Speakers at the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity -
Resilient Infrastructure Conference

Cynthia Berry

Cynthia, manager of Business Continuity and Security at DeVry Inc., oversees the business development of global COOP and enterprise-wide BC plans while developing security initiatives, organizing awareness training as well as assisting with IT DR strategic planning.  She is involved in the enhancement of security policies to protect students and employees against threats and violence, while developing robust threat assessment teams (TAT) consisting of law enforcement, crisis consultants, psychologists and other respected professionals.  This also includes assisting in the management of an international team of emergency response coordinators and first responders.  A published author, Cynthia has presented at conferences and seminars on Leadership, Change Management, and Disaster Recovery.  Cynthia is a graduate from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and holds advanced degrees in Psychology and Counseling.

 
Bill Bradford
Bill has been in technology for over 22 years, which started by obtaining a job in college building from components XT and 286 based computers. Bill went on to get a Masters in Applied Computer Science and a MBA . Bill has also obtained MSCE, CNE, ITIL certifications. Bill has worked for global non-profit, commercial real estate, insurance, manufacturing and pharmaceutical organizations. Bill enjoys expediting the technology solution process in environments where business goals are highly reliant on successful technology implementations. Bill has managed large enterprise systems projects, technology upgrades, new global service delivery models, BI solutions and ERP upgrades. Bill is currently the VP of Information technology at Akorn, Inc.  
 

David A. Chapa
David A. Chapa is the Managing Partner and CTO at Elovate. He leads Elovate’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for industry thought leadership, advanced solution incubation, and partner relationships to deliver exceptional customer value.
Prior to joining Elovate, David has driven key technology roadmaps and initiatives to improve overall customer experience, partner relationships, and raise corporate awareness by as much as 40% through his blogging, articles and speaking engagements. For the last 12 years, David has managed global teams for such companies as Quantum, NetApp, Seagate, and most recently EMC, where he served as the Global CTO for the Isilon Division.
He is a member of SNIA DPCO (Data Protection, Capacity Optimization) Committee, co-founder of American Wounded Veterans Foundation, co-founder of ConneXion Spot, LLC a coworking community, and serves on the board of directors for both. He has also done voluntary work for Colorado Wounded Vet Run, the annual motorcycle ride sponsored by American Wounded Veterans Foundation, whose all volunteer staff’s mission is to raise money to support a local hero, wounded in combat, to help meet family needs. David is an active member of his community in Castle Rock, CO, where he is involved with YEA (Young Entrepreneurs across America), and the 104 Initiative, a group of local investors with a passion and mission to support local economic growth through the startup community.
David lives in beautiful Colorado with his wife Trudi and their three children. When not working, you may find David playing guitar, performing classic rock and country tunes around town and in local establishments. He has a collection of 14 guitars, with one on the way. If not music, then motorcycles; he enjoys riding his Harley to clear his mind and breathe the fresh mountain air.
David studied Computer Science at Harper College, Palatine, IL and Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL. David also successfully completed NetApp Senior Leadership Programs, which is a several week program of accelerated learning in which he studied the business side of technology.

 
Paul Crepau
Paul Crepeau is the Disaster Recovery Manager for U.S. Cellular® and is an experienced Information Technology professional with backgrounds as an IBM mainframe systems programmer, technical support manager, Data Center manager, and Disaster Recovery consultant and manager. Paul’s experiences include these roles within the Insurance, Banking, Manufacturing, Mobile Phone, and Consulting industries.
Paul has created and project managed over 30+ disaster recovery plans for clients such as small banks, state government offices, and large national and international corporations over the past 20 years. Paul has created plans for platforms and environments, which include but not limited to mainframe, AS/400, MS Windows Servers, CITRIX servers, UNIX, AIX, VMware, CISCO networks, DB2, Oracle DB, and VSAM.
Paul’s recovery plans have been activated and executed during events such as the Chicago River flooding, a building fire, and Hurricane Katrina. Each event realized full recoveries.
 
Eric Kretz
Mr. Kretz has served as the Director for FEMA’s National Continuity Programs, Continuity of Operations Division since November 2010, where he is responsible for lead agency integrated Continuity of Operations for U.S. Federal, State, local and Tribal Governments. Mr. Kretz manages integrated planning guidance, training, exercises, assessments and operational support to help ensure that Federal, State, Territorial, Tribal, and local governments can continue their essential functions, under all conditions. Prior to assuming responsibility as the Division Director, Mr. Kretz served in various management positions within the National Continuity Programs Directorate since 2002.
Mr. Kretz served in FEMA’s recovery operations from 1998 to 2002. He held various management positions in providing federal individual disaster assistance, individual family grant disaster relief in coordination with State governments, cooperative disaster relief with the American Red Cross, and cooperative relief with international organizations for Kosovo operations in 1999.
Mr. Kretz holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University. He is a Master Continuity Practitioner, Continuity Excellence Series Level 2. He remains active in the Coast Guard Reserve. He and his family currently reside in central Maryland where he is active in several volunteer organizations in his community.
Alan MacMillan
As a Account Executive at Code42, Al works with customers to find data protection and governance solutions in alignment with customers' needs, requirements, and environments. Over the last 15 years (with Code42, Oracle, and HP/EDS) Al has gained experience in multiple aspects of the technology marketplace - Product Management, Pre-Sales, Development, and Enterprise Architecture. This experience provides unique insight into the entire life cycle of a product and enables strategic, credible engagement with customers and partners.
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Stacy Summers
Stacy Summers is the Vice-President of the Global Business Continuity Management practice at Aon plc. She is passionate about protecting Aon’s brand and people through a perpetual focus on cost-effective, viable contingency planning efforts to maximize preparedness, minimize impact and continue client delivery in the unlikely event of a major business disruption.
In her current role, Stacy leads the converged practices of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Situation Response responsible for delivering continuity of service expertise and tactical crisis response support to over 66,000 colleagues and the clients they serve across 600+ locations in over 120 countries. In her globally led, regionally delivered model, Stacy is responsible for overseeing all facets of strategic planning and tactical execution of initiatives to achieve Aon’s continuity vision.
Stacy has 15 years of experience designing and developing Business Continuity Management programs for Fortune 500 and Fortune 2000 companies. Prior to Aon, she led the Enterprise Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery program for Sears Holdings, including overseeing the integration of the Sears and Kmart continuity programs. Prior to that Stacy led the Business Continuity and Crisis Management program for Gap, Inc. overseeing all corporate, supply chain and retail continuity operations for Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic.
In her roles, she has led high profile corporate crisis management responses to Hurricane Katrina, SARS, H1N1, 9-11, the Japan earthquake, London Olympics, New Zealand earthquakes, Superstorm Sandy and various other incidents and global events. Additionally, Stacy has led designing Aon’s proprietary Security Risk Management Maturity Model and implementing various global business continuity management tools.
Stacy earned her Bachelor in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas and holds multiple industry certifications.  
 

Daniel M. Vonder Heide
Dan is the Director of Infrastructure Services at Loyola University Chicago.  He is responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of the University’s data and telecommunications networks, server operations, and client support.  He also provides leadership to the teams governing change management, budget services, and performance management.  Dan has led a variety of IT strategic projects, most recently including: data center design and build; identity management implementation; BCDR initiatives, including multi-campus data center resiliency for the university. He also serves on the Staff University Policy Committee, the Library Task Force, and the Information Commons Planning Team. Dan received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Human Resources degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Kent Woodruff
With over 30 years in the IT field, Kent has experience with a wide variety of technologies and the business processes that these technologies support within large Enterprises. He applies a keen understanding of industry trends and Regulatory/Compliancy standards, leveraging his experience in demonstrating vulnerabilities of wireless networks and how such vulnerabilities can be mitigated. Kent's talents include Storage and Systems management, Software Development for embedded systems, Serivce Oriented Architectures and middleware, WLAN and mobile device security, Vulnerability Management, Security Architecture, PCI, Policy and Compliance. Prior to joining CradlePoint, Kent was Chief Security Analyst for Motorola AirDefense and has held many senior positions with notable security companies including Atrysk Security, Credant Technologies, Foundstone Inc. (acquired by McAfee), Qualys Inc. and Savant. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national security conferences and guest lecturer at Universities and Hacking Workshops. Kent holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.