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Cloud Board Members

  • O'Keeffe Steve O'Keeffe, Chair
    MeriTalk, Cloud Computing Exchange

    Steve O'Keeffe

    Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk – the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry and has contributed to The Washington Post and The Economist. Today, he regularly sparks dialogue on his blog, My Cup of IT. O'Keeffe is a fixture as an expert witness on Capitol Hill, testifying on government IT and workforce issues in both House and Senate hearings. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Telework Exchange, GovMark Council, and O'Keeffe & Company. O'Keeffe is a member of the USO-Metro board.

  • Azer Bestavros Azer Bestavros
    Director of the Institute for Computing
    Boston University

    Azer Bestavros

    Azer Bestavros (PhD 1992, Harvard University) is a Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, and the Founding Director of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing, which was set up in 2010 to "create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education." He is the co-chair of Research, Education, and Outreach at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center – a nationally-unique partnership between state government, industry, and academia, supporting the HPC needs of five of the most research-intensive universities in the Commonwealth: BU, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and UMass. He served for five years as chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on the Internet and served on the editorial boards of major computer science conferences and journals. He is the recipient of multiple teaching, research, and service awards, including the ACM Sigmetrics Inaugural Test of Time Award for research "whose impact is still felt 10-15 years after initial publication," and the United Methodist Scholar Teacher Award for "outstanding dedication and contributions to the learning arts." Funded by over $18M of government and industry grants, his research work yielded seminal results on scalable web content distribution, Internet traffic characterization, and safety certification of networked systems and software, culminating in 16 PhD theses, 6 issued patents, 3 startups, and hundreds of refereed papers that are cited over 13,000 times. At the Hariri Institute for Computing, he is spearheading a number of cloud computing, big-data, and cybersecurity initiatives, most notably the Open Cloud Exchange project which aims to set up a new model for public clouds and for cloud marketplaces.

  • Walter Bigelow Walter Bigelow
    Division Chief
    IT Systems Management Division
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

    Walter Bigelow

    Walter Bigelow is the Chief of the Information Technology (IT) Systems Management Division, Office of Science and Technology for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF&E). He has been at ATF&E for over 5 years and has full operational and fiscal responsibility for all facets of IT services; specifically all IT infrastructure and operations around data centers, LAN/WAN networks, desktops/laptops, printers, phones, cell phones, tactical radios, help desk, end-user services, COMSEC, visual information services, mobility and several major IT outsourcing contracts.

    Walter has more than 20 years of IT industry experience across the private sector, higher education, state government, DOD and NASA. Recently at ATF&E he led a multi-year joint effort with the U.S. Marshalls Service for a new $500M+ IT support contract for both organizations, from inception to development through contract award and execution that will likewise be open for other DOJ and federal components to join. He also led the consolidation and virtualization initiative of over 50 percent of ATF&E's server infrastructure and a highly successful end user hardware refresh. He is leading efforts to evaluate and move appropriate AFT&E services into the cloud. He is actively moving ATF&E to the forefront of enabling mobility empowered services to over 4000 iOS smartphones and tablets and is also actively moving the bureau to Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops.

    Bigelow holds a Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in Business Administration and a Master' degree from Johns Hopkins University in Information Technology Management.

  • de Bergevin Alban de Bergevin
    Federal Sales Director – Application Platform
    Microsoft Corporation

    Alban de Bergevin

    Alban de Bergevin is Microsoft's Federal Director for the Application Platform Specialist team. Mr. de Bergevin is responsible for enabling Federal customers and partners to leverage Microsoft Cloud solutions both on-premises, hybrid, and in the Government Community Cloud. In his role, he and his team interface with both Federal customers and Microsoft's business and engineering groups to help translate customer requirements.

    Mr de Bergevin's background is both in Commercial and Public Sector industry with over 15 years of experience. He joined Microsoft in 2005 after holding the position of Regional Manager at Pcubed, a consulting firm and resides in Washington DC. Mr de Bergevin earned a Master's Degree in Project Management from Western Carolina University, and an engineering degree from ESSTIN. Mr de Bergevin can be contacted at

  • Hungate Joseph Hungate
    Chief Financial Officer
    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Joseph Hungate

  • Anil Karmel Anil Karmel
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    C2 Labs

    Anil Karmel

    Anil Karmel is the founder and CEO of C2 Labs, a cloud security and services company focused on enabling IT agility by simplifying complexity through innovative products and services, allowing you to Command and Control YOUR cloud. Formerly, Anil served as the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Within NNSA, Karmel served as the RightPath Chief Architect and Management and Operations (M&O) Implementation Lead for a range of enterprise information technology (IT) solutions including cloud computing, enterprise mobility, unified communications and enterprise wireless. RightPath is a lean and agile methodology employed via a partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of the Chief Information Officer and NNSA, delivering IT transformation to DOE by focusing on the key areas of people, process and technology.

    Karmel is the inventor and architect of Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL) award winning secure hybrid cloud service broker, Infrastructure on Demand, illustrating an innovative partnership between industry and government. He also designed LANL's Enterprise Collaboration Suite, which consists of a suite of tools allowing users to collaborate how, when and where they want on a variety of endpoints including smartphones, tablets and zero clients. These capabilities formed the basis of the NNSA's Network Vision (2NV) - a RightPath project delivering ONEvoice powered by YOURcloud on the OneNNSA Network, laying the foundation for a dynamic, untethered virtual workforce.

    Karmel has been in the IT Industry for over fifteen years, working with various Fortune 500 companies and government in the areas of enterprise virtualization, messaging and collaboration. He and his team garnered industry and government accolades, including the SANS National Cyber Security Innovators Award for Cloud Security, InformationWeek 500 Top Government IT Innovators, ACT/IAC Award and the DOE Secretary's Achievement Award. His team at LANL was named an ACT/IAC Finalist two years running. Karmel is an internationally recognized speaker and has been featured at numerous IT conferences and webinars, including VMworld and Gartner.

    Anil holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, is a member of the Project Management Institute and co-leads several Cloud Security Working Groups for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), most notably the working group charged with the creation of a Cloud-Adapted Risk Management Framework (CRMF), a new 800-level standard to quantify risk in a cloud-connected enterprise.

  • George C. Newstrom George C. Newstrom
    Vice President and General Manager
    Dell Services Federal Government

    George C. Newstrom

    George Newstrom serves as Vice President for the Dell Services Federal Government business unit. Newstrom manages all business and operational aspects of our service offerings to our federal customers.

    Newstrom has decades of experience leading IT services organizations within the Federal Marketplace including serving as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia as Chief Information Officer and as Chief Strategist. Prior to his current position, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Lee Technologies and also President and Chief Executive Officer for WiSPER Technologies. In addition, Newstrom held various leadership positions with EDS spanning over 28 years in the health care and government sectors culminating his career at EDS as a Corporate Senior Vice President and President of EDS Asia Pacific.

    Newstrom served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communications and Electronics Officer and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. His community involvement includes serving and holding advisory and leadership roles on numerous foundations and volunteer boards such as The Virginia Business Higher Education Council, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Advisory Board, the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

    Newstrom currently resides in Mclean Va. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

  • Peterson Max R. Peterson, II
    Director and General Manager
    Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector

    Max R. Peterson, II

    Max Peterson is AWS Director and General Manager for Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. Mr. Peterson is responsible for developing and supporting AWS public sector partnerships with system integrators, solution providers, independent software vendors and value added resellers. AWS' rich partner ecosystem plays a key role enabling government and education customers to leverage AWS cloud solutions. Mr. Peterson's AWS Capture and Contracts teams are responsible for identifying and winning large public sector programs and performing pre- and post-award contract management.

    Mr. Peterson is a public sector industry veteran with over twenty-five years of experience. He joined Amazon Web Services in February 2012. Prior to joining Amazon, he was Vice President and General Manager for Dell Federal Civilian and Intelligence Agencies. Before joining Dell in May 2007, Mr. Peterson held executive management positions at CDWG where he was Vice President of Federal Sales and Commerce One where he was Vice President of Public Sector Sales. Among Mr. Peterson's government IT accomplishments, at Commerce One, his organization was responsible for many e-government "firsts" such as Navy Seaport and GSA's FirstGov.Gov citizen portal.

    Mr. Peterson earned both a bachelor's degree in finance and master's of business administration in management information systems from the University of Maryland. He is an active member of the Industry Advisory Council, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and past board member of the Government Information Technology Executive Council.

  • Ashley Skyrme Ashley Skyrme
    Vice President, Strategic Innovation Group
    Booz Allen Hamilton

    Ashley Skyrme

    Ashley Skyrme is a Vice President in Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategic Innovation Group and is focusing on the Digital Enterprise. She combines strategy, creative, and social, mobile and cloud platforms to drive enterprise innovation, control technology related capital and operating expenses, and to produce business results. Ashley is a senior leader in Booz Allen's Business Partner Alliance Program amplifying innovation through key partnerships with leading edge cloud-based service and solution providers.

    Ashley and her team are driving thought-leadership and innovative solutions for some of the nation's most pressing challenges, including: Emergency Preparedness and Response, Connected Health, NexGen Scientific Computing, and Digital Intelligence in Civil, Defense, Security, and the Commercial sector. Her digital services and solutions team spans – both the 'front of the store' (creative, branding, social, mobile) to the 'back of the shop' (identity management, mobile and cloud-based services and solutions) to ensure solutions are not only engaging and innovative but also secure, scalable, and sustainable.

    She speaks, writes, and facilitates on these topics including MegaCommunity® events on Alzheimer's and Food Safety; Great Health Challenges at TEDMED 2013, and point of view articles such as "What it Takes to Transform Federal Aid" and "Everyday Innovation – Creative Approaches to Boost Mission Effectiveness and Operational Efficiency for Excellence in Government".

    Ashley has a MBA from Wake Forest University and a BA degree in German Studies from Boston College. She also holds certifications in Business Strategy and Change Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgetown University. Ashley leads pro bono consulting teams, including working with the Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities.

  • Tom Soderstrom Tom Soderstrom
    IT Chief Technology Officer
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Tom Soderstrom

  • Keith Trippie Keith Trippie
    Trippie Group LLC
    Former Executive Director of Enterprise System Development
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Keith Trippie

  • Chaowei Yang Chaowei (Phil) Yang
    NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center Director
    George Mason University

    Chaowei Yang

    Chaowei Yang is Founding Director of the Joint Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing (CISC) at George Mason University (GMU). He has 8 year experiences on leading the research and development of spatial cloud computing (cloud computing for geosciences). He acted as the chief architect of NASA Goddard Cloud Computing (4.2010-6.2011) and served as the chief architect for NASA Climate@Home (10.2010-10.2012). He leads the spatial cloud computing field through his well cited definition paper, a book, and an international journal special issue.

    His core interest is on utilizing spatiotemporal principles to optimize computing infrastructure to support science discoveries, engineering development and workforce training. He led a team of international renowned scholars and founded the NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center across George Mason, Harvard, and UC-Santa Barbara.

  • Michael Biddick Michael Biddick
    Chief Executive Officer
    Fusion PPT

    Michael Biddick

    Under Michael's leadership as CEO, Fusion PPT has achieved triple-digit growth becoming the premiere vendor-independent Cloud Computing consulting and implementation partner with their clients. Michael is responsible for the strategic vision, market strategy, project quality and is responsible for the company’s overall performance. For nearly 20 years, Michael has worked with hundreds of government and international commercial organizations providing expertise in our Solutions. Michael has a unique blend of deep technology experience coupled with business and information management acumen that provide a balanced approach to our business.Prior to joining Fusion PPT, Michael spent 10 years with a boutique consulting firm and Booz Allen Hamilton, developing enterprise management solutions for a wide variety of both government and commercial clients. He previously served on the academic staff of the University of Wisconsin Law School as the Director of Information Technology.

    Michael earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Afro-American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael is a contributing editor at InformationWeek and Network Computing Magazines and has published over 50 articles on Cloud Computing, Big Data and Application Performance Management. Michael is also the author of the book “Federal Cloud Computing” published in 2012. Michael holds multiple vendor technical certifications, is a certified ITIL v3 Expert and a Counter Culture certified Barista.

  • James Hayes James Hayes
    Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy

    James Hayes

  • John Keese John Keese
    President and CEO
    Autonomic Resources, LLC

    John Keese

    John Keese is the President of Autonomic Resources. Autonomic Resources was the first FedRAMP accredited US Government provider of community & private cloud services. Autonomic's ARC-P cloud platform offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services that have met the Federal Civilian and Department of Defense security standards at FISMA moderate impact. ARC-P also delivers Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation that will adhere to the Department of Homeland Security's CDM guidelines. Within John's role as CEO, his key areas of responsibility include strategic partnerships and technology direction for the firm's cloud services. John is an active member and previous Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Open Source Software Institute, whose charter is the adoption of commercial open source technologies with the Federal government. John involvement in open standards includes several Federal open source initiatives including Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST), and more recently the Trusted Government Open Source Software (TGOSS) program. Additionally John has brought Autonomic into leadership positions as a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance and the Calxeda Trailblazer both focused on next generation data center technologies.

    Prior to founding Autonomic Resources, John's experience includes an executive leadership in business development for a large commercial technology services firm and as a Corporate Information Director for a large regional security firm in the New York. John holds a Bachelor degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport. John is also actively involved in community outreach projects in the Raleigh, NC area including homeless prevention and youth outreach mission oriented programs. John has 3 children.

  • John Lind John Lind
    Vice President, Sales

    John Lind

  • Mary Jean Schmitt Mary Jean Schmitt
    Federal Business Development Manager

    Mary Jean Schmitt

  • Mary Yang Mary Yang
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Mary Yang

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