October 19, 2018

Speaker Bios 2018


As Chief Information Officer, Mike Kelly is responsible for leading the information technology (IT) organization at Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions. Since joining the organization in 2016, Kelly has focused on leading the IT team as they provide the tools and technologies that enable Red Hatters every day.

Before joining Red Hat, Kelly served in senior leadership roles at McKesson Corporation, including as Senior Vice President of IT Shared Services and Chief Information Officer, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical from October 2012 to August 2016 and Senior Vice President, Enterprise Application Services from May 2011 to October 2012. Kelly also served as Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer of McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation, from October 2007 to May 2011 and as Chief Information Officer of Oncology Therapeutics Network from October 2005 to October 2007.


An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG, LLC; and a frequent speaker at international conferences and professional groups on topics of agile software development. Bob authored Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. A prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster, Bob can be reached at bob@rgalen.com or at LinkedIn.



Rebecca Fernandez is Principal Program Manager at Red Hat, where she is responsible for global strategic projects and initiatives that help the company scale its open organizational culture. In 2017, Rebecca led the “Rediscovering Red Hat’s Why” project, which engaged 10,000+ Red Hatters to collaboratively develop a purpose statement for the company. She is the maintainer and evangelist of the Open Decision Framework, a collection of Red Hat’s best practices for open, collaborative, and inclusive decision making that has been featured in Forbes, ZDNet, Business Insider, and CEB’s open source change management webinar series. Rebecca is a writer and a communications coach with a passion for cultivating and sustaining great company cultures. She has contributed to opensource.com, was an editor for Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s book The Open Organization, and is an Open Organization Ambassador.


Larry Maccherone

Larry is the Director of Analytics for Rally Software and a frequent presenter at Agile conferences around the world. His research focuses on agile measurement, analysis, and visualisation for software and systems engineering.




Kristine Berry is an educator, coach, facilitator and leader who is passionate about helping teams enjoy their work and create delightful products. She is a certified Instructional Designer with more than 15 years of experience creating and delivering effective online and in-person educational content. Kristine works at IBM today at the intersection of Agile, Offering Management and Design Thinking – enabling hundreds of hardware and software teams across the globe to transform the way they work.



Shobha Subramonian  is a Principal Program Manager at SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina. She is the R&D program lead for the SAS Customer Intelligence 360 program, which develops and builds Software-as-a-Service [SaaS] products and implements it via a continuous release delivery process. Shobha is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of project management experience (including Accenture and SAS) and she transitioned to program management 4 years ago. She has been instrumental in developing and establishing the new processes required to facilitate the continuous delivery for the SAS Customer Intelligence 360 program, which is comprised of multiple global teams.

Shobha was profiled in the book Project Managers at Work by Bruce Harpham, a project management career advisor and journalist. This book published in 2017 contains in-depth interviews with 25 notable project management professionals from various companies in North America, and is intended as a guide for practicing project managers as well as career-changers and recent graduates aspiring to become project managers.


Heather Shuart  is part of the ESSA (Enterprise Sales + Services Automation) team at Red Hat. This group of Agile development teams is responsible for transformative efforts impacting the sales cycle. In particular, her role is geared toward the people side of change and she specializes in communications. Prior to joining ESSA she held various quota carrying sales roles.




My name is Laura Di Puma and I am a Music Educator in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have been teaching for 14 years and hold degrees in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York and Boston University. A believer in breaking tradition, breaking the mold and re-inventing the wheel, I have found a passion for creating and growing an enthusiastic culture, inspiring and motivating others and instilling a sense of leadership in others through my servant leadership style. I am presently working on my Certified Scrum Master certification and am enthusiastically pursuing a career outside of education in the Scrum and Agile field.



LauraValentineLaura Valentine is a Certified Scrum Master on a software team in the Financial Industry who started her Agile journey in 2014 when her Department declared “We’re going Agile!!”. Being part of the transformation from diehard Waterfall teams (Scrum? Um… I’m not sure how Rugby expertise will help our project.) to an Agile Scrum model that spans teams and continents has provided hands-on experience with common pitfalls, let’s call it “creative” interpretations, and amazing people along the way. Laura’s presentations at corporate events along with university lectures sponsored by Women in Technology proved to be a popular combination of humor, self-reflection, and interactive content as she continues on her Agile journey.