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Stoney Trent

Colonel Stoney Trent
Chief of Operations, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC),
Department of Defense

Colonel Stoney Trent, Ph.D. is an Army Cyber Warfare Officer and Cognitive Engineer, currently serving as the Chief of Operations for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center under the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. Previously, he established and directed U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Immersion Lab, which develops and assesses capabilities for the Cyber Mission Force. While assigned to the Army Staff (G-8), COL Trent served on the Battlespace Awareness Functional Capabilities Board and was responsible for evaluating Defense Intelligence Capabilities for the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He has served as a Strategic Policy Research Fellow with the RAND Arroyo Center, and Current Operations Officer (J-33) in US Forces Korea. COL Trent is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership at the United States Military Academy. As a military intelligence officer, he deployed twice to Iraq and once to Kosovo, serving as Interrogation Battalion Executive Officer, Military Intelligence Company Commander, and Infantry Battalion Intelligence Officer (S2). COL Trent began his military career as an Armor Officer in Fort Knox, KY. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is a graduate of the Army War College and former Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency.

Stoney Trent

Mike Massimino, Closing Keynote
Former NASA Astronaut, Columbia University Engineering Professor

Mike Massimino, a former NASA astronaut, is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, and the senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia and Master of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Policy, as well as his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After working as an engineer at IBM, NASA Headquarters and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, along with academic appointments at both Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Massimino was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1996. A veteran of two space flights, the fourth and fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions in 2002 and 2009, Massimino has many accomplishments including a team record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission and the first person to tweet from Space with over 1.3 million twitter followers currently. He has also received a number of awards including two NASA “Space Flight Medals”, the NASA “Distinguished Service Medal”, and the American Astronautical Society’s 2009 “Flight Achievement Award”. He is also the holder of two patents and author of several engineering research papers.

Back at his alma mater, Columbia, Massimino is teaching an undergraduate course, Introduction to Human Space Flight, which harnesses his years of academic and professional experience. He is also working with The Art of Engineering, a course in which all first-year engineers attend design lectures and work on engineering projects with socially responsible themes.

When not in academia or at NASA, Massimino has made several television appearances including a recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory. In addition, he frequently appears in specials on Discovery, History, PBS and National Geographic Channels, along with national and cable news. He has also been a guest on many of the late night talk shows including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Massimino is author of Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (October 2016), where he tells the inspirational, unlikely, and often humorous story of his 18 years at NASA, including his four spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope and his public relations work in telling the story of space. Massimino’s account gives readers a first-hand look at the incredible legacy of the Hubble and the modern history of space travel in the final years of the shuttle era, including the tragedy of the 2003 Columbia disaster. It also offers an insider’s take on the storied past and exciting future of manned space flight.

Sean kelley

Sean Kelley
Host, Cyber Chat Radio

Mr. Sean W. Kelley is the Host of Cyber Chat Radio Show and Podcast on Federal News almost 30 years of IT experience in the federal and private sector

Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2012 (Department of Veteran Affairs & Environmental Protection Agency), he held positions as an Independent Consultant with numerous Healthcare IT Companies. He also served in a variety of key IT positions within the Navy Medicine including the CIO for the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort during Disaster Relief for the Haitian Earthquake; the CIO for Navy Medicine Corporate Headquarters; the Director for the Navy Medicine Enterprise IT Program Management Office and as an IT Manager for the Attending Physician to Congress (OAP).

Mr. Kelley was recently named to the “FedHealthIT100 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 which honors those individuals recognized for driving change and advancement in the Federal Health Information Technology Market.”

Mr. Kelley has a B.S. in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University, a M.A. in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University, and a M.S. in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with a focus in networking and information assurance. Mr. Kelley studied at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR). “CISR is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in software security, Inherently Trustworthy Systems (ITC), Cybersecurity Defense, and the use of computational systems in Cyber Operations”. Mr. Kelley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Genefa Murphy

Genefa Murphy, PhD
Global Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Enablement
Micro Focus

Genefa Murphy is the Global Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Enablement for Micro Focus. In this role, she partners closely with the product marketing and sales teams to ensure that Micro Focus is mobilizing around the right go-to-market (GTM) activities and leading the execution of the organizations marketing, sales and technical enablement plans across Americas, LATAM, Europe and Asia Pacific and Japan.

Her team ensures Micro Focus is on track to generate the necessary pipeline to meet its targets, it is developing positive momentum with analysts and media, solidifying the critical relationships with its customers, partners and prospects and building situational fluency amongst the GTM team. Her team drives global and regional programs across all six Micro Focus product groups, support and services. Her team leverages agile methodologies across engineering and marketing / enablement to ensure continuous improvement.

Prior to this, she was the Vice President of Product and Partner Marketing for the Application Delivery Management business unit within HPE Software. In this role, she led a team of product marketers, thought leaders and technical enablement specialists responsible for creating market awareness for ADM’s application lifecycle, performance and functional virtualization testing solutions as well as HPE Software’s next generation agile, mobile and DevOps solutions.

Genefa has also held various positions in product management, consulting, strategy and architecture and UX over a 10 year career in the enterprise technology space.

Genefa has a BSc in Business IT and a PhD in New Technology Adoption.

Jerry Davis

Jerry Davis
VP & Global Chief Security Officer, Lam Research & Former CIO,
NASA Ames Research Center

Jerry L. Davis is the Vice President, Chief Security Officer of Lam Research Corporation. His role as architect of the global vision for cybersecurity, physical security and business continuity and leader of the Global Security and Business Resiliency (GSBR) organization with the responsibility to protect and safeguard Lam’s personnel, information, cyber and physical assets. Jerry was most recently the Chief Information Officer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley from 2013 to 2018 and was also a member of NASA’s executive council. He also held the position of the NASA Chief Information Security Officer in Washington, D.C., from 2007 to 2010, leading the cyber security strategy for human space flight, aeronautics, space technology, and science platforms and programs. Jerry’s previous experience includes executive level security and IT leadership positions with the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and as a senior consultant at several Fortune 500 and global management consulting firms. Jerry holds an BS in Business and Information Technology and a MSc in Network Security. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society of Automotive Engineers and is a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a Washington, DC Cybersecurity Think Tank.

Howard Whyte

Howard Whyte

On October 17, 2017, Howard Whyte was appointed to the position of FDIC Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). As the CIO and CPO, Howard also serves as an advisor to the Chairman, Board members, and senior executive managers on all strategic issues relating to information technology (IT), including governance, investments, program management, strategic planning, and security. Howard reports directly to the Chairman and provides leadership to the Division of Information Technology (DIT) and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) functions and operations.

Howard has over 20 years of information technology (IT) and security experience in the federal government, military, and private sector. Howard joined the FDIC in January 2017, as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In that role, he worked to reduce cybersecurity risk by implementing a 24/7 Security Operations Center, incorporating threat intelligence into security operations, and worked with Divisions and Offices to address IT security challenges. Howard also reorganized the IT Security and Privacy staff to better enable implementation of the government’s Cybersecurity Framework and to improve the FDIC’s understanding and management of cybersecurity risks.

Prior to joining the FDIC, Howard led the Threat Management Center at Goldman Sachs, focusing on cybersecurity detection, protection, response, and recovery on a global scale. Previously, he served as CISO and Deputy CISO at NASA. Earlier in his career, he was a senior information assurance officer in the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency, a telecommunications manager at Interim HealthCare, and an information management officer for the U.S. Army. Howard has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration, from the University of Phoenix.


Stephanie J. Neill
Executive Director, U.S. Digital Service, Department of Homeland Security

Stephanie J. Neill is the Executive Director of the U.S. Digital Service at Department of Homeland Security. Since 2017, she has led the DHS Digital Service in transforming DHS’ most critical services through technology, data, and design.

Stephanie has driven key projects across DHS that have improved digital services for immigrants, natural disaster survivors, air travelers, and asylum seekers. Stephanie’s innovative approach to digital strategy has fostered a team of digital service experts who are transforming the Department’s most critical public-facing digital services through technology, data, and design. And as part of a broader effort to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing across agencies, Stephanie maintains a close relationship with the U.S. Digital Service headquarters in the Executive Office of the President and other Digital Service teams throughout Government.

Stephanie came to Digital Service from InterActiveCorp (IAC) where she served as Director, Product. Prior to that, she led product lines at The New York Times, Lionsgate Entertainment, and numerous startups. An active supporter of the tech community, Stephanie founded UXNY Meetup, ProductCamp SF, and most recently, the DC chapter of Women in Product.

Parham Eftekhari

Parham Eftekhari,
Executive Director, ICIT

Parham Eftekhari is the Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), the nation’s leading cybersecurity Think Tank. Combining 15 years of technology experience with a lifelong passion for leadership and community engagement, Parham is privileged to advise executives at some of the world’s top public and private sector organizations, build strategic alliances, and create thought leadership programs focused on national security, cybersecurity, and digital transformation. Parham is responsible for managing the Institute’s content strategy which consists of research publications, executive briefings, and digital engagement initiatives. In this capacity, Parham regularly engages with the media, has contributed to over a dozen publications, and has developed or led over 100 educational briefings and events at institutions including TEDx, Congress, the World Bank, RSA, (ISC)2, and C-SPAN. He is also the founder of CamPath Webcam Covers and was a co-founder of GTRA, which in its prime was one of Washington D.C.'s leading public-private sector executive collaboration organizations. Parham is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Business and is fluent in French and Farsi.

Rob Roy

Rob Roy
CTO, Micro Focus Government Solutions

Rob Roy is the chief technology officer of the U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity team at Micro Focus. For the last ten years, he has been responsible for driving strategic cyber initiatives, promoting thought leadership, presenting cybersecurity vision, and managing media and government relations. He joined Micro Focus through the successful merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software with Micro Focus International. Prior to this role, he managed similar activities at a number of startups that were subsequently acquired by Fortune 50 companies. Mr. Roy studied mathematics and computer science at the U.S. Naval Academy and maintains his Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Ethical Hacker qualifications. He is a Fellow with the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology.

Scott Spiro

Scott Spiro
Sr. partner Development Manager, Microsoft

Scott Spiro is the Sr. Partner Development Manager and worldwide landing lead of Mainframe to Azure within the Strategic Workloads group of One Commercial Partner. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the migration of mainframe and midrange workloads to the Microsoft platform (on-prem and Azure). Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, Scott spent the prior 10 years working in the platform migration partner community, bringing clients from the Linux, UNIX, and mainframe environment to Microsoft platform. Prior to that, Scott has worked for various consulting organizations and ISV’s focusing on financial systems, e-commerce, and network security / systems management.

Scott received a Master of Business Administration from The Lally School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Siena College. Originally from St. Louis, Scott has lived in London as well as Los Angeles. Scott enjoys skiing, scuba diving, traveling and currently lives in Albany, NY with his wife Helen and daughter Sarah, plus their bulldog and three cats.


Steve Steuart
CTO, Astadia

Steve Steuart is Astadia’s CTO and Legacy Modernization expert, responsible for helping clients identify, eliminate, rejuvenate or modernize their mission critical applications to the cloud.

Steve is Astadia’s legacy modernization lead expert and offers over 30 years of mainframe expertise. He led the company’s first mainframe migration in 1994, and ever since then, he brings a wealth of expertise and real live experiences around legacy migrations. His passion for client success in due to the fact that he has led many clients over 90 mainframe migrations.

Along with is passion for mainframe modernization, Steve also carries over 25 years of experience in software and technology consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He has pioneered the development and evolution of several automated migration tool sets. Not only does he focus on his clients nationwide, but he also manages clients and business operations throughout Latin America and EMEA. His passion lies solely in getting his clients the business results they crave.

Adam McIlwain

Adam McIlwain
Senior Manager, SIE Consulting Group

Adam McIlwain is a Senior Manager with SIE Consulting Group. SIE specializes in Information Technology, Federal Procurement, and Business Process Improvement. SIE is the driving force behind GSA’s Software License Management Service (SLMS), and leads the GSA Centers of Excellence (COE) for Cloud Adoption. Our customers include USDA, HUD, IRS, USCIS, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Allen Smith

Allen Smith
Senior VP of Operations, Information First

Allen is a former federal agency CIO and Records Officer. He has 12 years’ experience with Content Manager implementations across commercial, federal, state and local as well as FISMA, STIG and OMB M-12-18 experience. He is a PMI-certified Project Manager and Former SharePoint administrator.

David Wray

David Wray
CTO, Micro Focus Government Solutions

David Wray is the chief technology officer of the U.S. Public Sector for Cloud, DevOps and IT Management teams at Micro Focus Government Solutions. For the last ten years, he has been a key trusted advisor for DoD, Intel and Civilian/SLED Public sector customers and provides thought leadership for how to enable IT for transformational change within large complex organizations. He joined Micro Focus through the successful merger of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software with Micro Focus International. Prior to this role, he managed similar activities within US Public Sector IT advisory and consulting firms and was a co-founder of several successful start-ups. Mr Wray started his IT career problem solving within large fortune 50 companies and has a B.S in computer science from the University of Maryland. He speaks widely on enabling technology to address changing US Public Sector priorities and collaborates with government stakeholders on IT policy creation and implementation. He is a Fellow with the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology and is an active member of the Open Group and driving standards for IT.

Brent Kynaston

Brent Kynaston
Principal Solutions Architect, TriVir LLC

Brent Kynaston is a Principal Solutions Architect at TriVir LLC, a Northern Virginia-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) integrator. He helped create IdMUnit.org, the world's first open source automated test framework for IAM implementations. With this technology he has deployed highly elastic IAM solutions within the cloud and on-prem for US Federal and Defense Contractor agencies. He assisted with the deployment of one of the first authorized IAM solutions to integrate with the GSA MSO USAccess program and provide PIV Derived Credentials for mobile devices for their customer agencies.