Presenter Profiles

  1. Aimee Adams has spent fourteen years at TD, demonstrating true adaptability to the evolving workforce. She began her career at TD BankNorth as a Customer Service Representative and quickly transitioned to an Executive Administrative Assistant to the Heads of US Technology and Architecture. She then took the bold step in her own professional development, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and certifications in MS SQL. The next ten years she grew from a junior DBA to now a manager of a team of DBAs responsible for Application Deployment and the ISD US Database.
    Outside of work, Aimee is a proud mom to a 12 and 14 year old who love to play basketball, as does her husband who is the local high school coach. She loves to drive her children to all their sporting events, while also finding time to read, listen to music, dance and fill her life with laughter.
  2. Nada Attar, Nada Attar headshot is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard University. She works on the effects of age, cognitive load, and vision impairment on peripheral detection performance specifically related to motor vehicle driving. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a focus on user experience and performance optimization via cognitive state measurements. During her PhD, she was a Fellow at Harvard University in their Visual Learning Laboratory, and interned at IBM Watson in their Customer Experience and THINK labs. She has a Master’s from Tufts University in Computer Science and expects to start as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at St. Mary’s College of California this coming fall.
  3. Cynthia Beaulieu is a Business Management Specialist for the Audit, Regulatory and Compliance group with TD Technology Solutions. She came to TD with a history of 25+ years in the IT profession, with a strong background in network security, core networking, LAN/WAN, Systems Installation and Project Management. She has a proven record implementing solutions that improve network security, the efficiency of IT, and business operations. She now applies her network security skills to the compliance monitoring of employee use of applications and customer data.
  4. Sonia Cook-Bröen Sonia Cook-Broen headshotSonia is a graduate from SMCC’s computer science program and studied Graphic Design at Loyola University, New Orleans. Sonia is a Senior Application Developer at IDEXX working on Salesforce development. She specializes in responsive front end application design and has a passion for data visualization using D3.js. Sonia lives in Westbrook with her husband, two children and their dog Frida.
  5. Maya Crosby Maya Crosby headshotwas born in upstate New York and raised in NY, MA and ME. As a child, she was a fan of her Tonka dump truck, her pony, and her Commodore 64. In high school she followed her love of science and did a summer internship at Jackson Laboratories. After attending the University of Rochester and studying science and communication, she worked in the field of scientific publishing. It was during her return to graduate school to study shellfish disease that she first experienced the excitement of teaching, and decided to combine her interests in science and education. After teaching at Bowdoin College and in a variety of summer programs, she decided to challenge herself by moving to the high school level. In her first 8 years as a science teacher at Lincoln Academy she found that integrating technology into her classroom helped inspire and invigorate the learning environment. She became known as a technology evangelist amongst her colleagues. In 2010, Maya was able to design, implement and ultimately manage a student one-to-one program for Lincoln Academy. Since that time, she has envisioned a future for technology integration at LA that focuses on open source software, effective professional development, and student involvement in the form of an active student tech team. She is an active faculty member and teaches Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science and Invent to Learn. Maya was named the ACTEM Technology Leader of the Year in 2013. She teaches at various conferences around Maine and New England and is active in the ACTEM and ISTE organizations. She lives in Alna, Maine with her husband, two girls, and a variety of critters. She enjoys camping, hiking and sailing, icy cold movie theaters, good eats, and consuming literature at a furious rate.
  6. Marci Delaney. Having been classically trained as a biological oceanographer and worked for numerous years within NASA and academia, Marci joined TD just a few years ago, capitalizing on learning new skills in the corporate environment while also utilizing the skills and experiences of her past careers. Her in-depth knowledge of research and data analysis has led to a deeper understanding of data governance and reporting within the bank, and her ability to partner with scientists around the globe has guided her ability to work collaboratively with technology and business professionals within Canada and the U.S.
    Marci’s passion continues with inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers by sharing her own scientific adventures as an oceanographer and NASA scientist, but in her down time, she is a Julia Child wannabe and takes on new dinner challenges for herself, husband, 11-year old son and occasionally for her two canine rescues, Clyde and Bear.
  7. Caroline Dennis, STEM Career Catalyst.Caroline Dennis headshot   Caroline is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, and advocate in information security and professional services, economic development, and science & technology education. Her zeal and enthusiasm for engaging and supporting the business and education community reach far beyond founding, building, and selling two successful technology businesses. She has dedicated over 20 years to volunteering in economic development organizations, mentoring and supporting students, and organizing conferences and events around cyber security, women in computing, and STEM (Science, 4Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). In 2016, Caroline founded her newest venture, STEM Career Catalyst, a career consulting practice that helps students and professionals discover and navigate careers in STEM. Also in 2016, Caroline joined the staff of the new UNE Academy of Digital Sciences as a Professional Advisor and Mentor. The Academy is Maine’s first accelerated learning program designed to serve employer demand in Maine and beyond for candidates with professional and technical competencies.
  8. Ruby ElKharboutly Ruby ElKharboutly headshotis an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering at Quinnipiac University. For the past ten years, she has taught introductory and advanced courses in both public and private institutions. She is currently teaching multiple courses including Android development, Object Oriented programming, requirements analysis, software design and development, database development and full stack development. Her research interests include social network analysis, architectural analysis, and reliability and performance analysis of software applications. She holds a PhD. in Computers Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.
  9. Laura Gurney, Husson UniversityLaura Gurney headshotProfessor Gurney teaches web development and computer related courses, including Web Design Content Layer, Web Design Behavior Layer (JavaScript), Web Design for Non-Majors, Interactive Web Design II (using the enchant.js library), Managing and Maintaining PC, and other courses as needed. Prior to joining Husson University, Professor Gurney was a full-time faculty member at the New England School of Communications (NESCom) for over three years. From 2006 – 2011 she was an adjunct for Husson University and NESCom teaching a variety of technology classes. From 2003 – 2011, she was an adjunct professor at Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) where she taught business and technology-related courses. In this position, Professor Gurney was also responsible for coordinating the General Technology and Trades and the Technical Occupations programs. Before joining EMCC, she was a technology teacher at Hermon High School in Hermon, Maine where she taught young people about web design, multimedia, keyboarding, computer applications, AP computer science, video production, and acted as adviser to the freshman class and the robotics club.She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration Information Systems and Information Technology Management at Trident University International. She already holds two master’s degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Husson University and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. Professor Gurney also has two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maine – a Bachelor of Arts in English and another in Secondary Education and Teaching.Other projects and activities include: being a mother and wife, co-owner of a business, computer consultant, Notary Public, Dedimus Justice, and landlord.
  10. Amber Heffner,Amber Heffner headshotVP, IT Applications Manager: Amber has been in the IT field for most of her career, with a brief yet instrumental hiatus in retail branch banking when she first joined Bangor Savings Bank. She currently manages the Application Development and Support teams at the bank. The teams are responsible for developing and maintaining custom applications in support of non-critical banking operations, as well as the day-to-day support of core banking systems. She believes the commonality in her success with both IT and branch banking is putting the customer first; listening, empathizing, problem solving, being creative & innovative while delivering solutions that meet or exceed expectations. She loves her career in technology and looks forward to having more women on the BSB team.
  11. Sharon Horne, Sharon Horne headshotIT Director, Maine OIT. The Office of Information Technology, Core Technology Services team provides information technology hosting environments to support over 700 applications supporting all aspects of the Executive Branch for the State of Maine.   As an IT Director for core services, I lead a diverse team of highly skilled technicians with diverse backgrounds, as well as several contracted employees.  We have few dull moments and there is always a lot of fun learning in our area. The team focuses on all aspects of Enterprise Infrastructure hosting, from highly available Oracle environments, to Enterprise Storage & backup solutions for the organization as well as failover environments in case of some significant event.  We provide IT solutions to enable state agencies, large & small, to provide efficient services to approximately 250,000 Maine residents.
  12. Jennifer King, Jennifer King headshotDetective Maine State Police. Jen is currently finishing her degree in technology and cyber security from UMA and CMCC. She is getting certifications and is actively working on her building her skills, networking, and getting involved in cyber security.
  13. Michael Knupp, Husson University.Michael Knupp headshotMichael Knupp is an Assistant Professor in CIS and Software Development at Husson University. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maine and completed his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in database design and business intelligence from Boston University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration is knowledge management and analytics from Dakota State University. He teaches a wide variety of courses at Husson, but holds a special place for introductory programming courses and any course related to databases and data analytics. He has extensive experience teaching in online environments; both at Husson University and Boston University. Prior to joining the Husson community, he worked professionally for over 10 years in the Information Technology sector with various life insurance companies and the global IT firm, Electronic Data Systems (EDS, now part of HP). While at EDS he served as a Senior Business Analyst and system expert at a startup life insurance call center. He is a subject matter expert on life insurance system designs and implementation. He was the leader of EDS’s Telecommuting Community and worked remotely for several years. As such, he is well versed on the tools necessary and the issues surrounding working (and learning) in remote environments.
  14. Page Lennig Page Lennig headshotis the Director of Technology and Computer Science Teacher at Waynflete School in Portland.  She teaches coding and tech skills to students from kindergarten to grade 12. When not in the classroom, Page leads professional development workshops and  works with faculty to bring meaningful technology to their curriculum.  She has been an educator for over 25 years.
  15. Dani McAvoy Dani McAvoy headshotis a Curriculum Development Manager at Code.org. She writes middle and high school curriculum for computer science classrooms around the country. Dani also develops professional learning to help teachers get started with computer science and code.org‘s courses.
  16. CJ McCarron C.J.McCarron headshotis the Vice President of Technical Support and oversees about 300 employees and three support departments. She started with Tyler in 1992 when there were fewer than 100 people in the entire company (when we were still called Munis before we were acquired by Tyler). She can speak to her experience as a woman in a technical field as well as what Tyler looks for in new employees. Her department is where many, many women got started in their careers at Tyler who are now managers or in key technical roles.
  17. Mary Natale With over 25 years in IT, Mary Natale is a Senior IT Business Manager in US Technology Services for TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. She manages one of two Risk offices for Technology and leads a team of 5 analysts with a passion for delivering both operational and technology risk programs to ensure compliance is met for internal and external risk partners. Prior to US TS, she developed the role entitlement program for TRMIS (Technology Risk Management) and successfully managed closure of their regulatory finding around access management.
    Prior to joining TD, Mary was a Sr. Security Architect at Hannaford Bros. Co / Delhaize America having spent 18 years at the company in various roles within both network infrastructure and information security. Mary has thus leveraged her extensive background in network architecture, information security, program management and leadership skills since transitioning to TD.
    She lives in Falmouth Maine with her longtime partner Wade and their cat Hotrod; when not working Mary enjoys time cooking, reading and doing yoga. Not intended to date herself, she graduated from the first Computer Information Systems program from Suffolk University back in 1986 and considers herself as a pioneer woman who grew up in IT.
  18. Amy Beth Prager,   is an MIT- and Princeton educated applied and computational mathematician and mathematics educator intensely interested in broadening participation and fostering diversity and inclusion within STEM, particularly CS educational institutions and professions. She is fortunate enough to have received research grants to fund my global efforts towards eliminating the “gender gap” in technological fields. Her interest in CS/STEM outreach to young women and girls is derived from her rare perspective on these matters. She is a postoperative transgendered woman, who has been both a male in the technology industry and a female in the technology industry, and  sees the vast differences in perception and treatment that she feels no cisgendered person could ever realize.
  19. Andrea Roma, Unum. Andrea Roma headshotOver the course of my career with Unum, I have enjoyed a variety of roles and assignments including developing software, managing software development teams and leading programs focused on leadership development, change management and building a strong IT talent pipeline.In my current role, I lead a small (but mighty!) team of training consultants that addresses the technical development needs of Unum’s IT employees. My team is also accountable for IT talent pipeline programs including Unum’s Tech Day event for middle school students, a Capstone partnership with the University of Alabama MIS program, and IT employee on-boarding.Topics of special interest for me include strengths-based leadership, emotional intelligence and transition management.
  20. Kelly Samson-Rickert, Ed.D, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Kelly Samson-Rickert headshotModerator
    As the Director of Workforce Innovation and leader for the workforce initiatives for the State’s technology department, we have an opportunity to impact a large team of IT and business professionals who lead programs that impact our citizens. The Workforce Innovations Team is able to partner with colleagues, peers and staff, mentors, and provide coaching and outreach necessary to strengthen the pipeline and career pathways for our workplace. There are few days that pass without something new on the horizon when it comes to IT services. Having senior leader experience in human resources and workforce strategies at fortune 100 corporate level, followed by non-profit k-12 and higher education, and now the public sector workforce fields, has been critical to support the skills and abilities to forecast workforce development at many levels. The needs are constantly changing and evolving in all fields of the workplace, and IT is the catalyst leading and pushing and pulling change. As I reflect on the workforce fundamentals and the core values that have held true for many years in planning workforce strategies…it is all about relationships, listening and assisting to develop the workforce to utilize strengths and overcome opportunities, and to help them find meaningful and purposeful work leading to personal and professional achievements.  Kelly was just named one of Maine’s Top Women in Technology.
  21. Laurie Tannenbaum is a technical marketing professional with over 15 years of experience. Her focus has always been on data —its structure, meaning, and presentation. With a master’s degree in Technical Communications Management, Laurie’s passion is to ensure data quality, consistency, and accessibility for all regardless of how users receive the information. Before joining TD as a BMG Specialist, Laurie was with IDEXX Laboratories for 12 years, where she worked most recently as a Digital Content Manager and a technical writer. Prior to IDEXX, Laurie worked as a lead or principal technical writer for various software companies and as an adjunct professor here in Maine.
    Laurie lives in Auburn, Maine with her husband, Keith, and has two sons who are in college. She enjoys reading and writing. In the summers, she and her family enjoy exploring new baseball stadiums across the country and have visited 18 of the 30 major league parks so far.
  22. Hannah Walden Hannah Walden headshotteaches Computer Science at Maine Central Institute. A former history teacher, Hannah finds creative ways to engage non-traditional students through classroom design, design-thinking projects, and hands-on curriculum. She is a facilitator for Code.org’s Computer Science Principles training and an avid supporter of improving diversity in the CS classroom. In her down time, Hannah enjoys gaming, podcasting, and hanging out with her three kids.
  23. Jennifer Watson started college at Unity College in Maine and graduated from The Ohio State University with her BS in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources. She served as an Intelligence Analyst in the Army Reserves for 8 years, including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a tour at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Jennifer worked as a System Engineer at the Space and Naval Warfare Research System Center – Pacific in San Diego from 2008 – 2016. She now works as a Desktop Engineer for the University of Maine System. She is raising her three girls (2, 4, and 6) in Gorham, ME and serving as a Girl Scout Troop leader.
  24. Betty Woodman Betty Woodman headshotreceived a Ph.D. in Applied Ethics from Emory University and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, focusing on systems theory.  After working in engineering, sales/marketing, and executive management in the computer, software, and technology fields, Betty returned to graduate school to study leadership and power relations through a lens of systems thinking and social psychology.  Currently, Betty teaches leadership and marketing at the University of Maine in Orono and consults on leadership development, including women and leadership, through her firm, Contemporary Leadership Institute.