She's wonderful. And very professional.

Yulia Ovchinnikova, PhD is a growth & business development professional, tech entrepreneur and strategist, a thought leader, educator, consultant, and a community manager, primarily working with the technology and Internet industry. Yulia helps to build the Hudson Valley tech community by participating with and contributing to many local organizations including, the HVTM (3,000+ members), the Google Developer Group HV (900+), running HV Startups meetup and business workshops (500+) and founding local Coding Club (500+), enabling #HudsonValleyCanCode initiative since 2017. She is a key-connector for Hudson Valley tech entrepreneurs and a recognized tech community leader.

Yulia was the first woman elected to the Top Level Country Internet Domain .RU Council and the first woman elected as president of the Russian Foundation of Open Source Software. She starts as web-developer in 1995, and she was leading web-development teams across all her following jobs, including publishing platform (IKS-Media), consulting (KPMG), few startups (Rosa Lab, iTrend, OpenHub), As a team lead she won a Google Hackathon’s audience award in 2015.

That led her to implementing the idea of matching similar minded people in tech together for personal and professional growth. She became the key driving force for the professional tech and startups network in Hudson Valley. Utilizing her experience, her skills and knowledge she founded OpenHub Corp, a tech resource center in the Hudson Valley. 

She organizes the annual Hudson Valley Tech Festival and Hackathon - HVTechFest / DevFest -

She holds a PhD in Economics from Russian Academy of Science and a MA in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science from Moscow State Technical University of Electronics & Mathematics.


Dmitry Pavlov, tech entrepreneur and software engineer with 20+ year of experience in developing Enterprise Imaging IT systems. His software installed in thousands of hospitals worldwide. Dmitry desinged, developed, deployed software from small applications to large scale IT systems. In 2000 he joined a tech startup Dynamic Imaging where he designed and led the product that was rated #1 in the industry for multiple years. Later the company was acquired by GE Healthcare.

Since then he worked at different positions with GE Healthcare Digital, developing and deploying IT systems for hospitals worldwide. Now he is working at AWS as Solution Architect for Education and Helathcare

  • Programming Languages: C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Perl
  • OS: Windows, Linux, Solaris
  • Databases: SQL – MySQL, MS SQL, Sybase, Oracle, Informix
  • Author of 3 US patents
    Dmitry has MSc in Electrical Engineering from Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering & Electronics, and Innovation and design training course at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Shannah is an active Website Developer supporting local businesses in the Hudson Valley from local professionals and craftsmen to web agencies and mid-size businesses. She began her journey into World Wide Web technologies in 1998. She is versed in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and Photoshop. In Content Management Systems, she has fallen in love with Drupal, but also has experience in WordPress, Zen Cart, Shopify, and Squarespace. She has written a custom ecommerce CMS from scratch, and maintains other custom CMSs for some of her client base.

In addition to her technical skills, Shannah has always been passionate about understanding the human experience and achieving clear and kind communication in all manner of relationships. This passion has found satisfaction both in marketing and in teaching. Shannah has found increasing pleasure in analyzing the user experience aspect of website development, and how best to design for optimum honest and effective communication of a business' message to its niche market. She finds teaching at OpenHub rewarding because she enjoys empowering people to gain important skills for their personal business goals and livelihoods.

Maria spent 20 years in the Web Design and Development realm. From notepad to complex wireframe design she made the journey with technology and standards as they developed. She possesses a full stack design skill range from marketing strategy, through UX/UI design up to front end development and is passionate in every step. Maria currently works for a major telecommunication company as a full stack designer, but comes from humble beginnings of being a freelancer and working with small and mid size Web design and marketing agencies and start ups. Her main passion is to be the users advocate in every step of the design and development process, but also to provide customer service to people and teams that she interfaces with, whether itÕs the business or development team.

Maria has a degree in Information System Management, experienced in Agile and DevOps models, big proponent of lean UX and intimately familiar with modern, front end coding languages, frameworks and tools.

Tom is a 26-year Army Veteran, having retired from active duty in 2008. He culminated his military career at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he taught in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department from 2000-2006 and also served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Corps of Cadets from 2006-2007.

For the past 10 years, Tom has been the Director of Technology for the Center for the  Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  His main focus these days is the building, customizing, and maintaining of a number of WordPress sites.

Tom has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.  His technical credentials include being a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE:Security), and most recently completed the Certified Ethical Hacker certification.


Cynthia V. Marcello, DM is a tech solopreneur, software applications developer, data scientist, and business management consultant with 25 years of experience working with small-to-medium businesses, corporations, government, and educational agencies. She has developed data-driven applications for the Department of Defense (logistics), and numerous custom software applications (front-end and back-end) for operations and enterprise materials handling processes of corporations, and order-entry and production systems for online retailers. She also provides custom training in technology using her own curriculum. She is the founder and host of Data-Driven Divas, an online community designed to support women small business owners and managers seeking to enhance their data-driven decision-making skills. She has been a full-time professor of computer science for the past 14 years and currently teaches courses online part time. 

A classic systems thinker and researcher of human and systems behaviors, Cynthia strives to empower others to understand the systems that impact the daily experience, so that technology can be aligned with and implemented, in a manner that is congruent with the business architecture and use cases of interest. 

She holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information Systems and Technology, a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in E-Business, and a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 

Software: R Studio, R Shiny, R Markdown, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Apache Netbeans, Tableau, PowerBI, PSPP, SPSS, NVivo, Pentaho, Anaconda

Programming Languages: R, Python, C++, C#, SQL (DDL and DML), Java

Specialty Skills: Database design, development and procedural administration, data analytics, business intelligence, machine learning, statistical analysis, and artificial intelligence model development.

Unleashing leadership potential in individuals and organizations

Dana is a multifaceted agilist who excels at navigating complexity, creating learning communities, and unleashing leadership potential in those she coaches.

She holds a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) designation from Scrum Alliance as well as Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) certification from Co-Active Training Institute.

Dana’s coaching range includes individuals, teams, leadership as well as a Business Agility transformation coaching across a diverse span of industries: legal publishing, automotive, digital marketing, retail, fintech, music streaming, non-profits etc.

Dana brings a unique blend of the diverse technical background (as a former Java Developer, a DBA Manager, an Application Architect), her 20 + years of Agile/ DevOps Coaching experience (with clients in US, UK, Canada, India, Japan, Russia, Ireland) as well as her strong professional coaching skills (rooted in Co-Active and ORSC).

Dana is passionate about growing others and giving back to the Agile/Scrum community. Through the years, she has been involved in various roles as a volunteer, reviewer, track chair, program chair and conference chair at Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance organizations.

Dana is an author, trainer and speaker, who has delivered her workshops at over 60 conferences in 15 countries.

She is the founder of Big Apple Scrum Day conference in NYC as well as a co-organizer of several user groups: NYC Scrum User Group, Voice of Scrum Alliance in Russia, and NYC Liberating Structures group.

Dana’s books, articles and Agile/DevOps games:

Mr. Lydiard was Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for two tech California companies, National Decision Systems (now Nielsen, a market and decision analysis company), and Predicate Logic (a military communications and engineering services company).  At National, Mr. Lydiard built a Java/Oracle development team that released iMark, a scalable internet platform business intelligence tool.  At Predicate, Mr. Lydiard architected military network management systems for classified satellite communications programs.

As Chief Engineer for Baker Hughes, Mr. Lydiard established 12 computer centers worldwide.  He ran a startup, Geonex Verde Technologies, a remote-sensing company based on a thermal infrared scanner he developed.  As VP of Engineering for the world's largest mapping company, he spent five years in North Africa establishing the Egyptian Survey Authority, equivalent to the US Geologic Survey.  Most recently, Mr. Lydiard had been consulting for the US Navy through Accenture, evaluating Lockheed Martin's systems design and software deliverables for MUOS (a $6 billion program).

Mr. Lydiard is retired from the University of California where he taught computer engineering.    In 2015-2016 Scott was with the Bard Prison Initiative teaching in NY State prisons.   He is currently on the graduate faculty of Marist College teaching several web development classes.


  • MS, Geophysical Engineering  Columbia University, NY
  • MS, Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston, TX
  • BA, Physics, Bard College, NY


  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Linux / Centos / Red Hat/ Eclipse
  • SQL, MySQL
  • Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks
  • JavaScript, JSON, jQuery, JavaScript frameworks
  • Perl, PHP
  • Use Case development
  • Agile Development

Tyler Walker is an app developer, composer, and sound designer in the Hudson Valley.  In 2016, after 15 years working professionally writing music, he wrote the sound and music for a mobile video game.  The developer let him peek behind the curtain to see how it all worked, and he was instantly smitten with the process. This triggered an unexpected career shift focused heavily on app development.  He has worked on three apps currently in the app store, and is close to releasing his first solo video game.  He is still making music.

Brandon Weygant is a web developer & software engineer by trade, but really a person of many interests. In addition to dabbling in new tech whenever possible, he has also co-written & produced an independent comic, started a podcast (including all the audio set up & editing), and has a history in political activism. With a passion for all things tech, a history of taking on leadership roles wherever he goes, and a deep seeded passion for growth (both for himself and others) Brandon uses his desire to learn as fuel to help those around him grow as well.

Programming LanguagesFrameworks, and Web Tools: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React, Redux, HTML, CSS, PostgreSQL, Wordpress, Divi, Heroku, Github

Other Tech: Power User with Windows/Mac/Linux, Bash, Zsh, Powershell, Audio/Video, RPGMaker, Ren’Py, PC repair, and dabbled in many more.

Ricky Gonzalez has been an IT professional working at Sun Microsystems and IBM supporting a variety of Internet technologies. 10 of his 20 year career has been as a corporate technical trainer in classroom sites around the country as well as a teacher at our local Hudson Valley schools. Subject matter include, but not limited to HTML, CSS and Javascript. He has built maintained and supported internal corporate web portals. He is a Web practitioner and educator.