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Steve Berkowitz

Steve BerkowitzSteve Berkowitz is the regional sales executive for MicroStrategy, a  global leader in enterprise software for over 27 years. He is focused on helping Colorado's most recognized companies deliver on innovation, elevate performance, and drive profitable growth by solving enterprise analytics, mobility and security challenges in a single best-in class unified platform.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience working for leaders in the technology and software industry, including various industry, sales and management positions at IBM and more recently, Esri, the global leader in GIS.  Throughout his career, Steve has had the opportunity to partnered and manage relationships with some of the most innovative companies and brands in the world including the likes of Starbucks, Walmart, Nike and Target.

A native of Connecticut and a UCONN graduate, Steve moved to Colorado over 25 years ago and lives with his wife Susan and two high school aged children in the southwest Denver foothills. A fan of the  outdoors and music, he is an avid skier, who also enjoys mountain biking, camping, new adventures, and the live music scene.


James Carder

James Carder

James Carder brings more than 21 years of experience working in corporate IT security and consulting for the Fortune 500 and U.S. Government. At LogRhythm, he develops and maintains the company’s security governance model and risk strategies, protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets, leads the security awareness program, and oversees both threat and vulnerability management as well as the Security Operations Center (SOC). He also directs the mission and strategic vision for the LogRhythm Labs machine data intelligence, strategic integrations, threat and compliance research teams.

Prior to joining LogRhythm, James Carder was the Director of Security Informatics at Mayo Clinic where he had oversight o Threat Intelligence, Incident Response, Security Operations, and the Offensive Security groups. Prior to Mayo, Mr. Carder served as a Senior Manager at MANDIANT, where he led professional services and incident response engagements. He led criminal and national security-related investigations at the city, state and federal levels, including those involving the theft of credit card information and Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).

James is a sought-after and frequent speaker at cybersecurity events and is a noted author of several cyber security publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Walden University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, is an Advisory Board member for Colorado University (Boulder and Denver), member of the Forbes Technology Council, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP.)

Mr. Carder is also a member of the 
CITI Cyber Security Consortium. 


Julie Chickillo

Julie_Chickillo.pngJulie is information security, risk and compliance professional with over 15 years' experience in Information Security Governance, Risk and Compliance, Data Privacy, IT Audit and Legal. Proven presentation, leadership and communication skills. Excellent at interpreting government regulations and mandates and working with technical teams to achieve compliance with the mandates. Natural ability to work with business partners to effectively achieve risk reduction and regulatory compliance while supporting the business goals and initiatives.

Ms. Chickillo is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.


Gail Coury

Vice President, Risk Management
Managed Cloud Services

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Gail has over twenty years experience in information security infrastructure systems and network management, security technical consulting, information systems auditing, and programming. Industries include software and hardware technology, airline reservation systems, insurance, banking, and retail.

Gail leads the risk management function for Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services. This includes Security Strategy, Security Solutions, Operational Compliance, Customer Security Services, Audit Compliance, and Delivery Assurance. She is the former CISO for PeopleSoft and former CISO for J.D. Edwards.

Gail received her bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Computer Science from Clarke University. She is an alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.


Brad Cowdrey  

Brad Cowdrey.pngBrad Cowdrey is the CEO and Founder of Clear Peak Holdings, LLC. Founded in 2000, Clear Peak is a business analytics and big data professional services firm that provides data solutions through project­ based and managed services. Clear Peak was selected by Colorado Biz magazine as a 2014 Colorado Company to Watch.

Brad draws from over two decades of technology leadership and big data know-how to run an organization that solves complex business challenges through the power of business analytics and big data. He works with corporate executives to develop and execute data strategies that significantly increase profits and operational results.

Brad has been a member of the Denver Rescue Mission, the oldest full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain area, since 2012. He is also a past member of the Board of Governors for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree from the Monfort School of Business. He is a native Coloradan, is married to Chanda, has four wonderful children and lives in the Castle Rock area of the Denver metro.


Alan Cullop DaVita

Alan Cullop.pngAlan currently serves as CIO and SVP at DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a Fortune 300 company and a leading provider of health care services. During his 20+year career, he has led the development and expansion of IT systems and teams for numerous transaction-intensive businesses, including, Avis,,, American Express, Wyndham, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Coldwell Banker/Sotherby's and MCI. Alan began his career as a developer with MCI Communications and has served as CIO for 10+ years for complex global 100 companies including Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets, Cendant and the TriZetto Group, a Healthcare Software Services Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech's Dupree College of Management Leadership Forum.  Alan enjoys spending time with his family, reading and traveling.


Sean Everhart

Sean Everhart.pngSean Everhart is a technology industry veteran with over 23 years of experience.  He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of David C Cook, a global non-profit focused on equipping the local church on a global scale.  Sean has a wide range of technology experience in leadership, strategic consulting, software engineering, technical support, and technical sales with both boutique technology consulting firms and large global technology firms.  Since starting at David C Cook, Sean created and leads the Digital Technology Group which centralized previously distributed digital and technology leaders across the global organization.  Sean serves as the Founder and Executive Sponsor of Disciplr, a subsidiary of David C Cook and technology startup founded to become the leading platform for teachers in the local church around the world.  Sean is a 16-year Microsoft Corporation veteran, having co-developed technology strategies and product development plans with CIOs and CTOs across Fortune 100 companies and leading software companies.  Originally from North Carolina, Sean holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Wake Forest University.  He is a leader with Apps for the Greater Good, a technology startup managed by Wake Forest University, professors and former students.  Sean and his wife, Laura, have four children and serve in leadership in several non-profits focused on higher education and faith-based needs in society.


Michael Frendo

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Michael is currently the CTO of a stealth mode startup in the cyber security space.

Recently, Michael was the Executive Vice President, Worldwide Engineering, for Polycom. In that capacity, he led the global engineering team where he was responsible for execution, delivery, business operations, and life-cycle management of Polycom’s portfolio of video, voice and content collaboration solutions.

Prior to joining Polycom, Michael led the architecture team at Infinera responsible for all aspects of systems and optical architecture within the company.

Michael was General Manager, Unified Communications Solutions Business Unit at Avaya and responsible for the Integration of the Nortel Enterprise Solutions Business into Avaya. Past roles included Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-End Security Systems (HSS) Business Unit at Juniper Networks. While there he was responsible for the leadership of the security and network traffic visibility technologies and products. Michael has also held positions at McDATA Corp where he was leading system architecture, worldwide product development and customer engagements for the Data Center products, Cisco Systems where he held the role of Vice President for Systems and Software Engineering within the Voice Technology Group and Bell Northern research where he was a leading development manager for the Magellan Passport product.

Michael holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Dr. Frendo is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.

James Gaulke

James Gaulke.pngIT executive with a track record of success in planning/executing strategic information technology development initiatives for leading organizations in multiple industries. I have a history of developing new products, increasing revenues and improving efficiencies while maximizing information technology services for companies in the energy, banking, financial services, retail and manufacturing / distribution sectors.

The combination of my professional experience, business knowledge, and self-motivation provides the drive and determination necessary to achieve results.


  • Innovation & product development
  • Strategic planning, IT alignment
  • IT governance
  • Outsourcing, contract negotiations, vendor management
  • CRM (clientelling & loyalty)
  • Business intelligence & enterprise data management
  • Information security (PCI, SOX, HIPAA, FFIEC / OTS)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Merger, acquisitions  &  portfolio conversions
  • Board participation
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Portfolio I Project management
  • Team motivation & productivity


Steve Golter

Steve_Golter.pngOn March 11th, 1981, Steve Goiter was born in the grandest of all junctions, Grand Junction, Colorado. For the next eighteen years he was contained in the Grand Valley to explore and to find himself. On graduating from high school, he wanted to explore the world outside of the valley and moved to Greely to study mechanical engineering at the University of Northern Colorado.

After a year at UNC, he wanted to take his exploring to the next level and figure out his passions in life. Inspired by a spring break trip to the west coast, he decided to move to Santa Cruz, California, where he worked for a local electrical engineering firm as an AutoCAD I IT technician.

In Denver, to continue his education and apply his IT passions to the real world, he enrolled in the computer information system program at Metro State College of Denver, and at the same time he formed his first company called Type 2 Networks offering IT support services to small and medium sized businesses.

Following two years of school and work, this Denver experience ended in New York City and a contract to build the IT infrastructure for Blinde Design, a company that designed the eyewear for the three Matrix movies.

The New York City experience ended when he was offered an IT job at a casino in Colorado. Back in Colorado, even with a full time job, Steve was able to pursue his entrepreneurial inclinations by working part-time with local Denver businesses and resuming part-time schooling at Metro State. However, two years later education won out and he transferred to the University of Colorado at Denver as a full time student.

Steve graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2012 and decided he wanted to give back to the community. Through this scholarship fund, Steve will make an impact in the education of students in the Information System program at the CU Denver Business School.


Marina Johnson

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Marina Johnson is CEO of MOST Programming, Inc. The company ensures your high performance with Business Intelligence and business process automation. We Turn Data into Gold™

Previously, Marina Johnson led the technology group at HSS for 15 years, 10 years as CIO. HSS is one of the nation’s leading security service outsourcing firms specializing in aviation, government, and healthcare security. HSS has over 4000 employees serving hundreds of customers in 17 states.

As CIO, Johnson was responsible for developing and implementing cost-effective technology strategies making the company and its employees more productive and competitive. She and her team supported all HSS information systems and IT infrastructure in the headquarters and remote offices, including telecommunications, networks, collaboration and communication systems. This included an Operations Support Center, which provides 24/7 dispatch, monitoring and emergency services to HSS customers nationally.

Johnson joined HSS in 2001, starting the company’s first centralized IT Department and standardizing its technology across HSS divisions and locations. She was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2005.

Because HSS provides outsourcing services to its customers, Johnson believes in using that business model for many IT functions. As a result, in 2002, HSS was among the first companies to go to the “cloud” for its critical data applications. In 2011, HSS beta tested, and adopted, Microsoft Office 365. In 2007, Johnson directed the transfer of all technology to the new HSS corporate headquarters in Denver with only 10 minutes of downtime during the overnight move.

She directed the development of a business intelligence (BI) platform analyzing operational data and business trends, as well as predictive analytics, creating competitive advantages for HSS.

She is a member of the Board and Treasurer of the Society for Information Management, Colorado Chapter, the Industry Advisory Council at Regis University (School of Computer & Information Sciences), the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado IT Symposium Advisory Committee and the Governing Body, Colorado CIO Executive Summit Advisory Board.

Johnson earned a five-year degree in System Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Information Technology.

She was one of three finalists nominated by the Colorado Technology Association as Colorado CIO of the year.

Albert Kendrick

Albert Kendrick.pngAlbert Kendrick is the Chief Information Officer for FirstBank, a regional bank headquartered in Colorado with locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. Albert leads FirstBank's efforts to use technology to provide unique products and excellent service to its customers. FirstBank aggressively pursues the use of technology in the delivery of its products and services to create a unique customer experience.

Albert is originally from Charlotte, N.C. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Denver.


Sam V. Kumar

Sam V. Kumar.pngSam Kumar is NewCloud Networks' Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Sam has been responsible for NewCloud activities since its founding in 1988.

Prior to starting NewCloud Networks, Sam spearheaded technology research and development for GTE (Verizon Communications). Sam has over 30 years of executive management and technical experience and is focused on establishing an effective corporate growth strategy, expanding the national NewCloud network, and developing a management team that delivers superior operational and sales efficiency.

Sam Kumar received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. Sam is a leader in the Colorado technology community, acting as a board member for TiE Rockies and an industry advisor for Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN). He has also been profiled in Denver Post, Denver Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine as well as honored as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Mr. Kumar is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.

Ryan McMeekin

Ryan McMeekin.pngRyan McMeekin is an experienced IT audit, risk, and compliance professional within the Risk Assurance practice at PwC. Ryan has more than 13 years experience serving clients in the areas of IT risk management, third party assurance reporting, process and controls enhancement, information security assessments, as well as financial, general IT controls, and operational audits. Ryan’s industry experience spans within Technology, HealthCare, and Energy (Oil and Gas and Mining) industries.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.


Vincent P. Melvin

Vincent P. Melvin.pngVincent P. Melvin is senior vice president and chief information officer of Arrow Electronics, Inc., with responsibility for managing the company's global information technology systems, services and capabilities. He is passionate about the enterprise IT organization being a customer-focused team that closely aligns initiatives and investment with the business strategy.

Prior to Arrow, Melvin was executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Sanmina-SCI, Inc. (SSCI), a leading electronics manufacturing services provider. Before joining SSCI in 2000, Melvin was director of information systems at Solectron Technology. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership problems at IBM Corporation in IT, logistics, and systems engineering.

Melvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Trinity College and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.


Steve Oberg

Steve Oberg.pngSteve is currently Chief Information Security Officer at DaVita &ndash a Fortune 300 company and leading provider of healthcare services. During his 16 years at DaVita he has created four departments; IT Security, IT Risk Management, IT Audit and Business Continuity. His responsibilities as CISO include; HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and IT Risk management. In each position, he has excelled at building a cohesive team of professional and accountable team members. He prides himself on having excellent organizational/analytical skills and possesses the natural ability to lead individuals to get results. He has many years of practice taking a non-emotional approach to conflict and is skilled in adapting communication style to the audience and situation, dedicated to building a highly motivated team, aware of their role in improving productivity and quality to customers.

Mr. Oberg is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.


Molly Rauzi

Molly Rauzi.pngWith her deep knowledge and experience, Molly is energized by helping organizations create powerful, secure solutions to drive employee engagement and collaboration, increase productivity, standardize processes and systems, and manage digital strategies including big data. She advises on the governance of corporate functions and shared services across the enterprise. Her experience and insights have helped numerous organizations ready their workforces for the many changes new technologies, new business models and new strategies bring.

Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Molly was the Managing Director leading the Business Advisory Services Practice in the Denver office of Grant Thornton LLP. From 2007 to 2011, Molly served as an appointee of then Mayor John Hickenlooper (now the Governor of Colorado) to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver. She developed the City and County's technology strategy and oversaw its most significant business transformation initiatives, including establishing a governance process to support a $25 million project  portfolio; standing up shared services for IT, HR, Finance and customer services, and providing the technology support for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. With Grant Thornton she advised the City of Charlotte as they hosted the 2012 DNC.

Before working for the Mayor of Denver, Molly served as the Director of Technology for Denver International Airport. Molly was an integral part of the management team who supported the airport through the crisis of September 11, 2001. Molly implemented an airport technology strategy that was a significant factor in the transformation efforts ensuring DIA's long-term economic viability.


Jamie Tischart

Jamie Tischart.png Jamie Tischart is the VP of Tech Ops for SendGrid a market leading cloud-based communications platform. Formerly the CTO for Cloud at Intel Security responsible for leading future Cloud security strategies. In 13 years at McAfee, Tischart held several roles including Sr. Director of Cloud Engineering and Sr. Director McAfee Labs - Quality Engineering & Operations. Prior to McAfee, Tischart held several technical leadership positions at companies such as MX Logic and Openwave. Tischart holds an MBA from Aspen University. He is the founder of Vets4CySec a non-profit supporting our veterans with career services in Cyber Security and is an advisory board member for ControlsForce a leader in protection against Insider Threats. Jamie lives in Colorado with his wife Corena and their 3 children.

Mr. TIschart  is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.


Jonathan Trull 

Lucia Milică Turpin.pngAs Global Chief Security Advisor for the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, Jonathan leads Microsoft’s team of worldwide Chief Security Advisors to provide thought leadership, strategic direction on the development of Microsoft security products and services, and deep customer and partner engagement around the globe. Prior to Microsoft, Jonathon has worked for Optiv, Qualys, and the State of Colorado. Trull has established himself as an innovative security leader and was recently named by the SANS Institute as one of the "People Who Made a Difference in Cybersecurity." He serves as an advisor to several security startups and venture capital firms and has spoken at major security events such as RSA, Black Hat, Gartner, CSO50, and SANS. Trull is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). He earned a master's degree from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Mr. Trull is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.


Lucia Milică Turpin

Lucia Milică Turpin.pngLucia Milică currently serves as CEO & Principal Consultant for Datassure, a data privacy and cybersecurity consulting firm, as well as speaker and advisor. Formerly the VP, Chief Information Security Officer & Chief Privacy Officer for Polycom, she is a senior technology leader and lawyer with over 20 years of technical and business experience. Previously Lucia held leadership and technical roles in IT governance & strategy, security risk and compliance, corporate security, data privacy, and IT infrastructure at companies including HP, Palm, Wells Fargo, Franklin Templeton. She was also the President & Co-Founder of Women MBA Connect (formerly Association of Women MBA). Lucia started her career as a Systems Engineer, while earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Master in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate.​

Ms. Turpin is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium. 

Norman Weeks

Norman_Weeks.pngNorman Weeks is a proactive, result-driven senior technology executive with extensive experience in leading, managing and executing large-scale systems, architecture and ensuring IT return on investment is achieved / exceeded. Norman served as the Director of Network Operations, Cyber security operations and public radio safety network operations. Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) in 2013 after 22 years of service with the U.S. Army. There he held numerous IT leadership positions around the world and his last position, with NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs. Norman is driven to serve and provide highest quality services and teams to meet the needs of the nation, state and leaders of tomorrow. He earned Master of Arts degrees in both Information Management and Telecommunication and in Computer Resources in Information Technology from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and minor is Business Management from the University of Tampa. Among other certifications, he is an IT Service Management / ITILv3 Expert; Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt; Project Management Professional (PMP); Agile Scrum Master; and Command Control, Communication, Computer and Information Planner. Norman also received executive MBA training in ULCA’s Anderson School and Executive Leadership training at Notre Dame.

Norman previously held the position of the VP of Enterprise Services (enterprise infrastructure, enterprise data, enterprise application, product delivery, cyber operations / compliance, business services) at IQN (IQNavigator) a SAAS HR system for contracted / contingent labor force to 187 of the top global companies. IQN merged with Beeline and the position was eliminated.

Norman currently leads Newmont Mining Company’s Cyber Security Program. He also teaches at Regis Univ, Computer and Information Sciences (CC&IS).

Mr. Weeks is also a member of the CITI Cyber Security Consortium.


Randy Weldon

Randy Weldon served as Chief Information Officer (CIO} for two organizations, Geneva Pharmaceuticals and Douglas County School District. He also spent over twenty years in consulting management at Andersen Consulting and Arrow Partnership. In addition to prior Director-level positions over Application Development (StorageTek), Hosting Customer Account Management (TriZetto), and Integrated Supply Chain (Johns Manville), he currently serves as the Product Lifecycle Management Program Manager for a multi-year Siemens Teamcenter PLM implementation at Sundyne in Arvada.

In his prior capacity as Director of Integrated Supply Chain Management in the IT Department of Johns Manville (JM), he was responsible for optimizing the end-to-end North American supply chain through design and implementation of process and system improvements using the SAP ECC, SCM, and TM platforms. Integrated Supply Chain at JM included the total business process from Sales and Marketing through Demand Planning and Supply Network Planning to Procurement, Production Scheduling, Production Execution, Plant Maintenance, Warehousing and Inventory Management, Order Processing and Logistics/Transportation.

Randy previously served as CIO of Douglas County School District, where among other accomplishments, he spearheaded the business cases for and implementation of both a large, fiber-optic Wide Area Network (1Gb/sec connections to each of 80 facilities), and greatly enhanced wireless connectivity in schools, thereby mitigating existing bandwidth issues and setting the District up to handle projected rapid growth in demand.

Mr. Weldon also directed implementation of new SAP ERP systems as the CIO at Geneva Pharmaceuticals and the Director of Application Development at StorageTek. Prior to those roles, he spent 18 years as a Consulting Manager at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He earned an undergraduate degree in Management Science from Colorado State University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a native of Durango, Colorado, is married to Julie and has two grown children, Sarah and Mike.

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