Jeffery Payne has led Coveros since its inception in 2008. Under his guidance, the company has become a recognized market leader in secure agile software development. Mr. Payne is a popular keynote and featured speaker at technology conferences and has testified before Congress on technology issues such as intellectual property rights and cyber-terrorism. Prior to Coveros, he was co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Cigital, where he led the startup and growth of the company for 16 years. Mr. Payne is a former ACM National Lecturer and the co-founder of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College and an M.S. in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary.
Dave Burke brings over 24 years of leadership and full life cycle software development experience to Coveros. His experience includes work across various markets including: Telecommunications, Media, Logistics, Transportation, and Financial Services. Prior to Coveros, Dave was the COO for Command Information/Digital Focus, an industry leader in agile software development and held leadership roles at Verizon Communications. Additionally, he served 7 years as an officer in the United States Army. Dave earned his Master’s Degree in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia and Bachelors in Economics from Providence College.
Tom Stiehm is a 20 year veteran of the Information Technology industry. He has spent the past 10 years managing, designing and implementing software products and applications using agile software development methods. Prior to Coveros, Tom held a variety of CTO and architect positions at software development companies. Tom is a member of the northern Virginia BEA users group and the northern Virginia Java users group. Tom holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from George Mason University.
Alison Wade is an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past twenty years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals. Alison has been instrumental in building Techwell, a company with an outstanding reputation for delivering high-quality services, publications, events, and partnerships. She is the Program Chair for the EPIC Experience, STAREAST, and STARWEST conferences and a past Program Chair of the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test conferences, and she plays a pivotal role in the development of Agile + DevOps Conferences. Alison strives to increase awareness of diversity in the software industry concerning both the workforce and the role of software beyond commercial products and IT departments. In 2015, Alison launched Women Who Test, a program dedicated to women in software testing. Additionally, she is a Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner.
Arya graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2017 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He plans to pursue his Masters in Computer Science in the near future. As he grows in his career, he is still figuring out his true passion. For now, he is very interested in mobile development, particularly Android development. In his free time he enjoys weightlifting, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends.
Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from consulting, Glenn settled down at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board as their full-time enterprise change manager. He eventually ventured back into the real world at Coveros, where he specializes in implementing agile practices, implementing CI, and engineering configuration management instead of simply documenting it.
Angela Cadle brings over 15 years of experience to Coveros as its Accountant. Her expertise lies in general ledger Accounting, Operations & HR Management. Angela’s past experience includes being the Controller for an education SAAS company, Sr. Accountant for a bio-tech startup in Southern California and, prior to that, the Controller and General Manager for a Property Management/Real Estate/Construction company in Georgia.
She received a BA in Liberal Arts from West Virginia University and a BBA in Accounting from Savannah State University, from which she graduated summa cum laude.
Jenna Charlton has been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project. Jenna’s primary areas of expertise are in agile testing methodologies, risk based testing, accessibility testing, and test leadership. She is a regular speaker at conferences, covering a variety of testing topics and team collaboration. Jenna is passionate about making testing concepts accessible and relevant.
Cassandra Comar has worked on everything from Linux kernel code to machine learning, augmented reality applications, websites, astronomical control software, harbor security simulations, and more. She loves to jump into new domains and is currently interested in software correctness by design, especially through algebraic tools.
Marco Corona is an experienced Software Developer who has worked on multiple small-scale open source projects. At his time at Allegheny College, he focused on Java development and completed a research project in the area of mutation-based fault localization in database schemas. Marco has demonstrated strong leadership capabilities when he was voted captain of the varsity basketball team at Allegheny. In his free time, Marco enjoys playing basketball, weightlifting, and reading.
Alan Crouch serves as the Federal Account Manager at Coveros managing the growth and delivery of Coveros’ programs with customers like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He drives employee and client engagement at his programs and provides direction and assistance to the overall company in core service offerings, value proposition, and growth strategy. Alan has 15 years of experience building secure, reliable software with federal agencies and private companies to build and test systems using agile software development, cloud technologies, test automation, and DevSecOps. He has a track record of delivering excellent solutions for some of the most complex software programs and turning around failing software programs as a consultant and coach. He has a Master’s Degree in Secure Software Engineering from James Madison University and is a frequent speaker at Agile and DevOps conferences across the U.S. In addition, he’s an author for Agile and DevOps communities including, Agile Connection, Techwell Insights, and Better Software Magazine.
George has been working as a Java Selenium Automation Engineer and is currently working as a consultant with a main focus on Web, Android and IOS app testing. He has domain knowledge in Telecommunication and Broadband Service industries and been working with both Agile and Waterfall environments . He has assisted in creating frameworks using Page Object Model structure and management tools like Cucumber and Maven. George took part in creating a web application based on GIS (Geographic Information System). In his free time he enjoys reading, skateboarding and producing music.
Chao Din is an application security engineer. Before joining Coveros, he led the application security team of a large IT company, where he handled more than 150 applications deployed to the world in various programming languages. He also provided application security training to the company and to the application security team. Before changing his career to security, he had 30 years of software development experience as a full stack developer working for U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Census Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency, American Chemical Society, and the intelligence community. He has a Ph. D. degree in Information Technology, and his dissertation utilizes natural language processing and machine learning technologies.
As a client advocate for more than ten years, Stephanie Fender's motivation to exceed student's expectations is her focus. Stephanie's passion is helping the customer with their learning journeys by listening to current challenges and suggesting the right solutions. There isn't a team too small or enterprise too large for Stephanie and her team of software engineers to help organizations reach their goals of producing high-value and high-quality software.
Bob Foster is a Technical Manager with over 20 years experience as a senior software engineer and team lead. Bob has proven experience in all aspects of software development and delivery (including DevOps, CI/CD, and infrastructure as code). He is a firm believer in the benefits gained by software teams when following Agile, CI/CD, and DevOps methodologies and has been successful in helping drive Agile/DevOps cultural shifts in both individual teams and organizations. Bob feels strongly that feedback is crucial to the success of a project and following the disciplines of Agile, CI/CD and DevOps will help provide visibility and feedback early and often throughout the entirety of a project, improving its chance for success.
Failure is Feedback and Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions!
Matthew Grasberger is an Associate Consultant at Coveros with a specialty in Test Automation, DevOps Engineering, and Security Automation. Matt has worked with clients to build and develop robust test automation suites that are integrated into DevOps pipelines based on industry leading practices. In addition, Matt has leveraged open source mobile testing frameworks like Appium to create automated tests for Android and iOS devices.
Mitch graduated from The University of Virginia with a double major in Computer Science and Physics. His career fascinations lie in development and security, while in his spare time he enjoys programming simulations and puzzles. Outside of work, he trains in Judo and hones his skills as an amateur chef.
Brian is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant and also a certified Scrum Master and has experience implementing agile processes, leading agile teams and implementing dev ops solutions. At Coveros he is responsible for supporting software development consulting and training engagements, focusing on delivery of training courses across the United States.
Prerna’s experience is primarily in software development using Java and C, but she looks forward to using new technologies and techniques as she grows in her career. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Physics. During her time at UVA, she took joy in conducting research in a lab studying the Bose-Einstein condensate. Outside of work, she enjoys drawing and painting, reading nonfiction, and spending time with friends and family.
Developer. Engineer. Architect. DevOps practitioner and advocate. Justin Hollingsworth is all of the above, with 15 years experience in US Federal Government software development, including 10 years as a Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering. Justin has heavily focused on hands-on web application development, with vast experience in many programming languages and methodologies. Strong experience in implementing and following agile and DevOps practices in environments with heavy regulation and security oversight.
Tahsin Imam has graduated from University of Maryland in Information System and Marketing. She has over 10 years of Technical and College Recruiting experience specializing in permanent staffing at entry, mid, upper and executive level. She takes an active approach to recruiting and she especially value having exclusive and long-term relationships with candidates and clients.
With over 10 years devoted to client advocacy, Samantha Jeantel has contributed to the Coveros team as a highly motivated and experienced professional. With the opportunity to serve clients while attending conference engagements as well as assisting those seeking training development via our virtual platform, she remains committed to first class service. As well, she has played an integral role in the technical support for our products and performs as a key player working across multiple lines of business. Sam holds a B.S. degree from the University of Central Florida.
Ryan is an experienced agile dev turned DevOps engineer who has worked on both large scale Agile development projects for commercial clients and public sector innovative research and development projects. His technical skills range from fullstack development to setting up and administrating DevOps pipelines with technologies like SonarQube, Jenkins, OpenShift, and Docker. In his spare time, Ryan likes to work on independent programs ranging from simple physics simulation to logical proofing programs, as well as contribute to open source software projects.
Rachel graduated in from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Information Sciences. She enjoys mobile development and database management, and has recently gotten into automation testing. She hopes to continue to learn more about developing software and explore new technology.
Richard Mills has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering with a concentration on pragmatic software process and tools. Rich has a specific focus in Agile development methods and is passionate about DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery. As the Solution Architect for DevOps at Coveros, Rich is dedicated to helping customers build software better, faster, and more securely by coaching and mentoring in Agile development methodologies, automating software delivery (builds, tests, and deployments) and integrating strong security measures into development practices. He has spent his career working in the areas of static and dynamic software analysis tools, configuration management, and automated software delivery. Rich currently works as a Sr. DevOps Architect with Coveros and has been with the company since 2010, spending most of his time engaged with customers. He is an alumnus of Bucknell University where he earned a BSEG in Computer Engineering.
Jason Moskowitz has 5 years of development and testing experience after graduating with a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is Agile Certified and has training in DevOps and Security. He has worked on multiple projects in both development, and DevOps rolls. For over the last 2 years he has been an integral part of the DevOps team for an enterprise level software development effort. In his current roll he has been leveraging Jenkins, Ansible, Maven and Nexus to architect and implement better CI and CD procedures.
Jeff Pierce is a Managing Consultant with Coveros, Inc., a software company that helps organizations accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software. Jeff is a leader with over twenty years experience in information technology (IT) program/project management. Jeff is a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant, a certified Scrum Master, and is also a Project Management Professional (PMP). He has proven technical excellence in development and deployment of strategic web-based enterprise information systems utilizing cloud computing and continuous integration technologies. Jeff's experience also includes an extensive Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and test engineering background including building and managing test teams and test automation implementation across a variety of platforms, technologies, and industries. Jeff manages Coveros Training, and is a professional instructor, delivering Agile and Software Quality related courses nationwide.
Jona graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Christopher Newport University in May of 2018. She is still figuring out what her passion in the field is as she continues in her career. Outside of work she enjoys working out, playing video games, and spending time with friends and family.
Hugo Sanchez is a Managing Consultant with Coveros, Inc., a software company that helps organizations build, test, and deliver secure, reliable software applications using agile methods. Hugo has over 20 years of software development, software assurance, project management, and product management experience with a wide range of software products and applications. He is an accomplished Product Management & Project Delivery professional with successful track record of providing complete lifecycle management of “whole” products, families of products and infrastructure projects. Hugo has experience running Agile teams and delivering project on time and budget in the face of organizational challenges and market dynamic
Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Test Engineer for over a decade, with a focus on Test Automation within the CI/CD process. He specializes in open source tools, including the Selenium Tool Suite, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. Max has lead several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focusing on web-based software to operate over several applications for Kronos Federal. He also headed a project with Delta Dental, developing an automated testing structure to run Cucumber tests over multiple test interfaces and environments, while also developing a system to keep test data 'ageless.' He currently heads up the development of Selenified, an open sourced testing framework to allow testing of multiple interfaces, custom reporting, and minimal test upkeep.
After completing an implementation of the Active Authentication for android devices, he has gotten deep in the mobile testing world, working with open source tools such as Robotium, Selendroid, and Appium, and he most recently became an ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester. His recent efforts have been around DevOps work, architecting and building out pipelines, with an effort on integrating test automation in at multiple levels.
In addition to working heavily under the testing umbrella, Max is also an experienced Agile developer, and he is well versed in Agile processes and practices. He is an ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP). Max has spoken at multiple conferences including STARCanada, STAREast, Mobile Dev and Test, and AgileDC, and is currently an instructor for several courses.
Rustam is a seasoned, dynamic, and result-oriented professional with extensive experience in agile and DevOps software delivery. He worked closely with development teams in SaaS, finance, and insurance organizations to build automated QA test suites, guiding projects from concept to launch. Passionate about solving challenges and delivering solutions to contribute to technical innovation, Rustam is certified Scrum Master and has shown the ability to work with diverse stakeholders to drive results. In his free time Rustam enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and fishing.
Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery approaches. He has worked with companies—including Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, ADP, and Lockheed—to improve development approaches, increase software quality, reduce time to market, and decrease costs. With his passion for helping teams deliver software faster, better, and cheaper, Mike has mentored and coached senior software leaders, small teams, and direct contributors worldwide.
Tim Strackbein has been in the tech sector as a “Jack-of-All Trades” for almost 20 years. He’s done his time in Ops, including being a one-man-band for a 24/7 secure facility where if it used electricity, he was responsible for it doing what it should. His passion in life revolves around finding and resolving the actual problem instead of the symptoms that caused the trouble tickets and phone calls—mostly because that’s the quickest way to keep his Reddit time from being interrupted.
Jeff Voight is a software developer and systems architect with over 25 years of professional experience. Between development jobs, he spent 8 years enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Single Channel Radio Operator and an Executive Administrative Assistant before going back to school to get his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Marymount University. He has written applications professionally in C, Z80 and x86 assembly, COBOL, Perl, and his favorite language, Java.
Coveros did an excellent job reviewing and addressing our software test automation challenges. They identified and helped us implement a custom and innovative solution to set us on a path toward test automation.
The instructor’s personal experiences lightened and enhanced the learning experience and helped to make this a more imaginable, attainable change for someone whose company is not currently practicing agile processes.
Adapting the Selenified framework into our software project helped immensely in kick-starting the team's UI automation efforts. It was easy to use, and the test case reports generated were highly valuable. Having the Coveros Test Solution Lead available for answers and to conduct working sessions boosted the team's confidence in adapting to this new framework.
The custom test automation framework and sample test cases that Coveros created jump-started our agile testing efforts.
As an inexperienced product owner with no software development experience, our relationship with Coveros became invaluable. Their process took a large and seemingly complicated process and broke it down into a systematic and effective set of predefined work flows and deliverables. Their team was not only knowledgeable but also capable of educating us on the technical aspects of the project so that we could make better informed decisions. Their communication and development process allowed us to validate each phase was completed to our satisfaction before moving the the next phase, allowing us to deliver the desired MVP on time. it was a great experience.
Coveros was able to come in, suggest appropriate tooling, and train our staff to write functional testing in a short period of time. This common tooling allowed us to increase our test automation coverage and improve confidence in the quality of the software.
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