- Shared Services
- Talent Acquisition
- Jeff PayneCEO, Founder
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 BurkeCOO, Partner
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 StiehmCTO, Partner
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 WadePresident of TechWell, Partner
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.
- Alexa AngellSenior Sales & Training Coordinator
Alexa Angell has been working in the software industry since the late '90s when she wrote a 300-page software documentation using MS Word. At Coveros, Alexa coordinates the details and logistics for live virtual, on-site, and public training and also serves as a host for our live virtual courses. Still a lover of all things related to technical writing, she jumps at the chance to serve as an editor for anyone who asks. Alexa holds a B.A. in English - Concentration in Technical Writing and a M.A. in English - Professional and Technical Communication.
- Katie BigginsCustomer Success RepresentativeKatie BigginsCustomer Success RepresentativeKatie brings five years of customer service experience and three years of physical access control and cyber security experience to her role as Coveros' Customer Success Representative. Her background in public relations and marketing, electronic media, and film gives her an edge in creative communication.
- Angela CadleAccountant
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 CharltonSenior Training Consultant
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.
- Sarah CrockerEvents Manager
Sarah has been a professional meetings and events planner for more than 18 years. After leaving a career in Social Work, she found a passion for events and dedicated herself to this field. Experienced with catering and social events, exhibiting, trade show management, executive-level meetings, and conferences ranging from 150 to 1500 attendees, Sarah is knowledgeable and skillful across many areas of the events industry. She especially appreciates the relationship-building and negotiations of contracting events.
- Georgiy DeliyaConsultantGeorgiy DeliyaConsultant
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.
- Stephanie FenderSenior Learning & Consulting Advocate
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 FosterTechnical Manager
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!
- Priya GanesanSenior Web DeveloperPriya GanesanSenior Web Developer
With more than a decade of experience in web development, Priya is the webmaster and senior web developer for the 12+ websites in the Coveros-TechWell family of companies. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration.
- Mitch HardeeConsultantMitch HardeeConsultant
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.
- Jason HausmanSenior IT Operations Manager
Jason is an experienced network engineer, systems administrator, IT manager, and proven problem solver with more than 20 years experience in the technology industry. He takes pride in providing the best solutions and service for his customers. At Coveros he is responsible for selecting, implementing, and maintaining the best hardware and software to allow the business to function while balancing budget, usability, and security.
- Brian HicksManaging Consultant
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.
- Justin HollingsworthTechnical ManagerJustin HollingsworthTechnical Manager
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.
- Elena HowardTalent Acquisition Lead
Elena loves finding the alignment between candidates and career opportunities that helps individuals and organizations grow and thrive together. She enjoys building and nurturing a strong professional network where she can connect and engage with great talent continuously. Want to learn about Coveros' opportunities? Let her know! In her free time, Elena likes to spend time traveling with her husband, volunteering, gardening, and tackling sudoku and crossword puzzles.
- Jennie JarielGraphic DesignerJennie JarielGraphic Designer
Jennie has more than 25 years of award-winning experience in branding, print, and web design. As an Art Director for a major, DC-based design agency, she was involved in everything from the proposal, content strategy, design, and implementation/production phases. She then branched out on her own, working with diverse clients such as climbing gyms, authors, software companies, and schools. She is passionate about working closely with her team or clients to develop smart, visually engaging design that exceeds the objectives.
- Byron KatzSenior ConsultantByron Katz has been in love with computers since his father bought the family a Commodore 64. A degreed architect, he found his way back to software development in 2010, and his career has included roles as a quality assurance lead, a full-stack developer, consultant, and sales engineer. Byron has experience at software firms ranging from start-ups to large enterprises to government projects. His primary project experience has been as a full-stack developer of multi-tier web projects in Java and .Net, but most recently Byron has had the opportunity to practice DevOps. He enjoys making seemingly-difficult concepts accessible to a larger audience, and his agenda is to persuade others that the costs of quality, simplicity, and beauty pay for themselves in the long run.
- Jonathan KauffmanSenior Consultant
- Rachel McCownConsultantRachel McCownConsultant
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.
- Rich MillsTechnical Manager
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.
- Pam MorganMarketing Product Manager
Pam has been working in and around software since the great Windows 95 migration as an end-user trainer, documentation specialist, product marketer, and more. As the marketing manager for our training line of business, she works furiously to stay abreast of the changing topics modern software professionals are curious about. A graduate of the University of Florida, Pam relishes every opportunity she has to say “Go Gators!”
- Jeff PierceManaging Consultant
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 QorriConsultantJona QorriConsultant
Jona Qorri is a member of the Agile Solution Delivery Team at Coveros and an accomplished software and test automation engineer with experience working in large Agile programs. She has worked with a variety of Test Automation and DevOps technologies to automate containerized CI/CD pipelines for both commercial and federal clients. Jona's work with Agile teams has sparked her interest in furthering her career in leading teams to understand and implement the Agile process so that they may be able to produce solutions that can contribute to technical innovation. She is a Certified Scrum Master, ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Fundamentals and the Foundation of DevOps. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and in the kitchen improving her skills as an amateur baker.
- Hugo SanchezManaging Consultant
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
- Rustam SavaziyevConsultantRustam SavaziyevConsultant
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.
- Megan TalleySenior ConsultantMegan Talley has more than five years of experience working with cross-functional teams in both Release and DevOps engineering. She is passionate about creating Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines that deliver solutions quickly, reliably, and securely. She believes that clarity and visibility are the cornerstones of a successful CI/CD process, and she strives to provide that insight in every engagement.
- Matthew TaylorConsultant
Matthew Taylor is an accomplished full-stack Developer and DevSecOps engineer with experience working in large agile programs for both commercial and federal clients. His broad range of skills includes designing, implementing, and maintaining DevSecOps (CI/CD) pipelines including containerization technologies like Kubernetes, Data Science, Machine Learning, security testing, and test automation. He is an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Fundamentals and the Foundations of DevOps.
- Kimberly TrottBusiness Development
Kim is a seasoned, hands-on professional with strong experience in business development, account management, product management, and more. Her role at Coveros is to grow and acquire new partnerships and clients across all our lines of business (consulting, conferences, media, and training) through deepened relationships and a consultative sales approach.