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Meet the Speakers

Nazzic Keene



Christina Smith

Director of Consulting and Salesforce Architect


Belinda McDowell

Vice President, Head of Operations

Capital One Software

Shalini Goyal

Senior Manager Team Lead - Cyber Technical

Capital One

Lyn McDermid

Secretary of Administration


Nick Anderson

AVP, Data Science


Ashley Ford

Director, Data Science


Amy Braden

Director Security Governance


Diane Carnohan


Virginia Department of Education

Stephanie Williams-Hayes



Ayisha Minter

Flight Instructor


Terry Ellis

Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs


Amelia De Jesus

Vice President of Workforce Solutions

Wireless Infrastructure Association

Tamarah Holmes

Director, Office of Broadband

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Neera Jain

Technical & Team Lead, Enterprise Directory Services

AIS Network

Keira D'Amato

Athlete & Owner

PR Run & Walk by Keira D’Amato

Laurie Head

Owner & CMCO

AIS Network

Jessica Beavers

Information Security & Risk Management Officer (ISRMO)

Library of Virginia

Heather Walker

Managing Director


Dr. Joi Williams

Professor of Information Logisitics Technology,

Virginia State University

Lessie Oliver-Clark

Professor of Information Logisitics Technology

Virginia State University

Dr. Carol Parish

Professor of Chemistry

University of Richmond

Khawlah Harasheh

Professor of Information Systems Technology

Reynolds Community College

Allison Boulais

VP Cyber Security

Capital One

Rebecca Haydock


Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Dan Myers

Co-Founder & Managing Director

42Phi Ventures

Tracey Greene

Executive Director

Charlottesville Business Innovation Council

Meg Pryde



This Event Is Currently Accepting Sponsors

Conference Schedule

8:30 AM | Registration + Morning Cocktail Hour

Welcome to 2021 rvatech/Drive! Grab a mimosa and/or a bloody morning at our morning brunch
bar + reconnect with Richmond’s technology community!

Take time to engage with the #rvatech community + our conference sponsors by visiting the
exhibition booths with a cocktail in hand – Cheers!

9:05 AM | Keynote - "What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common"

Melanie Frank | Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering at Capital One

What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common

When you think of Rocket Science and Banking you probably don’t think of them as interchangeable careers, but they actually have a lot more in common than you might imagine. Join Melanie Frank as she talks about how her dream to become an astronaut led her down the unanticipated path to software engineer.


9:35 - 10:10 AM | How Data Analytics Was Used to Address the ‘Twindemic’: COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic

Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE


Lyd Paull-Flores Sr. Director at Qlarion


The impact of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic has been well established. Called the “twindemic” among public health service professionals, people with addiction and mental health needs were deeply impacted by enforced social isolation. While this has led to increased challenges for health and safety professionals, the silver lining is that it has accelerated the adoption of technology, data exchanges, predictive analytics, and programs that center around social determinants/informants of health to formulate a response that supports individuals battling both addiction and the pandemic. For instance, the Affordable Care Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act resulted in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the collection of data that shines a light on prescribers whose practices contributed to addiction.

In this session, Lyd Paull-Flores, Senior Director of Healthcare at Qlarion, will highlight:

• How states, localities and healthcare organizations have leveraged data analytics to combat the “twindemic”: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic

• Combining data exchanges with social determinants/informants of health

• How predictive analytics can change provider behavior Additionally, she will cover key trends that have proven effective for health and safety professionals looking to improve the quality of life for patients needing addiction support in the age of COVID-19.

These include:

• Housing as a vector of healthcare

• Healthcare infrastructure modernization

• Non-punitive collaborative social support programs

10:10 - 10:45 AM | Building for Reliability Panel

Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD


Nicole Carry | Principal Infrastructure/Operations Engineer – ADP

Briana Augenreich | Sr Software Engineer – HubSpot


Join the conversation as Nicole Carry and Bri Augenreich talk us through building reliable products, both from the hardware and software engineering perspectives. They’ll discuss change management, resilient architecture, and some of the key lessons learned over their careers so far. Moderated by Dana Haddon.

11 - 11:35 AM | Cyber Roles w/ Kristi Horton

Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE


Kristi Horton | Founder | Horton Innovations


“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;” – William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
Shakespeare wrote of a different set of roles, but the diverse needs in cyber security and related disciplines might surprise you!

Learn about the different functions in cyber security and related fields and the skills valued in each.
Everyone has something to contribute. Discover how to identify the positions that suit your abilities and interests, how to spot candidates with unconventional talents, and how to connect the two.

11:40 AM | Break for Sponsor Booths/Networking Table Cards

Break time – 11:40 AM – 12:25 PM

Lunch will be served at 11:45 PM in the sponsor exhibition room.

12:25 - 1 PM | The Cloud: It’s Not just Someone Else’s Computer Anymore

Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD

Speaker: Allison Boulais | VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance at Capital One

1-1:35 PM | Drive to Innovate Panel

Track Category | DRIVE to INNOVATE


Rashonda Adkins | Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance at Ferguson


Jamie Sanderson Reid | Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at The AES Corporation

1:40 - 2:55 PM | Cyber Carnival

To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) and the critical role of Cyber Gaming in building a strong workforce, Katzcy Cyber Games has assembled a virtual festival filled with games of skill and chance, scheduled thrilling performances, and lined up activities and drawings that bring home the sights, smells, and tastes of the carnival!

After our final session, enjoy some time in the exhibition hall to play games, win prizes and strengthen your cyber skills!

3 PM | Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions


Track #2


Track #3


Featured Speakers

Melanie Frank

Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering

Capital One

Lyd Paull-Flores

Senior Director of Healthcare


Rashonda Adkins

Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance


Nicole Carry

Principal Infrastructure Engineer


Briana Augenreich

Senior Software Engineer


Allison Boulais

VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance

Capital One

Kristi Horton


Horton Innovations, LLC

Jamie Sanderson Reid

Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance

The AES Corporation

Register For This Event

Track #1: Drive with Data

Big Data



Track #2: Drive your Skills



Cyber Security

Track #3: Drive the Journey




The 2020 MLM Awards

The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards recognize women technologists in the greater Richmond area. The awards program is named after Margaret Lyn McDermid who has had a direct impact on Central Virginia’s tech economy, Virginia’s image across the country, opportunities for women and young people in technology, and most especially our continued growth as an organization at RVATECH. Lyn should be an inspiration to any young person, and especially any woman, who has a desire to become a technologist.


Event Speakers

Christina Hollingsworth

VP, Information Technology

Hamilton Beach

Courtney Rowell

Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Leader

Thomson Reuters

Elaine Cheng

VP and Chief Information Officer


Emma MacMullan

Cyber Intelligence Analyst

Federal Reserve

Jimma Elliot-Stevens

Chief Privacy Officer

Thomson Reuters

Johanna “Jojo” Leasiolagi

Senior Technical Advisor

Defense Intelligence Agency

Katia Mastropas

Senior Data Scientist

James River Insurance

Lauren Hill

Product Lead

Capital One

Mary Glerum

Director of Product Management


Megan Overton

Product Management Consultant

The Mom Project

Santhi Sridharan

Head of Engineering, Open Source Office

Capital One

Sara Demeria

VP, Business Information Security Officer

Federal Reserve

Teresa Washburn

Senior Manager, User Experience Design


Crystal Harris

Agile Transformation Coach


Karen Rodd

Agile Transformation Coach


LaLisha Hurt

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer


Tanya Madison

Chief Privacy Officer

Aristocrat Technologies

Charlene Mowery

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Red Hat

Viji Natarajan

Enterprise and Solution Architecture Leader / Director

Veracity / Women Who Code