Programs Steering

2017 Chairs: Caroline Gagliardi, Rod Wetterskog Staff Advisors: Paul Bendel, Andrea Young
Paul Bendel
Sr. staff
Metroplex Technology Business Council
Senior Vice President, Programs
Laura Lazarescou
Lead Tri-chair-2015
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Customer Experience Practice Advisor
Dave Robertson
Zix Corporation
Rod Wetterskog
University of Texas at Dallas, The
Assistant Dean, Corporate Relations
Brad Ruzicka
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Director, Customer Support Experience
Wayne Rampey
Apollo Staffing, Inc.
Caroline Gagliardi
Lead chair - 2017
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Janet Karch
Andrea Young
Tech Titans
Bettina Jones
Strategic Account Manager
Deane Baron
VP Finance
Deborah Sawyer
Lead chair - 2016
ZRG Partners
Managing Director
Susan Mahadi
Catapult Staffing
Business Development Manager
Sydeaka Watson
AT&T Inc.
Senior Data Scientist
Dr. Sydeaka Watson is a Senior Data Scientist in the AT&T Chief Data Office. She earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Baylor University and has several years of teaching experience at the university level. In her 5 years as Research Assistant Professor in The University of Chicago Biostatistics Laboratory, she consulted with over 110 biomedical research teams in The University of Chicago Medical Center, specializing in experimental design of clinical research studies and data analytics. On the AT&T Enterprise Solutions team, she currently uses predictive analytics and visual tools to describe and model AT&T small business customer behavior changes over time. She is also Founder and Owner of Korelasi Data Insights, LLC, an independent analytics consulting company.
Chelsea Garrett
Garrett Search Partners, Inc.
John Dow
John Dow
Anil Patel
Alpha Sirius Inc.
Sharon Gorikapudi
Dallas Baptist University
Sue Arora
Justin Webster
Matthew Giordano
State Farm Insurance IT
Information System Security Manager
Information System Security Manager at State Farm Insurance Companies, a Fortune 35 Corporation, where I developed a track record of developing high performing teams that deliver business results. Work experience includes leadership roles across multiple industries and disciplines; including, all branches of government, nonprofit, and Fortune 500 companies. 
Kevin Volkert
Director, IT Global Data Ctr
Bharath Sama
Sbase Tech
Will Stark
Tech Plan
Working to bring all the critical data center and network elements together under a single, secure and richly interconnected environment, enabling you to scale instantly by supporting everything from single-cabinet colocation deployments to large wholesale data-center applications.
Ken McLellan
Veritis Group, Inc.
Veritis provides solutions for complex IT implementation projects and integration of emerging technologies. For example, we help companies concerned about implementing DevOps or apprehensive about which route to take when moving to the Cloud. Veritis assists customers based on their business needs. We have been particularly successful helping companies in the financial, energy and retail industries with a focus on DevOps, Cloud, IT Infrastructure and Virtualization Services. We give our customers the best solution to achieve the best results at the best cost. .
Dave Roy
Dave (Debjoyti) Roy is the President/Consultant at CONSULTY USA with over 20 years experience in  Business & Technology Transformations, Product Management, Product Development, Technology Strategy, Technology Architecture & Design, Technology Marketing/Sales & Business Dev., Program & Project Management, IT Consulting in the Telecom, IT & Technology Industries. Over the last 20+ years, Dave has managed Blue-Chip products, services & projects with global/national technology market leaders. Previously, Dave served as the Founder & President at Global-i Consulting & Global-i Group.