Future Engineer
BioHilah Barbot is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon Future Engineer, where she aims to inspire more students from underserved and underrepresented communities in tech to pursue careers in technology and computer science. Prior to joining Amazon, Hilah spent 11 years in public education as a science and computer science teacher, school leader, and most recently as KIPP Foundation’s National Science, Technology, and Engineering Director. During her eight years in the classroom, Hilah received two national teaching awards: the KIPP Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award and Teach For America Alumni Excellence Award. Hilah has a Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. In her spare time, Hilah loves outdoor adventures with her family and to beat her husband in Monopoly Deal.
Joe Dean Aura
BioJoe has worked in Technology Product Management for over 15 years where he has blended his backgrounds in technology and business to create innovative products for companies such as Motorola, American Express, NICE, and CarMax. He currently works as a Product Director at Aura, a consumer cybersecurity company, where he leads a team of Product Managers and Developers. He currently lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and two daughters. Outside of his work and family, he is passionate about running, language learning, and history. He holds a Bachelor’s in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Strategic Management from Indiana University.
Keisha Tennessee Virginia Department of Education
BioKeisha Tennessee is the Computer Science Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education. She has over ten years of classroom experience, has a Career Technical Education (CTE) background, and is a National Board Certified Teacher and Certified SCRUM Master. Prior to her current role at the Department of Education, she served as the Computer Science Technology Specialist at CodeRVA Regional High School. While at CodeRVA, she was instrumental in the development of the computer science program, provided professional development in the integration of computer science, and led computer science initiatives for students and families. In addition to Keisha’s classroom experience, she has worked with organizations such as CodeVirginia and Computer Science Teacher Association to provide professional development focused on computer science. She has served on various writing committees for the National Education Association Computer Science Micro-credentials and Virtual Virginia computer science foundational courses. Mrs. Tennessee believes that in today’s modern society, computer science is a fundamental discipline for all students. She wants to ensure that every student has an equitable and meaningful learning experience that utilizes computational thinking and strengthens one’s own understanding and appreciation of computer science.
Kurt Engleman Capital One
BioKurt Engleman leads Capital One’s Finance Risk Management (FRM) team and serves as Chief Risk Officer for Finance, which includes risk oversight for the capital markets, controller, financial analysis and planning, tax, and corporate development functions. Kurt started his career with Capital One in 2001 as an analyst and project manager in Card Operations. In 2003, he took a role in business development analysis for Partnership Finance in Card Marketing, then moved to Risk Management in 2005 to lead process improvement initiatives related to regulatory compliance programs. From 2011 2016, Kurt headed the team that oversaw program management and compliance management efforts for Basel advanced approaches regulatory capital requirements. Prior to his current Finance Chief Risk Officer role, Kurt led risk management for Finance’s Capital Markets and Analytics team (treasury, balance sheet management, and capital functions). Kurt earned a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the following certifications: Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Management Professional, Stanford Certified Project Manager, International Certificate in Banking Risk and Regulation, and AWS Cloud Practitioner.
Matt Benedetti Microsoft
BioMatt Benedetti has more than twenty-eight years in business, marketing, and government relations. The last nine at the helm of is own government relations company. A comprehensive lobbying and consulting services firm, Matt Benedetti & Associates represents its clients’ interests before legislative bodies and administrative agencies at the state and local level, as well as helping navigate the often rough and muddy waters of the government procurement process. Matt also specializes in multi-state government relations consulting and management.
Mat Wisner Amazon.com
BioMat Wisner is the founder and current Sr. Manager of the Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating hundreds of thousands of students from underrepresented and underserved communities each year to try computer science and coding. Mat has worked over 9 years at Amazon focusing on tech education programs and previously led global talent acquisition teams on behalf of the company. Mat lives in the Seattle, WA area with his wife, son and French Bulldog. He’s an avid runner and recently completed his first (socially distanced) marathon May 2020.
Nathan Daugherty Comcast
BioFirst joining Comcast in 2006, Nathan Daugherty is Comcast’s Government Affairs Manager for Central and Southern Virginia. In this role he is responsible for managing the daily activities of the Government and Regulatory Affairs department. This includes reviewing franchise and other contracts for implementation to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory standards, as well as directing Comcast’s local community investment portfolio. A double Wahoo, he graduated from UVA’s Batten School of Public Policy as part of its first postgraduate class.
Ruthe Farmer Last Mile Education Fund
BioRuthe Farmer is a talent entrepreneur laser-focused on inclusion and leveraging existing infrastructure to scale change. She has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently the founder and CEO of the Last Mile Education Fund. She also serves as chief evangelist for CSforALL. Farmer previously served as senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy working on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All. She also served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for 8 years
Farmer has launched and scaled multiple national programs designed to boost diversity and participation in technology fields. That includes CSforALL, the CSforALL Summit, and JROTC-CS in partnership with the US Air Force; NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas, the AspireIT outreach program; Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as 2012 chair of CSEDWeek, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015.
Farmer is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic. She holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School.
Stewart Roberson Moseley Architects
BioAn educator for over 35 years, Stewart served as a public school superintendent for 21 years. When he became chairman, president, and CEO of Moseley Architects in 2011, Stewart observed that “public service is in his DNA,” and that he wanted his “second chapter” to include opportunities to provide leadership to an entity serving the public interest. Joining Moseley Architects, with its significant presence in public sector facility design, makes that possible. “I view my second chapter as one in which I’m able to help preserve and enhance a highly successful team focused on outstanding client service and continuous improvement,” reflected Stewart.
Vinnie Schoenfelder CapTech
BioVinnie Schoenfelder currently serves as CapTech’s Chief Technology Officer with over 20 years of industry experience and over 15 years working for CapTech. Graduating from Roanoke College with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Vinnie has been a lifetime consultant. Working for United Parcel Service, Coopers & Lybrand, The Hunter Group, and now CapTech Vinnie has been a key resource in helping large organizations solve business problems through the use of technology. During the course of Vinnie’s career, he has been a frequent speaker at Fortune 500 companies and technology conferences across North America, and has been engaged with clients in North America, Europe and Canada.